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start/ﬁnish line—the best reserved seating available,
and unique merchandise availability. As an invited club,
we’re also entered in a contest for two parade laps on the
track for our members at the end of the race activities on
Friday and Saturday evening. To win, we must be one
of the top three clubs with the most tickets purchased.
Wouldn’t it be interesting if we had so many participants
that we ﬁlled the track nose-to-tail like we did at the 1996
Historics? You can purchase your tickets now online at:
Street racing isn’t what we promote for our members,
but we do encourage street survival skills. This month,
Mike Mills, President we’re oﬀering the exclusive opportunity for teen driv-
ers to learn car control skills at a Street Survival School
put on by our chapter for the BMW CCA Foundation.
May Flowers This is an incredible experience that gives your teen the
Our ﬁnancial picture is still a concern for us. Chapter hands-on education for skills that could save their live,
events are helping us build our reserves, and without or someone else’s.
our advertisers’ support, it would be a very diﬀerent Our other upcoming driving events include an auto-
picture. Please use their services and let them know you cross and two Club Races. And yes, there’s more than just
saw them through their advertisement with GGC. While driving events! The Bay Area ’02’s ﬁ�h annual Swap and
we’re still striving for a stronger cash reserve, we are Show is May 14 in Palo Alto, and the fourth annual Paciﬁc
steadily growing the treasury. Sharkfest—a celebration of the 6 Series—is May 19-21 in
The San Jose Grand Prix is coming to the streets of San Luis Obispo. Our CCA season is ramping up!
San Jose July 29-31. The racing includes the Champ cars, On a sad note, at the end of March, BMW CCA lost
Toyota Atlantics, Trans-Am, Historic Stock cars, and an institution, Yale Rachlin. Yale was recently diagnosed
the U.S. Touring Car Championship. When the local car with pancreatic cancer which took him quickly, yet
clubs were asked to participate, Mark Dadgar and I met peacefully. His contributions in Roundel Magazine’s early
with promoter Bob Singleton to hear about the arrange- growth were huge and his commitment to the Club was
ments for large group a�endance. (We are a large group!) extraordinary. He will be missed. Look to the May and
Car club corrals will be inside the race circuit with June issues of Roundel for more about Yale.
restricted access: cars must be in the corral early in the Until next month,
morning before the track goes green, and must stay until Cheers!
the track goes cold in the evening. The ticket package
for the corral includes reserved seats on pit lane at the
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The most current calendar is at: www.ggcbmwcca.org
Dates Event/Location Organization/Contact info Dates Event/Location Organization/Contact info
Calendar of Events May 7 Street Survival School
Candlestick Park / San Francisco, CA
Aug 6 Car Control Clinic
Marina Airport, Marina, CA
May 14 Autocross GG Chpt Aug 7 Autocross GG Chpt
Marina Airport, Marina, CA Jonathan Bensen Marina Airport, Marina, CA Jonathan Bensen
h�p://www.ggcbmwcca.org email@example.com h�p://www.ggcbmwcca.org firstname.lastname@example.org
May 14 5th Annual Bay Area 02 Swap & Show Bay Area 02 Aug 13 August Board Meeting GG Chpt
El Camino Park / Palo Alto, CA JP Collins East Bay BMW, Pleasanton Mike Mills
h�p://www.bayarea02.com email@example.com h�p://www.ggcbmwcca.org firstname.lastname@example.org
May 14-15 Sin City Driving School Sin City Chpt Aug 13-14 California Speedway Driving School LA Chpt
Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas, NV Kirk Lachman California Speedway, Fontana, CA Roger Scilley
h�p://www.sincitybmwcarclub.com email@example.com h�p://www.bmwclubla.org firstname.lastname@example.org
702-656-7799 Aug 19-21 Festorics at the Monterey Historics GG Chpt
May 14-15 BMW CCA Club Racing NASA NorCal Monterey, CA David Crum
Thunderhill Raceway, Willows, CA Steve Walsh h�p://www.festorics.org email@example.com
h�p://www.bmwccaclubracing.com firstname.lastname@example.org Aug 20-21 Thunderhill Driving School GG Chpt
May 19-22 Paciﬁc Sharkfest IV Paciﬁc Sharkfest Thunderhill Raceway, Willows, CA Peter Vinsel
San Luis Obispo, CA Paul DiMauro h�p://www.ggcbmwcca.org email@example.com
h�p://www.paciﬁcsharkfest.com paul@paciﬁcsharkfest.com Aug 28 Paciﬁc Raceways Driving School Puget Sound Chpt
May 21-22 BMW CCA Club Racing NASA SoCal Paciﬁc Raceways, Kent, WA Tom Olsson
Willow Springs Raceway, Rosamond, CASteve Walsh h�p://www.bmwpugetsound.com firstname.lastname@example.org
h�p://www.bmwccaclubracing.com email@example.com SEPTEMBER
May 28 May Board Meeting GG Chpt Sep 3 September Board Meeting GG Chpt
Stevens Creek BMW, Santa Clara Mike Mills Concord BMW, Concord Mike Mills
h�p://www.ggcbmwcca.org firstname.lastname@example.org h�p://www.ggcbmwcca.org email@example.com
JUNE Sep 17-18 Bu�onwillow Driving School Central CA Chpt
Jun 3 Bu�onwillow Driving School Central CA Chpt Bu�onwillow Raceway, Bu�onwillow, CAPeter Kwan
Bu�onwillow Raceway, Bu�onwillow, CAPeter Kwan h�p://www.cccbmwcca.org firstname.lastname@example.org
h�p://www.cccbmwcca.org email@example.com Sep 17-23 Oktoberfest - Greensboro, NC Tarheel Chpt
Jun 5 Paciﬁc Raceways Driving School Puget Sound Chpt Greensboro, NC
Paciﬁc Raceways, Kent, WA Tom Olsson h�p://www.tarheelbmwcca.org/oktoberfest.htm
h�p://www.bmwpugetsound.org firstname.lastname@example.org Sep 24 Autocross GG Chpt
Jun 5 Dorkfest 2005 Dorkfest Marina Airport, Marina, CA Jonathan Bensen
Blackhawk Auto Museum / Danville, CA Sco� Barneson h�p://www.ggcbmwcca.org email@example.com
h�p://www.mdork.com firstname.lastname@example.org Sep 24-25 BMW CCA Club Racing VARA
Jun 11 Bay Area 02 Gathering Bay Area 02 Bu�onwillow Raceway, Bu�onwillow, CA Steve Walsh
Casey Motorsports / Petaluma, CA JP Collins h�p://www.bmwccaclubracing.com email@example.com
h�p://www.bayarea02.com firstname.lastname@example.org OCTOBER
Jun 11 Tour of the Lost Coast Bavarian Rescue Oct 8-9 BMW CCA Club Racing NASA SoCal
Point Mendocino & Ferndale, CA David Simmons Bu�onwillow Raceway, Bu�onwillow, CA Steve Walsh
email@example.com 707-268-8074 h�p://www.bmwccaclubracing.com firstname.lastname@example.org
Jun 11-12 BMW CCA Club Racing NASA SoCal Oct 22 Car Control Clinic GG Chpt
Bu�onwillow Raceway, Bu�onwillow, CA Steve Walsh Marina Airport, Marina, CA Bob Goebel
h�p://www.bmwccaclubracing.com email@example.com h�p://www.ggcbmwcca.org firstname.lastname@example.org
Jun 11-Jul 9 The Ultimate Drive BMW USA Oct 22 October Board Meeting GG Chpt
Bay Area BMW Dealerships 1-877-4-A-DRIVE BMW of San Francisco Mike Mills
www.bmwusa.com/bmwexperience/EventsandPrograms/UDSK/ h�p://www.ggcbmwcca.org email@example.com
Jun 12 Autocross GG Chpt Oct 23 Autocross GG Chpt
Marina Airport, Marina, CA Jonathan Bensen Marina Airport, Marina, CA Jonathan Bensen
h�p://www.ggcbmwcca.org firstname.lastname@example.org h�p://www.ggcbmwcca.org email@example.com
Jun 18 June Board Meeting GG Chpt
BMW of Fremont Mike Mills Oct 29-30 BMW CCA Club Racing SCCA
h�p://www.ggcbmwcca.org firstname.lastname@example.org Laguna Seca, Monterey, CA Steve Walsh
JULY h�p://www.bmwccaclubracing.com email@example.com
Jul 9 Bay Area 02 Gathering Bay Area 02 NOVEMBER
East Bay, TBD JP Collins Nov 5-6 Inﬁneon Driving School GG Chpt
h�p://www.bayarea02.com firstname.lastname@example.org Inﬁneon Raceway, Sonoma, CA Peter Vinsel
Jul 9 July Board Meeting GG Chpt h�p://www.ggcbmwcca.org email@example.com
Stevens Creek BMW, Santa Clara Mike Mills Nov 19 November Board Meeting GG Chpt
h�p://www.ggcbmwcca.org firstname.lastname@example.org Stevens Creek BMW, Santa Clara Mike Mills
Jul 10 Paciﬁc Raceways Driving School Puget Sound Chpt h�p://www.ggcbmwcca.org email@example.com
aciﬁc Raceways, Kent, WA Tom Olsson Nov 19 Bremerton Driving School Puget Sound Chpt
h�p://www.bmwpugetsound.com firstname.lastname@example.org Bremerton Motorsports Park, Bremerton, WA Tom Olsson
Jul 16 Autocross GG Chpt h�p://www.bmwpugetsound.com email@example.com
Marina Airport, Marina, CA Jonathan Bensen DECEMBER
h�p://www.ggcbmwcca.org firstname.lastname@example.org Dec 17 December Board Meeting GG Chpt
Jul 29-31 San Jose Grand Prix San Jose Grand Prix BMW of Fremont Mike Mills
HP Pavilion / San Jose Mark Dadgar h�p://www.ggcbmwcca.org email@example.com
firstname.lastname@example.org Dec 17-18 Phoenix Driving School Roadrunner Chpt
Phoenix Int’l Raceway, Phoenix, AZ Rick Touton
Bolded events are Regional or National CCA events
To add an event to the calendar, email your information to:
4 May 2005 email@example.com
02 Swap & Show Tour of the Lost Coast
Bay Area 02 will be holding its 5th annual Swap & Join the 5th annual Tour of the Lost Coast on June
Show on Saturday May 14 in Palo Alto, at El Camino 11—a three hour jaunt exploring the beauty of Humbolt
Park across from the Stanford Shopping Center. The County. Drive the fabulous roads through the majestic
show runs from 10 a.m.– 2 p.m. and is free to the public. redwoods, over the coastal mountains, and down into the
The Swap & Show is the largest BMW gathering of Mathole River Valley. Once the tour reaches the Lost Coast
its type in California. More than 100 BMW 2002s are at Point Mendocino, we return over the hills ending the
displayed annually, along with select examples of other tour in the Victorian hamlet of Ferndale, California.
rare and collectible BMW models from the same era. It’s We meet at the edge of Humbolt Redwoods State
a fun and informal event. Owners buy, sell, and swap Park at the Weo� Post Oﬃce. Be there by 10:45 a.m.
treasured vintage parts or whole cars. Vendors hawk because we will depart at 11:00 a.m. There will be a short
accessories, services, and performance products. Gear- stop in Honeydew at the General Store then on to Petro-
heads ﬂock to tech sessions throughout the day. lia for lunch at the Hideaway (a cash-only establishment,
There is a registration fee for vendors and for own- so please plan accordingly).
ers displaying their cars. There is no competitive judg- To reach the starting point in Weo�, take highway
ing or awards. Discounted pre-registration is available 101 north to the one Weo� exit, and travel west approxi-
through April 22. mately one quarter of a mile. The group will be gathered
This event is open to the BMW 2002 and all variations on the hill to the right.
in the 02 series. Owners of BMW models built between There is no charge for the tour, and it is open to all
1965 and 1976 including Neue Klasse E9 (CS), and E3 things BMW: cars, bikes, and Minis. If you wish to inves-
(Bavaria, 3.0S, etc.) are also invited to participate. tigate accommodations in the area, contact the Fortuna
When: May 14, 10 a.m.– 2 p.m. Chamber of Commerce at 707-725-3959.
Where: Palo Alto, at El Camino Park Please contact event organizer David Simmons with
Contact: JP Collins, firstname.lastname@example.org , a headcount, include year and model of your car.
www.bayarea02.com When: June 11, 10:45 a.m.
Where: Lost Coast
Paciﬁc Sharkfest IV Lodging: Fortuna Chamber of Commerce, 707-725-3959
This is the 4th annual gathering of owners and Contact: David Simmons,
aﬁcionados of the E24 6 Series coupe. The event is being email@example.com, 707-268-8074
held Thursday May 19 through Sunday May 22, in San
Luis Obispo. Host hotel is the Embassy Suites, San Luis Electronic Diagnostics Tech Session
Obispo. A special room rate is being oﬀered to a�endees. On June 25, Allen Hardy of H&B, Inc. in Berkeley
Some of the planned activities include: show and will host a technical session focused on electronic di-
shine car show with People’s Choice awards, tech agnosis of our beloved BMWs. Allen will explain the pro-
sessions, dyno testing, wine tours and tasting, coast cess and the tools, then we will have an opportunity to
drives, local tours and a�ractions, alternate activities have our own cars diagnosed. Since the actual diagnosis
for non-drivers. will consume some time, reservations will be required.
When: May 19-May 22 Details will be provided on the GGC web site and in the
Where: San Lius Obispo
When: June 25, 2005
Contact Paul DiMauro, paul@paciﬁcsharkfest.com
Where: H&B, Inc., 2300 Fourth St., Berkeley, CA
Contact: Brant Miller, TechSessions@ggcbmwcca.org
Dorkfest ’05: Revenge of the Dorks
In 2004, Dorkfest v2 set the bar for the largest Z3
Coupe and M Coupe gathering with 41 coupes in at-
tendance. Our third Dorkfest—Revenge of the Dorks—is
shaping up to be even larger this year!
This event is free, and will be held once again at the
Blackhawk Auto Museum in Danville. Participants and
Dork fans are invited for the festivities on June 5 from 9:30
a.m. to 4:00 p.m.. A museum tour begins at 2:30 p.m. Online
Pacific SharkFest 2005
registration is available at www.mdork.com or by contact-
ing event organizer Sco� Barneson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
When: June 5, 2005 – 9:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Where: Blackhawk Auto Museum, Danville
BMW 6-Series Coupes • •
May 20-22, 2005 San Luis Obispo, California
Register: www.mdork.com or
Contact: Sco� Barneson, email@example.com
6 May 2005
Golden Gate Chapter - BMW CCA Board Meeting Minutes
By Donna Seeley
• Student corner workers. This is an important learning
Secretary, GGC BMW CCA experience for the A and B students; how do we get 100%
March 19, 2005 - BMW of Concord • Beyond the A Group. The discussion continues about
The Board meeting was called to order at 1:30 p.m. increasing the challenge for advanced drivers with passing
in corners or time trials. Dadgar will develop curricula
Board in A�endance: Mike Mills, President; Peter Guagenti, with the driving school coordinators.
Vice President; Tammi Hull, Treasurer; Donna Seeley, Secretary; • Car Control Clinics. The next two clinics will be at Marina.
Ed Lizardo, Membership Chair; Mark Dadgar, Driving Events CCC price will go up from $70 to $80. Kelly Collins will
Coordinator; Sco� Smith, Technology Manager. update the website information.
Board Not in A�endance: None. • Street Survival School – May 7 at Candlestick Point.
• Marketing – Bob Goebel has talked to Channel 20 (Warner
Meeting Notes: Brothers) to sponsor dealership T.V. video spots. We will
I. Treasurer target the enthusiasts' kids for the ﬁrst school. The Contra
• Financials Costa Times is involved for April 15 issue and their Sunday
• We have $39,000 on hand. Monthly income expected: commuter section.
membership dues $5,500 from National and autocross • Goebel is recruiting a driver for the water truck.
registrations. Accounts payable are $7,000, including some • Club Racing
school expenses to Laguna Seca. • February Thunderhill race update: $54 loss.
• 80% of membership dues payments are to be allocated to our • April 9-10 Arizona race was cancelled.
newsle�er and 20% to our general fund. • Guagenti is talking to the L.A. chapter about sponsoring
• The truck and trailer expenses are charged to the Driving races.
Events program, not to the chapter general fund or to • Rally coordinator search - GGC is asking for a volunteer rally
individual events. Dadgar will price a new compressor coordinator. Dadgar will talk to candidates.
and generator for the truck. Smith believes we should track • Misc: Dadgar and Collins will work on a presentation to
autocross program costs. Hull and Dadgar will have an dealers’ sales reps and staﬀ to introduce the Club and its
allocation for the next meeting. beneﬁts. We will involve dealerships with regional social
• Social Events events.
• Marque Madness, Apr 28 – May 1, 2005 V. Membership Chair
• E90 (new 3 Series) introduction display will be on the • Membership
vendor island April 30-May 1. No rides or drives in these • 4,409 members in GGC as of February 21. Lizardo has
cars. GGC will have a tent in the normal Turn 5 location. contacted all thirteen local dealers to make sure they all
• Yokohama tires is a sponsor and will be giving away tires. have BMW CCA membership applications and has wri�en
• San Jose Grand Prix, Friday, July 29, 2005 a preliminary member survey.
• Dadgar, Mills, and 30-35 other car club principals met • Mills has had a preliminary GGC brochure made up.
with the promoter. We can get a special corral area if 100 Lizardo is to write the text.
club members buy tickets online. Original site is inside • Lizardo to ask Wynne Smith about anniversary pins and
track (no in-and-out during the race). They will set up a pulling out anniversaries for Bombe.
separate oﬀ-track area if we bring enough cars. A normal • Communications (Ongoing) Ways of improving the website
race ticket is $150. The club that produces the most were discussed.
signups gets parade laps. USTCC has been added as a VI. Technology
support race. • Website content.
• Festorics, August 19-21, 2005 • The website group is to set up a “Board ﬁles” area on the
• Kelly Kirkland is training a team to run the Festorics, and website.
she will consult as needed. • Meeting minutes will be posted in PDF format.
II. Secretary • National database interface. Smith contacted Calvin Hill at
• Tech Sessions: No report. National about querying national database directly. National
• 2005 Paperwork status: On schedule submi�ing forms. will produce reports; there will be no direct queries for ad
III. Vice President hoc reports.
• Newsle�er: Advertising - Guagenti will write a new process; • Misc: Mills got a le�er that BMW NA’s site had a security hole
the 2005 ad rates and policies did not get communicated well involving membership data, and he duplicated the problem.
to advertisers. There are discounts for prepayment. Rates are Mills to contact Wynne Smith.
by the number of issues, not by the calendar year. VII. President
• Newsle�er Editor and Webmaster Conference: We plan to • Ops Manual updates. (Ongoing) All board members are to
send representatives. update their areas.
IV. Driving Events Report • Club Racing – what are National’s minimum insurance
• Autocross requirements? We may need additional insurance.
• March 12 autocross update: 65 cars a�ended; it was • Document truck/trailer insurance and management procedure.
reported to be extremely well-run. Due to a trailer tire • Brian Ghidinelli, Smith, Guagenti to update website “update”
failure, we will replace all tires and buy wheel covers. section, including expected response time for update
Autocrosses are scheduled for every month until requests.
November. Dadgar will talk to PCA about sharing • Hull to update bank account section.
Alameda. Guagenti and Dadgar will talk to their contacts • Seeley to update Under Eighteen Parental Release Consent
about prizes. forms section, including the task to forward the forms to
• Driving Schools National for seven years archiving.
• February Laguna Seca school update: We made about • Senior Leadership Conference: Mike has received results of
$1,000. the conference. The leaders resolved to respond to members
• March Inﬁneon school update: We should make about in a timely fashion.
$2,900. 92 students a�ended, and it was an exceptionally The meeting was adjourned at 5:06pm
clean event. We will talk to Inﬁneon Raceway about our
disappointment with the food service vendor. The Board thanks BMW of Concord for a comfortable meeting room.
Our thanks to
BMW of Concord
for hosting this board meeting! 7
Tales of the Paciﬁc senior leaders meeting that took place a short time ago. I
will forward the results as they become available.
FROM: Eddy Funahashi, Paciﬁc Regional V.P.
Our next board meeting will be in the Puget Sound
TO: BMW CCA Paciﬁc Region
Chapters region of Portland, Oregon on the weekend of
DATE: April 2005 June 4-5. Members are invited to sit in on the proceedings.
Paciﬁc Region Chapters membership 3-22-05
Chapter Current Last year News From National
Golden Gate Chapter 4,325 4,584 FROM: Wynne Smith, Executive Director
Road Runner Chapter 748 744
Sacramento Valley Chapter 618 663 DATE: March 22, 2005
San Diego Chapter 1,301 1,253 BMW CCA Annual Board Meeting: The Board re-
Inland Empire Chapter 332 351 viewed the following proposal and agreed that it should
Sonora Chapter 322 307 be shared with the chapters:
Central California 347 348
Hawaii Chapter 328 324 Drivers school registration program available to
Wasatch Chapter 234 263 chapters: Brian Ghidinelli of the Golden Gate chapter
Sin City Chapter 319 304 has been working with the Golden Gate and Delaware
Los Angeles Chapter 3,429 3,370 Valley Chapters over the past two years to build a
Puget Sound Chapter 2,896 2,949 comprehensive online registration and payment system
for driving events (HPDE, AutoX, Rally, and so on) at
Totals 15,260 15,199
h�p://www.MotorsportReg.com. The system has been
Board meeting Greenville, SC : I’ve just returned so successful that Brian wants to make it available to the
from our board meeting in Greenville, SC. Minutes of the other chapters. He’d like MotorsportReg.com to become
meeting will be posted to our website, pending approval. the online registration system of choice for BMW CCA
New board members were added including Leonard chapters and their driving events. Chapters would not be
Mueller, North Central RVP and Bruce Hazzard, Secre- required to use it, but those that do would save money
tary. Also, please oﬀer your congratulations to our newly and eﬀort, mitigate technology risks and have more fun
elected Paciﬁc DEC, Robyn McNu�. running their events using Brian’s proven system. Use of
Our next board meeting will take place in Portland, MotorsportReg.com is completely free: free for promot-
Oregon on June 4-5. ing events, free for online registration, free for generating
O’fest ‘05: Registration will begin with the April reports. The only fee is a 4.5% service charge for online
issue of Roundel. Seems that the most common question payments. About 3% of that goes to Visa/Mastercard
that I’ve been asked is, “How many days of a drive is it?” and the other 1.5% is their margin which covers technol-
and, “Are all venues in the same location?” Well, from ogy infrastructure, customer service and other costs. If
our West coast, you can count on about 2700 miles each a chapter runs an event and not a single person pays
way and 42 hours of driving. All events, aside from the online, MotorsportReg collects $0—that’s perfectly OK
driving events, are at one property. with them. Brian built the system to make events easier
to manage. There is a very simple set of terms and condi-
We’ll have to wait awhile for O’fest to return to tions each chapter must agree to—it mostly speciﬁes that
West of the Mississippi. Grand Rapids, MI. is being your data is always your data and will never be sold, and
considered for ‘06. if they collect any monies on the chapter’s behalf, Motor-
Paciﬁc Corrals, Concours, etc.(that I know of) sportReg will send a check every two weeks. There is no
•Concours at Cedar River Park, Sea�le, WA. July 24. lock-in; the terms do not require using MotorsportReg.
Puget Sound Chapter com for any period of time and it is easy to both import
and export your data. Please take a few minutes to pre-
•“Ultimate BMW Clean Car Contest” at Concorso
view the site: h�p://www.MotorsportReg.com
Italiano, August 19. Central -California Chapter.
Techfest St Louis: The Hoosier Chapter has gra-
•BMW Festorics at the Monterey Historic Races,
ciously stepped back from hosting the 25th TechFest in
August 19-21, Golden Gate Chapter.
2006, since the St. Louis Chapter would like to host the
In addition to the concours oﬀerings, we have many event for the silver anniversary of the ﬁrst Gateway Tech.
Paciﬁc Region High Performance Driving schools. Please We will keep you posted as to the dates and activities
go to the individual chapters’ website calendars to see planned.
their latest oﬀerings.
Autobahn Tours Autobahn Tours, which caters to the
BMW CCA Foundation Street Survival School: BMW CCA community and is a strong supporter of the
The Foundation has succeeded in creating a valuable Club. They create BMW-themed tours in Germany that
program to our young drivers as well as adding peace include a visit to Mobile Tradition (BMW’s private mu-
of mind for those parents of school’s students. Several of seum), a factory tour, self-guided day trips on Bavarian
our Paciﬁc Regions chapters have inquired, discussed, or roads, and all hotel nights. Some packages also include
have preliminarily scheduled schools for ‘05. A reduced BMW M driving programs, either a half day in a 330i
rate for the students has been added as in incentive. or the actual M3 Driving School. Autobahn Tours will
If you are interested, please contact Leo Newland, be the exclusive web portal for special discount rates on
firstname.lastname@example.org travel for BMW CCA members when the International
And…. A document that describes our clubs strategic BMW Club Oﬃce ﬁnalizes its web-based services. For
direction/plan is currently in the works. This plan is be- more information or to request ﬂyers to provide to your
ing composed from the information compiled from our Chapter, contact Dan.Tacke�@AutobahnTours.com.
8 May 2005
BMW CCA Seeking Ombudsman
News For You
Vice-President or the National oﬃce a proposal identify-
Club Ombudsman, David E. Dick, has announced ing what donation they are requesting, the date/location
his resignation from his position eﬀective immediately. of the event, and a description of the event. The propos-
On behalf of the many, many members he has so ably as- al will be reviewed by the Executive Commi�ee of the
sisted over the past years, I oﬀer our sincere thanks. We BMW CCA Board of Directors (President, Executive VP,
must now conduct a search for someone to replace him. Secretary and Treasurer) and a response will be provided
The ideal candidate will have a background in Nego- within one week. All proposals must be submi�ed at
tiations or Law and the ability to understand a certain least 45 days prior to the event date.
amount of technical jargon. The position is strictly on a
(For those of you who are not familiar with Mr. Koch,
volunteer basis. If, for some unexplainable reason, this
he has been a long time supporter of CCA activities through
sounds good to you, please contact me at 864-250-0022 or
his various roles at NA. In our own chapter, we know him
well from his ten-year relationship with our BMW Festorics
event. Year a�er year, Larry has worked diligently to help
us evolve Festorics into the stellar event it is today. Besides
Larry Koch New M Brands Manager the monetary and display support from BMW, he’s brought
BMW of North America announced on April 13, 2005 in notable BMW ﬁgures as guest speakers to our dinner,
that Larry Koch has been promoted to M Brands Man- including Tom Purves (Chairman and CEO of BMW (U.S.)
ager and is now the oﬃcial BMW NA liaison to the BMW Holding Corp.), Chris Bangle (Director of BMW Group
Car Club of America. Larry replaces Hernando Carvajal. Design), Henrik Fisker (Z8 designer and previous President
of DesignWorks USA), Adrian van Hooydonk (General
A member of this club since 1982, Larry has just
Manager BMW Design), Chris Chapman (X coupé designer
celebrated 20 years of employment with BMW of North
and Director, Automotive Design DesignWorks USA), Satch
America. In his many roles at BMW NA, Larry has al-
Carlson (Roundel editor), as well as renowned race drivers
ways been an outstanding advocate for the club, whether
David Hobbs, Brian Redman, Bill Auberlen, and Boris Said.
working with BMW NA or with BMW AG.
GGC sends a hearty “congratulations” to Larry. kk)
Prior to contacting Larry Koch or BMW of North
America, all chapters requesting any goods, services, or
cash sponsorship are required to submit to their regional
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BMW World Record Challenge…Simon and Monika New- want to be part of our adventure.” The Newbounds have no
bound are participating in one of the most demanding and ex- doubts about completing the trip, but are honest about what
citing adventures they have undertaken as a serious test of their ability, endur-
in the history of ance, and diplomacy.
motorcycling. Af- This is not some selﬁsh wish fulﬁllment trip, but is a quest to
ter two years, nine raise money for Ward 15 of the Royal Manchester Children’s Hos-
months, 132,000 pital for children have been victims of abuse. One hundred percent
kilometers, and 51 of all donated monies raised will be given to the charity. PRWEB
countries of chal-
BMW sales lead all European car makers in U.S.…Through
lenging both the
the ﬁrst three months of 2005, BMW sold 55,352 vehicles, up 4.5
percent over the same period last year and leading all European
record of 161,000
manufacturers in the U.S. market. Arch rival Mercedes-Benz in
kilometers and the
the same time frame sold 43,776, down eleven percent followed
closely by former sales leader Volkswagen with 42,878. The rest:
32,152 Volvo; 16,835 Audi; 10,184 Mini; 8,707 Jaguar; 8,444 Land
Rover; 7,344 Saab; 7,219 Porsche; 804 Bentley; 309 Maserati; 305
Ferrari; 168 Lamborghini; 105 Rolls Royce; 95 Aston Martin; 48
Maybach; 18 Lotus. Data: Automotive News
countries world record of Which auto manufacturers make the best engines in the
102 countries, the BMW world?...The International Engine of the Year Awards provides
riders ﬁnally have the the answers. The International Engine of the Year Awards have
endurance world record become one of the most sought-a�er automotive accolades and
an eﬀective marketing tool for triumphant marques. BMW en-
BMW News Bytes
ﬁrmly in their sights.
They are just weeks from gines that have been honored winners in several categories from
breaking their ﬁrst world 1999 through 2003, including International Engine of the Year
record of “The greatest for 2001 (3.2 liter) and 2002 (4.4 liter Valvetronic).
distance on two bikes in The 2005 awards, organized by UKiP Media & Events, will
one journey.” (They have be presented in May. Judged by a panel of renowned motoring
16,724 kilometers to go at journalists from 26 countries as disparate as the USA, Japan,
April 11, 2005.) China, Russia, New Zealand, India, Korea, Germany, France,
Incredibly, Simon South Africa, and the UK, the Awards highlight and acknowl-
and Monika com- edge under hood engineering excellence.
menced this double record challenge without any knowledge of Judges apply their impressions from driving today’s latest
motorcycle maintenance. Plus, Monika, who rides a sponsored cars to help them ﬁnd the powerplants that oﬀer the best driv-
BMW F650GS, only passed her motorcycle test and obtained a ability, perfor-
license four weeks before their journey started. Amazingly, this mance, economy,
is Monika’s ﬁrst ride on a motorcycle. and reﬁnement,
They will complete their second circumnavigation of the and reward manu-
earth when they arrive in Sydney, Australia in August 2005. facturers for the
Their ﬁrst circumnavigation was from east to west and started successful applica-
in Dublin, Ireland and ended in St. Johns, Newfoundland tion of advanced
Canada took eighteen months. It took them across Scandina- engine technology.
via, Russia, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Siberia, and Japan. They Scoring: in
rode north of the Arctic Circle three times on three continents. every category, the
During their time in North America, they crossed coast to coast panelists judge
not once, but four times and visited every state of the USA and each short listed
every province of Canada. engine using their
Wherever they’ve been, they’ve been well-received by kind subjective driv-
and generous people. In Kazakhstan, a new state of Russia, ing impressions
they were unexpectedly given an apartment stocked with food, and technical
a tour of the city by the Department of Tourism, and taken to knowledge, and
a traditional dinner banquet where they were served horse take into account
testicles and sheep’s eyes. The mayor of the city presented characteristics such One of BMW’s many award winning engines is this 3.2 liter
them with a beautiful handmade rug. In his speech he said to as fuel economy, 6-cylinder engine of the 2000 BMW M3.
the Newbounds, “Your adventure and courage are what we in noise, smoothness,
Kazakhstan aspire to.” performance, and drivability. The jurors each have 25 points to
spend on their ﬁve favorite engines in each class. The maximum
In Mongolia, they rode 1,600 oﬀ-road miles and lived
points that can be allocated to one engine is restricted to ﬁ�een,
amongst the nomads. In North America, they experienced
while the minimum reward is one mark. An engine cannot be
unparalleled generosity which meant being adopted in almost
tied for the top slot. UKiP
every town, state, and province they visited. In Rome, Italy, they
had an audience with the Pope. In China, they camped on the Why engineers do the cost cu�ing at BMW…You know
Great Wall of China. things are tough for automakers and suppliers when BMW
execs sharpen their cost-cu�ing knives. Times are good for
Simon and Monika are quick to tell you that their adventure
the Munich-based automaker. Market share is up and the new
and experiences of riding two BMW motorbikes around the
BMW 3 Series goes on sale this spring. It’s the company’s bread-
world is an incredible life changing experience. The couple says,
and-bu�er model and ought to boost sales again. Even so, the
“When people see our dusty and heavily laden BMW motor-
company has beefed up its purchasing department by hiring 70
bikes bikes, it brings out the best in them. It makes them smile,
engineers who will look for more ways to cut costs.
it makes them dream, it makes them in what ever way possible
BMW execs o�en boast about the number of engineers in No training wheels needed:
top positions at the company, where engineering is clearly the new BMW kids’ bike grows with
most important discipline. That’s only ﬁ�ing at a company young riders…The new BMW
where the CEO (Helmut Panke) is a nuclear physicist and past Kids’ Bike lets riders avoid a wob-
CEOs also have been engineers. bly beginning by starting out as a
Engineers in the purchasing department will be able to as- ride-on bike without pedals, allow-
sess where cuts can be made without damaging future product ing children to develop balancing
programs. Much of the BMW’s problem stems from its success. skills until they are ready for the
U.S. sales are so good that the unfavorable dollar/euro exchange power of pedaling. Children can
rate is likely to eat into proﬁts this year. Cu�ing costs now use the sleek two-wheeler BMW as
means that when the dollar rebounds against the euro, BMW a running bike, practicing steering
will be even stronger. Automotive News and hand-braking skills, and de-
veloping a natural sense of balance
“We assume responsibility.”…This is the philosophy at their own pace. When young
behind the BMW Group’s involvement in society and social riders are ready, the sturdy plastic
programs, which have such goals as: increased road safety, pro- pedals and steel chain can be ﬁ�ed
moting understanding among peoples and opposing violence, to the BMW Kids’ Bike. The pedals
achieving increased recognition of highly gi�ed children and have safety reﬂectors, and the pedal
young people, educational projects in kindergarten and schools, brake system features a hand-oper-
creating understanding and mutual trust in communities where ated brake on the right handle bar
it is located, ﬁghting HIV/AIDS. and a back-pedal brake. BMW pedals a new bike for kids.
The BMW Group has chosen these areas for its sociopo- The Kids’ Bike features a
litical commitment because they reﬂect its corporate culture resilient bike frame made of high-quality brushed aluminum.
and goals. The BMW Group’s view is that children and young Black padding protects the top of the frame and the center of the
adults are particularly important because they will shape the handlebar. Other safety features include an adjustable cantilever
society of the future. front-wheel brake, a child-friendly steering design and a con-
The company does not consider itself a sponsor in this trolled steering lock. There are reﬂector lights and a hand-oper-
regard, but rather as a commissioning body and initiator of ated bell on the le� handle.
its own projects. Many of these projects have been in force for The BMW Kids’ Bike retails for $300 and is intended for
years, and are pilot projects implemented at diﬀerent BMW children ages three to six. It weighs approximately sixteen
Group plants. All projects have been designed to be transfer- pounds with the pedals and the maximum weight load for the
able to societies throughout the world, and have been created Bike is 111 pounds. The frame ranges from 15 to 18.1 inches.
in cooperation with competent partners from education and Available at BMW dealerships. BMW Press
youth work. BMW Press
12 May 2005
Most successful sales month Shuﬄing the deck…BMW of North America has reshuﬄed
ever…BMW posted a 7.9 percent rise its top management and is pu�ing a Rolls-Royce executive into
in March group car sales to a record the number two job. Howard Mosher, 58, global head of sales
127,093 vehicles due largely to strong and marketing for Rolls-Royce, will become BMW’s executive
sales of its new one Series compact. vice president of operations on May 1. Mosher, an American,
Deliveries of its core BMW brand has held various posts in the auto
gained seven percent last month to industry during the past 30 years
104,909 units, while those of its Mini and worked for American Motors
brand grew an even stronger 12.1 per- and Land Rover North America.
cent to 22,130 cars. The Munich-based Mosher moves into the post cur-
company also said that 54 Rolls-Royce rently held by Edward Robinson,
Phantoms were sold to customers in 50, who will become CEO of BMW
March, a rise of ten percent. “Never Financial Services on April 1. Rob-
in a single month has the company inson has been with BMW since
been so successful in terms of sales as 1979 and executive vice president
it was in March 2005,” BMW said in a since 2002.
statement. James McDowell, 52, cur-
BMW Chief Executive Helmut rently vice president of BMW
Panke had said in mid-March that he marketing, takes over Mini.
expected record car sales in the initial McDowell joined BMW in 1993.
three months of 2005. He reaﬃrmed Jack Pitney, 42, vice president and
the company would post sales increases for all three brands to head of Mini, takes over the top
all-time highs this year. With 36,042 units sold in the ﬁrst quarter marketing job at BMW of North
—16,362 of which in March alone—the 1 Series hatchback single- America. Pitney began his career
handedly overcompensated for falling sales among other BMW at BMW in 1995 as corporate com-
brand models and weaker demand for the Rolls-Royce. munications manager and became
general manager of Mini in 2001.
Rivals Mercedes Car Group and Audi, Volkswagen’s
premium unit, posted ﬁrst-quarter sales that showed mixed Tom Purves, who remains as
results. Mercedes group sales, including its Smart and Maybach CEO of BMW of North America,
says the changes were made to I’ll trade you one Mini for one BMW. . . Jack Pitney
nameplates, sank 4.5 percent in the ﬁrst three months to 261,700
give executives more experience swaps VP marketing postions with Jim McDowell.
vehicles, due almost entirely to a 9.2 percent drop in deliveries of
its ﬂagship Mercedes-Benz marque. By comparison, Audi grew in other areas. Diana T. Kurylko,
car sales by 1.8 percent to 195,044 units in the ﬁrst quarter and it Automotive News Europe
reaﬃrmed on Wednesday it expects another year of record sales
in 2005. Reuters
Text by Mark Dadgar
Photos by Chaz Yoon
GGC’s March Inﬁneon driving school
blossoms into a spectacular weekend.
nﬁneon Raceway has a well-deserved reputa- the lesson so well that they’re ge�ing around the track schools or a tested veteran of the A Group, the
tion for treachery in wet circumstances, which faster than they ever thought they could, and you have morning driver’s meeting provides essential
is why I spend the week before GGC’s March the makings of a perfect weekend. information about the day’s procedures and track
Driving School frantically reloading the Weath- By 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, the 90-plus drivers regis- conditions. As usual, the meeting proves to be both
er.com long-term forecast page for Sonoma, California. tered for the school have ﬁlled the paddock with a beau- educational and entertaining due to the fact that
Well, my desperate, Elaine Benis-inspired Sun Dance tiful selection of Munich’s ﬁnest… plus the occasional chief instructors Bruce Nesbit and Billy Maher are
seems to have worked because, despite the rainy drive interloper from Stu�gart and places farther west like a pair of wild and crazy guys who just happen to
up on Friday a�ernoon, the weekend dawns bright Tokyo and Detroit. There’s a palpable buzz in the air as I have extensive track experience.
and sunny with blue skies crying out for fast laps at a head for the instructor’s meeting for the pep talk by co- In my role as Driving Events Coordinator for the
world-famous racing circuit. chief instructor Bruce Nesbit, who is rebounding nicely Golden Gate Chapter, I give a brief talk during the
How convenient. from a recent medical issue. Nez has come to Inﬁneon meeting about the autocross program and about the
Convenient because, of all the tracks at which I to make sure his instructors tow the usual very-ﬁne line, upcoming Street Survival School for teens on May
instruct, Inﬁneon has to be my favorite. Just thinking “Yes, Mr. Co-Chief Instructor. No, Mr. Co-Chief Instruc- 7th—it’s one of my personal priorities to raise the
about the extreme technicality of this world-renowned tor.” Really, it’s just like that, I swear. proﬁle of the diﬀerent parts of our chapter’s pro-
circuit in combination with the spectacular surround- The instructor meeting is followed by the driver’s gram. The last part of my talk directs the student to
ing wine country, spikes my heart rate. Add in the meeting at 8:00 a.m.—a critical part of the weekend’s explore the BMW CCA Club Racing kiosk in the pad-
sense of accomplishment of seeing your student absorb activities. Whether you’re completely new to track dock we’ve set up with the help of some club racers.
14 May 2005 15
playing the Australian
F1 race… a race safely
tucked away on my
TiVo for later viewing.
The problem is, trying
to avoid overhearing
information about it
at a racetrack is like
tiptoeing through a
The a�ernoon ses-
sions sail smoothly
The aim is to provide curious students with a chance to spend
with the students
some of their free time talking to racers about the thrill of
wheel-to-wheel competition and what it takes to participate
up their speed as the
in the program. (Many thanks to the racers who donated their
day progresses. By this
time and their race cars as displays for the booth!)
point, the students and I have our rhythm down. Now
At 9:00 a.m. the track goes hot (cars
on track) and the ﬁrst group of students
head out for laps. Fi�een minutes prior,
I’m down at the Green tent checking in
with group leader Peter Vinsel to ﬁnd
out which students I’ve been assigned
for the day. My A Group student for
Saturday has a viciously fast super-
charged E36 M3. Fortunately, I know
him well and look forward to riding
in that overpowered monster of a car.
My C student is the editor of a national
BMW magazine who has somehow
browbeaten BMW NA into loaning her
an E46 M3 Competition Package car
for the school. I know then, I’m in for a
Once we’re out on the track, the
morning sessions pass quickly. My stu-
dents show good judgment beginning
the day slowly, each ge�ing into the
rhythm of track driving by warming up
themselves and their car.
Lunchtime comes too early, as it always seems to. A�er it’s just a ma�er of providing some ﬁne-tuning as I spot
braving the line at the Café, I quickly spot a table to sit at places where they can adjust their line, or change the way
with some fellow instructors and a couple of students. This they apply the thro�le or brakes to maximize their speed
is one of the and cornering capability. The moment when the student’s
most enjoy- lightbulb goes on and they say, “Ahh, I get it! Thanks!,” is
able parts for the rewarding part of being an instructor:
me, the social Golden light blends into evening, and thoughts natu-
aspect of our rally turn to the social hour and dinner banquet back at
GGC events. the hotel. While the banquet is an optional part of the
We spend driving school, I heartily encourage my students to a�end.
time talking It’s a great opportunity to socialize with other chapter
about various members, including the instructors and event staﬀ. Nor-
lines through mally, chapter staﬀ are just names you see in the Bombe
corners while or in the chapter email updates, but get-togethers like the
I studiously banquets let you learn something about the person behind
avoid the T.V. the byline. For example, at my table we have GGC com-
overhead re- munications manager Kelly Collins musing about her ﬁrst
16 May 2005
ride-along with an instructor on
a race track: “Sure, Kelly, we can
go slower. But why?”
Dawn breaks about three
hours too early on Sunday morn-
ing, but by 7:00 a.m. we’re at the
track again—bleary-eyed and oh-
so ready to go. Our GGC policy
is to have students assigned new
instructors for the second day
of a school. Once again I draw
a very experienced A student
whom I know personally. When
I’m satisﬁed that he’s safe, in con-
trol, hits his marks, and is aware
of his surroundings, I sign him
oﬀ for solo driving. This frees my day up to concentrate
working on the famous twists and turns of Inﬁneon with
my new C student—damn, this is a fun job!
As the instructors gather in the paddock at the end of the
day, the topic on everyone’s lips is what a truly great school Mark Dadgar is a life-long car fanatic who subscribes to way
it has been. All in all, it’s a spectacular weekend at Inﬁneon too many automotive magazines each month. He is the founder of
Raceway: the weather is perfect and the students are some JustRacing.com.and currently serves on the board of the Golden
of the best I’ve ever seen. Many, many thanks go out to our Gate Chapter as the Driving Events Coordinator. As punishment
dedicated Driving Events team for pu�ing in the hours it for that, they make him instruct at Driving Schools. You can
takes to host a driving school. You guys are the best! reach Mark at: DrivingEventsCoordinator@ggcbmwcca.org.
See you all in August at Thunderhill.
By Chris Webber
Photos by Kelly Collins
he ﬁrst GGC autocross for 2005 had everything from Russ
Bowlus’ beautiful vintage 2002, to Eric Cheung’s dramati-
cally more modern and more modiﬁed M coupe bending
the cones at our April 12 event. (Serpentine, Shelly, serpen-
tine!) Looking at the large group of 64 drivers participating in this ﬁrst
event of the season, we think the 2005 season will be a great one!
In addition to the autocross regulars, there were quite a few new
faces in the registration line. There were also a healthy number of track
junkies showing oﬀ their car control amidst the cones, making it obvi-
ous that Mark Dadgar, our chapter Driving Events Coordinator, had
been talking up autocross at the other CCA driving events. A few auto-
cross addicts from other clubs made their way out, too. These seasoned
drivers provided a nice level of competition, as well as a great display
of car control for the participants eager to learn the limits of BMWs and
what they can aim for in their own abilities. Our GGC trailer served as Autocross Command
Chris Goelkel, GGC trailer-master extraordinaire, arrived early— Center for our club volunteers
despite having to change a tire on the trailer somewhere between its
distant home in Richmond and Marina. Unruﬄed by this harrowing
event, Goelkel arrived with a smile on his face and the gleam of com-
petition in his eye. What a trouper.
Now that the chapter trailer had arrived, the courser supplies
Baby, it’s cold outside! Marina went from cold to
were available. With cones in hand, the course design team set out to
build the ﬁrst “sideways” course in memory. This arrangement, which colder as the day went on.
had the trailer on the longer side of the course area, made a dramatic
impact in visibility and allowed volunteers to get to and from the
trailer and course-worker stations much more quickly. Less running to
the stations translated to more runs in the cars—six to be exact. There
would have even been enough time for fun runs if it hadn’t started
This day’s course proved that sometimes the key to fast times is a
strong foot on the brake pedal. The long, fast straights were reined in
by big sweepers. The straights tempted drivers to stay on the gas and
hope their tires stuck well enough to carry that inertia through the
corner. This thrill of speed was o�en mitigated by the disappointment
of understeer—with the front tires squealing their protest, “Too much
thro�le!” The more experienced drivers knew they had to go slow
in order to go fast: succumb not to the visceral satisfaction of the gas
18 May 2005
Course Design for 2005
pedal, but employ the more cerebral strategy of brake hard, hit apexes, and acceler- New this year is the position of auto-
ate out of the corners. cross design chairman. It came about after
Ken Garcia, master of cerebral racing and pilot of an E30 325is, knows the value autocross coordinator Jonathan Bensen
of his brakes. He was able use them to great eﬀect and end up with the second ﬁnished evaluating the results from last
fastest time of the day—61.1 seconds. Eric Cheung, not a GGC autocross regular, season and listening to the feedback from
but clearly no stranger to the racing line, was able to turn in an unbelievable time of participants. He decided it would be best
60.7 seconds. That was enough to win Gonzo class and claim fastest time of the day. to appoint an autocross course design
Ma� Visser put in another incredible performance of the day. It didn’t seem pos-
chairman who would be responsible for
sible that his E36 328ic (convertible) could go as fast as he was making it go—ulti- keeping the course design fun, fair, and
mately turning an impressive time of 64.8 seconds. Visser is relatively new to the fast.
scene, but he is quickly showing that he will be a strong competitor. CCA experts The person in this role would have the
are busy trying to understand if there is some magic going on when crowd-favorite responsibility of designing or approving
and generally super-fast driver John Bolhuis ﬁts the same proﬁle—a tall pilot of a 3 every course for the season, and would
Series convertible. also oversee course creation so that no
In the trend of topless cars making impressive times on the course, Noah Kileen changes were made in the translation from
kept the crowd entertained with his performance in his mom’s car—Deb Kileen’s paper to cones. This, of course, means that
Merlot Z4 2.5. Despite being completely stock—including less-than-sticky, factory- the poor sap who volunteered for this role
issue run-ﬂat tires—Noah was able to ﬁnesse his way around the track for a fast lap would be the person chased by an angry
of 67.1 seconds. Even though the car’s tendency was to slide like a pad of bu�er on mob of gearheads if the course failed to
a hot griddle, Noah was able to demonstrate brilliant car control, and keep his runs entertain, or was too hard to follow.
cone-free. Sound like a dream gig? Apparently I
All these drivers were remarkably fast, but moreover they were all amazingly thought so, because I signed up. No, you
smooth—their runs notable more for the lack of tire noise than for anything else. can’t have my address for angry letters,
Clearly smoothness and control pays oﬀ in a big way at the timing lights. and no I don’t want to buy your swamp
An autocross event, however, is not the only time when smoothness and control land in Florida. Although I hear it is beauti-
pays dividends. The beneﬁts of car control, as learned and practiced in the safe and ful this time of year….
fun environment of an autocross, absolutely beneﬁts every driver whether it be in Despite the fact that my clothes are
spirited back-road blasting, or avoiding an accident in everyday commuting. It’s now coated with enough white chalk to
for these reasons we invite every member out to autocross, newcomers are always talc the hands of the entire U.S. women’s
welcomed. There are people willing to help you, even the most seasoned veteran is gymnastic team (call me, we’ll talk), and I’m
willing to lend some guidance to newer drivers. This not only gives more conﬁ- having terrifying dreams about spinning
dence among the cones, but also teaches the car control skills that will likely make roundels menacing me, I welcome your
you safer on the roadways. course design suggestions, feedback, and
GGC autocross continues to be one of the easiest ways to get out and meet like- questions. Hmm, I guess that means you
minded BMW lovers, and to explore the limits of your car in a fun and safe environ- can have my address for your angry letters:
ment. Check the website, note the dates, and come out and drive! email@example.com.
2005 Autocross Run Times By Class
First Event, April 12, 2005
Gonzo AA - continued C
First Last Time First Last Time First Last Time
Eric Cheung 60.754 Bob Su�erﬁeld 69.539 Curtis Gould 70.849
Ken Garcia 61.120 Jeﬀ McCormick 69.781 Larry Wolfson 72.575
Chris Webber 61.630 Ma� Small 69.852 Earl Webster 74.558
Jonathan Bensen 63.399 Chris Goelkel 69.977 Nicholas Li 75.435
Steve Kupper 63.759 Bruce Graham 71.062 N
Remy Pieron 65.148 William Yu 71.337 First Last Time
AAA Jonathan Vogt 71.364 Richard Vĳeh 61.581
First Last Time Jason Bishop 72.472 Sco� Biggane 74.426
Jason Sams 64.439 Robert Malone 72.823 X
Praneil Prasad 65.087 A First Last Time
Saksiri Tanphaichitr 65.264 First Last Time Chuck Renn 62.185
Rodger Ball 66.499 Mercado Joe 67.860 Ken McCulloch 62.764
Poh Gwee 66.879 Tim Dolan 68.031 Robert Walker 65.697
Kyle Sanchez 68.172 Vance Antonowicz 68.602 Mark Mervich 66.895
Jeﬀ Cowan 68.239 Randy McFarland 69.313 Marshall Moranda 67.644
Kelly Collins 69.341 Cathy Dolan 71.567 Alex Poloziouk 68.039
Sergio Lopez 69.754 Paul DiMauro 72.265 Eric Lam 68.668
Jeremy Chan 70.059 Can Chang 72.437 Steven Schmi� 68.935
AA Chu Chiang 74.124 Grant Low 69.306
First Last Time Kim Smith 74.956 Fred Kim 70.318
Ma�hew Visser 64.857 Stephen Lee 76.226 Catalin Reu 71.733
Ma� Knoot 66.262 B Ian McLeod 73.262
John Garcia 67.132 First Last Time Cameron Tam 75.989
Noah Killeen 67.190 Bob Goebel 70.359
Andrew Clark 68.443 John Orbon 72.751
David Crum 68.940 Victor Lau 77.392
20 May 2005
22 May 2005
By Jonathan Bush
will wander down into the spark-plug wells
Welcome to the latest installment of The Wrench… and can short out both the ignition coils and
Meanwhile, Back At The Wrench...
ﬁrst caller, you’re on the air. engine computer (DME).
740iL Driver’s Seat on Strike By the 100,000-mile mark, most V8s get new
I drive a 1998 740iL and the driver’s side power seat intake manifold gaskets and a PCV back plate. You’ll
stopped working. I checked the fuses and they are ﬁne. Is this know if the plate has failed when the engine starts in-
common with BMW? Does the power seat (with memory) have gesting large quantities of oil through the numbers four
a reset option? I’m hoping there isn’t a control unit that needs and eight cylinders. This fouls the spark plugs, result-
replacing. Any help with this would be great. Thanks, ing in huge amounts of blue smoke belching out of the
Chris H. tailpipe. Power drops dramatically, and it will look for
Chris, I’ll wager your steering wheel’s motor-driven all the world like you’ve obliterated the engine. With any
reach and height adjustments have also stopped work- luck, you won’t destroy the catalytic converters (there are
ing. Try this quick ﬁx before you start replacing expen- two) and oxygen sensors (there are four) in the process.
sive black boxes: Engine compartment heat: All E39s, as with all
At the base of the seat, there is a plastic trim piece. modern BMWs, get the Cooling System Therapy Session
Under this, behind the switch, is a plug. Remove the by 100,000 miles: new radiator, coolant reservoir, water
plastic trim piece (one or two Torx heads and a plastic pump, thermostat, and front engine hoses. This is due to
clip) and check that the plug is still ﬁrmly a�ached to the the plastic and rubber breaking down from heat cycling
back of the power seat switch. inside the engine compartment. The nasty things that can
happen include radiator hose necks break oﬀ, coolant
We have a customer who is about six and a half feet bo�les split open, thermostats—electronically controlled
tall. Every time he brings in his 1998 740iL, we have to do on later cars—fail, and water pumps leak. If the session is
this ﬁx to make the seat move so we can reach the ped- performed earlier than 100,000 miles, you should be ﬁne.
als to drive the car into the shop. Our hypothesis is that
the plug always pops oﬀ due to the way he has to fold Suspension and steering: All these components are
himself into his car. relatively robust. The V8s get power steering pressure
lines (pump to box) sooner or later—a skin-shedding job.
That was it! You saved me a great deal of green. Thanks for
your help. I appreciate it. Sincerely, All power steering systems ooze from the crappy
crimp-clamps on the reservoir and elsewhere in the system.
Chris H. A cure is to replace them with sturdy German hose clamps.
The Scoop on the E39 540i Sport We’ve replaced a center-track rod on an 80,000-mile
I’m thinking of a six-speed/sport package E39 540i from 540i wagon before, but haven’t seen the problem on any
1997-99 and a�er looking at cars this weekend, I’m a bit other similar-mileage E39s. We’ve also replaced a rear
confused on what exactly designates a “sport package.” I was upper control arm on an M5 because the ball joint boot
told that a sport package is any 540i with a six-speed, but I’ve was ripped. There was neither impact damage nor play
also been told that doesn’t mean it’s a sport package. If any in the ball joint, so we assumed it was just a bad boot.
six-speed is a sport package, then why do some have the sport Brake system: The E39 brakes are strong and fairly
seats, M Technik steering wheel, etc? Do you have any insider large. To ﬁll the brake ﬂuid reservoir, you need to know
information on this model? Much appreciated! that it’s buried under the tray for the driver’s side cabin
Aeon T. air ﬁlter. Once you know where it is, it takes two minutes
Aeon, if it’s a six-speed, it is indeed a sport package. to access it.
There was an option on the sport package of ordering Transmission: We haven’t seen any problems with
Comfort seats, which were diﬀerent than Sport and Flat the six-speed transmissions or their clutches. There is an
seats. You can spot the Comfort seats by their articulated inline dampening valve between the clutch master and
backrests. The sport steering wheel didn’t appear until slave cylinders that, yes, dampens clutch actuation. You
1999 on the 540i sport package. can remove the valve if you want ﬁrmer, quicker clutch
You’re a rock star. Thanks for ge�ing back to me! Any- engagement. However, the result may be that the car eats
thing else I should know? Aeon T. ﬂex discs and/or rear tires.
Sure. Here’s a list of more random bits about the Factory mobile phone: When the remote micro-
1997-99 E39 540i: phone (located above your right eyebrow by the sunroof
switch) fails, it will cause nasty feedback through the
Interior: Look for blank pixels in the dashboard dis-
stereo—and not just when the phone powers up.
plays. The earlier cars seem more aﬄicted than the later
cars. The rest of the interior holds up be�er than the E34 Gremlins: A customer stated the high beams only
5 Series. We haven’t seen Power Seat Cable Migration as worked on ﬂash-to-pass. It turned out the fog lights and
on earlier 5 Series... yet. corresponding dashboard indicator were also out-to-
lunch. We ﬁrst checked the fuses and discovered one of
Rear window regulators were year-speciﬁc for the
the two lamp control module fuses was missing. Replac-
ﬁrst few years of this model and are all now no longer
ing the fuse cured both the high beam and fog light issues.
available (NLA). The ﬁx is to update with a newest-style
Sometimes, while chasing electrical gremlins, checking
regulator and an adapter kit.
your power is as important as checking your grounds.
Engine: All BMW V8s should get valve cover gaskets
That’s all for this month, please keep sending in your
between 75,000 and 90,000 miles. If le� unchecked, the oil
questions. We’ll see you next time.
Email your questions to: TheWrench@ggcbmwccaorg
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Aguilera Francesca Hercules 328iC 1997 Mellema Robert San Luis Obispo Z4 2.5 2004
Bailey Sco� Sco�s Valley Mena Mauricio San Jose 330Xi 2001
Baker Daniel Fairfax 328is 1996 Mengenity Al Campbell
Bandong Hilario San Mateo Z4 2004 Mervich Mark Redwood City
Barbin Richard San Jose Montoya Gil Lafaye�e Z8 2002
Benjamin Casey San Francisco 330i 2004 Morrison Michael Sunnyvale 528i 2000
Bradish George Moraga 325i 2004 Noetzel Werner San Mateo
Brown John Orinda 2000 1969 Pawlak Jan San Jose 330i 2004
Burne� Greg Santa Ana Quintero Sanchez Dolores Fremont
Chavez Jeﬀrey San Rafael 740i 1998 Rambod Hany Los Gatos
Cox Ryan San Francisco 330Xi 2002 Ramsdell Richard Saratoga
Dix Sco� Santa Cruz 2002tii 1973 Robertson Charles Cupertino
Dolan Tim San Carlos Mini 2005 Rom Karin Los Gatos
Dorrance Todd Mountain View M3 1997 Ruiz Javier Mountain View M5 2001
Fang Edward San Francisco 330Ci 2004 Saxena Vikram Mountain View Z4 2004
Geusen Mark Santa Rosa M5 2000 Saylor Sco� Monterey 325is 1989
Glasure Thomas Salinas Schaefer Robert Concord 325i 2004
Goﬀ Courtney Santa Cruz 530i 2001 Schwartz Randall Salinas
Graham Bruce Paciﬁc Grove M5 2000 Sconiers-branch Michele Richmond 745i 2003
Hembree Leslie Novato Z4 2003 Seifert Sharon Mill Valley
Huong Wa Union City Sheehan Kevin Palo Alto
Hyde Geoﬀ San Francisco M3 1998 Sherman Rolland Martinez
Imani Ken Walnut Creek X5 2001 Solnao Toni San Leandro 318ti 1996
Jordan John Santa Rosa 325i 2001 Referred by Duke Roberts
Kapiszewski Piotr Oakland M5 2003 Stollmeyer Mike Santa Rosa 545i 2005
Law Kenneth Moraga 330i 2002 Thompson Kirk Berkeley 325is 1989
Lopatin Andrew San Jose Trieu Dat San Carlos M3 1995
Lu Avery San Jose 540ia 2000 Valente Miguel Hayward M3 2004
Lui Tovah Burlingame Wehman Brandon Marina 325i 1991
Martinez Tito Daly City M3 2001 Wiggins-Harris Stephanie Pi�sburg
McDaniel Dudley Danville Z4 2003 Yoon Sung San Jose X3 2005
Zempel Chip Fair Oaks
24 May 2005
CARS IS CARS
Classiﬁed Ads 2001 330Ci WBABN53401JU21280 - Jet Black/Black/
Aluminum trim. Must sell Black Beauty as I have an ‘05
on order. 33,500 careful miles, one ﬁnicky owner, always
1974 2002 - Modiﬁed engine, Schrick cam, headers,
two Solex sidedra�s, custom air box, MSD, Mecca oil
ﬁlter, oil cooler, factory close-ratio ﬁve-speed, suspension
garaged. Five-speed, 225/45 x 17 Pilot Sports, partial upgrades, good interior. Car has been si�ing for several
Sport Package—Dealer installed steering. Interior has years. $1,000. Call 831-649-4840.
never seen food, drink, or smoke. No dings! Dealer ser-
viced, all documentation. $26,000. Tom, 415-388-3752.
PARTS IS PARTS
2001 E46 sedan parts - The following parts are OEM
1998 M3 Sedan WBSCD9321WEE07805 - Techno
and like new condition: walnut interior trim, ten pieces
Violet/Grey, ﬁve-speed manual. I’ve owned this car since
(except console), $175; steering wheel, $125; passenger
’99, it’s immaculate. Excellent inside and out, requires
and middle interior vents, $50; gauge face cover, $25;
absolutely no work—looks, rides, and sounds great.
bumper cover with AC Schnitzer lip spoiler—fog lights
Garaged at night and never smoked in. Car has M rear
included, $150; new AC Schnitzer aluminum dead pedal,
wing, power sunroof, power front seats, cruise control,
$50; new AC Schnitzer grill emblems, $25; Dinan Stage
onboard computer, HK sound, CD changer, factory
Two springs, $100. Al 510-243-6614.
alarm, OEM rear sunshade, Alpina So�lines. Eurospec M
Floating hat front rotors, and new Potenza S03 tires. Re- Four black steel wheels - Size 6 1/2J X15, ﬁts E36 3
cent lubrication service: Lubro Moly Synthetic. Gearbox/ Series. Excellent condition, used only for a few auto-
clutch/brakes replaced approximately eighteen months crosses. Excellent for winter snow tires. These are $140.00
ago. New ba�ery. Maintenance records are included. new from Tire Rack. $45.00. Ed 510-658-1015.
Registration paid till January ’06. Email me for a link GARAGE SALE! - Le�overs from a conversion proj-
to the CarFax Report. Photos available. Gerald 408-930- ect – 1996 E36 Compact with 65,000 miles. Complete ex-
3015, firstname.lastname@example.org. haust system, suspension, brakes, steering components,
line for copy is the 1975 2002 - (no smog needed) 45-DCOE Webers, 292 body trim, ECU, instrument cluster. Miscellaneous E36
ﬁrst of the month degree cam, tii distributor, headers, ﬁve-speed overdrive, and E30 parts from this car and others. Bargain prices.
- see front of Contact me for a complete list, part numbers, and prices.
alloy wheels, good tires, PLUS assorted parts. $1,000.
magazine for more
707-875-9147. Mark 510-524-1557, Spatlese1@aol.com.
2002/Bav/3.0/Coupe Radiator Upgrades. Rebuilt
with new three-row high-eﬃciency core. Be�er cooling.
Fits without mods—same size, mounting, clearances,
ﬁ�ings, and appearance. Curt Ingraham, 510-507-2002,
Have your classic BMW painted by a fellow car
enthusiast with nearly twenty years experience. I do
body work, rust repair, and specialize in the 2002 and
3.0 Coupe, as well as doing CLEAR COAT REPAIRS on
your late 1980’s and early 1990’s cars. I use top qual-
ity German-made acrylic urethane paints and deliver a
factory looking ﬁnish. My prices are a bargain in today’s
current market. Contact me: Andy Schank, via email at
email@example.com, or call me at 510-236-5232 to set
up an appointment for a free estimate.
26 May 2005
The Ultimate Drive for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation
E xperience the exhilaration of driving a new BMW while joining
the ﬁght against breast cancer. In partnership with the Susan
G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, BMW organizes an annual
for research in the past eight years. All the information you need to
participate is right here, including easy, on-line registration. Sign up
today. Together we can turn the corner on breast cancer.
event, The Ultimate Drive®, to raise money for breast cancer research Find out how to participate in The Ultimate Drive® by either calling
and outreach programs. Choose a vehicle, take it for a drive, and 1-877-4-A-DRIVE or go to: h�p://www.bmwusa.com/bmwexperience/
BMW will donate $1 per mile on your behalf to the Susan G. Komen EventsandPrograms/UDSK/
Breast Cancer Foundation, our partner in raising over $8,000,000
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Independent Service & Supply Discounts
Bavarian Enterprises 408-737-6100 Various Parts
CCA Discounts Sunnyvale BMW Concord
Factory Authorized BMW Dealers
Bavarian Motorsport 408-956-1662 10% Parts 1945 Market Street
Milpitas Concord, CA 94520
Bavarian Professionals 510-524-6000 10% Labor (925) 682-3577
BMW of Mountain View
Berkeley Motor Works 510-528-1214 5% Parts/Svc
150 E. EI Camino Real
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Mountain View, CA 94040
San Carlos (650) 943-1000
Catalpa Street Garage 831-464-2269 10% Parts BMW of San Francisco
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