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1000 MIGLIA • A BAUR FOR THE BOWERS THE VINTAGE • NANCY CHAYNE MARTIN’S 328 MIDAMERICA 02 • BAY AREA 02 • TECHNO CLASSICA MEMBER IN FOCUS: DAVID PERCIVAL
Behind the Wheel P RE SI DEN T ’ S ME SSAG E
It has been a very busy spring; Andrew Wilson travelled
across the country chasing classic BMWs and recruiting new
members, European correspondent Jeroen de Laat visited the Techno Classica, and while some 25 members made the trek
to the Vintage in North Carolina, Alexandra and I drove from
Brescia to Rome and back.
As a prelude to the upcoming Pine Tree State Rally in
September, Eric Zagrocki is re-introducing BMW motorcycle
collector David Percival, whom rally participants will visit.
Sandy Leith dug into his archives for material about the ﬁrst
BMW to race up Mount Washington; we will follow suit in
September. Chris Langsten is showing us a restoration done
by VSR, the logistical and technical supporter of our rally. Elections for treasurer of the Club took place in the
beginning of June. You voted David Lowen unanimously
Please mark your calendars for next year’s events, the
Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix in July with BMW as the featured marque, and our Club’s annual meet and driving tour in the
South Carolina Lowcountry in October. Details of these events will be communicated in the next newsletter.
Have a great summer, and see you down the road!
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18 1000 Miglia
26 Letters to the Editor
Calendar of Events
24 Member in Focus: David Percival
A Baur for the Bowers
10 Nancy Martin’s 1937 BMW 328 12 Bay Area ’02 show/swap Meet 12 MidAmerica ’02 Fest
13 Brian Redman Book signing
14 Vintage sports & Restoration 16 techno Classica 2017
28 Z First 1
30 Prof. Dr. Knöchlein Award 30 John surtees
31 Herb tobin
31 Welcome New Members
32 Dirk’s Marketwatch
34 Classiﬁed Advertising
ON tHE COVER: Dirk and Alexandra de Groen crossing the 1000 Miglia ﬁnish line in their 1937 BMW 328.
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C O N T A C T S
Dirk de Groen, President David Lowen, Treasurer Goetz E. Pfafflin, Past President Donald Dethlefsen, Technical Advisor
BMW Classic Car Club of America 1201 Manati Avenue • Coral Gables, FL 33146 • USA (305) 801-7010 • email@example.com • www.bmwccca.com 3
Calendar of Events
WHAT ’ S HA P P E N I N G ?
July 7-9, 2017 Vintage at saratoga www.vintageatsaratoga.com
september 17, 2017 Bavarian Autosport show & shine www.bavauto.com/show-and-shine
July 14-16, 2017 Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix www.pvgp.org/bmw
November 3-5, 2017 Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival www.hhiconcours.com/
August 12, 2017 tedFest in Canada www.tedfest.ca
October 31 – November 4, 2017 BMW CCA O’Fest in New Orleans, LA ofest.bmwcca.org/register
August 18-20, 2017 Legends of the Autobahn and Festorics www.bmwcca.org/monterey
August 31 - september 4, 2017 Lime Rock Historic Festival www.limerockhistorics.com september 8-16, 2017
l BMW Classic CCA Pine tree state Rally
July 9-15, 2018 l BMW Classic CCA Gathering and Driving tour Pittsburgh Vintage GP featuring BMW October 27 – November 4, 2018
l BMW Classic CCA Lowcountry Discovery Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival
EV EN T RE PO RT cott Sturdy started his original
Vintage event 14 years ago. At the time, about 50 cars
showed up. Now it has grown to one of the largest BMW events in the
country. The venue has changed several times; it started at the Shelton
The Vintage A Gathering of Classic BMWs Photos by Jon van Woerden and Pall Kornmayer
Vineyards about an hour northwest of Winston-Salem, NC where it
remained for many years before
moving to the historic village of Old Salem. When Scott moved to
Asheville, the event followed him.
The nearest venue capable of handling the event, which had now
grown into a gathering of 650 classic BMWs, was found in Hot Springs, up in the North Carolina mountains,
close to the border with Tennessee.
Some 25 of our club members registered this year. Reason enough to
ask our own Jon van Woerden to pick up his camera and travel from hot
South Florida to the cool mountains in North Carolina to see what the
event is all about. It turned out to be a very hot day in Hot Springs. Pall
shawn & Chris Macha with their 3.0Cs which they shipped from Huntington Beach, CA.
Kornmayer was around as well. Let
their pictures speak for themselves.
scott sturdy, Festmeister Extraordinaire.
Patty schwarze in her 700 Cabriolet. 5
EV EN T RE PO RT
Newly elected treasurer, David Lowen and his 600.
Doug McKenzie drove his 3.0Csi from Key Biscayne, FL.
The Vintage HERe’s what some of our members had to say
David Lowen (VA): We had a great
1976 2002. Scott Sturdy did a great
lots of new friends.
relaxing and also provided some great
time at The Vintage and and made
Andrew Wilson (ME): This was my
6th year attending. It has become an
job. The Hot Springs resort was fun,
parts shopping opportunities. I definitely plan on attending in 2018.
annual event on my BMW calendar
Scott Dishman (SC): This was my
future. The BMW CCA Foundation
was surprised at just how low-key the
and will attend for the foreseeable
exhibit of BMW Motorsports History
was a highlight of the trip.
Don Bower (GA): This was our 6th
first Vintage event, must say that I
event was. The venue was beautiful
and the passion and excitement of the Vintage attendees is at a high level.
Vintage. We liked the previous setting
Chris Macha (CA): I’ve always wanted
the move. We appreciate its laid-back,
made it happen. I shipped my 3.0CS
in Old Salem the best but understand
welcoming, non-competitive vibe and
plan to continue attending.
Berry Loar (PA): This was my first
trip to The Vintage and drove the
9 ½ hours from Pennsylvania to
Asheville with my recently purchased 6
Chris Macha in Rey Rivera's Alpina B10.
to attend The Vintage and this year I to Greenville, SC and stayed in Asheville with five other coupe
friends. An amazing event that
should be on every classic BMW enthusiast’s calendar!
Jennifer and Philip Morris with their BMW 2002 which they purchased new in 1976
A Baur for the Bowers
By Don Bower (firstname.lastname@example.org) In 1832, Johan Baur of Wuerttemberg,
Germany had enough of the war, ﬁghting
with Napoleon. He packed up his wife and three children and moved to Ohio, where
he resumed a life of farming, and anglicized the spelling of his last name to Bower.
Johan was my father’s great-great-great
changed email messages, talked by phone, I
checked his references and we negotiated a
four hours home, under heavy rain.
cars worldwide on a regular basis. He rec-
smoothly. I had the seller include ﬁve extra
a small town in northern Germany, he ships
ommended a few shippers that he used in
the past, and that could truck the car to Am-
sterdam and ship it from there.
relatives may have played a role in the Baur
was cautioned to check references, guaran-
Karosserie in Stuttgart. While that part of
my genealogy remains to be determined, I
recently decided that it would be fun to
combine some top-down motoring with my
namesake BMW variant. I soon whittled
There are many shippers out there and I
tees, etc. Goetz Pfaﬄin’s article in the Dec
2016 edition of this newsletter was very
helpful. Factors such as delivery timetables,
ports of call, roll-on/roll-oﬀ or shipping in a
closed container, and inland trucking, all
down the options to a 2002 Targa Cabriolet.
make a diﬀerence in cost.
that any of you would undertake – I read
dealer to the port in Amsterdam, and used
I did the usual research on Baur Targas
BMW reference books, scoured the web,
talked to current owners (in this case, our own Dirk de Groen and Elliott Schnacken-
berg, among others), checked business references, and put out the word that I was in the
market. As most of us know, the cars we
like, tend to change hands privately and in-
frequently so working the networks is useful. It soon became clear that, of the very few
Targas available in the US, none met my cri-
I opted for open truck transport from the
a shipper recommended by a friend here in
ice records (hidden under the carpet) inside
the vehicle and they arrived intact. There
was no damage or missing parts – which I
was warned is not uncommon. US Customs
held the car for two weeks for unexplained
All things considered, I would have pre-
ferred to ﬁnd a car here in the US and in-
spect it personally, but the search and
shipping process for a Euro car was inter-
esting and mostly uneventful. The car was
not exactly as described by the dealer so
that was somewhat disappointing. I know
self are only part of the overall costs, so
ﬁrst for me. I am now more adept at con-
Amsterdam (GTA). The fees for shipping it-
make sure you compare apples to apples.
Include the cost of export documents, in-
surance, import handling, and US Customs.
It all adds up quickly. I got three bids that
ranged from $3,800 to $5,700 all-in, deliv-
gregator websites specialize in identifying
vintage and collector vehicles from dealers
and private owners there. I entered my relevant search terms and Targas began pop-
ping up in my email regularly.
Before long, a tasty black 1972 2002
roundie showed up, described by the dealer
as a rust-free survivor. (BMW Targas are
notorious for rust but this car had spent its
alloy wheels, new front seat belts, and serv-
we have members here who ship vehicles
Here the Internet is your friend. Several ag-
been undercoated when new.) We ex-
The shipping process went pretty
the US – Roger Bart with Global Transport
teria. I broadened the search to Europe.
life in comparatively dry Milan and had
picked up the car there and drove it the
sales price. Although this dealer is based in
grandfather. With a shared surname, I have
occasionally wondered if any of my distant
ered to Savannah in a closed container. I
Don and Julie Bower in their Baur.
across the pond regularly but this was a
verting currencies, wiring funds, and trans-
lating German, so the next time should be a
breeze. Now if I can learn just enough Ital-
ian to understand all the paperwork that
came with the car!
A V IN TAG E GE M
NANCY CHAYNE MARTIN’S
1937 BMW 328 CHASSIS 85117
85117 at the summit of Mt. Washington after
by sandy Leith Eleven years ago, David Lightfoot wrote a
brief piece for the Club newsletter on the
mystery surrounding the origins of Nancy
Martin’s 328. He wrote that it had been deliv-
ered on August 17, 1937 to A.F.N. Ltd. in the
winning the 1939 “Climb to the Clouds”.
the late 1950’s to early 1960’s. In this listing,
Alexandria Bay “Round the Houses Race”
was listed as the owner of the ex-John Ewell
was known) had grown up in Worcester, but
Nancy Martin’s father (Charles A. Chayne)
328. Ewell, of Rowley, Massachusetts, was a
member of the prewar ARCA, a prewar ama-
U.K., but it was not listed as a “Frazer-Nash-
teur racing club that was active between the
color of the car was black and that the name
BMW”. He further noted that the original
of the ﬁrst owner was unknown.
I had recently joined the ranks of 328 own-
ership and inherited a short hand-written
database compiled by the late Ted Robert-
son of all the 328’s he knew of in the U.S.in
years 1934 to 1940, primarily in the North-
While we do not know how 85117 came to
the U.S., it is known that the ﬁrst recorded
owner was Captain Charles Huntington, the oﬃcial starter of the racing club from 1937 to 1940. He drove it to the August 12, 1939
where it was ﬁrst seen by Ewell. Jack (as he
his family was obviously of some means as he had attended St. Paul’s School in Concord, N.H. and Harvard College, Class of 1938. He had driven a right-hand drive
Frazer-Nash-BMW 328 in London a year ear-
lier and vowed to buy one as soon as he was able. True to his word, he bought Huntington’s car (which was now silver) three days after the Alexandria Bay race.
85117 had reputedly been upgraded with
Nancy Chayne Matin and John Martin Jr with 85117 at the LeMay America's Car Museum in tacoma, WA. 10
acquired 85117 for competitive analysis. He had started collecting cars in 1924 while an
instructor of Mechanical Engineering at MIT.
Mr. Chayne, later Vice President of Engineering at General Motors until 1963, became involved with restoring the Bugatti Royale
Cabriolet Weinberger and also two Hispano-
Suizas. This 328 passed from Charles Chayne to his daughter Nancy and her husband, the
late John Martin Sr., meaning the car has en-
joyed same-family stewardship for almost 70 years.
By 1988, the Martins had the car com-
85117 at the bottom of Mt. Washington before the race in 1939. special pistons and a higher compression
reported to be painted black. 85117 next ap-
Ewell promptly entered the Mt. Washington
25th where he ﬁnished 2nd in 13:03.3 min-
ratio than standard. Wasting no time, Jack
“Climb to the Clouds” on August 27th. De-
peared back at Mt. Washington on August
Ewell appeared at the ﬁrst event of the
New York where it ﬁnished a ﬁne 4th overall,
1940 ARCA World’s Fair Race in Flushing, second in class.
The car is known (from the Robertson
LeClair, who had recently imported 85188.
database) to have gone through the hands
diced happily over the 22 lap (2.85 miles per
“MacLeod” before Nancy’s father bought the
The race date was July 6, 1940 and the two
lap) in just over an hour, ﬁnishing 4th
(LeClair) and 5th (Ewell.) Both cars were now
In 1994, the car received its CCA 100-point
badge. After Mr. Martin’s death in 1994,
car at the Monterey Historics at Laguna Seca
also the last ever ARCA event, the October 6,
1940 ARCA season, the ARCA Montauk
the car that won Best of Show.
Its ﬁnal prewar racing appearance was
12:53.1 time was good enough for fastest
Grand Prix with a fellow 328 owner, Don
class at Pebble Beach that year, 2nd only to
Nancy and John Jr. have kept the car running
(which I sold in 2007 to buy my 328!)
time on that day.
in the Seattle area. It placed second in its
utes to Lem Ladd’s famous “Old Gray Mare”
spite his New England heritage, he had never
driven up the mountain before; still his
pletely restored as original by top craftsmen
of two further owners, “Newbold” and car in 1949.
Charles Chayne, Chief Engineer at Buick,
and busy; BMW North America displayed the in 1996, at the Los Angeles Auto Show in
1997, 2007 and 2008 and at the PGA BMW
Championship in St. Louis in 2008. The car was exhibited at the 1st Annual Kirkland
Concours in 2003 and at the Kirkland Concours in Tacoma in 2012 where it won the Curator’s Choice Award. More recently,
85117 was on display at the LeMay America’s Car Museum in Tacoma, WA as part of the
100 Years BMW exhibit.
Competitors in the Pine Tree State
Rally which takes place in Septem-
ber 2017, will be able to experience their own “Climb to the Clouds” on Mt. Washington, albeit at a lower
speed than Jack Ewell raced his 328 up the mountain.
John Martin, Nancy Chayne Martin & John Jr. in 85117 in Dayton, OH, september 1961.
Bay Area ’02 Show & Swap Meet
ON THE ROAD WITH ANDREW
In the beginning of May, I ﬂew from Maine
Area '02 Group's Brisbane Show & Swap. I had been there in 2015 when I drove my 1973 2002Tii, Vern out there. Our good friend Lisa better known as "Lisa, the
02princess”, oﬀered me to drive one of her
'02s to the show. Lisa owns a Schwarz 1973
2002 named Tesoro and a recently acquired
a Derby 1967 1600 which she imported from
Arnold's shop where we met 12 other
show we we went to an after party at Steve
South San Francisco and the Brisbane Ma-
2002 FAQ, a forum dedicated to the '02 cars
BMWs, mostly 2002s to caravan the hour to
member Neil McMillan, to a ratty Ceylon
& Coﬀee with close to 800 cars, before driv-
While I wandered around the show ﬁeld,
side Sausalito which oﬀers wonderful view
talking to friends, taking pictures of the
Coupes, the NKs, and the 2002s, Lisa held
court with Derby and Tesoro, ﬁelding ques-
MIDAMERICA ’02 FEST
Küpper's, who is brains behind the BMW
rina. There were 150 cars on the lawn from
a pristine 700 Cabriolet, owned by club
2002 found in a ﬁeld a few weeks before.
tions all day long about her cars. After the
The 17th BMW 2002-only Mid-
America ’02 Fest in took place during
the last weekend of April in Eureka
Springs, Arkansas. Dozens of 2002s
The following morning, we went to a Cars
ing Derby and Tesoro to Cavallo Point out-
of the top of the Golden Gate Bridge. It was
perfect end to a perfect weekend with perfect weather.
ing. The 1,800 miles drive from Maine
around flooded bridges and closed
first drive of the year, I have to make
surely earned the Iron Butt award
takes three days. As this is usually the sure that Vern is up to the task. This
from the central USA and beyond
year we experienced torrential rains
celebrate all things ’02. The event was
home, we had to navigate our way
gathered for this three day festival to
started in 2000 by Steve Good in Her-
throughout the weekend. On the way
roads, making the trip even longer. I presented to me for the second con-
— Andrew Wilson
man Missouri. At that time there were
12 2002s. This year, there were over 60 2002s from 17 states. The event
was moved to Eureka Springs in 2003
and is now organized by Bo and Barb
Black of nearby Rogers Arkansas.
The MidAmerica ’02 Fest is much
more than a car show; there are
workshops and presentations, a spir-
ited driving tour on the twisty Arkansas back roads, and of course the traditional barbeque dinner.
For Vern, my 1973 2002 tii, and my-
self, it was out third year participat-
©MidAmerica '02 Fest • Photo by Brenda Brints
The day of the show we drove over to Bill
to San Francisco to attend the annual Bay
Brian Redman Event
BM W CCA B OS T O N C H A P T E R
On April 23 a friend and I drove to Wal-
pole MA to see racing champion Brian Red-
Redman was there to promote and sign
the book about his racing career, “Daring
man who along with Peter Gregg won the 12
Drivers and Deadly Tracks: A racer's memoir
show featuring the cars Redman drove,
book is available on Amazon.
GT40 and featuring the race winning #59
ful and at times harrowing talk about the
Hours of Sebring twice. There was also a car BMWs, Jaguars, Porsches, a replica Ford BMW CSL.
of a dangerous decade 1965-1975”. The
He gave a wonderfully entertaining, color-
start of his career, racing his stripped and
modiﬁed Mini, to becoming a professional
and a champion. It is a miracle that he is still
alive after hearing about his terrible crashes
over the years. He spoke for over an hour,
then ﬁnished with a questions from the
dream of mine to actually have a hot lap in
CSL racing legend Jack Deren and ex-BMW
wheel. I missed my opportunity at the BMW
100+ in attendance, amongst which BMW
Motorsports Manager Erik Wensberg.
I'll admit I'm not a huge race fan yet. I am
a fan of anyone who raced a BMW Group 5
CSL and really enjoy vintage racing. It's a
either #25 or #59 with Redman at the
CCA O'Fest in New Jersey in 2015. Hoping to have the chance in July 2018 in Pittsburgh. — Andrew Wilson
Vintage Sports & Restoration FR OM TH E S HO P OF V S R
Restoration of a 3.0 CSL
By Christopher Langsten
Chances are if you’re reading this article, or
a copy of this magazine, you either own or
have owned a classic BMW. It’s even more
likely, that you’ve been witness to the resurrection of either your own car, or been re-
galed with tales of a resurrection, excuse us,
restoration, of a friend’s classic BMW. This is
such a story, and it surrounds a 3.0CSL, VIN
2275370 to be exact.
It was late in 2006 when the phone rang at
VSR. The voice on the other end of the phone wanted to discuss restorations on his CSL’s.
2275370 arrived at the VSR facility in Janu-
ary of 2007, rolling out of the trailer as a non-
running chassis with parts & panels piled
inside like an automotive version of Tetris.
The owner had acquired the car from a seller
in the Midwest, who had claimed that the car
included all the CSL speciﬁc original parts
with the exception of a pair of performance
springs, Bilstein shocks, and the addition of
an original CSL airdam for aesthetic pur-
poses. Disassembly of the chassis com-
we conﬁrmed the matching engine and drive-
hiding rust and corrosion in the most secre-
driveline. As we inventoried what was present line. However, more importantly, we identi-
ﬁed what was missing when the car arrived.
We discovered that there was some “advertis-
been road worthy in the recent past, but had
the term “complete” – with obvious deviations
been parked after a seized rear brake caliper,
mined previously that the goal of this
restoration was to return the car to original,
along with the matching number engine and
There were 2, nearly twins, as both were Fjord
blue, city pack, injected models. One had
tion pieces began, with the restoration com-
mencing later in the year. It had been deter-
ing liberty” taken on the part of the seller in
from the original sale photos and what was
menced, as the E9 chassis is capable of
tive of places. Once it’s visible on the exterior
of the car, it’s far advanced and requiring se-
rious remediation. The car was sent to a
local media stripper to be completely
stripped prior to the start of metal work and
repair. It was at this time that the chassis
while the other, had languished for years
now present and accounted for with the car.
barely resembled a car, and more a mere
been undertaken by a previous owner. It was
climate controlled storage while the owner
in advance prior to removal of major exterior
after a failed attempt at a restoration had
After taking inventory, the car was moved into
this car that we were summoned to see, as of
contemplated whether he wished to under-
was the ﬁrst candidate of the two for restora-
would stay for the next 5.5 years.
the pair, it was a matching numbers car and
take the restoration. It is here that 2275370
In mid 2012 the task of acquiring restora-
skeleton of a chassis. We braced the chassis
structural panels to ensure it did not twist or
distort during its time in a deconstructed
Upon returning from media stripping, the
chassis was coated in a protective epoxy
sealer to protect the bare metal during metal
work. E9’s are blessed with a triple layer
rocker assembly structure, which is the ten-
ant of the structural integrity of the chassis.
Replacing these panels with new OEM parts was the ﬁrst step, working outwards from
there, any corroded panel or structurally
questionable panel was replaced with new.
This process continued for the better part of
9 months. During this time, we removed the
ﬂoor pans to inspect the inside of the front
frame rails, sandblast, epoxy prime, and seal
them to prevent rust from appearing from
the inside in the future.
During the metal work process, care was
taken to ensure any welding of panels was
performed along factory seams or in a man-
ner to recreate original spot-welds to maintain originality. Perhaps the most tenuous
part of the restoration was the repair of the
aluminum trunk lid and hood panels. Previ-
ous repairs had left less than acceptable
dent repairs ﬁlled with bondo and other outdated materials. The panels were massaged by hand to ensure they did not require ex-
cessive ﬁller to achieve a smooth, wave free, ﬁnish once painted.
Meanwhile the original Scheel seats were
re-padded and recovered with original
Scheel cloth, and CSL speciﬁc carpeting was
hand crafted using an original carpet set for
templates. OE headliner material was sourced to create a new headliner.
The engine underwent a complete over-
haul, with all critical components replaced
application of the undercoating. Once the undercoating was applied, the car was
masked to allow the painting of interior body
areas in Glasurit Fjord Blue, before the entire
exterior of the chassis was painted. At this
point, once the paintwork was completed, we allowed the chassis to rest while the
complete chassis and the metal work was and priming commenced. We call this the
perpetually grey period. When owners are
following along in their private photo page, it
can appear that the car is stuck in time as
Reassembly commenced once we deemed
the chassis and paint had suﬃcient time to
rest. We could ﬁll the next 3 pages with dis-
cussions of diﬃculties with some of BMW’s
new “reproduction parts,” however we will
just say that there was extensive work done
to source NOS parts to ensure the car was
assembled with the best quality parts avail-
able. After mating the engine and chassis to-
gether, ﬁnal assembly of trim and
thing left. The ﬁrst post-restoration test
It’s at this time, no matter how long the
process has taken, or how soon the delivery
VSR – Vintage & Sports Restora-
tion is a sponsor of the upcoming
Pine Tree State Rally. They will pro-
vide logistical and technical support
to the participants. Those who have
their cars shipped to and from New
Hampshire will have the opportunity
to visit the VSR shop. Mario and
Christopher Langsten will also be our
special guests at the opening dinner
of the rally in North Conway, NH. ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Chris Langsten grew up with a
Everything around you goes silent, when in
inception. When not chasing NOS
the ﬁrst time, you experience tunnel vision.
has been involved with VSR since its
reality it could be taking place during New
parts for classic BMW’s, Chris
lant to any noise, any vibration, any smell
month old daughter, learning to
Years Eve in Times Square. You’re hyper vigi-
that seems out of place. Slowly, we drive
After seam sealing and corrosion protec-
decade. We drive a few laps around the facil-
chassis was moved into the paint booth for
for the next “ﬁrst drive.”
passion for all things BMW. Chris
2275370 out of the shop, into the sun for the
tion was applied to the entire chassis, the
time to turn around, and go back to the
date is, that when you go to turn the key for
the blocking/priming and re-priming appears
to never change.
nothing else matters. It’s a moment that
happens with every restoration, yet each
shop, and you realize you’re already longing
complete, the bodywork, blocking, sanding
guably one of BMW’s best touring cars, and
ﬁnish of the panels before color sanding &
and returned to original appearance and
Once the body had been returned to a
road, increasing speed, driving what is ar-
time it’s special and diﬀerent. Eventually it’s
accessories was completed, leaving only one
sealed for long term preservation.
inline 6 cylinder. Then we’re on an empty
paint cured. This allows the paint to outgas
its volatiles, and ensure a more consistent
with either new or NOS parts. The aluminum components on the engine were cleaned,
necessitate a return to the lift. However, all
we hear is the silky sound of BMW’s famed
ﬁrst time under its own power in over a
ity, listening for bangs, clunks, whines, rattles, or some other noise that could
spends his time with his wife and 4
surf, or driving his E30 M3.
For more photographs of the
restoration of this 3.0 CSL, visit
VSR’s website at www.VSR1.com. 15
story by Jeroen de Laat • Photos by De Laat Foto
Techno Classica 2017
EV EN T RE PO RT
n early April, we travelled to the German city
of Essen to attend one of the largest classic
car fair in the world, the Techno Classica. To-
gether with 185,000 others we saw 1,250 exhibitors, more than 200 classic car clubs and close to 3,000 automobiles. And exhibitors
and visitors came from all across the globe!
And it’s not just cars: model cars, automotive art, clothing, car literature, classic vehicle
services or spare parts: the entire spectrum is covered in Essen.
The event is said to have a high success
rate among sellers of classics and the bright red Alpina Z1 RLE proved this as it had al-
At the BMW stand, which by the way took up
an entire hall, there were several celebrations.
40 years of the BMW Junior Team, the racing
team that was founded to give upcoming talent
a platform to prove themselves. Talent named
Eddie Cheever, Marc Surer and Manfred
Winkelhock. And even though these untamed
youngsters had plenty of unthinking moments,
BMW Motorsport had a good sense of talent as
all ended up in Formula 1 just a few years later.
As a homage BMW put one of the wide body
E21 320i Group 5 machines on display.
2017 also marked 40 years of BMW’s 7 se-
ries, and all models from the ﬁrst E23 to the
ready been sold for a fabulous ﬁgure of Euro
very latest G11 were present, and a few very
the fair. And we saw more rare BMW and
750i where the real driver was hiding behind
165,000 in the ﬁrst hour after the opening of Alpina models, low mileage examples like a
convincing E30 Baur with just 16k kms, and
some less convincing examples as well of course; you always
have to remain criti-
cal even though that is hard in this over-
whelming classic car Valhalla.
special examples. Like the 1997 James Bond the driver’s seat with a setup that looks
more like a computer game. And the E32
Goldﬁsh, the prototype with a V16 (!!) engine. The success of the Mini goes even further
back; it is 50 years ago that Rauno Aaltonen won the 1967 Monte Carlo Rally.
Besides lots of room for clubs and club
cars, BMW also brought more eye candy. We know several of their specials and proto-
types, but the grey M1 prototype, parked
right next to a henna red production version, was a ﬁrst for us.
Having visited the Techno Classica several
times already we knew that the German
the Darmstadt-based coachbuilder Autenri-
eth, the V8 engined 3200 S is the only BMW
to this date carrying the “cabriolet sedan” badge name. We saw the car at Pebble
restoration business of Feierabend GmbH
Beach last year and it was great to see it
lived up to that expectation with a wonder-
special was the 1982 BMW M635CSi proto-
would have a wonderful stand, and they
ful collection of restorations: a 507, a mint 328, an EMW 327/2 convertible and a 503
shared with the world here again. Another
type. Even though we cannot believe testing was done on the 3-piece BBS alloys it was
convertible, and some contemporary en-
displayed with, it was nice to see.
is at these events you start to think that a
marathon to walk, especially if you try to
prices clearly prove otherwise. Still it is great
gines and mid-restoration chassis as well. It 328, a 507 or an M1 isn’t all that rare; but to see all these models displayed here.
Other rare stuﬀ? What about the 1960
3200S Autenrieth sedan convertible? Yes,
based on the BMW 502 the chassis built by
This huge event always feels like a
cover all of it in one day, but it was well
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Jeroen de Laat, club member from the Netherlands, grew up as a BMW fan. When he is not enjoying his E21s and his E30s, he can be found focusing his camera on BMWs at European car shows and race tracks. 17
sports which is managed
story by Dirk de Groen â€˘ Photos by Dirk de Groen, OďŹƒcial Photographer, Roberto Cerruti, & BMW Group Classic
Members of scuderia
by Club member
he 1000 MIGLIA is the most
beautiful race in the world. It all starts during registration in the
Fiera di Brescia. Imagine literally
hundreds of cars parked in this huge con-
vention center. Not just cars, but cars that
had its equivalent model participate in the original 1000 MIGLIA road race which took place between 1927 and 1957. If your year
and model participated in one of those original races, you have a 1000 MIGLIA eligible
car. Having an eligible car, doesnâ€™t mean that your car will actually be accepted. This year, 460 cars of the 1,500 applications, got in. If
your car actually participated in the original race, it is (almost) certain to be accepted.
Imagine your car did not only participate in
the original 1000 MIGLIA, but it placed in the
top 3. Yes, you see quite few of those cars as
The Most Beautiful Race in the World
well in the Fiera di Brescia. How many museums around the world would you have to
visit so see such a display of sports cars? The
1000 MIGLIA is a rolling museum, and we are part of it in 2017.
MILLE M IG LI A
this BMW 328 Coupe entered by an Italian team is a regular participant in the 1000 Miglia This is an Italian event, organized by Ital-
ians on Italian soil, according to Italian rules. If you prefer a German-style organization
and don’t like the Italian seemingly disorganization of doing things, you are in the wrong
spot. If you don’t like standing in line at eight
TROUBLE... Saturday 4 PM: leaving the main check-
point at Montecatini Terme heading to
diﬀerent windows, you may consider not ap-
Parma. A big bang and the car no longer
Once you have those eight stamps on your
come along to provide logistical and tech-
plying for the 1000 Miglia. But guess what?
moves. Andreas Freudenberger, who had
checklist accrediti, and you are invited to
nical support, diagnoses the problem: a
line for veriﬁcation of the chassis number,
der, you drove like a maniac!”. Quick call to
push your car through the veriﬁchi techniche the functioning of your headlights and your
broken rear axle. Co-driver says: “No won-
Klaus Kutscher, the leader of the BMW
horn, you realize that the system does work,
Classic support team. He doesn’t carry the
long it took. The ﬁnal step in the registration
stronger axles. Andreas loads the 328 on
no matter how disorganized it looks or how procedure is the very typical Italian “sealing of the car” ceremony on a red carpet covered Piazza Della Vittoria in the center of
Brescia the day before the actual race. This is where you get the coveted round
green ‘veriﬁcado’ sticker on the windshield and the plumb seal around
the steering column. Things that you want to keep on the car for as long as you own it.
The start is on Thursday at 2:30
PM. Every minute, they let three cars
early, small axles, all their cars have the
ish, you better take it easy, very easy!" I did
and we made it to the finish and com-
pleted the 1000 Miglia. One mile after the finish line, the repaired axle gives in. Back
on the trailer, this time to Andreas’
his trailer and takes us to Parma where he
restoration shop in Eggenfelden, Germany
welded axle is back on the car. Andreas
other modifications, for the next 1000
sets up shop. Three hours later, the now-
cautions: "If you want to make it to the fin-
to have stronger axles installed and a few
BMW Group Classic entered a total of six BMW 328s in this years 1000 Miglia.
go. The oldest one goes ﬁrst, the youngest one goes last, two and a half hours later.
Such is the procedure at every section for the next four days. The minute you leave,
you get a taste of Italy. Literally hundreds of thousands of people line the route. People
faster and to be noisier. Who are we to re-
of regular traﬃc. The Italian population loves
like a world champion.
smile, they wave, and they take photographs.
fuse? Driving the 1000 MIGLIA makes us feel During the 1,000 mile trip from Brescia to
Rome and back to Brescia, we pass through
countless beautiful Italian towns with forti-
the old cars. Instead of complaining, they
Where in the world can you experience this? Only in Italy during the 1000 MIGLIA.
Between 1927 and 1957 the 1000 MIGLIA
standing, people sitting, people having pic-
ﬁed walls, arenas, castles and churches dat-
was a road race. It was simple, the ﬁrst one
dreds of cars roaring through their cities,
Ages. All of these towns are blocked oﬀ to
Today, the 1000 MIGLIA is a regularity event.
nic on the side of the road, only to see huntheir villages. Some of the spectators are so old, that one wonders if they weren’t there
sixty or seventy years ago. Everyone waves
their hands or the 1000 MIGLIA ﬂags which
must have been handed out by the millions before the race. In the bigger cities, where
there are time controls or special regularity
ing from the Roman times and the Middle other traﬃc, the signs are clear: ‘competitors only’. The route from town to town
The winner of the reenactment of the 1000
in the 112 regularity tests, and the 7 average
oﬀer. The 1000 MIGLIA is a gigantic sightA dedicated team of ‘Polizia’ riding on
BMW motorcycles escorts the competitors
during the race. They stick out their legs and
‘thumbs-up’ as acknowledgment to the
side and to create a third lane on a two-lane
crowds, makes them cheer even more. The entire Italian population loves seeing and hearing the old cars. They beg you to go
The fastest one is no longer the winner,
even though the Italians still call it a race.
goes over the most scenic roads Italy has to
stages, huge crowds gather to cheer the
1000 MIGLIA participants on. Just a small
to arrive at the ﬁnish line was the winner.
their arms to push oncoming traﬃc to the
MIGLIA, is the one who collects most points speed sections. Time is measured in hun-
dreds of a second. Raw point are then multiplied by the coeﬃcient of the car. The older
and the more signiﬁcant the car, the higher
the coeﬃcient. Europeans, and in particular
highway. The Polizia stops traﬃc at traﬃc
Italians, take these regularities very serious
speed through red lights and to cut in front
This is not a race with only a Tripmaster and
lights and traﬃc circles to let us pass full
and they are extremely good at their game.
MILLE M IG LI A an analog stopwatch. Most of these old cars are equipped with very sophisticated elec-
tronic rally equipment. We are happy to do a regularity in 19.5 seconds if the goal is 20
seconds. Some of these guys are upset if
they clock in at 19.95 seconds. Besides the
challenges that earn you points, you get penalties for arriving early or late at the
main section checkpoints. This usually re-
sults in a chaos shortly before the checkpoint where cars that arrive late try to
squeeze through the bunched up cars that
arrived early. The 1000 MIGLIA is a serious competition.
This is an endurance race. You drive up to
15 hours per day, and there is no time to
rest. If you’re lucky, you get to sleep 4 hours
per night. It is spring time in Europe. It can
be warm, it can be cold. The sun can shine,
or it can rain. We had it all. It was an unfor-
gettable four days in Italy. The 1000 MIGLIA is the most beautiful race in the world, and we enjoyed every single ‘miglio’ of it.
flashback 1940 Mille Miglia, oﬃcially
called the Gran Premio di Brescia,
was held over a triangle road from
Brescia to Mantua to Cremona and back to Brescia. The race entailed
nine laps of the 104 mile circuit and was won by Huschke von Hanstein
(D) and Walter Baumer (D) in a BMW 328 Coupe by Touring with an average speed of 104.20 mph.
David Percival MEMB ER I N F O C US
A Collection Built by Friendship by Eric Zagrocki
As I prepared to talk to David Percival, I re-
gretted not having previously purchased
Mark Zimmerman’s BMW Motorcycle Buyer’s
Guide. I know little about motorcycles, his-
toric BMWs or otherwise, and was con-
cerned that I would not have much
understanding of David’s collection. I need
who were expecting their second child. The
power to fuel a city of 50,000 people! David
bike had to be replaced by a car. Now, al-
continued his career in other energy related
group are still friends.
engineer and forestry advisor for the town
most 60 years later, David, Walter and the David used the R51/3 in Europe and later
brought it back to the States where he con-
ﬁelds and later became a town alderman, of Andover, ME.
After selling his R51/3 in the early 1960’s,
tinued to use it for another 14-16 months.
David was not on a bike for over 10 years
joys teaching others about BMW’s motorrad
its way to various third parties. David knows
him of a 1936 BMW that had been locked
BMW’s motorcycle nomenclature, with all of
a lookout for it. It is hard to ﬁnd fault with
not have worried. David Percival greatly en-
history. As we talked, David established that the R’s, backslashes and inconsistent numbering codes, is confusing even to serious
collectors. It also quickly became clear that David has built one of the world’s greatest
motorcycle collections one friend at a time.
David’s BMW story begins in 1958. David
was in the US Army stationed in Bad Kreuz-
After selling it to his brother, the bike made
until one day a friend in Germany apprised
the serial number of the bike and still keeps
away in a garage. The two went to inspect
David’s replacement for the R51/3… a 1960
owner was a serviceman who did not return
David grew up in upstate Maine as a life-
long gear head and counts a 1930’s hot rod
as one of his ﬁrst cars. After the Army, he
began a career in forestry. He was part of a
joint-venture that went on to build a 40
the carefully wrapped bike. Its original
from WWII. They asked the owner’s widow if
the bike was for sale. She told them to just
take it. They insisted that she take all of the
money they had in their pockets, the equivalent of $35, in exchange for the bike. Thus
started the hobby that David playfully says
nach, Germany. While there, he saw his ﬁrst
megawatt power facility which was the ﬁrst
“got a bit out of hand.”
ing up with V-twin Indians and Harleys. He
sawdust and wood chips. That’s enough
Friends soon referred David to other bikes.
BMW horizontally opposed twin after growand another serviceman were in the coun-
electrical power plant in the US fueled by
The pattern repeated itself over and over.
tryside performing their duties when they
noticed a young man watching them from the nearby road. The man, Walter Hanss, was riding a BMW motorcycle. David de-
cided to investigate. Even though they were hampered by a language barrier, the two
were able to communicate well enough that the moment planted a seed for David’s lifelong interest.
Walter introduced David to other motor-
cycle friends and soon helped David ﬁnd a
motorcycle of his own. At that time, motorcycles were primarily used for transportation. They were easy to ride, inexpensive
and good on gas. Nevertheless, there were probably only 10 motorcycles within the 50 mile area. The bike Walter found, a 1954
BMW R51/3, was used by a young couple
David Percival amidst some of his bikes and his Isetta
David, right at home in his workshop.
At ﬁrst, David shipped each bike back from
the RS54 being a favorite.
nized that it was more economical to send a
in Germany and later entered such races in
bikes until he could ship 7 or 8 in a full con-
time made foreign bikes uncompetitive. He
never driven a 2002 and thought it might be
visited with friends in dozens of foreign
which successfully raced many vintage mo-
the restoration of the ﬁrst 2002. Citing its
most every BMW motorcycle built from the
porated race team really helped in obtaining
are only a R37 and a R16, both from the
larly proud of the team’s success in the pre-
Europe independently but he soon recogbigger shipment. So, friends stored the
tainer. In pursuing the collection, David has countries. He now has an example of al-
start of production through 1976. Missing 1930’s.
David often works on his own bikes: “With
the old bikes, if it has fuel and spark, it will
run. After 1977, they started to have black boxes that tend to complicate things.” He
noted that one of the great things about vin-
David raced as a side-car passenger while
the US. Unfortunately, the AMA rules at the
and friends later formed DP Motorsports
torcycles; however, he says being an incor-
the rare restoration parts. David is particu-
1940 classes. The team’s pre-war bike could go 110 mph on the Daytona high banking.
In 2008, David became one of the found-
transmissions and other parts just drop into
R51/3, just like his ﬁrst bike. He collected
cle, without hesitation he describes his ﬁrst
RS54, a racing bike that BMW used to domi-
ter who both ride. In fact, his younger
Of course, if one owns over 100 vintage
racing history is interesting and the bike is
which is now restored as a rally car in Mar-
and the unspoken words at the funeral of a friend that David gives as reasons behind
very valuable collection indeed.
on it in the last year.
the garage. Again, friends were instrumen-
made during restoration, Christmas cards
David Percival’s motorcycle collection, it is a
particular bike and has put over 1,000 miles
BMW RS54 was used to win all but two
clearly a rarity, but it is the story of friends
ships are one of the best measures of his
parts for 20 years in order to restore this
BMW motorcycles, eventually a Roundel sit-
500cc Sidecar World Championships. The
With every car or bike we discussed, a life-
long friend was part of the story. Charles
cheerfully said that his daily driver is a 1954
nate the FIM Sidecar World Championship from 1954 to 1973. During these years, a
motorcycle, and the 2002ti on various BMW
worth.” If friends are used to measure
daughter holds a racing license. David
When asked about his favorite motorcy-
used a 1974 R90s, the world’s ﬁrst 120 mph
several years. He and wife Kathy are both
1930’s bike on the road because so much
200cc motorcycle engine as inspiration for
the purchase, he also has an Isetta. He has
Darwin is quoted as saying “A man’s friend-
into the hobby. David also has two daugh-
can be sourced from the 1950’s. Hubs,
a good idea to drive one before continuing
ing members of the BMW Vintage Motorcy-
cle Club of America. He sat on the board for
tage BMW motorcycles is that so many parts are interchangeable: “It is possible to keep a
process of restoring the 2002ti, he pur-
chased a 1973 2002 on eBay as he had
ting on four-wheels will make its way into tal in referring David to a 1958 BMW 700,
tini livery. He also has a second 1958 700.
When another friend suggested that he rescue a 1968 2002ti, it was clear that this also should be a rally tribute car. While in the
LE TT ER S T O T HE E D I T O R ■ Great start Dirk,
I just got the ﬁrst issue of your club maga-
zine, and I think it’s terriﬁc! You’re oﬀ to a
great start! I’m sure the members are delighted.
Thanks Jackie. Coming from you, that means
a lot to all of us who contribute to making this
ﬁne volumes appear in 2016, so we better
enjoy them while we can. Here is one of them:
The BMW Century by Tony Lewin, pub-
lished by Motorbooks, an imprint of Quarto
Publishing Group USA, Inc., 2016, 240 pages,
hardbound in a large format. Available from Amazon for $50.
This is a big, spectacular coﬀee table
While a coﬀee table type of book with lots
of well-produced color photos, the text is also well written. There is a lot of ground
covered with 100 years of BMW products, including cars, motorcycles, and airplane engines. Plus, the corporate adventures and
misadventures of BMW’s history are told.
Only in the last couple of chapters does the
author mention the future for the company.
books that covers the 100 year history of
At $50, this book is a bargain.
am very pleased to see that you have become
“The Ultimate Performance Machines” and
rors but generally the book is quite accurate
extra material for which Satch doesn’t have
mer head of BMW NA.
an interesting publications for our members. I
a “regular” in the Roundel. Whenever you have space, you know where to send it. - DdG ■ Beautiful!
Beautiful; I just ﬂipped through the 50th
edition of our newsletter from cover to
cover, - and I am very impressed. You came
up with many new ideas, and various neverbefore authors. I would say this is a bull's
eye. I feel enormously honored by the article attributed to Eric Zagrocki. There must have
our favorite car company. The subtitle is
the foreword is written by Tom Purves, for-
Port Perry, Ontario, received the following letter in the mail;
Dear Mrs. Wojcik,
My name is Jiri Vlach from the Czech
me or my history well enough to have pro-
bought in England in 2012. I found a piece
more involved with the Classic Club. He's a
your address written on it. If you have
Well done, Dirk. I am sure that this maga-
zine is going to be well received. Goetz Pfaﬄin
On behalf of all contributors, Thank you
Goetz. You have set the bar. It is now that I can
truly appreciate the time and eﬀort you have put into the newsletter these past 13 years. - DdG ■ BMW Century Dirk,
It is sad to see that there aren’t many
books published any longer about BMW.
The trend for ink-on-paper remain grim but BMW’s centennial year gave us the gift of a number of books to celebrate 100 years of BMW. We were fortunate to see so many
In early April, Elizabeth Wojcik from
Republic, and I am the lucky owner of a
duced this story. But I am glad to see him
and a good resource.
A CLUB MEMBER’S 327 CABRIOLET REAPPEARS IN THE CZECH REPUBLIC
been several cooks in the kitchen where this article was cooked up! Eric does not know
There are a couple of minor historical er-
wonderful BMW 327 from 1938 which I
of paper in the car with your name and
some information about the history of the car, please send it to me. With best regards, Jiri Vlach
After receiving a copy of Jiri Vlach’s letter
Jiri Vlach enjoying his 1938 BMW 327 Cabriolet in southern Bohemia.
for their freedom by selling Frank’s beloved BMW 328. Ever since leaving Poland and
selling his 328, Frank had dreamt about
owning another vintage BMW. He realized
that dream in 2006, when Tom Graham told
to Elizabeth Wojcik, I dug up some old
him about the late John Slade’s car. John
member that Elizabeth Wojcik and her hus-
tage & Classic Car Club of America. After
California Marathon with their beautifully
Slade, Frank ﬁnished the restoration begun
newsletters. Some club members will reband Frank participated in the 2008
restored 327 Cabriolet. Shortly after returning home from California, Frank sadly died
in a terrible car accident. The 327 Cabriolet was Frank’s pride and joy. Frank and Eliza-
beth escaped from the communist regime in Poland in the late 1970s. They paid dearly
was a founding member of the BMW Vin-
purchasing the 327 from the estate of John
by John. A few years after Frank’s death, Elizabeth sold the 327 to a dealer in the UK,
who in turn sold it to Jiri Vlach. After communication all this information to Jiri and sending him copies of the old newsletters,
he send me this photo. - DdG
Z First 1 Z NE WS
by Mark Hall
When I purchased my black Z1 in 2008, it
was already ﬁtted with 17-inch wheels as
the beneﬁciary of a previous owner’s Racing Dynamics brake and wheel upgrade. I’ve always found that car’s correct tire diameter of 235/40R17 to be a perfect match to the
Z1’s sports car handling and give the car a
visually appealing contact patch just a little
bit wider than the stock 225/45R16 rubber.
Now that the suspension was sorted on the
red Z1, I was in search of (in need of?) a similar 17-inch wheel to match the sporting look provided by the new lower suspension.
The stock Z1 wheel is a 16x7.5-inch size
owners on the European forums. I found,
however, that it is no longer in production
and only available second hand through pri-
vate sales (if you can ﬁnd them). BBS
In order to use these wheels on the Z1, I
would have to apply spacers to make up for the diﬀerence in oﬀset. Adding a spacer
would also require longer wheel bolts to en-
with a 4-bolt pattern referred to as 4x100 (4-
makes the LM model, a nice “basketweave”
for the Z1 is unique amongst the era’s
quite in concert with the style of the late
easy to ﬁnd on eBay and similar outlets, but
The lowest price I could ﬁnd, however, on a
BMW OE-speciﬁcation. The result could be a
bolts on a 100mm circle pattern). The oﬀset
pattern which I’ve always liked and which is
BMW’s at 25mm (i.e. ET25). In order to
1980’s and early 1990’s period of the Z1.
pension components and match the align-
complete set of BBS LM’s would be several
wheels, I would need a 17x7.5-inch ET25
told myself I would live within. HRE will cus-
maintain the same inside clearance to susment with the outer fender lip as the stock wheel with a 4x100 bolt pattern. Oﬀ to the internet to begin what I was excited would be a simple search for something reasonably aﬀordable yet stylish...
Most European 17-inch 4x100 wheels are
8-inches wide (or more). While this could be made to work for the Z1, it would also re-
quire an adjustment to the oﬀset of about 5mm. So my search included both 17x7.5 ET25 and 17x8 ET30 wheels in 4x100 bolt
pattern. What I found, however, was that
very few wheel manufacturer’s make such a wheel (anymore, at least).
Some of the usual suspects for quality af-
termarket wheels for BMWs are BBS, OZ
Racing, Beyern and HRE. Amongst those
Beyern are usually the most aﬀordable but
they do not oﬀer a 17-inch 4x100 wheel with the needed oﬀset. OZ Racing made the
Monte Carlo pattern wheel for the Z1, a nice 2-piece 5-spoke pattern used by several Z1
thousand dollars…far above the budget I
tom design a 17-inch 4x100 wheel for the
Z1, but again price would be prohibitive.
I found 4x100 wheels from several manu-
facturers, the above usual suspects in-
cluded, but the oﬀset was more akin to a
front wheel drive Japanese or smaller Euro-
pean cars like the Mini (e.g. ET45 or higher).
sure the bolt is securely fastened to the
wheel hub, too. Longer bolts are relatively are generally of lesser quality steel than
dangerous shearing oﬀ of the longer bolt in
spirited driving with potentially catastrophic results, so spacers and longer bolts were
not an option for me.
When the black car was upgraded by Rac-
ing Dynamics, the package also included re-
placing the wheel hubs with a 5-bolt pattern from the E30 M3 or E28 5-series of the late 1980’s. The 5-bolt hubs with a 5x120 bolt
pattern has been used for just about every
BMW since the E30. This results in a
stronger bond of the wheel to the car than
from a local seller who has them installed
options for the Z1, many of which include
H&R brand name, too, a well-known and re-
ing perfectly good hubs on the car, however,
pension components for BMWs.
sults! The H&R spacers were easy to install
just to upgrade the wheels.
a solution to the spacer problem, I renewed
than the stock 16-inch wheels. The modern
tion—someone, somewhere must oﬀer
ously discarded ET45 and above wheels.
plethora of aﬀordable aftermarket wheel
the correct oﬀset of ET25 or ET30. Replac-
seemed like a lot of extra work and expense I went back to researching the spacer op-
wheel bolts that are reinforced and strong
enough to handle the added force applied
to the extra length, right? I found that there
any other spacer. I was comforted by the
spected manufacturer of aftermarket sus-
Armed with a reinvigorated enthusiasm of
my wheel search to now include the previ-
Looking at several options for the Mini prod-
uct line, I found the BBS RV-F
which is, coincidentally, very
are indeed some racing applications that call
similar in style to the stock
correct size bolt head and thread pattern is
17x7.5 inch size. The RV-F
for longer wheel bolts. Finding them in the
Z1 16-inch wheels, but in a
possible. What I also found in this research,
is a 7-spoke forged alu-
for 4x100 bolt pattern wheels that bolts di-
both lighter and stronger
however, is that H&R also oﬀers a spacer kit rectly to the hub. Instead of needing longer
minum wheel making it
aftermarket cast alu-
re-use your stock wheel bolts to fasten the
thusiasts value them for their
wheels to the spacer, providing a much
I could not be more pleased with the re-
and the 17-inch RV-F are noticeably lighter
7-spoke pattern is eerily similar to the stock
Z1 style which was obviously well ahead of its time. I ﬁnished the car in time for last sum-
mer’s Roads to Monterey tour and 100year BMW Celebration. Aside from
the fact that the RV-F has exposed
lugs and the BBS wheel cap, I dare say that very few people noticed
that the little red Z1 had aftermar-
ket wheels at all!
than either the stock or
wheel bolts, the H&R spacer bolts to the hub with their custom-sized bolts and then you
on his JCW Mini and I purchased them on
minum wheels. Mini en-
performance beneﬁts. I found a set
by Goetz E. Pfaﬄin At a BMW CCCA Club gathering hosted by
Scott and Fran Hughes at their lovely Amelia Island home on March 11, 2017, Dirk was
presented the cherished Knöchlein prize in recognition of his demonstrated commit-
ment to the preservation and promotion of BMW’s automotive history and tradition.
The Amelia Island gathering, attended by
ﬁfty BMW enthusiasts, including past award
recipients Scott and Fran Hughes and Lothar Schüttler, speciﬁcally honored Dirk and his
Dirk De Groen (center) accepts the Prof. Dr. Gerhard Knöchlein BMW Classic Award. cars from their marvelous collection of classic
newsletter (now published as The Ultimate
sharing rides in their beautiful classics with
his automotive hobby, and his commitment
interested kids at public automotive events, and for having been the most frequent and
reliable contributor of interesting material to the Club newsletter.
Since the approval of this award to Dirk at
the September 12, 2016 board meeting of the
BMW Clubs International Council, Dirk has as-
wife Alexandra for their consistent participa-
sumed the helm of the former BMW Vintage
ica and in Europe, for having generously lent
the BMW Classic Car Club of America), includ-
tion in BMW V&CCCA events in North Amer-
ing the role of editor of the quarterly Club
BMWs to a number of Club-members, so they could participate in such events, for
Classic magazine). With Dirk’s enthusiasm for to the promotion of the BMW tradition, we, as
members of the BMW Classic Club of America, will all beneﬁt from Dirk’s leadership.
It has been a great pleasure for me to have
been associated with Dirk, and a great honor, to have been able to present the Prof. Dr. Gerhard Knöchlein Award to him.
& Classic Car Club of America (now renamed
John Surtees “Count Augusta said he would buy me a
car for winning the 1956 500 cc World
Championship. But when I choose a BMW 507, which cost about £3,400, he gulped,
so I agreed to go 50/50 with him. Initially,
though, I was very disappointed with the
BMW and after some discussion, BMW
performance of the 507. It just wasn’t the
agreed to increase the 3.2-litre V8 en-
hausen let me drive a few months earlier
and to install an undershield. The highest
same car as the one that Alex von Falken-
at Hockenheim. I got straight back on to
gine’s power output by 30bhp to 185bhp
speed I ever saw was 143mph on the
Milan autostrada. The disc-braked speciﬁcation arose from a development program I did with BMW and Dunlop.”
John Surtees sadly passed away aged
83 on March 10th 2017. He was the only
racer to win World Championships on
both two and four wheels. After almost 60
years, he still owned his BMW 507.
(Sources: Superstar Classics, Octane Magazine
and BMW Car Club UK Magazine)
Herb Tobin IN M E MO RIA M
Herb Tobin of Walpole, Mass died April 21, 2017 at the age of 81.
Herb was a loyal and enthusiastic member of our club and its treas-
urer since the club’s incorporation in 2003 to 2016. He bought a
1935 BMW Type 315/1 in 1968 and participated in the ﬁrst and
most subsequent Vintage Car Club America’s Wellesley hill-climbs.
Desiring a more sophisticated car, he ﬁnally acquired a BMW 328 in 1973 after a long search. He also obtained a second 315/1 that he
aﬀectionately referred to as “the parts car,” and he took great pride
in owning approximately one percent of the entire BMW 315/1 pro-
duction. Featured in the inaugural issue of Hemmings Sports and
Exotic Cars, the 315/1 was Herb’s pride and joy.
While saddened by the passing of Herb, we are very pleased that
Welcome New Members
Herb’s son Dan Tobin has taken over the club membership of his fa-
Patrick Arnold Plano, TX
Eddie Henry Ashburn, VA
Philip Morris Yadkinville, NC
to keep the 315/1 and the
Harry Bonkosky Humacao, PR
Kent Kochheiser South Lebanon, oH
Patty Schwarze De Leon Springs, fL
meeting Dan on one of our
Philip Caposella Hilton Head Island, SC
George MacKinnon New Harbor, ME
Peter Starr St. Augustine, fL
CJ Cullen Los Gatos, CA
Lisa Mahalak Novato, CA
John Swanton Westport Island, ME
Donald Derham Slidell, LA
frank Mann Belleair, fL
Daniel Tobin Dorchester, MA
John Hartge fairplay, MD
Humberto Marti Winston Salem, NC
Christina Vieira Williamsville, NY
ther and that he has decided 328. We look forward to
club driving tours in the near
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:
Fantastic racing images captured by photographer Jeroen de Laat at the spa Classic.
BMW Classic Car Club of America 1201 Manati Avenue Coral Gables, FL 33146
EYE ON TH E MA RK E T
1938 BMW 328 (VIN 85187) with racing his-
tory. Never restored. Sold for €650,000 (ap-
prox. $728,000) at Coys Techno Classica
1957 BMW 507. Needs full restoration. Not
sold at RM Sothebys Villa d’Este auction.
High bid €1,350,000 (approx. $1,520,000).
Not sold. Didn’t sell in Monterey either.
1972 1972 BMW 2002 tii AC Schnitzer S14.
Built about 10 years ago by VSR. Very well
documented and frequently published.
Sold on Bring a Trailer for $125,000+5%.
Building one like this may cost twice that amount.
1939 BMW 327 (80PS) Cabriolet. Sold for
$220,000 at the Bonhams sale at the
Greenwich Concours sale (not sold a few
months ago in Scottsdale).
1941 BMW 327 Coupe. Restored. Estimate
€150-€170,000. Not sold at Coys Techno
1957 BMW Isetta 300. Sold at Bonhams Spa
Classic sale for $21,362. More reasonable
that what these eggs sell for in the US.
1967 BMW Glas 3000 V8 (‘Glaserati”). one
1974 BMW 2002 Turbo. Sold at Bonhams Amelia Island for $112,200.
1984 Sbarro 328 – BMW 328 replica with
owner, restored. Sold at Coys Techno Clas-
sic auction for €68,000 (approx. $76,000)
2.8 liter engine from BMW 528i. Sold at
1954 Arnolt Bristol Roadster (BMW 328 de-
1972 BMW 3.0 CSi. Baikal blue over saddle,
1986 BMW E24 Alpina B10 3.5 with 34,000
land for $324,500.
for €40,000 at Coys Techno Classic auction.
rived engine). Sold at Bonhams Amelia Is-
restored in 2015/16. AC and sunroof. Sold Very well bought!
Bonhams Goodwood for $30,756.
miles. Sold on Bring a Trailer for $62,888.
1987 BMW M6 (red). Stunning car, only
25,000 miles. Sold at Bonhams Amelia Is-
land for $104,500. Same car sold last year
1989 BMW Z1 (Alpina RLE replica). Very
2001 BMW Z8 (red). only 3,800 miles. Top
bered RLE. 23,000 km. Sold at Bonhams
Auctions Amelia Island.
well done, but It will never be a real num-
Spa Classic sale for $66,000.
Z8 selling for a top price of $231,000 at RM
2003 BMW Z8 Alpina. Black over black. Sold
1988 BMW M6 (black) with 75,000 miles, in
average condition. Sold for $55,000 at the
Bonhams Greenwich Concours auction.
1991 BMW E30 M3 Cabriolet. one of 476.
Very nice car. Well bought at $88,000 at
at Gooding Amelia Island auction for
Goodings Amelia Island. (Consigned by
CLASS IFIE D AD V E RTI S I N G
1994 BMW 840 CiA. Sterling silver over parchment. One owner car in excellent and original
condition with 157,000 mostly ‘cross-country’
miles. Car is in Colorado. Asking $15,000 or best oﬀer. Goetz Pfaﬄin: 303 300-9946 (h);
303 808-9135 (c); goetzpfaﬄin@msn.com
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 Pfaﬄin: 303 300-
9946 (h); 303 808-9135 (c);
1940 BMW 335 Four-door Cabriolet by Autenrieth. Pebble Beach award winning restora-
tion. For sale by club member, $575,000. Sale
being handled exclusively by Fantasy Junction. (www.fantasyjunction.com);
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