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Fall Colors Drive – Omaha, NE – October 5-6

Fall Colors Drive – Omaha, NE – October 5-6

We have completed the planning for the fall colors drive!  The plan is to drive from BMW Des Moines and end in the Old Market in Omaha NE.  We will meet at BMW DSM at 830 with the signing of waivers and drivers meeting at 845 and be wheels up at 9am.  From there we will travel along scenic highways and bi-ways to a small little shop on the pork tenderloin trail (https://www.iowapork.org/tenderloin-trail/) called the Dairy Sweet located in Dunlap, Ia.  They have been on the tenderloin trail for the last couple of years and won Iowa’s best pork tenderloin in 2005.  Don’t let that fool you into thinking that the only thing they are good at is making tenderloins though.  They have delicious fresh ground burgers, chicken, and ice cream for anyone to enjoy.

After enjoying some delicious Iowa comfort food we will continue on our route winding through the Loess Hills to our afternoon pit stop located just west on Highway 30 from Missouri Valley called DeSoto Bend National Wildlife Refuge.  This location is a national wildlife refuge and the home to an ox bow lake that was created when the Army Corps of Engineers moved the main channel of the Missouri River further to the west in 1960.  It is also the location where the steam ship the Bertrand sank in 1865.  Their visitors center has over 250,000 artifacts from the sunken steamer.  The park is also a stop over for migrating ducks and geese but include many other forms of birds and mammals to see.

Once done at the park it is a quick interstate jaunt down to the Old Market for people check into their hotel rooms and we will then meet later in the evening to hand out trophies for the winners and not winners seeing who was the most observant along their journey and enjoy another delicious meal.  The prizes are still being worked on, but I can tell you 1st place will receive 100% of their entry fee back, 2nd place will receive 75% of their entry fee back, and 3rd place will receive 50% of their entry fee back.  Yes there is an entry fee it is $0.

There are several hotel options that people can choose from.

Hyatt Place Old Market 540 S 12th Omaha 402-513-5500

Embassy Suites 555 S 10th Omaha 402-346-9000

Overland Hotel 1218 Howard St. Omaha 402-496-0022

Hotel Deco 1504 Harney St. Omaha 402-991-4981

Magnolia Hotel Omaha 1615 Howard St. Omaha 402-341-2500

Sundays options are to meet and take a trip to the world famous The Henry Doorly Zoo or shopping around in the Old Market.

President’s Article July 2019

President’s Article July 2019

Although I have owned 8 different BMW’s in the last 20 years, I have only purchased one new car during that time, a black 2001 330ci.  It was the first 330ci delivered at Dave Ostrem BMW in November of 2000. During that time, I owned a business and did not have the time to do a European Delivery, but I am certainly looking forward to doing one in the future. I have just completed another driving school, this year at Heartland Park in Topeka, I have attended a driving school at the BMW Performance Center in Spartanburg and will be attending my 8th Oktoberfest in South Carolina this fall. Although these are just a few of my past BMW CCA experiences, there are many more things I would like to do. I would like to have the time to attend six or seven driving schools each summer. I would like to attend more professional races in which BMW’s are running, such as IMSA/WeatherTech/Michelin Challenge series. I still have so many things on my “list” which I wish to accomplish with my BMW family; there is not space here to list each of them, which brings me to my point, what is on your “BMW bucket list?”

Do you want to become more involved in our club activities? Do you want to do your first or several driving schools? Do you want to attend your first or another Oktoberfest?  I am sure many of you have a “BMW bucket list.” Now that I have listed some of the things I would still like to accomplish with my BMW family, why don’t you write to us with your list. Our readers would like to hear from you about the inspiring and interesting things that our members do.

Iowa Chapter BMWCCA Club Social Event Movie Viewing – Aug 11th, 2:30pm

Iowa Chapter BMWCCA Club Social Event Movie Viewing – Aug 11th, 2:30pm

This Sunday, August 11th at the NEW Palm Theater at 200 Northeast Westgate Drive, Waukee, IA (Location is clearly visible just north of Hickman Road(Hwy 6), past the new Hy Vee as you enter Waukee from the east.
Movie starts at 2:30pm but you’re advised to arrive by 2pm for your reserved seats and to have time to order any food/drinks beforehand. Much like the the Merle Hay Flicks Theater, items are delivered to you at your movie seat.

Link to The Palm Theater for info/reserving your seats/purchasing your tickets online ($8/per adult plus $2 handling or $10 each): https://booking.fridleytheatres.com/login/0002/8950
(You do NOT need to set up an account, you can purchase tickets as a “guest” on the site)

If you’re planning to attend (and we’d love to see many club members in their club attire (Turner Motorsports if you have it…I do!)

Hope to see you at The Palm Theater this Sunday!

Rick Talbot, Membership Chair, Iowa Chapter, BMWCCA
Link to Movie Trailer: https://www.fridleytheatres.com/…/The-Art-of-Racing-in-the-…

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 registrar@flatoutclassic.com 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.

Motorsportreg Registration

IMSA/Michelin Challenge Race at Road America – August 2-4

IMSA/Michelin Challenge Race at Road America – August 2-4

The IMSA WeatherTech® SportsCar Championship and IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge takes over Road America’s four-mile circuit for what will be one of the most incredible weekends of sports car racing in the world. Fans will get to see the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge race on Saturday, Aug. 3, with the WeatherTech® SportsCar Championship race on Sunday, Aug. 4., plus races from the IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA all weekend. Fan activities include an open grid, autographs, tech talks, fan forums, and car corrals.

This is a BMW CCA Regional Event sponsored by Badger Bimmers. To purchase tickets visit:

https://www.roadamerica.com/buy-tickets/continental-tireroad-race-showcase.html

Bimmer Car Corral. To register for the Badger Bimmer Car Corral visit:

https://badgerbimmers.org/event/imsa-weathertechsportscar-championship-and-imsa-michelin-pilot-challengecar-corral/ 

Estimated cost Early Reg. $105 – $400

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