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Summer 2020 Newsletter

The latest newsletter is online here:

The 50th year celebration of the New Jersey Chapter founding has been postponed until next year, 2021.

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Upcoming Events

Friday, Apr 16 — Sunday, Apr 18, 2021

The Annual NJ/DelVal/NY season opening April 16-17-18 Driver School. Driver School: The regular driver school portion of the event will be on the weekend of April 17-18. No need to take 2 days off work to start the season. You have no excuse not to come on out, knock the rust off your driving and reinforce all the good things you learned last year. The Driver School portion of the event will have 3 student run groups so there will be ample track space for everyone. Note: Due to Covid restrictions from BMW CCA national office, this will be a lead-follow format. We are only able to accept students with previous on-track experience. Friday track day: On Friday there will be 8 hours of track time for instructors who wish to get in some extra track time and for approved advanced Solo students. Solo students will only see the option for this registration if they are pre-approved (contact the Registrar). Instructors who are only driving on Friday and not instructing for the weekend must pay the student fee. Introduction to the Track (Sunday only): Unfortunately, we are unable to hold this run group for this event because in-car instruction is not allowed per BMW CCA national office.   Registration Fees: Sat-Sun Driver School students: $575 if registered by March 24; $599 if registered after March 24.  Friday Solo Students: $350 Friday Instructors (instructing Sat-Sun): $250

Show n' Shine and Swap Meet

Thursday April 22nd, 2021

The Deutscher Club of Clark NJ 
Time: 6:00pm   Spring Show and Shine event at the Deutscher Club of Clark NJ! Time to take your BMW out of storage and meet your fellow club members.  And bring any parts and/or cars for sell or trade! ** Please practice social distancing at all times.** German food and drinks will be served and cash bar available (outdoors only) Hope to see you there!
Monday, Jun 7 — Tuesday, Jun 8, 2021 Please come join us for our traditional Driver School event at our annual June Club Race/Driver School to benefit the Westlake School to be held at our home track at New Jersey Motorsports Park in Millville, NJ. We will have our usual banquet, auction fundraiser and special giveaways. The event will be held on Thunderbolt Raceway, which is a 14 turn, 2.25 mile road course designed by the owners of VIR with help from the legendary Carroll Shelby. Since 2008 a number of professional racing series have held events at Thunderbolt Raceway.  This is a perfect spectator event given the proximity of the track to the majority of our members, the excitement of Club Racing and the joy of the kids from the Westlake School who come as our guests. Take a personal day and come out to the track! Driver School: We anticipate a full school for this event based on our success of past years.  To accommodate the maximum number of students possible, there may be a greater range of driving skills than usual in each group. If you send a payment and we cannot accommodate you, you will receive a full refund (i.e., a cancellation fee will not be assessed). As always, acceptance preference is based upon the date your payment is received by the registrar. REGISTER EARLY TO SECURE YOUR PLACE IN THE SCHOOL! We will have a Friday evening banquet with door prizes and special aution items to benefit Westlake School in keeping with our tradition of a track-side dinner at summer schools. BimmerWorld BMW CCA Club Racing School: Please note that we will NOT hold a club racing school at this event this year.  Please look for announcements and registration instructions in the Roundel and from the NJ chapter Bulletin, website and chapter email blasts.   $525 Registration Fee for the Driver School If registered and paid by April 30, $565 if registerd after till May 24, after May 24 $585
Saturday, Jul 17 — Sunday, Jul 18, 2021 Geoff Atkinson Memorial Driver School and Club Race: Please come join us for the Fifth Annual Geoff Atkinson Memorial Driver School and Club Race. We are planning a special celebration of our friend Geoff Atkinson - please come out and make this an event to remember. Our annual combined Driver School and Club race at Summit Point Raceway has become the NJ Chapter’s second tradition (behind our June race/school). Summit Point Raceway is in the rolling hills of the northeast corner of West Virginia near Harper’s Ferry. While West Virginia sounds like a long drive, for many NJ members it is, in fact, not any further driving time than to Palmer or Watkins Glen. The School and the Club Race divide track time between student run groups in the School and Race run groups. So, when you’re not on the track or in the classroom, you can take time to watch the racing.  Our Saturday night barbeque at the track features great food and the chance to relax, compare what you learned on the track and swap stories. Now confirmed: We will have 3 student groups for this school! Come on out for plenty of open track and small run groups! Please note also that we will allow open face helmets (Snell2010 or newer) for this event. $500 Registration Fee if registered and paid by May 31, after May 31 $525 till June 30, after June 30 $550

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2006 535XIT WAGON E61- titan silver-metallic /black interior

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Autox in 2021?

Hi all,
Anyone know whether the club is planning on hosting autox in 2021? I didn't see anything in the website.
Thanks!

Board Meeting Minutes

Recent NJBMWCCA board meeting minutes (going back to 2011) are now online here:

[url]https://njbmwcca.org/board-meeting-minutes/[/url]

This will be updated as appropriate. This list is also available through the "About Us" menu on the home page.

Replacing battery - 2013 F25 X3

After 8+ years, my OEM battery on my F25 X3 needs replacing. I’m leaning towards OEM replacement (~$200). Does anyone have another specific recommendation for a replacement battery AND for an OBD tool that will allow me to calibrate my X3’s computer to the new battery? Thx

TrackCom Chaser

Just got this from national:

https://account.bmwcca.org/images/My_Images/email/NewsFromNational/TRACCOM/BMWCCAJANCHASERPROGRAM2021.pdf

"In cooperation with BMW CCA National Driving Events Committee and with HMS Motorsport's TracCom communicator being designated "The Official Communicator of BMW CCA HPDE Programs.” HMS is offering special discount programs to Chapters, Instructors, and Students to further our support grassroots and amateur racers.

• Instructors and students will receive a 15% discount on all TracCom products (including the Chaser) purchased directly off the HMS website.
• Chapters can purchase a one-time “Chapter Emergency Loaner Package” which includes (6) Chasers, (4) student booms, (2) Stilo adapter cables, (2) Roux adapter cables, and (2) IMSA adapter cables at a discount of 35%.
• Chapters may bulk purchase a minimum of 30+ assorted TracCom, Booms, and adapter cables at a 20% discount
and distribute them as they wish to their participants.
...
With Lead / Follow now being a required model for most events, HMS Motorsport has risen to the challenge and developed a new and effective way for instructors to effectively communicate with their students. The Chaser is the affordable communication link for those looking to extract the most out of their time on the track."

Has anyone tried these? Any comment? What does this chapter expect to be using this year for instructor-student communication at driver schools?

About Us

The New Jersey Chapter of the BMW Car Club of America was established in 1970 and today has of over 3,000 members in New Jersey and the surrounding area. Our purpose is to provide services and organize events that benefit and interest our members. Our goal is to help you get the most enjoyment and satisfaction from BMW ownership, and to create a community where members can share their enthusiasm for these terrific cars.

The Chapter holds a monthly meeting for members that often consist of technical presentations and demonstrations. Our social events are well know as fun, family affairs and offer a great opportunity for members and their families to meet and mingle.

Since we are a car club, we place a lot of emphasis on the safe, proper operation of the automobile. We offer several “behind-the-wheel” activities in a learning environment that are designed to improve your driving skills. These consist of our Street Survival program for teens, Autocross events and our highly regarded Driver School program.

Since this is a BMW car club, we also organize competitive events that explore the limits of these awesome cars. We hold regular timed Autocross events and sponsor several Club Races throughout the season.

If you, like most car nuts, can’t resist modifying, improving and maintaining your prized BMW’s, the club has a terrific collection of resources for you. The scope and depth of knowledge among our membership almost guarantees that you’ll find an expert who will gladly offer advice on any detail, and the club maintains a technical library and toolbox for your use.

This club exists for you, the membership, and is run by active members. What we do as a club is determined by you so, if you would like to see other activities, or additional services offered, please bring these suggestions forward.

So, join the club, come to a meeting, and meet your fellow members. We are sure that you will make new friends who share your interests – and passion – for these great cars!

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