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    IMPORTANT: NCC Autocross Membership Requirement

    BMWCCA is now requiring all NCC Autocross participants (for both events and schools) to be registered BMWCCA members for insurance purposes.

    We realize that not all of our past event attendees are members. To help offset the cost of membership, from January 1, 2012 through June 30, 2012, new BMWCCA memberships are entitled to one free NCC Autocross points event! Please note that this applies to new memberships only and not renewals.

    BMWCCA membership is $48 which is a great deal. BMWCCA members enjoy a multitude of benefits such as discounts on hotel rates and towing services. Plus if your a BMW or MINI owner you get the extra benefit of dealer discounts at most MINI/BMW dealers and several local shops in the area.

    See the links below for details:

    http://www.bmwcca.org/membershipbenefits
    http://forum.nccbmwcca.org/content.php?129

    Signing up is easy! Simply go to http://forum.nccbmwcca.org/showthread.php?7578-Become-A-Member-Autocross-For-Free! and follow the posted steps. Make sure you complete step 3 after you complete your membership so that we can note your free event.

    We look forward to seeing you all this coming season. Keep an eye on nccautocross.com for several upcoming announcements about the 2012 autocross season!
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    And let me add that there is an annual membership drive.

    Last year's drive information:

    2011 BMW CCA Membership Drive

    Sponsored by the BMW Performance Center



    Each year BMW CCA Members are eligible to participate in our annual membership drive. Besides maintaining the health of the club, members can earn BMW CCA Bucks and be entered to win great prizes. This year those prizes just got better, with some help from our friends at the BMW Performance Center!

    In a recent survey new members cited BMW CCA’s 15% discount at the BMW Performance Center as one of the leading reasons they joined the club. To capitalize on this unique benefit of Club Membership, every single participant in the 2011 BMW CCA Membership Drive will have an opportunity to win an M School of their own. There will be a drawing for members who successfully make referrals and a separate drawing for those who are referred.

    Each time a club member successfully makes a referral during 2011 that member will be entered into a drawing for an M School as well as other prizes. For example, if John Smith refers ten new members in 2011 his name will be entered ten times for an M School.

    Since turnabout is fair play and every great marketing effort comes with a hook, we are going to enter each person you refer into a separate drawing for an M School. For example, John Smith refers Jane Doe, who then joins BMW CCA. Jane, along with each other member referred in 2011, will be entered to win an M School of her own.

    In the midst of a recovering economy there has never been a better time to be a member of the BMW CCA! No one knows better than you how vital our discounts and technical help are to affordably keeping your Bimmer on the road. Who has more fun doing it than we do?

    Why not let a friend, or even a stranger in on the benefits? Refer someone today or at any time during 2011 and, not only will you help the Club grow but you can earn yourself BMW CCA Bucks for Club merchandise, memberships and events and be eligible to win an M School. We all know it’s the cars that bring us together but it’s the people that keep us here year after year...lets increase our ranks in 2011!

    The membership drive for 2011 runs though Dec 31, 2011.

    The rules are detailed below. If you want to get credit for signing up a member, make sure the person adds your name and member ID to any paper or online form.

    Official Rules

    BMW CCA Membership Contest rules

    These are the official rules and as such supersede any description listed elsewhere and any verbal communications.

    The BMW CCA membership drive is open to current BMW CCA Members.

    New Membership Definition

    A new membership is defined as a membership for an individual who has not previously belonged to BMW CCA, or an individual who was previously a BMW CCA member but whose membership lapsed at least six months prior to the date of the new membership. A new membership with a corresponding associate membership counts as one new membership.

    Eligibility

    To be eligible, current BMW CCA members must be paid members in good standing through December 31, 2011 (that is, they may not be members by virtue of being "comped" by BMW CCA or a BMW CCA chapter).

    Rewardsfor current BMW CCA members who refer new members

    For each new member that joins, referring members will receive $5.00 in "BMW CCA Bucks" that can be used for the purchase of anything sold by BMW CCA or applied to CCA memberships. There is no limit to the amount of "BMW CCA Bucks" a member may receive based on new member referrals. "BMW CCA Bucks" will expire on 12/31/2012 and have no cash surrender value.

    Please note that memberships purchased by dealers for their customers are not eligible. This exclusion is in effect even if a current BMW CCA member is listed on the application as a referrer.

    New members can join:

    By calling 1-800-878-9292 to submit their application and credit card information over the telephone. The referring member's name and BMW CCA member number must be provided at the time the call is made.
    By visiting the BMW CCA web site and submitting an application online. To receive credit, the referring member's name and BMW CCA member number must be entered in the appropriate space on the online application form.
    By mailing a membership application to the National Office. In order to receive credit, the referring member's name and BMW CCA member number must be written on the application. Membership applications/BMW CCA brochures are available from the National Office by calling (864) 250-0022 or sending an e-mail to stevens@bmwcca.org.

    Deadline, Procedures and Restrictions

    In order to be counted, the National Office must receive all new member applications no later than December 31, 2011.

    If referred by a current BMW CCA member, a new member application must contain the name and BMW CCA member number of the referring member in order for the referring member to receive credit. Credit may not be applied retroactively. If a new member cancels their membership within 30 days of joining, the referring individual will lose credit for that membership.

    If a new member is referred by a current associate member, the associate member will receive the "BMW CCA Bucks," and be entered into the M-School drawing.

    "BMW CCA Bucks" and other prizes will be awarded at the end of the program only to those who are members in good standing at that time.

    1st Prize: One-day M School at the BMW Performance Center, plus two nights lodging for one, not including transportation. Referring members will receive one chance to win an M School per new member referred. New Members referred by a current member during this period will also be entered to win an M School. Must be redeemed by December 31, 2012.

    2nd Prize: 2012 Oktoberfest Registration.

    3rd Prize: Valentine 1 radar detector.

    BMW CCA members who are members of the National Board of Directors, paid employees of BMW CCA, Roundel senior staff, and members of their immediate families or households are eligible for referral reward incentives, but are not eligible for the grand prizes.

    Referral credit will not be given to applications received without the referring member's BMW CCA member number. BMW CCA members will be able to track their referrals by accessing their personal information through the BMW CCA web site. "BMW CCA Bucks" awarded under this program will be mailed to members within 45 days of the end of the Membership Drive.
    Expect this year to be similar.
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    For those of us that can only attend a few events a year and/or don't own a BMW product...this is going to drive us away. I was hoping to make it to 2 or 3 this year, but this changes things. Does this apply to your schools as well?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 03threefiftyz View Post
    For those of us that can only attend a few events a year and/or don't own a BMW product...this is going to drive us away. I was hoping to make it to 2 or 3 this year, but this changes things. Does this apply to your schools as well?
    While potentially unfavorable to our casual autocrossers (like yourself), this is a decision that has been made by the national BMWCCA organization. Please note, the decision to require membership was NOT a local decision. As NCC Autocross is under the larger BMWCCA umbrella, we must comply with their rules and regulations.

    We're hoping that our pricing structure this year (will be released later this week) and free event promotion (please see other thread) will entice even the non-BMW owner to gain membership in the BMWCCA.

    And yes, this applies to all autocross events (and all BMWCCA driving events including HPDE / Drivers' Schools and Tours).

    We sincerely appreciate your feedback and hope that you take the opportunity to join BMWCCA membership, especially with the free event offer! As always, please let us know if you have additional questions or concerns. Thank you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mcoupemindy View Post
    And yes, this applies to all autocross events (and all BMWCCA driving events including HPDE / Drivers' Schools and Tours).
    Actually it only applies to autocross and HPDE. This will be discussed at an upcoming BMW CCA Driving Events Committee Conference next month.

    Add: Chapters are free to set their own minimum standards/rules as long as they exceed National rules.
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    Is there a family plan available or do hubby and wifey sign up individually? Couldn't figure that out in the various schpiels.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Claff View Post
    Is there a family plan available or do hubby and wifey sign up individually? Couldn't figure that out in the various schpiels.
    You can sign up and add your wife as an associate member (extra $10). An associate membership gives all the benefits of a regular member, the only stipulation is that your associate member must live in the same household.

    Please let us know if you have any additional questions.
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    It's probably a good idea to offer a one-day BMWCCA membership for like $5-10 like other clubs do for various events for their non-member participants.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Biggins View Post
    It's probably a good idea to offer a one-day BMWCCA membership for like $5-10 like other clubs do for various events for their non-member participants.
    Yes, that would be nice. Unfortunately, BMWCCA does not offer one day memberships at the current time. To participate in our events this year, all participants will need to have a full BMWCCA membership or an associate membership.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Biggins View Post
    It's probably a good idea to offer a one-day BMWCCA membership for like $5-10 like other clubs do for various events for their non-member participants.
    They are looking at a reduced short term membership that is renewal towards a yearly membership. It will only be good one time and the membership card would be downloadable from the website.

    Who offers a $5-$10 membership? By the time you process the charge, mail a membership card you've already exceeded $5.00.
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    SCCA does.

    Secondly, as it pertains to the school, any worry about having enough instructors? Just an observation from the one I did....it seemed like better than half were "limited participants, non BMW owners."

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    Quote Originally Posted by 03threefiftyz View Post
    SCCA does.

    Secondly, as it pertains to the school, any worry about having enough instructors? Just an observation from the one I did....it seemed like better than half were "limited participants, non BMW owners."
    As I understand, instructors don't need to be members. Only participants.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 03threefiftyz View Post
    SCCA does.

    Secondly, as it pertains to the school, any worry about having enough instructors? Just an observation from the one I did....it seemed like better than half were "limited participants, non BMW owners."

    Yes, I have a serious concern about getting enough instructors. But it's just something that we, as a program, will need to overcome.

    Once again, please note that this decision was made at the national level and is not necessarily representative of the view and beliefs of our local organization.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 1996 328ti View Post
    As I understand, instructors don't need to be members. Only participants.
    As a national organization ambassador, please get clarity on that. You would think these items would have been addressed BEFORE coming up with this rule.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mcoupemindy View Post
    As a national organization ambassador, please get clarity on that. You would think these items would have been addressed BEFORE coming up with this rule.
    Consider it clarified. The rule is participants. They really need to define participants. I asked in terms of a DE instructor. Is he/she a participant. I was told no. More like an employee. DE instructors do not need to be CCA members.

    And everything will be clarified after the Driving Events Committee Conference next month.
    Maybe even updated.
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