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Discussion in 'Member Introductions' started by cougarclaws, Apr 27, 2008.

    cougarclaws guest

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    Hi all,

    I finally decided to join. I just sold my 03 M3, and that is sad, but I am excited that my new 08 M3 is "enroute". I also own an 04 Z4. I have years in racing, SCCA, IRDC, but never thought to get involved with BMW CCA until now.

    Good to see I can get to know other enthusiasts, and get involved with some fun in the area.:D

    paradise930 guest

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    i love racing too.

    any good advice on a good way to start in racing.

    i am not a kid but i think i missed my calling. ha ha.

    so what is a good way to start?

    i have a junker euro 1985 m6 that i just bought that i plan to upgrade into some sort of racer.

    any advice.

    jb. in virginia.

    cougarclaws guest

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    Start with a good driving school, and plan your cars safety equipment (roll cage etc.) before you do anything else. Check with the club you plan on driving with for a rule book about classes, and get the proper safety equipment (more people put their car back on the trailer for tech reasons than anything else when they first begin). Find someone that knows racing in that club and ask questions.

    Then follow the best driver out there and get his or her line. Wait for a mistake late in the race. Do a lot of legwork for sponsors (even little ones help) to keep the parts and money coming in.

    SCCA does a solo II that will help get your feet wet. Look for one in your area.
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    Scott

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    Good for you, paradise930. It's never too late. Ditto on cougarclaws' advice to start doing driving schools if you haven't already. Best way to learn car control skills in preparation for racing, and you'll need the schools to lay the groundwork for your racing license, depending on which group you race with. If it's BMW CCA Club Racing (which I recommend), you can go to the Club Racing web site at http://www.bmwccaclubracing.com/ and look at the information under New Racers.

    You also have a huge resource in the BMW CCA members who participate in or instruct at the many driving schools within an easy drive of your location, and the BMW CCA Club Racers in your area. Go to chapter events, driving schools, or races, find them, and pick their brains. They will be happy to answer your questions and help you out with good information. You may even be fortunate enough to find a club racer who wouldn't mind you helping him out at a race as part of his crew (or maybe his only crew). There's no substitute for being at the track to see how things work first hand, and seeing how much fun it is.

    Good luck.

    paradise930 guest

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    thanks for the advice. you have given me about five things to focus on first.

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