Club Happenings – Spring 2019: Monthly Meeting at Shade Tree Garage in Morristown

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Shade Tree Garage in Morristown hosted the chapter for a demonstration of paintless dent removal techniques presented by James Green from Dent Busters NJ. Thanks to John O’Connor of Shade Tree Garage for hosting the club meeting and providing pizza for the attendees.

Photo by Paul Ngai
Photo by Paul Ngai
Photo by Paul Ngai

Club Happenings – Spring 2018: New Jersey Chapter Tours the BMW Vehicle Distribution Center in Jersey City

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By Paul Ngai

On March 24th, 100 lucky Chapter members got to visit the BMW Vehicle Distribution Center (VDC). It was our 6th Annual VDC Tour/BMW CCA Foundation Charity Event and was sponsored by BMW of Bridgewater.

The BMW VDC is the point of entry for BMWs, MINIs, and Rolls- Royces into the United States. BMW currently has four VDCs in the United States. The New Jersey VDC processes approximately 85,000 cars per year and supports 8 states. The West Coast VDC in Port Hueneme, California receives cars for the West Coast; the Baltimore VDC receives cars destined to the Midwest, Virginia and Maryland, and the Brunswick, Georgia VDC receives cars destined for the southern United States. BMW recently expanded its vehicle distribution network to southeastern Texas to better serve the 45 BMW and MINI dealers within four states (Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Arkansas) that make up a part of the Southern Region. The New Jersey VDC processes an average of 300 cars per day and includes new and European Delivery BMWs, MINIs, and Rolls-Royces, which arrive from Austria, Germany, South Africa, and the United Kingdom.

Upon arrival, members provided their names to the security checkpoint and were greeted by our Chapter volunteers. The VDC provided coffee and bagels for breakfast in the waiting area where members got to see the raffle prizes. The event started promptly at 9am and the group was escorted into the main facility area for a presentation. Then the group was divided into smaller groups for the individual group tours led by VDC members.

Lunch was provided by BMW of Bridgewater. During lunch, our special guest, Scott Dishman, Executive Director of the BMW CCA Foundation, gave a very thorough presentation about the Foundation.

Here are some of the items which were raffled off at the event. The collectible edition of the Heroes of Bavaria book (leather bound, slipcase, only 300 produced), two exclusive Heroes of Bavaria posters, one driver-signed item, and One free HPDE experience for a NJ Chapter member (at any CCA HPDE event).

BMW of Bridgewater donated a BMW M bike which was auctioned off at the event. Overall, it was an informative and successful event. All the members had a great time and learned a lot about the vehicle preparation process. Thanks to everyone’s generosity, we raised over $5000 for the BMW CCA Foundation.

Hope to see everyone again next year!

Club Happenings – Spring 2018: Monthly Club Meeting at 56 Degrees Wine in Bernardsville

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“And now for something completely different”. Yes, I need to give credit for that line to Monty Python’s Flying Circus for those of you who are old enough to remember them. (And if you don’t know, look it up. – JF) What does that have to do with 56 Degrees Wine and a BMW car club meeting? Vice-President Paul Ngai contacted me to let me know he would be out of town for this meeting and wanted me to manage it for him. Was Paul reading my mind that it was a dream meeting for me, a car club meeting in a liquor store? What could have made it any better; a couple of Turner or Bimmerworld Race Cars?

So why not have a meeting at a store that not only sells wine but some boutique spirits and microbrewery beers and ales as well. After all, we enjoy having and driving our fine automobiles, we should be able to enjoy fine wines and spirits as well. The meeting got off to our usual start of business, introduction of new members, stuff to buy or sell and some announcements for the Club’s upcoming events. When the business portion of the meeting was completed, it was then turned over to our host, Joe Bembry and his associate Roberto Rivera.

56 Degree owner Joe Bembry explains the winemaking process to club members. Photo by Neil Gambony.

I wish that I was as knowledgeable about BMWs as Joe was about his wines. He informed us that 56 degrees is the perfect temperature for storing wine, hence the name for the business. He also admitted that he had turned the temperature in the store up to 60 degrees for the personal comfort of his customers.

Forty or so Club members were in attendance February 27th as we were educated on some of the differences of wine of both domestic and foreign origin. We had side by side comparisons of both red and white wines, foreign and domestic. Interestingly, that by a show of hands of which wine that was more preferable, there was quite the split. We were tasting wines in the $10 -$20 range per bottle which just goes to show that great wine doesn’t have to be expensive.

So what else should you have with your wine? We were treated to some exquisite cheeses from places like France and Italy to go along with some bread and crackers. This is something that 56 Degrees Wine does as their business model that should you stop in on a Saturday they will have several different wines for sampling along with having cheese and crackers to go with them.

56 Degrees Wine has wine from all around the world and they taste it before buying it. If they don’t like it, it won’t be on their shelves. They are located at 25 Claremont Road in Bernardsville NJ, about a block up from Route 202 which runs through the center of town. Their website is 56 degreewine.com.

We look forward to a return visit to 56 Degrees Wine and maybe then we could discuss what may have been your favorite skit of Monty Python’s Flying Circus.

Cars and Chronographs hosted by Hamilton Jewelers and Breitling

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SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT

We just heard from Hamilton Jewelers that Breitling will be attending the event with special products, a brand ambassador and gifts for all guests!!
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Dear member,
I am Marc Goeller, your chapter Vice President, and as such, I am responsible for planning and organizing our monthly meetings together with our board of directors. Today, we have exciting news about a new meeting to take place at Hamilton Jewelers, one of the most amazing jewelry store in the country, located in Princeton.
Carrera, Monaco, Daytona, Mille Miglia, Bentley, etc. … to us, car enthusiasts, these names surely resonate with some legendary car races! But for some people like myself, who also have a passion for fine watches, another type of mechanical wonders, these names are also associated with the like of Heuer, Rolex, Chopard and Breitling and are part of the prestigious chronograph type of watches, one of the most difficult caliber to develop from a technical perspective.
Also, with the recent passing of some of the greatest American space pioneers, Buzz Aldrin (a native of Montclair, NJ!!) and Gene Cernan, both former members of the many NASA space programs (Gemini, Apollo, etc.), how could I also not mention Omega’s Speedmaster, a chronograph initially developed for car racing and which eventually became the legendary Moonwatch as it was qualified by NASA for all space missions… and as it happens, my absolute favorite model!
From my discussions with many of you during our past social meetings, I do know that I am far from being the only such person who has a passion for cars and watches in our chapter. As a result, we are pleased to bring you what promises to be an absolute amazing event hosted by one of the finest watch dealers in this great country!!
There will only be capacity to accommodate about 60 people or so, so if you want to attend this meeting, you will need to RSVP via the registration portal that will open on Motorsportreg on February 19, noon time. Until then, please note the following:

  • Location will be at Hamilton Jewelers in Princeton, NJ
  • Meeting will start at 6:00pm, sharp
  • This event is reserved to BMW CCA members in good standing and one (1) guest only. Please include the name of the guest you will bring with you in the comment field of the registration tool
  • Membership will be checked upon registration and IDs of participants will be checked at the door
  • Children age 8 and older are welcome

We invite the meeting participants to bring their favorite watch to be able to share their “story” with other enthusiasts. Two watchmakers will be available on site to answer your technical questions… while enjoying an amazing cocktail hour sponsored by The Peacock Inn and Beach Haus Beer!!
How exciting is this??? I certainly can’t wait for this amazing evening! What about you?
I look forward to seeing many of you there, including new faces.
Sincerely,
Marc
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Tech Session meeting hosted by BMW of Bridgewater

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My fellow club members, although Spring and our first Driving School are still a few weeks away, it is never too soon to ensure that your car is in top shape for an outing on the race track. In addition, many of you have been enjoying your bimmer for several years already and are thus often interested in learning on how to perform yourself the needed TLC work.
Well, we got you covered with this February meeting as Matt Kimple, Service Manager, and BMW of Bridgewater have invited us to spend an evening at their amazing location!! Indeed, this event will consist of a Technical Q&A session with our club’s most experienced experts, but also with BMW of Bridgewater’s expert technicians.
And it does get even better! Not only will there be some food and drinks for you to enjoy, but Matt also confirmed that the Parts department will be open and a flat 20% discount will be made available to all BMW CCA members on that night!! I don’t know for you, but I am quite speechless and I can’t thank Matt enough for being such a gracious host!
I hope you will all be able to join us for another amazing event at BMW of Bridgewater!
Meeting will start around 6:00pm and the Tech Session will start at 6:30pm. See you there.

Monthly Meeting: Planning your European delivery

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Have you ever thought about ordering a new BMW and doing European delivery? A little overwhelmed by the logistics or simply don’t know where to start? Just interested in the process? Well, you are in luck! Miguel Cortes with RS Touring will make an interesting and compelling presentation regarding European delivery at our next chapter meeting on Thursday, January 28 at the Deutscher Club of Clark. RS Touring plans European delivery trips and handles every aspect of the experience, from flights to hotels, transportation and more! Miguel is very passionate about European delivery and this will be an entertaining and informative meeting. 7:00 PM on Thursday, January 28 at the Deutscher Club of Clark. Don’t miss it!

October Meeting with Philippe Defechereux, author of book: Watkins Glen, the Street Years

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We are pleased to invite you to join us for a discussion with Philippe Defechereux, the author of the book Watkins Glen, The Street Years 1948 – 1952.
Copies of the book will be available for sale on the night of the meeting ($50) and Philippe will gladly sign your copy if you wish so.
Meeting will take place at the Deutscher Club in Clark, NJ. Dinner will be served at 6:30pm and meeting will start around 7:00pm.
The club would lile to thank Bob Zecca, owner of Team Driving Impressions, for having made this meeting possible by connecting us with Philippe.

Place: Deutscher Club of Clark NJ

Address: 787 Featherbed Ln, Clark, NJ 07066

Time: 6:30pm


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Photo Contest and Monthly Meeting at Unique Photo

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We are extremely pleased to announce that once again, Unique Photo® has graciously offered to host us for our March monthly meeting!!

NJ BMW CCA Sponsored Photo Contest. Take the best photo of a motorized vehicle and win!

“Light Camera Action: People, Places, Things” presentation by Dom Miliano will also take place during this meeting and will cover photo shooting in the best light, picking the right equipment and how to shoot action. this presentation will include examples of both winners and clinkers.

And in addition, there will be a bonus presentation by Dave Haueter who will just be back from Sebring where he will have been attending the 12 hour endurance race.

Date: March 24th

Time: 7:00pm

Location: Unique Photo camera store located on Route 46-W in Fairfield, NJ.

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How to Enter Photo Contest:
Email your entries to bmw.mtrois@gmail.com by 12PM EST on Wednesday, March 23rd 2016.
Photos of motorized vehicle must be taken by the person submitting. This contest is open to all. Limit of One (1) photo per participant. Please indicate name of photographer, year and location where pic was taken (if you care to share) as well title of your picture, if any.

Photo Contest Judges:
David Haueter, contributing Writer/Photographer for Roundel® and Bimmer® magazines
TBA, Representative from Unique Photo®
Prizes: TBD… depending on the generosity of our sponsors!

NJBMWCCA Board Meeting

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Dinner at 6:00 PM, meeting starts at 7:30 PM

 at Alfonso’s restaurant in Somerville, NJ.

December Meeting: Pinewood derby and Election of Club Officers

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Date: Tuesday December 3rd 2019
Location: Deutscher Club in Clark, NJ
Time: 6:30pm
Topic: Pinewood Derby and Election of Club Officers
 
Pinewood Derby rules:
Cars must use official BSA Pinewood Derby wheels and axles. Cars must meet following specifications:
– 5 oz maximum
– 7″ max length
– 2 3/4″ max width
– 3/8″ clearance
– powdered graphite the only permitted lube.
Pinewood Derby kits are available at most hobby stores that handle Cub Scout supplies. You can make your own entry, or you can let your kids help. This is a highly competitive NJ Chapter tradition, with many champ series points at stake. Make an entry, or come out and watch.
Annual club officers election:
Members interested in running for a board position must contact the club’s secretary, Dave Allaway (n2xb@yahoo.com), and notify him of their intent to run for a position prior to the November meeting of the board of officers.

October Meeting

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Location: JMK BMW, Rte 22 in Springfield, NJ
Parking: on the street between JMK and the AMC theatre (Cornell Parkway) and also use the AMC theatre parking lot for overflow.
Time: 7:00pm
Topic: BMW i8 Presentation
The October monthly social meeting is scheduled for October 22 at 7:00pm and will be hosted by our long time club sponsor, JMK BMW located on Route 22 in Springfield, NJ.

This event will feature the brand new BMW i8 plug-in hybrid! The BMW i8 is no ordinary sports car. It’s an icon of progress — an extraordinary evolution of The Ultimate Driving Machine®. As a all-wheel drive plug-in hybrid sports car, this revolutionary vehicle combines the power of a 3-cylinder TwinPower Turbo engine and the efficiency of an all-electric motor for an exhilarating 357-hp and 420 lb-ft of torque driving experience that’s every bit BMW, so please join us at JMK BMW to see for yourself!

In addition to door prizes, JMK BMW’s parts department will remain open late that night and will be offering a discounted pricing to you.

We look forward to seeing you soon again!

September Meeting

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When: Wednesday, September 24th; 7:00 PM

Where: Guten Parts and Left Lane Cars; 213 Valley St., South Orange, NJ 07079

What: Shop tour, view project cars, chat with owners and mechanics, possible short “tech and learn” session with one of the cars on a lift.

Parking: Please park in the Monty Motors lot or the bank lot across the street from Monty

Food and drinks will be served.

More details to come.


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Biergarten at the Deutscher Club of Clark, NJ

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Biergarten at the Deutscher Club of Clark, NJ

Event:  BMW Biergarten Night
Date: July 10th, 2020

Place: Deutscher Club of Clark NJ

Address: 787 Featherbed Ln, Clark, NJ 07066

Time: 5pm-10pm

Admission: $5 per person

The Deutscher Club of Clark NJ has invited the NJ BMW CCA to one of their annual BMW Biergarten Event.  As usual, there will be plenty of good German food and beverages!

PLEASE NOTE:  There will be no car show this year.  Also, event is limited to 500 attendees, so please come early.  Doors open at 5pm.  Face coverings must be worn and attendees are required to be six feet apart for social distancing.


 

Joint meeting with SIG Fest

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Saturday June 17th, 08:00AM to 10:00AM
The BMWCCA Annual Car Club Event – SIGFest will participate along with NY/NJ Local Chapter meeting at BMW North America’s Cars & Croissants. For SIG members from out of state, this maybe a once in a lifetime opportunity!
BMW NA will have some amazing cars on hand such as the Steve Soper DTM E30 M3 racecar, an E46 M3 GTR V8 “Stars 7 Stripes” racecar, the 2017 Michelin One Lap of America M4, an Alpina B7, and a BMW M760xi. There will also be a few Mini Coopers and something cool from the Rolls Royce stable. Motorcycle fans will also get to experience BMW Motorrad’s EyeRide virtual experience.
In addition to seeing the newest cars, BMWNA reps will be available for a question and answer session with raffled gifts to conclude the meeting. It is truly a special event and amongst the largest attended annually.

NY Auto Show

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2014 New York International Auto Show
BMW will host a special preview for club members on Saturday, April 19th 2014 at 9:00 a.m.
In order to participate in this event, members will need to do the following:
You MUST purchase your tickets in advance from the Jacob Javits Center website
($15.00 adults, $6.00 children under 12)
Email your Name, Club ID number, and the names of your guests (limit of three (3) per member) to autoshow@nybmwcca.org.
Example: Club Member Joe Smith, #123456, guests Bob Smith and Tom Jones.
Your name will be on the list at the entrance.
Arrive at the North Concourse level, upper doorway of the Javits Center
(10th Ave between 33rd and 34th Street) by 8:15 a.m on Saturday April 19.
Bring your BMW CCA Club ID; you will need to show it in order to enter the event.
The event starts at 9:00 a.m. If you arrive late you will not be able to attend the show.
PLEASE, AS GUESTS OF BMW USA, HAVE THE COURTESY OF REMAINING WITHIN THEIR EXHIBIT FOR THE ENTIRE PRESENTATION

Monthly Meeting

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Matt Sweetwood and his team at UNIQUE PHOTO in Fairfield NJ have been working very hard to put together our April meeting and you will not be disappointed by the results!
As announced earlier, this meeting will feature a photo contest of Motorized Vehicles open to all club members and photo enthusiasts. You will be able to find the details on the contest and where to send your piece of art before the April 16 deadline at the following webpage:
http://www.uniquephoto.com/bmw-cca
Matt himself, and David Haueter, contributing writer and photographer for Roundel and Bimmer magazines, will be the judges of this photo contest.
You will also see the amazing prizes that have been donated by CANONand ZECKHAUSEN RACING: digital cameras and gift certificates!
Winning photos will also be displayed on our website and in our future club bulletin.
…And since this was not enough just yet, Rick Gerrity, professional photographer and Panasonic Lumix Luminary, will be the featured speaker at this meeting. He will discuss how to best photograph cars, including both static and rolling shots. Bring your questions!
Meeting will start at 7:00pm at Unique Photo. We hope to see you all there.
This will be another great NJBMWCCA meeting!

Circle BMW Meeting

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We are happy to announce that we will be back at Circle BMW this year again.
The event scheduled for May 19th at 6pm to 9pm. Our guest speaker will be Steve Richards, Dinan’s Eastern Region Representative.
The parts department will have special pricing that evening:
All Hard Parts will be list less 25%
All Accessories will be cost plus 9 %
All Oil will be list less 15%
Important note: there will be no additional CCA discount on top of the offers above.
As usual, food and beverages will be served.
We look forward to seeing you all again soon!!

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