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					                                                                  Green Mountain Chapter
                                                                  BMW Car Club of America
                                                                  7 Meadowlake Drive
                                                                  Mendon, Vermont 05701

                         // OKTOBERFAST ’09

// Projekt 1 Revisited
                                              tips in Vermont
                                              // Winter Driving
                                 From the                  a lot of work to do, to make the whole thing
                                                           continue, and we hope to bring you more and
                                 President                 even better events next year. I want to publicly
                                 Larry Gold                thank the folks at national for the support that
                                                           we get from them. We sent two people to the
                                 Ladies and Gentle-        DEC conference this year with the cost covered
                                 men, It has been a        by national, and the moral support from
                                 full year at the man-     national HQ has been wonderful.
                                 tle of leadership, and        As I look out the window of my office, and
                                 I still feel like there   see the snow falling, I am reminded that it is
                                 is a lot to do. (Maybe    getting to the point where I need to start think-
                                 there’s always a lot      ing about which snow tires to put on the wagon
                                 to do) Brief recap.       this year. I got four seasons out of the last
                                 Two tech talks, one       ones, the Graspics. I am thinking about going
    bylaws re-write, 8 events, 5 board meetings,           back to the Blizzaks, or maybe trying the
    countless phone calls, multiple conference calls       Weathermasters, or the Pirellis. (Always had a
    with national, 3 newsletters, multiple email           thing for things Italian). Anyway, that’s all for
    blasts, 1 OktoberFast, an autocross, a street          now.
    survival school with son David, and I am think-            PS. If you have not been getting my email
    ing about doing this again? Did I leave anything       blasts, it is because you didn’t give your email
    out? HELP!                                             address to national. If you would like to give it
       None of these events could have taken place         to me, you can be kept up to date with all the
    without our board members and other volun-             goings on, here at the home front, and I won’t
    teers, so I would like to take the opportunity to      let your address out into the wild. Let me know
    again, thank them.                                     if you would like to be included by writing to
       We have more events coming up. Hopefully  
    you made it to the holiday dinner, (it is happen-          Have a great holiday season, keep the rub-
    ing tomorrow night as I write this)                    ber side down (easier in an ix!)(or and X-Drive
       I must say I have been enjoying the vast            for that matter) and we’ll see you on the other
    majority of what the presidency has brought            side.
    with it, especially the meeting of new people
    and new members of our chapter. Still there is         Larry //

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                                                                                                          Lo ca l BM WC C A C lu b e ve nts                  Don't procrastinate like last near. If you don't

    Winter Driving in Vermont                                                                             Wi nt er                                           register before the deadline of January 16,
                                                                                                                                                             you'll miss out on LOTS of silent auction items
                                                                                                          Re un i on                                         provided by many top brands including Keurig,
                                                                                                                                                             Williams-Sonoma, Bavarian Autosport, Harvest
                                                                                                          Hello all, I'm just                                Market, Liz Claiborne, Boston Symphony, BMW
                                                                                                          reminding you of the                               of Stratham plus more!
                                                                                                          Winter Reunion
                                                                                                          coming near the end                                Please do NOT forget that you don't have to be
                                                                                                          of January at The                                  a Chapter member to attend. Invite your
                                                                                                          Derryfield.                                         friends! Remind them of our silent auction
                                                                                                                                                             items and where the money goes to: BMW
                                                                                                          Saturday January                                   CCA Foundation to help raise awareness of teen
                                                                                                          23rd, 2010 -                                       driver safety with Tire Rack Street Survival
                                                                                                          6:00pm                                             schools.
                                                                                                          Held at The Derry-
                                                                                                          field, in Manchester                                For more info:
                                                                                                          NH.                                                http://www.whitemtn-
                                                                                                          Questions? Contact (603) 594-0788 Ext. 1.
                                                                                                          Cost: $40 Register NOW! (until 01/16/10)
                                                                                                          There is only about 2 weeks left to register.      Membership Chair and Social Events //

                                                                                                               Speaking of winter driving, here’s a picture I took during a trip
                                                                                                               to Rangeley, Maine this past November. Summer run-flat Bridge-
                                                                                                               stones still mounted, grey skies closing in, temperature dropping.
                                                                                                               Before we knew it, an inch or two of snow on the ground. Our ’07
                                                                                                               E92 provided an “interesting” driving experience!
Article by: Vermont State Police
                                                      Handling Roadside Emergencies                            Regards,
Winter road conditions are a part of life in Ver-     If your car doesn't make it to your destination,         Bill Battilana
mont. Winter weather can quickly make travel-         pull as far off the road as possible, to minimize
ing difficult, if not impossible. Knowing what to      any further traffic hazards, and stay in the car.
expect and being prepared can help you reach          Even a short walk in winter storm conditions
your destination safely.                              can be dangerous.

Pre-Trip Planning                                     Driving Tips
Check road and weather conditions before leav-        Being prepared in advance will help to minimize
ing on any trip. Ask yourself if the trip is really   the problems that winter driving presents.
necessary and always allow yourself extra time,       Watch for and expect changing road conditions,
even if the weather forecast looks good. Keep         black ice, blowing snow, high winds or whiteout
your gas tank at least two-thirds full to prevent     conditions can appear when you least expect
the vehicle's fuel line from freezing.                them to.
                                                          The single most important rule is to drive at
Always have an emergency car care kit                 a speed that matches the prevailing visibility,
that contains:                                        traffic and road conditions. The posted speed
- Jumper cables                                       limits are for dry, clear conditions only.
- Flares or reflectors                                     Be sure to leave yourself plenty of extra
- Windshield washer fluid                              room, extend the following distance from other
- A small shovel                                      cars. Remove ice and snow from windows,
- An ice scraper                                      license plates and lights. Also be sure to clear
- Antifreeze                                          snow from the vehicle's hood, roof and trunk.
- Blankets
- Non-perishable food                                 For more information visit
- First aid kit                             
Do not become over-dependent on a cell-               ving.html
phone.                                                //
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Projekt I revisited                                British Invasion sighting                              BMW's - Come One,                                    monthly membership meetings on the second
                                                                                                                                                               Monday of every month.
By Ron Crawford                                    photos by Ron Crawford                                 Come All
                                                                                                          Roger Batchelder
                                                                                                                                                               Roger Batchleder //
(Artwork credits Dan Johnson and   Spotted at the 2009 British Invasion in Stowe,
                                                   VT a row of MINI Coopers, flanked by with what
                                                                                                          Can you believe it?! The year has passed by                             Bimmer
After doing a search for newer info on             appears to be a Teutonic Daimler-Chrysler Hemi
the BMW I Project, I still had the feeling that    stuffed into the bonnet - what could be more           so fast. This has been a year for me to remem-        // quips & tips
                                                   German?                                                ber because I helped out getting the Vermont
I had missed a vital element of the story.
Doing a search on the German Yahoo,
                                                                                                          Chapter of the BMW club back on its feet again.       Tech Alert for Oil, I found a citation shared by         [ed- Somehow I don’t think this would turn very well
                                                   with that weight it, ouch]. //
                                                                                                          I had been a member for several years, but
                                                                                                          never been on a board or even helped with any         Changes
my own HBM Models web site. That is                                                                                                                             by Ron Crawford
                                                                                                          events previous to this. Its been a lot of work, the core of which is devoted
                                                                                                          and a whole lot of fun. We have a great bunch
to the incredible “what if?” aircraft designs                                                                                                                   I just received from Detroit a warning to
                                                                                                          of people to work with.
that might have been encountered if WWII                                                                                                                        revert back to earlier oil change intervals.
                                                                                                              The big event of the year was Oktoberfast in
had lasted into 1946-48.                                                                                                                                        The background to this is that the inclusion
                                                                                                          Stowe, which many members enjoyed. It was a
                                                                                                          very successful event with a great showing of         of certain metal compounds in the formula-
                                                                                                          cars, even though the day started out foggy           tion of motor oils is one of the major fac-
                                                                                                          and wet. The blind drive was a hit, and many          tors that allowed manufacturers to specify
                                                                                                          people walked away with neat prizes. Check out        very long oil change intervals. The other
                                                                                                          the website if you want to look at pictures of        factor was the control of mixtures, which
                                                                                                          this and other events.                                reduced the presence of unburned hydro-
                                                                                                              Elections for the year are coming upon us         carbons. The compounds in question liter-
                                                                                                          very quickly and it got the board thinking about      ally formed a plating on bearing and friction
                                                                                                          the year ahead of us. We have several great           surfaces, providing protection even after
                                                                                                          events planned for the first half of the year,         10-15,000 miles of use.
                                                                                                          including a car show in June, and hopefully a             A year or so back the EPA found that
                                                                                                          couple of exciting driving events! Anyone want        the very same compounds were being dis-
                                                                                                          to do an ice race? How about street survival or       charged into the environment, and that the
Sure enough, sitting there in living black and                                                                                                                  metal compounds are extremely toxic. The
                                                                                                          auto cross? We (the board) have lots of great
white, were a sketch and 3-view drawing of a                                                                                                                    EPA banned the use of those compounds in
                                                                                                          ideas that we want to be able to offer, but we
1944-45 Strahljäger or jet fighter design. See                                                                                                                   motor oil, but the public, and in most cases
                                                                                                          are finding it difficult to get all of the work done
attached images. This was a Volksjäger or                                                                                                                       the retail end of the industry have not been
                                                                                                          that these events require. So we come to you,
                                                                                                          the members asking for help. We have many             advised.
                                                                                                          ideas and resources but one place we find our-             There is nothing “wrong” with the refor-
                                                                                                          selves lacking is in the help department. It          mulated motor oils. However, they are now
                                                                                                          takes a lot of planning and work to put these         good for only about 1/3 to 1/2 of the inter-
                                                                                                          events on. If you have any interest in volun-         vals in force when you bought your car. If
                                                                                                          teering to help with one of these events, come        you have a recent BMW the recommended
                                                                                                          along and have some fun! It's very rewarding!         interval is typically 15,000 miles. Mike
                                                                                                          You can let us know by sending an e-mail to           Miller has long urged us to change at about
                                                                                                          our president, Larry Gold                             half of that, but with the new formulations
                                                                                                          ( or come to one of the         4-5,000 miles may be advisable. //

Peoples Fighter entry, which competed with
designs from Arado, Focke-Wulf, Junkers, and
Heinkel for a cheap, simple short range inter-
ceptor that could be produced in large num-
bers and be flown by inexperienced young
pilots. The competition was ultimately won by
the Heinkel He 162 Salamander, which
became operational in the spring of 1945.

BMW, which with Junkers supplied all of
WWII Germany’s jet motors, went on to big-
ger and less lethal products. Hopefully the
current Projekt I will turn out a winner. //

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Letters to the Editor                                Happy
Scott J. Stowell                                     Holidays
                                                     If you missed our Holiday
Dear Green Mountain Chapter Members,                 Party the mystery post-
                                                                                                                                         On the cover: Keep your cool
                                                                                                                                         during winter driving. One of
                                                     card duet was solved by
Beverly and I would like to thank you for the hos-                                                                                       my favorite BMWs, an E30 M3
                                                     our very own member-
                                                                                                                                         sporting it’s schtuff in Driver
pitality you showed us during the OktoberFast        ship chair Ron Crawford.
                                                                                                                                         Faher-Training. Photo: BMW
event held in Stowe. The collection of people and
cars truly made for a memorable weekend not          “Fun tracking Sir Stirling
                                                     Craufurd (yup!) and Lady
soon to be forgotten, although my sending a
                                                     Susie Moss. I make the
blindfolded Tyrell through the autocross course in   occasion the British
his E24 needs to be forgotten quickly… by all wit-   Motorcar Manufacturers’
nesses! We attended the first Sommer-Fast back        Show circa 1959-1961.
when the Green Mountain chapter was new, and         A good detective story”.
certainly have enjoyed many of the drives, din-
ners, meetings and tech sessions you have held                                                                Board Member Officers
since then. I am now looking to the members of                                                                President                                                    Rallye stage
my secondary chapter for a personal favor.                                                                    Larry Gold ...............802.773.6065                       Thompson Smith
    The primary reason I write is to unabashedly                                                                                                Editor & Webmaster
ask for your support in my campaign to become                                                                 Vice President
the North Atlantic Regional Vice President. I have                                                            Peter Ohlweiler...........................802.747.7172       Snow tire and rim update - MINI Cooper S
been attending all types of chapter and non-                                                                  Secretary                                                    Last issue I was contemplating several different
chapter BMW events across the Northeast for                                                                   George             types and brands of snow tires. I was pleas-
many years, and I have seen a lot of successful                                                                                                                            antly surprised when a good friend offered a set
ideas which may benefit other chapters. Some of                                                                Treasurer
                                                                                                                                                                           of 15”x6.5” steel wheels and barely worn Bliz-
these ideas have little to no cost and would pro-                                                             Dana
                                                                                                                                                                           zak Revo’s to me for a really nice price. I could-
vide an opportunity for future members to experi-                                                             Advertising                n’t resist and they came off a similar 2006 MINI
ence what the Green Mountain Chapter and                                                                      Art Director, Editor, Webmaster                              Cooper S! The size was 195/60-15 with little
National have to offer. Some ideas would be bet-                                                              Thompson                    wear and I went for it. So far this winter we’ve
ter handled as Regional Events with support from                                                                                                                           had some good snow but lots of ice and these
the larger chapters and National. One of the                                                                  Advertising Information                                      have worked out well. The rims came painted
main focuses of my term would be to get more                                                                  All advertising inquires and copy should be                  the usual stock OEM boring all black. I had
cooperation and sharing of ideas between our                                                                  submitted to:                       them media blasted, repainted epoxy black with
region’s many chapters.                              Sir Stirling and Lady Suzie Moss,                                                                the fronts painted silver and clear coated. So
    Another role I will play is one of support by                                                             Full Page ad, 5.25”w x 8.5” ..........$125/issue             far so good with traction on the MINI Cooper S
being your voice on the national board. Serving                                                               1/2 page ad, 5.25”w x 3.5” ..........$75/issue               R53.
as the Patroon chapter’s membership chair, I                                                                  1/3 page ad, 5.25”w x 2.0” ..........$50/issue                   It’s been since November 2008 when I had
have fielded all types of questions from members                                                               1/6 page ad, 1.62”w x 4.25” ........$35/issue                my MINI “Waxoyl’ed”. I’m really surprised how
both within our chapter and located in other                                                                  1/8 page ad, 2.50”w x 1.6” ..........$25/issue               well the the Swiss product has held up since
regions. The support I have provided runs from                                                                                                                             applied. No need for a touch up or any other
getting answers about driving school questions to                                                                                                                          corrorsion issues, lovely to know that under-
helping locate parts for a 3.0 CS with everything
                                                                                                              Artwork & Article Deadlines
                                                                                                                                                                           neath where it counts most, the road salt and
                                                                                                              Spring Issue ..............................Feb. 1st
else in between. We never know what our next                                                                                                                               nasty winter muck is not affecting my MINI. For
phone call will bring!                                                                                        Summer.....................................May 1st
                                                                                                                                                                           more info visit
    When you receive January’s Roundel, please                                                                Fall Issue...................................Aug. 1st
take the time to vote in our election. Remember                                                               Winter Issue..............................Nov. 1st           Thompson //
that associate members also have the opportu-
nity to vote, although in the past there has been                                                             Disclaimer
                                                                                                              The Yodeler is published by, and for the Green Mountain
a different procedure they have to follow. I look
                                                                                                              Chapter of the BMW CCA. All information furnished
forward to the challenges that our region will be                                                             herein is provided by the membership of the club for
facing in the coming years and want to serve our                                                              use by the members only. Unless otherwise stated,
region as your Vice President.                                                                                maintenance and modification procedures herein are
                                                                                                              not “Factory Approved” and their use may void your
Scott J. Stowell                                                                                              BMW warranty. Ideas and opinions are those of the
Patroon Chapter //                                                                                            writers, and no authentication or approval is implied by
                                                                                                              the editors or publishers, who assume no liability for
                                                                                                              information contained herein. Material may be repro-
                                                                                                              duced by other chapters provided credit is given. The
                                                                                                              editor reserves the right to edit for length and quality.

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