2023 Events (as of 12/31/2022)

January 15th (Sunday)Grapevine to Waxahachie & Rockett Café Tour: Join us for an afternoon trip through the center of the Metroplex, into the country side and then back toward civilization and ending in Rockett Café near Waxahachie.  We’ll start from the Texaco Gas station in Grapevine located at 1001 Northwest Hwy, Grapevine, TX 76051 at 2:00p.  We should arrive at Rockett about 5:00p.  RSVP to tours@lscbmwcca.org by Friday at 5:00p, January 13th, 2023 to let us know you are coming.

January 21st 6:30p-9:30p: Post-Holiday Party. Join us for our annual Post-Holiday Dinner and Social event at Saltgrass Steak House, 1813 Hwy 121, Bedford, TX 76021.  Meal selection will be made from a selected list of regular menu items. We will be able to accommodate up to 50 registrations REGISTRATION CLOSES: Wednesday, January 18th at 11:59PM.  J.O. has received a number of special prizes from our local BMW dealers (Sewell BMW of Grapevine, Sewell BMW of Plano, BMW of Tyler, Autobahn BMW of Fort Worth, BMW of Arlington) and a few prizes from some independent shops.

February 4th 10:30a Cars and Donuts – Grab a coffee and a donut, and hang out with BMW friends, join us. No need to RSVP, no need to wash your car, just show up. Location – Dunkin’ Donuts by Kroger on Legacy and Independence in Plano (7212 Independence Pkwy Ste B, Plano, TX 75025)

February 12th, 2:00p-4:00p Board meeting at Ford’s in Plano.  All members are welcome to join the board in discussion of chapter activities and planning.  We will discuss upcoming events and results of past events.  Email secretary@lscbmwcca.org if you can participate or have questions.

February 17th – 19th (Friday-Sunday) Corpus Christi Trip Let’s take a trip down to Corpus Christi and visit the USS Lexington and explore Port Aransas and the local sites.  This is a trip we have not taken before.  We’ll plan a two-night stay in Corpus Christi at the Holiday Inn Corpus Christi Downtown Marina ($331.67 for a 2 Queen-bed room (tax included)) and then a return to DFW.  Please email tours@lscbmwcca.org for a reservation number that you will then use to add your name and credit card number to the group reservation.  7 rooms are available until February 10th. Budget about $800 for the trip. 

February 19th (Sunday): Autocross at Lone Star Park.  Autocross (AutoX) is a low-speed obstacle course pitting you against your friends for the Fast Time of the Day.  We have multiple classes based on your setup and horsepower.  All makes are welcome to participate and it’s a great way to learn how your car handles on various conditions. 

March 4th 10:30a Cars and Donuts – Grab a coffee and a donut, and hang out with BMW friends, join us. No need to RSVP, no need to wash your car, just show up. Location – Dunkin’ Donuts by Kroger on Legacy and Independence in Plano (7212 Independence Pkwy Ste B, Plano, TX 75025)

March 5th (Sunday): Autocross at Lone Star Park.  Autocross (AutoX) is a low-speed obstacle course pitting you against your friends for the Fast Time of the Day.  We have multiple classes based on your setup and horsepower.  All makes are welcome to participate and it’s a great way to learn how your car handles on various conditions. 

March 11th (Saturday)Steak Night @Kitchen’s in Mineola, Texas.  We’ll start at 2:00 p.m. and take a journey down to Mineola with plans to have dinner.  We’ll start at Buc-ee’s in Royce City at 2:00p.  Can you RSVP your intentions to tours@lscbmwcca.org by Friday, March 10th at 5:00p so we can finalize reservations?  We should be back to Daylight Saving mode so we would not be driving in the dark. 

March 17th-19th (Friday-Sunday)Return to the Twisted Sisters.  We’re planning to head back down to the twisted sisters in the hill country.  This year, after lunch, we’ll head to Lyndon B. Johnson National Historic Park for a visit and then maybe stop at Luckenbach.  We’ll be based out of Kerrville at the Inn of the Hills(830-895-5000 or https://res.windsurfercrs.com/ibe/details.aspx?propertyid=16590&nights=1&checkin=3/17/2023&group=2303LONEST&lang=en-us).  Room rates are $119 standard King and Queen, Queen room – single= $129 double, $139 triple, $149 quad per night and does not include taxes or breakfast ($11.95 additional at the time of reservation, $12.95 at check in).  Please make your reservations before March 10th, 2023.  Budget about $800 for the trip. If you’ve made your reservations, please email tours@lscbmwcca.org to let us know you are coming. 

April 1st 10:30a Cars and Donuts – Grab a coffee and a donut, and hang out with BMW friends, join us. No need to RSVP, no need to wash your car, just show up. Location – Dunkin’ Donuts by Kroger on Legacy and Independence in Plano (7212 Independence Pkwy Ste B, Plano, TX 75025)

April 8th (Saturday, Easter Weekend) Terrell to McKinney Tour– This year for Easter weekend, we’ll start at the Buc-ee’s in Terrell at 9:00a and head north, stopping in Greenville and ending in downtown McKinney around lunch.  If you are planning to join us, please email tours@lscbmwcca.org by Friday, April 7th

April 16th (Sunday), 2:00p-4:00p Board meeting.  All members are welcome to join the board in discussion of chapter activities and planning.  We will discuss upcoming events and results of past events.  Email secretary@lscbmwcca.org if you can participate or have questions.

April 22nd (Saturday) Annual Ennis Blue Bonnet Tour starting at 10:00 a.m. meet in Palmer, Texas (1639 N I-45, Palmer, TX 75152).  We’ll enjoy a very low speed caravan around the Ennis, TX area to look at Bluebonnets.  J.O. Miller will be leading this one so please RSVP to jojylmiller@aol.com if you can join us by Friday, April 21st.

May 6th 10:30a Cars and Donuts – Grab a coffee and a donut, and hang out with BMW friends, join us. No need to RSVP, no need to wash your car, just show up. Location – Dunkin’ Donuts by Kroger on Legacy and Independence in Plano (7212 Independence Pkwy Ste B, Plano, TX 75025).  Let’s wish Pawel good luck in Phoenix. 

May 20th (Saturday) Rough Creek Tour Dennis will take the group along a journey out toward Glen Rose and then stop at Rough Creek Lodge for lunch.  If you want to join us on this adventure, please RSVP to Dennis at dluczycki@gmail.com by Friday, May 19th

June 11th (Sunday), 2:00p-4:00p Board meeting.  All members are welcome to join the board in discussion of chapter activities and planning.  We will discuss upcoming events and results of past events.  Email secretary@lscbmwcca.org if you can participate or have questions.

June 17th (Saturday) Hico Adventure Tour J.O. has a route ready to take us to Hico and the surrounding area.  Plan to join us for morning adventure and stop for lunch somewhere in the Southwest area of North Texas.  Please RSVP to tours@lscbmwcca.org to join us by Friday, June 16th

June 24th (Saturday): Bridgeport Northwest OHV Offroad. Want to do a few easy off-road things with your X-vehicle (with X-drive) or just want to join a group to try the off-road adventure (ie, non-BMWs)? We’re planning a trip to the Bridgeport OHV Park 9:30a. Anyone is welcome to join but there are few things to note: 1. You will need to have an OHV (Off-Highway Vehicle) sticker ($20 at the gate or at a local power-sports dealer that sell ATVs), 2. You must pre-purchase a reservation from the City of Bridgeport at https://bridgeport.recdesk.com/Community/Page?pageId=19662 – $25.00 for a vehicle, $15 for an ATV or a Bike. 3. We will only do a green (or single diamond) route as most of our vehicles are not ready for any of the more difficult terrain. Want more information?  Email tours@lsbcmwcca.org.  We might be there until noon and then do lunch or we might suggest bringing a picnic with you.

July 9th (Sunday): Autocross at Lone Star Park.  Autocross (AutoX) is a low-speed obstacle course pitting you against your friends for the Fast Time of the Day.  We have multiple classes based on your setup and horsepower.  All makes are welcome to participate and it’s a great way to learn how your car handles on various conditions. 

July 15th (Saturday) Caddo Lake Tour – Let’s make a plan for an all-day trip out to Caddo Lake (on the border with Louisiana).  We’ll start at the Buc-ee’s in Terrell, make a stop at BMW of Tyler, then keep traveling East the rest of the way to Caddo Lake for lunch.  For those unfamiliar with the area, it is about 3 hours direct-route to Caddo Lake if you have to exit early.  If you plan to join us, please RSVP to tours@lscbmwcca.org by Friday, July 14th.

July 30th (Sunday) Sunday Afternoon Drive– Let’s start at the historic General Store in Pilot Point – Martin General Store (101 S Jefferson St, Pilot Point, TX 76258) at 2:00p and then take a leisurely drive West and end of up at Marty B’s (2664 FM 407, Bartonville, TX 76226) around 5:00p.  If you plan to join us, please RSVP to tours@lscbmwcca.org by Friday, July 28th.

July 30th (Sunday): Autocross at Lone Star Park.  Autocross (AutoX) is a low-speed obstacle course pitting you against your friends for the Fast Time of the Day.  We have multiple classes based on your setup and horsepower.  All makes are welcome to participate and it’s a great way to learn how your car handles on various conditions. 

August 12th (Saturday) FM4 Adventure Tour– We’re planning to return for another adventure on FM 4 – this time starting from Mansfield and working our way to Grandview for the start and ending in Jacksboro (with a trip back to Weatherford).  This will be pretty an all-day journey but there will be plenty of places to exit and return home if you need to.  There will be a lunch stop along the way.  If you plan to join us, please RSVP to tours@lscbmwcca.org by Friday, August 11th

August 13th (Sunday), 2:00p-4:00p Board meeting.  All members are welcome to join the board in discussion of chapter activities and planning.  We will discuss upcoming events and results of past events.  Email secretary@lscbmwcca.org if you can participate or have questions.

August 20th (Sunday) McKinney Loop – we’ll take an afternoon loop around the McKinney area starting from the RaceTrac in McKinney off US-380 (1004 E University Dr, McKinney, TX 75069) and ending back at Hutchins BBQ or downtown McKinney for something for dinner.  If you plan to join us, please RSVP to tours@lscbmwcca.org by Friday, August 19th

August 20th (Sunday): Autocross at Lone Star Park.  Autocross (AutoX) is a low-speed obstacle course pitting you against your friends for the Fast Time of the Day.  We have multiple classes based on your setup and horsepower.  All makes are welcome to participate and it’s a great way to learn how your car handles on various conditions. 

September 2nd (Saturday)Gimmick Rally 2023 – we’ll bring back the Gimmick rally on Labor Day weekend this year.  We’ll look north easterly for our route and end in Sherman.  A Gimmick Rally is a no-pressure treasure hunt where you are looking for a fill-in-the-blank clue found along the road ways or outside of your vehicle.  This event requires at least two people to participate.  If you’d like to participate, please RSVP to tours@lscbmwcca.org by Wednesday, August 30th so we can print up the right number of packets.

September 17th (Sunday): Autocross at Lone Star Park.  Autocross (AutoX) is a low-speed obstacle course pitting you against your friends for the Fast Time of the Day.  We have multiple classes based on your setup and horsepower.  All makes are welcome to participate and it’s a great way to learn how your car handles on various conditions. 

September 23rd (Saturday) Zur Autobahn Tour – Let’s take a morning trip around the Meridian, TX area and potentially stop at Zur Autobahn for lunch.  Because of the size of the restaurant, we will need an RSVP head count to let them know we are coming If you plan to join us, please RSVP to tours@lscbmwcca.org by Friday, September 22nd

October 15th (Sunday), 2:00p-4:00p Board meeting.  All members are welcome to join the board in discussion of chapter activities and planning.  We will discuss upcoming events and results of past events.  Email secretary@lscbmwcca.org if you can participate or have questions.

October 22nd – 24th (Sunday-Tuesday) Eurkea Springs Tour: We’re making plans to return to Eureka Springs, Arkansas hopefully for some fall colors.  If you’ll note, the days we are looking at will be outside of the high-volume time so we should be able to enjoy places like the Pig Trail and Boston Mountain with ease.  We’ll look into staying at the Best Western (101 East Van Buren St) as they have accommodated us well in the past.  More details to come.

November 11th (Saturday) Veteran’s Day Tour, let’s watch the Grapevine Veteran’s Day parade (10:00a in Historic Downtown Grapevine) – let’s park at First United Methodist Church of Grapevine (422 S Church St, Grapevine, TX 76051), walk over and see and watch the parade and then plan to meet to leave at 11:00a.  From there, we’ll head north toward Denton and end at Fortunata Winery in Aubrey, TX (just slightly East of Denton – https://www.fortunatawinery.com/).  Let’s plan to arrive by 2:00p and enjoy some food and fellowship (join us directly at the Winery if you’d like).  Please RSVP to tours@lscbmwcca.org by Friday, November 10th

December 3rd (Sunday): Autocross at Lone Star Park.  Autocross (AutoX) is a low-speed obstacle course pitting you against your friends for the Fast Time of the Day.  We have multiple classes based on your setup and horsepower.  All makes are welcome to participate and it’s a great way to learn how your car handles on various conditions. 

December 10th (Sunday) BMW Dallas Marathon Show & Shine 7:15a-2:00p. We missed cheering on the runners for the 2022 Marathon and Laura really said the route is missing some cheering on that last mile.  If you’d like to show off your car and cheer for these half- and full-marathon runners, please RSVP to tours@lscbmwcca.org.  At about 2:00p, we’ll head over for a late lunch, early dinner that the chapter will cover with your participation in our board meeting.

December 10th (Sunday), 2:30p-4:00p Board meeting.  All members are welcome to join the board in discussion of chapter activities and planning.  We will discuss upcoming events and results of past events.  Email secretary@lscbmwcca.org if you can participate or have questions.

December 13th (Wednesday), 6:30p Christmas Event.  We’ll plan to meet up and see something Christmas-y – could be the Gaylord Texan, Christmas Lights at the Speedway, the Polar Express in Grapevine or something else entirely. 

December 16th (Saturday) For our Last Tour of the Year, let’s head down to Seagoville (9:00a at Shell located at 600 E Malloy Bridge Rd, Seagoville, TX 75159) for a morning adventure that will end at Craft 64 Burgers & Sports (I-20 and TX-64 – 30176 State Hwy 64 #100, Canton, TX 75103) around lunch time.  If you plan to join us, please RSVP to tours@lscbmwcca.org by Friday, December 15th.

2022 Calendar

Welcome to our new logo starting January 1st. We hope you have had a better 2021 than we had in 2020 with time with family and time with friends. We’ve definitely been busy in 2021 once we got vaccinated and things started to open up. We had 16 driving tours last year with 3 of them out-of-town journeys to places like Big Bend in West Texas, Eurkea Springs in Arkansas and even a big trip out East to Kentucky, South Carolina and Tennessee. Our Autocross group was active at Lone Star Park this year for a 6-event season with a Champion of Champion winner at the last race (Congratulations Blake). Our High Performance Driver’s Education events hosted 3 track days for 2021 and we had Club Racing at 2 of them, an Instructor Training School and Time Trials events. We hope to have more ready for next year.

Sadly, we did not have an opportunity to run a chapter-sponsored Street Survival school. Both our Autocross and Street Survival groups are looking for a large parking lot area to host events (without curbs, trees or light poles in the middle of a race area). If you know of a place we could look at, please reach out to Franco Maras or Ben Qureshi (vp@lscbmwcca.org) to give us some ideas.

OK, now it’s time to see what 2022 will bring us:

2022 Schedule (as known today)
Sat 1/1 Tour: Ray: Hair of the Dog returning to SW Fort Worth with end point at Del Norte Tacos. 9:00a to noon. Starting point: Shell on Southeast corner of I35W & FM 917 (3313 S Burleson Blvd, Alvarado, TX 76009). RSVP to tours@lscbmwcca.org by Friday, 12/31/2021 5:00p to get added to the list and receive the Maps and GPX files for following along with the inRoute application.

Sat 1/22 Party 6:30-9:00p: Post-Holiday Party at Chef Point Restaurant and Bar in Colleyville, TX. We have a great menu (please look it over by clicking on the “menu” word to provide your selection during registration) for $45 per person at Chef Point Restaurant & Bar located at 5220 Hwy. 121, Colleyville, Texas 76034. Register now through January 19th at http://msreg.com/LSC-Post-Holiday-22. Limited to 50 people.

Sun 1/30 AutoX: AutoX at Lone Star Park. Registration will open on MotorSportReg (https://www.motorsportreg.com/) 2 weeks before the event and will close on Friday at 5:00p.

Sat 2/12 Tour: Sam Gill (samgill30@icloud.com) will be leading our group into East Texas territory with a starting point of Buc-ee’s in Terrell (506 I-20, Terrell, TX 75160) at 9:00a and we’ll end the event in Buffalo, TX (I-45 south of Fairfield) for lunch at Pharm Restaurant or Texas Burger. Please RSVP by 5:00p on Friday to let him know you are coming and get his maps from him.

Sun 2/13 Board Meeting: at Chef Point Restaurant and Bar Colleyville 2:00p-4:00p

Sun 2/20 AutoX: AutoX at Lone Star Park. Register at msreg.com/LSC-AUTOX-2

Sat 3/5 Tour: Dennis to do a picnic lunch tour from Lavon (7-Eleven 991 S STATE HIGHWAY 78, Lavon, TX) to Bonham State Park Email Dennis at dluczycki@gmail.com to let him know you are joining.

Sun 3/13 AutoX: AutoX at Lone Star Park
Air Force Jet in front of the hanger
Sun 3/20 Tour: Starting from Vintage Flying Museum (leaving around 2:30p), we’ll head out and circle up to Decatur and then return back toward Fort Worth and end at The BBQ Ranch. The Vintage Flying Museum is located at Mecham Airport in North Fort Worth (820N and Business 287) and opens at noon on Sundays. The plan would be for some to come at noon and enjoy the aircraft and then we will leave and drive around and end back in North Fort Worth.

Fri-Sun 3/25-3/27 Out-of-Town Tour, Ray Twisted sisters in the Texas Hill Country. We’ll be staying at the Inn of The Hills in Kerrville Friday, March 25th, 2022 through Sunday, March 27th, 2022. We have a discounted rate of $109.00/night for a King room or two queen bed-rooms. There is a discount for breakfast on site of 11.95 (normally rate is 12.95) and you will need to call in to get the breakfast added or add it at the time of check-in. Call 830-895-5000 and ask for the Lone Star BMW group or you can use the following link to book your room: https://res.windsurfercrs.com/ibe/details.aspx?propertyid=16590&nights=1&checkin=03/25/2022&group=2203LONEST. The cut off date is March 7th for the group rates. After that, availability and the rate may not be available

Sun 4/10 AutoX: AutoX at Lone Star Park

Sun 4/10? Board Meeting: Board Meeting. Since this conflicts with the AutoX, the date will move.

Sat 4/16 Tour: Ray Cranfills Gap for Easter weekend

Sat 4/23 Tour: Dennis Blue Bonnet tour around the Ennis, TX area. This can move to Sunday if there is rain on Saturday. This will NOT be on the official Bluebonnet Festival in Ennis as that is the first weekend in April.

Fri- Sun 5/13-5/15 Out-of-Town Tour: Ray Galveston Journey – we’ll work to see Spindle Top, NASA, San Jacinto, Kemah Beach.

Sat-Sun 5/28-5/29 HPDE: MSR-Cresson. HPDE, ITS, TT, Club Race

Sat 6/4 Tour: Ray FM4 journey with lunch and potentially dinner to be planned as part of it
M3 at COTA
Fri-Sun 6/10-6/12 HPDE: COTA potential event; Friday no in-car instruction; Includes HPDE, TT and Club Race

Sun, 6/12? Board Meeting: Board meeting planned but will conflict with potential COTA event. It will be moved during the April board meeting.

Sat 6/18 Tour: Ray Will end in Nocona, TX with a visit to Horton’s Car Museum

Sat 7/9 Tour: Sam and FM455

Sat 7/23 Tour: Ray Waco Dinner (Café Homestead)

Sun 8/7 Tour: Valley View to McKinney’s Hutchins BBQ

Sat 8/13 Tour: Ray Mexia Tour, stop at Fort along that direction

Sun 8/14 Board Meeting: Board Meeting

Sun 8/21 AutoX: AutoX at Lone Star Park
Sat 9/10 Tour: Sam: Mineola And the East Texas Burger Co

Sat-Sun 9/17-18 HPDE: Hallett – HPDE, TT and Club Race

Sun 9/25 Autox: AutoX at Lone Star Park

9/27-10/2 National Event: Ofest Forever in Palm Springs CA

Sat-Sun10/1-10/8 Out-of-Town Tour: Join Lone Star BMWCCA for our fall tour to New Mexico, The Land of Enchantment. This October (1st-8th) we are heading to the 50th annual Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta. This tour is a destination adventure to explore over 500 balloons participating in balloon glows, races, and mass ascensions. After the Balloon Fiesta we will head north to the laid-back charm of Taos, New Mexico. For more information on the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta https://balloonfiesta.com/.
We will be leaving Dallas on Saturday, October 1st, spending the night in Lubbock, Texas, then on to Albuquerque for three nights at the Hotel Parq Central. The Parq Central is locally owned, beautifully restored and unlike any other hotel in the city. Hotel Parq Central is a luxury boutique steeped in the history of Albuquerque. We will spend two full days visiting numerous balloon events.
On Wednesday, October 5, we’ll drive the back roads to Taos. We will be staying on the historic downtown plaza in Taos at the Hotel La Fonda de Taos.
While we are leaving Taos on Friday, Oct 7th, Trinity Site National Park (site of the first atomic bomb) is open to the public on Saturday, Oct 8th (1 of the 2 times a year it is open)) south of Albuquerque. For more information on the Trinity Site click on this link: https://www.nps.gov/whsa/learn/historyculture/trinity-site.htm. Please let Dennis know if you plan to travel outside the group to Trinity Site.

On Friday, October 7, we will head to Amarillo for the night and then return to Dallas on Saturday, October 8.

Reservations for the Hotel Parq Central and Hotel Fonda de Taos will be made at http://msreg.com/LSC-Balloon-2022. The room arrangements will be selected during registration from a select list of reserved rooms at the hotels. The description of the rooms and/or room number will be provided. We have 15 rooms available to us at each location. The site closes registrations on 9/2/2022. This is sure to sell out fast, be sure to register as soon as possible. The cost ranges from $1270 to $1457.23, depending on your room selection.

Cancellations must be requested by emailing Raymond Mimick at tours@lscbmwcca.org and our registrar at treasurer@lscbmwcca.org. Cancellations received before the cancellation date (September 1st @ 6 PM) is a full refund, between September 1st, 2022 to September 15th, 2022 6:00p, you can receive a 50% refund. There are absolutely NO refunds for cancellations requested after 6:00 PM on September 15th, 2022 due to hotel contracts. Credit card will be charged at the time of registration.

On Saturday, October 1, on the way to New Mexico, we will spend one night in Lubbock and then on the way back to Dallas on Friday, October 7, we will spend one night in Amarillo at My Place Hotel.

Lubbock hotels October 1, 2022

There are eight hotels located on the southwest side of Lubbock near Loop 289 and Route 62. Dennis Luczycki, the tourmeister, is staying at the Arbor Inn and Suites, address below. If there is no availability at Arbor Inn and Suites then select any one of the hotels in this area.
Departure on Sunday October, 2 will be from Arbor Inn and Suites at 9:00 am

Arbor Inn and Suites
5310 Englewood, Lubbock, TX, 79424
(806) 7222726

Additional Hotel List:
Homewood Suites by Hilton
Hampton Inn & Suites
Embassy Suites
Holiday Inn
Holiday Inn Express
Arbor Hotel and Conference Center
Hilton Garden Inn

Amarillo, TX Friday, Oct 7th, 2022
My Place Hotel – Amarillo
2208 Cinema Dr, Amarillo, TX 79124
Phone: (806) 803-9501
Members will make reservations directly with the Hotels.

Sun 10/9? Board Meeting: Board meeting planned. Might be moved if too many of the board members are on the tour.

Sat 11/12 Tour: Shawn to lead to Sherman

Sat-Sun 11/19-20 HPDE: MSR Cresson

Sat 12/3 Tour: Sam to lead to downtown Denton for lunch

Sun 12/11 Board Meeting: Board Meeting

Sun 12/11 Show & Shine: Marathon Show & Shine

Wed 12/14 Tour-ish: Ray Christmas Lights
Extra Thoughts What we don’t have on the list is our monthly Meet & Greet events. J.O. Miller typically schedules a mid-cities events for the 3rd Wednesday of each month. Pawel or Doug Wirth will typically schedule an event in the North Dallas area the Thursday after J.O.’s event. If you have a moment, please consider nominating someone or a BMW repair location that really helped you during the 2021 season by visiting the BMW CCA recognition committee: https://www.bmwcca.org/recognition-program. We really appreciate all of our members that continue to renew their membership and all the new members. We welcome you to any and all of our events. Invite a friend to come along on one of your adventures.
Share your Experience You can now order those ‘Nice Bimmer’ referral cards through the BMW CCA store They are listed under accessories or search ‘nice bimmer’. Order in sets of 25. They’re free! Learn More
Be on the watch for some new Clothing and Merchandise with the new chapter logo. JO is working on some options for Jackets and some patches for those that want to buy that racing suit and add some chapter logos.
Event Descriptions
Check out our Facebook events page to get the latest information about the chapter. Also, we have a Members-only Facebook page where we try to share different things that are happening to our chapter friends.

Autocross: Obstacle course for your car on a closed course. You are timed from start to finish and the person with the shortest time is the “winner” in your car category. Over the course of the year, Lone Star BMW schedules 8-10 autocross events and prizes for each classification are given at the end of the season. This event is open to all makes and models. Beginners are provided an instructor to assist your first time (Email list: Autocross).
Driving tours: As a group, we drive on highways and freeways. Those toward the front of the group run closer to the speed limit and those toward the back are catching up. The destinations, scenery and friendship along the way are the enjoyable aspects of a driving tour. (Email list: Driving Tours)
HPDE: Learn how your car can handle the track. These events are educational and provide classroom and on-track education. (Contact: Steve Hodges)
Club Racing: Bring the car out to the track and race other like-minded people. (Contact: David Tedeschi)
Time Trials: Instead of having to get a full-prepped race car setup, you can run your fastest lap against others on the track but in an HPDE-style format, ie, controlled passing. Your results are based on the weight the car and the engine performance, tracked by radio transmitters. Contact Lee Matthews for more information.

Gimmick Rally 2020 General Instructions

Overview

The Gimmick Rally for 2020 is designed to take you through some of the country side and then lead you back into town.  You will travel through some small cities looking for clues along the way.  The clues given could be riddles or things you can find along the road side (permanent or semi-permanent, but no election signs or yard sales signs).  Some places you will need to get out of your vehicle to search out the answers.  There will be plenty of places to stop along the way to have a break.  The route will avoid all but one small section of Interstate so be patient as you travel the route – there will be people and there will be stop lights.

The route will be obvious and hopefully clear in the instructions – we are not trying to get you lost and there are no “tricks” to get you off the route.

This year’s rally will have a few more general rules – there will be a time limit to the event (1:00p-5:30p) but the end time will be based on the first car’s arrival.  Due to the time of the year, the sun may set in your eyes as you are looking for clues.  The overall route is about 125 miles and Google estimates a drive time of 2 hours and 32 minutes outside of finding the Gimmicks.  For every 10 minutes past the 4.5 hours (or after the first arrival), you will lose 1 successful gimmick from your score, maximum penalty of 5.  Teams will leave in 1 minute intervals.

Instructions

Each vehicle requires a driver and a navigator.  There are parts of the route that have people walking across the road and the driver must be aware at all times.

Gimmick Rally Map Icon  Indicates routing instructions.  Follow all of these symbols accurately to remain on the appropriate route.

Gimmick Treasure  Indicates a gimmick or scavenger hunt item.  This will be placed between routing instructions in the order in which they can be found.  Gimmicks, with this symbol by itself, will be found along the driving route.  Each Gimmick is worth 1 point.  Only the first instance of an answer should be used as the final single answer.

Questions that pertain to gimmick in the same location will only have one gimmick symbol.

Gimmick TreasureGimmick Car Indicates a gimmick or scavenger hunt item that only be found by wandering slightly off-route.  For example, you:

  • May be required to follow signs to a nearby attraction or designated stop
  • May need to enter a park and look for a clue
  • May need to drive around a small town looking for a building or a sign

There can be up-to 2 check points along the route.  The check point arrival times will used to break any ties.

In the event that you need to get in touch with the organizer, please call 817-999-0078.

Camera = Tourist attractions/highlights

2020 Lone Star Chapter BMW CCA Event Dates

A lot going on for 2020 so far.  Please see the Autocross section for updated rules and past events.  Please see the tours section for the current tour list.

Wed, 1/1: Hair of the Dog Tour 9:00a.  Ringing in the New Year, we’ll head out for a morning enjoying some twisty roads.  We’ll start out from Texas Smokehouse II (3313 S Burleson Blvd Alvarado, TX 76009) and then enjoy some of the roads along the way to Glen Rose and then onward to Del Norte Tacos in Godley.

Sat, 1/11: Short Tour from Sewell to Decatur for lunch at Sweetie Pie’s Ribeyes in downtown.  Starting from Sewell BMW of Grapevine at 9:00a (come early to look some of the new cars), we’ll head up north along some interesting roads and enjoy a great time together.

Sat, 1/18: LSC Holiday Party @ Uncle Bucks in Grapevine, TX.  Sign up at http://msreg.com/LSC-Post-Holiday

Sat, 1/25 11:40a-2:30p: Go Kart Racing and 2019 Autocross Awards.  We’re heading into 2020 and it’s almost time to get ready for an exciting new autocross season.  But first, come and join us for a fun event with indoor Go Kart racing and celebration of the 2019 Autocross award winners.  The awards ceremony will take place while we enjoy the go kart races and lunch is provided during the event.  Note that the number of drivers is limited, so make sure to sign up early. Cost is $45 http://www.dlbracing.com/Clubs/Registera.aspx?LMID=11&EventID=7115

 Sun, 2/2: Board Meeting 2:00p-4:00p @ Uncle Bucks in Grapevine.  Join us for our bi-monthly board meeting where we discuss the current state of the chapter, make plans for the future and check-in with friends.

Sun, 2/9: Gimmick Rally 1p-5p from Downtown Denton, TX.  A Gimmick Rally is a scavenger hunt looking for the answers to clues along a pre-defined route.  We’ll set a time-limit to the event and keep us within reasonable distance of the city.  The winner is the one that answers the most Gimmicks with arrival time being the tie-breaker.

Wed, 2/12: Meet & Greet Dallas

Sun, 2/16: AutoX #1 @ Lone Star Park (8:30a-4:00p)

Wed, 2/19: Meet & Greet Mid-Cities

Thu, 2/20: Meet & Greet North Dallas

Sat, 3/7: Rockett Café Tour.  Starting from Denny’s (400 US-175 Frontage Rd, Seagoville, TX 75159) at 9:00a, we’ll head out and around and end up in Rockett, TX and Rockett Café for lunch (5790 FM 813 Waxahachie, TX 75165)

Wed, 3/11: Meet & Greet Dallas

Sun, 3/15: AutoX #2 @Lone Star Park

Wed, 3/18: Meet & Greet Mid-Cities

Thu, 3/19: Meet & Greet North Dallas

Fri, 4/3-Sun 4/5: Return to the Twisted Sisters.  This year, we’ll stay in Kerrville, TX.  We should definitely get to have a preview of the Texas Blue Bonnets and enjoy the twisty roads known as the twisted sisters (RR 337, 336, 335).  Sunday, we’ll have an enjoyable return trip back to the DFW area.  This out-of-town trip typically costs about $600 for budget purposes.

Sun, 4/5: AutoX #3 @Lone Star Park

Wed, 4/8: Meet & Greet Dallas

Sun, 4/12: Board Meeting @2:00p-4:00p.  Join us for our bi-monthly board meeting where we discuss the current state of the chapter, make plans for the future and check-in with friends.

Wed, 4/15: Meet & Greet Mid-Cities

Thu, 4/16: Meet & Greet North Dallas

Sat, 4/18: Bluebonnet Tour 9:00a-lunch.  Starting from Shell in Palmer, TX (1639 N I-45 Palmer, TX 75152), Dennis will lead our group along the Ennis Blue Bonnet Festival route, enjoying the sites along the way.  This will be much closer to a cruise along the route to take in the beauty of nature.  If there is rain, this will move to Sun, 4/19.

Wed, 5/13: Meet & Greet Dallas

Wed, 5/20: Meet & Greet Mid-Cities

Thu, 5/21: Meet & Greet Dallas

Sat, 5/23: Zur Autobahn Join us for a short(ish) morning drive starting from the QuikTrip in Mansfield, TX (1590 E Broad St, Mansfield, TX 76063) at 8:30a and we’ll head down and around to Zur Autobahn in Meridian for lunch.

Fri, 5/29 – Sun, 5/31: Lone Star HPDE at Motor Sport Ranch Cresson.  The Lone Star chapter is returning to our local track for another exciting weekend of learning all about our cars.  HPDE stands for High Performance Driver’s Education and that’s what we do.  The event is structure for all skill levels with in-car instructors as you start out.  Make plans to join us.

Wed, 6/10: Meet & Greet Dallas

Sat, 6/13: AutoX #4 @ Texas Motor Speedway

Sun, 6/14: Board Meeting 2:00p-4:00p in Grapevine.  Join us for our bi-monthly board meeting where we discuss the current state of the chapter, make plans for the future and check-in with friends.

Wed, 6/17: Meet & Greet Mid-Cities

Thu, 6/18: Meet & Greet North Dallas

Fri, 6/26 – Sun, 6/28: Palestine and East Texas overnight touring.  We’re making plans to join with other Texas Chapters to have an interesting East Texas driving tour.

Wed, 7/8: Meet & Greet Dallas

Sat, 7/11: AutoX #5 @ Burleson High School

Wed, 7/15: Meet & Greet Mid-Cities

Thu, 7/16: Meet & Greet North Dallas

Sat, 7/18: Caddo Lake Tour: Our trip to Caddo Lake will taking us through some twisty roads along the way. We’ll head over the border to Oil City, Louisiana and look over Caddo Lake from the East. Then we’ll circle around and have lunch on the West side of the Lake. After lunch, we’ll make an easy stop in Jefferson, TX and then head back toward Tyler. For those joining us from DFW area, the group will meet up at Buc-ee’s in Terrell, TX in the west side parking lot at 8:00a. We’ll stop at BMW of Tyler around 9:30.  The return route will end us in Rockwall. Please email tours@lscbmwcca.org to add your name to the list.

Sat, 8/8: Half-Day Tour

Sun, 8/9: AutoX #6 @ Lone Star Park

Wed, 8/12: Meet & Greet Dallas

Sun, 8/16: Board Meeting 2:00p-4:00p in Grapevine.  Join us for our bi-monthly board meeting where we discuss the current state of the chapter, make plans for the future and check-in with friends.

Wed, 8/19: Meet & Greet Mid-Cities (Potential Special Combined Meet & Greet)

Thu, 8/20: Meet & Greet North Dallas

Thus, 9/10: Potential Tour leading up to O’fest in Palms Springs, California.

Sun, 9/13: AutoX #7 @ Lone Star Park

Fri, 9/18 – Sun, 9/20: Hallett No Excuses HPDE and Club Race. A South-Central Regional Event, we will be returning to Jennings, Oklahoma for No Excuses 13. While it’s a little drive up north (it is actually at the end of the road of US-377), it’s a great little track in a beautiful setting. This event will be setup with BMW CCA Club racing, so make plans to be there early Friday, Saturday and Sunday to watch the action.

Sun, 10/4: AutoX #8 @ Lone Star Park

Sat, 10/10: Texas Forts Trail & Perini Ranch.  We’ll take a tour along the Texas Forts Trail and explore some of our Texas history along the way. We’ll plan to visit 3 of the 12 Forts along the trail.

Sun, 10/11: Board Meeting 2:00p-4:00p in Grapevine.  Join us for our bi-monthly board meeting where we discuss the current state of the chapter, make plans for the future and check-in with friends.  (This one may move if a lot of the board are going to South Carolina)

Wed, 10/14: Meet & Greet Dallas

Thu, 10/15-Sun 10/18: Fall Colors tour to Push Mountain in Arkansas.  Plan to join us for an interesting new destination along Push Mountain in Arkansas.  We’ll see some fall colors and enjoy some twisty roads.

Wed, 10/21: Meet & Greet Mid-Cities

Thus, 10/22: Meet & Greet North Dallas

Sun, 10/25: AutoX #9 @ Lone Star Park

Sun, 11/8: Afternoon drive from Valley View along FM 455 toward McKinney.

Wed, 11/11: Meet & Greet Dallas

Wed, 11/18: Meet & Greet Mid-Cities

Thu, 11/19: Meet & Greet North Dallas

Sat, 11/21 – Sun, 11/22: High Performance Driver’s Education at Motor Sport Ranch, Cresson (tentative).

Sat, 12/5: Toy Run.  Watch for details on where we will donate toys and enjoy some roads.

Sun, 12/13: Dallas Marathon Show & Shine 7:30-2:30p.  We are expecting to be invited back out to the Marathon for our 5th year showing off our cars.  We’d love to have you come and join in on rooting for these runners – running 13.1 miles (half) or 26.2 miles (full) is not a simple task.  Not just cheering on the runners, we’ll also walk around and enjoy parts of Deep Ellum and the Farmer’s Market.

Sun, 12/13: Board Meeting 3:00p-5:00p @ Matt’s Rancho Martinez in Dallas.  Join us for our bi-monthly board meeting where we discuss the current state of the chapter, make plans for the future and check-in with friends.

Wed, 12/16: Christmas Lights tour and dinner.  Plan to join us as we celebrate Christmas looking at different lights and then having a dinner after looking at lights.

 

Go Kart Racing and 2019 Autocross Awards

Go Kart Racing and 2019 Autocross Awards

Happy New Year!
We’re heading into 2020 and it’s almost time to get ready for an exciting new autocross season.
But first, come and join us for a fun event with indoor Go Kart racing and celebration of the 2019 Autocross award winners.

The awards ceremony will take place while we enjoy the go kart races and lunch is provided during the event.

Note that the number of drivers is limited, so make sure to sign up early.

When
Saturday 25th of January
11:40 am – 2:30 pm

Cost
The cost is $45.
A great value with 3 races, including lunch.

Registration
http://www.dlbracing.com/Clubs/Registera.aspx?LMID=11&EventID=7115

Where
K1 Speed
677 W. Campbell Road
Richardson, TX 75080

Info
Closed Toe Shoes required.
Helmets are available or bring your own (visor required).
4′ 10″ minimum height.

Hope to see you there,

Franco Maras

Lone Star BMW CCA
Autocross Chair

Burbles of Bavaria

When: Sunday, Oct 20th 10:00a-2:00p

Where: Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie

What: BMW car show and Autocross

Description:

The Lone Star Chapter, in conjunction with the North Texas Bimmers Club (https://www.facebook.com/NorthTexasBimmersClub/), ///M Gruppe  (https://www.mgruppe.org/) and additional BMW-related sponsors, invite you to come out and show your old or new BMWs (or bikes) at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie.  The plans are to have a small raffle for prizes and to enjoy the day out at the park. We have room for 365 spots – can you fill them up?

Special Considerations:

  • No loud cars (we do not want to affect any horses at the Park that may result in us not being asked to return).  This could mean exhaust, burnouts or even music.
  • No beer and alcohol on site
  • Be respectful of others and their cars – they are proud of their car just as you are proud of your car.

Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.

Spring HPDE Registration is now Open!

Our Spring High Performance Driver’s Education Weekend (Saturday, May 4th & Sunday, May 5th) registration is now open on MotorSportReg.com.

Advanced (B) and Advanced+ (A) Level Solo Students (Combined Group) $259!

Novice/Beginner (D) and approved Intermediate (C) Level students $299!

This High Performance Driving School will give you the opportunity to drive your car at speed and to experience the potential of the unique combination of car and driver. It is safe, demanding and most importantly FUN! All students will alternate between classroom sessions and time on the track with an instructor. The individualized instruction is a key to this program that has been developed over decades, and compares very favorably with commercial schools costing many times more. Our experienced instructors have come from racing, autocrossing and BMW CCA driving schools.

We will be running the 1.7 mile track in the COUNTER-CLOCKWISE direction on SATURDAY and will reverse the run direction and run CLOCKWISE on SUNDAY.  Cars of all makes are welcome although there are special requirements/restrictions for convertibles (see the registration link for more information).  Special thanks to Autobahn BMW for their generous sponsorship.

Want more details?  Facebook Message us, email us or come out to one of our meet & greets and we’ll answer any questions you have.