On this page the board of the BMW i8 Club would like to introduce themselves to you.
The board consists of four regular members and one advisor: the president, vice president, chairman for technical matters and treasurer. Regional drives and events can be organized by individual members. If you have questions or suggestions, please don’t hesitate to contact us. You can contact us through the club office.
Claus-Dieter Bachmann, President
I started my career as a motor mechanic. However in 1985 I re-angled my life and became a stonemason and sculptor. After receiving my master certificate in 1995 I started my own business. Today my company employs around 20 traditionally working stonemasons and we are proud to be asked to work on many of the beautiful monuments made out of natural stones all over Germany. In my free time I’ going back to my roots – cars and motorcycles. I’m a technics affine car enthusiast. It gives me a lot of pleasure to drive everything that has wheels – slow or fast.
When I saw the first photos of the i8 I never would have imagined that they would truly build this concept car. When they then announced that they were going to build the BMW i8 I went straight to register at my local dealership. Since then it’s been like a dream to be able to drive such a car from the future in the now and I enjoy every minute of it. Regardless if I’m stuck in traffic or driving through the city or overland, it’s always a pleasure to drive this car. It is my opinion that BMW got closer with the BMW i8 to their motto “sheer driving pleasure” then ever before.
Dominik Spahn, Vicepresident
I have always been fortunate that my family drove cars of the former airplane engine producer since I was a child. I think due to these experiences and the vacation times I spent at my grandparents in Munich, close to the FIZ of the BMW Group, I chose a BMW 318is- 5 door special edition for my first car. Many used BMWs succeed one another until I bought my first new X5.
At the official introduction of the i8 I was especially fascinated by its general concept of electronic mobility. The i8 is not the typical electric car which is built to save as much energy as possible in order to gain a longer driving range compared to that of the competitors, but rather to retrieve as much energy as possible through recuperation. Which will subsequently allow it to achieve e. g. the maximum mileage possible or the most powerful performance dependent on the driver’s mood. I was also immediately drawn towards the i8 by its unique design.
I’m a longtime BMW enthusiast and with my engagement in the BMW i8 Club I want to contribute to the platform the Club is building for us. We hope to give our members the opportunity to connect and trade information as well as exchange their experiences and enjoy drives together. I also see an opportunity here that we will be able to support BMW in its development with important inside into this brand new way of driving.
Edo Popken, Chairman for Technical Matters
I’m working in the management of the textile business. I’m the owner and creator of the men’s fashion brand Edo Popken and the Champagne Edo Ferdinand Popken. Since my early childhood I’ve been a fan of BMW cars. Today I’m driving among other the Z8 and 850CSI – both soon to be classic cars. My dream has always been a BMW M1 as Procar. I’m now driving my third BMW i8. In 2017 I was able to purchase my Protonic Red Edition after driving it for 33.000 km. My goal is to turn it into a PROPER race-car that can challenge the legendary M1 Procar, while maintaining its innovative hybrid engine. As brand ambassador for the i8 BMW grants me access to many yet unreleased Information and a deeper insight into the project i8.
Heike Bommersheim, Treasurer
I was trained to be an insurance agent, but I’m working at my husband’s company. I was born in 1960. My husband is the car enthusiast and BMW fan. He especially likes the i8 because of its sportive yet smart character. For us the BMW club is the place to meet other BMW fans and i8 friends. Here we enjoy fantastic times at events and drives. I’m happy to help the club by serving as the treasurer.
Sascha Stephani, Advisor
Manfred de Vries, Advisor
I’m 52 years old and I grew up and live near Bremerhaven, Germany. My hobbies are my family, golfing and BMW sport cars. After an extensive technical and economic education I took up the responsibilities of a high management position in the car industry early in my career. I’m leading a major automobile trade chain in the region Bremen, Germany for over 20 years now. I’m a member of many different organizations and associations and I’ve a deep interest in the mobility of the future. The topic of electro mobility still needs to be boosted and a car like the BMW i8 gives us the fascinating possibility to get this topic conveyed. This is why choose to be a part of the BMW i8 club.
Nina Bachmann-Dämmer, Club Office
I’m the daughter of Claus-Dieter Bachmann. I’m working on a volunteer basis in the club office. Here I assist the board in the function of a secretary and I also manage the website. In my parents company I’ve been working in the management since 2012. I’ve a master degree in Advanced Management.
Since before the founding of the BMW i8 Club I often helped my father with his hobby to organize events and drives for his other automobile clubs. I’m not a member of the BMW i8 club so why do I involve myself so much with it? It is quite simple I believe that this car with it’s unique design and it’s future-oriented drive will one day become a collectible and it will write history and I would like to help it get there.