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Old 02-04-2004, 09:31 AM
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The Official West Coast Caravan from the North thread

Discuss plans, meet-ups, etc. here.

We had a great caravan last year, with a crowd starting in Seattle, picking up 'festers on the way through Oregon, meeting up with the Bay Bimmerz gang in two locations in the SF Bay Area, then blasting through to Santa Barbara.

Let's do it again, even better this time!
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Old 02-04-2004, 10:57 AM
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The Ramada is the place! Get your reservations in now... Click the picture to go to the Ramada page for this hotel:

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Old 02-04-2004, 04:18 PM
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Discuss plans, meet-ups, etc. here.

We had a great caravan last year, with a crowd starting in Seattle, picking up 'festers on the way through Oregon, meeting up with the Bay Bimmerz gang in two locations in the SF Bay Area, then blasting through to Santa Barbara.

Let's do it again, even better this time!
You know we will be settin' up the Bay Bimmerz caravan again this year!
I'm not sure if we will have as many come down from the Pacific Northwest this year, but I know Ty will come down from Oregon.

Now that the date has been "officially" confirmed, we will get the word/Evite out asap.

WOO HOO, time to party.................
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Old 02-04-2004, 04:28 PM
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The Ramada is the place! Get your reservations in now... Click the picture to go to the Ramada page for this hotel:

Yep, this is the place, 3 years running,I just moved my reservations from the 24th to the 30th.
I, as well as others, will start the "first" caravan from the Bay Area on Friday the 24th from the East Bay, probably around 10am, or so (yet to be discussed) and meet up at the In & Out Burger in Gilroy for our final meet up and then head South for S.B.!

I'm sure there will be caravan's later that day and possibly early Sat. morning, at least it's been that way in the past.
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Old 02-04-2004, 04:33 PM
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This caravan was awesome last year!

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We had a great caravan last year, with a crowd starting in Seattle, picking up 'festers on the way through Oregon, meeting up with the Bay Bimmerz gang in two locations in the SF Bay Area, then blasting through to Santa Barbara.

Let's do it again, even better this time!
Count me in. This whole event just gets more fun every year. I can't wait for the caravan down to Santa Barbara, let alone Bimmerfest! I'm looking forward to seeing all the great people I met last year again. Can't wait for the Margarita's

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Here's RKT BMR and the tail end of the caravan in my rear view mirror.

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Old 02-04-2004, 04:45 PM
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Count me in. This whole event just gets more fun every year. I can't wait for the caravan down to Santa Barbara, let alone Bimmerfest! I'm looking forward to seeing all the great people I met last year again. Can't wait for the Margarita's

Kurt

Here's RKT BMR and the tail end of the caravan in my rear view mirror.
Sounds good Kurt, looking forward to seeing you and the rest of our caravan party.
Remind me, you "are" on the Bay Bimmerz mailing list, right?
Just want to make sure you get your Evite.
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Old 02-04-2004, 08:12 PM
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Count me in! I may have to take a day off school and work but I will be there for sure! Can't wait .

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Old 02-04-2004, 09:11 PM
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Oregon here! We'll most likely have at least 5 cars. We can join up with the Seattle gang.
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Old 02-04-2004, 10:42 PM
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San Jose, CA here!

Well, I'm going to try to find 3 other people to share a room with, want to keep costs down, but think this would be great fun if I can find those folks to share a room with.

Does anyone from bf.com know if I know you? (I know that's a strange question)
(I'm Dinanify up there)

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Pleasanton meeting??

I will meet with you all in Pleasanton Ca like we did last year with my crew. Keep me informed o fthe times when we get closer to the big day. I look forward to being with you all again this year.

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Old 02-05-2004, 12:04 AM
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I am planning to cruise down again this year. Steve Larimer will also be coming. We art still waiting on word from other Seattle 7s members.


Steve and Dave's cars in front of Cutter Motors, Bimmerfest 2003

More pictures at http://www.seattle7s.com/bimmerfest_2003.htm
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Old 02-05-2004, 01:52 AM
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Oregon here! We'll most likely have at least 5 cars. We can join up with the Seattle gang.
Give me like a couple weeks so I can make sure if I can take a few days off that weekend!
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Old 02-05-2004, 11:29 AM
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I should be joining up in/around San Jose and I'm trying to get my friend here at work to join in with his new 330ci.

Does the Ramada fill up? I'm thinking that I'm going to look for a more interesting and/or upscale alternative and I'm wondering if I should expedite my search.
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Old 02-05-2004, 11:40 AM
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Check out Fess Parker's DoubleTree

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I should be joining up in/around San Jose and I'm trying to get my friend here at work to join in with his new 330ci.

Does the Ramada fill up? I'm thinking that I'm going to look for a more interesting and/or upscale alternative and I'm wondering if I should expedite my search.
I don't know if the Ramada fills up. It's big, but not huge. The parking lot was quite full the weekend of Bimmerfest last year. I don't know the percentage of guests who were there for Bimmerfest. You probably still have some time to make the reservation because it's not for a while yet.

For Bimmerfest 3 I stayed at Fess Parker's DoubleTree (at least I think it was the DoubleTree. I know it was Fess Parker's!). That place was huge. And quite nice too. They say that Fess even stops by once a week or so. You remember Davy Crockett and Daniel Boone don't you?

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Old 02-05-2004, 11:42 AM
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Discuss plans, meet-ups, etc. here.

We had a great caravan last year, with a crowd starting in Seattle, picking up 'festers on the way through Oregon, meeting up with the Bay Bimmerz gang in two locations in the SF Bay Area, then blasting through to Santa Barbara.

Let's do it again, even better this time!
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Old 02-05-2004, 11:43 AM
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I should be joining up in/around San Jose and I'm trying to get my friend here at work to join in with his new 330ci.

Does the Ramada fill up? I'm thinking that I'm going to look for a more interesting and/or upscale alternative and I'm wondering if I should expedite my search.
The Ramada is pretty nice, just make sure you reserve a garden side room. This year I think I'll bring a hose along with my detailing gear -- I am not going near that car wash again.
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Old 02-05-2004, 02:35 PM
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I will meet with you all in Pleasanton Ca like we did last year with my crew. Keep me informed o fthe times when we get closer to the big day. I look forward to being with you all again this year.

-BMWDUDE
Michael, I just want to make sure you're on the Bay Bimmerz mailing list, so that you will get the direct Evite sent to you.
Let me know, or go to baybimmerz.com and get on the list, we are up to like 500 members, if I remember correctly.

Oh, and yes, we will meet at Nordstrom's in Pleasanton again, times will be discussed soon.
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Old 02-05-2004, 02:40 PM
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I am planning to cruise down again this year. Steve Larimer will also be coming. We art still waiting on word from other Seattle 7s members.


Steve and Dave's cars in front of Cutter Motors, Bimmerfest 2003

More pictures at http://www.seattle7s.com/bimmerfest_2003.htm

Good to here you're coming down again Dave, I remember last year when you gave me a ride back to my car, in that beautiful land yaght of yours, damn, I got lost in that backseat.
Remind me, is Steve the one in the grey 740?

Also, you gonna stop and stay in Pleasaton again?
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The Ramada is pretty nice, just make sure you reserve a garden side room. This year I think I'll bring a hose along with my detailing gear -- I am not going near that car wash again.
You tell'em Cliff, I like that place!
I agree, the gardenside is quite quaint!
My wife and I have spent a few days at Fess Parker's place as well and yes it was nice (and expensive) but I still prefer the Ramada (my wife wouldn't)
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Old 02-05-2004, 03:38 PM
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The Ramada is pretty nice, just make sure you reserve a garden side room. This year I think I'll bring a hose along with my detailing gear -- I am not going near that car wash again.
Yeah, stay away from the car wash!

Last year we actually borrowed a hose from the Ramada, but it took a lot of explanation at the front desk. Then they told us it would take some time to find the hose. When we went around the corner of the building, I think we just found the dang thing still attached to the faucet! We are going to bring our own hose this time, just to be sure.

LZ1 gets a bath!
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Old 02-05-2004, 06:09 PM
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Does the Ramada fill up? I'm thinking that I'm going to look for a more interesting and/or upscale alternative and I'm wondering if I should expedite my search.
The reason to stay at the Ramada is the camraderie. Several of us have already made reservations... It is decent, modestly priced accomodations that most people can afford, so we get a good crowd.

The main point of the fest is the fellowship! I have to say, I wouldn't trade the hours shared in the parking lot washing and detailing Friday evening, the breakfasts across the street at (what was it, Lyons?), etc., with all my new buds and some old, over the weekend.

You can have a nice hotel anytime. The chance to hang and share with a bunch of fellow enthusiasts and netfriends only comes around once a year!
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Michael, I just want to make sure you're on the Bay Bimmerz mailing list, so that you will get the direct Evite sent to you.
Let me know, or go to baybimmerz.com and get on the list, we are up to like 500 members, if I remember correctly.

Oh, and yes, we will meet at Nordstrom's in Pleasanton again, times will be discussed soon.
And a second stop for us south bayers, at the In-N-Out, eh?
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Old 02-05-2004, 06:15 PM
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Oh, and Keith, Cliff, et. al., I promise not to make the trip on slicks this time so you don't have to worry about having to peel me off the road on the way back

Man, those bald pilots, in that rainstorm, was the most squirrely (and quite terrifying) driving experience I think I ever had!

I've got a nice set of S03's with plenty of tread on the RKT now... They seem to really have exceptional wet traction too. Woo hoo!
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The place across the street is the IHOP. My back tires are going to have to get replaced before the Fest as they're getting close to the wear bars (at 13k miles - I think I'll replace them in early March). I wonder how many hose bibs they have at the Ramada? Betcha an inquiry along those lines would make their weird-ass call of the year list


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