Magazine of the National Capital Chapter BMW Car Club of America

Magazine of the National Capital Chapter BMW Car Club of America
Magazine of the National Capital Chapter BMW Car Club of America
May/June 2017
May | June 2017
Magazine of the National Capital Chapter BMW Car Club of America
Cover: BMW Team RLL M6 GTLM was
still short on power during the 2017
Sebring 12-Hour race. Read the article on
page 14. Photo: Steve Tenney
7 Annual Meeting and Party
VOLUME 47 | NUMBER 3
BY ANNA MARIPUU
2 PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE
10 BMW G30 5 Series Launch Event:
7 March 18, 2017 at Passport BMW
BY ANNA MARIPUU
14 Sebring 2017: Still Not Enough Pace
3 FROM THE EDITORS
BY STEVE TENNEY
10 20 Live Tech Talk with Mike Miller
at RPR Automotive
BY BROOKLYN TAYLOR
4 CALENDAR OF EVENTS
24 2017 BMW 5 Series: Rising to The Top
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BY JAMES CHEW
5 COMING EVENTS
27 TIRE-d Already? We’re Just Getting Started
BY JACLYN HECK
35 NEW MEMBERS
24 30 2017 BMW 330e and 2017 Audi
A4 Quattro: The Kids Are Alright
BY JAMES CHEW
36 ADVERTISERS INDEX
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National Capital Chapter
BMW Car Club of America
Chapter Officers (Please call 7:30 p.m.-10:00 p.m.)
President
Paul Seto . . . . . . . . . . . . . president@nccbmwcca.org 301.908.1928
Vice President
James Laws . . . . . . . . vice-president@nccbmwcca.org 240.424.5380
Treasurer
Richard Kempf . . . . . . . . . . treasurer@nccbmwcca.org 703.455.8210
Secretary
Gina Hector . . . . . . . . . secretary@nccbmwcca.org 202.570.4462
Membership Chair
James Laws . . . . . . . . . . membership@nccbmwcca.org 240.424.5380
Social Chair
Paul Seto . . . . . . . . . . . social-chair@nccbmwcca.org 301.908.1928
Driving School Coordinator
Matt Oleksiak . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ds-coordinator@nccbmwcca.org
Concours Chair
John McWilliams . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . concours-chair@nccbmwcca.org
DIY Chair
Phillip Cummings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . diy-chair@nccbmwcca.org
Webmaster
Steven Schlossman . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . webmaster@nccbmwcca.org
Autocross Committee
Phil Yates. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . info@nccautocross.com
Baltimore Activities
Billy Dixon . . . . . . . . . billy.dixon@nccbmwcca.org 410.802.0188
PR & Community Engagement
Kelsy Hill . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . kelsy@nccbmwcca.org
der Bayerische Staff
Co-Editors
Walter Jones. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . db-editor@nccbmwcca.org
Anna Maripuu . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . db-editor@nccbmwcca.org
Production/Layout
Raine Mantysalo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .db-production@nccbmwcca.org
Chief Marketing Officer
Orlando Taylor. . . . . .Brooklyn.Taylor@nccbmwcca.org 917.653.8783
Director of Marketing
Abby Gonzalez. . . . . . . . . . . agonzalez@nccbmwcca.org 703.789.4113
President’sMessage
Spring is finally here and the car season has officially started! In the next few days,
National Capital Chapter will be kicking off May with a HUGE weekend with two
great events!
All members are welcomed to join us on Saturday, May 6th at BMW of Sterling for
our Spring Extravaganza where we will be hosting several events throughout the day:
Cars & Coffee, DIY, New Member Reception, and Open House. Bring all your friends
and family as we expect a huge turnout of both vintage and newer BMWs.
Then, on Sunday, May 7th, will be the legendary 34th Annual Deutsche Marque
Concours d'Elegance. BMW CCA, Porsche Club of America, and Mercedes Benz Club
of America will all be on hand to show off the best-of-the-best! Spectators are always
free, but we could use more people to show their BMW. So prepare the car and come
join us for an awesome day!
In club news, another rite of passage is our biennial Chapter Congress held in
Dallas, TX. Leaders from all sixty-seven CCA chapters get together every other year to
exchange ideas and plan a cohesive direction for our beloved club. As the biggest and
most active chapter in CCA, our National Office asked us to share with others what
makes NCC so successful. During our hour-long presentation, we discussed our
leadership approach, and how to run great programs. It seemed to be well received.
Our size is a huge driver to our success and whatever we can do to help other chapters,
we will do. It's all a part of helping our fellow chapters for the benefit of a better
overall club.
Finally, I want to thank Passport BMW for hosting the New BMW 5 Series (G30)
Launch Event in March. CCA members showed up in huge numbers to see the latest
iteration of the iconic sports sedan and the dealership really rolled out the red carpet for
us. This chapter works hard at ensuring great relations with our sponsors and this was
an example of BMW showing how important the community is to them. So please make
it a point to support those who support us. We've partnered with Passport BMW
on many events throughout the years, but their level of commitment for this event was
really special. Thanks for your continued dedication to BMW CCA!
Contributing Writers
James Chew, Jaclyn Heck, Anna Maripuu, Brooklyn Taylor,
Steve Tenney
Club Address
NCC BMW CCA, P.O. Box 685, Arlington, VA 22216
National Membership Toll-Free Number
800.878.9292
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FromThe Editors
Safety is the watchword.
I was reminded of this while reading an
article in Roundel by Mi Ae Lipe, entitled “What
makes a good driver?” She pointed out a known
statistic that more than 75% of drivers view themselves as above average. Are you a good driver?
Most answer yes, that is, most drivers (selfreporting) are better than average which is
statistically not possible.
I would modify this to say that those who
have taken a driving course, or in the case of teen
drivers, a Street Survival course, are above
average. But there are many drivers who don’t fit
the bill. Best present for a teen from you, moms
and dads, is a Street Survival weekend. It is not
a matter of learning how to drive fast, rather
discovering the limits of both car and driver.
How often do you have to take evasive
maneuvers? For me it is a couple of times per
week. It used not to be so often, but now every-
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one seems to be in a hurry to get somewhere.
Ever surprised by a motorcyclist or pedestrian
appearing out of nowhere, especially from the
blind spot? Do you pay attention when the alarm
goes off for low temperature? (Think black ice.)
Asleep at the wheel? One of the electronic gizmos
coming down the road is a camera and software
to alert the driver if s/he is dozing off.
How is your situational awareness? Cars
around, on the bumper or in front at a high
closing speed. Do you glance in the mirror from
time to time? I take two right turns rather than an
“iffy” left?
Electronics in vehicles are proliferating.
This is both good and bad. Unless there is
forward thinking, we will end up with a patchwork
of coding and electronic layers, which can be a
problem when these car/sensors need to interact;
which will become yet another distraction for
drivers, as if we didn’t have enough.
There are two upcoming events this May
that are worth attending. One is Street Survival.
The other is the Deutsche Marque Concours.
Both are highlighted in Coming Events.
Finally, taking a cue from James Chew
(March/April issue), I visited the California
Automobile Museum in Sacramento. What a lot
of fun! I spent a couple of hours viewing the
collection. Very similar to the Collectors Car
Corral where we hold the chili cook-off, but this
one is focused on US-built vehicles and all were
old. Nothing later than ’74. Gov. Jerry Brown’s
Plymouth Satellite and Linda Ronstadt’s 911SC
(actually an ’82 but not US made) were back-toback. That was as recent as it got. Given the
minutiae of every vehicle from our docent, I later
asked how long it took to become that proficient.
Eleven hours of coursework, a passion for cars,
and (as Perlita said) the gift of gab!
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NoVa Social @ Jaleo in Crystal City
Live Tech Talk w/ Mike Miller @ RPR Automotive
Board Meeting/Social @ Brio Tuscan Grille in Rockville, MD
Columbia Social @ Glory Days Grill in Ellicott City, MD
MoCo Social @ Pizza CS in Rockville, MD
New 5 Series (G30) Launch Event
Just a Tour to Brush off Dust
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NoVa Social - Greene Turtle, Springfield
BMW CCA Cars & Coffee, Aktiv Automotive, Gaithersburg, MD
DIY @ AKTIV Automotive
Board Meeting/Social - Brio Tuscan Grille, Rockville, MD
Columbia Social- Corner Stable, Columbia, MD
MoCo Social- Pizza CS, Rockville, MD
DIY @ Benchmark Motors
Spring 2017 ///M Club Day @ BMW Performance Center
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May NoVa Social- Greene Turtle, Springfield
DIY @ BMW of Sterling
BMW CCA New Member/Cars & Coffee/DIY - BMW of Sterling
TRSS BMW NCC CCA Volunteer SignUp-May '17
Street Survival (Columbia, MD)
34th Annual Deutsche Marque Concours d'Elegance, Vienna, VA
May Board Meeting/Social - Brio Tuscan Grille, Rockville, MD
May Columbia Social- Corner Stable, Columbia, MD
NCC May 2017 Summit Point, Main Circuit HPDE
MAY '17 NCC RACE SCHOOL Summit Point, Main
May MoCo Social- Pizza CS, Rockville, MD
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2017 NCC Autocross Points Event #2, FedEx Field, Landover, MD
Spring Tour - Seneca Rocks Park, West Virginia
Carlisle Import & Performance Nationals, Carlisle, PA
2017 NCC Autocross Test & Tune #2, Regency Stadium, Waldorf, MD
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DIY @ Chapman Auto Werks
2017 NCC Autocross Points Event #3, FedEx Field, Landover, MD
Jun Columbia Social- Corner Stable, Columbia, MD
NCC June 2017 Summit Point, Jefferson Circuit HPDE
"Speedy Cop" Garage Tour
Jun Board Meeting/Social - Brio Tuscan Grille, Rockville, MD
Jun MoCo Social- Pizza CS, Rockville, MD
2017 NCC Golf Outing, Raspberry Falls Golf Club
July
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48th Annual Oktoberfest, New Orleans, LA
DIY @ Benchmark Motors
Euro Marque Golf Tournament, Leesburg, VA
2017 NCC Autocross Points Event #4, Regency Stadium, Waldorf, MD
Summer 2017 ///M Club Day @ BMW Performance Center
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2017 NCC Autocross Points Event #5, FedEx Field, Landover, MD
34th Annual Deutsche Marque Concours d’Elegance
Sunday, May 7, 2017 (Rain Date: Sunday, May 21, 2017)
Nottoway Park, 9601 Courthouse Rd., Vienna, VA 22181
One of the highlights of our event
schedule, and an annual rite of
spring for German car fans, is the
Deutsche Marque Concours
d’Elegance. This year marks the
34th time that we have gathered
with our friends from the Greater
Washington Section of the
Mercedes-Benz Club of America
(MBCA) and the Potomac Region
of the Porsche Club of America
(PCA) for this terrific show. Once
again, we have reserved
Nottoway Park in Vienna, easily
reached via Route 66. The park
entrance will be marked with
large car club banners so that
you cannot miss it.
In the Deutsche Marque
Concours, vehicles are judged by their condition, appearance, and cleanliness.
There will be three classes at this event - Street (judged), Meister class (judged consisting of first-place category winners from the 2016 concours), and Display
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class (not judged - winner selected by people’s choice balloting).
Judges scoring cars in the Street
and Meister classes will only
judge the tops of the cars, including the exterior, interior, engine
bay, storage compartments and
chrome, but not the chassis.
Street class cars are generally
divided into several groups based
upon BMW CCA national concours
rules.
There is no charge to attend
the concours as a spectator. In
order to allow us to plan
appropriately for the number of
guests, please register in advance
using the registration form that
at MotorsportReg.com.
Contact John McWilliams at john.mcwilliams@gmail.com if you have any
questions.
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NoVa Social @ Greene Turtle, Springfield –
new location
Thursday, May 4, 2017
DIY @ BMW of Sterling - See the “shoutout” in this
issue
Saturday, May 6, 2017
Includes a DIY, new members’ reception and “Cars and
Coffee”
TRSS NCC BMW CCA Volunteer Sign Up and clinic
Saturday, May 6, 2017 & Sunday, May 7, 2017
The National Capital Chapter BMW Car Club of America,
the Northern Virginia Corvette Club, and the Corvette Club
of America, and are pleased to welcome you as either as an
In-Car Coach or volunteer worker at our next two Tire Rack
Street Survival teen driving clinics.
Street Survival is a program to introduce young drivers
(generally teens) into safe driving. The emphasis is on how
a car performs, rain or shine. The primary emphasis of the
Tire Rack Street Survival is a "hands-on" driving experience
in real-world situations! You use your own car to teach you
about its handling limits and how you can control them.
The goal is for students to become more observant of the
traffic situation They will learn to look far enough ahead to
anticipate unwise actions of other drivers. As the students
master the application of physics to drive their cars, they will
make fewer unwise driving actions themselves. They will
understand why they should always wear their own seatbelts,
and why they should insist that their passengers wear seat
belts, too.
This is a combined volunteer recruitment and Street
Survival event
The two events are on Saturday May 6th and Sunday
May 7th, 2017, at Lincoln College of Technology in
Columbia, MD.
34th Annual Deutsche Marque Concours
d'Elegance, Vienna, VA
Nottoway Park, 9601 Courthouse Rd, Vienna, VA 22181
Sunday, May 7 2017
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largely unused, but very scenic Old Route 55 to Moorefield
West Virginia, and then down to Seneca Rocks Park. The last
15 miles we will pass through a beautiful scenic valley road
with streams and mountain peaks on both sides. One goal is
to stick together so we don’t lose anyone.
We’ll head back up to Moorefield, WV, where we’ll lunch
at the Blues Smoke Pit, a fun BBQ place with good food. Plan
on getting home later in the afternoon.
We’ll meet at 7:00 am and leave at 7:30 am.
Board Meeting/Social @ Brio Tuscan Grille,
Rockville, MD
Wednesday, May 10, 2017
NCC Autocross Test & Tune #2, Regency Stadium,
Waldorf, MD
Saturday, May 7, 2017
Columbia Social @ Corner Stable, Columbia, MD
Thursday, May 11, 2017
NoVa Social @ Greene Turtle, Springfield
Thursday, June 1, 2017
NCC RACE SCHOOL and HPDE @ Summit Point
Friday, May 13, 2017 through Sunday, May 14, 2017
DIY @ Chapman Auto Werks
Saturday, June 3, 2017
This weekend combines a high-performance driving event
(HPDE) with a race school, both on the main circuit at
Summit Point.
NCC Autocross Points Event #3, FedEx Field,
Landover, MD
Saturday, June 3, 2017
MoCo Social @ Pizza CS, Rockville, MD
Thursday, May 18, 2017
Columbia Social @ Corner Stable, Columbia, MD
Thursday, June 8, 2017
NCC Autocross Points Event #2, FedEx Field,
Landover, MD
Saturday, May 20, 2017
HPDE @ Summit Point, Jefferson Circuit
Saturday, June 10, 2017 through Sunday, June 11, 2017
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Carlisle Import & Performance Nationals
Carlisle Fairgrounds,
100 Bryn Mawr Road, Carlisle, PA 17013
Saturday, May 20, 2017
The Nittany Chapter of BMW CCA has invited all NCC
members to their car corral at Carlisle Import & Performance
Nationals.
Board Meeting/Social @ Brio Tuscan Grille,
Rockville, MD
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Come join us for a scenic drive through the hills of
Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia!
This drive is designed for those who like scenic side
roads with lots of twists and turns! We will be driving
through Charles Town, WV, pass by Summit Point Raceway,
then head south to Stephen’s City, WV. From there we take
some more back roads to Wardensville WV, driving on the
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or if you are ready to take on the task, then register.
We welcome new registrants, as it allows them to get a
better idea of what areas of their cars could benefit from
some TLC. They will get a chance to meet with Concours
veterans and judges, allowing them to pick up some tips.
Beside the Judged class, the Display class is open to all
comers to show off their pride and joy. Cars produced after
2012 will not be judged, but are welcome to enter the Display
class, and eligible for the People's Choice (chosen by event
spectators) and Judges' Choice awards. This is you.
While the prospect of having your car's cleanliness and
condition scrutinized by judges may sound daunting, all
participants start somewhere! Even if all you go away with is
knowledge of what can be done, that is super.
As with every endeavor, there will be many opinions on
what works best and how long it takes. Even if you decide to
let a detail shop do the work, knowing what it takes makes it
easier to deal with them, and get what you really want.
Spring Tour - Seneca Rocks Park, West Virginia
Saturday, May 20, 2017
You bought a shiny new car, the Ultimate Driving Machine.
Looked good when you picked it up. Now it is the time to
keep it looking that way.
To maintain an ultimate finish may be difficult, but keeping your car looking good is not. To get a flavor of what can
be done, attend one of our Concours. Come for sighseeing,
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Thursday, June 15, 2017
NCC Golf Outing, Raspberry Falls Golf Club – see
“shoutout” in this issue
Saturday, June 24, 2017
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1. Bethesda, MD
Saturdays, 8-10 am, Corner Bakery Cafe, 10327 Westlake
Drive, Bethesda, MD, Westfield Shopping Mall; see:
http://www.carsncoffeebethesda.com
2. Burtonsville, MD
Sundays, 7:30-10 am, "Church of the Holy Doughnut,"
Dunkin Donuts, Route 29 & 198, Burtonsville, MD; see:
Facebook page
3. Fairfax, VA
Sundays, 8-10:30 am, Fairfax Circle Shopping Center.
4. Great Falls, VA
Saturdays 6-9am, Katie's Cars & Coffee located at 760 Walker
Road, Great Falls, VA; see: www.katiescarsandcoffee.com
5. Potomac, MD
Sundays 10-12, 10220 River Road, Potomac, MD; see:
www.potomaccaferacers.com
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By Anna Maripuu | Photos by Steve Tenney
cold, but clear evening on February 11 saw the National Capital Chapter showroom stock, improved touring and sport racers for the past 27 years.
He started instructing at the BMW Performance Center shortly after it
members convening for our annual meeting and Board elections at the
Springfield, Virginia Embassy Suites by Hilton. The evening opened opened in the fall of 1999 and his list of trainees includes new drivers, racers,
with a cocktail hour at 6:30 pm and was followed by dinner at 7:30 pm and FBI agents, and Secret Service members assigned to the task of Presidential
protection. Mike holds internathe annual meeting, which comtional instructor certification in
menced at 8:30 pm.
basic, advanced, advanced M
Club members enjoyed a
vehicles, intensive, perfection, and
dinner of salmon, steak and
racetrack instruction. Included in
chicken with assorted salads, and
his duties as a driver for BMW is
sides and dessert.
the opportunity to drive historic
Club members also enjoyed
BMW racecars.
presentations by two guest
Scott Hughes had an equally
speakers, as well as the presence
fascinating presentation about his
of Dwayne Moseley, our Regional
career and interest in historic
Vice President.
BMWs. Scott and his wife, Fran,
Mike Renner of the BMW
are BMW CCA members number
Performance Driving Center in
1473. They joined BMW CCA in
Greenville, South Carolina gave a
1970 shortly after acquiring a
fascinating presentation on the
1968 BMW 1600. They have been
Performance Driving Center and
members of seven chapters, and
of his career with automobiles
are currently members of the
which started at the Charlotte
Sandlapper Chapter in South
Motor Speedway in 1983 with his
first race. He has competed in a
(Above) Paul Seto and Mike Renner present Doug Verner with an achievement Carolina. They attended their first
Oktoberfest in 1971 and have
variety of races including GT,
award for his continuing service to chapter activities.
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(Above Left) Wayne and Phyllis Watkins (middle), Terence and Janice Seawright (left), LeRoy and Addie Hall. (Above Right) Chris Wooten, Abby Gonzalez,
Phil Cummings, Teresa Cummings, Walter Jones.
attended over forty Oktoberfests
since. They put on the first ever
BMW CCA Driving School in 1974 at
Lime Rock and started BMW CCA
Club Racing in 1995 at Moroso in
Florida. They were the first couple to
be awarded the prestigious Friend of
the Marque Award by BMW AG.
Scott is currently a Trustee of
the BMW CCA Foundation and has a
special passion for the Tire Rack
Street Survival program. He collects,
shows, and races significant BMWs
nationally and internationally.
His presentation covered some
amazing BMWs: the #64 2002 along
with Roy Hopkins’ multi-colored
2002 at the Pittsburgh Gran Prix, the
first Art Car – the Calder CSL in a
glass cage at the 2014 Amelia Island
Concours, as well as the first time
Sebring, Daytona and LeMans winning cars photographed together for
the first time, Scott’s #51 which is the
car that won the Touring Class at
LeMans in 1973 and finished 11th
Overall with Dieter Quester, Toine
Hezemans and Hans Stuck driving.
Scott told us he was privileged to
drive the car at the LeMans Classic
in 2012.
There was a photo of Scott’s
CSL crossing the finish line at the
2015 Daytona Classic 24, co-driven
by Brian Redman, Joe Foster and
Scott, one of the ex-PTG E36s at the
BMW NA trailer, hard braking into the
corkscrew at the 2016 Monterey
Historics, followed by the E36 320
Touring car that won the independent
US Touring Car Championship in
1996 fielded by TC Kline with Randy
Pobst driving.
Scott also took us along to the
big adventure that was the Monterey
Historics in 2016 as they featured
BMW and celebrated the 100th
Anniversary of BMW. The traditional
group photo, which BMW NA has
made into a terrific poster, included
three of the cars brought to Monterey
- the #64 ex-Miller Norburn - Nick
Craw 2002 (driven there by Nick), the
#28 BMW E30 M3 (driven by Ray
Korman) and the E36 ex-PTG E36.
He showed us two photos of his
3.0 CSL taken at Sharkfest 2016 in
Chattanooga, TN. The concours was
held at the beautiful Hunter Art
Museum. Scott spotted a donut
shop and couldn't resist a shot of
"the CSL doing donuts in the parking
lot". He then moved on to tell us
about the Mille Miglia 2014 with a
shot of the two 1939 328s as they
prepared for the rally with Scott
driving one of the 328s. He also
showed us a photo of the same car as
(Below Left) Lothar Schuettler. (Below Middle) Pam Harris and Alicia Lindo enjoying the buffet. (Below Right) The organizing committee; Angela, Perlita,
Kendra and Gina.
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(Above Left) Mike Renner in the keynote address. (Above Middle) James Laws presenting the new president with a “thank you” from the members at the
meeting. (Above Right) The new board from the left; Rich Kempf, Treasurer; Gina Hector, Secretary; James Laws, Vice-President and Paul Seto, President.
it finished fifth overall in the Mille
Miglia of 1939.
He closed the presentation with
a shot of his five grandchildren in
one of his Isettas, saying these were
five reasons he is so passionate
about the teen driving Street Survival
program. Scott has truly been on
some amazing adventures with
his cars, as has Mike Renner! We
couldn’t have been more pleased to
have both of them speak at the
Annual Meeting.
Club President Paul Seto
recognized the committee chairs and
program heads and then moved on to
recognize the 2016 volunteer of the
year which went to Marc Caden for
all his work for the club, writing
articles, helping out with DIY events,
and generally showing up and being
enthusiastic in so many ways. The
2016 program of the year award went
to Doug Verner for the ///M School
he coordinates at the BMW
Performance Driving Center in South
Carolina. Doug has been in this role
for years, and does an amazing job of
organizing and making the event
possible.
Then came the time in the
evening that everyone looks forward
to and that was the raffle portion.
Angela, Kendra, Gina, Amanda and
Alicia all helped to draw tickets and
distribute prizes to lucky winners.
The big ticket items were an ///M
school that Jerry Rich won, a set of
tires from Radial Tires to Lothar
Schuettler, Drivers Club Day passes
for Jim LaRoche and Chris Wooten,
and a BMW of Sterling gift certificate
for $100 for Gary Bowring, followed
by many great prizes courtesy of
BMW of Silver Spring and BMW
of Sterling. The last prize to be
distributed was a beautiful model of a
1938 roadster.
(Below Left) Amir Hickey loves Cindy LaRoche. (Below Middle) Marc Caden receiving the volunteer of the year
award. (Below Right) Scott Hughes, with the 2nd presentation.
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BMW G30 5 Series Launch Event
March 18, 2017 at Passport BMW
By Anna Maripuu | Photos and captions by Aneek Roy
hen our fearless leader, Paul Seto, first mentioned that a G30 launch for a little wash and detailing. In the meantime, I dragged my good friend
event at Passport BMW in Marlow Heights was going to occur, he Marla Stewart Owczarek and her husband Larry into the backseat of a brand
said it would be a great event and encouraged us all to attend. spanking new G30 540i sport model for a test drive. Our salesperson
He was not kidding. It was
seemed to have just as much fun
open to all, and turned out to be
on the test drive as we did, as we
a good opportunity to mix and
took the car through its paces.
mingle with the new 5 Series
The first thing to note is that
cars as well as with our fellow
this car is fast. Actually, really
BMW enthusiasts.
fast. Without noticing or meanOld Europe, which haping to, you can quickly get up to
pens to be a great authentic
some significant speed. As one
German restaurant in my neighwould expect from a 5 Series, it
borhood, was on hand to cater
is roomy, comfortable and offers
the event. No one would leave
a smooth ride. And as in all
hungry as there was all manner
BMWs, the handling is impecof cold cuts, potato salad,
cable. For quite a large fourpretzels, an impressive assortdoor sedan, it doesn’t feel too
ment of cheeses, meatballs,
big to drive. It even has a nimassorted wursts, and, of course,
ble feel to it, making it feel
beer as well as some non(Top) Members of the band “Alte Kameraden” provided attendees with an authentic almost as maneuverable as a
alcoholic libations.
German blaskapelle musical experience. The German ensemble unit of the City of smaller coupe. It has a super
For some real German
Fairfax, Virginia band, Alte Kameraden has the distinction of being the first U.S. easy-to-use infotainment system
ambiance, the Blaskapelle Alte
based band to earn membership to Musikbund von Ober-und Niederbayern (MON), and the controls are generally
Kameraden or the Old
the regional band association of Bavaria. (Above) Delectable German and Austrian simple to use.
Comrades German Band lent
I always find BMW does a
cuisine, including sausages, schnitzel, bread rolls, and pretzels, was catered at the
some real oom-pa-pa to the
great
job with transparency and
event by Washington, D.C.’s famed Old Europe Restaurant.
occasion. Check out www.
ease of use of controls without
altekameraden.org if you missed them. They were wearing their lederhosen one having to be tutored or read through a long manual. When I get into a
and kept us entertained with real German oompa music.
Volvo or a Jaguar or a Jeep or a Volkswagen, I tend to fumble around and
Since I had purchased my latest vehicle at Passport, I had the good spend an age trying to figure out simple things like how to roll down the
fortune of leaving my car in the capable hands of Jennifer Amaya in service, window, or change the seat height, or pop the gas cap lid. All of these
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(Above) BMW CCA member Peter
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White G30 540i xDrive with M
Sport Package. (Right) Guests
enjoy the festivities in Passport
BMW’s expansive showroom.
(Above) No NCC BMW CCA event would be complete without a
table like this!
actions are super simple to figure
out on this 5 Series or on any BMW
for that matter.
This car comes in a M Sport
variant with six-cylinder, single
turbo 3.0-liter engine with 335 hp
and 332 lb-ft torque, nicely blending sport and luxury. For my taste,
the suspension is a little too cushy
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and soft, but there are people who
like that feel. The transmission is an
eight-speed automatic and I found
that the shift was extremely smooth.
All in all, even though this car is a
luxury BMW it feels sporty and
athletic enough to be a fun drive.
After my test drive and some
more mingling with my BMW loving
(Above) From L to R: Cameron Hellmuth, General Manager at Passport
Automotive Group; Joe Long, General Manager at Passport BMW; Everett
Hellmuth, President and Owner of Passport Automotive Group. Passport
BMW was one of 33 BMW automobile dealerships in the U.S. (and the
only one in Maryland) to receive a 2017 Center of Excellence award.
According to BMW of North America, “dealers are measured against their
peers on 12 Key Performance Indicators which include, Customer
Orientation, Aftersales and Sales data. The data is then calculated to award
the top 33 of the 342 BMW dealers based on their 2016 performance.”
brethren, I had a chat with Everett A.
Hellmuth, president of Passport
Automotive Group, who happens to
be a diehard BMW fan. We had an
interesting conversation that ruminated on the future of autonomous
driving and the sustainability of
hybrid/electric car technology. I got
the distinct impression that
Mr. Hellmuth is just as much of a
petrol head as the rest of us, and so,
we thank him and Joe Long, GM of
Passport, for putting on a really
spectacular event. I am quite sure
that no one who attended this event
walked away without being
impressed or having enjoyed themselves.
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(Top) Front view of the G30 5-Series. This particular
car is a 540i xDrive in Imperial Blue Metallic. (Above
Right) The G30 540i gets the B58 3.0 liter
TwinPower Turbo inline six, another member of the
BMW’s modular engine family. It delivers 335 horsepower and 332 lb-ft of torque. 0-60 mph figures
according to BMW are as low as 4.7 seconds for the
540i xDrive. To put that into perspective, that’s
comparable to an E39 M5!
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NCC club member, Aneek Roy,
was on hand taking pictures of the
event, and getting some impressions of the new G30. He took the
pulse of CCA DIY Chair and E39
540i owner Phil Cummings after
he test drove a G30 540i xDrive
accompanied by Passport BMW
client advisor Greg Parker. Aneek
said that through this test drive,
Phil appreciated the opportunity
to experience advancements in
automotive technology over the
course of two decades – the
amount of time separating his
E39’s birth with that of the G30.
Aneek also noted that from a
technological perspective, one of
the most noteworthy aspects of
the G30 is its extensive set of
safety systems. Client advisor
Greg Parker pointed out that all
G30 cars are equipped with the
Active Protection safety package,
which includes automatic pretensioning of the front seat belts
once they are buckled and the
car is put into drive; pre-crash
detection; automatic braking after
a crash; and an alertness assist
function that monitors driving
style and displays a message in
the instrument cluster encouraging the driver to take a rest break
if necessary.
(Above Left) The G30’s interior is commendably spacious. Here, Passport BMW Client Advisor and Sales/Leasing Consultant Greg Parker demonstrates that
even with the front seat set to a position optimized for his height of 6 foot 2 inches, there’s still ample room in the rear. (Above Middle) Inside the G30 are BMW’s
new iDrive 6.0 infotainment system and a “dynamic digital” instrument cluster. In addition to the traditional console mounted controller knob, the latest version
of iDrive also sports a touch sensitive screen and gesture recognition. A navigation system and 10.2” widescreen display are standard on all U.S. market
G30 cars. (Above Right) Closeup of the 19” Style 664M wheel design included with the M Sport Package on the new G30.
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By Steve Tenney
iven the snowstorms predicted for the week of possible, this was it. The mornings would start out a bit
March 13/14, it made sense to head south early to on the cold side, with very nice temperatures in the afteravoid the coming
noons, eventually getting
storm. It’s always a fun trip
into the 80’s by race day.
to go to Florida in midAt least there was no rain
March, but even better
or extreme heat. The
when you can leave the
memory of the 2016
snow behind. Someone
Sebring event with its heat
made the comment that if
and severe thunderstorms
we ever wanted to see what
could not be erased, but
Sebring would be like (Top) A great day for a motor race in Florida. (Above) The Lexus RCF entry thankfully we wouldn’t
during the best weather into GTD.
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During the 2017 Daytona 24-hour
race, we saw the BMW GTLM and
GTD M6s end up in 8th place. This
despite BMW sending a top-level
driver lineup for both BMW team RLL
and Turner Motorsports. Both teams
worked very hard to fight for position
in the race, even recognizing that they
were short on speed. After the race,
the drivers tweeted that they simply
didn’t have enough pace (speed) to
compete with the other cars in their
classes.
In order to talk about the comparative speed of the cars we have to
consider the dreaded Balance of
Performance (BoP). The GT3/GTLM
cars are all quite different in size and
configuration. We have normally
aspirated cars competing against
turbocharged cars. There are small
cars and large cars and balancing
their performance is not an easy task.
All them are based on the GT3 basic
configuration established by the
FIA (Federation Internationale de
l’Automobile).
For the M6 cars, Daytona would
not be a favorable track considering
the long high-speed straight on the
banking and the larger frontal area of
the M6 compared with the Ford GT,
for instance. The hope was that this
would be less of a problem at
Sebring. Perhaps IMSA heard the
frustration from BMW team RLL
because they made an adjustment to
the Balance of Performance (BoP),
giving the GTLM cars a little more
boost and, thus, additional horsepower.
With this in mind I approached
the race with some optimism that we
might see more speed from the BMW
GTLM cars. There was no adjustment made to the M6 GT3/GTD side
of the classification. There is no
doubt that the M6 can be given
enough power to be very competitive
as it is in other series run under a
different BoP. IMSA has their own
BoP for the Weather Tech series and
so far it has more or less held the
BMWs back. The teams estimated
that the enhanced boost ratio for the
Sebring BoP would only account for
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about 10 additional HP. The Boost
map provided for Sebring was the
same as that used during last year’s
races at Long Beach and Watkins
Glen. It wasn’t anything new, but it
would allow the engine to produce a
bit more power.
There are new cars participating in the 2017 IMSA Weather Tech
Sports Car Championship. We have
the Lexus RCF, Acura NSX and the
Mercedes AMG.
The new cars are running the
GTD, which is more or less equivalent to GT3 spec cars. Lexus has let
it be known that they would like to be
in GTLM, but IMSA has sent them to
GTD for this season. Porsche has a
new car. It has a rear engine as
usual, but the engine is no longer
behind the rear wheels. It’s been
flipped over and put in front of the
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(Above) The Mercedes AMG GTD. (Below) Porsche’s very special 911
RSR. (Bottom) BMW Team RLL M6 GTLM still short on power.
rear wheels, thus creating a midengined car.
All teams have driven the track
extensively, so they’ve all seen the
bumps and concrete of Sebring.
Twelve hours is a long time no mat-
ter how you look at it. In GTLM, Ford
entered three cars in the Sebring
race, even bringing one of the cars
over from the UK to strengthen their
team.
The good news for Turner
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(Left) The Ford GT still the car to
beat in GTLM. (Below) The GTLM
winning Corvette driven to victory
by Antonio Garcia.
Motorsports is that they found full
season sponsorship for at least one
car and may run two cars if it can be
worked out. Turner brought a single
car to Sebring with drivers Justin
Marks joined by Jens Klingman and
Jesse Krohn. BMW Team RLL had
their usual drivers, John Edwards
partnered with Martin Tomczyk
adding for Sebring Nicky Catsburg
(Netherlands), for the #24 car Bill
Auberlen and Alexander Sims are
joined by Kuno Wittmer. We haven’t
seen Nicky Catsburg in the U.S.
much but he is regarded as a special
talent in Europe.
The first practices showed that
the BMW team RLL GTLM car hadn’t
gotten much of a benefit from the
BoP enhancement. The two M6s
were usually at the back of the group.
Porsche and Ford were typically at
the top of qualifying with Ferrari and
in the middle and the Corvettes.
In the final practice before qualifying, Nicky Catsburg dropped his
time by almost 2 seconds and set the
second fastest time of the session -only 0.2 seconds behind the fastest
time of the #66 Ford GT driven by
Dirk Mueller. This was encouraging.
During qualifying, everyone drove
faster than during the practice runs
except the Ferrari that ended up in
10th place. Catsburg didn’t drive any
faster than he had in the final practice
and ended up in 8th place with the
Auberlen #25 in 9th place.
The U.S. based Fords were out
in front and the U.K. based Ford car
in 6th place. The first nine cars in
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from the Ferrari which was further
back. So the competition was tight.
In GTD, the Turner car showed some
speed in the practices by staying in
the top third, but ended up qualifying
16th out of 21 cars. Justin Marks
(who is the least experienced of the
M6 drivers) would start the car and
then hand it over to Krohn and
Klingmann. The Risi Ferrari in GTLM
had quiet practices and a poor qualifying time, but Toni Vilander and
Giancarlo Fisichella are a known top
team. Toni Vilander was the star of
the GT3 based Bathurst 12-hour race
in February. Overall, Porsche and
the Ford GT dominated the
practices and qualifying by taking the
front row.
As we approached the start of
the race, a mechanical issue for the
pole sitting #67 Ford GT caused it to
miss the formation lap, so Ryan
Briscoe had to start from the back of
the GT field and do a drive through
penalty. The race is a long one, but
one never wants to start with big
problems. Surprisingly, by the
second hour, the #4 Corvette of
Tommy Milner experienced water
temperature issues and was forced to
retire. The #24 BMW experienced a
major vibration issue and had to
come in for repairs, but was able to
return to the race.
These 12-hour races are about
the speed of the cars, but they are
also about the desire and endurance
of the teams to fight and compete
for results. We saw a change in
positions during pit stops. After the
three-hour mark Bill Auberlen, in the
#25 M6 GTLM, had the lead and put
up a good fight against Jan
Magnussen in the #3 Corvette and
James Colado in the #62 Ferrari 488.
The Ferrari hadn’t qualified very well,
but moved up quickly once the race
got underway.
Bill fought hard, but eventually
the entire group of GTLM cars from
the Fords to the Ferrari passed him.
It’s pretty clear on track, in head to
head competition, the M6 GTLM
does not have sufficient power and
speed to compete with the rest of
the field. The return to the Long
Beach/Watkins Glen BoP from 2016
didn’t have the hoped for effect in
providing the M6s with enough
power to keep BMW in the mix.
So what is BoP? Why does it
work for some and not for others?
The manufacturers want to race in the
series created by the Federation
Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA).
The FIA is an international organization that regulates and governs
sports car racing around the world.
In order to adjust the performance
across the variation of car configurations and shapes and sizes, the FIA
creates a BoP and publishes specifications for the teams. The results
control ultimate performance of the
cars.
When the cars were all without
turbochargers, the BoP had to do
with a restrictor that was applied to
the engine intake as a reduction in
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seem to be a relatively simple adjustment, requiring some testing, but
simple nonetheless. Now that we
have about half the field turbocharged, turbo boost maps have
been developed as a function of
engine RPM to control the engine
output power. This makes the
process more complex. If a team
feels like it isn’t winning when it
could be, then the BoP might be at
fault. The M6 GT3 in GTLM has not
won what we would like to see as a
fair share of races, so perhaps the
BoP has not been correctly applied.
As it turns out, there are multiple BoP tables from the various race
organizations. FIA has established a
BoP table for the GT3 cars that is
used in the World Endurance
Championship and at LeMans.
There is another series organized by
the Stefan Ratel Organization (SRO)
that also has a BoP table. SRO
supports the Blancpain Endurance
GT Series as well as other GT series
around the world. And we have the
International
Motor
Sports
Association (IMSA), which use its
own BoP for the WeatherTech
Sportscar Championship. FIA and
SRO use test drivers to establish their
BoP, while IMSA has onboard data
collection to monitor performance
and (in theory) the driver’s inputs.
In this way, IMSA can overcome
teams potentially ‘sand-bagging’ to
protect their advantage.
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at the start of the season.
Adjustments can subsequently be
made, but the intent seems to be to
keep to the table. There was a large
issue at last year's LeMans. After
prerace testing, the BoP fror the
Corvettes was adjusted, so they were
then over four seconds off the pace.
People charged that the ACO was
trying to create a Ford versus Ferrari
contest and wanted to leave Corvette
and Porsche out.
The FIA and SRO BoP tables
aren’t exactly the same, but they are
very similar. As for IMSA, the BoP
table seems to change regularly,
which makes it seem like they are
chasing around for a solution. There
are changes for almost every race.
One has to wonder why IMSA has to
move the values around and are they
not losing something by not finding
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a set of consistent values?
In 2016, the M6 GTLM car
qualified well for the Sebring 12
Hour. BMW didn’t win the race, but it
had its boost ratios reduced for the
Long Beach race a few weeks later.
The boost ratio values for the BMW
M6 GTLM over the past year have
never made their way back to where
they had been during last year’s
Sebring 12-Hours.
The GTLM racing that we saw
in the 2017 version of the Sebring
12-Hours was good for maybe three
of the teams. As the race neared the
critical final two hours and teams put
their best drivers in the cars to go for
the win, it looked like we might have
had the Ford GT in 1, 2 and maybe
even 3. However, the #3 Corvette
was there and Antonio Garcia was
not going to be denied. Ford had
Joey Hand in the #66 GT and we
know all too well that Joey is one of
the best at consolidating a race into a
win. And Garcia was in full pursuit. I
couldn’t help but think that it sure
would be interesting if Garcia could
catch and pass the Fords and pull off
the win from third place. It was a
classic battle and Corvette had the
car and the driver to get the job done.
There’s no way to hide the fact
that the M6 GTLM simply has not
been given sufficient power to compete in the series. BMW team RLL
worked as hard as any team in the
race. The drivers were on top of their
skill but so was everyone else and
there simply wasn’t enough power for
BMW to rise to the top. The #24 had
been the faster of the two BMWs in
practice and qualifying, but it didn’t
have the run that the team hoped for.
Unfortunately, the BMW team RLL
#24 M6 experienced technical issues
early on in the race which lead to a
failure that put Nicky Catsburg into
the barriers in Turn 1.
While Garcia was pressuring
the Fords at the front, Bill Auberlen
was chasing the group trying as hard
as he could to get his #25 M6 back
on the lead lap. Who knows, once
you can get on the lead lap, if there’s
(Above) The Turner M6 GTD fought
hard but experienced suspension
failure. (Left) The 228i from JDCMiller in CTSC ST class.
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the right sequence of cautions and
events, perhaps you can wind up on
the podium. Bill has all the fire and
desire to compete, and he showed all
of that, despite the lack of
performance potential in the car.
After the race BMW team RLL
press releases didn’t hide the frustration. The quotes from the drivers
and the team members echoed Bill
Auberlen; “…we didn’t have the
speed for a better finish.” Jens
Marquardt (BMW Motorsport
Director) stated; “…lap time analysis clearly shows that the BoP
adjustments after Daytona were by
far not enough to classify the BMW
M6 GTLM on par with the competition again.” Bobby Rahal commented; “I think we gave it our best. We
just don’t have the pace of our competitors. You could see this clearly
in the race today. It was a long day
for everybody – the crew, the
drivers. We will walk on from here.
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Whatever we can do we will do it.”
The Turner Motorsport #96
BMW M6 GT3 fought its way into the
race after a strong start and the team
was able to compete with comparable lap times. They felt that they had
good pace at Sebring, but suffered
suspension damage and were forced
to retire after almost eight hours in
the race. Jesse Krohn had fought his
way to the top three in GTD class, but
a complete race would not be part of
his Sebring 2017.
The weekend also included the
Continental Tire Sportscar Challenge
(CTSC). In the past the CTSC has
been strongly supported by a variety
of BMW models. We still have the
Bimmerworld 328i and the JDCMiller 228i along with the Minis from
JCW Team. The E92 M3 was a
dominant car in this series just a
few years ago. There was a plan to
develop the M4 for the CTSC, but
that hasn’t happened. The series
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(Above) One of the JCW Minis in the CTSC ST class.
accepts cars built to the GT4
specification. These cars include the
McLaren GT4 and the Porsche
Cayman GT4. Next year we can
expect to see the new M4 GT4 that
BMW has been developing and testing this year. This will give us a
more exciting addition of BMW cars
to the CTSC and another great series
to follow.
The WeatherTech SportsCar
Championship moves on to Long
Beach on Saturday, April 8. The
Long Beach street course is a much
different track than Sebring or
Daytona and the race is much
shorter. We can always hope for
the best.
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The National Capital Chapter of the BMW Car Club of
America has been presented with an opportunity to
assist a local foundation with its goal of serving the
community, while providing an additional source of
funding for the chapter, and possibly having a member
win a 2017 BMW.
Thomas Moorehead is the owner of BMW
of Sterling, among other premier automobile dealerships in the Washington Metropolitan area. BMW of
Sterling has been a strong supporter of our chapter,
providing us time and space for DIY sessions,
meetings, and Cars and Coffee events.
One of Mr. and Mrs. Moorehead’s philanthropic
endeavors is the Joyce and Thomas Moorehead
Foundation (JTMF), founded in 2004. It has provided
more than $400,000 in charitable assistance to
students, working families, and non-profit organizations in Northern Virginia.
May I June
The JTMF 2017 raffle is offering a 2017 BMW
sedan as a grand prize. There be a monthly drawings
for a $250 prize. The winner of the $250 prize
remains eligible for the grand prize drawing. The
grand prize drawing will be held on December 31,
2017.
Raffle tickets are available for a cost of
$100 each, and will be limited to a total of
5,000 tickets.
Twenty-five dollars of each ticket sold
goes directly to the chapter treasury, with the
remaining funds to the JTMF for the drawing.
For ticket purchases please contact
James Laws atmembership@nccbmwcca.org
or 240.424.5380.
Information regarding the JTMF or the
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Live
Tech Talk with
Mike Miller at RPR Automotive
By Brooklyn Taylor
Introductions
Recently, a group from NCC BMW CCA gathered to attend an event called and an 800 plus horsepower Dodge Challenger. It also housed a race-ready
“Live Tech Talk with Mike Miller.” The good folks at RPR Automotive in Mazda Miata, which was connected to an axle dyno meter (dyno). Mr. Behe has
Brooklyn Park, Maryland hosted the event at their shop. RPR stands for Race been improving the performance of street cars and race cars for decades.
Proven Results. They are an automotive specialty shop with over thirty years of He is also an experienced pilot, and experimental aircraft builder. The man
experience. I arrived at RPR early, and immediately met shop owner and true practically glows when he talks about helping people get the best out of their
enthusiast, John Behe, and his son, Colin. Phillip Cummings (DIY Program car, in the right way.
Chairman) and Chris Wooten set up this event. They ensured that participants
Upon meeting John’s son, Colin Behe, it quickly became clear that the
arrived to find coffee, donuts and pastries as we embarked on this early automotive enthusiast apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. Both men seem genSaturday morning adventure.
uinely to care about building trust and having great relationships with their cusWhat is a Live Tech Talk? It is a live version of what occurs in the Roundel tomers. As the name “Race Proven Results” indicates, they are obsessed with
Magazine’s Tech Talk section. Technical Editor, Mike Miller answers member’s making sure that they deliver what is promised to the customer. They use a
questions in the popular Tech Talk section in every
non-roller dyno employing the very latest in chasissue. At his day job, Mike, a retired U.S. Navy
sis dyno technology. The current equipment
Senior Chief, is a staff attorney for a Federal
eliminates the tire slippage issue as it connects
Judge. We in the club revere him because he
directly to the drive axles. The RPR staff swear by
adds so much value to our never-ending quest to
this style of dyno, because it is safer, and in their
keep our Ultimate Driving Machines in good
view, more accurate. The Behes believe that it is
working order. Live Tech Talk is an opportunity for
bad business to make wild horsepower and
those in attendance to ask questions about their
torque claims that are not backed up by actual
own cars, as well as garner insight into what BMW
dyno measurements. I see their point, and tend to
NA might be up to in the not too distant future.
agree. If something you claim to offer can be
As far as his history with the club, Mike was
measured, you should welcome that measureappointed to the Roundel Staff by Yale Rachlin in
ment, and provide that data.
1991, and became Product Review Editor in 1992
Also there to support the Behes were Josh
and Technical Editor in 1998 under Satch
Vieira and his wife, Leila Sweets-Vieira. Together
Carlson's leadership. He joined Bimmer magathey run Track Monkey Apparel, a company that
zine in 2000; his work was in each issue until
makes awesome, race inspired t-shirts and other
the magazine was shuttered in 2017. Along the
gear. As we perused his beautiful, race-ready
way Mr. Miller also worked for European Car,
Porsche 944, I learned more about it straight from
AutoWeek, Cycle World and Excellence.
the owner’s mouth. Josh’s 944 looked to me, to
Our hosts, RPR Automotive, welcomed us all
weigh about 2,300 pounds. He assured me that it
into their well-appointed shop. The garage bay of
weighed a few hundred pounds more than that, in
the shop contained two Porsches, a 900 plus
(Above) Roundel Magazine Tech Editor Mike Miller fact, the crew was forced to add weight to the car,
horsepower Pontiac GTO with alligator skin seats,
because it was deemed too light by the racing
and NCC Chief Marketing Officer Brooklyn Taylor.
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governing body. Because the engine
was built by John Behe himself, the
944 brought Josh to the winner’s
circle many times last season. The
car has a full roll cage, but is otherwise stripped of all interior molding
and carpeting, save for the dashboard
and driver’s seat. Mr. Vieira loves
racing, and you can tell from his
results that he is damn good at it.
We talked cars and racing for a good
while, then it was time for the morning Tech Session.
Question & Answer Session
with John Behe
Now it was time to start the
Question and Answer Session.
Phillip Cummings introduced Shop
Owner John Behe, and he told us
about his background and his philosophy. “People are just never satisfied” he began, “Everybody wants
to go fast, and with more horsepower.” It is not that John and his staff
are against high horsepower, quite
the contrary.
John and Colin are a fun to
watch and listen to Father and Son
duo. John and Colin explained that
they always try to figure out what
exactly the customer is going to use
the vehicle for, before they start an
improvement plan. John explained
that he can absolutely build you a
1,000 horsepower Corvette, GTO,
Challenger, or whatever, but that may
not be exactly what you need. Colin
T E C H
T A L K
explained that he had a friend whose
BMW 135i gained so much power
that it was now unusable for the type
of street and track driving that the
owner was accustomed to using it for.
He had over-powered the chassis,
without a plan. Colin stated that had
his friend come to him, they would
have worked out a comprehensive
plan, to get the right result in the first
place.
This is why planning is key.
John summed up his philosophy
with this gem: “When I come up with
a plan for a car, I ask myself, what can
I take away (that I initially included in
the building plan), where I still get the
desired result? I always simplify.”
That focus on minimalism assures
maximum performance and reliability.
There were plenty of highpowered cars in the shop and in the
parking lot outside, including a
supercharged E38 BMW 740i Sport,
owned by one of the attendees. It is a
product of RPR Automotive’s tuning
prowess. The owner of the 740i told
me that he had driven that car coast to
coast on multiple occasions. Then,
he had John Behe and company
significantly increase the V8’s power
through forced induction. The car is
even more fun to drive now and even
gets improved gas mileage.
Lunch
Mike Miller arrived during lunch and
met with participants, as he prepared
W I T H
M I K E
M I L L E R
(Above) DIY Chairman, Phillip Cummings, introducing RPR Owner,
John Behe.
for his segment of the event. DIY
event coordinators Philip Cummings
and Chris Wooten had arranged for
piping hot pizza to be delivered. I got
a chance to spend some time talking
with the guest of honor. I had always
wanted to meet Mike Miller in
person. We’ve had some incredible
discussions on the phone over the
years and I know the man to be as
intellectually astute in real life as he
appears on the pages of the many
magazines he has written for. Over
the years, Mike has given me advice
on every E24, E31, E36, E39 and E46
that has graced my garage. He
always implores me to take the
absolute best care of my Lagoon
(some people call the color Laguna)
green 850i 6-speed. I call the car
“MARINE1” because of its color, and
the fact that the 8 Series was the
ultimate in ‘Executive Transportation”
in its heyday. Only 847 of these V-12
manual coupes were imported to
North America. Years ago, Mike
asked for first right of refusal if I ever
sell mine. He often says “take care
of my car.” It was good to meet the
legend in person. I even requested
(Left) RPR owner John Behe (left)
and son, Colin Behe (right), shared
decades of automotive know how
with participants.
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that he sign the engine of my Alpine
white E39 M5 and he cheerfully
obliged. Leila was gracious enough
to take a video of the signing! It had
already been an epic day but the fun
was just beginning.
Live Tech Talk with Mike Miller
Phillip introduced Mike to the group
to kick off the Live Tech Talk. Mike
fielded all types of questions.
A gentleman even asked about a
Mercedes-Benz “Pagoda” 230SL/
280SL, the beautiful coupes and
roadsters that were produced from
1963-1971. It turns out that Mr.
Miller knows a thing or two about
these cars, including the fact that
Mercedes-Benz Classic still makes
almost any part one could need for
these cars. The catch is that those
parts always come at a steep price.
The conversation turned to
diagnosing problems in an
attendee’s E34 M5 then turned to
issues with a club member’s Z4
Roadster. Next, he answered questions about M60 and M62 engines.
I learned something new when he
stated that the S62 engine of the E39
M5 and Z8, while related to the M62,
did not suffer from some of the weak
points the non-Motorsport engines
suffered. It was comforting to know
that BMW M beefed the engine up
somewhat, before adding close to
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(Above) Brooklyn Taylor, with a
chapter member's BMW 2002.
120 horsepower to it. The S62, like
many BMW engines, does have its
share of issues, including excessive
carbon build up, which causes secondary air pump faults in some cars.
All in all, Mr. Miller was witty
and engaging, making us laugh,
while imparting valuable information.
T E C H
T A L K
W I T H
Mike has a number of interesting
BMWs, including a fully restored E21
320i, a couple of 2002s, and a Dinan
tuned E46 coupe that he drove down
from his home in Pennsylvania. At
our request, he regaled us with the
story of how he rescued his 2002tii.
It was a classic “Barn Find” story,
with a twist. A Navy buddy had been
telling Mike about the car for years.
It had been sitting in the garage at the
man’s mother-in-law’s house for
years. Finally the man called Mike,
saying that the car was bound for the
crusher, unless Mike wanted to come
and take it. The car had triple
Webers, a manual transmission, and
Ronal wheels. Upon inspection, the
car was not a basket case, and definitely worth saving. The old gasoline
had turned to varnish inside the tank.
Even after draining the tank (early
2002s had a drain plug right in the
tank), the filters were too clogged to
allow the car to fire up and drive.
M I K E
M I L L E R
Mike and company ended up
towing it home. He got it running
and the transmission “crunched
every gear while driving.” He said
that the old oil in the transmission
and differential of that 2002 looked
really bad. “What came out of the
transmission and differential looked
like it leaked from the Exxon Valdez.”
He said “It looked like crude oil
and water”. The Redline MTL fluid
miraculously fixed the crunching
within 50 miles of driving with fresh
fluids. “I still can’t believe what MTL
does for transmissions!” he
exclaimed. Now the Barn Find 2002
is a reliable driver. You can’t beat
that.
Chapter President, Paul Seto
and Chapter Vice President, James
Laws were in attendance, and asked
questions, along with many other
members. Mr. Miller was patient and
knowledgeable. I’m sure we asked
many common questions that he
repeatedly answers every day or
every week. He cheerfully answered
them anyway. Mr. Miller strikes me
as a real-life Ron Swanson. I mean
that as the highest possible compliment. I urge you to come out to the
next DIY or Tech Talk, and learn
something new about your BMW
or Mini.
(Above) Mike Miller was gracious
enough to sign the plenum cover of
the author's E39 M5.
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2017 BMW 5 Series
Rising To The Top
By James Chew
he car business is not for the
weak of heart. The first reason is
that while one may have many
past significant accomplishments,
the market is always measuring the
OEM by what they’ve done lately.
The second is the internal pressure to
increase sales and market share.
It’s that second factor that generally leads the manufacturer into trouble.
The discussions that revolve about
increasing market share inevitably
lead to “competitor conquest” and
“customer comment” discussions.
Volumes of (questionable) data are
reviewed and two categories of wrong
conclusions are drawn. The first is “if
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(Top) The return of the executive sedan benchmark! (Above) Powered
by a Twin Turbo 4.
our car drove/looked more like/had
same equipment as our competitors,
we’d capture their customers. The
second is “our customers don’t like
our products because…”. With the
pressures to increase sales and market
shares, the product development staff
is then inevitably asked to “dumb
down” the product, making the new
product similar to a competitor in
order to increase sales. In short,
the product loses its corporate and
market identify.
And the end result is an unloved,
poor-selling product.
At that point, there are two product
development paths. One is to continue
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(Left and above) The front seating area reminds one of the new 7 Series.
the spiral to mediocrity and irrelevance. The second is return to the
roots.
Let us all breathe a sign of
relief that for the all-new 2017 BMW
5 Series, BMW AG decided to return
the product to its roots.
The E34 and E39 5 Series
created a new market segment – the
executive sports sedan. These were
cars for the hard driving, future
thinking businessman – one that
wanted to be in charge of the future
rather than ride the wave. While the
famous M5 was launched with the
previous generation E28 BMW, it
seemed as if the image took hold
and the legend grew with the E34
M5. It should be of no surprise to
the BMW faithful that the E39 M5,
considered the best by BMW
faithful and auto critics, and was the
benchmark for the development of
the Cadillac V-series. During the
lifespans of these two 5 Series, it
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almost seemed as the 5 Series
driver was younger, hipper, and
more forward thinking that those
that drove the competition.
Some of the BMW faithful felt
that after the famous E39 5 Series,
the product began to stray with the
interesting E60 Bangle design.
Ironically, this polarizing design
became the bestselling 5 Series
model. Its sales appeal could be
due to the fact that the E60 5 Series
still DROVE like a BMW. True to its
“Ultimate Driving Machine” roots,
one would see people driving their
E60s on twisty mountain roads and
wonderfully fun backcountry roads
at any given opportunity. The
additional of X-drive expanded the
product’s market appeal. The E60
5 Series was THE executive sedan
that gave the driver a good reason
to always drive the longest, most
interesting route to work.
When the F10 5 Series was
(Above) The rear seats are quite
comfortable, though leg room is a
little tight. (Right) The optional
wireless charging station is conveniently located for easy access.
launched, the traditional timeless
BMW design was met with relief by
BMW faithful and the critics.
Praised for its exterior and interior
design and refinement, the 5 Series
no longer took a back seat to the
competition in terms of luxury
features.
Unfortunately, the driving
characteristics were puzzling. The
milder driving manners and ride
were intended to broaden the
product’s appeal. The first generation electronic steering and the first
generation “auto stall” twin power
turbo 4-cylinder engine were
intended to show that spirited
driving performance could be
achieved while being (somewhat)
environmentally responsible. This
5 Series was intended to have broad
market appeal while maintaining its
“Ultimate Driving Machine” image.
Instead, it seemed to have lost its
“Ultimate Driving Machine” soul.
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BMW was beginning to proliferate its “e-Drive” technology to the
entire product line. To complicate
matters, while BMW was introducing this fuel-efficiency technology,
the competitive products that had
benchmarked the E60 mechanical
steering system and “tuned” them to
handle their respective chassis.
While the 2012 update brought
some of the “Ultimate Driving
Machine” soul back to the F10, the
F10 was not given a second chance
to make a favorable impression.
Because of the importance of
the 5 Series to the overall BMW
image, we were rather surprised that
BMW decided to “officially” debut
the G30 at the Detroit Auto Show,
rather than Los Angeles. It simply
defied logic to debut this VERY
important executive sedan in region
where executives are expected to
drive their respective company’s
B M W
products, rather than one where
executives are provided a car
allowance and given the freedom to
drive what they prefer.
Despite the puzzling debut, our
all-to-brief drive of the G30 5 Series
convinces us that given the choice,
the savvy executive will select this
vehicle.
Let us be the first (and maybe
only) to state that we LOVE the G30
exterior design. Criticized by some
as conservative, the G30 exterior
strikes us as timeless. As with
the E39, the G30 design will look
modern no matter the era. In our
humble opinion, the “edgy” Cadillac
and Lexus exterior designs already
look dated and the Mercedes
“droopy rear” makes the products
look heavy and slow. Again, in our
opinion, only BMW and Audi are
offering sedans with timeless
styling.
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Our quick driving impressions
of the G30 5 Series are as follows:
1. It’s quiet. Not “Novocain”
quiet – a pleasant quiet. The type of
quiet that has the miles fly by as you
drive.
2. It’s lighter. While not using
the 7 Series “carbon core” construction, the new 5 Series successfully
reverse the trend of ever-heavier
cars by the use a clever aluminumsteel hybrid body.
3. It’s nimble. Oddly enough, it
could be due to BMW using a traditional 5-link rear suspension for the
G30, rather than the F10 “H-arm.”
4. It’s quick. The G30 uses the
B48 modular twinpower turbo intercooled 4-cylinder as it’s “entry
level” engine. Producing 248
horsepower and 258 foot-pounds of
torque, this engine features an airto-liquid intercooler that is integrated into the intake plenum.
5. It’s fun to drive. Think E39.
6. It’s luxurious. Borrowing
much from the F01 7 Series, this 5
Series seems to be “the” benchmark
for executive sedan luxury
The all new G30 BMW 5 Series
has successfully returned to its
roots of being the only executive
sedan that perfectly balances
driving performance and passenger
luxury. If this product simply retains
the buyers of the E60 and F10 5
Series, it will be a success.
Ironically, we think its class-leading
balance of performance and luxury
will attract those that took a chance
on the competitor’s products, but
felt that there was something missing. In short, the 5 Series WIDENED
its market appeal by again being the
“Ultimate Driving Machine.”
We hope to have a longer-term
evaluation soon.
Enthusiasts in the know
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We’re Just Getting Started
By Jaclyn Heck | Photos by Fraser Dachille & Jaclyn Heck
ith the Novice School, the first Test & Tune, and the first Points event I will not be discussing them here either.
Recently, many manufactures have made street tires that are tailored to
under your belt, now is the time to dive a little deeper into one of the
autocross (often categorized as Extreme Performance Summer tires), offering
biggest factors that can affect your driving: your tires.
Tires are probably the one modification you can make where you’ll a tire that can be driven on the street, have appropriate tread grooving so they
are still safe in wet conditions, and are
see the most dramatic change (versus
made of a specific rubber compound to
changing the sway bars, brake pads, etc.).
offer quality performance during autocross.
If you are looking to make an upgrade withThese tires were made to fit into the SCCA
out going all-out, tires may be the place
Street category classes, which require a
to begin. The type of tire, the pressure, and
200 treadwear rating or higher. NCC
temperature, all contribute to the driving
Autocross’s Stock and Tuner classes follow
experience. To start, we will talk about type
these same treadwear ratings.
of tire, and then we will explore pressure
To explain treadwear ratings briefly, they
(and how the elements can play
are a tire manufacturer’s approximation of
a role).
how long a tire will last. For example, tires
Everyone knows there are seasonal
that you see advertised with a
tires, including summer, winter, and all30,000/40,000 mile treadwear warranty
season, but there are autocross and racing
may have a treadwear rating of 400, 500,
specific tires as well. Winter tires have their
maybe even 600. By contrast, a 200-treadplace on the road, but for autocross they are
wear tire may only last for 8,000 to 10,000
all but useless, so we will skip right over
miles in regular street driving.
them. Racing tires, like winter tires, serve a
purpose for what they are designed for, but (Top) Changing Conditions: After it has rained, some parts of As a general rule of thumb, the lower the
with most of them, you cannot drive on the the course can have drastically different amounts of grip. treadwear rating, the faster the tire will
street. Hoosier Tires are an example of a (Above) Lean on Me: When cornering, you are relying on your wear out.
racing tire; however, given their limited use tires' grip to get you around the cone.
A 200-treadwear tire for autocross will
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(Above) Slippery When Wet: In saturated, wet conditions, make sure to slow your speeds down to account for lack of grip, especially around corners.
provide a much higher level of grip
than an all-season or a tire not
specifically developed for autocross.
However, they come with some
tradeoffs. I already mentioned that
they will wear out quickly, but in
addition, they are typically very loud
when driving around normally, they
may not perform well in wet conditions, and they are not useable in any
type of winter weather.
In contrast, an all-season
would provide you very comfortable
road manners (lower noise levels,
general comfort while driving), but it
won’t rise to the level of performance
in autocross as those tires described
above. All-seasons are not without
value in autocross though, since they
will let you feel what the car is doing
while you are driving (such as the
ABS kicking in, oversteer and understeer, as well as provide more auditory feedback such as the squealing
noise), at a lower threshold (lower
speed).
Summer tires (often categorized
as Max Performance Summer or
Ultra High Performance Summer) fall
somewhere in between autocross
and all-seasons. They typically have
a treadwear rating of around 300,
offer more grip than all-seasons, and
can offer some of the better qualities
of both an all-season in terms of performance on the road and an
autocross tailored-tire in terms of an
increased performance (better grip),
when used for autocross.
Now for tire pressure and how
elements play a role. The conditions
of the course have an impact on your
driving, and your tire pressure
should be adjusted accordingly.
The basic reason for adjusting
your tire pressure is so you don’t roll
your tires over, meaning you want to
try to use the whole block of tread on
the tire and you don’t want to have
them flex to a point where you end
up driving on any part of the side
wall of the tire. At some events, you
will see people use chalk on their
tires; this allows an easier way for
them to quickly see if their tires are
rolling over, and if they need further
tire pressure adjustments.
In adjusting tire pressure, you
want to find the sweet spot so you’re
using all of the tread of the tire. Over
inflation will lead you to ride more
on the center ridge of the tire, raising
the center section of the tire like a
balloon. Under inflation will mean
the tires are too flexible, resulting in
you rolling the tire under and driving
on the sides of the tire, ending up
with an uneven wear on the outside
edge.
As a general rule, you should
start with your tires about 5 psi
above the manufactures recommendation (usually found on a sticker in
(Left) Cross Sections: Left is an
autocross specific tire. Middle is
a summer tire. Right is an allseason tire.
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(Above) Rain Drop, Drop Top: Driving in the rain with no top?
your driver’s door jam), and adjust
down from there if needed. The
manufacturer’s specs are usually
geared towards ride comfort and fuel
efficiency while on the road, but will
most likely result in allowing too
much flex and rolling of the
tire when autocrossing. It’s always
easier to let air out than to put air
back in.
Be cognizant that throughout
the day, through a combination of the
heat generated during your runs and
just general outside temperature
changes, your tire pressures may
change as the day goes on.
The conditions that can have
the largest impact on how your tires
will react and feel while you are
autocrossing are wet versus dry
courses. Typically, you will not need
as high of a tire pressure in wet environments as you would with dry
conditions. I’m sure you are already
aware that wet conditions mean there
is less grip, and less grip results in
less heat being generated. Since
you aren’t generating as much heat,
there will be less fluctuation in tire
pressure.
This is only scratching the surface of tire pressure; many people
have spent large sums of time discussing the topic. If you have questions, or need assistance with adjusting your tire pressure, reading your
tires, or any other tire question: talk
to a committee member at one of our
events.
If you are looking to purchase a
new set of tires for autocross, which
again, is not necessary nor a requirement, do your own research and
know that there are tradeoffs with all
types of tires. If you have questions
regarding tire types, always feel free
to ask a seasoned autocrosser or
committee person, and they will be
happy to offer you advice and point
you in the right direction.
Additionally, if you find yourself
in the market for new tires, our title
sponsor, RRT Performance, Tuning
and Maintenance (RRTptm.com) can
assist in tire selection, ordering,
mounting and balancing.
(Below) Smooth as Glass: A wet
surface can feel more like you're
driving on ice than on pavement.
Remaining Autocross Events:
5/20 Points Event #2
5/27 Test & Tune #2
6/3
Points Event #3
7/22 Points Event #4
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Regency Furniture Stadium, Waldorf, MD
FedEx Field, Landover, MD
Regency Furniture Stadium, Waldorf, MD
8/12 Points Event #5
9/3 Points Event #6
10/8 Points Event #7
FedEx Field, Landover, MD
Regency Furniture Stadium, Waldorf, MD
Regency Furniture Stadium, Waldorf, MD
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2017 BMW 330e and 2017 Audi A4 Quattro
The Kids Are Alright
By James Chew
y love affair with German
sports sedans began in 1983
during my first visit to
M
Seattle.
At the end of a full day of job
interviews, a member of the senior
technical staff who had interviewed
me offered to take me to the airport.
That my first time in a BMW 320i.
He proudly showed off his car.
I admired the extremely tight turning
radius as he made a U-turn to exit the
parking lot. He discussed the car’s
steering geometry and how the
50/50 weight balance contributed to
this vehicle’s outstanding handling
characteristics.
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(Top) The perennial entry-level sports sedan benchmark. (Above) We’re
now getting used to a four under the hood!
In the spring of 1985 a fellow
Boeing colleague and undergraduate
engineering classmate asked for help
shopping for a new car. He knew
what he wanted, but he wanted
“backup” for price negotiations.
That my first time visiting a BMW
dealership. While we left in his new
325e, I fell in love with the BMW 6
Series (I STILL dream of owning a 6
Series but can’t decide if I’d prefer the
coupe, convertible, or Gran Coupe!).
When I became a member of
the Boeing autocross club, I quickly
learned that it was a good thing that
my 1980 Dodge Omni 024 produced
only 70 horsepower. I think I still
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hold the record for rookie “cone hits”!
One the club’s officers owned a 1983
Audi Sport Quattro. This was my first
exposure to a car with an all-wheel
drive system. As a mechanical
engineer, I couldn’t help but admire
the genius behind the Quattro
design. The fact that his car maintained its sharp sports car handling
characteristics in the snow and rain
was, to me, a thing of beauty.
This officer was responsible for
designing our autocross courses.
He and a fellow member who owned
a Porsche 944 always seemed to win
when they changed to their
autocross purpose tires and wheels.
They held record times until 1986
when a fellow club member brought
his new, all stock Shelby GLH-S to
a meet!
While they may be loath to
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admit it (or shocked to learn it) the
North American Audi Quattro fans
have AMC to thank for starting the
popularity of all wheel drive cars in
the North American market. Audi
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noticed that AMC built a sizable
wheel-drive car market with their
Eagles, convincing Audi to export
their Quattros to North America.
We had a chance to drive sixth
generation versions of both vehicles
– the recently freshened 2017 330e
and the all-new 2017 A4 Quattro.
Both reflect their respective company’s view on the desires of today’s
(Top) The all-new Audi A4 combines both the Audi and BMW sedan
designs. (Above) Audi also uses a turbocharged four under the hood.
sports sedan buyers.
Unlike their competition, both
the BMW 3 Series and Audi A4 maintain timeless exterior designs. The
family semblance is quite apparent –
the 2017 330e and the 1982 320i
share similar lines – including the
Hofmeister kink. The 2017 A4 and
the 1983 Audi Coupe also share similar lines. Lines that were shared by
the Audi 4000 and the Audi 80/90.
When compared to their 1980’s
ancestors both vehicles are much
larger. The 2017 BMW 330e has a
wheelbase that is almost ten inches
longer and eight inches wider than
the 1983 320i. The 2017 A4 has a
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(Top and Above) The BMW 330e cockpit is
geared to the driving enthusiast. The 3 Series
interior is still roomy and comfortably seats four.
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wheelbase that is twenty-five inches longer and
three inches wider that the 1983 Quattro Sport.
When parked next to their European,
American, and Japanese competition, both
vehicles look stunning. In my opinion, the BMW 3
Series and Audi A4 exterior designs make the
Mercedes C-class look heavy and frumpy, the
Cadillac ATS/CTS looks like cosmetic surgery
addicts, and the Lexus ES/GS looks cheap and
dated.
Both vehicles feature benchmark interior
designs. Modern, timeless interior designs that
feature high quality materials, which result in an
uncomplicated look with outstanding refinement
and fit-and-finish, able to comfortably seat four
American sized adults. The trunks are sized to
accommodate four full-sized golf bags, with large,
wide trunk openings and dual folding rear seats.
In our opinion the Audi interior design still
has a slight edge – most likely due to our
attraction to the A4’s “virtual” dash.
The BMW and the Audi interiors use light as
a design feature. The comforting blue glow from
the tastefully placed BMW 330e interior lighting
fascinates all who ride in it. In the A4, the driver
can select from a dozen different LED colors to
enhance the beauty of the A4’s interior.
The fact that both are driver’s cars is obvious
the moment one gets behind the wheel.
Contrasting the current “we’re operating computer”
cockpit trend, all the controls, steering wheel,
pedal positions, and drivers vision are designed
to be intuitive. Even the iDrive/MMI operation
now makes sense.
The 2017 330e drivetrain features the same
hybrid technology as the recently reviewed X5
xDrive4.0e. Both use a 2.0-liter BMW TwinPower
Turbo inline 4-cylinder, 16-valve 180-hp engine
with a twin-scroll turbocharger with variable valve
control (Double-VANOS and Valvetronic), highprecision direct injection and eDrive 87-hp
electric motor. Total power output of the 330e is
248 hp, while the X5 is 309 hp. While the 248 hp
is nice, the 330e powertrain produces 310 lb-ft of
torque!
Coupled with the now familiar 8-speed
automatic transmission and what seems to be
recalibrated electronic steering and electronically
controlled suspension and drivetrain, the 2017
330e drives as an “Ultimate Driving Machine”
should. When in the “Sport” setting, the 330e
drives like a properly balanced M3. If we BMW
faithful are willing to give this wonderful sedan a
chance, I suspect most of us won’t notice, or care
that the vehicle has a 14 mile “all electric” range.
We WILL love the fantastic responsiveness.
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(Top and Above) The Audi A4 cockpit has a
distinct race car feel. The Audi also seats four
comfortably.
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If one wants an Audi, one should order one with the Quattro option.
A front-wheel-drive Audi is an expensive Volkswagen. In fact, it drives like a
Volkswagen. This is NOT meant to be pejorative. Its meant to emphasize that
one cannot fully appreciate the Audi driving experience unless it has Quattro.
For those of us who want to “save the manuals”, the 2017 A4 comes in a new
six-speed manual transmission that
complements the performance produced by the A4’s 2.0 TFSI® four
cylinder engine which generates
252 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque.
And in our bi-coastal evaluation, we fully enjoyed that Quattro
system. Primarily front-wheel drive,
the mechanical system that uses a
central differential to send power to
the rear wheels when extra grip is
required (as an aside, BMW’s
xDrive is an electrically controlled
multi-plate clutch system).
(Above) The BMW 330e and Audi A4
Whether driving my favorite are Alright.
Southern California test road
(Angeles Crest Highway) or my favorite mid-Atlantic test road (VA-20 from
Fredericksburg to Charlottesville) both vehicles were simply a delight to drive.
The driving experience from both vehicles on two coasts made me think that
perhaps today’s “ultimate” versions of both vehicles – the M3 and S4 - were
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now too much vehicle for the road. The joy of driving came from unleashing
both vehicles’ performance driving potential on public back roads while maintaining control. The “ultimate” performance versions require a closed race track
and specialty driving equipment to realize their potential. Both the 330e and the
A4 are outstanding daily drivers and most likely will achieve the best time in
any autocross course.
Not only did both drivetrains
deliver in terms of performance, they
also did so in terms of fuel economy. On the freeway, we constantly
achieved around 39 miles per gallon
with the 330e, and around 37 miles
per gallon with the A4. With the
hybrid system, the 330e did achieve
slightly better city fuel economy.
Six generations later, both vehicles are bringing the spirit of their
brand and their predecessors’
– a nice pair that proves that the Kids products to a new era of driving
reality while creating a new generation of driving enthusiast. And it’s
quite easy to spot these new driving enthusiasts: they are the young ones who
approach us while we’re at a gas station lifting the hoods of our cars to inspect
our engines.
The bottom line is simple. The Kids Are Alright.
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Help Wanted: Tourmeisters
We currently have several positions available to help plan upcoming Tours. Whether it's a half-day drive or weekend-long event,
here's your chance to put together an awesome trip! No experience
is required, but strong organizational skills are a must. Below is a
brief job description:
- Responsible for organizing and running club tours
- Design, test, and document tour route
- Plan associated tour activities, such as meet locations,
breaks, and other stops
- Conduct event and safety briefings prior to departure
- Set up registration, secure insurance, and promote upcoming
tour events
Contact Paul Seto at paul.seto@nccbmwcca.org
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