We are a small team of volunteers with a wide range of skills and experience. We share a passion for BMWs and looking for ways to engage with the community to help share knowledge and the fun of driving together. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or any of our board members directly below.
President: Bruce Huber
Resides in: Morton, IL
Drives: 2000 540 MSport, 2015 X3
Bruce joined the BMW CCA in 1999 when he ordered his first BMW, an e39 540i with the 6-speed M-Sport options. Needs grew larger, so he stepped to the ‘01 740i “Sporty Shorty,” the last of the classic e38s; and that was followed by an SAV, the e83 X3. When an e39 identical to his original one appeared in Roundel classifieds in ‘17, Bruce flew to DC and drove it home. That 540 MSport is his “garage queen” today, while an f25 X3 handles daily chores. Bruce served as Secretary of the Illini Chapter from 2005-07 and more recently since ’18, so he’s the ghost-writer behind most of the Chapter email you get. Bruce volunteers as the classroom instructor for our TRSS defensive driving course.
Vice President & Social Events Chair: Rick Roudebush
Resides in: Canton, IL
Drives: 1988 M6 Shark, 2001 Z3 M Roadster, 1995 M3 coupe, 1998 M3 coupe convertible, 2001 Z3 M Roadster, 2007 Z4 coupe, 2013 M5
Rick has been a BMW CCA Member since 2004, and was one of the original Board Members when the Chapter reorganized in 2008. He’s been one of the most active Members who, along with his wife, Sonja, has also served as the Chapter’s Social Events Chair for several years. Rick demonstrated excellent leadership during his Presidency in the early ‘Teens by getting more members involved in organizing and conducting club events.
Rick says that he demonstrated good judgment by marrying Sonja AFTER her Dad finished paying for her college education. Both he and Sonja were born and raised in Canton, IL, where they attended school together and reside today. They have one daughter in the area, whose husband is a real car guy and often helps out at Chapter events.
Treasurer: Craig Bryce
Resides in: Normal, IL
Drives: 2016 M2 manual, 2017 330i Sport Wagon
Craig is a long time resident of Central Illinois. He has been a BMW owner since 2010 and Club Member since 2013. Two of his three BMWs have had three pedals; he had the fastest lap and slalom times of his BMW Performance Driving School class in Thermal, CA. Craig has volunteered as a “cone monkey” for years at the Tire Rack Street Survival schools. At one time he subscribed to six car magazines simultaneously! Craig knows his way around numbers and financial spreadsheets, and currently serves as Treasurer.
TRSS Chair: Rick Largen
Resides in: Lakewood, IL
Drives: BMW M2
Rick has long been involved in the Tire Rack Street Survival program. He has been an instructor with the program since 2009, and Chairman since 2014. After taking over the program, Rick initiated the Club hosting two schools in one weekend. He was elected to the Circle of Excellence by the BMW CCA Foundation because of that, but he’d be the first to say that his selection was just a representation of the excellent people who work in the program at the local level. Rick retired from the Illinois State Police after 26 years, and served as an instructor at the Skip Barber Racing School. He is also a veteran of the United States Air Force, where he served for eight years.
Rick and his wife Kim reside on a small farm in rural Shelby County. Rick claims Fort Bragg, North Carolina as his hometown. He became a resident of the state of Illinois after his father retired from the US Army in 1973. Rick says being the son of a soldier had its benefits; living in Okinawa for four years and in West Berlin, Germany for four years were the highlights of his youth. Rick has two sons, Robert and Allan. His hobbies are working on and driving his cars, taking care of the animals on his farm, and traveling.
Track Events Chair: Boris Peharda
Resides in: Peoria, IL
Drives: 2012 X5 Diesel (road), 1987 325i race car (track)
Boris has all the credentials of our Chapter high-speed guy. He’s a graduate of the Skip Barber Driving School and both the Porsche Club of America and BMW CCA Instructor training programs. Boris has driven on some of the Nation’s best tracks, including Laguna Seca and Daytona, but the track nearest’n’dearest to his heart is Road America in Wisconsin – where he and his wife Kelly saw their first sports car race. That Elkhart Lake track is also where he met his future son-in-law while instructing at a BMW CCA Oktoberfest. Ever active, Boris still found ways to race and instruct during the COVID-restricted 2020.
At one time Boris’ and Kelly’s daily driver was a 1999 328i previously owned by his parents! They have owned many performance cars including four BMWs, and she’s been an excellent partner in his track adventures. Acquisition of a 2013 Porsche via European Delivery gave them opportunity to tour Europe and visit his Croatian relatives. Boris told that story when the Chapter published our Roundelian quarterly, and others such as his team’s win in the Chumpcar sixteen-hour endurance Chumpionship at Road America.
Boris and Kelly are now proud grandparents of two grandaughters and a grandson who live close by. Recently he and his son-in-law started “Track Tested Motorsports,” recording and publishing videos about track cars and driving on tracks.
Web Master: Frank Byers
Resides in: Decatur, IL
Drives: 2015 X5 M, 2008 X3, 2006 M5