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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-…

BMW Informal Social at 6:30 PM – Merle Hay Mall “Local Eats Food Court.” August 13

BMW Informal Social at 6:30 PM – Merle Hay Mall “Local Eats Food Court.” August 13

A unique collection of food vendors.

Vietnam Cafe: Offering a fresh selection of authentic Vietnamese and Chinese food.

We will be adding the rest of the offers this weekend

Iowa Cubs vs Nashville Sound – August 25

One of our most popular events will be Sunday, August 25. Don’t miss the BMW Club Day at Principal Park.  Our Cubbies will be taking on the Nashville Sound at 1:08pm. As in previous years, we will have two connected sky boxes with both indoor and outdoor seating. Tickets are $25/person, which includes both ticket to the game and food. We will be showing our fine BMW’s in front of the ball park prior to and during the game. Reserve your tickets by contacting David Trachtenberg/event chair at: Secretary@bmwia.org. Don’t wait….this event is always a sell-out. Hope to see you at the ballpark.

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.

BMW European Delivery Experience – Summer 2017

BMW European Delivery Experience – Summer 2017

We recently purchased a BMW 5 series through BMW European Delivery(ED) program, and I wanted to share our journey from ordering to delivery and overall experience.

Our experience, like so many others, was incredible. We spent 12 days and drove over 1,200 miles through Germany, Austria, Italy, and Switzerland. From BMW Welt delivery to driving through small towns in Switzerland, it was an experience that our family will never forget.

Ordering Process

Quite similar to how you order a new BMW at your local dealer. We ordered the car through Kimberly BMW in Davenport as they turned out to be the most knowledgeable and competitive dealer in the area in terms of pricing and ED planning. Dan and Kris were easier to work with, respected our time, and always kept us informed. We traveled with two young children, so their help and insight were critical.

Timeline

Please keep in mind that European Delivery could take three to four months from ordering to getting your car home, but if you can wait, it is well worth it. We placed the order in May, took delivery on July 20th at the BMW Welt (German for “world”) and the car was delivered back home in mid-September.

Pricing

BMW offers 5% discount on the base MSRP of the vehicle that you’re ordering. Please note that options are not discounted for the European Delivery. Also, i3, X3, X4, X5 and X6 vehicles are not available through ED program (X1 is an exception).

Planning

While trip planning is similar to any other trip that you may have taken in the past, there are few nuances that I’d like to point out.

Luggage – Make sure that your luggage will fit in the car that you’re picking up in Munich. If you’re not sure, try it out at your local BMW dealer in a similar vehicle. It is even more critical if you’re traveling with young children.

Child Seat – We took our kids with us, so child seat was a necessity. It is easier to bring your U.S. spec child seat with you and check it with your luggage. If you don’t want to do this, you can also buy a child seat at the BMW Welt (€200).

Hotel/Parking – Most hotels don’t have private parking so traveling with a brand new car could be stressful. Besides, parking spaces are just not large enough for a full-size sedan aimed at the US market. As suggested by others, we used Booking.com to book all our hotels as their website allows you to filter hotels that have private/dedicated parking. If you’re bothered by cars parked too close to you, private parking is the way to go(cost €10 per night). Also, private parking areas are usually empty as locals rarely use them.

Delivery

Once your order is in the system, you can request a pickup date/time. Delivery process takes about 90 minutes so plan accordingly. BMW lounge is available all day for delivery customers with breakfast and lunch included. BMW Museum and BMW factory tour (English tour at 11:45 am daily) are highly recommended. For BMW factory tour, please make sure to reserve your spot by emailing them your preferred date.

Driving through Europe

BMW provides a temporary tourist registration and insurance for 14 days (up to five months’ additional coverage may be purchased). You can drive around Europe before dropping off your BMW at one of 12 European locations. Please note that BMW tourist plates and insurance are not valid in every EU country so make sure you know exactly where you can and cannot go. Also, note that some EU countries require vignettes (toll stickers) before you can drive on their highways. During our trip, Austria and Switzerland were the two countries where we needed to purchase these stickers. These stickers can be bought from the gas stations near border crossings. There are steep penalties for not having them so make sure you have one before you cross the border.

If your car is equipped with navigation, BMW will load European maps in your navigation system before the delivery. To use the navigation efficiently, we found that entering GPS coordinates in decimal format was the quickest way to get the right address loaded into the system. Also, make sure to update the car display settings to show metric data (km and kph) rather than U.S system (FPS – mile and mph). While Autobahn has certain sections with unrestricted speed, other areas are speed restricted with speed enforced using speed cameras. Please make sure to adhere to the posted speed limit to avoid hefty speeding fine that will arrive at your home address in the United States. Also, traffic roundabouts aka Traffic Circles are everywhere, so if you’re uncomfortable with them, please brush up your knowledge on how to use them.

Drop Off

We dropped off our car at Log In Out located at the Munich International Airport. Drop off process is quick and takes about 30 minutes. You are expected to wash and returns your car in clean condition to avoid unnecessary delays later during shipping. If you don’t have the time or don’t want to wash your car yourself, Log In Out offers washing and waxing service for €40. Please note that vehicle drop off is only by appointment, and you must make the reservation at least five days before the drop off date.

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