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Sommer Schnell - HPDE 2023

Sommer Schnell - HPDE 2023

BMW CCA - North Star Chapter

Friday, Jun 2 — Sunday, Jun 4, 2023
Brainerd International Raceway, Brainerd, MN

Registration closed May 28, 2023 8:00 AM at 2023-05-28T06:00:00-0700 Registration ends May 28, 2023 8:00 AM at 2023-05-28T06:00:00-0700 Registration opens February 1, 2023 8:00 AM at 2023-02-01T06:00:00-0800 Registration runs from February 1, 2023 8:00 AM to May 28, 2023 8:00 AM

Join North Star BMW Club the weekend of June 2 - June 4, 2023, for Sommer Schnell, our annual performance driving school, on the Brainerd International Raceway (BIR) competition course!

Your high-performance vehicle is an amazingly capable car. At our Sommer Schnell HPDE, you will be able to realize your car's capabilities, learn the limits of those capabilities under controlled conditions, and practice the skills needed to control your car safely within those limits. This two-day program, hosted by our Chapter since the 1980s, provides a unique opportunity to drive your car at speed and experience the thrill of becoming one with your vehicle.

Sommer Schnell is open to drivers, 18 years or over, of all experience levels, with all makes and models of hardtop cars. 

Friday, June 2, is an open lapping day for instructors and pre-approved, advanced/A-Plus level drivers with a verifiable driving history. Friday is also an excellent opportunity for newer drivers or those unfamiliar with BIR to come out and watch from various vantage points along the course. Or, catch a ride with an instructor (helmet required)!

Please get in touch with if you have questions on qualifications or have not driven with us during our advanced/instructor days. 

Participant Price

  • Saturday and Sunday: Cost is $500 ($425 - early registration through March 31)
  • Add Friday (advanced/A-Plus drivers only): Cost is $200
  • Friday Only: $350 (advanced/A-Plus drivers only)

Hotel Reservations

Make a reservation soon as hotels fill up fast. 

We blocked rooms at these two hotels. Call to reserve and mention "North Star BMW club" to get the discount rate. 

Days Inn & Suites Baxter - $124.00 + tax per night
14466 Dellwood Drive North, Baxter, MN  56425
(218) 829-3080 

Rapid River Lodge - $164.00 + tax per night (without waterpark)
7376 Woida Rd, Baxter, MN 56425

(218) 825-7234

Saturday Lunch in the Paddock

We are offering a BBQ picnic lunch right beside the paddock! Vegetarian/Vegan options are available upon request. The cost is $20 (prepaid at the time of registration) or $25 if purchased at the track (availability permitting).

Saturday Night Dinner 

We continue the long-standing tradition of hosting dinner at Baia Della Italian Kitchen (Formerly Prairie Bay Grill) on Saturday evening, June 3, at 7:00 PM. The cost is $45; meal choices are listed on the registration page.

Track Site Registration 

Advanced track registration will be held at Baia Della Italian Kitchen Friday, June 2, from 6:45 PM - 8:30 PM. Details will be emailed to all registered attendees in advance. Plan to show up early, enjoy some appetizers, and hang out with fellow drivers and instructors. Ensure that the following items are in hand for registration!

  1. Driver's License
  2. Helmet (Snell EA or SA years 2015 or 2020)
  3. Completed and signed tech inspection form

Cancellation Policy

If your plans should change, you may designate a substitute to attend in your place. If you need to cancel your registration, you may do so through May 24, 2023. No refund will be made after May 24, 2023. Refund will be made to the original form of payment. 

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