Happy Holidays

Posted by on Dec 10, 2018 in News | 0 comments

What a fantastic, GIVING November!

Our November Food Drive for Second Harvest Food Bank yielded 211 POUNDS of non-perishable items!

 Show n’ Shine Car Show at Fields BMW was a tremendous success with Jim Shoemaker taking “Best in Show”, congratulations Jim and to each of the participants. A big shout out to Bob Zeigler for his hard work and efforts to pul this event together, great job Bob!


I could not have been happier with the support for our first ever, Holiday Charity Drive event! Together, through several raffles and ticket sales, you raised $1000 for our 2018 charity, The Covenant House Orlando and over flowed the toy bins for Toys for Tots. Well done!

Our ccatering crew from Uncommon Catering surpassed expectations, and I personally know them to be first class, so going above that is spectacular. Dom Carbonaro entertained us with his crowd pleasing vocals and guitar and our check in volunteers,Rhonda Schmoyer and Elise Snedeker kept everything running smoothly. Our gratitude to Fields BMW Winter Park allowing us to use their showroom and to Orlando Bimmer Club for sharing the festivities.

On behalf of the Sunshine Bimmers Board, we want to thank Mark and Amy Rutenberg for their years of service and dedication to Sunshine Bimmers and to the rest of our Board Members who will be stepping down at the end of this month. We look forward to a new year with new ideas and opportunities.

Best wishes to all of our membership for a safe and happy holiday filled with family, friends, laughter and BMW’s!

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June 2018 Member Spotlight: Esteban Valentin

Posted by on Jun 7, 2018 in Members Spotlight, News | 0 comments


Our Member Spotlight for this month is 36 year old, Esteban Valentin. Esteban, originally from Attleboro, Massachusetts and was introduced to BMW’s by his beautiful girlfriend Melissa Rivera.

Esteban and Melissa live with their three furry children, Arya (Pitbull), Benny (Lhasa Apso), and Lola (Shih Tzu) and their BMW’s too.

Esteban is an Associate Director at Tsunami Tsolutions LLC. working on multiple projects related to military aircraft.

1st BMW: 2017 BMW M2 Long Beach Blue 6 speed DINAN treatment

Current BMW: ‘17 BMW M2 (Weekend Toy), 2011 135i DCT tastefully modded

Track Events: Multiple Autocross Events, Palm Beach International Raceway, Daytona, Homestead, M Track Days

Sunshine Bimmers Member since September 2016

Hobbies (other than BMW’s): Road Racing

Personal Motto: Live life to the fullest and never look back.

Esteban and Melissa have been helping out with Sunshine Bimmers Space Coast events as well as our Social Media pages.

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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

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

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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