From the President’s Desk

FromThePresThe second quarter of 2016 started out on the wet side but the sun finally came out in May and June just in time for our touring events.

The Cabot Cove Tour was a great success this year and we didn’t lose Jim Goodfellow like we did 4 years ago. John and Alice Strom lead us again to Marin and then up to Fort Bragg along the Rt. 1 coastal highway. It takes a lot of work and coordination to put this tour together so our hats off to John and Alice. John even put a quiz together on BMW technical names that turned out to be a real challenge. The two-day tour started on Friday May 13th and finished on Sunday May 15th. We stopped in Marin for the night on Friday and had appetizers and drinks on the hotel patio and then walked over to the pub for a wonderful dinner. The beer wasn’t bad either. On Saturday we got an early start and headed up the coast highway. We had to deal with some fog and a bunch of cyclists but we needed the challenge. The 10 member cars ended up in Fort Bragg for the evening. We all went to a seafood restaurant for dinner and shared conversations of the drive up the coast. We need to do this again in a few years if John is willing.

On Jun 25th, John English took us back to Virginia City thru Incline Village and Carson City. The Virginia City Tour ended up with a very nice lunch at the Palace in Virginia City. A big thanks to John for doing this tour each year. It is a club favorite.

For the third quarter, the club is having their 3rd Annual Picnic on July 10th. It will be held at Bower’s Mansion again this year. Andy and Sharon Goodrich are spearheading the Sierra Butts Tour and Poker Run again on July 30th.  The Hot August Nights Potluck will be at our house on August 11th. We had 46 members attend last year so let’s try and beat that record. I would love to see some new faces at our house. The Kars for Kids Show and Shine will be at Sky Tavern again this year on September 11th. Our BMW club won the $1000 award last year for most club cars. This is a non-club event but the money goes to a good cause and we will be trying to win again this year. And the last event of the third quarter is our annual Sierra Wine Tour on September 24th and 25th. The event is already full with 15 members attending.

The 2016 Oktoberfest in Monterey now has 2000 members attending. There are 12 Sierra chapter members signed up to attend this year. Some are attending the Festorics and Legends of the Autobahn as well. I hear there is still room so if you have never attended an Oktoberfest, this would be the one since it is close and BMW is celebrating its 100th Anniversary.

Happy Motoring,
Pat McGoff