February 2014 Newsletter

BMW Club Newsletter

In This Issue

  • Christmas Party
  • Sandia BMW
  • Oklahoma Rally 2014
  • Day Trip Ideas

by our roving reporter, Randall Eggert

President: Randall Eggert reggatss@gmail.com
Vice-President: John Moore john@jmooreou.com
Secretary/Treasurer: Norma Jo Quapaw myvtx1300c@gmail.com


Next Meeting
Our February meeting will be held Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at Mc Nellie’s South– near 71st and Yale. We’ll gather at 6:30 pm and begin serious discussion at 7:00 pm. If you don’t see us immediately ask for the BMW group.

Last Meeting
We met at El Fogon Mexican Restaurant, basically across the street (and up a block) from Legend’s on the north side of Owasso.  They do well on their Mexican offerings.  The only officer missing was John Moore, who was down in Baja Mexico getting a ride on a flatbed after destroying a front tire beyond the scope of a simple plug repair.  Apparently the 12 mile / 10 hour segment of the road wore out both the bike and rider, or was that 10 mile / 12 hour.  I’ll expect to get a full report from roving John.

I elaborated on the auction that took place at Legend’s to clean out the building for the owner to reclaim his real estate from the restaurant.  Prior to the auction starting, David Chappel of Legend’s saw some of the items belonging to the club and swept them up before the auction started.  He took the items home and called Roger Bostic, the most recent contact he knew of.  Roger called me and I arranged a time to pick up those items.

Mr. Chappel’s “hobby” seems to be racing midget cars, excuse me if I have this incorrect. Fairly open-body cars that are basically frames with integral roll cages, a high-horsepower V-8 and rear tires of differing sizes to facilitate the vehicle running around the track as quickly as possible.  While there I think I saw no less than eight V-8s sitting in frames and on the floor.  Interesting!

During our meeting I transferred the club’s retrieved filing cabinet and a box of plaques to Norma Jo for storage at her facility. Also found was Myron’s vest in the filing cabinet!

We discussed the Christmas dinner (see below) and the date of the upcoming 2014 rally. The date we requested from Gruber was the same weekend as 2013 but that weekend was not available.  We backed it up a week but found this date conflicted with the RA rally, the Kansas City Rally and some R90S rally in the northeast that John Moore is intending to attend.   Read further below for the solution to this conundrum.

Christmas Party 2013
I had forgotten to write about this, so thought I’d get it in before it totally cleared my mind.  We reached out and experienced something nice and new last December. The White Lion Pub off of 71st and Canton.

Pub Culture at the Club Christmas Party
Pub Culture at the Club Christmas Party

From outside in the dark it looked like an older multi-story home and the pub was on the first level, almost like a basement, but so much cozier.   Inside are a number of rooms, each for a separate group according to size.  One has cushy chairs, another a fireplace, we were conveniently next to the bar.  Yahoo!  Our group only took up two tables, about 12-14 members showed up.  We had our choice of heady beers, and the food, based upon English food, was really good, and fortunately for the club, not very expensive.

Occasionally, conversations jumped from table to table for clarification, but generally we stuck to our own table.   I don’t recall it ever getting quiet, so either the liquor loosened our tongues, or never ran out of anything to say.   No one staggered out, and I think a good time was had by all.  The most senior members there were Chuck and Anne, and the newest were Mark Welker and Fai Jow.

It will take me a while to get used to the pub style, as once you’re in, we can stay until closing, as I was informed. No attempts to cycle the tables as quickly as possible.  The people there were wonderful and helped me through this ‘pub’ learning process.  I’m ready to go again.   Rex and I were discussing holding meetings there, however they are short parking spots, and to get a fixed number of attendees reserved to a room could prove a problem.  We’ll see.

Indian Nations Rally
September 19-21, 2014

After several phone calls and numerous emails to the folks at Camp Gruber we finally have a new date for the 2014 rally. Hopefully this new date will provide fabulous weather and eliminate conflicts with other area events. We’ve moved it to the Fall as had been suggested by a number of members. So mark your calendar for September 19-21, 2014 and tell all your friends!

RA’s national – May 29-31 – Barber Motorsports Park – Birmingham, AL

MOA’s national – July 24-27 – Minnesota Fairgrounds – St. Paul, MN

Visit to Sandia BMW
Sanida-BMW-motorcyclesby Rex Brown

Last month I found myself in Albuquerque, New Mexico on business with a few hours to kill. Since I had a rental car I went for a drive and ended up at the local BMW dealer, Sandia BMW located on a frontage road along I-25.

Sandia is unique because it’s one of only three BMW dealers in the US that has cars and bikes in one location. The motorcycle dealership is straddled by BMW and Mini cars. Unlike in Europe each marque has its own standalone building complete with parts and service. Of course the motorcycle shop was the one I was most interested in!

Sandia-BMW-museumThe facility is clean and the personnel are all very friendly. I gawked at their mini museum and browsed the gear- both are located on the upper level. Back downstairs they invited me back to the shop where they were restoring an R90/6. The owner wanted a sidecar rig with some special touches, and it looked like they were doing it right. Their shop area was tidier than my office.

Sandia-BMW-restorationWe talked about the New Mexico rally at Sipapu and they asked about ours. They had heard about the lodge and Greenleaf Lake and hoped to join us this year. I finally had to bid them farewell and get back to work!

If you find yourself in the Albuquerque area drop in- it’s well worth a visit.

How Dave Saved Me (and others) Some Cash
Years ago, I was riding with a group from the Red Lodge Rally in Montana, over Beartooth pass, through Cooke City, into the Northeast portal of Yellowstone.  Anyone who has ridden along this route has been awed by the vistas, hairpin turns up and down the pass, gorgeous riding, and trees growing along the side of the highway where the shoulder should be. There was no place to pull over.

The group of us approached the Ranger Station at Yellowstone with Dave Carter in the lead.  As the most senior member, he had the Golden Age Passport that gave him free access to all National Parks. As told by the ranger, Dave and another would be given admittance to the park, the remainder of us would have to pay for a one-day pass to traverse through to Mammoth Hot Springs and continue our ride on US-89 north out of the park.  Not good enough for Dave.  He argued if he was driving a 10 passenger van, that we ALL would be admitted since we were with him.

“That’s not how it works!” retorted the ranger.

And there it started, heated verbiage being passed back and forth.  Shortly, I think I saw the ranger looking above Dave and the rest of us to the accumulating traffic collecting behind the bikes.   He stretched to his full height, stuck his arm out, and waved us ALL through.   I think the ranger felt he met with an immovable force and decided to do whatever was necessary to get traffic flowing.

Do you have any stories on other member?  We’d like to hear. Comment below or email us.

Places to Go, People to See
Last month I spoke of some locations that would make a good ride for food or a weekend ride, but didn’t get the opportunity to bring it up at the January meeting.  I’d like to start by showing my incomplete listing and hoping others will contribute other ideas:

  • Tontitown, AR         Grape Festival – 1st weekend August – Italian Spaghetti Dinner
  • Springdale, AR        AQ Chicken House
  • Queen Wilhelmina State Park – Camping & Lodging & Class B hookups – Weekend campout
  • Bartlesville               Murphy’s Steak House
  • Pawnee                     Steam and Gas engine Show – May

Just a few ideas.   Looking for the Venetian Inn on Google, ran into Tontitown’s Grape Festival.