A long-time question (among others) I’ve carried is the abbreviation we use: BMW RA. The full name has “International” in it, so why not “BMW RAI” instead?
Is it that “RA” has an uplifting, cheerleader ring, and “RAI” doesn’t. Or that “RAI” is the ticker for Reynolds American Inc?
Sigh. Such sleepless nights.
The RA’s official corporate name is BMW Riders Association, Inc. Many years ago riders from several other countries decided that the RA provided a much better match to their BMW lifestyle than other clubs, so the RA began collecting members outside the USA. Whoever was at the helm at the time decided we were becoming an international association and thus the “International” was added. There is no official “Intl.” in the legal name of the RA. However, one could definately use the acronym BMW RAI. I rather like simply the “RA” myself. Simple is the RA way you know.
Thanks for the simple answer. RA it is, then.
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