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    Recreation and Competition
    A Great Time to Learn and Have Fun.

    • Cost /event - $65 NCC Member/$70 Non Member
    • Qualifying: 15 laps
    • Micro GP: 4 x 20-lap races

    The NCC Winter Karting League offers a competitive series of real races with 6.5HP Go Karts at Allsports Grand Prix from December to April. Beginning in January 2011 Allsports will offer a $5 discount for each League event for BMW CCA members! Each racer accumulates points based on finishing positions in multiple heat races. At the end of the season trophies are awarded to the overall champion and the two runners-up; to the three weight class champions, to the lady champion and the rookie of the year. Each Monday before the races, an email is sent out as a reminder to register at Motorsportreg.com for the following Sunday. If you'd like to be added to the Karting email list, contact Mike Saul at michael.s.saul@gmail.com.

    For more experienced and new drivers alike the Karting League is an opportunity for real racing on a regular basis at a very reasonable cost. Experienced or new, all are welcome; come join us if you can.

    Only two! First, you need a valid driver's license. Second, you need a good attitude. We do not limit participation to BMW CCA member only everyone is welcome. This isn't a bumper-car ride at a county fair, and it isn't a feeder series for the Rahal-Letterman ALMS GT2 race team, but it is real racing competition. We follow the rules set by Allsports, show good sportsmanship, and respect our fellow racers. Rubbing is most definitely not racing. Allsports has helmets, drivers’ suits, everything you need. You can bring your own helmet and drivers’ suit if you like, but you can use Allsports Equipment free of additional charge.

    If you've never been Karting before, you should not be intimidated. We sincerely invite you to come out. Newcomers learn very quickly and can do very well.
    Racing is based on qualifying times, so you will race with and against those at about the same level. For more details about the track, the karts, and the facility go to AllsportsGP.

    League events will be held on Sunday afternoons during the winter on the schedule listed at the link below. Due to the popularity of the League and the limitations of the facility, we are limited to 30 drivers per event. Drivers intending to participate should register at Motorsportreg.com. ...

    Events are typically held on Sunday afternoons. Drivers intending to participate should register at MotorsportReg.com. This gives us, and Allsports, an idea of who is committed to show up. Every Monday before a race the following Sunday an email will be sent out simply as a reminder of the upcoming race.

    The Roundel Group follows the league and consists of a series of recreational karting meetings at Allsports every other Sunday throughout the remainder of the year. These races are for fun rather than points and are attended on an "as available" basis. The League or Roundel events are both great places to gain experience, become familiar with karting and have fun in a friendly atmosphere.
    Any Question? Contact: steve.tenney@mindspring.com

    The National Capital Chapter hosts a wide variety of events and provides a number of services for our members. Please refer to the following list for detailed information regarding our programs:

    Autocross -- a low-speed, competitive driving series, held on courses marked by cones in parking lots. Information regarding our autocross series, including results of past events, is available.

    Club Race School

    Club Store -- club merchandise for sale. Show your pride in the National Capital Chapter!

    -- a "clean-car contest" and car show, where your car is judged by its condition, appearance, and cleanliness. Many events offer several judging classes, from full concours, where the entire car is examined, to "top only," where only the exterior is judged.

    der Bayerische Magazine -- our bimonthly newsletter. Submit a classified ad via email, view classified ads submitted via the Web, or find links to our der Bayerische advertisers.

    Do-It-Yourself (DIY) program allows NCC Members to work on their own automobiles under the supervision of a mechanic. The DIY is intended for maintenance and basic repairs that you can complete within a three-hour time period. There are usually several NCC members and technicians provided by the sponsor who can assist when an extra pair of hands or advice is needed and we are happy to show newcomers the joys of working on your own car.

    Drivers' Programs
    -- our driver education programs, held on race tracks, that emphasize the acquisition of car-control skills. Extensive on-line documentation, including our school application form, is available.


    Membership -- information for members and applications for BMW CCA and NCC membership.

    M Club Day

    Rally -- contests requiring you to follow written instructions that dictate speeds, at or below posted speed limits, on a route that passes checkpoints at precise locations and times. Rallies require at least two people per car: a driver and a navigator.

    -- informal get-togethers in the Baltimore and Washington areas.

    Technical -- information on technical aspects of your BMW, plus descriptions of our tech session events.

    Street Survival

    Tours -- organized drives through the countryside to places of interest

    The goals of the Street Survival program are to teach students some of the basics of car control, to enhance their enjoyment of driving and to improve their competence as drivers. We want the students to understand how their actions govern a car's responses, and as a result to become safer, more effective drivers on the road.

    The students will become more observant of the traffic situation they find themselves in. They will learn to look far enough ahead to anticipate unwise actions of other drivers. As the students master the application of physics to drive their cars, they will make fewer unwise driving actions themselves. They will understand why they should always wear their own seatbelts, and why they should insist that their passengers wear seatbelts, too.

    Students will learn how to properly use their own cars based on the physics of car control. They will learn how their cars feel and sound just before and as they exceed the limits of tire adhesion in a controlled situation, helping them to avoid accidents in actual everyday driving situations where they might experience problems.

    During the event, students will maneuver their cars through exercises laid out using orange traffic safety cones in a closed parking lot. They will experience each exercise element several times, in order to learn from their mistakes and to improve their skills. A trained driving coach will accompany each driver to provide real-time feedback while performing maneuvers. There is no stopwatch, nor head-to-head competition with other cars. The students are here to improve their skills, not to compare themselves with someone else.

    The exercise elements are laid out in advance by the event chairman and are designed to be fun, safe, challenging and educational. Each element will teach the students a specific skill or group of skills.

    Safety is our prime concern.

    Student Driver Permit Requirements:
    Permitted drivers will be allowed in the Street Survival program if all conditions of the permit can be met in a safe manner, i.e. if the permit requires a licensed driver in the car at all times. If a parent is required to be in the car in addition to this then this student will not be allowed as it would require 1 passenger in the back seat of the car and that is considered too hazardous for the exercises in the school, and some times physically impossible. The driver must be a minimum of 16 years old (regardless of the minimum age for the state issuing the permit) and have had their permit for a minimum of ½ the time required by the state holding jurisdiction over that permit, (not the state that the school is located in) i.e. if the permit must be held for 6 months before the driver can take their driving test then the student must have had the permit a minimum of 3 months.
    For local information and questions, email our event coordinator.

    Registration is handled by the national Street Survival organization. Please visit the national site at http://www.streetsurvival.org/school-schedule.php.

    More Information:
    Need more information? Visit the national website for FAQ and other information at http://www.streetsurvival.org/.

    Come join fellow National Capital Chapter members for a bite to eat and an evening of fun and socializing! Our socials are really just "mini-meets"; informal gatherings of BMW enthusiasts.

    However, you must be able to do the following things to "fit in" with us:

    Partake in good food and refreshments;
    Socalize about BMW's.
    Not much more than that folks. Hopefully the requirements are not too restrictive for you!
    There are many events in the Washington and Baltimore area every month (and almost weekly!).
    We currently host three socials per month as follows:

    • 1st Thursday of the Month - Northern Virginia
    • 2nd Thursday of the Month - Columbia, MD
    • 3rd Thursday of the Month - Montgomery County, MD

    We periodically change venues, so check the calendar of events (or see link below) to see exactly where we will be. We carefully select where to hold our socials based on parking accommodations, quality of food and service, and location. We typically meet before the event in a designated parking area to hang out and check out everyone's rides. (Weather permitting, of course!) Socials are great opportunities to interact with other gearheads, track guys, and hardcore marque enthusiasts.

    In order to keep our social program going strong we typically collect a portion of the bill to offset the cost of having our events. (Historically this has been around $10.00 per attendee, but varies at each event.) We ask that those who partake in more food and beverages volunteer more funds to help assist in covering the costs of our social events.

    Come join us for our next NCC BMW ///M Club Day event at the BMW Performance Center in Spartanburg, SC.
    This highly acclaimed event is designed specifically for our Chapter and directed by the enthusiastic and highly skilled instructors at the Performance Center. It is truly a one-of-a-kind event!

    The day is divided into morning skill and afternoon competition sessions. Morning exercises include instruction on the wet skid pad, braking & handling, accident avoidance and autocross courses. Afternoon competitions include the wet oval rat race (DSC OFF!), the wet and dry skid pad rat race and timed autocross. After lunch classroom instruction helps us get back to basics. Did we mention the Performance Center supplies the cars, gas, tires and lunch for the day?
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    For the 2015 NCC Autocross season we have made several changes to our vehicle classing.

    BMW Classing
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    Two things are typically necessary to prepare for an autocross: 1) It is essential that all loose items are cleared from the vehicle. This includes driver's floor mats. 2) To have your car perform at its best, it is generally recommended to raise standard tire pressures by about 5psi. Typically 38-40 psi will do the best. When you arrive, your vehicle will undergo a simple technical inspection. The inspection is very basic, but is required to confirm that it is in good working condition and safe for you and fellow autocrossers to be near. Come out and pilot your BMW. See exactly why it IS the Ultimate Driving Machine! ...
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    You should participate to become a better driver. Autocross is a full time car control contest. It will teach you how your car behaves as it approaches its limits; limits that are not safe, legal, or practical to explore on public streets. ...

    Autocross is a motorsports event that emphasizes car control and performance handling.

    Autocross differs from track events because it typically remains under 60 mph and has less straightaway and many more turns. Autocross events are frequently held in large parking lots. Traffic cones are used to define a course where drivers compete one car at a time against the clock. The times are recorded and used to differentiate drivers as they compete against each other. There is no passing or rubbing of fenders since cars are always separated from each other and do not compete in the same manner as race car drivers.

    Additionally, there are several classes to register; one for each category of car, so you don't have to worry about modifying or un-modifying your existing car.

    Because there is little chance of hitting anything beyond small traffic cones, low potential to damage a car, and because autocross normally presents less stress on vehicles than track driving, autocross is a great entry-level event for performance motorsports enthusiasts.

    A "clean-car contest" and car show, where your car is judged by its condition, appearance, and cleanliness. Many events offer several judging classes, from full concours, where the entire car is examined, to "top only," where only the exterior is judged.
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