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PostPosted: Sat Aug 02, 2008 6:19 am 
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Just wamted to share this email that was sent from Bill Wade of BMWCCA, though most of you guys may of gotten it..just a heads up and please vote!!!


Dear BMW CCA Member,

The Tire Rack Street Survival as created by the BMW CCA Foundation has been nominated for consideration for the American Express Members Project!

Street Survival was formed in April 2002 by the BMW Car Club of America Foundation, a 501c3 organization. Street Survival is built upon the premise that 'safe driving is learned by doing.' From the outset, Street Survival has always been a "hands on" program and it is designed to go beyond the typical high school driver's education program. The program teaches students to avoid accidents by thinking and looking ahead. Street Survival is unique in that it offers students instruction in their own cars so that they learn the limitations of their 'daily drivers' and that information is transferred immediately to what they drive everyday, whether it’s a new BMW, pick-up truck, 5 year old Minivan, or the hand-me –down 15 year old Volvo station wagon. If you haven’t, done so yet please check out our website at www.streetsurvival.org.

The schools are facilitated by chapters of the BMW Car Club of America, the SCCA and other car clubs where a trained instructor base can be utilized. The instructor to student ratio is quite low, often 2:1. They are held typically in a large parking lot, such as a football stadium or large mall. The schools are 1 day, typically from 8:00am to 4:00pm. The cost is $60. We completed 56 schools in 2007 breaking our goal of 50. We have slated over 75 schools this year.

The day is a mixture of classroom and in-car exercises with a coach in the car at all times with the student. The student is put though a collection of exercises based on real world scenarios. They work on skid control on a wet skid pad; go through a lane change / accident avoidance maneuvers; threshold breaking / ABS exercises; they drive a slalom course to learn about weight transfer. In the classroom they learn about proper seating position and hand positions, mirror placement, the concept of the contact patch of their tires, the theories of weight transfer, the use of long distance vision and situational awareness. We talk about the challenges of distractions to the driver, be it the radio / CD player or phones for talking or texting or just the simple case of too many teens in the car. Where possible we stage a semi truck on site and park cars around it to simulate highway driving. We then have each student and all adults get into the cab and close the door to show how little the driver can see and how many of the cars are not visible to the driver. We also may explode an air bag to reinforce what they learn in class about hand placement on the steering wheel.

If we get enough support we could qualify for funding - the top project will receive $1.5 million, the second place project will receive $500,000, the third place project will receive $300,000 and two additional projects in the Top Five will receive $100,000 in funding.

Whether a cardmember or not, everyone is invited to participate by commenting on and nominating their favorite projects online. You can help Street Survival secure much needed funding by spending just one painless minute at the Members Project website.

Once the submission phase closes on August 19, American Express will work with an Advisory Panel of experts to review the projects and announce the Top 25 submissions on September 9. It's up to Cardmembers to ultimately choose which projects American Express will fund. Cardmembers can make a collective difference by casting their vote, showing their support for their favorite projects, and narrowing down to the Top Five projects starting September 30.

The winning projects will be those with the most Cardmember votes, announced October 14.

This is the first round –please take action now and nominate Street Survival. You do not need to be an AmEx cardmember to nominate the project, but you will need to be one to vote should Street Survival make it to the top 25:

http://www.membersproject.com/project/view/GN1G22

Project ID is GN1G22

Please pass this on to as many people as you can. Every vote counts!!

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 02, 2008 6:54 am 
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Ray,

Thanks for posting this.


Neil


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 02, 2008 11:30 am 
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RAYADAM wrote:
please take action now and nominate Street Survival.

Please pass this on to as many people as you can. Every vote counts!!


Done

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Done.


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 02, 2008 12:42 pm 
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Done!

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 02, 2008 5:26 pm 
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nominated


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Done.

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:shock: beaten by an X5 :oops: ... is there a 'G' class I can run in? :lol:


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PostPosted: Sun Aug 31, 2008 6:35 am 
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The Foundation still needs you help in nominating this project. Please vote for it soon as you can, nominations close on September 1st. You may vote on it by clicking on the link in Ray's post above.

Remember,vote early and vote often.

Neil


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