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2018 Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet

2018 Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet

The 2018 Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet will be held February 24 at Christopher’s, located at 2816 Beaver Avenue, Des Moines, Iowa.

Our speaker this year will be Mike Renner from the BMW Performance Center with locations in Greenville, South Carolina and Thermal, California.

Mike is a professional driver for BMW and is responsible for corporate sales and the BMW Performance Center in Greenville, South Carolina. He began racing in 1983 and has competed in a variety of classes including GT, showroom stock, improved touring and sports racers for the past 27 years. He started instructing at the BMW Performance Center just after it’s opening in the fall of 1999 and his list of trainees includes new drivers, racers, F.B.I. agents and Secret Service members who are assigned the task
of presidential protection. Mike received international instructor certification in basic, advanced, advanced M vehicles, intensive, perfection, and racetrack. Included in Mike’s duties as a driver for BMW is the opportunity to drive BMW racecars from their historic fleet.

For more information on Mike, check out this site:

Christopher’s has been a Des Moines tradition for over 50 years. On February 1, 1963, Joe and Red Giudicessi became the owners of a quaint restaurant in the Beaverdale area of Des Moines. Under their steady watch, Christopher’s has become one of Des Moines’ favorite locations.

Christopher’s is known for its excellent Italian-American cuisine, friendly staff and an atmosphere fitting of any occasion.

The social hour will begin at 6:00 pm with dinner to follow at 6:30 pm. Cost for this year’s dinner and awards banquet will be $40. Registration will be by mail or on-line through our website. More information about on-line registration can be found at For more information, please contact David Brighton at or 515-570-5549.

2018 Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet Reservation Form

Location: Saturday, February 24, 2018 at Christopher’s, Des Moines

Cost – $40

Mail reservation to: Iowa Chapter, BMW CCA, PO Box 42113, Urbandale, IA 50323

Pay for your reservations online – or mail in your check to the address above.

Reservations are due by February 14.


Please note that after you submit the online registration form, you’ll be directed to Paypal website where you can pay for your registration using Paypal, credit or debit card.


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Flat Out Classic HPT Topeka 2017

Flat Out Classic at Heartland Park Topeka

Flat Out Classic at Heartland Park Topeka

The 4th annual Flat Out Classic High Performance Driving School was held at Heartland Park Topeka, Kansas from June 9-11, 2017. The Flat Out Classic (FOC) featured several events for a diverse group of auto enthusiasts. From high-performance driving school to autocross and car show, FOC offered a little something for everyone.

The Heartland Park (HPT) road course features 16 turns, and is 2.5 miles in length. The course features several signature corners and elevation changes across the course. It also has great safe, run-off areas—should they be needed. This is a purpose-built pro course, designed for road course driving.

The HPT track surface underwent a complete makeover this past winter so it was a perfect opportunity to drive the freshly repaved track. For those of us who have been to RPM track located near Glenwood, Iowa, elevation changes made it an interesting, challenging, but very rewarding drive.

While BMW was the featured marque other brands such as Porsche, Corvette, Ford, MINI, Pontiac, Subaru and Volkswagen were well represented.

Our host hotel this year was the Super 8 at Forbes Landing. With Heartland Park located only a stone’s throw from the hotel, it was a convenient location with ample amenities. The hotel also offered a special event rate just for our FOC participants!

An event like FOC requires methodical preparation and resources from multiple chapters. The Great Plains, Iowa, Kansas City, Sunbelt and St. Louis chapters of the BMW Car Club of America joined forces to make this event a fun weekend.

All driving schools take a group of dedicated volunteers to make it happen and FOC was no exception. Many volunteers from participating chapters spent countless hours to put together a well organized, educational, and fun driving school. Many thanks to all who helped out!

Hot Lap Around Heartland Park Topeka (HPT)

Tech Session March 2017 – Minor Wreck Express

Tech Session March 2017 – Minor Wreck Express

BMW CCA Iowa Chapter will be holding its next tech session at Minor Wreck Express. Located in Johnston, Minor Wreck Express is a premier auto body shop for dent repair, paint chip and scratch repair. In addition, they can professionally repair and restore your car’s leather, vinyl, plastic or fabric interior to a like-new condition.

Owner Jamie Lasher has been working in auto body and reconditioning business for over 25 years. Jamie has operated several businesses in automotive reconditioning and has developed revolutionary “AutoRecon Paint Restoration System.” AutoRecon is considered one of the best pain reconditioning systems on the market. It is used by car dealerships, independent auto detailing shops and reconditioning professionals across the country.

This tech session will take place on March 4th at 10am at their facility. Minor Wreck Express is located at 5530 NW Beaver Dr., Johnston, IA 50131. Please contact josh Metz at or 515-225-6438 if you have any questions in advance of the event.

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