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BMW Performance Center Experience

  • BMW Performance Center West 86030 62nd Ave Thermal, CA, 92274 United States (map)

The event is full. If you would like to get on the waiting list please contact Jim Patterson at

The San Diego Chapter has arranged for a full experience of the new, world-class BMW Performance Center West in nearby Thermal (Palm Springs area). This event will include nearly non-stop driving excitement in their new M cars and other fun BMW models. Suitable for any experience-level driver, we will pair up two drivers per car and use most of the facility for these events:

• Hot laps in M cars around the 1.3 mile North Palm circuit led by an Instructor. Loaner helmets will be available, or bring your own Snell 2005 or later helmet if you have one.

• “BMW Buffet” to sample an M235i, M4, M5, and other models for several laps of an autocross-style course

• Skidpad “rat race” competition driving an M3 around a slick skidpad

• M3 autocross competition with practice plus several timed runs

• M-car Drag Race ending with a tight stop box

Sound like fun? But wait, there’s more! We will take a “cruise” together over the San Jacinto mountains to get there, so you can enjoy YOUR car too! Our event includes lunch served at the Performance Center with gourmet sandwiches, salads, cookies, and beverages.

DETAILS: We can only accommodate the first 100 members who register. The Performance Center will use over 60 cars at the various events to give us plenty of track time while there, with two drivers per car alternating for equal seat time. You must be a BMW CCA member to participate. It will likely be warm, but we will be inside cars with the A/C on and windows up nearly the entire time. The BMW CCA entry fee is $199 per driver (4 hours of seat time vs. the public $299 fee for a 2-hour program and $775 for a 6-hour program). Registration will be on a first come, first served basis, with a deadline of August 21, 2015.

To register, mail a check for $199.00 payable to BMW CCA San Diego, plus driver’s name, email, and BMW CCA number, and preferred driving partner to: Jim Patterson, 8625 Milbury Road, San Diego, CA 92129.

CRUISE DETAILS: We will drive to the Performance Center in the format of our Cruise events: Meet in a public lot, sign an insurance waiver, drive at legal speeds on public roads, and enjoy the ride. We will gather at 5:30am for a prompt 6:00am departure. We will make a brief stop for breakfast snacks and a restroom on the way. The route takes us over scenic CA Highway 74, the “Pines to Palms” road.

Meet at: Target Store lot (Escondido Promenade, I-15 at Auto Park Way)

Address: 1280 Auto Park Way, Escondido (There is also a Starbucks in that lot)

For those who wish to drive over on Saturday, we will provide by email a list of hotels that offer discounted rates when we receive your registration.