January 12, 2012

Sierra Chapter BMW Car Club – Reno, NV

12 January 2012 @ Pearce Motors
31 in Attendance

Guests: None

Art Ona, President, called the meeting to order at 6:05 PM.

  1. Art Ona thanked Cheri and Russ Huntoon for the fantastic job setting up the Christmas dinner.  Did anyone remember who the Reno Rennsport oil change winner was?  Brian Lowder was also present at the meeting.
  2. There will be a 2012 Planning Meeting on Saturday, January 14, 10 am at Pearce.  Everyone is invited to attend and provide suggestions and ideas for events.  Dawn Hammond said she could not attend, however, would like to put on the “list” the Old Sacramento Railroad and Sonoma.  Art Ona will not be able to attend; Jeff Whitesides will moderate the planning session.
  3. New members:  Bob M, from New Hampshire, has lived in many states and two countries.  Ron L and Rita L are new members also.  Bob S said he was still a member but BMW CCA had moved him to the Sacramento chapter for some reason – he would try to get it fixed soon.
  4. John Strom put out some recently published information.  BMW is 13 percent ahead of Mercedes for the first time in years; Lexus is way down now.  BMW will be investing $900 million into the Spartenburg NC plant.  It will be production of about 350,000 cars a year and 300 new jobs.  Total investment in the plant will then be around $6 billion.  The X3, 5 and 6 are currently built at that plant; others will then be added.
  5. John Strom passed around a May 18-20 flyer for a coastal cruise to Cabot Cove, home to Jessica Fletcher of “Murder, She Wrote.”  A great road trip up the Northern California coast.  It will be a three-day, two night “drive and dine” that begins at noon on Friday.  Contact John Strom if interested.
  6. Jeff Warner said there would be another Track Driving Event at Reno-Fernley Race track on Sunday, April 22.  It is a non-BMW sanctioned event.  Cost will be $195. The flyer will be emailed to Sierra Chapter members. Participants will again be driving Audi, BMW, Mercedes, MINI, Mustang, Porsche and Volvo cars/SUVs.  Invite the spouses to come and drive – or there is excellent shopping area nearby.
  7. Dave and Chris from Hogg Skinz gave an excellent presentation on hydrographics and custom coatings work they do.  Currently they are located on North Edison (35 Edison Lane) in one of the industrial buildings being bought/vacated for the flood project.  However, information is available on their web site www.hoggskinz.com along with a great gallery of items they can and have done.
    Their work includes water immersion, water transfer printing or camo dipping up to a 6 by 12 foot part.  That includes bumpers, grills, spoilers, mirrors, etc.  They use House of Colors on most of the work.  It goes over the existing finish after rebasing.  The original paint is gone forever.  They can do brush aluminum, but not chrome.  Items are heated up to 240 degrees.  The pricing is very reasonable.  The automotive clear coat is usually six coats.  They have about 2,000 graphics out already.  Hours are usually 9 am to 6 pm but sometimes due to work maybe working until 10 pm.
  8. Dinner would be at Los Compadres:  17 would attend.

General Meeting adjourned at 6:40 pm.