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  1. Racing vintage cars in Colorado got more interesting last year. Rocky Mountain Vintage Racing has an event in Aspen Snowmass. It is at the foot of the ski resort racing through the streets of Snowmass Village. This year we had 8 BMW 02s and a TiSA. The course is very busy, with 17 corners and a steep 8% grade section in a 1.3 mile loop. The event was two days of racing with a car show. Whats not to like about going on vacation to one of the best places in colorado, at one of the best times of the year, stay in a really nice hotel 100 ft from the race paddock. There is nothing else like
  2. Last weekend we travelled across the country to participate in the 2018 Classic Motorsports ‘The Mitty’ races held on the beautiful Road Atlanta circuit just north of Atlanta, Georgia. This is perhaps the biggest vintage race on the east coast with over 300 entries. The featured marque for this year’s race was Nissan/Datsun so the paddock was full of 510’s and Z cars. My 2002 was the token German in our paddock, which was also home to the cars of John Morton, the Grand Marshal for the event, and Adam Carolla. Our weekend began on Thursday with the red-eye flight from Po
  3. Introduction: The following is a very basic listing of what constitutes a true racing suspension for a trackworthy 2002. Be aware that different sanctioning bodies will require different setups, so check your rule books! Or, don't and just race against yourself! Front Suspension: Adjustable height coil over for standard 2.5”ID racing springs Springs – 400 to 425 lb/inch x 7” Shorten struts approximately 2” Shocks – special shorter body (VW Rabbit) Bilsteins Bend struts 1 to 1.5 degrees for maximum camber adjustment Adjustable racing camber plates with solidly-mounted spherical bearings
  4. Really close racing with 5 BMW 2002s at Highplains Raceway in Colorado. This is the Saturday afternoon Charity race were the grid was determined by money raised... All of the BMWs were in the front to start and we held off most of the 25+ car field. And it was about to rain. Great time had by all.
  5. 2019 RMVR Charity race. Big/Mid Bore group, race #1. 33 car grid and I chose to start in the back. Lots of different cars, including a CSL clone (my friend Brian - first race with new build). Good fun with lots of passing in the first couple of laps. Enjoy
  6. From the RMVR Aspen Snowmass Vintage Race 2018, big/mid bore group race #3, through the streets of Snowmass Village. One camera on Scott Stekr's #328 02 and one on my #202 02 with the video switching between the two for who is following. It was a great race.... enjoy. Supper awesome racing in Snowmass, still can't believe they let us do it.
  7. Had great fun racing through the streets of Snowmass Village, Colorado, September 16-17, 2018. This was the second day morning warm up and we thought we would have some fun ripping through town keeping it close. Kyle Popejoy in front, me in the middle and Scott Stekr third. This was a riot. Thank you to everyone involved for making this happen, and thank you to the Town of Snowmass Village for letting us do this to their town.
  8. This was a SCCA Track night in america event at Portland International Raceway. There was three 20 min sessions and this is from the last. I was pushing my car harder during the last race, and I had a lot of fun. My 2nd gear is going out so I tried not to shift down, but every so often I'd shove it in there. It needs a few more tuning sessions as the new carbs were very recently installed. I am driving my daily 1974 BMW 2002 that has a dual Weber 40 DCOE, long tube 4-1 headers, stainless exhaust, and a few other things that you can find out on my wheelwell page.
  9. RAKC 2020 Charity BMW battle - 5 2002s - RMVR HPR Name: RAKC 2020 Charity BMW battle - 5 2002s - RMVR HPR Category: Racing Really close racing with 5 BMW 2002s at Highplains Raceway in Colorado. This is the Saturday afternoon Charity race were the grid was determined by money raised... All of the BMWs were in the front to start and we held off most of the 25+ car field. And it was about to rain. Great time had by all.
  10. So there was a location for posting videos on this forum in the "browse". Not sure were it went. 5 of us Colorado vintage 02 racers traveled down to Austin, Texas to race COTA at the SVRA event Nov 5-8, 2020. Having been there for a Formula 1 event we had seen the track, but this was full access to everywhere and racing on the track... it was awesome. We were parked in the paddock right behind the formula 1 garages, ~ 400 other cars there racing, yet there was plenty of space for everyone. We were racing against 510s and GTVs and a couple other BMW 02s in the BSedan class with a bunch of Datsun 240Zs and a couple of Porsche 911s. None of use from Colorado had ever driven the track so we were at a huge disadvantage to the locals, very complex, still way better to race than watch. Anyway, here is a video from the feature race with some good vintage BMW action..... I screwed up corner #11 and then Kyle just kept me behind..... not like he was blocking or anything. It was a great race and way better than being alone on the track with no one to play with. enjoy if you like this I have lots more videos of close 02 BMW racing, please subscribe to my channel.
  11. Hello, I am new to the 2002 scene. Just got my self a 1971 base 2002 and would like to find a local 2002 club to race with in the area. Pacific raceways and what ever else. Also I need to know how to set up the car. What not to touch and what to go ahead and upgrade suspension, engine, body, rims and tires ect... It's a rust bucket right now but rinds and driver surprisingly really well
  12. Who's going? We will be there from Thursday night (1/26) to Tuesday night (1/31). We got an Air bnb 3 miles from the track really close to the beach.
  13. I ran my 1972 BMW 2002 in the 2016 David Love Memorial Race in Group 8. Group 8 is a mixed bag of large and medium bore sedans and production cars. It was a fun and action packed race with lots of passing and a few surprises. Hope you enjoy it, and don't forget to subscribe to my channel, leave a 'like,' or maybe offer a comment. Thanks for watching. https://youtu.be/wuTB7idgKXg
  14. Southern and Northern California folks might want to check out VARA's performance driving / racing school, coming this January. Held at the track in Buttonwillow (up the I5 in the Central Valley), you can use your street 2002, other street car or rent a race car. Serious fun.... More info, here: http://www.vararacing.com/vara-u.html
  15. my job this weekend was chief instructor for the advanced driver group at an SCCA driving school. part of that meant i had to be on track with them every session to watch their behavior, critique skills, be video chase car for debriefing, lead/follow exercises, etc. lots of video. lots of fun. this particular clip was entertaining for 2002's. advanced student in a Carrera S...the p-car obviously has a ton more power, but the image of a museum relic running with it is funny.
  16. Hi Gang, Been ages since I have been on. Wanted to share some photos of my car and seek help and wisdom of the group. My race car has a neat history. It was the first BMW sold in 1970 new in Alberta, there was no dealership so it was special ordered through a european specialist. It was sold to an Austrian Doctor living in Alberta who had just watched Nikki Lauda Race 3 BMWs in a single weekend at the Salsburgring and win all 3 races (1602, 2002 and 2800 or 3.0) he was sold....he wanted to start racing cars and it had to be a BMW. Thus was the start of the race car's history, never registered for road use it has been a race car since day 1. It started in B Sedan racing at local tracks and ultimately in 1973 it raced u2 in the trans Am race in Edmonton. Starting 25th it finished a respectable 2nd in u2 and 11th overall. The winner of that race was Greenwood, but names such as Peter Gregg, Al Hobert, Ludwig Heimrath were also there. I was told that back then the only guy with a decent car hauler was Penske, even the McLerans showed up on a flat bed. The quad headlamps were needed during and enduro This was how it looked in the first few seasons with bolt on flares and eyeballs on the headlights. The driver of the 1973 Trans Am race confirmed to me this was how it looked, in a conversation this week. Lucky I was able to track him down and he is still with us. Blanked off lights and integrated flares. He doesn't remember what the script on the door said and is looking for a better image. Current livery and GT spec bodywork After that the car has been raced by enthusiasts like myself. Being constantly updated and improved. RaceSkiBmw (Jeff R) who was the previous owner to me did a ton of work turning the car into a GT contender. When the HAT Wurth Liveried e21/m12 car made a stop in Calgary, when the owner of HAT relocated his family from Germany to Calgary in 1970's many of the cast off spare parts (which had become obsolete on account of series updates) made their way onto that car. I raced the car in 2008-2010 in WCMA GT3 and finished 2nd, twice. A modern Acura racer remarked "I never thought the most reliable car in the series would be a 40 year old BMW". One year the only reason I lost the championship was that I completed 2 less races than the winner, due to budget and time. The car has had many evolutions over time. From BSedan to U2 to IT to GT racer. As the aero on modern cars has gotten so good and the GT grids have dwindled due to SIR rules and cost concerns the car is likely not to be competitive in GT anymore. Given I already have another race car (s54 powered e30 m3) I am thinking of returning the car to as raced configuration in 1973 and keep the car for vintage racing. Of course the Schnitzer 8v motor and Alpina dry sump now live in a california based racer - but I have the parts to configure a strong 2.0 with carbs. Interesting is the concept of brining the car full circle, back to how it raced, after all the "developments". Can anyone comment on these flares? I suspect they were home made, but curious if anyone has seen something similar? Thanks for the interest and help! Anthony Calgary, AB [email protected]
  17. Anybody going to Summit Point this weekend? We'll be headed over in the morning. Probably get there around 10 or so. It was a great turn out last year. Pete
  18. Anyone signed up? I just installed a new head with a 272 cam and got a new set of slicks. Probably signing up for just 1 day. Anyone else? If not to go racing, come out and help flag the event. SCCA is always looking for volunteers and you can get a free track day out of it - I think they are still doing that this year.
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