Oktoberfest 2011 – Still time to sign up!

This year’s gathering of the faithful is in Birmingham, Alabama, on October 10-14. For BMW fanatics, there’s nothing like the annual CCA Oktoberfest. Every year, hundreds of members gather from around the country to celebrate the joy of owning a BMW. There’s something for everyone, whether you love to compete (on and off the track), want to improve your driving skills or are just there to have a good time. Events include the Clean-Car Concours, time-speed-distance rally, safety school for teens, gymkhana (driving skill competition plus silliness to complete along the way), a BMW trivia contest, fun rally, photo contest, autocross, and driving school.

The track events will be held at Barber Motorsports Park, a beautifully landscaped facility with unique features – how many racetracks feature both a world-class museum plus sculptures around the track? The Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum is home to the world’s best motorcycle collection. The collection now has over 1,200 vintage and modern motorcycles as well as a substantial collection of Lotus and other racecars. The collection is the largest of its kind in the world. Several of the social events will be held at the museum and the track. Your O’ fest registration includes functions almost every evening, so there is plenty to do on the social side in addition to the driving and show events.

Host hotel is the Renaissance Birmingham Ross Bridge Golf Resort & Spa (800-593-6419 Code: BMWA). Rooms may or may not be available when you call, as their room block filled quickly. There is a waiting list so you can take advantage of others’ cancellations. Random calls to the reservation number have also magically produced rooms at the club rate. The other main hotel for O’ fest is the Birmingham Marriott (800-228-9290 Code: bmwbmwa). Numerous alternatives are available as well.

Come on down and join the fun! We expect at least a couple of caravans from Iowa heading that direction, depending on the sightseeing desired along the way. Iowa Chapter has been very well represented at Oktoberfest for a number of years, as we keep finding more addicts who go year after year.

Register with BMW CCA for O’ fest at

Any questions? – contact me at

Oktoberfest T-shirt

Once again this year there will be a “FUN” t-shirt for Ofest. Go to for the order form for the Second Annual “Fun” t-shirt for Oktoberfest. These shirts are based on pre-orders so don’t miss out. Order date deadline is Sept. 19. The extra proceeds from sales are going to the BMW CCA Foundation.

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