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Concours in the Hills 2022

by Paul Koreneff

The Eighth Annual Concours in the Hills, a Scuderia Southwest event, welcomes the community to admire cars from leading clubs, collectors and enthusiasts, dealerships, while raising funds for Phoenix Children’s to provide hope, healing and the best healthcare for patients and their families.

Held in what is the most spectacular setting for a car show in the valley, Fountain Hills. Concours in the Hills is a relaxed and fun event designed to allow enthusiasts to display their own vehicles and admire others. They welcome all cars: high-performance, sports, classic, race, muscle, off-road, hot-rods – both import and domestic and motorcycles.

In 2020, they had 1,052 vehicles and 118 Sponsors on display, and an estimated attendance of over 30,000. Concours in the Hills is supported by the leading car clubs of Arizona representing Ferrari, Lamborghini, Porsche, McLaren, Maserati, Jaguar, Corvette, Viper, Fort GT, Lotus, Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Alfa Romeo, DeTomaso, DeLorean, Mustang, Cadillac and others.

Food trucks and vendors will be serving breakfast, lunch and refreshments.

Spectator admission and parking are free, but note that with expected attendance parking may be difficult to find. Exhibitors must pay a vehicle or motorcycle registration fee.

**Please note that this is not an event hosted by Roadrunner BMW CCA, rather an event that we are attending in support of the automotive community.**

Register for event using the button above so that we can coordinate our members. 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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Dinner and Mixer – Scottsdale

by Paul Koreneff

Come on out to have dinner with like-minded enthusiasts and catch up with your friends, old and new!

We are gathering at The Vig at McCormick Ranch just west of the 101 freeway at Via Linda in Scottsdale. We have reserved tables on the patio.

Use the Register for event! button above to reserve your seat. 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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Cars and Coffee in Glendale

by Paul Koreneff

Come join us for another of our cars and coffee meetings.

Our new location is the Black and White Cafe on 59th Ave just south of Highway 101 in Glendale at 8:30 am on Saturday, January 8th.

We will be congregating outside in the parking lot. We want to be able to see the friends we have missed during the Coronavirus epidemic.

What you need to bring:

A smiling face and cheery disposition
Stories on how you have handled life recently
Your appreciation of the BMW brand – its good points and its not so good points
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 …

Feel free to bring your own food and beverages or you can purchase them at the Black and White Cafe.

Use the Register for event! button above 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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Dinner and Mixer – Scottsdale

by Paul Koreneff

Come on out to have dinner with like-minded enthusiasts and catch up with your friends, old and new!

We are gathering at The Vig at McCormick Ranch just west of the 101 freeway at Via Linda in Scottsdale. We have reserved  tables on the patio.

Use the Register for event! button above to reserve your seat. 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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Cars and Coffee in Scottsdale

by Paul Koreneff

Come join us for another of our cars and coffee meetings.

Our location is the Black Rock Coffee Bar on Shea Boulevard and 116th Street at 8:30 am on Saturday, December 11th.

We will be congregating outside in the parking lot. We want to be able to see the friends we have missed during the height of the Coronavirus epidemic.

What you need to bring:

  • A smiling face and cheery disposition
  • Stories on how you have handled life recently
  • Your appreciation of the BMW brand – its good points and its not so good points
  • 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 …

Feel free to bring your own food and beverages or you can purchase them at the Black Rock Coffee Bar.

Use the Register for event! button above 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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Cars and Coffee in Scottsdale

by Paul Koreneff

Come join us for another of our cars and coffee meetings.


Our location is the Black Rock Coffee Bar on Shea Boulevard and 116th Street at 8:30 am on Saturday, November 20th.

We will be congregating outside in the parking lot. We want to be able to see the friends we have missed during the height of the Coronavirus epidemic.

What you need to bring:

  • A smiling face and cheery disposition
  • Stories on how you have handled life recently
  • Your appreciation of the BMW brand – its good points and its not so good points
  • 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 …

Feel free to bring your own food and beverages or you can purchase them at the Black Rock Coffee Bar.

Use the Register for event! button above 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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Devil’s Highway Run

by Paul Koreneff

Are you ready for the ride of your life? Then come with us to the:​

— Register above in order to reserve your spot for the event. Please note 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.

DEVIL’S HIGHWAY LOOP DETAILS:

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 above 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.

ACCOMMODATIONS:

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

Website: Escudilla Mountain Cabins
Phone: (928) 386-5170 (some members got no reply from (928) 339-4285)

Location: The cabins are on the left side of Highway 180 just as it veers right just past the brow of the hill.

We have secured a 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.

If there are no cabins available at the Escudilla Mountain Cabins, please check with:

Alpine Buckboard Cabins – (928) 339-4803

Aspen Lodge – (866) 322-7736

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 Oct 8, 2021

Check-in: 11:45 am

Driver’s Meeting: 12:00 pm

Departure (caravan style): 12:15 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. 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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Pazifik Eskapades 2021

by Paul Koreneff

Join us on our annual trip to the BMW Performance Center. Drive fast cars (theirs), display pretty cars (yours), relax at a 4-star hotel with special pricing, mingle with the National Board of Directors and Executive Officers, enjoy the restaurants in the Coachella Valley, visit unique sites and desert oddities, and reconnect with your BMW friends.

Pazifik Eskapades is a trip to the BMW Performance Center with a little bit more.  The location provides plenty of things to do besides driving BMWs for you, your family, and your friends.  We have a discounted rate at a four-star hotel so a family mini-vacation won’t break the bank.

The Performance Center Experience will provide you with several different models of BMWs cars, and a variety of exercises and track driving to appreciate those cars.  They pay for gas, tires, brakes, etc.; all the things that make tracking your own car expensive.  You’ll get to test drive brand new BMWs in situations you’ll never get if you just go to the dealer for a test drive.  You’ll also get a gourmet lunch after you are done driving, and a small memento of your day.  

This is a perfect way to introduce your significant other and/or your friends, to the incredible world of BMWs and performance driving.  It’s all on closed circuits, there are lots of first-timers, and it’s certainly safer than speeding on the freeway or drifting on the cul-de-sac.

If your companions aren’t into driving, the Coachella Valley has an astonishing variety of things to do.  Let them drive you to the Performance Center (you can hitch a ride back) then take the car and go explore.  See the list at Eskapade.bmwcca.org for activity suggestions and links.  Most of these options are available on Friday and/or Sunday also.

Saturday evening, after the sun goes down, there will be a Car Show at Old Town La Quinta.  We’ll have live music, BMW only parking (other parking is available), and a plethora of restaurants in which to have dinner.  Plus you’ll have a chance to see all your BMW friends who you missed during the pandemic*.

* Because of the fluid conditions caused by COVID-19 and its variants, please bring a mask.  You may not need it, but bring it anyway.

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Bimmers and Breakfast – Phoenix

by Paul Koreneff

Note that this event starts at 7:30 am!

At the request of the restaurant, we are limiting the group to no more than 30 people. Please ensure you use the ‘Register for Event!’ button above so that we have an accurate count. Our members who use Facebook should ensure they register here too!

Also, if circumstances change and you are unable to attend, please let us know. Hint: Try clicking on ‘Already registered?’ to the right of the ‘Register for Event!’ button.

The Covid situation here in Arizona is greatly improved. We have made a group reservation for breakfast at the First Watch on Thomas Road in Phoenix!

Please join us to eat some great food, get to know one another (renewing old friendships and forging new ones) and talk BMWs.

Whether you are a new member or a long-standing member please come out and introduce yourself.

We look forward to seeing you there!

When you use the ‘Register for Event’ button above, be sure to include first names for all attendees in your group so that we can prepare name tags and maintain an accurate count. Wait a minute after clicking once on the button to allow the system time to process your request – you will receive a confirming notice and an email.

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Auto Trefen on High Street 2021 – Postponed to Sept

by Paul Koreneff

Despite the current drop in new Covid-19 cases, the City of Phoenix (unlike the City of Scottsdale) is still declining to issue permits for events such as this. Accordingly, this event has been postponed yet again – probably to September.

This event was previously moved to this date – April 17th – from February 20th due to the Covid 19 epidemic.

Winter provides an excellent time for car shows. This one is the weekend after the Concours in the Hills.

We will be working with our fellow Deutsch car brands to present an event on High Street near Desert Ridge in Phoenix.

All proceeds with benefit the Pat Tillman Foundation.

Since 2008, the Pat Tillman Foundation has provided academic scholarships, professional development opportunities and a national network to empower the Tillman Scholar community. These scholars are making a difference in the fields of healthcare, business, public service, STEM, education and the humanities.

They empower:
  • Active duty service members
  • Veterans
  • Military spouses

Thanks to its many donors and supporters, Tillman Scholars are making an impact in the United States and around the world.

Learn more about the Foundation

 

If you plan to attend then please use the Register for Event button below. This will allow us to coordinate our members! 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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