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CHRIS MACHA & RESURRECTING A 2800 • Vintage Volante Racing the Willis Special • The Vintage at Saratoga Chris Auty ’s 1600GT • Legends of the Autobahn Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix • DAVID LOWEN’S 600


Behind the Wheel P RE SI DEN T ’ S ME SSAG E

The year continues to be a good one for BMW classic car enthusiasts and for our club. After

the '100 Years' celebrations ended, many wondered what 2017 would look like. While some of the hype is gone, the level of participation in events continues to be high.

Andrew Wilson keeps on travelling throughout the country; he does not want to miss any

BMW show. He has raised the exposure of our club in the BMW classic car community and

has recruited quite a few members along the road. His contributions to the newsletter are much appreciated.

Our Member in Focus this quarter is Chris Macha from Huntington Beach, California. Chris

is a well-known figure in the 02, the Neue Klasse and in the E9 communities where he is sim-

ply known as ‘HBChris’. When HBChris writes, people read!

We just finished the Pine Tree State Rally in New Hampshire and Maine and in all modesty,

it was a great success. Forty-seven members enjoyed the scenic roads, the great food, the ac-

tivities, a bit of competition, and most importantly, the wonderful camaraderie that exists be-

tween our members. A detailed report will be given in the winter issue. Hopefully this will

incite other members to get their classic BMWs out of the garage and on the road; after all,

that’s what we are all about.

On the topic of driving events, we’ve got not one, but two big events lined up for 2018. The

first one will be in July in Pittsburgh. Our own Eric Zagrocki, who is also a member of the Executive Committee of the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix is putting a wonderful program to-

gether for the club members. Please read Eric’s introduction to the 2018 PVGP on page 5 of

this issue.

Our second event for 2018, the Lowcountry Discovery, will take place around the Hilton

Head Island Motoring Festival & Concours d’Elegance. It will start on the heels of the Savan-

nah Speed Classic. We will gather on Sunday, October 28th 2018 in historic Savannah, a city

filled with cobblestoned squares and parks shaded by oak trees covered with Spanish moss. After spending two nights in Savannah, we will drive our classic BMWs to Charleston, known

for its rich history, well-preserved architecture, distinguished restaurants, and mannerly people. We will again spend two nights in Charleston, which has been named ‘America’s Most

Friendly City’. You will not be disappointed. The final destination of the rally is the resort town

of Hilton Head Island, where we will arrive in time to participate in all the activities organized

by the HHI Motoring Festival such as the Friday Driving Tour, the Flights & Fancy Aeroport

Gala, the Car Club Showcase (we will have our own ‘class’) and the HHI Concours d’Elegance on Sunday October 4th, 2018.

Club members who wish to forgo the Savannah and Charleston visits and drives, will have

the option of joining the group on Thursday evening in Hilton Head Island. Please contact me at ddegroen@yahoo.com to manifest your interest in participating in the Lowcountry Discovery.

There is good news for our West Coast members; in the summer of 2019, the club plans on

coming in the Pacific Northwest.

Enjoy this 52nd issue of your club newsletter, and see you down the road!

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14 The Vintage at Saratoga

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Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix

18 Legends of the Autobahn

Racing the Willis Special

19 TedFest

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Calendar of Events

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Resurrection of a 2800

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Vintage Volante

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16 Sharknose Meeting 2017

19 Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix 20 328 Engine Repair

10 BMW 600

12 Chris Auty’s BMW 1600 GT

24 Member in Focus: Chris Macha 30 Contributor: Pall Kornmayer

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Calendar of Events

WHAT ’ S HA P P E N I N G ?

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2017

2018

October 26-29

March 9-11

Texas 02berfest in Fredericksburg, TX

Contact Terry Sayther

terndeb@saytherauto.com October 31 – november 4

BMW CCA O’Fest in new Orleans, LA

ofest.bmwcca.org/register november 3-5

Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival

Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance www.ameliaconcours.org

BMW special coach works will be

featured

March 21-25

Techno Classica, Essen Germany

www.siha.de

July 9-15, 2018

www.hhiconcours.com

BMW Classic CCA at the Pittsburgh

november 4

driving tours, car shows and races

SoCal Vintage, Van nuys, CA

www.socalvintagebmw.com

Vintage Grand Prix

October 27 – november 4, 2018

BMW Classic CCA Lowcountry discovery

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The 2018 Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix PVGP Schedule Tuesday July 10th

BMW Classic CCA – Welcome dinner

Expect lots of 2002 activity again during the 2016 PVGP Those who have attended the Pittsburgh

PVGP events. Hundreds of 2002s are ex-

Vintage Grand Prix know that the annual

pected!

summer. The PVGP includes two weekends

feature a special program for its members,

event is one of the best car events of the

of vintage racing, daily car shows, parties,

tours and other automobile-focused events

while raising funds for the Autism Society of Pittsburgh and Allegheny Valley School. The

highlight of the event takes place in Pitts-

burgh’s Schenley Park where an army of volunteers converts a city park into a race

course overnight and up to 3,000 show cars

of all makes and models line the golf course fairways.

The PVGP has named BMW as Marque of

the Year for 2018. Most of the PVGP sanc-

tioned events will feature classic BMWs. Ad-

The BMW Classic Car Club of America will

including club dinners, tours, car shows and

Thursday July 12th

Club sponsored driving tour for

The BMW Classic CCA’s 2018 PVGP pro-

‘Passport to Elegance’ Jet Center

gram starts on Tuesday, July 10th with a wel-

come dinner and concludes with watching

the races in Schenley Park on Sunday July

15th.

While in Pittsburgh, we are staying in the

Sheraton Station Square Hotel. This is the

same hotel which is hosting the BMW CCA

Oktoberfest, meaning that we can mingle

with the Oktoberfest participants and

ing in Pittsburgh. The CCA Allegheny Chap-

Pittsburgh in July 2018.

2002, by featuring 2002s throughout the

Party Car Show known as

Tune-Up @ Atria’s in the evening

classic BMWs through scenic Western

vendors.

ter will celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the

BMW CCA Oktoberfest concours

during the day and the PVGP Bridge

other activities. We did so in 2009 and it was

a great success.

ditionally, the BMW CCA has selected PVGP

week to host its annual Oktoberfest gather-

Wednesday July 11th

Looking forward to seeing many of you in – Eric Zagrocki (ejzagro@aol.com)

Pennsylvania during the day and the Party in the evening Friday July 13th

Club sponsored driving tour for

classic BMWs to the Laurel Highland of Pennsylvania including a tour of Frank Llyod Wright’s Falling Water, lunch and other attractions Saturday July 14th

Schenley Park Car Show and Race Qualifying. We will celebrate the BMW 2002 and have a special hospitality tent.

In the evening we will have an exclusive club dinner

Club members enjoying a drive

through the country side during the

2009 PVGP week

at a local restaurant. Sunday July 15th

Schenley Park Race day, including

parade laps for BMWs. We will again enjoy the all-day hospitality tent.

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Discovery & Resurrection of a

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By Chris Macha (cmacha@socal.rr.com) Photographs by Fred Larimer All of us have probably read about or

heard of stories about cars being locked

away in garages and barns and then forgot-

lots of very interested parties but no one

had given him a deposit yet. One little detail

was that the car did not run and that it was

ten, their whereabouts unknown for

last registered in 1981. Mike gave me a

to participate in such a story. I am one of

go out and check out this car, in fact I've al-

decades. However, very few of us ever get the fortunate ones, thanks to my good

friend Mike Burger, who presented me with an opportunity to find and purchase with him a true barn find vehicle.

The car in question is a 1970 BMW 2800

sedan that had been owned by one family after it was purchased in April 1970 from

Vasek Polak BMW in Manhattan Beach, California. Vasek is generally known for his

Porsche dealership and racing success but

he also raced BMWs and he was one of the first BMW dealers in Southern California.

This particular 2800 sedan was listed on

Craigslist in Riverside, California in June of

quick call and said “Chris, I think we need to

ready given him a $250 deposit using Pay-

Pal.” My first thought was Mike you’re crazy,

you’re restoring a coupe and both of our

garages are full. Mike and I however agreed to meet the next morning and drive out to

Riverside to view the 2800. When he picked me up he also mentioned that he had con-

veniently called a flatbed tow truck to meet

us at the location so that if it was in decent

enough condition we would purchase the

car on the spot and bring it home. When we arrived the car was sitting in a driveway and

it immediately struck me as a car being in incredibly original condition even if the paint had weathered significantly on the hood.

It had apparently been repainted in the

1970s, probably by BMW due to clear coat

2015. Mike saw the ad and called the seller

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dusty, looked brand new as did the trunk,

a new title would have to wait for another

n’t just an ordinary license plate, the config-

The many receipts that we found indi-

rare license plate, when the blue plates were

door and window seals too. This was the

day, he didn’t have one.

2800 sedans had leather interiors: this one

cated that they would drive back to Hermosa

pet. The dash was uncracked, the seats

on this vehicle. In 1981 the recordkeeping

top-of-the-line BMW sedan in 1970 and all

was blue leather with the blue and gray carlooked unused, the headliner looked brand new, and even the seatbelts were pristine.

The car had sat for so long however that we could not open the rear doors; they were

stuck to their rubber door seals and latches. After checking out the car and finding

some nice little bits of memorabilia in the glove box including the owners gas pur-

chase and mileage records from 1970 to

1981, we decided to purchase the car and

the flatbed came just in time. We subse-

quently discovered that the original family

(mother, father and son) had bought the car when it was brand new in April 1970 and

Beach to have Vasek Polak perform service

stopped and after this point in time it was no longer registered with California's Depart-

ment of Motor Vehicles. We soon found out

why when we got the car back to the garage,

2800 has its original blue plate registered to the vehicle. How you might ask? Let’s just

say I met a guy who knew a guy. We drove our car from Southern California to Mon-

and an example of one of BMWs finest

needed to be brought back to life and kept

it won 1st Prize in the Preservation Class.

electric antenna. We decided that this car

as original as possible. To make a very long

ends of the Autobahn. Being a true survivor products from the late 1960s / early 1970s,

story short, we rebuilt the motor, brakes,

suspension, fuel system, practically every-

thing as it had sat dormant for over 34 years. From purchase to completion of a run-

the work on our own time in my garage

had left in the home and when he didn’t re-

letters for their best customers. Today our

function worked including the radio and

owner of the car and had recently lost his lowed the son to retrieve some papers he

license plates from the DMV with the BMW

terey this summer and displayed it at Leg-

though when we put a battery in it every

ning and driving vehicle took about seven

home to foreclosure. The new owner al-

issued the BMW dealer would get these new

we found that the motor was seized al-

they had resided at the same address in

Riverside. The son was the last recorded

uration was 037BMW! This is an incredibly

months which is not bad considering we did without having a lift, just jack stands and

standard tools available to any home mechanic. One of the items that really in-

BAVARIAN BORN The E3 2800, a luxury sedan was

introduced in Europe in 1968 and

brought to the US a year later. It came

equipped with full leather interior,

turn outside the owner went in and found

trigued us on this car was the blue California

power windows, and power sunroof.

We purchased the 2800 from the man

blue license plates which replaced the prior

the BMW importer for the USA con-

the garage as the 2800 had been buried

plate and to reregister this original plate

he had passed away in his former home.

charged with cleaning out all of the junk in under piles of stuff for many years. Getting

license plate. 1970 was the first year for the

black plates. Our car had only one license

with the DMV we needed two plates. It was-

For the 1971 model year Max Hoffman,

vinced the company to build a less-

optioned, and hence considerably less

expensive version of the 2800 which was to be sold as the Bavaria.

For the 1972 model year, the engine

size of both models was increased to

3.0 liters. The former 2800 was now called the 3.0 S. These two models, the

3.0 S and the Bavaria, were sold through 1974.

In 1975 BMW introduced fuel injec-

tion to the US market for the big-six

M30 motor replacing the twin two-

barrel Zenith carburetors used on the

M30 motor since its inception. The

Bavaria was dropped from the line-up,

and the 3.0Si remained the top-of-

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Racing the Willis Special with Steve Walker ON T RACK

When long time club member John Buenz

wrote me that he would be going to the Mon-

terey Historics at Laguna Seca, I asked him to

send me some photos for The Ultimate Classic.

He sure did. Some of the photos were of club

member Steve Walker’s 315 Willis Special.

Raceway outside Kent, Washington. This

event was only 2 months after the car ar-

rived. I had some trouble getting used to

the Pre-Select gearbox that was in the car

as I kept trying to shift it like a manual gear-

box. Plus, my long legs kept hitting the se-

Back in 2013, Steve purchased, sight unseen, a

lect lever and bumping it out of gear.

with a box of historical trophies and documen-

race at Sonoma as the Pre-Select died dur-

1935 Frazer-Nash BMW Willis Special along

tation at the Coys Autosport Auction in Eng-

land. At the time, Steve reported that he had

‘never done anything like this before, that his

guts told him that this was right and that

sometimes we just have to let our hearts lead

our heads’. Steve, a fanatic BMW vintage race

car driver who races a Luigi CSL, a 700 Sport

and an 1800 TiSa, was excited to add the Willis

Special to his stable. Now, four years later, I

asked Steve what he has been doing with the

Willis.

Since 2013 we have run the car in about

12 races with good success. To date I have

one Group win (Monterey 2014), one DNS,

and the rest have all been top 10 finishes.

The first race we ran with the car was the

SOVREN Spring Sprints in 2013 at Pacific

That problem was eliminated in the next

ing practice on Friday. We realized that find-

ing someone that knew the peculiarities of

these transmissions was going to be a prob-

lem and we only had 2 1/2 months until the

Monterey races.

The solution was suggested by Shawn

Thomas, a well know pre-war expert here

on the West Coast. He suggested we re-

Steve Walker in action during the Monterey Historics 2017.

could re-build the Pre-Select. It is currently

sitting in my shop causing no problems to

anyone.

The other big issue for me with the car as

it came was the modern instruments in it. It

had been driven on the street for several

years prior to my purchase of it and thus

had MOT approved modern gauges in it. I

was able to get a correct set of gauges from

BMW Classic and over the winter of 2015-16

Racecraft made the beautiful turned dash

place the Pre-Select with a period Bristol 4

that is currently in the car.

eliminate the un-reliability of the Pre-Select,

lar highlight. The Willis was the oldest BMW

speed. It would mate right up to the engine,

and maintain the spirit of the car.

Racecraft performed the switch in time

for the Monterey races in August, and I had

a wonderful race, winning Group 2 on the

last lap.

I was finally able to find someone who

The 2016 Monterey races were a particu-

to participate in the Centennial Celebration

for BMW. It ran well all weekend, and I man-

aged a solid top 10 finish against a strong

field of cars.

This past August we were again privileged

to run the car at the Monterey Reunion. The

car ran in Group 2A against a field of 1927-

1951 purpose built racing cars. This Group

is dominated by 1930’s Supercharged Grand

Prix cars. Such marques as ERA, Talbot,

HMW, Maserati, and Alfa Romeo compete.

The Willis finished 7th.

Last year, the Willis Special was awarded

the Gold Medallion from the Sports Car Vin-

tage Racing Association. My intent is to con-

tinue racing the car for the foreseeable

future.

John Arbuckle

Steve Walker in his 315 Willis Special

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Vintage Volante

ing wheel found a new owner. Out of enthusiasm and interest they began a platform to share their passion with the rest of the

world. Since that day, it’s all about search-

ing, finding, buying, restoring, sharing and

collecting steering wheels. Mostly steering

wheels for the 02 series, ‘Neue Klasse’ and

E9 series, and occasionally for other models. Wooden steering wheels are preferred,

leather only if the leather is in perfect condi-

Throughout the 1950’s, 60’s and 70’s, non-

Veurman, (owner of a ’72 BMW 1802) and

factory steering wheels were a popular up-

Hans Wortelboer (owner of a ‘72 BMW

drivers wanted a nice replacement for their

for steering wheels, or and they are on a

grade in sports cars. Back then, many

dull bakelite steering wheel, for example a stylish wooden steering wheel or sportier

leather one. These were the glory days for

European steering wheel manufacturers like Nardi, Personal, Petri, Fusina, Momo and

many others.

Vintage Volante is a collaboration of two

Dutch friends and 02 enthusiast: Bouke

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2002). Bouke and Hans share the passion

mission: The revival of optional steering

tion as replacing the leather ruins the originality. Bouke and Hans emphasize that this is a hobby and not a business. Photos of

their work can be found on Facebook @Vin-

tageVolante or on Instagram #bmw2002nl.

wheels in our beloved classic BMWs.

It all started a few years ago when Bouke

found a steering wheel but wasn’t sure

about its origins. Hans knew what it was.

Bouke thought that the wheel should go to a

fellow BMW owner. He posted a message on Facebook and within a few days, the steer-

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david Low en class award receiving the at Hilton H ead.

david Lowen, treasurer of the club and proud owner of this BMW 600.

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he BMW 600 was a small car produced from the summer of

1957 to November 1959. It was a 4 seat car partially based on

the BMW Isetta two-seater. The original Isettas, in 250cc and 300cc

versions, were very successful microcars (over 161,000 produced) at a time in post-war Europe when inexpensive cars and fuel-efficient

transportation were in high demand.

The BMW 600, also known as the “Big Isetta” or “Isetta Limousine”,

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appeared to be a stretched version of the original Isetta, but in fact

was a newly-designed car, with very few interchangeable parts. The front end of the 600 was similar to the original Isetta, but the wheelbase was lengthened to accommodate a rear bench seat and a sin-

gle side door. BMW first used the semi-trailing arm suspension on the 600, an innovation that would be used on almost every new model for the next four decades.

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The 600 has a 582cc air-cooled flat twin engine derived from

the BMW R60 motorcycle, rated at a whopping 19.5 HP. Only

34,813 BMW 600’s were produced before giving way to the BMW 700 in 1959, a small car with a much more conventional appear-

ance. It is believed that less than 200 BMW 600’s still exist in the

US today.

My 600 was manufactured in September 1958 and imported

through New York by Fadex Commercial Corporation, which han-

dled importation of all Isettas. The car was sold as a 1959 model

by a dealership in Aurora, IL to its original owner, who kept the

car for only one year. It then ended up in a used car lot where it

was purchased by its second owner, Walter Seagrist of Aurora,

IL, on August 3, 1960 for $625.00. Walter loved this little car, but

drove it sparingly, accumulating only 12,962 miles. Sadly, Walter

passed away many years ago, but his loving wife Mary could not

bear to sell it. She covered it with tarps and blankets and it sat in

the garage for almost 25 years. Finally, she decided the car

needed a better home. I purchased the car in December 2007

to begin a complete “nut & bolt” restoration. The labor of love

was completed in 2010. I have kept Mary and her family very in-

volved in the restoration through photos and regular correspondence. Mary passed away in 2014 at the age of 92.

The car was awarded “Best in Class” at the prestigious Hilton

Head Island Concours d’Elegance in 2013. At the 2015 Pinehurst

Concours d’Elegance, the limo was awarded a 2nd place Pinehurst Award in the MicroCar Class. It was also featured in the

November, 2012 issue of Hemmings Sports & Exotic Car magazine, and featured on the cover of MicroCar News in 2013. In

2014, the car was awarded the “Crowd Pleaser Award” for the

BMW class at the Euro Auto Festival in Greenville, SC . Year 2016 brought a “Crowd

Pleaser” award from “The

Vintage” in Hot Springs NC and an “Automobile of

Distinction” award from the Atlanta Concours d’Elegance.

This promotional

advertisement from

1959 touts the appeal of the BMW 600.

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Chris Auty's 1600 GT in

the paint booth at VSR in new Hampshire.

Photographs of the restoration process by Chris Langsten of VSR

Chris Auty’s BMW 1600 GTs

RESTORATION

he roots of the Glas company go back to 1860

Schorsch Meier, a BMW motorcycle racing

when Maurus Glas started manufacturing and

champion and BMW dealer in Munich who

1950’s, the company launched the production

the fall of 1966, BMW purchased all the

servicing agricultural equipment. In the early

was also a good friend of the Glass family. In

of scooters, the Goggoroller, which were very

shares of the Hans Glas GmbH mainly to have

were people were demanding economic

work force and production facilities. The only

well received in the post-war era in Germany means of transportation. Shortly thereafter,

the company introduced its first automobile, the Goggomobile which was followed by

several other small economy models. In 1963, it brought the Glas 1300 GT and the 1700 GT

to the market. These Pietro Frua designed and

immediate access to engineers, a trained

model in the Glas product range which BMW estimated would fit in the existing model

lineup was the small GT, provided that the

quality would be improved as to not nega-

tively affect the image of BMW. In order to further reduce cost and to enhance drivability,

built sport-coupes were initially a big hit. How-

BMW decided to install the engine, transmis-

sues. Due to the economic downturn in the

new BMW 1600 GT was presented to the pub-

ever the model was plagued with quality is-

mid-1960s, sales of Glas automobiles plum-

meted and the company experienced severe financial difficulties. The Bavarian State gov-

ernment pressured Glass to find a strong financial partner. A deal was brokered by

The engine bay of the 1600 GT (right) as it had been sitting for many years.

sion and rear axle of the BMW 1600ti. The

lic at the Frankfurt auto show in September

1967 along the 1600ti and the 1600 Cabriolet.

The 1600 engine equipped with two Solex


double carburetors produced 105HP and which gave the GT a top speed of 190

km/h. (108 mph). Sales were very disap-

pointing to say the least. The poor handling of the car, the bad quality image, unmotivated dealers, and a price that was too

high, all contributed to the failure of the 1600 GT. Production was ended in the

summer of 1968 after only 1,255 GTs had been sold, many at deeply discounted

prices to clear out dealers’ lots to make

place for the successful Neue Klasse and 02 cars.

The unique Italian Pietro Frua design of

Chris' 1600 GT Alpina tribute. this car would be the perfect candidate to

the BMW 1600 GT combined with the relia-

build a fun driver. I learned of the exis-

vetrain proved an irresistible offering for

though it would be fun to recreate an

bility of the German engineered BMW dri-

club member Chris Auty from New Hampshire. Here is his story;

I fell in love with the unique design and

history of the BMW 1600 GT and located

my first 1600 GT (#1366) through a 10 year old advertisement on the internet. The car was sitting in a warehouse in Toronto with

tence in Germany of a 1600 GT Alpina and

and would have caused issues if left alone.

Alpina. Mario built and installed a 2.2 liter

sues of The Ultimate Classic.

M10 engine with a 10.5:1 compression

intake system, upgraded brakes, a longneck 3.91 40% limited slip differential,

chromed Alpina steel wheels, an Alpina

steering wheel, an Abarth exhaust system,

and Recaro Sport seats.

worked at the United Nations in New York

search for a car to do a perfect ‘original’

City. The car had been hit on the right side and the owner was unable to obtain the

Now having my Alpina driver, I began the

restoration to stock specifications. Club

member Alex Coelln, the US representative

necessary parts to fix it. When the diplo-

of the German Glass club provided me with

signed the title of the car over to the super-

have it, one of the owners whom I was able

mat was transferred to another post, he

an old register from 1990. As luck would

intendent of the building in lieu of paying

to contact still had his car (#1166). It was a

the car to a friend who had a body shop.

ect. It had been in his barn since its pur-

his past due rent. The superintendent sold The friend repaired the damage to the car

and sold it to another friend in Long Island who in turn sold the GT in 2007 to the collector in Toronto. After back of forth a bit

with the seller, we came to an agreement and I had the car shipped to New Hampshire.

I liked everything about my little 1600 GT

except for of its lack of power. After dis-

cussing with Mario Langsten, I decided that

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Watch for restoration updates in future is-

ratio, a 292 degrees camshaft, an Alpina air

200 or so other cars. It was originally

brought over by a German diplomat who

pairs. Indeed, the accident and rust repairs

and rust perforations had been covered up

complete, yet unfinished restoration projchase in 1990 from John Fischer who was

Historical information about the 1600

the US guru for these cars at the time. This

GT was obtained from “GLAS GT und

its original equipment including the rare

Uwe Gusen, president of the Glas Auto-

GT was matching numbers, retaining all of Solex RH 40 carburetors. There appeared

to be a minimum of rust, but as often the

BMW GT, Sportwagen aus Dingolfing by

mobilclub International e.V. This most interesting and richly illustrated book

case, it never quite works out that way.

which describes the complete history of

be best to completely strip the car as there

in German and can be ordered by con-

Mario Langsten and I decided that it would were doubts about the previous body re-

the Glass company and the GT is available tacting the Glas club at info@glasclub.de.

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The Vintage at Saratoga SA RAT OGA

The Biggest Little Car Show in the East By Frank Greppo

not even Mother Nature can spoil the party.

Many club members may remember when

in 2013 Vintage at Saratoga was the starting

point for the Vintage & Classic Car Club “Holi-

hibit paid tribute to the history of BMW auto-

Canada to park alongside Didier Lavion and

mobiles and Motorrad. Some of the

company’s most significant cars were dis-

played.

of the Saratoga Springs Autombile Museum.

vintage BMWs on the lawn of the Saratoga

The idea for the gathering was born when I

attended another BMW classic show, Vintage

Each year we assemble a group of 120+/-

Automobile Museum. This year’s group did

nowhere can you find a finer collection of

cars and their owners. For the past two years

we have been plagued by poor weather and

tion cars, graced the front display area.

We give no awards or trophies at Vintage at

Saratoga. There is no individual recognition.

ence the wonderful BMWs is the frosting on

lawn. Axel Coelln drove his 1967 BMW 1600

cannot compare to The Vintage in size but

ranging from daily drivers to concours condi-

a unique trio of classics would be on the

thought how great it would be to emulate the

North Carolina event here in the Northeast.

his B7 Bi turbo. We enjoyed our largest con-

tingent of E30s to date. A rainbow of 2002s,

What draws our participants is the cama-

be special when pre-registration revealed that

Vintage at Saratoga grew from that idea. It

drove his 1989 Alpina B 10 down from

not disappoint. I first realized that 2017 would

at the Vineyard, about ten years ago. What an

outstanding event it is (now The Vintage). I

through torrential rain to join the show.

Richard Davis, Jim Taylor, and a third enthusi-

ast each joined us with a 850 csi . Ted Kalman

Chapter of the BMW Car Club of America has

held the Vintage at Saratoga on the grounds

played. All but one of these cars was driven

day” that toured the Adirondack Mountains

and New England. That year the museum ex-

2017 is the eighth year that the Patroon

ful 507, Alan Rosenblum’s, waiting to be dis-

GT, Chris Wider his 1967 Glas 1700 GT and

Chris Auty came with a very rare 1967 Glas

1700 GT Cabriolet. Pre-registration also pre-

pared us for the presence of Scott Walter’s

507. Imagine my surprise when I arrived early

Saturday morning and found another beauti-

raderie of the owners. Being able to experi-

the cake. All of this makes me proud to take

part in the organization of Vintage at

Saratoga each year. More importantly, how-

ever, is that all profits are donated to the

BMW CCA Foundation. This year we were able

to write them a check for $3,000.

Please come and join us next year!

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Three GTs at the Vintage at Saratoga.

Andrew Wilson’s Adventures Around the Vintage The Vintage at Saratoga is a ‘must’ on my

and their luggage to Saratoga Springs in

calendar. I've been attending since the first

Athena, the 3.0 CSi which was now packed

Cindy was able to attend. The plan was to

drive but were just in time before the last

one was held in 2010. This was the first year drop off Rodney, my 1988 M5 at Vintage

Sports and Restoration in New Hampshire for

solid. We had missed the Friday afternoon restaurant closed.

The show on Saturday was wonderful as

some trouble shooting. When we arrived at

always, despite a few rain showers. The silent

are here. I need to get some parts delivered

I bid on a CSL print signed by the artist and

VSR, Mario Langsten exclaimed "So glad you to Rutland, VT where (club member) Will

Gran is stranded with a sheared differential mount on his Bavaria.”

Upon arriving in Rutland, mechanic Kermit

Upton had already arrived and diagnosed that when the differential had rotated forward

breaking the rear U-joint of the driveshaft. He recommended the Bavaria be put on a

flatbed and delivered to his shop. Kermit had a rear Bavaria driveshaft at his shop and

could fix the car Saturday afternoon. The decision was made to flatbed the car to Ker-

auction had some wonderful items available. Brian Redman but was outbid by Cindy who

so 02s and a handful of Neue Klasse sedans. Mostly early 3 and 5 series

cars. The dark red 507 is an early Series I where mine is a Series II. Most

of the visitors there had never even

seen a 507 in the flesh so it was great

that they could see one from each

series and one with a hardtop and

one without.

– Walter Scott

Sunday morning we caravanned down to

Wolff's Bier Garden for breakfast. The trip

was not without a bit of excitement. An SUV

lost an improperly secured kayak at 80 mph nearly hitting Chuck Moss's pristine Agave

1973 3.0 CS. Quick reflexes on Chuck's part avoided a collision with the airborne boat

which spun it's way to the side of the highway without getting hit.

The drive home was a good run on the

Vermont and New Hampshire back roads

way, Cindy and I then drove Will and his son

GR8WHT Chamonix 3.0 CS.

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two 507s, about five E9s, a dozen or

bought it as my birthday present!

mit's shop.

Once the Bavaria was loaded and on its

The event at Saratoga was great

but not that many classics; three GTs,

with Athena and Stan Chamallas in his

Unfortunately, Will Gran's Bavaria broke down on the way to Saratoga Springs.

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Story and Photos by Jeroen de Laat

Sharknose Meeting 2017

EV EN T RE PO RT

All BMW clubs in the netherlands participated in the Sharknose Meeting.

T

he Sharknose meeting, now in its 8th year,

condition, mainly supplied by club members, there was

group of Dutch BMW enthusiasts and owners

sor Schmiedmann offering a huge range of perform-

started out as an informal get-together of a

of classic BMWs from the 1960s through the 1980s,

much more to be seen in the exposition hall. Main sponance parts for nearly every model, and multiple other

models which were characterized by their typcal ‘shark-

market stalls offering used parts, tools, scale models

important international gathering. While there were al-

kids were offered the opportunity to slot race each

nose’. Since its inception, the event has grown into an

ways members of several clubs involved in the past, this year the organizers wanted to take it a step further.

With the help of Gerhard de Vries, the newly elected

president of BMW Clubs Netherlands, the umbrella club of the various clubs in the Netherlands, all BMW clubs

and other automobilia. And as if that wasn’t enough, the other on the huge Carrera Exclusive track, ‘driving’ BMW

slot cars of course. The Dutch Carrera club made sure to bring many of these, including all the latest M1 ProCar versions.

Even though the weather wasn’t a great help, rain

participated this years. It was a great success.

pouring down almost half the day, the true BMW fanat-

cars in the wonderful brand new location of Midden

joyed the fabulous atmosphere of shared enthusiasm

The clubs presented a cross section of their member

Nederland Hallen in Barneveld, The Netherlands, where

they were joined by regional BMW dealer Ekris. This re-

sulted in an even broader representation of special

BMW models, ranging from a pre-WWII 326 to the latest models like the F22 M2 and the G12 7-series. Two park-

ics couldn’t be stopped from coming over and they enand all the variety the event had to offer. They were

joined by representatives of Clubs & Community Man-

agement from BMW Classic in Munich, and who knows what that will bring for the future of the event!

ing lots were exclusively reserved for BMWs; one of

them was filled with almost 400 sharknoses from all

across Europe, and the other showcased the later models including many specials from BMW M and Alpina.

Apart from a wonderful cross section of BMW’s auto-

motive history with more than 50 cars in exceptional

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Summertime BMW Events Pall Kalmayer

EV EN T RE PO RT S BY A N D R E W WI L SO N

neil McMillan's 700 and Jerry dotson's 327

at the Legends of the Autobahn.

Club member Lisa Mahalak ‘The 02 Princess’

Legends of the Autobahn began as a

proudly showing her Clean Class Award.

gathering of BMWs during Monterey Car

Week and has grown into a show featuring

BMW, Audi, and Mercedes Benz. The largest

turn out of BMWs was in 2016 when BMW

celebrated its 100th anniversary.

I had the good fortune of being able to at-

tend Legends again this year. It was much

more low-key and intimate than last year. As

is typical for the area, dew and fog gave way to glorious sun by 11 am, another perfect

Monterey day. I was able to borrow a cirrus blau Euro M635CSi from a good friend for

peninsula during Car Week, I wasn't able to stretch the cars legs much.

As always, I had a wonderful time with my

Carl nelson's 3.0 CSL overlooking the field at the Legends of the Autobahn.

friends from all over the country, and I was

Macha’s 2800 in the Preservation Class and

the 2002FAQ and E9 Coupe forums.

Class. Congratulations to all. Jerry Dotson

able to put several faces with names from Several club members presented their

cars, and a few won awards, Lisa’s Tesoro,

the Schwarz 2002 in the Clean Class, Chris 18

Neil McMillan’s 700 Cabriolet in the Vintage

Pall Kalmayer

the weekend. Due to the heavy traffic on the

Carl nelson's 3.0 CSL overlooking the

field at the Legends of the Autobahn.

showed his 1938 327. He just finished re-

building the engine. The car had not been seen for 6 years.

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The Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix is a unique event as it's held

TedFest is the largest BMW

on the winding hilly public streets of Pittsburgh's Schenley Park

festival in Canada. What started out

I've been attending since my high school and college years in the

a cul-de-sac in Mississauga Ontario

making it the only vintage race of its kind in the US. It's an event

mid 1980s. Right on the heels of the Vintage at Saratoga the PVGP Race Weekend has become a tradition.

I drove Athena again and signed up for the BMW CCA Friday Tour

and BMW Hospitality tent for Saturday and Sunday lunches. The

with 4 friends having a few beers in has grown to a gathering of over

200 BMWs. All years and models of

BMWs are welcome. Ted Kalman,

the organizer has been inviting me

BMW tent is on what is called German Hill with BMW having the

to TedFest since we first met in

the races. There's an uphill section and an S turn, so the cars are

the trip.

largest tent. German Hill is one of the best vantage points to see

very visible from 2 vantage points. The 2 liter class is the race I

watched as it has a field of several 2002s. The prewar class was very thin this year, no BMWs or Bugattis unfortunately.

The Friday Tour was a delightful route from North of Pittsburgh

to Foxburg near I-80. The trip back was even more fun as we drove

roads I knew like the back of my hand namely route 528 South from

Prospect to Cranberry Township. On the last leg of 528, our group

2011. This year, I finally made

The driving distance from my

house to Ted's is 611 miles. We cut

across New Hampshire and Vermont

and picked up I-90 across New York to

Best of Show trophy at TedFest BMW festival.

Buffalo, crossed the Peace Bridge with no traffic, just Athena and a

pickup truck. When we crossed into Ontario, Athena felt right at

home, she is a Euro car with gauges in kilometers. Too bad my GPS

got separated at a left turn. I did my best to bridge the gap. Knowing

did not work in Canada; I had to use my phone and a road map.

I was able to get Athena airborne slightly as we crested a hill as the

and detailing Athena. I always want her to look her best.

the road so well I didn't hold back, despite gaining on a slower SUV road suddenly drops, the BMW behind me did the same.

Friday evening was a meet and greet dinner and silent auction at

the hotel. This year I donated a lighted BMW sign measuring 2 feet (60.9cm) it was the highest sold item at $415! After dinner the festivities continued in the BMW designated parking lot.

Saturday at German Hill had a tremendous turnout of BMWs

with the 3.0 CS coupes getting the premiere parking spots on the soggy grass with the 2002s parked behind them closer to the tent.

I estimate there were 300 BMWs parked around the tent. From 2

pristine Isettas to i8s and almost every BMW from 1968-to today was represented. The qualifying races were fun to watch. I walked

the whole show admiring the Italian, English, American and a few

French cars.

Sunday was a thinner turnout with another good showing of E9

CS coupes. I was fortunate to catch a hot lap with Mike Renner in

the Motorsports Edition BMW M3 for a charitable donation of $50.

It was an exciting drive with Mike putting the M3 through its paces, on the main straight we were doing

130mph (209.21 kph) then threshold brak-

ing to turn one into second gear. The

drive made me want to do an M school at

the BMW performance center. The rest

of the day I stayed in the shade and watch the races and visited with friends. E9 CS Coupes parked together at

When I arrived at Ted's house, I spent about three hours cleaning

The show is held in Bradley Park in Mississauga. A lovely tree lined

park with a lot of shade and historical buildings. Athena and I were

on the field and parked by 8 am. I gave Athena a final detail and she

was all set for the day. Cars started arriving at 9:30 and continued

until 2 pm. The final count was 211. I took over 300 pictures captur-

ing every BMW. Met enthusiasts from all over Ontario and dozens

from the States. A few people I've known for years yet made more

friends than at any other show. Athena and her Maine license plate

were admired and remarked upon. Met a man who had spotted us in

Pittsburgh during the Vintage Grand Prix, he sent me the picture, I re-

call him admiring Athena and taking the picture. It was an amazing

moment.

At 3 pm was the awards ceremony awards for longest distance

driven (North Carolina), longest distance traveled (San Diego), and

Best of Show. Ted announced the winners and then called my name

for Best of Show, Athena had won! The only stipulation is I return the

trophy in 2018 and I can’t win with the same car. I learned later that

Athena had received more votes than any previous winner, it was almost unanimous.

The celebration continued over at Ted's

house, and lasted until well into the night. Sunday morning Athena and I were on

the road by 7 am to start the 11 hours trip

back home. I am making TedFest part of my

‘must-do’ show circuit.

the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix .

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TEC H R EP ORT

TE XT AND PHO TO S: D IRK DE GR OE N

328 ENGINE REPAIR In the winter of 2016 when readying the

1937 BMW 328 for the Boca Raton Concours

d’Elegance, I noticed coolant seeping on the exhaust side of the engine block. Upon

closer inspection, I saw that there was a ten

A ‘stitched’ engine

inch long hairline crack in the block. Other

than taking a few extra cleaning rags to the show, there wasn’t anything that could be done. The show went fine and the 328 received yet another award.

Holes drilled in the block and tapped for screws

The following day, I took a small steel

brush to remove some of the paint on the block and took some good pictures. I

searched the internet for ‘repair cracked engine block’ and stumbled on a procedure

called ‘engine stitching’ and a company in

California by the name of Lock-N-Stitch. For those of you who, like me, never heard

about this procedure, it’s quite interesting to read about it, or even better to watch the

video on YouTube. In summary, it consist of drilling holes at very precise distances all

Lots of high temperature sealant between the block and the plate along the length of the crack, these holes

are then tapped, and metal stitching pins

are driven in. The procedure continues with

drilling and tapping holes and driving pins in between the previously inserted pins while slightly overlapping these. The result is a

continuous stitch. While this process sure

sounded interesting, I thought it to be rather invasive. It would also have to be done by an experienced machinist. I asked the local machine shop owner if he was familiar with the stitching procedure. He was not and sug-

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TEC H R EP ORT I called Andreas Freudenberger who was

quite surprised to learn that the engine

block had developed a ‘frost crack’ in Florida. This is known to happen in cold climates

when there is no anti-freeze in the block.

The engine had been fully rebuilt and pressure tested by Freudenberger during the

restoration process of the car. He suggested that he bolt a plate over the crack as this is

the way his grandfather and his father had dealt with this issue and that he had cus-

tomers who had been driving their cars for decades with a plate on the engine block.

Goetz Pfafflin’s 327/28 engine had a plate and Tom Graham said that one of his en-

gines has a plate, but that he still considered it a ‘temporary’ solution, even though it had been running without issues for decades. A

When Andreas was done, I asked him if could start cleaning up the tools. He said "No,

decision was quickly made; Andreas would

that's bad luck. First we got to drive the car". We did not want to push our luck. After all,

end to Florida to install the plate on the

had other issues with the car, damaged transmission in Monterey, broken axle during

prepare a plate, and come for a long weekblock.

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it was Friday the 13th. It has been a year and a half since the engine repair. While we

the Mille Miglia, the plate is holding up and hopefully will for a few decades.

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Show & Shine BAVA RI A N AUT O S PO RT

BY ANDRE W W ILSON

For the past 23 years, Bavarian Autosport,

a long time sponsor of our club, has been organizing a customer appreciation day called Show & Shine at their location in

Portsmouth, NH. More than 300 BMWs and Minis of all vintage and from all over New

England lined up early to get a good parking spot. Coming on the heels of the Pine Tree State Rally, several rally participants

made the trip down the Maine Coast to attend the show.

While enroute to Kittery, Cindy and I

meals were served. The event raised close to

stopped at our home to drop off Vern, our verona red 2002tii with which we

participated in the rally, and picked up

Athena, the fjord blue 1973 3.0 CSi and Rodney, the 1988 M5.

The area in front of the BavAuto show-

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$10,000 for Susan B. Komen, Disabled Amer-

room was reserved for twenty-four classic

BMWs older than 40 years. There were raf-

fles, car care demonstrations, vendors and a

free lunch to boot. A total of twelve hundred

ican Veterans, Animal Legal Defense Fund and Be The Match.

All in all a great day for BMW enthusiasts

by BMW enthusiasts!

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Chris Macha MEMB ER I N F O C US

Keeping the Coupe Group by Eric Zagrocki Connected As I sat down to share some thoughts

about Chris Macha, for some reason, the

words of Clarence the Angel from the classic Christmas movie, It’s a Wonderful Life,

kept coming back to me. Fortunately, unlike

George Bailey in the movie, Chris was not in financial distress, nor did our discussion

even touch upon savings and loan banks,

though Chris’ father was quite the wood-

worker, his father was not particularly inter-

ested in automotive endeavors. Therefore,

Chris self-taught himself about car repair.

He started wrenching on the 100-6 by doing

routine maintenance and then developed

his mechanical skills so that he could work

on brakes, engines, interiors and other

but as Clarence said in the movie, “Strange,

more involved projects.

other lives.”

mined that he needed a car with “real venti-

isn't it? Each man's life touches so many

As I started to write, some of the details

about Chris’ cars had inexplicably become a bit jumbled, but I recalled very clearly with-

out reference to my notes the great memo-

ries he revived as he shared stories of mutual

friends, events and experiences within the BMW community. Chris is a relatively new

member to our club, having only joined earlier this year. I guess the only question I

should have asked is what took Chris so long

to find the BMW Classic Car Club?

Over the last 15 years, Chris has put to-

gether a modest but quite enviable collection of classic BMWs which includes a gorgeous

3.0 CS coupe, a rare 2000 Neue Klasse sedan, and an all original 3.0 sedan. During this

same time, Chris has also become a fixture on vintage BMW forums, using his forum

name, HBChris, and he also regularly volunteers his time at classic events.

Although a life-long car enthusiast, Chris

did not start out driving BMWs. He was

born and raised in Los Angeles, CA and his first car was an Austin Healey 100-6. Several of his other friends also had British

sports cars. The group enjoyed chasing each other around Southern California.

Being British, the cars had a tendency to require lots of maintenance and repairs. Al-

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After driving a VW in college, Chris deter-

lation”. He was impressed by the BMW brand, having been a regular reader of

Road & Track. He visited a BMW dealership

and was captivated by the shape of the 3.0

CS, but a 1974 Chamonix 2002 fit the

budget much better. To save costs, the car

had no air conditioning but still com-

manded a hefty $6,900. Nevertheless, this

was still far lower than the $17,000 list price

of the 3.0 CS. He drove the 2002 for eight

years and accumulated over 150,000 miles

on the car. When it became time to replace

the 2002, family and career commitments

Coffee event in Crystal Cove, CA with his

230SL that he made friends with Murray

Fowler. Most will remember Murray as an

ambassador for vintage BMWs and Coupes

in particular. Murray’s “Blue Max” Coupe is

legendary, having covered over 400,000

miles and appearing in BMW short films

and several articles. Chris enlisted Murray’s

help in finding a Coupe.

In January 2005, Chris found a car listed

on eBay. He and Murray closely reviewed

the 65 photos but the car was purchased

sight unseen. With the exception of a few

years in Seattle, the car had spent most of

its life in California and was a blue plate car.

Chris enjoys telling the story of how the car

arrived on an open transporter and it hap-

pened to be raining on the day of the car’s

arrival. The car would not start! The trans-

port driver calmed Chris when he assured

that the car had started just fine the day be-

fore. After drying out, the car came back to

life, but although not misrepresented, the

car was tired and not completely what Chris

meant that he would drive a series of

was expecting.

Turbo in 1982. At the time, Chris recalls

slowly restoring the 3.0 CS. He acquired the

Volvos for many years starting with a 244 that a new 528e retailed for over $21,000. In 1991, Chris and his family moved to

Huntington Beach where he began working for Northrop Grumman. Given his strong technical and mechanical skills, I thought for sure that Chris would have spent his

working career designing jets or defense

systems, but he politely accepted my surprise when he described a career in business management.

Chris eventually acquired a Mercedes

Benz 230SL which he proceeded to restore himself. It was while attending a Cars &

Chris spent the next 5 years enjoying and

car with an automatic transmission but

Chris soon installed a 5 speed. He did

much of the mechanical work himself but

credits the Coupe King for doing much of

the heavy lifting. He also recently installed

an updated M30b35 motor. Although it has

a later intake system, the motor retains its

original look and the change does not affect

value. The car once again has great torque

and strong acceleration. By looking at the

2013 Petrolicious feature spotlighting the

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he purchased the car. The car was a frequent show winner and it is a car he will

keep forever.

While enjoying his time with the Coupe,

about 7 years ago, Chris stumbled onto a

1969 2000 Neue Klasse sedan which had

been parked for over 20 years. Chris rebuilt

has come to expect that he will spend a few

days in Northern California each August. In

fact, Chris has been known to talk her and

their teenage son into helping park cars at

Legends of the Autobahn. Chris is a regular

concours judge and appreciates originality.

He helped to rewrite the “Preservation”

the motor, brakes and interior with help

class rules for BMW CCA’s O’fest concours.

highlighted by European trim and a rare set

recently branched out to attend other east

from Rey Rivera. The Atlantik Blue sedan is of rare Campagnolo wheels. As with his

Coupe and the e9 forum, Chris is very active on the 2002faq with respect to this car.

Chris was able to retire a few years back

which has provided more time for working

He also assists with SoCal Vintage and has

coast events such as The Vintage in North

Carolina and the Amelia Island concours in

Florida, in additional to regular west coast

events.

Chris’s latest acquisition is a 1970 e3

on the cars and attending events. He has

2800. And a full story on the 2800 is fea-

Historics having attended almost annually

spoke, he was preparing the 2800 for this

been a regular attendee at the Monterey

since first acquiring the Coupe. His wife

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tured elsewhere in this issue. When we

year’s trip to Monterey. Chris is justifiably

proud of the car: “Although the A/C does

not work, it’s all original and the 2800

cruises effortlessly at 75-80 mph on its

original 14 inch wheels. It has a ZF

automatic and is very smooth.”

While researching a bit about Chris for

this article, I came upon a post on the e9

forum. In short, the author of the post said

you should never buy a car sight unseen

unless it is listed by one of only four individ-

uals. Not surprisingly, “HBChris” was listed

among the four.

Whether it is in assisting with locating a

car for a fellow enthusiast, sharing infor-

mation on a forum, or volunteering for

thankless jobs at a car show, Chris has a

pay it forward mentality that has touched

many lives within his circle of the BMW

community.

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EYE O N T HE M A R K E T

1936 BMW 319 Cabriolet - Sold for $51,700 at

Bonhams Quail auction Monterey. Charming

early restoration. Well bought.

1958 AC Aceca Bristol - Sold $286,000 by

RM Sotheby’s Monterey. This is Roadster

money for a coupe powered by a BMW 328-derived Bristol engine.

1966 BMW 2000CS – This nicely restored

coupe sold for $31,750 at the Silverstone

Classic Sale in June 2017. Love them or

hate them, well bought.

1939 BMW 328 Touring (tribute) - Sold for

$605,000 at Worldwide Auctions in Pacific

Grove. Little interest in the room for this one.

Unrealistic pre-auction estimate of $1.5-$2 mil-

lion.

1958 BMW 507 VIN 70081 - Sold for

for $28,000 July 2017. These early 1600 are

dealer Martini. original color was white.

are sought after.

fully restored in Hungary for German

1939 BMW frazer Nash 328 bodied by Leacroft in

1946 - Sold for $825K at RM Sotheby's auction

Monterey. Interesting history, on & off the track.

1967 BMW 1600 - Sold on Bring-A-Trailer

$2,750,000 by Gooding Monterey Aug 2017.

1959 AC Ace Bristol – Sold for a record

$451,000 at the Bonhams Quail auction.

one of the most beautiful roadsters. Top dollar for a top car.

the 02s in their purest form and good ones

1967 BMW 1800 – Sold for $12,100 at Bar-

rett Jackson’s Northeast auction. Rare to

see a Neue Klasse at auction. Nice condi-

tion. Well bought.

1957 BMW 503 Cabriolet Bonhams Quail Monterey auction Aug 2017. Restoration by Scott Grundfor. Sold for $583,000. This must be a record for a 503. Well deserved.

1968 BMW 1600 – High bid $20,000. Re-

1957 BMW Isetta 300 - Sold for $45,000 plus pre-

1963 BMW 700 Sport Willi Martini - for Sale

serve not met on Bring-A-Trailer in Aug

money for a ‘simple’ Isetta. Very well sold.

sive, but very special.

the table, and rightly so.

mium at Mecum auction in Monterey. Lots of

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in Germany for 85,000 Euros. Very expen-

2017. Seller didn’t want to leave money on

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1969 Austin Mini Cooper S Mk II 1275 cc -

Sold for $52,250 at Bonhams Quail auction

Monterey. BMW has adopted the Mini her-

itage. Cooper S values are going up and up.

1970 BMW 1600 with an S14 (E30M3) en-

gine. Tastefully built by a Dutch enthusiast

and purchased by a Texas-based enthusi-

ast. Sold on BAT for $50,000 in Aug 2017

1971 BMW 3.0S - Sold for the $18,500 at

the Bonhams Goodwood Revival auction.

Lots of car for the money, and this one has

the steering on the left.

1972 BMW 3.0 CSL Bonhams Monterey Aug

1973 BMW 3.0CS Automatic - Sold $30,800

2017 – Stunning early carbureted CSL, one

for RM Sotheby’s Santa Monica auction in

ously owned by one of our club members.

the buyer did a PPI.

of 169. High Bid $245k - not sold. Previ-

1972 BMW 3.0CS –Not sold at Russo and

Steel in Monterey. High bid $45,000. It’s

back in the Hyman showroom, offered at

$58,500

1972 BMW 3.0CSL (UK) - Sold for $106,000

at the Silverstone Classic Sale. This one

would have been sold for more had it been

June 2017 – Lovely Ceylon color. Let's hope

1973 BMW 3.0CSi (UK) – Left hand drive CSi sold for $42,500 at the Silverstone Classic Sale. older restoration. There must have been only Brits in the room. Very well bought.

1973 BMW 3.0CSL RHD - Sold $185,500

Silverstone auctions. Very nicely restored

CSL.

a left hand drive CSL. Stunning taiga green

color.

1973 BMW 2002tii - Sold for $93,500 on

1971 BMW 2000tii Touring - Sold for

$32,500 on Bring-A-Trailer in June 2017.

Not everyone likes these hatchbacks. Well bought.

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Bring-A-Trailer in Aug 2017. Excellent mar1972 BMW 2002tii sold on Bring-A-Trailer

for $28,000 in Aug 2017. Buyer got himself

keting effort by the seller. Top dollar for a top tii.

a good deal

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1974 BMW 2002tii - Sold for $30,100 on

eBay. Nice driver with tasteful upgrades.

Market correct.

1975 BMW 2002 Turbo – Sold for $95,700 at

the Silverstone Classic Sale in June 2017 –

Mediocre turbos are selling for close to 100

grand these days.

1995 McLaren f1 BMW Motorsport V12

2001 BMW Z8 - Topaz blue, 15k miles - Sold

Bonhams Quail auction in Monterey Aug

in Monterey Aug 2017. The color makes all

powered – Sold for $15.6 million at the

2017 – What is there to say?

for $198,000 at the Bonhams Quail auction the difference.

2003 BMW Z8 Alpina – Silver over black,

2001 BMW Z8– Silver over black, 16k miles

9,600 miles – Not sold at Mecum auction in

in Monterey August 2017

seller made the right decision.

– Sold for $145,000 at the Mecum auction

Monterey Aug 2017. High bid $205,000. The

Classified

2002 Z3 M Coupe White over Black, sunroof delete, one

and only in this combination. 5-speed. Second owner. Never

driven in winter. Always garaged. Car is in Colorado. Asking $64,990 + shipping. Goetz E. Pfafflin: 303-300-9946 (h) or

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Starlette “Star” Young IN M EM ORIA M

Star was indeed a star among our

friends of the BMW Vintage and

Classic Car Club in Colorado, an en-

thusiastic supporter of her late hus-

band Bill’s hobby of collecting

classic and vintage BMWs and a frequent participant, together with

Bill, in Club events throughout the U.S.

I first met the Youngs in connection with our Club’s initial event,

the 2004 East Coast Marathon, which took us from BMW NA head-

quarters in Woodcliff Lake, NJ north to Maine, then west through

NH and NY to PA, from there south through parts of MD and VA,

ending two weeks later at BMW’s Spartanburg, SC plant. It was a

wonderful trip during which I came to appreciate and admire Star’s spirit and enthusiasm. That was many years and many rallies ago. Star, loving wife and mother, passed away on June 15, 2017 in

Colorado Springs. She was born in Manistique, MI on January 10,

1949, attended Michigan State University, where she met Bill Young.

Welcome new Members Jeroen de Laat Netherlands

Mark Cardenas Los Angeles, CA

Kevin Grim Alexandria, VA

Gary Beck Peachtree Corners, GA

Bengt Kolnes San francisco, CA

Ray King Jacksonville, fL

John Iverson Healdsburg, CA

Sean Haas Chicago, IL

Bonnie Dake Pittsburgh, PA

Roland Arthey Devon, PA

Alessio Mazzanti Key Biscayne, fL

Pall Kornmayer Sunnyvale, CA

Richard Buceta New York City, NY

Currell Pattie St. Simons Island, GA

David Rose Williston, VT

Michael Lannan Buffalo, NY

Billy Hammeken Miami, fL

They were married in 1970. Star left behind her two children, Kris-

Will Gran Bow, NH

known Star. She will be missed very much.

Thomas Noherty Norcross, GA

ten Young-Lee and William “Will” Young V. I feel very lucky to have Goetz E. Pfafflin

John Maloy Seattle, WA

Nick Parente Boston, MA

Would You Like to Join? Visit our website www.bmwccca.com and download the registration form. Fill out the form and send it along with your payment to: BMW Classic Car Club of America 1201 Manati Avenue Coral Gables, FL 33146

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Contributor Pall Kornmayer

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Pall Kornmayer is a new member of the

He handed the Chamonix car o to his father

photography, and driving in HPDE events.

ďŹ rst classic was a Chamonix '71 2002,

round taillights and found himself buying a

Schmitt, owner of BMW of San Francisco in

BMW community, participating in such

enjoys all facets of the automotive world - he

with Adrian van Hooydonk in the BMW 2002ti

club, based in the San Francisco bay area. His through which he joined the active vintage events as the annual 02 Brisbane Swap &

Show and the Not-the-49-Mile scenic drive.

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and got into a 1988 M3, but soon missed

rough-but-charming Ceylon '73 2002tii. Pall is an engineer with Tesla, and on the week-

ends he enjoys turning wrenches, practicing

Here is a great shot taken by him of Henry

the ex-Toine Hezemans M1 Procar battling Alpina during the Monterey Historic at Laguna Seca in August.

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