About the Puget Sound Chapter
ABOUT THE PUGET SOUND CHAPTER
As with all the BMW Clubs in North America, the BMW Club in the Puget Sound Region was formed in response to
enthusiasm for the 2002. On June 4, 1970, a small group of BMW owners held an organizational meeting at a
restaurant in Bellevue, Washington. Events were planned and our Club was born. It was known as the BMW
Enthusiasts of Puget Sound or BEPS.
In 1972 Leif Anderberg visited with some of the officers of BEPS. The Puget Sound group decided to become the
Puget Sound Region of the BMW Automobile Club of America. Leif had started the BMW ACA in Los Angeles in
1970. He was assisted by Max Hoffman, then the importer of BMW automobiles into the United States. BMW CCA
did exist at this time but was mostly based on the East Coast.
Since then, BMWs have changed a lot and so have the owners and the Club. In the early years, the Club members
were a small group of friends and most Club activities were social. BMW built few cars, so most members drove very
The Club grew slowly through the 1970s. By 1975 membership was about 125. Growth accelerated in the 1980s with
the increased popularity of BMW automobiles. While membership was about 200 in 1980, by 1986 it was almost 700.
On November 1, 2000, the Club left BMW ACA to become a chapter of the BMW Car Club of America (BMW CCA) in
order to supply the membership with the benefits of the larger national association. Currently membership in the
Puget Sound chapter is over 2,200.
With a much larger Club, one certainly can’t know everyone any longer. That doesn’t mean the Club is any less
friendly, just different. And, of course, not everyone owns a 2002 any longer. Now, Club members include those trying
to keep an old car together with baling wire and the lucky person with the $160,000+ 7 Series. Which is terrific.
Diversity! We come from all walks of life and have varying economic means but we share a love for BMW
A bigger Club also means diversity in events. We still hold social events but the Club offers so much more. Our
annual summer events draw clean BMWs, dozens of participants and hundreds of spectators. Burgers & BMWs
draws BMWs and their owners to the Triple XXX Drive-in in Issaquah. The E30 Picnic is for fans of these boxy 3
Series cars from the 1980s and early 1990s. M Car Day is for those with Motorsport-inspired BMWs sporting M in
their model name.
The chapter offers a series of tours on public roads. These include spectacular scenery and a worthy destination with
like-minded BMW owners. We have technical events for those so inclined. During the winter months we often visit a
local car collection or museum of interest. There is something for everyone.
We have a full schedule of high performance driving schools and car control clinics. For those interested in racing, we
have a class in local amateur racing called it “PRO3,″ which used E30 3 Series cars as the base. PRO3 provides a
relatively affordable way to get involved in auto racing with a great support group.
As a chapter of BMW CCA, our members enjoy the benefits of a national organization including a very professional
monthly magazine called Roundel. The local chapter publication is Zündfolge, which means firing order in German.
For most chapter events, electronic communication is the preferred means.
The common element that draws us all together is BMW cars. The joy of driving BMWs is what the Club is all about.