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Longest Day Driving School – June 8 – 10, 2018

Longest Day Driving School – June 8 – 10, 2018

When – Friday, June 8 — Sunday, June 10, 2018

Where – Raceway Park of the Midlands, Pacific Junction, IA

Join for this year’s exciting Longest Day driving school. The Longest Day Driving School is one of our longest standing High Performance Driving Events with an excellent safety record and an experienced corps of experienced volunteer Instructors. You’ll learn a lot about car control, you’ll find yourself much more comfortable at speed than you thought possible – and you’ll have a lot of fun!

You’ll be paired up with an in-car instructor for the weekend, plus you’ll have a number of classroom sessions to learn more about the dynamics of high-performance driving and techniques. BMW CCA driving schools are among the best values and experiences for the money.

We will have an exciting opportunity for our LDDS participants this year. Des Moines Valley Region SCCA will be hosting a Time Trials event at RPM during our driving school weekend.

SCCA Time Trials (TT) are timed competitive events where the drivers vie for the fastest individual lap time in their class. Time Trials is not wheel-to-wheel racing. For those who like the thought of being compared to others to see who can turn the fastest lap and want to add the pressure of competition to their track experience without the distraction or investment of racing wheel-to-wheel – SCCA Time Trials might be what you’re looking for. Cars are divided into classes by power/weight ratio and equipment to level the playing field. Drivers must comply with passing rules in these events.

This event will be open to all makes and models (including convertibles – see the event rules via the link below for specifics about vehicles). Drivers participating in the driving school are welcome to participate in the Time Trials on a day when they are not driving in LDDS. If you’re interested in the DMVR Time Trials, you’ll need to register for LDDS as one-day student, and register separately with DMVR as a one-day driver in Time Trials. Please visit http://msreg.com/DMVR-JuneTT for information and registration.

We’re expecting a huge turnout for all the usual “Longest Day” fun and entertainment. This is your chance to attend one of the best driving schools available in the country. We strive for and have developed a very effective program to teach novice and experienced drivers the finer points of car control, all at a great facility. We have gathered the best enthusiast instructors from around the Midwest to help you have the time of your life!

So, whether you are an experienced driver or just want to significantly improve your basic on-road driving skills, whether you have a fully track-modified BMW M3, another brand of sports car, or a normal everyday economy car, we welcome all driving enthusiasts. The Longest Day Driving School is the place to be this July. Open to all licensed drivers 18 years of age or older of all skill levels, and we love novice students.

The host hotel is Country Inn and Suites of Council Bluffs, located at 17 Arena, Council Bluffs, IA 51501 Phone: 712-322-8282. We have a “BMW Club” block of rooms reserved at a price of $109/night, plus tax. The block is in effect until May 30, 2018, after which the hotel may change its rates.

Cost for the event is as follows:

  • Taste of the Track – $49
  • Three Day Advanced Student Registration – $399
  • Two Day (Sat-Sun) Student Registration – $339
  • First Timers (Sat-Sun) Student Registration – $289
  • One Day Student Registration – $229
  • Time Trials + One Day of Driving School(Also need to register with DMVR SCCA) – $149
  • Friday Solo + Sat/Sun Time Trials (Also need to register with DMVR SCCA) – $99
  • Friday Solo + 1 day DE + 1 day Time Trials (Also need to register with DMVR SCCA) – $199
  • Three Day (Fri-Sun) Instructor Registration – $99
  • Instructor Registration + Time Trials (You’ll also need to register with DMVR for the Time Trials event. Iowa Chapter BMW CCA will issue you a refund for your Time Trials cost.) – $99

Come on out and have some fun! Registration is available online at MotorsportReg. Please visit – 2018 LDDS

BMW Informal Social at 6:30 PM – Mullets – June 12

BMW Informal Social at 6:30 PM – Mullets – June 12

An American Riverside Roadhouse with a 2 Level Patio, great Views of Downtown with water views, American fare & cocktails, Large Outdoor Fun Area and all your favorite sports heroes…in mullets. Celebrating all things about the hairstyle that’s business in the front and party in the back. Mullets, 1300 SE 1st St., Des Moines, IA 50315

Presidents Article May 2018

Presidents Article May 2018

BMW—The Ultimate Driving Machine.  Why did you purchase your BMW?  There are many reasons, maybe for the design, maybe for the quality, maybe for the performance or maybe for the prestige.

Our Iowa BMW Car Club was organized over fifteen years ago for the sole purpose to establish high performance driving events for a few of the original organizers.  And now, more than ten years down the road, we have established one of the premier High Performance Driving Schools in the country.

I can be positively  assured,  if you have never attended a High Performance Driving School, the thought that has often run through your mind while driving down the road is, “man, I wish I could open this thing up to see what it can do.”

There is not a road in the world in which you can legally test the limits of your BMW’s performance or experience the limits of your driving skills.  Our High Performance Driving School can improve your driving skills in many areas.   In a fraction of a second, a good driver can process their car’s response to a number of adverse driving conditions and act accordingly to minimize the risk of an accident.  We can teach you how operate your car at its limits in a safe, controlled environment under the watchful eyes of our trained instructors.

Driving is the act of balancing the forces of nature; accelerating, turning and stopping your car; understanding these forces is fundamental to good driving skills.

Many people believe that you need a modified car to attend our driving school.  The fact is a factory stock BMW is very sufficient for learning the skills we will teach at our school.  A few years ago, we even had a showroom stock PT Cruiser attend, and the driver had a wonderful time.

We are looking forward to seeing you at our Longest Day Driving School on June 8-10 this summer.

BMW CCA Membership Reward Program

BMW CCA Membership Reward Program

Did you know BMW CCA members receive an allowance based on the purchase or lease of a new or Certified Pre-Owned BMW from a BMW Center?

In addition to numerous membership discount programs, BMW CCA membership can also put some cash in your pocket if you’re considering buying or leasing a BMW. BMW CCA Membership Rebate Program is extremely simple, even allowing you to submit your application online and receive a check in the mail between four to six weeks after you submit your application. Rebates currently range from $500 to $1,500 depending on the model.

BMW CCA Membership Program is one of the best rebate programs out there and even allows cars delivered through European Delivery. You can use it as many times as you want as long as you are a member is good standing with no lapse in membership during the 12-month period preceding the delivery date. Please note that only one reward request per calendar year is allowed. Both BMW CCA members and CCA associate members are eligible for BMW CCA allowance.

Terms and Conditions

Click here for details on your eligibility and Membership Reward rebate form.

Reward Rebate Application

Download the Membership Rewards Rebate Application.

President’s Article March 2018

President’s Article March 2018

With the changing dynamics of BMW vehicle purchases, more and more sport activity vehicles are being sold by all major car companies with a decline in traditional sedans and sports cars, what is the future of our car club, or any car club with the focus on “car culture” and belonging to an organization especially designed for people who love cars.

As widely reported, many timeless organizations with a rich history of membership have lost membership over the last decade or so. It appears many organizations with a tradition of people belonging to that organization because of the mutual beliefs of the members, have all seen a decline in attracting new and younger members to replace older members when they leave the club or organization. As the national BMW CCA grapples with how to adapt to a new generation of car enthusiasts who may share many of the same values as the current membership, how to we get those younger people involved with the current club.

What does our club need to do to attract and retain members who may not feel the same attraction to joining organizations because of a mutual interest? As our local club is not growing at a pace we would expect to be healthy, we must change in order to bring in new members who have many of the same interests as current members. The question then arises, what new and different activities should we offer, or how do we need to change our structure to ensure the longevity of the organization we care so deeply about. All current Board members are open to discussion involving this topic. Please contact a Board member with your opinions.

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