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Spring Drive to Czech Village, Cedar Rapids, IA – April 13

Spring Drive to Czech Village, Cedar Rapids, IA – April 13

The 2019 edition of the Annual Spring Drive will begin in Des Moines and end in Cedar Rapids at the Czech Village/NewBo City Market areas on April 13, 2019.

The spring tour Meet up at BMW of Des Moines at 9:00 am and wind its way towards Tama here the tour will stop for lunch at the Meskwaki Casino. We hope to be a the casino between 11:15 and 11:30 for folks meeting us at this point in the trip. Attendees will be able to choose from the buffet lunch or the family style café, and also spend time in the casino.

The tour will then progress towards Cedar Rapids with the final destination of the Czech Village and NewBo area of the city. In the Czech Village and NewBo areas, attendees will be able to visit many unique shops and museums located in and around the Czech Village and NewBo Market areas.

Spring 2019 Tire Rack Street Survival School is Sunday, April 28

Spring 2019 Tire Rack Street Survival School is Sunday, April 28

Attention BMW club members!

Our spring 2019 Tire Rack Street Survival School is Sunday, April 28th and your assistance is needed to make this a successful event for our young driver students.  This is one way, we, as volunteer organizations, give back to the community in a meaningful way by teaching inexperienced young drivers, “street survival” car control skills.

Your help is needed as in-car instructors, course workers and general assistance.  It takes a ratio of generally 2x the number of students to support this event and with our anticipated class size of 20-25 young drivers, it can’t happen without you.  You WILL experience a great sense of accomplishment by helping make this event successful as you see/experience the students’ increasing car control skills throughout the day.  You’ll even get a donut/beverage and lunch too!

Please sign up today at:

Questions regarding volunteering as a student instructor can be referred to Fred Bell, Event Chair ( ) or Bryan McCoy, Chief Instructor ( ).  General worker questions to Rick Talbot, Worker Coordinator (

Everyone can help us promote this event for young drivers (15-21) !   Event info and student registration can be found here:

Please spread the word of the event to co-workers, neighbors, friends with young drivers!  If you have any direct contacts with high schools in the area, those would be key individuals to contact with information regarding this school.

Jolly Holiday Lights – Adventureland Park, Saturday, December 1st !!!

Jolly Holiday Lights – Adventureland Park, Saturday, December 1st !!!

The Iowa Chapter, BMWCCA will be meeting just west of the Adventureland Park in the parking lot of the Burger King (3300 9th St NW, AltoonaIA 50009) at 5:00pm Saturday evening to participate in the benefit for the Make-A-Wish of Iowa.  Look for the Talbot’s Chili Red MINI Roadster with the top down!   I don’t suspect there’ll be many convertibles in the lot!

This year’s event will be the second held at this new location (NOT Waterworks Park) with 100% of the $20.00 per car entry fee going to grant wishes for Iowa kids.  Last year it was a great experience and those who attended felt it a unique experience from previous years’ events at Waterworks Park.  Kick off your holiday season with friends enjoying the 2.5 mile drive and the over 100 illuminated holiday displays while benefitting a great cause for kids.

Tickets may be purchased in advance beginning in November at Hy Vee or Casey’s or online now prior to November 23 for a discounted price of $18.00 per car

Please let Rick Talbot ( know if you’re planning on attending so we can have an idea of participants and also, if you’d be staying for the casual dinner following the drive.”  Dinner at Smokey D’s BBQ after the lights tour.  5055 NW 2nd St., Des Moines, IA 50313

Hot Lap Around Raceway Park of the Midlands (RPM)

Fall Colors by Kathys Drive – October 20 & 21

Fall Colors by Kathys Drive – October 20 & 21

Destination:  Dubuque IA / Galena, IL

Mark your calendars now for a fall colors drive to eastern Iowa featuring international waypoints, lunch enroute and Saturday evening dinner at Brazen Open Kitchen & Bar in Dubuque.  We’ll start from the Bass Pro Parking lot under the water tower in Altoona at 8:00 am IS NOW:   McDonald’s parking lot in Altoona directly across the street from Adventureland Inn (3215 Adventureland Drive) at 8:00 am and will publish the lunch location (McOtto’s Family Restaurant, Intersection of Hwy 151 & Hwy 64 at Anamosa; Exit #54) so those outside Des Moines can join us there.   Sunday morning will be a short journey from Dubuque to Galena for all the time you wish to explore/shop.

Route “home” will take us south along the Iowa side of the Great River Road but attendees are “free” to boogie home on their own schedule / route.

Fall Colors is prime touring time and hotels book early.  We have a block of 10 rooms at Hotel Julien reserved under BMW Car Club of Iowa.  You need to call to book a room. The block expires on September 5, 2018.  You are welcome to try and find other lodging but it can be difficult this time of year in Dubuque.

Hotel Julien Dubuque, 200 Main Street, Dubuque, IA 52001



Double Queen Executive – $200 a night –

King Executive – $225 a night –

Expires September 5

RSVP!  Please let us know you’re coming as we’ll need to confirm dinner count NLT October 15th.

Rick & Kathy Talbot        /////  Chris & Kathy Kjellmark

Brazen Open Kitchen & Bar

955 Washington St. Suite 101

Dubuque, IA 52001

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