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BMW Informal Social at 6:30 PM – A Dong, Des Moines – January 15

BMW Informal Social at 6:30 PM – A Dong, Des Moines – January 15

Low-key spot serving Vietnamese & other Asian cuisines behind an unassuming brick facade.


Go-Karting/Chili – Pole Position Raceway (Formerly MB2 Raceway) – January 20

Go-Karting/Chili – Pole Position Raceway (Formerly MB2 Raceway) – January 20

Details coming soon!


BMW New Features and Advanced Driving Aids Tech Session – February 2

BMW New Features and Advanced Driving Aids Tech Session – February 2

Nathan will provide information on what BMW calls Intelligent Safety features on the new models on the show floor, as well as a selection of used vehicles (potentially BMW and non-BMW, depending on what’s in the used inventory at the time).  These systems go by many names, generic and branded: Pedestrian Warning, Frontal Collision Warning, Lane Departure, Blind Spot Detection, Lane Keeping Assistance, automatic braking, and others.

Many of these systems are very useful and/or safety-enhancing in street and highway driving, providing a large step up in vehicle technology.  A number of the systems can be modified to set the sensitivity or action to the driver’s preference, and Nathan will go through the options available.  In contrast to street use, those who want to take their cars out for high performance events will likely want to have some of the features deactivated at the time.  For our track instructors, this tech session will also cover how to see what features a student’s car is equipped with, and talk about how they may affect performance driving.

When we’ve had our fill on the technical side, we will maintain Iowa Chapter tradition of regrouping at a local watering hole afterward for lunch, libations, and camaraderie.    Watch for details on that in your email blasts and on our Facebook page if you’re just joining us for lunch, or come on over to BMW of Des Moines for the whole event.  (And bringing along a microfiber towel might just be worthwhile if the sight of all those new BMWs have triggered the response immortalized by Mr. Pavlov)!


BMW Informal Social at 6:30 PM – Mandarin Grill & Sushi Bar, Clive – February 12

BMW Informal Social at 6:30 PM – Mandarin Grill & Sushi Bar, Clive – February 12

The Mandarin has always been known for its unwavering and flawless marriage of essential Asian flavors.


President’s article December 2018

President’s article December 2018

Most clubs, which membership is based on mutual appreciation for a common theme, have seen a decline in membership in recent years. The BMW Car Club of America has seen steady or slight growth in membership recently following a brief period of decline.

Recently, a meeting of North Central Chapter leaders was held at French Lick, Indiana, to address our club’s future and the changes which may need to occur in order to keep our car club viable. As the demographic of the BMW driver changes, the future of the club may need to change to reflect the changing interests of the new BMW driver. In order for the club to remain relevant, we must reflect the activities our members wish to participate. I believe, the Iowa BMW CCA has been on the cutting edge of this philosophical shift, as we have lead most other chapters with our annual planning meeting, and attempting to create events in which members help plan, organize and participate. The Iowa Chapter Board of Directors has made a concerted effort to be inclusive of members’ spouses and children, creating events in which they can attend, as well as keeping our core members interest in driving and technical events at a high level. Creating new events which involve families, X Drive owners and millennials is high on our priority list of activities to add to our yearly calendar.

The Board is continually looking for new or current members wishing to become more involved in planning and organizing events. If you have a great idea for an event, or would like to become more involved with the future of our club, please contact one of our Board members for more information.


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