On the Road Again: Driving a BMW M4 Coast to Coast to Raise Funds for Alzheimer’s Research

David S.
By David S. Wallens
Jun 8, 2020 | BMW, Racing to End Alzheimer's

How do you kick off an epic, cross-country road trip?

How about with a few laps around an equally epic facility: Daytona International Speedway.

That was this morning’s scene as the Racing to End Alzheimer's BMW M4 made a few circuits around the famed speedway–yes, the full 24-hour course–before heading west. Final destination: WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca. 


The reason for all of this? To raise funds and awareness for Alzheimer’s and dementia care and research. 

From the group’s site: 

All our marketing and administration costs are paid by Legistics, Inc. precisely so that every dollar we raise benefits one of the organizations we support. Not a nickel goes to the racing costs, either, which are covered by Legistics and our co-sponsors. So rest assured: when you donate money to us, it first gets matched by our corporate partners, then it all goes to help Fund the Care and Fund the Cure.”

Other stops on the 4000-mile journey will include Dublin, Virginia, home of BimmerWorld, as well as the Nantz National Alzheimer Center at Houston Methodist Hospital and UCLA’s Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care program.

Progress will be charted via Racing to End Alzheimer's Facebook page.

How can you participate? Check the group’s site to join in.

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Very cool program. So many of us have had someone close afflicted by Alzheimer's, such a sad thing. Surely a cure can be found.

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
6/8/20 6:41 p.m.

Yes, hopefully we see a cure.

If anyone sees a black and purple M4 in the next week or so, give them a wave. 

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
6/8/20 10:06 p.m.

And small peek behind the scenes. Here's what the car looked like a week before. (I got to pick it up from the dealer and deliver it to the sign shop.)

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
6/8/20 10:08 p.m.

And the route. Not quite 4000 miles. 

Danny Shields (Forum Supporter)
Danny Shields (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand HalfDork
6/19/20 2:03 p.m.

Bumping this topic back up to make it easy to find the link and donate. 

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
6/19/20 2:36 p.m.
Danny Shields (Forum Supporter) said:

Bumping this topic back up to make it easy to find the link and donate. 

Thanks for bumping this back up, Danny.

The team is back on the road for the second leg. Follow here.

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
6/19/20 2:38 p.m.
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