Shop Rag: 2019 Iron Butt Rally Concluded. Wendy Crockett Wins!

The 2019 Iron Butt Rally concluded Friday AM in Greenville, SC.

Wendy Crockett has placed in the top 5 in the past, but this year cleaned the clocks of the competition.   Just under 13000 miles and wins the rally.
Normally the first 5 places are separated by a few 100 points.   Wendy
beat the 2nd place rider by about 11000 points.   Too soon to figure out exactly what she did, etc., but attached is her spotwalla (spot) track for the 11 day rally.    A truly epic ride.
Last I heard she and her family live in the Sturgis, SD area and she is a tech for the BMW store.
At least 4 riders went to Homer, AK and made it back on time.   As usual, most popular brand was BMW and also, sadly, some had some “issues”.

Excellent Podcast about Long Distance Riding recommended by Larry Meeker

Larry says: Excellent podcast about LD riding that any motorcyclist should find interesting.    Only 39 minutes and very well entertaining.
And, Quoted by Cliff Wall:
“Recently I had the pleasure of recording a podcast for Long Riders Radio regarding the origins of the Senior Butt Rally.  It also contains a little info on one of my other favorite long riding passions, The George A. Wyman Memorial Project.

Hit the link below to take a listen if you have time.  Hope you enjoy.”

Cliff Wall
IBA # 459

Mid-Month Ride Report for May 18th, by Tom Brown

The following is a Mid-Month Ride Report from Tom Brown, Ride Organizer and Leader, from Saturday, May 18th, 2019.
Hello, our ride to River Ratz on May 18th started on time at Weedmans in Orangedale ,there were only 3 of us: Bruce ,Scott (new Member) and myself. We made our way through the countryside of Florida, on some fun back roads. We stopped for a break at CR314-A and St.Rd.40. This was about midway through the ride about 1030 am. We pit stopped and hydrated in preparation for the final leg of the journey. We proceeded on and finally made it to the very cool Istachatta Road (Man Snake) off of SR48 ,rode it to CR476 and finished up at River Ratz, in Nobleton, Fl. We had lunch, listened to some live music, and got to know Scott a little more (Welcome to the Club, Scott). I was also was fortunate to meet up and visit with my Aunt and Uncle who live in the area.
Tom Brown

BMWNEF President’s Letter

I would like to take this opportunity to give recognition and our sincere gratitude to Philos Enterprises, Inc for their generous donation ($20,000) to K9 For Warriors. Making the donation on behalf of Philos Enterprises, Inc. was James Quinn and receiving on behalf of K9 For Warriors was Riding Into History chairman Bill Peterson. These wonderful organizations go to great lengths to help our service members. It is through their hard work, support and donations to the K9 For Warriors program that many service members are able to get the help, support and training they need. I want to thank each and every member of these wonderful organizations, including our own BMWNEF members, for making life easier for these service members. God Bless each and everyone of you, and all our service members.

As many of you are reading this you will be packing, making last minute updates, going through your check lists, or whatever other ritual you might have, to get ready for our 36th Annual Winter Rally. To Bill Botkin, our Rally Committee, the countless volunteers and many supporters, I cannot thank you enough for putting this amazing event together. Ladies and gentlemen, you are awesome!

Many thanks to all those motorcycle enthusiasts who have registered for our Winter Rally. I hope you will have a wonderful time and enjoy the many events/ seminars we have scheduled for you. Please have a safe journey to and from our event. If at anytime during your stay with us you might need our assistance please contact one of our many staff members. If they are unable to assist you, they will be glad to contact the Rally Chairperson or myself so that we might be able to help you. Be safe, have fun and please abide by Camp Blanding’s policies and rules. We are guests here, just like you, and would like to keep our event on their base. Please visit Camp Blanding’s website ( for more information.

CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS! Once you have recuperated from the Winter Rally, I would like to ask each and everyone of you to look at your calendars and schedules. Do you have some free time? Are you interested in attending one or more of our upcoming events? Do you have ideas and suggestions you want to share? Do you see areas where we as an organization can improve? If so, I AM LOOKING FOR YOU! Please contact me, so we can get you on one of our wonderful committees.

To keep abreast of what is happening at BMWNEF please review our official website. We will be posting upcoming events on the calendar and making revisions when changes occur. If members have relevant information to add please contact either the President (, Vice President (vice- or one of the Committee Chairpersons for which your event falls under. Provide all pertinent information regarding the event you would like to see added. Make sure to include your name and contact information in case we have additional questions.

President’s Letter

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for making our annual Christmas party a huge success. To the many members for their gracious support, to the Marine Corp’s Toys for Tot’s program. To Bruce Cockcroft, Vice President, for the many emails, messages and posting regarding this event. To past President, James Quinn and the Executive Committee for agreeing to make this a free event to our members. But most of all, a very special thanks must go out to Bill Robinson and the staff of Toscana Little Italy Restaurant for putting this wonderful event together. Thank each and every one of you.

Congratulations and thanks to Bill Botkin, our 2018 Maggie Award winner, for his continuous dedication and support to BMWNEF. His unselfishness and willingness to volunteer his time and efforts to our many events is testament to his character and leadership. I can only hope this will inspire others to follow in his footsteps. Way to go Bill, a well deserving acknowledgement for all your hard work.

Thanks to James Quinn, for his support, guidance and leadership as President of BMWNEF. His experience, desire and drive has made BMWNEF an organization others can look up to. As we move forward we will look toward Jim for his leadership and guidance in our efforts to continue to improve BMWNEF.

I would like to announce your 2019 Executive Committee members.

President – Philip Mulé
Vice President – Bruce Cockcroft
Secretary – Pedro Afable
Treasurer – Myron Beachy
Elected Director – Ron Hodges (Rides & Safety Chairperson)
Elected Director – Mark Cooley
Appointed Director – Bill Botkin (Rally Chairperson)
Appointed Director – Chip Kenyon (Finance Chairperson)
Appointed Director – Bill Peterson
Appointed Director – Mike Sadler
Past President – James Quinn

Membership – Vicki Decker
Safety Minute – David Sturgis
Club Liaison – Ken Lucius

Rider at Large – Tom Brown
Rider at Large – John Salsbury

I want to thank all the above members for stepping up and taking an active role in continuing to improve BMWNEF. We are now reaching out to every club member. This is your club and we cannot succeed without your help and support. We are seeking willing members to volunteer their time and efforts by joining one of the committees list below. Anyone interested in volunteering for a committee, can email me at We are also interested in your comments and suggestions on how we can improve your experience as a member in BMWNEF.

Social Committee Rides & Safety Committee Rally Committee

Finance Committee Marketing/Public Relations Programs Committee

Membership Committee Information Systems Committee Newsletter Committee

To keep abreast of what is happening at BMWNEF please review our official web site. We will be posting upcoming events on the calendar and making revisions when changes occur. If members have relevant information to add please contact either the President ( or Vice President ( Provide all pertinent information regarding the event you would like to see added. Make sure to include your name and contact information in case we have additional questions.

I would like to thank everyone for their support and well wishes as I take over the reins as President. Deborah and I would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a joyous Holiday Season. Looking forward to this New Year and all the excitement it will bring. Be safe and have fun.

BMWNEF 2018 Christmas Party

BMWNEF 2018 Christmas Party

The 2018 BMWNEF Christmas Party was held at Toscanos Little Italy in Jacksonville. We had a great turnout and the restaurant was full of members. There was a huge Christmas tree and decorations, and the mood was festive.

This year’s event was a departure from meeting at the park lodge, which was rustic and had a blazing fireplace. The past events involved many volunteer hours and members bringing dishes and desserts. The club leadership wanted to make this event special and they were successful.

The Toys for Tots campaign, run by the USMC, was our charity for the event. We had so many toys that the USMC representative needed to call for reinforcements with a larger car to transport the toys. The club donated the toys in honor of Bill Botkin’s late brother Major Charles Botkin USMC (bio below). Our generosity will be appreciated by many children who will have a brighter Christmas for our efforts.

We also held a business meeting to elect the new slate of officers, and to thank our outgoing leader Jim Quinn. Jim will still be around as the Immediate Past-President, and his leadership and vision for the club has helped us be a better club for our members and the community. Welcome Philip Mule’ (L) as the next President of BMWNEF, as Immediate Past-President Jim Quinn dons his Past-President’s hat and Philip commends him for his term of leadership with the club.

Bill Botkin was chosen for the Maggie Award, in honor of the late Maggie Nelson. Maggie’s spirit of volunteering and helping others is memorialized in this award, and Bill’s efforts to lead and help the club through many years was honored with the award. Sparky Peterson looks on as the most recent Maggie Award winner. Norm Nelson presented the award to Bill (and his better half Ginny). Congratulations to you both.

It was a great time, and if you missed it this year, make plans to attend next year. There’s something special about having a Christmas party with motorcycling friends.

Bio: Charles Thomas Botkin, Jr. was born in Muncie, Indiana in January 1947.  He was the second child of Charles Thomas and Jeanette Botkin.  His father was a WWII medical officer in the Pacific and mother a college educated interior designer.

After high school, Charles enrolled at Ball State University and graduated with honors with a BS in Chemistry. Charles entered the Marine Corps in 1973, and after Officer’s Candidate School, he was commissioned a Second Lieutenant.  He attended the advanced infantry officers’ course where he was assigned the Military Occupational Specialty of an Artillery Officer.  He deployed to the Mediterranean in 1983, shortly before the Marine Barracks bombing. After serving in many stations in the USMC, He retired as Major, the Officer-in-Charge of the Marine Corps Museum, MCRD, San Diego.

Charles and family returned to Muncie, Indiana after retirement, where he graduated from the Indiana Vocational Technical Institute with a culinary degree. During retirement he operated several restaurants and was head chef at several more.  He was an excellent chef. Timmy is survived by his wife, Lou Ellen, and children Matthew, Jennifer and Ellen.  He has several grandchildren in California and Indiana.