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                                                                                                Chapter Email List Disclosure:                                         It’s Time To Get Involved!
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                                                                                                                                                                                                               Across The Board
                                                                                      ello again. It has been quite a while since I’ve
                                                                                      done a column. So much has taken place since




    BMW                                   WATER PUMP
                                                                                      the last one!
                                                                             The chapter is doing quite well. Event participation is
                                                                         exceptional!—the April autocross had over 120 participants!
                                                                         If you’re interested in pushing yourself and your car in a
                                                                         controlled environment at lower speeds than a high-perfor-
                                                                         mance driving school, you should check this out. Hundreds
    • Up to 20% Flow Increase                                            of others have!
                                                                             Our past car-control clinics have all filled very quickly, so
    • Twice as Efficient as Factory Pump                                 we added additional clinics and they filled, too—with wait-
                                                                         ing lists! We believe these clinics offer one of the best values
    • Street & Race Applications                                         to our members. Understanding how your car behaves and
                                                                         how much more it can perform when necessary is truly a
                                                                                                                                                         By Mike Mills, President
    • Stainless Steel Impeller                                           service the Club should be providing to our community.
                                                                             But, social events aren’t taking a back seat to the driv-       in part, to our own lack of follow up and follow through.
    • Heavy Duty Bearing                                                 ing events. We have a bevy of tours on the calendar and, of         The pay-in-advance policy for 2007 caught our advertisers
                                                                         course, Festorics at the Monterey Historics in August—our           off guard, but they have come back, and our cash flow has
    • High Quality Water Seal                                            premier social event each year.                                     improved significantly. Please show your support of our ad-
                                                                             Tammi Hull and I attended the 2007 Chapter Congress             vertisers by using their services. They provide us with means
                                                                         in April. It was a day and a half of meetings and discussions       to make this a better chapter for you.
                                                                         with a focus on how to get volunteer participation. Sound              Next time you’re on the Internet, take a look at our GGC
                                                                         familiar? Seems this is the lament of just about every BMW          website. We have freshened it up; I think you’ll see that the
                                                                         CCA chapter in the country. If you have enough time to help         topics you’re interested in are easier to find now. Oh, yes, we
                                                                         at one event, contact that event chair. If you can do a little      have added advertising to the site as well. Again, please sup-
                                                                         more, contact an activity leader. And if you want to manage a       port our advertisers.
                                                   (906) 789-2816        program, contact that board liaison. The Golden Gate chapter            A good reason to visit the site is to see the second retail
                                             www.stewartcomponents.com   is what we make it!                                                 store that has been added. You can now order merchandise
                                                                             Our financials continue to be okay—perhaps not as much          online directly from Lands End with the chapter logo (or not),
                                                                         in reserve as I would like, but enough to ensure we have de-        with no minimum quantities.
                                                                         posits for events and room for operational costs. The chapter-          Speaking of updated websites, have you looked at the
                                                                         magazine advertising is on a rise after sinking to a low when       BMW CCA national website lately? It has really changed,
                                                                         we announced a new policy that requires full payment in             with frequent news articles and press releases associated with
                                                                         advance. We had over $18,000 in receivables last year—due,          the BMW community. Over the next several months (and
                                                                                                                                             longer), more changes will enhance its value to attract new
                                                                                                                                             members, as well as provide you with support and services.
                                                                                                                                                Until next time, cheers,
                                                                                                                                                Mills




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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Volunteer Incentive Program Now Active!                                  Santa Cruz Mountains Tour And Wine Tasting




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Announcements
Calendar of Events                                                     Dates

                                                                       Jun 2
                                                                                   Event/ Location
                                                                                                       June
                                                                                                                      Organization/ Contact

                                                                                   Tech Session: Exterior Detailing Clinic           GG Chpt      Sep 7
                                                                                                                                                                                September
                                                                                                                                                               Buttonwillow Driving School                   Central CA         The GGC Board understands that none of our events, website,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            and chapter magazine would be possible without our many valuable
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Set your sights for June 23, when our driving tour features a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     spirited drive through the Santa Cruz Mountains and Big Basin. We’ll
                                                                       TBD                                                         Jeff Cowan     Buttonwillow Raceway, Buttonwillow, CA                    Peter Kwan
                                                                       www.ggcbmwcca.org                 membershipchair@ggcbmwcca.org            www.cccbmwcca.org                                 pk@pkengring.com        volunteers. Your hard work and dedication is what makes the club so      have a mid-day stop at Burrell School Vineyards & Winery—situated
                                                                       Jun 2-3     Willow Springs Driving School                      LA Chpt     Sep 8        Board Meeting                                   GG Chpt      great, and we want to give something back to you!                        in an old schoolhouse in the Los Gatos mountains that dates back
                                                                       Willow Springs Int’l Raceway, Rosamond, CA               Delight Lucas     BMW of Mountain View, Mountain View, CA                 Kelly Collins         The Volunteer-Incentive Program (VIP) will reward members            to 1854—where we’ll sit down for a catered Italian lunch buffet and
                                                                       www.bmwclubla.org                bmwcca_la_driving_school@cox.net          www.ggcbmwcca.org          communicationsmanager@ggcbmwcca.org            with points based on the type of volunteer work they do within the       wine tasting as we overlook the estate vines and spectacular views of
                                                                       Jun 9       7th Annual Tour of the Lost Coast                 GG Chpt      Sep 8        Pacific Raceways Driving School            Puget Sound       chapter. These points can be redeemed for cash rebates on chapter        the canyons and ridges of the Santa Cruz Mountains.
                                                                       Weott, CA                                              David Simmons       Pacific Raceways, Kent, WA                                   Eric Bitte   events and GGC logoed clothing. The full VIP guidelines and forms             We’ll taste a selection of Chardonnay, Syrah, Merlot, and Zin-
                                                                       www.ggcbmwcca.org                       bavarianrescue@sbcglobal.net       www.bmwpugetsound.com                registrar@bmwpugetsound.com          will be posted to our website soon.                                      fandel, chosen to pair specifically with our lunch menu. The Italian
                                                                       Jun 9       Board Meeting                                     GG Chpt      Sep 15       Autocross                                       GG Chpt         Contact Jonathan Bensen (vicepresident@ggcbmwcca.org)                 buffet will include vegetarian antipasto, crostini tray, classic Caesar
                                                                       Stevens Creek BMW, Santa Clara, CA                        Kelly Collins    Marina Municipal Airport, Marina, CA Kris Linquist & Matt Visser          with your questions, or to receive the rules and forms. Thank            salad, chicken entrée, Mediterranean lasagna, vegetable medley, gar-
                                                                       www.ggcbmwcca.org         communicationsmanager@ggcbmwcca.org              www.ggcbmwcca.org                          autocross@ggcbmwcca.org        you, volunteers!                                                         lic bread, and tiramisu. Soda and bottled water will also be provided.
                                                                       Jun 9-10    Club Race - Buttonwillow                          GG Chpt      Sep 22       Fall Tour                                       GG Chpt                                                                                    As part of this event, Burrell School Vineyards & Winery is of-
                                                                       Buttonwillow Raceway, Buttonwillow, CA                     Steve Walsh     Mt. Hamilton - Mt. Diablo                                David Crum       We Need More Car-Control Clinicians!                                     fering a 10% discount to GGC members on any wine purchases now
                                                                       www.ggcbmwcca.org                         clubracing@ggcbmwcca.org         www.ggcbmwcca.org                              tours@ggcbmwcca.org                                                                                 through September 30—simply show your BMW CCA card. Burrell
                                                                       Jun 16      Autocross                                         GG Chpt      Sep 30-Oct 5 Oktoberfest                                  BMW CCA             Golden Gate’s car-control clinics have become so popular—            School estate vines yield Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Merlot—dis-
                                                                       Marina Municipal Airport, Marina, CA Kris Linquist & Matt Visser           Fort Worth, TX                                        National Office     they sell out far in advance, with waiting lists and disappointed        tinctive, concentrated wines reflective of their mountain home.
                                                                       www.ggcbmwcca.org                          autocross@ggcbmwcca.org         www.bmwcca.org              info@bmwcca.org              864 250-0022     members—that we’re trying to expand the program. We want to be
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            able to schedule more than three or four of these fun and educational         This event will be limited to a maximum of twenty cars (40 attend-
                                                                       Jun 23      Santa Cruz Mountain Tour & Wine Tasting           GG Chpt                                     October                                                                                                             ees). Price is $42 per person. Watch the website for registration details.
                                                                       Santa Cruz, CA                                            David Crum       Oct 6-7      California Speedway Driving School              LA Chpt      schools a year—but we are dedicated to maintaining our high stan-
                                                                       www.ggcbmwcca.org                               tours@ggcbmwcca.org        California Speedway, Fontana, CA                       Delight Lucas      dard for instruction and overall effectiveness. So if we increase the        When: June 23
                                                                       Jun 23-24 Spokane Raceway Driving School                Inland Empire      www.bmwclubla.org                bmwcca_la_driving_school@cox.net         number of clinics, we must add more high-quality enthusiasts to our          Where: Santa Cruz
                                                                       Spokane Raceway Park, Spokane, WA                          Scott Adare                                                                               organizing team. We want you!                                                Event Contact: David Crum, tours@ggcbmwcca.org
                                                                                                                                                  Oct 6-7      Spokane Raceway Driving School           Inland Empire
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Remember, the BMW CCA car-control clinic is probably the most
                                                                       www.iebmw.org
                                                                       Jun 30      GGC Summer Drive & Picnic
                                                                                                                              sadare@aol.com
                                                                                                                                     GG Chpt
                                                                                                                                                  Spokane Raceway Park, Spokane, WA
                                                                                                                                                  www.iebmw.org
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Scott Adare
                                                                                                                                                                                                       sadare@aol.com       important, useful contribution we make to the community around
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Car Show For A Great Cause
                                                                       Los Altos Hills, CA                                        Edgar Chen      Oct 13       Board Meeting                                   GG Chpt      us. We want to put on more of these clinics in order to reach as many        The Golden Gate Chapter of the BMW CCA and Valley Chris-
                                                                       www.ggcbmwcca.org                      socialdirector@ggcbmwcca.org        BMW of San Francisco                                    Kelly Collins     people as possible, teaching them greater awareness of driving phys-     tian Center present Valley Speed Auto Show 2007, a barbecue meet
                                                                                                       July                                       www.ggcbmwcca.org          communicationsmanager@ggcbmwcca.org            ics and honing their car-handling skills.                                and gathering of domestic and import cars in Dublin to benefit New
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                                                                       Jul 7-8     Club Race - Willow Springs                        GG Chpt      Oct 13-14 Club Racing School                                                   If you have good communication skills and a flair for organiza-     Orleans residents still affected by Hurricane Katrina.
                                                                       Willow Springs Int’l Raceway, Rosamond, CA                 Steve Walsh     Buttonwillow Raceway, Buttonwillow, CA                  Scott Hughes      tion, and you’d like to be a part of this highly rewarding program            Admission is free, and the barbecued hot dogs, hamburg-
                                                                       www.ggcbmwcca.org                         clubracing@ggcbmwcca.org         www.bmwccaclubracing.com                                                  as a clinic co-coordinator, please contact Bob Goebel at carcontrol@     ers, and sodas are all only $1! All proceeds and donations will
                                                                       Jul 13      Pacific Raceways Driving School               Puget Sound      Oct 20       Car-Control Clinic                              GG Chpt      ggcbmwcca.org.                                                           go directly to these two local churches in New Orleans to aid the
                                                                       Pacific Raceways, Kent, WA                                    Eric Bitte   Marina Municipal Airport, Marina, CA         Bob Goebel & Grant Low          Donna Seeley has a simple reason for instructing at these clinics:    victims of Hurricane Katrina:
                                                                       www.bmwpugetsound.com                registrar@bmwpugetsound.com           www.ggcbmwcca.org                     carcontrontrol@ggcbmwcca.org        “Because I have to share the road with you people!” Won’t you join in
                                                                       Jul 14      Sierra Tour & Wine Tasting                        GG Chpt      Oct 21       Autocross                                       GG Chpt                                                                                    House of Prayer: An Assembly of God church on Canal Street in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            and make a difference, too?                                              New Orleans. This church was leveled and is now back reaching out
                                                                       Gold Country                                                Jeff Cowan     Marina Municipal Airport, Marina, CA Kris Linquist & Matt Visser
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     to their community to help families in need. Another church is con-
                                                                       www.ggcbmwcca.org                 membershipchair@ggcbmwcca.org            www.ggcbmwcca.org                          autocross@ggcbmwcca.org        Last Chance For Helmet Discount                                          sidering helping them with an afternoon computer lab and tutoring
                                                                       Jul 21      Board Meeting                                     GG Chpt      Oct 27       Pumpkin Tour                                    GG Chpt
                                                                                                                                                  Half Moon Bay, CA                                        David Crum           Wine Country Motorsport at Infineon Raceway has ex-                  program which will help the kids in their community get back into
                                                                       TBD                                                       Kelly Collins
                                                                       www.ggcbmwcca.org         communicationsmanager@ggcbmwcca.org              www.ggcbmwcca.org                              tours@ggcbmwcca.org        tended its BMW CCA member discount program to the end of                 school. Many of the kids have yet to return to school and are getting
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            this month—June 30, 2007. This is your last chance to get a 10%          behind quickly.
                                                                                                      August                                      Oct 27-28 Club Race - Thunderhill                            GG Chpt
                                                                       Aug 4       Car Control Clinic                                GG Chpt      Thunderhill Raceway Park, Willows, CA                    Steve Walsh      discount off of any helmet they sell—and get a free helmet bag!               St Luke’s: Also an Assembly of God Church in the 9th Ward of
                                                                       Marina Municipal Airport, Marina, CA         Bob Goebel & Grant Low        www.ggcbmwcca.org                         clubracing@ggcbmwcca.org        Wine Country will happily ship if you know brand and size. If            New Orleans. St Luke’s serves their members who have returned to
                                                                       www.ggcbmwcca.org                     carcontrontrol@ggcbmwcca.org                                       November                                    you are not replacing an existing helmet, you should visit their         try and rebuild. I’m sure there are ongoing needs within the church
                                                                       Aug 5       Autocross                                         GG Chpt      Nov 3-4      Infineon Driving School                         GG Chpt      store in person. Fit is critical for safety when it comes to helmets     and its memberships, so any donations would go a long way.
                                                                       Marina Municipal Airport, Marina, CA Kris Linquist & Matt Visser           Infineon Raceway, Sonoma, CA              Bruce Nesbit & Billy Maher      . Wine Country Motorsports, 28001 Arnold Dr., Sonoma, CA; 707                Parking is limited to 200 cars. We could use some volunteers to
                                                                       www.ggcbmwcca.org                          autocross@ggcbmwcca.org         www.ggcbmwcca.org                       trackschools@ggcbmwcca.org        935-7223; www.winecountrymotorsports.com                                 help direct traffic and to cook. If you’d like to give us a hand, please
                                                                                                                                                  Nov 10       Board Meeting                                   GG Chpt                                                                               contact Percy Chow.
                                                                       Aug 11      Board Meeting
                                                                       East Bay BMW, Pleasanton, CA
                                                                                                                                     GG Chpt
                                                                                                                                 Kelly Collins    TBD                                                     Kelly Collins
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            7th Annual Tour Of The Lost Coast
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         When: June 30, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
                                                                       www.ggcbmwcca.org         communicationsmanager@ggcbmwcca.org              www.ggcbmwcca.org          communicationsmanager@ggcbmwcca.org                Join us for a tour of majestic redwoods, over the coastal moun-          Where: Valley Christian Center, 7500 Inspiration Dr., Dublin
                                                                       Aug 11      Bay Area 02 9th Anniversary                    Bay Area 02     Nov 10-11 Club Race - Buttonwillow                           GG Chpt      tains, and down into the Mathole River Valley. We will reach the Lost          (Right off 580/680 interchange.)
                                                                       San Francisco, CA                                            JP Collins    Buttonwillow Raceway, Buttonwillow, CA                   Steve Walsh      Coast at Point Mendocino and then head back up over the hills to the         Directions: http://www.dublinvcc.org/?tabid=174
                                                                       www.bayarea02.com                                   jp@bayarea02.com       www.ggcbmwcca.org                         clubracing@ggcbmwcca.org        Victorian village of Ferndale.                                               Contact: Percy Chow, percy_chow@hotmail.com, 925 323-4844
                                                                       Aug 11-12 Club Racing School                                               Nov 11       Top Driver Shootout                             GG Chpt
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The group will gather at the Weott Post Office at 10:30 a.m.
                                                                       Willow Springs Int’l Raceway, Rosamond, CA               Scott Hughes      Marina Municipal Airport, Marina, CA Kris Linquist & Matt Visser
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Brief stops will be made in Honeydew at the General Store and in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     More GGC Summer Fun!
                                                                       www.bmwccaclubracing.com                                                   www.ggcbmwcca.org                          autocross@ggcbmwcca.org
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Petrolia for deli sandwiches. Lunch is on a no-host basis. Tour ends         Join us for a driving tour of coastal hills, lush redwood forests, gold-
                                                                       Aug 17      Ultimate Clean Car Contest                        CC Chpt                                    December
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            in Ferndale.                                                             en-brown hills, and Pacific Ocean views. After a spirited drive through
                                                                       Black Horse Golf Course, Monterey, CA                Wayne Wundram         Dec 8        Not the 49 Mile Scenic Drive                 Bay Area 02
                                                                       www.cccbmwcca.org                                  bmwayne@aol.com         Ocean Beach, San Francisco, CA                              JP Collins        There is no charge for the tour, and it is open to all things BMW:   the hills, a BBQ lunch around a refreshing pool and hot tub awaits you!
                                                                       Aug 17-19 BMW Festorics 2007                                  GG Chpt      www.bayarea02.com                                  jp@bayarea02.com       cars, bikes, and Minis. Please RSVP to David Simmons with a head-             Starting in the town of Woodside, we’ll meander over the twisty
                                                                       Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Salinas, CA                  Team Festorics     Dec 15       Board Meeting                                   GG Chpt      count and include the year and model of vehicle.                         roads to the coast and then finish in Los Altos for our BBQ at the
                                                                       www.festorics.org                                    info@festorics.org    Stevens Creek BMW, Santa Clara, CA                      Kelly Collins         If you wish to investigate accommodations in the area, contact       residence of Dave and Bonnie Bell. Park your Bimmer and stuff your
                                                                       Aug 17      Backroads to Big Sur                              GG Chpt      www.ggcbmwcca.org          communicationsmanager@ggcbmwcca.org            the Fortuna Chamber of Commerce at 707 725-3959.                         face with some great grub: ribs, grilled chicken, potato salad, mixed
                                                                       Big Sur, CA David Crum                           www.ggcbmwcca.org                                                                                      When: June 9, 2007                                                    green salad, and—a Bell-family tradition—ice cream sundaes with all
                                                                                                                                                  Bolded events are Regional or National CCA events
                                                                       tours@ggcbmwcca.org                                                                                                                                     Where: Weott, California                                              of the toppings! After feasting, you can cool off in their pool or relax
                                                                       Aug 25-26 Thunderhill Driving School                          GG Chpt                                                                                   Contact: David Simmons, bavarianrescue@sbcglobal.net,                 in the hot tub.
                                                                                                                                                  To add an event to the calendar, email your information to:
                                                                       Thunderhill Raceway Park, Willows, CA Bruce Nesbit & Billy Maher                                                                                          707 268-8074                                                            This event is open to all members and is a great introductory
                                                                       www.ggcbmwcca.org                       trackschools@ggcbmwcca.org         CommunicationsManager@ggcbmwcca.org
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     event for first-time club participants. All you need is your car (and it
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                                        Announcements Continued                                                                                       Golden Gate Chapter - BMW CCA Board Meeting Minutes




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                                                                                                                                                      By Chris Webber
     doesn’t even need to be a BMW), a full tank of gas, and a swimsuit.       Sonora for the evening of July 13. Mention BMW CCA and get a                                                                                           Communications Report:
                                                                                                                                                      Secretary, GGC BMW CCA                                                          	 Chapter Magazine:
     The driving tour will take place on public roads and will be driven at    10% discount on the room rate if reserved by June 13. Call the hotel                                                                                   8
     a “spirited” pace—please leave your race-car ambitions on the track.                                                                                                                                                             	 	 Managing editor status:
                                                                               directly to reserve your spot today:                                   April 14, 2007 - Conference Call
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      	 	 	 Lost our second managing editor. Barbara has disappeared
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          To register, send an email or phone Edgar Chen. The driving tour                   INNS of California-Sonora                                                                                                                without any communication so we assume she’s moved on.
     is free. However, if you plan to attend the BBQ, the cost is $15 per                    350 South Washington Street                              The meeting called to order 1:06 p.m.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      	 	 	 We have no candidates at the moment. Kelly Kirkland and
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     person. You may participate in one, the other, or both!                                 Sonora, CA 95370                                         Board in Attendance: Jonathan Bensen, Vice President; Tamara Hull,              Collins have chatted and would like to change the title to Assignment
        If you plan to attend the BBQ, please send cash payment via                          800 251-1538 or 209 532-3633                             Treasurer; Jeff Cowan, Membership Chair; Kelly Collins, Member-at-              Editor. They think this might be more specific as it relates to gather-
     PayPal to krazymad@yahoo.com or mail a check to:                             Hotel Pricing: Single King or two doubles: $76.50 + tax, Two        Large/Communications Manager                                                    ing content for the Bombe.
                                                                               queens: $86.50 + tax.                                                                                                                                  	 	 	 Collins has too much to do and that’s why we need a solid vol-
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                   Edgar Chen                                                                                                                         Board Not in Attendance: Mike Mills, President; Chris Webber, Secre-
                                                                                                                                                      tary; Mark Dadgar, Member-at-Large/Driving Events Coordinator                   unteer to step up for this role. Role will be posted in eblast and Bombe.
                   307 Cutty Court                                                  Don’t miss the spectacular mountain roads and private tastings                                                                                    	 	 	 Percy Chow and Hull volunteer to help with content assign-
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                   Pacifica, CA 94044                                          at some of the region’s most notable wineries. A casual Mexican        Guests in Attendance: Percy Chow, Eddy Pintacsi, Grant Low                      ment and tracking until Chow can take over officially in August.
        When: June 30, 10:00 a.m. to ??                                        dinner will follow near the hotel in Sonora. More details will be                                                                                      	 	 	 Need help getting members to write articles to have consistent
                                                                                                                                                      Opening comments: Dadgar typically drives like a granny, Hull vir-                   4
        Where: Tour starts at Woodside Elementary School, 3195                 posted soon to our website.                                                                                                                            amount of content each month.
                                                                                                                                                      tually arrived on time, Bensen has called in from Bed Bath & Beyond.
           Woodside Rd., Woodside. BBQ is in Los Altos, details will               When: July 14, start time is 10:00 a.m. at the hotel               It’s the “Beyond” that scares us.                                               	 	 	 Collins to give Hull and Chow some guidelines for content
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           be sent upon registration.                                              Where: Sonora, CA                                                                                                                                  acquisition.
                                                                                                                                                      Membership Report:                                                              	 	 Pending Articles
        Contact/Register: Edgar Chen, bmw@edgarchen.com,                           Contact: Jeff Cowan, membershipchair@ggcbmwcca.org                                                                                                   5
                                                                                                                                                      Area reps report:                                                               	 	 	 Next month we have two feature articles on tap from Kris
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           650 400-1671                                                                                                                               	 Percy Chow
                                                                                                                                                      8                                                                               Linquist and Kyle Breton.
     Sierra Foothills Wine Tasting And Tour                                                                                                           	 	 Involving GGC in an all-marque car show and barbecue spon-
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                                                                                                                                                      sored at east bay church with 800 car capacity. No BMWs will be
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      	 	 	 Chow volunteers Sven Schindler to write about Festorics.
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      	 	 Discussion continues over the categorization of our “newsletter.”
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         Join us on Saturday, July 14, in Sonora for some high-altitude fun!                                                                          barbecued.                                                                      	 	 	 Is it some kind of a “magazine” or is it a fancy newsletter?
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                                                                                                                                                      	 	 Trying to host in Dublin, third Saturday in June.
                                                                                                                                                         5                                                                            	 	 	 Collins and Cowan feel that “newsletter” doesn’t capture the
     Grape growing in Calaveras County is as old as the Gold Rush itself;                                                                                                                                                                  4
                                                                                                                                                      	 	 Can we have a corral? Members will be invited to display cars.
                                                                                                                                                         5                                                                            quality of the publication we are putting out.
     by the 1880s, the area was noted as one of the top grape growing re-
                                                                                                                                                      	 	 Proposed time conflicts with autocross, but it’s okay to have
                                                                                                                                                         5                                                                            	 	 	 Hull feels it is a newsletter, albeit a fancy one.
     gions in California. Today, dozens of wineries carry on that tradition,                                                                                                                                                               4
                                                                                                                                                      two events.                                                                     	 	 	 No decision.
     producing outstanding Zinfandels, classic red and white wines in the                                                                                                                                                                  4
                                                                                                                                                      	 	 Percy owns task of sending details for June Bombe.
                                                                                                                                                         5                                                                            	 	 Advertiser status
     French tradition, and a growing number of varietals in the Spanish,                                                                              	 Rob Torres
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                                                                                                                                                      8                                                                               	 	 	 Percy Chow is retraining old advertisers to pay on time.
     Portuguese, and Italian traditions.                                                                                                              	 	 Cowan still trying to connect with Torres in San Luis Obispo to
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                                                                                                                                                         5                                                                            	 	 	 New advertisers are paying on time.
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         Our tour will start in the town of Sonora and twist its way                                                                                  help him with area events. Go, Mustangs! (The mascot, not the Ford.)            	 	 	 Anyone who brings an advertiser to GGC, working with
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     around Murphys and Angels Camp. If you care to drive up on                                                                                       	 Kyle Breton
                                                                                                                                                      8                                                                               Chow, will share the commissions. This means YOU out there read-
     Friday, we have reserved a block of rooms at the INNS of California-                                                                             	 	 Breton suggests second karting day in Fremont.
                                                                                                                                                         5                                                                            ing could make some money!
                                                                                                                                                      	 	 Can work with Percy who is the regional area rep.
                                                                                                                                                         5                                                                            New Website update:
                                                                                                                                                      Bensen has moved from Bed Bath & Beyond into a makeup store. He                 	 The web team has the new site in staging.
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                                                                                                                                                      says he is with his girlfriend. We think he just needs a little rouge for the   	 We’re maintaining content updates on two sites, Percy to confirm
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                                                                                                                                                      apples of his cheeks. Webber would have suggested calling him Car-              new site has all current info.
                                                                                                                                                      mandy for the remainder of the meeting, had Webber been in attendance.          	 Site is ready to launch, Chow and Collins to synch on correct con-
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                                                                                                                                                      Dealer presentation:                                                            tent.
                                                                                                                                                      	 Dadgar still needs to deliver the new Dealer Presentation to Ste-
                                                                                                                                                      8                                                                               	 Percy to send final preview link to board for final approval in
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                                                                                                                                                      vens Creek BMW, as discussed last month.                                        the next week. When board approves, we can go live Friday April
                                                                                                                                                      	 Hull suggests Dadgar present in a pink tutu.
                                                                                                                                                      8                                                                               20 or sooner.
                                                                                                                                                      	 Cowan enthusiastically seconds, and admits he is currently in a
                                                                                                                                                      8                                                                               	 Chow will train Collins on content maintenance. Chow will be
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                                                                                                                                                      pink tutu.                                                                      responsible for architecture maintenance near-term.
                                                                                                                                                      	 Webber really liked “Africa” by Toto, but that’s not that same as tutu.
                                                                                                                                                      8                                                                               	 Photo Gallery:
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                                                                                                                                                      	 Bensen browses for concealer.
                                                                                                                                                      8                                                                               	 	 Dadgar to explain functionality of gallery on GGC site so we can
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                                                                                                                                                      Social events:                                                                  go forward.
                                                                                                                                                      	 Collins, Cowan, and David Crum are planning an event at Burrell
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                                                                                                                                                      School Winery in Santa Cruz on June 23.                                         Board would like a motion to adjourn, but with only three board
                                                                                                                                                      	 	 Morning driving tour followed by tasting and catered lunch
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      members (Bensen dropped off somewhere between Sephora and Nine
                                                                                                                                                      at Burrell.                                                                     West) there is no quorum. Apparently this meeting will go on forever!
                                                                                                                                                      	 	 Burrell is offering a 10% discount on wine purchases to all BMW
                                                                                                                                                         5                                                                            Remaining board members semi-adjourn at 3:00 p.m.
                                                                                                                                                      CCA members through September 30.
                                                                                                                                                      	 	 Collins to include on website and Bombe.
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                                                                                                                                                      	 	 Cowan to confirm cost/risk/deposit details from caterer. No risk
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                                                                                                                                                      is expected. Small deposit of $250 may be requested.
                                                                                                                                                      	 	 Cowan to follow up by email.
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                                                                                                                                                      Treasurer Report:
                                                                                                                                                      	 We have money. No specific financials available.
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                                                                                                                                                      	 Tax filling due May 15, will start end of April.
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                                                                                                                                                      	 Approximately $20,000 worth of deposits out for all major
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                                                                                                                                                      events in 2007.
                                                                                                                                                      	 Insurance paid for major events.
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                                                                                                                                                      	 We have tentative commitments to Club races, need Mills to
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                                                                                                                                                      report further.
                                                                                                                                                      	 Mills and Hull to attend Chapter Congress April 20-21.
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                                                                                                                                                      	 Truck sale to be finalized in the next week.
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                                                                                                                                                      	 Much discussion ensued about the RVP screw-up at National and other
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                                                                                                                                                      candid comments about the National Board. You just had to be there.
                                                                                                                                                      	 Hull to follow up with Webber this week on truck insurance and
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                                                                                                                                                      adding Nate to the insurance.




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                                 Bimmerphile Editor: Bob Vitkus
                                                                                                                                                                                                   It’ll be a two-door notchback and could also serve as the basis for
                          You Can Just Feel The Tension…                                                                                                                                       the follow-up to the cabriolet. Unlike next year’s Baur soft-top, the
Bimmerphile           We first saw this car at the Frankfurt
                      auto show in 2005, and—being Rides,
                                                                                                                                                                                               2012 edition would do without prominent rollover protection. Promi-
                                                                                                                                                                                               nent styling features are said to include slim pillars, a cab-backward
                      read: “pimp daddies”—we loved it.                                                                                                                                        greenhouse, and frameless windows as well as round head- and tail
                      Now, thanks to CEC Wheels, the official                                                                                                                                  lights. The much larger CS concept shown at April’s Shanghai Motor
                      importer, it is available in a limited edi-                                                                                                                              Show points to BMW’s future styling direction.
                      tion of 50 cars.                                                                                                                                                             With new turbocharged direct-injection four-cylinder petrol en-
                           The styling concept of AC                                                                                                                                           gines delivering up to 275 bhp, there’s no need to install a nose-heavy
                      Schnitzer’s Tension 6 Series from                                                                                                                                        and comparatively thirsty six. Instead of four-wheel drive to tame
                      Frankfurt was so well received that AC                                                                                                                                   such lofty power outputs in one so small, BMW is working on an
                      Schnitzer decided to make a production                                                                                                                                   evolution of Dynamic Performance Control. DPC II is said to feature
                      version. The car shown here is called the                                                                                                                                a new energy-saving central hydraulic system, lightweight hollow
                      AC Schnitzer Tension Street Version, to                                                                                   and the fate of the drop-top was, of course,   driveshafts, low-friction differentials, and hydraulically actuated




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       BMW Press
                      distinguish it from that show car.                                                                                        linked to that of the coupe. Both have now     rear-wheel steering for superior high-speed stability. CAR Online
                          The concept claimed 544 hp with                                                                                       been confirmed.                                                                                             BMW’s Aviation Ties...
                      intake, exhaust, and chip massaging. The




                                                                                                                           AC Schnitzer Press
                                                                                                                                  Since the 1 Series will remain in                                                                                    Imagine you’re a Russian
                      Street Version makes do with a small                                                                    production until 2011, it still makes                                                                                    magnate with a globetrot-
                      improvement in output because of the                                                                    commercial sense to launch the M1 late                                                                                   ting lifestyle. What could                                                            Chairman of the Board of
                      dual-sports rear silencer with tailpipes.                                                               next year. The most obvious powertrain                                                                                   be more perfect than your                   Management of BMW AG, Dr. Norbert Reithofer:
                      CEC didn’t have the exact figure for                                                                    choice is the 343-bhp 3.2-liter six as fitted                                                                            very own Boeing 787? BMW
                      horsepower improvement, but these                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I suppose you agree with me when I say: Tomorrow, this vehicle will
                                                                                                                              to the outgoing M3. It’s an expensive                                                                                    Designworks USA was ap-
                      pipes do give it that howlin’ cruiser                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        be one of the highlights at the Auto Shanghai 2007.
                                                                                                                              engine, and it needs work to trim its CO2                                                                                parently picturing a cross
                      sound. Besides, the stock 500hp is some-                                                                and fuel consumption, but it is the most                                                                                 between a James Bond villain                    What can I already tell you about this vehicle?
    BMW News Bytes




                      thing we have found more than adequate                                                                  likely motor, our sources say. According                                                                                 and a successful Gen-Xer                        1. The BMW Concept CS is a clear symbol for the BMW brand’s
                      whenever we drove an M6 (AW, May 16,                                                                    to an internal document seen by CAR                                                                                      when they dreamed up a                      desirability. It is a vehicle that inspires people. It stands for “sheer driv-
                      2005). The package can be applied to any                                                                Online, the M1 would accelerate from                                                                                     custom interior, converting                 ing pleasure” in its purest form. And it shows our characteristic BMW
                      new 6 Series sold in the States, not just                                                               0-62 mph in 5.2 sec and would reach a                                                                                    the sky-dwelling bus into a                 interpretation of a Gran Turismo that combines driving pleasure and
                      the M6 trim of our test car.                                                   top speed of 175 mph if derestricted.                                                                                                             monster executive jet. The                  travel comfort.
                          Handling upgrades consist of the AC Schnitzer sports suspen-                   Next year, BMW will launch the regular two-door versions of the                                                                               interior is ultra-chic with
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. This BMW Concept CS also stands for a further development of
                      sion spring kit and a strut tower brace. Eibach springs drop the ride          1 Series. Aimed with high hopes at the North American market are                                                                                  lots of clean white expanses.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   our design language. Design is a very distinguishing feature for BMW,
                      about an inch.                                                                 the coupe and convertible.                                                                                                                        A window in the floor lets
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   and this is not going to change. Our customers want a face that stands
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       you check on the status of
                           The aerodynamic add-ons set this car apart, with eleven different              More intriguing than the design are the new engines earmarked                                                                                                                            out in a crowd. Our expertise in this field is further underlined by this
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       your four-wheeled executive
                      pieces, including front, side, and rear skirts; front fender; and trunk lid.   for the entry-level BMWs. Economical and kind to the environment,                                                                                                                             concept car. With our last leap in design a few years ago, we clearly
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       transport—a BMW, natch.
                      Detail pieces really stand out, such as the chrome-lined air-duct bonnet       BMW is readying three new 2.0-liter diesels rated at 143, 177, and                                                                                                                            broke away from competitors. We frequently see that other manufactur-
                      at the rear of the hood and various chrome parts all over the car.             204-bhp. Also waiting in the wings are a direct-injection petrol 170-                                                                     The jet probably has                                ers follow our design language more closely. Now, we are starting the
                                                                                                     bhp 2.0-liter four and a 272-bhp 3.0-liter six.                                                                                      more square footage than                                 next round. This is how the next step in the evolutionary development of




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     DesignWorks USA
                          The loudest exterior upgrade is the two-color paint job. Ours was
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          most commoner’s homes,                                   our design language could look like.
                      black on silver. The concept car was even louder, black on orange.                Next in the evolution process is turbocharging for both units. In                                                                 and though the entire thing
                      You could hear it with the engine off.                                         addition to the soft-charge application as seen in the 306-bhp 335i,                                                                                                                              3. With this concept car, we also show that generally there is still
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          is a flight of fancy, study-
                         After you buy the $100,000 M6, the Tension costs $53,000 more,              work is in progress on a high-pressure cascade-charge concept,                                                                                                                                a lot of expansion potential at the BMW brand. Many things are pos-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ing the images for details
                      which includes installation and painting by CEC. You can’t buy bits            which should satisfy the most power-hungry customers.                                                                                                                                         sible. We will not necessarily launch all the products people speculate
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          reveals a mobile command
                      and pieces of a Tension; it’s the whole enchilada or nada.                                                                                                                                                                                                                   about. But our competitors should not feel too safe. We still have a lot
                                                                                                          The 1 Series replacement is likely to feature a significantly dif-                                                              post we’d never want to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   in the pipeline. BMW Press
                          Of the 50 planned, only 25 will be sold in the States. So liquidate        ferent model line-up. Expect the new range to arrive in 2011 with                         leave. There’s hardwood floors, a multi-level foyer, a bar that looks
                      that $153,000 and release your Tension. It seems our test car is avail-        different models introduced over a spread of three-and-a-half years                       like it came out of some trendy Euro nightclub, a conference room,
                      able for sale at www.cecwheels.com. AutoWeek.com                               to keep up the sales momentum. Under discussion are the following                         and a several chic living suites. Approached by Boeing Business
                                                                                                     additional alternative body styles:                                                       Jets, the interior was created for the Hamburg Aircraft Interior
                                                                             Not Your
                                                                                                         • A Z1 no-frills lightweight two-seater roadster powered exclu-                       Expo, to showcase BMW Designworks’ abilities. A separate entity
                                                                        Father’s M1… BMW
                                                                      BMW Press




                                                                                                     sively by four-cylinder engines                                                           from the car side of BMW, Designworks has had their hands in the
                                                                        is about to do to the
                                                                                                                                                                                               design of tons of cool stuff, from cellphones to John Deere tractors.
                                                                        1 Series what it did             • A shark-nose reincarnation of the tii: two doors, four-seater,
                                                                                                                                                                                               autoblog.com (… to trash receptacles? - kk)
                                                                        to the 3 Series years        three-box design
                                                                        ago: stretch it every                                                                                                      Recycling More Than Just Cars… Ecopod and BMW Design-
                                                                                                         • Touring four-door, estate/coupé crossover to replace today’s
                                                                        which way, filling                                                                                                     works worked together to determine how to “Change the Way
                                                                                                     hatchback
                                                                        existing niches                                                                                                        the World Recycles.” Together, Designworks and ecopod met
                                                                                                         • Four-door coupe with large wrap-around tailgate, possibly                           with leading public and private groups to research opportunities




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          BMW Press
                                                                        and creating new,
                                                                        exciting ones, too—          with mild hybrid powertrain                                                               to determine the best ways to raise eco-awareness and reduce
                                                                        headed by a red-hot              Since the first-generation 1 Series has not hit the bull’s eye with                   the amount of recyclable materials sent to
                                                                        M version. The M1            customers, BMW plans to tweak the line-up significantly. The 1 Series                     landfills. The result was the ecopod… and
                                                                        badge would be               Touring and four-door coupe would make today’s hatchbacks ob-                             another International Forum (IF) Product
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Time Changes Our Concept… Back from the Shanghai show with
                                                                        resurrected on a             solete. And an X1 crossover is under discussion; rather than merely                       Design award for Designworks.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   a head full of fresh thoughts. Chief among them is admiration for BMW,
                      very different beast to the landmark 1970s supercar though; this time          being a downsized X3, they are working on a new vehicle concept                                The first ecopod e1 (Hmm, they even used                                                       whose CS concept for a huge, ultra-sporting saloon was every bit the
                      it’ll feature on the rump of the new 1 Series coupe, standard versions         which combines a shark-nose look, a shallow, sporty window line,                          E codes! – kk) was built to test its effective-                                                     new design direction they promised us. It’s the elegance of this car’s
                      of which will arrive next year.                                                and the flared wheel arches from the Schnitzer/Alpina/Koepchen 02                         ness in compacting and storing a wide                                                               sculpture that is new: designer Adrian van Hooydonk has brought a
                          To give the 1 Series a badly needed image boost, BMW is                    racers from the ‘70s.                                                                     variety of beverage containers, ranging from                                                        higher level of sophistication to BMW without ditching modernity, and
                      reconsidering the M1. This project was originally scheduled to                     Perhaps the most interesting new 1 Series variant is the tii. Ac-                     small Starbucks shot cans to large Monster                                                          I think it works. But I’m also pleased for Chris Bangle—who remains
                      arrive at this year’s Detroit Motor Show back in January. Under                cording to those in the know, this iconic flagship model for young                        Energy drinks along with tall Propel water                                                          keeper of the BMW flame—because this success rubs off on him, too.
                      Ulrich Bruhnke, who recently left the company, the M division had              buyers aims to combine the genes of the 130-bhp tii with those of the                     bottles and smaller kid size Arrowhead wa-                                                          BMW design would never have reached this new level without the evo-
                      proposed four different M1 spin-offs: a coupe, a lightweight GTR, a            195-bhp first-generation M3. Key ingredients include light weight,                        ter. The ecopod e1 compacted and stored                                                             lution he started. Autocar.co.uk’s Steve Cropley blogging on myautocar.com
                      cabriolet, and the E82 M1 touring. The latter model died altogether,           compact dimensions, a charismatic design, and the usual BMW rear-                         all of these containers with ease. A new                                                            (Interesting. In an August 6, 2003 Autocar feature, the same author opined
                      the GTR was deemed too expensive despite its motorsport potential,             wheel-drive dynamics.                                                                                                                                                                         that Bangle’s current design direction had put BMW into “crisis.” ~bv)
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                                                                                                                                                       David Crum is the event
                                                                                                                                                   organizer on both tours and
                                                                                                                                                   his routes are some of the best
  By Kyle Breton                                                                                                                                   routes I’ve ever driven. If “Cal-
                                                                                                                                                   ifornia Roads” was offered as
  Photos by Donovan R. Unks                                                                                                                        a college course, David’s tours
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                                                                                                                                                   just the right mix of twisties,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         ations? Preparedness. That’s
                    y name is Kyle and                                                                                                             cruising, and stops for local color, these tours are a guaranteed
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         where another GGC event
                                                                                                                                                   great time. They are also perfect club events to bring your spouse,
                    I am a BMW-aholic.                                                                                                             siblings, and friends on. Or, if you show up alone, you’ll be sure    comes to the rescue: the car-
                       (Hello, Kyle. --prd, -kk)                                                                                                   to have some new friends by the end of the first stop!                control clinic. These clinics
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         are held in a controlled area with only cones as hazardous crunch
                                                                                                                                                        After those drives whet your appetite, you’ll be all set for     zones—it’s truly a safe way to explore your limits in your car.
    Since I’m being honest here, I have a confession to make. I             them to the things I’ve found in this club: the sense of the enthu-    the June 30 Summer Drive and Picnic. This is THE event to show
                                                                                                                                                   up for. With a great drive to kick the day off, a BBQ lunch and           I say “your limits” because the first thing you learn at the
was nervous my about my first club event. I showed up for an                siasm, the fun I’ve had, the friends I’ve made, and the things I’ve
                                                                                                                                                   swimming, this is definitely a bring-the-family kind of event. Last   clinic is that your car’s abilities far exceed your own—that’s okay,
early-morning Golden Gate chapter tour in my freshly washed,                learned about my car… and myself.
                                                                                                                                                   year it seemed that this was a “what happens in the club, stays in    we’re all in the same boat. Come out to the clinic happening
barely-out-of break-in silver Z4. By the time I arrived, there were            Now I get a chance to share my enthusiasm with you, the
                                                                                                                                                   the club” kind of day. Come check it out, and collect some great      August 4 (sign up EARLY, these sell out almost immediately), and
two rows of Bimmers already parked. A good number of them                   reader. It’s easy to go through the calendar and see all of the
                                                                                                                                                   memories for yourself.                                                change that situation. Learn how to drive—really drive—your car.
had that notorious three-colored-stripe M logo on the deck lids—            events that the club has planned. However, the calendar doesn’t
it made me think, “Maybe I’m out of my league? Maybe joining                                                                                           The summer months continue with more tours in a couple                Everyone thinks they know how to drive, but sadly, most
                                                                            provide much of a personal touch, so I’m going to tell you about                                                                             will not realize that they are woefully unprepared until the worst
the club wasn’t such a great idea. Maybe the rumors of BMW                  some of my favorite events and which would make great first-           more of the Bay Area’s famous regions, Calaveras County and
snobbery were true. Maybe—“ And then I met David Crum, the                                                                                         Monterey. The frogs will have already jumped, but the July 14         comes to pass. Prepare yourself instead. Find out how to save
                                                                            timer events. You know, we are waiting to see you!                                                                                           your own lives and the lives of your passengers. These courses
tour organizer. An unassuming, pleasant guy, David volunteered                                                                                     wine-tasting tour will leap you through the beauty of the Gold
his time to plan and lead this tour for those of us who chose to               If you’re reading The Bombe, then this is your club. I personally                                                                         will save your life. I know that they have saved mine (and mine!
                                                                                                                                                   Country to wineries that will have you drinking some non-froggy
show up. From the first turn of the key to the final handshakes at          guarantee you’ll have a great time at these events—I know I will.                                                                            – kk), but that’s another story. Come out to an event and ask me
                                                                                                                                                   wines. Head south for the August 17 Backroads to Big Sur drive
the end of the day, that tour was one of the best days I had experi-             The driving tours are very possibly my favorite club event. As    during the Monterey Historics weekend and tour through some           about it sometime.
enced with my car!                                                          the weather returns to our fabulous Bay Area sunshine, it’s time       lesser known of California’s historic mission roads. After the kids       There’s a lot to see, a lot to experience, and some great people
     Fast-forward to today. I’ve become a regular GGC attendee:             for you to try a driving tour. (For all of you who have tin-tops       head back to school, it’s time for the wonderful twisty drive up to   to meet along the way. Put those windows and soft-tops down,
I’m now an avid autocrosser, have attended a number of car-con-             and don’t get to experience the weather firsthand every morning,       the Mt. Hamilton observatory on September 22—where you can            and let that warm California breeze in. Come out to an event, find
trol clinics, and even have some high-performance driving-school            it’s beautiful out there these days!) The next tour coming up is       learn more about the interesting history of the Bay Area. And who     me, and introduce yourself. I know I’ll be there, because I’m a
time under my belt. I’ve met some of the nicest, most dedicated             the Sonoma tour on May 26, followed on June 23 with the                could miss the October 27 Pumpkin Tour? If you’re lucky, maybe        BMW-aholic—but I’ve found my twelve step program:
people in my life. Additionally, I’ve become an area representa-            Santa Cruz Mountains tour and tasting—I can’t recom-                   we’ll all get a chance to see the Great Pumpkin with our new club        Step one: turn key.
tive for the Club. This entails planning a couple of social events          mend these tours highly enough!                                        friends. (Good grief, Charlie Brown!)                                    Step two: notch that shifter into first.
per year to try to give new members a chance to meet their fellow                                                                                      If you can’t tell, I love driving. However, I know that those        Step three: who cares about step three? When you don’t have a
Bimmer buddies. It’s a position I really enjoy because it gives me                                                                                 roads out there are dangerous. The best answer to dangerous situ-     destination, any road will take you there.
a chance give back what I’ve gotten from the club. I get to meet
people who, like me at my first tour, haven’t been out to any of
our other events. It gives me an opportunity to introduce




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                                                                  Points                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Points
Place     Driver # Name             Car                 Best Time Earned                                                                                                                                                             Place   Driver # Name               Car                     Best Time Earned
 1          93    Richard Vijeh     2001 M Coupe         56.781     20                                                                                                                                                                1       314     Mark Young         2005 Cooper S            61.975    20
 2         501    Eric Cheung       2001 M Coupe         57.251     15                                                                                                                                                                2        19     Jeff McCormick     2004 M3 Conv             62.392    15
 3          89    Gordon White      1992 325is           57.671     11                                                                                                                                                                3        18     Ramon LeFrancois 2001 330i 4 Dr             62.705    11
 4         191    Sean Trapp        1996 328i 4 Dr       58.240     8                                                                                                                                                                 4       743     Jon-Mark Schneider 2006 330i                63.581     8
 5         240    Raza Uddin        1998 M3 4 Dr         58.782     6                                                                                                                                                                 5        25     Joe Mercado        1994 325is M Technik     64.838     6
 6          26    Steve Kupper      1970 2002            59.535     5                                                                                                                                                                 6       276     Michael Kolesar    1991 325i                64.915     5
 7         189    Brenda Barnes 1992 325is               59.757     4                                                                                                                                                                 7        77     Philip Shirvani    2004 330Ci Sport         64.919     4
 8         207    Stuart Scollay    1998 M3              60.186     3                                                                                                                                                                 8        96     Douglas Shirachi 2004 330Ci Sport           65.760     3
 9         195    Erik Lind         1995 M3              60.827     2                                                                                                                                                                 9       289     Bowden Dan         2006 330i                65.868     2
 10         32    Ivan Petrov       1997 M3 4 Dr         61.517     1                                                                                                                                                                 10      237     Ovidiu Predescu 2006 M3 Conv                65.943     1
 11         78    Darrel Lunge      1975 2002            62.112     0                                                                                                                                                                 11      125     Bill Cook          2001 330Ci Sport         67.601     0
 12        117    Kyle Sanchez      1989 325i            65.214     0                                                                                                                                                                 12      601     Hernan Pelassini 1988 325i                  67.624     0
 13        287    Joseph Gaffey     2003 M3              65.659     0                                                                                                                                                                 13      119     Joshua Baker       1990 M3                  67.636     0
                                    AAA                                                                                                                                                                                               14      701     Linda Hiebert      1999 M3 Conv             68.860     0
                                                                  Points                                                                                                                                                              15      138     Steven Ho          2002 M3 Conv             68.914     0
Place Driver # Name                Car                  Best Time Earned                                                                                                                                                              16       52     Chu Chang          2002 330Ci               68.983     0
 1         13    Ken Garcia        1987 325is             57.864    20                                                                                                                                                                17      118     Nicholas Li        1998 318ti               70.298     0
 2         87    Anthony Zwain 1987 325i                  57.978    15                                                                                                                                                                18      210     Ryan Laroux        1999 M3 Conv             70.649     0
 3          5    Jeff Cowan        1989 M3                58.483    11                                                                                                                                                                19      609     Marcus Yee         2001 530i Sport          70.899     0



                                                                                                                  2007 Autocross #1 Results
 4         10    Gerry Hatcher 2005 Cooper S JWP          58.800    8                                                                                                                                                                 20       99     Dan McCormick      2004 M3 Conv             74.227     0
 5         211   Eric Lam          1987 325is             59.704    6
 6         12    Jeff Conner       1995 M3                60.018    5                                                                                                                                                                                                     C
 7         15    Brian Cheung 1991 M3                     60.225    4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Points
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Place    Driver #   Name               Car                 Best Time Earned
 8         168   Matt Medeiros 1998 M3                    60.617    3
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       1         47      Harold Dorton      1998 Z3 2.8          65.256     20
 9         161   Mario Shen        1999 M3                62.559    2
 10         4    Scott Miller      1990 325i              64.084    1                                                                                                                                                                  2        902      McCauley Mike      2006 Cooper S        65.995     15
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       3         29      David Wagoner      2002 330Ci           66.353     11
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                 Vishal Shah
                 Daniel Lunge
                                   1997 M3
                                   1975 2002
                                                          65.210
                                                          68.998
                                                                    0
                                                                    0
                                                                           Photos by Ovidiu Predescu                                                                                                                                   4        115      Brock Parsons      2003 330xi Sport     66.474      8
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       5        280      Stephen Kolesar 1986 325es              67.744      6
                                     AA                                                                      A
                                                                  Points                                                                    Points                                                                                     6         60      Martin McDonald 1994 318i 4 Dr          68.050      5
Place Driver # Name                  Car                Best Time Earned   Place Driver # Name              Car                   Best Time Earned                                                                                                                       2001 540iAT
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       7        166      Tony Wong       Sport                   68.110      4
  1        500   Henry Young         1999 M3             60.323     20      1     145    Paul Berton        2007 335i Sdn Sport    61.055    20
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       8        729      Ryan Rich          1985 535i            68.743      3
  2        106   Aleks Tan           1995 M3             60.851     15      2      91    Russ Bowlus        1998 328i 4 Dr         61.321    15                                                                                                                             2002 Z3 Rdster
  3         9    Chris Webber        1997 328i 4 Dr      60.967     11      3     261    Grant Low          1990 325i              62.360    11                                                                                        9         94      Bob Sanchez        2.5i                 69.356      2
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2007 335i Cpe
  4        21    Rodger Ball         2003 M3             61.916     8       4       3    Michael Do Couto 2004 M3                  62.541     8
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      10        631      Greg Robinson      Sport                70.410      1
  5        831   Brenden Selvig      1988 325e           62.249     6       5     137    Kris Linquist      2003 330i PP           63.109     6
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      11         76      Dave Rich          1985 535i            70.692      0
  6        64    Adam Lazur          1995 M3             62.449     5       6       8    Jonathan Bensen 2007 M Coupe              63.751     5
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      12        389      Al Kaehler         1998 328i 4 Dr       73.173      0
  7        75    John Orbon          1996 318ic          62.708     4       7     141    Geri Gorski        2002 330xiT            64.804     4
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      13         74      Diane Dorton       1998 Z3 2.8          73.185      0
  8        130   Kelly Collins       2005 M3             62.772     3       8     135    Sasha Mestetsky 1988 M5                   65.368     3
  9        362   Steve McCrory       1992 325is          62.836     2       9      63    Tom Escover        1999 M3                65.615     2
                                                                                                                                                                                        X
 10        316   Kevict Yen          1997 328i 4 Dr      62.944     1       10    903    McCrone Tim        2002 M3                65.668     1
                                                                                                                                                     Place   Driver #   Name                Car                          Best Time
 11        402   Edward Pintacsi     1988 M3             63.254     0       11      6    Guillermo Guadron 2001 325Ci Sport        65.874     0
                                                                                                                                                      1        71       Jason Sams          2005 Lotus Elise              57.047
 12        62    Barbara McCrory 1992 325is              63.261     0       12     11    Matthew Knoot      1987 535is             65.894     0
                                                                                                                                                      2        165      Ben Martinez        1985 Ford XR4ti               58.219
 13        14    Matthew Visser      1996 328ic          63.550     0       13      2    Michael Moorman 1998 M3                   65.919     0
                                                                                                                                                      3        208      Alexei Sakhartochuk 2004 Honda Civic Si           59.016
 14        33    Gwee Poh            1989 M3             63.848     0       14     66    Helmut Meisl       1995 M3                65.998     0
                                                                                                                                                      4        711      Russell Heywood 2002 Subaru WRX                   59.877
 15        90    Megan Webber        1997 328i 4 Dr      65.572     0       15    171    Brandon Wehman 1998 M3 4 Dr               66.482     0
                                                                                                                                                      5        232      Salah Uddin         1990 Nissan 300ZX T. Turbo    60.372
 16        45    Garrett Nakamura 1995 M3                67.220     0       16    618    Frederick Pickel   2001 M Rdstr           66.588     0
                                                                                                                                                      6        46       Peter Chow          2003 Subaru WRX               61.728
 17        23    Scottie Sharpe      1969 2002           67.759     0       17    110    Robert Monge       1995 M3                66.982     0
                                                                                                                                                      7        777      Karl Gumerlock      2006 Ariel Atom 2             61.972
 18        288   Alex Au             1969 2002           69.042     0       18    723    Ryan Schader       2002 M3                67.173     0
                                                                                                                                                      8        104      Yukon Maruyama 2005 Mazda 3s                      62.733
 19        302   Gary Slack          1995 318ti Sport    69.925     0       19     88    Chris Goelkel      1988 535is             67.200     0
                                                                                                                                                      9        870      Sarah Scherzi       2004 Honda S2000              63.063
                                                                            20    169    Elena Osterreicher 1991 325i              67.583     0
                                                                                                                                                      10       111      Michael Sundy       2004 Volkswagen R32           63.625
                                                                            21    555    Randy Tsang        1996 328i 4 Dr         67.784     0
                                                                                                                                                      11       86       Jack Clayton        1994 Mazda Miata              64.020
                                                                            22    337    Calvin Chau        1996 328i 4 Dr         68.219     0
                                                                                                                                                      12       204      Matthew Mitchell Porsche C4S                      64.535
                                                                            23     56    Cliff Oates        2006 M Coupe           68.395     0
                                                                                         John-Paul                                                    13       51       Kelvin Leung        1994 Mazda MX-5 Miata         64.791
                                                                            24    321    Nguyen             1998 M3                68.776     0       14       213      Kurt Oehlschlaeger 1992 Mazda Miata               64.868
                                                                            25    901    Fomenko Andrei 1987 325is                 68.831     0       15       101      Tony Lin            2007 Lexus GS Hybrid          65.323
                                                                            26    904    McCrone Billy      2002 M3                69.672     0       16       30       Gavin Douglas       2001 VW GTI VR6               66.323
                                                                            27    350    Kash Mohammed 2002 540i Sport             71.470     0       17       84       James Clayton       2005 Honda S2000              66.664
     14     June 2007               die flüsternde B ombe                                                                                             18       311      Jan Koum            2003 Porsche 911 Cabrio       67.000       June 2007             die flüsternde B ombe                    15
                                                                                                                                                      19       905      Walton Nate         1995 Audi 90 Quattro          69.174
                                                                                                                                                              The Shop
Dinan Day Afternoon
 Bavarian Professionals invites the chapter to look into the future.
By Donovan Unks



      T
             he Dinan name can be a polarizing one among
             BMW owners. Most enjoy the streetable nature
              of their performance tuning, as well as their war-
              ranty and support on their modified BMW parts,
 while some others see the company’s products tainted by their
 high prices and message-board grumblings regarding ques-
 tionable Dinan M5 horsepower claims and Dinan Z8 subframe                                                                                         The Chef
  issues. Regardless of one’s stance on the tuning company, one
   cannot deny that they put on a great show when it comes to
   demonstrating their products.                                                                                                                                                                The Izzy
        The setting for this particular afternoon in April was Berke-
   ley’s Bavarian Professionals, an independent BMW repair shop
    and authorized Dinan dealer. To celebrate the shop’s recent ap-
    proval for expansion by the city, Michael Dennison, Bavarian Pro-
     fessionals’ owner, decided to throw what can only be described
      as a paella party. With Bavarian Professionals employee and chef
      Eduardo Balaguer helming the service-bay-turned-kitchen, guests
       were treated to two amazing and colorful seafood paella dishes—
       one with meat, and one without, but both equally tasty.

     Along with the food, the shop’s staff took some time to explain     seals. They also answered a question regarding the controversial
the expansion plans and to discuss some common technical prob-           15,000-mile oil-service interval, believing that a change closer to
lems they have seen with BMWs coming into Bavarian Profession-           7,000-8,000 miles with synthetic oil would be better. Also, they
als. According to Michael, the shop expansion will double their          inspected some guests’ cars to provide suggestions and ideas on
size. In constructing this second facility in a neighboring lot, the     modifications or repairs.
shop will grow by another five service bays, complementing the              While Eduardo’s paella was the star of the show inside the
already existing five bays. The increased room will allow for the        shop, outside, the star was the Imola Red supercharged Dinan
addition of an alignment rack. To accommodate the extra custom-                                     M3. Behind the wheel of the car, and
er cars that are anticipated, a rooftop parking area will be created                                giving some spirited test drives on the
atop the existing facility which will utilize two car elevators. A                                  nearby freeway, was Dinan’s west-coast
bonus of this rooftop parking is added safety for customer cars.                                    field specialist who went only by the
Unfortunately, it did not appear that a paella café was part of the                                 name of Izzy. If he were dressed in an
expansion plans.                                                                                    all-white racing suit, he could have eas-
    With the physical expansion also                                                                ily passed as The Stig. (The anonymous
comes an expansion in service; in this                                                              race driver in the British motoring show                                               The Bav Pro Crew
case it takes the form of a program similar                                                         Top Gear. – kk)
to BMW’s own Certified Pre-Owned                                                                        A ride in the 423-hp Dinan S3 M3
service. Through Bavarian Professionals,                                                            with its 3.91 limited-slip differential will
a customer can now locate a used BMW                                                                bring a smile to anyone’s face—if not
at a competitive price and purchase it                                                              from pleasure, then from the hard pull
through the shop, with the benefit being                                                            of the car’s acceleration as it buries your
a special Bavarian Professionals warranty                                                           head into the headrest and yanks back
plan. After the expansion plans were                                                                on the corner of your lips, while push-
revealed, Bavarian Professionals service                                                            ing down the paella. It was very much
advisors Nat Sears and Marta Horevay-                                                               “like a jet fighter,” according to Aleksey
ova talked about some common reasons                                                                Kadukin, one of the many lucky guests
for an illuminated “Service Engine Soon”                                                            who was treated to a ride in the Dinan
light, such as a loose gas cap, bad cam                                                             M3. When Izzy and the car encounter
sensor or thermostat, or valve-cover                                                                a sweeping overpass, the upgraded
                                                                                                           Story continues on page 19
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                                          Bavarian Professionals’
                                          Dinan Day - continued
                                         suspension and big brakes quickly make their presence known.
                                         However, as stiff as the Dinan suspension is on lightweight
                                         nineteen-inch wheels, it still provides a degree of comfort that
                                         won’t shake out your fillings or draw words of annoyance from
                                         your Significant Other or children. The impressive Jekyll-and-
                                         Hyde nature of the suspension impressed Mr. Kadukin so
                                         much that he has decided to save money to purchase a Dinan
                                         suspension for his own 325 to “experience a similar balance of
                                         a sporty ride and comfort.”
                                             Another representative from Dinan provided some insight
                                         into Dinan’s future plans with the M5. With the E46 M3 and
                                         E39 M5, Dinan went the supercharger route to provide extra
                                         power. However, with the new E60 M5, Dinan has decided
                                         to avoid the forced-induction route, instead opting to bore
                                         the engine to produce an estimated 620 hp. Additionally, the
                                         representative confirmed that Dinan had tuned the prototype
                                         version Fisker Coachbuild Latigo CS based on the M6, and that
                                         there was a strong possibility that they would be the tuner of
                                         choice for the customer versions of the car.
                                             At the end of the day, there was something for everyone
                                         at the Bavarian Professionals tech day. Guests walked away
                                         with a stomach full of delicious paella, a tour of a great
                                         service facility, a look at other members’ great BMWs, some
                                         information about Dinan’s products, and a smile on their
                                         faces from a ride in the Dinan M3.




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              Last        First     City           Model      Year Refered By         Last         First       City             Model    Year   Refered By
              Adams       Rick      Oakland        330i       2003                    Kim           Hyun       Danville         528i     1999
New Members   Aldajani
              Alvarez
                          Nabil
                          Nancy
                                    Hercules       525
                                    Cathedral City 330 cic
                                                              1993
                                                              2004
                                                                                      KloostermanJohn
                                                                                      Koenig        Michael
                                                                                                               Oakland
                                                                                                               Pleasanton
                                                                                                                                M3
                                                                                                                                530i
                                                                                                                                         2005
                                                                                                                                         2007
              Alzar       Ernest    Sunnyvale      325i       2003                    Lazich        Jason      San Francisco 325i        1990
              Arabian     Khashayar Daly City      335i       2007                    Leswal        Veejay     Brisbane         325i     1989
              Baran       Mark      Cupertino      M Rdster   2007                    Lew           Terry      San Francisco 3.0cs       1974
              Barlindal Steven      San Francisco 635         1987                    Lipari        John       Santa Clara      330i     2003
              Bergtholdt Daniel     Novato         740i       1998                    Lipner        Drew       San Francisco M3          1988
              Black       David     Sunnyvale      335i       2007                    Mahbod        Aurash     Saratoga         540i     1995
              Brown       Les       San Leandro 2002          1970                    Mankin        William    S. San Francisco M3       1997
              Cabral      Kevin     Fremont        325is      1994                    Massoudi Mo              Carmel
              Cadagan     Brent     San Jose       2002       1976                    McCulloughThomas         Hollister        328i     2007
              Carolan     Pete      Santa Clara    323ci      2000                    Melamed Abigail          Oakland
              Chan        Cathy     Fairfield      328i       2007 Michael Chan       Miller        Kara       Oakland                          Robert Cellucci
              Chan        Michael San Jose         328i       2007                    Moll          Laurent    San Jose
              Cheung      Desmond Oakland          330i       2006 Kevin Li           Newhouse Jerry           Vallejo          525      2007
              Clayton     James     Sunnyvale                      Eric Lam           Nusser        Jeremy     Santa Clara      540i     1997   Thien Dinh
              Djavaherian Amir      San Francisco M Coupe     2000                    Patel         Shailen    Gilroy           540i     2003
              Duvivier    Christian San Jose       Z3         1999 Jason Sams         Piazza        Mark       Campbell         530i     2007
              Eidson      Brady     Sunnyvale                                         Richey        Gregory    San Rafael
              Esker       Robert    San Jose                                          Schrum        Robert     Lompoc           Z4       2003
              Guitarte    Andrew Concord           328i       2007                    StadtmuellerJeremy       Burlingame       530i     2004   Todd Wildman
   Welcome!




              Guthrie     William San Rafael       635csi     1986                    Sun           Howard     Los Altos        M3       1998
              Haparnas Ziv          San Francisco M3          2003                    Taylor        Michael    Greenbrae        650i     2007
              Henderson Jeff        Berkeley       M5         2000                    Thomas        Don        Danville         M5       2000
              Herron      Alex      Palo Alto      540i       1997   W. W. Bruner, IV Tsang         Randy      Oakland          328i     1996
              Hinrichs    Chris     Santa Cruz     M3         1997                    Van Der Wal              Cornelis         Menlo Park
              Ho          Steven    San Francisco M3          2002   Brian Cheung     Vanco         Michael    Atherton         325ci    2003
              Hunter      Jeremy    Concord        318ti      1995                    Vanden Beukel Jeffrey    San Jose         330i     2006
              Ingerman-                                                               Vipatapat Naris          Buellton                         Jonathan Spira
               Behbahani Carol      Santa Rosa     335i       2007                    Weeman        Ken        Saint Helena
              Jarvis      Ken       Santa Cruz     325i       1988   Nancy Humphreys Wilson         Anthony    Nipomo           M3       1995
              Jones       Seth      Vandenberg Afb 325ic      1988   Alex Kaufman     Wisniewski Kyna          Paso Robles      330ci    2001
              Kahn        Philip    Sonoma         M3         1999                    Womack        Lawrence   Arroyo Grande M5          2006
              Kayser      Russel    Half Moon Bay                                     Woodman Dean             Sausalito        840ci    1995
              Kenney      Bob       Mill Valley                                       Yen           Kevict     San Carlos
              Kilates     Manuel    Vallejo        528i       1999                    Yoshihara Ted            San Mateo                        Kris Linquist




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                                         Some Things I Think




                                                                                                                                                                                Rumble Strip
                                         > I think that high school driver’s ed is for people who
                                          don’t know how to drive and that car-control clinics, auto-
                                          crosses, and driving schools are for people who know that
                                          they don’t know how to drive.
                                         > I think that fast cars are cool, but that fast drivers get the
                                          chicks (or dudes, as the case may be).
                                         > I think that if you want to get really, really good at driv-
                                          ing on the track, you should go spend some time autocross-
                                          ing with your car set up for oversteer.
                                         > I think that reinventing the wheel when modifying your
                                          car makes no sense at all. Find someone who’s done what
                                          you want to do and learn from (copy) them.
                                         > I think that every time I think I’m starting to really get a               By Mark Dadgar
                                          handle on this driving thing, I go for a ride with someone
                                          who really does have a handle on this driving thing, and I
                                          realize how much I still have to learn.                           > I think that there is no bigger rush than going three or
                                         > I think that there are few people you will meet in                four wide into the first turn when the green flag drops.
                                          your adult life who can truly have a bigger impact on             > I think that if you are a fan of motorsports, you owe it
                                          your safety than a talented car-control or driving-school          to yourself to attend a pro race at one of our local tracks.
                                          instructor. (Fortunately, we have a lot of those in our            The unbelievable, incredible, heart-stopping sound of
                                          driving-events program.)                                           those racing engines just does not translate on TV, no mat-
                                         > I think that not mentioning the Street Survival School            ter how good your home theater system.
                                          to teen-agers you know is a real disservice to them and to        > I think that if you have not crewed for a team at the
                                          the community. There is no better way to keep kids safe            25 Hours of Thunderhill, you have missed out on a truly
                                          behind the wheel.                                                  magical (and tiring and smelly) experience. Now’s the time
                                         > I think that as a student of driving, there’s little you          that teams are being pulled together.
                                          can do to impede your progress more than by having a              > I think that Formula 1 should be about the cutting edge
                                          car that’s too far above your skill level—you have to crawl        of motorsports technology, not just another spec series like
                                          before you can walk.                                               what’s left of Champ Car.
                                         > I think it’s much more fun to drive a slow car fast than a       > I think that it’s really tough to beat a twisty mountain
                                          fast car slow.                                                     road, a BMW, and a little early Van Halen on the stereo.
                                         >   I think I’d take handling over power any day.                  > I think that if you can’t drive the car you love, drive the
                                         > I think there’s a lot to be said for Dynamic Stability Con-       one you’re with.
                                          trol (DSC), but I think there’s a lot to be said for learning     > I think that I can’t wait for BMW AG to start sending us
                                          not to need it, too.                                               those wonderful diesels.
                                         > I think that there are no shortcuts in learning to drive at      >     I think that a diesel M car is just a matter of time.
                                          a GGC driving event, but there is sometimes a free lunch.
                                                                                                            > I think that the Mini crowd is really missing out by not
                                         >   I think the car really does go where you’re looking.            spending more time with the BMW CCA. You guys are
                                         > I think that you should generally use the berms. You              always welcome at our events.
                                          paid for the whole track, after all.                              > I think that there are few things more precious than a
                                         > I think the fact that our driving-school instructors are          trusted independent BMW mechanic.
                                          willing to put themselves in harm’s way each time we call         > I think that safety is more important than speed every
                                          for help is an amazing thing.                                      single time.
                                         > I think our driving-events programs rest on the                  >     I think that they’re all “real M3s.”
                                          shoulders of the giants who came before, and that we
                                          forget that sometimes.                                            >     I think wagons are much cooler than minivans.
                                         > I think that the guy who invented Dramamine “Less                > I think that if you have never attended a chapter board
                                          Drowsy Formula” is both a scholar and a gentleman.                 meeting, you’re missing a fascinating experience. We don’t
                                                                                                             put the “fun” in “dysfunctional” for nothin’!
                                         > I think that, in the immortal words Peter Egan, “Racing
                                          makes heroin addiction look like a vague wish for some-           >     I think Festorics has to been seen to be believed.
                                          thing salty.”                                                     > I think the amount of work our chapter volunteers put
                                         > I think that racing is a little more intense than open            in is truly staggering.
                                          track driving in the same way that having lunch at The            >     I think I’ll see you all at Thunderhill!
                                          French Laundry is a little more intense than having lunch
                                          at Quiznos.                                                       Mark Dadgar is a life-long car fanatic who thinks too much. He is
                                                                                                            the founder of JustRacing.com and currently serves on the board
                                         > I think that the camaraderie I see among racers at each
                                                                                                            of the Golden Gate Chapter and as the Driving Events Coordina-
                                          and every BMW CCA Club Racing event defies description.
                                                                                                            tor. As punishment for that, they make him instruct at driving
                                         >   I think that cheating in Club Racing makes no sense at all.    schools and write a column for the Bombe. You can reach him at
                                                                                                            rumblestrip@ggcbmwcca.org

                                                               Email your thoughts to: Rumblestrip@ggcbmwcca.org
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                       News From National                                                                                                                                    O   ne of the many member benefits of BMW CCA is a members-




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Factory Authorized BMW Dealers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           BMW Concord




                                                                                                                                                        CCA Discounts
                                                                         revolution in home and office appliances was born.                                                      only discount at various participating services and dealers.
                        FROM: Wynne Smith, Executive Director                The ecopod is the world’s first home recycling center with valu-                            Below you can find the businesses in our area who offer our members                                                               1945 Market Street
                        DATE: April 24, 2007                             able functionality and outstanding design in mind for everyday use in                           a discount. Please note that businesses often require you to show your                                                            Concord, CA 94520
                            Oktoberfest 2007: Calling all E30 M3s!
                                                                         the home and office.                                                                            current CCA membership card in order to receive the discount.                                                                     925 682‑3577
                                                                             This is aimed at people who don’t have the space (or aesthetic)                                 Please contact us with any deletions to the list due to a compa-
                        Oktoberfest 2007 will celebrate one of the
                                                                         for bulky bins, the sleek ecopod offers a clean, ultra-compact recy-                            ny being out of business. We ask that additions, changes, or dele-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           BMW of Humboldt Bay
                        finest BMWs ever built. Join us in Fort          cling system. Simply insert a can or plastic bottle into the top and                            tions (no longer participating in discount program) are requested                                                                 1795 Central Ave.
                        Worth, Texas September 30 – October 6th          step on the pedal. Your flattened recyclable drops into a removable                             by the business owner directly. Updates should be directed to:                                                                    McKinleyville, CA 95519
                        for a week-long festival of E30 M3 mania.        pod that holds up to 60 crushed containers. Two top-lid portable                                CommunicationsManager@ggcbmwcca.org.                                                                                              707 839‑4BMW (4269)
                        There is a slew of goodies to be given to        pods store other recyclables such as newspapers, glass, or plastic
                        every registrant who drives an E30 M3 to         bags. Award-winning design features brushed stainless steel and                                                                                                                                                                   BMW of Monterey
                        Oktoberfest.                                     plastic. www.ecopod.org
                                                                                                                                                                                                Independent Service & Supply Discounts                                                                     One Geary Plaza
                                                                              F1 Returns To Der Nürburgring-Nordschleife…Well, Sorta… On
                                                                                                                                                                        2002 Haus                   San Luis Obispo    805 541-2002 5% Parts                                                               Seaside, CA 93955
    Our very special guest from BMW will be Steve Soper! Soper                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             831 899‑5555
                                                                         April 28, BMW Motorsport held a special event at the Ring and brought                          Bavarian Enterprises        Sunnyvale          408 737-6100 Various Parts
ran in the German Touring Car Championship in 1988 with BMW
during the reign of the E30 M3, and stayed with them for the next
                                                                         out several race cars including an M3 GTR and and one of last years                            Bavarian Motorsport         Milpitas           408 956-1662 10% Parts                                                              BMW of Mountain View
                                                                         F1 cars. BMW-Sauber driver Nick Heidfeld did three laps in the F1.06
eleven years. Soper will be with us most of the week.                    which was stock aside from having the ground clearance maximized                               Bavarian Professionals      Berkeley           510 524-6000 10% Labor                                                              150 E. EI Camino Real
     Watch www.bmwcca.org for updates—and register today!                to survive the bumpy surface of the old course. He managed a best lap                          Berkeley Motor Works        El Cerrito         510 528-1214 5% Parts/Svc                                                           Mountain View, CA 94040
                                                                         of 8:34 and a top speed of 275 km/h on the long straight. (He had to slow                                                                                                                                                         650 943‑1000
BMW CCA Membership Drive : We’ve had 599 members refer                   down on some sections for photo calls. ~bv) “I’ll never forget today as long
                                                                                                                                                                        Bimmers BMW Service         San Carlos         650 591-2474 Various
888 new members to the club since the Membership Drive began.                                                                                                           Burrel School Winery        Los Gatos www.burrellschool.com 10% on Wine (thru 9/30/07)                                             BMW of San Francisco
                                                                         as I live.” Said Heidfeld. F1 Live via autoblog.com
Good news: our numbers are still going in the right direction,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             1675 Howard St
                                                                             Lost And Found Dept.…You may recall last year David Beck-                                  Catalpa Street Garage       Santa Cruz         831 464-2269 10% Parts
even though the actual net gain this month was three members.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              San Francisco, CA 94103
                                                                         ham’s intimate experiences with Grand Theft Auto. His armor-plated
   Need apps? Send an email to jennifer.skatzes@bmwcca.org.              BMW X5 was boosted from a shopping mall parking garage in Ma-
                                                                                                                                                                        Classic Euro-Asian          Oroville           530 534-6887 10% Parts                                                              415 863‑9000
                                                                                                                                                                        Conversion Techniques       Oakland            510 639-0911 Various
Have questions? Want an electronic version of the rules? Email           drid, Spain despite the high-tech anti-theft security system onboard                                                                                                                                                              BMW of Santa Maria
me at wynne_smith@bmwcca.org.                                            that the criminals may have used a laptop PC to bypass. Nearly one                             Dinan Engineering           Mountain View      650 962-9401 10% Labor                                                              2150 South College Drive
                                                                         year later, the stolen X5 may have been found, though not up on
    Our renewal rate dipped again this month. The ongoing mem-           cinder blocks in a dark alley. No, it appears that Beckham’s Bimmer
                                                                                                                                                                        Dinan Engineering           Morgan Hill        408 779-8584 10% Labor                                                              Santa Maria, CA 93455
ber satisfaction survey can be viewed by visiting www.survey-            found its way into the hands of a Macedonian government official,                              Double 02 Salvage           Hayward            510 782-2002 10% Used Parts                                                         805 614‑0306
monkey.com/Report.asp?U=257778731205                                     Interior Minister Gordana Jankulovska.                                                         Edge Motorworks             Dublin             925 479-0797 10% off Labor                                                          Claridge’s BMW
    Chapter Congress April 20 – 22, 2007: Over 160 participants               Snaps of Jankulovska entering a BMW X5 thought to be Beckham’s                            evosport                    www.evosport.com   888 520-9971 10% Parts, $1000svc=free dyno                                          4421 5 Auto Mall Circle
enjoyed a sunny weekend in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. 54 of the         were published in Macedonian newspapers. Macedonian police claim
                                                                                                                                                                        Extreme Performance         San Jose           408 923-6404 10% Parts/Labor
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Fremont, CA 94538
club’s chapters were represented, many by all three designated           that before it reached their homeland, the SAV had changed hands                                                                                                                                                                  510 360‑5900
                                                                         some twenty times in Spain, before it was shipped to Greece and                                German Auto                 Santa Maria        805 922-1262 10% Parts
representatives—presidents, treasurers, and membership chairs.
                                                                         then driven to Macedonia. Once there, it was seized in the raid of a
                                                                                                                                                                        GS Tuning                   Santa Rosa         707 284-2680 10% Sales/Service
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Coast BMW
Feedback about the event can be viewed at www.surveymonkey.              people-smuggling ring and placed in government custody. After no one                                                                                                                                                              1484 Auto Park Way
com/Report.asp?U=370133651321                                            claimed it, the government of Macedonia took the keys and it wound                             Heynnemann European         San Rafael         415 400-1234 $50 off Service
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           San Luis Obispo, CA 93405
                                                                         up with Jankulovska. The Interior Minister, who obviously counts her-
   Materials are available by emailing wynne_smith@bmwcca.org.                                                                                                          Jam Engineering             Monterey           831 372-1787 Various Parts                                                          805 543‑4423
We will be launching the online Chapter Toolbox within the next          self a member of the Beckham Nation, stated, “If Beckham asks for the
few weeks—which will contain all of the materials provided at the        vehicle back, then I will hand him the keys myself.” Classy way to get                         John Gardiner Automotive San Francisco         415 777-2697 10% Labor
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           East Bay BMW
Chapter Congress along with some extras.
                                                                         an autograph, Madam Interior Minister. The Sun via autoblog.com                                Nate Smith’s Optimal Auto Santa Cruz           831 476-1332 10% Parts                                                              4355 Rosewood Drive
                                                                             Potential Of BMW’s Efficient Dynamics Program… Green                                       Patelco Credit Union        www.patelco.org    415 442-6200 Special Offer                                                          Pleasanton, CA 94566
    Special thanks goes to Darlene Doran of the Rocky Mountain           engine technology that can improve fuel economy and carbon dioxide
                                                                                                                                                                        Phaedrus                    San Francisco      415 567-8000 10% Parts                                                              925 463‑2555
Chapter for her outstanding presentation; Steven Schlossman              emissions by over fifteen percent is coming to Britain’s favorite sports
of the National Capital Chapter (soon to be of the Sandlapper            saloon, the BMW 3 Series, this autumn.                                                         Portola Valley Garage       Portola Valley     650 851-7442 10% Labor                                                              Peter Pan BMW
Chapter) for taking time away from packing to present; John                  All the four-cylinder diesel and petrol engines sold by BMW are                            RennWerks                   Campbell           408 370-7480 20% Labor                                                              2695 S. El Camino Real
Sullivan for his insight to the Dealer/Drive Program and Susan G.        due to be fitted with BMW’s Efficient Dynamics technology, a suite of                                                                                                                                                             San Mateo, CA 94403
                                                                                                                                                                        Rossi’s Tire & Auto Svc     Salinas            831 424-0011 Various
Komen Drive for the Cure; Louis Goldsman and Tamara Hull for             engine add-ons and equipment upgrades that some car-makers refer                                                                                                                                                                  650 349‑9077
their presentations in the treasurers’ meeting; and the BMW CCA          to as “mild hybrids.”                                                                          SAS German Auto             Pleasanton         925 846-4886 10% Parts
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Prestige BMW
board of directors for supporting this outstanding event.                     The important feature is that these technologies further improve                          Schulba BMW Service         Belmont            650 592-7352 10% parts orders
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           2800 Corby Avenue
                                                                         the internal-combustion engine without the drawbacks suffered by
    Two National Office Personnel Changes: Gavin Hoffman has
                                                                         other green technologies.
                                                                                                                                                                        Sound Innovations           Hayward            510 471-9062 10% Parts                                                              Santa Rosa, CA 95407
decided to end his employment with the Club. The news of his de-                                                                                                        Valley Motorwerks           Rancho Cordova     916 636-9526 10% Parts/Labor                                                        707 545‑6602
cision to leave surprised us all and he will be missed, but we realize        Four of the Efficient Dynamics technologies—an integrated starter
that exciting opportunities and challenges await him. Gavin will         motor/alternator, computerized alternator control, auto stop/start, and                        West Bay Bavarian           San Rafael         415 457-0820 10% Parts/Labor/Dinan work                                             Sonnen BMW
continue with us long enough to help to tie up loose ends and will
                                                                         electronic power steering—have had stunning effects on BMW’s 1.8-                                                                                                                                                                 1599 E. Francisco Blvd
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Dealership Discounts
work with Bill Howard and me on finding his replacement.
                                                                         liter diesel, just launched in the new 118d.                                                                                                                                                                                      San Rafael, CA 94901
                                                                             The most fuel-efficient BMW-ever makes seventeen percent more                              BMW of Fremont              Fremont            510 360-5900 10% Parts/Labor                                                        415 482‑2000
    It is with personal regret, but warm wishes, that I announce         power (143 bhp) than the old 1.8d, but with combined fuel economy
the departure of Brenda Sarvis, who is off to greener professional       improved to an astonishing 60 mpg from 50 mpg (Imperial gallons.
                                                                                                                                                                        BMW of Mountain View        Mountain View      650 943-1000 10% Parts
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Stevens Creek BMW
pastures. We are indebted to her vision and commitment to mak-           ~bv), while CO2 drops to a near-hybrid level of 123 g/km.                                      BMW of San Francisco        San Francisco      415 863-9000    10% Parts                                                           3737 Stevens Creek
ing each national event the best it could be.                                That’s better than many petrol-engined super minis and not far                             East Bay BMW                Pleasanton         925 463-2555 10% Parts                                                              Santa Clara, CA 95050
    If you have questions regarding Oktoberfest, please email them       behind those with diesel engines. This technology is also available on                         MY BMW                      Seaside            831 899-5555 10% Parts                                                              408 249‑9070
                                                                         the 2.0d, the key engine in the 3 Series range.
to either me or Tricia_jones@bmwcca.org. Tricia will be filling in for                                                                                                  Peter Pan BMW               San Mateo          650 349-9077 10% Parts                                                              Weatherford Motors
Brenda until a new national events manager is hired. I know you               If the fifteen percent cut in CO2 and sixteen percent reduction in fuel
                                                                                                                                                                        Roseville BMW               Roseville          916 782-9434 10% Parts                                                              735 Ashby Avenue
                                                                         economy in the 1 Series are carried over to the 320d, it will rate 57 mpg in
will all help to support the club during this time of transition.
                                                                         the combined cycle (up from 50 mpg) and just 132 g/km of CO2. autocar                          Sonnen BMW                  San Rafael         415 482-2000 10% Parts
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Berkeley, CA 94710
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           510 654‑8280
                                                                                                                                                                        Stevens Creek BMW           Santa Clara        408 249-9070 Various/20% Parts/Labor
                                                                                                                                                                        Weatherford BMW             Berkeley           510 654-8280 Various


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                                                                                                                                                         How would YOU
GGC, BMW CCA
                                                                      Chapter Contacts
                                                        Board Members                                 Chapter Magazine team


                                                                                                                                                         like to be in
  Golden Gate Chapter, BMW CCA, Inc. is a non-
profit California corporation, it is a chapter of the   GGC BoarD                                     EDItor-In-ChIEf
BMW Car Club of America, and is not connected             Board@ggcbmwcca.org                           Kelly Kirkland
with Bayerische Motoren Werke AG or BMW                 PrESIDEnt                                       650 400-9300
of North America. Die Flüsternde Bombe is a               Mike Mills                                    Bombe@ggcbmwcca.org



                                                                                                                                                         the glamorous,
publication of the Golden Gate Chapter, all ideas,        510 537-8960                                aSSIGnMEntS EDItor
opinions, and suggestions expressed in regard to          President@ggcbmwcca.org                       Open
technical or other matters are solely those of the
                                                        VICE PrESIDEnt                                aSSIStant EDItor/CoPy EDItor
authors, and no authentication, endorsement, or
                                                          Jonathan Bensen                               Patrick R. Demorais



                                                                                                                                                         exciting world
guarantee is expressed or implied. Golden Gate
Chapter BMW CCA, Inc. assumes no liability for            VicePresident@ggcbmwcca.org                   Bombe-Assist@ggcbmwcca.org
any of the information contained herein. No fac-        SECrEtary                                     BIMMErPhILE EDItor
tory approval is implied unless so indicated. Modi-       Chris Webber                                  Bob Vitkus
fication of your BMW within the warranty period           Secretary@ggcbmwcca.org                       Bimmerphile@ggcbmwcca.org



                                                                                                                                                         of automotive
may void the warranty, and some modifications           trEaSurEr                                     aDVErtISInG ManaGEr
may violate federal or state laws or regulations. All     Tamara Hull                                   Percy Chow
contents remain the property of the chapter, but
                                                          Treasurer@ggcbmwcca.org                       925 323-4844 Cell
BMW CCA and BMW ACA chapters may quote
                                                        MEMBErShIP ChaIr                                925 215-3547 Office



                                                                                                                                                         journalism?!
or copy from the publication, provided full credit is
given to the author and the Golden Gate Chapter,          Jeff Cowan                                    Advertising@ggcbmwcca.org
unless otherwise noted or specifically prohibited.        650 322-4938 x2                             aD BILLInG ManaGEr
 Chapter Mailing Address:                                 MembershipChair@ggcbmwcca.org                 Tamara Hull
 Golden Gate Chapter BMW CCA                            MEMBErS-at-LarGE                                AdBills@ggcbmwcca.org
 909 Marina Village Parkway, PMB #189                     Mark Dadgar                                 rEGuLar ContrIButorS                                                              Kris Linquist - www.linquist.net
 Alameda, CA 94501                                        DrivingEventsCoordinator@ggcbmwcca.org        Jonathan Bush, Jeff Cowan,Mark Dadgar,
                                                          Kelly Collins                                 Kris Linquist, and Donovan R. Unks
BMW CCA                                                   CommunicationsManager@ggcbmwcca.org         PrIntInG                                              ... or at least the glamorous,
                                                        Event Staff                                     Commerce Printing
  The BMW Car Club of America, lnc. is a not-           ChIEf DrIVInG InStruCtorS                       (Please don’t call with membership questions.)     exciting world of chapter newsletters?
for-profit national association of over 70,000            Billy Maher                                 rEquEStS for rEPLaCEMEnt or Extra CoPIES
members, dedicated to the enjoyment of driving            707 546-5572                                 of the GGC newsletter should be directed
BMWs. Membership is not limited to BMW own-                                                            to the Membership Chair.
ers and aimes to provide access to driving and            Bruce Nesbit
social events, maintenance and technical informa-         415 461-1811                                Communications team
tion, parts discounts, and more. Dues are $40             TrackSchools@ggcbmwcca.org                  CoMMunICatIonS ManaGEr
per year, with an associate member added for            ChIEf StEwarD                                  Kelly Collins
$5 more. Members receive the monthly Roundel              Peter Guagenti                               CommunicationsManager@ggcbmwcca.org
magazine and a newsletter from their local chap-          ChiefSteward@ggcbmwcca.org
ter, or from a chapter of their choice. The Golden                                                    wEBMaStEr
                                                        traCk SChooL ProjECt ManaGEr                   Brian Ghidinelli
Gate Chapter is one of the largest chapters in the
                                                          Bruce Nesbit                                 Webmaster@ggcbmwcca.org
BMW CCA with over 4,500 members.
                                                          415 461-1811 (9am-8pm)                      GraPhIC DESIGn
 For a new membership or to renew an existing             TrackSchools@ggcbmwcca.org
one, please call toll free 1800 878-9292 or visit                                                      Percy Chow
www.bmwcca.org. Visa and Mastercard accepted.           DrIVInG EVEntS CoorDInator                     www.percydesign.com
                                                          Mark Dadgar
 BMW CCA mailing address:                                 DrivingEventsCoordinator@ggcbmwcca.org      area representatives
 640 South Main St., Suite 201                                                                        north Bay
 Greenville, SC 29601                                   ChIEf SCrutInEEr
                                                          Ramon Le Francois                             Donna Seeley
 Phone: 864 250-0022                                                                                    NorthAreaRep@ggcbmwcca.org 707 938-3525
 Fax: 864 250-0038                                        408 956-1662
 www.bmwcca.org                                         Car ControL CLInIC CoorDInator                San franCISCo
                                                          Bob Goebel / Grant Low                        Ken Glidewell

Privacy Statement                                         CarControl@ggcbmwcca.org
                                                        autoCroSS CoorDInator
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  By joining the BMW Car Club of America (BMW
                                                          Autox@ggcbmwcca.org                           Percy Chow
CCA), you provided personal information that allows
us to contact you. BMW CCA provides this information
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                                                        autoCroSS Car CLaSSIfICatIonS
to the Golden Gate Chapter of the BMW Car Club of          Rodger Ball                                PEnInSuLa
America (GGC BMW CCA) for the following purposes:          AutocrossClassify@ggcbmwcca.org              Kyle Breton
     • To send the GGC magazine (Die                       415 566-1239                                 PeninsulaAreaRep@ggcbmwcca.org 650 380-7116
       Flüsternde Bombe) by U.S. Mail.                  tEChnICaL SESSIon CoorDInator                 South Bay
     • To help us create content and events most          Grant Low                                     Kris Linquist
       relevant to you.                                   TechnicalSessionCoordinator@ggcbmwcca.org     SouthAreaRep@ggcbmwcca.org 408 392-0890
     • To alert you to updated information and          CLuB raCInG                                   MontErEy Bay arEa
       other new services from ggcbmwcca.org                                                            Ken Whitson
                                                          Steve Walsh
       using an email announcement list.                                                                MontereyAreaRep@ggcbmwcca.org 831 625-5133
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information to any third parties. The information you                                                   Rob Torres Jr.
provide to BMW CCA to be used by the GGC will           BMw fEStorICS CoorDInatorS
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not be used for any other purpose—we promise.
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only accepted at the BMW CCA na-                        CharIty EVEntS CoorDInator
tional office. Changes must be made                       Joe Fant
at www.bmwcca.org or in writing via                       CharitableEventsCoordinator@ggcbmwcca.org
email, fax, or USPS.


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                                    Thunderhill
GGC Driving School                                                                                   Ready To Drive?
August 25 & 26, 2007                                                                            Join the Golden Gate Chapter
                                                                                                of the BMW Car Club of
                                                                                                America for its summer driv-
                                                                                                ing school at Thunderhill
                                                                                                Raceway in Willows, CA.

                                                                                                Thunderhill is a beautiful and
                                                                                                challenging race track in Cali-
                                                                                                forniaÕ s Central Valley, mak-
                                                                                                ing it a great place to learn
                                                                                                the art of high performance
                                                                                                driving from the dedicated
                                                                                                team of experienced GGC
                                                                                                instructors.

                                                                                                If you are an ad-
                                                                                                vanced (A or B
                                                                                                group) student,
                                                                                                youÕ ll enjoy our
                                                                                                new, more lib-
Important Event Details:                                                                        eral passing
                                                                                                rules at this event!
• A and B groups feature new advanced passing rules!
• $399 for BMW CCA members, $439 for non-members (includes a 1-year BMW CCA                     Please visit the GGC web site
  membership)
                                                                                                for all of the information youÕ ll
• Optional $25 dinner ticket for the Saturday night BBQ banquet
                                                                                                need to apply and prepare for
• Online application and payment due by 8/19/07
                                                                                                this school.
• Cancellations assessed a $50 fee before 8/6/07
• No refunds issued after 8/6/07                                                                We look forward to seeing you
                                                                                                at Thunderhill!
Track Location
Thunderhill Raceway is located 7 miles west of I-5 on Highway 162 in lovely Willows, CA.            ! Bruce Nesbit & Bi"y Maher
More Information and How To Register
Information about this school, including complete event documentation and registration information, is available on the Golden Gate
Chapter web site at:


!         !        http://www.ggcbmwcca.org

We look forward to seeing you at Thunderhill!



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