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Drive Four Corners

by scottbirk

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.

This year the event starts in Grand Junction, CO and ends in Anonito, CO.

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Show Low Beat the Heat Fun Run

by Paul Koreneff

Beat the heat! Roadrunner BMW CCA will escape to higher altitudes for a day trip, with a nice early start to get out of the valley before we broil. We will drive as a group up to Show Low (6345’) for lunch. Afterwards, folks can explore the area on their own or drive back to Phoenix using their choice of routes.

Note the earlier than usual Check-in time – so that we truly can Beat the Heat!

Check-in at 7:00am;

Driver’s Meeting at 7:15am:

Chevron Fuel Station
3265 S Goldfield Rd
Apache Junction, AZ 85219

The group will depart, caravan style, promptly at 7:30am and drive northeast up beautiful US-60 until reaching Show Low at around 10:30am. This is about 140 miles. 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.

We have a reserved room for brunch/lunch at Sweetheart’s Cafe.

For the drive home, everyone is on his/her own. The fastest way home is via I-60. A slower, more scenic route is along the Mogollon Rim and the Tonto National Forest, using AZ-260 and then AZ-87; this route is around 170 miles.

Of note is that there is a Culver’s in Payson that some members find difficult to drive by.

Please RSVP no later than July 31st 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.

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Mount Lemmon Picnic Fun Run

by Paul Koreneff
Roadrunner BMW CCA will be partnering with our Sonoran Chapter brethren for another event, a run up beautiful Mt. Lemmon in Tucson, AZ! This is a great opportunity to beat the heat by driving up the mountain for a picnic lunch!
DON’T FORGET: Hat, Sunglasses, Sunscreen, Water, Cash (for lift tickets)
Check-in at 8:00am;
Driver’s Meeting at 8:15am:
Shell Gas Station
4231 East Riggs Road
Chandler, AZ 85248
The group will depart, caravan style, promptly at 8:30am and head down to Tucson via I-10. Upon arrival in Tucson, there will be an opportunity to refuel when we meet up with the Sonoran Chapter members. From there, we will depart for Mt. Lemmon by 11:00am. Once at the summit, there will be a 2 hour window to eat, do some sight seeing, socialize, and take the chair lift to the top. Lift tickets to the top of Mt. Lemmon are $15.00.
Our picnic lunch is targeted at 12:00pm and will be Subway sandwiches and drinks.  Please bring an accompanying side item such as salad, chips, and cookies. Be sure to tell us if you require a Vegetarian sandwich.
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 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.
Also, please email Chris at the address below to inform him of any lunch requirements and to confirm what side item you will be bringing.
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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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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Copper Corridor Loop Fun Run

by Paul Koreneff

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 the Copper Bistro in Globe, AZ. The restaurant is on the way in to town.

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. We will make an additional stop at Pinal Pass for photos. 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 May 2nd 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.

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Wickenburg Fun Run

by scottbirk

Join us for a relaxing Sunday drive to Wickenburg for a nice Mexican Lunch (And still have time to enjoy your Sunday).

Check-in at 8:30am;

Driver’s Meeting at 8:45am:

Starbucks Parking Lot, 

18511 N Scottsdale Rd, 

Scottsdale, AZ 85255

The group will depart, caravan style, promptly at 9:00am and head north on Scottsdale Rd to Carefree Highway. We will follow Carefree Highway to US 60W and then turn off on Wickenburg Way to El Ranchero “The Wrangler” Authentic Mexican and Seafood Restaurant.

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 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.

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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Fountain Hills Fun Run

by scottbirk

Join us for a Sunday drive to Euro Pizza Café (Fountain Hills)

If you begin at starting point 1 it will be a total of 65 miles, if you begin at starting point 2 it will be a total of 45 miles.

Please RSVP by March 10th as we need to create reservations for seats at the restaurant

Starting point 1 

Check-in at 8:30am; Driver’s Meeting at 8:45am:
Starbucks Parking Lot Scottsdale

The group will depart, caravan style, promptly at 9:00am and head out to Cracker Barrel (via 101 South) with a stop at Cracker Barrel to meet up with the second group.

Starting point 2

Check-in at 9:00am; Driver’s Meeting at 9:15am:
Cracker Barrel Parking Lot

The group will depart, caravan style, promptly at 9:30am and head up to Fountain Hills.  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.

We will then make our way (via 202 East and McKellips Road) to Usery Pass Road and then Bush Hwy with a stop at Water Users Recreation Site for a short break before heading to Fountain Hills (via Bush Hwy and AZ 87 South).

The drive officially ends at the restaurant.

The lunch menu is varied and includes salads, soups, wraps, gyros, and pizza. It is also reasonably priced and can be found here

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 once on the Confirm RSVP button to allow the system time to process your request – you will be transferred to a new web page.

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Bagdad, AZ Fun Run

by Adam Tharp

Note: This Fun Run has been cancelled due to excessive snow and ice on many roads. It will be rescheduled on a future date.

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:

Bank of America Financial Center – Tramonto Marketplace
3110 West 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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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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