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AMP Open House and Track Safety Clinic

by Adam Tharp

Want to learn how to drive on the track?

 

At this event, we will discuss how track driving differs from driving on streets, and the best way to become a better driver is to learn from those who have experience. The goal is simple, we want you to be comfortable driving your car on the track. This clinic is designed to help alleviate those concerns, or anxiety, about participating in track and autocross events.

At driving school, a safe environment is created through the interaction of briefings. In these briefings we discuss conditions, track rules, and the use of flags to communicate with drivers. Throughout the day, you will begin to learn the art of maintaining control of your car when it has exceeded its threshold of grip, either by design or driver error. This requires an understanding of how your tires grip the pavement, how weight transfers through turns, and how braking and acceleration affects your grip throughout the corners.

We will also show you the various nuances of being out at the track, including how cars are permitted to enter and exit the track, how drivers are expected to treat other track users to ensure a safe and fun time, the lingo used, what each flag color means, run classes, how to prep, and so much more. The day will be filled with lots of information, some good food, and great company!

Lastly, you will have a rare opportunity to be a passenger in a ride-along, with an experienced driver that will show how everything comes together and how some of these issues apply to actual track conditions. These laps will be done at reduced speeds to help the students better absorb the information.

So, what are you waiting for? Sign up, below, today! The event is free and lunch is included!

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Concours in the Hills

by Adam Tharp

Held in what is undoubtedly the most spectacular setting for a car show in the valley, over 745 cars were on display in picturesque Fountain Hills. Driven to help others, over $117,000 was raised in 2018 by car enthusiasts.

Thanks to two entrances/exits, and a simplified entry procedure, we were able to get all the cars in and out with virtually no delays and everyone seemed to enjoy the show. The Concours is supported by the leading car clubs of Arizona representing Ferrari, Lamborghini, Porsche, McLaren, Maserati, Jaguar, Corvette, Viper, Ford GT, Lotus, Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Alfa Romeo, DeTomaso, DeLorean, Mustang, Cadillac and others.

Join thousands of spectators for Concours in the Hills. This is not a formal “white gloves” concours but rather a relaxed and fun event designed to allow enthusiasts to display their own vehicles and admire others. All high-performance, sports, classic, race, muscle, hot-rods both import and domestic are welcomed to support Phoenix Children’s Hospital.

Vehicle entries are a minimum tax-deductible donation of $60. Spectator admission and parking is free. There will be Food Trucks serving breakfast, lunch and refreshments. In case of rain, the event will be rescheduled for February 16.

Please Register Online and send your vehicle details to Chris Finlay after you RSVP – below – so that we may coordinate the group display.

A special invitation goes to those who have vehicles that represent the passion and history of BMW.  We would love to spotlight cars such as i8’s, Alpina’s, 2002’s, E36 M Coupe, E31 8 Series, E82 1M, E24 M6, E28 M5, E30 M3, E52 Z8, Isetta 250, 507, E9 CSL, Pre-70’s Classics, and ///M Series … Just to highlight a few!

**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.**

 

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Tech Session with Beyer

by Adam Tharp
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Learn the importance of regular maintenance for BMWs: what to look for under the hood, warning signs, and common BMW issues. This intro tech talk is an opportunity to listen to BMW-trained master mechanics discuss the benefits of preventative maintenance.

While this tech talk is geared for the owner that rarely opens their hood, shade tree mechanics will also find the in-depth coverage of cause-and-effect issues enlightening.
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Roadrunner Chapter Oktoberfest

by Adam Tharp

 

*** THIS EVENT IS TAKING THE PLACE OF OUR ANNUAL DINNER AND HOLIDAY PARTY FOR 2018 ***

 

Save the date for the Roadrunner Chapter’s 1st Annual Oktoberfest at the premier German restaurant in the Valley, Haus Murphy’s.

Get out your lederhosen and frost up that beer mug, we’re getting ready to celebrate Oktoberfest! German beer, Bratwurst, German pretzel, knockwurst, Kraut, Live German Music and more! Get your strudel on let’s have some fun!

 

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Each ticket includes an Appetizer, Soup, Entrée, Dessert, and Iced Tea.

BMW CCA Member Cost Per Ticket: $20.00

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Non BMW CCA Member Cost Per Ticket: $30.00
* Join today and get Member pricing! Click HERE for details.



 

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Drive 4 Corners

by Adam Tharp

 

Come one, come all, to the largest annual mountain BMW gathering in the Rocky Mountain Region! The intent is to create an event that cultivates a community of BMW owners in the Rocky Mountain region and beyond; a place for enthusiasts to gain a sense of community that celebrates our cars just as much as it celebrates those who own them.

If you’re looking for a way to beat the heat in Arizona, this summer, and need an excuse for a weekend getaway then look no further.  BMW CCA members and non-members are welcome, and come from all over the Southwest. We are planning to arrange a caravan, for those that will be driving up from Arizona.  Details on the caravan will be forwarded to those that register and RSVP below.

View additional details and REGISTER NOW to reserve your spot!

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Bimmers at Bondurant

by Adam Tharp

 

COST: From $299.00

Prepare for a day of high performance driving fun at Bondurant Racing School. The BMW CCA – Roadrunner Chapter is partnering with Bondurant Racing School to host a BMW exclusive driving experience for drivers of all skill levels. Whether you’re a professional driver or have never stepped foot on track, this event will be a great opportunity to meet fellow enthusiasts, develop your driving skills, and get tips from the pros in a fun, safe, and controlled environment- led by the world-renowned Bondurant Racing School Instructors.

BMW CCA members and non-members alike are invited to attend and co-drivers are welcome. Non-member tickets will include your first year’s membership to the BMW CCA for the Ultimate Club Experience! Each driver will be placed in a group based on skill level so that everyone can feel comfortable driving at their own pace.

The festivities will commence on March 31st 2018 from 8am-4pm. Below is a summary of the driving activities:

  • Ground School – An instructor led drivers’ meeting structured to cover key driving fundamentals and outline the objectives/format for the day.
  • Skid Car Training (using Bondurant vehicle) – An invaluable understeer/oversteer exercise and fundamental lesson in car control. These specially outfitted vehicles perfectly simulate what most would call a “drift”, when in reality the students are learning how to balance the application of brake and throttle to counter a rear wheel or front wheel skid.
  • Auto-Cross (using your vehicle) – A miniature road course packed with numerous twists and turns, our layout is designed to build a foundation of the basics; vision, car control and “the driving line.” This is a great opportunity to experience a smaller track-like exercise to prepare the new track drivers or warm up experienced ones before entering a high-speed track scenario.
  • Lead and Follow (using your vehicle) – This is the final phase of the basic curriculum in which drivers will get on the actual track and follow their instructors at speed. This exercise illustrates the importance of “the driving line” and builds upon the “slow in, fast out” philosophy. The Lead and Follow exercise pulls together all of the other methods taught throughout the day and puts them in action at higher speeds than Auto-Cross and is hands down the most exhilarating of the 3.

Lunch will be available onsite and be sure to register early, since spots will be limited. Stay tuned for more info and we look forward to seeing you then!  Freude am Fahren!

We look forward to driving with you and seeing your BMW on the track!

 

** Please follow the link below to register and, upon completion, you will be redirected to the ticket purchasing site. If you are not redirected automatically then please click HERE to purchase your ticket.

Registration Page

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M5 Launch Party

by Adam Tharp

 

Come see the new M5, show off your BMW in a mini car show, and catch up with great friends.

There will be a giveaway of two spots for the Bimmers at Bondurant event in March, generously donated by Chapman BMW in Chandler.

Food and drinks will be on hand as well. This should be a fun event, so bring the whole family!

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Bimmers and Breakfast

by Adam Tharp

Come join us for a special Holiday Edition of Bimmers and Breakfast this month.

Get to know like-minded individuals over some great food and celebrate the Holidays the right way…talking about BMWs!

Whether you are a new member, a long-standing member, or a prospective member then please RSVP below and come out and introduce yourself.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Menu Link

 

 

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Bimmers and Breakfast

by Adam Tharp

Come join us for a special Holiday Edition of Bimmers and Breakfast this month.

Get to know like-minded individuals over some great food and celebrate the Holidays the right way…talking about BMWs!

Whether you are a new member, a long-standing member, or a prospective member then please RSVP to the organizer below and come out for a great time. We look forward to seeing you there!

Link to Menu

 

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