Sunshine Bimmers President’s Message for 2020

Posted by on Jan 6, 2020 in Article, News | 0 comments

I hope all of our members enjoyed a great Holiday season. I wanted to start the year with a brief update on where we are as a BMW CCA Chapter for 2020. 

In November BMW CCA held a meeting of all the Chapter Presidents and Treasures in Dallas Texas. At this meeting, many items for the future of the club as a whole were discussed that will have a profound effect on Chapter operations for the coming years. 

The most monumental change will be the significant loss of chapter revenue paid by National to the chapters. We will lose about 45% of our income from National over last year’s amount. National justifies this by not requiring the chapters to issue quarterly newsletters to our members. Please believe me when I tell you that our newsletters did not cost us anywhere near 45% of our income from National. Instead, you will be receiving twice a year a new regional magazine with content solely supplied by the regional chapters. The name will be Bimmerlife!  

This was done because the club BMW CCA has a net loss of over $800,000 in the last year. The largest part of that loss was caused by the club magazine Roundel. Like many other magazines add revenue for the Roundel has plummeted. National has decided to try to offset that loss partly by way of reducing the monthly stipends to the chapters. As a result, your board has been forced to consider how we move forward in the best interest of our members and to give you our members the best experience we can for 2020. Number one on that list starting an Auto Cross program. Presently we are working with the venue and the Porsche club to “piggyback” on their successful events. This is only until we decide if this is a viable option for our members. If we do decide to move forward as Sunshine Bimmers Auto Cross we will have to incur the expense of purchasing our own timing equipment and computer to run our events.  Next, we decided to push the 2019 Holiday Party to January 2020.

You should have seen the posting on our Sunshine Bimmers Facebook page and Websites with details. You will be receiving an email invitation shortly. We decide to do this for two reasons. We wanted to wait until after the November meeting to be aware of just how much of our monthly revenue we were going to lose. (we never even considered that it would be that high) The second reason was that this year there was a very short window to host a party because there were only three weekends between Thanksgiving and Christmas.  

That said the board and I will work hard to make 2020 a banner year for our members. I would like to hear from you our members with suggestions on what you would like. You can email me at robertziegler@msn.com with your ideas. I know I speak for your entire Sunshine Board in Wishing you all the best for 2020! Bob Ziegler, Sunshine Bimmers President 

Remember it is not about the cars it is about the people

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Our Member Spotlight for December is Edgar Lee

Posted by on Dec 24, 2019 in Members Spotlight, News | 0 comments

Edgar Lee will be 49 years old this month and was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He is married and has two daughters, two dogs, and a rabbit. Edgar is a Service Programs Marketing Specialist at Siemens Energy. He has been a Sunshine Bimmers member since 2018.  

When asked which was his first BMW, Edgar gave us a nice story: “Trick answer, in a manner of speaking–the BMW that gave me the bug is actually one I never got to drive (I wasn’t old enough…), and that was a 1972 Fjordblau E3 Bavaria (3.0 L with dual Weber carbs that I can still hear in my mind) that my parents bought in 1976, and sold as a “ran when parked” car in 1985. Then truly got bit by a 1987 E30 325i that I spent a good portion of the summer of 1989 driving, followed 8 years later by a test drive of a 1988 E28 M5 that a close friend was restoring to her original beauty and ran like a bat out of hell even though it had a bad 3rd gear synchronizer.” 

Edgar currently owns a 2001 E46 330Ci Convertible and a 2009 E70 X5 3.0. Some of his hobbies other than wrenching on his cars include camping with the family and cooking which he enjoys. His personal motto: “Never memorize something you can look up.”- Albert Einstein

Want to be our member of the month? 

Email us at sunshinebimmers@gmail.com and we will contact you with further details.

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Calling all Autocross Enthusiasts!

Posted by on Nov 22, 2019 in Events, News | 0 comments

BMWCCA Sunshine Bimmers / Space Coast PCA Team up!

Sunshine Bimmers has been hard at work finding ways to bring Autocross events to its members. We have finally been able to solidify collaboration with the Space Coast Porsche Club of America and the great people at The American Muscle Car Museum.

Last month our Social Chair Esteban was invited to participate in the last event of Space Coast PCA’s 2019 season. It was a great event and it demonstrated this will be a successful collaboration.

Please review the Rules and Safety details outlined in the PDF below:
https://spc.pca.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/Space-Coast-Autocross-Rules-and-Procedures-2020-R3.pdf

See below a video and a couple pictures of the October event.

 If you have participated in Autocross events previously and would like to participate in one of our upcoming events please send an email to esteban.valentin@gmail.com requesting to be added to the list of potential participants. Esteban will be coordinating the details and assembling a list of members interested in joining these events.

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Our Member Spotlight for October is Rob Pruss

Posted by on Oct 12, 2019 in Members Spotlight, News | 0 comments

Rob is a 37-year old that was born in New Jersey. He is a Mechanical Engineer at Harris Corporation. Rob has been married to his loving wife Lucy for 10 years. They have two wonderful boys, Ayrton and Jenson – both budding car enthusiasts. We have attested to this many times during our Space Coast lunches where they bring their awesome Hotwheels collection with many BMW models!

Joining the family is their dogs, Biscotti and Teddy. His first BMW was a 2002 BMW 330ci which he modded a bunch and had a lot of fun with. His current BMW’s are a 2000 BMW 540iT Dinan Stage 2 and a 2000 BMW Z3 2.8. He has owned a total of 6 BMW’s. Rob is an avid track enthusiast and has participated in tons of autocrosss and track events at Daytona, Sebring, and the FIRM. He has been part of Sunshine Bimmers since 2010. We are glad to hear that having more events on the coast has renewed his interest in the club in the last few years. Some of his hobbies (other than BMW’s) are fishing, surfing, and anything car-related.

Rob’s first BMW was a 2002 BMW 330ci which he modded a bunch and had a lot of fun with. His current BMW’s are a 2000 BMW 540iT Dinan Stage 2 and a 2000 BMW Z3 2.8. He has owned a total of 6 BMW’s. Rob is an avid track enthusiast and has participated in tons of autocrosss and track events at Daytona, Sebring, and the FIRM. He has been part of Sunshine Bimmers since 2010. We are glad to hear that having more events on the coast has renewed his interest in the club in the last few years. Some of his hobbies (other than BMW’s) are fishing, surfing, and anything car-related.

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Our Member Spotlight for August is Eduardo Aviles

Posted by on Aug 12, 2019 in Members Spotlight, News | 0 comments

Eduardo is a 40-year-old BMW enthusiast who was born in Caguas, PR. He works at Northrop Grumman Aerospace Services. He has owned a total of two BMWs which the first was a 2002 330xi (which he still owns) and he also owns a 2015 X4. He enjoys playing volleyball and weight lifting. His personal motto: “The sky is the limit”. Eduardo has been a member of Sunshine Bimmers for about a month now so make sure to welcome him to our Chapter when you meet him at one of our local events.

Want to be our member of the month? Email us your member number to sunshinebimmers@gmail.com and we will contact you with further details.

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