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Flat Out Classic – June 4 – June 6 2021

Flat Out Classic – June 4 – June 6 2021

High Performance Driving School, Time Trials, 1/4 Mile Solo Runs

The 2021 Flat Out Classic presented by Chicane Motorsport is the Midwest’s premier Automotive festival. A weekend filled with fun: a High Performance Driving School with the region’s best instructors, Time Trials for qualified drivers and straight in solo autocross runs available to everyone. Advanced solo students are welcome on June 4th. Heartland Motorsports Park is a true “driver’s track” and this is a can’t miss event! Join automotive enthusiasts from the entire central US at Heartland Motorsports Park. Reconnect with friends over an outdoor catered socially distanced dinner.

Attendee will also have the option to participate in a raffle for a new Garmin Catalyst. Catalyst is one of the newest high performance driving aids to enter the market.

Additional Information may be found here:  https://www.flatoutclassic.com/


President’s Article May 2021

President’s Article May 2021

I could not have imagined when I was elected your President ten years ago, I would remain in this position for this long. During these past ten years, major changes have affected our Iowa Club and the BMW CCA on a national scale, but as I leave as your president, I feel our Club remains in a very strong position.

When I was elected, the Newswerks had just recently changed from a full-color format to a black and white format. Membership at the national level was seeing a slight decline and financial support from BMW CCA was being reduced to local clubs. Eventually, Newswerks transitioned to an on-line publication with the urging from the BMW CCA. With the help of our webmaster, we were able to create one of the finest websites in the country for a local car club, one we would not have been able to afford without his help. Our young newsletter editor got us on-line with Facebook and Twitter. During this time, the Iowa Chapter has been able to remain strong financially by reducing costs and being financially diligent with its spending. We have continued to create interesting and well attended events, funding most of our yearly events with revenues derived from our Longest Day Driving School and Flat Out Classic Driving School. We have remained a strong supporter of Street Survival, being only one of a handful of Chapters to host more than one school each year.

In 2013, the Iowa Chapter was ranked as the #1 chapter in the North Central Region, following a survey conducted by the BMW CCA Board of Directors. There were several categories of questions in which each member rated their local club including on-line presence, satisfaction with activities provided, and satisfaction with the local Board of Directors. When asked what sets the Iowa Chapter apart from other chapters in our region, Regional Vice-President Mike Lingenfelter responded with, “the diversity of local chapter events and your distinction of having the second-highest member satisfaction among all 66 chapters in the country.” Lingenfelter went on to say that “being in the top quartile of chapters nationwide in May’s membership satisfaction survey, having a complete online presence by early summer and documenting a chapter strategic plan.”

I believe another important factor has been the creation of the Annual Planning Meeting each November. With this event, members have the ability to give their input about which activities occur and the leadership for those events.

I believe all of these things are still true because of the outstanding leadership of the Iowa Board of Directors. During my tenure, the Iowa BOD has remained very stable with a combination of high achieving individuals who care deeply about the Iowa Chapter. These Board members have led the Chapter through the major changes which have occurred during the last several years and they will continue to lead the Chapter with any new changes which will occur in the future.

As I have traveled to national BMW CCA meetings during the last ten years, I have come to the conclusion the Iowa Chapter Board of Directors is one of the finest in the nation and operates with the utmost professionalism and integrity. We are very lucky to have these individuals leading the Iowa Chapter.

With my new position as Regional Vice President for the North Central region and BMW CCA Board member, I am hoping to pass on the knowledge I have gained during my tenure as president of one of the best Chapters in the country, to the other chapters in the North Central Region.


BMW Informal Social – Merle Hay Food Court, Des Moines, IA at 6:00 pm – April 13

BMW Informal Social – Merle Hay Food Court, Des Moines, IA at 6:00 pm –  April 13

Choose Your Own culinary adventure.  Check out the link to the mall website to choose your dinner.  In the past due to COVID the food service had ended at 7:00 so we have moved the time up to 6:00 pm to give everyone a little more time.  Currently the website shows they close at 8:00 but to be on the safe side.

Merle Hay Mall, 3800 Merle Hay Road,Des Moines, IA 50310

https://merlehaymall.com/

Contact email: Alison Bell, alison.bell@bmwia.org


Annual Spring Drive – Brucemore Mansion in Cedar Rapids – April 24

Annual Spring Drive – Brucemore Mansion in Cedar Rapids – April 24

The 2021 edition of the Annual Spring Drive will begin in Des Moines and end in Cedar Rapids at the Brucemore Mansion in Cedar Rapids on April 24, 2021.

The spring tour will leave BMW of Des Moines at 9:00 am and head east to Newton. At Newton we will exit Interstate 80 and follow US 6 to the Amanas where we will join US 151 to SW Cedar Rapids.  A lunch stop will be determined as the drive gets finalized.

The drive will then progress through Cedar Rapids with a tour of Brucemore Mansion in the heart of the city. A tour of Brucemore Mansion explores more than 130 years of Eastern Iowa history of the 21-room mansion including a self-guided tour through the Queen Anne mansion, which investigates the art, furnishings, technology, architecture, surrounding landscape, and stories preserved at Brucemore.

The tour will be self-guided of 6-8 people at a time with the others touring the outdoor areas of the Mansion. The fee for the tour is $10.

For more information about the Brucemore Mansion, visit the following websites:

https://www.brucemore.org/visit/take-a-tour/guided-mansion-tours/

https://www.bmwia.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/2021-Spring-Drive-Info.doc


Tech Session – Virtual Garage Tour – Saturday at 1:30 pm – February 20

Tech Session – Virtual Garage Tour – Saturday at 1:30 pm – February 20

As our social distancing continues for the foreseeable future, we are going to attempt to do a “virtual garage tour” on Saturday, February 20th at 1:30 PM, using one of the online conferencing solutions.

We’ll start with Mike Myers’ (my) garage where his i8 is on the lift for the winter and we can take a look at his new 2021 X3e as well. We will then move on to anyone else who might have a webcam set up to share their garage. My plan is to have the webcam/phone on a fixture and use a wireless headset to avoid making everyone motion sick with a handheld solution. We can experiment during the event to see what works best should we decide to try this again.

If you would be interested in showing your garage or would like to express an interest in “attending” this event, please contact Mike Myers at treasurer@bmwia.org. We will need a positive expression of interest for you to have permission to join the conference.


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