Florida Suncoast Chapter Board & 2002 Member, Frank Mann passed-away Sunday, January 3rd. A long-time member, Frank was considered one of the original 2002 members as well as a 2002 aficionado. Frank held multiple leadership positions within the FSC BMW Chapter over the years, as well as leadership roles within the local Alfa-Romeo Chapter.
Frank was a wealth of knowledge regarding legacy BMW’s. He knew virtually every shop/resource in the country and was always glad to point folks in the right direction. Frank poured himself into the details, not only automobiles…, guitars, wine and he knew every recipe for the very best Italian cuisine.
Sr. FSC Board Member, Russ Garvey, re-counts this anecdote about how activities can overlap, “I go to our car club and talk about home audio and I go to our audio club and talk about cars.” Maybe too many hobbies? Then I met Frank Mann and it was more or less, “I’ll see your BMW and stereo, and raise you custom guitars and several bottles of wine!”
It’s not about the cars…ever heard that before? With Frank it was his custom guitar business (a little side job), wine, home audio, old vinyl records, concerts (live guitar!), food and, oh yeah, cars. You could spend all day with Frank – and I have – and not once mention cars…other than the ones we traveled in to get to the records, or stereos, or wine or concerts, or well…you know.
FSC & 2002 Member, Phil Howe, “Frank could walk in a room of 10 strangers and walk out with 10 friends”!
A true friend and dedicated Chapter member. Frank, we will miss you tremendously, we will never forget you! To his wife Peggy, on behalf of the FSC BMW Members, we all send our love and condolences.