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News & Events, May 2020

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You may have read the national BMW CCA statement regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, including the Board of Directors’ decision to prohibit all chapters and members from engaging in any BMW CCA-sponsored in-person events or gatherings through June 1.

Our North Star BMW CCA Chapter cancelled events scheduled for this timeframe and we are monitoring further updates from National as well as updates from the Governor here in Minnesota. We remain optimistic that we can resume events as planned for the rest of the year.

Table of Contents

Upcoming Events
  • Tom’s Tours, Jun 13 • Jul 18 • Aug 15
  • Sommer Schnell
  • Track Day at DCTC, Aug 23
  • Volunteer: Open Webmaster Position
Feature Article
  • Spring Driving Inspiration

Member Corner
  • Member Spotlight
  • Tech Advisor
  • Classifieds

Upcoming Events

Tom's Tours

June 13 • July 18 • August 15
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 soon 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. 

On June 13, we’ll celebrate the start of the season with a trip down the Mississippi — we'll head downstream crossing multiple bridges on our way to Winona where we'll check out the Minnesota Marine Art Museum. We'll dine at the Jefferson Pub and Grill in Winona.

Later in the summer on July 18 is the 9th Annual River Road Pizza Run, and on August 15 is the Trip to Paradise. See all upcoming event details and RSVP at the link below!
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Sommer Schnell

Cancelled for 2020 – Will return for 2021

This year’s Sommer Schnell at Brainerd International Raceway is cancelled. However, participants and fans of high performance diving will be pleased to hear that it will return to the North Star Chapter event schedule in 2021. 

The North Star BMW CCA chapter, Motorwerks BMW, and friends from The Glacier Lakes Chapter of the Audi Club North America have worked in close partnership for many years to bring together our members, their cars, and the local community for this educational and fun filled event. We intend to continue for many years to come, however will only do so when it is safe for our guests and members. While the decision was difficult to make this year, we believe it was the right one. 

Sommer Schnell is our signature driving event and has grown to well over 100 attendees (students, instructors and guests). We couldn’t have achieved such success without the support of many including our volunteers, members, attendees, host venue, and sponsors. We thank Motorwerks BMW, Brainerd International Raceway, Rescue Inc, Speedy Race Gear, and Prairie Bay Grill for their incredible support. 

Plans are being made now for next year’s event and joyful return. Further updates regarding 2021 will be announced later this year.

Save The Date: Track Day

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

Spring Driving Inspiration
by Brian Douglas Hayes

By this time of year, we’d typically be getting ready for high performance track days and weekend drives with our friends. While we can’t do these things en masse right now, there are still opportunities to get behind the wheel and enjoy the roads, the views, and everything else spring has to offer.

While the heyday of the drive-in restaurant has long past, a few have not only survived but are seeing a resurgence in popularity during this time. If you’re itching to take the car out and pick up a meal, here’s a shortlist of our favorite places to enjoy a burger (and maybe an impromptu car show!)

Photo by Markus Spiske on Unsplash

This might also be a great time to do some upgrades or repairs — or, plan ahead and take care of some scheduled maintenance. Many of our sponsors are local, convenient, and affordable — Auto Edge in Mahtomedi, Eurosport in Plymouth, Eurotech in New Brighton and Woodbury, and Orr Autosport in Eden Prairie. Motorwerks in Bloomington is open for service as well. Book an appointment today so your car is ready when the season is in full swing.

Photo by Hayes Potter on Unsplash

We can’t wait to get back on the road with you. Until then, where is your favorite spot to take a drive? Share your favorite roads with us at We will post them on our North Star Facebook and Instagram pages. 


Thanks to our sponsors for their continued support! Please consider these businesses for your automotive needs. And, if you or your company are interested in becoming a sponsor, contact us at

Motorwerks BMW, located in Bloomington MN, is considered to be one of the premier BMW dealerships in the country. We provide the BMW enthusiast with a premium buying experience and the highest class of commitment to customer service and have been since 1989.

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.
New Sponsor Spotlight

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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We have a new and improved classifieds section! Let us help you sell your car or parts! Submit a classifieds request form and we will post your classified on our club website and on social media.
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