Congratulations to this week’s BMW CCA Garage Goals winner, Sunshine Bimmers and M Chapter member Esteban Valentin! Esteban has won a $25 Shop BMW CCA gift card and a $25 Griot’s Garage gift card thanks to this picture of his M2 Competition and 2002!

“I’ve been working from home since March 16 because of the pandemic, so I’ve spent a lot more time at home and in the garage,” said Valentin. “Most of my entertainment has come from finishing small projects I had pending on all of the cars. I did some cleanup and minor mods that have kept me busy during this time. I have also enjoyed spending more time with Melissa and our three furry kids!”

Asked what got him to join the BMW CCA, Esteban said, “A couple of things, the perks and discounts, of course, but mainly there was an excess of local BMW groups which were constantly in a collision of ideas. Many cool ones and others which had a mindset I did not follow. I wanted to be part of something bigger, nationwide and the BMW CCA offered that. I was able to network and meet CCA members from all over the USA and have become friends with many just from online interactions that end up in face-to-face since I travel a lot for business. The CCA is a great way to meet likeminded BMW owners.”

Tell us more about your M2C and 2002! “My M2 was my third BMW; it’s been an amazing car since the get-go because I did European Delivery with it. I hold some amazing memories from driving this amazing car for ten days in Europe on some of the best roads in the world! The car has multiple modifications, which make it even more special to me now. I don’t see myself letting this car go—ever.”

“My 2002 is a 1974 with a tii engine. This car was an interesting find. I have always liked old school cars and owned classics from other brands, but once into BMWs, I needed some old school. While doing redelivery of my M2 Competition at the Performance Center in SC, I spotted an E46 in Dakar Yellow outside a warehouse. I stopped to check it out and an older gentleman came out and told me to come inside to see his cars. He had over 60 classic cars inside, and the 2002 was one of those. I couldn’t justify buying another car tat hat moment since I had just picked up the M2C, but I left knowing that car was special. I never drove it, but three months later, I contacted a dear friend from SC and had him test drive it for me. I ended up striking a deal and bought it! Since then, I have modified the 2002 to my liking, adding many interior bits, and taking care of small items it needed.”

As always, thank you, Esteban, for your support of the club—and for your participation in our BMW CCA Garage Goals giveaway on Instagram.

Want to win $25 Gift Cards from Shop BMW CCA and Griot’s Garage?

We will be awarding a lucky BMW CCA member a $25 Shop BMW CCA gift card and a $25 Griot’s Garage gift card every Friday! For a chance to win, all you have to do is post a picture to Instagram with the hashtags #BMWCCAGarageGoals, #GriotsGarage, and follow @GriotsGarage.

It will be a fun way for members to share their garage setups, what they’ve been working on, and what’s in their BMW fleet. Maybe you just finished putting a new coat of Griot’s Garage wax on your M3 or added some vintage BMW memorabilia to your garage wall. We want to see what you’ve been up to and share the passion! It will be a fun way for us to stay connected and interact while many of us are spending more time at home and in the garage.

We’ll announce the winner on Instagram, Facebook, and BimmerLife every Friday. Good luck, everyone!—Chris Hennecy



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