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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

Dana Lantz. Registrar

2015 Deutsch Marque Recap

Deutsch-Marque Show und Shine at Cedar River Park3-Series_600px300

We tried something that has not been attempted in recent history; a joint car show of the four major German auto marques-Audi, BMW, Mercedes and Porsche. And, we got 89 cars to show up on the lawn at Cedar River Park on a very overcast day, with rain looming but never materializing, and it was beautiful.

Lance Richert coined the term “Deutsch Marque” to name the first of many shows at this location which will coincide with Renton River Days. The number of BMWs only slightly edged out the number of Mercedes, followed by Porsche, and then Audi. I must say that the coolest cars where found in the Mercedes tribe. Some of the cars from the ‘60s are just beautiful. Several big, sedan, autobahn cruisers with 6.9-liter engines were proudly displayed. There was a shiny 550 Porsche, extremely rare, to admire. The owner stated that the car was in boxes when he got it a long time ago. Of course, the collection of BMWs was great.

The Audi club had a small but impressive showing, with a nice old Quattro on display with over 250 thousand miles!

Lance raffled off some nice, donated items from Accutint of Bellevue, Haury’s Lake City Collision, 425 Motorsports and Griot’s Garage. The Renton Lions Club provided parking assistance and helped set up the event. The Mercedes Club were even multi-tasking, and held a board meeting at the show!

We plan on having the event each year as a means to gather the four clubs together. We hope that next year we will have even more cars from the clubs. Everyone seemed to think that this event was a really cool idea and will plan on coming next year.

We would like to thank Accutint of Bellevue, Haury’s Lake City Collision, 425 Motorsports and Griot’s Garage for their support. And the weatherman for keeping the rains away!

What for the announcement next year for Deutsch-Marque in the Zündfolge and ATS!!

--Steve Libby, President, Instructor


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PRO3 and Spec E46 racing at Pacific Raceways May 16-17

Photo by Curtis Creager

PRO3 and Spec E46 will be racing at Pacific Raceways in Kent, May 16-17. There is no cost to attend and watch the race cars compete. So come on out and enjoy all the action!

This is the Spring Race and the first of three race weekends organized by race club IRDC ( Many of the PRO3 and Spec E46 cars will be driven by BMW Club members.

There are 7 race groups total that each take to the track twice per day. PRO3 are in Group 1 and Spec E46 are in Group 4.

The schedule for the groups can be seen at this link:


Ultimate Driving Experience to Visit Emerald Downs July 25-August 2

UltimateDrivingExperience_300px220BMW is launching the Ultimate Driving Experience, a nationwide tour that will offer dynamic behind-the-wheel driving programs through ten events in nine markets for a total of 90 event days. A popular component of The Ultimate Driving Experience will be the Teen Driving School, which is an extension of the BMW Teen Driving School curriculum taught at the BMW Performance Center in Spartanburg, SC.

The Ultimate Driving Experience will visit the Seattle, area at Emerald Downs from July 25 through August 2. All programs, with the exception of the Teen Driving School, are for those 21 years of age and over with a valid driver’s license.

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The Teen Driving School is a fully interactive, two-hour teen driving course featuring the BMW X1 and 228i that will be offered at no cost. The Teen Driving School will provide an introduction to driving theory and improving driving skills through classroom instruction, driver awareness activities and hands-on driving exercises. A main focus during the Teen Driving School will be creating awareness about the consequences of distracted driving with special emphasis on texting while driving and how it affects not only teens but everyone who drives a vehicle. Eligible drivers under the age of 21 with a valid learner's permit or driver’s license can register for the school.

The Ultimate Driving Experience will feature over 90 BMW vehicles, from BMW i to BMW M. Attendees will have access to a truly immersive experience including:

• Dynamic Drive Experiences are professionally guided demonstrations of the BMW 535i Sedan and X5 xDrive50i that include Hill Descent Control, which is a BMW electronic function that allows for safe descent and proper vehicle balance on uneven surfaces, and Skid Pad, showcasing vehicle control on wet surfaces;

• Street Drives that allow for 20-minute self-guided test drives per vehicle of a range of BMW vehicles including the BMW 2 Series, 4 Series, 6 Series, X Models and the all-electric BMW i3;

• Autocross, a 2-hour challenging, closed-course driving program featuring the BMW 3 Series, 4 Series and X4, that pairs attendees with BMW’s Professional Driving Instructors for a dynamic experience that highlights advanced driving theories, defensive driving techniques and culminates in a pulse-pounding laps around the track;

• Car Control Clinic, a full-day driving school that allows drivers to get behind the wheel of the powerful M4, M3 and M235i for an adrenaline-filled day of driving with individual instruction from BMW-certified Professional Drivers. Drivers will develop a sharper understanding of BMW’s responsive handling and performance while learning advanced driving theory. The Car Control Clinic is offered for a fee of $750.

• Additionally, The Ultimate Driving Experience will feature a main pavilion with interactive displays.

For more information and to register for The BMW Ultimate Driving Experience visit:

 or  call 800-558-4BMW (4269).

Location and dates subject to change.


A Visit to the Gleeson Collection

Without kidney grills, it is hard to recognize this Autenreith 502 as a BMW.

On February 21st the chapter visited Peter Gleeson’s spectacular car collection. While not exclusively BMW, it is mostly BMWs and has become one of the best BMW collections in the world. Peter is always buying and selling, so every time we visit there are new cars to see. One recent addition was a Z4 that raced successfully in Japan for several years. Another was a very rare Autenrieth-bodied 502 from the mid-1950s. Peter has also added the only E30 M3 Evo convertible the factory ever built. It’s not often that BMW builds a one-off. Another new BMW was the racing 635 campaigned in Australia by Jim Richards and looking handsome in John Player Special black and gold livery.

Thank you, Peter, for sharing your incredible cars and enthusiasm with the 130 or so members and guest in attendance.

--David Lightfoot

All photos by Christian Bouchez

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