Having spent a ludicrous amount of money on my suspension, I've decided to chance wrecking my car by going to the September BMW Car Club track day.
I shouldn't really, but, I've never driven the Silverstone GP circuit, so sod it!
I've only just joined the BMW car club, and it was lovely surprise to find a welcome letter to the M power section from a certain Mr Baxter - it's small world sometimes!
I don't have a web link for the track day (sorry), and not sure if I'm supposed to paste details into a public forum (as only just joined the club) - but
if anybody needs the details please send me a PM or email Jamie 'at' Stickman dot biz
it definitely says non members welcome, but, the price is reduced by the same amount as the annual membership fee, so...
So I joined the BMW Car Club GB, went to the September Silverstone track day, which was a wash out (very heavy rain ),
However, Silverstone gave the club a free re-run (very generous pretty sure this was only because it was a BMW Car Club event, rather than a commercial track day).
Anyway, in effect my first years membership was free as the membership fee was the same amount as the discount for car club members!
(and lot's of other things come with the membership (regional events, M Power register, meeting other non E34 / 5 series BMW enthusiasts, monthly free glossy mag, and another web forum with like minded people BMW Car Club Forum )
The re-run was Friday Nov 23rd. I had a great day
The weather was dry and sunny, although still cold. Two days and nights of rain beforehand meant the track surface was wet, and very slippy to start with; after lunch, a dry line -wide enough for most people- started to emerge, and sure enough speeds and confidence increased
It was open pit lane, so, plenty of constant track circulation (55 cars max', 100+ cars attending), but I wasn't unduly held up, nor pressurised / bullied by faster drivers (there where some very fast people and very fast cars!). The only problem then was the very low sun, particularly approaching Becketts!
Once the speed picked up I also started to run out of brakes (overheating front pads), which limited my running to 5 or 6 laps, then wait 30 mins to cool the brakes down.
The last two sessions I had where excellent, with the grip now available I was able to remember how to drive (things only really flow when your able to go fast enough imho) by then end I was balancing through the tighter bends on the throttle, controlling the rear
and if that wasn't enough fun, after the day's track driving was done, I then won the star prize in the club raffle at the de-brief meet-up. DT5_2285 by BMW Car Club GB & Ireland, on Flickr
So, I get all BMW CC GB track days for free in 2013! What luck!