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O’Fest Forever – Cancelled

by Paul Koreneff

The BMW CCA has cancelled this 2020 event

O'FEST FOREVER - The Ultimate BMW Event

Make sure to mark your calendar now for O’Fest Forever, presented by Michelin, which will be held on September 15-19, 2020 in La Quinta, California! 

Looking for heart-racing driving experiences? Or maybe leisurely tours through beautiful parts of the country? O’Fest features that and more! We offer tech talks to learn more from our partners, classes on how to drive more safely, and an opportunity to display and view some of the best cars on the planet! Check out the events page to learn why you have to be there!

Registration is now open!

Please go to the BMW CCA O’Fest Forever website to register.

Let the Roadrunner Chapter know you are going by Registering below!

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Cars and Coffee in North Scottsdale

by Paul Koreneff

Come join us for our new format cars and coffee.

Our second location is the Florence Ely Nelson Desert Park on Pinnacle Peak Road near North Pima Road at 7 am on Saturday, June 13th.

The park is nestled between the shopping center (which contains the Starbucks referred to below) and the Highlands Church. There is a public parking lot that can be reached using the driveway at the far north of the shopping center parking lot (just past the Mastro’s Steakhouse and the Jade Palace).

Why the early hour? We will be congregating outside in the park and we want to beat the daily warm-up, but still be able to see (at a minimum of 6 feet distance) the friends we have missed during the Coronavirus stay at home order and the associated CCA embargo on in-person events.

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. 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 …

You can bring food and beverages or you can purchase them at the Starbucks in the shopping center.

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. This location has several Ramadas (that have picnic tables) that we anticipate will be vacant.

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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Cars and Coffee in Scottsdale

by Paul Koreneff

Come join us for our new format cars and coffee.

Our first location is the Black Rock Coffee Bar on Shea Boulevard and 116th Street at 7 am on Saturday, June 6th.

Why the early hour? We will be congregating outside in the parking lot and we want to beat the daily warm-up, but still be able to see (at a minimum of 6 feet distance) the friends we have missed during the Coronavirus stay at home order and the associated CCA embargo on in-person events.

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. 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 Black Rock Coffee Bar.

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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Concours in the Hills 2020

by Paul Koreneff

The Seventh Annual Gila River Hotels & Casinos 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 2019, they had 941 vehicles and 108 dealers/vendors on display, and an estimated attendance of over 25,000. 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. Exhibitors must pay a vehicle or motorcycle registration fee of $60 and $30 respectively. 

*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 this event below 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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Oktoberfest Dinner

by Paul Koreneff

Save the date for the Roadrunner Chapter’s 2nd 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!

Cost Per Person: $25.00 (includes Appetizer, Traditional German Soup, Entree, Dessert, Ice Tea/Soft Drink, and CASH BAR). Buy your tickets through PayPal here!


Dinner tickets



Also, please RSVP 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 Confirm RSVP button to allow the system time to process your request – you will be transferred to a new web page. There are a limited number of seats!

If you are not already a Club Member, then please feel free to use this button to enroll.

PARKING INFO:

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AMP Open House and Track Safety Clinic

by Paul Koreneff

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 when the time comes to drive your car on the track. This clinic is designed to help alleviate those concerns, or anxiety, about participating in track and autocross events.

At a driving school, a safe environment is created through group briefings. In our briefings we will discuss track conditions, track rules, and how drivers are updated about changes that are occurring during the track session. Throughout the day, you will observe the art of maintaining control of the car at all times. This requires an understanding of how your tires grip the pavement, how weight transfers among the wheels through turns, and how braking and acceleration affects your grip and ability to steer through the corners.

We will discuss 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 prepare, and so much more. The day will be filled with lots of information, some good food, and great company!

During this Open House you will have a rare opportunity to be a passenger in a ride-along, with an experienced driver who will show you 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! 

If you have any questions then please email Chris Finlay using the button below.

Gates open at 8:00 am. Please be ready to start our program at 8:30 am.

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BMW CCA Pazific Eskapade

by scottbirk

The Pacific Region Chapters invite BMW CCA members to the annual Pazifik Eskapade at the BMW Performance Center in Thermal, CA! Attend a one-day Club M School and/or a half-day sampler package. Have a blast driving M Cars on the autocross, testing your control skills on the skidpad, drag racing (with a twist), lead-follow laps on the Thermal track, and more. Learn from BMW’s excellent instructors, challenge yourself and your friends, and shred some tires! There will be meals available and a mixer, and plenty of opportunities to mingle with your fellow Pacific Region BMW enthusiasts. This is an awesome weekend event, so sign up soon, book a room at the La Quinta resort, and get ready for a great time!

On Saturday, the Full Day Club M-School is followed by a cocktail reception and then an informal car show in Old Town La Quinta where there are excellent restaurants to ensure you do not go hungry. On Sunday morning there is the Half Day Driving Event.

The suggested hotel is the La Quinta Resort and Club, a Waldorf Astoria Resort. Make sure you use the link from the registration page to ensure you get our group rate. The link below may also work.

PLEASE NOTE: You must be a current BMW CCA Member in order to participate in the FULL DAY event.

REGISTER NOW and then RSVP immediately below so the Chapter knows you are coming.

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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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