Sierra Chapter BMW Car Club – Reno, NV
10 April 2014 @ Pearce Motors
- New Members
- New Events 2014
- Summer Picnic July 13
- Dyno Day recap
- BMWCCA Membership Survey
- John Raffealli Obituary (Sandy Pearce’s husband)
- Too many BMW Models?
- BMWCCA Congress Update
- BMW Trivia
- Dinner @ Los Compadres
37 in Attendance
General Meeting: Pat McGoff, President, called the meeting to order at 6 pm.
- New Members/Guests: Ron introduced his friend who is not a member, but is sure he will be soon.
- New Events for 2014.
- Picnic – July 13. Pat McGoff reserved ArrowCreek for our picnic from 2 – 5 pm. More information will be available later; limit of 40 to 50 attendees. Swimming pools, soccer field, indoor cooking/outdoor barbecue activities, tennis courts and more are available for our use.
- Dyno Day Recap. John English had his car analyzed at Gilson and showed those present the results printout. The 135i he bought last October was tested; torque at factory is 300 and the car had Dinan exhaust and possibly Dinan suspension. It had custom intakes. It was interesting to see the force energy dynometer measure its performance.
- Membership Survey. Attached to the agenda was a printout of the 69 chapters that were in the survey. The Sierra Chapter came in at second place after the Inland Empire Chapter in Eastern Washington (Mead/Spokane).
- John Raffealli Obituary. Sandy Pearce and her husband have been a great team for Pearce dealerships and carried on Bill Pearce’s legacy very well over the years. A copy of the obituary was attached to the agenda. John had a four year struggle with pancreatic cancer. Pat McGoff and John Strom would be attending the celebration of life on Friday, April 11, 3 pm, at The Grove on Foothill Road.
- Too Many Models? An article on BMWs history and now having 100 models, not including new cars that are coming out later this year and next year, was attached to the agenda.
- BMW CCA Pacific Region Congress Update. The meeting was very informative and refreshing for both Pat McGoff and Russ Huntoon
Russ attended/participated in driving event items. Insurance coverage for individual drivers during track events is not covered. HPDE (High Performance Driving Events) evaluates all events. Lockton Affinity Motor Parts, in 2009, endorsed the HPDE Insurance Program for those who were interested. Everyone should check with their insurance company to see if they would be covered for track driving events; it is unlikely they would. This issue came up five or six years ago and no one participating at that time found that their insurance company would cover any track time.
Jeff Warner said the SSCCA program was the way to go. Check out www.RenoSCCA.org for more information. It is a very high speed event. The Fernley track, however, is in very bad shape. Ron Nicasio can provide information on the track. The Stead Autocross is very good, the Porsche club uses it all the time; surface is excellent and pretty smooth.
Pat McGoff said information on past, present and future was well detailed; there had been many moves for more members as the membership bottomed out. Now that the economy was better it is back up and helped the finances. Membership is obtained by word of mouth (about 67 percent) and $48 dues payments are distributed as follows: $15.30 to the local chapter, $15 to the Roundel and $17.70 to CCA.
One of the most interesting topics was BMW CCA wanting to engage BMW dealerships. There are 350 dealerships and many do not have a good relationship. BMW CCA wants a liaison to link up with dealerships, which Pat McGoff will do. This can be difficult in other areas like San Francisco who has 26 and LA many more than that. The Congress could not believe that we were given $250 for each car they sold and that Pearce also provided many raffle gifts, at times some very expensive, for various events we held.
Bill Wade did a presentation on Street Survival that was founded in 2002, Tire Rack was added in 2003 and there were six schools. Last year there were over 100 schools. The full conference information is available on the web site.
Pat McGoff found the meeting to be very informative. The information on past, present and future was well detailed; there had been many moves for more members as the membership bottomed out. Now that the economy was better it is back up and helped the finances. Membership is obtained by word of mouth (about 67 percent) and $48 dues payments are distributed as follows: $15.30 to the local chapter, $15 to the Roundel and $17.70 to CCA.
- Trivia. What is the force injection booster (FIB). Answer: It extracts energy at low speed and will be available April First! This was an April Fools Article (just a joke)
- Questions/Comments: Jimmy Johns said Sierra Wheel Repair, 860 Greg Street in Sparks, did a great job for $85 a rim. The cost for repair of dented or scuffed wheels is well worth it compared to the cost of a new rim. Website: www.SierraWheelRepair.com .
- Dinner at Los Compadres. About 26 attending.
General Meeting adjourned at 7:05 pm.