ombe die flüsternde Volume 36 Number 5 June 2007 Inside: Get Involved! Autocross Results Dinan Day Afternoon Car-Control Clinic HPDS At Thunderhill SA ThisMent Yo VE Ad ion ur 10 an On the Road or Fir % d st Se OF On the Track rvi F ce! Delivers Con dence and Value in out Ask About Our NEW Express BMW Service! EDGE is proud to o er the Bay Area's only Premium Quality Express Service, exclusively for BMW and Mini... 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The Golden Gate Chapter has created an email list from the National BMW CCA data- By Kyle Breton base to send out event announcements that Photos by D.R. Unks ...............12 don’t make it into print. We promise to respect your time and limit the frequency of these mes- Autocross #1 Results sages to one or two a month. Photos by Ovidiu Predescu ......15 features This email list is sent to all Golden Gate Dinan Day Afternoon Die chapter members who chose to provide an email address to the BMW CCA when they By D.R. Unks...........................16 Flüsternde joined or renewed their membership. You have the option to add or remove your address from this list at any time. To add your email address Car-Control Clinic ......................21 visit http://lists.ggcbmwcca.org/mailman/ listinfo/announce and follow the directions. 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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 4 June 2007 die flüsternde B ombe June 2007 die flüsternde B ombe 5 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 firstname.lastname@example.org www.cccbmwcca.org email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org www.ggcbmwcca.org email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org www.bmwpugetsound.com email@example.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 (firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com www.ggcbmwcca.org firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com www.ggcbmwcca.org firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com www.bmwcca.org firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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, email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org GG Chpt Spokane Raceway Park, Spokane, WA www.iebmw.org Scott Adare email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com ics and honing their car-handling skills. and gathering of domestic and import cars in Dublin to benefit New Find the most current calendar at: w w w. g g c B M W c c a . o r g 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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com www.ggcbmwcca.org firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com www.ggcbmwcca.org firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com www.ggcbmwcca.org firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com www.ggcbmwcca.org firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com www.ggcbmwcca.org firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com www.ggcbmwcca.org firstname.lastname@example.org Victorian village of Ferndale. Contact: Percy Chow, email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com 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, firstname.lastname@example.org, 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 email@example.com CommunicationsManager@ggcbmwcca.org event for first-time club participants. All you need is your car (and it Continued on page 8 6 June 2007 die flüsternde B ombe June 2007 die flüsternde B ombe 7 Announcements Continued Golden Gate Chapter - BMW CCA Board Meeting Minutes Minutes 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 5 Lost our second managing editor. Barbara has disappeared 4 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 4 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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- 4 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- 4 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 4 be sent upon registration. Where: Sonora, CA acquisition. Membership Report: Pending Articles Contact/Register: Edgar Chen, email@example.com, Contact: Jeff Cowan, firstname.lastname@example.org 5 Area reps report: Next month we have two feature articles on tap from Kris 4 650 400-1671 Percy Chow 8 Linquist and Kyle Breton. Sierra Foothills Wine Tasting And Tour Involving GGC in an all-marque car show and barbecue spon- 5 sored at east bay church with 800 car capacity. No BMWs will be Chow volunteers Sven Schindler to write about Festorics. 4 Discussion continues over the categorization of our “newsletter.” 5 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? 4 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 5 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 4 5 New advertisers are paying on time. 4 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 4 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. 8 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 8 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- 8 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 8 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 8 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: 8 Bensen browses for concealer. 8 Dadgar to explain functionality of gallery on GGC site so we can 5 Social events: go forward. Collins, Cowan, and David Crum are planning an event at Burrell 8 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 5 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. 5 Cowan to confirm cost/risk/deposit details from caterer. No risk 5 is expected. Small deposit of $250 may be requested. Cowan to follow up by email. 5 Treasurer Report: We have money. No specific financials available. 8 Tax filling due May 15, will start end of April. 8 Approximately $20,000 worth of deposits out for all major 8 events in 2007. Insurance paid for major events. 8 We have tentative commitments to Club races, need Mills to 8 report further. Mills and Hull to attend Chapter Congress April 20-21. 8 Truck sale to be finalized in the next week. 8 Much discussion ensued about the RVP screw-up at National and other 8 candid comments about the National Board. You just had to be there. Hull to follow up with Webber this week on truck insurance and 8 adding Nate to the insurance. 8 June 2007 die flüsternde B ombe June 2007 die flüsternde B ombe 9 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) Bimmerphile - continues on page 24 om d.c 10 June 2007 die flüsternde B ombe June 2007 die flüsternde B ombe 11 po eco 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 would be the final exam. With M 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 12 June 2007 die flüsternde B ombe June 2007 die flüsternde B ombe 13 Lisa Ferrari Gonzo B 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 11 12 184 116 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 The Paella 17 16 June 2007 die flüsternde B ombe June 2007 die flüsternde B ombe 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. 18 June 2007 die flüsternde B ombe June 2007 die flüsternde B ombe 19 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 20 June 2007 die flüsternde B ombe June 2007 die flüsternde B ombe 21 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 email@example.com Email your thoughts to: Rumblestrip@ggcbmwcca.org 22 June 2007 die flüsternde B ombe June 2007 die flüsternde B ombe 23 Bimmerphile - continued from page 11 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. 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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! WWW.GGCBMWCCA.ORG 28 June 2007 die flüsternde B ombe The Ultimate Dealership, SILICON VALLEY’S BMW CENTER The Ultimate Driving Machine! New State of the Art facility Serving Santa Clara County 60 Service Bays BMW Club Members Receive 20% Discount On Stevens Creek BMW is an authorized DINAN BMW Parts & Labor. Just Ask For Scott Fuller, Performance Center Service Manager, And Show Your Club Membership Card. Come Visit And See Our Commitment For The Future Today! SILICON VALLEY’S BMW CENTER w w w. s c b m w. c o m 4343 Stevens Creek Blvd., Santa Clara 408-984-0794 Want to join the club? Call 800 878-9292 or go to www.bmwcca.org and sign up for only $40. 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