March 12, 2020

Sierra Chapter BMW Car Club – Reno, NV
12 March @ Pearce Motors
We meet on the second Thursday of each month @ Bill Pearce BMW, 11555 S. Virginia in Reno. The meetings start @ 6pm, but feel free to show up early to talk cars or just drool over the new stuff in the showroom.

After our meetings end (~7 PM) many of us head out to dinner at a local restaurant

AGENDA

  1. New Members & Membership Update (Pat)
  2. Event schedule for 2020 (Pat)
  3. BMW Briefs & Trivia (Pat)
  4. Q&A?
  5. Dinner @ Skipolini’s Pizza, 13971 S Virginia St, Reno (click here for menu) following the meeting.

MINUTES

Meeting called to order by Vice President Pat McGoff at 6 p.m. on March 12th. There were 15 members and 1 guest present.

  1. Pat read regional vice-President message concerning on going club activities in light of the Coronavirus pandemic. Crux of message is that each Chapter can make its own decision as to how to proceed with emphasis on health and safety being the primary concern.
  2. MEMBERSHIP:Fred Watson reported there was 1 new member and 1 renewal in the past month. Membership with associates stands at 152.
  3. FUTURE EVENTS
    1. The decision was made to cancel the breakfast and private collection tour scheduled for March 21st until a later date. Russ Huntoon will contact the owner and inquire into arranging a new date.
    2. The National auto museum tour will be 10 a.m. on April 5th. Lunch will be at noon at Bertha Miranda’s across from the museum. Those attending in the morning may re-enter the museum after lunch without paying any additional fees.
    3. John English will firm up details for the Virginia City drive in May. Check the club website for updates.
    4. The club picnic will be at Galena Creek Park on August 9th.
    5. The wine tour is set for September 26th.
    6. National is working on maybe bring Ofest to Palm Desert but no details at this time.

      For details on upcoming events refer to club website.

  4. BMW BRIEFS (links are provided to source articles)
    1. BMW has delivered over 500,000 electrified vehicles since 2013. Click here to view the article.
    2. Spartanburg set new production record of over 411,000 vehicles for year. Click here to view the article.
    3. BMW led U.S. auto exports for the 6th consecutive year with over 246,000 vehicles being exported and number one auto exporter in U.S. by value. Click here to view the article.
    4. BMW quarantines 150 Munich employees after positive tests for Coronavirus. Click here to view the article.
    5. M and M performance model sales for 2019 globally were 135,829. 44,442 of these models were sold in the U.S. Click here to view the article.
    6. The Geneva auto show has been delayed because of Coronavirus. Click here to view the article.
    7. The BMW Logo is changing with the black ring around the blue and white replaced by a clear ring. Click here to view the article.
    8. BMW is subject of SEC sales probe for alleged “sales punching” a method of boosting sales figures by counting vehicles still in dealer inventory. Click here to view the article.
    9. iX3 production specs have been revealed and production will be in China. Click here to view the article.
    10. BMW is going to build a Chinese factory in partnership with Great Wall Motors with a production capacity of 160,000 vehicles per year. Click here to view the article.
    11. The BMW i8 production run is coming to an end after 6 years. Click here to view the article.
    12. BMW Inductive charging named green car tech of the year. Click here to view the article.
    13. There has been controversy over size of grilles on new BMWs. The company says the new grills have been well received. Click here to view the article.
    14. Although plans exist for many BMW EVs in the near future, BMW is committed to production of internal combustion until 2050. Click here to view the article.
  5. BMW TRIVIA
    QUESTION: What engine did BMW develop for ROLLS-ROYCE 100 year anniversary models?
    ANSWER: aA V-16 which was only used in a concept vehicle. Click here to view the article
  6. DINNER: Dinner was at Skipolini’s in the Summit Mall.

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