BMW Informal Social – Pyra Pizzeria, Norwalk, IA at 6:00 pm – July 11

Pyra was the name of a little settlement just south of Des Moines that became what today is known as the City of Norwalk.  Though our restaurant building doesn’t go quite as far back as Pyra the village, it is nearly 120 years old, and so our name serves as a tribute to our past, and to the history of our hometown.  In keeping with the historical theme we have created at Pyra, we serve Traditional Neapolitan pizza, or Pizza Napoletana; a style of pizza created in Naples, Italy more than a century ago.

Pyra Pizzeria, 729 Main St., Norwalk, IA 50211

Hot Times in the Summer-Time Drive July 15 update registration link

Join us July 15th for our Iowa Zoomin’ Z’s and Iowa Chapter BMW CCA – Summer Central Iowa Drive. It will be fun and exciting!

We will meet at BMW of Des Moines at 9:00 for check in and driver’s meeting, then we will hit the road at 9:30. We will see some of the Bridges of Madison County along the way, with a lunch stop in Pella before heading back to Des Moines by 2:00. Register on either club’s website so we have a headcount.

Registration is required to attend events and paid members of the ZSCCA and the Iowa Chapter BMW CCA are welcome to attend.

The Iowa Chapter BMW CCA has a MotorsportReg registration page setup here: for anyone (ZSCCA and the Iowa Chapter BMW CCA members) who might be attending.  Registration deadline is July 14, at 6:00 pm.

Iowa Cubs Baseball Game Sunday, July 23

Baseball season is here and it’s time once again for the BMW Car Club day at the ballpark.

Like in previous seasons, our chapter will have two connected skyboxes with both indoor and outdoor seating at Principal Park in Des Moines. This year, we will be getting together on Sunday, July 23 at 1:08pm to watch our Cubs play the Indianapolis Indians (Pittsburgh Pirates affiliate).

We will be showing our fine BMW’s in front of the ballpark for all attendees to see.

Tickets are $15/person. Like last year, food and beverage during the game will be on your own. Tickets can be purchased by mailing a check to our club post office box or through our PayPal account – Iowa Chapter BMW Club. Contact David Trachtenberg at for more information. Similar to last year, tickets will be distributed electronically through email following payment.

Don’t miss out….get your tickets soon. This is one of our more popular events and sells out quickly.

See you at the ballpark.

Wheels and Watches – Cedar Rapids – June 10 from 11:00 AM to 4 PM

Don’t miss this Exclusive Event!

Spend the day at Siebke Hoyt Jewelers on Saturday, June 10th viewing exotic cars and rare time pieces. Enjoy food from Hatchett’s BBQ and pizza from Lincoln Wine Bar. Photography from Floral Thoughts available. Take 15% off any jewelry purchase!

 *Free Giveaways*

Cars Available for Purchase through Jetset Automotive. 

Photography available from Floral Thoughts.

*sale excludes luxury watch lines

Register your vehicle HERE to reserve your spot and complimentary food ticket!

BMW Informal Social – All Pho You, Des Moines, IA at 6:30 pm – June 13

You will find a variety of traditional Asian dishes prepared using fresh, authentic ingredients. Whether you’re looking for a hearty meal of wat or a lighter vegetarian option, we have something for every taste.

All Pho You, 4120 University Ave, Des Moines, IA 50311

Caravan to Bimmerlife MiX June 23-25

Have you ever thought about driving to the home of “X” (Greer, SC)? How about a fun drive with your CCA compadres, stopping every 200+ miles (I’m assuming there will be at least one M2 or a Z3/Z4 make the trip!) for some roadside fare? If yes, then consider joining the Iowa BMWCCA chapter on a caravan to Bimmerlife MiX Enthusiast Weekend The current dates for MX1 are June 23 – 25. (Schedule of events is not yet finalized.)

We’d drive a day or two before in a caravan. Lots of things are left to figure-out yet when it comes to details (route, possible overnight city, possibly joining another caravan coming from Chicago, etc.), so just gauging interest right now. Interested? Let fellow chapter member Keith Kratochvil ( know and we’ll be in touch!

April “East Meets West” Spring Drive Saturday, April 15

On April 15, the Iowa Chapter of BMW CCA and the Iowa Zoomin’ Z’s will co-host a fun spring drive.

The East group will meet at 9:15 at Fleet Farm Store in Cedar Rapids (4650 Cross Point Blvd NE), have a short drivers meeting and hit the road at 9:45 for a 2 hour drive on the back roads of eastern Iowa, meeting the West group for lunch at Legends American Grill in Marshalltown (2902 South Center St). Following lunch, we will take another scenic 2-hour drive back to Cedar Rapids.

The West group will meet at 9:00 at BMW of Des Moines (9631 Hickman Rd, Urbandale) to start an adventurous drive to our lunch rendezvous with the East group in Marshalltown. The round-trip drive will take roads most of us have never been on.

The East group is led by Warren Byerly (319-360-7567, and the West group by Chip Nelson (515-822-1627, Be sure to sign up today for the drive with either sponsoring group.

You can make the check-in process a bit easier on event day too – complete your liability waivers ahead of time at This is an online system that BMW CCA provides for chapter use. It will have both adult and minor waivers.

Club Social at Billy Vee’s Italian Restaurant in Clive – April 18 at 6:30 pm

Note Date changed from the 11th to the 18th.

We are just about out of seats for the Billy Vee’s dining out Tuesday, April 18th @ 6:30pm.  If you’re interested you MUST RSVP to Rick Talbot to claim your place. Due to the size of the venue and staffing, they WON’T be able to accomodate any walk-ins.

We have made a reservation for just  twelve members to enjoy a wonderful evening together at a local, family run Italian restaurant.   A number of Iowa Chapter folks have made previous visits so it is well-recommended.  The restaurant was formerly located in Valley Junction and is now in Clive.  Read about Billy and Pam’s history here.

It is a smaller restaurant and they’ve agreed to accomodate our group…BUT…you MUST RSVP to ensure you have a place at the table.  Please let Rick Talbot or 515-782-1429 know of your desires not later than Monday, April 3rd.   Yes, we know that’s a long way off…but these 12 seats are likely to go FAST…(in fact, I highly suspect/know that as I write this little note the end of January, 6-8 are already spoken for ).  Put the pedal down and make your reservation now!

The restaurant’s location is in the middle of a small retail center at 9968 Swanson Blvd in Clive ; across the street from Willis Infinity and adjacent to “Play It Again Sports”…you won’t see a large marquis sign but merely a simple a-frame sign out front on the sidewalk confiming  you’ve found it!  There is plenty of off-street parking…but sorry, you’ll have to park your own valet service 😉

The broad Italian menu features all home made items including a variety of homemade pastas (their lasagna is excellent!) as well as pizzas.  See the menu here to wet your appetite.  (Dang..this is hard tro write without you mouth watering in anticipation!).

I hope to be able to share this special dining out with YOU!

Tire Rack Street Survival® school at the DMACC Ankeny Campus at 8:30 am – April 30

Our chapter, jointly with the Des Moines Valley Region of the SCCA, will be putting on a Tire Rack Street Survival® school at the Des Moines Area Community College Ankeny Campus on Sunday, April 30th.  Our thanks go out to BMW of Des Moines as the primary local sponsor for this event.

Additionally, McGill Junge Wealth Management, located in Clive has made a multi-year sponsorship commitment to our program.  Our thanks go out to Sara Flynn and the rest of the McGill Junge team for their support!

Should you not be familiar with the program, the Tire Rack Street Survival® teen safe driving program is open to drivers ages 15-21 and is presented by the SCCA Foundation and BMW CCA Foundation charitable organizations. The Tire Rack Street Survival® school is designed to go beyond today’s required driver’s education minimums and give teens across the U.S. the tools and hands-on experience to become safer, smarter drivers.  Schools are designed to give each student trained, qualified in-car driving instruction as well as classroom experience.

For more information or to register visit or contact Tara Box-Walker at for more information.  Space is limited.  Registration deadline is April 28.

Volunteering at these events is highly rewarding—you get to see the students become more and more enthusiastic about the experience throughout the day.  If you are interested in volunteering, please use to register for the event at Student Registration Link.

Location: Des Moines Area Community College, Location: 2006 S. Ankeny Blvd., Ankeny, IA 50023

Tire Rack Street Survival® school Volunteer Registration – April 30

Street Survival is a community service effort, aimed at teaching teen drivers much more about car control than they ever had the opportunity to see in Drivers’ Education.

Our volunteers serve as in-car instructors, course workers, and other event staff.  Please come on out and give us a hand in helping teens to be better drivers!  The life you save may be one of theirs – or yours.  Volunteer Registration Link


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