Tuesday, 3 November 2015

BMW Festival at Gaydon 2015

August brings us to the BMW Festival at the Gaydon Heritage Museum. Those who don't know this is by far the biggest BMW gathering in the calendar bringing in various models from up and down the country.

Setting off in the morning and entering the grounds there is a few small changes with the addition of a drift area and a new building which is currently in the process of getting work done to house a selection of cars once its finished.

The layout was slightly different this year with some club stands being moved to different areas and the trade stands being situated elsewhere. Whether this is a good thing or not remains to be seen but as the Museum is going through its changes each year it can't be easy for the organisers to plan where to put the amount of cars that attend.

There were a number of club stands in attendance which included Custom Cars, E36 Coupe Forum, Total M Cars, E30 Zone amongst others and of course the Club regions/registers.

Kicking off with the Custom Cars stand, some examples on display.

Nick Singh's E30 V8 chromie featured earlier this year in April's Performance BMW mag.

Neil's Z4 coupe on Rial Daytonas.

Nadeems M3 recently featured in Septembers Performance BMW Mag.
Sumil who used to own a grey E92 on hartges has a new project in this stunning E39 slammed on air. With Dips taking care of adding the custom touches that Sumil wanted, this car had a lot of attention on the day and rightly so. Some of the mods include a custom M3 bonnet bulge, CSL full length splitter blended into the front bumper a CSL style boot. Rolling on Hartge Design E's which are normally face mounted these have been custom machined to make them reverse mount to look like the Design C and is the only set of 19's like this in existence.

This E36 M3 tourer owned by Edward got quite a reaction also with its Cream exterior, air ride and that mega camber.

Bhups M52B28 E30 on polished Style 5 wheels.

Rare techno violet E46 M3.

E36 Coupe forum who had their stand opposite the Custom Cars had a good mix of cars.

This CSL "batmobile" was truly stunning. Peering through an open window and taking a look inside which was kept well it had that distinct classic car smell which I love.
E30 Zone had a fine display. My personal favourite was this particular twin turbo V8 on 17" hartge design C splits. The work gone into this car is incredible.
A few cars that caught my attention on the day.

Total M Cars stand occupying the spine road had a good selection of M cars on show.

Phil Robinson's E60 M5 who has started adding his own touch to this car looked great on its Forged R10 X-treme concave wheels.

"Bigfoot" E46 M3 on timeless AC Schnitzer type 3 racing wheels.
Paul's M3 rocking a set of Black ARC-8's looking every bit a stealth car.
Turnout wise although seemed slightly down from last year, I had pretty much spent the whole day admiring some great machines on display. The biggest let down being the lack of food stalls which hopefully next year the organisers can address. See you next year.

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Words and photos by Richard Ansari.

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