Audi Club of Florida Newsletter June 2022
Photo Credit: Gerry Simms
The Emerald Coast Region continues car-focused activities this month under the leadership of Bobby Hopp and Melisa Wilcox. The Platinum Coast continues to have events in the Sarasota to Fort Myers area. The Gulf Coast the meets at Morgan Import Motor Cars formerly, Reeves Motorsports on the first Saturday of the month. The Gold Coast will be at Cars and Coffee at the Miami International Mall on the second Sunday of the month, and the First Coast is attending Caffeine and Octane at the Avenues Mall on the second Saturday of the month.
Legends of the Autobahn
The ACFL is planning for the first weekend in November a gathering of all of our different regions early Friday afternoon north of Jax, then caravan to Hilton Head for Legends of the Autobahn East. We will drive to Bluffton Friday and have arranged hotel rooms for our group and an early evening meal. We are early in planning, so you can arrange your time off and purchase discounted tickets in advance, and get hotel reservations. Bob is covering more on that Gathering of the Rings section in the Gulf Coast region of the newsletter. This will be a member’s only event, similar to a Key West Drive. ACNA membership and registration fee will be required to participate in our drive to Bluffton and Dinner.
ACNA Vehicle Purchase Discount Certificates
For those of you planning to buy a new Audi and utilize the ACNA Member discount, contact the front office at (262) 567-5476 as soon as you plan to shop. The certificates expire at the end of the month they are issued, so should negotiations lapse into the next month, you will need to request a new one to take advantage of the savings.
We are trying to expand regional coverage but need your help!
Audi Club of Florida has the most 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 of Audi Gainesville, 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 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, contact me for details. We will discuss making it happen. If you want to become active to help your region or help assist with and organize events, I would love to have your help. This club is for you, so help us make it work for you.
Our priority is keeping you safe when participating in events representing or promoting the club. Audi Club of Florida is not willing to put anyone at risk. While welcomed to these venues, remember we are guests of the establishment or promoter and respect the rules. ACFL recommends obeying the most up-to-date guidelines and orders issued by the regions and governor concerning events.
President and BoD Member
Chapter Regional Reports
First Coast Region- Jacksonville
June Deals, and Incentives, at our Prestige Partner!
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Audi Club discounts have resumed on select models. All models with the special code “Credit Side assist delete” or “Credit Microchip shortage” will qualify for the Invoice discount for Audi Club Members! Car must be in stock!
Check with us daily, as our inventory changes, and lots of times it does not hit the website.
2022 Audi S8 is here!
Q4 initial car will be available for sale 2nd or 3rd quarter of 2022, every dealer is only getting 1. So get your orders in for next year delivery. Q4 e-tron is will be available for slot ordering. We will take deposits and put you in line for when the ordering is ready, which has now been moved to 2nd quarter.
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, continued through end of the year.
June Audi Club Special
10% off the 50% off sale rack!!!
Executive General Manager
Audi Orange Park
Caffeine and Octane Jacksonville at the Avenues Mall
Saturday, June11 14th, 2022 at 8 AM EDT – 11 AM EDT
First Coast Region (Jacksonville)
Leslie de la Serna First Coast Region Lead
Gulf Coast Region June Report
June Specials at our Prestige Partner, Audi Clearwater
If you are in the market for a New or Pre-Owned Audi or plan to order a 2022 bespoke Audi, contact George Rangelov at 727-906-1101 directly and he will get you set up, he is aware of the ACNA club discounts and is our ACFL Audi Brand Specialist at Crown Audi.
Take advantage of Audi Clearwater’s offer 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. 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.
Unfortunately, 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 your service order that you mention the ACFL newsletter discount and the code 2206 for June to Mandy. It is all that simple to start saving money on needed parts and service.
Audi Clearwater is located at 18940 US Highway 19 N; Clearwater FL. 33764, The main numbers is 727 312 1220 and ask for Mandy Walter to schedule your service. Tell her the ACFL newsletter has sent you.
Down the Road
Cars and Coffee Will be held the First Saturday in June on the 4th, located where the old Reeves Motorsports facility was located. The building has since been torn down. Morgan Import Motor Cars 11333 N Florida Ave, Tampa,
Activities start at 7:00 but I recommend that getting there starting at 6:45 for good parking spots up front. Free hot coffee and beignets served
One Last Thing
A Gathering of the Rings
Legends of the Autobahn East
Photo Credit: Legends of the Autobahn and BMWCCA
Planning continues for the ACFL and the first weekend in November as a gathering of all of our different Florida regions early Friday afternoon north of Jax at the first “Easy-Off Easy-On” in the Peach State Georgia Exit 3 on the Interstate. Here folks can top off, sign the ACNA waivers, have our important Drivers Safety Meeting, distribute Walkie Talkies and be on our way to the visitors center in Savanah as our first pit stop.
Full Events Schedule – Hilton Head Island Concours d’Elegance & Motoring Festival (hhiconcours.com)
A second draft of the AAA Trip-Tik has been printed and a test run will be executed to Savanah with a slight detour to view the old waterfront, perhaps quick stop for some chocolates at one of those famous sweet shops off to the right facing the river, then loop around and take the suspension bridge over the Savanah River and the “Old Road” to Bluffton. Looking forward to the drive on the “Old Road” to the plantations in Bluffton where those who could, fled hot malaria infested Savannah during the summer. Along the way we will drive under numerous centuries’ old live oaks bedecked with Spanish Moss and pass Cahill’s Market where we will be meeting for supper.
As reported previously, we now have a block of reservations for 20 Doubles at the Comfort Suites for $119 plus taxes per night in Bluffton Friday and Saturday evening. The General Manager is an Audi fan and owner and will be joining us in our festivities. Rooms will be on the lower levels (quick egress in case of fire) and I have specifically requested that they be away from the ice machines and elevators so that they are quiet. Phone number specifically for our reservations is (843) 277-9165 and the password is ACFL. I suggest that you call to make your reservations ASAP. You can confirm cancellation policy at that time. These rates will be held until September 4th. This will give us time to increase the number of rooms if necessary. I believe single king beds may even be less. All will make their own reservations and there is a complimentary breakfast. The hotel is back from the main drag and there are a number of good food establishments within walking distance of the hotel plus a Kroger’s supermarket.
Comfort Suites Bluffton – Hilton Head Island
Friday evenings meal will be at Cahill’s Market early at 4:20. Cahill’s does not take reservations and we need to beat the Friday rush which often starts prior to 5:00 PM with wait times approaching an hour. We should be able to get everyone in and seated together at this great Low County establishment with that occasional free-range chicken running around outside. The ACFL had been there previously when we took a trip to Savannah, terrific fried chicken, sweet potato souffle (brown sugar and pecans) and of course that great staple, a fried bologna sandwich with either raw onions or fresh tomatoes on toast.
Photo: Cahill’s Market
Th On Saturday morning we will be gathering at Cracker Barrel, which affords excellent staging logistics and is actually safer than the first planned venue for our Cars and Coffee. There is a traffic light when exiting on to the main thoroughfare. In addition, we have had discussions with the Beaufort sheriff MSgt. DiCarlo regarding the logistics of the caravan. We hope that the other two chapters, Georgia and the Carolinas can execute the pincer from their respective regions and join us at Cracker Barrel plus local Audi enthusiasts (open to non ACNA members) and owners for a good cup of Joe and camaraderie. This should commence at approximately 7:45 AM. Around 9:00 our combined forces will leave under police escort. If there is a national club raffle car that could lead the caravan, that would be fantastic, if a substitute to show, even better, contingent on what is on the raffle block. The ACFL is still attempting to get a well-preserved Audi 200 to lead the parade and if there is another “Old Timer” Audi that is out there and planning to attend, we would love to get you up front also. Nothing like an Audi “History of Progress” . Next up, we will try to line up three Audis in the colors of the German flag similar to what we did back in 2010 when we executed something very similar with a Black, Yellow, and Red TTs. So, if you have an Audi in one of these colors, especially red and yellow, we are looking for you and let us know when you register,
The caravan route turns left out of staging area north of Cracker Barrel and, will drive through Bluffton then over the bridge to Hilton Head Island and will head to the venue site for Legends of the Autobahn.
Last year there was discount ticketing for ACNA members, the same Early Bird Program is available and has been extended for this year’s event. The ticketing is per person. Here is the link for ticketing. To date that information has not been posted to ACFL or ACNA members so one should perhaps jump on that information.
In discussions with the ACNA DoE she stated that she was unaware if the registration was open for those wanting to enter their car in the competition. She will share that information when it becomes available and as I understand it, it is a separate ticket, costs more so you may want to wait if you plan to compete. I suggest that you contact her directly for additional information regarding the entering of your vehicle in the competition. Last year if I understood it correctly there was a review of the cars to be entered prior to their being accepted.
Legends of the Autobahn East (hhiconcours.com)
The ACFL is awaiting word from national regarding the status of Audi Corral parking. We will let all known when we hear something positive on this action point. It would make it very easy for the planned police escorted caravan to just drive right to the venue site into the prearranged “Audi Corral”
What a sight and a statement, to present and prospective Audi owners and ACNA Club members the same holds true for participating chapter members and club members as they see the caravan drive the 12 miles from Cracker Barrel in Bluffton to the venue site, Port Royal Gulf and Racquet Club. There is the possibility of having a drone or helicopter take photos of the caravan as it crosses the bridge on to Hilton Head Island. The ACFL did the same about eleven years ago, working with the Monroe County sheriff’s department at Marathon to safely stop traffic and get a photo of the Audis on the Seven Mile Bridge. We remain on the hunt for a member with a drone who is also a photographer who just may be up to the task.
We all look forward to an exciting 24 Hours of ACFL planned activities and events leading up to the Legends of the Auto Bahn East as we try to coordinate with two other regional chapters in driving our chapter participation in this big event with the other big boys from Stuttgart, Zuffenhausen. and Munich. Do they let the guys from Wolfsburg in? We all have a lot of the same DNA in our technical history, might be stretching it with the other boys from Bavaria though. Hopefully but not sure the ACNA is planning some big surprises, like the rollout of a new raffle car. Now that could be a show stopper and pretty cool to boot with perhaps some special raffle events ticket package. We will leave that up to them to figure out. Our plate remains with the planning of the above.
Chapter registration is now open for the event.
Cost: $30 per vehicle with a check made out to the Audi Club of Florida. Do not send cash. Yes, we do it the old fashion way and do not waste your money or ours on third party’s fees.
Registration to include: Include a note with your first and last name. E-Mail address,
Phone number, Year, Model and Color of Audi. Your ACNA membership Number. You will receive an e-mailed confirmation of receipt,
Number in your party: Also, include the number of kids, names and their ages, as we will be having a special Kinder Rally simultaneously during the caravan up from Jax to Bluffton. We need to procure prizes ahead of time for the expected winning teams.
Registration checks and information needs to be mailed to the following address:
Audi Club of Florida
C/O R.S. Greving
Post Office Box 66156
St Pete Beach, Florida
If you have any questions, please give me a shout at [email protected]
Cheers and Safe Motoring
Emerald Coast Region – Panhandle
Photo credit: Bud Dannemiller
Emerald Coast Region – ACFL crossed state lines on an overcast but lovely evening in May to attend Cars and Coffee of Mobile Bay’s night edition cruise in after the Battle of Bama car show. It was one of the best and most unique car events we have ever seen here locally and has certainly landed a permanent spot on our annual calendar. We wrapped up the month with a well-attended Pensacola C&C on an extremely sunny Saturday morning.
We are currently on the hunt for more leaders, especially to the east of Destin and west of Mobile, that are interested in getting Audi enthusiasts together. Please reach out to me, Melisa Wilcox (contact info below) if you fit that bill.
June 2022 Events:
6/4 – Top Gun – Maverick in IMAX at AMC Bayou 15 Pensacola @ 3:30pm. Strongly encourage purchasing tickets and reserving seats now. We are in the west section facing the screen in rows I-N seats 1-4. Purchase tickets here: https://www.imax.com/ theatres/amc-bayou-15-imax
6/11 – Currently finalizing plans for a photo-shoot or early dinner social at an area restaurant.
6/18 – Destin Show and Shine 9 am-12 pm at Destin Hooter’s,
15015 Emerald Coast Pkwy, Destin. Of note, Import Rally is being held all day on Pensacola Beach at Casino Beach parking lot.
6/25 – Pensacola C&C 9-11 am at Detail Garage, 5007 N. Davis Hwy, Pensacola, Fl.
All events are posted on our Facebook page: Emerald Coast Region – Audi Club Florida. Keep checking in for updates.
Save the date:
We have your car care needs covered in July. Detail Garage Pensacola will host us for a private event Saturday evening July 9. They will provide food and product demos.
Audi Pensacola will be hosting car care clinic Saturday July 23rd. Free multi-point inspections, tech Q&A, swag giveaways and food provided.
Make sure to follow us on Instagram @emeraldcoastaudiclub.
We are looking for new content and help with our IG presence. Please reach out to me if you are interested in becoming a part of ECR’s IG contributor group. As always, we appreciate Jeremy Chavez’s contributions and assistance as well as all the ACNA Groups that have continued to tag and support us!
Looking forward to the next AudiFam adventure!
Audi Club North America – Secretary
Audi Club Florida – Director
Emerald Coast Region – ACFL – Region Lead
Platinum Coast Region (Sarasota to Naples)
Photo Barb Lohff
Platinum Coast Audi Club June 2022
The Platinum Coast Audi Club is happy to announce our new Facebook page. Please check us out at:
Our official “Snowbird” season has ended and our gatherings have a few less noses to count! But we had a great turnout for our May 21st lunch at the Pier 22 Restaurant in Bradenton, FL. The weather was perfect for our outdoor terrace seating and the view was right out of a travel poster. The food was delicious with our super server (even if he was a Porsche guy) not missing a beat. We want to thank our resident Bradenton folks, Nancy and Fritz Goetz, for making the arrangements. The summer season has several fun trips on the schedule, but they are not firmed up yet as to dates and times. If you are not on our Platinum Coast newsletter list, drop us a line at our email address listed below so we can be sure you know the details for these summer events. Several of our members are already signed up for the Autobahn East event happening on the November 4th weekend next fall at Hilton Head Island. Hard not to have a great time at Hilton Head with a bunch of fellow Audi enthusiasts. Hope to see lots of you there! Stay safe out there as you enjoy your rings!
Barb and Rudy Lohff, Leads
Platinum Coast Audi Club NA/FL
Space Coast Region (Titusville to Fort Pierce/St. Lucie)
No official activity is scheduled this month.
Matthew Guerra Region Lead
Gold Coast Region (Key West to WPB)
Cars and Coffee Miami – June 12th, 8 am – 11 am Location: Miami International Mall, 1455 NW 107th Ave, Doral, Florida.
We are not allowed banners or signs so please look for the group of Audi’s that I will try and hold spots for our members.
Andreas Regalado Region Lead and BoD Member
Gator Region – Gainesville
No official activity is scheduled this month. Looking for leadership in the region.
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Photo credit: Gerald Simms
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