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East Meets West… But Where? Photo Rally: Saturday, June 26

East Meets West… But Where? Photo Rally: Saturday, June 26

It’s time for another photo rally! As we’re getting back into all forms of driving events this year, a fun drive with a bit of an optional mental challenge seemed like just the thing to have on the calendar.

Our Rallymaster team of Rick Talbot, Jeff Paxhia, Mike Benge, and Mike Williams have put together a new twist on the rallies we’ve done before. This time, we’ll have TWO starting points, one in central Iowa heading east toward our endpoint in Grinnell, and another starting in North Liberty heading west to the endpoint. Choose whichever route you prefer. The East and West groups will meet in Grinnell at the West Side Family Restaurant, where a meeting room is reserved for us. Over lunch we’ll compare results to see how successful the teams were in finding the rally items, and just possibly there will be a prize or two for the best finishers from each side of the rally. Plus, teams who are feeling particularly motivated are welcome to then run the other half of the rally before heading home on their own.

Since it’s been a couple years since our last photo rally, here’s a quick refresher: Teams are given a set of route instructions and a group of photos. (Teams are usually composed of a driver and a navigator, but you’re certainly allowed to drive it with just your favorite deity as your co-pilot!) The rallymasters have found some fun and scenic roads that you’ll traverse using those route instructions. The instructions do not have any tricks or traps, and are designed to make sure you can stay on the route easily. The photos show various sights and signs that you may encounter along the route. All you have to do is enter the point on the route where you found each item from the photo set into your answer blocks. No mileage-keeping or timing. You may make stops or detours as you desire, with the only stipulation that you have to arrive at the endpoint by a deadline. The deadline will allow LOTS of time for slowing/stopping to check the correctness of answers, retracing your steps to find an item, sightseeing, or just for personal reasons.

The restaurant has asked that we give them a headcount by Wednesday, June 23 so that they’re prepared for our group. So, please RSVP for each person that will attend. We have a link set up on Motorsportreg.com at www.msreg.com/june2021photorally for registration. The usual BMW CCA waivers will also be available online through that system. If you aren’t able to get through the system on Motorsportreg, please contact Rick Talbot at membership@bmwia.org to sign up. If you email to register, please list the names of the participants AND which end you will be starting from.

PLUS: BMW of Des Moines is offering one lucky driver a car from their inventory to drive for the day! They even have an i8 on the lot currently that they’d be happy to give a little road time. We’ll do a drawing that morning for the use of the car.

Looking forward to seeing you all out there for the rally!

Meeting time: 9:00     First car off approximately 9:30

Starting points: BMW of North Liberty: 525 N Madison Ave., North Liberty

BMW of Des Moines: 9631 Hickman Rd., Urbandale

Baseball is back!! – Sunday, August 1

Baseball is back!! – Sunday, August 1

After missing last year due to the pandemic, we are headed back to Principal Park for our (almost) annual Cubs game. The game is Sunday, August 1st and our Cubbies will be meeting with the Louisville Bats at 1:08pm.

As in previous years, we’ll have two connected sky boxes with both indoor and outdoor seating. This year, we’ll be behind home plate. Things will be a bit different this year in regard to tickets and food. The tickets are $12/person and attendees are on their own for food and drink. There will be an attendant in our box taking orders. Each person will be responsible for their own food bill.

Once again we’ll be showing a few of our BMW’s in front of the park.

Tickets are limited and go fast. For tickets, contact David Trachtenberg at Secretary@bmwia.org

Can’t wait to see you all at the ball park.

Annual Picnic Bob Shetler Shelter #1 at Saylorville Lake – May 22

Annual Picnic Bob Shetler Shelter #1 at Saylorville Lake – May 22

It’s Almost Annual Picnic Time Again

Come out of isolation and join us. This year we’ll be combining the picnic and the annual meeting that was postponed due to pandemic issues.

On Saturday, May 22nd, come out to the Bob Shetler Shelter #1 at Saylorville Lake. The picnic will begin at 11:30 am.

More details to follow on food–we’ll make sure to have servers for safety this year.  So…bring your shined up ride and join us for one of our best attended events.

 

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/

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

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