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