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Origins of Northern Ohio Chapter
When early BMW Car Club of America members joined the national organization in the mid-1970s, they became members of a local entity which was rather unique at the time. While most chapters were located around metropolitan areas, Ohio had one of the first—if not the first—statewide chapter, Buckeye.
After attending meetings and events in the Columbus area for a time, our lifetime member John Franklin contacted members in Cleveland, Akron, and other northeastern Ohio areas and created the Cleveland/Akron Area to have more localized events and management. At approximately the same time, members in the Cincinnati region also organized regionally as an Area within Buckeye.
Cleveland/Akron monthly meetings initially were held at the Franklin home and later in area restaurants. To pull members from Cleveland’s western suburbs, later meetings were held at the Elegant Hog—the current location of the Windham Hotel.
In the early 1980s, the Columbus Area turned over management of Buckeye Chapter to the Cleveland/Akron Area. In the late 1980s-early 1990s, the Cincinnati Area became the managing force for Buckeye.
After Buckeye Chapter hosted their first BMWCCA OktoberFest, members of the Cleveland/Akron Area requested secession from Buckeye Chapter. The intention was to concentrate activities and governance in a more localized area, believing this would better serve local members. This request for secession was one of the first of its type for the national organization.
In late fall 1991 with agreement from the remaining Areas of Buckeye Chapter, Northern Ohio Chapter was formed, encompassing Ohio postal zip codes from 44000 to 44999, which corresponds to the northeastern quadrant of the state. The general territorial area covers from Castalia-Sandusky to Galion-Mansfield to Dover-New Philadelphia over to the Pennsylvania border and northward to the shores of Lake Erie.
25th Anniversary Summer Social Wrap-Up
Sunday, August 7, 2016, marked the Chapter's twenty-fifth anniversary social in the Waterside Room of the Emerald Necklace Marina in Cleveland Metroparks’ Rocky River Reservation.
Old and newer members enjoyed a picnic buffet and the background music of Found Sounds’ steel drums. Door prize donations as well as some Chapter logo materials sent most members home with a memento of the day. Many lingered on the terrace outside the room or took a walk along the marina and the Rocky River before heading homeward, ready to start our next twenty-five years.
Particular thanks goes to the following for prize donations:
- BMW of Westlake for a custom detailing certification
- BMW Cleveland for a weekend with a 228xi convertible
- Dave Walter BMW for a weekend with an i8
2016 Gervasi Cruise-In Event Wrap Up
On Wednesday July 27, 2016 the Northern Ohio Chapter BMWCCA was the featured marque at the Gervasi Vineyard Cruise-In car show. The event, now in its second year, was held in conjunction with Cain BMW. Over 50 BMWCCA members cars were on display along and near the brick pathway leading to the main pavilion. The wide variety of BMWs in attendance ranged from a 1971 2800 CS to a new BMW M3. Cain BMW’s display in the main pavilion included a beautiful M6 Gran Sport finished in Black Sapphire Metallic. During the evening’s festivities a silent auction benefiting the Make-A-Wish foundation was held which raised close to $200.00 for this very worthy organization. Special thanks goes to Cain BMW for donating a great selection of BMW-branded items for this auction.
Cain BMW also hosted a member appreciation at the Ballaria in the Villa Grande (located on the grounds of Gervasi Vineyard). This member-only event included a delicious selection of appetizers and provided all in attendance the chance to cool off while enjoying some great conversations! Thanks again to Cain BMW for partnering with our Chapter on this event.
Northern Ohio's Twenty-Fifth Anniversary Year 1991-2016
Help celebrate our quarter of a century as a northern Ohio car club.
We'll continue some of our tradition events such as:
- The Mid-Ohio Memorial Day Weekend Drivers' School and Club Race
- Wine and Beer Driving Tours
- The Gervasi Cruise-In
- The Poker Run
We're also planning other events for this landmark year for us which is also BMW's 100th anniversary as a marque.
Watch this web page and the calendar for all the anniversary year gatherings!