Inside... Flat Out Classic...2 President’s Corner...3 The Road Chaser...4 The E34 Hooptie in Germany ...7 Cars and Coffee Tech Session...9 Save the Date Picnic...9 Car Collection Tour for a Cause...10 Chassis Codes...11 Plus Sizing Wheels and Tires...11 Oktoberfest Details...12 Trivia...13 Calendar...13
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2013 Calendar of Events - Lori Dawes
Our annual planning meeting was held in January at Parkers Smokehouse in Ashland. Thank you to everyone who attended and shared your ideas for our 2013 calendar of events! We’ve got a great lineup of events for the year and are looking forward to adding new Oktoberfest events in the fall. If you have ideas for an event or would like to help organize an event please email email@example.com. Please refer to the calendar on page 13 of this newsletter for upcoming events and be sure to check our website at www.gpcbmwclub.com for the most up to date calendar of events.
This season’s driving events
-Chet Dawes, Driving Events Coordinator
If you missed the announcement in the last edition, together with BMW of Lincoln and 3 other chapters we have brought the Flat Out Classic back for a second year! This year, the event is April 27-28th and back in Topeka. See the ad in this newsletter. Registration is open and space is limited, check out www.flatoutclassic.com for additional information. Come auto-x, participate in the car show or the performance driving school for drivers of all levels. We’ve planned our famous track walk, KC BBQ dinner and an opportunity to run down the drag strip at Heartland Park. We’re also looking for volunteers to hang out, take pictures and join in the social aspect. If you can’t make the Flat Out Classic or are looking to do another track event, our BMW CCA neighbors to the East in Iowa are hosting the 12th annual Longest Day driving school at MAM again June 8th and 9th. This event is perfect for the first time performance driving school participant. Registration opens about the time this hits your mailbox. Check out www.bmwia.com for additional details or contact the organizers directly: LDDSregistrar@bmwia.org
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FLAT OUT CLASSIC
Reg is tration is open . Space is l im ited . Don ’t wa it .
Ben, is the only person I trust to work on my car.
— BMW CCA DRIVING INSTRUCTOR
Ben Kerwood - Owner
DINAN performance without sacrifice
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President’s Corner By D. Jeff Gomon
Welcome to Spring fellow members. While we are not completely out of the cold yet, the temps are certainly looking better each day. I am certainly looking forward to spending some of those nice days with fellow members at the many events we have planned for 2013. I think our board has amassed a diverse calendar that appeal to just about everyone, and I thank them for all their effort and time. Kathy and I just returned from the Annual Dinner held at Sage Bistro at the Institute for the Culinary Arts on the Metropolitan Community College Campus in Omaha. We decided to try something different this year at the suggestion of fellow board members Molly Kliment and Lynn Kost-Virant. From there, your social events director, Lori Dawes, took over and made all the arrangements. I heard nothing but rave reviews from all others in attendance. The food was amazing, the presentation and demonstrations intriguing and the guests, well, there was no better group to share an evening with. Following the board meeting in Feb, we held an event at Joe’s Karting in Council Bluffs that brought out about 12 racers to knock off the rust and keep the old reflexes sharp. We were allowed to have races with just us GPC members on the track, and no outsiders. This resulted in some interesting displays of driving skill, that I’m not sure the management understood or appreciated as much as we did. There was some serious side by side racing as well as the occasional “punt” into the tire wall by drivers aggressively defending their line. Needless to say, it was an absolute blast and I think we are already planning another outing.
Next up is a Tech Session at European Auto Tech in Lincoln on March 23rd from 9am-1pm. Please come out and see the new shop and learn about some important maintenance and preventative maintenance topics to ensure your BMW will operate longer and as it was intended. For a few of us board members, we are off to Dallas the first weekend in early April to represent the chapter at the Regional Chapter Congress. This is a yearly event that allows all the chapters’ leaders to get together, along with the National Board and National Office to exchange ideas, go over policies and generally get an idea of the events we are all hosting. These Congresses are always informative and well worth the time investment. Now, if you are looking for an event that you absolutely should not miss, it is the 2nd annual Flat Out Classic April 26-28, 2013. Special thanks out to BMW of Lincoln who will be the headline sponsor again this year. We continue to have a great relationship with everyone at BMW of Lincoln and appreciate all the support they give the members of this chapter and the entire region. This event has something for everyone. Driving School, Autocross School, Autocross race, Car show and even some solo runs on the NHRA drag strip await attendees.
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The Road Chaser
Der Maisbauer: Spring 2012
By Dave Gannon
BMW, as a company, sets the standard for being able to identify a market segment that no one else recognizes or thinks exists, and then design and build vehicles that perfectly meet the needs of that market segment. Probably the seminal example of this is when BMW invented the category of “sports sedan” with their Neue Klasse cars (of which the 2002 is the most prominent example). Who knew that there would be a demand for cars that can function as practical sedans for carrying people and things, and that are also fun, driveroriented cars that can out-handle more expensive sports cars? At that time, no one knew…except BMW (others figured it out as they watched BMW’s sales successes), and BMW has managed to rule that market segment to this day. BMW has recognized other new market segments since then, and they have done a good job in those areas as well (e.g., oddly shaped, SUV-sized cars that handle like sports cars, to name one recently recognized new market segment). As a result, BMW makes a lot of different kinds of cars, but the two characteristics that all BMWs share are: BMWs handle better than other cars in their segment, and, owners really like their BMWs. Well, market success and happy owners is one thing. But all of this leads to a dirty, little secret that no one at BMW, the company, likes to talk about, and that no BMW owner likes to think about. I mean, I guess it should be obvious, but first-time BMW owners always have to learn about it the hard way: For BMW owners, driving a rental car is at best an unwelcome chore, and at worst a huge annoyance or aggravation! That’s right, once you are accustomed to the way your BMW drives, handles, and
gives you so much driving fun, driving whatever mass-manufactured car on which the rental car company could negotiate a killer fleet deal because no one else would buy that model does not make for an attention-getting driving experience. Well, not usually… Twenty five years ago, when I was finishing my training in Michigan, I had to attend a wedding back in Connecticut (I know it was 25 years ago because my friend Greg just told me today that their 25th wedding anniversary is coming up in a few months). The wedding was to be in the picturesque town of Lakeville, Connecticut, located in the northwest corner of the state in the foothills of the Berkshire Mountains (Lakeville is also the home of the iconic and historic road-course track Limerock Park, but my mission to Lakeville this time would have nothing to do with driving at the track). Given its location, my plan was to avoid flying into the airport in central Connecticut, and instead fly into New York City, rent a car, drive north on the familiar, scenic parkways and byways of the Hudson River valley, and approach Lakeville from New York state, thereby avoiding the traffic and congestion of southwestern Connecticut. The only thing that would be relatively new to me is that I would have to rent a car (something I had only done once before) to drive from the airport to the hotel in rural Connecticut. I was still in
The Great Plains Chapter, BMW CCA Newsletter training at the time, so I reserved the cheapest car that was available from a standard car rental agency. Once my trip was underway, things went well…until I got to the car rental counter. They looked up my reservation, and after a lot of shuffling of paper and checking with people in the back, they told me that they were out of the class of car that I had reserved, but cheerfully told me that they would upgrade me for free to a mid-size car. They told me that they were going to let me have a new Mercury Cougar for no increase in fee, and seemed quite proud of themselves that they were able to do me such a grand favor. It wasn’t what I was expecting, but hey it was an upgrade, right? The Mercury Cougar had started life in 1967 as a pony car, the Mercury edition of the Ford Mustang. Over subsequent years it followed the pathway taken by many American cars of that era by growing in size and weight. By the time I found myself in one, it had bloated up into an enormous, heavy, 2-door car with lots of “luxury” amenities, which meant excessive chrome trim, a “plush” (whatever that meant) interior, and a very soft suspension. When I got into the car I found myself in an alien world (I have never owned an American car). The switchgear was in unfamiliar places, and the Barcalounger-style seats were as formless as beanbag chairs…but with less support. This was the antithesis of the Recaro-sourced seats in my 1985 BMW 325e. No worries, though, because the Cougar’s comfort-first tires and floaty suspension would prevent pulling any g’s at all so sport seats would be completely unnecessary. As I drove away from the airport I found it challenging to understand the switchgear, but I eventually found what I needed. On the road, I found that the suspension wallowed, the steering and brakes offered little feedback, and outward visibility was very poor. From the driver’s seat, it looked like the car was huge and occupied an enormous footprint. It was huge, for sure, but figuring out where the boundaries of the car
were, given the poor visibility that was available, was nearly impossible. It was also a chore to drive. None of the controls had much feel to them, and the only feedback was visual, much like a computer simulation. Just keeping the car within the boundaries of a lane required all of my attention, and my constant corrections to the steering had only a vague and variably delayed effect. I simply could not establish any “rhythm” between my input on controls and their effect on the path of the car. My plane had arrived later than scheduled, so by time I got to the Saw Mill River Parkway, it was dark. And then it started to rain. It was not a heavy rain. No, it was worse than that. It was the kind of light rain that brings up the oil and other debris on the road and makes it more slippery than it would be if it were raining hard enough to wash the debris off the road. Not good! The Saw Mill River Parkway is a scenic road in Westchester County, New York, running from New York City north and east through rural parts of the Hudson River valley toward western New England. Built over 30 years, before and after World War II, it was one of America’s first experiments with limitedaccess highways (there are exits and entrances, but there are also some at-grade intersections with traffic lights, so it is not really limited access). The Saw Mill River Parkway has two or three lanes in each direction, curves and hills, picturesque stone overpass bridges, and lots of trees near both sides of the road. It also has really narrow lanes. Highway engineers learned a lot from the construction of the Saw Mill River Parkway, and applied it to future roads. One of the things that they learned is that lanes have to be wider on multi-lane roads that carry faster traffic. As it is, traffic on the parkways of New England and New York are limited to cars; trucks and RVs are prohibited… because they don’t fit in the lanes. And the lanes on the Saw Mill River Parkway are even narrower than the lanes on historic Merritt
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6 Parkway in Connecticut…and that is really saying something! Which brings us back to driving a big, heavy car (1988 Mercury Cougar) on a road with lots of traffic and really narrow lanes, in the dark and in the rain… Once the rain started, the minimal amount of feel that the brakes and steering wheel had managed to muster disappeared completely, making an already bad situation worse. The steering wheel no longer appeared to be connected to anything, except perhaps to the rudder of a slow-moving boat, and keeping the car going where I wanted it to go increasingly became a series of desperate attempts to correct the car’s course. The car would start listing to the port, so I would turn the steering wheel to the starboard. Nothing would happen in response to this and the bow would continue drifting further to the port, so I would turn the steering wheel more to the starboard. Eventually the bow would slow its relentless drift to the port, hold steady, and then start drifting back toward the centerline. Once it was more aligned with the road, I would straighten the steering wheel…but it was no good—the bow would continue coming about, crossing the midline and then listing to the starboard, taking us off the intended line the other way. I was eventually able to time the oscillations so I could avoid other cars as I passed them or as they passed me, but I was never able to get the car to stay fully in its lane. It did not help that from the inside of the car it appeared that the car was a couple of feet wider than the lane in which it was supposed to be traveling. The other problem was that the automatic transmission was possessed by the devil, and frequently shifted at inappropriate times or shifted into inappropriate gears. One manifestation of this is that it would often change gears, or worse hunt for a gear while not being in any gear, in a turn. For those of us who go to the track and have learned that braking in corners, clutching in corners, shifting in corners, or being in neutral in corners, are all
Der Maisbauer: Summer 2012 bad ideas, this adverse transmission behavior of hunting for gears and being in no gear in a turn was completely unnerving! What was intended to be a scenic drive on familiar roads had turned into one of the most harrowing drives of my life. Throughout the drive I was wide awake, sitting bolt upright, and hypervigilant with 100% of my attention focused on the task at hand (which I was not accomplishing very well). I was also completely on edge, experiencing a sense of impending doom, and gripping the wheel very tightly. The trip to the hotel seemed to take forever, and I could not wait for it to be over. When I finally pulled into the hotel, I turned the car off and breathed a long sigh of relief. Then I realized that my forearms were killing me from the sustained death grip that I had on the steering wheel throughout the drive. After checking into the hotel, I went immediately to my room, took aspirin, turned the lights off, lay down on the bed, and spent half an hour concentrating on muscle relaxation so my arms would stop hurting. Having a couple of beers with dinner also helped. A good time was had by all the following day at the wedding, and it was good to catch up with so many friends that I had not seen in some time. The drive back to the airport two days later was suboptimal as the car had not magically improved, but it was not as tortured as the first drive in that car because it was daylight and the skies were clear. At the car return counter the staff gleefully asked me how I liked the car. “It was fine,” I said through gritted teeth with a forced smile (I had a bad upbringing—my parents taught me to be polite). When I got back to Michigan I almost kissed my BMW. I have had to rent cars from time to time, but I try to avoid it. But the next time a car rental agency tells me that they are out of the kind of car I reserved and offer me a free upgrade, I am going to call a taxi cab! See you on the road…and keep those cards and e-mails coming.
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The E34 Hooptie in Germany By Mike Vanone Some of you may remember my “Tales of the 540i in Crete” chronicle a few years back. This is where I told the story of my time in Crete, Greece as part of an Air Force one year unaccompanied tour with my 1998 BMW 540i. Much has happened since then. I am no longer in the active duty Air Force. I am now part time with the New York Air National Guard in Syracuse. I still reside in Omaha, NE. Yes, it’s a long commute from Omaha to Syracuse, NY. Luckily I have a comfortable 6000lb V10 twin turbo diesel SUV that gets 27 mpg to make the commute in. The purpose of my Guard unit, the 152 Air Operations Group, is to augment the 603 Air and Space Operations Center, an Active Duty unit, at Ramstein AB, Germany. The purpose of the 603 AOC is to plan and execute the air mission in the European and African theaters. What does any of this have to do with BMWs you ask? We’ll get there, I promise. I didn’t leave active duty by choice. I was at the 16 year point when I left– just 4 years shy of a 20 year active duty retirement. My plan with the Guard is to try and get as much active duty time as I can to work towards getting an active duty retirement. That plan started to take shape when I was able to get 120 day Active Duty orders for temporary duty (TDY) to the 603 AOC starting at the end of May 2012. Great score as I otherwise do not have civilian employment. Not good as I would be away from Omaha for the 2012 DE season. More importantly, I’d once again be leaving my wife, Stephanie, alone to tend to an 87 year old house, two dogs, and two cats by herself all while working her own full time job. Arriving at Ramstein, I shared a Daihatsu Materia rental car with fellow Guard member, Ann. It was kind of a boxy car, but it was new and served well as a transportation
appliance. When Ann left Germany at the end of June, I decided to rent a car from a local agency that rents older cars at reasonable rates instead of taking over the contract on the Daihatsu. It was running over 700 Euro a month and I was trying to be a good steward of the tax payer’s dollars. The cheapest car that local agency had was a mid ‘90s Renault 1.2L Clio at 390 Euro per month. I had never experienced a French car before so I figured why not give it a try. After a month with the car, I could not wait to get rid of it. The seating position was awkward, the steering wheel seemed to be pointed at the sky, and the 1.2L engine did not have a whole lot of get up and go. I did have fun whipping it in and out of roundabouts however. When the Clio contract was up I traded it in for a late ‘90s MkIV Golf 1.4L. The Golf wasn’t all that much more powerful than the Clio, but it was a much more familiar car to me having owned a ’03 Golf TDI in the past. It felt good to back in the saddle of a German car. Another member from my Guard unit, Toby, was in Germany on yearlong permanent change of station (PCS) orders. Toby had shipped over his Toyota Prius as part of his PCS. Since his family was also living here with him, he had bought a 1990 BMW 525 to serve as a work car leaving his wife with the Prius to get the kids around town. When I was first introduced to his 525, I thought what a piece of junk. It was gold in color except for two replacement front fenders which were primer
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black along with some visible cancer. The interior was in decent shape with a few tears in the cloth driver’s seat. It had no air conditioning, a manual crank sunroof, and a 5 speed manual. He had bought it from a First Lieutenant who was PCS’ing out of Germany for $1000. The Lieutenant had more invested in the stereo than Toby paid for it. It had a Kenwood 400W amp in the trunk, some sort of power capacitor, and lots of heavy duty cabling along with a nice Alpine head unit. I had the opportunity to drive the 525 on a few occasions and was impressed with how well the 23 year old semi neglected car ran and drove. As August came to a close, I was presented with an opportunity to do a one year PCS at the conclusion of my TDY which was to end in September. After some consultation with Stephanie, we decided it would be best to gut out yet another year apart to get closer towards our retirement goals. Switching from a TDY to a PCS meant that I would no longer be put up in a hotel and provided with a rental car. Instead, I’d need to find my own housing and secure my own transportation. My initial thought was to ship over my 993. How fun would it be to have a classic Porsche to storm the Autobahn in and enjoy on the ‘Ring. But the idea faded as I knew I’d need transportation to haul around visiting family members. I thought that Stephanie’s VW R32 would be a great car to have here but there was no way she was going to part with it for a year. For some reason, I didn’t think my Touareg would be a good fit in Germany. After further consultation with Stephanie, we decided it would be best to seek out an inexpensive car here that I could easily resell in a year instead of shipping over one of our cars. I knew that Toby would be selling his 525 when he left Germany in September. While I considered his car a potential candidate, I wasn’t too sure about cruising Germany in a car with two primer black fenders. So I set out looking for car in better cosmetic condition. I responded to an ad in a local online classifieds for an E36 320i wagon. In the pictures the car
looked nice but the price tag of $2900 was a little more than I wanted to spend. I decided to make arrangements to check it out anyway. I thought it would be cool to have a car that was not otherwise available in the US. Upon meeting with the owner I was initially disappointed with the car. It had a fair bit of rust on the lower doors that had been painted over a few times with Rustoleum. The interior seemed ok for a car with 230k km. The owner mentioned it burned a quart of oil every 1000 miles or so. That bit of knowledge should have sent me packing but I decided to take it for a test drive since I was already there. It felt familiar to once again be in the cockpit of an E36 and the sound of the M50 six reminded me of my old E36 M3. The car seemed to run and drive ok but after a quick drive it smelled like it was burning a bit more than a quart every 1k mi. After only a driving the car for a couple of miles the smell of burning oil was on my clothes. I politely told the owner that I would be in touch and got in my rental Golf and drove off. After looking into a few more $3000 examples that each needed work of some sort, Toby’s $1000 525 was starting to look more and more attractive, even if it had those primer fenders. Question was what kind of deferred maintenance was the 525 facing? I already knew it was in need of some new rubber. And I was pretty sure the brake system needed attention as evidence by the “Bremsbeläge” (German for brake lining) warning on the OBC display. But was it just the pads or did it need rotors as well? I was pretty sure that the Starbucks French Roast brake fluid needed to be flushed. To find out the extent of maintenance needed, I took the 525 to the Ramstein Auto Hobby shop to get it up on a lift. Here I discovered that the pads were most definitely gone. The front rotors measured in at 19mm. Min spec was 21mm so new front rotors would be a must. Rear rotors were still within specs so that was good. The rest of the car seemed solid aside from the rust that coated many of the underbody components. I figured
The Great Plains Chapter, BMW CCA Newsletter that it was going to need general maintenance to include oil change, air filter, fuel filter, etc. Taking this all into account, I decided to offer Toby $800 for the 525, pending it would pass inspection. It didn’t take him long to accept. Only hurdle at this point was would this less than perfect looking 525 pass the required inspection necessary for registration? Find out in the next installment of The E34 Hooptie in Germany.
Cars & Coffee Tech Session Join us at European Auto Tech on Saturday, March 23rd at 9 am for a demonstration on modern BMW tune up procedures. Please rsvp to firstname.lastname@example.org with your vehicle year and model for a chance to get YOUR vehicle tuned up at this event. Participation is limited – so RSVP today!
Roundel Magazine App Now Available On iPad! The best car-club magazine on the planet is now available for digital download via the Roundel Magazine app on the iPad! The long-awaited app has officially launched in the Apple iTunes app store, and it's already loaded with each available issue from 2013. (Yes, development is already underway for an Android version—and we plan to add back issues to both versions of the application.)
European Auto Tech 4930 N. 58th Suite A Lincoln, NE 68507 402-465-0330
Save the Date Family Picnic
President’s Corner (Continued)
Our annual summer family picnic will be held Sunday, June 23rd at Schramm State Park Recreation Area. We will gather beginning at 11am with a potluck lunch around noon. The park offers hiking trails, the state’s first fish hatchery, beautiful countryside and the AKSAR-BEN aquarium.
There are also plenty of opportunities to volunteer, just come and hang out and, as always, we are looking for photographers. Please look at the event information in this newsletter or online at www.flatoutclassic.com. Don’t hesitate to call or email if you have any questions or would like to volunteer.
Please save the date- more details to come!
I look forward to seeing many of you at one of the many events we have for you this year.
Schramm Park SRA 15810 Hwy 50 Louisville, NE 68037
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Car Collection Tour for a Cause By Lori Dawes The GPC BMW was extremely fortunate to be invited back to the Kuck Motorsports car collection for a very rare opportunity to see an amazing collection of cars and help raise donations to complete the Craig Dodge Memorial Park. What we believed to be a small event for our car club and the Archway Corvette club quickly grew into an incredible turnout complete with traffic directors! Total attendance of the event was over 700 and the fundraising goals to complete the park have been met! Thank you to our club members who came out to support this cause and a sincere thank you to the Kuck family for graciously hosting another huge fundraising event.
I often times ask myself why as a working mom raising two little boys I take this social chair and events planning job on, especially for a car club. This event reminded me of exactly why. As I watched my husband gather with his club friends, parents, friends of the family and long time friends from his hometown I noticed they all had one thing in common- gigantic smiles from ear to ear as they strolled through the collection and reminisced about cars of old and traded car trivia. While I may not be the biggest enthusiast in the group, seeing so many people enjoying this amazing event is why I do thisâ€Śits why all volunteers do what they do. If you missed this event we hope to see you at an event soon!
Annual Dinner The annual dinner was held at the Sage Bistro on the Metro Community College Omaha campus. The facility, cooking demonstrations and food presentation was truly spectacular and provided a fabulous night of entertainment. It truly was the Ultimate Dining Experience. We had a terrific turnout and hope you all enjoyed the evening out!
Karting Mid February the club met at Joeâ€™s Karting in Council Bluffs for an afternoon of karting absent the ability to get out on the track over the long, cold winter. Fenders were rubbed, paint was traded and a great time was had by all racers. (Notice all the big smiles in the picture to the left.) This is sure to become an annual event!
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Chassis Codes Courtesy of Bavarian Autosport Ever wondered what all those Bimmerphiles were talking about with their special languages of E30, E39 and the like? Now you too can play in the reindeer games with your own secret decoder chart. Read on! Chassis& Type E10 E3 E9 E12 E21 E23 E24 E26 E28 E30 E31 E32 E34 E36 E36/5 E36/7 E38 E39 E46 E52 E53 E60 E61 E63 E64 E65 E66 E70 E71 E82 E88 E83 E85 E86 E89 E90 E91 E92 E93 F01 F02 F07 F10 F12 F13 F25
Application 1600,&2002,&2002tii 2500,&2800,&Bavaria,&3.0s/si 2500cs,&2800cs,&3.0cs 530i,528i&thru&81 320i,&323i&77&thru&83 7&series&78&thru&87 6&series&77&thru&89 M1&78&thru&81 5&series&82&thru&88 3&series&84&thru&91 8&series&90&thru&97 7&series&88&thru&94 5&series&89&thru&95 3&series&92&thru&99 3&series&compact/hatchback&95&thru&99 Z3&roadster&96&thru&2002 7&series&95&thru&01 5&series&97&thru&03 3&series&99&thru&06 Z8 X5&99&thru&06 5&series&04&thru&10 5&series&wagon&04&thru&11 6&series&04&thru&09 6&series&convertible&04&thru&09 7&series&02&thru&08 7&series&Li&02&thru&08 X5&07&on X6&08&on 1&series&coupe&07&on 1&series&convertible&08&on X3&03&thru&10 Z4&roadster&03&thru&08 Z4&Coupe&06&on Z4&Roadster&09&on 3&series&sedan&06&on 3&series&wagon&06&on 3&series&Coupe&07&on 3&series&convertible&07&on 7&series&09&on 7&series&Li&09&on 5&series>&09&on 5&series&10&on 6&series&convertible&12&on 6&series&12&on X3&11&on
Plus Sizing Wheels and Tires - Courtesy of Bavarian Autosport When it comes to upgrading a BMW’s or MINI’s performance, there are several areas you can tackle – horsepower, braking, lighting, styling, comfort, sound system, safety and more. But for us, nothing brings out the best in a BMW and makes it more fun to drive, than an upgrade in handling. One of the easiest ways to make a handling upgrade is to “plus size” the wheels and tires. If you’re serious about really boosting your BMW handling, you should consider “plussizing.” The concept is simple: larger wheels with lower, wider tires put more rubber on the road (see figure 1) giving the car better traction. But even though plus-sizing increases the diameter of the rim and the width of the tire, the overall diameter of the wheel/tire combination stays the same. In practice, it works like this: let’s say your BMW came with 16ʺ″ diameter wheels and its tires have a sidewall height of 4ʺ″ (see Figure 2). The total diameter of this wheel/tire setup would be 24ʺ″ (4ʺ″ + 16ʺ″ + 4ʺ″ = 24). If you wanted to upgrade to “plus 1” (stock wheel size plus one inch), you would use 17ʺ″ diameter wheels and slightly wider tires with a 31⁄2ʺ″ sidewall (31⁄2ʺ″ + 17ʺ″ + 31⁄2ʺ″ = 24). To “plus 2” the car, you would upgrade to 18ʺ″ wheels and even wider tires with a 3ʺ″ sidewall (3ʺ″ + 18ʺ″ + 3ʺ″ = 24). The concept of plus-sizing was developed for ultra high-performance sports cars. However, the tremendous improvement it provides in cornering, handling and safety make it a good idea for just about any BMW.
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MONTEREY WEEK Join us for more than a full week of BMW enthusiast events!
Legends of the Autobahn FRIDAY, AUGUST 16 • Monterey, CA
Festorics Turn Five Corral and Hospitality Area
SATURDAY AND SUNDAY, AUGUST 17-18 • Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
MONDAY, AUGUST 19 TO SATURDAY, AUGUST 24 Host Hotel: Hyatt Regency Monterey • Host Track: Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
Registration Begins March 1, 2013! www.bmwcca.org
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23 Mar... Cars and Coffee Tech Session, European Auto Tech, Lincoln, NE...details in this issue** 26-28 Apr... Flat Out Classic Automotive Festival Event, Heartland Park, Topeka, KS,...details in this issue** 7-9 Jun... Longest Day Driving Event, Mid-America Motorplex, Pacific Junction, NE...details in this issue 23 Jun... Family Picnic, Schramm State Park NE, 11am-4pm...see this newsletter with additional details to follow** 20 Jul... Caravan to Kearney Cruise Nite, Kearney, NE,...see this newsletter with additional details to follow** 17 Aug... PCA Show’n’ Shine, Sonic, 5601S 48th, Lincoln, NE,...additional details to follow 19-24 Aug... BMW CCA Oktoberfest, Monterey, CA...check your Roundel for details 6-8 Sep... Hallett High Performance Driving Event, Hallett, OK...details to follow** 8 Sep... All European Car and Bike Expo, location TBD...details to follow 3-6 Oct... Black Hills Rally, Black Hills, SD...details to follow** Sep and Oct... Oktoberfest Activities, TBD...details to follow** Nov... Drive and Dine, restaurant TBD...details to follow** ** Chapter Sponsored event
BMW Trivia Here is the BMW Trivia question for this issue! Each newsletter will feature a trivia question. The correct answer will run in the following newsletter. The first person to email the editor with the correct answer will be mentioned in the following newsletter. Email the editor at email@example.com. Here’s this newsletter’s trivia question: –– In 1933 the first original BMW design appeared with the model 303 and the 3-digit numerical designation was born. A different 3-digit system was used in postwar cars until 1962. Then in the 1970s BMW returned to the 3-digit system with the model – 1. 320 2. 518 3. 520 The correct answer for the last newsletter’s trivia question was that the 2002 turbo was not exported to the U.S. because the factory did not run an emissions certification test on the model. (Probably because this was such a low production model. Only 1,672 were made.)
Der Maisbauer: Spring 2013
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