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Jon Shafer
04-20-2005, 10:13 AM
Well gang, it looks like we've dodged a bullet once again! Weather forecasts over the past week have predicted a chance of rain for Saturday, but revised predictions are now calling for sunshine... :)


At this time as the chief organizer of the event I'd just like to share some great news with you. In case you haven't already heard, we have several prominent race car teams and drivers that will be attending Bimmerfest and signing autographs this year, most noteworthy being Bill Auberlen and his #96 Turner Motorsports car, Michael McDowell and Memo Gidley with the Finlay Motorsports Dinan-Powered BMW Daytona Prototype and M3 race cars! Our lineup of featured Tuners/Vendors is much, much greater than any we've had at previous Bimmerfest events. The quality of the show cars on display will be nothing short of mind-blowing...

All of the sponsors of the event have anted up an incredible array of prizes to won in the Bimmerfest "Opportunity Drawing" (i.e., charity raffle). Make sure to bring plenty of money to purchase tickets for chances to win prizes like a set of Hamann Wheels, a set of Yokohamas, a set of Toyos, a set of Bridgestones; the list of prizes is huge. In a bulk email to everyone who registered for the event online I erroneously stated that there would be a set of Praxis tires; please accept my apologies. All proceeds will go to benefit the oldest non-profit agency in Santa Barbara - Family Service Agency. Tickets will sell for $5 each. We will also have official Bimmerfest event t-shirts on sale; they look awesome! There will also be an official event program - be sure to grab one.

Lunch will be provided free of charge this year by Santa Barbara Auto Group and Race Technologies / Brembo. Based on online registration figures we have tried to prepare and provide enough food for everyone, however there is always a possibility of running out of food before everyone has had a chance to eat. At this time I would highly recommend that everyone pack some extra snacks, water bottles, sodas, and plenty of sunscreen! Bimmerfest is a long day. Last year many attendees became sunburned. Be prepared...

PARKING ISSUES (PLEASE READ):

This year we are very fortunate to have the entire Santa Barbara Auto Group facility located at 402 S. Hope Avenue at our disposal. In the past when it was Cutter Motors we only had half of the facility for Bimmerfest. While display and parking capacity has virtually doubled, online registration figures for the event far exceed that capacity. In other words, not everyone will be able to park on the lot. This constraint was known in advance and stated up front when you signed up online. At this time I wish to clarify the situation:

We intend on packing the lot with attendees cars. Therefore, if an attendee plans on leaving early (i.e., before we depart as a group for the Bimmerfest Road Rally), they absolutely should not park on the lot. If you park on the lot, you will most probably not be able to get off the premises until mid-afternoon...
Parking on the lot is reserved for vintage or "classic" BMW's, "highly modified" BMW's (show cars), or BMW's of particular interest (e.g., rare BMW's). I know that this sounds a bit vague, but I am relying all of you to use your best judgment in deciding whether or not to park on the lot. What attendees should ask themselves in answering this question is: "Is my car what somebody else would be excited to see, or would expect to find at a car show?" If the answer is "no", then you would probably be doing a favor to the other enthusiasts coming by not taking up a space on the lot. Space is limited. Please keep in mind that as proud as we all are of our BMWs, not all of them qualify as "show cars". I am truly sorry if anyone finds this situation troublesome. Because the event has grown to the point that it has, we all have to be mindful of what's best and most interesting to the greater majority of attendees.
Bimmerfest is not just about parking your car on the lot. There are the caravans getting to the event, hanging out with your fellow BMW enthusiasts, the dinner beforehand, the show cars, the clinics, the "Battle of the Bimmers", The Bimmerfest Road Rally, Dinner and dancing afterwards. PLEASE don't let the fact that you might not be able to park on the lot ruin your Bimmerfest experience...

The map below shows public parking areas with ample room for attendee's vehicles. Adjacent to the dealership is La Cumbre Plaza with parking lots that can be accessed from either Hope Avenue, Calle Real, or La Cumbre Road (including the huge Sears parking lot). At most, any one of these parking areas is short 5 minute walk from the dealership. In addition, there is streetside parking on both Hope Avenue and Hitchcock Way, the streets to the left and right sides of the dealership, running all the way to State Street. Please note: in order for a car to qualify for judging in the "Battle of the Bimmers" competition it must be parked on the dealership's property. Hopefully this will help to explain the need to reserve those spots for true show cars... If you have any further questions, please post them directly in this thread.
http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=48670

See you at The 'Fest!

Best regards,
--Jon

timers
04-20-2005, 10:18 AM
sounds good jon, see you in what, 3 days now :) cant wait, gonna be insane.

Jon Shafer
04-20-2005, 10:25 AM
sounds good jon, see you in what, 3 days now :) cant wait, gonna be insane.
:guitar: :banana: :bling: :drive: :fruit: :supdude:

slickav
04-20-2005, 10:30 AM
I dont have a show car, but its ALLL GOOD!

M3Style95
04-20-2005, 11:28 AM
sounds good, but I hope this means that your staff will follow through and not allow non show cars on the property at all. 2 years ago a good chunk of the lost was stock 325s with grey bumpers and M3s with only clears, when there was tons of show cars on the street.

Bob Clevenger
04-20-2005, 12:41 PM
I presume that a completely stock (other than a changeg stereo/nav unit) 2002 M-coupe is not rare enough to be considrerd rare in this context. I'm proud of her, but she's not a show car!

Vroomer
04-20-2005, 02:22 PM
I presume that a completely stock (other than a changeg stereo/nav unit) 2002 M-coupe is not rare enough to be considrerd rare in this context. I'm proud of her, but she's not a show car!

Ya know, I'm thinking stock might be a rare site at this thing with all these tuners out there.

~Vroomer

Brad330ci
04-20-2005, 02:40 PM
Well gang, it looks like we've dodged a bullet once again! Weather forecasts over the past week have predicted a chance of rain for Saturday, but revised predictions are now calling for sunshine... :)


At this time as the chief organizer of the event I'd just like to share some great news with you. In case you haven't already heard, we have several prominent race car teams and drivers that will be attending Bimmerfest and signing autographs this year, most noteworthy being Bill Auberlen and his #96 Turner Motorsports car, Michael McDowell and Memo Gidley with the Finlay Motorsports Dinan-Powered BMW Daytona Prototype and M3 race cars! Our lineup of featured Tuners/Vendors is much, much greater than any we've had at previous Bimmerfest events. The quality of the show cars on display will be nothing short of mind-blowing...

All of the sponsors of the event have anted up an incredible array of prizes to won in the Bimmerfest "Opportunity Drawing" (i.e., charity raffle). Make sure to bring plenty of money to purchase tickets for chances to win prizes like a set of Hamann Wheels, a set of Yokohamas, a set of Toyos, a set of Bridgestones; the list of prizes is huge. In a bulk email to everyone who registered for the event online I erroneously stated that there would be a set of Praxis tires; please accept my apologies. All proceeds will go to benefit the oldest non-profit agency in Santa Barbara - Family Service Agency. Tickets will sell for $5 each. We will also have official Bimmerfest event t-shirts on sale; they look awesome! There will also be an official event program - be sure to grab one.

Lunch will be provided free of charge this year by Santa Barbara Auto Group and Race Technologies / Brembo. Based on online registration figures we have tried to prepare and provide enough food for everyone, however there is always a possibility of running out of food before everyone has had a chance to eat. At this time I would highly recommend that everyone pack some extra snacks, water bottles, sodas, and plenty of sunscreen! Bimmerfest is a long day. Last year many attendees became sunburned. Be prepared...

PARKING ISSUES (PLEASE READ):

This year we are very fortunate to have the entire Santa Barbara Auto Group facility located at 402 S. Hope Avenue at our disposal. In the past when it was Cutter Motors we only had half of the facility for Bimmerfest. While display and parking capacity has virtually doubled, online registration figures for the event far exceed that capacity. In other words, not everyone will be able to park on the lot. This constraint was known in advance and stated up front when you signed up online. At this time I wish to clarify the situation:

We intend on packing the lot with attendees cars. Therefore, if an attendee plans on leaving early (i.e., before we depart as a group for the Bimmerfest Road Rally), they absolutely should not park on the lot. If you park on the lot, you will most probably not be able to get off the premises until mid-afternoon...
Parking on the lot is reserved for vintage or "classic" BMW's, "highly modified" BMW's (show cars), or BMW's of particular interest (e.g., rare BMW's). I know that this sounds a bit vague, but I am relying all of you to use your best judgment in deciding whether or not to park on the lot. What attendees should ask themselves in answering this question is: "Is my car what somebody else would be excited to see, or would expect to find at a car show?" If the answer is "no", then you would probably be doing a favor to the other enthusiasts coming by not taking up a space on the lot. Space is limited. Please keep in mind that as proud as we all are of our BMWs, not all of them qualify as "show cars". I am truly sorry if anyone finds this situation troublesome. Because the event has grown to the point that it has, we all have to be mindful of what's best and most interesting to the greater majority of attendees.
Bimmerfest is not just about parking your car on the lot. There are the caravans getting to the event, hanging out with your fellow BMW enthusiasts, the dinner beforehand, the show cars, the clinics, the "Battle of the Bimmers", The Bimmerfest Road Rally, Dinner and dancing afterwards. PLEASE don't let the fact that you might not be able to park on the lot ruin your Bimmerfest experience...

The map below shows public parking areas with ample room for attendee's vehicles. Adjacent to the dealership is La Cumbre Plaza with parking lots that can be accessed from either Hope Avenue, Calle Real, or La Cumbre Road (including the huge Sears parking lot). At most, any one of these parking areas is short 5 minute walk from the dealership. In addition, there is streetside parking on both Hope Avenue and Hitchcock Way, the streets to the left and right sides of the dealership, running all the way to State Street. Please note: in order for a car to qualify for judging in the "Battle of the Bimmers" competition it must be parked on the dealership's property. Hopefully this will help to explain the need to reserve those spots for true show cars... If you have any further questions, please post them directly in this thread.
http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=48670

See you at The 'Fest!

Best regards,
--Jon


So reading the map of the parking areas, the entire dealer lot (in the square) should be reserved for the rare and modified cars only right? Any stock or less than show type cars can park on the streets within the square as well as anywhere in the mall parking lot (designated with P)?

I just want to get a better idea of where I will need to go when I arrive.

Is there a way the map can be broken down for the actual dealer lot and immediate surroundings for those that should not park in the main lot?

Thanks,
Looking forward to my 2nd Bimmerfest.

Brad

SB_328SP
04-20-2005, 04:58 PM
There isn't a lot of street parking around the dealer (bike lanes and red zones), but Hope Ave is pretty long. X3/5 owners can park in the lot behind the Chevy dealer (you have drive up a curb). La Rada (the cross street between Hope and Hitchcock) is another good place. There is a parking lot at the Natural Cafe, but I am not sure if it is monitored on the weekends. They have a security guy there during the week. Beyond that, the back lot @ La Cumbre is just a short walk to the dealership.

Since I live in SB, I will be on the street early looking for a pole position spot, then heading to Starbucks. ;)

Jon Shafer
04-20-2005, 05:18 PM
So reading the map of the parking areas, the entire dealer lot (in the square) should be reserved for the rare and modified cars only right? Any stock or less than show type cars can park on the streets within the square as well as anywhere in the mall parking lot (designated with P)?
You've got it Brad!

:thumbup:

Infamous
04-20-2005, 08:20 PM
i think the dakar is special enough..i mean, we did make the DVD cd cover last year ;)

Dave 330i
04-20-2005, 08:50 PM
Park in the Ford's lot. Walk around and let them think you are interested in a Ford. :rolleyes:

BMWenthusiast
04-20-2005, 09:16 PM
i can't wait!!! i only found out i could go a couple of days ago when they moved our Track Championship, im so excited!

clumpymold
04-21-2005, 03:57 AM
sounds good, but I hope this means that your staff will follow through and not allow non show cars on the property at all. 2 years ago a good chunk of the lost was stock 325s with grey bumpers and M3s with only clears, when there was tons of show cars on the street.
So what determines a "show car"? If you've been in shows or if people think you should be in?

operknockity
04-21-2005, 06:21 AM
So what determines a "show car"? If you've been in shows or if people think you should be in?
Read the notice from Jon at the start of this thread as well as the couple of other threads that Jon and scottN2retro have started about this subject. It ain't that difficult to figure out!

surfcitydude
04-21-2005, 02:20 PM
Seems the best thing to do is place staff at the netrances to keep out the non-show types. After reading several posts, many caravans thought the parking suggestions to mean, "Lets go even earlier so we can park in the dealer lots". A little enforcemant with a little cooperation is all you need. Have a great day!! :thumbup:

sailwind
04-21-2005, 05:34 PM
I think it would be a good idea if we can move some of the morning events to a bit later. When I was at the fest last year, the lull between 11:30 to the Drive was pretty boring. By that time you've already checked out the cars and vendors 3-4 times, and back again...

Since a good portion of the people will be arriving after 10am, may I suggest moving some of the demos/shows to a later time? like 11-12:30p? Or even add on a few more activities! It would help to pass the lull between 11-1:30pm.

Vroomer
04-21-2005, 08:50 PM
Seems the best thing to do is place staff at the netrances to keep out the non-show types. After reading several posts, many caravans thought the parking suggestions to mean, "Lets go even earlier so we can park in the dealer lots". A little enforcemant with a little cooperation is all you need. Have a great day!! :thumbup:

With the way I read the parking guideliness, they don't want any stock cars on the lots at all. Honestly, that's just a load of horse crap. There are more stock 3 series BMWs out there and the lots should have more of them on the 'dealer's lot' than any other series. Should have been "first registered, first parking spot reserved", regarless of what BMW you're driving.

This event is going to attract attention and publicity. You don't want to be snooty and snub other drivers. You want everyone there selling your product, BMWs. You don't want them to say that "I got bumped because..." Just not groovy for business.

~Vroomer

Jon Shafer
04-21-2005, 08:58 PM
With the way I read the parking guideliness, they don't
want any stock cars on the lots at all. Honestly, that's just a load of
horse crap.We have nothing against stock cars.

Sorry for the confusion, V. We just want to make sure that there is
enough room for the show cars and the classics like these
(cars that you don't see on the road every day)...

Vroomer
04-21-2005, 09:06 PM
I understand the event has evolved from a lot of stock 3 series back in the day. Now everyone knows the "rules"...

...just almost at the "last" minute.

~Vroomer

Kurt Martin
04-21-2005, 10:11 PM
I understand the event has evolved from a stock lot of 3 series back in the day. Now everyone knows the "rules"...

...just almost at the "last" minute.

~Vroomer
Actually, the event has never been a "stock lot of 3 series". But that is beside the point. The "rules" you talk about are actually "guidelines". And these "guidelines" are not being pulled out at the last minute. The "Parking At Bimmerfest" thread was started on 4/6/2005, and it was not even the beginning of the parking discussion.

I'm not picking on you Vroomer, but I think everybody should not be worried about the request being made by the organizers regarding parking. It's a lot of work planning and executing an event like Bimmerfest, and the planners are trying to please everybody and create the best event possible, which is difficult with so many people.

I think that Bimmerfest is a special event, because it has grown from a grass roots origin. Change can be upsetting, but Bimmerfest is not like any commercial event I have ever seen. A lot of what makes it great is the effort that Shafer (and marvelphx, and tim330i) puts into this event, but also the amount of time and effort made by other people. Keith, the person who organizes the Nor-Cal caravan spends hours, contacting anybody who expresses an interest in our caravan, sending email, evites, organizing dinner, etc, etc.

OK, end soapbox rant :)

I can't wait until tomorrow :banana:

clumpymold
04-22-2005, 02:42 AM
Well gang, it looks like we've dodged a bullet once again! Weather forecasts over the past week have predicted a chance of rain for Saturday, but revised predictions are now calling for sunshine... :)
Really? According to www.weather.com (http://www.weather.com), it says there's an 80% chance of showers on Saturday. :cry:

bmwtransport
04-22-2005, 03:31 AM
I have a truly the cleanest almost perfect 1998 740iL fully stock which would blow some people's mind, but I'm wondering if I should park in the lot. :thumbup:

clumpymold
04-22-2005, 03:51 AM
I have a truly the cleanest almost perfect 1998 740iL fully stock which would blow some people's mind, but I'm wondering if I should park in the lot. :thumbup:
I don't know about you but ANY fully stock car is nothing special to me (aside from a few exotics and supercars). It's all about modded cars, IMO.

LordGop
04-22-2005, 08:00 AM
I have a truly the cleanest almost perfect 1998 740iL fully stock which would blow some people's mind, but I'm wondering if I should park in the lot. :thumbup:

I really like that model/year, I think it is a very great looking 7. It sporty looking with all the plush features....

bmwtransport
04-22-2005, 08:31 AM
I don't know about you but ANY fully stock car is nothing special to me (aside from a few exotics and supercars). It's all about modded cars, IMO.

I know it is about modded BMW's but many people appreciate the original look. And by the way thats the only way the car will hold its value.

Modded BMW's are nice but the value is going down when you have rims different brand, exhaust different brand, intake another brand etc... :rolleyes: Its another story if you have some Alpina B12 or Dinan with complete package etc...

There are only 4 things on my car that needs attention.

Clay and wax the paint. (Couldn't make it for Bimmerfest)
Glove Box is out due to replacing.
2 small dings on the roof right above the rear window.
Some fading on the side door trim. (Will be replacing it soon)

Interior does not show any signs of wear. (Except for little wrinkles on the driver's seat), but c'mon I want to drive it, not having it in the display.

And consider this is a 7 years old vehicle with 75000 miles.

Anyway, I'm not trying to show off with my car just want people to appreciate the stock look also. :thumbup:

randywalters
04-22-2005, 08:41 AM
With the way I read the parking guideliness, they don't want any stock cars on the lots at all. Honestly, that's just a load of horse crap. There are more stock 3 series BMWs out there and the lots should have more of them on the 'dealer's lot' than any other series. Should have been "first registered, first parking spot reserved", regarless of what BMW you're driving.

This event is going to attract attention and publicity. You don't want to be snooty and snub other drivers. You want everyone there selling your product, BMWs. You don't want them to say that "I got bumped because..." Just not groovy for business.

I'm not driving 100 miles up the coast to look at stock BMWs. If i want to look at stock BMWs, i can go to the many local BMW dealerships in my area and wander around the used car areas, or just randomly drive around the beach cities. To me, Bimmerfest is about the enthusiast side of BMW ownership and a stocker just doesn't cut it. I bet there will be more modded/race/classic/rare BMWs in attendance than there are spaces on the lot and i'd like to see it packed with all non-stock cars unless they're rare or classic. Aside from nice wheels and a modestly lowered stance my car looks completely stock and i'm not even parking on the lot if i do end up going.

Sure there are more stock 3 series cars out there but 99% of them are not going to Bimmerfest and i'm glad. And if they do, i don't want to see them taking up valueable space when all the other nicely modded cars are forced to park in distant parking lots because there's not enough space left in the dealership lot. I see stock 3 series cars everywhere i turn in my daily life to the point that they're almost invisible, but a modded BMW of any kind is a rare sight to see by comparison. I don't think i'm alone in this line of thinking.

Vroomer
04-22-2005, 09:40 AM
To me, Bimmerfest is about the enthusiast side of BMW ownership and a stocker just doesn't cut it.

What exactly is an enthusiast?

~Vroomer

bmwtransport
04-22-2005, 10:26 AM
Doesn't mean when you have a stock BMW you are not an enthusiat. :)

LordGop
04-22-2005, 10:53 AM
What exactly is an enthusiast?

~Vroomer

I'd think it was anyone going to the event hehe

bmwtransport
04-22-2005, 11:14 AM
I'd think it was anyone going to the event hehe

True! :thumbup:

E30 325IS
04-22-2005, 12:29 PM
Would You Think An E30 325is Lowered With Rims, Body Kit, Exhaust, Cold Air, Angel Eyes, Crystal Clear Tails, And Gunmetal Metallic Paint Would Be Worthy On The Lot. Interior Is Rough. Lighted M Shift Knob And Indiglo Gauges. $3,500 Sound System.
Basically, What About Show Cars In Progress.

JonathanIT
04-22-2005, 01:33 PM
Sure there are more stock 3 series cars out there but 99% of them are not going to Bimmerfest and i'm glad.
:confused: I thought the point of Bimmerfest was to get ALL kinds of BMW lovers together for a great time. Nice attitude to have toward your potential fellow Bimmerfesters. :thumbdwn:

--J.

randywalters
04-22-2005, 01:44 PM
Doesn't mean when you have a stock BMW you are not an enthusiast. :)

You guys are right - of course loving stock BMWs doesn't mean you're not a BMW enthusiast. I've been one for over 35 years (at least until the Bangle-bombs appeared and destroyed my "new BMW" interest) but my point was that to me the modded or classic/rare/modded/race BMWs are more interesting and unique and these are the cars i'd rather see. I'm sure all the people attending are BMW enthusiasts but i imagine the stock cars just don't generate the interest that the classic/rare/modded/race cars do. I'm a big fan of the M Coupe, M3, and 330Ci but i can see those anytime and anywhere, but a gathering of classic/rare/modded/race cars in one spot at one time is a rare occurence and having too many stock cars in the mix dimisihes that experience to an extent. Don't get me wrong, my ideal daily driver would be a stock 330Ci or maybe an M Coupe or even an E36 M3 and i probably wouldn't mod it but my Bimmer of choice is an old modded 325is and it only comes out on weekends.

e30sd
04-22-2005, 01:51 PM
i think what randy is trying to express is that even run of the mill cars with bolt on's dont garner much attention. it's those one-off's that make it worth while, like seeing a 2002 turbo, a 330ti, a 40k mile e30 m3 in henna, talking to bill auberlen, giving memo gidley **** for cleveland '01, bothering the dinan rep as to when this or that is coming out, and oogling at the models. wait, that's why i go...

randywalters
04-22-2005, 02:02 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by randywalters
Sure there are more stock 3 series cars out there but 99% of them are not going to Bimmerfest and i'm glad.

:confused: I thought the point of Bimmerfest was to get ALL kinds of BMW lovers together for a great time. Nice attitude to have toward your potential fellow Bimmerfesters. :thumbdwn: --J.

The 99% i'm referring to are the ones owned by non-enthusiast/non-BMW CCA members who don't know of BMWs history and don't care and only own the cars as appliances of transportation or status symbols or to impress their neighbors or to use as "bitch magnets" and otherwise have no enthusiasm for the marque at all. If these people were to go to Bimmerfest they'd overrun the town with millions of stock dirty unloved cars and SAVs. So yeah, i'm glad none of em are going :D

sailwind
04-22-2005, 02:51 PM
Anytime you have limited space for a event you get these issues. Who gets let into the club? Who gets the best place for the car show? etc etc.

Point is, we're all enthusiasts and just wanna go and have a good time. It would be nicer though if at the "overflow" parking lot all the BMWs can park together. That'll make a nice place to walk through the 600+ other BMWs instead of having them scattered all over the place.

bmwtransport
04-22-2005, 03:31 PM
Anytime you have limited space for a event you get these issues. Who gets let into the club? Who gets the best place for the car show? etc etc.

Point is, we're all enthusiasts and just wanna go and have a good time. It would be nicer though if at the "overflow" parking lot all the BMWs can park together. That'll make a nice place to walk through the 600+ other BMWs instead of having them scattered all over the place.

Perhaps when I see a beautiful 330i with Performance Package, I'm like Damn that thing is bad a$$. And I definetly take a good look at it.

But its all good. It's not like I'm fighting for the parking at the lot.

:thumbup:

SB_328SP
04-22-2005, 05:08 PM
I can pretty much guarantee that most of the BWMs will be able to park together in the LaCumbre lot. The mall doesn't open until 10 so the lots should be pretty empty when the caravans arrive.

sailwind
04-22-2005, 05:21 PM
My group is getting there at 10:30am. So maybe you guys can form a wagon circle around a corner of the La Cumbre parking lot we would have a place to gather :)

JEM
04-22-2005, 09:28 PM
I don't know about you but ANY fully stock car is nothing special to me (aside from a few exotics and supercars). It's all about modded cars, IMO.

To each their own, but frankly as far as I'm concerned a perfectly stock restored (or even clean original) '71 2800 sedan would get my attention over any checkbook-modded late-model.

Euro_M5
04-22-2005, 10:25 PM
should I park My 1993 Euro M5 ?

JEM
04-22-2005, 10:52 PM
should I park My 1993 Euro M5 ?

If it's a Touring you should park it in my garage :)

Kurt Martin
04-24-2005, 04:33 PM
What exactly is an enthusiast?

~Vroomer
An enthusiast is anybody who says he or she is an enthusiast. Enthusiast is a label that anybody can claim. ;)

scottn2retro
04-24-2005, 05:24 PM
Anytime you have limited space for a event you get these issues. Who gets let into the club? Who gets the best place for the car show? etc etc.

Point is, we're all enthusiasts and just wanna go and have a good time. It would be nicer though if at the "overflow" parking lot all the BMWs can park together. That'll make a nice place to walk through the 600+ other BMWs instead of having them scattered all over the place.

I know it's a tough call. I think the ideal is to have a good mix of great examples of both classic BMWs and customized cars. We'll have another year to think about how to do that and I'm not sure how far from that this year was (I didn't get to see much).

I do like the idea of a dedicated overflow lot where cars that don't make it onto the dealership are all together. I think that could be a great compromise. Maybe we could arrange it with the LeCumbre Mall to set aside the closest section of the back side parking lot for the day.

Funny note on parking - when Bill Auberlen came to sign autographs, he ended up parking his X5 further away from the dealer than a lot of you guys - and he wasn't bitter :) (although I will tell him that in the future that we should be able to find some way for him to get past the staff at the entrance :D )

randywalters
04-24-2005, 05:53 PM
That was Bill Auberlen signing autographs?

I thought it was Kevin Costner :rofl: