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Falling Into 2015
We’re in the final stretch of drives and events for Fall 2015!
This summer has been full of new and interesting events for Chapter members. We added the very successful Gervasi Vineyard Cruise-In to our traditional early June winery drive. July highlighted several events of interest with other organizations as well as the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix and we finished that month with a new hybrid event—drive plus car show. And, it was a very special car show for a group of students at The Village Network in Wooster.
August saw not only the third-quarter Board Meeting but also another new event, a poker run—the Explore the Valley Poker Run to be precise. The smiles and the photos confirmed that Jon and Kathy Stupar created a “hit” with participants during that middle-of-the-month Sunday excursion.
There are more plans for September and October. And, like the old “Uncle Sam” recruitment posters: I Want YOU! (That mental visual got your attention?)
Mahoning Valley SCCA needs our support and participants to make the valued Tire Rack® Street Survival School at Salem High School on Saturday, September 12, a success. Interested in assisting as a supporter—or better yet—as an instructor? Contact Reed or Sandi Kryder as soon as possible (see the website event listing or check the Fall newsletter for details). Talk up the event to anyone you know who has a teen just starting to drive! I’ve assisted at two of these schools and the presentations have been excellent. And, don’t miss the opportunity to gain some knowledge and a skill set for yourself as well!
The next day, September 13, we need you and your polished, prepped vehicle to motor out in support of the Cleveland German Auto Show in the Huntington Reservation of the Cleveland Metroparks. This last-standing event is coordinated by Northern Ohio Region of PCA and co-hosted by Western Reserve Section of Mercedes-Benz, Valley Chapter of the Audi Club, and us. Please support the event, bring out your finest, or volunteer with car placement or judging.
On Saturday, September 26, we’ll explore new territory during our annual brewery drive, visiting countryside the Chapter hasn’t seen in a decade or more, ending in the Downtown Canton Historic District. Destination? The newly opened Canton Beer Company. Okay, the building was a brewery early in the 20th century, but now boasts a ground-level dining area and a specialized basement “speakeasy” exhibiting some impressive brickwork. Check the website event calendar and the newsletter for details and reservation information.
Next, we move to Thursday, October 8, and a weekday evening visit to Corsa Performance Exhaust’s facility in Berea. CORSA will be ready to receive Chapter members at 5 p.m. with a factory tour, brief CORSA education presentation, and drive-along opportunities in a BMW with CORSA exhaust. CORSA will supply the regular and vegetarian pizzas, salads, and drinks at 6:30 p.m. Get more details at the web site event listing and in the newsletter.
The last 2015 board meeting is November 15 and will include 2016 officer elections. I’m still tossing around ideas for another function that month as well as something for early December; you’ll have the details as soon as I can finalize them.
If you’re seeing this on the web site, but didn’t receive the Summer 2015 electronic newsletter, please make certain you have updated your email address on National’s web site where there are easy-to-follow log-in directions. Make certain your email address is current, so we can get time-sensitive information to you quickly and easily.
What’s the future hold for the Chapter? Well, that’s up to you. Yes, each and every one of you. Although your Board members enjoy serving and supporting you, we cannot continue to sustain Chapter events without fresh ideas and energy. Yes, we just took two great new suggestions and made successful, fun events this summer. We’d like to keep that momentum going. And, we decidedly need to see more support—both as attendees and as working interns—to keep a Mid-Ohio HPDE and Club Race on our calendar. This is YOUR Chapter and we need the contribution of your time, attention, and efforts to justify its continuation. If you can spend a few hours at any event, we’ll take it!
So, I hope to see you at a function soon!
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.
Memorial Day weekend 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 impressive parade through southern Portage and northern Stark counties with our twenty-five Bimmers.
We finished off the month of June with 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 worked with new member John Guenther to coordinate a drive/lunch/visit to the Wooster area in late July. This short drive brought members back to the Pine Tree Barn’s Granary for a delicious lunch and with time to browse the store. We regrouped and went on to The Village Network’s residential headquarters for at-risk youth where a small, dedicated number presented a People’s Choice Car Show for the kids as part of the facility’s engagement program using various interests to draw the children out and into social interaction. The weekend donation of the use of an i3 by Cain BMW was greatly appreciated, as it was a focal point for many young guys in the group.
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 NIAIS 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, when we have a charitable event, please consider attending or supporting the activity.
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 has finalized routes and checkpoints for this Cuyahoga Valley National Park-centered event. See the front page of the Summer 2015 Bimmer Pilot and the web site for full details and registration.
On September 13 make certain your vehicle is polished and prepped, as the Cleveland German Auto Show will take place in the Huntington Reservation of the Cleveland Metroparks. Northern Ohio Region of PCA is coordinating the event again, which is co-hosted by Western Reserve Section of Mercedes-Benz, Valley Chapter of the Audi Club, and Northern Ohio Chapter BMWCCA. Please show your support by bringing out your finest or volunteering with car placement or judging. We need participants!
There just weren’t enough weekends in September for all the potential events in addition to the Car Show. So, we’ve had to place a few opportunities into 2016. One of them is the Lincoln Highway-Ceramics-Fiesta drive: They keep fixing roads and replacing bridges in the area! One of our two planned visits to after-market suppliers also will be postponed until 2016.
I am finalizing the annual beer tour and focusing on the weekend of September 26-27. Planned activities continue into October with a weekday evening visit to Corsa Performance Exhaust’s facility in Berea on Thursday, October 8. Check the web site and look for email blasts for final times and details.
November will see our last board meeting of the year and the revised date for our officer elections. I’m tossing around something for early December as well, but I’ll hold those details for next 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 have reviewed the votes on the proposed By-Laws and Code of Regulations and shall update the web site with the revisions in the near future.
Again, 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