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(Above) The new car! Nuff said.
Monaco 355 among them. But the
one that caught my eye was
Tanzanite. Unfortunately, the dealer
did not have any Tanzanite cars on
the lot. I was just about to head
home to re-evaluate my options
when a car carrier pulled up that just
happened to have a Tanzanite X5 on
board. The bemused but accommodating driver indulged us as we
walked around his truck, looking at
the X5 from all angles. Once my
daughter, Thalia (I brought her along
as my resident design consultant
and colorist), and I saw that color in
person in the sun, and the way it
changed hues and tones, I was sold.
The next step was to decide
how I was going to take delivery of
the car. While I have been to the
Welt in Munich and definitely want
to do a delivery there some day, a
mid-semester trip (I'm a professor at
GW) to Germany was not in the
cards. However, a long-weekend
trip to the BMW Performance Center
in South Carolina for the
Performance Center Delivery (PCD)
program was certainly something
my wife Robin and I could swing.
So, in early August, I special
ordered a Tanzanite Blue, F32 440
M-sport with a manual transmission, black with blue stitching
leather, dark carbon trim, Dynamic

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Digital display, Adaptive M suspension, Heads-up Display (a life
changing option, believe me), and
the desired manual transmission, to
be picked up at the Performance
Center.
Once the car has been ordered,
you can track its status online at
MyBMW. You see its progress
through the build process, painting,
assembly, testing, and shipping.
I was hoping for real time video of
the car but alas, you only get textbased updates. Because specialorder colors take a while to get into
the production queue, my build
started on September 17th and it was
ready to go to the port a week later.
My Client Advisor sent me the name
of the boat and I was able to track my
car as it moved from Bremerhaven to
Brugge, Southampton, Baltimore,
Brunswick (Georgia), and finally
Charleston. A few days later, late
October by now, the car was at the
Performance Center.
The delivery date was coordinated by my Client Advisor and the
folks at BMW. We wanted a Friday
delivery, the most popular day, so we
could make a long weekend out of it.
Once the car was being assembled, I
booked our one-way flight to the
Greenville-Spartanburg airport. We
had to register with the Performance

Center, sign waivers (everything with
BMW requires waivers - I got a
BMW travel mug and had to sign a
waiver in case I drank something out
of it that burned my tongue [I jest -
sorta]), and send them our travel
details. The last interaction with the
dealer was to actually buy the car,
sign the paperwork, and pick up
temporary tags. I'd like to say that
was a simple transaction, but the
finance guy was new, and it unfortunately turned into a typical multihour purchase slog. Once the car
was "mine," all that was left was
the wait.
Of course, the waiting is the
hardest part (RIP Tom Petty), but
being able to track the car, and
the excellent communication and
information we received from the
PCD program, made it feel like we
were making progress and that we
would know what to expect.
Finally, the day arrived. After
an uneventful flight to Greenville, we
followed the instructions to call the
hotel as soon as we landed. By the
time we made it to the pick-up area,
a brand new white X5 was there to
pick us up. The driver was super
friendly and helpful, describing
everything that would happen over
the next 18 hours. Because we
arrived after 9 p.m., our driver made

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sure to let the restaurant know we
were there for a late dinner, helped
with check-in (the desk clerk quizzed
us on the model, color, and all
the details), and delivered our bags
to our room while we enjoyed
a delicious, PCD-specific dinner
menu.
After a short night of sleep (who
could sleep knowing what was waiting for me just a few miles away?)
and a lovely buffet breakfast, everyone taking delivery that day gathered
together in the lobby, checked in, and
then were driven to the Performance
Center. Once there, we were greeted
and divided into two groups. The
first group went to the factory tour
and then took delivery of their cars
while our group was directed to
a classroom where we met our
instructors for the track and off-road
exercises.
Following a brief orientation,
we went outside where we were
shown to cars like the ones we
ordered. Our Snapper Rocks 440
had an automatic but otherwise was
identical to the one we would be
picking up later. Robin and I both
participated in exercises including
skid pad, emergency braking, and
autocross (well, 3/4-speed track
driving), allowing us to explore the
vehicle's capabilities without putting
any actual wear and tear on our new
car. With all the braking, skidding,
and sliding, I can only imagine what
the Performance Center's tire budget
is every month. The last track event
was a hot lap in an M5 with one of
the Performance Center drivers
behind the wheel. Having recently
retired from roller-coasters and
passenger-seat high-performance
riding (stupid inner-ear deterioration), I passed on the hot lap.
However, Robin, with the iron
stomach, gladly hopped into an M5
driven by NASCAR, NASA, and
SCCA racer, Allison Bormann. I got
a little queasy just watching but
Robin emerged with a wide smile.
Next up was a switch to X7s for
a drive over to the factory tour.
The largest BMW SAV is quite

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PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE
THE STEERING COLUMN
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
COMING EVENTS
January 2020 DIY at Bimmer Works
NCC's 2020 Annual Meeting and Banquet
Matt Curry's Craftsman Auto Care Sponsor Spotlight
Why My Family and I Will Always Drive BMWs
Life with the 2020 G29 Z4 M40i
A BMW Performance Center Delivery Story
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The Difference Between Wants and Needs
The Habits of Highly Effective Autocrossers: Interview-Jeff Noyes
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