Event Announcements

Bimmers 'n' Brats

posted Aug 11, 2017, 7:48 PM by NorthStarBMW Driving Tours Coordinator   [ updated Aug 11, 2017, 8:02 PM ]

Join us for the 4th Annual North Star Bimmers ‘n’ Brats car show! Club members, associates and their families are welcome on Sunday, October 15, 2017 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 at a unique and historic Minnesota location.

Registration is $10.00 to display a vehicle, which includes lunch. Spectators not wishing to display a vehicle can register for lunch only at a cost of $5.00.

The event runs from 11:00am to 2:00pm on Sunday, October 15th. Food will be available between 11:30am  and 1:30pm.

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.

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 Motorcycles All Years

Category 9: 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. 

All participants will be required to sign a Release & Waiver of Liability form at sign-in on the day of the event.

Registration link:


Annual Member Appreciation Picnic

posted Jul 19, 2017, 4:29 PM by NorthStarBMW Driving Tours Coordinator

Just a reminder that this Saturday is the North Star Chapter Summer BBQ and New Member Reception.

In what has become a long-standing tradition the Summer BBQ and New Member Reception is coming up! We want to invite ALL of the members of the North Star Chapter of the BMW CCA to help welcome the new members that have joined the North Star Chapter over the previous year. To the new members we want to extend a special invitation to you and your whole family (aah, except the pets) for the up-coming North Star Summer BBQ. Fine food, good friends, and four-wheel euphoria will be in abundance.

This year we are privileged to have joining us Jeff Brown from Griot’s Garage who will be providing demonstrations and instruction on various techniques to make sure your BMW (or Mini, or for that matter, any vehicle!) is kept looking as good as possible. He is a very experienced car-care technician and I know he will be able to enlighten us with his knowledge.

Here are the details:

What: Our Annual Summer BBQ and New Member Reception
When: Saturday, July 22nd, 2017 (Food: 11:30am – 1:30pm, Griot’s Garage is starting about 12:00 noon, with socializing until around 3:00pm)
Where: Brookview Park in Golden Valley, MN (Directions below)
This is known as one of the premier events of the year and if you miss it, you do miss out. The entire family can enjoy this event so gather round the spouse and offspring and head out for a good time on this weekend.

This event is open to ALL members. After all, we want people to get a chance to meet and get to know each other, old and new members alike.

The food, oh yes the food. We will have typical but splendid picnic food for your epicurean pleasure. The chapter provides all the food, soft drinks, plates, condiments, etc., all you have to do is show up.

Our generous sponsors and supporters will provide door prizes. The booty list is not complete but historically your chances of going away with a prize are very good. Be sure to stick around for the drawing.

It really helps our planning if we have an idea of how many people will be attending as we need to make sure we have enough for all. You can RSVP through MotorsportReg.com.

Thank you!

Brookview Parkway North, Brookview Pkwy N, Golden Valley, MN 55426, USA

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posted Apr 22, 2017, 8:30 PM by NorthStarBMW Driving Tours Coordinator   [ updated Jul 3, 2017, 7:55 PM ]

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


Sunday Night (8/20) in Lincoln, Nebraska

TownePlace Suites

7353 Husker Circle

Lincoln, NE 68504


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   [ updated Jul 3, 2017, 7:43 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!

6th Annual River Road Pizza Run - Saturday, July 15, 2017 - 1:30 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 1:30 p.m.  Kohl's is located at 7990 Hardwood Avenue South. Please plan to arrive by 1:15 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 Aug 12, 2017, 5:46 AM by NorthStarBMW Webmaster ]

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.
• 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!

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