Event Announcements
 

Pie Trek and the Classic Garage

posted Apr 22, 2017, 8:30 PM by NorthStarBMW Driving Tours Coordinator


North Star BMW Car Club of America

Road Trip Series 2017

There's no better way to enjoy your "Ultimate Driving Machine" than to get out on the road. It's even better when you venture out with fellow club members. Summers in Minnesota are brief. Make plans to hit the road and join in the fun!

Pie Trek and Classic Garage - Saturday, May 20, 2017 - 9:00 a.m.

Heard the advice “eat dessert first”?  That’s exactly what we are doing as we head east on back roads to enjoy the delicious pie served at the Norske Nook in Osseo, Wisconsin.  (norskenook.com).  Founded in 1973, the Norske Nook has won many awards for their creations. Afterwards we head to Eau Claire to enjoy The Classic Garage eatery.  Housed in an old auto repair garage, it's the perfect destination for our first outing of the year.  (theclassicgarage.com). 

Departs from the Cottage Grove Kohl's at 9:00 a.m.  The address is 7990 Hardwood Avenue South.  Please plan to arrive on time with a full tank of gas.  We'll have a round of introductions, review the route and hit the road.

When you register, be sure to add your passengers too.  I want to let the Norske Nook and the Classic Garage know the size of our group so they can be ready for us.

Register at MotorsportReg: msreg.com/Pietrek2017 

This event is open to members of the BMW CCA and registration is free.  Participants are responsible for all other costs related to the trip (gas, meals, admission, repairs, etc.)

Questions?  Email tours@northstarbmw.org







The Great Eclipse Trip

posted Apr 22, 2017, 8:22 PM by NorthStarBMW Driving Tours Coordinator


The Great Eclipse Trip

Experience this once in a lifetime event to view a total solar eclipse lasting 2 minutes and 37 seconds!  The closest viewing location for us is eastern Nebraska and the eclipse takes place on Monday, August 21 just after 1 p.m.  We’ll depart the Twin Cities on Saturday headed to western Iowa. There we’ll stay overnight in Sioux City along the Missouri River and the next day enjoy a drive through the Loess Hills National Scenic Byway (visitloesshills.org). Sunday night we’ll stay in Lincoln, Nebraska, a vibrant university town.  Monday morning we’ll head south to position ourselves directly beneath the solar eclipse path for maximum viewing time. It will be a trip you won’t soon forget.  Read more about the eclipse at GreatAmericanEclipse.com

When:  Saturday, August 19 thru Tuesday, August 22 (could arrive back in the Twin Cities late Monday, August 21, if desired)

Where:  Departs from a South Metro location to be determined later

Various lodging options have been arranged for the trip.  After you book your general registration on MotorsportReg, you also need to make your hotel reservations.

Saturday Night (8/19) in Sioux City, Iowa

Stoney Creek Hotel & Conference Center

300 3rd Street

Sioux City, IA 51101

www.stoneycreekhotels.com

Sunday Night (8/20) in Lincoln, Nebraska

TownePlace Suites

7353 Husker Circle

Lincoln, NE 68504

www.TownePlaceSuites.com

10 rooms available - ask for NorthstarBMW block

Remember, be sure to register for the trip on MotorsportReg as well.  

Here's the link: msreg.com/GreatEclipseTrip

There is no cost to register, but we need to know how many people will attend for trip planning purposes.

If you have questions, contact Tom at tours@northstarbmw.org.

You won't want to miss it! Space is limited, so register today





Vino in the Valley

posted Apr 22, 2017, 7:27 PM by NorthStarBMW Driving Tours Coordinator


North Star BMW Car Club of America

Road Trip Series 2017

There's no better way to enjoy your "Ultimate Driving Machine" than to get out on the road. It's even better when you venture out with fellow club members. Summers in Minnesota are brief. Make plans to hit the road and join in the fun!

Vino in the Valley - Saturday, June 24, 2017 - 3:00 p.m. 

On this trip we'll trek over to the Wisconsin side of the river and discover Vino in the Valley (www.vinointhevalley.com).  We'll have an entertaining drive on back roads followed by a leisurely dinner.  Waits can be long, but when it's this good, there's no reason to rush.   Ride departs from the Cottage Grove Kohl's at 3:00 p.m.  The address is 7990 Hardwood Avenue South.  Please plan to arrive by 2:45 p.m. with your gas tank full. We'll have a round of introductions, review the route and hit the road.

When you register, be sure to add your passengers too.  I want to let the restaurant know the size of our group so they can be ready for us.

This event is open to members of the BMW CCA and registration is free.  Participants are responsible for any and all other costs related to the trip (gas, meals, repairs, etc.)

Register at MotorsportReg: msreg.com/Vinointhevalley2017

Questions?  Email tours@northstarbmw.org



6th Annual River Road Pizza Run

posted Apr 22, 2017, 7:20 PM by NorthStarBMW Driving Tours Coordinator


North Star BMW Car Club of America

Road Trip Series 2017

There's no better way to enjoy your "Ultimate Driving Machine" than to get out on the road. It's even better when you venture out with fellow club members. Summers in Minnesota are brief. Make plans to hit the road and join in the fun!

6th Annual River Road Pizza Run - Saturday, July 15, 2017 - 3:00 p.m.

Explore the back roads on the Wisconsin side of the Mississippi for some spectacular driving.  Hidden in the rolling hills we'll find our annual favorite Stone Barn, a wood-fired, brick oven eatery that serves incredible pizza in an amazing setting (www.thenelsonstonebarn.com).

Ride departs from the Cottage Grove Kohl's department store parking lot at 3:00 p.m.  Kohl's is located at 7990 Hardwood Avenue South. Please plan to arrive by 2:45 p.m. with your gas tank full.  We'll have a round of introductions, review the route and hit the road.

When you register, be sure to add your passengers too.  The restaurant doesn't take reservations, but I want to warn them we're coming if the group is large.

This event is open to members of the BMW CCA and registration is free.  Participants are responsible for any and all other costs related to the trip (gas, meals, repairs, etc.)

Register at Motorsport Reg: msreg.com/Riverroadpizzarun2

Questions? Email tour@northstarbmw.org


Apple Harvest Express

posted Apr 22, 2017, 7:11 PM by NorthStarBMW Driving Tours Coordinator   [ updated Apr 22, 2017, 7:14 PM ]

North Star BMW Car Club of America

Road Trip Series 2017

There's no better way to enjoy your "Ultimate Driving Machine" than to get out on the road.  It's even better when you venture out with fellow club members.  Summers in Minnesota are brief.  Make plans to hit the road and join in the fun!

Apple Harvest Express - Saturday, September 16, 2017 - 9:00 a.m.

Apples taste better when they are brought home in a BMW.  Mid-September is peak apple time and we are headed southeast to travel the apple orchard back roads.  Along the way we will dine at the Reads Landing Brewing Company. (rlbrewingco.com) 

Departs from the Cottage Grove Kohl's at 9:00 a.m.  The address is 7990 Hardwood Avenue South.  Please plan to arrive on time with a full tank of gas.  We'll have a round of introductions, review the route and hit the road.

The event is open to members of the BMWCCA and registration is free.  Participants are responsible for all other costs related to the trip.

When you register, please remember to add your passengers too.  This will assist in making reservations at the restaurant.  Thanks!

Register at MotorsportReg: msreg.com/Appleharvestexpres


Questions?  Email tours@northstarbmw.org

 

Experience A Special Screening of The New BMW Film With Its Creators!

posted Mar 13, 2017, 10:48 AM by NorthStarBMW Webmaster


Experience A Special Screening of The New BMW Film With Its Creators!
 
You’re invited to a very special screening of the new BMW Film “The Escape” at a spectacular venue: The beautifully restored, historic Heights Theater. “The Escape” is an action-packed salute to the Fifteenth Anniversary of the groundbreaking BMW Films. Created in 2001, the original eight short films starred Clive Owen as a mysterious driver for hire and featured a who’s who of top Hollywood directors and actors.
 
Presenting the new film will be its Executive Producer, Bruce Bildsten. Bruce led the team who created of the original films at the legendary Minneapolis ad agency Fallon in 2001 and was invited by BMW, along with former Fallon Producer Brian DiLorenzo, to create the big budget new film. Joining them will be Minneapolis director Patrick Pierson who filmed all the behind the scenes of the massive production. Bruce will not only share the new film on the big screen, but also revisit a few of the originals, as well as share behind the scenes content.
 
“The Escape” stars Clive Owen along with Jon Bernthal, Dakota Fanning and Vera Farmiga. Directed by Oscar-nominated director Neill Blomkamp, the stunts were coordinated the legendary Guy Norris. Like Norris’ “Mad Max: Fury Road”, “The Escape’s” extraordinary stunts were created with minimal special effects. And all of Owen’s driving was done by the Chief Driving Instructor at BMW’s Performance Driving School, Matt Mullins.
 
It will be an evening of BMW at its very best in a very special venue. Don’t miss it.

We will be meeting at The Heights Theater at 7pm, March 23 from 7 to 9pm.  The event is free and open to everyone.  It would be helpful, but not necessary, to express your intention to attend on our Face Book page at:  https://www.facebook.com/northstarbmw/

More information on The Heights is available at:  http://www.heightstheater.com/  It is a great area with ethnic restaurants and bars if you decide to make an evening of it.

Please follow this link to the trailer:  http://bmwfilms.com/trailer-one

Motorwerks BMW would like to provide the following two items for the upcoming Film Event:

Extended Test Drive Experience 
 
Enjoy a weekend of fun in the BMW of your choice curtsey of Motorwerks BMW from Friday – Monday. Must be 21 years of age and total miles not to exceed 400 driven.
 
BMW 101 Experience 
 
The BMW 101 Experience is an exciting opportunity for customers to unleash the performance of a BMW during a specialized driving segment at the BMW Performance Center. Customers will also tour the BMW Manufacturing plant, where the BMW X3, X4, X5 and X6 are produced, and Zentrum, where the past, present and future of BMW come together in the only BMW museum in North America.
 
Overview: 
• The customer must be 18 years of age or older and have a valid driver’s license.
• The customer may bring one guest (12 years of age or older). The guest can participate in the driving activities if he/she has a valid driver’s license. Guests who are 12 to 18 years of age must attend with a legal guardian.
• BMW 101 is available Monday through Friday; it begins at 8:00 a.m. and ends at 3:00 p.m.
 
What is Included? 
• One-night hotel accommodations (double-room occupancy) and dinner and breakfast for the customer and one guest at the Greenville Marriott (check-in is the afternoon/evening prior to the scheduled experience date at the BMW Performance Center).
• Round-trip shuttle service provided by the Greenville Marriott (5:00 a.m. to midnight) from the Greenville-Spartanburg Airport (GSP) to the hotel and the BMW Performance Center.
• One two-hour driving session for the customer and guest who will share the driving time in a BMW similar to the model the customer owns. Under the guidance of a professional driving instructor, they will participate in an Autocross handling course, an ABS braking exercise, and a DSC demonstration on the skid pad. They will also have the opportunity to drive a BMW X5 or BMW X3 through an off-road course.
• An opportunity for the customer to schedule a vehicle overview session with a Product Specialist to learn more about BMW’s unique features and technology.
• Complimentary lunch at the BMW Performance Center on the day of the experience.
• A tour of the BMW Manufacturing plant and Zentrum museum (the factory tour and museum are subject to closings and blackout dates)
• Air travel is the responsibility of the winner

North Star Performance Driving School @ BIR June 2-4, 2017

posted Feb 5, 2017, 2:26 PM by NorthStarBMW Driving Schools Coordinator   [ updated Feb 14, 2017, 4:43 PM ]

We will be at BIR Friday, June 2rd through Sunday, June 4th, 2017.  We have reserved the Competition Track (i.e. short course) all weekend.  Saturday & Sunday is our standard school for students (Saturday-only option offered as well).  Friday is an instructor/advanced student driving day.

 

Safety Helmet Requirement

 

Please note:  Helmet requirement changes are effective this year and in order to drive in this event, you will be required to wear a helmet.  We require a Snell SA2010 rating or better for your safety on the track.  Upon registration, your helmet will be inspected for the proper rating as well as to make sure it is in a safe condition.

 

Download the BIR What to Expect PDF

 

Friday Instructor/Advanced Student Driving Day

 

On Friday we will have track time for instructors and advanced students.  Instructor session passing rules allow for passing anywhere on the track as long as the vehicle in front of you gives you the point by.  If you are an experienced driver who has not yet driven with us on our Friday driving days and would like to join then please contact our Chief Driving Instructor, Tyler Arvig, or our Driving Events Coordinator, Tim Oudin, for approval.


Saturday/Sunday Driving School

 

The weekend driving school is open to all experience levels, BMW & non-BMW makes.  Our club has years of expertise in offering safe, educational, and fun experiences at the track.  We teach everything from the basics to the finer points of performance driving.  You will be on the track with an experienced, knowledgeable instructor that will customize the school for your background and preferences.


Convertibles, t-tops, targas, trucks, vans, and SUVs are not allowed.  Specific SAVs such as BMW X3, X5, X6, Porsche Cayenne, Audi Q7, etc. may be allowed with approval from the Chief Driving Instructor or Driving Events Coordinator.

 

The basic 2-day school cost is $350.  Other package options, including a 3-day combo drive for approved drivers, are available at time of registration.  Contact the Driving Events Coordinator with any questions!


Registration on MotorsportReg.com

 

To begin, visit http://www.motorsportreg.com and create your account if you have not already.  Add 'BMW CCA - North Star Chapter' to your Club Memberships, and our events will show up in the Calendar.

 

Please note: BMW CCA membership is required to attend driving events with this club.  A 1-year membership is $48 and can be obtained by calling BMW CCA at 1-866-250-0022 or visiting http://www.bmwcca.org.

 

Direct event registration link

 

Tech Inspection

 

Each car that will be driven on the track will require a pre-event tech inspection.  Our event sponsor, Motorwerks BMW, will be offering a complimentary tech inspection for registered attendees at the date and time below.  No registration is required for the tech inspection, and all vehicle makes are welcomed!


WhereMotorwerks BMW

Address1300 American Blvd W., Bloomington, MN  55420

When:  Thursday, 4 May 2017, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM


Download PDF Tech Form

 

Hotel

 

We will be staying at the Comfort Inn & Suites Rapid River Lodge in Baxter.  Our group rate is $129 per night.  When making your reservation, mention that you are with the "BMW club".  The block of rooms for the club is reserved; book now before the summer vacation rush.  The Comfort Inn & Suites can be reached at 218-825-7234.

 

Attendee Dinner

 

We'll continue the tradition of a club dinner at Prairie Bay Grill in Brainerd on Saturday, June 3rd, at 7:00 PM.  Cost and menu will be available during registration, and your guests are definitely welcomed!
 

Volunteering

 

This event is entirely volunteers driven and we are always looking for additional help to keep weekend running smoothly and safely for all!  Duties would include helping out at the registration table on Friday night/Saturday morning, assisting with school support activities in the morning, etc.  Volunteers may receive instructor rides on the track and our sincere thanks!  Please contact drivingschools@northstarbmw.org with interest in helping out.  This club is based on volunteers, and we could not pull off quality events without them!

 

Thanks for your time and hope you join us at BIR!

2017 Spring Car Control Clinic

posted Feb 5, 2017, 2:15 PM by NorthStarBMW Driving Schools Coordinator   [ updated Feb 5, 2017, 2:15 PM ]


Since we know winter can be a drag, North Star BMW is thrilled to invite you to attend our Spring Advanced Car Control Clinic at Dakota County Technical College on Sunday, May 6th

 

This driving school is open to all BMW CCA member 18 years of age or older who want to enhance their skill behind the wheel. Learn braking, cornering, as well as controlling oversteer and understeer in a safe environment. This event mixes classroom based technical education and hands on practice with the guidance of instructors who live and breathe driving.

 

Note that if you are planning on attending our High Performance Driver Education at BIR (June 2 - 4), we highly recommend you attend this school first. It will make your time at BIR much more enjoyable, as you will have a better understanding of car control before you get there.

 

The cost of this school is $100. This includes a light breakfast and lunch. You must be a BMW CCA member to attend this school but do not need to own a BMW to join BMW CCA.

 

Registration is available at http://msreg.com/accc-may-2017

 

We hope to see you there!

3rd Annual Tech Session

posted Jan 24, 2017, 8:58 PM by NorthStarBMW Webmaster

Join us at Motorwerks BMW for the 3rd Annual Tech Session!


What questions do you have about BMW vehicles and technology?

 




Summary

  • What: Technical Discussions about BMW Vehicles & Technology
  • When: Saturday, February 25th, 2017 from 9:30 am to 12:00 pm
  • Where: Motorwerks BMW, Bloomington, MN
  • Registration: Available on MotorsportReg.com (Link below)
 
 

Event Details

Join us at Motorwerks BMW on Saturday, February 25th, 2017 for a look into the exciting new technology available in BMW’s current and future vehicle lineup. Due to the success of last years event, for 2017 we are expanding content and will be located in the 3rd floor showroom. Topics will include M cars, BMW i and BMW Efficient Dynamics technology along with special vehicle displays. New this year, a number of disassembled vehicle components will be on display, including transmissions and the Active M Differential!
 


 

Event Logistics

On the day of the event, sign-in and social hour will take place between 9:30 am and 10:30 am. The technical presentation will begin at 10:45 am and will be followed by a Q&A session at 11:45 am.

Snacks and beverages will be kindly provided by Motorwerks. There may even be some special incentives available from Sales, Service and Parts/Accessories!

A limited number of gift bags will be available for pre-registered attendees on a first come first served basis on the morning of the event.

Take this great opportunity to learn more about our beloved brand while enjoying the company of fellow club members. We look forward to seeing you there!
 


Parking

IMPORTANT: As a courtesy to our hosts, please do not park in the Motorwerks customer lot. Attendees are required to park in the Knights of Columbus parking lot immediately east of the dealership at 1114 American Boulevard West. Please follow North Star BMW Club volunteer directions on the day of the event.

After parking please proceed to the main sales entrance and take the elevator to the 3rd floor.
 

Registration

Attendees are requested to register in advance to aid with event planning. Register here on MotorsportReg.com.

Winter Car Control Clinic, February 4, 2017

posted Dec 21, 2016, 9:53 AM by NorthStarBMW Driving Schools Coordinator


It's that time of year again, snow is on the ground and we have the track at Dakota County Technical College reserved for Saturday, February 4th!  Come join us to learn all about vehicle dynamics in less than optimal driving conditions, hone your skills or just have some fun.

BMW CCA membership is required, though the event is open to all drivers over the age of 18 and all cars.

Registration is now open at the link below.  See you out there!


Here's small demonstration of some of the driving at a Spring Car Control Clinic to help get you excited for a day on track.  Don't worry, winter driving will be just as much as this looks!  Spring Advanced Car Control Clinic - North Star Chapter BMW Club

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