Mike Williams of Keota
Hometown (Where you live now):
What made you decide to purchase your first BMW?
I wanted to trade in two cars (an Oldsmobile Toronado and a Nissan 300ZX) and get one car that combined the luxury and sportiness of both. That led me to my first BMW, a 2000 328Ci. I liked it so much (and the club activities & members) that I later replaced it with another new one.
Do you have any fun stories about your car?
Both were purchased at Kimberly BMW in Davenport, my old home town. I had good luck with the first one, and my brother in Wisconsin liked it a lot. He wound up getting a 2005 325Xi. Later, I started to make plans for a European Delivery of my new one – as reported in Newswerks previously. I sold the 2000 to him (for his son) and he accompanied me to Munich in October of 2009 to pick it up. We visited relatives near Frankfurt, drove the Nurburgring, and toured Berlin and Amsterdam. The car was left at the port in the Netherlands in late October. It arrived stateside around Thanksgiving. I had hoped to pick it up in Davenport before Christmas and proceed to Wisconsin, but the accessories I had purchased were not quite installed when I arrived. Kimberly lent me an X3 for the holiday, and I got it on the way back.
What is your favorite BMW Club event and why?
Is all a good answer? The picnic and annual dinner are always good. I’ve been to several driving schools at MAM, a Fall Colors Tour, another cruise, one Ocktoberfest, and several tech sessions. Perhaps the most fun AND rewarding event is helping out as an in-car coach at the Street Survival schools.
Do you have a dream car?
Those new Gran Coupe’s are awfully pretty – just like an Aston Martin Rapide, but cheaper! So is the 503 from the 1950’s. A 2002 might be fun. On the non-BMW side, give me an old Oldsmobile. How about one each from 1937, 1941, 1950, and 1955?
Other cars in the garage:
2005 Corvette, 1958 Chevrolet Impala
H. S. Science teacher, retired. Driver’s education instructor.