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Iowa BMW CCA Annual Meeting & Awards Banquet Registration Deadline March 6 at Noon

Iowa BMW CCA Annual Meeting & Awards Banquet Registration Deadline March 6 at Noon

Make plans now to attend the 2020 Annual Dinner for Iowa Chapter BMW CCA. Your Annual Dinner Committee is planning an exciting event to commemorate our 20th Anniversary. You won’t want to miss it!  Registration deadline is March 6 at Noon.

Date: March 7, 2020
1800N Ankeny Blvd #100
Ankeny, IA 50023

Time: 6:00 Appetizers and Cash Bar
7:00 Dinner

Cost: $40

The Fletcher is a casual, rustic, and contemporary dining establishment combining traditional comfort food with the latest dining trends. We have selected a delicious menu for
the evening. There will be something for everyone.

Buffet Menu:

  • Appetizers – Spinach Dip, Meatballs 2-Ways, Charcuterie Board, Smoked Salmon Board
  • Entrée – Chicken Saltimbocca, 16-Hour Smoked Beef Brisket, Pasta Primavera
  • Accompaniments – Skillet Red Potatoes, Roasted Vegetable Medley, Green Salad, Focaccia Bread.
  • Dessert – Cake Selection
  • Full Cash Bar with Happy Hour Pricing All Evening
  • Complimentary Soft Drinks

The evening’s speaker will be Satch Carlson, Editor and Columnist for BMW Roundel Magazine. Satch will spend the night regaling us with diverse and entertaining stories of his
life as a driving enthusiast and BMW editor. Satch became the editor of Roundel magazine in 1998 after being a columnist since 1990. He’s originally from Reno NV, and spent quite a number of years in Anchorage AK, where he was very involved in road-rally events across the Arctic, while also contributing to AutoWeek as a reporter and columnist. After a stint in Portland OR, he kept working his way back down the Pacific Coast. He now lives in the San Diego area with “Party A” (his wife Kelly Kirkland) in what he terms Mondo Condo. It may be a condo, but it has room for his beloved Z4M roadster (license plate WOADSTR) and an I8 nicknamed Nancy Drew, plus Kelly’s BMW (license plate TWUBBLE). As Satch says, they sound like the illegitimate offspring of Elmer Fudd…

We’ll top off the evening with fantastic door prizes and great conversation with fellow BMW enthusiasts from across the state. We look forward to seeing all of you at dinner!

Online Registration

Online registration is now open. you can also register by mailing the form located in this issue of Newswerks to our PO Box address in Urbandale.  For more information, please contact David Brighton at president@bmwia.org or 515-570-5549.

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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.


Longest Day Driving School schedule

Longest Day Driving School schedule

The Longest Day Driving School is one of our longest-standing High Performance Driving Events. This year’s school will be held at the Raceway Park of the Midlands (near Council Bluffs) on June 8-10.

2018 LDDS Schedule is now available online. Registration will open at Motorsportreg.com in coming weeks, and we will have additional information posted on the club’s website.


WE’RE BACK-2018 Longest Day Driving School

WE’RE BACK-2018 Longest Day Driving School

After taking a one year hiatus, the Longest Day Driving School is back. Unfortunately, due to management changes at Raceway Park of the Midlands, we were unable to offer our members our traditional driving school last year, but a new improved 2018 version of LDDS is in the planning stages, and will be one you won’t want to miss.

We will have some new exciting added features, which will be unveiled in an upcoming issue, but the traditional version of the school will consist of the best driving instructors in the Midwest helping you improve your driving skills. Our driving school matches each student to an instructor which provides one-on-one ontrack instruction in order to help improve your driving ability. No matter how much or how little experience you have behind the wheel, on the street or on the track, our driving schools will make you a better driver.

Whether your goal is to learn to drive more safely and confidently on the street or the track, our program is custom tailored to each participant. Your instructor will assess your skills, set priorities, and work with you in the car. Our school is one of the finest and safest in the country thanks in large part to our experienced instructors and our choice of Raceway Park of the Midlands (RPM) as our host track. Registration will be soon open on our website. If you would like more information, or to volunteer at LDDS, please contact David Brighton at dwbrighton@gmail.com or Manoj Tomar at manoj.tomar@gmail.com


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