Event Announcements

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.
• 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




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!



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?



  • 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!


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.


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

2016 Annual Winter Dinner

posted Nov 14, 2016, 8:24 PM by NorthStarBMW Webmaster

2014 Winter Dinner


Come join us for the annual North Star Chapter Winter Dinner on Saturday, January 14, 2016, at the Gasthaus Bavarian Hunter in Stillwater, MN.

Venue Address and Map

Venue Website


This year we are pleased to feature as our guest speaker Don Dethlefsen, founder of The Werk Shop, a shop that does restorations of European cars.  Don has been an active supporter of the Foundation and his work has been featured in multiple issues of Roundel.

The event will run from 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM in a private dining room and includes a buffet dinner of Sauerbraten, Mixed Sausages with Sauerkraut, Chicken Breast with Sun Dried Tomato Cream Sauce, Parsley Buttered Spaetzle, Red Cabbage, Mashed Potatoes & Gravy, Green Beans Almondine, House Salad, Dinner Rolls, Apple Strudel Cheesecake, Soft Drinks and Coffee.  All other beverages will be on a cash bar basis and we ask that you please drink responsibly.


The cost per person is $30.00 and all members and their guests are welcome to attend.
Reservations Only - No Payment at the Door!  This event usually fills up.  
(Maximum 95 participants)

Weber In 60 Seconds

posted Sep 18, 2016, 7:18 AM by NorthStarBMW Webmaster   [ updated Sep 22, 2016, 8:59 PM ]

For those who may not know, Craig Weber (one of our long-time members) has been racing ChumpCar, WRL, and who knows what else, for since their inception.  Being the socialite that he is, Craig started interviewing other race teams from the various series as well as the BMW teams that race in IMSA.  Feel free to check out the series of interviews he has at the following link.  Enjoy the video interviews and great work Craig!

2016 North Star Bimmers ‘n’ Brats Car Show

posted Aug 22, 2016, 8:10 PM by NorthStarBMW Membership Coordinator   [ updated Aug 22, 2016, 8:11 PM ]

Join us for the third annual North Star Bimmers ‘n’ Brats car show! Club members, associates and their families are all welcome on Sunday, September 11th, 2016, at the Germanic-American Institute located on Summit Ave in St. Paul. Display your vintage, collector or special interest BMW or just socialize and enjoy some good food with fellow enthusiasts.

September 11th, 2016
Event runs 11:00am to 2:00pm
Lunch served 11:30am to 1:30pm

Germanic-American Institute
301 Summit Ave, St. Paul, MN 55102

$10 - Display vehicle, Includes lunch
$5 - Spectators, Includes lunch

Vehicles will be divided into display categories and you will be directed to an appropriate parking spot by a volunteer upon arrival. The event is focused on vintage, collector and special interest vehicles, however we will display some modern Bimmers this year. Spaces will be limited due to the small lot size at the Germanic-American Institute, so register today!

Display categories are as follows:

Category 1: BMW 1960 & Earlier

Category 2: BMW 1960-1970

Category 3: BMW 1970-1980

Category 4: BMW 1980-1990

Category 5: BMW 1990-1994

Category 6: BMW M Cars

Category 7: BMW Z Cars

Category 8: BMW 1994-Present (Limited Spaces)

Spectators not showing a vehicle are advised to park on Summit Ave due to many parking restrictions surrounding the event location. 

Click here to register on MotorsportReg.com

Fall 2016 M Day for the North Star Chapter

posted Jun 30, 2016, 11:26 AM by NorthStarBMW Webmaster

Registration is Now Open!

The North Star Chapter is excited to offer our members the second opportunity to avail of a BMW CCA M Day at the Performance Center in Greer, South Carolina! This is a unique event tailored to BMW CCA Chapters using the Performance Center’s superb range of M cars, which includes the new M2 as well as the M3, M4 and M5. There will be classroom instruction followed by various in-car activities with the Center’s exceptional instructors. In-car activities include skid pad, driving dynamics on special handling courses and timed competition events. No helmets or previous driving school experience is required. The program runs from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm and includes instruction in current model M cars, lunch and gift bags.

The North Star Chapter has secured Saturday, October 15th, 2016 for this unmissable opportunity. We are also working with BMW to organize a tour of BMW Zentrum (museum) and the Spartanburg manufacturing plant on Friday, October 14th. This will be confirmed when BMW finalizes tour schedules in August.

The event itself will cost $690 per person and is based on 32 participants. This represents an exceptional discount for a Performance Center event and to qualify, the Chapter needs 32 participants registered by August 6th, 2016. To ensure commitment, the Chapter requires that the event fee be paid in full at the time of registration. Each North Star member is permitted to bring a non-member guest whose fee would be paid by the member through the standard registration process. If the Chapter fails to secure 32 registered participants by August 6th, the event will be canceled and all fees will be refunded in full.

Travel arrangements to/from South Carolina in addition to food and lodging will be the responsibility of the individual participant. It is recommended to plan for at least a two night stay to maximize enjoyment of the event and to spend some time with your fellow North Star enthusiasts in the Greenville area.

As you consider participating in this amazing weekend event, please help us spread the word by networking with your fellow North Star enthusiasts. Again, we need 32 participants to make this happen. It is also important to remember that the Performance Center is providing the M cars, tires and gas for the day!!

If you require further information ahead of registration opening, please contact Gary Ganser (president@northstarbmw.org).

Mississippi River Trek and Amana Colonies 3-Day Adventure

posted Apr 12, 2016, 8:21 PM by NorthStarBMW Driving Tours Coordinator   [ updated Apr 13, 2016, 7:33 AM ]

When:  Friday, September 23 - Sunday, September 25, 2016

Where:  Departs from Hy-Vee Parking Lot (SE corner of Pilot Knob Road and 160th Street/CR46)

        4996 160th Street W, Lakeville, MN  55044

The Great River Road is calling!  We'll depart the Twin Cities late morning on Friday en route to Marquette, Iowa where we'll stay the night.  On the way we'll explore the small towns and back roads that make up the river valley.  Dinner will be at a classic supper club in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin.  

On Saturday we'll head to the Amana Colonies in Iowa.  These seven German villages are recognized as National Historic Landmarks and feature hand-crafted products (including beer and wine).  Read more at www.amanacolonies.com.  Dinner will be at a classic German themed restaurant in downtown Amana.  After a leisurely Sunday morning, everyone will head home as their schedule requires.

Various lodging options have been arranged for the trip.  After you book your general registration on MotorsportReg, you also need to call the hotel/B&Bs of your choice to book rooms.

Friday Night in Marquette, Iowa

Cobblestone Hotel 

100 North Street

Marquette, IA 52158



15 rooms available - ask for NorthstarBMW block

Saturday Night in Amana Area, Iowa

Die Heimat Country Inn

4434 V Street

Homestead, IA 52236



11 rooms available - ask for NorthstarBMW block


Ramada Williamsburg and Wasserbahn

2211 U Avenue

Williamsburg, IA 52361


Many rooms available - no block

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


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

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