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Bavarian Motor Notes - May 2023

Bayleigh P Pfeiffer | Published on 5/2/2023

May - 2023

So much going on around DelVal Chapter this month and next - Don't miss out!

Sign up for our picnic at Ziggy's! Sign up for our HPDE Event at Summit Point! Watch the F1 race this weekend!
Even more in the week ahead! Details Details and links to sign up below!

Visit DelVal - Connect often - always being updated!

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Tuesday afternoon, 28 March, fifteen DelVal Chapter members arrived to be met by General Manager, Eric Lechette.  Eric shared that their mission statement as well, Brandywine Coachworks exists to deliver best in class repairs and exceptional customer experiences while providing a world class teammate culture”


They are one of a very few private shops that are fully BMW Certified, for all BMWs, and in a close relationship with local BMW dealers-none closer than OTTO’s of West Chester.


We walked the shop floor, seeing many brands, but none more common than the many BMWs. A recent X7 was awaiting some parts to be reassembled, and an IX was present as well, along with ample 2,3,4 and 5 series.  Becoming BMW Certified takes many steps, and is a big investment, but the demand for their precision repairs and flawless paint skills keeps growing.


We also were shown the inside of the paint control booth, with hundreds of tints for their water-based painting system, which can do 5-7 full paint jobs daily.  They can faithfully match ANY BMW paint ever used.  We also saw their parts warehouse. Each vehicle in the shop has it’s own roving cart that holds EVERY removed part, whether it will be replaced or reinstalled, and once all replacement items are in-hand, mechanics can get to work and reassemble everything.


Following this in-depth tour and presentation, our group adjourned for supper at Thornton’s "BierHaul", a thriving gastro-pub in a rambling restored barn building for adult beverages and a discussion about all that we had seen. 

Bimmers, Baldwins and Brews!
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We had 20 car loads of DelVal Chapter members join an exclusive close up tour of a magnificent facility dedicated to the preservation and restoration of classic steam and diesel locomotives, fine passenger coaches, tractors, buses and pretty much anything with an engine. We observed the start up and maintenance on a 70 year old ALCO locomotive while it was running. The pistons on these things are the size of a 5-gallon pail! Their business also includes logistics and trans=shipment services for rail freight cars - fascinating business!


Out gathering seemed to attract a number of BMW Touring wagons, so we lined everyone up and got a few photos.


After all this we adjourned to the historic town of Woodstown, NJ for a lovely meal provided by our hosts, Jim, Amy, Bayleigh and Grace Pfieffer and the SMS Team!


SMS is preparing to complete the restoration of the Steam locomotive you see in the photo album in the next couple months. Our chapter will be back to SMS later this year with an opportunity for a rail excursion behind that locomotive - watch the event Calendar!

DelVal Represented at the First-Ever "Touringfest"!
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The very first-ever Touringfest took place on April 22, 2023 in Gainesville, GA. This event drew three participants from the DelVal area, and also from Indiana, Florida and Texas. 12 cars including e36, e34, e39, e46 and e91 wagons represented the "Long Roof" configurations of our favorite marque.


The kick off activity was a beer tasting social/ice breaker to give everyone a chance to introduce themselves, share their favorite locally brewed beers and to explain their attraction to these usually overlooked, but, oh-so interesting wagon style BMW's. The next morning dawned bright and sunny and marked the start of an all day guided swift-paced exploration tour of some of the best driver's roads in Northern Georgia. Spectacular vista's, beautifully curvy blacktop, surprised a number of us from other parts of the country as hidden treasures. The event finished with a hearty meal at an excellent craft-pizza restaurant.


This event will be back next year, and based on the number of folks who expressed their regret for not joining this one, will be an even larger event!

This month our Spotlight is on BIG Thank You's to...

T. Ladd and Kristin Webb for putting together an amazing kick-off event at Brandywine Coach Works!

Bayleigh, Jim, and Aimee Pfeiffer for hosting our chapter at the amazing SMS Rail Service and for sponsoring a yummy Pizza Feast afterward!

Al Mancuso and Jim MacKenzie for putting together the Touringfest event and making sure it was a shining success - there will be another one next year!

Miami Formula 1 DelVal Watch Party

May 7, 2023

Spend an afternoon with fellow DelVal F1 fans at TJ's Restaurant and Drinkery in Paoli, PA for live watch party.

No registration required. Wear your teams colors and join the fun!

More Information

DelVal Mini Vintage at Ziggy's Farm

May 13, 2023

The 2023 edition of one of DelVal Chapter favorite family oriented events!

For this year, we are introducing:

"Ziggy's People's Choice Award" 
Trophy and Cool Prize - must be present to win!

As before this event will take place on the grounds of the Bucks County Farm that belongs to our principle sponsor, the Family owned Independent repair shop known as 
Zygmunt Motors

Children and dogs are most welcome. Bring your blankets and lawn chairs!

Register Here

DelVal HPDE at Summit Point

June 17, 18, 19, 2023

Delval Chapter in association with Otto's presents our first High Performance Driving Event of the season! The tracks in three days!

This could be one of the best opportunities of the year to sample some of the coolest circuits we visit. We need your sign-ups for this event to make it happen.

Please sign up today!

Sign up here!

Here is a list of the folks who have joined our Chapter since March 25, 2023! Welcome to you all!
Please check out our home on the web DelVal - Connect and have a look around. If you want early notice about about upcoming events and you want to fully participate in our group, please consider becoming a DelVal Insider (Become a DelVal Insider!.)

Michael Brown Blackwood, NJ
Anetrice Strobles-Brown Blackwood, NJ
Stefan Laessig  Pennsburg, PA
Mark Bowie Newtown Square, PA
Matthew Ginsburg Wynnewood, PA
Mark Carr Newtown Square, PA
Robert Ogle Alburtis, PA

James McNeil Phoenixville, PA
Richard Yerger Quakertown, PA
Armen Amirian Parsippany, NJ
Benjamin Fong Trappe, PA
Gary Povacz Philadelphia PA
Raul Jimenez Newtown, PA
Jack Cooney Plymouth Meeting, PA
Martin Kramar Philadelphia, PA

Want to get other Chapter members together for a drive to a Chapter event or for a spur of the moment drive? Put a post in our Forums. You fastest way to connect with your fellow Chapter insider members!

Interesting Classified and For Sale Items
We will highlight a few of the newest or most interesting Classified advertisements each month! Click the button below to view them in forums.

This month we will share a currently active Ebay listing for a particularly interesting car. This e46 Touring Wagon is up on Ebay for the first week of May and appears to be a well cared for example of the "EZ15000" series VIN cars which were the approximately 250 face lift rear wheel drive, 5-speed Sport Pack cars that BMW Sold from about 2002 to 2005. If you've wanted once of the sportiest turn of the century era BMW Tourings, you'll want to look this over: e46 Touring in Topaz over Natural/Black

Touring in Topaz

Autocross Coordinator

Do you want to see DVC sponsor and get involved with Auto-cross? This is a great way to get to know the limits of your car in a safe, and exciting way on a low speed course at a nearby venue.

Our Chapter is looking for someone to help put together a fully sponsored Autocross program. Let us know you'd like to help.

Autocross Coordinator
Partnerships and Sponsorship Relations

Do you have an interest in marketing? Want to build a portfolio of car-industry contacts in the DelVal area?

DVC is looking for a volunteer to build upon our relationships with area businesses to create a robust support network for our members. You will work with an experienced marketing professional who will get you connected with our community of businesses. 

Great opportunity for someone looking to build some experience in marketing, but we'll also take an experienced pro who is looking for a way to help out!

Relations Lead
NJMP Track Event Social Event Leader

Our chapter is sponsoring a High Performance Driver Education Event at NJ Motorsports Park in Millville, NJ on the weekend of August 12 and 13. 

We are looking for a volunteer to put together a fun drive for our members who would like to take a guided drive to this event and see what an HPDE is all about. Event leader will set up the timing and be the point of contact to set up the event, coordinate with the members organizing the HDPE.

This is a separate event from the HPDE and our volunteer with have plenty of help - great way to learn the ropes on leading events.

NJMP Social Event Lead  
Calendar Coordinator

Do you always know what's going on?

The DV-C Event Calendar has become the go-to place to find out what car events are going on in the Delaware Valley! 

We are looking for someone to be a point of contact for our on-going effort to keep up with all the events that should be on the calendar. This is an on-going role and involves keeping our easy-to-use Event Calendar system up to date and fully "in the know". Are you the one?

Calendar Coordinator