Fredericksburg 2018 and Gimmick Rally

Fun Run Gimmick Rally
WHO: You and a navigator
WHEN: Saturday, February 17, 2018 @ 9:00 am, weather permitting
WHERE: White Rock Lake Park (Off of E. Lawther Dr.)

100+ Miles
One Day
In-Town Tourist Adventure
Amazing Sites and Destinations

What is the Fun Run Gimmick Rally? The Fun Run gimmick Rally is sponsored by the Lone Star Chapter of the BMW Car Club of America (LSC BMW CCA). A gimmick rally is essentially a scavenger hunt where a driver and navigator must find their way to an unknown destination using clues along the way to guide them. The route is pre-defined and handed out at the beginning of the event. Along the route, there are clues to decipher in order to “win” the rally.

The Fun Run Gimmick Rally is a self-paced, non-timed, street legal gimmick rally. The organizers of the event have covered hundreds of miles choosing the route, selecting the gimmicks, and ensuring that fun will be had for drivers of all types. Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place.

How can I participate in the fun? To participate, the driver must be a member of the BMW CCA and must pre-register. The minimum team consists of two people: a driver and a navigator. Simply email Raymond Mimick at the names of your driver and navigator plus any other ride-along participants.

How does this differ from one of the tours that the club does? No leader, minimum of two people in each car, goal is to find the gimmicks along the pre-scribed route.


When: Friday, March 2rd, 2018 to Sunday, March 4th, 2018
Where: Fredricksburg and the twisted sister roads
Departure point: Home Depot in Cleburne, 10am (trying to avoid rush hour Friday traffic)

We will be using the Sunday House Inn again this year for our hotel.  We have reserved 12 rooms (2 Double or 1 King Bed) at 139.95/night for the King and 139.95/night for the 2-Doubles (Judy has stated we can have more than 12, depending on room availability).  Rooms will remain available at this rate until February 25, 2018.  Please call Judy at 830-997-4484 to reserve your room.  Our rooms are reserved under the Lone Star BMW.  We have been able to get ahead of Spring Break with these dates and that is the current plan for this year.  We will probably still miss out on the Blue Bonnets but you never know with Texas.

General Plan:
Day 1 (Fri): Utilizing our past tour’s routes, we’ll have a quick trip down to Fredericksburg arriving about 4pm.  Pit-stop schedules: Cleburne to Hico, Hico to lunch at El Tapatio in Goldthwaite.  Goldthwaite to Llano.  Llano to Fredericksburg.  Hotel Check in, Wine Tasting tour if desired and then dinner at our favorite German restaurant, Auslander.

Day 2 (Sat): Starting about 8:00a, we’ll head down to Kerrville and Leaky and hit all 3 twisted sister roads and a few extras thrown in.  We’ll have lunch as a group in Leaky or Utopia and then we’ll return to the hotel about 4:00p.  Dinner plans are still being determined

Day 3 (Sun): Return trip to DFW (10a) following some twisty roads home and stop in Hico and try out The Chop House.

Please let me know when you make your reservations and we’ll get a list together for everyone.

For more information or to register, email Raymond Mimick at!

LSC BMWCCA Go Kart Racing and 2017 Autocross Awards

Go Kart Racing and 2017 Autocross Awards

A reminder that there are still openings. Come and join us for a fun event with indoor Go Kart racing and celebration of the 2017 Autocross award winners.

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

Saturday 3rd of February
11:15 am – 1:30 pm

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


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

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

Tour Update for Waco Trip

This weekend (July 8th), we have a day trip to Waco.  Here is the link to our maps for the trip and some ideas for our time in Waco.  The trip is pretty direct but much nicer/relaxing than driving the Interstates down to Waco and is geared toward a family-friend outing in a near city.

Start Point: QuikTrip in Mansfield at 1590 E Broad Street Mansfield, TX 76063
Start Time: 8:00a

Please let us know if you will join us by emailing


Tour Update for Let’s Eat Cafe (Links to maps)

Raymond Mimick will be leading the tour this Saturday.  There is plenty of room for additional cars on the tour but the reservations are currently full for the restaurant.

We have a nice afternoon drive followed by a gourmet meal at the Let’s Eat Café in Bluff Dale, Texas, scheduled for Saturday, May 27. We’ll meet at the Home Depot parking lot in Cleburne, TX at 2:00 pm with tanks full and bladders empty. (HD is located at 212 W Katherine P Raines Rd, Cleburne – nw corner of hwy 174 and hwy 67)

Our circuitous tour is 170 miles of beautiful north Texas roads with a planned “nature break” in Hico. We’ll arrive in Bluffdale at 5:30 pm for our 6:00 pm seating at Let’s Eat Cafe. Curren Dodd is the proprietor and is a classically trained chef.

Maps can be found here.


Regarding rain situations: Knowing most of us had an adventure in the rain on our trip down to Fredericksburg, we’ll keep an eye on it but if we see flash flood warnings, we’ll probably meet at the Circle K in Benbrook/Ft Worth (8000 Winscott Rd, Fort Worth, TX 76126) at 4:15p for an hour’s drive down to Bluffdale via 377.  Watch your emails and Facebook for any update on that one.

See you Saturday @2:00p in Cleburne,



Previous Route Map (old 2013/2015 route)


 Attention people, The Lone Star Chapter is doing a VERY SPECIAL offer for the Spring HPDE at Motorsport Ranch in Cresson THIS WEEKEND.  This will be a TWO DAY only offer!  Anyone who signs up for the Saturday HPDE can bring another person  to drive in any run group for $50!Yes you read that correctly. The first person pays the regular price and once he/she has paid, he/she will be given a special code to have one person he invites to have a $50 entry fee.

This will only apply from Tuesday May 2nd starting at 8:00 am through Wednesday May 3rd at midnight. Don’t miss out on this offer!

Signup at

Questions: Contact Steve Hodges at

2017 – LSC BMWCCA AutoX #4 – Course Map

April, 2nd round!


Saturday is not far away, and thus our #4 autocross event with the above course map. If we get more drivers closer to the event we may be able to upgrade the course, but it’s a little to early to be able to tell at the moment.

The weather forecast is favorable with sunshine, but with a high of only 68 degrees.
Note that we do not plan to serve hot dogs this time.

Direct Registration Link:

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.
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 if the schedule allows!

After the morning runs we will take an hour lunch break.
More Event Details:

Hope to see you there,

Franco Maras


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