Steve Dinan Joins BMW CCA Foundation Honorary Committee

Dinan Set to Support $7 Million Campaign for Street Survival® Teen Driver Safety Education and the Foundation Library, Archives and Museum

Greer, SC (July 24, 2014) — The BMW Car Club of America (CCA) Foundation announced today that Steve Dinan, president and  founder of Dinan® Engineering, has joined the Honorary Committee for “The Ultimate Driving Community . . . Building the Foundation” Capital Campaign of the BMW CCA Foundation, a campaign to raise funds for teen driver safety programs and the preservation of BMW history.

An avid racer and North America’s premier BMW tuner, Dinan joins icons of motorsports Skip Barber, David Hobbs and R.J. Valentine on the Honorary Committee.  The mission of the Honorary Committee is to spread the messages of the Capital Campaign with particular emphasis on supporting educational programs that give back to the automotive community – primarily teaching teens through the Street Survival® program to survive their most dangerous years on the road.  Honorary Committee members help influence and encourage others to endorse the expansion of Street Survival and support the Foundation’s new building and land acquisition.

 “In 1976, I met fellow Honorary Committee member David Hobbs at an IMSA race. He was driving a BMW 320i and won the race, so I bought a 1977 320i and a turbo kit to enhance it. The turbo kit wasn’t great, so I decided to fix it – I’m the kind of person that likes to make things better – that’s how I got into developing and manufacturing high performance products and systems for BMWs,” said Dinan.  “Because I like to improve things, helping educate teens in their own cars to become better and safer drivers is an important platform for me and I look forward to supporting the BMW CCA Foundation’s Capital Campaign.”

“It is a pleasure to have legendary BMW tuner Steve Dinan join our Honorary Committee,” said Leo Newland, president, BMW CCA Foundation. “With his BMW performance heritage and enthusiasm, Steve is the perfect person to help us drive the Capital Campaign’s objectives to raise $7 million for Street Survival programs and the preservation of BMW history.”

Street Survival is built upon the premise that safe driving is learned by doing.  With the help of corporate sponsors Tire Rack, Michelin, BMW NA and Enterprise, the BMW CCA Foundation has offered subsidized car control training to teenagers across the United States since 2003. The program is hands-on and is designed to go beyond the typical high school driver’s education course. Street Survival is unique in that it offers students instruction in their own cars so that they learn the limitations of the car they drive daily. With volunteers and support from the BMW CCA, the Sports Car Club of America, the Porsche Club of America, the Corvette Club of America and the Audi Club North America, the BMW CCA Foundation held 101 schools in over 65 locations in 2013.

To date, the Capital Campaign has raised $1.2 million towards the goal of $7 million. To help support teen driver education, preserve BMW history and contribute to the campaign, visit the BMW CCA Foundation website.

About BMW Car Club of America Foundation

The BMW Car Club of America Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of teen driver safety and the preservation of BMW history. Established in 2002 in Greenville, SC with initial capitalization from the BMW Car Club of America, the Foundation focuses on three initiatives to foster educational programs for the automotive community and be a significant repository of BMW information and history:  Street Survival® teen driver safety program; the Library, Archive & Museum Program; and the Conservation and Preservation Program. Through “The Ultimate Driving Community . . . Building the Foundation” Capital Campaign launched in 2013, the Foundation has raised $1.2 million of the $7 million required to support and grow these initiatives that will help save lives and preserve the legacy of BMW’s heritage.

“We were very impressed with how [John’s] driving skills improved in one day last year. His college doesn’t allow freshmen or sophomores living on campus to have a car so he isn’t driving for most of nine months. We are bringing him home for this school, then back to college for a few weeks before summer break. Next term the car goes to college too.”

Susan S., San Francisco, CA