President’s Page Fall 2017

Hello, my name is Fred Knotek. As of January 1st, I will be your new Sonora Chapter  BMW CCA President. I want to use this opportunity for you to get to know something about me.

My wife Debbi and I moved to Tucson in July of 2014. Prior to relocating to Arizona, I spent most of my life living and working in the Twin Cities area.  I was born in the Czech Republic and lived in Germany, Italy and Australia before my parents settled in Minneapolis. I’m a graduate of the University of Minnesota. My entire career has been in the Information Technology field. Starting as programmer, I worked in various positions and attained the role as Director for a large food wholesaler and retailer before my retirement.

My involvement with BMW’s began in the early 90’s when we bought a 318is.  Living in Minnesota, we stored the car over the winter months to stave off any rust that might accumulate.  We love the car so much, we still have it after 25 years. We also currently have two other BMW’s; a 2000 528i and a 2014 M235i.

I joined the BMW CCA in 2002 and just received my 15 year member pin. I was a member of the North Star Chapter before transferring my membership to the Sonora Chapter when we relocated here. Debbi and I have attended two BMW CCA Oktoberfest’s (2010 at Road America and 2016 in Monterey). I’ve also had the privilege of participating in the BMW Performance Driving School at Thermal, CA in May of 2017.

My goals as your President is to carry on the traditions of the Chapter, look for new opportunities, be a responsible caretaker of the Chapter and be responsive to your needs as members. Please don’t hesitate to let me know what you feel the Board of Directors and I can do to give you a great membership experience

Notes from the Secretary

Hello Club Members,

The Sonora Chapter Board meeting was held October 4 at Fronimo’s restaurant.  Although the weather hasn’t cooled down yet, there is plenty of activity coming up.  Look for notices about the October 12th monthly Thursday Dinner at Claim Jumper, and the October 14th Patagonia Fall Festival tour.  Also coming up are two car shows; the October 21st Tucson Classics Car show, and the November 4th Cops & Rodders Car show.  Hope to see you there.

Also look for information about a November 12 backyard picnic, details TBD.  And of course the December 9 Ft. Huachuca Holiday Homes Tour & Lunch.  And don’t forget to vote for the yearly election of Club officers.

Hope to see you at a dinner or upcoming event.  Feel free to attend a Board meeting too, they are listed on the events calendar.

Notes from the Secretary

Hello Club Members,

The Sonora Chapter Board meeting was held June 7 at Fronimo’s restaurant.  In the last two months we had dinners at El Corral and North, an event at the Pima Air and Space museum with the Phoenix Roadrunner Chapter, and an event at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum.   All were great fun!   Members attending the monthly dinners were treated to Hors D’oeuvres paid for by the club.   Don’t miss out, plan to attend one of the dinners if you can.   None in your part of town?   Contact any Board member to suggest your favorite restaurant, we’re always looking for suggestions.

A new event in the planning stages is a drive up Mt Lemmon in July with the Phoenix Roadrunner Chapter.   We may even have a Time/Speed/Distance Rally in September.   Please check the events calendar for details on upcoming events.

Hope to see you at a dinner or upcoming event.   Feel free to attend a Board meeting too, they are listed on the events calendar.


Sonora and Roadrunner Chapters at Air & Space Museum

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Club Logo available for your shirts, bags, etc



The club has decided to take a different approach to our logoed items.   Rather than purchasing shirts, hats etc then reselling them to you we have decided to provide individual, personalized machine embroidery of our logo on items of your choice, such as woven or knit shirts, blouses, beachwear or other items.

The basic size is about 4 inches wide x 2 1/4 inches high and costs $15 for the embroidery at this size.

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