Recently I received a phone call from my service advisor at BMW of Des Moines concerning a recall which had just been placed on my e92 M3. I told the service advisor on the phone that I had not received a letter yet advising me of the recall. I was told that this information had just been released and that they were making courtesy calls to get the affected vehicles taken care of as soon as possible. Therefore, I made an appointment that was convenient to my work schedule and made plans for the trip to Des Moines. Although BMW of DM has a pick-up and delivery service, I enjoy the drive and getting out of town for a while. I also really like to look at the new BMWs and visit with the folks running the show there. I typically purchase a new BMW shirt or two to advertise my fondness for the brand.
Unfortunately, the new replacement part for my M3 did not get ordered and was not available when I arrived. Instead of sending me home, they offered a loaner for the weekend. I was the proud recipient of a brand new X3 with 300 miles on the clock. Since it would take a couple of days to get the parts and get them installed, I would need to keep the loaner for several days.
Over the past several years, I have needed a loaner several times when my BMWs have needed to stay for a few days for work. During those times, I have always taken home a loaner which was nicer than the car I dropped off.
It is those great business practices that keeps me coming back to BMW of Des Moines for their first-rate service and spreading the fact that customers always get taken care of very well at BMW of Des Moines.
I hope all of our members sample the fine service and atmosphere at all of our Iowa BMW dealers.
We have completed the planning for the fall colors drive! The plan is to drive from BMW Des Moines and end in the Old Market in Omaha NE. We will meet at BMW DSM at 830 with the signing of waivers and drivers meeting at 845 and be wheels up at 9am. From there we will travel along scenic highways and bi-ways to a small little shop on the pork tenderloin trail (https://www.iowapork.org/tenderloin-trail/) called the Dairy Sweet located in Dunlap, Ia. They have been on the tenderloin trail for the last couple of years and won Iowa’s best pork tenderloin in 2005. Don’t let that fool you into thinking that the only thing they are good at is making tenderloins though. They have delicious fresh ground burgers, chicken, and ice cream for anyone to enjoy.
After enjoying some delicious Iowa comfort food we will continue on our route winding through the Loess Hills to our afternoon pit stop located just west on Highway 30 from Missouri Valley called DeSoto Bend National Wildlife Refuge. This location is a national wildlife refuge and the home to an ox bow lake that was created when the Army Corps of Engineers moved the main channel of the Missouri River further to the west in 1960. It is also the location where the steam ship the Bertrand sank in 1865. Their visitors center has over 250,000 artifacts from the sunken steamer. The park is also a stop over for migrating ducks and geese but include many other forms of birds and mammals to see.
Once done at the park it is a quick interstate jaunt down to the Old Market for people check into their hotel rooms and we will then meet later in the evening to hand out trophies for the winners and not winners seeing who was the most observant along their journey and enjoy another delicious meal. The prizes are still being worked on, but I can tell you 1st place will receive 100% of their entry fee back, 2nd place will receive 75% of their entry fee back, and 3rd place will receive 50% of their entry fee back. Yes there is an entry fee it is $0.
There are several hotel options that people can choose from.
Hyatt Place Old Market 540 S 12th Omaha 402-513-5500
Embassy Suites 555 S 10th Omaha 402-346-9000
Overland Hotel 1218 Howard St. Omaha 402-496-0022
Hotel Deco 1504 Harney St. Omaha 402-991-4981
Magnolia Hotel Omaha 1615 Howard St. Omaha 402-341-2500
Sundays options are to meet and take a trip to the world famous The Henry Doorly Zoo or shopping around in the Old Market.
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One of the best selections of German beers on tap in the United States and the food is pretty good too!
This Sunday, August 11th at the NEW Palm Theater at 200 Northeast Westgate Drive, Waukee, IA (Location is clearly visible just north of Hickman Road(Hwy 6), past the new Hy Vee as you enter Waukee from the east.
Movie starts at 2:30pm but you’re advised to arrive by 2pm for your reserved seats and to have time to order any food/drinks beforehand. Much like the the Merle Hay Flicks Theater, items are delivered to you at your movie seat.
Link to The Palm Theater for info/reserving your seats/purchasing your tickets online ($8/per adult plus $2 handling or $10 each): https://booking.fridleytheatres.com/login/0002/8950
(You do NOT need to set up an account, you can purchase tickets as a “guest” on the site)
If you’re planning to attend (and we’d love to see many club members in their club attire (Turner Motorsports if you have it…I do!)
Hope to see you at The Palm Theater this Sunday!
Rick Talbot, Membership Chair, Iowa Chapter, BMWCCA
Link to Movie Trailer: https://www.fridleytheatres.com/…/The-Art-of-Racing-in-the-…
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Des Moines Concours d’Elegance at the Pappjohn Sculpture Garden in Des Moines (Grand and Locust between 12th and 16th Streets).
- FREE to the public – however, FREEWILL donations may be made to the Children’s Cancer Connection. There are marked tubes placed around the exhibit for your donations. Thank you for your generosity!
- Exhibit of more than 150 cars
- Midway featuring food, merchandise and service vendors
- Kid’s Zone including games and activities
- Car Clubs from Des Moines area showcasing cars from members (west of 16th Street on Grand)
- Audio interviews and music throughout the day
3 p.m. Grand Awards Presentation (NEW TIME!): Join us at 13th and Grand for the presentation of Class Winners and Best of Show.
4 p.m. Roar at 4: Listen as cars fire up their engines to leave the showfield. Have your camera ready!