Tuesday, 26 August 2014

BMW Car Club Festival Gaydon 2014

Every year the BMW Car Club host the annual BMW Festival at the Gaydon Heritage Museum. This is the biggest meeting of BMW's and features some of the finest metal on display.

I have attended this show for many years now and never really disappoints with the wide range of BM's from OEM's to modified to classics, there's something for everyone.

Start of the day wasn't great with a bit of lashing of rain it didn't put off many of the BMW purist in us to miss out although numbers did appear to be a little down from previous years so clearly the rain did put off some. It was lucky that the rain was only temporary and from about 10am it had eased off and it was on to enjoying the show.

There were various forum stands on display from the likes of Custom Cars, E36Coupe Forum, E46Zone, TotalMCars and others.

Starting with the Custom Cars stand headed by Dips who is well known and respected in the BMW scene had an impressive and arguably best stand at the show for sheer variety and quality. There was various models from E46 M3's to E36's, E30's, E39's etc.

As owner of Custom Cars, Dips never fails to disappoint each year displaying a fine show car that he has recently worked on. The latest project is his E46 M3 convertible which drew in a large number of admirers. Resprayed in individual Ruby Red and lowered on air, it is truly stunning.

Tallis's E36 M3 vert. Another car that's received a lot of attention and will be featured soon in Performance BMW Magazine.

Steve (M3smudge) Star Wars themed Carbon Black E46 M3 is well known and looked great as always sitting on 18" Alutec split rims with neat little touches that make this stand out from the crowd.

Another well known M3 is this Steel Grey and Cinnamon leather combo beauty owned by yours truly sitting on a rare set of 18" custom sized Oz Mito Type 1 splits along with its carbon fibre themed engine bay.

E36's were out in force on the Custom Cars stand:
There were also a decent showing of E30's including M3's and the famous E30 S54 M3 fully restored in Inka Orange, sitting on Compomotive wheels and dumped on air owned by Nick Sahota which recently got featured in Performance BMW Magazine.

Bhups E30 328 looking clean as on 17" Style 5 splits.

E92's are fast becoming the choice of being modified and these certainly don't disappoint.
E91 touring that was featured in the Fast and Furious film.

E36 Coupe forum had some good examples with the well known Joey special and Turko's interesting and cool plasti dipped M3 sitting on Oz Mito type 2 splits
The car club registers had some fine machinery on display with some of the old school BM's being a popular choice for modifying. The particular E21 below is on air with tasty splits. The square headlamps maybe sacrilegious to some but we think this is cool.

More old school BM's from the likes of 1602's, 2000CS, E9's E28's etc.

This Z1 looked truly stunning on a very rare set of Hartge design C split wheels. Those in the know will know these are about as rare as you get as Z1's use the awkward 4x100 pcd pattern.

The Scottish BMW region had some very fine examples on display with a few of these.

Finally TotalMCars had a large turnout of M3's on display with some nice examples ranging mostly E46's and E92's dominating their stand on the entry road known as the spine road. But this didn't over shadow some other M's on show like Katie's Imola Red Z4M lowered on concave AC Schnitzer type 2's it certainly stood out on the stand. Other notable M3's were Louis E46 Carbon Black vert on a rare set of 19" Hartge design E splits which looked on the money and Steven (Nevets) orange themed M3 with an interesting set of Porsche wheels which has divided some opinion but I think works well.

One thing that was noted was the lack of trade stands compared to previous years which I hope the BMW car club can address next year. With the slightly lower numbers this still was a good turnout and remains as the best BMW show. The organisation with sifting the cars through this year was a lot better too with the Marshalls doing a great job minimising the queue going in.

Here's to next year and for a bigger and better show.

Picture coverage from the show can be found on our forum, www.pbmwforum.com and our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/pbmwforum

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