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North Star Bavarian

News & Events, March 2020

Table of Contents

Upcoming Events
  • Tire Rack Street Survival, March 14
  • Instructor Development 2020, March 21–22
  • Motorwerks BMW Tech Session, April 4
  • HDPE Open House, April 25
  • Sommer Schnell Tech Inspection, May 7
  • Adult Car Control Clinic, May 9
  • Sommer Schnell, June 5–7
  • Board of Directors Update
Feature Article
  • Kim Crumb's Epic BMW Adventure, Part III

Member Corner
  • Member Spotlight
  • Tech Advisor
  • Classifieds

Upcoming Events

Tire Rack Street Survival

Saturday, March 14, 2020
Dakota County Technical College, Rosemount, MN

Exclusively for teens and/or new drivers, 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. It's about more than driving - it's about LIVING!
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Instructor Development 2020

Saturday/Sunday, March 21–22, 2020
Dakota County Technical College, Rosemount, MN

If you have ever considered becoming a coach to help others become more competent, confident, and safer drivers, then this event is for you! Sponsored by our friends at Audi Club Glacier Lakes, this event is for drivers who have had at least one High Performance Driver Education (HPDE) or car control clinic student driving experience, and are interested in stepping up the role of Instructor or becoming a Level-2 certified, in-car, HPDE Instructor. 

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Motorwerks BMW Tech Session

Saturday, April 4, 2020
Motorwerks BMW, Bloomington, MN

Join us at Motorwerks BMW for our annual Motorwerks BMW Tech Session. This year we’re changing things up and going from the sales floor to the shop floor for some new technical insights and even views of new and older BMWs.
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HPDE Open House

Saturday, April 25 • 10:00am–2:00pm
Race Suit Rental/Speedy Race Gear
901 Concord St N, South St Paul, MN 55075

Before Sommer Schnell, join us for an open house at Race Suit Rental/Speedy Race Gear! Meet members of our instructor team, learn about what to bring to the track, get fitted for a helmet, and try out some practice laps in the simulator! No need to RSVP — stop by anytime between 10 and 2.

Sommer Schnell Tech Inspection 

Thursday, May 7 • 5:30–7:30pm
Motorwerks BMW Service Department, Bloomington, MN

Complimentary Tech Inspection hosted by Motorwerks BMW for attendees of the upcoming Sommer Schnell event at BIR. All Sommer Schnell participants must have a signed and completed technical inspection form prior to attendance at Brainerd. No registration necessary, just show up at the specified time with your car.
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Adult Car Control Clinic

Saturday, May 9, 2020
Dakota County Technical College, Rosemount, MN

For experienced drivers looking for a challenge, come join us to learn all about vehicle dynamics, hone your skills or just have some fun! Be prepared for a full day of both technical education and lots of time behind the wheel with one of our awesome instructors. No previous experience is needed, the only thing we ask is that your car be in good condition and you be ready to have fun! 

Our Car Control Clinics are a great introduction to high-performance driving. If you're considering joining us for Sommer Schnell, we highly recommend this event to help you make the most of your experience!
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Tom's Tours

Coming in May • Look for more details soon!
There’s no better way to enjoy your Ultimate Driving Machine than to get out on a proper road trip. The 2020 Road Trip Series kicks off in May and features monthly trips to get you out on the open road with your BMW friends. Summers in Minnesota are brief; make plans to join in the fun in 2020. We’ll celebrate the start of the season with a trip down the Minnesota River to Chankaska Creek Ranch and Winery.

Registration will open in early April. Watch this newsletter for more details on this and other monthly trips throughout the season.  It’s going to be a fantastic 2020 driving season!

Sommer Schnell

June 5–7, 2020
Brainerd International Raceway

Register now! Join fellow North Star Chapter members at Brainerd International Raceway for a fun-filled weekend you will not want to miss. Learn about all the event details, what to expect, and get yourself prepared at our Sommer Schnell website:
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For questions about Sommer Schnell or other driving events, please contact the Drivers Education Commitee via email:


North Star BMW CCA Board of Directors Update

It is with a mix of sadness and gratitude that the Board of Directors announces Kenny Raway’s departure as President, effective February 26, 2020. We thank Kenny for his commitment to the Chapter for nearly 3 years, first as Webmaster and then as President. He is passionate about the BMW brand, and his enthusiasm along with his forward-looking ideas helped to modernize our Chapter and elevate its presence in the community. While we will miss him, we are extremely grateful for Kenny’s contributions and wish him the very best in his future endeavors.

North Star has a strong team of Board Members who will continue to bring you monthly publications and exciting events throughout the year. An Interim President will be identified, and an election is planned later this year for a permanent replacement. If you have questions about the transition process, please do not hesitate to reach out us at

Feature Article

Epic BMW Adventure, Part III
Petit Le Mans, O’Fest & Tail of the Dragon
By Kim Crumb
Sunday, it’s time for us to head home. We plot routes going northwest across the Blue Ridge Mountains taking us to the legendary Tail of the Dragon, America’s number one motorcycle and sports car road with 318 curves in 11 miles. The road earned its name from its curves being said to resemble a dragon's tail. I’m driving briskly down the Smoky Mountains Parkway marveling at the scenery.  Then to a twisty two-lane road to US-129 at the border of North Carolina and Tennessee. I stop at the east end, where there are small-scale retail and motel establishments.

The parking lot is full of every type of motorcycle and auto. It reminds me of doing this route ten years ago in a Porsche 911 GT3 RS. That time it was very early on a weekday summer morning with little traffic. It’s noon on Sunday now with lots of traffic. Cycle guys are hoping the sun will come out and dry the road; it’s still damp from overnight rain. This road has a canopy of trees; I think there’s little chance for totally dry pavement.

As I wait to get started, my BMW gets a lot of favorable comments about the graphics. Nearby there is an infamous tree with motorcycle parts all over it. The collection started in the 80’s by a group of Harley riders as a reminder of the road’s dangers and a monument to the many egos that wrote checks that their talent couldn’t “cash”. It’s called the “Tree of Shame”. 

Finally, there’s a gap in traffic. No car has gone by for several minutes, it’s time to go! The road mostly travels through a breathtaking forested area without any cross roads and a few scenic overlooks and pull-off points along the way. Many of the turns are marked 15 mph and the nominal speed limit is 30 mph. I do these turns at 30! During the whole 11 miles, there are only three straights where I could really get going; yet I restrain my speed on these! It’s like driving the world’s longest and most challenging autocross, 318 turns, corner after corner after corner, a car “roller coaster”. I have to stop twice to “reset” the gap and avoid driving on a slower car’s rear bumper. It’s an adrenaline-pumping experience of maximum driving satisfaction in an Ultimate Driving Machine. As I head west, more fast wheels are coming from behind. Lambos, Benz, Ferrari, Corvettes, you name it. Tail of the Dragon is a major locus of car and motorcycle culture in the USA, not to be missed!

The rest of the trip home is, ahem, anti-climactic after all this.  I have time to muse about the trip, Petit Le Mans, then BMW O’Fest, and concluding by driving Tail of the Dragon. An epic BMW trip. I start making plans for next year. See you at BMW Performance Center West in Palm Springs? 
About Kim John Crumb

Kim John Crumb is a professional race car driver and founding board member of Operation Wheels of Freedom Foundation (OWOF), a non-profit whose mission is to honor US Military personnel with an educational and entertaining hands-on driving program aimed at reducing motor vehicle accidents. 

Kim began racing with Nord Stern Porsche club and won his first championship, the National Porsche Parade in 1984. At age 32, he sold an audio store he owned at the time and became a full-time racer. Early on, he won championships with local clubs; Land O Lakes Sports Car Club of America, Corvettes of Minnesota, and more with Nord Stern. During his career, he’s had all the major tire manufacturers, from Michelin to Pirelli as sponsors and became one of the winningest drivers and virtually unstoppable in all races he entered, PCA, SCCA, Hillclimb’s, and sprint karting. From 1995 to 2000, his minimum annual championship number was five. National titles include wins in BMWs, Mercedes-Benz, and Porsche series. Among the records he still holds is the fastest lap at Brainerd International Raceway for a street-legal car on street tires (1:46.67).

He held 58 road racing championships in 2008 when he took a break from racing to focus on family and other interests. Taking the loving advice from his late wife Betty, he is once again pursuing one of his three passions, racing cars (other two being music and education). Since 2016, he added 8 more championships bringing his total to 66. His new goal is “70 by 70”; which he has two more years to achieve. Go KJC!

Photos by Kim Crumb and Chris Tadevich


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