Audi Club Florida Newsletter December 2020

Audi Club Florida Newsletter December 2020

Photo Credit:  Jeremy Chavez from the Emerald Coast Region Pop Up Meet.

As we work to get back to normal, we have events starting to happen again even though some regions remain restrictive on what can take place, but that is relaxing for now. Our priority is keeping you safe when participating in events representing or promoting the club. Audi Club Florida is not willing to put anyone at risk. While welcomed to these venues, please remember we are guests of the establishment or promoter and respect the rules they have. ACFL is recommending obeying the most up to date guidelines and orders issued by the regions and governor concerning events.

Roar before the 24

In a change to the schedule, the Roar Before the Rolex 24 preseason test sessions will be held the week before the Rolex 24 on Jan. 22-24, 2021 (the Roar usually takes place three weeks earlier than the race).

After the test, IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship teams will remain at the track in the days leading into the race, taking part in “fan-focused events” around the 59th annual 24-hour endurance race at Daytona International Speedway that opens the season to the sports car circuit.

I will be scheduling a Board of Directors Luncheon in Daytona. Most likely, it will be at the same venue as last year, if they can open back up to serve the buffet. We will summarize 2020, brief 2021 plans, and roll out to the track afterward. I will post the final details in the December and January newsletters.

Euro Tripper 8

Euro Tripper is a go. Since we have the Platinum Coast Region there to support in the area, ACFL will be there again. It will be on February 13th. It is a fundraiser for Brookes Legacy Animal Rescue in Naples; FL. Tickets can be purchased through  No sales of tickets will be conducted at the gate; each car will be required to have a ticket to enter. Guests/passengers are free; however the ticketholder is responsible to ensure their passengers also are following COVID guidelines. Masks will be required at the event.

In the meantime, feel free to organize activities with your Audi owning friends and enjoy your wheels, have some social interaction, following the state and local guidelines when in public, and as well in private. Protect yourself.

We are in the middle of the holiday season, so many of you will be traveling to see family and friends. Please remember to ensure your vehicle is ready for the road. Tires, fluids, and especially your battery if you are traveling north.

ACFL still suggests using an antibacterial wipe, a disposable protective glove, a plastic t-shirt bag, or a dog poop bag as a barrier while using the fuel pumps to avoid potential exposure and dispose of it after fueling. Be careful out there and protect your health until we can start meeting up again. #FlattenTheCurve

Audi Club Black Friday Sale – Limited Edition Gift Boxes or 20% Off Memberships (ends on December 31, 2020)

For the first time in our Club’s history, we are having a Holiday Sale! We are offering a Limited Edition Membership Gift box or 20% off 1-year, 2-year, or 3-year memberships.

Limited Edition Gift Boxes – Modern or Classic

There are 4 types of gift boxes. They are split between “Modern” and “Classic” themes.

The Modern gift boxes comprise of: one 1-year membership plus a Membership Card in your name, one Audi Club “Rings Club” trucker hat with either a red Rings Club label or black Rings Club label, one exclusive Audi Club “Rings Club” lapel pin (1.25in W), one Audi Club RS 6 Avant with roof rack decal (7in W x 3in H), and two Audi Club “Rings Club” decals (7.5in W x 1.5 H). The Modern Gift Box is limited to 25* red label Rings Club trucker hat and 25* black label Rings Club trucker hat.

The Classic gift boxes are loaded with: one 1-year membership plus a Membership Card in your name, one Audi Club “quattro Club” trucker hat in either a red or blue, one exclusive Audi Club “Rings Club” lapel pin (1.25in W), one quattro Club decal (4in W x 2.5in H), and two Audi Club “Rings Club” decals (7.5in W x 1.5 H). The Classic Gift Box is limited to 25* red quattro Club trucker hat and 25* blue quattro Club trucker hat.

To order these Limited Edition Gift boxes:

  • Go to our JOIN page (if you are a current member, click Renew and follow the instructions there)
  • Click JOIN NOW and then USA or International if you reside in Canada
  • Choose the ONE YEAR box in Membership Level
  • Fill out the Member Information fields. Please include a phone number
  • Press the “Create New Account” button
  • Under DISCOUNT COUPON, enter the following code (all caps)-
    • Modern Red Rings Club Box: MODERNRED
    • Modern Black Rings Club Box: MODERNBLACK
    • Classic Red quattro Club Box: CLASSICRED
    • Classic Blue quattro Club Box: CLASSICBLUE

The price of this Limited Edition Gift Box is $75 plus $10 shipping.

 20% off Memberships

If you aren’t lucky enough to get a box but would still love to join the Club or renew your membership, Audi Club is offering 20%** off 1-year, 2-year, and 3-year memberships…twenty percent!

To join the Club:

  • Go to our JOIN page (if you are a current member, click Renew and follow the instructions there)
  • Click JOIN NOW and then USA or International if you reside in Canada
  • Choose 1-year or 2-year or 3-year (Lifetime Membership not included)
  • Under DISCOUNT COUPON, enter the following code (all caps)-
    • 1-year membership: 1AUDICLUB20
    • 2-year membership: 2AUDICLUB20
    • 3-year membership: 3AUDICLUB20

It’s gearing up to be an interesting holiday season so brighten yours with our sale!

limited to 25 or while supplies last
**20% discount ends on December 31, 2020

The prize in Audi Club’s sweepstakes is a 2022 Audi RS 6 Avant with Audi exclusive paint. Winner will select a 2022 Audi RS 6 Avant base model and special Audi exclusive gloss paint finish of their choice from Audi USA order guide. Prize will also include Audi Beam lights, all-weather mats (RS 6 branded) and trunk liner from Audi Accessories, roof rack and Vector cargo box from Thule, detailing kit from Griot’s Garage, and camping gear including tent, sleeping bags (2 each), duffel bag and backpack from Mountain Hardwear.***

Enter HERE

***Photos may show options not available in North America or optional equipment available at extra cost to the winner

Audi Club North America Board of Directors Election Results:

For everyone who took the time to vote on your own, or in response to my member-only email, the first mass emailing by me since I became President of Audi Club Florida, thank you. We were successful in helping our very own Melisa Wilcox of our Platinum Coast region get elected. She will be a voice of reason and make a positive impact for Audi Club North America, as she has with Audi Club Florida. She is not leaving us but taking our ideas nationally for the benefit of all chapters along with Leanne Kopras of the Arizona Chapter, and Don Istook of the Lone Star Chapter. Congratulations to all the candidates for running and volunteering to serve not just their own chapters, but nationally for the benefit of ACNA. Directors serve a 3-year term and are eligible to run for a second 3-year term. The Board of Director seats for Troy Sicotte, Gordon Varney, and Christine Lemley, were expiring and filled with this election.

We are trying to expand regional coverage but need your help!

Audi Club Florida has the most active regions of any chapter in the Audi Club North America.

As we continue this year, we are currently looking for leadership in the following area:

Gator Region – Gainesville Area

Thomas Brinkmann, the General Manager, is ready to work with a representative to establish the region. If you are up to the challenge, let me know.

Many people have emailed me personally and through the national office to find out why there is not something in their area. I tell them assistance is required to help get things going locally. We desire to unite the state and have events within an hour’s drive of your location, at least quarterly. We are looking for some people who have the ambition to lead and desire to start something long term, helping arrange places to meet for lunch, activities, attend local car shows and coffee events, and other social activities. If you would like to volunteer and help organize a successful regional club, please contact me for details, and we will discuss making it happen. If you want to get active to help your region with ideas and help assist with and organize events, the regional leadership and I would love to have your help. This club is for you, so help us make it work for you.

Gerry Simms

President and BoD Member

[email protected]

Chapter Regional Reports

First Coast Region- Jacksonville

Photo Credit: Audi Jacksonville

December Audi Sales, Deals, Incentives, at our Prestige Partner!

Season of Audi is here, and we are starting to receive new inventory daily!

Come check out our array of exotic cars with our Hanania Exotic Collection, as well as the all-new RS 7.  We have a Glacier White one ready for delivery in stock.

If you prefer to shop from home, we are offering free delivery. Shop online, and then contact us via phone or our website to arrange delivery of the vehicle and paperwork to your home. We also have an online marketplace now. You can buy your car almost entirely online.

Make No Payments for 3 Months: Because we believe in making things better for our customers, we are deferring payments for the first 90 days on select new Audi vehicles purchased this month.

Need your car serviced? We are waiving our service at your doorstep fee and offering free vehicle pickup and delivery! The minimum service charge will be waived, during the Coronavirus epidemic.  

2019 e-tron has over $15k in savings. Also, we have one 2020 A6, and one 2020 S8 in stock. These have crazy savings and good deals on Financing also!

2021 Arrivals: S5, RS 5, SQ5, SQ7, SQ8

2021 Q3s are here, 2021 Q7s are here, 2021 Q8s are here.

December Audi Club Special:

15% Off all boutique items.

First Coast Region 

The First Coast Region will be starting activities next month with the Roar Before the 24. A group cruise down, along with a luncheon prior to hitting the track is planned, I am confirming the venue. I am trying to use the same place as a meeting point to meetup to roll into the track even if you skip the luncheon.

 No Jacksonville Cars and Coffee at the request of the Avenues Mall until 2021.

First Coast Region (Jacksonville)

Leslie de la Serna First Coast Region Lead

[email protected]

Gulf Coast Region December Report

December Specials at our Prestige Partner, Audi Clearwater

Photo, Bob Greving

In a recent discussion with Todd Emery who manages the operations, service, and parts departments at Audi Clearwater, he noted that many club members were not taking advantage of their offering of a 15% discount to all readers of this newsletter on Parts and Service for your Audi. You need not have purchased your Audi at Audi Clearwater to receive this discount. In addition, if you are traveling to the Sunshine State and are a reader of the ACFL Newsletter, you can also use this discount should you need service for your Audi while you are on the road.

The above discount cannot be combined with any other discounts or offers but is available and all that is required is that when you are writing up you service order that you mention the ACFL newsletter discount and the code 1220 for the month of December to your service writer. It is that simple to start saving money on needed parts and service. Audi Clearwater is located at 18940 US Highway 19 N, Clearwater FL. 33764 and their main number is 727 312 1220.

Down the Road

Cars and Coffee Reeves Motorsports & Reindeer Rescue Toy Drive.

Yes, their very popular Cars and Coffee is up and running again for Saturday December 5th. We are all very lucky, we get to own and drive Audis, and unfortunately, there are others not so well off and for their kids, just a toy would bring a little sparkle to their Christmas. Please bring an unwrapped toy to share the joy of the season. Since this is the third meet in many months, I am sure the event will be drawing a big crowd again so I suggest you get there early for a good parking spot so there is no need to park in East Cup Cake. Of course, bring the kids as it is believed that St. Nick will hopefully be making an appearance to collect the toys. There will be a special mug for all those who contribute gifts compliments of Reeves Motorsports.  Cars usually start arriving by 6:30 and the event ends around 9:00. Reeves Motorsports is located at 11333 N Florida Ave, Tampa, FL 33612.

Cheers, Safe Motoring, Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukah and Happy Kwanzaa

Bob Greving

[email protected]

Emerald Coast Region – Panhandle

Emerald Coast Region-ACFL finally caught a break and had some great weather in November. We had representation at both Mobile and Crestview C&C events on the 14th. Greatly appreciate everyone who came out and donated to Toys for Tots charity event in Mobile. We had a great pop up meet on Sunday the 15th and got to meet some of our Audi enthusiasts that can’t normally attend Saturday’s events. Our first visit to Destin Show and Shine event on the 21st turn out to be a promising venue that we will be visiting gain. Hopefully this will get our eastern members back in action. We closed out the month with Pensacola’s C&C and Import Rally’s Paul Walker event at Emerald Coast Speedway in Holt.

Looking forward to December and seeing everyone at the first event that Emerald Coast Exotics has been able to put on this year. It will be held at 3rd Planet Brewing in Niceville on December 5th from 2-5pm. On December 12th we have one of our favorite photographers @dgvmedia booked for a club photo shoot. Come enjoy the fun and get some professional pictures of your rings. Destin’s Show and Shine is set for December 19th. Pensacola and Crestview’s C&C have yet to announce their dates, stay tuned.

All details and updates will be posted on our FaceBook page. If you do not have Facebook access, please feel free to email me for event information.

Photo Credit: Melisa Wilcox from the Emerald Coast Region Pop Up Meet.

Down the road:

Unfortunately, we will not be able to have our fall run due to the challenges this year’s hurricane season. Instead, we will focus our attention to our 3rd annual Britton Hill Run set for March 8th.

We will have a full calendar of events for Q1 posted soon. Plan on representation at all the regional C&C’s and local car events. Mark your calendars and make plans now to attend The Roar Before the 24 in Daytona on January 22-24. It will be a fun trip to and a fantastic opportunity to meet fellow ACFL members.

Our @emeraldcoastaudiclub Instagram page keeps going strong! Jeremy Chavez’s contributions and help are greatly appreciated. Again, the storm has had an impact on our posting and content. We appreciate all the other Audi Club Groups that have continued to tag and support us despite our inactivity. If anyone in our region is interested in becoming a part of ECR’s IG group please reach out to me.

On a personal note, I would like to express my deepest appreciation for everyone’s support in ACNA’s BoD election. I am blessed to be a part of such an amazing Audi Club Family. I look forward to serving and representing you all. Thank you!

Melisa Wilcox

Melisa Wilcox

Emerald Coast Region Lead and ACFL BoD member

[email protected]

Bobby Hopp

Emerald Coast Region Lead and ACFL BoD Member

[email protected]


Platinum Coast Region (Sarasota to Naples)

Mother Nature and the ogre year 2020 have teamed up again to cause havoc in the ranks of the Platinum Coast Audi Club. We were invited to join the Ft. Myers/Naples Mercedes Club at their Test and Tune Event in Immokalee on November 20th. It was a beautiful Florida fall day—cruised down meeting up with some other club members, only to get to the gate and find the event canceled! The light rain we encountered on the drive down was more of a downpour at the track, and activities were canceled. The second victim of Mother Nature had a little help from the medical laboratories:

COVID-19. We had to pull the plug on our cruise to Solomon’s Castle and subsequent tours there with lunch at the Boat in the Moat due to Florida’s surging case numbers. We have rescheduled this event for February 20th, 2021. We would love to add any prospective members to our list and ACNA members from the surrounding areas who are up for a scenic drive in the country with a fun, pun-rich tour of one man’s ingenuity.  Please email us and we’ll fill you in with the details.

We are hopeful to find a great drive-through Christmas display for our December event.  Open to any suggestions anyone may have to offer. January 16, 2021, will find us at the Naples Audi dealership for a Cars and Coffee followed by a mystery drive to lunch in the area—sort of! Of course, we hope to have Euro Tripper at Jet Blue Park in Ft. Myers on February 13th and follow up the next weekend with the Solomon’s Castle tour.  Let’s hope the spring will be more favorable for Gatherings and tours because we have some great plans in mind for March and April—stay tuned! We welcome non-ACNA members to come to see what the club has to offer you on a trial basis.

Hope to meet you all soon at our upcoming events. Check out our Facebook page at or email us at [email protected] for additional information.

Barb and Rudy Lohff Region Leads

[email protected]

Space Coast Region (Titusville to Fort Pierce/St. Lucie)

No official activity scheduled this month.

Matthew Guerra Region Lead

[email protected]

Gold Coast Region (Key West to WPB)

No official activity scheduled this month.

Andreas Regalado Region Lead and BoD Member

[email protected]

Gator Region – Gainesville

No activity scheduled this month. .  Looking for leadership in the region.


Click the link for all the latest specials at our Prestige Partner UroTuning!

The biggest sale of the year is LIVE on the UroTuning site! We have sales from over 60 brands running – but here are just a few to give you an idea! Head to the site and shop now or send an email to [email protected] and we can help you find whatever it is you’re hunting for this season!

Unitronic Black Friday Sale (Ends 12/4) – Up to 15% off with discounts on exhausts, intercoolers, intakes, pulley kits, and more!

Akrapovic Sale (Ends 12/18) – Titanium options now on sale from Akrapovic!

HRE Wheel Sale (Ends 12/31) – Up to 24% off select wheels! Email [email protected] for more info!

Ohlins Suspension Sale (Ends 12/25) – Great deals on the best coil overs around!

Nathan Fugleberg


9836 Currie Davis Dr

Tampa, FL 33619


Our Prestige Partner ABT is offering a 10% discount to Audi Club Florida members.

ABT America

c/o F355 Miami
16560 NW 10th Ave
Miami, FL 33169

[email protected]

Monday to Friday: 9AM – 6PM (EST)

Phone: (305) 974-5958

Lastly, please thank our Prestige Partners below by visiting their places of business or websites and see what they have for you.  That does it for now, looking forward to seeing and meeting as many of you as possible.

Gerry Simms President and BoD Member

[email protected]