President’s Corner – Winter 2022
by Paul Ngai
Dear Chapter members,
For those of you who don’t know me, I previously served as NJ Chapter Vice President for a total of 8 years under Larry Engel, Jeff Caldwell and Neil Gambony. Prior to that, I was also the business manager. Here’s a little background on me: I was an immigrant from Taiwan who came to the United States in 1985 to attend college in New Jersey. My passion for BMW cars started when I was 8 or 9 years old when my great uncle gave me a ride in his 1974 BMW 528 (E12). It had white exterior with black leather interior. I don’t remember much except how nice the car looked and smelled. Ever since, I’d always wanted to own a BMW. My first car was a 1988 Toyota Corolla GTS. It wasn’t until 1996 when I bought my first BMW, a ’91 E30 M3 (Alpine white/Grey interior) with 58k miles. I remember picking up the car in West Palm Beach, Florida, when the previous owner picked me up at the airport in his E34 M5 Dinan Stage 2 or 3 (another nice car). Once the deal was made, I drove the car to Sanford, Florida, and got on the auto-train to Lorton, Virginia, and drove back to New Jersey and joined BMW CCA shortly after. When I took the car to NJ DMV, it failed emissions testing, so I took it to Rick Kiceniuk in Annandale, who was recommended by another chapter member, Rod Scott. After Rick took a look at the car, he told me the catalytic convertor was bad and needed to be replaced. Coincidentally, he had a spare catalytic converter at his shop and later found out it was from Gary Bossert’s E30 M3. After owning the car for 2 years, Rick told me that I should take the M3 to the track. So I signed up and my first track day was in 1998 at Lime Rock Park. And guess who showed up as my instructor? Rick Kiceniuk! I think he asked for me so he can show me what that car is capable of. I found out two things from that track experience. First, how much more the car can handle with an experienced driver. And second, how bad of a driver I was. After numerous events and many years later, Rick recommended me for ITS (Instructor Training School) and then I became an instructor in 2015. By the way, I no longer have the E30 M3. It was sold to a nice gentleman from Maine. He told me that he would sell it back to me when he decides to sell it. I have not heard from him yet. 🙁
The reason why I’m telling you all this is because if it wasn’t for BMW CCA, I would not have met all these people here and throughout the years. I have developed many friendships in the last 24 years with the club. We all share the same passion, and it felt to me like an extended family.
I would like to take a moment to thank all the board members for a great year in 2021 and welcome returning and new board members in 2022. Also I’d like to recognize and thank Neil Gambony for serving as the Chapter President for two terms and a total of 7 years, as well as Ron Gemeinhardt for serving as the Chapter Treasurer for the past 10 years!
Our 2022 board consists of the following members:
President- Paul Ngai
Vice-President- Allison Mack
Treasurer – Mathew Cahn
Driving Events Chair- Jeff White
Driver School Chair –Jamie Kavalieros
Auto-X Chair – Elihu Savad
Club Race Chair – Ross Karlin
Driving Event Registrar – Mark Mallory
Business Manager -Allison Mack
Social Events Chair- Richard Altman
Newsletter Editor – Marc Biunno
Member-At-Large – Bob Isbitski
Membership – Kevin Sheehy
I’m so grateful to be a member and now to serve you as the Chapter President of the NJ BMW CCA. My goal is to listen to our members on how we can continue to grow the chapter and welcome the next generation of drivers to share the same passion of the BMW brand. Feel free to reach out to me at email@example.com. I look forward to meeting you all at one of our events.
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