Tour Update 06/22/2016

Sat, 7/2 10:00a – ~2:00p: July 4th Fun Run
We have an awesome route planned for the northern reaches of North Texas with a lunch stop at Choctaw Ranch House Preserve.  We’ll be starting at A P Travel Center (13965 S Ih 35, Valley View, TX 76272) at 10:00a.  We’ll have lunch around noon.  For those still up for another hour of twisty roads, we have an hour post-lunch adventure that leads us back to McKinney and the RaceTrac off 380.  The maps are available and if you’d like to join us, please let Raymond Mimick know by email at rmimick@iname.com.  The maps are available here.

Sun, 7/17 3:00p – 6:00p: Sunday afternoon drive (Towers Tap House destination)
To have an interesting Sunday afternoon drive in the heat (sorry to those cars with reduced air conditioning capacity or none at all).  We’ll start at the Texas-famous Buc-ee’s next to Texas Motor Speedway.  Arrive a little early and we’ll take some pictures in front of this road wonder (it may be our only attempt at this crazy destination).  From TMS, we’ll head north to Decatur and then Eastbound to Little Elm.  Our ending destination is Towers Tap House on Lewisville Lake.  Maps are available here.  Raymond Mimick is leading this one and if you email him at rmimick@iname.com, we’ll watch for you at Buc-ee’s.

Sat, 8/6: Gimmick Rally 2016
Brian has been working hard developing our 2016 Gimmick Rally.  For those that missed last year’s Rally, we had a write up in our dBR newsletter here.  This year, we’d love to have more cars on this adventure.  You do not need to have a speed-demon car as this is not timed.  If you are interested, you will need both a driver and a navigator.  If you only have 50% of this setup, let Brian know so we can pair people up.  The route will be about 200 miles and we’ll start late morning in Joshua, TX.  The destination will be known at the driver’s meeting on Saturday, August 6th.  Email Brian at bgeorge0049@gmail.com.

Tail of the Dragon Tour
Sat 10/8- Sun 10/16: 
We are putting the final touches on the plans and Raymond Mimick will be reaching out to interested parties to determine how best to organize our hotels along the route.  If you have interest in traveling to South Carolina and have not let us know, please email Raymond Mimick at rmimick@iname.com.

Trip Highlights:

  • Tail of the Dragon & Cherohala Skyway
  • BMW Performance Center for Members-only day
  • BMW Zentrum Museum and Factory Tour
  • Biltmore Estate
  • Tour of the Mountains North of Asheville
  • Social time with the tour group
  • Fall weather in the Appalachian Mountains

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

  • July
    • 2nd: Fun run for July 4th (Ray)
    • Sunday, 17th: Afternoon Drive starting about 3:00p. (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

Raymond Mimick (817-999-0078)
Marc (214-354-9505) and Rhonda Leediker,
Brian George (469-400-0049)
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Quick Tour Update – Maps for June 4th

Tour Update

Tour Update 05/31/2016

Sat, 6/4 9:45a – 1:00p: Hutchins BBQ post Cafs & Coffee run
Brian George is leading (bgeorge0049@gmail.com) our group out of Cars & Coffee (meet point: SMU Plano Campus parking lot 5326 Tennyson Pkwy, Plano, TX 75024).  This will be a morning drive North and East of the Plano area arriving at Hutchins BBQ in McKinney for lunch.  Maps are here.  Brian currently has 5 cars signed up.  Please let us know if you are planning to join.

Upcoming Tours

  • June
    • 4th: Cars & Coffee start; McKinney lunch (Brian)
  • July
    • CANCELLING the 4-day event; 2-5th: New Mexico or Colorado (4th of July to be in some city to watch) (Ray)
    • 2nd: Fun run for July 4th (Ray)
    • NEW Sunday, 17th: Afternoon Drive starting about 3:00p probably at Buckee’s in front of Texas Motor Speedway (TMS).
  • August
    • 6th: Gimmick Rally (Brian, Ray)

Make your plans now to participate on the Gimmick Rally.  Last year we had 5 teams participate and it was a great event.  We’ll be shortening the length to about 200 miles and be closer to the DFW area as the end point.  You will need both a driver and a navigator to participate but if you are only one part of the equation, sign-up now and we’ll work to pair the participants.

  • 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

LSC BMWCCA Auto Cross #4

Summer fun!

It’s time to come and enjoy our next autocross.

Registration is open for the 2016 LSC BMWCCA AutoX #4 event on
Saturday, June 11th @ Mineral Wells. All makes are welcome.

Direct Registration Link:
http://www.dlbracing.com/Clubs/Registera.aspx?&EventID=6188

Online registration is available until 6PM the Friday before the event. Cost is $30.
We will also accept credit card payment on site, if maximum capacity has NOT been reached. The total cost for on site payment is $40.

Tech Inspection:
All participant vehicles must pass Tech Inspection on site. Have your car emptied, unlocked, with numbers, hood and trunk up.
The inspection 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.
Normally we will have 5 runs in the morning and 5 runs in the afternoon. 10 total runs per driver if the schedule allows!

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/6188

Hope to see you there,

Franco Maras

LSC BMWCCA AutoX Chair

Follow us on Twitter for up-to-date information: @LoneStarAutoX

Tour Update 5/23/2016

Tour Update 05/23/2016

Sat, 5/28 9:00p – ~12:30p: Rockett Run
We’ll be starting Memorial Day weekend off with a half-day tour of the South-east area of the Dallas side of town.  We’ll start at Denny’s in Seagoville (Cotton Gin of Crandell is still closed) at 9:00a (400 US-175 Frontage Rd, Seagoville, TX 75159).  Arrive early to have breakfast with a few of us.  We’ll head out after a quick driver’s meeting and travel around the area and arrive at Rockett Cafe (5790 FM813, Waxahachie, TX 75165) about 12:30p.  Raymond Mimick is leading this one and you can let him know by email at rmimick@iname.com.  The maps are available here.

Sat, 6/4 9:45a – noonish: Hutchins BBQ post Cafs & Coffee run
Brian George is leading (bgeorge0049@gmail.com) our group out of Cars & Coffee (meet point: SMU Plano Campus parking lot 5326 Tennyson Pkwy, Plano, TX 75024).  This will be a morning drive north of the Plano area arriving at Hutchins BBQ for lunch.

Maps are still to come but make plans now.

Upcoming Tours

  • June
    • 4th: Cars & Coffee start; McKinney lunch (Brian)
  • July
    • CANCELLING the 4-day event; 2-5th: New Mexico or Colorado (4th of July to be in some city to watch) (Ray)
    • 2nd: Fun run for July 4th (Ray)
    • NEW Sunday, 17th: Afternoon Drive starting about 3:00p.
  • August
    • 6th: Gimmick Rally (Brian, Ray)

Make your plans now to participate on the Gimmick Rally.  Last year we had 5 teams participate and it was a great event.  We’ll be shortening the length to about 200 miles and be closer to the DFW area as the end point.  You will need both a driver and a navigator to participate but if you are only one part of the equation, sign-up now and we’ll work to pair the participants.

April Tour Events

We have two tours this month on the schedule.

Sat, 4/16 3:30p – ~7:30p: Choctaw Ranch House Tour
Afternoon drive ending with a great dinner (so we hope). We’ll start at the RaceTrac in McKinney and tour the northern reaches and end up at Choctaw Ranch House (http://www.choctawranchhouse.com/). We will have a 5:30 seating for dinner. Due to our size, we’ll have our own room but a limited menu. In order to plan the dinner reservation side, we definitely need to know if you are coming by emailing Brian George at bgeorge0049@gmail.com by April 11th. The drive will be 100 miles and take us about 1.5 hours to get through. Maps are here.

Brian has stated the prices are a little high, so please check out the menu on the web site. When responding, please include if you will attend dinner with us or not.

Sat, 4/23 9:30a – noonish: Muenster Run
Our annual pilgrimage to Muenster, TX for GermanFest is coming up. This is a quick half-day drive out to Muenster, TX starting out of Sanger, TX. Brian George is leading the activities and he would love to know if you can join us by emailing him at bgeorge0049@gmail.com. We’ll start at 9:30 from Chisholm Trail Elementary School (just west of I-35). We’ll get there just in time for lunch.

Want more details about GermanFest in Muenster – click here:http://www.germanfest.net/home/

Maps for Muenster Run are Here.

Be on the look out for details for Memorial Day weekend drive.

LSC BMWCCA Auto Cross #2

Spring again!

Let’s continue 2016 and come together for LSC BMWCCA AutoX #2.

Registration is open for the 2016 LSC BMWCCA AutoX #2 event on
Saturday, April 9th @ Mineral Wells. All makes are welcome.

Direct Registration Link:
http://www.dlbracing.com/Clubs/Registera.aspx?&EventID=6186

Online registration is available until 6PM the Friday before the event. Cost is $30.
We will also accept credit card payment on site, if maximum capacity has NOT been reached. The total cost for on site payment is $40.

Tech Inspection:
All participant vehicles must pass Tech Inspection on site. Have your car emptied, unlocked, with numbers, hood and trunk up.
The inspection 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.
Normally we will have 5 runs in the morning and 5 runs in the afternoon. 10 total runs per driver if the schedule allows!

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/6186

Hope to see you there,

Franco Maras

LSC BMWCCA AutoX Chair

2016 Fredericksburg Trip is next Saturday

Next weekend, March 4th-March 6th, is our annual Fredericksburg trip.  We have 18 people signed up in 11 cars.  If you are planning to join us, Sunday House Inn was only going to reserve rooms until tomorrow, Feb 28th.  (Not sure if any are available in our group).

Documents (Garmin GPX files are available, too):

Please let Raymond Mimick (rmimick@iname.com) know if you are coming so we can watch for you.  Also, let him know if you are planning to join us for either or both evenings for dinner.

Q1-2016 DBR Newsletter is ready!

We have complete our First Quarter 2016 newsletter.

Q1-2016 Cover

Nerces has joined the editing team.  We’d love to get more articles in the newsletter and you can help by sending your articles to Nerces.

Next quarter, we are looking for articles about:

  • Insurance information about your cars (suggested talking to a Liberty Mutual insurance guy locally to cover what a CCA member gets differently)
    • Multiple cars, pleasure vehicles, discounts, (non-daily driver)
  • Tours:
    • Review of Fredericksburg and 2 1/2-day tours (any one want to write up their perspective of the trip?)
  • HPDE – COTA
    • Maybe this is the main feature;
    • Club Racing
    • What is covered in an HPDE event.
    • History of Trifecta
    • Why do this? It’s fun… (do you have a story to tell?  Share it with us)
    • COTA history/why so important?
  • Auto Cross
    • What is it, how is it scored, what’s the competition?
    • How is it run
    • The competition: maybe take 3-4 people and follow them through the season
  • 100 year BMW anniversary
    • History
    • US history part
    • Any trips you took to a BMW national event – share them.
  • 2002 event from: March 19