JULY 2006 - BMW CCA Puget Sound Region by yantingting


									JULY 2006
                                                                                                       July 2006

Volume 36
No. 7                                                            Club Activities 3                                       Technik 16
                                                                 Motorsports 7                                           Live to Drive 20
Club Website                                                     BMW’s Z3 Coupe 10                                       SIG Happenings 22
                                                                 Ten Years of Curves              18                     Classified Marketplace                    24
Zündfolge Staff

Lucetta Lightfoot
P.O. Box 99391
Seattle, WA 98139
lucettalightfoot@msn.com                                         June 29                                                 July 22
Production Editor                                                Board Meeting. Starting time is 6:45 p.m.               NW 02 Fest at Torguson Park, North Bend, WA.
Alan James                                                       All members are welcome to attend. Contact              Contact Brian Capp at b2002c@comcast.net or
Columnists                                                       the Club President to RSVP and for meeting              425-888-4002.
Dave Cook                                                        location. NOTE: Board meetings are now held             July 23
Greg Mierz                                                       on the last Thursday of the month.
Denny Organ
                                                                                                                         26th Annual Concours d’Elegance and
J. Sage Schreiner                                                July 1-2                                                Heritage Picnic. Sunday, July 23 at Cedar
                                                                 SOVREN Historics at Pacific Raceways.                    River Park. See promo article and registration
Display Advertising
Jim Millet                                                       The Club will participate in the Car Corral during      form in this Zündfolge issue for details.
206-542-5237                                                     the SOVREN Historics. The Club contact is               July 23-28
jimngloriamillet@comcast.net                                     Lucetta Lightfoot: lucettalightfoot@msn.com.            Oktoberfest, Grand Rapids, MI. Visit
Photographer & Photo Editor                                      July 1                                                  www.bmwcca.org for more information.
Duane Montagne                                                   Dyno Event & BBQ Begins at 10:00 a.m.                   July 27
National Office                                                   at the Carb Connection 13611 NE 126th Place,            Board Meeting. Starting time is 6:45 p.m.
 BMW CCA National Office                                          Suite 240, Kirkland, WA 98034. To RSVP or ask           All members are welcome to attend. Contact
 1-800-878-9292                                                  questions call Jeff Butler at 206-365-1565 or           the Club President to RSVP and for meeting
 640 South Main Street, #201                                     email jeff@hauryscollision.com.
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         2              ZÜNDFOLGE           July 2006
                          Championship Racing Returns Long Beach Tour                                                                                                   July 15

                          to Pacific Raceway    August 5 & 6

                          THE WEEKEND of August 5/6         promises to be exciting and
                          welcomes the return of the        fun to watch. Before and
                          International Conference of       after the flags fly, make time
                          Sports Car Clubs 2006 Cham-       to see the cars, meet the
                          pionship Race Series with the     owners, and find out what
                          Car Tender Challenge. Come        it takes to get behind the
                          out and cheer on your favor-      wheel of a safe, competitive,
                          ite marque, mingle with your      racing BMW.
                          fellow drivers, and enjoy a           We are asking that each
                          day at the races!                 spectator bring two cans of
                             On Saturday, our Three         food for Northwest Harvest;
                          Amigos—Eric Bitte, Doug           help us help our neighbors
                          Mills, and Jim Heite—will be      in need. There is also an          SUMMER DRIVING SEASON IS UPON US ! If you are new to the
                          running their first novice race    $8/day or $12/weekend fee to       Club, or just haven’t participated in an activity yet, make this
                          in the cars they bid on and       get in the gate, but don’t let     one your first! Tours are a great way to meet new friends,
                          won at this year’s banquet        that stop you. There will be       show off that Bimmer, and see more of the beautiful state
                          auction. We expect the whole      reserved parking for BMW           we call home.
                          Coupe group to be there to        CCA members, and a hospi-             On July 15, we’re planning a Club drive to the Long Beach
                          see them off—don’t disap-         tality tent will be available in   Peninsula. Aptly named at twenty-eight miles in length, the
                          point them! Additionally on       the paddock for a chance to        Peninsula is the longest natural beach in the United States.
                          Saturday we’ll see the whole      get in out of the sun or rain.     While I wouldn’t recommend it, the beach is open to automo-
                          Pro3 ensemble and other           Simple snacks will be provided.    biles, with a strictly enforced speed limit.
                          BMW drivers practicing            So come on, if you enjoy auto         We will travel South on I-5 through Olympia, out toward
                          their craft and qualifying        racing or if you belong to the     the Coast on Highway 8, then South on a great stretch of
                          for Sunday’s main event.          E30 or Coupe SIGs, you owe         Highway 101, with quite a few twisty sections, and nice views
                          The official schedule for the      it to yourself to come out to      of Willapa Bay. Arriving in Long Beach around noon, we’ll
                          weekend will be posted at         Pacific Raceway and witness         find a nice restaurant for lunch and leave a little time for
                          www.irdc-racing.com.              motorsports history in the         sightseeing around town. Long Beach has one of those dense,
                             On Sunday, look forward        making. For more information       touristy centers, with kite shops, ice cream parlors, etc., and is
                          to watching Pro3 run the          see www.icscc.com, or contact      easily covered on foot.
                          largest grid of BMW cars in       Ken Hill in the evenings at           We’ll meet in the parking lot of the Bahama Breeze
                          Northwest history. With an        425-334-7435. We’ll see you        Restaurant (15700 Southcenter Parkway) at Southcenter
                          expected twenty participants,     at the track!                      around 8:00 a.m., for donuts and coffee, and after a short
                          this successful driver’s series                          Ken Hill    driver’s meeting, leave promptly at 8:30. This route is about
                                                                                               three hours each way; expect to return to Seattle around
                                                                                               5:00 p.m. or so. Even if the forecast is for 90 degrees, bring
                                                                                               a windbreaker! The Coast can be foggy.
                                                                                                  Please email RSVPs and questions to Scott Hieronymus
                                                                                               at scottnlaurie2@comcast.net.
                                                                                                                                                               Scott Hieronymus
                                                                                                                                                               Tour Coordinator

                                                                                                                             This month’s cover photo features three Club
                                                                                                                             members’ M coupes. The Z3 Coupe (both M and
                                                                                                                 JULY 2006

                                                                                                                             non-M versions) will be the featured BMW at
                                                                                                                             the Club’s Concours d’Elegance on July 23. The
                                                                                                                             Coupe was built in the USA, the Concours takes
                                                                                                                             place in July and so it was fitting to take a red,
Photos by Kyle Hatfield.

                                                                                                                             white and blue M coupe group photo at the
                                                                                                                             location of the Concours for the July Zündfolge
                                                                                                                             cover. The Imola Red Coupe is owned by Brad
                                                                                                                             Nelson, the Alpine White Coupe is owned by
                                                                                                                             Roger Hoffman and the Estoril Blue Coupe is
                                                                                                                             owned by Lucetta Lightfoot.
                                                                                                                             The photo is by Duane Montagne.

                                                                                                                                     July 2006      ZÜNDFOLGE           3
Concours d’Elegance and BMW Heritage Picnic
Sunday, July 23, 2006                                     This is a special day for Club mem-      Judged Class
Cedar River Park, Renton                               bers to come together and enjoy each        Not sure if you are up for having your
Sponsored by BMW Seattle                               other’s company as well as display their    BMW judged? We judge only on cleanli-
                                                       BMWs at their very best. There will be      ness, and not on originality. Review
JOIN US for the 26th Annual Concours                   two classes you can choose from for         judge forms on the Club’s web site. You
d’Elegance and Heritage Picnic at Cedar                your BMW—a Judged class, with our           must be a member of the BMW CCA,
River Park in Renton. This year we are                 famous etched glass trophies awarded        BMW ACA or Canadian BMW CCBC
pleased to again be included as part of                to the winners and a non-competitive        to participate in the judged classes.
the 23rd Annual Renton River Days                      Display class, where you can roll your         Cars are judged in three major
community celebration coordinated by                   BMW out without being judged.               areas: Exterior, Interior (including
the City of Renton. Our big show will                     Come see the history and beauty that     trunk) and Engine Bay. The underside
be part of many activities for the public              make up BMW’s heritage. This event          of the car is not judged. Each class is
to enjoy. Nearby will be music on two                  always is very popular with 300-400         judged by a three-member team whose
stages, arts and crafts booths, food ven-              people in attendance. We anticipate         independent results are then totaled
dors, an art exhibit, and other activities             close to 200 BMWs on display, spanning      to determine a score. This process is
for the whole family. Mark your calen-                 seven decades. Be sure to be part of this   designed to be as fair and objective as
dar for Sunday, July 23. We are pleased                exciting day. This year we are pleased      possible. For class competition we have
to have our show back on Sunday! This                  to welcome the local BMW Motorcycle         re-instituted bonus points for mileage,
will allow you to spend Saturday giving                club. Motorcycle club members will be       which evens out the competition for
your BMW the spa treatment before                      displaying their BMW motorcycles with       high- versus low-mileage cars. Best in
rolling out to the Concours on Sunday!                 us. Expect five decades of motorcycles!      Show is determined by taking the top
                                                                                                   BMW from each class, and lining them
                                                                                                   up for a final review by a three-judge
                9:30 a.m.         Begin check in and parking of Judged and Display BMWs            team. Previous scores are not consid-

                11 a.m.           All Judged and Display BMWs checked in                           ered as the judges choose the cleanest,
                11:30 a.m.        Judging begins, all hands off Judged BMWs                        most dazzling BMW on the lawn.
                                  Activities for children
                                  Griot’s Garage detailing demonstrations
                2-3 p.m.          Awards and door prizes (time approximate)

                       26th Annual BMW CCA Concours d’Elegance

 Name:                                                               BMW CCA #:



 Phone: (         )                                Email:

 BMW Year/Model:                                                     License #:

 Special Features:

 Volunteer at the BMW tent?          ❑ Yes ❑ No


 ❑ Judged Class $30 ($40 after 7/17) ❑ Display Class $20 ($30 after 7/17)
 ❑ Display Class, nonmember $30 ($40 after 7/17)
 Credit Card: ❑ Visa ❑ MC           Card Number:                              Exp (MM/YY):

 Name on Card:



 If paying by check make checks payable to BMW CCA Puget Sound Region. Send
 registration to Lance Richert, Concours, 6240 127th Avenue SE, Bellevue, WA 98006.

            4         ZÜNDFOLGE     July 2006
Display Class                               Children’s Activities                       Costs
The Display Class is a terrific way to       We will have a special tent with activi-    Costs are the same as last year, see
take part in the event for those who        ties for kids including a coloring table.   the registration form for specifics. Our
don’t wish to compete but want to           Pony rides will also be available. Renton   Canadian friends may pay 25% less to
come and show off their car. Just wash      River Days will have many other activi-     compensate for the exchange rate. It’s
it, clean the wheels, and you’ll be good    ties for kids nearby.                       our way of saying thanks for coming
to go! You’ll be parked with the judged                                                 down. Register early to secure your spot!
cars in your class. All participants will   Featured Car: Z3 Coupe
receive a Griot’s Garage sample kit,        The featured car this year is the Z3        Lunch and Snacks
commemorative 11x17 poster, cool            Coupe. There will be a special class for    There will be a mobile Thai food trailer
refrigerator magnet and chance to           the Coupes and they will have their         serving lunch. There will also be other
win raffle prizes during the day.            own trophies for those entering the         snacks and drinks available during the
                                            judged class. We hope you consider          day. Bring some extra cash to keep your
Thanks to our Sponsors!                     bringing your Z3 Coupe out, in what-        hunger at bay!
Our event this year is once again being     ever condition it is in. The more the
sponsored by a generous donation from       merrier! Dozens of these fabulous           Cedar River Park
BMW Seattle. Next time you are at their     cars are anticipated this year.             Just East of I-405 in Renton
                                                                                        1717 Maple Valley Hwy & House Way
dealership, be sure and thank them.
BMW Seattle is providing the beautiful      Volunteers Needed!                          DRIVING DIRECTIONS:
                                                                                        From I-405 South:
glass trophies as well as a new BMW         This event requires many volunteers
                                                                                        • Take Exit 4 (Maple Valley exit). This will take
Cruise Bike valued at $800 for the raffle.   to spend part of the day helping make         you onto Sunset Boulevard NE.
Griot’s Garage will be in attendance        the event a success. We need people         • Go left at the second signal light (this is Maple
as the official Car Care Sponsor of our      to help judge cars, help with check in,       Valley Road, Highway 169). Get into the right
event. Griot’s Garage will be providing     coordinate parking the cars, helping          lane, travel a short distance, and turn right
gifts for participants, raffle prizes, and   in the children’s tent, etc. If you would     into Cedar River Park.
will have representatives on hand dem-      like to help, please contact event chair    From I-405 North:
onstrating how to use their products.       Lance Richert at 425-644-8009 or            • Take Exit 4A (Renton/Maple Valley exit).
                                                                                        • Turn right at the end of the exit onto Highway
Griot’s Garage will present a special       Lance@RichertNet.com.
                                                                                          169, Maple Valley Highway. Get into the right
Preservation Award for the BMW that                                                       lane, travel a short distance, and turn right
is best preserved without a restoration.                                                  into Cedar River Park.
                                                                                                                   Continued on Page 6

                                                                                                July 2006   ZÜNDFOLGE             5
Concours d’Elegance and BMW Heritage Picnic                                Continued from Page 5

BMW Seattle is donating as a raffle item a BMW Cruise Bike, valued at $800.
The bike’s ergonomic, distinctive design delivers a sleek look for leisurely riding.

  2006 BMW Club Concours d’Elegance Classes
  Class #                  Class              Models                               Years

  01display only           Pre-War            All                                  1928-1941

  02display only           Post-War           501,502,503,507,3200CS               1952-1965
                           Old Range          Isetta, 600, 700                     1955-1965

  03                       Vintage Cars       1502, 1602, 1802, 2002               1966-1976
                                              1500, 1600, 1800, 2000               1962-1972
                                              E3 2500,2800,Bavaria                 1968-1977
                                              E9 2000CS, 2800CS, 3.0CS             1965-1975

  04                       Early 3 Series E21 3 Series, First Generation           1977-1983
                                          E30 3 Series, Second Generation          1983-1991

  05                       Early              E12 5 Series, First Generation       1972-1981
                           Big Cars           E28 5 Series, Second Generation      1982-1988
                                              E26 M1                               1978-1981
                                              E23 7 Series, First Generation       1977-1987
                                              E24 6 Series                         1976-1989

  06                       Modern             E36 3 Series, Third Generation       1992-1999
                           3 Series

  07                       Current            E46 3 Series, Fourth Generation      1999-2005
                           3 Series           E83 X3                               2004-current
                                              E90 3 Series, Fifth Generation       2006-current

  08                       Modern             E34 5 Series, Third Generation       1989-1996
                           Big Cars           E32 7 Series, Second Generation      1988-1994
                                              E31 8 Series                         1990-1997

  09                       Current            E39 5 Series, Fourth Generation      1997-2003
                           Big Cars           E60 5 Series, Fifth Generation       2003-current
                                              E38 7 Series, Third Generation       1994-2001
                                              E65 7 Series, Fourth Generation      2002-current
                                              E53 X5                               2004-current
                                              E63 6 Series                         2005-current

  10                       Z Roadsters        Z3, Z4, Z8                           1995-current

  11 display only          Mini                                                    2002-current

  12                       Z3 Coupes          Z3 Coupes (Featured Car)             1998-2002

       6            ZÜNDFOLGE     July 2006
JULY IS HERE , so it’s almost time for                                                     2006 Driving Events
our next big school! I have to admit, it’s      A group drivers . . . The June
been a weird season, and a very long            date had a very long waiting
time since our last school. The good            list, so if you missed that
news is that the wait is over. Even more
interesting is that we’re heading to a
                                                one, here’s another chance.                BMW CCA PSR Events:
new track! We will have a school July 29                                                   29-30 Driving School at Spokane Raceway Park
and 30 in Spokane. If you’ve never been       taking sixty registrations. Yes, registra-   September
to Spokane Raceway Park, it’s one of          tion is open for a few more weeks, but       9-10 Driving School at Pacific Raceways
my favorite tracks. It’s very fast with a     this one will sell out. Don’t wait to send         with the PCA
couple of sections that you’ll really have    in your application! The application         October
                                                                                           11    Advanced Lapping Day with Don Kitch
to work at to master. Definitely not a         for the Spokane school is available
track to be missed!                           now on the driving school’s web page         5     Car Control Clinic at Bremerton
   Here’s the plan—it will run much           www.bmwpugetsound.com/driving_
like our schools here in Seattle, so our      schools.html.                                Other Events open to CCA Drivers:
regular rules apply. You will see many of         In other news, due to the overwhelm-     July
the same instructors, as many of us teach     ing popularity of the last event, I have     16    BMW CCBC Car Control Clinic
for Scott Adare with the Inland Empire        secured a second date with ProFormance             at Pitt Meadows Airport
                                                                                           28    Alfa School at Pacific Raceways
Chapter as well. The schedule will be         for another advanced lapping day—
very similar; plan on four thirty-minute      Wednesday, October 11. Here’s another        3     PCA School at Pacific Raceways
sessions a day. Speaking of Scott, he has     chance for our A group drivers and           11    BSCC Lapping Day at Bremerton
kindly offered to help us out, so we are      instructors to work on skills that we        12    PCA Women’s Skills Day at Bremerton
                                                                                           17    Alfa School at Pacific Raceways
going to use most of his infrastructure       aren’t able to teach at our own days.
                                                                                           26-27 Golden Gate Chapter School
to pull this off. We will be based out of     The June date had a very long waiting              at Thunderhill
the same hotel he uses—the Spokane            list, so if you missed that one, here’s      September
Travelodge in Airway Heights (near the        another chance. It will be run entirely      1     BSCC Lapping Day at Bremerton
airport and the track) at W 4301 Sunset       by ProFormance, but reserved for the         2     PCA Skills Day at Bremerton
                                                                                           14    Alfa School at Pacific Raceways
Blvd, Spokane, WA, 509-838-1471. Your         BMW Clubs advanced drivers. We had           17    BMW CCBC Car Control Clinic at
registration fee will include lunch on both   a great time at the last one, and I’m sure         Pitt Meadows Airport
days and a buffet dinner at the hotel.        October 11 will be just as fun.              25    BMW CCBC School at Mission
Also like Scott’s schools, this one will                                    Tom Olsson     October
be small by our standards as I’m only                                olssons@seanet.com    6     BSCC Lapping Day at Bremerton
                                                                                           10    BMW CCBC School at PIR (Portland)
                                                                                           14    Alfa School at Pacific Raceways
                                                                                           22    PCA School at Pacific Raceway
                                                                                           28-29 Inland Empire Chapter School in Spokane
                                                                                           29    Alfa Skills Day at Bremerton


                                                                                           BMW CCA Inland Empire
                                                                                            Scott Adare: sadare@aol.com
                                                                                           BMW ACA, Portland
                                                                                            Greg Meythaler:
                                                                                           BMW Car Club of BC
                                                                                            Rolf Drommer:
                                                                                           Bremerton Sports Car Club
                                                                                            Dave Ely: de2mr2@msn.com
                                                                                           NW Alfa Club
                                                                                            Herb Sanborn:
                                                                                           Porsche Club
                                                                                            Pat Hillyer: DriverEd@pnwr.org


                                                                                               July 2006    ZÜNDFOLGE            7
Convertibles Only & Foster’s Wheel Recap
Convertibles Only and Foster’s Wheel
for a great combined tech session
this past May 13. About twenty Club
members turned out (despite the great
spring weather) for this presentation.
Les Hurlbert, owner of Convertibles
Only covered care and maintenance
of the two types of convertible tops as
well as gave a demonstration on how to
manually operate and reset the top on
an E36 series car. We also learned that
Convertibles Only does interior, seat
and carpet repairs as well.
   Ben Foster of Foster’s Wheel took
us down memory lane with the twenty-
five plus year history of his family in the
car repair business and how Ben got
his start in business. Ben discussed how

                                             Photos by Lucetta Lightfoot.
Foster’s Wheel can repair many types of
high performance wheels and has some
of the latest equipment for doing so.
   Thanks to Les Hurlbert of Convert-
ibles Only and Ben Foster of Foster’s
Wheel for a great program.
                               Jeff Butler
                   Tech Event Coordinator

      8         ZÜNDFOLGE   July 2006
BMW CCA Central California Chapter                                                                       You’re
10th Annual Ultimate Clean Car Contest                                                 August 18
ON FRIDAY, AUGUST 18, 2006,       area. You have the option of     Separate entry forms and/
the Central California Chap-      having your BMW judged,          or tickets are required for           THE I NLAND E MPIRE
ter of the BMW Car Club           placed for viewing, or just      each of the weekend events            chapter of BMW CCA
of America will host its 10th     enjoying the perfect parking.    including the Monterey His-           invites members of the
annual Ultimate Clean Car         There is no additional charge    toric Automobile Races and            Puget Sound Region
Contest at the Black Horse        to enter your BMW in the         the Pebble Beach Concours             chapter of BMW CCA
Golf Course at Monterey           clean car contest. Trophies      d’Elegance. For additional            on a drive.
Bay. Join our annual event        will be awarded to class         information about Concorso               Saturday, August 12,
during the Monterey Historic      winners as well as special       Italiano go to their website at       2006 we will start from
Races weekend!                    awards for the BMWs driven       www.concorso.com.                     the “y” Rosauers, west
    As in years past, the         the farthest, with the highest      For information about the          parking lot at 7:00 a.m.
Ultimate Clean Car Contest        mileage, and more. This year     Ultimate Clean Car contest            in Spokane. We plan an
is held in conjunction with       we will have special parking     go to www.cccbmwcca.org.              over the border romp to
Concorso Italiano, the pre-       areas to honor BMW Cooper        You’ll also find a link to an          Nelson, BC on a Selkirk
mier annual display of fine        Minis, too.                      informational letter, as well as      loop tour with a no-host
Italian automobiles in North          The site at Black Horse is   to an entry form to pre-register      lunch break in Nelson.
America. The event will be        spectacular with its perfectly   for the clean car contest. Also,         See Inland Empire
held within the confines           groomed grass and beautiful      don’t miss the Golden Gate            BMW web site for
of the special BMW park-          view of Monterey Bay. Truly      Chapter’s corral and activities       details. (http://www.
ing corral at the Concorso        a great place to show off your   at the Monterey Historic Car          iebmw.org/) We hope
Italiano. Your entry fee to the   BMW. Please get there early      Races at Laguna Seca August           to see you there!
Concorso Italiano guaran-         if possible.                     19-20. Check out the Festorics        Contact Chris Brown at
tees you preferred parking            This is just one of the      ad in the upcoming Roundel            AddAxx4@aol.com for
within the corral, just a few     many automobile events           issues or visit www.festorics.        more information.
feet from the Italian display     happening this weekend.          org. See you there!

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BMW’s Z3 Coupe (E36/8)—It’s a lot like nothing else!
THE BMW M COUPE AND ITS SIBLING, THE Z3 COUPE , have a unique beginning. With the Z3 roadster production going strong
in 1996 at the assembly plant in Spartanburg, South Carolina, some of the BMW engineers got to thinking about putting a
permanent roof on the Z3. The more they thought, the more enthused they became. It was that initial enthusiasm that planted
the seed that made the short-lived Z3 Coupe a reality. The rest is history. Thanks go to fellow northwest Coupe owners, Doug
Barritt and Jim Millet, who helped provide some of the information that follows:

From the E36/8 Syndicate
“BMW M coupe and Z3 coupe—among
the least known, most under-appreciated,
and highest performing BMW cars ever
built. The Coupe was designed by a
small renegade group of enthusiasts,
for enthusiasts. It happened despite
corporate planning and with confident
disregard of focus groups. It does not
conform. It takes no prisoners, except
your heart—if you have what it takes
to love one. In the words of a BMW
print ad, ‘It’s a lot like nothing else.’ Its
production run was short, and now that
it has stopped, most likely nothing like
it will ever come again.”
                                                   The final result was a car that people      not recede all the way into the door,
From the ///M Registry                          say “… only a mother could love.” Its         leaving about a 1/2" exposed. I’ve had to
www.bmwmregistry.com                            unique styling created a love-it or           say many times “Yes, the windows are
“The M coupe was developed under                hate-it reaction. Some have called it a       all the way down!”
the leadership of engineer Burkhard             shoe, others have said it’s a breadbox on         Of the two Coupe models, the M
Goeschel with the intention of adding           wheels. I admit, the first time I saw one      features several changes. Besides a
increased torsional and structural              in a photo I actually winced. But then I      stronger engine and some cosmetic
rigidity to the Z3 roadster’s chassis.          saw the car in person, especially seeing      touches, it features an “M-tuned” sus-
The development team had a hard time            those oh-so-macho rear fender flares!          pension with more aggressive shocks,
convincing the Board of Directors to            That did it! I had to have one. I also        springs which combine to lower the car
approve the model for production, but           liked the fact that the Coupe was a low-      by 1.1 inch and larger brakes. And of
it was eventually given the green light         production car, rarely seen on the streets.   course, you can’t miss the signature M-
as long as it remained cost-effective to        One thing all Coupe owners must get           exhaust with the quad chromed
produce. To achieve this goal, as many          used to is having people stare with a         tailpipes out back.
body panels as possible had to be shared        “What-is-it?” look. I love it.                    Due to the integrated roof of the
with the roadster, thus the doors and              A good example of this parts inter-        Coupe, its chassis is one of the stiffest
everything from the A-pillar forward are        changeability is the Coupe’s use of the       ever produced by BMW. Add this fact to
interchangeable between the Coupe and           Roadster’s doors. Because the Coupe has       the Coupe’s torquey engine and precise
the roadster, as are most interior parts.”      a higher roofline necessitating a taller       “out-of-the-box” handling, and you’ll
                                                window, the windows on the Coupes do          understand why so many of us Coupe

                                                                                                     PATRICK MILLER

                                                                                                          “25 years of
                                                                                                          precision automotive
                                                                                                          ser vice”

                                                                         BRAKE & ALIGNMENT, Inc.
                                                                          11908 - 124 Ave. NE
                                                                          Kirkland, WA 98034
                                                                             (Totem Lake)                    425-823-1511

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owners enjoy putting our cars on the
track. I’ve said this before and I’ll say it
again, “A road course is this car’s domain.”
   I mentioned low production. Here
are some M Registry U.S. numbers:

M COUPE: For its U.S. production run
from September ’98 through June ’02,
there were a total of 2,870 M coupes
(6,318 worldwide). Two M coupe ver-
sions were produced; the S52 (240hp)
from 1998–2000, and the S54 (315hp)
from 2001–2002. For the U.S., 2,180 are
the S52 and only 690 are the S54.

Z3 COUPE: Of the non-M model, only
2,051 U.S. Z3 coupes were produced.
It also had two versions; the 2.8 Coupe
(193hp) from 1998–2000, and the 3.0
Coupe (225hp) from 2001–2002. Only
991 were 2.8 Coupes and 1,060 were
the 3.0 Coupe.

   To answer any more questions you
may have regarding the Z3 coupes, an
excellent source is the FAQ section out
on the BMW M-Registry website at
   So much more could be said about
this rare little car. But I’ll let all of the
owners tell you in person when you
attend this year’s Puget Sound Region
BMW CCA Concours d’Elegance car
show on July 23. For those of you who do
not know, the Z3 coupe is the featured
car this year. You can see for yourself why

                                                                             Photos by BMW Press.
they say the Z3 coupe “. . . is a lot like
nothing else!” Hope to see you there!
          Doug Mill, Y2KMcoupe@aol.com
                Contact for E36/8 SIG and
             the Northwest Coupe Groupe
                  (55 strong on the roster)

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                                                                                                                                                          Photo by Clyde Carpenter.
Photo by Keith Fournier.

                           Keith Fournier’s 1999 Arctic Silver M coupe first in line
                           at a NW Coupe Groupe event.                                     Clyde Carpenter’s 2001 Atlanta Blue 3.0 coupe.


                           A BMW press photo of an M coupe. INSET: July 23rd Concours d’Elegance participants will receive a magnet like the one shown.
                                                                                                                                                 Photo by Brad Nelson.
                           Geoff Griswold’s 2000 Estoril Blue M coupe at a Bremerton
                           Club driving school.                                         Brad Nelson’s 2000 Imola Red M coupe.

                           Doug Mill’s 2000 Titanium Silver M coupe seeing air in the
                           Corkscrew at Laguna Seca.

                                                                                                                                                 Photo by Duane Montagne.
Photo by Brad Nelson.

                           Jim Heit’s 2000 Jet Black 2.8 coupe at a Pacific Raceways
                           BMW Club driving school.                                     Doug Barritt’s 2000 Dakar Yellow M coupe.
Photo by Alan Donaldson.

                                                                                        Jerrett Cangie autocrossing his 2001 Imola Red M coupe
                           Alan Donaldson’s 2000 Evergreen M coupe.                     at Packwood.
Why the Coupe?
Doug Barritt                                   closed the deal, and we’ve been happy        who sees the car. They are rare (less
First of all, I’ve always liked handling a     with it ever since, though my wife did       than 690 S54 equipped M coupes were
car or a motorcycle at speed, especially       hate giving up the Z3 convertible. I’ve      made), incredibly fun to drive and offer
on twisty roads. But driving the way I         taken the Coupe to the track three to        nearly unmatched performance for the
like to drive has become almost impos-         four times per year since purchasing it in   money. I autocross mine on a regular
sible on the state highways anymore (if        2002, and have enjoyed every minute of       basis with the SCCA against modified
you value your license!). So I started         it. Meg has taken the Coupe through the      Vipers, 911s, Z06s and other high end
participating in track events with the         Club’s Car Control Clinic as well. We        sports cars. The coupe holds it’s own to
BMW Club in 1995. I initially learned          both feel safer in the Coupe than in the     say the least, consistently finishing in the
track handling skills with a ’94 325i          roadster. The car is just so competent       top of the field.
coupe, then a year or so later, I moved        “as is.” All I needed to change for the
up to a ’95 E36 M3, which was a truly          track were the wear items: R-compound        Keith Fournier
fine handling car, if you were willing          tires, forged wheels (for strength and       In the spring of 1999 I was shopping for
to give up some ride comfort on the            lightness), track brake pads, and high       a new M3 at BMW of Bellevue when I
highway. In 1998, the M3 morphed into a        temperature brake fluid. I suppose            encountered a brand-new Arctic Silver
gorgeous black ’97 540i/6-speed (as fast,      some suspension mods and a five-point         M coupe sitting on the showroom floor.
but smoother, roomier and more com-            harness would make it an even better         At the time, I just didn’t get it, and when
fortable). But I quickly deemed the 540i       track car, but I didn’t want to destroy      a salesman asked me what I thought,
“too nice” (read “expensive”) to thrash        its excellent highway driveability, nor      I just shook my head, dumbfounded.
around on the track (the weight is brutal      change its stock look. In my book, the M     I did buy a ’99 M3, which I owned for
on tires and brakes). I needed “some-          coupe is a truly impressive design, right    about five years, but during that time a
thing lighter for the track.” The solution     out of the box. It may have captured         curious thing happened—I developed a
(at the time) was a ’98 Z3 2.8 Roadster        only 2-3% of Z3 sales, but I’m sure glad     case of Coupe lust. My fate was sealed
which I happily campaigned for a few           I have one. Long live the Coupe!             when Doug Mill offered to let me drive
years, though I noticed its tendency to                                                     his 2000 M Coupe—What a car! I began
develop “cowl shake” and wiggle around         Jerrett Cangie                               shopping for an M Coupe in earnest
when driven hard. In the meantime, my          As one of the ad campaigns for the M         shortly thereafter, and eventually found
buddy Doug Mill had acquired one of            coupe said, they are “a lot like nothing     an early-build car locally through Club
those funny looking M Coupes, and he           else.” There aren’t many cars that can       member Denny Organ. My Coupe is
was turning in some pretty quick lap           match the grin M coupes put on their         Arctic Silver with the two-tone black
times at the track. I took a ride with         owner’s faces nor the stares and positive    and grey interior. It is my daily driver,
him. “Wow! This thing goes!” Later, he         comments you get from nearly everyone        with 77,000 miles on the clock at present
allowed me to drive his car on the street.
The tight handling and absolute absence
of any shake on rough surfaces really
impressed me; this car was tight! It was
becoming abundantly clear that this was
truly a driver’s car, no doubt about it.
Suddenly, the odd looks of the car began
to seem more purposeful. I soon was
looking at acquiring a two-year old 2000
M Coupe in Dakar Yellow with only
12,000 miles on it. Perfect condition, still
under warranty. But Meg and I were a
bit concerned about how normal people
would react to the car’s unusual shape,
and especially the color: Was it just too
much? Fortunately, the dealer was kind
enough to allow us to take the car for
an extended test drive. We were pleased
both with the driving aspects, and the
reactions we observed. We got lots of
smiles, waves and thumbs-up, especially
from young boys (analyze that!). The
more we drove it, the more comfortable
we got (had to have it!). Hours later, we

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(more than my ’88 M3!). We have also           California a couple times in complete         Brad Nelson
spent many happy days together at the          comfort, the hatchback design providing       Well, like the ad said, It’s a lot like noth-
track. This is one of the most fun cars        plenty of luggage space for two.              ing else. I loved it from the first time
I’ve ever owned, and I look forward to            The Fun: My passion with my Coupe          I ever saw one. Since then I’ve always
driving my Coupe every day!                    has been participating in driving events      wanted one. It combines performance
                                               at various road courses, having driven        and styling like very few cars do. Plus,
Geoff Griswold                                 most on the West coast. This includes         it’s a BMW!
The M Coupe is the best sports car I’ve        the California courses of Laguna Seca
owned. The dependable, strong, silent          (Monterey), Sears Point (Sonoma),             Dale Rings
type. I have not had the need to curse         and Thunderhill (Willows). Portland,          In the July issue of Sports Car Interna-
the English ‘Prince of Darkness’ or the        Spokane, and of course, home track            tional, automotive journalist Del Coates
Prince’s Italian cohorts. This is a slice of   Pacific Raceways, have also been               had an article that included the history
driving heaven!                                enjoyed. This car’s domain is on a road       of the early “shooting brake.” These
                                               course! Belonging to the BMW Puget            were horse drawn wagons, and later,
Lucetta Lightfoot                              Sound Region Chapter of the BMW               early automobiles, used by landed gen-
My M coupe is the best handling, best          Car Club of America has given me this         try and configured to take guests, guns,
driving and most fun BMW I have ever           opportunity. Adding some track tires          and a nice lunch out on the estate’s
driven! I have owned BMWs since buy-           and racing brake pads to an otherwise         grounds for hunting, hence the term.
ing my first one in 1977. I have driven         stock vehicle, I have given several           He goes on to mention four modern
many more then I have owned and the            friends rides and they are amazed at          iterations of these vehicles, including
Coupe is by far the one for me!                the performance capabilities of the           the 1971 Volvo P1800 ES, the MGB-GT
                                               Coupe. Fun? You bet!                          (I had one of those in the 70s, so I have
Doug Mill                                         Summary: Since its purchase in May         a history with the profile), the E-Type
Owning a ’57 Chevrolet Bel-Air show            ’99, I still smile every time I get behind    Jaguar Coupe, and the BMW Z3. That’s
car, everyone thought I’d get a new            the wheel of this funky little car, the       some pretty nice company. His conclu-
Corvette when it came time for me to           ///M coupe.                                   sion is, “The newer shooting brakes have
buy a sports car. Well, I wanted some-                                                       everything going for them: The spirit
thing different and “… out of the norm.”       Scott Mountney                                of a sports car, the utility sorely missed
The BMW Z3 ///M coupe is that car!             I have always been a fan of small hatch-      by the typical sports car owner; and,
Only 2600 were built for the States from       back cars and also cars with their own        by virtue of its traditional associations
August 1998 through May 2002, making           unique style. The M coupe represents a        with the landed gentry, a touch of class.”
them extremely rare. Everyone knows            great combination of these ideas along        Couldn’t have said it better meself.
what a Corvette is, but only the true          with legendary BMW performance. I                It seems the longer I have owned my
enthusiast knows what my ///M coupe is!        also love having an uncommon car that         Imola red M coupe, which is now seven
   The Utility: This was my daily driver       people either love or hate. My first love      years, the more compliments and posi-
until my retirement in March 2003.             is classic cars and I rarely drive anything   tive comments I receive on it. The most
It made my work commute actually               too new, but the M coupe screamed             recent ones came at a Memorial Day
something to look forward to! It also          classic from the first time I saw it. Driv-    weekend car show at Boulevard Park
has taken my wife and I to Southern            ing it to work every day is a pleasure.       in Bellingham. One man spent about
                                                                                             twenty minutes slowly circling the car
                                                                                             and then said, “There’s not a bad angle
                                                                                             from which to view this car, which can’t
                                                                                             be said about many.” Then, as I was
                                                                                             leaving, a fellow stopped me and said,
                                                                                             “I don’t really like BMWs, but that is
                                                                                             the most beautiful car I’ve ever seen.”
                                                                                             Of course, that’s not a universally held
                                                                                             opinion, but it sure is nice to hear those
                                                                                             kinds of comments about the Coupe.

                                                                                                    July 2006   ZÜNDFOLGE        15
                                              edited by Greg Mierz

IT IS NOW OFFICIAL . BMW          was my local licensing place
VIN 1663328 is now legally        where I was issued another
registered as CV 38350, a         “classic car” registration and
1969 BMW 2002. For all of         license plate.
you following the story of           It’s a really nice feeling
my 2002Ti getting totaled in      to have my very old friend
my driveway, it has come to       back on the road. It still
a good resolution. I finally       needs a bit of bodywork on
went through the process          the driver’s side rocker panel,
to get it re-registered and       paint prep and a repaint, but
titled at the Washington State    the front suspension is fully
Patrol inspection station in      refurbished and everything
Bellevue. The inspection          else still works. Whenever I
process for an older car was      take it out for a spin, it brings
really very simple. I was         a big grin as I mash the right
prepared for the worst, with      pedal and hear those sidedraft
all the documents for the         Webers roar.
repairs and the parts used,          Why did I go to such
but the inspecting officer and     lengths to have a 37-year-old       long-time Club members                 It was 1973; I had driven
I started talking about classic   BMW fixed? Once upon a               who know me and the 2002            an army buddy’s 2002
car insurance, and he never       time David Lightfoot wrote          will understand, but others         through Laguna Beach Can-
asked to see the paperwork.       about my ultimate “Club”            might wonder what all the           yon and fell madly in love
He just went outside, took        2002 when the car had only          fuss is about. My ownership         with the car at the first set of
a look at the car and then        320,000 miles or so. Many           story is one of love at first        connected turns. At the time,
signed me off. My next stop                                           drive. It’s an interesting story.   I was driving a 1966 VW Bug,

      16        ZÜNDFOLGE   July 2006
so you can imagine why           Euro high compression pistons
a 2002 was so much fun. I        and a “Ti/SA” reground cam.         Now that I don’t have to drive it to work every
immediately started looking      After that came the 2002tii         day, I can tune it as a pure track vehicle and
for one, and found a 1969        struts, the bigger brakes, the
2002 with 68,000 miles on it     five-speed 320i transmission,
                                                                     forget about the compromises I had to make in
in North Hollywood. I bought     the 75% limited slip, the trick     earlier years.
it for my birthday in January    Schrick cam and . . . you get
1974, and soon found that        the idea. I was always one        compromises I had to make           newly refurbished front end
one of the front struts was      step behind people such as        in earlier years. I’m taking        with urethane bushings and
bent; this started the 32-year   Byron Sanborn, now one of         out the back seat and putting       all-new steering parts steers
love affair of working on it.    the chief mechanics at Vintage    on 2002 Turbo fender flares          so sweetly, it’s better than a
I quickly discovered the Los     Racing Motors. It was all         and larger wheels and tires.        new 2002. The engine pulls
Angeles chapter of the BMW       about improving autocross         I want 15 x 7s and 205/50-15        mighty hard. It has very
Automobile Club of America       preparation. I drove it as my     “R” rubber. It will fit the          little understeer and can be
(BMW ACA) and the valuable       daily driver until about 2002,    Pro3 spec tires with the turbo      pointed so responsively with
assistance of BMW club people.   when I built my 1986 325es/is     flares so I can try out some         the throttle. It’s a big brick
    After finishing college in    E30. Over the years I learned     Toyo RA1s. The car has had          at higher speeds but with the
1974, I promptly moved back      a lot about building souped-up    13 x 5-1/2 wheels forever.          4:11 final drive, it’s always
to the Seattle area. I got       M10 motors from the likes         It’s more than the 205/60-13        been mighty quick to about
hooked up with the Puget         of Byron, Dan P. and Johnnie      Yokohamas can handle. I             70-80 mph.
Sound BMW ACA gang. Dan          Maloney at Autosport. The         can spin those tires at will            My 325is is faster on the
Patzer started me headlong       car has been to many Club         in second gear on anything          top end, but not to eighty.
into a lifetime of modifying     track days and ran in a whole     cooler than hot pavement.           The 2002 has around 170-175
the car with a pair of factory   lot of autocrosses in the 80s.        The motor doesn’t need          hp and weighs 2,200 lbs. The
Solex side draft carburetors     It has at least 2,000 miles at    anything but a valve adjust-        325is has about 168 hp and is
and manifolds he had brought     the track.                        ment and the clutch could           around 2,800 lbs with taller
back from Germany. When             Now that I don’t have to       use a new disc. The differen-       gears. That’s around 13 lbs/hp
it came time for the first of     drive it to work every day,       tial might need a rebuild or        for the 2002 but 16.5 lbs/hp
three engine rebuilds, I went    I can tune it as a pure track     replacement. It has 433,000         for the 325i. I need to set up
with the usual improvements:     vehicle and forget about the      miles on it and with better         a “G-Analyst” acceleration
                                                                   grip I worry about how well         match between the two cars,
                                                                   it will hold up. It will be back    or I should tune the 2002 as
                                                                   out on the track as it is a real    sweet as can be and put it on
                                                                   blast to drive in an aggressive     a dynamometer some day
                                                                   manner.                             and settle the HP question
                                                                       I just took a break from        once and for all. The 2002
                                                                   writing and went for a drive.       chassis, as set up over all
                                                                   It’s nice to remember why           these years, really only lacks
                                                                   I loved it at first and why I        better wheels and tires and
                                                                   had to bring it back to life.       then it’s going to be better
                                                                   It’s a genuine kick to drive.       than ever. (Hopefully it
                                                                   The throttle response of a          won’t be too long after the
                                                                   M10 with sidedrafts is so           house gets painted, Linda!)
                                                                   much faster than the 325i           2006 is looking kind of like
                                                                   it’s not funny. Makes for           2002 again, at least for part
                                                                   simple heel-and-toeing. The         of the summer!

                                                                                  23 years of BMW experience

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Ten Years of Curves: The Main Event
F EW FOLKS outside of BMW Roadster/            As an event, it was fairly well attended.
Coupe ranks have heard of or know           About fifty Roadsters from all over the
anything about the annual “Roadster         country and Canada showed up. Two
Homecoming” event. The Homecom-             cars were from British Columbia, one
ing is held at the BMW factory in South     from Washington, and two from Oregon.
Carolina on Labor Day weekends.             Minnesota, New Jersey, Illinois, Arizona,
   It started in 1996 shortly after BMW     Texas, Nevada, Montana, and California
Z3 Roadsters were introduced for sale,      were all represented. Thus “Ten Years of
and during the time of the Atlanta          Curves” was born.
Olympics. A group of Roadster own-             External sponsors were minimal, but
ers from Atlanta, joined by other Z3        the event schedule included two drives,
owners from around the country, met         and a banquet. The Friday event was a
at the factory over Labor Day for tours.    drive to Mt. Charleston, north of Las
This became the Z3 Homecoming. Now          Vegas. We held a drivers meeting, set up
officially known as Roadster Homecom-        meeting spots, went over the route, and
ing, the event has been held annually       we were off! Watching all the Z3s come
since, and the BMW factory sponsors         out of the hotel parking-garage was
the event. This year, 2006, is the tenth    quite a sight.                                 ski area. Up in the ski area parking lot,
Homecoming. For west coast Z3 drivers,         From my point of view, it was rather        we lined up for pictures.
getting to the factory is a large invest-   impressive, forty Z3s all lined up at the         After leaving the ski area, we drove
ment in time, and effort.                   stoplight. We headed north out of town on      around the main mountain peak on
   Blaine Clark, also known as              US 95, into the desert heat, looking for       more twisties, to the Mt. Charleston
Z3BigDaddy, in conjunction with other       cool altitude. The drive up 95 was spent       Lodge. We had a nice group lunch
Z3 owners, set up what is essentially a     getting photos of cars, a little zooming,      overlooking the Kyle Canyon. It was
tenth birthday party for the Z3, as the     and generally feeling our oats in a group!     a pleasant interlude!
cars were first released to dealers in
early 1996. He came up with a plan for
a homecoming-like event, but relatively
easily accessible to the west coast Z3
drivers. He chose the Palace Station
Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas for the
location and scheduled it for the last
weekend in April.

                                               We turned west on Lee Canyon Road,             The drive back into town was on our
                                            and drove through the Desert View              own. We headed for Las Vegas Boulevard
                                            Natural Environment area. It looked a          (the Strip) and looked at all the different
                                            lot like the rest of the land in Nevada!       casinos. Other drivers attended two
                                            We found twisties, and cool temps as we        tech sessions. One session was with Paul
                                            climbed up toward the Mt. Charleston           from StrongStrut, installing a strut bar

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onto Blaine’s Z3. Fred held a session on   heat caused Carol and I to abandon the            The banquet was held in the hotel
installing Whalen Seat Bushings to stop    group and proceed independently. The          casino, and was quite an event. Door
the notorious Z3 seat-rocking problem.     group finished the drive to the Valley of      prizes showed up from StrongStrut,
   No group event was scheduled for        Fire, and had a good time, even if a little   Kenworth Truck, ZSCCA, and the best
the evening, so we went to the Cirque      subdued.                                      was from the BayAreaZ club, with an
du Soleil show at the Treasure Island         Carol and I went on to Hoover Dam          all-expenses trip to Homecoming, won
Hotel. That was an impressive show, and    to scope things out, as we didn’t get         by one of their own, bdougr. In addition,
we thoroughly enjoyed it. Saturday was     much of a chance to see things on Thurs-      a kitty of over $800 was collected for
scheduled for another drive, this time     day. We parked, and walked out on the         Wayne (Buddy) and Kathy, to cover
into the desert, Lake Mead, and the        dam, and took many pictures. The best         incidental expenses due to their accident.
Valley of Fire. We got all kenneled up,    one was of the statue commemorating           After dinner, we retired to the parking
and headed south towards Henderson.        the “high scalers” that helped build the      garage for group pictures.
Shortly after we entered the Lake Mead     dam. We then headed back into town,               Thanks to Z3BigDaddy, KayZeeya,
National Recreational Area, we stopped     spent some quality time in the pool, and      and Ryder for putting this event on, and
for a potty break near Las Vegas Bay on    generally rested up for the trip home.        leading our drives. Kay and her hubby
the western end of Lake Mead. The group                                                  AudiBoy, as local residents, made sure
then headed out in the wrong direction,                                                  all the myriad tiny details were handled.
and during the about-face movement,                                                      It was a fun event. All that is left now, is
one of the Roadsters got t-boned by                                                      the drive home.
a van that was driving too fast. Wayne
(Buddy) and Kathy were shaken up,
but not severely injured, and apparently
the car is repairable. The situation and

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                                                After they are cooked to a golden                Mix ingredients and bring to a

                                                brown, place them on dark rye bread           simmer. Hold grilled bratwurst in sauce
                                                with a good German sweet-hot mustard.         until ready to eat. NOTE: Do not let
                                                I recommend Inglehoffer Sweet Hot. I          sauce boil.
                                                also suggest a good helping of coleslaw          For best results marinate brats in
                                                on top of the mustard. You can find            beer for 24 hours before cooking. The
                                                coleslaw mixes in the pre-bagged lettuce      brats are simmered in beer and chopped
                                                section of the grocery store. I recom-        onion for twenty minutes before grilling.
BMW and Bratwurst                               mend the type with coleslaw and dress-        The simmering liquid is then discarded.
                                                ing in the bag. There you have Schnitzel.     Use fresh beer and onions for the
I F YOU THINK YOU LOVE German engi-                                                           Holding Sauce. Since the bratwursts are
neering, try German food sometime. I            Now let’s talk about the other smell in       pre-cooked in the simmering stage, the
know this is out of the whole car theme,        the air, my favorite, mmmmmm Beer             purpose of the grilling stage is merely to
but is it really? Maybe we should have          Bratwurst. Okay, if you have never tried      brown the brats and add smoke flavor.
a “BMW and Bratwurst” gathering. In             this, it is an absolute must. This is as
case you were to have such a gathering.         simple as it gets. (Even if you do not like   Now we have German cars and German
Let me share some thoughts or ideas.            or drink beer, you have to try this.)         cuisine; if you think brats aren’t cuisine,
    Imagine this if you will: it’s a very                                                     wait until you try one. Remember you
nice day, let’s say about 72 degrees,           BEER BRATS                                    were once skeptical about BMWs too.
there is a very subtle breeze and sun is        INGREDIENTS                                   Just try one.
the only thing in the sky.                      10 FRESH BRATWURST                                                          Dave Cook
    There are forty or fifty BMWs of                Johnsonville are just fine.                                       davecook@liv2drv.net
all ages and models parked on freshly           10 BRAT BUNS                                                             www.liv2drv.net
cut grass, the kind of grass were it feels         Hot dog buns are a disgrace.
like a carpet under your feet. There               Don’t use them.                            EDITOR NOTE: We found it appropriate
are pleasant and leafy trees scattered          GRILL                                         to have columnist Cook share some German
about shading the uncompromising                   Gas or charcoal briquette.                 recipes with Bimmer fans!
BMW owners while they lounge around             HOLDING SAUCE
sipping their beverage of choice and               See recipe below.
discussing life’s little secrets. Wafting in    CONDIMENTS
the air is the smell of the grill and the          Ketchup (optional), brown mustard
sounds of small children laughing.                 or yellow mustard, chopped onion,
    Ahh, so we got to the grill, but what          sauerkraut. (I recommend Claussen
you ask is that wonderful aroma. Let me            bottled sauerkraut).
share a couple of my beloved German
recipes with you.                                  While you’re waiting for the grill,
    The first comes straight from a friend       prepare the Holding Sauce (recipe below).
of mine whose mother was born and               When the grill is ready place bratwurst
raised in Germany. I give you Schnitzel:        on grill, 7-9 inches above the heat, turn
                                                often until done, approximately 20-25
SCHNITZEL                                       minutes. The brats are done when you
Butterfly a pork chop and then, with             squeeze them gently and they feel firm.
a meat tenderizer beat it to within a           Heat low and cook slow.
quarter inch of its life. Seriously, it needs      True bratmeisters use their fingers
to be very thin.                                instead of tongs to turn their brats, so
    Whip up some eggs in a bowl and             they can feel when the brats are firm
drag the pork through the egg until it          and therefore cooked. Turn brats often;
is fully wet. Then dredge it in Krusteaz        otherwise they will be an ugly black
Bake and Fry coating mix. I like to add         burnt shrivel on the outside.
some spices to the mix such as pork rub            When brats are done, hold them in
and cayenne to taste.                           the Holding Sauce until ready to eat.
    Now you have three ways to cook the         Serve on a brat bun, dressed with your
Schnitzel: you can deep fry it, you can         favorite condiments.
bake it or you can grill it. All work very
nicely, but remembering we are outside,         HOLDING SAUCE FOR 10 BRATS
let’s grill it.                                 4 BOTTLES OR CANS BEER
    Keep the grill on medium to low heat          (the cheaper the better)
and make sure it is coated with a cook-         1 LARGE ONION, CHOPPED
ing spray or you will lose the coating.         1 STICK BUTTER (optional)
Heat low and cook slow.

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July 2006   ZÜNDFOLGE   21
                 SIG HAPPENINGS
The Mighty Sturgeon
                                                       THE SEATTLE 7S AND THE SEATTLE 5 S          morning we will jump on to the Coho
                                                       will be taking on the sturgeons of the      King with Coho Charters for some
                                                       mighty Columbia River. Sunday, July 2       exciting fishing. Ten to fourteen-foot
                                                       we will be heading down on a leisurely      sturgeon are occasionally hooked on
                                                       drive stopping along the way at the         the Coho but even a three-footer will
                                                       Ranch House BBQ. With approximately         give you something to shout about. We
                                                       150 ribbons and awards to their name        will return to Seattle later that evening.
                                                       along with the title of 2003 Jack Daniels   For more information please contact
                                                       World Champions this is sure to be a        Matthew Mar at MMar@Seattle7s.com.
                                                       treat. We will spend the night in the       Space is limited and on a first-come
                                                       Ilwaco-Long Beach area. Early Monday        first-served basis.           Matthew Mar

 Desig. Series                            Years                Contact                 Phone #                E-mail and/or website

 E3        2500/2800/                     68-77                Gus Blazek              253-941-0463           blazeks@comcast.net

 E9        2800cs/3.0cs/                  68-75                Ken Olsen               425-890-9415           olsenres@comcast.net

 E10       2002/1600/1600-2               67-76                Brian Capp              425-888-4002           b2002c@comcast.net

 E24       6 series                       76-89                Erik Brannfors          206-356-5620           Primary: erik@brannfors.com
                                                                                                              group/land sharks nw/

 E28       528e/533i/                     82-88                Louie Lindenmayer       425-742-0500           louielouie@northwest.net

 E30       3 series                       84-91                Mike Ellis              253-230-2719           ss337@comcast.net

 E31       8 series                       91-97                David Clary             425-489-4556           d.clary@verizon.net

 E34       5 series                       88-95                Mark Ditlefsen          360-692-9181           m_ditlefsen@peoplepc.com

 E36       3 series                       92-99                Kim Burgess             206-542-7007           kim.burgess@att.net

 E36/8 Mcoupe/Z3coupe                     99-02                Doug Mill               425-747-0934           y2kmcoupe@aol.com

 E38       7 series                       95-01                Matthew Mar             206-760-9612           info@seattle7s.com

 E39       5 series/M5                    97-03                Matt Atkins                                    matkins@seattle5s.com

 E46       3 series                       99-Present           Mike Pei                                       e46sig.psr@gmail.com

 E50       Mini Cooper/Cooper S           02-Present           David Lightfoot         206-284-3165           d.lightfoot@comcast.net

      22              ZÜNDFOLGE   July 2006
2005 Financial Report                                                                                       Balance Sheet
                                                                                                        At December 31, 2005

A   RECENT THREAD ON THE      C LUB’S       revenues, so the event’s expenses,            Cash                            $70,044
WEBSITE   served to remind me that once     usually minor, are paid for by the Club       Accounts receivable               8,989
                                                                                          Prepaids                         23,281
a year we publish the chapter’s financial    treasury.
                                                                                          Total Assets                   $102,314
statements. The Club has substantial           If you’re still with me, while reading
cash reserves which serve as a nice         the Income Statement, match up the            Current liabilities                $525
buffer for times when the finances           revenue with the related expense. For         Retained earnings               101,789
aren’t so rosy. The cash reserves also      example, Driving Event Income less            Total Liabilities and Equity   $102,314
provide us with the working capital         Driving Event Expenses are a virtual
an organization this size needs. For        breakeven. With the Zündfolge, the                           Income Statement
                                                                                               For the Year Ended December 31, 2005
example, we will probably pay between       costs exceed the advertising income
$30,000 and $40,000 this winter to hold     by a substantial margin. The rest of          Membership dues                 $44,063
our 2007 track dates.                       the costs are covered by the chapter          Driving event income             64,630
   The chapter is a non-profit corpora-      treasury; that is, your dues. By chapter      Zündfolge ads                    35,575
tion but not a charity. Under the Inter-    policy, the Zündfolge subsidy is limited      Other event income               37,938
nal Revenue Code we are a social club.      to 85% of membership dues.                    Merchandise sales                 2,389
Our purpose is to maximize member              As a non-profit organization we             Interest                             37
                                                                                          Total Revenues                  184,632
benefit. This is a fiduciary responsibility   generally try to come close to breaking
that the Board of Directors takes very      even for the year. Last year we made          Zündfolge expenses               61,018
seriously.                                  a bit of money. If you have any ques-         Driving event expenses           64,039
   Generally, members’ dues go mostly       tions about these financial statements,        Other event expenses             37,254
to the Zündfolge as this is the benefit      please contact me or come to a Board          Meeting expenses                  1,782
that everyone receives. Events are          meeting.                                      Charity                           4,900
usually planned to break even since                          David Lightfoot, Treasurer   Merchandise                       2,737
                                                                                          Administration                    3,109
only a few members benefit from any                                        425-881-5072
                                                                                          Web hosting                         838
given event. Some events have no                               d.lightfoot@comcast.net    Total Expenses                  175,677

                                                                                          Net Income                       $8,955

                                                                                               July 2006     ZÜNDFOLGE              23
BMWs for Sale                                                    1988 325ix: Two door, rare dark silver paint with
                                                                 black leather, electric sunroof and windows,
2000 E39 540iA: Titanium silver with grey leather,
strong 4.4L V8, 282bhp w/ 310ftpds torque,                       sport seats and original tool kit. Upgrades
Steptronic transmission, sport and cold weather                  include Bilstein shocks, performance chip, K&N
packages, Shadowline trim, DSP sound,                            air filter, CD player. 143,500 miles, well main-
M-twin spoke wheels, nonsmoker, excellent                        tained with battery, timing belt, windshield, clutch
condition inside/outside/mechanical. Inspection                  fan, thermostat and belts replaced at 127,500
II completed. Bought at Park Place, maintained                   miles. Tires have under 10,000 miles. Includes
by Strictly. All documents. Never on track or                    THULE roof rack and rocket box. Needs one
raced. 71,000 miles, $25,950. Call me to run                     coolant hose replaced and the paint on the roof
down the list of features. Contact Chris at                      and trunk are rough. $7,500. Pictures at “88ix for
425-985-5085 or manzione@cablespeed.com.                         sale” on http://groups.yahoo.com/group/
                                                                 thebmw325ixclub/. Contact mjaten@yahoo.com
1992 325i: Black with black leather, and CD                      or 206-909-0339.
changer. New tires. 172,000 miles. Good
                                                                 1984 533i: WBADB6300E1190993, Delphin/ pearl
                                                                                                                              Parts for Sale
condition. Selling because I am moving to                                                                                     Two 2002 Engines and misc. parts: 32/36
England. $3,500. I will be out of town June 25 to                beige leather, 5-speed, 3.25 LSD, 230,000 miles.
                                                                                                                              Carburetor with Manifold, Rebuilt Cylinder Head.
July 3. Best contact via email: mark@nwra.com                    Cylinder head overhaul at 140,000, everything else
                                                                                                                              One Corbeau Sport Seat with TRW Seat Belts.
or call 425-557-0788.                                            since. Bilsteins, 4 Hella headlights, 225/60VR 15
                                                                                                                              Make offers. Contact Chris at 425-876-6464.
                                                                 Yokohama dB tires on E34 535 wheels. Recent
1988 635CSi: WBAEC8411J3267482. Silver                           30,000 service, including all filters, belts, hoses,          Blizzak snow tires for E36: Four 205/60-15
with gray leather interior. Power windows,                       water pump and thermostat. 35,000 on clutch,                 Blizzaks on steel rims with wheel covers. Good
sunroof, all options with primo tool kit, 7 series               less on driveshaft/guibo. Suspension tight, AC               condition. $150. I will be out of town June 25 to
rims and newer tires (stock TRX rims and tires                   blows cold, brakes good. Synthetics in engine,               July 3. Email mark@nwra.com or call 425-557-
also available). A/T, Stock BMW cassette sound                   transmission and differential—no leaks. All service          0788.
system. All receipts last four years. 127,000                    records/receipts—bring wheelbarrow. Some spare
gentle miles—non smoker. WA license plate—
“635MVP” Middle-age crisis (my need for a
                                                                 parts. Interior fair, except wheel and driver’s seat.
                                                                 Dent in RR quarter panel, rust on hood—needs
convertible) forces below book sale at $4,995                                                                                 Puget Sound Region Club logo shirts for sale:
                                                                 paint badly. Wife says, “Good restoration candidate.”
OBO. Contact Mark Nesse at mnesse1@msn.                          I say, “Not me.” Chuck Christensen 206-784-4496,             Adult sizes. Short and long sleeve T-shirts,
com or 425-259-4540.                                             206-235-6658, janetzenier@hotmail.com. $2,200.               sweatshirts and beautiful embroidered Land’s
                                                                                                                              End shirts available. Contact Lance Richert for
                            July 4: August 2006 Issue / August 1: September 2006 Issue                                        details and pricing at Lance@Richertnet.com.

             Classified Advertising Policy: Classified ads are free to current members. Zündfolge staff
             reserves the right to edit all classified ads. Ads must be typed and emailed to Lucetta Lightfoot
                                                                                                                              E30: Looking for BMW E30 for use in PRO3
             at lucettalightfoot@msn.com or sent to Zündfolge, c/o Lucetta Lightfoot, P.O.Box 99391, Seattle,                 Conference Series. Setup or as is. Contact David
             WA 98139. All ads must be submitted for EACH publication.                                                        Marcarian at dmarcarian@yahoo.com.

BMW Car Club of America Puget Sound Region Club Discount List
Discounts can be one of the most valuable benefits of membership (most members save           Car Tender                                     Exeter Garage/Auto Hound Collision
                                                                                             10% discount on parts and labor, subject to    10% on Meguiar’s Professional products
many times their annual Club membership fee). You must let any participating business
                                                                                                a maximum discount of $150                  771 Valley Street (off Dexter Avenue—
know that you are going to use your Club discount when first talking to them and be           1706 - 12th Ave., Seattle, WA 98122               two blocks north of Mercer Street)
prepared to show your BMW CCA membership card. This will help them in preparing the          206-324-0345                                   Seattle, WA 98101
paperwork and save you the possibility of having your discount denied. Do not negotiate      Web Site: www.car-tender.com                   206-622-9800
your own discount and then expect the business to add the Club discount in as well.          E-mail: steve@car-tender.com                   Web Site: www.exeterdetail.com
    Some of the participating businesses may be part of a chain operation. The discount                                                     E-mail: wiesje@autohoundcollision.net
                                                                                             Collision Craft, Ltd. (Eastside)
is only good at the location listed below.                                                   15% discount on deductible                     German Car Specialists Inc.
                                                                                             9125 Willows Road, Redmond, WA                 15% on parts
Auburn Foreign Car                               BMW of Bellevue                             425-883-8556                                   12408 S.E. 38th, Bellevue, WA 98006
10% discount on both parts and labor,            15% on parts and 10% on labor                                                              425-644-7770
  maximum discount of $50                        13617 Northup Way, Bellevue, WA 98005       Dependable Wheel Repair                        Web Site: www.germanauto.com
725 Auburn Way N., Auburn, WA                    877-411-6940 or 425-643-4544                10% discount on most services, maximum
877-833-8161 (toll free)                         Web Site: www.bmwbellevue.com                  discount of $25. Includes wheel straight-   Strictly BMW
Web Site: www.auburnforeigncar.com               E-mail: customerservice@bmwbellevue.com        ening, welds, and some cosmetic work        Independent Service
                                                                                             415 S. 7th St., Renton, WA                     10% on everything subject to a maximum
Autobahn Custom Detail, LLC                      BMW Northwest                               425-226-8711                                      discount of $35
10% discount on all services(no dollar limit).   10% on parts                                Web Site: www.DependableWheel.com              2111 140th Ave. N.E., Bellevue, WA
2150 Carillon Point, Kirkland, WA                4011 20th St. E., Tacoma, WA 98424          E-mail: WheelRepair@gmail.com                  425-747-6044
425-828-7190                                     253-922-8700 or 800-225-2022                                                               Web Site: www.strictlybmw.com
Web Site: www.autobahndetail.com                 Web Site: www.bmwnorthwest.com              Eastside Bavarian                              E-mail: sbmw@halcyon.com
                                                 E-mail: info@bmwnorthwest.com               10% discount on labor
Big O Tires (Issaquah Store only)                                                            6000 221st Pl., Issaquah, WA 98027             SWERVE Driver Training
10% discount on products only                    BMW Seattle                                 425-391-1990                                   SWERVE offers the Reality Check, a crash
60 NW Gilman Blvd, Issaquah, WA 98027            10% on labor and factory original parts,    Website: www.eastsidebavarian.com              course in collision avoidance. Club member
425-391-4161                                     10% on selected accessories                 Email: dave@eastsidebavarian.com               price is $149 (regular is $199). The Reality
Web Site: www.bigotires.com                      Varying discounts on non-BMW parts and                                                     Check is a four-hour program designed to
                                                    accessories, including Dinan items       European Auto Clinic, LLC                      improve the skills of young drivers.
Bimmers Only                                                                                 10% off of parts and labor up to $100, with
                                                    (These discounts cannot be combined                                                     425-883-9434
Independent Service                                                                             Club ID card shown prior to work being
                                                    with other discounts)                                                                   Web Site: www.goswerve.com/program-
10% to 40% on OEM parts                                                                         done or parts ordered, no exceptions
                                                 714 E. Pike St., Seattle, WA 98122                                                         the-reality-check
Free set back of service interval lights.                                                    32610 Pacific Hwy S. #B-8,
                                                 Service: 206-328-2300,
12724 Marine Drive, Marysville, WA 98271                                                     Federal Way, WA 98003                          This discount list is maintained by Jim Millet.
                                                 Parts: 206-328-7788                                                                        If you would like your business included, or have
425-259-3601                                                                                 253-874-3870
                                                 Web Site: www.bmwseattle.com                                                               questions, corrections or comments, contact him at
Web Site: www.nwlink.com/~bmrfamly/              E-mail: stravis@lithia.com                                                                 206-542-5237 or jimngloriamillet@comcast.net.
E-mail: bmrfamly@nwlink.com

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