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Need help understanding the BMW CCA Club racing classes

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I joined the CCA back in August and have been enjoying my monthly Roundel magazine. What I didn't realize was how much I would enjoy reading the results from the club racing.

However I don't understand the classes at all. I've checked the CCA club racing website and magazines and I can't find any explanation for them.

CM, IP, GP, GTS, JP, SP, M3T, S, Spec, SM, KP.. what do they all mean? What is the difference?

Unfortunately I don't see any 2002 being raced in the club series...

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You're not the only one.

The CCA has its own classifications, and they don't overlap with SCCA, NASA, ICSCC or the SPCA. Or VARA.

So running a CCA car means you're not particularly competitive with any

of the major sanctioning bodies, exactly.

Others will have more precise definitions, but typically a

"X" stock will have minimal modifications, with "X" being a scale from

'Most potential' (like an M5) to 'Least potential' like an 84 318i

Same for "Prepared", but with more modifications

And "Mod" typically are the least- restricted, most modified cars.

Which do cross over into SCCA GT a bit.

"spec" typically means that the modifications are 'specified', so any changes

you make to the car are specifically called out- "You may use a Conforti chip but no other"

or "You must run the Suspension Techniques springs"

There are a couple of 2002's that occasionally show up.

They're not classed very competitively these days. Because, on most tracks,

a well- prepared 2002 has a very hard time keeping up with an E36M3,

which seems to be the staple in CCA racing.

There's no CCA racing in some regions, including the one I live in.

Reading the rules will probably help some, but expect to be confused at

first:

http://www.bmwccaclubracing.com/Information/ForTheRacer.aspx

click 2012 rules. 157 pages...

However, if you really want an eyeful, try

http://www.scca.com/assets/2012GCR-updatedDecember.pdf

Only 752, there.

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Thank you for the links. That really helped. I ended up reading several pages of the CCA Club racing rules and I think I got it down. I'll write my findings here so generations to come will find a simplified answer to this question.

Please feel free to correct any mistakes I have made.

The first letter refers to the level of car.

For example: C = E36 M3

The second letter refers to the level of modification.

Fro example: M = Modified

So a class written as "HP" could refers to a "E46 M3 in the Prepared Class"

The level of preparedness is defined by:

Sport: Stock car with modifications only for safety.

Prepared: Cars with stock engines and transmission, but you can modify parts the engine (i.e. cam) and upgrade suspension and brakes to the "M" level of that chassis (i.e. E30 M3 suspension on an E30 325i).

Modified: Cars with stock engine and transmission. But Diff, suspension and brakes can be whatever you want.

Super Modified: Former racing cars that wont fit in "Modified."

Then there are the Spec class. All cars in these groups are modified the exact same way to the competition is based on driver skill and not so much on engineering.

Spec E30

Spec E36

Spec E30 M3 Touring

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