After a very snowy winter, we finally arrived at the start of a wet spring. We have two touring events coming up in the next few months. One is a returning tour and the other is one that is a club favorite. March 7 was the 10th anniversary of BMW. It was founded in 1916. The Oktoberfest in Monterey will be celebrating the event with many cars from the BMW museum in Munich. We hope to see many of our members there.
We did have a Tech Session on March 12th at Sierra Wheel Repair. John Strom arranged the presentation and we had 12 members show up for the event. John knows the owner very well. As a matter of fact, John just had his M3 wheels refurbished by the company. We did learn the technique for fixing and painting wheels that have gotten dinged up or bent. Sierra Wheel Repair is one of the few companies that do this type of repair and at a very affordable cost. If you have wheels that need attention, give them a call.
The Cabot Cove Tour is returning after a 4-year hiatus. John Strom is going to lead us again to Marin and then up to Fort Bragg along the Rt. 1 coastal highway. It is a two-day tour starting on Friday May 13th and finishing on Sunday May 15th. We stop in Marin for the night on Friday and then continue up the coast Saturday. The tour was limited to 12 members and it filled up very quickly.
On Jun 25th, John English will take us back to Virginia City thru Incline Village and Carson City. The Virginia City Tour ends up with a very nice lunch at the Palace in Virginia City.
The 2016 Oktoberfest in Monterey apparently has filled up the Hyatt Hotel in Monterey so the BMWCCA is looking for more hotels to house more than 1500 members. We have 8 members attending from the Sierra Chapter. Russ Huntoon is bring down his RV and parking it on the Laguna Seca track. I will host a wine tasting tour of the Carmel Valley on the Wednesday of the event. We did that two years ago when the Oktoberfest was also in Monterey. It was a great time!
Although we only had one event in the Winter Quarter, we did have some fun meetings. I’d like to thank all the members who have been showing up for the meetings. We have been averaging 25-30 members and spouses. As always, most of us attend the dinner after the meeting. We change the restaurants every month to keep it interesting. I encourage all our members to come and check us out. We have a great time talking about our BMW’s and get to know our members better.