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President’s Article March 2018

President’s Article March 2018

With the changing dynamics of BMW vehicle purchases, more and more sport activity vehicles are being sold by all major car companies with a decline in traditional sedans and sports cars, what is the future of our car club, or any car club with the focus on “car culture” and belonging to an organization especially designed for people who love cars.

As widely reported, many timeless organizations with a rich history of membership have lost membership over the last decade or so. It appears many organizations with a tradition of people belonging to that organization because of the mutual beliefs of the members, have all seen a decline in attracting new and younger members to replace older members when they leave the club or organization. As the national BMW CCA grapples with how to adapt to a new generation of car enthusiasts who may share many of the same values as the current membership, how to we get those younger people involved with the current club.

What does our club need to do to attract and retain members who may not feel the same attraction to joining organizations because of a mutual interest? As our local club is not growing at a pace we would expect to be healthy, we must change in order to bring in new members who have many of the same interests as current members. The question then arises, what new and different activities should we offer, or how do we need to change our structure to ensure the longevity of the organization we care so deeply about. All current Board members are open to discussion involving this topic. Please contact a Board member with your opinions.

Longest Day Driving School schedule

Longest Day Driving School schedule

The Longest Day Driving School is one of our longest-standing High Performance Driving Events. This year’s school will be held at the Raceway Park of the Midlands (near Council Bluffs) on June 8-10.

2018 LDDS Schedule is now available online. Registration will open at in coming weeks, and we will have additional information posted on the club’s website.

WE’RE BACK-2018 Longest Day Driving School

WE’RE BACK-2018 Longest Day Driving School

After taking a one year hiatus, the Longest Day Driving School is back. Unfortunately, due to management changes at Raceway Park of the Midlands, we were unable to offer our members our traditional driving school last year, but a new improved 2018 version of LDDS is in the planning stages, and will be one you won’t want to miss.

We will have some new exciting added features, which will be unveiled in an upcoming issue, but the traditional version of the school will consist of the best driving instructors in the Midwest helping you improve your driving skills. Our driving school matches each student to an instructor which provides one-on-one ontrack instruction in order to help improve your driving ability. No matter how much or how little experience you have behind the wheel, on the street or on the track, our driving schools will make you a better driver.

Whether your goal is to learn to drive more safely and confidently on the street or the track, our program is custom tailored to each participant. Your instructor will assess your skills, set priorities, and work with you in the car. Our school is one of the finest and safest in the country thanks in large part to our experienced instructors and our choice of Raceway Park of the Midlands (RPM) as our host track. Registration will be soon open on our website. If you would like more information, or to volunteer at LDDS, please contact David Brighton at or Manoj Tomar at

2018 Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet

2018 Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet

The 2018 Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet will be held February 24 at Christopher’s, located at 2816 Beaver Avenue, Des Moines, Iowa.

Our speaker this year will be Mike Renner from the BMW Performance Center with locations in Greenville, South Carolina and Thermal, California.

Mike is a professional driver for BMW and is responsible for corporate sales and the BMW Performance Center in Greenville, South Carolina. He began racing in 1983 and has competed in a variety of classes including GT, showroom stock, improved touring and sports racers for the past 27 years. He started instructing at the BMW Performance Center just after it’s opening in the fall of 1999 and his list of trainees includes new drivers, racers, F.B.I. agents and Secret Service members who are assigned the task
of presidential protection. Mike received international instructor certification in basic, advanced, advanced M vehicles, intensive, perfection, and racetrack. Included in Mike’s duties as a driver for BMW is the opportunity to drive BMW racecars from their historic fleet.

For more information on Mike, check out this site:

Christopher’s has been a Des Moines tradition for over 50 years. On February 1, 1963, Joe and Red Giudicessi became the owners of a quaint restaurant in the Beaverdale area of Des Moines. Under their steady watch, Christopher’s has become one of Des Moines’ favorite locations.

Christopher’s is known for its excellent Italian-American cuisine, friendly staff and an atmosphere fitting of any occasion.

The social hour will begin at 6:00 pm with dinner to follow at 6:30 pm. Cost for this year’s dinner and awards banquet will be $40. Registration will be by mail or on-line through our website. More information about on-line registration can be found at For more information, please contact David Brighton at or 515-570-5549.

2018 Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet Reservation Form

Location: Saturday, February 24, 2018 at Christopher’s, Des Moines

Cost – $40

Mail reservation to: Iowa Chapter, BMW CCA, PO Box 42113, Urbandale, IA 50323

Pay for your reservations online – or mail in your check to the address above.

Reservations are due by February 14.


Please note that after you submit the online registration form, you’ll be directed to Paypal website where you can pay for your registration using Paypal, credit or debit card.


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