BMW CCA Windy City May 2015 : Page 2

OFFICERS President Vice President Secretary Treasurer Breeze Editor Webmeister Meetings Membership Autocross Driving School Director-At-Large Legal Counsel Art Director VOLUME 44 NUMBER 5 630-961-9333 630-913-7028 815-338-3160 630-362-9099 847-729-5268 630-618-1377 847-302-2601 630-258-0408 630-207-4071 847-359-1814 847-695-9430 312-218-5652 847-729-5268 THE STEERING WHEEL One of the most popular activities we provide is our annual Autocross Series. This is due to the professionalism and expertise of your Autocross Chairman -Graig Neville -and his merry band of talented volunteers. These folks continue to provide exciting courses for all levels of skill and experience. That being said, there are probably many members that have never seen or heard of autocross. I would like to share some information regarding what is involved in this activity. This is a very inexpensive way to get involved in motorsports. The potential for car damage is very low because of autocross’ low average speeds, lack of physical obstacles, and lack of wheel-to-wheel racing. For these reasons, most autocross participants compete in “daily drivers”, which is not the case in most other forms of motorsport. We further reduce barriers to entry by including a class specifically dedicated to novice drivers. This is a full day of one-on-one instruction in your car with an experienced instructor. This is also open to all levels of skill, but is primarily aimed at novice participants. We do require helmets, but do offer loaners for any participants who need one. We also have ladies classes for autocross which share the same rules as the open classes, but limit participation to women. It is common for husbands and wives, boyfriends and girlfriends, brothers and sisters, parents and children, or even unrelated drivers to share the same car, but run it in their car’s open class or its corresponding ladies class. What is the definition of Autocross? From my perspective, it is a form of Motorsports that emphasizes safe competition and active participation. It is a timed competition in which drivers navigate through a defined course on a paved surface. Generally there may be one or two cars on the course at a time, but they are safely spaced apart. Again, you are competing against a clock not another driver on the course. This is our entry level driving experience. It will be challenging for drivers at all levels. Yes, it is a great introduction, but can be a sport in and of itself. This may also be a springboard for drivers looking to move into other more competitive and probably more expensive forms of motorsports. This is also a perfect way to gain knowledge about your car and how it will operate under extreme conditions. We guarantee that “you will have fun and learn stuff”. As a result, you will become a better and safer driver. Autocross courses are less that a mile long and tend to place demands on car handling and driver skill rather than on engine power and outright speed. The course is marked with big orange plastic traffic cones on a relatively flat paved surface. You cannot hurt a plastic cone and it is almost impossible to hurt you or your car. The cones are durable and have no feelings. They are easily replaced. The calendar of events, right on this page, lists the dates and locations for the Autocross Events for this season. I would urge any of you to come out and see what it is all about. We welcome spectators at any time. If you would like to go for a ride on the course, we will make that happen. The cost to watch is zero dollars, and who knows, you might want to get more involved. We will have folks to answer any of your questions and help you through the process. Come Join us. PETE AUMENT PETE AUMENT JOHN KELLY 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-profit 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. Modifications within the warranty period may void the warranty. The Editor of this newsletter seeks material suitable to pass on to other members. 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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 BMW CCA Foundation, 190 Manatee Court, Greer, SC 864-329-1919 http://www.bmwccafoundation.org/ GiGi’s Playhouse , 1069 W Golf Road, Hoffman Estates, IL 60194 847-885-PLAY www.gigisplayhouse.org/ Northern Illinois Food Bank , 273 Dearborn Ct, Geneva, IL 60134 solvehungertoday.org/ PetsNPatients, http://petsnpatients.org/ CALENDAR OF EVENTS MAY................................................................................ 16-17 Autobahn Country Club Driving School, Joliet 23 Autocross I, Maywood JUNE ....................................................................... 6-7 Yokohama/Tire Rack/Challenge, South Bend JULY............................................................................... 12 Autocross III, Sears Centre, Hoffman Estates AUGUST....................................................................... 29 Picnic at Ravinia with Santana 30 Autocross IV, Sears Centre, Hoffman Estates SEPTEMBER .............................................................. 12 Autocross V, Sears Centre, Hoffman Estates 13 VintageFest, ZF Services, Vernon Hills 21-26 OFest, Galloway, New Jersey OCTOBER.................................................................... Autocross VI, Sears Centre, Hoffman Estates 3 17-18 Fall Tour, Door County, WI 2016 JANUARY 23 Annual Dinner, Seven Bridges, Woodridge PLAN AHEAD!

The Steering Wheel

One of the most popular activities we provide is our annual Autocross Series. This is due to the professionalism and expertise of your Autocross Chairman - Graig Neville - and his merry band of talented volunteers. These folks continue to provide exciting courses for all levels of skill and experience. That being said, there are probably many members that have never seen or heard of autocross. I would like to share some information regarding what is involved in this activity. This is a very inexpensive way to get involved in motorsports. The potential for car damage is very low because of autocross’ low average speeds, lack of physical obstacles, and lack of wheel-to-wheel racing. For these reasons, most autocross participants compete in “daily drivers”, which is not the case in most other forms of motorsport. We further reduce barriers to entry by including a class specifically dedicated to novice drivers. This is a full day of one-on-one instruction in your car with an experienced instructor. This is also open to all levels of skill, but is primarily aimed at novice participants. We do require helmets, but do offer loaners for any participants who need one.

We also have ladies classes for autocross which share the same rules as the open classes, but limit participation to women. It is common for husbands and wives, boyfriends and girlfriends, brothers and sisters, parents and children, or even unrelated drivers to share the same car, but run it in their car’s open class or its corresponding ladies class.

What is the definition of Autocross? From my perspective, it is a form of Motorsports that emphasizes safe competition and active participation. It is a timed competition in which drivers navigate through a defined course on a paved surface. Generally there may be one or two cars on the course at a time, but they are safely spaced apart. Again, you are competing against a clock not another driver on the course. This is our entry level driving experience. It will be challenging for drivers at all levels. Yes, it is a great introduction, but can be a sport in and of itself. This may also be a springboard for drivers looking to move into other more competitive and probably more expensive forms of motorsports. This is also a perfect way to gain knowledge about your car and how it will operate under extreme conditions. We guarantee that “you will have fun and learn stuff”. As a result, you will become a better and safer driver.

Autocross courses are less that a mile long and tend to place demands on car handling and driver skill rather than on engine power and outright speed. The course is marked with big orange plastic traffic cones on a relatively flat paved surface. You cannot hurt a plastic cone and it is almost impossible to hurt you or your car. The cones are durable and have no feelings. They are easily replaced.

The calendar of events, right on this page, lists the dates and locations for the Autocross Events for this season. I would urge any of you to come out and see what it is all about. We welcome spectators at any time. If you would like to go for a ride on the course, we will make that happen. The cost to watch is zero dollars, and who knows, you might want to get more involved. We will have folks to answer any of your questions and help you through the process. Come Join us. PETE AUMENT

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Calendar Of Events

MAY................................................................................ 16-17 Autobahn Country Club Driving School, Joliet 23 Autocross I, Maywood

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

JULY............................................................................... 12 Autocross III, Sears Centre, Hoffman Estates

AUGUST....................................................................... 29 Picnic at Ravinia with Santana 30 Autocross IV, Sears Centre, Hoffman Estates

SEPTEMBER .............................................................. 12 Autocross V, Sears Centre, Hoffman Estates 13 VintageFest, ZF Services, Vernon Hills 21-26 Ofest, Galloway, New Jersey

OCTOBER.................................................................... 3 Autocross VI, Sears Centre, Hoffman Estates 17-18 Fall Tour, Door County, WI 2016

JANUARY 23 Annual Dinner, Seven Bridges, Woodridge

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