Upcoming Events

Our second Auto-X (Autocross) event will be May 26th 2024 at TD Bank Ballpark.

Monday, June 3 — Tuesday, June 4, 2024

THIS IS A VERY SPECIAL YEAR - 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF NJ BMW CCA DRIVER SCHOOLS! Please come join us for our traditional Driver School event at our annual June Club Race/Driver School to benefit the Westlake School to be held at our home track at New Jersey Motorsports Park in Millville, NJ.  The event will be held on Thunderbolt Raceway, which is a 14 turn, 2.25 mile road course designed by the owners of VIR with help from the legendary Carroll Shelby. Since 2008 a number of professional racing series have held events at Thunderbolt Raceway.  This is a perfect spectator event given the proximity of the track to the majority of our members, the excitement of Club Racing and the joy of the kids from the Westlake School who come as our guests. Take a personal day and come out to the track! Driver School: We anticipate a full school for this event based on our success of past years.  To accommodate the maximum number of students possible, there may be a greater range of driving skills than usual in each group. If you send a payment and we cannot accommodate you, you will receive a full refund (i.e., a cancellation fee will not be assessed). As always, acceptance preference is based upon the date your payment is received by the registrar. REGISTER EARLY TO SECURE YOUR PLACE IN THE SCHOOL! 50th Anniversary Celebration: The NJ chapter was the first chapter in BMW CCA to hold a driver school starting in 1974. Scott and Fran Hughes started it all (and started Club Racing!) and will be joining us for this celebration. We will have a banquet Monday evening in the Officer's Club at Thunderbolt. Further details are still being planned but do not miss this special event.
Our first Tire Rack Street Survival school of the year will be held on Sunday, June 9th from 8:30 - 4:00 at Campgaw Ski Area in Mahwah.  Designed for drivers age 16-21, the school is open to anyone with a valid permit or license.  It makes young drivers better drivers by a combination of classroom and behind the wheel simulations of emergency situations.  Students are encouraged to use the car they normally drive.  For more information or to register, go to www.streetsurvival.org Registration will open on Friday, April 12th. Space is limited and the schools fill up quickly, so don’t delay!
Our third Auto-X (Autocross) event will be June 30th 2024 at TD Bank Ballpark.

Friday, Jul 12 — Sunday, Jul 14, 2024

SPECIAL 3-DAY EVENT IN COLLABORATION WITH NATIONAL CAPITAL CHAPTER! Geoff Atkinson Memorial Driver School and Club Race: Please come join us for the Eleventh Annual Geoff Atkinson Memorial Driver School and Club Race. We are planning a special celebration of our friend Geoff Atkinson - please come out and make this an event to remember. Our annual combined Driver School and Club race at Summit Point Raceway has become the NJ Chapter’s second tradition (behind our June race/school). Summit Point Raceway is in the rolling hills of the northeast corner of West Virginia near Harper’s Ferry. While West Virginia sounds like a long drive, for many NJ members it is, in fact, not any further driving time than to Palmer or Watkins Glen. The School and the Club Race divide track time between student run groups in the School and Race run groups. So, when you’re not on the track or in the classroom, you can take time to watch the racing. We hope to run 3 student groups for this event but based on recent racer participation, we may have two racer run groups and consequently only 2 student run groups, if registrations are light. Be sure to register early to lock-in your place in the school! Please note also that we will allow open face helmets (Snell2015 or newer) for this event. Advanced Solo students and instructors: our friends at National Capital Chapter are hosting an event on Friday July 12th, with two groups of participants: Instructors and solo students running open track and Club Racing in a separate run group (or two!). Make it 3 days on track! Attendance is limited so register now: NCC Friday Event Please note also that we will allow open face helmets (Snell2015 or newer) for this event.
Save the date! Our July monthly meeting will be held on Thursday, the 18th at BMW of Bridgewater
One of our biggest meets of the year is not to be missed. Kids and Families are encouraged to attend. There will be live traditional German music and dancing for all ages. Playground and lawn games. German Beer Garden and German food. Fantastic homemade deserts from authentic German grandmas! Deutscher Club of Clark Address: 787 Featherbed Ln, Clark, NJ 07066 Date: Friday, July 26th, 2024 Time: 5:30pm-10pm Admission: $5 per person. As usual, there will be plenty of good German food and beverages!  
Our fourth Auto-X (Autocross) event will be August 4th 2024 at TD Bank Ballpark.
Our fifth Auto-X (Autocross) event will be September 8th 2024 at TD Bank Ballpark.

Friday, September 13 — Sunday, 15, 2024

Shenandoah is back!! SHENANDOAH IS SAVED! NEW DATES - NEW FORMAT! Do you want to get in one more event in 2023? Do you want to drive a track that is guaranteed to make you a better driver? A Shenandoah Driver School is the answer! This year we are running a special 3-day event in collaboration with the National Capital chapter - we are now in Sept. with warmer temperatures and more daylight! Friday: open to instructors, solo drivers and select advanced students. There will be dinner on Friday for attendees. Sat-Sun: open to students of all skill levels with a track walk at the end of the day on Saturday followed by the NJ Chapter's now-traditional Shenandoah pot-luck BBQ. The Shenandoah Circuit is known for its interesting layout and technical challenges. The hallmark of the track is a dimensional replica of the famous carussel turn at the Nurburgring featuring 20 degree banking! Driving Shenandoah will make you a better driver on every other track you visit - almost every type of turn is on this track. Beyond great in-car and classroom instruction, the Saturday evening track walk is a great learning opportunity. This gives students a different perspective on the track and yields additional driving tips that will improve your driving and fun. Yes, there will be 2 days of skid pad training as well. If you truly want to improve your car control skills, skid pad training is a must. Come on down for a great weekend and a truly fun track. Note that open face helmets Snell2015 or newer will be accepted for this event. REGISTRATION IS THROUGH NCC ON THEIR WEBSITE HERE: SHENANDOAH REGISTRATION Note that open face helmets Snell2015 or newer will be accepted for this event.
This school is generally characterized by smaller run groups giving plenty of open track to all participants. Note also that this is the only school run by the NJ at offers 2 days of skid pad training for all participants. If you truly want to improve your car control skills, skid pad training is a must.Come on down for a great weekend and a truly fun track. Note that open face helmets Snell2010 or newer will be accepted for this event.
Our sixth and final Auto-X (Autocross) event will be October 6th 2024 at TD Bank Ballpark.
Pinewood Derby and Holiday Party!
Join us for our annual Pinewood Derby & Holiday Party on Tuesday, December 3rd!
This has been a club tradition for over 30 years. Bring out your Pinewood Derby winner from your scouting days or build a new one. Plenty of good fun and competition to be had.
Kids are welcome and encouraged to attend. This is a very family friendly event.
We will be serving complimentary German food and beverages are available for purchase. The food is fantastic and save room for dessert!
Date: Tuesday December 3rd, 2024 Location: Deutscher Club in Clark, NJ Time: 6:30 pm
Pinewood Derby Rules: Cars must use official BSA Pinewood Derby wheels and axles. Cars must meet following specifications: – 5 oz maximum – 7″ max length – 2 3/4″ max width – 3/8″ clearance – powdered graphite the only permitted lube.
Pinewood Derby kits are available at most hobby stores that handle Cub Scout supplies. You can make your own entry, or you can let your kids help. This is a highly competitive NJ Chapter tradition, with many champ series points at stake. Make an entry, or come out and watch.
See you there!