Audi Club Florida Newsletter August 2022

Audi Club Florida Newsletter

August 2022

Photo Credit: Melisa Wilcox
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.

Audi Gainesville

Oktoberfest will be resuming this year. Stay tuned for more details.

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 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

August 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!

We are looking for R8s to buy for our CPO lot, inquire within.

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! Only a few of these still left, plus we can give you $1000 in extra coupon savings on Q5’s with the special codes!

Check with us daily, as our inventory changes, and lots of times it does not hit the website.


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.

August Audi Club Special 

15% off our 50% off sale rack

Stephan Grönberg

Executive General Manager

Audi Jacksonville

Audi Orange Park

Hanania Exotics

[email protected]

Caffeine and Octane Jacksonville at the Avenues Mall

Saturday, August 13th, 2022 at 8 AM EDT – 11 AM EDT

JaxRings luncheon- Sandollar 9718 Heckscher Dr, Jacksonville, FL

Saturday, August 13th, 2022 at 11 AM EDT

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

Gulf Coast Region August Report

August 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 2208 for August 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 August on the 6th, 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

A Gathering of the Rings


Legends of the Autobahn East

Photo Credit: Legends of the Autobahn and BMWCCA


The three months count down has started to 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 (

The run to Savanah will include a slight detour to view the old waterfront after a pitstop at the Visitors Center, perhaps another 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. (Only a month away). The rooms are being opened up to the Georgia and the Carolinas Chapter so one must act quickly. 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

The Friday evening meal will be at Cahill’s Market early at 4:20. Unfortunately, they do not take reservations and we need to beat the Friday evening 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. 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 and owners for a good cup of Joe and camaraderie. This should commence at approximately 7:45 AM. If an RS 3, an iteration of the national club raffle car could lead the caravan, that would be fantastic. The ACFL is 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 in a Black, Yellow, and Red TTs. So, if you have an Audi in one of these colors, especially red and yellow, we are still 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.

Though some of us have already registered through the Hilton Head Concourse website, this is the official club link for registration provided by ACNA.

The ACFL is awaiting word from national regarding the status of Audi Corral parking.  We will let all know 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.

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]

One Last Thing

Once upon a time the chapter members had some input in the car choice. That was when the raffle was simple, probably not 100% totally cricket from some of the comments made over the last few years and the club seemed to purchase the cars from AoA and not in partnerships, which possibly seems to be the case going forward. The last raffle car was stunning but did not draw like the RS 6, unfortunately as it goes it may have been a bridge too far, too much of a niche car, a fourth car for those who already have three and no space, no clue. As chapter leadership vested in the financial wellbeing and longevity of the national club, this being a major source of income, and in doing the most superficial due diligence, we the chapter would like to sell more tickets in support of the ACNA.

Perhaps a little survey is warranted. We will put together a summary and report back to our chapter membership and the ACNA. Thanks in advance for your participation.

Copy and past the below and send off to me with your answers.

Please let me know the following

  1. Did you purchase raffle tickets for the RS 6?
  2. If yes, approximately how much did you spend
  3. Did you purchase raffle tickets for the Quattro Coupe?
  4. If yes, approximately how much did you spend?
  5. If you only had $50 to spend on raffle tickets and had a choice of what car raffle tickets to spend them on, (Chances of winning are the same in each raffle) Would it be for a RS 3 or RS 6.
  6. If you did not purchase tickets for the Quattro Coup, why not? Just a few bullets.





Bob Greving: [email protected]

Member 268

In the close to 20 years, I have been contributing or writing a newsletter for the ACFL, only once previously have I written an obituary, and that was at the passing of Joe Hoppen. At that time many had real chips in their Audis and knew who he was, today not so much, chips no longer exist though MTM is still in the tuning business. Sometime in the early 80s, Frank Beddor formed a club calling it the Quattro club, a few years later member 268 joined, today probably over 75,000 have since joined the club, but membership numbers have not been issued consecutively, according to Bill Cho. That is burning through a lot of members and even more Audis during the ensuing years. Where have they all gone?

I first met Walter M. Sheldon Jr in Chicago at a mutual friend’s house. We both collected Marklin’s toy electric trains. For the most part, mine were old ones, 1950’s, his even older, early 50’s, late 40’s and 30’s significantly more valuable collection had actually been stolen from his house on the North Shore and he was in the process of purchasing everything available in the catalog to replace it. It was not long before Walter invited me to his house to show me his “new” collection. Well, it could have stocked a large toy rain store and included LGB trains, all German or Swiss models, and an outdoor garden railway with switching yards underneath the backyard deck with a lite waterproof control panel attached to the side of the house for train and switching operations. It looked like a control panel for a branch of Chicago and Northwestern. This was serious train collecting and running of toy trains and it was not his only passion. Aside from his wife driving a coupe Quattro, he had a Datsun 240Z, Chevy Syclone, Buick Grand National T-Top, and undercover in the garage was a Ferrari Dino. Walter was an early member of the ACNA, yes number 268, long before I joined 4402.

Walter moved to Fort Myers around the turn of the century and changed his membership to the ACFL. He often joined the chapter at Turn 17, then the Audi Suites above the paddock, and finally at Turn 1 at Sebring. On occasion, his youngest son Trevor, the apple of his eye who preceded him in death by little over a month joined his dad at Sebring

Walter probably did not have to work a day in his life, a step sister who went to finishing school in Switzerland and a family that wintered in Palm Beach but chose to. I know that what he spent on toy trains alone exceeded what I was earning as a Director and member of the executive committee at Marshall Fields in Chicago and exceeded their toy department Märklin train purchases’. He held a number of patents and received some royalties from Champion for the development of a spark plug for marine engines. Walter simply enjoyed sharing his passion and knowledge for trains, especially the Swiss narrow-gauge cog railway, electric engines, and fast cars, and owned the real things  when it came to cars had them to talk and play with. If you were not a kid at heart, you could gracefully excuse yourself.

He made the best gin and vodka-infused olives with various stuffing’s for martinis, If I happen to stop by his house on the way to store visits in Milwaukee after 9:00 AM he always presented me an olive salad with Martini dressing. I demurred and took the coffee but still popped an olive or two. I loved the ones stuffed with anchovies, I fondly recall the story he recounted about the time Trevor called and he told Trevor that he had just purchased a BMW. Now Trevor being a big BMW fan thought it might be a 3 or 5 series and better yet a lightweight edition to boot or M series, it would not be a run-of-the-mill BMW simply not fast enough.

Trevor arrives at the house in Lincolnshire, with no BMW in the driveway, comes in and asks his dad where is the Bimmer. Walter tells him to look in the 4-plus car garage. Trevor comes back and says “there is no Bimmer in the garage” The reply back was something to the effect, “Trevor if you looked hard enough you would have seen parked behind the Chevy Syclone an Isetta, made by BMW when they made real transportation for real people, not yuppies.

Then there was the time Trevor came over to show his dad a brand new M3. Now Walter had just returned from wintering in Florida and had had Joe Hoppen duplicate all the go-fast MTM goodies that he had placed on Frank Beddor’s new RS 6 on Walter’s new RS 6. Both Walter and I were fortunate enough to be at Hoppen’s place the day prior to Frank picking up his car and Joe took us for a short ride on the outskirts of Sarasota. I was speechless compared to the acceleration of my 02 S6 Avant.

To be fair to Trevor and the M3, the roads were a bit damp but when the two got home after literally being spanked more than just a few times as Walter related the story, he told Trevor to safely but as quickly as possible get his butt to Highland Park Audi and trade that piece of Bavarian iron, the last word might not have been iron,  in for something safer and faster. Trevor being the smart son that he was soon dutifully unloaded the M3 for an RS 4. Walter and his stories will be missed.

Additionally, I just received word Frank T. Oliver passed. He was one of the five original BoD members and our first Treasurer of the reconstituted ACFL. More on this next month.

Prayer vigil/visitation on Friday, Aug 5th at 4-7pm

Serenity Funeral Home 13401 Indian Rocks Road, Largo, Florida 33774

Funeral mass at St. Jerome Church on Saturday, Aug 6 at 1pm St Jerome Catholic Church Parish Office · 10895 Hamlin Blvd, Largo, FL 33774

It is unfortunate to end on these two notes but both Walter and Frank were big fans and supporters of the ACFL and would be looking forward to participating in the Legends of the Autobahn East and the Chapters activities surrounding that event.

Cheers and Safe Motoring

Bob Greving

[email protected]

Emerald Coast Region – Panhandle

Photo credit:  Melisa Wilcox

Photo credit: Mark Fowler

Emerald Coast Region – ACFL Certain things are just guaranteed here on the Emerald Coast in July. Tourists, crowds, traffic, booked restaurants, heat, rain and nothing but a steam oven in between. Fortunately, we found some reprieve with mostly indoor car events. Detail Garage Pensacola hosted their first ever private car club event and I couldn’t have been more excited for ECR to be their first choice. Everyone spent an extremely hot Saturday washing and preparing their rides to look perfect. In true Florida form, it rained while most were in route or just arriving to event. Those that braved the weather were treated to food, paint care education and product demos. A big thank you to Detail Garage and all the staff that helped make this a successful event. We now have a private event every second Saturday starting in September with different educational topics and product demos each month.

Finally back from COVID hiatus, Audi Pensacola hosted its Car Care Clinic directly after Pensacola’s C&C. They offered free multi-point inspections, tech talk, swag bags, raffle giveaways, food, 360 photo booth for photographers and also had Gulf Winds Credit Union on site for financing. A HUGE thank you to Audi Pensacola and the whole team of the dedicated staff for making this event bigger and better every time. We are very fortunate to have one of the best supportive Audi Dealerships in the USA. Also, a special thanks to ACNA member, Quattro magazine contributor and good friend Ray Reyes for allowing me to pilot his very special RS6 Avant, which was the first of its kind to make an appearance in our area. 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.

August 2022 Events:

8/10 – Cars & Coffee of Mobile Bay 8 -10 am, The Fort Container Park, Spanish Fort, Al. 8/20 – Destin Show & Shine 8 – 10 am, Hooters 15015 Emerald Coast Pkwy, Destin, Fl.

8/27 – Pensacola C&C 9-11 am at Detail Garage, 5007 N. Davis Hwy, Pensacola, Fl.

9/10 – Detail Garage presents a private event for ECR @ 6 pm, 5007 N. Davis Hwy, Pensacola, Fl. Product demos, education & social. Food will be 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 August 2022

The Platinum Coast Audi Club had a great time at the Peace River Wildlife Center on July 16th. Their motto is: Rescue, Rehabilitate, Educate. They are totally dependent on contributions for their work, and the Audi Club came through with a generous collection of items from their Wish List as well as some monetary donations. It was a perfect day to tour this outdoor facility and the “residents” were very happy to preen and pose for us while our guides gave us their back stories. Lunch at Lashley’s Crab House topped off a great day with a great group of enthusiasts.

The remaining summer and early fall schedule are full of events. If you are reading this FL newsletter and live between Bradenton in the north and Marco Island in the south, we would love to have you join us. Shoot us an email or check out our Facebook page (both addresses below) to learn all the details. August 20th will find us at the new Tiger Woods Pop Stroke putting complex in Fort Myers—check out their website: to preview the fun and the delicious menu available.

On September 17th we will try our hand at our version of a Poker Run which will have us following clues to target locations to collect your “hand” in the back roads of the middle of the state. Naturally the reveal and prize awards will also involve lunch! On October 8th we will be meeting up for another clue-driven (see what I did there) drive to ultimately meet up at the eatery of the day. Of course if the price of a gallon of Premium gas reaches $12/gallon—these two previous events may have to be reimagined! October 29th has been reserved for our private tour of the Revs Institute in Naples. Thanks to our member, Roc Linkov, who serves as the primary docent for the museum, we have been able to reserve a private tour starting at 10:30 am.

The Legends of the Autobahn East will find many of our group heading up to Hilton Head Island for the weekend of November 4th. We are anxious to meet up with our other 4 regions in Florida as well as the Georgia and Carolina clubs. Hope to see you at some of our events!

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 –August 7th, 10 am – 1 pm Location: 8300 NW 36th St, Doral, FL 33166

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.

Oktoberfest will be resuming this year. Stay tuned for more details.



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Let me know if you have any questions! 

Best Regards,

Andres Lazzizzera

813-444-7021 Extention 99

9836 Currie Davis Dr

Tampa, FL 33619


Andres Lazzizzera


9836 Currie Davis Dr

Tampa, FL 33619


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ABT America

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

[email protected]

Monday to Friday: 9 AM – 6 PM (EST)

Phone: (305) 974-5958

Lastly, please thank our Prestige Partners below by visiting their places of business or websites and seeing 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]

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