March 10, 2016

Sierra Chapter BMW Car Club – Reno, NV
10 March 2016 @ Pearce Motors
AGENDA

  1. New Members & Membership Update (Sharon)
  2. Upcoming Events for 2016
  3. BMW i8 Spyder convertible on the way
  4. BMW 3, X5 and 7 series hybrids
  5. BMW big believer in hydrogen – still!
  6. BMW recalls 840,000 cars for air bags
  7. BMW Trivia
  8. Q&A?
  9. Dinner @ Miguel’s Mexican Restaurant, 1415 South Virginia Street

26 in Attendance

  1. New Members & Membership Update (Pat)
    1 new member this month
  2. Upcoming Events for 2016
    1. Reminder to the club to check the calendar of events on the website.
    2. John Strom’s Tech Session is on Saturday March 12th @ 10AM Sierra Wheel Repair – Curbed rim repair clinic showing how they do it.
      Sierra Wheel Repair, www.sierrawheelrepair.com Address: 2090 Freeport Blvd, Sparks, NV 89431,Phone:(775) 815-1980
    3. Coastal Cruise to Cabot Cove – Weekend of May 13th for three-days
      Near Fort Bragg. Contact John Strom @ 851-3000 to register for the event by Thursday, April 28th if interested in going. Single sheet handout was provided during the meeting for those that are interested. There are only 12 spots and 9 have signed up so far.
  3. Defensive driving course update
    1. We managed to successfully get access to the highway patrol training course
    2. $480 for the course rental, which will be paid by the BMWCCA Foundation.
    3. Class size capped at 30 to keep it manageable
    4. We need more people this year than we have in the past
    5. October 8th is this year’s Street Survival. We may need the 9th also if more students show up.
  4. BMW i8 Spyder convertible on the way
    Technical difficulties with the computer projector in the meeting room so we were not able to show the i8 Spyder in this meeting
  5. BMW 3, X5 and 7 series hybrids
    First BMW plug-in hybrids are coming soon. They have a gasoline engine and one electric motor to help with gas economy. Better gas mileage AND lots of torque.
  6. BMW is still a big believer in hydrogen!
    Seemed like these were falling out of favor but BMW is continuing to do R&D with Toyota. Hydrogen cars will get better distances per tank but the biggest issue is being able to fill the tanks at locations around the US.
  7. BMW recalls 840,000 cars for air bags
    Takata airbag recall – safercar.gov/rs/takata
  8. BMW Briefs (Historical newsletter highlights)
    1. Jeff Cowan will be the new Regional VP for the Pacific Region. He beat Nick Owen, the incumbent.
    2. The next Bimmer ’02 Fest will be held in Minden this September.
    3. BMW sales were down 11% for February. SAV’s were up 7% however.
    4. BMWCCA Foundation published a list of 100 historical high points for the 100th anniversary. If anyone wants a copy, we can get copies.
    5. Jackie Douglas is moving back to Colorado. She will be dearly missed.
  9. BMW Trivia
    Question:
    The X3 is currently being made in Spartenburg but can’t keep up with the demand. Where is the next manufacturing plant going to be used to fill the void?
    Answer: South Africa Roslyn plant.
  10. Q&A?
    Who’s going to the Monterrey Historics?  So far the McGoff’s, Sharp’s, Strom’s, Huntoon’s. Pat McGoff is doing another wine tasting in Carmel on the Wednesday of the Oktoberfest.
  11. Dinner @ Miguel’s Mexican Restaurant, 1415 South Virginia Street