May 2018 Member Spotlight: Bill Johnson

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Our Member Spotlight for May is one of our newer members, Bill Johnson! Welcome, Bill and thanks for being a Member Spotlight!

Bill is married to his wife, Astrid and they have 4 children, 3 daughters and one son (thankfully, says Bill)!

He is a Commercial airline pilot, but likes to say, “Surfing is my occupation, aviation is my profession”.

Bill was born in Stamford Connecticut, grew up in South Florida, went to school and met my wife in Atlanta.

His 1st BMW and one of his current BMW: 05′ 330ci and a 2015 335i wife’s daily driver.

Bill has not had an opportunity to enjoy any track time yet, but given his profession and hobbies, I guess it won’t be long before he gives it a shot!

He joined Sunshine Bimmers in 2015, he loves surfing, travel, being with friends and home improvement projects.

Bill’s personal Motto: “If you want it done right, learn how to do it yourself”.

Quick bio:
“I consider myself a newbie to BMW’s but not to working on cars. Since I can remember, I’ve always been taking things apart to see how they work. In Highschool I bought a 1968 GTO (back when they were cheap) and ended up rebuilding the engine, enjoying the car for a few years, but ended up selling it right before College and Flight Training. Fast forward through the years of working, raising a family, and commuting for two airlines, the urge for a fun car that I could tinker on was finally satisfied when I was awarded a position at our Orlando base and needed a car to handle the 120 plus miles round trip. I’ve always loved the e46 for its looks and in 2015 found a coupe for sale and since then I’ve dusted off my wrenching skills and pretty much refreshed the entire car and had a blast doing so. Recently, we upgraded my wife’s daily driver/ family car for a 2015 335i M Sport. Being a California girl who had owned a 76′ 2002, she couldn’t be happier being back in a BMW. (I actually got booted out of our one car garage)! In the future, my wife and I be looking at aane92 for our daughter which would be 3 generations of 3 series, followed by my dream car, an e39 M5. But first, we need to add to our garage and try to find more parking!”
He is looking forward to meeting members!

He is looking forward to meeting members!
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April 2018 Member Spotlight: Robin Butler

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I did not get a submittal for this month’s Member Spotlight, so……I’ll tell you a little about me! I am a native Floridian, retired from Seminole County after 36 wonderful years and currently working as a Realtor with Keller Williams at the Parks. I am also co-owner, with my sister, Rhonda, of Artistic Antiquities, a furniture repurposing business. We have space at Adjectives Market in Altamonte Springs. I am a Professional Traveler living in downtown Orlando with my two dogs and my two cats. I am blessed with a fantastic family, a tribe of lifelong friends and I absolutely love adventures.

My very first BMW was a gorgeous 1995 gray, E34, 525i sedan that I absolutely loved. One of my most fun / fond memories of this particular BMW, was taking it to a driving school in Sebring. My Instructor was a very young guy, Ryan and I wish there were words to truly describe the experience. A full weekend of track time, sliding around corners and experiencing an exhilaration beyond words. I couldn’t believe that they just let us go immediately after Sunday’s drive time, I made it to my house in DeLand in less than an hour! Zoom! Zoom! I’ve had several since, but my first was always my favorite! Currently I love driving a 2006 323 xit E90 wagon!

I have been a member of Sunshine Bimmers since 1996 and have personally owned four BMW’s over the years.

I have several motto’s, “Work smarter, not harder” was one I always referred to in my profession and in my personal life, “”Be faithful in all things, because it is in them that our strength lies.”

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Happy New Year and welcome 2018!

Posted by on Jan 17, 2018 in Article, News | 0 comments

On behalf of all of us at BMW Car Club of America Sunshine Bimmers Chapter, Inc. We would like to wish you and your families a safe and happy New Year!

We enjoyed so many fun activities in 2017 and closed out the year with our Christmas Party at Fields BMW in Winter Park, where a grand time was had by all and then our Backyard Movie, Thanks to Robin (which was moved inside due to the cold).

We are looking forward to another great year of exciting activities for our area BMW enthusiasts.

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Members Spotlight January 2018 Randy Lynch

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Randy, a California transplant, and former Naval Officer is married to Terri – a 135i Convertible M-Sport owner too. They have two sons, Josh (HVAC Technician for Mastercraft) and Luke (Florida Institute of Technology student).

Randy spent 28 years as a Naval Flight Officer and now teaches at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in the College of Aviation, the College of Business, and for the Strategic Studies and International Affairs/Homeland Security Department. He is also a BMW Genius/Product Specialist for Fields of Daytona, but only work there on Sunday’s because of his busy teaching schedule!
Randy’s 1st BMW: 2009 335xi Which he bought in Germany and picked up in Munich when He was stationed in Stuttgart. Currently, he drives a BMW: F80 M3. He has owned four BMW’s over the years.
Randy is a Tire Rack Street Survival Program Instructor and has been to the Performance Center once as a student, and then once with BMW when undergoing Genius training.
He has been a BMWCCA member since 2009 and a Sunshine Bimmers Member since 2013 when he and his family moved to Florida.
Other than BMW’s, Randy likes snow skiing, flying, drones, sailing and running.
His personal Motto: Life is not a game of ‘king of the hill,’ where we are always trying to be first. Instead, it is all about getting up the hill, and then making sure you help others get up there too! Always look for opportunities to give back…everyone is a mentor!
Randy Lynch
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2017 Sunshine Bimmers Car Show was held at Fields BMW in Winter Park on October 29th,

Posted by on Nov 26, 2017 in Article, News | 0 comments

On October 29th Sunshine Bimmers held their annual car show at Fields BMW in Winter Park. The day started off with windy with misty rain and cool temperatures. It did not look like an ideal day to hold a car show! Eventually, the weather gods smiled on us and the sun came out.

As this was our first car show as a BMW CCA Chapter in a while and we were unsure as to what the turnout might be, especially because of the weather. We were hopeful that 25 to 30 cars would attend.

We were completely blown away when over 55 cars showed up and registered for the event, and at least another 10 were present but were too late to register.

This was a People’s Choice car show. . . . No judging. This makes the event more of a “Gathering of the BMW Faithful” than an actual car show.

The cars were divided into 5 classes, Classic, Vintage, All other or late model and M Class. Ballots were handed out to all attendees and spectators to vote for their favorite cars.

It was decided that since Fields was hosting the event they would make the choice for “Best in Show”.

Here are the results:

Winner Classic: Brandon Pierce for his 1970 2002.

Winner Vintage Class: M. Sosa for his E46 3 series.

Winner Late Model: Kayla Diaz for her 2014 435i

Winner M Class: Jamie Soto for his 2003 M3

Finally, the Best in Show pick from Fields BMW was an original 1975 2002 Turbo owned by Curtis Angle.

Just one brief note:

We all love BMW’s! There was one car at the event which I have seen on a number of occasions. Most people do not even give it a second glance. It is a 1980 E21 320i which is often overlooked because it followed the beloved 2002 or the car that came after it the cult favorite E30. BUT this is an amazing car. This car has OVER 650,000 miles on it and is owned by Joe Neris. I decided to give Joe a winning ribbon just because! The car is in wonderful original shape for a 1980 car with less than 100,000 miles on it. The car is remarkable I hope Joe hits the million mile mark!

I would like to thank Fields BMW of Winter Park for their support in making this event happen. I would also like to thank all the Sunshine Bimmers members who came out to help make this show work. Thanks to Nick Katona, Don Wright, Mark and Amy Rutenberg and especially Tom Betlow who was my “go to guy” in dealing with Fields.

Sunshine Bimmers has already started working on the 2018 event which will be bigger and better!

Happy Holidays to all.

Bob Ziegler Club Sec.

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Members Spotlight September 2017 Joseph Lenhart

Posted by on Aug 28, 2017 in Article, News | 0 comments

Like many Americans who have a chance to live aboard, Joseph and his wife Katherine came in contact with new and interesting experiences. In the early 1980s, they were newlyweds living in Germany, discovering European traveling, culture, food, and of course BMWs. There, Joseph purchased his first BMW, an E12 525, it was a used vehicle already a few years old.

They put a lot of miles (kilometers) on the 525 as they traveled extensively on the autobahns and back roads of Germany and the surrounding countries. Today, Joseph owns an E88 2011 128i convertible with a manual transmission, an F30 2013 328i, and yes, a 2014 BMW bicycle.

Joseph’s track experiences have been at the BMW Performance Center in Spartanburg, South Carolina for the 1-day M School and the more advanced 2-day M School. In addition, he has been a member of the chapter since 2011, his hobbies include traveling, reading, fitness, and classical music. Joseph works in software development and his personal motto is “Take nothing for granted”. Below is a photo of Joseph and his lovely bride Katherine.

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