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News & Events, January 2020

Upcoming Events
• Winter Dinner
• Teen Street Survival Classes
• Sommer Schnell HPDE Dates Announced
Club News
• Volunteer Opportunities
• North Star Bavarian Goes Digital
• BimmerLife
Member Stories
• Epic BMW Adventure
Member Corner
• Member Spotlight
• Tech Advisors
• Classifieds

Upcoming Events
2020 North Star Winter Dinner
Saturday, January 25, 2020
Gasthaus Bavarian Hunter, Stillwater, MN

Come join us for the annual North Star Chapter Winter Dinner on Saturday, January 25, 2020 at the Gasthaus Bavarian Hunter located at 8390 Lofton Ave., Stillwater, MN. This year we are pleased to feature Kris Clewell as our guest speaker — automotive photographer and journalist, and host of the Overcrest podcast and rally. You do not want to miss this-It’s going to be a great program!

The event will run from 5:00-6:00 pm (registration) with dinner served at 6pm 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, Potatoes, Green Beans Almondine, House Salad, Dinner Rolls, Dessert Bar, Soft Drinks and Coffee. All other beverages will be on a cash bar basis and we ask that you please drink responsibly.

The cost is $35 per guest.  Reservations Only - No Payment at the Door!  This event usually fills up.  (Maximum 95 participants). Registration closes on January 23rd and no registration will be accepted after this date.

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Tire Rack Street Survival
Saturday, February 1, 2020
Dakota County Technical College, Rosemount, MN

Please note: For 2020, the State of Minnesota does not allow any drivers without a full, unrestricted, drivers license to participate. (i.e. If the participant is allowed to drive to and from the event without an adult required to be in the car with them). Permitted drivers are not allowed. We are sorry for this change in policy, but this is out of our control.

The primary emphasis of the Tire Rack Street Survival® is a "hands-on" driving experience in real-world situations! We use your own car to teach you about its handling limits and how you can control them. The students will become more observant of the traffic situation they find themselves in. They will learn to look far enough ahead to anticipate unwise actions of other drivers. As the students master the application of physics to drive their cars, they will make fewer unwise driving actions themselves. They will understand why they should always wear their own seatbelts, and why they should insist that their passengers wear seatbelts, too.

It's about more than driving - it's about LIVING!

Three parents, including Scott Goodyear, former Indy Car Champion, share their perspectives in this video.

All Schools $95.

See our FAQ page at:

Any questions after reviewing the FAQ page call Bill Wade, National Program Director, @ 502-649-4871 (8 am - 8 pm EST)

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Sommer Schnell Dates Announced
Friday, June 5th, 2020
Brainerd International Raceway

June 5th - 7th - Join fellow North Star Chapter members at Brainerd International Raceway (BIR) for a fun filled weekend you will not want to miss.

If you are new to High Performance Driving Education (HPDE) and want to learn more, feel free to reach out to our Drivers Education Committee with any questions. We love talking about all things driving, especially in the winter!

Details and Registration
Club News

We're Growing - Get Involved!

We're looking for enthusiastic members to help grow our team.
Learn more here:
Volunteer Opportunities
Driving Events Coordinator
As we usher in 2020, we say goodbye and thank you to a very devoted club member and volunteer, Tim Oudin.

We have some big shoes to fill for the 2020 driving season.  If you are interested in volunteering as the Driving Events coordinator, please follow the link below for position details and how to apply online!
Position Details
North Star Bavarian Goes Digital
With the introduction of BimmerLife and the requirement for print newsletters being repealed, North Star BMW has rebranded our monthly emails as the North Star Bavarian Digital.  The North Star Bavarian Digital issues will include club news, events and articles written by our members.  We will be sending these extended digital newsletters via email once a month.  If you would like to advertise in the North Star Bavarian Digital or publish an article, please reach out to us at
In 2019, the BMW CCA Board of Directors, after almost two years of study and testing, repealed the quarterly newsletter requirement for individual chapters in favor of a new, regional approach. This new effort is designed to collect and publish chapter information, profiles, and news in a way that reaches more members and prospective members, shows BMW CCA membership at its best, serves as a tool for outreach and recruitment, and is published in a premium format.  
Member Stories

Epic BMW Adventure
Petit Le Mans, O’Fest & Tail of the Dragon
By Kim Crumb

It’s Wednesday morning in early October, North Star Chapter member Chris Tadevich and I headed south in our two E46ers.   We planned an epic BMW trip.   First, we’ll attend the IMSA finale, Motul Petit Le Mans, a 10 hour sports car endurance race held at Road Atlanta.  Thenparticipate in the 50th Annual BMW CCA O’Fest in Greenville, near BMW’s Spartanburg manufacturing plant and BMW CCA headquarters. On the way home, we’ll drive the fabled Tail of the Dragon in eastern Tennessee.   The weather report is ominous here in Minnesota for the upcoming weekend; we’ll be long gone.  We make our way to southern Illinois by evening, averaging 71.7 mph and 29.1 mpg. You gotta like that BMW efficiency!

Thursday, we are in warm southern temperatures, traffic in Nashville is heavier than expected,and Chattanooga is a standstill.  We improvise our route and cut across delightful backroads, enjoying the special qualities of our Ultimate Driving Machines. 

Friday, we head to Road Atlanta with BMW CCA hospitality tickets and infield Corral parking passes in hand. Plus, we have wonderfully over-the-top hospitality provided by BMW NA.  

Pre-race highlights on Friday include meeting the BimmerWorld Racing team owner/driver James Clay and driver Devin Jones, and a BMW-only Road Atlanta parade lap in my DINAN 3. During the parade lap, I recall my previous experiences with the 2.54 mile, 12 turn track. Chris and I discuss the combination of elevation changes and various radii that can be initially daunting versus most Midwest racetracks that are usually flat. The Dodge Viper I once drove here would go over 160 mph on the back straight, and the Porsche GT-3 RS was only a few mph slower, and then there was that special 7.4L V-12 Mercedes-Benz SL too. My most special time at Road America was during the 2000 BMW CCA O’Fest when I was lucky to have a friend loan me a new E39 M5, a car with both magnificent power and poise. During a driving education track event, we promptly showed the instructors what it could do on this famous tack. And the next day, we earned its very first O’Fest win, in Class 7A, with the competition held at the (then new) BMW Performance Center. Since then, this car became a veritable legend as one of the greatest sport sedans of all time, I quite agree…contributing to that reputation early-on…back at O’Fest Y2K!  

Saturday, the day of the big race. Chris and I are joined by North Star Chapter member Davis Nygren and Chris’s family for the highly anticipated 10 hour IMSA Motul Petit Le Mans.Coincidently, the 2019 season marks the 50th Anniversary of founding the International Motor Sports Association.

The Minnesota contingent is treated to premier viewing overlooking the diving heart-in-your-throat turns 11-12 combination that leads to the front straight. We’re comfortably seated on snazzy white leather sofas as racecars fly by behind the glass wall only yards away.  Cappuccino for you? Need your cell phone charged? Yes, BMW has a secure kiosk for that! Thank you very much BMW NA hospitality!

We walk the grid before the big race and capture photo moments with BMW Team RLL’s GTLM Class M8 car and Turner Motorsport’s GTD Class M6 car. During the race, we have time to move about the track, checking out various vantage points throughout the race. To make seeing the sights easier, Chris cleverly gets a BMW CCA golf cartto tour the entire infield!

There is huge drama as the race nears the end. The Turner BMW M6 passes the AMG Benz on the last lap. There might have been a little nudging, as the Benz was running out of fuel, and this earns BMW the GTD class win.  In doing so, driver Bill Auberlen matches the IMSA seriesrecord for most wins, at 60.   

On Monday we head to Greenville and begin the intense task of getting road grime off my DINAN 3 to get it ready for O’Fest Concour competition on Wednesday.  

Photos by Kim Crumb and Chris Tadevich

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