BMW Car Club of America – E31 Chapter April 2021
— The Voice of E31 Owners —
April 2021, President’s Update #9 – by Henry Christoff
Membership – The April (monthly) E31 Chapter reports from National show the E31 Chapter with an uptick in membership to 130, from 126 last month. Additionally, ten members renewed their E31 Chapter memberships in March. Thank you for supporting the E31 Chapter and your interest in the E31 international community. Please note Roger’s write up in the Spring 2021 E31 Chapter Newsletter that election time is approaching and we are asking for nominations for vice president and treasurer. Please read the info provided in our newsletter about these offices and consider putting your name forward. Don’t be shy; it’s ok to nominate yourself!
Events – Please check the E31 Chapter website and the Spring 2021 edition of the E31 Chapter Newsletter (just sent to everyone) with events that may be of interest to E31 owners. If you happen to be in the Newport, Rhode Island area, you may want to visit the Audrain Automotive Museum. They have a new team in charge and have just started publishing a nice magazine called Linkage which they say is “Geared for the Automotive Life”. I received a copy of the Fall 2020 issue and one could not help but notice the roster of knowledgeable editors, columnists and contributors from the automotive hobby. For additional info go to www.linkagemage.com
Event rescheduled – I just learned that the classic BMW event The Vintage held at the Hot Springs Resort & Spa in North Carolina has been rescheduled from May, to September 16-18. Please see their Facebook page or their website (thevintage.com) for details. Apparently, all those who made room reservations at the host hotel for May will find their room reservations automatically switched to the September dates by the host hotel.
O’Fest Forever – “Ultimate BMW Event” has been announced by the BMW Car Club of America. Dates: November 3-6, 2021. This event will be held in conjunction with the Hilton Head (South Carolina) Island Concours and the Legends of the Autobahn-East event. More info to follow.
Headlamp Adjuster Kit Update
I’d like to say, many thanks to E31 Chapter members Art Cortez, Brian Diefenbacher, Ron Archer and Roger Wray. These folks answered my request for photographs of the headlamp adjuster kit- specifically the adjuster gear wheel with set-screw. These photos have been forwarded to BMW Classic. We await their update on this issue.
E31 Part – Available Again!
I had BMW part 51488128709, E31 under hood insulation, on backorder with Husker BMW in Lincoln, Nebraska since July 2019. After about a year with no delivery and BMW changing availability updates, I reached out to my contact at BMW Classic in an attempt to get a firm delivery date and to understand the reason or reasons for the continued delivery delays. I was assured that BMW were pushing the supplier to deliver a quality part that met the design specifications, and was given a parts delivery date estimate to the BMW parts depot at Dingolfing. This date was pushed out three times by BMW Classic. However, the good news is this item is now available again. Order from your favorite BMW dealer. My backordered under hood installation just arrived!