6th Annual SoCal Vintage Meet a Huge Success!

by Jon Shafer on October 25, 2013, 11:41 am

Chris Padagas' amazing 2002


This past Saturday Classic and Vintage BMW owners from all across the West converged in Van Nuys, CA for what figures to be just about the largest such gathering anywhere in the world. Attendance estimates place the total number of cars at 400+, many of which were concours quality..

Event organizers John Barlow and Jeff D'Avenzo did a fabulous job preparing for the big show as was evidenced by how smoothly the day unfolded.

The real story of the day were the remarkable BMW machines themselves. Cars from every E-code were well represented -- everything ranging from E9s to 2002's to the newly-included E30s we parked is designated areas making it easy to take in all of the sights and sounds the show had to offer. There was even a Z1 on hand -- a BMW model this author had never seen in person before..

Winners of the Coveted "Driver's Choice" Awards:

> Best '02 - Mike Pelly '73 2002tii
> Best e9 - Tom Rakestraw '73 3.0 CSL
> Best e3 - Tim Chinen '72 Bavaria (not pictured)
> Best 3/e21 - Edgar Fajardo - 320i
> Best 3/e30 - Patty Henriquez '91 318i convertible
> Best 5 series - Christopher Kohler - '85 Alpina B7 Turbo
> Best 6 Series - Rick Heath - '88 M6
> Best Early Model - Chris Macha '69 2000
> Best Sponsor Car - Alex Echeverri/2002FAQ - '71 Touring
> Best Restoration Candidate - Gunther Donoso - '71 2002ti
> Best Modified - Norm Manchen '73 2002tii
> Bimmer Choice Award - Christopher Kohler - '85 Alpina B7 Turbo
> Best of Meet - Ben Miller/2002AD Alpina 3.0 CSL

Event Sponsors:

> Aardvarc Racing / Dave Varco - San Diego
> CA Tuned / Igor Polishchuk - Sacramento
> Coast Motor Werk / Ron Inchausti - Huntington Beach/Irvine/Rancho Santa Margarita
> La Jolla Independent / Carl Nelson - San Diego
> Casto Motorsport / Chris Castro - North Hollywood
> Pro Bimmer / Jack Fahuna - Van Nuys
> Bavarian Workshop / Marc Norris - West Hills
> 2002AD / Ben Miller - Pomona
> Tighe Production (TP) Motorsport / Jeff Tighe - Costa Mesa
> Ireland Engineering / Jeff Ireland - Duarte
> Harout's Used Parts - Sun Valley
> BMW Pedals / Brian - Anaheim
> Elefant Supply / Ray & Harlan Chau - Los Angeles
> Meguiar's

If you are a fan of Classic/Vintage BMWs, your next opportunity to see or participate in an event will be our annual Bimmerfest show next Spring.

In the meantime, you can check out all of the event photos I captured here: http://www.bimmerfest.com/bmw-photos...socal-vintage/

I also encourage you to check out the SoCal Vintage BMW Facebook Page for future meets here: https://www.facebook.com/socal.vintagebmw
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