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News & Events, June 2020

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We are so excited to hear Minnesota Governor Tim Walz’s announcement that the state will enter into Phase III of the Stay Safe MN plan, including indoor/outdoor events, entertainment, and recreation venues beginning Wednesday, June 10, 2020. 

This means that North Star BMW will resume planned events through the remaining part of June and beyond however they may be modified to comply with the evolving COVID-19 guidance. As we return to more activities we enjoy, and more businesses begin to reopen, the risks of possible COVID-19 transmission also increase. It is more important than ever that we do their part to protect ourselves and others by wearing masks, staying six feet apart, and staying home when we feel sick.

Additionally, we ask that you register for events online at, and electronically sign/accept the “Release and Waiver of Liability” form at the same time. This request applies to “no cost” events too. These steps minimize potential for transmitting via paper/pen while being in close proximity to others.  

We look forward to seeing you soon at one of the many gatherings we have planned! 

Table of Contents

Upcoming Events
  • June 13: Mississippi River Meander
  • July 11: Annual Member Appreciation Picnic
  • July 18: 9th Annual River Road Pizza Run
  • August 23: Adult Car Control Clinic + Free "Taste of the Track"
  • Volunteer: Open Webmaster Position
Feature Article
  • An Ode To Slide-Out Cupholders
Member Spotlight
  • Bob C.'s E28

Member Corner
  • Member Spotlight
  • Tech Advisor
  • Classifieds

Upcoming Events

Plans are still underway to kick off the 2020 Road Trip Series this month. Since road trips naturally involve social distancing in our own cars, we will carefully launch the season and fully comply with state COVID guidelines. Group size will be limited and 6-foot social distancing rules apply. To help protect your fellow club members, be sure to bring along your mask.

Mississippi River Meander

Saturday, June 13
Meet at Kohl's Parking Lot, Cottage Grove — Depart at 10:00am 
On June 13, we’ll celebrate the start of the season with the Mississippi River Meander, a trip down the Mississippi River to Winona. Originally we planned to visit the Minnesota Marine Art Museum and dine at a local downtown restaurant.  Due to COVID restrictions, the museum is currently closed and indoor dining at the restaurant is a challenge. In response we've changed up the plans and we will now dine at the Lakeview Drive In. This historic outdoor dining venue has been in operation since 1938 and is a Winona institution.  The drive-in is located next to a large city park which will allow everyone ample space to social distance.  Bring a lawn chair or blanket if you wish.
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2020 Annual Member Appreciation Picnic

Saturday, July 11, 11:30am – 3:00pm
Brookview Park, Golden Valley
In what has become a long-standing tradition the Summer BBQ and New Member Reception is coming up! We want to invite ALL North Star Chapter members, their families and our sponsors to help welcome new members, share experiences and admire our favorite driving machines.

To the new members we want to extend a special invitation to you and your whole family (aah, except the pets). Good food, good friends, new friends, and four-wheel euphoria will be in abundance.
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9th Annual River Road Pizza Run

Saturday, July 18
Meet at Kohl's Parking Lot, Cottage Grove — Depart at 1:30pm 
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 Nelson Stone Barn, a wood-fired, brick oven eatery that serves incredible pizza in an amazing setting. Join your BMW friends for an evening of outdoor dining surrounded by deciduous forest and open fields. Waits can be long, but no one seems to mind.

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.
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Adult Car Control + Free "Taste of the Track"

Sunday, August 23, 2020
Dakota County Technical College, Rosemount, MN

We know everyone is in desperate need of some time behind the wheel of your BMW (or other chosen automobile)! Unfortunately, coronavirus put a damper on our earlier scheduled Adult Car Control School and High Performance Driver Education event at Brainerd International Raceway (BIR). Fear not, we are planning a full Adult Car Control event at DCTC on August 23rd! Cost is to be determined, but will be less than the standard $100. 

While it may look and feel different, the core elements will remain. Excellent driving, excellent people, and a lot of fun. You need not have previous experience, and will be paired with a seasoned instructor as you learn how to drive your car as it is intended to be driven!

If you are interested in getting a taste of performance driving, we have something for you as well. Come and drive on the track for one session, for FREE. Try it out, we know you'll like it!  

We hope to have something for all club members to enjoy, even if you don't want to drive, but this will be based on the current state guidelines as we get closer to the date. A picnic? A car show? Who knows!

Reserve the date: registration will open late June/early July.
For questions about Sommer Schnell or other driving events, please contact the Drivers Education Commitee via email:


Volunteers Wanted: Open Webmaster Position

Position Summary
The Webmaster is responsible for maintaining our chapter’s email and websites: and 

Responsible to:

  • Members of the chapter
  • Chapter President


  • Maintain websites and update manage board member email setup and groups 
  • Edit web pages, post PDF files, creates new links, post chapter information as needed to keep website current
  • May create content and/or work with others to procure and/or develop content
  • Monitor sites for any issues such as downtime, slow-loading pages or broken links.
  • Respond to member questions and problems regarding website
  • Test and monitor website to ensure stability and functionality
  • Communicate with chapter board of directors to make sure all information on the website is current and accurate
  • Monitor and report on website statistics and visitor behavior
  • Create, as needed, web-based response forms for surveys, etc
  • Attend monthly membership and board of directors meetings
  • Participate in the development and implementation of short-term and long-term planning for the chapter
  • Represent the chapter in the local community

Knowledge & Skills:

  • Literate in HTML, Google Apps, Mailchimp, web editing tools. Good writing skills and analytical skills.

Time Commitment

  • Once familiar with sites and tools; 4 -16 hours a month

Apply at

Feature Article

An Ode To Slide-Out Cupholders
by Brent Dolan
The BMW community is full of special interest groups feverishly dedicated to a chassis, body style or era. Phrases like slicktop, ZHP, and individual run rampant, with many now coveting obscure and decidedly rare cars. Summer 2018 brought our family to Minneapolis after spending the better part of ten years in Northern California. Faced with winter weather and first-time home ownership, our garage was tasked with duties ill-befitting of the toys we had amassed. In no time I became a devotee of BMW E91 lore. 
For those unfamiliar, E91 is the chassis code for the 3 series wagon (touring) produced between 2006 and 2012.  A touring platform is nothing new for BMW, having appeared in 3 and 5 series form since the skunk works E30 touring. While high mileage older models scare off unseasoned mechanics, the E91 can still be found with relatively low miles and feels modern. It is the practical swan song of BMW in the early 2000's, offering hydraulic power steering, a naturally aspirated inline 6-cylinder engine, manual transmission and AWD or RWD for your driving pleasure. 

As quickly as the search began, I discovered these wagons often started life in suburban or outdoor-oriented communities, few changing hands. A manual transmission and no-rust requirement left only a handful available nationwide at wildly variable pricing, with examples for sale as little as 24 hours. We found ours through the BMWCCA classifieds oddly enough, having been owned by a gentleman in Charlotte, NC. The Deep Sea Blue Metallic wagon was his second E91, and it was only leaving to make way for a 3rd example (an MT, RWD variant – a unicorn). Sitting in an office 2700 miles away I orchestrated an inspection through the reputable Euroenvy Autowerks and no surprise, everything checked out. One-way tickets booked, my wife and I eagerly awaited the 1,300-mile road trip home.

We landed on a dreary Friday and found ourselves in the land of Waffle Houses, southern charm and Plexiglas barricaded after-hours motel lobbies. Note to self: stop booking the cheapest accommodations. About as soon as I hit the pillow we awoke for an Uber to suburban Charlotte, greeted by the wagon owner's two labradors. He praised the many exploits of wagon life, its former home on the West Coast (missed connections??) and endless luxury features – a few I admit to discovering only recently. We hit the road quickly to reach Knoxville by lunch time, passing through the gorgeous Blue Ridge Mountains as the fall foliage turned. The hilly terrain gave us an immediate appreciation for the silky smooth N52 engine, heavy power steering and stealth capabilities of a station wagon.

On the open road my wife found herself indulging in a backlog of Serial podcasts and searching out the best local food. Our first stop was a Tennessee BBQ joint set on the water, offering no-frills cafeteria trays and finger licking good food. We made haste north towards Indiana and Purdue where my brother in-law studies. The wagon ate up the miles while returning a stellar 30 mpg. Cup holder design was not at its best in the early 2000s, however the fragile looking contraption holds ice coffee well (eyes on the road!). 

We arrived in West Lafayette with time for a brief reunion and some much-needed stretching. The base seats are supportive with many adjustments, yet an airline flight and 650 highway miles took a toll. Sunday morning brought an early breakfast at Triple XXX, a throwback diner with ties to a fabulous root beer outfit (try the root beer jelly, it will not disappoint!). The only goal for the day was to make it back to Minnesota, an easy task with empty roads and cruise control. Wisconsin greeted us with an early October preview of winter, much to our dismay after late summer weather the past two days. 

Since arriving home our wagon has seen 20,000 additional miles with regular trips to home depot, the BWCA, and every snowstorm - including one marking the arrival of our first child. My wife calls it our favorite BMW. I would say that depends on the season!

Member Spotlight

Bob C. is a longtime member of the BMWCCA and shared the following on his most recent BMW purchase!
I took ownership of the car in the spring of 2019 after 15+ years of E30 ownership.  I always had an appreciation for the E28 and figured that it was a good time to move.
The car started life as a 525i in Germany.  The only power option on the car is the driver side mirror.  The fact that there is no sunroof, no power locks or windows makes it somewhat unusual for an E28 here in the states.  It was purchased by a gentleman in the US Air Force in 1986 and brought back to the US and federalized to meet DOT standards. The car spent most of its life in Colorado and California before a “light restoration” in 2015 that included a donor M30b35 motor, larger upgraded E34 brakes, E28 Sport seats, Supersprint exhaust and partial removal of the previous DOT mandated requirements such as the quarter panel marker lights.  
It currently has 144,000 kilometers or about 88,000 miles, not bad after 35 years. The car is solid mechanically, but I will continue to go through it and make improvements. Plans include taking care of a few cosmetic issues with the paint and glass – being addressed as I type this and I hope to have the car back soon.  Last summer I installed new Bilstein struts, Spax springs and a restored a set of period correct Wed’s Bavaria wheels in 16x8/16x9 fitment. I hope to make it out to a few of the club events this summer.


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We are the largest BMW franchise in the surrounding 5 state region. Our facility, provided for your ultimate buying and servicing experience, is 180,000sq. feet hosting 5 indoor showrooms and 3 client lounges. Motorwerks BMW is proud to be the Midwest’s largest Certified Pre-Owned BMW dealership, and the #1 Pre-Owned luxury retailer for the Penske Automotive Group. For your shopping convenience, we house our entire CPO inventory inside a climate-controlled show floor. Motorwerks wants to take the inconvenience out of your service visit. We offer:

  • Service Valet – Pick up and Delivery
  • The area’s largest fleet of loaner vehicles so you can continue to enjoy the BMW experience while your car is being serviced.
  • 3 client lounges have free Wi-Fi access so you don’t miss a beat in your workday.
  • Free shuttles can take you to and from many destinations throughout the metro area.
  • Indoor reception and indoor storage during your service visit.
  • The 3rd largest parts department in the country.
  • Motorwerks employs the most Certified BMW Master Technicians in the Midwest.

Member Corner

Member Spotlight

Love your ride? Starting a new project? Share it with the rest of our members by featuring it in one of our member spotlights on social media. Send requests with photos of your car and a brief description.
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Tech Advisor

The great part about being a member of the North Star Chapter is access to the vast technical knowledge of our club members.  If you find yourself with car troubles and need free advice, send us your technical questions.
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