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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.

 

 

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

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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
Driver’s Meeting: 12:00pm
Departure: 12:45pm

 

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
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CARAVAN ROUTE DETAILS:

 

We’ll begin our drive on Highway AZ 87 to Payson. Once in Payson, we will then proceed to take AZ 260 where we will pass through Star Valley, Heber, and Show Low. Once we reach Show Low, we will head east on US 60 through Springerville and then finally into Alpine on Hwy 181/190, via Eagar. It is approximately a 4 hour drive:

 

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.

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Prescott Fun Run

by Adam Tharp

Do you love driving, socializing, and good food? Then come join us for a group drive up to Prescott and then lunch at Streets of New York Pizza. The restaurant has a large parking lot where we may even be able to get the cars parked together and do a bit of socializing. If you just can’t get enough of the curves, there will also be a group heading back down through Skull Valley to Phoenix.

Check-in at 8:00am; Driver’s Meeting at 8:15am:
Bank of America
3110 W Carefree Hwy
Phoenix, AZ 85086

The group will depart, caravan style, promptly at 8:30am and head up toward Prescott, through Wickenburg and Yarnell via AZ-74 W and AZ-89 N with a stop in Congress, AZ for fuel and restroom break at the Shell station where AZ-89 N and AZ-71 meet. 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 in order to reserve your spot for the drive.

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.

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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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Copper Corridor Loop Fun Run

by Adam Tharp

Do you love driving, socializing, and great food? Then come join us for a group drive through the Copper Corridor Loop and then a break for lunch at Guayo’s On the Trail Restaurant in Globe, AZ. The restaurant is on the way out of town, toward Show Low. Other attractions include Farley’s Pub, a movie theater, Center for the Arts, and Noels Sweets and Gifts.

Check-in at 8:30am; Driver’s Meeting at 9:00am:
Chevron Fuel Station
3265 S Goldfield Rd
Apache Junction, AZ 85219

The group will depart, caravan style, promptly at 9:30am and head over through the Copper Corridor Loop via AZ-177 with a stop in Winkelman, AZ for fuel and restroom break at the Shell station where AZ-177 and AZ-77 meet. 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 April 18th in order to reserve your spot for the drive.

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.

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Bagdad, AZ Fun Run

by Adam Tharp

 

Do you love driving, socializing, and great food? Then come join us for a group drive up to Bagdad, Arizona for lunch at Copper Country Bar & Grill.

Check-in at 8:30am; Driver’s Meeting at 8:45am:
McDonald’s – Tramonto Marketplace
3140 North Carefree Hwy
Phoenix, AZ 85086

The group will depart, caravan style, promptly at 9:00am and head up to Bagdad, AZ (via AZ-74 W and AZ-89N) with a stop in Congress, AZ for fuel and restroom break at the Shell station where AZ-71 and AZ-89 meet. 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 below in order to reserve your spot for the drive.

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.

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Payson Fun Run and Lunch

by Adam Tharp

Do you love driving, socializing, and Italian food? Well, then this is the event for you!

Come join us for a group drive up to beautiful Payson, Arizona for lunch at Cardo’s Pizza and Italian Restaurant, where they are known for their out of this world Crispy Chicken Parmesan.

Meet at 8:30am for a Driver’s Meeting:
Starbucks Coffee
9301 E Shea Blvd
Scottsdale, AZ 85260

The group will depart, caravan style, promptly at 9:00am and head up to Payson via AZ-87 N. 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 to Barbara Micheletti via email HERE, no later than January 27th, in order to reserve your spot for the drive.

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.

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