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Award Winners

Two of our BMW CCA Puget Sound Region club members have received National awards!

Lance Receiving National BMW CCA award for Outstanding Volunteers, by Christian Bouchez

Lance Richert

Lance Richert is the first Puget Sound Region Chapter recipient of a National BMW CCA award for Outstanding Volunteers. Lance has founded and organized several events that have grown to be annual staples on the chapter calendar. These include Burgers & BMW at the Triple XXX in Issaquah, the E30 Picnic Weekend, the largest E30 event in the world, and M Car Day. He has also been the main promoter of PRO3, the E30 racing series that has had amazing success in the Pacific Northwest.

Lance was nominated for and received this award for his years of dedication and hard work on behalf of our chapter. The award was presented by chapter President Ed Walker at Burgers & BMWs on May 28th. Simply put, Lance is a stalwart of the club.

BMW CCA is made up of 68 chapters organized within five regions and representing about 70,000 members. Puget Sound Region with over 2,200 members is part of the Pacific Region. Only one volunteer award was given out this year per region, a total of five nationwide. In other words, this is a big deal. Congratulations Lance!


Mi Ae Lipe

In our last issue we mentioned an award won by Zündfolge and Roundel columnist Mi Ae Lipe. Mi Ae has subsequently traveled to Charlotte, NC for the Public Service Awards ceremony on March 27 at the 2017 Lifesavers Conference. Mi Ae is pictured here with Jack Danielson, acting Deputy Director of NHTSA.


PRO3 Line, Q2 2017

2016 September IRDC G1SR 838

by Jim Cissell and Bill Eckert

Race season is almost upon us. If you’re reading this, you probably have some interest in the Ultimate use of these machines—RACING! If you’ve already done driver education classes--Car Control Clinic (CCC) or High Performance Driving Events (HPDE)--you know the thrill and pleasure that pushing your car can bring. Well NOW is the time to take that fun to the next level. In one short season you can go from track driver to Licensed Race driver!

So, how do you start? First, go to www.ICSCC.com. Click on the Getting Involved tab. Then click Novice Program if you want to be a driver or race official if you want to be a volunteer worker--or do both! Ten simple steps and you can become a real racer! Volunteers should contact ICSCC President Mike Tripp. Info for all officers is on the website.

Then go to www.pro3-racing.com/pro3-drivers/ Check out the Driver Bios and reach out to the ones who seem most interesting to you. They’re all more than willing to share their passion. WARNING: co-authors Bill Ecker and Jim Cissell will talk your ears off!

To learn more about the sport before taking a financial leap, become a volunteer. Volunteers are the oil that makes the race machine run. You’ll learn the sport inside and out--all the pieces necessary to make the show work. You’ll have the very best seats in the house, and EVERYONE is grateful to see you.

Start/finish gets you as close to the action as you can get. Photo by Therese Lombardi.
Start/finish gets you as close to the action as you can get. Photo by Therese Lombardi.

If you are ready to try door-to-door racing, you’ll need to attend a school and then gear up (personal safety equipment). Next, you’ll need to drive an actual race-car, so either buy one (several very good ones out there right now) or rent one from some of the top builders. This way you can test out different cars and find the setup that works for you.

Upcoming ICSCC schools are:

25 March at Oregon Raceway Park

8-9 April at Western Speedway

22 April at The Ridge

5 May at Portland International Raceway

What Do You Get Out of It?

First, more fun that you can shake a stick at. Seriously, there is nothing you can do with your clothes on that will put a bigger smile on your face than car racing. Ask anyone who’s ever done it. And even if you are an “A” driver at HPDEs, moving into a race car will elevate your driving skills more than you can imagine.

Second, you’ll make friends that will last a lifetime. Having really gone through something together—team sports, college, the military—you’ll feel closer to your fellow racers and workers than your oldest friends or closest relatives. You'll be hanging with people while they're doing what they love, who have a passion for this, and there's just nothing else like that.

Third, you’ll face a real challenge—probably unlike anything you’ve ever experienced. There’s the challenge of driving a car at speed and you must discipline yourself to be the calm in the eye of the storm--smooth, precise, and in-control--while the world around you is raging with G forces. We’re talking a real adrenaline rush here! Add the fact that there are more PRO3 cars than any other class and you’ve got a sport that is ULTRA competitive and fulfilling.

Fourth, you’ll have a passport to travel the world and enjoy your passion. In 2016 there were 16 Conference races over 12 weekends in WA, OR, and BC. Plus, PRO3 drivers were invited to three special events with another 15 races--the Pacific Northwest Historics, the Rose Cup at PIR, and the BMW 100th Anniversary Cup Races at Laguna Seca. If you’re a turn worker with some experience under your belt you get invited to work races all over the world—Daytona, Sebring, COTA, even LeMans!

Fifth, even if PRO3 doesn’t land you the next Formula 1 driver seat, it could be the launching pad for a new career. Several former PRO3 racers are making a living as drivers and/or coaches. PRO3 co-founders Wes and Ken Hill, and Ted Anthony Jr and Steve Schaeffer come to mind. Steve recently took part in filming the opening sequence of The Grand Tour, starring the hosts of the original BBC Top Gear.

Sixth, if you don’t know how already, you’ll learn to fix things. That’ll come in handy. Maybe even save you money on your street machines.

For veterans and newcomers alike--it’s time to GET STARTED! The first Enduro is April 23rd at the Ridge--less than six weeks away! The first sprint race is May 6th at PIR and the second is May 20th at Pacific. For the complete schedule go to www.ICSCC.com.

You may have heard that amateur racing is in trouble. True--car counts are down and volunteers are harder to come by. But for you, that makes it a great time to get involved! You’ll be more appreciated than ever! Like investing—you want to get in at the trough, not the peak.

Plus, the PRO3 champs for the last three years--Olivier Henrichot, Chris Hart, and Charles Hurley--all sold their cars to race Spec E46’s on a national scale--or to set land speed records at Lake Mirage. So, there’s never been a better chance at a podium finish! And fan favorite Randy Blaylock retired in September. SOMEBODY has to fill his shoes. 2017 is a great time to join the greatest sport on earth. See you at the green flag!

#04 2016 PRO3 champion Olivier Henrichot. Photo by Doug Berger.
#04 2016 PRO3 champion Olivier Henrichot. Photo by Doug Berger.

P.S. Thanks to PRO3 driver Mark Estes for stepping up as 2017 License Director. Maybe he feels guilty that Trump got elected?

P.P.S. Jim Cissell posted some new PRO3 videos.

Race 13 at the Ridge- https://youtu.be/3cKHTtQRBBc

Season highlights-https://youtu.be/5dol8FEU1L0

Close Calls & Direct Hits-https://youtu.be/OV0qVmPweZU

Need More Quality Car Time? Here are a Few More Car Events

If the chapter doesn’t provide you with enough quality time around nice cars, there are plenty of other events that might interest you. Here are a few options, both nearby and far away, and free to really expensive.

May 26-28, Concourso e’Eleganza Villa d’Este
Villa Erba, Cernobbio, Italy

This elegant concours d’elegance is held each year on the shore of Lake Como in northern Italy. One of the world’s best car shows, the BMW Group has been the primary sponsor for years. If you’d like to attend, make your reservations now and BMW (Bring Money in Wads).

June 24, Classic Car Club of America Grand Classic
Maloney Estate in Sequim, WA.

For the Classic Car Club of America, a Grand Classic is their big car show and includes only Grand Classics, cars from the accepted list with the newest being built in 1948. You’ll be able to see some spectacular cars from the era of coachbuilt cars. The location is the estate of Brown Maloney. Some of you may remember a club tour that stopped at the Maloney Estate where we saw Brown’s interesting collection, including a 507 he had at the time. Cost will probably be free or close to free and it’s an easy day trip from Seattle.

July 9, Ferrari Club Concours d’Elegance
13200 Lake Kathleen Road SE, Renton, WA 98059

Celebrating 70 years of Ferrari. The Northwest Region of the Ferrari Club of America will have their big summer show on July 9th. Time is from 10:00 to 3:00. The show is free to the viewing public.

August 2, Crescent Beach Concours d’Elegance
Blackie Spit Park, Surrey, British Columbia

This show is held annually just over the border to Canada in South Surrey, BC. The park is on Boundary Bay. This is a concours where one can look at both cars and marine wildlife. A pleasant way to start the Labor Day weekend. The event runs from 10:00 to 3:00 Saturday. Tickets are $10 Canadian.

The Elvis 507 crosses the awards ramp in front of The Lodge at Pebble Beach. ©2016, Sam Cobb

August 18-20, Monterey Car Weekend
Monterey Peninsula, California

The big kahuna when it comes to car events, the Monterey Weekend is actually a week-long series of incredible events culminating in the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, the world’s top show. Legends of the Autobahn on Friday is free. Most of the other events are very expensive and worth it.

--David Lightfoot, Editor-in-Chief

Would You Like to Get More Involved?

It will come as no surprise that our chapter runs as well as it does due to the efforts of a few dedicated volunteers. And while we’ve got a good group, we could use more help, for a variety of reasons. First, more hands make certain that no one does too much and gets burned out.

Second, we’re making some changes, particularly in our transition from print to electronic communication, that require new skills. If you have expertise in creating videos or working on websites, we’d like your help. And finally, it is always good to get fresh ideas via the input of new people getting involved.

We think you will find your involvement in the chapter is rewarding. It is a good group of people on the Board and that makes all the difference.

To get involved or to see what it might entail, come to a Board meeting; they are open to all members. Or talk to any Board member at an event. We can tell you the expectations and the amount of time it takes.

Did you get your Zündfolge?

Did you get your Zündfolge?

For reasons currently unknown, some of you may not have received your paper copy of the Zündfolge on time or at all. There could be three reasons for this:

  1. You have moved and not updated your address.
  2. You have not renewed your BMW CCA membership. Or,
  3. The printer has made some errors.

We give the printer of the Zündfolge the membership lists provided by BMW CCA. If you got your January copy of the Roundel, then your address is correct. But if you have not received it, then something needs to be corrected. We'd like to fix the problem.

I need to have you let me know if you did not get Quarter 1, 2017 issue. Please email me at:  Slibby57@gmail.com

Thank you,
Steve Libby
Senior Instructor
Driving Events Coordinator

A trio of BMWs rounding the corner at a BMW Club Track Day

Give the Gift of a Track Day!

A trio of BMWs rounding the corner at a BMW Club Track DayGive a High Performance Driving Education or a Car Control Clinic to your favorite BMW driver!

Now you can give the gift of a High Performance Driving Education day or a Car Control Clinic to your favorite BMW driver!

Does your BMW enthusiast have an upcoming birthday, anniversary, graduation, or other special event? Here’s your chance to give a gift that will both thrill and build their driving skills: A day on the track with the BMW Club’s top notch instructors!  

Delight your favorite BMW driver with a gift certificate to a Puget Sound BMW track day!  

New drivers will need to attend our Car Control Clinic before being turned loose on the track. So, why not get them started with a gift certificate for a track day? They will be the envy of the other drivers.

We will provide you with a cool looking certificate that can be presented to your favorite BMW driver. Contact Steve Libby or Dana Lantz for payment information and we will do the rest.

The price for a day at the track as follows. (Note, there has been no increase in price!)
Car Control Clinic is $135
HPDE Pacific Raceways $245
HPDE The Ridge Motorsport Complex: $295

The Track days for 2017 are:
Pacific Raceways
May 12
June 16
July 14
August 25

The Ridge Motorsport Complex
September 30

So, contact us and we will get your BMW driver some track time.
Remember, the coupon code will need to be paid for first, but
you decide what track date to attend.

See you on the track!!

Steve Libby, Driving Events Coordinator, Senior Instructor  slibby57@gmail.com

Dana Lantz. Registrar  2007shelbygt@gmail.com

PRO3 Videos: Close Calls & Direct Hits from 2010-2016


Some of the tightest racing, closest calls, and biggest hits from the last 7 years of BMW E30 PRO3 racing in the Northwest. From drivers Jim Cissell, Cody Smith, Olivier Henrichot, Corey Peters, Gama Aguilar, Kevin Doyle, Jeff McAffer, Caelin Gabriel, and others. With over 80 cars built, PRO3 is by far the biggest class in the ICSCC conference--which makes for some of the most intense fender-to-fender road racing you'll ever see.

PRO3 Video: The 2016 Season highlights



Video highlights from the ICSCC PRO3 2016 Season--all16 conference races plus 3 special races--the Pacific Northwest Historics, the Rose Cup, and BMW's 100th Anniversary Cup Race at Laguna Seca. Featuring BMW E30 PRO3 drivers Jim Cissell, Cody Smith, Olivier Henrichot, Corey Peters, Gama Aguilar, Jeff McAffer, Bill Ecker, Eric Blois and more.

2017 PRO3 Calendar Cover

Free 2017 Pro3 Calendars

2017 PRO3 Calendar CoverFREE 2017 PRO3 CALENDARS


The BMW PRO3 group are again providing free PRO3 wall calendars locally to Puget Sound Region club members, a $12 value to the rest of the country...

To get your free copy, visit one of the following listed businesses that have kindly agreed to serve as a distribution point for the 2017 PRO3 Calendar. Use your favorite search engine to get their business addresses. Distribution will start December 1!

Enjoy 12 colorful months of BMW PRO3 action racing at tracks all around the Pacific Northwest, this year with additional rainy racing! Additional support has been provided by the Puget Sound BMW Club, BMW Northwest, 425 Motorsports, DMS Motorsports, Northwest Differential and Haury’s Lake City Collision.

This high quality calendar features PRO3 images shot through the lens of local photographers and designed by club member Matt Ferbache. For those that own the 2016 calendar, this one is ten times better!

Calendars are also available for sale for $12 each, visit www.PRO3-Racing.com for ordering details.

Distribution Locations:

425 Motorsports Bellevue
Accuracy Automotive Gig Harbor
Auburn Foreign Car Auburn
BMW Bellevue Bellevue
BMW Northwest Fife
BMW Portland Portland
Broad Stroke Associates Snohomish
Car Tender Seattle
DB Motorsports Monroe
DynaSport Portland
Eastside Bavarian Issaquah
KD Motorsports Redmond
Griot’s Garage Tacoma
Group 2 Motorsports Magnolia
Haury’s Collision Seattle
Northwest Differential Kirkland
NW European Autowerks Bellingham
Pro-Tek Automotive Portland
Prova Motorsports Ballard
Rohm Innovations Portland
South Lake European Renton
Strictly BMW Bellevue
Urban Garage West Vancouver
WestWerks Automotive Redmond


Lance Richert

PRO3 - #35


The PRO3 racers rounding a corner in the 2016 PNW PRO3 R2DB-103

PRO3 Racing at The Ridge, September 2016

jimcissel_endofseasoncheer_500px350This highlight video from the final race of the 2016 PRO3 season at the Ridge Motorsports Park in Shelton, Washington--features in-car footage from three POV's--2016 Runner-Up Corey Peters who finishes 3rd, Gama Aguilar-Gomez 5th, and Jim Cissell 12th. There's a pretty hair melee in the very first turn.  Plus two bonus videos that you'll want to bookmark- a fast, clean lap from Corey and Gama.

For more on PRO3 racing, see www.PRO3-racing.com.