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Payson Fun Run

by Paul Koreneff

Join us for a relaxing drive to Payson for a nice mid-morning break at Culver’s. We will park in the back of the Culver’s parking lot to exchange stories. You will then have plenty of time for other activities …

What you need to bring:

  • A smiling face and cheery disposition
  • Stories on how you have handled life during the stay at home order
  • Your appreciation of the BMW brand – its good points and its not so good points
  • A cloth mask that effectively filters the air you breath, but that allows you to converse. Of course you will need to take it off in order to eat and drink and even when driving. We encourage you to wear it at all other times.
  • A chair to sit on (standing on chairs, especially folding chairs, is not always good for your health)
  • A hat, so that you keep a cool head …

When placing your chair and while moving about, we ask that you remember the social distancing guidelines and do not encroach on the space of others.

Feel free to bring your own food and beverages or you can purchase them at the Culver’s.

Check-in at 8:30 am

Driver’s Meeting at 8:45 am

Circle K / Shell Station
17125 East Shea Boulevard
Fountain Hills AZ 85268

Depart at 9:00 am

There will be a drive leader, as well as a secondary group coordinator, to keep the group together and help ensure safe travels for our members and the general public.

Register for this event below and be sure to include first names for all attendees so we can prepare name tags. Wait a minute after clicking once on the Submit button to allow the system time to process your request – you will receive a confirming message and an email.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Our drives are designed to be fun and safe for the entire family. As such, we expect all participants to behave in a mature and safe manner. If you want to have a drag race or test the limits of your BMW then please sign up for our next track event and allow professional instructors to assist you in getting the most out of your BMW. This is not the venue for driving recklessly and you will be asked to leave.

Route details:

We will drive on AZ Highway 87 (the Beeline) north to Payson. Once in Payson, we will take AZ Highway 260 east to Culver’s. Note that the Google map below shows routes currently available …

Culver’s has informed us they will open at 10:00 am.

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Payson Fun Run – Cancelled

by Paul Koreneff

This event has been rescheduled for July 11th due to the fires that have caused various road closures. 

Join us for a relaxing drive to Payson for a nice mid-morning break at Culver’s. We will park in the back of the Culver’s parking lot to exchange stories. You will then have plenty of time for other activities …

What you need to bring:

  • A smiling face and cheery disposition
  • Stories on how you have handled life during the stay at home order
  • Your appreciation of the BMW brand – its good points and its not so good points
  • A cloth mask that effectively filters the air you breath, but that allows you to converse. Of course you will need to take it off in order to eat and drink and even when driving. We encourage you to wear it at all other times.
  • A chair to sit on (standing on chairs, especially folding chairs, is not always good for your health)
  • A hat, so that you keep a cool head …

When placing your chair and while moving about, we ask that you remember the social distancing guidelines and do not encroach on the space of others. 

Feel free to bring your own food and beverages or you can purchase them at the Culver’s.

Check-in at 8:30 am

Driver’s Meeting at 8:45 am

Circle K / Shell Station

17125 East Shea Boulevard

Fountain Hills AZ 85268

Depart at 9:00 am

There will be a drive leader, as well as a secondary group coordinator, to keep the group together and help ensure safe travels for our members and the general public.

Register for this event below and be sure to include first names for all attendees so we can prepare name tags. Wait a minute after clicking once on the Submit button to allow the system time to process your request – you will receive a confirming message and an email.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Our drives are designed to be fun and safe for the entire family. As such, we expect all participants to behave in a mature and safe manner. If you want to have a drag race or test the limits of your BMW then please sign up for our next track event and allow professional instructors to assist you in getting the most out of your BMW. This is not the venue for driving recklessly and you will be asked to leave.

Route details:

We will drive on AZ Highway 87 (the Beeline) north to Payson. Once in Payson, we will take AZ Highway 260 east to Culver’s.

Culver’s has informed us they will open at 10:00 am.

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Devil’s Highway Run – Cancelled

by Paul Koreneff

This event has been cancelled due to the Coronavirus Epidemic.

Are you ready for the ride of your life?

— Register below in order to reserve your spot for the event. Please note that you will have to reserve your accommodations separately from this. —

Come join us on this epic journey through the twisty back roads of Eastern Arizona, where you can take-in the beautiful scenery and enjoy your BMW in a manner that brings out its legendary BMW engineering magic.

U.S. Route 666 was first commissioned in 1926, with a northern terminus of Cortez, CO. The Signage arrived to Arizona in 1938, stretching to Douglas, of which 30 miles of it overlapped U.S. Route 66. 1985 marked the end of U.S. Route 66 designation, leaving U.S. Route 666 an orphan.

Due to dislike of the reference to the Antichrist, street signs were stolen at a faster pace than they could be replaced. Rerouting and complaints from superstitious drivers were a few of the reasons that lead to the gradual cessation of Route 666.

Eventually, Arizona changed the numbering to U.S. 191 in 1993. On May 31, 2003, U.S. Route 666 officially became extinct, leaving legends, scenic miles, and the nickname “The Devil’s Highway” for posterity.

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DEVIL’S HIGHWAY LOOP DETAILS:

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The “Loop” will start in Alpine and wind its way east into New Mexico (Hwy 180). From there, we will hook down and around to Clifton, Arizona (Hwy 78) and then back up to Alpine, Arizona (Hwy 191). The total distance is about 220 miles of spectacular views, mountain vistas, high mountain meadows, and enough twists, curves, and long-fast sweepers through multiple elevation changes to make you and your BMW happy for many months to come!

We will drive the loop once – on Saturday. Departure will be on Saturday morning, at about 10:00 am, from the Escudilla Mountain Cabins. We will stop for lunch around 12:30 pm or 1:00 pm at Michelle’s in Morenci. Michelle always takes very good care of us.

Once we are all fed and rested, we will get back to it and continue the route back up to Alpine on the deliciously twisty portion of Highway 191 – the Devil’s Highway!

Once we return to Alpine, you will have the opportunity to recap your extraordinary adventure with other BMW enthusiasts, over a delicious meal, at the Foxfire at Alpine Restaurant.

Register for this event below and be sure to include first names for all attendees so we can prepare name tags. Wait a minute after clicking once on the Submit button to allow the system time to process your request – you will receive a confirming message and an email.

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IMPORTANT NOTE: Our drives are designed to be fun and safe for the entire family. As such, we expect all participants to behave in a mature and safe manner. If you want to have a drag race or test the limits of your BMW then please sign up for our next track event and allow professional instructors to assist you in getting the most out of your BMW. This is not the venue for driving recklessly and you will be asked to leave.

 

ACCOMMODATIONS:

Our base camp will be the Escudilla Mountain Cabins in Alpine, Arizona:

Note that this is a new location for our base camp – they were an alternate location last year.

Website: Escudilla Mountain Cabins
Phone: (928) 339-4285

We have secured the entire block of cabins and they will be available to our members on a first-come first-served basis. As usual, the rooms will fill-up quickly.

ALTERNATE ACCOMMODATIONS:

If there are no cabins available at the Escudilla Mountain Cabins, please check with last year’s base camp:

Website: Talwiwi Lodge
Phone: (928) 339-4319

CARAVAN RENDEZVOUS LOCATION:

Circle K / Shell Station

(south side of the street near the Beeline Highway)
17125 East Shea Boulevard
Fountain Hills, AZ 85268

 Date: Friday May 15, 2020

Check-in: 12:00 pm

Driver’s Meeting: 12:15 pm

Departure (caravan style): 12:30 pm

We will stop for lunch in Payson.

There will be a drive leader, as well as a secondary group coordinator, to keep the group together and help ensure safe travels for our members and the general public.

For those unable to make the Friday caravan up to Alpine, please review the “Caravan Route Details” below for directions to get to the Escudilla Mountain Cabins in Alpine. We look forward to seeing you there!

CARAVAN ROUTE DETAILS:

We’ll begin our drive on AZ Highway 87 (the Beeline) to Payson. Once in Payson, we will take AZ Highway 260 east to Culver’s where we will stop for lunch. We will continue east on AZ Highway 260 and will pass through Star Valley, Heber, and Show Low. Once we reach Show Low, we will take side streets to a Giant gas station on S Mountain Rd. Then we take AZ Highway 260 again south to AZ Highway 273. Turn right on AZ Highway 273 and proceed past Sunrise Park Resort to US Highway 191 where we turn right to go to Alpine and The Escudilla Mountain Cabins (left if you are staying at TalWiWi Lodge). Dinner will be at the Foxfire at Alpine Restaurant.

On Friday, lunch will be at Culver’s

805 E Highway 260,

Payson, AZ 85541

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TSD Rally in Southern Arizona – Cancelled

by Paul Koreneff

As this is a Sonora Chapter event, they will control when and if this event is cancelled due to the Corona Virus epidemic.

Update: As of March 20, 2020 this event has been cancelled.

The BMW CCA Sonora Chapter will have its third annual TSD Rally on Sunday, April 19th, 2020.  This will be a low-pressure competition, featuring straight forward instructions and some fun roads in scenic Southern Arizona!  The number of entries is limited, so register early. 

Each car has a driver and a navigator who reads the instructions.  No other passengers are allowed. There is no entry fee!  The rally is open to all members of BMW CCA.  There will be a limit of 20 cars.

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Route 66 Fun Run

by Paul Koreneff

Do you love driving, socializing, great food, and the Eagles? Then come join us for a group drive up to Winslow, Arizona for great photo opportunities at Standin’ on the Corner Park commemorating the song “Take It Easy“, written by Jackson Browne and Glenn Frey, and, most famously, recorded by the Eagles. We will then proceed to Flagstaff for lunch.

Don’t Forget to Bring: Hat, Sunglasses, Sunscreen, Water

 

Please note the Check-in time!

Check-in at 7:30 am;

Driver’s Meeting at 7:45 am:

Circle K / Shell Station

(south side of the street near the Beeline Highway)

17125 E Shea Blvd
Fountain Hills, AZ 85268

The group will depart, caravan style, promptly at 8:00 am and head up AZ-87 N to Winslow, AZ through Payson, AZ. We will stop for fuel and a restroom break at the Shell station by The Home Depot, just north of Payson past the roundabout. From there, we will continue up to Winslow, AZ via AZ-87 N. After pausing to take photos, we will travel west on I-40 to Flagstaff for lunch at the Beaver Street Brewery & Whistle Stop Cafe. The suggested return drive will be via the Lake Mary Road and then south to Payson on AZ-87 S.

For the drive to Flagstaff there will be a drive leader, as well as a secondary group coordinator, to keep the group together and help ensure safe travels for our members and the general public.

Please RSVP no later than November 8th below in order to reserve your spot for the drive and be sure to include first names for all attendees so we can prepare name tags. Wait a minute after clicking once on the Confirm RSVP button to allow the system time to process your request – you will be transferred to a new web page.

Route Details:

IMPORTANT NOTE: Our drives are designed to be fun and safe for the entire family. As such, we expect all participants to behave in a mature and safe manner. If you want to have a drag race or test the limits of your BMW then please sign up for our next track event and allow professional instructors to assist you in getting the most out of your BMW. This is not the venue for driving recklessly and you will be asked to leave.

Suggested return route via Lake Mary Road:

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Devil’s Highway Run

by Adam Tharp

Are you ready for the ride of your life?

— RSVP below in order to reserve your spot for the event. Please note that you will have to reserve your accommodations separately from this. —

devils-highway-5Come join us on this epic journey through the twisty back roads of Eastern Arizona, where you can take-in the beautiful scenery and enjoy your BMW in a manner that brings out its legendary BMW engineering magic.

U.S. Route 666 was first commissioned in 1926, with a northern terminus of Cortez, CO. The Signage arrived to Arizona in 1938, stretching to Douglas, of which 30 miles of it overlapped U.S. Route 66. 1985 marked the end of U.S. Route 66 designation, leaving U.S. Route 666 an orphan.

Due to dislike of the reference to the Antichrist, street signs were stolen at a faster pace than they could be replaced. Rerouting and complaints from superstitious drivers were a few of the reasons that lead to the gradual cessation of Route 666.

Eventually, Arizona changed the numbering to U.S. 191 in 1993. On May 31, 2003, U.S. Route 666 officially became extinct, leaving legends, scenic miles, and the nickname “The Devil’s Highway” for posterity.

DEVIL’S HIGHWAY LOOP DETAILS:

devils-highway-1The “Loop” will start in Alpine and wind its way east into New Mexico (Hwy 180). From there, we will hook down and around to Clifton, Arizona (Hwy 78) and then back up to Alpine, Arizona (Hwy 191). The total distance is about 220 miles of spectacular views, mountain vistas, high mountain meadows, and enough twists, curves, and long-fast sweepers through multiple elevation changes to make you and your BMW happy for many months to come!

devils-highway-2The plan is to make the loop once on Saturday. Departure will be on Saturday morning, at about 10:00am, from the Tal-Wi-Wi Lodge. We will stop for lunch in the Clifton / Morenci area around 12:30pm or 1:00pm. Once we are all fed and rested, we will get back to it and continue the route back up to Alpine on the deliciously twisty portion of Highway 191.

Last year, we stopped at Michelle’s in Morenci. Michelle took very good care of us, so we will likely stop at her place again for a nice lunch before the best part of the drive back to Alpine, The Devil’s Highway!

Once we return to the lodge, you will have the opportunity to recap your extraordinary adventure with other BMW enthusiasts, over a delicious meal, at the Tal-Wi-Wi Restaurant.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Our drives are designed to be fun and safe for the entire family. As such, we expect all participants to behave in a mature and safe manner. If you want to have a drag race or test the limits of your BMW then please sign up for our next track event and allow professional instructors to assist you in getting the most out of your BMW. This is not the venue for driving recklessly and you will be asked to leave.

Please RSVP below and be sure to include first names for all attendees so we can prepare name tags. Wait a minute after clicking on the Confirm RSVP button to allow the system time to process your request. You will be taken to a confirmation page.

ACCOMMODATIONS:

Our base camp will be the Tal-Wi-Wi Lodge in Alpine, Arizona:

Website: Tal-Wi-Wi Lodge
Email: Reservations
Phone: (928) 339-4319 or (928) 735-7617

Update on March 18th: Some members have had difficulty getting a response from the Lodge staff. If you have received no response to an email or a voice-mail message, try calling one of these numbers until you are able to speak to a staff member. This is especially important because they will not hold any rooms beyond May 1st.

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We have secured the entire block of rooms at the lodge and have made them available to our members on a first-come first-served basis. As usual, the rooms will fill-up quickly.

The Tal-Wi-Wi Lodge has been recently renovated; the new Clubhouse and Restaurant are fantastic and, over the winter, additional guest rooms have been updated.

ROOM CHOICES:

Section A (Remodeled):

  • Regular room: $127.00 per night (includes tax)
  • Hot Tub Room: $143.00 per night (includes tax)

Section B – D: $96.00 (includes tax)

Cancellations must be received 72 hours prior to check-in or one night will be charged against your deposit.

The room block will be held until 5/1/19, at which point, any remaining rooms will be released to the general public.

** Please let the staff know that you are with the BMW Car Club when making your reservations **

ALTERNATE ACCOMMODATIONS:

If there are no rooms available at the Tal-Wi-Wi Lodge when you go to book your room, then please check with the following places:

Website: Alpine Inn Bed and Breakfast
Phone: (520) 678-5043

Website: Escudilla Mountain Cabins
Phone: (928) 339-4285

CARAVAN RENDEZVOUS LOCATION:

 

Circle K / Shell Station

(south side of the street near the Beeline Highway)
17125 East Shea Boulevard
Fountain Hills, AZ 85268

Date: Friday May 17, 2019

Check-in: 12:00pm

Driver’s Meeting: 12:15 pm

Departure (caravan style): 12:30 pm

We will stop for lunch in Payson.

There will be a drive leader, as well as a secondary group coordinator, to keep the group together and help ensure safe travels for our members and the general public.

For those unable to make the Friday caravan up to the lodge, please review the “Caravan Route Details” below for directions to get to the lodge in Alpine. We look forward to seeing you there:Tal-Wi-Wi Lodge 40 County Road 2220 Alpine, AZ 85920 Google Maps

CARAVAN ROUTE DETAILS:

We’ll begin our drive on AZ Highway 87 (the Beeline) to Payson. Once in Payson, we will take AZ Highway 260 east to Culver’s where we will stop for lunch. We will continue east on AZ Highway 260 and will pass through Star Valley, Heber, and Show Low. Once we reach Show Low, we will head east on US Highway 60 through Springerville and then finally into Alpine on AZ Highway 191. It is approximately a 4 hour drive:

On Friday, lunch will be at Culver’s

805 E Highway 260,

Payson, AZ 85541

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