30th San Diego BMW CCA HPDE with Time Trial and Club Race School - Mar 23-24, 2019

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30th Anniversary High Performance Driving School

Saturday & Sunday, March 23–24 Register NOW at sdbmwcca.motorsportreg.com

Learn to drive your BMW as it was designed to be driven! Join the San Diego and Central California BMW Chapters on March 23 & 24 for our High Performance Driving School at Buttonwillow Raceway. We appreciate the support of Title Sponsor, BMW/MINI of Escondido, and Major Sponsor, 5 Point Auto Spa.

Buttonwillow is an accessible and challenging racetrack, making it a great place to learn the art of high-performance driving from a dedicated team of experienced Instructors. These BMW CCA instructors are qualified via an intensive two-day instructor training program to ensure your safety and a consistent, high quality learning experience. Drivers that come through our programs are some of the safest and most capable drivers you will find on the track. We have refined our program to offer a structured school not available through any other program at this price point.

Our event is focused on driver development, not just an open track day. We emphasize safety, learning and having fun. Students will have an extensive classroom curriculum along with a dedicated in-car instructor. The price for this two day event is $395 for new students, and only $350 for returning students. The price increases by $50 on February 23, so sign up early! All Entrants must be BMW CCA members. To join, go to bmwcca.org and tap Join Today.

Our new format last year was a great success! We are offering those same options to cater to all levels of drivers:

First, advanced drivers will be part of the A-Solo group, driving solo in the instructor run group.

Second, A-Solo and Time Trial groups can add the Advanced Data Coaching (ADC) option for an additional $250. The ADC program is designed to take some of the guesswork out of assessing driving performance. A data acquisition system and video camera will be mounted to your car to capture your driving. After each session, you will meet with your driving coach to review your performance on track. After reviewing your data, your coach will show you opportunities for improvement, and help you set goals for the next session. This allows you to focus on techniques that will have the most impact on your driving.

Third, for the more experienced drivers and instructors, we are offering a Time Trial group that offers a bridge between an HPDE and full wheel-to-wheel racing, for just $395!

Finally, for those interested in getting their Race License, or experienced drivers who want something new, we are offering a Race School. The cost to participate in the Race Oriented programs will be $475 for two days. Those with their own transponder will receive a $25 discount.

Our HPDE and Advanced Coaching programs receive rave reviews from driving enthusiasts every year. You’ll go home with new skills and a heightened awareness that you can apply to your daily driving, as well as some great memories of doing laps at this fantastic racetrack.

Reserve your spot NOW: msreg.com/BMWSD

  1. All entries include lunch both days and all the water you can drink.
  2. Instructors are eligible for a discounted entry (see instructor sign up info)
  3. A-Solo will have classroom sessions, but no in-car instruction.

Autocross: My Take - Dec 15, 2018

The 2018 autocross season wrapped up with Ultimate Autocross at Qualcomm on December 15. In addition to the usual autocross format, the instructors competed against each other in the super-fast electric Smart car with William Wong pulling off the victory.

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It was a little more than a year ago that I attended my first autocross weekend starting with the Car Control clinic. I was a bit apprehensive about the experience as I knew almost nothing about autocross. The instructors & volunteers were knowledgable, fun, and welcoming. They made my first experience a great one.

Fast forward 14 months and I’ve since attended 5 more BMW autocross days, one HPDE at Thermal with the SD BMW CCA and 10 track days, including a weekend at Laguna Seca. While I’ve clearly caught the racing bug, there is little doubt that my first experience set the tone for what I expect will be many years of being a racing enthusiast. As I drove onto the lot on Dec 15, I was struck at how comfortable I had become and how cool it was to see the folks I’ve gotten to know a bit better since I started. Even though I’ve learned a lot since last year, I still found there was plenty of instruction to be had and a lot more learning that I need to do. I also found that the BMW club still did a great job at welcoming and teaching those who were new to the game.

If you’ve ever considered trying out one of the autocross days, take it from someone who was a little nervous about giving it a go. That first weekend experience is the reason my annoying little Miata is always at autocross. Maybe every month now Rob?

Holiday Tour - Dec 2, 2018

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2018 Holiday Tour

The last Tour of the year was held on December 2 and what a beautiful day it turned out to be, both in weather and in the company we shared on the road.

Drivers and passengers started gathering in the middle of the Rancho San Diego Village Parking Lot at the end of the 94 and Campo Road at around 8:30am. When I arrived to set up the sign-in table, there was only a bright blue F10 M5 Sharknado and a beautiful red 1962 Triumph TR3B with the top down. By the time the driver’s briefing began at 9:15am, there were about 70 people. This was definitely shaping up to be a good day.

After a chat about the event to come and road safety, respectful driving, we headed east on 94/Campo through Indian Springs and Lyons Valley Rd which had its share of ascending and descending hills and some 2nd gear turns. We eventually passed under the 8 on the 79 and onto Old Highway 80. This led us to a left onto an old favorite: Sunrise Highway. As expected for any roads in higher altitudes around Mt. Laguna in December, a white dusting had occurred sometime earlier and evidence of this was not only along the side of the road, but also some slush directly in the road not in direct sunlight. I even heard my BMW chime warning of the icy conditions outside. Does the top in that Triumph go up?

Our group’s mixture of aftermarket and M Performance exhausts rumbled through the strip on Main Street Julian, turning more than a few heads. Fortunately, we weren’t stopping for lunch along Main Street as parking a hoard of auto enthusiasts would have been quite a challenge. We were still ten minutes away from our destination and those ten minutes were spent on a windy Wynola Rd before ending at Jeremy's on the Hill which served an excellent farm-to-table menu: thanks to Theresa and her excellent staff for accommodating our large group and began seating us even before they officially opened that morning.

Thank you to everyone who joined us on this amazing Holiday Tour. It was great to see everyone have such a great time as well as practicing safe and controlled driving through the 74 miles of wonderful county roads. I look forward to another great turnout on our first Tour of 2019: Sunday, March 3. Hope to see you there!