Gimmick Rally 2020 General Instructions


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.


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.

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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

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

 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 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.

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

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


K1 Speed
677 W. Campbell Road
Richardson, TX 75080

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


The Lone Star Chapter, in conjunction with the North Texas Bimmers Club (, ///M Gruppe  ( 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

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.