Hunt Valley Horsepower Cars & Coffee

Starting March 9
Join NCC and M Chapter for our monthly meetup at Hunt Valley Horsepower Cars & Coffee on the 3rd Saturday of thism onth!

We will have dedicated, coned-off BMW only parking for the first 40 cars in front of Iron Rooster. Get there early to claim your spot and let’s see what marque runs this show!

Location:
Hunt Valley Horsepower Cars & Coffee
118 Shawan Road
Hunt Valley, MD 21152

horsepowering.com

March 9th- start point for Chili Cookoff at Collectors Car Corral
April 13th (M5 Showcase)- start point for Baltimore Backroads Tour
May 11th- start point for Carlisle Import & Performance Nationals caravan

Mar/Apr der Bayerische

Welcome to the March/April 2024 issue of der Bayerische magazine.
The next issue of der Bayerische could feature YOU. If you have photos and/or an interesting story to share, contact us at editor@nccbmwcca.org.
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Sunday June 2 DIY @ Craftsman Auto Care New date!

Sunday June 2 DIY @ Craftsman Auto Care New date!

The Do It Yourself (DIY) program allows National Capital Chapter (NCC) BMW Car Club of America (CCA) Members to work on their own cars under the supervision of expert mechanics and technicians provided by the DIY Sponsor. The purpose of the DIY is to learn and practice proper maintenance and repair techniques that you can routinely complete within a two-and-one-half-hour (2 hour) time period.

There are typically several NCC members who can assist you when an extra pair of hands or advice is needed. We are happy to show newcomers the joys of working on your own car. Most events start at between 8 am and 9 am and typically finish at 2 pm. Lunch for the event is provided by the club.

BMW CCA NCC Sim Series – Winter 2024

BMW CCA NCC Sim Racing Program – 2024 Season:

 

INTRODUCTION

What is this program about? – This is a simulated racing league offered by BMW CCA National Capital Chapter (NCC). It is open to anyone and there is no cost to participate. You also do not have to be a member of BMW CCA to participate. We will use popular iRacing as our sim racing platform. We are open to all skill levels but we do require some experience, basic understanding of racing, and skills as explained in requirements section. We started this program in early 2020, and we host races all year around (4 seasons, 8-10 race weeks per season). We have dozens of enthusiastic drivers all over the country who have steadily improved over the years, so come join and race with us!

Why should you join and how is different than other leagues? – first and foremost, we focus on skill development. Almost all of our races are fixed setup in order to emphasize driver skill development rather than spending time “tuning” the car. We also strive to drive squeaky clean in this league, just like real club and vintage racing series, we do not condone racing contacts or incidents. We do have pretty tight rules (and penalty system) to enforce this priority. In order to accelerate your skill development, we also have data analysis sessions, replay peer reviews, additional practice nights, and most importantly friendly drivers who are willing to help out with any issues you may have (equipment setup, car painting, driving technique, etc.). Many of our drivers have experienced positive and accelerated learning by participating in this league and have enjoyed comraderies over the years.

How to join this league:

  • Once you have met the basic requirements below and have read and understood our rules and penalty system, you can apply to join the league.
  • New members are accepted up to Tuesday of each week.  We do not accept new applicants on official race day on Thursday.
  • There are 2 steps required to participate in this league:
      1. Please search and apply under BMW CCA NCC League in iRacing:
          • You must have –
            • Road racing license class of D or higher,
            • Safety rating (SR) of 2.50 or higher, AND
            • iRating of 1350 or higher to be accepted into the league
      1. Discord channel link will be sent out and you must acknowledge certain channel within Discord to participate in league sessions.


    REQUIREMENTS

    Software

    • We (exclusively) use iRacing as our simulated racing program. You must be a member of iRacing (https://www.iracing.com/) which requires membership fee.
      • You will need to purchase number of tracks as the season goes on.
      • You will need to purchase number of cars. The car class we drive in this league are: GT3, GT4, GTE, GTP.
    • During iRacing sessions,
    • We use dedicated Discord (https://discord.com) channel for league communication. Discord channel info will be sent out once you join the league.

    Hardware:

    • You must have a good, working sim racing wheelbase, wheel, and pedals to participate. This is not an arcade game, so a game controller or joystick won’t work here!
    • You must have a good, working PC with fast internet speed for smooth iRacing experience. You can check iRacing website for minimum computer and network requirements.
    • You must have a good, working headset with a microphone to participate in order to communicate with other drivers. Please do a mic check when you join the session.
      • iRacing radio button is the official communication channel, use it to alert other drivers (not via Discord).
    • Many drivers have dedicated sim racing rig where it supports monitors, wheelbase, pedals, etc. with built in seat for support. Although not required but sim rig is highly recommended for enhanced experience.


    LEAGUE RULEBOOK

    This is the most important part of our sim racing league, please download and spend some time thoroughly going through the rules and penalty system we have in place.

    DOWNLOAD HERE


    RACE FORMAT:

    Wednesday Unofficial Race Format (starting at 7:00 PM EST):
    7:00 – 8:00 60 min Open Practice
    8:00 – 8:30 30 min Open Qualifying
    8:30 – 8:45 15 min Unofficial Race #1 (full reverse grid)
    8:45 – 9:00 15 min Unofficial Race #2 (full reverse grid)
    Thursday Official Race Format (starting at 7:00 PM EST):
    7:00 – 8:00 60 min Open Practice
    8:00 – 8:20 20 min Open Qualifying
    8:20 – 8:40 20 min Official Race #1 (top 12 reverse grid)
    8:40 – 9:00 20 min Official Race #2 (top 12 reverse grid)
    • By participating in this league and races, it is assumed that you have read these rules in their entirety and understand the rules and penalties.


    RACE SETUP:

    • Car: GT3
    • Time of day will vary
    • Weather: autogenerated
    • Track condition: autogenerated, carried over, but the marbles will be cleaned between sessions
    • Setup: fixed iRacing's Sprint setup
    • Fast repair: 1
    • Start type: rolling start
    • In-racing incident penalty system (i.e., the drive-through penalty):
      • First 17x then every 5x thereafter
    • Race weeks dropped: 2
    • Points system: top 15 drivers are awarded with points linearly (i.e., 15 down to 1 for first 15 positions)
      • Qualifying: 15 down to 1 for first 15 positions
      • Race: 15 down to 1 for first 15 positions
      • Extra 1 point to the fastest lap in the race!
      • Points are aggregated for each race week and count toward the overall standings
    • We broadcast our official races on Thursday nights. Our official broadcast is VSPEED (https://www.vspeedsim.com/broadcasting)


    SPONSORSHIP

    • This league and broadcasting are not possible without help from our sponsors and donations.
    • We have multiple sponsorship opportunities available, please see the flyer below.
    • Please consider sponsoring us and help grow this exciting eSports league!


    NCC SIM RACING PROGRAM TEAM:

    • Program director: Scott Kim
    • Program associate chair: Brian Kennedy, Dean Thuline, Adam Poll, Clint Fletcher

    Questions, comments, suggestions, sponsorship inquiries, etc. please contact NCC sim racing team: simracing@nccbmwcca.org

    “The cars may be virtual, but the race is REAL!”

    40th Annual Deutsche Marque Concours

    Occoquan Regional Park in Lorton, Virginia. The park is easily reached via Interstate I-95 or Virginia Rt. 123.

    https://www.novaparks.com/parks/occoquan-regional-park

    Registration: https://msreg.com/DMC2024 (Closed)

    The Deutsche Marque Concours d’Elegance is an automotive party featuring fine German collector vintage and modern cars arrayed around Occoquan Regional Park in Lorton, Virginia. Car owners, and those who adore their cars, gather for a day of mutual admiration and relaxed camaraderie while guest judges review and critique the participants’ cars.

    This year will represent the 39th time that we have gathered members of the National Capital Chapter of the BMW Car Club of America (BMW CCA) and the Greater Washington Section of the Mercedes-Benz Club of America (MBCA). The Audi Club – Potomac Chesapeake Chapter will also be in attendance for this terrific show.

    THIS EVENT WILL BE HELD ON SUNDAY, MAY 7, 2023 RAIN OR SHINE

    Online pre-registration is preferred.  As the park is providing catering for the awards reception we need a firm registration number for them by Saturday, May 6.  If you register at the event we may not have enough food/beverage for you at the awards reception.

    TO FACILITATE JUDGING (OPENING DOORS/TRUNKS, RAISING TOPS, ETC.), YOU MUST BE PRESENT TO TURN ON YOUR CAR, MOVE IT FORWARD A FEW FEET FOR THE JUDGES, AND THEN MOVE IT BACK INTO THE PARKING SPOT. PLEASE: DO NOT HOLD UP THE JUDGING BY DISAPPEARING.

    Are you a BMW CCA member?

    Are you NOT a BMW CCA member or has your membership lapsed?
    You can join or reinstate your membership here.
    To learn more about the BMW CCA, visit the BMW CCA website.

    High Performance Driving Education (HPDE)

    All event weekends will take place at Summit Point Raceway:

    Friday on Main, Sat/Sun on Jefferson Mar 15-17 Register
    HPDE Main and Club Race May 3-5 Register
    Instructor Appreciation Day and A-Solo Jul 12 Register
    HPDE Shenandoah Sep 13-15″ Register

    Driving School
    DSSC Chairman – Jamey Basham – dsscchair@nccbmwcca.org
    Driving School Coordinator – Fraser Dachille – dscoordinator@nccbmwcca.org
    Chief Instructor
     – George Hovis – chiefinstructor@nccbmwcca.org
    Registrar  Dean Thuline – hpdereg@nccbmwcca.org
    At Track Registrar – Joseph Irwin – hpdetrack@nccbmwcca.org
    IA Coordinator – Mike Meyer – iacoordinator@nccbmwcca.org
    Student Representative – Jeff Geroso – hpdestudentrep@nccbmwcca.org
    Instructor Representative – Tim Bradford – instructorrep@nccbmwcca.org
    Club Race Chair – Mike Saul – clubracechair@nccbmwcca.org
    Sponsorship – Gordon Kimpelhpdesponsorship@nccbmwcca.org
    Technology Chair
     – Tommy Ivic – hpdetechchair@nccbmwcca.org
    Promotion and Communications – Fraser Dachille – hpdepromo@nccbmwcca.org

    Monthly socials

    NoVA – 1st Tuesday 6:00PM – Location: Yard House. McLean VA
    Here’s a map for parking: top floor of parking garage where the ❌ is.
    If inclement weather, then we park on the highest covered level (one level down from top floor).

    Howard County – 2nd Thursday – Location: BJ’s Brewhouse, Columbia MD

    Montgomery County – 3rd Thursday – Location: Dogfish Head Alehouse,  Gaithersburg, MD

    Anne Arundel County – 4th Thursday – Location: Glory Days Grill, Edgewater, MD

    Join NCC and M Chapter for our monthly meetup at Hunt Valley Horsepower Cars & Coffee on the 2nd Saturday of each month!

    We will have dedicated, coned-off BMW only parking for the first 40 cars in front of Iron Rooster. Get there early to claim your spot and let’s see what marque runs this show!

    Location:
    Hunt Valley Horsepower Cars & Coffee
    118 Shawan Road
    Hunt Valley, MD 21152

    horsepowering.com

    Att: DC Resident NCC Club Members

    Att: DC Resident NCC Club Members

    After a lengthy administrative process, the DC Department of Motor Vehicles has finally approved our BMW CCA National Capital Chapter organizational license plates!!!

    While we work with the DC DMV to prepare the submission and production process, please be patient as we work through the kinks. In the meantime, those interested in applying for tags, please email Anna to get on our list, anna@nccbmwcca.org

    I think it is an absolutely terrific looking tag and as a DC resident, I will be so proud and pleased to join my fellow Maryland club members – who have long been able to display their club membership via their vehicle tag.

    Looking forward to hearing from you!

    Help Wanted

    Help Wanted

    Tourmeister
    Do you love finding the most obscure back roads? Do you love planning out road trips to interesting destinations? The National Capital Chapter of the BMW Car Club of America is looking for another tourmeister to help plan tour routes in the DMV and West Virginia area for next year.

    Contact:

    Tours 
    Chris Torin – chris.torin@nccbmwcca.org
    Devin Moreno – devin.moreno@nccbmwcca.org

    Membership Committee
    These volunteers create activities related to attracting, involving and retaining chapter members. Previous experience in motivating member participation in enthusiast organizations is a plus, but a positive attitude and a willingness to help are the basic requirements for the position.
    If you have a few hours monthly that you are able to dedicate to improving the membership experience for your fellow, please contact Afshawn Towfighi – Afshawn.Towfighi@nccbmwcca.org

    NCC Magazine (der Bayerische) Article and Photo Submissions

    NCCers, here’s your chance to see photo(s) of your car(s) in our chapter magazine, der Bayerische! We’re planning on starting a new, regular pictorial feature: “The Many Cars of NCC”. Submit your publication-quality, high-resolution photos to editor@nccbmwcca.org. Please include pertinent info: your name, the make, model, and year of the car, the name of the photographer, and event date & location. Please make sure you have the photographer’s permission for us to publish the photo. Selected photos will appear in a group pictorial in an upcoming issue.

    If you’d like to write an article about your car(s) or your motorsports endeavors, we welcome that too! See our dB Article Submission Guidelines and feel free to reach out to editor@nccbmwcca.org with questions.

    Volunteers wanted!

    The National Capital Chapter (NCC) of the BMW Car Club of America (BMW CCA) is searching for a new Chairperson to head our Social Activities. As the largest BMW CCA chapter with more than 100+ event days per year, we always have something going on for our fellow car enthusiasts.

    Requirements:

    • Well organized and familiar with NCC programs and car enthusiasts.
    • The proven ability to work well with others, handle tight deadlines, and by taking diversity into account, further deepen a sense of membership.

    Responsibilities:

    • Develop and execute cross-program activities for membership base
    • Welcome and orient new members into the NCC
    • Maintain social calendar and coordinate promotion with various club media (der Bayerische (dB) newsletter, website, social media, email blasts, etc)

    This position will report directly to the NCC Board of Directors and has the flexibility to build their team immediately. Please send your resume to Paul Seto, Paul.Seto@nccbmwcca.org, immediately to schedule an interview.