As an informal group of Mini enthusiasts, we do not require payment of dues.
To join, you must simply sign a waiver of liability form and participate in any of our events. You must carry your own insurance and are responsible for following all laws governing driving on public roads.
If you would like to be included in our blast emails about upcoming activities, send a note to Rod Dimmitt at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visit our Members page to see the kind of information that is generally included. Other than that, enjoy the drive!
Advice for Participating in Our Events
Two-way radios — SNMC members are encouraged to bring a two-way radio on all club runs. The radios provide car-to-car communication, which is useful when running in a group. The lead MINI will typically call out road hazards such as rocks in the road, or bicycle riders ahead. However, be mindful of laws against distracted driving.
These are GMRS/FRS type radios, readily available online, or at various stores such as Wal-Mart and Radio Shack. They are usually sold in pairs and have rechargeable batteries. Like many Mini Cooper clubs, we use channel 7, sub-channel 21 (7-21).
Motorola is a popular brand of radio used by club members. They’ve proven to be reliable and are simple to program and operate. Midland and RadioShack are other popular brands. Expect to pay $59-$150 for a good pair of radios.
Waivers — SNMC members must have on file a waiver of liability before participating in driving events. Click here to view our waiver page. You can print a copy of the waiver form, fill it out and sign it, and bring it to any SNMC event.
Gas — SNMC members are encouraged to fill their gas tanks prior to assembling for driving events. We do not anticipate holding up the beginning of an event while someone stops for gas. On particularly long runs, we will plan gas stops.
Facilities — SNMC members are encouraged to use restroom facilities prior to assembling for driving events. We do not anticipate holding up the beginning of an event while someone stops to use the facilities. On particularly long runs, we will plan rest stops along the way.
Regarding the Use of Hand-Held Electronic Devices While Driving in Nevada
Please be advised of Nevada's law concerning the operation of cell phones and other hand-held electronic devices (including two-way radios). We aren't sure how strict law enforcement officers might be concerning communication between vehicles while we are participating in our events. Therefore, we advise that, if possible, you bring a navigator along with you to operate your two-way radio. Otherwise, you may want to consider using a hands-free device in conjunction with your two-way radio. You may also turn on your two-way radio but just listen for alerts from others. Click here to see the actual wording of Nevada's law (Nevada Revised Statutes 484B.165).
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As the temperatures warm and the snows begin to melt, twisty roads await. Check out our 2017 calendar for this year's exciting driving events. Plan to attend as many events as you can and let's make this year the best year ever!