Making a C3M Cupcake Run

I am a member of many MINI clubs because I’m an all or nothing kind of girl I love hanging out with other MINIacs any chance I get! I’d joined the C3M (Central Maryland MINI Motorists) club right after I discovered how much fun MINI clubs were. I have no idea why I haven’t participated in any of the C3M events until now, big mistake!

My friend Will, who is much more active in C3M, suggested that I attend the second annual Cupcake Run and mentioned there’d be clings. Everyone knows how I feel about stickers and clings! Sadly, work sometimes gets in the way and after I signed up I learned I had to fly to Cincinnati that afternoon. I refused to let that stop me!

I got up super early since they were meeting up in Elkridge, MD (and we might as well just call that Baltimore). It was a beautiful 45 minute drive away from my house and the weather was glorious. I put the top down and rolled out a little after 8 because I had dirty wheels.

I stopped to fill up my tank and roll through a car wash and then, because I am now obsessive about having clean wheels, I found myself on my hands and knees in a gas station parking lot rubbing off residual brake dusk and polishing my daisies. Those of you who know me can really appreciate how far I’ve come…

All my hard work paid off when I rolled into the parking lot and found a spot right next to Craig Baron! Of course his car was shiny, especially his new exhaust!


Craig rigged up his GoPro to capture the sounds of his new exhaust and since I was two cars back, I can testify it sounds fantastic! If you haven’t followed his YouTube Channel yet, you should! I’m sure this video will be up soon.

I found Will dealing in clings so I got mine right away!


If any of you are jonesing for a cupcake cling, I know a guy…

And naturally I applied it immediately.


I just got it, I’ve gotta showcase it!

There’s a reason this was called a cupcake run, because cupcakes! The run started at Kupcakes & Co and lots of people took advantage of the location to score some delicious treats!


I didn’t join the run for the cupcakes. Also, the line was really intimidating so I stayed in the parking lot admiring MINIs!

I saw lots of friends and chatted with Mike Pumphrey and his lovely family about our adventures at #minionthemack2015. I also wandered around the parking lot looking at MINIs.


A beautiful sight!

And Minis!


This was one of two classic Minis attending the Cupcake Run.

Eventually it was time to have the drivers meeting.


Everyone gathered so Jason could go over the route.

The first stop was in Frederick, MD where motorers could acquire their cupcakes at the Frederick Coffee Company & Cafe, Stone Hearth Bakery, or Frederick Fudge & Ice Cream Co. The run would end at the Washingtonian Center in Gaithersburg where cupcakes were available at Lily Magilly’s Cupcakery. I was going to drop out when they got to Frederick so I would have enough time to make it back to National Airport before my 3:45 flight.


The first group lining up to roll out!

I was at least 10 or 12 cars back and I think there were about 20 in our group altogether.


Lisa and Mike were among the MINIs behind me!

The drive was super fun with beautiful countryside and a few random twisties along the way.


Even with a car between us I could still hear Craig Baron’s new exhaust. Sounded terrific!

I even managed to capture a bit of video because my new phone holder is awesome and somehow I seem to have figured out how to keep it from twisting sideways when it gets a bit top heavy.

I was having such a great time, I hated to leave!


I was rocking hard during this stretch. It’s a shame there’s no sound!

Eventually all good things must end and as we neared Frederick I saw a sign that would lead me back to the freeway. I said my goodbyes to the group on the radio (and warned the MINIs behind me not to follow unless they wanted to come to Cincinnati as well) and peeled off.

I was bitterly regretting my decision not to indulge in a cupcake or two by the time I arrived and parked at the airport.


Delta Sky Club carrot sticks and chicken salad not as good as a fresh cupcake. At all.

The worst part of my entire day wasn’t that the “food” in the sky club is pretty lame or even that my flight was delayed an hour and I could have stayed with C3M longer. It was this…


I guess it could be worse. It could be a Camry

And as I drove my Ford Focus down the Ronald Reagan Highway, I was comforted by the fact that at least I could indulge in a few Jack in the Box tacos and C3M would be having another run very, very soon!

About isherri

I'm a family engagement expert who travels for work and for pleasure. In fact, I’m half hippy, half clown, latte sipping, brunch munching, MINI driving, rabid social media enthusiast.
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