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January Tech Session – Time to Tone Up that Body! – Jan. 17, 2015

Do your 2015 New Year’s resolutions include a perennial goal of fixing up that body a little? Well, we have just the way to make a start on that! Our January event is a tech session at the Lithia Body & Paint shop, 9943 Hickman Rd., Urbandale, IA 50322. (Take the narrow lane north from the Hickman frontage road, between Mercedes-Benz of Des Moines and the soon-to-be new quarters of BMW of Des Moines). We’ll start at 10:30 on Saturday January 17 and go for 60-90 minutes of tour and talk, followed by an informal lunch wherever the group wants to head next.

European Motorcars of Des Moines will give us the full Monty on their new facility for doing body work on your BMW. As a bonus, Lithia’s recently-hired specialist in vintage car restoration will also be on hand. He’s done quite a bit of training in Germany, and will have some valuable information for those of you working on older models. Depending on time available, there may also be a presentation about paintless dent repair (PDR).

Iowa BMW CCA Spring Jacket

The Iowa BMW CCA club has discontinued our web store. We will be offering items one time per quarter in pre-sold orders. This item was on display at the Annual Dinner and several have been sold already.  If interested in purchasing this item, please mail the attached order form with a check to: BMW CCA, Iowa Chapter, PO Box 42113, Urbandale, IA 50323.  Charles River Charcoal Gray 1/4 Zip Jacket with Iowa BMW CCA logo, $75 delivered–$80 shipped.  Sizes run big—order one size smaller than usual

The jacket is Quarter zip sweatshirt design with antique nickel-finished metal zipper. Soft 60% cotton/40% polyester (oxford heather is 80% cotton/20% polyester) sweatshirt fabric. Ring-spun for added softness and durability. Banded rib knit cuffs and hem. Side pockets.

The form to order your jacket is here: BMW CCA spring jacket order form

Orders must be placed by May 15, 2014

BMW CCA Foundation Capital Campaign and BMW CCA $250,000 Challenge Grant

BMW CCA Foundation’s Capital Campaign is in full swing and here is a great opportunity for BMW CCA members to participate through a $250,000 matching funds Challenge Grant.

After only a few months, the Capital Campaign has raised over $500,000, which is a great overall start for the campaign. However, the Challenge Grant for BMW CCA members and chapters is off to a slower start, with only a little over $12,000 in donations so far. This concerns us because the $250,000 Challenge Grant expires at the end of 2013.

The BMW CCA Foundation’s fundraising will benefit its transition to a larger building, which in turn, will let it better manage and grow its archives and library missions. This is important, but what really excites us about the Capital Campaign is its very strong emphasis on expanding the Street Survival program to more teen drivers and securing the future of the program.

BMW CCA chapters and volunteers were directly responsible for the early success of Street Survival. You set the standard for a program that is now recognized nationally as a leader in teen driving safety. Now, as the Foundation seeks to grow the program, it again looks to BMW CCA chapters and members to lead the way, and the perfect opportunity is the $250,000 Challenge Grant.

The Challenge Grant rules are simple. Every member who donates or signs a pledge to the Foundation before the end of the year, will have his or her contribution matched, dollar for dollar. Every contribution is worth double. All financial gifts are tax-deductible, as permitted by applicable law.

But the Challenge Grant also applies to BMW CCA chapters. We know that many chapters donate to charities, and some have already contributed to the BMW CCA Foundation and for that, we are very grateful. However, with the Challenge Grant in place only until the end of 2013, there is a brief but golden opportunity for chapters to make their contributions worth twice as much. Even more than twice actually, since chapter donations would also trigger the Foundation receiving a portion of the BMW CCA charity matching funds that we anticipate will be awarded in 2014 as in years past.

More information on the campaign is located online at

There will be special recognition. All chapters making contributions to the Foundation’s Capital Campaign will be recognized in the Foundation’s headquarters building on their Wall of Honor. However, the chapter donating the most in each chapter size category—small, medium, and large—will receive special recognition in the Foundation building, and will also be prominently announced and recognized in Roundel magazine, the weekly Roundel online, the BMW CCA and BMW CCA Foundation Web sites, and at Oktoberfest 2014 in Colorado.

It would be a shame to leave any of the $250,000 Challenge Grant matching funds on the table. Please help the Foundation, teens who are just beginning their motoring lives, and everyone who shares the road.

Bus Trip to Chicago Auto Show 2014

What Will YOU Be Doing Saturday February 15, 2014 at 4am????

By Rick Talbot, DMVR, SCCA; Iowa Chapter, BMWCCA, Heart of Iowa Miata Club

Still sleeping perhaps? “Some say” the Stig never sleeps..why should you?

Instead, you have an opportunity to venture to Chicago to see what the auto industry has in store to temp you next year…and share that experience with 54 other car “enthusiasts”; or car nuts as my wife would say. Trip is open to first 55 to reserve a seat with their check. Participants are not required to be car club members (SCCA, BMWCCA, Miata Club, or other marques) but those are the groups to whom this trip is being promoted. Spouses/significant others are welcome (see Options below should you want to consider perhaps combining the auto show with a Valentines weekend in the “Big City”). The trip would also make a nice stocking stuffer for the any car nut!

Yep….it’s been 5 years since our last one-day marathon bus trip (2009) to McCormick Place; home of the Chicago Auto Show. First staged in 1901 and now featuring over 1,000 vehicles, it’s one of the premier auto shows in the world. It is the largest in the U.S. Here’s how the trip will work.

  • Bus is reserved thanks to deposit advance by Des Moines Valley Region, SCCA.
  • But…we must fill the bus NLT January 25th, at which time; if the bus is not filled, the trip will be cancelled to avoid liability to DMVR, SCCA.
  • Trip Plan
    • Precise 4am departure from Des Moines metro location (TBD) with local parking available. Timing is critical to arrive at the show as it opens at 10am. Saturdays are very busy from noon on; making it difficult to really see/photograph much in the afternoon.
    • Enroute stop likely in Coralville to board waiting passengers ( You have option of joining the trip in Coralville. If there’s demand, we’ll stop; otherwise, we’ll proceed directly from Des Moines to Chicago) When you send in your reservation check, please indicate you wish to join the trip in Coralville.
    • Arrival at McCormick Place ~ 10 a.m. weather permitting. Auto show tickets will have been pre-purchased
    • Bus departs McCormick Place for return trip promptly at 5pm
  • Fast food dinner stop along interstate enroute back to Coralville (dropoff) and onto Des Moines by midnight.
  • Bus – is a very nice tour bus that will have free wi-fi. It is restroom and DVD/monitor equipped so we’ll show a variety of films enroute.
  • Cost: $80 per person; includes bus transportation, driver gratuity and auto show ticket. This is “cost” without markup and would difficult to match either with MegaBus or your personal vehicle with current gas prices and McCormick Place parking. Plus, who wants to drive 10 hrs round trip in February? Must pay in advance to reserve your seat; by check payable to Des Moines Valley Region, SCCA and send it to Rick Talbot, Chicago Auto Show, 13105 Alpine Drive, Urbandale, IA 50323-2579. Checks will not be deposited until trip is confirmed which will be NLT Friday January 25, 2013. I will confirm receipt of your reservation check; please provide me your e-mail address and phone number. If trip is cancelled, I will return your check.

Options – Bus will drop off all attendees at McCormick Place upon arrival in Chicago. Participants will be given their auto show tickets as they leave the bus. The rest of the day is really up to you; spend some/all of your time at the Auto Show but you are free to explore Chicago on your own. Taxis are abundant and available right from McCormick Place. Explore nearby Fields Museum, Shedds Aquarium, and/or a favorite restaurant…BUT…the Arrow Stage Lines “carriage” will depart for the return trip from McCormick Place to Des Moines at 5pm sharp. If you’re on it, you get a return ride; if you elect to remain in Chicago for the evening (which you’re certainly welcome to do) that is your option and the bus will not wait. No refunds for not returning with the bus.

I’ll be developing additional info for the trip of possible “other activities”, nearby restaurants, possible hotel accommodations etc. but those are for each individual’s option and cost.

Chicago Auto Show info/web site:

Reservations are open now….I know 2 seats are taken as Kathy and I are going… Now, for the other 53 of you…help me promote this event and get me your checks! You will have fun….ask those who went in 2009 and urged me to plan the 2014 trip!!!

Questions? E-mail Rick Talbot at: or leave message 515-278-2026

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