One of the most well attended tech sessions our Club has hosted in the past was at Merrill Axle and Wheel in downtown Des Moines. Responding to popular demand, Merrill Axle and Wheel will host their second Tech Session on October 3, beginning at 9:00 am.
The experts at Merrill Axle and Wheel will answer every question you have about the suspension and handling of your automobile. Please join us at:
Merrill Axle and Wheel
1403 Walnut St.
Des Moines, IA 50309
Phone: (515) 288-2131
The Handlebar in Dallas Center has got us covered! They have 2 acres of land to effectively social distance and eat some amazing food and drink from a wide selection of Iowa beers. And you can even bring your four-legged Bimmer lovers! Meet up with us at 6:30 and bring your masks for when you’re not eating. They’ll have some parking marked off for us as well!
1607 Sugar Grove Ave, Dallas Center, IA 50063
The Iowa Chapter of the BMW Club of America is planning a one-day drive from Des Moines to the Amana Colonies. Our route will begin at BMW of Des Moines (9631 Hickman Rd, Urbandale, IA 50322) with registration / waiver signing beginning at 8am and departure by 8:30am. Face coverings will be required at registration so we all can remain as safe as possible.
Our planned route will take us northeast with a pit-stop in Marshalltown and then generally follow the Iowa Valley Scenic Byway (https://www.traveliowa.com/trails/iowa-valley-scenic-byway/8/) with a planned arrival in the Amanas around noon. Upon arrival in Amanas, we’ll either dine at local restaurants (conditions permitting) or enjoy our own (brought from home) lunches at a nearby park…details still to be finalized. Following lunch, all are encouraged to explore the many shops and attractions the Amanas have to offer….just for instance….Millstream Brewing…if we’re lucky, not ALL of the Oktoberfest bier will have already been consumed. Then there’s the Amana Furniture Shop…where furniture is made locally of solid wood! For those who may enjoy local wines, several wineries in the Amanas offer tastings as well as bottles for purchase. Then my wife reminds me of the Christmas Shop, bakeries and ice cream shop, etc. There’s also plenty of “unique” photo opportunities! We are not planning a group return drive so everyone is free to set their own afternoon schedule and desired departure time.
Please let either Rick Talbot (email@example.com), 515-782-1429 or Dale Rupp (firstname.lastname@example.org) 515-238-9118 know if you intend to join us so we might have some idea on attendance and can anticipate your arrival at BMW of Des Moines 8am Saturday, October 17th.
P.S. Come with a full fuel tank and face covering!
P.P.S. Gemütlichkeit in German, refers to a feeling of coziness, contentedness, comfort and relaxation. We ALL need more of that these days!
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.