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Well, Oktoberfest in Monterey was fantastic. Your Club President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer and some highly motivated members made the trek. Here’s a quick synopsis of the various Oktoberfest Events as seen through the eyes of the Inland Empire attendees:
Legends of the Autobahn: this event preceded the beginning of Oktoberfest, but our own Chris Brown attended this event. He was taken by the majesty of all of the German marques, beautiful BMWs parked together on a gorgeous day with Porsches, Audis and Mercedes Benzs. Those Germans sure know how to build a car!
Dinan Engineering open-house: our president, Tom Sparks, attended this first of Oktoberfest events with his Dinan 750iL. Chris Brown, Jack Brooks, Jeff Bushman and Ralph Shepherd were on hand as well. After a tour of the Dinan factory our persistent president earned himself an audience with the man himself, Steve Dinan. Steve told Tom he “remembered” his Dinan prototype E32 750iL and that it was the only 750 in which he ever placed a stroked M70 V12. Steve was generous enough to sign Tom’s dashboard and the original Dinan invoice, as well as pose for a photo with Tom and the 750iL in front of Dinan headquarters.
Corral de Tierra Concours d’Elegance: after driving his car all the way from Idaho, our president entered his Dinan 750iL in the concours modified-class. “The judges were very tough. “I hoped they would take into account the uniqueness of the car and the distance travelled. They didn’t! They were looking for dirt!” Tom said he was glad he participated in the event, however. He learned quite a lot about concours preparation and how to properly present a car for judging. Tom finished third in his class.
Time-Speed-Distance Rally: our president, Tom Sparks, and our secretary, Jeff Bushman participated in the TSD Rally, along with members Kevin and Paula Cox. The Cox’s won their division and Tom and Jeff finished third. Jeff, the experienced TSDer said, “I think we’re way behind! Let’s make up for your speedometer discrepancy and the time we lost behind all the sightseers! Let’s get this [750iL] moving!” Tom followed orders from Jeff and they both saved some face with a third place finish. Congratulations to our Inland Empire winners!
Jeff Bushman participated in the Oktoberfest Autocross. Here is his ZHP awaiting its run around the course.
M4 Debut: Under the fog and lights of a nightclub atmosphere, complete with leggy models as escorts, the new BMW M4 was showcased for Oktoberfest attendees. Friedrich Nietzsche and Ludwig Willisch were on hand to pull back the satin covering of the M4. We want one!
Chris Brown, Jack Brooks, and Jeff Bushman participated in the BMW CCA driving school event at Laguna Seca. They powered through the famous “Cork Screw” and through all eleven turns to become the IE BMW CCA’s most envied drivers!
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Let’s get into the spirit of Oktoberfest with our own driving school October 12-13 held at Spokane County Raceway. Register on motorsportreg.com. It’ll be a great way to end a driving season full of adventure! We’ll see you there!
Let’s make each Club drive and event something special to remember in 2013. Stay tuned to our Event Calendar and Facebook page for all the latest information on the best BMW driving season in years!
Not a member? Join us! Fill out an application at www.bmwcca.org. --Tom Sparks
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