Press Release – REME Meets Beijing Car Club
I was first contacted by San Jose resident Annie Yan representing the Beijing Car club on April 20th, 2007. After nearly a month of planning, exchanging email messages and schedules; Redwood Empire Mini Enthusiasts hosted a breakfast on Tuesday morning, May 22 where six REME members met 5 members from the Beijing Car club at Samâ€™s Roadhouse in Novato, CA. Redwood Empire Mini Enthusiasts were represented by Bay Area, Sacramento Valley, and Northern Central Valley members Leeta Bell, Jerry Del Castello, Norm Nelson, Corey White, Vic White, and Peter Ziedrich. We were also joined by REME member Gary Anderson from MC2 magazine to chronicle the event.
The Beijing based car club was in the Bay Area with about 40 members, touring San Francisco, the Napa Valley, and Monterey Coast. Then they were off to Yosemite, Las Vegas, and the Grand Canyon before heading back home after about 10 days of touring. We had very little problems communicating with the young and energetic representatives from China. They were very capable of communicating in â€œAmericanâ€ English and surprised all REME members present with their enthusiasm for both their interest in cars as well as cultural exchange with Americans. We were thankful that formal interpreters were not required and that we could hold informal conversations across the table while dining. I know I feel like we have made 5 new Chinese friends.
Although the Beijing Car Club with over 55,000 members is government sponsored and closely resembles AAA in what it offers its membership, we enjoyed comparing the differences of our style of an Enthusiastsâ€™ Touring Club to their auto club. We hope to have a group run with the two clubs in either China or California in the near future. Plans are being discussed for a possible REME MINI China Tour in 2009. I believe we could get about 30 REME members participating in the event if planned far enough in advance. I also anticipate that we will be asked to participate in one of their future runs in California.