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47th Annual BMW CCA Oktoberfest: August 23 – 28, 2016

O’Fest 2016 will be part of a once-in-a-lifetime celebration spanning almost two weeks in honor of BMW’s 100th anniversary. The event will be held in conjunction with two other favorite club events—Legends of the Autobahn and the Festorics Turn Five corral—so you do not want to miss this historic event. The host hotel for O’fest will be the Hyatt Monterey and the track is, of course, the thrilling Laguna Seca Raceway. Yes, finally you, too, will drive the Corkscrew!

Host Hotel: Hyatt Monterey, 1 Old Golf Course Road, Monterey, CA  93940-4908

Host Track: Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, 1021 Monterey-Salinas Highway, Salinas, CA 93908


Tire Rack Street Survival – Bettendorf, IA – October 25th, 2015 7:30AM-4:30PM

Tire Rack Street Survival – Bettendorf, IA – October 25th, 2015 7:30AM-4:30PM

BMW Car Club of America Iowa Chapter (Quad Cities) & Sports Car Club of America Great River Region bring you Tire Rack Street Survival

The primary emphasis of the Tire Rack Street Survival® is a “hands-on” driving experience in real-world situations! We use your own car to teach you about its handling limits and how you can control them. The students will become more observant of the traffic situation they find themselves in. They will learn to look far enough ahead to anticipate unwise actions of other drivers. As the students master the application of physics to drive their cars, they will make fewer unwise driving actions themselves. They will understand why they should always wear their own seatbelts, and why they should insist that their passengers wear seatbelts, too.

It’s about more than driving – it’s about LIVING!

Estimated cost: $75.00

October 25th, 2015 7:30AM-4:30PM

Contact email: Bill Wade,

Location: Bettendorf High School, 3333 18th Street, Bettendorf, IA 52722

Street Survival – Coming up again in June!

Street Survival – Coming up again in June!

Save the date – we’re planning a Street Survival event in June this year on the parking lot at Iowa Speedway in Newton. Plans are to hold this one on Sunday, June 8 – but stay tuned, as at this writing we are still nailing down the final details with the track. is the place to register that 15-21 year-old driver in your family. Parents and grandparents, this is one of the best gifts you can give your teen. Look for the Schedule/Registration tab on that site. We’ll have more about the event in the next NewsWerks and on our website as well. You can also check it out on Facebook – go to Tire Rack Street Survival Iowa to see pictures and comments from recent schools here.

We always need volunteers for event staff as well. Please contact event chairman Fred Bell ( or registrar Becky Brighton (, or look for our staff
registration page on

Registration should go live in early March. Not sure how you can contribute? – just call or email us about where you can serve. Street Survival is a great public service that our chapter provides to the community, and you’ll even get a free shirt and lunch for helping out!

BMW CCA Foundation Capital Campaign and BMW CCA $250,000 Challenge Grant

BMW CCA Foundation Capital Campaign and BMW CCA $250,000 Challenge Grant

BMW CCA Foundation’s Capital Campaign is in full swing and here is a great opportunity for BMW CCA members to participate through a $250,000 matching funds Challenge Grant.

After only a few months, the Capital Campaign has raised over $500,000, which is a great overall start for the campaign. However, the Challenge Grant for BMW CCA members and chapters is off to a slower start, with only a little over $12,000 in donations so far. This concerns us because the $250,000 Challenge Grant expires at the end of 2013.

The BMW CCA Foundation’s fundraising will benefit its transition to a larger building, which in turn, will let it better manage and grow its archives and library missions. This is important, but what really excites us about the Capital Campaign is its very strong emphasis on expanding the Street Survival program to more teen drivers and securing the future of the program.

BMW CCA chapters and volunteers were directly responsible for the early success of Street Survival. You set the standard for a program that is now recognized nationally as a leader in teen driving safety. Now, as the Foundation seeks to grow the program, it again looks to BMW CCA chapters and members to lead the way, and the perfect opportunity is the $250,000 Challenge Grant.

The Challenge Grant rules are simple. Every member who donates or signs a pledge to the Foundation before the end of the year, will have his or her contribution matched, dollar for dollar. Every contribution is worth double. All financial gifts are tax-deductible, as permitted by applicable law.

But the Challenge Grant also applies to BMW CCA chapters. We know that many chapters donate to charities, and some have already contributed to the BMW CCA Foundation and for that, we are very grateful. However, with the Challenge Grant in place only until the end of 2013, there is a brief but golden opportunity for chapters to make their contributions worth twice as much. Even more than twice actually, since chapter donations would also trigger the Foundation receiving a portion of the BMW CCA charity matching funds that we anticipate will be awarded in 2014 as in years past.

More information on the campaign is located online at

There will be special recognition. All chapters making contributions to the Foundation’s Capital Campaign will be recognized in the Foundation’s headquarters building on their Wall of Honor. However, the chapter donating the most in each chapter size category—small, medium, and large—will receive special recognition in the Foundation building, and will also be prominently announced and recognized in Roundel magazine, the weekly Roundel online, the BMW CCA and BMW CCA Foundation Web sites, and at Oktoberfest 2014 in Colorado.

It would be a shame to leave any of the $250,000 Challenge Grant matching funds on the table. Please help the Foundation, teens who are just beginning their motoring lives, and everyone who shares the road.

Want to Make Your Teens Safer, Smarter Drivers?

Want to Make Your Teens Safer, Smarter Drivers?

What: Tire Rack Street Survival® teen safe driving program for drivers ages 15-21

Who: Presented by the SCCA Foundation, a 501(c) (3) public charity, in partnership with Iowa Chapter BMW Club and Des Moines Valley Region SCCA.

Where: Iowa Speedway parking lot, 3333 Rusty Wallace Drive, Newton, IA

Why: The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that approximately 80% of accidents among teenage drivers are caused by driver error. The Street Survival program has been designed to provide teenagers with the skills needed to avoid costly mistakes.

Street Survival takes teens well beyond basic Driver’s Education classes. It teaches them driving techniques on how to avoid accidents before they happen.

With Iowa winters and Iowa country roads, it just makes sense to enroll your teen.

How: Street Survival is a unique hands-on driving experience that puts each student behind the wheel of his or her own car along with a trained instructor. After classroom discussion, students go out on course with their instructors to practice the exercises. The instruction takes place on a closed, wetted-down parking lot, so students experience emergency driving situations in a controlled environment. We teach accident avoidance, skid control, emergency braking, and many other driving skills. Students get to practice maneuvers many times over to gain skills and learn from their own mistakes in this intense one day class.

When: Sunday, Oct 6, 2013, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Cost: $75 fee – includes in-car training, lunch, and a free family membership provided by the Sports Car Club of America.

To register: Visit to register or contact registrar Becky Brighton at for more information.

Registration deadline is Sep 30th, so hurry!

Spaces are limited. Register early!

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