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Old 05-06-2007, 07:17 AM
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Bimmerfest 2008 - Where?

OK. I know this is Jon's baby, but I suspect there were close to 3,000 Bimmers there. A bigger venue is needed for 2008. I wish I could volunteer some place in Calabasas. But that won't work, either.

Here are a few ideas for Bimmerfest 2008. The parking lots at (A) Rose Bowl, (B) Staples Center, (C) Santa Anita (racing there ends a couple weeks before), (D) California Speedway or (E) Santa Monica airport.

If you have it in Lala Land, I suspect you will get 10,000 BMWs. You'll get just 5,000 alone from the L.A. area.

So, Jon, you did a brilliant job -- again -- but you've outgrown your venue. It's going to have to be in the big city next year. I'll do what I can to help you. You can stay at my place while getting it together. Manolo and the Phantom Roller will be at your disposal.
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Old 05-06-2007, 07:22 AM
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Old 05-06-2007, 08:09 AM
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Your first bimmerfest got you "hooked" Mal
Not really, Bwang. As I wrote elsewhere, once you've seen 5,000 BMWs, you've seen 'em all. I mean, we didn't go for a drive in the twisties, or anything.

What I did like was having BMW vendors all in one place.

However, I would be willing to go to another one if the venue were carefully selected. Then, all the b!tching about the food and crowded conditions, etc., wouldn't exist.

Jon has simply become a victim of his own success.
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And push the event back a couple of weeks. I missed this event by a week. Won't be back to SoCal until next weekend.
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The parking lots at (A) Rose Bowl, (B) Staples Center, (C) Santa Anita (racing there ends a couple weeks before), (D) California Speedway or (E) Santa Monica airport.
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Yup. That's exactly why some car events take breaks. Just enough time for the press to die down.
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Sorry fellas... this discussion is pointless...
BIMMERFEST started in Santa Barbara. it will not be a bimmerfest outside of SB County.

SB is a nice place to visit and the weather is excellent, which is the reason why the attandance doubles every year since inception. There are plenty of BMW meet/events in SoCal that you can attend. It just aint' gonna be bimmerfest.

but WTF do I know...
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Why not one on each Coast? Atlanta?

I can't think of a parking lot in Santa Barbara County big enough to hold this. The closest I can think of is at Santa Barbara Airport (but poor facilities) or Vandenberg AFB (where Cobradav would feel right at home but with, again, poor facilities).

The beauty of Santa Barbara is that it's still a small town, something like 90,000 lucky residents. And that's precisely why it's too small.

Jon needs to "think global" now. This ain't "mom and pop" any more.
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Why not one on each Coast? Atlanta?

I can't think of a parking lot in Santa Barbara County big enough to hold this. The closest I can think of is at Santa Barbara Airport (but poor facilities) or Vandenberg AFB (where Cobradav would feel right at home but with, again, poor facilities).

The beauty of Santa Barbara is that it's still a small town, something like 90,000 lucky residents. And that's precisely why it's too small.

Jon needs to "think global" now. This ain't "mom and pop" any more.

Malibu, what are your thoughts on Las Vegas?

...Just curious...
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OK. I know this is Jon's baby, but I suspect there were close to 3,000 Bimmers there. A bigger venue is needed for 2008. I wish I could volunteer some place in Calabasas. But that won't work, either.

Here are a few ideas for Bimmerfest 2008. The parking lots at (A) Rose Bowl, (B) Staples Center, (C) Santa Anita (racing there ends a couple weeks before), (D) California Speedway or (E) Santa Monica airport.

If you have it in Lala Land, I suspect you will get 10,000 BMWs. You'll get just 5,000 alone from the L.A. area.

So, Jon, you did a brilliant job -- again -- but you've outgrown your venue. It's going to have to be in the big city next year. I'll do what I can to help you. You can stay at my place while getting it together. Manolo and the Phantom Roller will be at your disposal.
Don't mess with perfection. Once again Jon did a fantastic job orgainizing the event and the venue. I drive up from Orange County and look forward to the trip to Santa Barbara. The weather is great and it is a very nice drive.

3,000 cars? No way! The lots were full but more like 1000 cars total. Maybe you had a little too much fun in the sun!
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I believe 3,000 was a figure that was reached last year . Judging but the line and the continues flow of attendee coming in at noon time, I am estimating we probably hit 5,000 this year

this is not the official figure. Rather, its from a beewang's proven scientific S.W.A.G. method
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Malibu, what are your thoughts on Las Vegas?

...Just curious...
I have actually never been to Las Vegas, Jon! It would certainly have all the facilities. And they know how to put on a party. But the drive on I-15 I am afraid would be such a "target rich environment" for the CHP that a lot of guys will be pretty pissed off by the time they get there.

The ideal place, of course, is Santa Barbara, but the charm of the place is also the bane -- it's not big enough. So, somewhere else near the Pacific Ocean would be best. That's why Santa Monica Airport might be good. But it's a bit difficult to get to whereas the Rose Bowl and the California Speedway are served by several freeways.

I think next year you are looking at at least 7,000 cars, if not 10,000. So you need to set your sights. Because Southern California is the car mecca for BMWs west of Munchen, it really should stay here.

We could have it in my back yard, but I am afraid there would be a lot of complaints about the margaritas.

FYI: I am putting on two national events, in October 2007 and April or May 2008 in Reno. Hundreds of riders, horses and hounds. A bit different from car afficianados, but with the horses and hounds -- and horse trailers -- the logistics can be quite daunting, too. Reno has the Livestock Events Center, which may be one of the loci for activities, plus the former Reno Hilton (now called the Grand Sierra, I think) with a huge parking lot, even when the hotel is packed.

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I think next year you are looking at at least 7,000 cars, if not 10,000. So you need to set
You think so? I was there early and I'll wait for the official paid attendance, but I'll bet there were not even the 1400 cars or so that were registered. I'd guess less that 1000 cars showed up. And while the lines for food would suggest 100K people I'd guess maybe 2500.
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You think so? I was there early and I'll wait for the official paid attendance, but I'll bet there were not even the 1400 cars or so that were registered. I'd guess less that 1000 cars showed up. And while the lines for food would suggest 100K people I'd guess maybe 2500.
But it was still fun fun fun!!!
Wanna bet pink slips? I've been to the Showgrounds with 5,000 people there for equestrian events and this was bigger.
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Vegas sounds good... but...

Where would it be held at in Vegas?
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This was my first bimmerfest and I couldn't believe how packed it was. I thought I got the early at about 9 30 and I spent a good 30 minutes just trying to park so I could go get a drink. I also wished we could have gotten all the models together in one place...
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What would people think about a longer event, maybe 2 days, at a racetrack?
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What would people think about a longer event, maybe 2 days, at a racetrack?
Its been mentioned by a few people, but how about Vegas? In particular, the Las Vegas Speedway. I'm not familiar with that venue, but the parking lot should be more than enough to hold 1,000s of Bimmers. Not to mention, they should have better food facilities, and with the nearby track, perhaps different track events like drag racing, autox and maybe a driving school? Or better yet, paying for ride alongs with pro drivers like Bill Auberlein(did I spell that right)?

And 2 additional bonuses - we could all go to the Valley of Fire sinces its a few miles North of the speedway on the 15 and from there take this friggin awesome road back to Vegas. Its like 50+ miles of twisties! We could have the road rally again, and it won't impede traffic nearly as much as it does in SB. Plus of course, its Vegas - we could easily make it a 2 or 3-day weekend of fun.
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Vegas will be hot as stink. Santa Barbara was its usual beautiful, perfect day self. Jon, I have an incredible event planner who could make this a Grade I event for you, if you're interested, with celebs in attendance, too. She and I used to work together. PM me with your e-mail addy if you're interested. I've lost it. (She's expensive, though.)

First thing is, you've got to decide where to have it. I still vote for Southern California. Remember - what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. And, there will be a lot of jealous wives who won't let their husbands go -- thinking it's all a ruse.
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I have actually never been to Las Vegas, Jon!
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Vegas will be hot as stink.
I've been to Las Vegas well over a hundred times, and it can get quite cold in the winter months, but in the Spring and Fall, its just fine IMHO. Avg. temperature in April is high 70s and mid 80s in May. I avoid going there in the summertime of course, cause yea - then its gets triple-digit hot easily. Bimmerfest used to be in early April, so if its held at that time it would be just fine.

As for the number of cars, Jon Shafer posted over on Bimmerforums that about 1,600 BMWs showed up. Don't know how many people were actually there though.
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