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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
�������� ���� �������� ������� ���� ������ ������ ������������������������������������������������������� there are. The cost per year is higher than the old one, but the the Monterey Historics—sign up now at www.festorics.org.
�������� ��� ������� ����� ���� ����� ������ �������� �������������������������������� savings to our volunteers’ time and peace of mind are worth Keep an eye on our web calendar to ﬁnd an event to at-
����� �������� ��������� ���������� ��� ������� ������������������������������������������������ it. Also, Edge Motorworks has recently stepped forward as a tend. If you want to receive our monthly e-mail blast with
��������� ���� ����� ��� ����� ���� ������ ����� ����� sponsor of our driving events program and their sponsorship up-to-the-minute calendar information, please sign up at our
���� ����� �������� ����� ���� ����� ���� ������� ��� will help oﬀset much of the increased costs of the new truck. website: www. ggcbmwcca.org.
�������������������������������������������������������� We send out a big THANK YOU to Edge Motorworks!
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������������������������� Until next time, cheers!
���� ��������� ��� ����� ����� ����� �������� You might recognize the name Edge Motorworks from
their national caliber Solo2 M3 that’s tearing up the course in
���������� ������ ���� ��� ������� ���� ��� ���� ����������������������������������������������������� our autocross series. That series is booming this year with an
average of 80 cars competing at each event! Another success-
��� ����� ���� ������ ���� ����� ���� ����� ���� ����� ��������������������������� ful event is our new Meet & Greet gatherings. These bring
������� ��������� ������ ����������� ������ ����� ����������������������� members together at locations throughout our region for a
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The most current calendar is at: www.ggcBMWcca.org
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
Thunderhill Park Raceway, Willows, CA
firstname.lastname@example.org 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
www.bmwccaclubracing.com email@example.com 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 www.bmwccaclubracing.com firstname.lastname@example.org cal for safety when it comes to helmets. sary to drive the vehicles in the BMW Ultimate Drive, and
www.ggcbmwcca.org email@example.com 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 www.tuscanylasvegas.com firstname.lastname@example.org Region BMW CCA. Basically, any CCA member is eligible, so Registration opens August 31. Participating area dealer-
www.bmwcca.org/Oktoberfest 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 www.ggcbmwcca.org email@example.com
www.sanjosegrandprix.com 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 www.paciﬁcsharkfest.com paul@paciﬁcsharkfest.com to their slim margins. Please keep this in mind when other BMW of San Francisco Oct 5
www.ggcbmwcca.org firstname.lastname@example.org 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 www.bmwccaclubracing.com email@example.com 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 www.ggcbmwcca.org firstname.lastname@example.org 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
www.bmwccaclubracing.com email@example.com 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 www.ggcbmwcca.org firstname.lastname@example.org 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
www.ggcbmwcca.org email@example.com 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
www.concorso.com BMWayne@aol.com 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, www.winecountrymotorsports.com
www.festorics.org firstname.lastname@example.org www.ggcbmwcca.org email@example.com 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, firstname.lastname@example.org
Marina Municipal Airport, Marina, CA Kris Linquist/Ma� Visser BMW of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA Kelly Collins www.ggcbmwcca.org
www.ggcbmwcca.org email@example.com www.ggcbmwcca.org firstname.lastname@example.org 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
Inﬁneon Raceway, Sonoma, CA Bruce Nesbit backroads through Santa Cruz, Santa Clara counties, and
www.ggcbmwcca.org email@example.com 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
www.ggcbmwcca.org firstname.lastname@example.org 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
www.ggcbmwcca.org email@example.com 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, firstname.lastname@example.org,
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.
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.
Crisis Communication Report - nothing new.
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
GGC’s main charity partner this year.
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
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
that from 120 Paciﬁc Region racers. Mills will send a formal request to
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, CarGuide.news.com.au
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.” TMCnet.com 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 AutoRacingDaily.com “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. AutomotiveNews.com 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. Edmunds.com
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. Scoop.co.uk 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
10 July 2006 die flüsternde B ombe July 2006 die flüsternde B ombe 11
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.
12 July 2006 die flüsternde B ombe July 2006 die flüsternde B ombe 13
By Steve Cohen
Photos by Dan Bridges, Steve Cohen, Kirk
Dobson, Jon Nelson
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 www.armida.com www.pellegrinisonoma.com
entire route many times to take pictures and measure the mileage. www.christophercreek.com www.8-fest.com
14 July 2006 die flüsternde B ombe July 2006 die flüsternde B ombe 15
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.
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
Continued on page 19
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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
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
www.ggcbmwcca.org 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
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.
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Last First City Model Year Refered By
Alexander Raul Arroyo Grande M Rdstr 2006 Due to the lack of use,
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: TheWrench@ggcbmwcca.org
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CARS IS CARS
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