A long time ago there was a fledgling internet mail list called the Internet BMW Riders. This was back when e-mail and the Internet was a new thing. The directions to how to join the list was published in the BMWMOA Owners News. Using some cryptic commands I was able to join. Before the BMWMOA ON article the list was 500 strong. After the article it jumped to 1000. I was part of this expansion. I enjoyed the varied discussion and comradery, particularly the technical bits. The list was quite helpful when I was restoring my R90s. This list is still going and is known as the big list, or just “The BEEG”.
The Jamesway chain of stores was going out of business and they were clearing their shelves. They had Mobil 1 for ~$2.50 per quart. Knowing that the cheapest part on a BMW motorcycle is the rider I posted this information to the list and said that I had cleaned out the Souderton store, but it was a chain and there was more to be had.
I got a private e-mail from one Mike Dulany saying that he lives near the store. We e-mailed back and forth a few times and discovered we lived about 3 miles apart and we are about the same age and both have 2 kids. He suggested that we meet for breakfast. Against my wife’s protests about meeting someone from “the Internet”, we set up a breakfast at the R&S diner in Sellersville. Mike and I had breakfast along with one of his friends who also came on a bike. We had a good time.
The next time we decided to meet for breakfast we decided to put out an invitation on the BEEG list. A number of people showed up and we had a good time. (I don’t remember the date, location, or who attended. If you want a historian you need to hire a better one.) At the breakfast we wrote down the e-mail addresses and started to e-mail each other off the BEEG list. We did this a number of times and each time the group and list of e-mails grew longer. Bruce McKelvy was at one of the early breakfasts and he mentioned that he had a well stocked 5-car garage (actually a 3+2 car garage) and he would host a wrenching session for the group.
We came to Bruce’s house and worked on a number of bikes, including fixing the body work on Mike Ormont’s K100RT. Bruce likes to eat, so there was always pizza at these gatherings. We had a great time and the list grew. At the time there was a similar group in the Pittsburgh area called the Shack Pack, and in the DC area called the Slack Pack. While various names for our group were developed, since we met at Bruce McKelvy’s house Mac-Pac was suggested. The name stuck.
By this time we were at least 20 strong including Brian and Anton. The list of e-mail addresses had grown to a point where it was difficult to copy everyone on each message and difficult to make sure you had the lastest address list. Brian managed to get a free list service. This was great and the list was now a Real List. A number of us met at the first IBMWR president’s breakfast in NJ and the list grew a little more.
The ISP providing list service was sold. The new owners eventually figured out they had a service running, they were not being paid for. They killed our free account so we needed to move the list to a new home. I was already hosting and administering a list for our quarter midget racing club. Hosting the list with my ISP was not a problem ($20/year), but I did not want to administer another list. Brian agreed to keep administering the Mac-Pac list if I would set up the account. (Little did I know Brian would become the LN.) was born and boy has it grown!
Technically speaking, I did not join mac-pac, you all joined me. Boy, am I glad to have you. I have enjoyed the playful banter, technical discussions and eating. I especially enjoy the eclectic group of people and interests. I look forward to our next meeting.
Our members are from many other clubs, such as New Sweden, Dutch Country Riders, Blue Flame Beemers, Toxic Landfill Riders, Etc. We even have an MOA charter (Club #289).
We meet to do maintenance and repairs on our bikes. Most of the group work is done at a member’s house or at Earle Bare’s metalfab shop in Lionville, where we have a decent amount of work space and tire-changing equipment.
Verbiage by Joe Dille, Brian Curry, and others.