North Star BMW Driving School @ BIR June 6th - 8th

posted Apr 3, 2014, 5:27 AM by NorthStarBMW Vice President   [ updated May 16, 2014, 8:18 AM by NS Webmaster: Kenny ]
2013 June BIR School

We will be at BIR Friday, June 6th through Sunday, June 8th.  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: In order to drive in this event, you will be required to wear a helmet.  We require a Snell SA2005 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.

Friday Instructor/Advanced Student Driving Day

On Friday we will have track time for instructors and advanced students.  Instructor session passing rules allow passing anywhere on the track as long as the vehicle in front of you gives you the point by.  The fee structure for instructors for this event:
  • Instructor Friday only: $175
  • Instructor weekend only 2-students: $75
  • Instructor weekend only 1-student: $175
  • Instructor combo 3-days 2-students: $150
  • Instructor combo 3-days 1-student: $250
If you are an advanced student and would like to drive on Friday, please contact our Chief Driving Instructor, Tyler Arvig or our Driving Events Coordinator, Eric Christenson for approval if you have not been approved to drive solo on Fridays previously.

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, fun experiences at the track.  We teach the basics and the finer points of performance driving, and 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. are allowed with permission.

The basic 2-day school cost is $320 for early bird and $350 thereafter.  Other package options, including a 3-day combo drive for approved drivers, are available at time of registration.

Registration on

To begin, visit 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: club membership is required to attend driving schools.  A 1-year membership is $48 and can be obtained by calling BMW CCA at 1-866-250-0022Call: 1-866-250-0022 or visiting

Tech Inspection
Each car you plan to drive on the track will require a BIR pre-event tech inspection.  Orr Autosport hosted our club sponsored tech inspection on May 8th.  They, or any other shop, will need to inspect your car, and fill out our Tech Inspection Form.  We know that our members drive all makes and models, and for that reason, we do not restrict where you can have your car inspected.  All drivers must have their car(s) tech inspected in advance of the event and bring a completed tech form with them to BIR.  Orr Autosport will also be providing track-side support at the event; a huge THANK YOU to them for their support!

Other Details


We will be staying at the Comfort Inn & Suites Rapid River Lodge on 371 in Baxter.  Our group rate is $99 per night.  Water park passes will be available & complimentary upon request when booking your room.  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.  We also have a block at Arrowwood Lodge at Brainerd Lakes for the same rate under the ‘BMW club.’  and can be reached at 218-822-5634.

Attendee Dinner

For our Saturday night dinner, we will be enjoying the gourmet fare from Prairie Bay Restaurant once again.  Choose your entrée at the time of registration!  The cost is $30 per person.


The BIR event organizers are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help.  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, free admittance to the Saturday night dinner, and our sincere thanks!  Please contact 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!