Tour Update: Added February 1/2 Day Tour + Changed Dates for Fredericksburg

New: February 20th 1/2 day tour
We’ve added a new tour day (weather permitting) for February 20th.  The tour will start at 1 p.m. at the Home Depot in Ceburne and doing our normal circuitous driving stuff (with a potty break or two thrown in) until 5:00pm when we would arrive at 1187 Cafe, just south of Benbrook, just east of Highway 377.  If possible, Marc will try to arrange a parade lap for everyone around MSR in Cresson – we’ll be going right by it.

1187 Cafe has two rooms that seat 22 a piece.  If you are interested in attending the tour (and want to include dinner), please RSVP to Marc Leediker at marc3509@sbcglobal.net by end of business Feb 12, in order to give Michelle an accurate head count.

If we fill up fairly quickly, Michelle said we could overflow into the adjacent room if we need to.  She is asking that we limit our entree selections to 3 or 4 so that she can shop accordingly, seat us all at one time, and maintain her level of quality and customer satisfaction!!

Update: March 4-6th Fredericksburg
The tour dates changed due to hotel availability but Fredericksburg is ready to go.  We’ll be staying at Sunday House Inn again this year.  Judy has reserved 12 rooms (most are Kings, some are doubles) at 129.95/night.  Please call Judy at 830-997-4484 to reserve your room and tell them that the rooms are reserved under the Lone Star BMW.  She will hold the rooms until February 28th.

When you make your reservations, let Raymond Mimick know (rmimick@iname.com) and if you want to join us for a group dinner for either Friday night and/or Saturday night (last year, the group split up to different destinations).

General Plan (the routes and dining options are still being determined but we’ll keep some of the previous year’s routes):

Day 1 (Fri): We’ll start out in Cleburne and make a quick trip down to Fredericksburg arriving about 3pm.  Pit-stop schedules: Cleburne to Hico, Hico to lunch in Goldthwaite.  Goldthwaite to Llano.  Llano to Fredericksburg.  Hotel Check in, Wine Tasting tour.  Dinner at our favorite German restaurant.

Day 2 (Sat): Start out early (8a): Fast pace drive to Leakey and possibly out to Brackettville.  We’ll return between 2p-3p, depending on the distance.  Saturday night: Dinner at possibly Hilltop Cafe.

Day 3 (Sun): Return trip to DFW through possible Austin, TX stop for lunch; Last year we arrived back at 6 p.m. but if not desired, we’ll skip a trip to The Oasis in Austin.

Go Kart Racing and 2015 AutoX Awards – Reminder

Go Kart

Dear Autocrossers,
We still have a few spots open to our indoor Go Kart racing and celebration of the 2015 Autocross award winners. Come join us for some laps.

When
Saturday 23rd of January
11:00 am – 1:15 pm

Cost
The cost is $35.
A terrific value with 2-3 races, including lunch.

Registration
http://www.dlbracing.com/Clubs/Registera.aspx?LMID=11&EventID=6127

Where
Pole Position Raceway
10550 John W. Elliott Drive
Frisco, TX 75033

Info
Closed Toe Shoes required.
Helmets are available or bring your own (visor required).

Hope to see you there,
Franco Maras

Lone Star BMWCCA
Autocross Chair

Go Kart Racing and 2015 AutoX Awards

Go Kart

Dear Lone Star Chapter BMWCCA Member,

Come join us for a fun event at Pole Position Raceway with indoor Go Kart racing. The event is open to all members, friends and family.

After the Go Kart experience we will celebrate the 2015 autocross trophy winners with an awards ceremony. Lunch is provided during the event.

Note that the number of drivers is limited, so make sure to sign up early.
When
Saturday 23rd of January
11:00 am – 1:15 pm

Cost
The cost is $35.
A terrific value with 2-3 races, including lunch.

Registration
http://www.dlbracing.com/Clubs/Registera.aspx?LMID=11&EventID=6127

Where
Pole Position Raceway
10550 John W. Elliott Drive
Frisco, TX 75033

Info
Closed Toe Shoes required.
Helmets are available or bring your own (visor required).
Hope to see you there,

Franco Maras

Lone Star BMWCCA
Autocross Chair

Hair of the Dog Maps and Tour Update

Friday, January 1st, 2016 Half-Day – Hair of the Dog tour like Houston Chapter does every year doing a West of Fort Worth drive.  The Hair of the Dog is a drink concoction to assist a person from a hang-over.  Ray will be leading this one.  Please let us know if you will join us.

Starting Point: Starbucks 6115 Camp Bowie Blvd Fort Worth, TX (2nd Starbucks on the left from I-30)

Ending Point: Chef Point Cafe (5901 Watauga Rd Watauga, TX 76148)

Duration: 3.5 hours

Maps are here

Tentative Dates for 2016  (very subject to change, and we’ll add a few more Sunday drives to the list):

  • February – off (potential issues with weather can cause of problems) – look for a dinner destination some evening in February
  • March
    • 11th-13th: Fredericksburg (Ray)
    • 26th (Easter weekend): Cranfills Gap run (Brian)
  • April
    • 16th: Dinner at Choctaw Ranch House (near Sherman) (Brian)
    • 24-26 GermanFest in Muenster (Brian or Marc)
  • May
    • 28th (Memorial Day weekend): Let’s Eat Cafe (Marc)
  • June
    • 4th: Cars & Coffee start; McKinney lunch (Brian)
  • July
    • 2-5th: New Mexico or Colorado (4th of July to be in some city to watch) (Ray)
  • August
    • 6th: Gimmick Rally (Brian, Ray)
    • 23-28th: OktoberFest (Monterry, CA) – interested in traveling together? Maybe another trip down the Extraterrestrial Highway, Yosemite?
  • Sept
    • 10th: Texas Forts Trail (Ray)
    • 30-Oct 2nd: Santa Fe Concorso (no planned trip as yet)
  • Oct
    • 8th – 16th: Tail of the Dragon and possible Performance Center trip (Brian)
  • Nov
    • 5th: East Texas Tour
  • Dec
    • 3rd: Toy Run from Cars and Coffee

Tomorrow’s Toy Run Update

BMW Toy Drive

This Saturday’s toy run has a few updates

  1. New maps (some of the old route was not good for our cars (click the word New Maps to download the newest)).
  2. Change of Drop-off location:
    1. Swing through the “Pre-Owned” Department on the East end of Classic BMW to drop off your toys BEFORE coming to the departure parking lot.
    2. Drop off in the main reception area to get the 10% off coupon from Classic
  3. Get ready for a great drive and let Marc (marc3509@sbcglobal.net) know if you are coming

15 people have signed up so far.

2015 – LSC BMWCCA AutoX #9 – Course Map

 

2015 Finale!

Saturday, November 14th @ Mineral Wells

Come out and enjoy another fine North Texas fall day on Saturday. Study the course map, print it, bring it along and drive smooth.

Direct Registration Link:
http://www.dlbracing.com/Clubs/Registera.aspx?LMID=11&EventID=6090
Online registration is available until 6PM the Friday before the event. Cost is $30.
We will also accept credit card payment on site. The total cost for on site payment is $40.

Tech Inspection:
All participant vehicles must pass Tech Inspection on site.
It begins at 8:00 am and will close at 9:00 am.

Novice Meeting:
You need to attend this meeting if this is your first time out with our club.
Novice meeting starts at 8:30 and is followed by a course walk.

Worker Assignment:
All participants are required to work during runs when they are not driving.
The assignments will be posted on the club van before the meetings.

Mandatory Driver’s Meeting at 9:10 am.

First car planned to start at 9:30 am.
We will have 5 runs in the morning and 5 runs in the afternoon. 10 total runs per driver!

After the morning runs we will take a 45 minute lunch break, during which time we will provide grilled hot dogs (weather permitting).
More Event Details:
http://www.dlbracing.com/Event/6090

Hope to see you there,

Franco Maras

LSC BMWCCA AutoX Chair

Tour Update 11/8/2015

Sunday, November 15th: Starting in Kaufman at the CVS (101 W Mulberry St, Kaufman, TX) at 1:30 p.m., we will be leaving out and traveling some East Texas roads down to Palestine and then back toward Athens for dinner at Jalapeno Tree (1112 E Tyler St, Athens, TX 75751 http://jalapenotree.com; 903-677-4056).  Let Brian (bgeorge0049@gmail.com) know if you want to join us on this one.  If you want to join us for dinner, let us know, too.  We’ll reach Athens around 6 p.m.

Maps: Click here to download the maps. 

Update: Saturday, December 5th: Toy run starting from Classic BMW after Cars and Coffee.  Marc Leediker (marc3509@sbcglobal.net) will be leading this tour and please let him know if you can join us.  The idea will be to bring a toy to Classic BMW and then start out on the tour about 9:45 a.m.

Update: Friday, January 1st, 2016 – Hair of the Dog tour like Houston Chapter does every year doing a West of Fort Worth drive.  The Hair of the Dog is a drink concoction to assist a person from a hang-over.  Raymond Mimick (rmimick@iname.com) will be leading this one.  Please let us know if you will join us.

Marc (214-354-9505) and Rhonda Leediker,
the Tourmeisters
marc3509@sbcglobal.net

Raymond Mimick (817-999-0078)

Brian George (469-400-0049)

Eureka Springs Here We Come

This Sunday we’ll be heading out on our Fall tour to Eureka Springs.  If you are interested in joining us, the hotel has room.

Sun, Oct 11-Tues, Oct 13: Fall tour to Eureka Springs.  Our last trip in 2012, we stopped at the Crystal Bridges Museum (http://crystalbridges.org) in Bentonville, AR and we will add this to our route planning.  Please let Ray and Brian know if you will be attending this trip.

Hotel Details: For those that have attended an ’02 fest, we will be using the Best Western Eureka Inn (101 E Van Buren Eureka Springs, AR 72632) for our hotel stay.  Contact the hotel directly at 479-253-9551.  Sarah, Pam or Jed will help you reserve the room.

Maps:
Day 1: DFW to Eureka Springs (it’s a long haul)
Day 2 Morning Loop around northern AR
Day 2 Afternoon Loop for sight-seeing
Day 3 Return to DFW

Alt Day 1 with Interstate use (we will not use this unless we are just really far behind schedule)

We will be leaving the DFW from Allen Café (300 E Main St Allen, TX 75002) at about 8a on Sunday, Oct 11th.  The drive currently looks to be 8 hours and we will have lunch in Mena, AR about 1:00 p.m. or near the Talimena Scenic Byway.

New: Sunday, November 15th: Afternoon drive around East Texas with possible dinner stop along the way.  We are experimenting with some Sunday options to see if it works better/worse for our group and how the roads are – too much traffic or just right.  Let Brian know if you want to join us on this one.

AutoX #8 – Mineral Wells

Gorgeous!

Saturday, October 3rd @ Mineral Wells

Come out and enjoy a fine North Texas fall day on Saturday. Study the course map, print it, bring it along and drive smooth.

Direct Registration Link:
http://www.dlbracing.com/Clubs/Registera.aspx?LMID=11&EventID=6069
Online registration is available until 6PM the Friday before the event. Cost is $30.
We will also accept credit card payment on site. The total cost for on site payment is $40.

Tech Inspection:
All participant vehicles must pass Tech Inspection on site.
It begins at 8:15 am and will close at 9:15 am.

Novice Meeting:
You need to attend this meeting if this is your first time out with our club.
Novice meeting starts at 8:45 and is followed by a course walk.

Worker Assignment:
All participants are required to work during runs when they are not driving.
The assignments will be posted on the club van before the meetings.

Mandatory Driver’s Meeting at 9:30 am.

First car planned to start at 9:45 am.
We will have 5 runs in the morning and 5 runs in the afternoon. 10 total runs per driver!

After the morning runs we will take a 45 minute lunch break, during which time we will provide grilled hot dogs (weather permitting).
More Event Details:
http://www.dlbracing.com/Event/6069

Also, see the full 2015 schedule.

Hope to see you there,

Franco Maras

LSC BMWCCA AutoX Chair