BMW CCA Windy City July 2014 : Page 2

OFFICERS President Vice President Secretary Treasurer Breeze Editor Webmeister Meetings Membership Autocross Driving School Director-At-Large Legal Counsel Art Director VOLUME 43 NUMBER 7 630-913-7028 630-961-9333 815-338-3160 630-362-9099 847-729-5268 630-618-1377 847-581-9101 630-258-0408 630-207-4071 847-359-1814 847-695-9430 312-218-5652 847-729-5268 THE STEERING WHEEL JOHN KELLY PETE AUMENT ALBERT VELASCO VINCE HELOU BARBARA ADAMS ROBIN BLAIR MEG SCHMITZ TIM HEAD GRAIG NEVILLE RANDY EVERSON JEFF COREY MICHAEL LODERMEIER LARRY SCHETTEL WINDY CITY BMW, INC. is a non-proft Illinois Corporation. It is a chapter of the BMW Car Club of America and is not connected in any manner with Bayerische Motoren Werks AG or the Importer. The Windy City ‘Breeze’ is the publication of WC BMW and is mailed to all members in good standing. All of its contents shall remain the property of the Club. Informa -tion supplied is provided by the members and for the members only. The ideas, suggestions and opinions expressed in articles are those of the Club. The Club assumes no liability for any of the information contained herein. None of the information bears the status of “Factory Ap -proved” unless so indicated. Modifcations within the warranty period may void the warranty. The Editor of this newsletter seeks material suitable to pass on to other members. The mate -rial may be of a technical nature, bits of information about your car, area news and events, or just the latest tidbit you may have. Share your ideas with the other members by forwarding them to the EDITOR. BARBARA ADAMS 607 ELMDALE ROAD, GLENVIEW, IL 60025 E-Mail: ADAMS2002@AOL.COM NEWSLETTER DEADLINE: 25 th of month before publication. www.windycitybmw.com Friend us on FaceBook-Search Windy City BMW GiGi’s Playhouse , 1069 W Golf Road, Hoffman Estates, IL 60194 847-885-PLAY www.gigisplayhouse.org/ PetsNPatients, http://petsnpatients.org/ Northern Illinois Food Bank , 273 Dearborn Ct, Geneva, IL 60134 northernilfoodbank.org CALENDAR OF EVENTS JULY........................................................................... 12 Deerfeld Tire Autocross III, Sat, Sears Centre 13 Rallye I AUGUST.................................................................... 3 HorsePower Picnic, Sunday, Tempel Farms 3 Rallye II 23-24 GingerMan Driving School, South Haven, MI 31 Deerfeld Tire Autocross IV, Sun, Sears Centre SEPTEMBER............................................................ 7 Rallye III 14 VintageFest, ZF Services, Vernon Hills 20 Deerfeld Tire Autocross V, Sat, Sears Centre 28 Rallye IV OCTOBER................................................................ 12 Deerfeld Tire Autocross VI, Sunday, Maywood 18-19 Fall Tour, TBA 19 Rallye V 2015 JANUARY ....................................................... 17 Annual Dinner, Stonegate, Hoffman Estates JUNE ....................................................................... 6-7 Yokohama/Tire Rack/Challenge, South Bend SEPTEMBER ......................................................... 21-26 OFest, Galloway, New Jersey PLAN AHEAD! As promised last month, this month’s article will feature a recap of the Autobahn DE event and as a bonus, front bum -per removal made easy. The event started on Friday morning. Since the weather report said it was very likely to be a wet day, we decided to get a little later start. The weather forecast said wet, not snow. But rain turned to sleet, then to snow before we left. Granted it was only snow furries but it was Mid-May! Very reminiscent of spring driving schools at Road America – but those were in April. One last reminder of arguably one of the worst Chicago winters ever. The weather improved on Saturday. We were on track two of three different confgurations for the weekend, the North track. While there was no rain, the moisture from Friday decided to seep up out of the track at some undesirable locations. The least favorite spot was at the beginning of the front straight. It cleverly weeped up in bands perpendicular to the direction of travel. This meant that as you wanted to plant the right foot frmly to the foor, a very judicious use of throttle was required until the bands of dampness were cleared. Well, that’s were the fun begins. On one pass I thought I was past the “weepage” but apparently not, and the back end of the M3 promptly traded places with the front end, and very soon after I visited the agricultural portion of the track. Wet grass and smooth surfaced track tires meant a tow vehicle would be needed for the extraction from the infeld. The tow hook was already in place on the front of the M3, I thought we would be out in a couple minutes and ready for the next session with only a cleanup needed. Granted, the amount of sod and mud displaced and transferred to the car was not insignifcant, but nothing a quick wash wouldn’t solve. The tow vehicle arrived and hooked to the tow hook in the front bumper. The frst pass moved the M3 about halfway to dry pavement. After the rescue truck backed up to get a bet -ter angle down the track, we were ready to free the M3. But what ensued was certainly not as expected. Following soon after was a loud pop, and I watched the front bumper that had freed itself from the car sliding down the front straight on the end of the tow strap. This was session one of the sea -son. I thought are we really starting the season off like this? Fortunately Bob Rauch, the onsite mechanic for Windy City BMW DE events, knows a thing or two about body work also. He was able to straighten the bent bumper supports, and secure the bumper and tow hook far better than it was before the incident. Weekend saved, thanks to Bob! Just one of the many benefts of attending a Windy City BMW DE event, onsite mechanic support. On a side note, we have since ventured to two additional BMW CCA DE events. For the Memorial Day weekend we visited Mid-Ohio for a DE event and Club Race hosted by the Northern Ohio BMW CCA chapter. This is a great event that offers a DE school at a spectacular track with BMW CCA club racing that is always exciting to watch. And currently, I’m writing from near Putnam Park for event number 3 hosted by the Hoosier and Bluegrass chapters. This is our frst visit to the Rites O’ June event, but will certainly not be the last. Great people at a very entertain -ing track. Always glad to do my part to support the Midwest BMW CCA DE events. Hope to see you at GingerMan in August! JOHN KELLY

The Steering Wheel

As promised last month, this month’s article will feature a recap of the Autobahn DE event and as a bonus, front bumper removal made easy.

The event started on Friday morning. Since the weather report said it was very likely to be a wet day, we decided to get a little later start. The weather forecast said wet, not snow. But rain turned to sleet, then to snow before we left. Granted it was only snow flurries but it was Mid-May! Very reminiscent of spring driving schools at Road America – but those were in April. One last reminder of arguably one of the worst Chicago winters ever.

The weather improved on Saturday. We were on track two of three different configurations for the weekend, the North track. While there was no rain, the moisture from Friday decided to seep up out of the track at some undesirable locations. The least favorite spot was at the beginning of the front straight. It cleverly weeped up in bands perpendicular to the direction of travel. This meant that as you wanted to plant the right foot firmly to the floor, a very judicious use of throttle was required until the bands of dampness were cleared.

Well, that’s were the fun begins. On one pass I thought I was past the “weepage” but apparently not, and the back end of the M3 promptly traded places with the front end, and very soon after I visited the agricultural portion of the track. Wet grass and smooth surfaced track tires meant a tow vehicle would be needed for the extraction from the infield. The tow hook was already in place on the front of the M3, I thought we would be out in a couple minutes and ready for the next session with only a cleanup needed. Granted, the amount of sod and mud displaced and transferred to the car was not insignificant, but nothing a quick wash wouldn’t solve.

The tow vehicle arrived and hooked to the tow hook in the front bumper. The first pass moved the M3 about halfway to dry pavement. After the rescue truck backed up to get a better angle down the track, we were ready to free the M3. But what ensued was certainly not as expected. Following soon after was a loud pop, and I watched the front bumper that had freed itself from the car sliding down the front straight on the end of the tow strap. This was session one of the season. I thought are we really starting the season off like this?

Fortunately Bob Rauch, the onsite mechanic for Windy City BMW DE events, knows a thing or two about body work also. He was able to straighten the bent bumper supports, and secure the bumper and tow hook far better than it was before the incident. Weekend saved, thanks to Bob!

Just one of the many benefits of attending a Windy City BMW DE event, onsite mechanic support.

On a side note, we have since ventured to two additional BMW CCA DE events. For the Memorial Day weekend we visited Mid-Ohio for a DE event and Club Race hosted by the Northern Ohio BMW CCA chapter. This is a great event that offers a DE school at a spectacular track with BMW CCA club racing that is always exciting to watch.

And currently, I’m writing from near Putnam Park for event number 3 hosted by the Hoosier and Bluegrass chapters. This is our first visit to the Rites O’ June event, but will certainly not be the last. Great people at a very entertaining track. Always glad to do my part to support the Midwest BMW CCA DE events. Hope to see you at GingerMan in August!

JOHN KELLY

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Calendar Of Events

JULY..............................................

12 Deerfield Tire Autocross III, Sat, Sears Centre
13 Rallye I

AUGUST..............................................

3 HorsePower Picnic, Sunday, Tempel Farms
3 Rallye II
23-24 GingerMan Driving School, South Haven, MI
31 Deerfield Tire Autocross IV, Sun, Sears Centre

SEPTEMBER............................................

7 Rallye III
14 VintageFest, ZF Services, Vernon Hills
20 Deerfield Tire Autocross V, Sat, Sears Centre
28 Rallye IV

OCTOBER..............................................

12 Deerfield Tire Autocross VI, Sunday, Maywood
18-19 Fall Tour, TBA
19 Rallye V

2015 JANUARY .............................................

17 Annual Dinner, Stonegate, Hoffman Estates

JUNE ................................................

6-7 Yokohama/Tire Rack/Challenge, South Bend

SEPTEMBER ..........................................

21-26 Ofest, Galloway, New Jersey

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