View Full Version : Chapter Event 04/21/2012 - ///M Club Day @ BMW Performance Center

01-16-2012, 02:17 PM
Folks; got pretty excited when it was disclosed the next M day in Greenville will be April 21st; any idea when it'll hit the NCC website and Motorsportreg???



01-26-2012, 04:42 PM
The Tail of the Dragon is about 150 miles from the BMW performance Center; anybody up for a drive on the way down???


01-29-2012, 10:56 AM
I'm very excited about this. It will be my first ///M Day. I've never done Tail of the Dragon but would love to. I'll have to do it on the way back though; I would prefer to drive down with the group so I can be sure to make the factory tour.

01-29-2012, 03:27 PM
I'm thinking of leaving a day early on Thursday morning Thursday afternoon and Friday morning then making the 150 mile run into Greenville; there are some awesome roads between the Dragon and Greenville. The Fontana Lodge is at the South end of the Dragon; stayed there last Labor Day weekend with some Z Car Club folks. The Dragon is best early in the morning when the traffic is light. Fontana Lodge link: http://www.fontanavillage.com/

01-30-2012, 08:41 AM
I went last spring with a few folks and loved it! I'm planning to go again this spring. I'll be coming from Frederick, MD.

02-14-2012, 11:03 PM
Apr 21
The National Capital and Tarheel Chapters are headed back to South Carolina on April 21st for our first ///M Club Day driving event of 2012 at the BMW Performance Center.
As always, the Performance Center provides current model ///M cars, instructors, gas, tires, lunch and a first-class facility for a fun-filled day. Just show up ready to drive! The school’s focus is to improve your driving skills through a combination of driving exercises, classroom instruction and competitive events. No helmets or previous driving school experience is required. All skill levels are welcome and encouraged to attend.
This school is a special program designed by the Performance Center staff specifically for BMW CCA chapters. It will be similar to previous ///M Club Day events, which have included instruction on proper driving position, vehicle dynamics, car-control skills, weight-transfer, oversteer/understeer and improved vision. The day is divided into morning and afternoon sessions which mix skill exercises and competitive events, including skid pad wet/dry courses, braking and handling practice, autocross and more.
We will be driving current model BMW ///M Cars for this event. Please note that the Performance Center staff continually makes changes to this program, so session contents and the cars available may vary from one school to the next.
Our event hotel is the Greenville Marriott. The special BMW rate includes the breakfast buffet for up to two people plus Internet service. Register at: www.marriott.com/GSPAP (http://www.marriott.com/gspap) and enter BMW as the Corporate code. The Marriott has a great lobby bar for getting together after the driving and dinner events. Remember, no food service is available for breakfast on Saturday morning at the Performance Center.
Friday April 20, 2012
5:45 AM - Meet and sign-in at the Manassas Cracker Barrel, just off I-66W
6:00 AM - NoVa Convoy leaves for Greer, SC
2:45 PM - Visit to the Zentrum (http://www.bmwzentrum.com/) and factory tour (2:45 and 3:00).
5:30 PM - Hotel Check-In
6:30 PM - Group Dinner @<hidden> Barley&rsquo;s (http://www.barleystaproom.com/) in Greenville

Saturday April 21, 2012
8:00 AM - Meet @<hidden> Performance Center
8:15 AM - Drive day begins
5:00 PM - Drive day ends
6:30 PM - Group Dinner @<hidden> Blue Ridge Brewing Company (http://www.blueridgebrewing.com/) in Greenville

Sunday April 22, 2012
Drive home as a group or on-your-own.
The Fine Print:

All drivers must be NCC chapter members or attend with a member who pays for the event. In other words, the payment for this school must come from a chapter member. More information is available by contacting the event coordinator.
All drivers must be 18 or older with a valid driver&rsquo;s license.
Completely enclosed shoes required for the factory tour - No Exceptions!
Cost of $660.00 includes cars, tires, gas, instructors and lunch at the Performance Center. Each attendee is responsible for all other meals, lodging costs and travel expenses.

Directions to convoy start:

From the Washington, DC, Beltway (I-495)
&bull; Take I-495 to I-66 west.
&bull; Exit at 47B (north 234).
&bull; Turn right at traffic light onto Battleview Parkway to the Cracker Barrel.

From the Baltimore Beltway (I-695)
&bull; Take I-95 south to I-495 west.
&bull; Follow the directions above.
This event offers online registration and payment through MotorsportReg.com.

Registration will be through Motorsportreg.com (http://www.motorsportreg.com/index.cfm/event/event.advert/uidEvent/7439517F-B3E6-1736-2175C966A416EB8C)

02-15-2012, 08:11 AM
Nice. Thanks again for taking car of us, Doug!

02-15-2012, 10:23 AM
Thanks Doug!!!

02-15-2012, 03:45 PM
Your welcome, Guys. Glad you're coming again. It's going to be another great time at the Performance Center. More to come...

04-10-2012, 12:20 AM
We still have a few slots left for the April ///M Club Day event. We'll be driving 1M's, M3's and M5's. Sign up today if you can join us at the Performance Center.

04-12-2012, 10:09 AM
I'm new to this and want to sign up, but I just keep getting this thread...

1996 328ti
04-12-2012, 10:34 AM
I'm new to this and want to sign up, but I just keep getting this thread...Not sure where you are clicking, but registration has been suspended. It looks like it's full.

There is another event in October.

Added: The link to the registration was in post #6.

04-12-2012, 05:46 PM
Hooked up some new gear for ///M Club day...


1996 328ti
04-12-2012, 06:33 PM
Hooked up some new gear for ///M Club day...You get the remote?

04-12-2012, 07:14 PM
Negative; the go pro website says the new wifi back pack goes on sale sometime in April; I'm checking the website daily waiting for it to go on sale...


1996 328ti
04-12-2012, 08:29 PM
Negative; the go pro website says the new wifi back pack goes on sale sometime in April; I'm checking the website daily waiting for it to go on sale...

http://gopro.com/hd-hero-accessories/wi-fi-bacpac-remote-combo/I'm looking forward to the remote although I will loose my LCD.
Wifi won't work on my model.

04-14-2012, 08:25 PM
Planning Thursday's drive...


1996 328ti
04-14-2012, 08:42 PM
Planning Thursday's drive...
If you have more time, you might want to pickup 74 East to 276.
I don't know how 74 is, but 276 is pretty sweet too!

04-14-2012, 08:53 PM
Friday's route from Fontana Village to the Marriott in Greenville; please note this is my personal itinerary and not the caravan planned by the NCC...


1996 328ti
04-14-2012, 08:55 PM
Friday's route from Fontana Village to the Marriott in Greenville; please note this is my personal itinerary and not the caravan planned by the NCC...That's a good choice too. I've been on those roads several times. :)
Some really nice waterfalls along the way too. Ceaser's Head is a nice park.

04-15-2012, 12:45 PM
I thought about picking up a GoPro Hero as well for this trip since I didn't have one last year, but I ended up getting a RAM Suction Mount for my wife's Lumix camera. IIRC, there are camera systems mounted in the car, but they weren't in use for our ///M School last year.

A buddy and I are also staying at the Marriott in Greenville and since we're flying in, we may need rides to the various activities.

1996 328ti
04-15-2012, 01:04 PM
The only thing I don't like about the GoPro is I find it a pain to play back videos.
It's not the most intuitive thing. To me anyway.

04-19-2012, 08:16 PM
Folks for everyone coming down on Friday there were a half dozen lane closures on I-81 south this afternoon. Also I-81 was closed at mile marker 132 because of blasting. Traffic was diverted off onto HWY 11 for a few miles. Added 30 minutes to my trip. Might want to add some time to make the trip down.

04-20-2012, 04:15 PM
Took a detour through Tennessee on the way down to Spartanburg...


04-21-2012, 08:40 PM
Justin's second run in the 1M...


04-22-2012, 08:16 PM
15 minutes; 11 miles; 318 turns...


04-26-2012, 07:04 PM
Awesome class. It was great to meet you all. Has anyone posted photos and video anywhere?

05-08-2012, 06:55 AM
Finally got around to editing the go pro vids: