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Bimmerfest 2006: Santa Barbara, CA
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Old 03-17-2006, 12:59 PM
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showing off cars?

This is my first Bimmerfest, so I'm not exactly sure what will go on. I understand the vendors are going to be their promoting their stuff, so that's cool. But is there also gonna be an area for owners to show off their vehicles? I'm bringing a modified 545i. I understand there will be a large main parking area, right? Is this where people will gather to show off their cars? Or will there be another area that's more restricted to only modified/well-kept cars?
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Old 03-17-2006, 05:54 PM
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But is there also gonna be an area for owners to show off their vehicles?
This is really the essence of what Bimmerfest is, a huge gathering of BMW's for everyone to display their cars and look at others. There was an issue with the original dealer location, where it returned last year, in that there was not enough space for all attendees to park on the property. Many arriving after the lot was full had to park on the street, which to me defeats the purpose of Bimmerfest.

While the dealer was nice and an ideal spot, I'm glad Bimmerfest is returning to the fair grounds of '04 because it is a big property and everyone can park onsite. It's basically one huge parking lot where everyone shows off their cars! The one criteria for admission onto the property: the vehicle must be a BMW.

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Old 03-17-2006, 05:57 PM
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That is exactly why I am looking forward to this year's fest. I attended last year and pretty much the CAR SHOW was in the streets.

You had to park a few blocks away and as you were walking to the dealership every where you turned there was a nice BMW modded up. So the walk to and from was more of an attraction.

Being on the large property also helps you if you want to leave. I know some cars got "stuck" if they parked in a good spot but wanted to leave early.

I heard talk of we are going to park by model designation?? That would be very cool if this can be accomplished.
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Old 03-17-2006, 07:06 PM
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OK, so it's all the same parking grounds then (unless I assume you've got a sponsorship from a vendor, who I assume have their own areas). So that means just get their early for a good spot, I suppose?
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Old 03-28-2006, 01:50 PM
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so is it first come first serve? how does it work? are we required to pay the $10 registration fee?
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Old 03-30-2006, 08:13 PM
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OK, so it's all the same parking grounds then (unless I assume you've got a sponsorship from a vendor, who I assume have their own areas). So that means just get their early for a good spot, I suppose?
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so is it first come first serve? how does it work?
Yea, I'd like to get a definitive answer to this too. I've been to 4 Bimmerfests in a row, and in 2004 I thought it was a great idea to go to the showgrounds because we needed the space for all the cars. However, that was my least favorite Bimmerfest because the cars were so loosely organized and spread apart that it didn't have the same feel as the event at the dealer. Alot of the cars were parked in a huge ring around the lot, but in between that and the vendor booths, cars were parked inconsistently and spaced unevenly.

I would very much like to see cars grouped together either by modded vs. stock or by Series. Or maybe at least ask who's going to stay the whole day and would like to show their car in which case, they could be closer to the heart of things vs. people who are visiting or plan to leave early and can park on the outskirts.
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I've been to the fest 5 straight years and I can tell you honestly THERE IS NO WAY to group cars!

It's all first come, first serve unless you are with a supporting Vendor.

Just show up early and park - no one is going to reserve space for you just because your car is modded or stock. The cars fill in early so just come early to get a spot.


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Yea, I'd like to get a definitive answer to this too. I've been to 4 Bimmerfests in a row, and in 2004 I thought it was a great idea to go to the showgrounds because we needed the space for all the cars. However, that was my least favorite Bimmerfest because the cars were so loosely organized and spread apart that it didn't have the same feel as the event at the dealer. Alot of the cars were parked in a huge ring around the lot, but in between that and the vendor booths, cars were parked inconsistently and spaced unevenly.

I would very much like to see cars grouped together either by modded vs. stock or by Series. Or maybe at least ask who's going to stay the whole day and would like to show their car in which case, they could be closer to the heart of things vs. people who are visiting or plan to leave early and can park on the outskirts.
This year we are going to cough *try* to have a separate
"Classic Corral" (pre-'76 Bimmers), but that is as far into
the land of segregation that we are going to try to go...

In 2004 we were at Earl Warren, and I agree with you, the
"cohesiveness" of the parking lot for attendees wasn't the
same as the dealership. However, there are several
important distinctions that will make this year better:
  • Large, highly-paid professional parking staff...
  • No vendors on the lot (just attendees)...
  • Substantially higher attendance firgures...
I am just slight excited, can you tell???

Glad to hear that you are coming again Shinobi. I really
love your car, and your event pics are always first class!


Rick (******) - you too! I look forward to seeing you again
in a week. Maybe we should plan a cruise for Friday night
before the event? Last year I bumped into you at the Shell
station next to In-N-Out & The Ramada I think...
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Old 03-31-2006, 04:34 PM
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Alot of the cars were parked in a huge ring around the lot
And that was a massive PITA to make that huge ring form, too...

I am _really_ glad to read Jon mention PAID parking staff this year (as opposed to us Norcal freebies from 2004).
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Old 03-31-2006, 04:58 PM
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Does the lot not even open until the official start time of 9:00 or does it open before that?
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Old 03-31-2006, 06:26 PM
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Does the lot not even open until the official start time of 9:00 or does it open before that?
im guessing that they will let you in before, the vendors will already be set up before then so im hoping its open becuase the group im heading there with should be there around 9-10 depending on traffic
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