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to want others in the club make them
happen. " So I did. I contacted the
Performance Center, set up a date,
developed a program, contacted
restaurants, set up the factory tour and
advertised the event to our members.
That was 17 years ago. Over
those years, we have gone from that
one-day school to four or five driving
days per year at the Performance
Center East, five trips to the
Performance Center West at Thermal,
California and a couple of trips to the
Nurburgring in Germany and Spa in
Belgium with Mike Renner. It has
been a blast!
dB: What is ///M Club Day about?
What are the goals of ///M Club Day?
(Above) Doug's garage is an impressive four-car man cave.
attended a few events here and there
and kept up with a few friends in the
NCC. Then, as my kids got older, I
bought my first ///M car and decided
to get more involved in the club. That
led me to coordinate the ///M Club
Day program, serve as the HPDE
Registrar for 10 years, and generally
help out wherever I can.
dB: How did you first come to be
involved with ///M Club Day?

(Above) The 2011 X6 in Alpine white is the " big car " .

(Above) The 2004 X3 with manual transmission.

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Doug: I think it was in 2002 or 2003
that I was reading through Roundel
and came upon an ///M car driving
event at the Performance Center, sponsored by the Iowa chapter. I got a
friend to attend that event with me,
where we drove E46 M3s and M
Coupes around the track all day.
We had a great time!
I had volunteered to help at
NCC's TechFest and mentioned this
///M car event to Rafael Garces,
our chapter president, and Steven
Schlossman, our vice-president at the
time. I suggested NCC run this event
at the Performance Center for our
chapter members. I distinctly remember Steven's response to my suggestion, which was: " Sure, if you want to
run it, go ahead and do it. Lots of
people have great ideas, but they tend

Doug: Our first goal is to have fun.
The unique way we attain this goal is
to drive someone else's very expensive ///M performance cars, using
their tires and gas, on a track with no
speed limits, all day long. It is an
intense, exhilarating and tiring experience, but one that is a lot of fun for
everyone who attends!
Our next goal is for every
attendee to become a better, safer, and
yes, faster driver than they were before
they showed up at 8:00 on the
morning of the school. This is a great
program for everyone who attends,
whether you're 18 and just got your
driver's license or are a club driving
instructor. Everyone learns something
important that makes them a better
driver in this action-packed day.
Our final goal is to demonstrate
to every attendee just how well they've
done in their morning exercises.
What better way to prove how much
you've learned than to match your new
driving skills against those of your
fellow drivers. The afternoon sessions
give everyone a chance to see how
well they can execute their new driving
skills with an afternoon of competition
on the track.
dB: What do you like best about your
involvement with ///M Club Day?
Doug: There's no questioning that it's

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