MBI Motors

MBI Motors Open Haus

On Saturday March 12, the club visited MBI Motors and owner Corbin Lancaster. As we walked inside, we were greeted by friendly faces and an incredibly clean and organized facility. Throughout the morning, members were able to chat with Corbin and his team and also participate in some product demos from Russ Blackwell and Adam Perrault of BG Products. Some of the products presented were:

  • BG EPR Engine Performance Restoration
  • BG MOA Engine Oil Supplement
  • BG 44K Fuel System Cleaner

Along with a delicious lunch, Corbin also offered free vehicle inspections to all members that were present. A few of us were even lucky enough to tour the collection of cars upstairs — many hidden treasures up here!  Corbin (and the MBI team) was very delighted to host us and looks forward to participating in future events with our club.

Samuel Chinakos Jr.

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Boy Scouts Auto Merit Badge

Boy Scouts Automotive Merit Badge

On the morning of Saturday, February 20, 24 Scouts from Troop 419 (Skyloo District) descended on Tyler’s Automotive in Tigard.  Over the next eight hours, these Scouts would receive 6.5 hours of instruction in pursuit of the Automotive Maintenance Merit Badge.

The teaching was divided into six instruction stations, with each station teaching a different set of topics.  Each station had instructors from the BMW CCA and a merit badge counselor from Troop 419.  The Scouts divided into patrols, with each patrol starting at a different station.  Over the course of the day, the patrols each rotated through all six stations, getting merit badge requirements signed off as they progressed.  Instruction included a variety of topics ranging from checking fluids and changing tires to brakes, ignition and oil changes.


Tyler Ellensen is the owner of Tyler’s Automotive and helped instruct at the merit badge event. Tyler has hosted similar Automotive Maintenance merit badge events twice before and is a former Assistant Scoutmaster (Troop 423, Tigard). His two sons (Trever and Tanner) are Eagle Scouts and also helped at the merit badge event.

Assistant Scoutmaster Larry Morris said of the event: “I’ve never seen our boys as focused or interested in working on a Merit Badge.”  Drew Lagravinese is a BMW CCA member and former Assistant Scoutmaster.  He said concerning his interests in BSA and BMWs, that it was “fun to be able to mix the two together for a day and see how well one meshes with the other.”

By the end of the day, 864 merit badge requirements were signed off and 15 merit badges were completed.  A few Scouts missed part of the instruction because of schedule conflicts, but follow up sessions over the next few weeks allowed them to complete the merit badge.

Thank you to all of our volunteers and Tyler’s Automotive! Without you this event wouldn’t have been possible.

Thanks to: Dan Sides, Tyler Ellenson, Gary Burke, Vince Manley, Dave MacIntyre, Mark Koepping, Sash Kazeminejad, Kelby Mazzella, Dan Hones, Buck Bailey, Drew Lagravinese, and Janette Teevan.

Write-up courtesy of Cascade Pacific Council, Boy Scouts of America.

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Anniversary Party

Sixth Anniversary Party

The BMW CCA Oregon Chapter is holding its popular Sixth Anniversary Party at Cerulean Wine Bar & Bistro in the Pearl on Saturday, February 27.  We had a blast last year, and this year will be even more fun!

Anniversary PartyYou will be entertained by a jazz trio featuring Dan Balmer, one of Portland’s most requested musicians.  Cerulean’s in-house chef is creating some amazing hot and cold bites, featuring grass-fed beef, delectable sustainable seafood, sumptuous local and imported cheeses, and fresh organic vegetables. Also provided are vegetarian and vegan fare, and of course his irresistible dessert goodies!

At the no-host bar, Cerulean’s mixologists serve up amazing bar beverages, whether your taste is traditional or a little wild. Of course Cerulean features a varied and fine selection of wines for your sipping pleasure.

Always a hit is the Big Raffle, conducted by fun and charming auctioneer Wendie Martin.  Items include car accessories and products, wine baskets, spa packages, and a bunch of other cool stuff. Money raised goes to local charities and to help our chapter put on its popular driving events. Two very worthwhile causes!

We welcome all donations to help us achieve our goal of providing for our charities and club events. If you’d like to donate a theme basket, car or luxury items, goods, services or even cash, please contact Nancy Piazzese.

Be sure to go onto MotorsportReg for Early Bird registration of $45 thru 2/25.  Thereafter, you may register online or at the door for $50.  We’ll see you there!

Additional details regarding the time and venue can be found here.

Vintage SIG Garage Tour

Vintage SIG June Garage Tour Recap

Our first Garage Tour was held in June and we had a great time.  What is a Garage Tour?  For many of us, the garage is where we spend quite a bit of quality time. Most SIG members have projects, or are just trying to keep their older ride on the road. We spend time tinkering, fixing and cleaning. So it seems fitting that we’d like to have some club members over to check out our space, and spend some time hanging out in the garage. Most of us also have special test drive routes that are especially nice to drive after doing some work on the car. We try to incorporate those routes into the tour from one garage to another. That’s what it’s all about: driving our cars, and a good excuse to hang out in a garage.

On this tour we went to Buck and Alex’s house, followed by Connor and Elizabeth’s. We started by meeting up at Starbucks for SIG C&C, then proceeded to Buck’s. Buck picked out the route, taking us along the Wilsonville Road, which was a fantastic road to drive on. Buck led the drive in my euro e24 and I followed in his e30. It was my first time driving an e30, and I really enjoyed it. It was also fun to be following my car, and to see what it looks like from the outside instead of from the driver’s seat.



Buck and Alex have a great view of the Willamette Valley from their house, and have plenty of parking. We dined on delicious snacks, and enjoyed some time hanging out. One of the highlights for me was the pictures that Buck had in his garage showing cars that he has owned, starting with an e21 – back when he still had hair!

Buck and Alex's BMWs

From there we headed over to Connor and Elizabeth’s. They have a super cool house and shop. Connor runs Vintage Autobahn from there, and has lots of 2002’s and other great cars. Ironically, we did not have a single 2002 on the tour. We had a great time looking at all the old 2002s, a 2000, a VW bus, e21s, a Willys Jeep, e30s, and lots of hard to find parts.


The bar was definitely set as far as food goes. They provided a wonderful BBQ, included lots of salads, fruit, cheeses, burgers, and (drum roll) bacon wrapped brats. Yes, I said bacon wrapped brats! We had a great time hanging out checking out all the old cars and car parts.


I think I can speak on behalf of everyone who attended by thanking our hosts for an awesome day. Buck and Alex, Connor and Elizabeth, thank you for sharing your places with us! Thanks to Tyler Um for the awesome photography.

Our next SIG activity is meeting up at Peter’s Hobby Shop in Wilsonville on 8/29. Please see the calendar for more details. Our next Garage Tour will be on 9/26. Let’s hope for a nice crisp autumn morning with no rain.