Check out the latest issue of the Bimmer Bulletin! Inside you'll find the following:
2017 Autocross Schedule
Sunday May 7th - Car Control/Intro to Autocross Clinic w/ MotorCity Chapter
Sunday May 21 - Event #1
Sunday June 11 - Event #2
Sunday July 16 - Event #3
Sunday Aug 6 - Event #4
Sunday Aug 27 - Event #5
Sunday Sept 17 - Event #6
Signup online at https://www.motorsportreg.com/orgs/bmwcca/michiana
2017 Autocross ScheduleCheck out all the details here
** New BMW mod points for 2016! **Check out all the details here
2016 Autocross Dates!Check out all the details here
2015 Autocross Stats...Check out all the details here
Autocross Event 1 resultsCheck out all the details here
All autocross events can be found at https://www.motorsportreg.com/orgs/bmwcca/michianaCheck out all the details here
1st - Have YOU joined our facebook Autocross group?
To create improved information sharing, feedback, and community discussions, we have a new(er) facebook group for all things autocross and track. We have 70 people already joined and some fun discussion threads too, so what are YOU waiting for? :-)
2nd - 2015 Dates are here!
Count 'em! Six, yes six season points events this year plus the Car Control Clinic! Oh baby, it's gonna be a sweet season!!!
All events at the Tire Rack test track in South Bend, IN.
May 3 (Sun) - Car Control Clinic & Intro to Autocross co-event w/ Motor City Chapter
May 30 (Sat) - event 1
June 13 (Sat) - event 2
July 26 (Sun) - event 3
Aug 16 (Sun) - event 4
Aug 29 (Sat) - event 5
Sept 19 (Sat) - event 6
3rd - Changes in 2015?
Yup, some tweaks are in the works for 2015 ... hey, another reason to join our Autocross Facebook group as you'll get sneak peeks and be able to provide input on the proposed changes ;-)
4th - Thank YOU
Thank you all for making the 2014 autocross season such a great success! I truly hope to see everyone back again this season ... and BRING A FRIEND
Cya at the track!
Jason Powell - Autocross Chair
and the Autocross Team
2015 Autocross NEWS >>>Check out all the details here
Here's your 2014 Autocross recap: http://eepurl.com/_we8D
Event 5 resultsCheck out all the details here
We're switching to MotorSportsReg.com for pre-registration. More info here:
Results from Autocross #2. 43 drivers! Results online at http://api.axti.me/Results/Event/s81p5rkpgo
Results from Autocross #3. We had 32 drivers of which 4 were 1st timers. Never done an autocross? You have no excuses
Our next autocross is Aug 31. Pre-registration will open in about 2 weeks.
Onine results: http://api.axti.me/Results/Event/awuohtvz59
Season points standings are here: http://fizzx.dyndns.org:777/club/MichianaBMWCCA/leaderboard
Jason Powell - Autocross Chair
Event #1 writeup and resultsCheck out all the details here
Jason Powell and the Autocross Team
Though the temp is currently -9 deg and the snow is flying, we're looking forward to a great 2014 Autocross season! In fact, brainstorming and discussions for 2014 started back in October :-)
Proposed dates were submitted to the Tire Rack in December and we're waiting to hear back if they're approved. This year we've proposed 5 season points events and 1 limited registration test-n-tune event. A car control clinic with the MotorCity Chapter is also on the to-do list.
Some other items we're working on: faster registration process, new timing software (goodbye excel), and view live timing results on your smartphone.
Can't wait for the season to start! - Jason Powell (2014 Autocross Chair) and the Autocross Team
Read the BimmerBulletin Summer 2013 issue online now. Click the link: http://michiana-bmwcca.com/content/newsletters/BimmerBulletinSummer2013.pdf
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Find yourself and giggle at your friends in the 2012 Michiana Chapter BMW CCA Holiday Party pictures.
Read All About It! Why wait for the newsletter to arrive in the mail? Click the link to read about the Holiday Party, the Autocross season, see Color Tour pictures...and more! Just click on the link.
Jason Powell, Ralph Sampson, Randy VonSteinen, Dustin Crider & Don Sjolin winning their classes at final Autox event. Jason Powell & Chris Itterly are season co-champions. Season Class Champions are Jason Powell (AA), Ralph Sampson (A), Chris Itterly (B), Harvey Nuttal (C).Check out all the details here
The fall issue of the Michiana Chapter's newsletter, now in full color, is at the printer, but here's your chance to read it now:
Please let us know what you think of the fresh design and all-color content.
Rain doesn’t stop Autox #4! A rainy morning gave way to a very nice afternoon with fast times posted by Jason Powell, class A/AA winner, Chris Itterly, class B/C/D winner and Scott Nardin, class E winner and fastest time of the day.Check out all the details here
Jason Powell wins Class A/AA at the July 14, 2012 Autocross, Chris Itterly wins Class B/C/D. Chris is now the overall points leader with two events remaining: August 11 & September 8.Check out all the details here
Autox #3, July 14, 2012
Another great day of Autocross competition with twenty-seven drivers competing in twenty-three cars. Chris Itterly's highly modified 1979 323i saw a lot of track time, being shared by three drivers. Chris, the current points leader, again won B/C/D class with a time of 45.498 seconds. Second in this class was John Whalen, also driving Chris' car. Randy VonSteinen finished third in his 135i.
In class A/AA, Jason Powell was competing in a black E36 M3 borrowed from a friend as his E36 M3 needed clutch work and wasn't yet ready for competition. Turns out this friend's car is set up for NASA Time Trial Competition. Pretty nice to have a friend like that! Jason put on a great show as the car handled a little bit differently than his M3. Jason won class A/AA by about a 1-1/2 second margin with a very fast time of 41.651 seconds. Ralph Sampson, who was only able to compete in the morning runs, posted an adjusted time of 43.121 seconds to place second in class. Carl Zmijewski finished third, with a time of 43.248 seconds.
In class E, Steve Tamandli posted the fastest time of the day of 40.458 seconds in his highly modified 1985 orange Fiero. Matt Napieralski finished second in his Porsche with a time of 44.101 seconds and Alan Ford took home third place with a time of 44.561 seconds in his 1972 Porsche 214. Alan did let us know that this Porsche is for sale if anyone is looking for a fast car!
Several drivers benefitted from great coaching from Ralph Sampson, Chris Itterly, Jason Powell and Jim Lynch. It's great to watch the times improve, as drivers learn from eachother and find ways to to go just a little bit faster. Harvey and Abby Nuttall fought it out sharing the same car with Harvey finishing just three tenths of a second faster to claim household bragging rights for the next few weeks. Eve Dolenski showed some great improvement this month, a result of coaching from Chris Itterly in June and Ralph Sampson in July. At 46.216 seconds, she was the fastest female until Fran Napieralski, in her red Z3, ran her 7th and 8th runs, both under 46 seconds!
With just two events remaining, Chris Itterly is in the lead for the season championship with 27 points, Jason Powell in second with 18, followed by Jim Lynch in his Mini Cooper at 15 points.
Thank you to all who helped out and to those who pre-registered. The next event is August 11, at the Tire Rack. Photos will be posted to Facebook (thanks Harvey!)
Many of the award winners and participants at the July 7 DeutscheMarques German car show at the Gilmore Car Museum were Michiana Chapter members.
The DeutscheMarques Auto Group website has a story with lots of familiar names and pictures of beautiful Bimmers.
Here's a link to the story on the website:
Here's a link to a picture gallery with lots of images from the event:
Many of DeutscheMarque organizers are Chapter members including Pete Hamlett, Harvey Nuttal, Lindsay Draime, Gary Apps and Brad Pines.
Bookmark the website for more German car information all year, or "join by email" for updates: http://www.DeutscheMarquesAG.com
Shine up your Bimmer and help represent the Michiana Chapter! This event is organized by our members, under the DeutscheMarques Auto Group banner.
Rick Gonzales wins fast time of the day in his father's car! Abby & Harvey battle it out all day -- coaching from Chris Itterly helps Abby to gain household bragging rights for a few weeks. Chris Itterly wins "B" class and in now the overall points leader, followed by a tie for second with Jim Lynch and Matthew Huizing.Check out all the details here
Father’s Day Weekend Autox, June 16, 2012
Twenty-one drivers showed up to compete at the second Autocross of the season the Saturday of Father’s Day weekend -- though the competition wasn’t so favorable to the fathers. Rick Gonzales, a new member, shared father Ricardo’s 1970 914-6 GT white Porsche. All was fine for the morning runs, with father running much faster than son. Then son Rick posted the fastest time of the day of 52.195 seconds in the first group’s afternoon session. Father Ricardo, competing in the second group fought heat and sprinkles of rain but alas, came up .062 seconds short to finish second overall at 52.257 seconds. Rick and Ricardo finished first and second, respectively in “E” class and overall finish order.
Meanwhile, competition was heating up in “C” class, with Harvey & Abby Nuttall fighting it out for household bragging rights. When we broke for lunch, Harvey was nearly a half second faster. Harvey, running in the first group continued to get faster in the afternoon. Abby, running in the second run group and now knowing the time to beat in their beautiful black 1989 E30, turned to coach extraordinaire, Chris Itterly, who jumped into the car and gave Abby a few tips. Abby then completed her last runs unassisted and was able to best her husband’s time by a full second to finish third overall in “C” class.
Winning “C” class was Furrin Group guest, Nick Nardin with a time of 55.994 seconds. Finishing second in “C” class and now tied for second in overall season points was Matthew Huizing.
Winning “B” class and finishing third overall was Chris Itterly in his 1979 white 323i. With two first place finishes this season, Chris is leading the overall standings at 18 points. Chris also provided coaching to Eve Dolenski and to novice Kirsti Nuttall. Kirsti, driving a very pretty blue E36 was able to cut her time down nearly 5 seconds throughout the day.
Finishing second and third in “B” class were Furrin group guests Brad Yonkers and Brad DeLaby, sharing Brad Yonkers’ 2001 330ci. Was it car ownership or skillful driving that allowed car owner Brad Yonkers to best Brad DeLaby’s time by less than a quarter of a second?
“A” class was won by Jim Lynch in his 2004 red Mini Cooper S. Jim is now tied for second place overall in season points with 12 points. Scott Limber and Al Cardenas finished second and third, respectively.
We had several guests from the Furrin Group, a fun & very helpful group of people from the Grand Rapids, Michigan area, most of whom drive furrin (=foreign) cars. These included Dave VanderSchaaf who brought along his very cute young son (did anyone else notice the matching shoes?). Although the son does have a 5-point harness in his car seat in the 1986 944 Porsche, the only driving he got to participate in was the parade lap. He seemed quite satisfied to sit on Dad’s lap and help with timing and scoring.
If you are looking for more autocrossing or other fun with cars, check out the Furrin Group at furrin.org.
The next event is July 14, at the Tire Rack.
Michiana Chapter autocross season off to record start
Racers hit the track to snake between the cones on a course designed by chapter autocross co-chair Carl Zmijewski on May 19. A record thirty-two drivers competed in the opening round of the 2012 Michiana Chapter of the BMW CCA autocross season under brilliant blue skies at the Tire Rack in South Bend.
“This was our highest turnout, ever” said Eve Dolenski, chapter autocross co-chair with Zmijewski. This included 11 drivers competing with us for the first time, five novices new to autocrossing, and three new BMW club members. Most drivers volunteered to help their cone-dodging friends by helping to run the event.
“Carl’s course was good, easy to for novices to follow, yet challenging for experienced competitors” said Dolenski. (The course added) some new features he learned from the autocrossing seminar at the BMW CCA Driving Events and Chapter Congress meeting in Dallas last February.
“I was pleased with the course, I tried a couple of new things and they seemed to work well” said Zmijewski. “I heard positive feedback about it, (and) I thought it was fun to drive as well,” he said.
The fastest BMW was Class A/AA winner Jason Powell with a blistering 43.704 in his #17 black 1997 e36 M3 equipped with both Hoosier autocrossing race-compound tires and more than 130k miles on his original clutch. Autocrossing veteran Stever Tamandli growled his #198 V8 Fiero to the FTD, fastest time of the day, 43.634, just .07 sec. faster than Powell, winning Class E.
Chris Itterly, who brought three friends to compete (two joined our club), drove his white 1979 e21 323i #20 to a fast 47.184 (46.245 adjusted) to win Class B on a run with Eve Dolenski in the right seat. Itterly and Powell are now tied for the points lead. “Chris was a great help to me,” said Dolenski, “(He) coached me to lowering my time by 2.5 seconds, by helping me to see how I could improve my braking and cornering.”
Fastest Class A driver Ralph Sampson also provided in-car coaching for Kirsti Nuttall. He drove his #7 Class A black 1999 e36 M3 in 45.179 (44.727). Matt Huizing was fastest in Class C in 49.651 (48.176) in his #39 red e36 sedan. The quickest Class D driver was John Whalen, who finished third in B/C/D in 50.183 (48.206), driving the #71 1981 528i he shared with Matt McCoy, 57.054 (54.258). Kyle McKeown was the fastest of five novices. He drove the #37 blue Class B e46 325i to B/C/D 6th place in 50.752 (49.245). [Class adjusted times are in parentheses]
Prizes for winners were supplied by BimmerWorld and many thanks to our hosts, the Tire Rack, for a wonderful place to play on a beautiful day.
Autocrosses are scheduled for June 16, July 14, August 11 and Sept. 8, all at the Tire Rack. Come out and join the fun, novices and beginners are very welcome. A few loaner helmets are available.
For pictures by chapter president Harvey Nuttal from this event please see our chapter Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150970125534884.481741.349343139883&type=1
For pictures by Brad Pines, please see the Michiana BMW CCA galleries on his web site: http://bradleyspines.smugmug.com/Cars/MichianaBMWCCA
This year the Spring Dust Off was a great event in spite rain that simply cound not put a damper on our spirits as we enjoyed our cars together and a superb lunch by Eric and Ranelle Smith.
Find pictures of yourself and friends during the 2012 Dust Off Drive. We drove miles with smiles. Feel free to download these pictures, print them and share. http://bradleyspines.smugmug.com/Cars/MichianaBMWCCA/SpringDustOffDrive051212/22971879_fhtJFR#!i=1846595016&k=cTGh27g
Important changes for the 2012 Autocross Season:
Events are Saturdays: May 19, June 16, July 14, August 11, September 8
We are only allowed to receive money for Autocross events from members. What this means for our friends who drive Porsches or other vehicles is that you must be a ‘guest’ to participate in events this year. Please know that we welcome guests – we just can’t receive payment directly from them. A member may bring (=pay for) up to seven guests per event (yes, an IRS rule). We are required to document the names of the members who paid, along with the names of their guests. Please be patient as we work through the paperwork at registration.
Instead of continuing as a guest, please consider joining the Club. In addition to enjoying Autocross, benefits include a fabulous monthly magazine, discounts at most BMW dealerships and other events with auto enthusiasts. BMW ownership is not required for membership.
Why the change, you ask?
Because the BMW CCA is a 501(c)(7) Not for Profit organization, we are held to strict IRS requirements. One of these requirements is that we cannot compete with tax-paying entities. Now, we aren’t aware of any local companies holding for-profit Autocross events, but nonetheless, we are required to comply with the rules set forth by National. Our type of non-profit classification exists for Social Clubs, like Private Golf Courses. Essentially, a group of people with similar interests get together and form a club so that they may share the costs of their sport. Like a Golf Club, we cannot be open to the general public, but we can invite guests to share in the joy of our sport.
The BMW CCA has been audited by the IRS and some chapters came very, very close to losing non-profit status. Our bylaws require us to have non-profit status, so if this is lost, so is our existence as a chapter.
Thank you for understanding.
This year we are going to have 5 Autocross events, one a month from May through September. We will continue to have events on Saturdays at the Tire RAck in South Bend, Indiana. More to come on the details, but for now, put the following dates on your calendar:
May 19, June 16, July 14, August 11, September 8
We look forward to seeing you there!
You can now order shirts, outwear, etc. from Lands' End with our new Michiana BMW CCA logo. They have many great looking options available and you can choose from two logos.
Just paste the link below into the address bar on your browser and you will be directed right to our club's store front. From there you can create a log-in and begin browsing to choose from their large selection of clothing. During the order process you will be allowed to choose from our two logos and also the location for the logo to be placed on the item. The most common logo location is on the left side chest.
Our logos have some black colored text, so if you decide to order a dark colored item, I recommend that you type a note in the comments box to change the color of the thread to a lighter color. I have used the silver color thread, which is already in the logo, to replace the black thread and it has turned out great.
Receipt of your order does take a little longer than most on-line clothing sites, since your item(s) will be custom embroidered before being shipped. Expect to receive your item(s) in about two weeks.
When you create your log-in to the Lands' End site you will have the option of receiving promotional e-mails from them. If you opt-in to these e-mails, you will receive a weekly e-mail for the discount of the week. There are many times when the weekly discount is free shipping and free logos. This can save you about $10 or more per item.
If you have questions about ordering Lands' End logo-wear, you can send me an e-mail at email@example.com and I will do my best to help you out.
National announced that Oktoberfest 2012 will be at Mid-Ohio the week of September 17-23, 2012! This is great news for our Chapter as this track is within a short day's drive for us. If you haven't had the chance to drive Mid-Ohio, or attend an O'Fest, this is not an opportunity to miss!
Tim Beechuk from the Buckeye Chapter is the event chair, so we know it will be a very well run event!
The host hotel will be in Columbus - about 45 minutes from the track. The specific hotel hasn't been selected yet.
O'Fest is a great week of playing with and talking about BMWs! There is a concours (aka clean-car competition), Autocross, Driving School, Fun Rally, Time-Speed-Distance Rally, Trivia Contest, Gymkhana, Club Race, Photo Contest, Vendor Displays, Door Prizes, and lots of great hospitality and fun. In 2011, there was even free beer most evenings from Spaten!
Mark your calendar, request vacation and make plans for O'Fest at Mid-Ohio, September 17-23, 2012!
If you want to receive the latest news from the Michiana chapter via email updates you need to keep your email address up to date with the BMW CCA national office. To check your email address go to http://www.bmwcca.org/login After logging in click on the "Manage Account" link at the top of the page and verify that your email address is correct on the next page.
Read all about the final round of the autocross championship: A new champion is crowned, a record number of drivers participate, and Thanks!Check out all the details here
Read about the 3rd round of the autocross season, here are a few details: A 3 way tie, a multi-cone killing skid, a rule book legal b-class e36 M3!Check out all the details here
Read all about the second Autocross of the season, highlights include: 22 drivers including some of our Porsche friends, a lake on the track, a challenging course, household bragging rights up for grabs, and a couple Minis!Check out all the details here