“I know that guy, I’m sure I do,” I said to my smarter half at a chapter meeting about a year and a half ago. “His name is Greg.” Our chapter has a friendly practice we do at the beginning of every meeting: We ask all the new members to stand up and introduce themselves and tell all about how they found out about the Club and the whole shebang. Usually I glaze over and just kind of wait to heckle the president again, but this time I was intrigued. This “new guy” was going to be building an E36 race car, and he wanted to be in the Cool Kids Club—the BMW CCA. I guess in my book he was already in sort of a cool kids’ club, because he wanted to be a racer.
A few weeks ago, I was at my local dealership with about 300 other BMW enthusiasts to celebrate the arrival of the all-new M3 and M4. There were food trucks on hand providing great food, vendors displaying some great products, the local BMW CCA chapter had a booth signing up new members, and it was all in the dealership parking lot filled with BMW M cars from every model and generation.
Another outstanding Oktoberfest is in the books. What a gorgeous venue Beaver Creek was! Having some small prior knowledge of what goes into an event of this magnitude, I want to thank all the chapter volunteers, our National Office staff, Club officials, BMW CCA Foundation trustees and staff, vendors, contractors, and the almost 600 attendees who all helped make our annual family reunion—and my twentieth Oktoberfest in a row—so enjoyable and memorable.
Okay, okay, we actually have a few days to lay in supplies. But I wouldn’t want you to get busy and let the day slip by. That’s what happened to me a few years ago. No, I did NOT forget the 4th of July, I just forgot that in addition to its honored place as the anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, it also happens to be my wedding anniversary.
Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely, said Lord Acton. He also said, “To be able to look back upon one’s past life with satisfaction is to live twice”—but let’s get back to power.