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Old 08-02-2011, 01:12 PM
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My Z4 35is European Delivery and Automotive Vacation (tons of pics!)

I returned last week from an amazing trip to Europe to pick up my new weekend toy … I wanted to share some pics with you guys to walk you through some notable parts of my vacation (most of them are from my friend’s DSLR but a few are from my Blackberry).


So my friend and I flew Lufthansa from JFK to Frankfurt … very nice airline!




We were greeted by a Z4 and an M3 in the airport …





We picked up our Audi A3 1.6 Diesel and began our 2 hour drive to The Nurburgring …




After walking around a little bit we crashed early because we had to wake up early for our 8 AM Ring “race-car” rental … it was a 130hp FWD Suzuki Swift Sport prepped for The Ring (roll-cage, tires, brakes, etc.) … what an amazing experience! … I almost went deaf when a GT2RS blew by me at WOT … it didn’t help that it was raining on some parts of the track but we decided to hire an instructor for the first couple laps to help speed up the learning curve … overall it was a ton of fun!





Some more awesome Ring pics …

























After each doing 4 laps on The Ring we drove ~6 hours in the Audi to Munich and checked in at the Sofitel (beautiful hotel!) …





We spent the whole next day exploring Munich …

















The next morning we hopped in a pervious-generation S-Class Taxi to head the <15 minutes to BMW Welt for my European Delivery …





This was the start of the most exciting part of the trip!











The whole delivery process was top-notch … they treat you like a king the entire time … when you arrive you first do some paperwork and then they let you hang out in the lounge with tons of free food and drinks …





Once it was my time (8:50 AM), a European Delivery specialist greeted me and took me to a technology room for an info session about the car I was about to take delivery of … they walk you through the design, performance, safety, etc … BTW, the E89 Z4 was designed by 2 women …






After all of that was over it was time for the actual delivery … I began walking down the “stairway to Heaven” and peered over the side and spotted my new Z4 (it wasn’t hard to pick out) … the European Delivery Specialist then pulls out a handheld device that made the floor underneath the car start spinning allowing me to see her from every angle …





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Old 08-02-2011, 01:13 PM
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When I made it to the bottom, the European Delivery Specialist showed me all the features of the car …..









Then I had a chance to do a couple victory laps inside BMW Welt while visitor above watch before proceeding to exit in my new car …..



After giving my car to the valet at BMW welt with less than 1 mile on it, we hit the gift shop and then took a walk over to the BMW Museum ….. some of the museum was closed due to water damage from a recent storm, but we were able to see a decent amount of it ..















View of the BMW Headquarters from BMW Welt …..




Then my friend and I hopped in the Z4, put the top down, and began our 2 hour journey to Stuttgart …..










Part of the drive to Stuttgart was unrestricted ….. I was trying to break the car in but I had to give her a little juice ….. it is completely legal after all …..






Once arriving in Stuttgart we first went to the Porsche Museum …..





















Then we took the 5 minute drive over to the Mercedes-Benz Museum …..











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Old 08-02-2011, 01:14 PM
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My friend snapped a few quick pictures of the Z4 in the parking garage at the MB museum …. she looks pretty good with the top up!





After spending the night in Stuttgart, we drove to 5+ hours in the Z4 to Brussels, Belgium …. we did not have any automotive activities planned, but we got to spend the day in the city ….








The next morning it was off to Paris, France for our last destination for the trip …. we dropped off my car so it could begin its journey back to the US (6-8 weeks ) before entering the city …. so sad …. and such a tease ….





Anyway, when we get to Paris we quickly dropped our luggage off at the hotel and began to walk around …. we only had a day and a half so we wanted to make the most out of it …. this was one of the first few things we saw …. I was like "WTF!?!?!" My first thought was Top Gear, but I do not think it was Clarkson and the gang ….















The rest of Paris was beautiful …. we saw the exhibit of some of Ralph Lauren's car collection but weren't allowed to take pictures …. his McLaren F1 LM was there :drool:













Overall, it was an amazing experience that I am very thankful I was able to have at this point in my life. If any of you ever get the chance to do something like this I highly recommend it!

As far as the Z4 goes, I put 675 miles on it and really had a blast. It is very, very quick! Significantly faster than my E46 M3 was …. the driving position and the top-down aspect really make it a lot of fun even if you're not racing around. The DCT was great too! I'll post a better review of the car after it is back in my hands in the beginning of September and I can put some more miles on it.
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Old 08-02-2011, 01:48 PM
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I just replied to your thread over at Z4Post and suggested you post here as well--you beat me to it!
Again, beautiful pics and thanks for sharing!
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Old 08-02-2011, 01:49 PM
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Very nice trip review. The Z4 3.5is is also faster than the E93 M3. I would have thought those cars might be oil money from the Gulf States vacationing for the summer, but the Bugatti has French plates.
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Old 08-02-2011, 02:10 PM
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Congrats. I applaud your subdued choice of color.
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Old 08-02-2011, 07:17 PM
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Old 08-02-2011, 08:48 PM
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I just replied to your thread over at Z4Post and suggested you post here as well--you beat me to it!
Again, beautiful pics and thanks for sharing!
Thanks again, Kief!

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Very nice trip review. The Z4 3.5is is also faster than the E93 M3. I would have thought those cars might be oil money from the Gulf States vacationing for the summer, but the Bugatti has French plates.
Thank you! I am not surprised … I didn’t take it over 5,000 RPM and I was very impressed … it has plenty of power even in 7th gear. The extra 100 lb./ft. of torque is a welcome change from my E46 M3.

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Old 08-03-2011, 09:44 AM
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Just one question...isn't the Z435is side mirrors in Silver instead of body color?
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Old 08-03-2011, 11:04 AM
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Just one question...isn't the Z435is side mirrors in Silver instead of body color?
Yes, for every other color except for Atacama Yellow (citrus package).
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Old 08-03-2011, 11:42 AM
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Yes, for every other color except for Atacama Yellow (citrus package).
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Any idea how/why the Porsche at the 'ring had Idaho plates? Military, or did he ship it over just to drive it there?
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Old 08-03-2011, 12:37 PM
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sounds like an awesome trip
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Old 08-03-2011, 01:16 PM
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Thanks for posting and congratulations on your striking ride. But... I counted 79 pictures, including a half-full glass of beer, the back of your taxi driver's head, and your delivery specialist's right hand. And yet not one picture of the proud new owner with that unmistakable "I can't believe this is happening" smile? Shame on you. Kindly correct this oversight at once.
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Thanks for posting and congratulations on your striking ride. But... I counted 79 pictures, including a half-full glass of beer, the back of your taxi driver's head, and your delivery specialist's right hand. And yet not one picture of the proud new owner with that unmistakable "I can't believe this is happening" smile? Shame on you. Kindly correct this oversight at once.
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Old 08-03-2011, 02:18 PM
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Any idea how/why the Porsche at the 'ring had Idaho plates? Military, or did he ship it over just to drive it there?
Good catch! I was wondering if someone was going to ask me about that. I honestly have no clue.


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Great pictures! Congrats!
Thank you!


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sounds like an awesome trip
It was an unforgettable time!


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Thanks for posting and congratulations on your striking ride. But... I counted 79 pictures, including a half-full glass of beer, the back of your taxi driver's head, and your delivery specialist's right hand. And yet not one picture of the proud new owner with that unmistakable "I can't believe this is happening" smile? Shame on you. Kindly correct this oversight at once.
I don't usually like posting pictures of myself all over the net, but because you requested, I think I can make an exception …... this is the only one I have on my work computer …...

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Old 08-03-2011, 10:11 PM
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Thin, but if it's the best you've got, then okay - thanks.

The thing I think we sometimes forget, is that European Delivery is a personal, human, emotional experience. Granted, your car is unusual here and the color makes it even moreso. But many of us have been to the Welt, and there are certainly scores of pictures on this forum of the inside and outside of the building, the museum, the lounge, the headquarters building, the Marienplatz, and on and on, for anyone who hasn't seen them before. None of that stuff conveys one atom of what the experience was like for you. That's the reason I pester folks about seeing their pictures: to feel that connection and re-visit that moment myself.
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http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=288271

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Old 08-17-2011, 07:20 AM
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The ship my car was on has arrived at the port! Hopefully it isn't damaged and moves through customs quickly ...

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