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(Above Left) Lining up for the autocross. (Above Right) Plenty of new BMWs available for test drives.

(Above Left) Seems that many of the BMW faithful needed this excuse. (Above Right) The 2020 M340i - think E39 5 Series with the sport package.
it serves as a refresher course for
good driving habits.
No matter where you live, the
daily commute to work creates bad
driving habits. Since driving is
viewed as a right in our country, not
a privilege, the skills of the drivers
on our roads vary greatly.
We avoid vehicles whose
license plates indicate that the drivers
come from certain states. The desire
for traffic-violation revenue from
some municipalities and states curbs
our driving enthusiasm. Summer and
holiday tourist traffic has us avoiding
driving during particular days
and times. Since we're constantly
connected and eating in our vehicles,
our driving is constantly distracted.
The all-too-frequent encounters
with bad drivers have us constantly
on alert.

January I February

However, when you're back on
the autocross course, receiving
coaching from professional instructors, you snap back to " driving "
mode. Suddenly, your hands are
back at the " nine and three " position.
You are driving with your eyes up,
looking ahead. You are NOT reaching
for your Starbucks or changing the
radio station. You are NOT playing
with your navigation system to find
a route around the impending
traffic jam.
You are one with an Ultimate
Driving Machine. And it feels great.
This year's Ultimate Driving
Experience features the M340i and
the M235i Gran Coupe. The more I
drive the M340i, the more I like it.
Having the driving dynamics of an
M-sport equipped E39 5 Series, this
car is an ideal daily driver. It is a car

that you won't hesitate to use for the
various BMW CCA and NCC driving
events. As with the legendary Msport package equipped E39, you'll
have near-M driving dynamics without paying an M-car price or paying
for M-car maintenance.
On the other hand, driving the
M235i Gran Coupe will be an
acquired taste. While the xDrive
system provides a 50/50 split of
power to the front and rear wheels, the
M235i Gran Coupe drives much
more like a front-wheel-drive car.
In fact, it drives very much like a 1992
Dodge Daytona IROC R/T - which is
one of my favorite cars. Having
honed my driving skills as an enthusiast using Dodge's front-wheel-drive
performance cars, those old habits
kicked in during the Ultimate Driving
Experience autocross. My times

improved accordingly.
The skills you will learn during
the autocross are not for use just on
the racetrack or autocross course.
When you find yourself on a twisty
back road or a twisty mountain road,
you'll be surprised by how the skills
you learned or refreshed at the
Ultimate Driving Experience will
come in handy.
So when you receive the email
from BMW announcing the Ultimate
Driving Experience tour, take the time
to read it and participate in it, if you
can. There's an added bonus if you're
planning for the purchase of a new
BMW - all participants receive a
$1,000 voucher towards the purchase
or lease of a new BMW.
Happy Motoring!

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