The original Tii Register was a newsletter, printed and mailed by hand over a number of years.
Although it started in September of 1984 as a special interest group, The Tii Register has remained through the years largely through the efforts of one man, Bob Murphy. Bob, an early owner and enthusiast with an unending quest for more knowledge about the Tii, contributed, then by chance inherited and continued to produce a newsletter to a few hundred owners.
While it was published infrequently, when it went out, it contained a lot of great information and experience of the early owners who shared their thoughts and opinions where there were no other resources to be had. Bob used the newsletter to communicate what he found, even though much of the time he lived in Australia while working for Exxon Mobil. He continued the passion once he returned to his homeland of Texas.
From a BMW CCA perspective, Bob ultimately played a key role in bringing BMW AG Mobile Tradition and the BMW Car Club of America together, when they were both just getting started. Through his relationship with key stake holders at Mobile Tradition, Bob was able to be a voice – and lobby on behalf of the at large Register members – to BMW on what Tii owners needed, especially in terms of knowledge and input towards parts that were no longer made by BMW. One of the classic examples is the Tii pump pulley which was reinvented by BMW AG once again with improvements suggested by Bob.
Bob Murphy, who has been kind enough in his years of retirement to continue to share his knowledge to current and prospective owners of these fine cars largely on the phone. In 2005, we began the process to convert that information into a more distributable format using the web. Bob has uncovered more new gems of information he was going to publish. We will unleash those over time as progress allows us to.