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
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SOVREN Historics at Paciﬁc Raceways. River Park. See promo article and registration
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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
This month’s cover photo features three Club
members’ M coupes. The Z3 Coupe (both M and
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 #:
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.
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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
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
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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: email@example.com
BMW ACA, Portland
BMW Car Club of BC
Bremerton Sports Car Club
Dave Ely: firstname.lastname@example.org
NW Alfa Club
Pat Hillyer: DriverEd@pnwr.org
July 2006 ZÜNDFOLGE 7
Convertibles Only & Foster’s Wheel Recap
THANKS TO THE GREAT FOLKS at
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.
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!
July 2006 ZÜNDFOLGE 9
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
“25 years of
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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)
July 2006 ZÜNDFOLGE 11
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
14 ZÜNDFOLGE July 2006
(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
Conveniently located in the South Sound area
10 minutes from downtown Tacoma
8016 W. 27th - University Place - WA
July 2006 ZÜNDFOLGE 17
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. email@example.com
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
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
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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
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
only a few members beneﬁt from any 425-881-5072
Web hosting 838
given event. Some events have no firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com. sale” on http://groups.yahoo.com/group/
thebmw325ixclub/. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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: email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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, email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.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: firstname.lastname@example.org Web Site: www.exeterdetail.com
Some of the participating businesses may be part of a chain operation. The discount E-mail: email@example.com
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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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: email@example.com
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org 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: email@example.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,
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
Web Site: www.bmwseattle.com questions, corrections or comments, contact him at
Web Site: www.nwlink.com/~bmrfamly/ E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org 206-542-5237 or email@example.com.
24 ZÜNDFOLGE July 2006
ZÜNDFOLGE MAGAZINE 2006 ADVERTISING RATES AND TERMS
AD SIZE WIDTH HEIGHT RATE RATE
Inside Front Cover 7 1/2" 10" $ 389 $ 350
Inside Back Cover 7 1/2" 10" 294 265
Page 1 (full page only) 7 1/2" 10" 331 298
1/2 Inside Back Cover 7 1/2" 4 3/4" 181 163
2/3 Outside Back Cover (Color) 7 1/2" 7" 448 403
Full Page 7 1/2" 9 5/8" 294 265
2/3 Page 4 7/8" 9 5/8" 236 212
1/2 Page, Vertical 4 7/8" 6 1/2" 181 163
1/2 Page, Horizontal 7 1/2" 4 3/4" 181 163
1/3 Page, Vertical 2 3/8" 9 5/8" 141 127
1/3 Page, Horizontal 7 1/2" 3 1/4" 141 127
1/3 Page 4 7/8" 4 3/4" 141 127
1/4 Page 4 7/8" 3 3/4" 108 97
1/6 Page-Vertical 2 3/8" 4 3/4" 96 86
1/6 Page-Horizontal 4 7/8" 2 3/8" 96 86
Business Card 3 1/2" 2" 70 63
Rates include $2 per month advertising membership All copy must be camera ready, sized correctly and received
fee. The balance of the rate is for advertising. Only BMW CCA before the ﬁrst of the month for the following month’s issue.
PSR members may advertise in Zündfolge. The frequency We can aid you with ad composition, for a charge, if you do
discount is approximately 10% and is available to advertisers not have an outside agency. Ad ﬁles should be 350 dpi tif
who commit to an advertisement in every issue for one year. for photos or 850 dpi tif for text only ﬁles. If you have any
questions, please call Jim Millet at 206-542-5237.
SEND ADS TO: Zündfolge c/o Lucetta M. Lightfoot PO Box 99391 Seattle, WA 98139