Steve Libby

Motorsports Column  

The Editor-in-Chief gets to know his new M2 under the best possible circumstances: in heavy rain. Low friction surfaces force the driver to be smooth with all inputs and are an opportunity to be cherished. Photo by Christian Bouchez
The Editor-in-Chief gets to know his new M2 under the best possible circumstances: in heavy rain. Low friction surfaces force the driver to be smooth with all inputs and are an opportunity to be cherished. Photo by Christian Bouchez

Hey Drivers, there are three more track days left: July 14 and August 25 at Pacific Raceways, and September 30 at the Ridge Motorsport Complex. Put these dates on your calendar!

Do you want to see how your call will handle? Then come to the Car Control Clinic. You will get a chance to experience the Ultimate Driving Machine’s performance in a controlled space and maneuver your car around a series of cones. You don't need to be a BMW club member to participate in the Car Control Clinic, or even drive a BMW! All you need is to be at least 16 years old and have a valid license. 

By the time you all read this column, we will have had two track days, tours, and the Triple XXX Burgers and BMWs in Issaquah. Clearly, the driving season is on and in high gear. Our first track day in May was a bit wet for a bit of the day. Okay, it was wet. However, we live in the Northwest and we do get rain. In fact, all of us drive in the rain for most of the year. We drive at highway speeds in pouring rain at times. I noticed the track was pretty empty when it was raining. We do not stop driving on the highway when it is raining. So, why stop driving on the track when there is water? This will be a topic for another day, but do remember that we can still all learn in the rain.

We will have both a HPDE and CCC on July 14, and August 25, but only the HPDE event at the Ridge on September 30. Currently, the configuration of the paddock at the Ridge is not conducive to holding a CCC and having room for everyone to park. Remember to get your car inspected if you have not done so this year. Car Control Clinic participants do not need an inspection.

For new drivers to the HPDE, remember to take advantage of the $25 discount for your first event if you complete the eCourse by Ross Bentley. This on-line ground school is really helpful and will be important when going on-track with your instructor.

We are entering the warmer time of the driving season, something we all have been waiting for! Remember to take care of both yourself and your car at the track events. We provide water, but toss in a cooler in the morning with some water or other drinks to keep hydrated as well as something to eat. Several stores around the area sell BMW-size popups. Believe it or not, the Northwest has a high rate of skin cancer because we all think we are not getting sunburned on cloudy days or there is not much UV getting through the clouds; not true at all. Bring sunscreen! Check your radiator fluid in your car and keep an eye on the temperature gauge. Also, invest in a decent pressure gauge to monitor tire pressures.

Okay, get yourself ready for some seat time and register for the HPDE and CCC events!

See you on the track,
--Steve Libby, Driving Events Coordinator, Senior Instructor

Speed Secrets for HPDE Participants

Ross Bentley's Speed Secrets Online Course,

HPDE Participants! Here is your chance to learn from the best!

Welcome to Puget Sound BMW CCA and our HPDE driving school at Pacific Raceways. I’m Steve Libby Driving Events Coordinator, and your classroom instructor during the driving school.

Our first event of the year will be on May 12, 2017! For those of you are participating in your very first HPDE event, we are strongly encouraging you to take this on-line course. We want to make your first performance driving school experience exceptional! We will take good care of you, you will have a great time, and you will learn a lot! 

We want your first performance driving school to be a fantastic experience, so your Puget Sound BMW CCA has arranged for a lifetime subscription to the Speed Secrets PERFORMANCE DRIVING 101 eCourse, a $79 value – at 50% of its normal cost. So for just $39.50, you can prepare to make the most of your track driving experience. Once you complete the eCourse, show us a copy of your completion certificate and Puget Sound BMW CCA will reimburse you $25 towards your first HPDE event.

This easy and fun online learning tool features Ross Bentley, America’s premier performance driving coach. Ross de-mystifies the fundamental principles of performance driving with graphics, video, and easy to understand language. You will learn at your own pace and in the privacy of your own home or office. And because fundamentals never go out of style, you will be able to refer back to the course content throughout your performance driving career. 

It is easy to redeem your eCourse discount and begin using it:

  • Go to Read the introductory material, watch the video, get excited(!), then click on the red GET PERFORMANCE DRIVING 101
  • In the Coupon Codebox enter “bmwccaps-vip” (without the quotation marks) and click the Apply Coupon 
  • Enter your information in the Billing Detailssection to complete the purchase and create your account. Click the green Place Order button, and get ready to learn to be an even better driver.

It can take a couple of hours to go through all of the course content (at least it should – don’t rush it, as we want you to be as prepared as possible when you get to the track). You can finish it in one sitting, or spread your learning out over several days (recommended). Once you have completed the course we ask that you email your graduation certificate to and bring a printed copy with you to the track. Please complete the eCourse before arriving at the event. Our classroom sessions at the event will assume you are familiar with the course material. 

This offer is for D-drivers who are driving with Puget Sound BMW CCA for the first time. All you other veterans will have to pay the full price. But it is money well spent. We all can learn something!

I look forward to hearing from you between now and the event with any comments or questions you may have. New drivers, we will make sure you get a notice for this eCourse.

See you at the track! 

Steve Libby
Driving Event Coordinator
Senior Instructor

Ed Walker, incoming BMW Club President, receives the

President’s Letter

Ed Walker, incoming BMW Club President, receives the "keys" to the organization from outgoing President Steve Libby.
Ed Walker, incoming BMW Club President, receives the "keys" to the organization from outgoing President Steve Libby.



Hi everyone, I’m Ed Walker, your new president for 2017-2018.

My day job finds me meddling in affordable housing policy for the King County Assessor. I also manage some rental property, but my real passion is all things BMW. I’ve owned too many models to count over the years.

My neighbors now understand that I just have this thing for driving different BMWs that suit my tastes at any given time. I mostly own them one or two at a time so as to not create parking nightmares in the neighborhood. “OH look dear, it’s just Ed out washing his most recent BMW on this nice, freezing day in January.”

Some of you may know me already through our driving tours program. I have a lot of fun leading members around this beautiful region on twisty back roads. Tours have typically been well attended as we discover the best roads to familiar places like the river gorge, the Olympics, and even over into Eastern Washington. I hope to be able to continue leading tours. It’s a great way to meet new folks and enjoy our cars on the roads they were designed to drive. Please join us this year; meeting new folks is an added bonus!

While I consider myself more of a road warrior than a track rat, like my predecessor Steve Libby, I strongly suggest taking advantage of our track program either in the car control clinic or driving school. You will learn so much about yourself and your car. Take advantage of our excellent instructors like Steve and many others dedicated to making you a much better driver than you ever imagined. Please make just one New Year’s resolution: to do at least one car control or track session. (Okay, also do a driving tour!)

For 2017, our chapter will continue to rely more on electronic communications to members. We will improve the platforms we rely upon to get the word out of upcoming events and information. This is simply how most of us communicate and is the most efficient way to use our volunteer resources. We will continue to use Around the Sound (ATS) electronic notifications, so make sure BMW CCA National has your correct email address. Paper is eventually going away, at least at the chapter level.

The bi-monthly publications of our club's print magazine Zündfolge will also decrease as we increase our online media presence. Stay tuned for more on this from our Editor–in-Chief, David Lightfoot.

In addition to our track program and driving tours, we will continue featuring auto collections and shows throughout the year that our members enthusiastically support. But we are always looking for more types of events that draw our membership together socially and in ways that feature the fun of owning our BMWs. Help us develop new programs and events that we don’t currently offer. Let me or any other board member know what you’re thinking, or come to our monthly board meetings to share your ideas.

The future strength of the Puget Sound Chapter depends on member participation. I can’t overemphasize that fact. We value input from ALL members.

If you have suggestions on how to make the Club better, please let us know and get involved.  We want to hear from you in 2017!

Ed Walker, President and Tour Leader


President’s Column


By the time you all read this article, my term as President of the Puget Sound Region Chapter of BMW CCA will be over. It doesn’t seem that two years have passed since I took over as President and Ed Walker as Vice President. Some of you may also know Ed as the Driving Tours Director.

When I took over leadership of the Chapter, I thought it would be an interesting ride. Indeed it has been, and in so many ways. But what did we actually accomplish these past two years?

For one, we organized a huge BMW centennial celebration at America’s Car Museum, setting a record for the largest event in the history of the Chapter. It was a herculean task to be sure, accomplished only by the support and efforts of the Board of Directors and many volunteers. The ACM location will may well become the new location for all-member car shows. Previous Concours have been judged events, but not everyone wants to spend the time and effort cleaning every surface of their car. They would rather show off their pride and joy and visit with other members who share the same BMW passion. Put August 5, 2017 on your calendar. This time it will be a gathering all BMWs with convertibles as our featured cars. Of course, by popular demand, there will a BMW-Roundel frosted cake!

What you may not see is the work done by the board of directors to keep the chapter functioning day to day. One important Chapter activity is to put on events of all kinds.

The track program, led by Tom Olsson, is a core activity and part of the DNA of the chapter. Tom organizes the instructor corps and pairs them with drivers on track days. This is no small task. With Dana Lantz, our Registrar, the whole operation works quite smoothly. We are also very good at organizing car shows like M Car Day and E30 Picnic run by Lance Richert, Burgers and BMWs by Rick Gulstrom and Deutsch Marque by Steve Questad. Dyno Days is our tech event by Jeff Butler. And our Driving Tours continue to be directed by Ed Walker. As president, I got to be involved in all of these events. And I just loved it!

Zündfolge, the official publication of the Chapter, has now been in press for 40+ years. David Lightfoot has been the driving force and Editor-in-Chief of this publication. I have been a contributor now for about five years. David and I truly enjoy putting the Zündfolge together each issue, not without some long hours and work. But we are always proud of the finished product.

In the future, look to the website and ATS (Around the Sound) emails as the primary communication tool with members. Being able to announce upcoming events between Zündfolge issues is important to increase participation. Electronic communication is replacing print media almost everywhere and we are no exception. However, I will still be involved in Zündfolge, writing my usual columns.

Finally, it has been a pleasure to serve as your President these past two years. I have met many more members these past two years and hope to meet more in the future. Our chapter is very much alive and evolving. But we need your help to keep us moving forward. I am not going away, but will be working on Chapter activities. Our new president will have the keys soon and I will be a very good back seat driver!

Thank you all for your support of the Chapter. Without your continued support, it would cease to exist. Get out there and drive. Sign up for a skills day and see what those BMW engineers have created. And most importantly, get involved in the Chapter. We need you!

See you on the road,