BMW Car Club
M MADNESSPG. 6
Illini Chapter · BMW Car Club of America · Second Quarter 2019
Inside this Issue:
My Hero, Bill.............................10
What is TRSS?..........................11
2019 Illini Chapter Board of
• August 21st: ///MEMBER MEETING & DINNER
6:00pm | BMW of Bloomington (Open to all members)
• October 15th-19th: OKTOBERFEST
Greenville, South Carolina (National Event)
• November 20th: ///MEMBER MEETING & DINNER
6:00pm | Decatur, IL (LocationTBD) (Open to all members)
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BMW of Peoria
THANK YOU ALL FOR ATTENDING
A celebration of the most powerful letter in the alphabet.
M Madness brought together a ton of beautiful M cars
and few others tagged along for an excellent Saturday
of celebrating the cars we all live and and breath.
Thank you all for your continued support as we look
forward to bringing the family ack together again next
year with new friends, cars and good times together.
BMW of Peoria
Benefiting the Sister Judith Anne Endowment for Autism
Friday, SEPTEMBER 6, 2019
We are excited to host the BMW fo Peoria Golf Classic
once more and support such a great cause. Golfers
will have the opportunity to win a trip to Munich to
pick up their choice of a 230i xDrive Convertible or a
330i xDrive Sedan for the ultimate European Delivery
experience. Also 2 golfers will be awared a trip to the
Pinehurst Resort to participate in the BMW Golf Cup
Championship in 2020.
With this thrilling event we are excited to help raise
$1.3 million for the Endowment and look forward to
continuing the reasearch and support of those in
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Hello to All,
I hope that you all are enjoying the lovely warm summer
wherever you may be.
It’s hard for me to believe that the year is over half
over. Still there are people who are traveling the highways
and byways of this great country enjoying the
time with their friends and families.
Those of us who are members of the Illini Chapter are
no different. We have had many opportunities to enjoy
each other’s company as friends and family.
We have already had two board meetings that are
conducted in person. The first was the meeting held
at Isringhausen BMW prior to the membership dinner.
The second meeting was held at BMW of Peoria.
They seem to have been very well received by all who
have attended. Personally, I think it’s great. I get to
meet people that I would have never been able to.
Those of you that know me better than some know
how much I love the BMW brand and try to learn all I
can about them. To me the best thing is that we can all
find friendship in a thing that we all have in common.
Driving and owning a BMW. It’s a great thing that
people are united in friendship no matter what brings
them together. There will be many opportunities in the
future for us to get together. You can find them on our
Facebook page and also in our newsletter as well as
the Roundel magazine. I hope to see you all at these
events. It’s always good to put a name with a face.
By the time this is published the chapter will have
hosted our 15th and 16th Tire Rack Street Survival
schools. I won’t dwell on this too much here. Or at
least I will try not to. There will be an article featured in
this edition of the newsletter. I will mention that there
is also a letter submitted by a parent that has had five
young drivers in the program. Every week I receive a
summary from Bill Wade who is the national director
for the program. This parent’s letter was featured in
the testimony section of the summary for two weeks
in a row. In my time of being the chapter chairman for
the program, I have never seen this happen. It may
be a small thing to some, but it speaks volumes for
the quality of the school that we put on. You will find
that letter in this edition of the newsletter.
To those of you that are new members and are reading
this for the first time, welcome to a great club. I
hope you find it to be an enjoyable experience. We
try to do something that will appeal to each of you at
some point. Don’t be afraid to get in touch with me or
any of the other officers by phone or email. None of
us bite. I can’t speak for everyone else, but even if I
did, I’ve had all my shots.
I want to thank each and every one of you for placing
your trust in me. It makes me extremely proud to represent
such a fine group of people.
Safe travels to all,
Illini Chapter President
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by Rick Roudebush
As Henry Wadsworth Longfellow said towards the end of his poem
The Rainy Day, “Into every life some rain must fall.” Well, it rained
on our ///M Madness event this year, but we had great fun anyway.
The day got dark but it was not dreary. How could it be with so many
lovely ///M cars lined up and all that beading action going on with
those rivulets of rain carving intricate trails off the hoods and fenders
of these spectacularly prepared beauties? A little water can’t
dampen the spirits of the hearty souls that look forward to the annual
gathering of the best BMW has to offer as we celebrate the most powerful letter in the alphabet, ///M.
BMW of Peoria were our gracious hosts for the event once again, providing some cool air, shelter, refreshments,
lunch and a great gathering spot for some hard core enthusiasts. Your Illini Chapter helped organize the
event with big participation from #MOTORSPORTSLIFE crew and ChiTown ///M delivering exuberant Bimmerheads
and some amazing examples of vintage ///M hardware from the greater Chicago area and beyond.
Huge thanks to Clinton Leman and Christopher (Woody) Wood of BMW Peoria for helping work out the logistics
as well as pumping up the passion with the new models (M8, Z4, X7) they had on display for us to savor. I wonder
what fantastic specimen we will lasso for next years roundup? M8 Gran Coupe? I sure hope so. Stay tuned.
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Stunning E28 M5 (also cover photo)
My Hero, Bill
by Rick Roudebush
Most of us have a hero or two in our lives, or at
least someone who we greatly admire. Mine is
race car driver extraordinaire, Bill Auberlen. Bill
earns hero status, in my opinion, on several fronts.
As of this writing he has had 420 race starts in a
BMW, more than 500 overall. He is scheduled to
start two more on Saturday, July 20th for a rare
“double header” with co-driver Roger Foley at
Lime Rock Park in a Turner Motorsport BMW M4
GT4 in the GS class for a two hour Michelin Pilot
Challenge race in the morning, followed by a two
hour, forty minute IMSA WeatherTech Championship
Northeast Grand Prix race in the afternoon in
the #96 Turner Motorsport BMW M6 in GTD class.
The second race will have four classes of race
cars on the same track at the same time, each
one with differing speed capabilities. This makes
for a lot of overtaking as slower cars get lapped by
the faster cars and therefore some very exciting
racing. This is my favorite type of racing to watch.
OK, Billy has started a lot of races in a BMW, more
than anyone else in the world, but how did he do in
all those races, you ask. He is the winningest driver
currently driving in the North American Sports
Car field. Scott Pruitt holds the record for most
wins at 60. Billy currently has 59. Who knows, he
may have surpassed that record by the time you
read this. His achievements all told include 92 race
victories,189 podium finishes, 56 pole positions,
83 fastest race laps and 110 records. Most folks
remember or have watched the horrifying back
flip in the BMW V12 LMR for Schnitzer Racing
at Road Atlanta in 2000. https://www.youtube.
com/watch?v=D-ELHlnsh-M Bill won the 2003
and 2004 Speed World Challenge Touring Car
Championship behind the wheel of a Turner Motorsport
BMW 325i. He also earned the World
Challenge GT class championship for BMW
Motorsport’s Prototype Technology Group team
in 2004. Bill drove for Rahal, Letterman, Lanigan for
several years driving the V8 M3, Z4 Coupe, the M6
and the new M8. They earned two driving championships
during his tenure. Last year Bill sat out from full
time racing and was serving as Ambassador for BMW
NA. He drove as an extra driver for RLL for the longer
endurance races where four drivers are needed, but
was no longer primary driver. Well, with him being so
close to Scott Pruitt’s record and Scott’s retirement,
the brass ring proved to be too close to resist. Bill and
early partner Will Turner decided to give it a go again
and Bill is back in the racing seat where he belongs
behind the wheel of the Turner Motorsport BMW M6.
Now Bill confirms he will not retire from racing until he
holds the record for most wins. They had some bad
racing luck early in this season. Co-driver Robby Foley
has been doing very well and put the #96 on the
Pole position for the race at Mid Ohio, but was hit by
a prototype race car less than halfway around the first
lap under green. This was very disappointing because
they had a really well prepared race car and this track
was home practice track for Bill all during his time with
RLL and he never even got to touch the steering wheel
for this race. With the car repaired, they showed promise
for the next race at Watkins Glenn, but they got hit
again, bending a wheel causing the tire to go flat which
necessitated an unscheduled pit stop, putting them
back in tenth place in class. They fought back to an
impressive finish in second place, first podium for the
season. So close. Then came a commanding win at
Canadian Motorsport Park. Oh happy day!! They
started out front and stayed out front the whole
race. There were some bumps and bruises along
the way, but such is racing. The team was ecstatic
with joy. This was a long time coming. Now this
weekends race is at Lime Rock Park, home track
for Turner Motorsport and very close to Bill’s home
town, Redondo Beach. How exciting would it be if
Billy and Foley could win both races and celebrate
with home town folks? Either way, I will be very excited
to shake his hand at Road America on August
4th, hopefully as the new record holder by the end
of the race. Wouldn’t that be nice? Go get em Billy.
WHAT IT IS:
Tire Rack Street Survival is a driving school for
young drivers between the ages of 15 to 21 years
of age. The schools are hosted by chapters of
the BMW Car Club of America, Sports Car Club
of America, and Porsche Club of America. There
are also a few held by “independent” car clubs. A
driver with their permit is allowed to participate as
long as they have at least half the hours of practice
required by their state licensing body. The
school is held all year long. And yes, I mean all
year. The first school of the year is held by the
North Star Chapter in St. Paul Minnesota. They
hold their school in early February. I’ve never
been up there that time of year. I’m going to take
a wild guess that the temperature is more likely
to making ice cubes versus thawing them. The
schools continue throughout the year at all
kinds of places. Anything from race tracks to
high school and church parking lots.
Our schools are held at the Building AC facility
that is owned by Caterpillar in Mossville.
Our school is designed like many others. The
school consists of a series of exercises designed
to inspire confidence and teach a certain
aspect of driving. Some exercises teach what
your car feels like when you fully apply the
brakes. Some teach the drivers what weight
transfer is and how to react to it.
We usually hold the schools between April and
June. I have the great pleasure of being the
chairman for the chapter. Part of my job is trying
to find dates that work for the majority. I try
to schedule it around graduations, proms, and
The schools that our chapter hosts are done in
one weekend. We were the first hosting organization
to do this. Now others are scheduling
their schools this way. I’ve heard that imitation
is the most sincere form of flattery. The coaches
and volunteers start with a meeting that
starts about 6:00 the morning of their schools.
Their day ends about a half hour after the
school ends. The drivers show up about 7:00 in
the morning and go home about 4:30. It’s a long
day and I have yet to see anyone, driver, coach,
or volunteer go home without a smile on their
face. The days are filled with anything but boredom.
The drivers are broken up into two groups.
During the day they will alternate between classby
TRSS – What is it and why do we do it
It’s something that happens in the United States and
Canada all year long. It’s called Tire Rack Street
Tire Rack Street Survival is a school started by the
BMW Car Club of America Foundation in 2000.
The foundation and Michelin tire were the founding
fathers of the school. There was a meeting between
the foundation and executives from Michelin. They
both had a common goal. Save the lives of young
drivers. Tire Rack came along as a major sponsor
as they are one of the largest retailers of Michelin
tires in the world. We as a chapter are very fortunate
to have Caterpillar along with Kauth and Mayeur,
one of the finest independent import auto repair
facilities in the country, sponsor our school on the
oom and driving on the course. There is also
a class on semi truck safety. The drivers have
a brief talk on what to do when driving around a
truck tractor semi trailer and some of the consequences
that people suffer thinking they will win
a battle with a vehicle that when fully loaded can
weigh at least 80,000 pounds. Some of them are
hauling hazardous materials. Their cargo can be
anything from cleaning products to nuclear materials.
They are also allowed to get into the semi
and see what the road looks like from the driver’s
WHY DO WE DO
The simple is answer
is this. Because
what we do
Each year we
lose at least 5,000
young drivers to
Those drivers are
daughter, sister or
brother. They are
best friend, grandchild,
A driver 16 years
of age has an
80 percent chance of being involved in a crash.
Some of those are only fender benders where no
one gets hurt. The other crashes
involve someone being injured or
By the time a young driver leaves a
TRSS school, they instantly become
a better driver and a better
citizen on the highway. All of them
will be at different levels of improvement,
but they do improve.
Any of you who wonder if you
should be involved there is a letter
from Dr. John Wipfler on the following
pages. Dr. Wipfler is an Emergency
Room doctor who has had
five of his children in our school. I’m
not going to go into detail about the
letter. All I will say is if you read this
and don’t want to get involved in
the program as either an instructor or volunteer I
can’t say anything else that will.
Thanks to all of you that made not only this year’s
school, but all our other schools in the past, one
of if not the best in the TRSS program. If anyone
of you would like to become involved, call or
email me. Better yet, come to one of the quarterly
in person board meetings!!
Letter to the Club:
A Father’s Take on
To: Rick Roudebush Instructor, Street Survival School
From: John Wipfler (father of Elizabeth Wipfler, recently completed her training on June 22 2019 at Mossville,
Dear Rick and all the great folks at Street Survival Driver Education Course,
I want to thank you so much for the excellent instructor that you have provided for my teenagers. I have
had a total of five teenagers attend your Street Survival driver’s education course and I must tell you that I
am so impressed and very happy that such a wonderful group of volunteer driver instructors are dedicated
to making our wonderful world even better. And safer.
When I first heard about your street survival course, as a board certified Emergency Physician, I thought
to myself “Wow, this sounds like an ideal class for everyone to take, especially new drivers”. At that time,
my wife and I had 5 teenage drivers in our home, and we wanted to help our teenagers acquire good
driving skills that will help them have a lifetime of safety and avoid automobile accidents. As you know,
from the age of 5 to 24 the leading cause of death is car crashes and injuries from them. And 50 percent
of teenage car accidents involve a single vehicle, which means the teenager driver made serious mistakes
When I go to work in the ER, which I’ve done since 1988, I take care of people. Accidents and injuries and
death from many causes. Way too many of them are from car wrecks.
Over 30 years, I’ve seen a lot. The sad thing is, the death, injuries, paralysis, disfigured faces, and horrifying
burns… most were entirely preventable. Too many kids age 16 to 20 years old are brought into the ER
by ambulance. Telling parents that their child has died is, as you’d predict, a very difficult thing to go. The
tears, the anguish, the sobs of sadness, as they realize their child, and all the dreams and futures of that
young adult, is gone.
Some get killed from sliding off gravel roads sideways when the teenager was going too fast… the survivors
I talk to all say the same thing… “Gee, I didn’t know gravel roads were so slippery”. Some get killed
from wet roads and driving too fast for conditions. Hydroplaning, prolonged brake distances, difficult steering
when wet or snowy or icy roads exist… our teenagers are not properly taught about all the hazards in
our country. Some get distracted by their texting. Phones and cars are a killer mix for many young adults
(and all drivers). Sleepiness and failing to stay awake while driving… has deadly consequences. Within a
few miles of my house, a wonderful young lady age 17 was killed, driving home from an all-nighter gathering
of friends, and fell asleep at the wheel, crashed, and died. No alcohol, just poor decision-making. And
lack of education. She won’t get a 2nd chance. She is gone. Her family was, and is, and will always be
There are very few standardized driving courses, and the average high school drivers ed course is good,
but not good enough. If I could snap my fingers, and make it so… I would wish for all teenagers to go
through just one day of enhanced car driving instruction which you and your wonderful volunteer instructors
provide through your Street Survival Course. Perhaps one day, this course will be mandatory for all drivers.
The things you teach make every student better understand how to react to and handle their car better in
unexpected situations and weather and road conditions. You teach how to steer while braking suddenly,
and can help the driver learn to steer out of danger in sudden road conditions (such as a young child
running into the road, or a large road hazard that suddenly appears in the middle of the road. You emphasize
the thousands who die each year needlessly when those who try to text and drive make a huge
mistake by doing so. By spreading out cracked corn on the pavement and driving through it, this realistically
simulates wet conditions and your students go home with an entirely new respect for road conditions.
Bottom line: your student drivers learn more and will be better and safer drivers in the future.
Here’s a story you should know about, how your class SAVED the lives of a young lady and her mother.
It started when my daughter Maria, age 17 and her siblings were Blessed by completing your one
day Street Survival class. She enjoyed it, learned a lot, and had a fun day. She also took the lessons
seriously, and she left with enhanced and safer driving skills. Later that summer, about 3 months after
the class, she was driving a large family 12-person van, with 8 people inside, and she was driving on I-39
near Madison, Wisconsin. Traffic became more congested, with stop and go traffic, but then it eased up
and she was driving 55 miles per hour. I think she became a bit sleepy, and then failed to notice that the
traffic had come to a complete stop ahead. I was riding in the front seat, reading a book and I happened
to glance up and look ahead. I was HORRIFIED to see how fast we were rapidly driving towards a long
line of stopped cars in both interstate lanes ahead of us. Hundreds of cars, stopped, and we were still
driving at 55 miles per hour with less than 60 yards to go. “Stop, Maria, Stop, Stop, Stop…” I yelled and
I was soon joined by 6 other panicked kids / wife where in the back riding along. She hit the brakes, and
it was very soon evident that she was not going to stop. We were going to crash, badly, and I braced for
impact and the airbag that would soon hit me within seconds.
If we had crashed into that car, it would have been about 40 mph and it would have injured severely
the young lady teenager driving (age 17 also) and her Mom in the front seat. A severe outcome would
have been the gas tank of their car bursting, and causing an inferno of flames that would have killed
them. My family, in a big van, we would have plowed through that car and into the next 3 cars probably…
maybe minor injuries, but we would have lived likely, but the thought of having killed or burned alive the
two innocent ladies… that would have ruined my life and that of my wife and kids. So…. what happened
Answer: You have one instructor who spent time with Maria several years ago when she took your excellent
course. That instructor taught Maria many things, and the one skill that saved the day was this: She
learned how to brake and steer out of trouble. That one skill allowed Maria to not panic, and although
she should have been paying better attention to the road ahead of her… she was able to suddenly apply
the brakes properly and when she realized it wasn’t going to stop in time, she steered onto the side of the
road where no cars were at and as she zoomed past the car in front of us, our front bumper just barely
collided with the rear 5 inches of their bumper, causing minor damage and no airbag deployment. She
kept control of the vehicle, and came to a stop about 5 car lengths further. So close. Thankfully, nobody
was hurt. We got out, and interacted with the two ladies and they were very pleasant. Exchanged information,
said we were sorry, and we each went home. Our insurance repaired their car, and our van didn’t
really need much (the scuff mark remained there forever on our bumper, a reminder of what not to do,
and also of what to do right, if needed). Maria cried briefly, realizing how close it was. She learned her
lesson, and our family forgave her, and I think all of us learned a few valuable lessons that day. All ended
Thanks to you and your course and your wonderful volunteers.
All I can say is this… thank you, thank you, thank you.
Please know that what you do saves lives. And for those parents / young adults who read this, please do
EVERYTHING you can to make sure that you share the good news that the Street Survival Course exists
and is a wonderful program. Get your young family and friends to attend. It does make a huge differ-
ence. I wish that I could press “rewind” and have all of the young men and women who I have seen in
the ER who have been killed or injured in car crashes go back before their car collisions or roll-overs
and take this course. I can guarantee you that most of the “accidents” would not have happened, if
only they had known what to do, and what to not do.
With highest respect and a huge thank you,
Dr. John Wipfler
Clinical Professor of Emergency Medicine, University of Illinois College of Medicine
Attending Emergency Physician, OSF Healthcare Saint Francis Medical Center
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The following are track events upcoming near our area. Not all are BMW
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May 10-11..........................Road America with LAP
May 17-19..........................Autobahn with Windy City BMW CC
June 3 (Monday only).........Autobahn (Full Course) with LAPS
July 15(Monday only).........Autobahn (Full Course) with LAPS
July 27................................Gateway with SLPCA
August 9-10.......................Indianapolis Mtr Spdwy with MORPCA
September 13-15................Mid-Ohio with MORPCA
Oct 4-7................................Road America with Badger BMWCCA
Oct 14 (Monday only).........Autobahn (Full Course) with LAPS
September 21 – 22 HPDE weekend at Putnam Park Race Course
Join us on the 1.8 mile Putnam Park full track near Greencastle, IN. Site of an earlier O’fest track event and many
other BMW CCA HPDEs. Plenty of fresh (2017) pavement to attack!
A return to an old friend with its multiple challenging rhythm sections. Don’t miss out on this chance for fun on
the twists and turns in Indiana!
Don’t need a BMW – Your friends in their German, American, Japanese, Italian Swedish, Korean and other
sporty cars can join us. The car’s origin just doesn’t matter
Track Touring - At lunch break on Sat & Sun the track will be open for track touring by participants. Anyone can
be a passenger- any age. No helmets are required for this.
Drive just one day or the whole weekend (3 track days for instructors and invited Advanced drivers). Advanced
Drivers: Run with Instructors for Extra Track Time.
We have scheduled 2 full hours of track time for each run group each day
Two novice (or intermediate) drivers can share the car within their run group (you split your time on track) and
you only pay one admission fee. In-car Instruction available all weekend.
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