September 13, 2018

  • Post category:Meetings

Sierra Chapter BMW Car Club – Reno, NV
13 September 2018 @ Pearce Motors

  1. New Members & Membership Update
  2. Upcoming Events
    1. Oct 13-14, El Dorado & Amador County Wine Tour
    2. Nov 3, Fun Rally
  3. Family Picnic Video
  4. Best Photos from the 2018 Monterey Car Week
  5. BMW Briefs
  6. BMW Trivia
  7. Q&A?
  8. Dinner @ Miguel’s Mexican Restaurant, 13901 S Virginia St, Reno (click here for menu)

The President was absent and the Vice President had to depart early resulting in John Strom conducting the majority of the meeting.

28 in Attendance

  1. MEMBERSHIP. No reported change in membership.
    1. Oct 13-14, El Dorado & Amador County Wine Tour. Annual wine tour will go on October 13-14. De Sharp said 18 cars signed up. Details are being finalized including names of wineries to be visited and will be provided to tour goers later.
    2. Nov 3, Fun Rally. Mart said November 3rd fun run scheduled but he is looking at a backup plan if weather is bad.
  3. PAST EVENTS.Pat McGoff said 36 people attended the club picnic at Arrowcreek.  John Strom showed a video collection of photos from the picnic.
  4. ERRATA. John Strom showed photos of new launches of BMWs revealed at Monterey. Road and Track published a new article favorably commenting on the new 3 series being a big improvement on the previous generation in feel and handling.
    1. Pat McGoff briefed that new Z4 will offer “frozen” colors as an option. The Z4 has a new grill with diamond openings. More details and pictures are available at and American Luxury at
    2. Intelligent Personal Assistant coming to future BMWs in 2019 models. The system is accessed by saying “Hey BMW” (
    3. Plant Spartanburg opened in 1994 with 500 workers and now employs 10,000 with another 1,000 workers planned by 2021.
    4. 2019 X5 pricing and features are published in the September 2018 Roundel. New notable features are a factory installed trailer hitch and heated and cooled cup-holders.
    5. BMW is expanding its production in China to produce 520,000 vehicles in 2019. Details in Roundel September issue.
    6. To support the 25 electric vehicles promised by BMW by 2025, they have entered into a contract with a Chinese company for over a billion dollars worth of lithium-ion batteries. BMW is continuing work on an electric vehicle powered by a hydrogen fuel cell for the mid 2020s.
    7. BMW has been testing the 8 series convertible in Death Valley to create an absolute worst case scenario for the vehicle components.
    QUESTION: Where in Europe is BMW planning to build its next factory?
    ANSWER: Hungary.
  7. Dinner @ Miguel’s Mexican Restaurant, 13901 S Virginia St, Reno (click here for menu)