Sierra Scene

April - June 2017 Issue

From the President's Desk

From the President's Desk

Well here we are at the midpoint of the year. Things are now in full swing for the summer. June seems to be the right time to finally shake off the cold of winter and enjoy some activities. We had a great turnout for the Virginia City Tour. Fifteen to twenty BMW’s with crews took to the highway and had a blast. Coming up for the season we will do our annual Sierra Buttes and Poker Run. Then the Annual Family Picnic to follow, Amador Wine Tour, Street Survival, Fun Rally, some Tech Sessions and eventually the Holiday Dinner and Party. Hopefully as we continue to grow there will be added activities. The more members we get involved, the more opportunity for more activity input. Happy motoring to all members, and let’s get together and Have Fun.

- Ron Nicasio


Featured Articles

Our 440iC on the disk

BMW European Delivery – The Ultimate Vacation

If you are in the market for a new or leased BMW, you should consider the BMW European Delivery Program. BMW discounts the vehicles by approximately $2,500-$5,000 depending on the model which helps offset the cost of a vacation to Europe. They also cover shipping and insurance on the car for two weeks while driving in Europe. And the best part is you pick up your car at the BMW Welt which has high end restaurants, a wonderful welcome lounge, all BMW Group vehicles on display, and the ultimate pickup of your vehicle. The Welt is located next to the Munich BMW plant, the Corporate Headquarters (the famous 4-cylinder building), and the BMW Museum.

We just completed our fifth BMW European Delivery this past May. The journey began on May 18, 2017 when we picked up our 440ic at the Welt in Munich. But before we drove off with our car we were treated to food and beverages in the VIP lounge. This is where you relax prior to going down to the floor where all the BMW’s are rotating on discs.  What a great presentation to see all sides of the car. A representative spends about 30 minutes going over all aspects of the car. Our representative even programmed all the stops on our route thru Switzerland and Italy. We drove the car back to the Platzl Hotel which is a 4-star hotel that BMW recommended. It was spectacular and the breakfast was to die for.

After three days in Munich, we drove on to Lucerne, Switzerland for two days. The city is located on Lake Lucerne. We took a boat tour of the surrounding areas which is a must if you visit. There are several great restaurants in Lucerne but food is extremely expensive in Switzerland. We then went on to Bellagio on Lake Como, Italy for three days. George Clooney owns a mansion across the lake from Bellagio which seems to be a big draw to this area. We came here once before many years ago when we did another European delivery. We liked the area so much, we decided to return. This is a great place to relax and enjoy the beautiful mountains surrounding the lake.

On to San Gimignano, Italy which is in the center of Tuscany. We did some serious wine tasting for 4 days. We stayed at a quaint apartment named Il Borghetto. The only set back was the last two miles to the apartment was on a dirt road. With a new white BMW, it was very frustrating. The good news was we did find a car wash on the day we were leaving, so all was good. We then traveled to Asti, Italy which is in the center of the Piedmont wine region. We stayed in Asti for three days and traveled around this area visiting wineries and tasting some great Italian wines. Our final stop in Italy was a small medieval town called Aosta. It is close to the French and Swiss borders. We had also visited it several years ago. It is a walled town with many Roman influences. A great place to take photos.

We finished our trip by stopping back in Lucerne for one night and then back to Munich. We returned our car at the Munich airport. There are about a dozen places you could drop your car off in Europe but we learned early on that your best chance of getting your car back in 8 weeks is to return it to Munich. BMW pays for one month of lease if you are leasing. The downside is you have to wait two months to get your car from Europe. We still think it is worth it.

This was our fifth (and probably last) European delivery. Our first was way back in 2000 when we visited Austria. In 2007, we went to Italy for the first time. In 2010, we traveled to France and dropped the car off in Nice (a big mistake). And in 2014 we went to Prague and then around Germany. I have included a few photos to give you a flavor of our travels. Ciao

Pat & JoAnn McGoff, Past President

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Movin' On

Movin' On

The lyrics to a song I remember go like this: “I have stayed around and played around this old town too long; summer has come and gone and winter is coming on; it’s time to be movin’ on.”  (Apologies to the song writer - click here for view lyrics and listen)

What does that have to do with the BMW Club you ask—nothing directly but I liked the song.  However summer is almost gone (gone already for school kids) and our Club is movin’ on from our August meeting and picnic to a September meeting and maybe President Ron installing rotors and pads on his M3;  to Street Survival October 7th and Wine tour October 14th and fun rally October 28th.

Movin’ on after October excitement winter will be coming in November and December as will the Holiday Party.

But if you want to enjoy the great fall weather in Reno movin’ on to your own drive.  The trip to Murphy via California Route 4 is a great drive.  Taste some wine (not to much) have lunch and drive back.  About 6 hour drive time.

If you missed Sierra Buttes Poker Run tour email Sharon Goodrich and ask her to send the route instructions or click here to go to the event page and enjoy ribs at the Longboard restaurant at Plumas Pines Golf Course.

Drive around Lake Tahoe stop at Sugar Pine Point State Park (Californian Side) and visit the Hellman-Ehrman Mansion. The take Kingsbury Grade from South Shore end up in Gardnerville/Minden and have dinner or lunch at JT’s Restaurant, .

Stay in Reno and visit the National Auto Museum rated in top five in the nation. It has a new space exhibit.

Before you know it you have moved on into 2018—Happy New Year!

De Sharp, Treasurer

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Past Events

2017 Virginia City Drive

2017 Virginia City Drive

If you didn't get to join us Saturday, June  24th on the Virginia City Drive you can still share our experience (then you may want to join us on our next drive!).

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At about 9:15 am, members of the Sierra Chapter, BMWCCA, started to show up for the Virginia City Cruise and Tour at the Starbucks on Mt Rose Hwy and Wedge Pkwy. John English, the Wagon Master, assembled everyone for a briefing at about 9: 35 on the trip details. The fifteen BMWs soon departed west on Mt Rose Highway on time at 9:45 am. We proceeded up the twisty and windy highway and in about a half hour we were at the parking area overlooking the scenic Lake Tahoe. Besides the beauty of these surroundings, this was a time to meet and talk to the other participants. Some were old friends and a few were new to the BMWCCA activities. After about a 15 minute stop, we then proceed to Incline Village where turned left on Hwy 28.  We proceeded a few miles down the road to the Incline Village Starbucks. We arrived there at about 10:30 am. This was a 15-20 minute stop for picking up more members and some refreshments. We departed Starbucks and stayed on Hwy 28 around Lake Tahoe; luckily the heavy traffic was in the other direction. At the intersection of US Hwy 50 we made a left turn toward Carson City. This was an uncontrolled intersection and it was a challenge to get all the cars onto highway. After a mile or so, John pulled over to regroup and make sure that all the cars made the turn. It was downhill from there to Carson City. Then it was to Hwy 395 north to the cut off to I-580 north. Then it was right onto Hwy 50 again to Virginia City. After several miles, we turned left on the old truck route to Virginia City. This route goes up the very curvy road up 6 mile canyon. By the way, if you missed the trip, this is a very pretty drive that you might want to take someday.

Once in Virginia City, everyone drove around until they found a parking place. Some had to park on the lower and side streets while others were able to park in the public parking lot. We ended up at the Palace Hotel and Restaurant for lunch at about 12:30 pm. Because of the heavy lunch hour traffic, we had to split up and find our own seating.  After lunch everyone went their own way. Some returned to Reno and some stayed in V.C to shop until they dropped. In all, if you missed this trip, prepare for the next event. Join the experience and some HAVE FUN.

(Click here for the mapped Route)

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Upcoming Events

Tire Rack Street Survival Presents

Street Survival - October 7th

Greetings everyone.... as the newly minted organizer for the Street Survival event I realize the time is growing short as the event nears and I'm freakin' out just a little...sort of OMG! Never mind, we have some incredibly talented folks in our club and I say a “novena” every night that they will be there.

Event registrations are underway and we already have 10 students enrolled...ummmm...that would be a need for 10 in-car coaches already – you might see where I'm going with this. If you have never coached before then let me tell you... it can be an exhilarating, hair-raising, rewarding, fun experience, and probably all in that order! And no... you don't get to teach your child or even your neighbors child... that wouldn't be good! Best of all... you might even learn a few maneuvers you didn't know about.

To keep the Street Survival folks happy, they require you to complete an on-line course that takes about 1 hour. The course material basically covers the psychology of teaching a teenager car control skills. You can do this. Upon completion you are rewarded with a certificate which officially makes you a coach – then we can play. Click here to start the online course.

The event takes place at the Washoe County Regional Public Safety Center and the facility is terrific – complete with track facilities, air-conditioned classrooms, proper water closets and ample parking. Food and beverages are provided. In addition to coaches, I need volunteers and cheerleaders – yep, if you just want to check it out and cheer on the students and coaches you are more than welcome. Just let me know so I can make sure we don't run out of food.

Please send me some fan mail so I can get off my knees! Look forward to seeing you all and please save the date.

Stephen Polimeni, Driving Events Coordinator

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Message from your Editor

Message from your Editor

Well it doesn’t seem possible, but this year is at the midpoint. Keep informed and participate in club activities. Everyone joins a club for different reasons, but our motto is to Have Fun. Without you there is no club and no activities. Our members who are in charge of the various activities put a lot of work into making the activities FUN, so get involved!

Our club is growing with new members and I hope to see them participate in the many activities that the club has scheduled. Speaking of participation, it would be great if many of you would also participate in another way. Remember our goal is to HAVE FUN. Not only is there are a lot of activities for the fun aspect, but there is a chance to share stories about our favorite car or cars -   the BMW, MINI, & Rolls Royce – That’s the “BMW Group” of fine automobiles.

What makes a club great is participation. Not only in going to the events, but also by submitting your life experienced on the road and, especially, about your BMW experiences. This is your newsletter and you are invited to submit things of interest. As long as they are family friendly they could be published for all club members to enjoy. I know that you have great things to share. Send your contributions to [email protected]. I promise that it doesn’t hurt one little bit to share.

Fred Watson, Editor

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Coming Events

• Sep 14, Meeting at Bill Pearce 6pm

• Oct 7, Street Survival

• Oct 12, Meeting at Bill Pearce 6pm

• Oct 14, Wine Tour

• Oct 28, Fun Rally

• Nov 9, Meeting at Bill Pearce 6pm

• Dec 14, Holiday Party



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