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Flat Out Classic – Friday, May 31 — Sunday, Jun 2, 2019, Heartland Motorsports Park, Topeka, KS

Flat Out Classic – Friday, May 31 — Sunday, Jun 2, 2019, Heartland Motorsports Park, Topeka, KS

Registration ends in a month on May 27, 2019 11:59 PM CDT

This is a car lover’s dream event you’ll never forget! The Great Plains, Kansas City, Sunbelt, St. Louis and Iowa chapters of the BMW Car Club of America announce the 6th Annual Flat Out Classic to be held in Topeka, Kansas from May 31-June 2, 2019.

The Flat Out Classic is an automotive festival featuring several events that appeal to a diverse group of enthusiasts. Car lovers from across the US will gather at Heartland Park Topeka to participate in a high-performance drivers school. It’s an opportunity for you to drive the same professional level race track that has been on ESPN, and ABC.  Then end the longest day with an opportunity to run your car on the same drag strip that hosts NHRA Nationals.

We have big news for 2019 – we’re very excited to be offering classroom sessions by Ross Bentley – yes, the foremost authority on driving instruction for all levels from novice to pro.  This is not an opportunity to be missed!  Ross will be onsite for this year’s event!  We will have limited spaces for Ross’ classes, and they’ll fill up quickly!  We have an exciting range of classes scheduled for this year’s event – please see the listing on the registration form for more details.  Please contact us at with any questions.

Ross’ Speed Secrets books, webinars, eBooks, newsletters, track walks and in-person coaching, and seminars are in demand all over the world.  Ross can help you understand what you’re doing now at your current level of driving, plus help you go beyond to the next level.  Ross is also a friend of the marque and a long-time BMW enthusiast!  He won the U.S. Road Racing Championship in a factory M3 in 1998, provided vehicle testing and feedback training for BMW NA, and his advanced driving school in Canada was sponsored by BMW for five years.

Don’t forget, The Heartland Park track surface underwent a complete makeover in 2016!  Join us and drive the fresh surface!

While BMW is the festival’s featured marque other brands such as Audi, Corvette, Ford, Mercedes, MINI, Pontiac, Porsche, Subaru and Volkswagen are expected. Event registration opens on TBD.

Our host hotels this year will be the Super 8 at Forbes Landing, Capital Plaza Hotel and Courtyard Marriott Topeka .

Please contact the hotel directly and let them know you are with the BMW club to get our special event rate.

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President’s Article May 2019

President’s Article May 2019

Octoberfest has a long and storied history beginning 50 years ago in Boston. This year’s 50th anniversary in South Carolina should be on everyone’s list of things to do this summer.

My first O’fest was in 2002 in Keystone, Colorado. I had become a member of the club in 1999, but had not attended any club activities yet at that point. I had read about O’fest in Roundel several times, so it seemed like an event where people just like me would gather and have fun with their cars for a week.

I had just leased a brand new black 2001 330ci and our son Kolin had purchased the family 325i from us. It was the summer between his sophomore and junior years, so we decided the two of us would make the trip with both of our cars to see what this BMW celebration was all about.

Since Kolin was an avid bicyclist and camper, we decided it would be fun to make the trip and camp in the Colorado Mountains during the event. We also discovered a caravan was beginning on the east coast and would make a stop in Omaha to pick up Midwestern members. We made the trip to the pick-up point hotel in Omaha the night before the great voyage would begin. We were excited to arrive at the hotel with a parking lot full of BMW’s from Iowa, Minnesota, South Dakota and Nebraska and many states to the east. Current BMW National staff member Steven Schlosman was part of that group.

A caravan of nearly 30 cars departed from the west side of Omaha early in the morning with new and old BMW’s snaking its way toward the west. Not too far out in the Nebraska countryside, the caravan came to a halt when a newly restored 2002 from Minneapolis blew up a new Korman engine. The entire 30 car caravan was stopped on the side of Interstate 80 wondering what to do. This is the first time I met Scott Smed and Joyce. He had just purchased a new white 330ci, just like mine, so the conversation came easily. The owner of the 2002 would call a tow truck for the 2002 and the caravan would proceed. A member of the Nebraska group was also driving a 2002 without air conditioning, and that member eventually passed off his wife on my 16 year old son for the next many hours of riding with the AC on.

Once we arrived in Colorado, we learned there was a fire ban in the mountains due to the dry conditions, and camping was illegal. A decision had to be made on what to do next. Do we try to find hotels in with a large convention happening, do we go home or find someone to share a room with? If it had not been for that caravan, I don’t know what we would have done. On the caravan was the large contingent of Club members from the Omaha area whom we had met. Jeff Goman and Sheridan White were people we had met at the hotel pick-up point. I don’t remember the exact process, but they had rented a 4 bedroom townhouse for the Nebraska group and a few others. They were so kind to offer us a place to stay for the week. I shared a room with Vince, from Chicago, and Kolin slept on the living room couch. Each day the group would prepare meals as everyone donated money for the grocery shopping.

Each morning, Vince would rise early and jack up his old 2002 to do the daily repairs it required. He had a trunk load of parts, almost everything he needed to replace many old parts to keep it running. All the rest of us would go to the car wash and polish the cars until they shone in the beautiful Colorado sunshine.

Since Kolin and I were 1st timers, we did not enter into any events, but simply attended as many as we could to observe and learn about O’fest activities. One of the vendors was F1, which included an F1 car and the Pit Girls. I still have that picture of Kolin and me with those tall, beautiful Pit Girls. Visiting the F1 booth gave us the drive and desire to attend our first F1 race in Indianapolis yet that fall.

We had such a good time at our first O’fest, we have attended many since, and have of course, persuaded Becky and Katie to join us for the fun at several. Those are memories that will be will us for the rest of our lives and ones we can pass on to others who are interested in attending O’fest.

The highlight of the week was the Friday evening meal at the top of a mountain in which attendees rode up the mountain in cable cars. Early on Saturday morning we were off for home and began planning on attending the following year.

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

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