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The Golden Gate Chapter of the BMW CCA is one of the largest chapters in the United States, with 4,700 members. It began as the Stanford BMW Club in 1969, growing over the years to cover a vast geography, spanning the region from just north of Santa Barbara to the California-Oregon border, and from the Pacific Ocean to the western edge of the Sacramento Valley.
Our chapter is run entirely by volunteers who donate their time and effort to benefit their fellow members. We organize and sponsor dozens of driving and social events each year, including high-performance driving schools. These events are held at local tracks such as Mazda Laguna Seca Raceway and Thunderhill Raceway Park.
We have a very active autocross program with its own championship series. Each year the season ends with the Top Driver Shootout and the award of the Fechner Trophy, named for an early GGC member who championed autocross competition.
The Golden Gate Chapter also pioneered street-safety schools—now called car-control clinics—and sponsors several each year. These schools provide basic car-control-skill training for our members. We believe the result of this training has saved many lives over the years.
While we are a car club, not everything we do involves driving—far from it! We have a rich array of social activities, including the annual chapter Summer Party, the BMW Festorics at Monterey, Cars & Coffee get-togethers, local meet-and-greets in various areas within the region, and many more activities. In addition, we organize BMW-Mini-only parking corrals at professional races, and we produce popular local-area driving tours.
If you want to meet like-minded enthusiasts who share your passion for the Ultimate Driving Machine, the Golden Gate Chapter is the place for you!