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The Summer of 2015
by C L Harrison, President, NOC BMWCCA
Summer has already made its debut, as have some of our 2015 events. And, there’s more in the works!
We started off May with a visit to Westlake BMW’s new facility. Approximately twenty members braved the severe thunderstorms and rivers of water to spend an evening talking BMWs with refreshments provided by the dealership. Many thanks to their Marketing and Advertising Manager Brent McKenzie for coordinating the visit.
A month ago we celebrated 26 years of drivers’ schools and 20 years of Club Racing at Mid-Ohio. The turnout and support of Club Racers was amazing. I especially want to thank member Bob Perritt for his significant donation which paid for the additional required corner workers to cover the weekend’s races. The Driver Education (DE) side of the event contained an entire group of novices who got a picture-perfect weekend at one of the country’s premier tracks. Unfortunately, we were a bit light on attendance for students and instructors, so, our next Board meeting will have members of our Driving Events Committee presenting a review and assessment of the program.
Due to a surprise highlight on National’s Facebook page, our early June driving tour had an overabundance of participants hailing from Michigan to Mansfield and beyond. Fortunately, Maize Valley Winery handled the forty-six attendees in stride and we made quite an impression parade through southern Portage and northern Stark counties with our twenty-five Bimmers.
Now we are fresh off our experience at the weekly Gervasi Vineyard’s Cruise-In which saw members come out in droves to enjoy a perfect evening on the grounds and benefit from Cain BMW’s display of new cars, door prizes, and members-only party. Check the web site under Media>Photos for pictures.
We traditionally leave July open for those who want to take the relatively short drive to Pittsburgh to attend BMW-related events at the Vintage Grand Prix. However, this year, I am working with new member John Guenther to coordinate a drive/lunch/visit to the Wooster area in late July. While details are still being finalized, the general plan is to provide a short fun drive, lunch at a unique eatery/store and then on to The Village Network’s residential headquarters for at-risk youth where those who would like to participate in a People’s Choice Car Show for the children and interact with them may do so. John had proposed this event as part of the facility’s engagement program using various interests to draw the children out and into social interaction.
This involvement continues a long-standing Northern Ohio tradition of charitable efforts focused on children. Every Z-Bimmer drive collects monies which, along with any NAIAS Detroit Auto Show bus trip profits, are donated annually to Make-a-Wish. And, for many years, one registration on the DE side of our Mid-Ohio school has been provided as a fundraiser donation to the Cleveland-based Youth Challenge–Sports and Recreation for Children with Physical Disabilities. So, please consider attending the drive and spending some time interacting with these youths.
Our dance card is full in August with back-to-back weekends of a board meeting and then a never-before-attempted event—a Poker Run. Vice President Jon Stupar is finalizing routes and checkpoints for this Cuyahoga Valley National Park-centered event. Check the web site later for full details and registration.
I’m still working out details for potential September events. Included would be a during-the-week vendor visit. There's a potential for participation in another car show and I'm trying to fit in a drive along a portion of the Lincoln Highway from Lisbon, Ohio to East Liverpool where we’ll visit the Museum of Ceramics and the Homer Laughlin Pottery Outlet (think Fiesta outlet) at the end of the month. Keep checking the web site for updates which will be posted as things are finalized, as that drive may have to be moved into October! Planned activities continue into the next month and to the end of the year! I’ll hold those details for a later time.
The results of our newsletter changeover indicate that a small group of people still want print. We are working on budgeting for this and in detailing the logistics of the electronic delivery. Please bear with us as we continue the transition and know that delivery methodology is an ongoing exploration at this point. That translates into us working with getting you your information in a usable format now, while we still explore alternatives which will be more user-friendly and satisfactory and still meet our financial needs.
As well, I am reviewing the proposed By-Laws and Code of Regulations votes and will take appropriate action within the next few weeks on this item.
Keep checking the web site and opening those email blasts for updates on events and activities and plan to attend. I’ll be looking for you!
Don't Miss Our Premier Event: Memorial Day Weekend at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course
BMW CLUB RACING NORTH CENTRAL REGION PREMIER RACE: May 22-24, 2015
Registration is open the Memorial Day Weekend Northern Ohio North Central Region Premier Club Race at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
Help celebrate Club Racing's twenty anniversary by participating in the only BMWCCA Club Race at Mid-Ohio in 2015!
BMW Club Racing North Central Region Premier Race: $550.00
Three-day weekend includes Friday practice and Saturday night dinner for racer/co-driver.
Space is limited so register today!
BMWCCA HIGH-PERFORMANCE DRIVERS' EDUCATION (HPDE) SCHOOL: May 23-24, 2015
The Northern Ohio Chapter will host an HPDE (High-Performace Driving Event) Memorial Day weekend (May 23-24, 2015) at Mid Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio.
The goal of an HPDE driving school is to provide a safe and controlled environment where members can learn the skills it takes to become better drivers. Remember, everyone was a beginner at one time. Improve your driving skills and have some fun both on and off the track at a BMW CCA Driving School!
Cars do not have to be BMWs as all makes and models meeting HPDE criteria (that is, being track-worthy cars) are welcome. A race car is not necessary.
Minimum HPDE requirements include:
- A valid driver's license
- Age of 18 years or older
- Snell 2005 or newer helmets
HPDE School Fees: $435 BMW CCA Members; $485 Non-Members (includes $48 membership)
See the 2015 HPDE Student Information Packet for details. 2015 NOCBMWCCA HPDE Student Info Packet (pdf)
All students and instructors must complete and submit a Medical Form. 2015 NOC BMWCCA Medical Form (pdf)
For more information and to register apply at Motorsportsreg.com.
Space is limited, so register today!
Driving season comes to an end
by C. L. Harrison, NOCBMWCCA president
Summer has fled rather abruptly and now we’re moving rapidly into fall weather and the last of our driving season. By the time you receive this the Lincoln Highway Liverpool Pottery drive will be imminent, if not past, and the final drive of the year, our October brewery tour to the Rocky River Brew Company will be right on its heels.
At the recent meeting the Board approved the suggested changes/updates to our by-laws, so look for a special e-mail blast in October with directions on how to vote electronically on the proposed changes which will bring the Chapter into the 21st century. Please make certain you vote, as we need majority approval to implement the changes.
Later in the fall we shall also be asking you to decide if you wish to receive your newsletter in print or by electronic delivery. While it’s great to receive that glossy newsletter, producing four print issues of it per year is costing the Chapter approximately $12,000. So, we are asking each member to consider if you could read it in an electronic format each quarter to help us reduce costs. We’ll cover the specifics on the web site and e-mail blast later in the fall.
Also, despite my best efforts, our newsletter editor, Rich Loney, has indicated that other obligations will require him to turn over the reins in 2015. So, we are looking for someone who can start working with us to plan that transition to an electronic format and who could still support any print requirements we may have. If you’re interested and have time, please send either of us a resume and get in touch for more details.
Early in November I’m planning a Saturday morning vintage village visit to the shops on Medina’s Public Square and nearby area, so that members can check out the architecture and do a little pre-holiday shopping. We’ll have some type of activity in December to fulfill our Chapter obligations as well, but dwelling too long on that at this moment conjures up visions of that nasty “four-letter word,” so check the web site and look for e-mail blasts to update you on those later 2014 plans!
As I know winter can’t be far away, I’m heading out to our western region to collect those final archival boxes in the next week or two. I’ll spend the snowy months on our collective history, hoping to create
an electronic, searchable record of our governance decisions over the past almost 25 years. And, I shall be finalizing the checklists and timetables for upcoming 2015 activities.
It’s not too early to start planning for the holidays by “gifting” someone (or getting someone to “gift” you) with a slot in the 2015 drivers’ school, a seat on the bus to the annual NAIS Detroit Auto Show, a membership or a membership renewal, Chapter “gear,” or a fun evening at the holiday party in January!
Remember, this Chapter is a collective effort to serve Bimmerphiles of northeastern Ohio. We need your support and participation to continue the level and type of service you have received during the past 25 years. Plan on attending an event in the near future. If there’s an event you’d like to suggest, plan, or with which you’d assist, please contact any Board member. As always, I can attest that your efforts bring you fun experiences and good friends in return.
Now, get out for a drive to enjoy the colors and exercise that car!
Keep the shiny side up!
C. L. Harrison, NOCBMWCCA president
The Reluctant Winter Beater
by Rich Loney, NOCBMWCCA Pilot editor
In the fall issue of the Bimmer Pilot you may recall my excitement to have scored a great deal on an ’05 Honda Element for my youngest son Kyle. Not only was it a somewhat underpriced low-mileage vehicle, but I found it in late January and Kyle wouldn’t get his driver’s license until May. Beautiful! For the first time in my existence, I’d have a bona fide all-wheel-drive “winter beater.” Kyle’s birthday (Cinco d’Kyle) arrived, and, upon the successful passing of his driver’s exam, the keys to the Honda were officially transferred from my pocket to his. So far it’s been an awesome father-son bonding experience. We’ve logged many amazing hours of garage-time togetherness modifying his new ride with projects ranging from bolting on nerf bars and a flashy billet aluminum grill, to installing a black acrylic hood guard and hula girl dashboard ornament. We even teamed up on a brake pad and fluid change with the finishing touch being painting the calipers bright red. It’s been a blast spending time with him.
Which brings us to today, Sunday, August 17. In exactly one week I’ll take possession of my next winter beater. No, I didn’t find this one on Craig’s List or parked in the back of a buddy’s service station lot. Truth be told, I’ve actually owned my new winter ride for close to 10 years. When the snow starts falling and salt saturates our roads I’ll park the 135i and saddle up in our family’s trusty ’03 Toyota Highlander. However, as thrilled as I was in January when the Honda was added to the fleet, when I drive the Highlander it will be with a bit of a heavy heart and, quite possibly, a tear in my eye. You see, in a week my oldest son Ryan heads off to The Ohio State University and will leave behind both the Toyota and a mom and dad who are totally stunned by how quickly time has passed.
Cars and the time you and your kids share with them are special. I cherish each of the memories. My only wish is that I had a thousand more memories. Ryan was probably 14 when I taught him how to drive behind the wheel of the vacation rental in a huge Orlando parking lot. When Kyle was just 8 he began helping me with my seasonal tire changes on the Bimmer. Back then he was my wheel chock guy. Now, at 16, he can swap the wheels and torque the lugs like a NASCAR pit crew pro and is probably strong enough to bench press the car in the absence of a floor jack.
Next week, as the family piles into the Highlander and drives Ryan to Columbus, we’ll make another special but bittersweet car memory. A memory of how proud I am of my little boy for growing into such an amazing young man, but how sad I’ll be to see him go. So to my son: May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind be always at your back, and, until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of His hand.