Audi Club Florida Newsletter July 2022

Audi Club Florida Newsletter

July 2022

Photo Credit: Gerald Sims
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. Due to very low inventory, dealers are voluntarily participating in the program so please contact your dealer first to see if they are participating.

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.

Gerry Simms

President and BoD Member

[email protected]

Chapter Regional Reports

First Coast Region- Jacksonville

Photo Credit: Audi Jacksonville

July Deals, and Incentives, at our Prestige Partner!“We are in need of CPO inventory, Paying top dollar for your Audis!. Got a lease? Don’t turn it in, let me buy it and cut you a check for some equity!

Looking for an R8 we have a few in stock now ready for delivery, from CPO to Manual v8 Coupes!

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.

Currently offering 10% discount on any In Stock Q5 and a4’s without side-assist.

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.

July Audi Club Special 

15% Anderson Ord Apparel Shirts!

Stephan Grönberg

Executive General Manager

Audi Jacksonville

Audi Orange Park

Hanania Exotics

[email protected]

Caffeine and Octane Jacksonville at the Avenues Mall

Saturday, July 9th, 2022 at 8 AM EDT – 11 AM EDT

JaxRings luncheon- Sneakers Sports Grille 111 Beach Blvd. Jax Beach FL

Saturday, July 9th, 2022 at 11 AM EDT

First Coast Region (Jacksonville)-Leslie de la Serna – Region Lead

Gulf Coast Region July Report

July 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 2023 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 2207 for July 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 July on the 2nd, located at 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 at 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 (

As previously reported, a second draft of the AAA Trip-Tik have been printed and a second test run will be executed on July 15th to make sure all is in order. The early morning run to Savanah will include a slight detour to view the old waterfront after a pitstop at the Visitors Center, perhaps a 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.

All should be already aware that we have a block of reservations for 20 Doubles at the Comfort Suites for $119 plus taxes per night in Bluffton Friday and Saturday evening. 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. (That is not that far off) 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.

Cahill Market

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.

Legends of the Autobahn East (

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.

We all look forward to an exciting 24 Hours of ACFL planned activities and events leading up to the Legends of the Autobahn East as we continue to try to coordinate with two other regional chapters in driving attendance to the ACNA participation in this big event with the other big boys from Stuttgart, Zuffenhausen. and Munich. Do they let the guys from Wolfsburg in? Hopefully the ACNA is planning some big surprises, like the role out of a new raffle car.

Now that could be a show stopper, an RS 3 or EV (it’s a 2023 RS 3) . I offered up my bespoke 22 RS 6 fully but tastefully decked out Nardo Grey over Cognac, no bling at MSRP with 3 miles on the clock but it was graciously turned down. (Another story for another time) Whatever the ACNA comes up with, perhaps they will offer a special raffle events ticket purchasing packages to help boost sales and make up for the slower showing of the latest raffle car. We will leave that up to them to figure out. Our plate remains more than full 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 checks will be deposited as we get closer to the event,

Registration to include:  Include a note with your first and last name. E-Mail address,

Phone number, Year, Model and Color of Audi and  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

Bob Greving

[email protected]

Emerald Coast Region – Panhandle

Photo credit:  Bud Dannemiller

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.

July 2022 Events:

7/9 – Detail Garage presents a private event for ECR @ 6 pm, 5007 N. Davis Hwy, Pensacola, Fl. Product demos, paint education, social. Food will be provided.

7/16 – Destin Show & Shine 8 – 10 am, Hooters 15015 Emerald Coast Pkwy, Destin, Fl.

7/16 – Professional golden hour photo shoot with @hardparkdmedia. Reach out for details.

7/23 – Pensacola C&C 9-11 am at Detail Garage, 5007 N. Davis Hwy, Pensacola, Fl.

7/23 – Audi Pensacola Car Care Clinic, 11 am – 1 pm Free multi-point inspections, tech Q&A and education, swag giveaways, social. Food provided.

All events are posted on our Facebook page: Emerald Coast Region – Audi Club Florida. Keep checking in for updates.

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!

Melisa Wilcox

Audi Club North America – Secretary

Audi Club Florida – Director

Emerald Coast Region – ACFL – Region Lead

[email protected]

Platinum Coast Region (Sarasota to Naples)

 Photo: Barb Lohff

Platinum Coast Audi Club July 2022

The Platinum Coast Audi Club is happy to announce our new Facebook page.  Please check us out at:

The Platinum Coast Audi Club took the month of June off to regroup and update our membership files, strengthen our core group, and put out a survey for a group response for preferred activities for the rest of the summer into October. We will kick off our start of the regular season in October—hopefully with most if not all of our snowbirds back in the nest—with a private tour of the Revs Institute in Naples. This will be led by our own Roc Linkov who serves as the docent trainer at the museum. The numbers are limited so if we don’t already have you on the list, please reply to our email below ASAP, because you won’t want to miss this specially tailored tour

November will find us joining up with the other FL regions plus the GA and Carolina Clubs at the Legends of the Autobahn East. Initial cruise into our block of rooms in Bluffton, SC, takes place on Friday, Nov. 4th. On Sat., Nov. 5th, we will be meeting up with the rest of the ACNA members to cruise into the Hilton Head Island site of the event. Not registered yet? Contact us for information.

We are planning a full schedule of summer events. We will start with a July tour of the Peace River Wildlife Center in Punta Gorda, followed by a mystery drive to lunch. We will explore the Pop Stroke putting challenge at Tiger Woods’ new complex in Ft. Myers. A Poker Run is being planned for September and a mystery drive through the back roads of central Florida to culminate in a lunch spot in the early fall.

If you are reading this and live between Bradenton and Marco Island and are not receiving our monthly newsletter updates, send us an email to the address below. We are always looking for additional ring enthusiasts to join our core group. Meanwhile everyone stay safe and healthy and get out there and enjoy your

Barb and Rudy Lohff, Leads

Platinum Coast Audi Club NA/FL

[email protected]

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 – July 10th, 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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Best Regards,

Andres Lazzizzera

Photo credit: Gerald Simms

Andres Lazzizzera


9836 Currie Davis Dr

Tampa, FL 33619


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Gerry Simms President and BoD Member

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