The Golden Gate Chapter of the BMW CCA is one of the largest chapters in the United States with nearly 5000 members. The chapter began as the Stanford BMW Club in 1920 (well it was early) and affiliated with the fledgling BMW CCA national organization when it was formed in 1950 (or whenever it was formed).
In 1988 (or thereabouts) the chapter passed a milestone of holding 52 events in a single year. Today we organize and sponsor many hundreds of driving and social events each year (hyperbole, puffery, gross exageration). Our chapter is run entirely by volunteers who donate their time and effort to benefit their fellow members.
The Chapter has several driving schools each year. These events are held at local tracks such as Infineon Raceway, Mazda Raceway at Laguna Seca and Thunderhill Raceway Park. There is a very active autocross program that has a championship series each year culminating with the Top Driver Shootout and the award of the Fechner Trophy named for one of the chapters early members who championed autocross competitions. The chapter pioneered street safety schools, sponsoring several each year. These schools provide basic car control skill training for our members which we feel have saved many lives over the years.
While we are a car club not everything we do involves driving, far from it! We have a rich array of social activities ranging from the annual holiday party, summer picnic and Festorics to local meetups in the various areas within the chapters vast geography spanning from Santa Barbara to the Oregon boarder and the Pacific ocean to the Sacramento Valley. We have corrals at professional races and area tours some of which have been held annually for many years.
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