It’s a full house this week! We’re joined by the members of BMW’s official One Lap of America team for 2010, as well as a friend of the show from Australia. We discuss One Lap some more, the X6 M, BMW’s presence & position in Australian market, the BMW Performance Center & more! All that plus the news, this week on RoundelTable.
Michael Marchant: Michael is a long time BMW enthusiast, soon to be BMW driver and all around car and tech nut from Melbourne, Australia. He runs two businesses in the high-end audio visual world (for both home and car) which allows him to see many exotic cars in his daily travels. Twitter: @mavric35
Steve Maguire: Steve has been an avid motorsport enthusiast since an early age, competing in rallies in the UK. After emmigrating to the USA one of his first purchases was a BMW 2002 and has owned a BMW of one form or another ever since. In 1990 Steve purchased a BMW E30 M3; still his favorite BMW, and started attending BMW CCA Driving schools and soon graduated to an instructor and then a few years later, chief instructor for the Peachtree Chapter. In 1998 he was elected president of the chapter, and two years later was chairman for BMW CCA Oktoberfest 2000, hosted by BMW in Greenville, South Carolina. Currently he is the eCommerce manager at United BMW Roswell, responsible for overseeing the sale of BMW Parts & Accessories in various marketplaces including their website UnitedBMWonline.com. Steve attended the BMW Performance Driving Advanced M School at VIR in 2008. This will be his second One Lap of America; he competed with Mike in last year’s event. Twitter: @UnitedBMWOnline
Mike Renner: Mike is a certified BMW instructor at the BMW Performance Center in South Carolina. He began racing in 1983 and through the years competed in a variety of race series including GT, showroom stock, and sport racers. Mike has been a driving instructor for over 22 years and a member of BMW’s elite instructor team since 1999, providing coaching and instruction to drivers of all levels; from basic skill development, advanced car control, and racing. He has also trained F.B.I agents and Secret Service members assigned to presidential protection, in the finer art of car control and emergency maneuvers. He is a graduate of BMW M’s international instructor training program and received international instructor certification in basic, advanced, advanced M vehicles, intensive, perfection, and race track. This will be Mike’s fourth One Lap of America, previously he competed in the 1998, 2008, and 2009 events with a variety of M3’s which last year cumulated with a top ten finish.
Tom Lappin: Tom is a Quality Assurance Manager for Woven Electronics, a manufacture of wiring assemblies for the defense and aerospace industries, in Simpsonville, South Carolina. His motorsport activities began in El Paso, TX with local TSD rallies and autocrosses. A few years later, after a move to South Carolina, the race bug took hold and he attended the Jim Russell Race School and purchased Formula Ford to complete in SCCA events throughout the South East, culminating with a trip to the SCCA Run-Offs in 1988. After reaching this milestone Tom decide to retire from racing and focus on family life, but still competes in local events as time permits. He is a long time BMW enthusiast and currently owns a BMW 328i and Mini Coopers S. Tom attended the BMW Performance Driving M School in January 2010 and it appears the competitive gene is still alive as he jumped at the opportunity to compete in his first One Lap of America.
BMW named world’s #4 most reputable company (Bimmerpost)
The 50 Worst Cars of All Time – 2002 BMW 7 Series (Time Magazine)
Enough Teasing, BMW Unveils Koons Art Car in Paris (New York Times)
One Lap of America BMW videos (United BMW, YouTube)
V8 Supercar Challenge
V8 Supercars (Australia)