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                                        Chapter Email List Disclosure:
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                                           The Golden Gate Chapter has created an email
                                        list from the National BMW CCA database to                                Goebel, and Grant Low .......................12
                                        send out event announcements that don’t make                          A Tasty Weekend of Eights
                                        it into print. We promise to respect your time and                        By Steve Cohen

                                        limit the frequency of these messages to one or                           Photos by Dan Bridges, Steve Cohen,
                                        two a month.                                                              Kirk Dobson, and Jon Nelson .............14
                                           This email list is sent to all Golden Gate chapter                 April Showers Bring Out BMW Power!
                                        members who chose to provide an email address
                                        to the BMW CCA when they joined or renewed
                                                                                                                  By George Fiedziuszko
                                                                                                                  Photos by David Crum and
                                        their membership. You have the option to add
                                        or remove your address from this list at any                              Donovan Unks ....................................16            Flüsternde
                                        time. To add your email address visit http://lists.
                                                                                                              April Fool Rocks
                                                                                                                  By Donovan Unks ..............................17               Bombe
                                        follow the directions. To remove your address go
                                                                                                              Autocross - (results online) ..................18                   ���������������������
                                        nounce, enter your email address and click on                                                                                              Newsmagazine of the
                                        the unsubscribe button. There is no password.                                                                                              Golden Gate Chapter,
                                                                                                                                                                                       BMW CCA
                                        Commercial Advertising:
                                          This publication is read monthly by over 4,500                                                                                             Volume 35, No. 6
                                        BMW enthusiasts in Northern California. Dead-                         Across The Board ......................................5
                                        line for new ad artwork is the fifth day of each                                                                                                July, 2006

                                        month prior to publication. Please submit artwork                     Calendar of Events ....................................6
                                        to the newsletter editor.                                             Announcements ........................................7              Chapter Website:
                                                    A D R A T E S PER MONTH:                                  Minutes .......................................................9
                                        Commit to: 1 issue 2 issues 3 issues 10 issues                        Bimmerphile ............................................10
                                        Inside ads:
                                          Full page      $275 $261 $248 $220                                  New Members .........................................22
                                          1/2 page       $150 $143 $135 $120                                  Meanwhile, Back At The Wrench..........23
                                          1/4 page       $108 $103 $ 97 $ 86
                                          bus. card      $ 70 $ 67 $ 63 $ 56                                  Classified Ads ..........................................24
                                        Color inside:                                                         CCA Discounts ........................................25
                                          Full page      $400 $380 $360 $320
                                          1/2 page       $210 $200 $189 $168                                  Factory Authorized BMW Dealers ......25
                                                                                                              Chapter Contacts .....................................26
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                                        Back Cover: $620 $589             $558     $496                       Submissions deadline is the 1st of                                  BMW enthusiasm in the
                                                                                                               each month prior to publication.                                     Golden Gate region.
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                                        Classified Advertising Submissions:                                              coupé (background).
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                                        CCA members. However, ads MUST be
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                                        ( For repeat issues,
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                                        with payment due with insertion order. Make checks
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                                         Die Flüsternde Bombe is produced monthly (ex-
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                                        Article/photo submission deadline is the first
                                        day of each month prior to publication.

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                                                                                                                                                 ello again! I hope you’ve enjoyed and appreci-

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Across The Board
                                                                                                                                                 ated the last few months of articles from the
                                                                                                                                                 other members of your board. I think it’s im-
                                                                                                                                   portant that you have the opportunity to hear from each of
                                                                                                                                   your board members. These are remarkable individuals who
                                                                                                                                   represent an even larger group of Golden Gate Chapter vol-
                                                                                                                                   unteers who dedicate time and effort every month to provide
                                                                                                                                   the activities that distinguish our chapter.
                                                                                                                                       I’m excited to announce our big news! A�er two-plus
                                                                                                                                   years, I’ve finally been convinced that we need to replace
                                                                                                                                   the old brown Chapter truck a�er its ten years of service. (It
                                                                                                                                   was used when we bought it.) The deciding factors were the
                                                                                                                                   economic and human cost. When we analyzed the financial
                                                                                                                                   data from 2004 and 2005, we found that the truck had cost
                                                                                                                                   the chapter well over $3,000 per year in maintenance. And to                     By Mike Mills, President
                                                                                                                                   make ma�ers worse, virtually every time the truck was used,
                                                                                                                                   something would go wrong. This meant the volunteers mov-             couple of hours of social exchange where people find it only
                                                                                                                                   ing the truck would have to take their time to get the truck         natural to make new friends and swap information about
         ���������������������������������������������                                                                             repaired. This imposed a huge burden on them, not to men-
                                                                                                                                   tion undermining the faith in the truck’s reliability.
                                                                                                                                                                                                        BMWs. If you’re looking to drive your BMW, the August
                                                                                                                                                                                                        high-performance driving school and our car-control clinic
                                                                                                   ���������������������                A�er weighing the options, we decided to lease a new            registration closes this month. Also at the end of the month
                                                          �������������                                                            truck. It’s not a dually, it’s not a crew cab, but it should serve
                                                                                                                                   our needs quite well. Best of all, it is NEW, so while we expect
                                                                                                                                                                                                        is BMW CCA’s national event, Oktoberfest, which is in Grand
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Rapids, Michigan, this year. In August, you’ll want to come
 �����������������������������������������������            ������������������������������������������������������                no issues with it, there is a warranty we can fall back on if        out to our biggest chapter event of the year, BMW Festorics at
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                                                            ��������������������������������������������������������              We send out a big THANK YOU to Edge Motorworks!
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                                                                                                                                   their national caliber Solo2 M3 that’s tearing up the course in
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                                                                                                                                   average of 80 cars competing at each event! Another success-
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                                                                The most current calendar is at:
                                                                                            Aug 26-27 Thunderhill Driving School                        GG Chpt
                     Dates       Event/Location                                  Contact
                                                                                                                                                                   Wine Country Motorsports Helmet Discount                               The program consists of a fleet of BMWs painted in-

Calendar of Events   Jul 8-9
                                 Club Race - Willow Springs
                     Willow Springs Raceway, Rosamond, CA
                                                                   GG Chpt/SoCal NASA
                                                                             Steve Walsh
                                                                                            Thunderhill Park Raceway, Willows, CA
                                                                                                                                                   Bruce Nesbit
                                                                                                                                   Wine Country Motorsports at Sears Point has agreed to
                                                                                                                                                                   provide a 10% discount on ANY helmet they carry, plus a free
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Titanium Silver with swirls of pink ribbons, each lead by
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      a Signature Car—a 2006 BMW 3 Series. As in years past,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      there will be an award presentation at each event honoring
                        Sep 9        September Autocross                            GG Chpt
                                                                                                                                                                   helmet bag, to any Pacific Region BMW CCA member. Wine              a “Local Hero”—a community resident who has made an
                     Jul 15      July Board Meeting                             GG Chpt     Marina Municipal Airport, Marina, CA       Kris Linquist/Ma� Visser
                                                                                                                                                                   Country will happily ship for you if you know brand and            outstanding personal effort in the fight against breast cancer.
                     East Bay BMW, Pleasanton, CA                           Kelly Collins
                                                                                            Sep 9-10     Club Race - Infineon            GG Chpt/NorCal NASA
                                                                                                                                                                   size. If you are not replacing an existing helmet, I HIGHLY        A photograph of each hero will be affixed to one of the two
                                                                                            Infineon Raceway, Sonoma, CA                             Steve Walsh    RECOMMEND that you visit their store in person. Fit is criti-      BMW 3 Series Signature Vehicles. There is no purchase neces-
                     Jul 22      South Bay Tour & BBQ                           GG Chpt
                     Santa Clara & Santa Cruz Counties                       Edgar Chen             cal for safety when it comes to helmets.                           sary to drive the vehicles in the BMW Ultimate Drive, and
                           Sep 15-17 Sharkfest West ‘06                            SoCal Sixers       This offer, good through December 31, 2006, extends to          all proceeds from the test drives are donated directly to the
                     Jul 23-28   BMW CCA Oktoberfest                          BMW CCA       Tuscany Suites, Las Vegas                          Alan Rosenbaum      any member in good standing in any chapter of the Pacific           Komen Foundation.
                     Grand Rapids, MI                                                                       Region BMW CCA. Basically, any CCA member is eligible, so              Registration opens August 31. Participating area dealer-
                                                        Sep 16       September Board Meeting                        GG Chpt    CCC instructors, autocrossers, driving school students, etc etc    ships and dates:
                     Jul 28-30   San Jose Grand Prix                 San Jose Grand Prix    BMW of Fremont, Fremont, CA                            Kelly Collins
                                                                                                                                                                   can all take advantage of this program.                                Niello BMW - Sept 26
                     Downtown San Jose                                            
                                                          Sep 21-24 Pacific Sharkfest 2006                     Pacific Sharkfest       Please note that Wine Country is really stepping up here.          Sonnen BMW - Sept 27
                     Jul 29      July Autocross                                 GG Chpt     Embassy Suites, Seaside, CA                           Paul DiMauro     Before this, they’ve NEVER discounted their helmets due                BMW of Concord - Sept 28
                     Marina Municipal Airport, Marina, CA       Kris Linquist/Ma� Visser              to their slim margins. Please keep this in mind when other             BMW of San Francisco Oct 5
                                Sep 22-24 Club Race - Laguna Seca                   GG Chpt/SCCA       members ask you where they should get their helmet. We                 East Bay BMW - Oct 6
                                                  AUGUST                                    Laguna Seca, Monterey, CA                               Steve Walsh    need to support Wine Country like they are supporting us!              Stevens Creek BMW - Oct 12
                     Aug 6       Car Control Clinic                             GG Chpt                                                                                    MY BMW - Oct 14
                                                                                                                                                                       Wine Country is NOT checking for BMW CCA member
                     Marina Municipal Airport, Marina, CA     Bob Goebel/Steve Albrecht     Sep 23       Backroads to Laguna Seca                       GG Chpt                                                                           Call 1-877-4A-DRIVE for more information.
                                                                                            Laguna Seca, Monterey, CA                              David Crum      IDs, so the honor system applies here. Let’s make sure we
                     Aug 11-13 Club Race - Thunderhill           GG Chpt/NorCal NASA                         don’t abuse their generosity.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Twist Your Way to Monterey
                     Thunderhill Park Raceway, Willows, CA                   Steve Walsh    Sep 24       Top Driver Shooutout                           GG Chpt        We’d like to give a BIG THANKS to Wine Country for
                        Marina Municipal Airport, Marina, CA       Kris Linquist/Ma� Visser    supporting us! Next time you’re at Sears Point, please stop in         Follow the roads less traveled from San Jose to Laguna
                     Aug 12      August Board Meeting                           GG Chpt                     and thank them yourself!                                           Seca to watch our fellow Club Racers compete on the track
                     BMW of Mountain View, Mountain View, CA                Kelly Collins   Sep 26 - Oct 14                                      Ultimate Drive                                                                       September 23. We’ll take an indirect route which will include
                                                                                                                                                                       When calling or visiting, please ask for the “BMW Club
                     BMW of North America                    Bay Area BMW Dealerships                                                                          twisty mountain roads, some drive-by bird-watching and,
                                                                                            BMW of North America                                 www.bmwusa.       10% discount and free helmet bag.”
                     Aug 18-20 The Ultimate Clean Car Contest                   CC Chpt                                                                                                                                               of course, a stop for coffee. Meeting place will be announced
                     Black Horse Golf Resort, Monterey, CA              Wayne Wundram       com/bmwexperience/EventsandPrograms/UDSK/default.htm                       Wine Country Motorsports                                       soon. The drive will start moving at 9:30 a.m. Watch the web
                                                                      OCTOBER                                       28001 Arnold Dr                                                site for more details.
                     Aug 18-20 BMW Festorics at the Monterey Historics          GG Chpt     Oct 8        Car Control Clinic                             GG Chpt        Sonoma, CA 95476-9710
                                                                                            Marina Municipal Airport, Marina, CA      Bob Goebel/Steve Albrecht                                                                           When: September 23, 9:30 a.m.
                     Laguna Seca, Monterey, CA                              David Crum                                                                                 707-935-7223,
                                                                                                                            Where: San Jose to Monterey
                     Aug 20      August Autocross                               GG Chpt     Oct 14       October Board Meeting                          GG Chpt    South Bay Tour and BBQ                                                 Contact: David Crum,
                     Marina Municipal Airport, Marina, CA       Kris Linquist/Ma� Visser    BMW of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA                Kelly Collins                                                                
                                      The sun is finally out, our beautiful California hills are in
                                                                                                                        NOVEMBER                                   full bloom, your Bimmer is finally clean, and now it’s time
                                                                                            Nov 4-5      Infineon Driving School                         GG Chpt    to get outside and motor. Join us for a tour of the hidden
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                                                                                            Infineon Raceway, Sonoma, CA                            Bruce Nesbit    backroads through Santa Cruz, Santa Clara counties, and
                                                                                                    more. Highlights of this tour will include wine tasting and a         ����������������������        �����������������������������������
                                                                                            Nov 11-12 Club Race - Bu�onwillow             GG Chpt/SoCal NASA       state park. At the conclusion of the drive we’ll have a BBQ at
                                                                                            Bu�onwillow Raceway, Bu�onwillow, CA                    Steve Walsh    a beautiful estate and will see a surprise racecar.                   �����������������������            ������������������������������
                                                                                            Nov 18       November Board Meeting                         GG Chpt        This event is open to all members and is a great introduc-
                                                                                                                                                                   tion for first time club participants. All you need is your car        �����������������������������          ����������������������
                                                                                            BMW Concord, Concord, CA                               Kelly Collins
                                                                                           and a full tank of gas… which might require you to sell an
                                                                                                                         DECEMBER                                  arm or a leg! Get ready for ear-to-ear grins all day long.            ����������������������������             �����������������������
                                                                                            Dec 16       December Board Meeting                         GG Chpt        Please check the chapter Web site for more information.
                                                                                            Stevens Creek BMW, Santa Clara, CA                     Kelly Collins
                                                                                               When: July 22, 10:00 a.m.
                                                                                                                                                                       Where: Santa Cruz and Santa Clara county.
                                                                                            Bolded events are Regional or National CCA events                          Contact: Edgar Chen,,
                                                                                            To add an event to the calendar, email your information to:                          650-400-1671.
                                                                                                                                                                   10th Annual Ultimate Drive
                                                                                                                                                                       The 10th Annual Ultimate Drive for the Susan G. Komen                                      ��������������
                                                                                                                                                                   Breast Cancer Foundation is coming to a dealership near you.                                ������������������������
                                                                                                                                                                   Get behind the wheel and help contribute towards the fight                                      �������������������
                                                                                                                                                                   against breast cancer.                                                                        �������������������
                                                                                                                                                                       The Ultimate Drive is a driving program created by BMW
                                                                                                                                                                   to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer research and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         �����������������                                �������������
                                                                                                                                                                   community outreach programs. The general public is invited
                                                                                                                                                                   to drive the fleet of BMWs at participating Retail Centers             �������������������
                                                                                                                                                                   during an Ultimate Drive event. For each mile driven in one
                                                                                                                                                                   of the BMW Ultimate Drive vehicles, $1.00 is donated to the           ��������������������                      ��������������������
                                                                                                                                                                   Komen Foundation to support breast cancer research, educa-            �������������������             �������������������������������
                                                                                                                                                                   tion, screening, and treatment programs.

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                                        Golden Gate Chapter - BMW CCA Board Meeting Minutes

                                        By Donna Seeley                                                                  Sacramento chapter will hold their SSS in September.
                                        Secretary, GGC BMW CCA                                                        Driving School Report
                                                                                                                        The Thunderhill school is August 26-27, and will cost $425 per
                                                                                                                  student. Ten are signed up already.
                                        May 13, 2006                                                                    BMW SF will have their customer day on Friday, August 25.
                                        Concord BMW                                                                     Insurance for driving school students - nothing new.
                                                                                                                      Club Racing Report
                                        The Board meeting was called to order at 1:00 p.m.                              The next race is at Miller Motorsports Park in Utah on May
                                        Board in A�endance: Mike Mills, President; Donna Seeley, Secretary;       20-21. It will be the first multi-marque race at this new track. Mills is
                                        Mark Dadgar, Driving Events Coordinator; Jonathan Bensen, Vice-           asking for braking markers.
                                        President; Jeff Cowan, Membership Chair; Tammi Hull, Treasurer;                  Expenses will be higher than in the past.
                                        Kelly Collins, Communications Manager.                                          22 club racers have signed up, plus ten to twelve GTS racers.
                                                                                                                      Sponsor Report
                                        Board Not in A�endance: None
                                                                                                                        Continental Tire - nothing new.
                                        Guests in A�endance: Grant Low; Philip Chu; Joe Fant; Bill Arnold;              Edge Motorsports - Dadgar will forward the final terms to
                                        Derek Arnold.                                                             board and make a template for future agreements.
                                                                                                                        Griffin Motorwerks - Dadgar owes them a terms sheet.
                                        Meeting Notes:
                                                                                                                      Crisis Communication Report - nothing new.
                                         Membership
                                                                                                                   Treasurer
                                            Charities Report
                                                                                                                      The Treasurer, while not absent, was very late due her purchase
                                              Habitat for Humanity Charity Proposals
                                                                                                                  of a Big Stupid Truck (for herself; the chapter bought a Less-big,
                                                Fant presented his proposal for Habitat for Humanity to be
                                                                                                                  Less-stupid Truck).
                                        GGC’s main charity partner this year.
                                                                                                                      Financials
                                                Specific items included a hands-on home-building day,
                                                                                                                        Cash on hand: $53,800, receivables: $18,500 (includes some
                                        support of Habitat’s Silicon Valley and Monterey chapters, adding an
                                        optional donation feature to our online registration, adding optional     short-term newsle�er receivables), payables: $3,400.
                                                                                                                      Vintage logo decals - nothing new.
                                        donation opportunities for helmet rental and autocross fun runs, and
                                                                                                                   Secretary
                                        brief promotional talks by Habitat at GGC events.
                                                                                                                      Tech Session Report - nothing new.
                                                Suggested modifications to the proposal included asking
                                        Motorsportreg to reduce their processing fee on online donations,          Communications
                                        supporting Habitat at the regional level, and layering our partner-           Newsle�er - no issues to bring up.
                                        ship, starting with targeted events and event tie-ins. GGC would                We got a suggestion from a member that we allow online
                                        collect, track, and disburse funds.                                       advertising.
                                                The board thanks Fant for his hard work on this proposal!              We got a request from an advertiser to pay with a credit card.
                                        A charity commi�ee of Cowan, Dadgar, and Fant was formed to                       Hull met someone at the SSS who suggested a bank card
                                        develop a final dra� for board approval.                                   with very low fees for non-profits. Hull will follow up.
                                            Area Rep Report - nothing new to report.                                     Per Mills, National is supposed to have a credit card mod-
                                              Meet & Greets                                                      ule we can use.
                                                May 13 is the San Francisco area event.                           Vice President
                                                The Palo Alto area event in April went well.                         New Truck Report
                                                The Monterey area event is June 10.                                    The chapter’s new truck is a Ford F250.
                                                The Marin area event is “really close” - everything is done            The price was $1,000 down and $540 per month (because the
                                        but the planning.                                                         club doesn’t have a credit history) for 39 months.
                                                Funding: GGC will cover $9 per member. Non-members will                Bensen is to get insurance coverage before the May 20 autocross.
                                        be charged $5 [Motion carried].                                                 Registration is expected to be approximately $450 per year.
                                            Social Events                                                              Chris Goelkl found a buyer who will pay $2,500 for the old
                                              The Sonoma Wine Country Drive is on May 27.                        truck [approval motion passed]. The buyer will put racks in the
                                              San Jose Grand Prix - nothing new to report.                       trailer and a camper on our new truck as partial payment.
                                            Stationery Status                                                          There was a suggestion for Goelkl to be given a certificate for a
                                              Cowan had issues with each of the three dra�s from the             set of Hankook tires in thanks for his agonized relationship with the
                                        printer. A couple of suggestions were made, and he will report again      old truck [approved].
                                        at the next meeting.                                                          Volunteer Incentive Program - nothing new.
                                            Winter party                                                          President
                                              First choice (by the board’s consensus) is the Candy Store;            Ops manual Report - updated. Mills now has Kelly Kirkland’s job
                                        other a�ractive alternatives are Blackhawk, Hiller, BMW-SF, Mon-          description and is waiting for Patrick Demorais’ and Dale Schue�’s.
                                        terey Aquarium, Infineon, Trefethen (80-100 capacity?).                        Insurance Advisor Status - nothing new. More names were
                                            Dealer Presentation                                                  suggested.
                                              Dadgar has Cowan’s latest revision.                                    Merchandise Status - no report this month.
                                            Membership                                                               New Chapter
                                              4,934 is ten less than last month.                                       Support from the racers was not as strong as some expected.
                                            News from National - no discussion.                                  100 petitioners are required to make a new chapter; it is unlikely to get
                                         Driving Events
                                                                                                                  that from 120 Pacific Region racers. Mills will send a formal request to
                                            Autocross Report
                                                                                                                  Eddy Funahashi for guidance in forming a new virtual chapter.
                                              The first autocross drew 86 drivers and the second drew 77.         The meeting was adjourned at 3:23 p.m.
                                        Kudos to Jason Sams’ course designs.
                                              The next autocross is May 20 at Marina.
                                            Car Control Clinic Report
                                              The next CCC is August 6. Registration will open around June 15.
                                            Street Survival School Report                                                                         Our thanks to
                                              Again, the event was hugely successful. There was a wider
                                        range of cars than last time.                                                                     Concord BMW
                                              These schools require a huge amount of work. Dadgar will
                                        talk to Bill Wade (SSS National Chair) about suggestions to make it                        for hosting this board meeting!
                                        easier to put on.

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                                Bimmerphile Editor: Kelly Kirkland
                          Green Eggs And Ham… BMW              the service for free as part of their BMW    the ma�e finish. “It will be some time be-
Bimmerphile          Manufacturing Co. has announced that
                     it will use recycled methane gas gener-
                                                               purchase, but until now had to decide at
                                                               that point whether to continue their sub-
                                                                                                            fore this paint is available,” Gobel says.
                                                                                                            Paul Gover,
                     ated by the Palme�o Landfill near Spar-    scription at a cost of about $240 a year.        BMW Will Limit M Variants…BMW
                                                               An optional plan that allows personal                                                                                                  Photos: Brenda Priddy, Brooks Uhrig, and Hans G. Lehmann

                     tanburg to provide energy to its paint                                                 has launched the Z4 M coupe, following
                     shop. BMW is working with long-stand- connection to concierge services will re-        the M5 and M6—and who isn’t fidgeting

                     ing partner Durr Systems of Plymouth,     main a $120-a-year additional subscrip-      in anticipation of the new M3? But BMW

                     Mich., to modify and upgrade equip-       tion for drivers. Automotive News            promises the high-performance brand
                     ment so landfill gas can be used to fuel        Happy 40th, Li�le 02… The BMW           won’t be stretched to every model in its
                     the paint shop.                           02 Club celebrated that very special         lineup—especially in America
                          “BMW is the first automotive paint    BMW model series—lauded the world                BMW reserves the M logo to
                     shop to integrate the use of landfill gas  over for its cult status—with a four-        enhance the performance image, a
                     in its process equipment,” said Dave Ci- day excursion all around Munich and           philosophy which puts BMW squarely
                     uffole�i, Durr’s vice president of sales.  Oberammergau. More than 550 entrants         between its two prime German rivals.
                     “BMW should be congratulated for its      from sixteen countries were expected         Chief competitor Mercedes-Benz has an
                     environmental stewardship. By taking      to a�end the event with their BMW            AMG version of every model, includ-
                     advantage of a renewable resource,        02 Series in June, touring through the       ing SUVs and the R-class sport wagon.
                     BMW has truly become the world’s first     beautiful Bavarian Alpine region all         Audi has made only two RS models,
                     green paint shop.”             around the famous festival town of           and a pricey R8 roadster is scheduled
                                                               Oberammergau. Then the participants          for next year. BMW now has four M
                          That’s A Bitchin’ Motor, Dude…
                                                               were hosted by BMW in Munich, with           cars, which command a he�y premium
                     BMW’s 5.0-liter V10, used in the high-
                                                               the cavalcade of some 270 BMW classics       compared to the models on which
                     performance M5 and M6, has been
                                                               making an appearance at Theresienwi-         they’re based. The most significant dif-
                     named the International Engine of the
                                                               ese as the guests of BMW.                    ference: engines tuned for maximum
    BMW News Bytes

                     Year by a jury of 60 automotive journal-
                     ists from 29 countries. The power-laden        As a special treat on the occasion      output and not otherwise available.
                     V10 also earned honors as Best Perfor-    of the 40th anniversary of the 02 Se-            “M is consistent with BMW’s image
                     mance Engine and Best Engine Over 4.0     ries, BMW Mobile Tradition presented         in that it’s not over the top,” Howard
                     Liters. BMW’s 3.2-liter inline-six from   the BMW 2002tii built brand-new              Mosher, executive vice president of oper-
                     the M3 and M roadster was judged best     from the ground up out of Original           ations at BMW of North America, said at
                     in the 3.0-to-4.0-liter class—as usual.   BMW Parts in the “Glass Workshop.”           the presentation of the new Z4 M coupe.
                     The Munich brand’s 3.0-liter bi-turbo                          “You won’t see any of those quirky body
                     diesel from the 535dwas named best in          BMW Thinks You’ll Take A Shine          parts you find on some sports cars.”
                     the 2.5-to-3.0 liters range. Toronto Star To This… The Car You Never Have To               The Z4 M coupe, first seen by many
                          Fuel Of The Future… BMW Group        Polish is on the way; it promises to be a    GGC members at last month’s Dork-                 Unlike the original Z8, the follow-up                                                            prototypes—under heavy dis-
                     and petroleum company TOTAL have          boon for anyone who has to ba�le the         fest, has the M3’s 3.2-liter, in-line six-   model skips aluminum construction in                                                                  guise—in wintry European climes.
                     agreed to cooperate closely in promoting bucket for weekend car-wash duties in         cylinder engine with 330 hp, as well         favor of a conventional unibody, sharing                                                              Wheelbase and overall length on the
                     hydrogen as a source of energy in road    drought conditions. BMW is working           as considerable changes to its ride,         its front inner structure with the next                                                               second-generation X5 due this fall
                     traffic. The two companies have signed      hard on a ma�e-finish paint that will         handling, and braking. It costs $49,995,     Z4. Visual similarities between the two,                                                              will be longer than on the current
                     an agreement specifying that TOTAL        end the drudgery and could rewrite the       including shipping.                          however, would be negligible, as the Z8’s                                                             model, which should help improve
                     will set up and operate three hydrogen    rules on car styling and presentation. It                                                 wheelbase would be a foot longer. With
                                                                                                                BMW says M car sales are expected                                                                                                              ride quality and stability as well as
                     filling stations in Europe by the end of   made the first move with its M coupe                                                       the top down, the low windshield and
                                                                                                            to top 9,500 units in 2006, about 2,500                                                                                                            provide further differentiation from
                     2007, supporting the introduction of      concept at the Frankfurt Motor Show                                                       the snug cabin are shaped to provide a
                                                                                                            over last year’s total. The United States                                                                                                          the X3. The ’07 X5 will be a bit taller
                     BMW hydrogen cars into the market.        last year—the big question was, “Can                                                      more intimate roadster sensation than
                                                                                                            will remain the largest market—and the                                                                                                             and wider as well. The additional
                                                               you get that finish on the real cars?” (The                                                in the SL, and the trunk will hold the
                          The two companies already cooper-                                                 only market where “M Sport” acces-                                                                                                            length will accommodate an optional
                                                               answer was, “We’re working on it.”)                                                       requisite two golf bags.
                     ate in Berlin in the practical testing of                                              sories are not available, as they are be-                                                 said Dr. Burkhard Göschel when coaxed               third row of seats for the first time. That
                     hydrogen as a source of energy. Acting         A�er a lot of interest from potential   lieved to “dilute the brand,” according to        Expect the core engine for the Z8       into releasing eentsy-beentsy snippets of           should help make the new X5 a stronger
                     in the Clean Energy Partnership (CEP)     customers, the company is fast-track-        BMW NA insiders. Last year BMW sold          to be a new 4.4-liter turbo V8 good          information two years ago). The 4.0-liter           competitor for the Alabama-built triplets
                     Berlin Initiative supported by the        ing development of the new paint.            6,996 M cars in the United States, com-      for about 400 hp. The 300-hp, 3.0-liter      engine will deliver 415 horsepower; the             (ML, R and GL) from Mercedes-Benz.
                     German Federal Government, TOTAL          BMW says it wants to be first, but has to     pared with 10,496 AMG vehicles sold by       twin-turbo six also is an easy fit---as is    transmission is a seven-speed SMG gear-                 BMW insiders say the chassis is es-
                     opened a public filling station in March   overcome many problems, from apply-          Mercedes-Benz.            the 500-hp, 5.0-liter V10, which would       box, and a traditional six-speed manual             sentially carried over from the current
                     2006 offering not only conventional        ing the paint in factories to preserving                                                  make a compelling M version. And if          will be offered as an option. (If the SMG
                                                                                                                2010 BMW Z8? “We’re thinking                                                                                                              model, with some modifications, includ-
                     fuel, but also hydrogen. This public      it against everything from sap and tar                                                    BMW wanted an SL600 rival, it could          is derived from the M5/M6 unit, you
                                                                                                            about it,” is BMW R&D chief Burkhard                                                                                                          ing the adaptation of self-leveling air
                     filling station takes the place of the     to fingerprints. “Surfaces on the vehicle                                                  drop in its upcoming 6.3-liter V-12,         want it; this is NOT your father’s SMG!)
                                                                                                            Göschel’s laconic answer every time                                                                                                           springs on the uplevel 4.8 variant. The
                     pilot test station TOTAL had already      turn to sculpture with this paint,” Z4                                                    which should make 600 hp.
                                                                                                            someone mentions a replacement for                                                             Photos showing an almost undis-                2007 X5 should be in U.S. dealerships by
                     been operating in Berlin since 2002.      coupe project manager Timo Gobel
                                                                                                            the short-lived Z8. In fact, BMW has              The board should make a final            guised M3 coupe prototype from all                  the fourth quarter.
                     Before the end of this year, TOTAL will   says. He gave the update at the preview
                                                                                                            looked at three different proposals: A        decision before the end of the year.         angles on a test drive in Munich reveal                 X3 Faceli�… BMW is about to
                     be opening another public filling sta-     of the Z4 coupe in Portugal, where
                                                                                                            mid-engine Z10 lost out because the          If approved, the Z8 would go on sale         the large air intakes at the front end,             launch a faceli� of its best-selling X3
                     tion with hydrogen supply pumps in        BMW displayed a body shell with the
                                                                                                            market for ultra-expensive supercars         in 2010, priced between $100,000 and         wider fenders—MUCH wider fenders!—                  by the end of this year, because a large
                     Detmoldstrasse in Munich, near BMW’s      same ma�e finish as the Frankfurt car.
                                                                                                            like the Mercedes-McLaren SLR and the        $125,000. Automobile                         and four exhaust pipes. A year a�er the             number of rivals are waiting to de-
                     Research and Innovation Center, the       “It is a big technical challenge,” Gobel
                                                                                                            Porsche Carrera GT is so thin. An ul-             Upcoming M3… BMW’s all-time             initial launch, BMW will launch an M3               throne the current market leader. While
                     well-known FIZ.               says. “There are many changes neces-
                                                                                                            tralight Z6 was deemed too close to the      Worst-Kept Secret, the new V8 M3, is         convertible—and a four-door sedan.                  the X3’s restyling consists of an altered
                                                               sary, from the factory paintshop to car-
                          Four Years Of Free Telematics…                                                    next-generation Z4. . . and too hard-core    finally scheduled for launch next year.       Hans G. Lehmann                                     front end, new head and tail lights, a
                                                               ing for the finish. We have no idea yet
                     BMW says it will provide four years of                                                 to yield 15,000 annual sales. The leading    The 3 Series M will be available as               Second-Generation BMW X5… As                   more luxurious interior, and updated
                                                               on how we will be able to repair it.”
                     connection to its BMW Assist emergency                                                 contender is a new Z8: a front-engine,       coupe, convertible, and four-door; power     BMW’s Spartanburg factory prepares                  engines, the competing car makers will
                     service on all vehicles sold in North          He says research is moving into test-   rear-wheel-drive two-seater with a re-       will come from a V8 powerplant derived       for the production debut of the 2007 X5,            strike out against BMW with all-new
                     America beginning with 2007 models.       ing on everything from durability to pro-    tractable hard top---and aimed squarely      from the V10 M5 and M6 (“It’s pre�y          engineers from the German automaker                 4X4 SUVs in the same class. Hans G.
                     Buyers have received twelve months of     tecting the paint without detracting from    at the Mercedes-Benz SL.                     easy to slice two cylinders off a ten,”       are conducting shakedown tests on                   Lehmann/Hidden Image

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ay 6, 2006 marked Golden Gate Chapter’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      second Street Survival School. The goals
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      of the program are to teach teen-agers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          some of the basics of car control, to enhance their
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          enjoyment of driving, and to improve their competence
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          as drivers. We want the students to understand how
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          their actions govern a car’s responses, and as a result
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          to become safer, more effective drivers on the road.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             For more information about these schools held in
                 Here’s what the parents say...                                                                                                                                             Photos by: Roger Ball
                                                                                                                                                                                            Grant Low Yammi Goebel
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          conjunction with BMW CCA Foundation, please visit:
                                                                                                                                                                                                     We were very impressed with
                                                                      As the father of one of the students,                                                                                      how John’s driving skills improved
                                                                  I want to start by thanking Greg Camp-                                                                                         in just one day at last year’s school.
                                                                  bell for the great work he did with                                                                                            Since then, he hasn’t driven for most
                                                                  Joshua’s driving skills at the SSS. I want                                                                                     of nine months, as his college doesn’t allow fresh-
                                                                  to also thank everyone that worked so                                                                                          men and sophomores living on campus to have a
                                                                  hard to make this event a success. What                                                                                        car. We decided it was worth a round-trip ticket
                                                                  a great school it turned out to be.                                                                                            to bring him home for this year’s Street Survival
                                                                                                                                                                                                 School, even though he’d have to go straight back
                                                                       My son, Joshua, will be 18 years old
                                                                                                                                                                                                 to college for the last few weeks before summer
                                                                  this September. He has kept his permit
                                                                                                                                                                                                 break. Next term, the car goes to college, too.
                                                                  for the past two years, he was never in
                                                                  a rush to take the test, and didn’t really                                                Great program! My daughter              —Susan Slovacek
                                                                  have the skills or confidence to pass.                                                 Erin loved it. She talked all the                                     I just want to thank
                                                                  Joshua had taken the test a year ago and                                              way home about the program…                                       you and your team for
                                                                  failed within in a short distance from                                                while I was noticing how well she                                 an outstanding class. My
                                                                  the DMV. He swore the woman giving                                                    was already using the skills she                                  daughter Dominique and
    This is a “big thank” you for the excellent Street            him the test had it out for him. (Have                                                learned.        —Jon Mulberg                                      her boyfriend Ken can’t
Survival School that you held on May 6. My daughter               you ever met a teenager like that?                                                                                                                      stop talking about the
a�ended and was very excited about the class. She                 Sound like one you know?)                                                                                                                               class. They enjoyed the
has been driving for less than a year. I was looking                  On the way home from SSS last Saturday Joshua mentioned that he wanted                                                                              whole day. Now they want to do the auto-
for a class where she could learn the limits of the car,          to take the test on Wednesday (today). My wife Tara took him to the DMV today                                                                           cross in June! Please thank your crew.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Thank you! Tyler had
improve her self confidence, and become more aware                 and the place was hot and packed. They had to wait an hour and a half for test-                                                                             —Patrick Jacquemet                           such a blast, it was all he
of sensory inputs while driving. This was the perfect             ing and the instructors were ge�ing tired. Well, as luck would have it, the same
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           could talk about all the
school: in the company of other teenagers, an incred-             woman was there again… and she was upset about something. Tara told me it
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           way home… and the next
ible price, and very talented instructors.                        appeared the woman didn’t think it was her turn to give exams... yada, yada,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           day. He has his eyes set on
    I used to be an SCCA driving instructor and un-               yada. So anyway, this instructor called on the student right before Joshua and
                                                                                                                                                               My son, Alex Peak, was one of the students who                                                              a BMW—he’ll be saving
derstand how difficult it can be to explain the concepts            proceeded to slam the door as they went out… only to return in a few minutes.
                                                                                                                                                           participated on Saturday (in a white VW Golf). He’s                                                             for that one! I really took
and techniques of driving to students—not to mention              The kid had failed. Tara said she couldn’t see how the kid had even go�en much
                                                                                                                                                           just turned 16, has only had his license two months                                                             a good look at what was
teenagers. Your instructors were very enthusiastic,               past the parking lot.
                                                                                                                                                           and was a li�le apprehensive about going on Satur-                                                              going on at the school
patient, and skilled at identifying opportunities for im-             When it came time for Joshua to test, who do you think he gets? Yep, the                                                                                                                             and all I can say is that it’s
provement. She had a number of instructors and each               mad tester. Tara leaned over and offered to take him to another local DMV. But            day. (The whole thing was my idea.) He ended up
                                                                                                                                                           thrilled with the whole experience. It was hard to                                                              phenomenal!
added something new and useful for her to learn.                  to Joshua’s credit, he whispered to her, “Don’t worry about it. I’ll handle her.”
                                                                                                                                                           believe how confidently he was going through the                                                                     —Marilyn Sage
    Now my daughter wants to start autocrossing,                      That night, Joshua had many things to tell me about their nice li�le                 exercises by the end of the day. You certainly accom-
and has two friends who are signing up for the Car                drive—and that he had passed the test. This, in spite of the irritated tester who        plished your goals, and for that we’re most grateful!
Control Clinic. I think we’ve opened up a new sport               failed him before, and from a young man who really had not had the confi-                 Thank you so much for all the effort to put on this
for my daughter!                                                  dence before. I am convinced that Joshua passed because of the Street Survival                                                                                                                  A special “thank you” to Hertz
                                                                                                                                                           school. We’re telling everyone we know about it.
   —Ron Eversole                                                  School—and, as to the point of the true goal for this school, his ability to manage                                                                                                          Rental Trucks and its regional
                                                                                                                                                               —Jackie Weber Peak
                              Thanks for a wonderful Street
                                                                  an automobile has greatly improved.                                                                                             Thanks again for the great session on Saturday at            manager, Brian Murphy, for the
                             Survival School. My son Martin            —John Hoffner                                                                                                           Candlestick. My son, Reid, had a great time and really           generous donation of the water
                                                                                                                                                                                              learned a lot about what his car can do and how it han-
                              McDonald is, in my view (since I
                                                                                                                                                                                              dles at some of the limits. Now that he’s a member, he’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               truck again this year!
                                trained him), a reasonably good
                                  driver. But the Street Survival was                                                                                                                         looking forward to doing more events with the Club.
                                    still an eye-opener for him—particularly at how good                                                                                                          —Lane Nonnenberg
                                      the poor li�le 318i is! He never thought the car had
                                         that much in it! Now he’s fired up to do autocross
                                           and has me (and my M3) interested. We will
                                             work to prep the cars in the Fall and give the
                                               autocross a try. Thank you very much to
                                                 all who made this very valuable program
                                                   available to our teens.
                                                           —Dick McDonald
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                                                  A Tasty
By Steve Cohen
Photos by Dan Bridges, Steve Cohen, Kirk
Dobson, Jon Nelson
                                                  of Eights
                                                                                                                                               Our largest Annual RRWBTT challenge is parking 39 cars at the four wineries on our list.
                                                        ight years ago I had an idea: bring together 8 Series owners in the Bay Area for   But we find our fears are unfounded, as everyone does a superb job in mass close parking.
                                                        fun and pleasure. At our first meeting near Mt. Diablo, we had seven cars—and
                                                        the Bay Area Eights group was born.                                                    To supply our lunch and dinner, each car is assigned to purchase a bo�le of wine
                                                                                                                                           from one of the wineries. This wine will be split among the two meals, giving everyone
                                                            As the word spread, and the group grew, it became apparent that the San        a chance to taste many different varieties.
                                           Francisco Bay Area was too large for one person to canvass, so Stan Conston came aboard to
                                           handle the South and East Bay section of the group. The next year, I merged the gathering           Our early start gets us to Christopher Creek Winery, which is willing to open for us
                                           with another one of my passions: wine-tasting. We called it the Russian River Wine Barrel       before the official starting time. Despite their very limited space, everyone does a superb
                                           Tasting Tour (R.R.W.B.T.T.) because it coincides with the annual Russian River Barrel Tasting   job of parking; we could have brought about ten more Eights!
                                           weekend, during which more than 100 wineries open up to let the public taste future releases.       Next stop is Bruce Cousins’ Armida Winery. Here, we have to decide between Heaven
                                               Li�le did we know our 8 Series love-fest would grow into an annual event! In 2006,          and Hell: two buildings, one dedicated to white wines served by an angel, and the other
                                           our seventh year, we had 39 cars and 74 people. Can you imagine that many 8 Series              for reds served by devils. Some people have such a good time in Hell that they almost be-
                                           BMWs together for a one-day event? Owners drove from far-flung parts of California,              came permanent residents—maybe even joining Armida’s friend in the fermentation tank.
                                           Nevada, and even as far as Virginia, to meet us in the wine country—though our friends              A�er gathering the Hellions, we proceed along West Side Road. This byway passes
                                           from the Northwest found the snow in the passes to be too much to make the drive from           many wineries, and even the old hop kilns. The hop industry dominated this area until
                                           Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia.                                                       the 70s, but all that can be seen now are the remnants of it.
                                               The weather leading up to March wasn’t promising. My partner, Karen, and I kept                 Our scenic road crosses over the Russian River on a very old cast-iron bridge which
                                           reminiscing about the previous years’ temperatures in the mid-70s and 80s. Thursday,            leads us to a park where we dine on our catered box lunches and have a small wine-
                                           the skies opened up with endless precipitation. Then on Friday—the rain still coming            tasting in the lovely Redwood grove at the park. Even though it’s colder than we’d have
                                           down—there’s a knock on the door: It’s Jon Nelson arriving in his Eight from Virginia.          preferred, we’re thankful that it’s finally not raining. The time flies by quickly as we
                                           Then Art and Judy Cortez appear with several barbecues and a tent for Saturday’s regis-         chat and meet new people in our group. New friends pose for photos together… and, as
                                           tration. A few minutes later Jim Butchart, owner of On Fire BBQ, drives up with several         you’d guess, we can’t resist taking more photos of our BMWs.
                                           more barbecues in his truck. The party must be starting!                                            Soon we were off to Russian Hill Estate Winery, a very small house which has sev-
                                               We manage to get everything unloaded and reward ourselves with a nice dinner                eral gold-medal-winning wines. They had set up a separate outside tasting area for our
                                           out, then say our farewells, knowing that we have to be up early for registration and a         group; however, when the temperature got too chilly, the owner moved the tasting into
                                           potluck breakfast. However, this does not prevent Karen, Jon, and me from enjoying an           a lovely dining room in his home.
                                           8-Fest tradition—Old Potrero, an 18th-century-style whiskey made by Anchor Brew-                    Our last stop is at the new Pellegrini Family Vineyards. Back in the 1920s, during
                                           ing—before adjourning to get some rest.                                                         Prohibition, the Pellegrini family started their business as grape brokers in San Fran-
                                               5:45 a.m. comes WAY too early the next morning. The jangling of the alarm is an             cisco. Bob Pelligrini’s sister happens to be an Eight owner; unfortunately, she wasn’t able
                                           unsympathetic reminder that I could use more sleep. A quick look outside reveals                to join us for this year’s tour.
                                           the far-too familiar drops of rain speckling the surface of the swimming pool… grr! I               The long line of Eights heads back to my home for the finale: a tasty BBQ dinner and
                                           shower, shave, and throw on some clothes before heading out to the kitchen to start the         tasting of the last half of the wines purchased from the day’s outing. In the middle of
                                           two large coffee urns. Art, Judy, and Jim arrive to set up the registration table, tent, etc.    dinner, I’m pleasantly surprised and honored when Art presents to me, on behalf of the
                                           In the middle of our bustling around, we realize that, miraculously, the rain has stopped       facilitators and a�endees, a flag commemorating our gathering. It reads Le� Coast BMW
                                           and the skies have blotches of white… and is that blue sky? Maybe we’ve lucked out!             8 Series RRWBTT—The Oldest Consecutive Gathering of 8 Owners In The World.
                                               The first cars begin to arrive at 7:00 a.m., and by 8:00 a.m. everyone has arrived. People       Finally, the party starts to break up a�er the longest of days. But my thoughts are
                                           introduce themselves during the pot-luck breakfast and impromptu car show. Then it’s            already on next year: That will be our eighth RRWBTT. Now, that’s a special number—for
                                           time for the driver’s meeting, where we discuss the route package, which includes pic-          a very special group of BMW owners.
                                           tures of every intersection and gives the mileage between points, along with a highlighted
                                           map of the route at each stop. This package has been put together through the efforts of                                    For more information:
                                           John Orozco, Jim Burchart, Karen, and me during the weeks when we ran through the              
                                           entire route many times to take pictures and measure the mileage.                            

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April Showers Bring Out
                                                                                                                                                         An April Fool’s Day In The Country
                                                                                                                                                         Meet in San Jose at 8:00 a.m. on a Saturday? 200-mile drive? What was I thinking?
                                                                                                                                                     That’s what I asked myself at 7:00 a.m.

BMW Power!
                                                                                                                                                         This was my first drive with David Crum as the organizer and group leader, but it
                                                                                                                                                     won’t be my last. It was worth every early minute.
                                                                                                                                                         We had a spirited drive up to Mount Hamilton, where we were given a private tour
                                                                                                                                                     of the Lick Observatory. Did you know that the floor rises to go up to the telescope?
                                                                                                                                                     Did you know that James Lick is buried under the telescope?
                                                                                                                                                         A moment spent in the gi� shop and we were off again—a very fun drive for our
                By George Fiedziuszko                                                                                                                “Ultimate Driving Machines.” Flowers? What flowers? You mean there were flow-
                Photos by David Crum                                                                                                                 ers back there? David set a pre�y quick pace as the lead car, and I was enjoying the
                 and Donovan R. Unks                                                                                                                 driving, not watching flowers. At one point, we had to cross a stream that ran over the

                                                                                                                                                     road! This was fine because it gave us a Kodak Moment and a chance to regroup.
                   e BMW CCA members are         ear-to-ear grin when I glanced in the mirror.                                                           Off we go again. We make it into Livermore and wait to make sure Donovan, who
                   a lucky group: When the                                                           way to show us some great local roads like      suffered a flat tire on the way, is fine and has a ride back to meet AAA. Once we are
                                                      Along this section of the tour, our group      Deer Valley and Camino Diablo roads.            sure he’s is okay, we head off for a nice lunch at a li�le place in Clayton. David sure
                   time comes for a tour of      had two small mishaps. One was a slight
                   some exceptional Califor-                                                             One of the more humorous moments            knows the obscure back roads! Very nice scenery and very out of the way. I highly
                                                 case of car sickness experienced by a brave                                                         recommend you try it.
nia back roads, even Mother Nature gives                                                             of the tour occurred as we passed through
                                                 passenger trying to read the route map as
us a break from the rain, wind, and even                                                             Livermore. I was at the tail end of the             A�er a nice lunch, we head back on roads I never would have found—more great
                                                 the driver dashed down the mountain. The
snow that’s been rampaging throughout the                                                            caravan when I was surprised to see the         scenery, more fun roads, and more driving fun as we make our way back to Livermore.
                                                 other incident involved Donovan’s stun-
area like a really-ticked-off rhino. Fortu-                                                           four cars in front of me suddenly peel off       This was a very ambitious drive! I leave the group at the 680/84 junction and head
                                                 ningly quick E46 M3 suffering a flat tire.
nately, for those who a�ended the April                                                              and enter several driveways leading into a      back to Fremont. The rest of the group heads onto my personal favorite East Bay back
                                                 (See his account on page 17.) Both incidents
1 Spring Flower Tour, no rhinos or foul-                                                             shopping center. I quickly followed an M3       road, Calaveras Road—fourteen miles of some of the best driving around. This is my
                                                 showed how we all watch out for each
weather elements were encountered during                                                             and noticed him heading toward a Carls Jr.      decompression road, but I’m close to home and a li�le tired. We wave as we part ways
                                                 other. Once we reached Livermore, a few
the entire tour. Instead, we were treated                                                            He and another driver quickly parked their      and head into the sunset.
                                                 participants said farewell while the rest of
to a pleasantly warm and dry day with                                                                cars and sprinted for the restaurant. Then
                                                 us headed along Morgan Territory Road/                                                                  If you have wanted to get involved with a club event, one of David’s drives is a
occasional sightings of wildflowers and gor-                                                          the other two cars appeared, and everyone
                                                 Marsh Creek Road toward Clayton.                                                                    fun way to get to know other members and have a great time. Fast or slow, you won’t
geous vistas as we wound our way through                                                             made their way into the restaurant for a
                                                      Along this section, I noticed a colorful as-                                                   be disappointed—I promise!
the East Bay hills north toward Clayton and                                                          much-needed break a�er drinking all of
then back toward our staring point in the        sortment of wildflowers and felt the warm-           those lemonades and sodas at the Ed Mud-            Thanks, David. Your choice of roads, road etique�e, making sure no one gets lost,
San Jose area.                                   ing rays of sunshine on my face as I dropped        ville Grill. On our way out, we all laughed     and making sure the spirited drivers AND the more-moderately-paced drivers all
                                                 the top on my roadster for the first time in         as David commented about the Carl’s Jr.         have fun is why I’ll go with you again. Anytime. —Bob Goebel
     To add to Donovan’s account, I must         2006. Morgan Territory Road is a very scenic
second his opinion of the majestic view                                                              employees who were probably wondering
                                                 route, but you will want to take your time,         why four BMW drivers rushed into the
from the observatory! You feel you are on        since there are many cyclists and other cars
top of world, far away from the hustle and                                                           restaurant without ordering anything to eat.
                                                 along this section. Continuing past Morgan
bustle of the Silicon Valley lifestyle.
     It was my first visit to the observatory,
                                                 Territory Regional Preserve, the road got a
                                                 bit rough as we wound our way around Mt.
                                                                                                         Now we were heading for the home
                                                                                                     stretch, and one more member of our party       April Fool Rocks!                                 Originally built to be easy on horses used     who prefer to explore and enjoy the roads
                                                                                                     waved goodbye as he headed into Fremont.                                                          to transport heavy equipment for the           at the legal limits and those who want to
and I was impressed by the cra�smanship of       Diablo. Here, the road was plagued with             For the Grand Finale, we were treated to            By Donovan R. Unks                            construction of the observatory, the road is   enjoy the new Spring scenery. A�er a few
the over-100-year-old telescope. It was also     potholes (probably from all of the winter
interesting learning how long it took for the                                                        some great twists and turns on Calaveras                  lthough TV weather people had           composed of many switchbacks, prevent-         miles along Mines Road—and a�er having
                                                 rain) and required some careful navigating.
horse-drawn carts to make their way up the                                                           Road as it heads south past the Calaveras                 proclaimed it the we�est Spring         ing any steep grades, which provided for       crossed what could only be described as a
                                                      When our group arrived in Clayton for          Reservoir. The se�ing was picture-perfect;                                                        an adrenaline-filled drive. As the road         river running through the road3—the cars
mountain when the observatory was being                                                                                                               in over 100 years, a group of Bimmer
                                                 lunch, we decided to try the Ed Mudville            the sun was slowly se�ing and it seemed                                                           fli�ed in and out, one could catch brief        at the front of the pack decided to pause
built; it took them ten or twelve hours versus                                                                                                        enthusiasts met at the Kelley Park Japanese
                                                 Grill and were somewhat surprised to find            like we had the entire road to ourselves                                                          glimpses of the Santa Clara Valley, drying     on the shoulder and let the rest of the
the 35-40 minutes it took us to get there.                                                                                                            Gardens in San Jose for an all-day April 1
                                                 it crowded during the a�ernoon; the Grill           for the final sprint. For the next fourteen                                                        from the week’s rain.                          group catch up. Then the parade of Bim-
     I would have to say that the subsequent                                                                                                          drive through the back roads of the East
                                                 is a popular hangout for the locals, and            miles, we experienced an exhilarating drive                                                                                                      mers roared off to lunch.
San Antonio/Mines Road section was my            an NCAA game was starting just as we                                                                 Bay. Our foolishness paid off: We were                As the road leveled off, we were
                                                                                                     through the picturesque Fremont foothills.       greeted by clear skies and cool, naturally-      greeted by the James Lick Observatory.
favorite part of the tour. This sinewy and       arrived. But our large group was quickly                                                                                                                                                                 Unfortunately, only a few miles a�er
smooth stretch of road allows you to rocket                                                              I felt a slight tinge of sadness as we       aspirated-engine-friendly weather.               Here, the group was treated to a magnifi-       the restart, my car ran over several large
                                                 seated, and some great conversation com-
down the mountain and just enjoy the                                                                 dropped out of the hills toward civilization.                                                     cent picturesque view of the Silicon Valley.   rocks that had tumbled into the middle of
                                                 menced while we waited for our food.                                                                     Before the drive, organizer David
sharp handling characteristics designed                                                              When our small band of Bimmers arrived in                                                         The stop at the observatory also provided      the road, just a�er a blind turn. I slowed
                                                      A�er the delicious and reasonably-                                                              Crum briefed us on the conditions of the
into your car. Here, you can find sweeping                                                            Milpitas, we pulled off of Calaveras Road to                                                       a nice history lesson in the form of a pre-    my M3 down and checked my gauges,
                                                 priced lunch, it was time to head back to-                                                           roads. He reminded everyone that this was
curves and short straights that seem like                                                            thank David for pu�ing together a fantastic                                                       sentation in front of the 36-inch telescope    but no bright yellow or red indicators
                                                 ward San Jose. Another member of the tour                                                            not a race, and that we should drive safely,
they were designed just for BMWs; only the                                                           tour and to say our goodbyes. This was my                                                         by one of the observatory staff.2               were illuminated, so I continued slowly
                                                 said goodbye since he and his passenger                                                              emphasizing that we would be driving on
occasional ca�le guard disrupted an oth-                                                             second tour led by David; I definitely rec-                                                                                                       and cautiously along the road with my
                                                 were heading further north. The group was           ommend going on one of his tours! They’re        public roads and should be extra courte-             A�er the superb talk, it was once
erwise smooth and curvy descent towards          now down to three M3s, one 5 Series, one                                                             ous to other drivers. A�er a few questions       again time to hit the road. We descended       hazard lights on, looking for an adequate
Livermore. A memorable moment along                                                                  designed as a casual way for you to enjoy                                                                                                        shoulder where I could stop.4 The car was
                                                 Z4, and my M roadster. In this section, the         spending time behind the wheel of your           about lunch and gas stops, we eagerly            Mt. Hamilton from the east side along San
this stretch was a section where a shallow       5 Series split off to visit the Black Diamond                                                         hopped into our cars and set off on the           Antonio Valley Road, which matches Mt.         feeling a li�le twitchy and was having
stream of water flowed across the road.                                                               BMW while exploring some of the beautiful
                                                 Mines (an optional stop on David’s tour                                                              April Fool’s Drive.                              Hamilton Road in its serpentine nature,        difficultly turning, a fact made even more
Here was my chance to play rally-car driver                                                          surroundings that we are fortunate enough
                                                 plan). The rest of us followed David out of                                                                                                           but departs from it by having steeper          apparent by the flashing DSC light. As I
                                                                                                     to have here in California. As I said in the         The first part of the drive took us to Mt.
as I mashed the accelerator and splashed         Antioch and Pi�sburg. He went out of his                                                                                                              portions. Once away from the mountain,         waved another M3 driver by, he slowed
                                                                                                     beginning, we BMW CCA members are a              Hamilton. The line of BMWs making its
my way across the stream. As I pulled to the                                                                                                                                                           the road opens up with more straights          to tell me one of my rear tires was flat. Fi-
side of the road to join the other members                                                           lucky bunch.                                     way through San Jose toward Mt. Hamil-
                                                                                                                                                                                                       and a higher speed limit. At that time, it     nally finding a nice open spot on the side
parked there, I couldn’t help but notice my                                                                                                           ton Road drew stares and the occasional
                                                                                                                                                                                                       also contained more obstacles: rocks in        of the road in front of a secluded ca�le
                                                                                                                                                      thumbs up from other early-morning
                                                                                                                                                                                                       the road due to landslides, ca�le-cross-       farm, I pulled over to inspect my tires.
                                                                                                                                                      drivers. For the uninitiated, Mt. Hamilton
                                                                                                                                                                                                       ing grates, standing water, bicyclists, and    Sure enough, my right rear tire was flat,
                                                                                                                                                      Road is a twisty, two-lane road1 , leading
                                                                                                                                                                                                       even a darting deer.                           with a gash in the sidewall.
                                                                                                                                                      up 4,200 feet to the James Lick Observa-
                                                                                                                                                      tory. Le�, right, le�, right, gas, brake, gas,       With a quicker pace possible, the group        Since we were out of cell-phone range,
                                                                                                                                                      brake—the road is an autocrosser’s dream.        slowly broke up into two packs: those          we were unable to immediately relay the
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 Autocross                                               problem to David and the other cars, but
                                                         in every drive, there is always a “sweeper”
                                                                                                             At this point, the camaraderie of the
                                                                                                        group became clear, as everyone volunteered
                                                                                                                                                            My “Danger, Will Robinson” klaxon was not
                                                                                                                                                           blaring, either.
                                                         car that brings up the rear of the pack to     to take me back to my disabled car, even
    Sorry, no room for autocross results                                                                with the possibility of being late to lunch. In
                                                                                                                                                             A Catch-22 requirement that would make
                                                         make sure no one gets le� behind and to
                                                                                                        the end, Michael, who had to be home early         Joseph Heller proud. First the AAA representa-
this month! But hey, if you go online to                 help any that develop mechanical prob-                                                            tive asked if I was in a safe location and would
                                                         lems. Our angel was Michael Zampiceni.         anyway, ended up returning me to my car you can see                                                                           and waiting for the tow truck. Because noth-       provide my cell phone number in the event the
                                                         Due to the size of the E46 M3’s muffler,
both Event #3 and #4 results. Yup, print                                                                ing can ever be simple, AAA sent a regular         tow truck driver had to contact me.
                                                         the cars do not come equipped with a
is definitely slower!                                    spare tire, but only an M Mobility Kit: an     wheel-li� truck, ignoring my insistence on         6
                                                                                                                                                            At least this is my assumption, having seen
    I want to thank Jeff Cowan for the fantastic images   air compressor and some fix-a-flat goop.         a flatbed. The tow-truck driver agreed that         the other members of the drive recently with
                                                         Despite the size of the gash and damage to     a flatbed would be best to take me 70 miles,        smiles on their faces and no bandages around
he sent in. I’d also like to thank autocross photogra-                                                  but offered to tow me into town so I would          their limbs.
                                                         the sidewall, we decided to try some of Mi-
pher/coordinator Kris Linquist for the professional-     chael’s fix-a-flat goop, because it couldn’t     at least be in a safe location with cell-phone
quality photos he submits each month—and congratu-       hurt to try—and because we had time to         service. At the end of the day, I got my car           Donovan Unks was first introduced to
late him on his recent marriage! This special portrait   kill before the rest of the group figured out   back home on a flatbed and ordered my new           driving schools by his elementary school friend
of the groom was kindly submi�ed by Grant Low.—kk        the sweeper car was missing.                   rear tires. The rest of the group had a great      and GGC driving instructor, Lance Leong.
                                                                                                        drive—and a good lunch.6                           Donovan works at Stanford University as a
                                                              A�er we spent a few minutes laugh-
                                                                                                        Footnotes:                                         research assistant in a pediatrics/immunology
                                                         ing at the leaking fix-a-flat goop, David
                                                                                                                                                           lab and also volunteers at the blood bank. On
                                                         showed up and gave me a ride with the          1
                                                                                                         This fact may be disputed depending on            the rare occasions that he’s not working, he en-
                                                         rest of the group to Livermore and the         whether you’re aboard a Hummer, a roadster, a      joys fiddling with his car and taking it to track
                                                         scheduled gas stop, where I found myself       sedan, or a motorcycle.                            days. He also enjoys photography, playing
                                                         with cell-phone service. BMW Roadside
                                                                                                          Odd fact: James Lick is buried under the         guitar, watching & a�ending F1 races, movies,
                                                         Assistance informed me they could tow
                                                                                                        telescope.                                         computers, and good scotch.
                                                         my vehicle to East Bay BMW, but that
                                                         would be no help because they did not          3
                                                                                                         Unfortunately for

                                                                                                                                                                                                                BMW Press
                                                         have my non-OEM Toyo tires. So I tried         the women on the
                                                         AAA roadside assistance. With St. Murphy,      drive, Brad Pi� was in
                                                         author of Murphy’s Law, listening in, I was    Africa at the time and
                                                         told that I would have to be at my car, as     was unavailable for
                                                         the tow company would not pick me up at        fly-fishing lessons.
                                                         a location more than a mile away from the

                                                                                                                                    Preventing M Immobility
                                                                                                                                        BMW recently announced that run-flat tires would become either
                                                                                                                                   a standard item or part of an option package on every model line by
                                                                                                                                   2007. However, this doesn’t mean much to owners of new M cars,
                                                                                                                                   such as the E46 M3, the M5, or the new Z4 M coupes and roadsters.
                                                                                                                                   As BMW has yet to find run-flat tires suitable to the performance of the
                                                                                                                                   new M cars, and due to space and weight-saving issues, these cars
                                                                                                                                   have only the M Mobility Kit and roadside assistance. So what can
                                                                                                                                   you do if you really want a spare to use in an emergency? You can do
                                                                                                                                   some research, inquire of your local BMW service personnel, and try
                                                                                                                                   to make your own.
                                                                                                                                        In the case of the E46 M3, some people carry a full-sized deflated
                                                                                                                                   front tire in the trunk on long drives to serve as a spare. Another option
                                                                                                                                   for the M3 is to purchase a 17” 330i spare (36 11 6 750 007) with a
                                                                                                                                   135/80/17 Toyo tire to closely match the diameter of the M3. Then if
                                                                                                                                   you find yourself with a flat front tire, you can replace it with the spare.
                                                                                                                                   If you find yourself with a flat in the rear, you have to remove the wheel
                                                                                                                                   and replace it with a good front wheel, and then put the spare on the
                                                                                                                                   front. This serves as an extra precaution in preventing the limited-slip
                                                                                                                                   differential on the M3 from being activated or damaged due to the
                                                                                                                                   slightly smaller spare-tire diameter. Several people report using this
                                                                                                                                   spare system with success, but due to personal modifications made
                                                                                                                                   to cars, such as brake kits or aftermarket wheels, or the use of wheel
                                                                                                                                   spacers, it is advisable to consult with your BMW service center to
                                                                                                                                   verify whether such a system would work with your M3.
                                                                                                                                        Also, if you decide to go this route, don’t forget to buy a jack that
                                                                                                                                   will work with your car, as the M cars do not come with one.
                                                                                                                                                                                      —Donovan Unks

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              Last           First         City               Model Year Refered By

              Alexander Raul               Arroyo Grande      M Rdstr 2006                                                                                              Due to the lack of use,
New Members

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Meanwhile, Back At The Wrench...
                                                                                                      grew up in Fairfield County—the southwestern nub of
              Alfaro-garcia Jorge          Redwood City       M3      1997                                                                                          I surmised that the malt
                                                                                                      Connecticut that protrudes into New York—where we
              Altamaier      Rich          Cupertino          328i    1996                                                                                          was a result of the oil never
              Andrews        Nathan        Los Altos
                                                                                                      had all sorts of fun country backroads on which to learn
                                                                                             the fine art of crashing cars. That was before McMansions and           ge�ing hot enough to burn
              Baker          Joshua        Soquel                                                                                                                   off the built-up moisture in
              Bertelsen      Travis        Los Gatos          328   1999                     overpopulation… back when the only real road obstacles were
                                                                                             deer, mailboxes, and the occasional concrete and stone wall.           the crankcase. On the car’s
              Bourdon        Ronald        Daly City          325xi 2006
                                                                                             I‘m back home right now on a mini-vacation of sorts.                   daily three-mile trip the
              Brisbois       Blake         Berkeley           740i 1998
              Carlson        Mallory       San Jose                                                                                                                 coolant heats up, but the oil
                                                                                                  A week ago my father had dual-hip replacement surgery             never really gets hot.
              Carpenter      Andrew        San Francisco      M3      2002                   and I’m here helping him and my mother with his recovery. So
              Chan           Justine       San Francisco
                                                                                             far so good; he was walking the day a�er surgery and is now                My solution? An
              Chuang         Edward        So San Francisco   528i    1997                                                                                          Italian tune-up. A�er a
                                                                                             moving around be�er than he could before the operation.
              Clark          Will          Paso Robles        330ci   2003                                                                                          particularly speedy run
              Cunningham Wayne             San Francisco      Z3      1999                        The new hip pieces are an engineering marvel of titanium          to Meridan and back—
              Dasker         Debbie        San Jose           318ti   1997 Jeff Cowan         and Teflon. Being car geeks, we of the road-racing tendencies           around 90 miles total—
              Deranian       Paul          Carmel                                            quipped that during the install, the doctor should have dialed         the malt had mostly
              Dosanjh        Rimi          Daly City          530i    2006 Frederick Wick    in about two degrees of negative camber and a bit of toe-out.          disappeared from the
              Engelhart      Kenny         Redwood City                                      Though Dad might burn the inside edges of his Docksiders,
              Ezako          Tyler         Livermore                                                                                                                dipstick and completely
                                                                                             but he would at least handle as well as a newer Bimmer.                from the oil cap. The            BY JONATHAN BUSH
              Fisher         Alan          Pleasanton         Z3      1998
              Fitch          Mckalister    Salinas                                                Anyway, one of the perks of visiting my parents is the use        poor thing will get an oil
              Fong           Ma�hew        Orinda                                            of my mother’s 1997 Z3 1.9. Picture James Bond’s car circa             change shortly.
              Francis        John          San Jose           Z4      2004                   Golden Eye—no, not the remote-controlled 750iL, and not the                In the next column I‘ll also address the driver’s seat that no

              Garcia         Luis          San Francisco                                     drop-dead-gorgeous Z8, the other one. That’s my mother’s car.          longer goes up or down.
              Goldsmith AJ                 Danville           325is   1987                        Burdened with an automatic, it has plenty of pep, but no
              Goo            Ma�hew        Mill Valley                                       real forward urge. However, it’s a nice, clean original car with
              Grass          Charley       Fremont            633csi 1983                    about 28,000 on the odometer. Despite its cylinder-challenged               Now on to our one question from the past two months:
              Hamel          Andrew        San Jose           540i 2002                                                                                                  In a recent Roundel article, Mike Miller made some harsh
                                                                                             motor, it still drives just like a BMW should. There are worse
              Ho             Henry         Palo Alto          325i 2002
                                                                                             ways to roam around New England than in a Z3… like in a                comments on the E36 and E46 3 Series. As an owner of an
              Hoenig         Turner        Hayward
              Holznagel      Ryan          Mountain View                     Julie Hoebel-   1995 Infiniti Q45a with a tired and very crashy self-leveling           E36, I‘ve experienced some of the problems he mentions, so I
              heinrich                                                                       suspension. (You may want to have that looked at, Dad).                don‘t necessarily disagree with his assessments. What is your
              Hong           Christopher   Palo Alto                                              Mom’s Z3 doesn’t really get out much. It travels three miles      take on his comments? When it‘s time to replace my E36 with
              Jones          Tony          San Jose           325ic   1988                   to and from my parents’ office, and rarely goes out on week-             a newer 3 Series, should I spring for the extra cost of an E90?
              Khan           Sabir         San Jose           540i    1999                   ends. Oil changes are performed based on time rather than              Or can one live with the E46 problems if one doesn‘t race it or
              Kiritz         Gabriel       Palo Alto          530i    2004
                                                                                             mileage. It has already had more work than it should have              autocross it?                                      Bob C.
              Klaus          Robert        Alamo
                                                                                             needed, like pre- and post-catalytic oxygen sensors. It made                Mike Miller’s comments about the 3 Series are backed up
              Kwon           Changmo       Albany
              Lee            Leslie        Fremont            M3      1999                   me wonder if the li�le roadster had been taken out and run             with real-world examples… filtered through a love for the
              Lick           Edward        San Jose           528e    1983                   hard at least occasionally.                                            E30. Since I share that love, I won’t call it an unhealthy one.
              Marburger Scot               Dublin                            Gene Austin          Which brings me to the Italian tune-up. Most of you have          However, I don’t think the E36 and E46 are as bad as all that,
              McGraw         Alex          Palo Alto          M5      2002                   heard of this. It’s where a car with an engine gummed up with          even though we’ve seen some stupid problems with both
              Monroe         Ma�hew        Pacifica                                           carbon and unhappiness—usually from being bogged around                series—electronics, structural failures, cooling systems, you
              Munroe         Chris         Pacifica                                           town on short trips—is made to cough it out. That is, taken            know the rest.
              Notohamiprodjo Andrew        Union City                                                                                                                    The thing to remember regarding the E36 and E46 is that
                                                                                             out at extra-legal road speeds at a high rpm in order to clean
              Odgers         Kenton        Marina             328i    2000 Craig Karsch                                                                             on some level, they are evolutions of the E30. Yes, they are
                                                                                             up—and out—said gumminess.
              O�o            Geoff          Santa Clara        M3      2001
                                                                                                  I first decided to check the fluids on the Z3. I was shocked–       more complicated and perhaps not as strong. But if you look
              Paclebar       Michael       Walnut Creek       M3      2002
                                                                                             SHOCKED!–to find a mixture of water and oil (called malt, since         under either of those two cars, you can sort of see how they
              Papir          Jonathan      Concord
              Peak           Alex          San Jose                                          it looks like chocolate malt) both on the dipstick and under the       evolved from the E30.
              Ramos          Michael       Daly City          M3      2006                   oil filler cap. If this were an older, higher-mileage car, this would        This is emphatically untrue for the E90. The E90, like all the
              Roberts        Anthony       San Mateo                                         point to a cracked cylinder head or a blown cylinder-head              new BMW models, is revolutionary. That can be good or bad,
              Sanchez        Nicholas      San Francisco      325i    2006                   gasket. However, this car has exceptionally low mileage and has        depending on your perspective. Do I think we’ll see the same
              Sbragia        Shawn         Petaluma                                          never been overheated. It uses no coolant (I checked), nor does it     cooling-system issues as on the E36/E46? Yes. They run the
              Schwedel       H             San Francisco      550i    2007                   produces a steam cloud from the exhaust.                               E90 just as hot if not ho�er, so the plastics will undoubtedly
              Sekulich       Djordje       Walnut Creek               Michael L. Heller                                                                             fail. Do I think floors and subframes will rip out? Yes, because
              Shackleton John              Los Altos
                                                                                                                                                                    we’ve already seen subframes ripping out of the E60 5 Series
              Silvey         Priscilla     Vallejo            645ci   2005
                                                                                                                                                                    a�er low-speed side contact with curbs. Do I think electronic
              Slagle         Jamie         Newark
              Slagle         Ryan          Newark                                                                                                                   demons will rear their electron-spewing heads? Of course.
              Stanislaw      James         San Francisco                                                                                                            BMW, like most other German car manufacturers, has never
              Suklikar       Atul          San Carlos         528i    2000 Mark Hastings                                                                            been great with bleeding-edge technology.
              Sunder         Anthony       Richmond           M3      1999 Nicholas Schmi�                                                                               My suggestion for when you go to replace your E36: Drive
              Taylor         Ashley        Orinda             M5      2003                                                                                          various versions of both the E46 and E90 to see which one
              Thomas         Joseph        Walnut Creek       M3      1998                                                                                          you like more. Currently, we don’t have enough experience
              Todd           Jason         Oakland            323     2000                                                                                          with the E90 to know all the issues. I think it’s safe to say that
              Valenzuela Richard           Alameda            530i    2006
                                                                                                                                                                    the E90 will have at least as many problems as the previous
              Walker         Russell       Petaluma           525i    2003
                                                                                                                                                                    3 Series. However, with either one you’ll at least have all the
              Wemmer         James         Watsonville        M5      1998
              Wong           Tony          Petaluma           325i    2005
                                                                                                                                                                    pleasure of driving a modern BMW.
              Yee            Jason         San Francisco
              Yemoto         Wesley        San Jose
              Yost           Donald        Berkeley           X3      2006                                     Email your questions to:
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                                          CARS IS CARS
                                                                                               1998 BMW M3 Convertible - Dinan supercharged! 32,000
                                                                                                                                                                                      ne of the many member benefits of BMW CCA is a
                                                                                           original miles. Red with Magma leather interior and black
    Classified Ads           1980 633Csi – Cashmere ext. Only 139,000 miles. I’m the                                                                                                   members-only discount at various participating services

                                                                                                                                                            CCA Discounts
                                                                                           so� top. Five-speed automatic. Dinan installed 6.5psi Vortech                                                                                                                                                     BMW Concord
                        original owner. Moved from Florida to Marin County in 1995.                                                                                           and dealers. Below you can find the businesses in our area who

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Factory Authorized BMW Dealers
                                                                                           supercharger, RaceMarque air-water cooler. Dinan S3 pack-                                                                                                                                                         1945 Market Street
                        The car is in currently in Novato. $3,800.00. George Hum-                                                                                             offer our members a discount. Please note that businesses o�en
                                                                                           age installed at Dinan headquarters, includes: upgraded                                                                                                                                                           Concord, CA 94520
                        phreys: 415-506-0244.                                                                                                                                 require you to show your current CCA membership card in
                                                                                           intake, exhaust, computer, transmission chip, fuel system.                                                                                                                                                        925-682-3577
                           1987 M6 - WBAEE1408H2560627 - Royal Metallic Blue/              Documented 299 hp at the wheels—very, very fast.
                                                                                                                                                                              order to receive the discount.
                        Lotus White. Dinan parts include: chip, cam gear, and Stage 4                                                                                             Please contact us with any deletions to the list due to a                                                                  BMW of Mountain View
                        adjustable suspension. Fahey parts include: catalytic bypass,         Dinan Stage 3 suspension. Korman 3.73 rear differential                                                                                                                                                         150 E. EI Camino Real
                                                                                                                                                                              company being out of business. We ask that additions, chang-
                        and crank nut lock. Racing Dynamics parts include: freeflow         upgrade, SSR Integrale 18x8” chrome wheels. Harmon-Kar-                                                                                                                                                           Mountain View, CA 94040
                                                                                                                                                                              es, or deletions (no longer participating in discount program)
                        exhaust, shock tower brace, 16x7.5 wheels and spare. BMW           don stereo, CD changer; all factory options. A unique BMW                                                                                                                                                         650-943-1000
                                                                                                                                                                              are requested by the business owner directly. Updates should
                        850 front brake rotors, 245x45ZR16 94W Yokohama tires,             M3 automatic that offers same gearing as five-speed manual
                                                                                                                                                                              be directed to:                                                                                           BMW of San Francisco
                        K&N filter, original leather dash.                                  M3. Call for photos and web page link with all spec’s. $30,000
                                                                                           obo. Paul: 707-537-7769.                                                                                                                                                                                          1675 Howard St
                            This has been my daily driver for the last ten years. Main-                                                                                                   Independent Service & Supply Discounts                                                                             San Francisco, CA 94103
                        tained to mechanical perfection and always upgraded with                                                                                            2002 Haus                San Luis Obispo   805-541-2002   10% Parts                                                              Sales: 800-USA-BMWs
                        replacements. Rock solid at 200,000 miles. This is a great track                                                                                    Bavarian Enterprises     Sunnyvale         408-737-6100   Various Parts                                                          BMW of Santa Maria
                        car for driving schools and has been at many GGC schools.
                                                                                                                                                                            Bavarian Motorsport      Milpitas          408-956-1662   10% Parts                                                              2150 South College Drive
                        License plate is DINAN M6! This car drives and performs
                        great. Video available on (email for link).                                                                                             Bavarian Professionals   Berkeley          510-524-6000   10% Labor                                                              Santa Maria, CA 93455
                        $22,000. Ron: 831-684-1116;                                                                                               Berkeley Motor Works     El Cerrito        510-528-1214   5% Parts/Svc                                                           805-614-0306
                                                                                                                                                                            Bimmers BMW Service      San Carlos        650-591-2474   Various                                                                Claridge’s BMW
                                    COMMERCIAL ADS                                                                                                                          Catalpa Street Garage    Santa Cruz        831-464-2269   10% Parts                                                              4421 5 Auto Mall Circle
P u bl i c a t i o n                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Fremont, CA 94538
                           2002/Bav/3.0/Coupe Radiator Upgrades. Rebuilt with                                                                                               Classic Euro-Asian       Oroville          530-534-6887   10% Parts
deadline for                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 510-360-5900
classified ad           new three-row high-efficiency core. Be�er cooling. Fits                                                                                               Conversion Techniques    Oakland           510-639-0911   Various
copy is the 1st         without mods—same size, mounting, clearances, fi�ings, and                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Coast BMW
of the month.           appearance. Curt Ingraham, 510-507-2002,                                                                                           CSi                      Fullerton         714-879-7310   10% Parts                                                              1484 Auto Park Way
See front of
                            Have your classic BMW painted by a fellow car enthusi-                                                                                          Dinan                    Mountain View     650-962-9401   10% Labor                                                              San Luis Obispo, CA 93405
magazine for
                        ast with nearly twenty years experience. I do body work, rust                                                                                       Dinan                    Morgan Hill       408-779-8584   10% Labor                                                              805-543-4423
more details.
                        repair, and specialize in the 2002 and 3.0 Coupe, as well as                                                                                        Double 02 Salvage        Hayward           510-782-2002   10% Used Parts                                                         East Bay BMW
                        doing CLEAR COAT REPAIRS on your late 1980’s and early                                                                                                                                                                                                                               4355 Rosewood Drive
                                                                                                                                                                            evosport        888-520-9971    10% Parts
                        1990’s cars. I use top quality German-made acrylic urethane                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Pleasanton, CA 94566
                        paints and deliver a factory looking finish. My prices are a                                                                                         German Auto              Santa Maria       805-922-1262   10% Parts
                        bargain in today’s current market. Contact me: Andy Schank,                                                                                         Jam Engineering          Monterey          831-372-1787   Various Parts
                        via email at, or call me at 510-236-5232                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Mid City Motor World
                                                                                                                                                                            Nate Smith’s Optimal Auto Santa Cruz       831-476-1332   10% Parts
                        to set up an appointment for a free estimate.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        4800 N. Highway 101
                                                                                                                                                                            Patelco Credit Union   415-442-6200   Special Offer                                                          Eureka, CA 95501
                                                                                                                                                                            Phaedrus                 San Francisco     415-567-8000   10% Parts                                                              707-443-4871
                                                                                                                                                                            Portola Valley Garage    Portola Valley    650-851-7442   10% Labor                                                              MY BMW
                                                                                                                                                                            RennWerks                Mountain View     650-965-1574   10% Parts                                                              One Geary Plaza
                                                                                                                                                                            Rossi’s Tire & Auto                                                                                                              Seaside, CA 93955
                                                                                                                                                                            Service                  Salinas           831-424-0011   Various                                                                831-899-5555
                                                                                                                                                                            SAS German Auto          Pleasanton        925-846-4886   10% Parts                                                              Peter Pan BMW
                                                                                                                                                                            Schulba BMW Service      Belmont           650-592-7352   10% parts orders                                                       2695 S. El Camino Real
                                                                                                                                                                            Sound Innovations        Hayward           510-471-9062   10% Parts                                                              San Mateo, CA 94403
                                                                                                                                                                            West Bay Bavarian        San Rafael        415-457-0820   10% Parts/Labor/Dinan work
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Prestige BMW
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             2800 Corby Avenue
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dea=lership Discounts                                                                                  Santa Rosa, CA 95407
                                                                                                                                                                            BMW of Fremont           Fremont           510-360-5900   10% Parts & Labor                                                      707-545-6602
                                                                                                                                                                            BMW of Mountain View     Mountain View     650-943-1000   10% Parts
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Stevens Creek BMW
                                                                                                                                                                            BMW of San Francisco     San Francisco     800-USA-BMWs 10% Parts                                                                3737 Stevens Creek
                                                                                                                                                                            East Bay BMW             Pleasanton        925-463-2555   10% Parts                                                              Santa Clara, CA 95050
                                                                                                                                                                            MY BMW                   Seaside           831-899-5555   10% Parts                                                              408-249-9070
                                                                                                                                                                            Peter Pan BMW            San Mateo         650-349-9077   10% Parts                                                              Sonnen BMW
                                                                                                                                                                            Roseville BMW            Roseville         916-782-9434   10% Pads                                                               1599 E. Francisco Blvd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             San Rafael, CA 94901
                                                                                                                                                                            Sonnen BMW               San Rafael        415-482-2000   10% Parts
                                                                                                                                                                            Stevens Creek BMW        Santa Clara       408-249-9070   Various/20% Parts & Labor
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Weatherford Motors
                                                                                                                                                                            Weatherford BMW          Berkeley          510-654-8280   Various
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             735 Ashby Avenue
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Berkeley, CA 94710

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