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First of all: Thanks to Cutter Motors and Jon Shafer for putting this together. Was great to meet a few board members too. :D Great event and fabulous lunch too!

BUT...no pictures taken either from my digicam or regular cam. :( Just no desire to take any pics at all..sorry... :(

However, there was an overwhelming of E46 M3s that I literally puked in the restroom. Jon did promise me a prime spot. But after an hour, 3 M3s swamped in and parked in front of my car.

Met two fellow Alpina nuts, one of whom took close-up pictures of my wheels 3 times. Pple saw the retrofit, but only 3 of them approached and asked (italia330i with the M3 paddles shifting wheel backed out in the last minute...).

Am I the only one who felt that this feels little like WheelPower event?

Now, I am just sunburnt and exhausted...:confused:
 

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Oops ! Vince at Bimmerfest and no pictures ? :confused:

Hmmm, doesn't sound like you had fun there, Vince.
 

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I second what Vince said "There were a ton of E46 M3's there!

Even more amazing was the number of modified E46 M3's! There were some cars with some SERIOUS brake upgrades and suspension work done (probably more show than go). I can't fathom spending $55-60K on a car and then dropping another $5-10K in mods. You can get a very nice barely-used Porsche 996 or E39 M5 for $65K!

Vince, your car is amazing, but it was among a sea of outstanding cars! Don't take it personally.
 

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It was great to meet you in the flesh, Vince, and great to meet you, too, Emission!

Great to meet Dave330i, and thanks to him for helping identify THE HACK for me... great to finally meet you too, Hack!

It was great to see Jon and Franco again, as always, and amazing that Mark (pixA4) and his buddy (sorry, man, forgot your name... nothing personal -- I'm just kinda lame that way) came all the way out from Massachusetts. Wow!

There really was a veritable sea of E46 M3s... but Vince, your car was more unique and different than any of them. Even when I thought, "Wow, a carbon fiber hood... don't see too many of those!" -- another one arrived.

The ubiquitous Jimmy540i even had someone parked next to him with an identical supercharged "Dinan 5." Or maybe he has two... I'm not sure.

Lots of sweet vehicles... some that were a little more modded with cosmetics than I would ever consider... strobe headlights come to mind... but mostly just a whole lot of really sweet cars. Some good vanity plates too... "GOT BHP" comes to mind (on an M5).

All in all, an excellent event. Tons of fun. And the Road Rally was amazing... SO MANY BIMMERS IN A ROW!!

I took about an hour's worth of video... time for my first editing project. Will try and get something usable together.

Thanks to Jon, Cutter, Mark, and everyone else who made it possible!!
 

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It was great to meet you in the flesh, Vince, and great to meet you, too, Emission!

Great to meet Dave330i, and thanks to him for helping identify THE HACK for me... great to finally meet you too, Hack!

It was great to see Jon and Franco again, as always, and amazing that Mark (pixA4) and his buddy (sorry, man, forgot your name... nothing personal -- I'm just kinda lame that way) came all the way out from Massachusetts. Wow!

There really was a veritable sea of E46 M3s... but Vince, your car was more unique and different than any of them. Even when I thought, "Wow, a carbon fiber hood... don't see too many of those!" -- another one arrived.

The ubiquitous Jimmy540i even had someone parked next to him with an identical supercharged "Dinan 5." Or maybe he has two... I'm not sure.

Lots of sweet vehicles... some that were a little more modded with cosmetics than I would ever consider... strobe headlights come to mind... but mostly just a whole lot of really sweet cars. Some good vanity plates too... "GOT BHP" comes to mind (on an M5).

All in all, an excellent event. Tons of fun. And the Road Rally was amazing... SO MANY BIMMERS IN A ROW!!

I took about an hour's worth of video... time for my first editing project. Will try and get something usable together.

Thanks to Jon, Cutter, Mark, and everyone else who made it possible!!
download that video so we can see it :thumb:
 

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I'm certainly not going to speak for Vince (I don't even know the guy), but I think I can kind of guess what's going on here.

To spend countless hours of your own time doing custom and very unique upgrades just to have someone pull up in a car that they brought to a shop to have it all pimped out copycat style (here's the credit card bill mommy) can be... disheartening.

Buying parts and having someone else bolt them on is one thing; hacking wiring diagrams and the like to come up with a truely rare/unique mod is something entirely different. Then to see a bunch of cluebees gawk at the copycat mod over and over again, that must be frustrating. I see this happen every time I go to a car show.

Again I'm just speculating on assumptions here. :) As an aside, did anyone see any unique mods at the fest?

I hope everyone else had a nice time. :D

--SONET
 

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Thanks for listening everyone. :) It was a great moment to introduce Plaz, Haus to Emission (where are your pictures of the *car*?;)), Kevin, Dave, Kaz, HACK and Shinobi. Oh yes, Nat Brown too...

I think Sonet pretty much put it all together without being there. And Haus (still here in LA, flying back tomorrow morning) commented <i>"There is a lot of money around here today!" </i>

Frankly, the <b>ONLY</b> thing that is worth taking a picture is the RD E39 with its V8 exposed to everyone. What's so interesting is that RD employed the concept of Venturi Tube Effect to draw the air in. A feature which 31st330i, Kaz and I discussed with 31st330i's ESIS project last year. I believe this has been done on numerous other race cars too.

Before I write too much and sounded I am b*tching, fact is I am not. I enjoyed because of meeting friends whom I met from the first Malibu Canyon run. I totally appreciate Kaz for bringing up the tools I requested, just in case someone needed to retrofit the paddle-shifting. :D I also enjoyed the Fest because Jon Shafer and his team worked really hard for this event. Oh, I finally met Dan Perdue, who as usual looked very stress due to the overwhelming demand of parts.

My highlights were:

<b>->Plaz at a T-junction shooting videos of cars rolling in! :D</b>

<b>->Dave put up a picture of the infamous Bangle DesignWorks group picture on this car.:lmao: </b>

<b>->Meeting up wtih Haus for a dinner at BroadWay Deli, 3rd street. :) </b>

<b>->Hack woke up late for the Fest! :lmao: </b>

<b>->Someone came up to me and ask "Who the hell is Alpina".:confused: </b>

<b>->The red grapes are sweeter than the green ones.:yikes: </b>

<b>->And like I said, meeting old and new board members!:thumb: </b>
 

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Someone came up to me and ask "Who the hell is Alpina".:confused:
LOL! Did you tell him that the car was stock and the rims were BMW Style 136 ? :D
 

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I was shocked and admittedly jealous at the age of the M3 owners. I'm pushing 40 and can only now afford one of these cars. Most of the M owners were early 20s and had, as mentioned, another 10+ grand in stereo, wheels, and suspension mods. Is starting pay in Cali THAT good? (I'm moving down if it is)
Hey, I think it's great but why not me..why,why,why... :cry:

Ok, 'nuff whining. Vince was a great host, introducing me to everyone. We all forgot or didn't want to wear nametags (except Jon) so having someone to point out "that's so and so" really helped.

One thing I heard from eveeryone "Where are the 2002s?"
It's their year and I didn't see one of them.

Ah well, event was great and the people were the best!
 

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Where were the 2002's & ti's??

Yeah, where were the 2002's. And, where were the 318ti's. I was the only one!!:bigpimp:
 

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!!!!!! VinceTopasBlau3!!!!!!

hey man I hear where your coming from..I know I have an old car, 1978 e21, and I put my love swat and hard work into my car to make it look good and here comes a brand new ///M3 and they get the spot light..it seems like all your hard work doesnt mean chit...well this is what I have to say..I'm proud of my car..I love my car! what car did you have man? I want to see it!!...btw I kind of feel like people dont really appreciate BMW's and yes even people with other bimmers. please post a pic of your car..here is mine with my girl out the sunroof.
 

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I was shocked and admittedly jealous at the age of the M3 owners. I'm pushing 40 and can only now afford one of these cars. Most of the M owners were early 20s and had, as mentioned, another 10+ grand in stereo, wheels, and suspension mods. Is starting pay in Cali THAT good? (I'm moving down if it is)
Hey, I think it's great but why not me..why,why,why... :cry:
Aaaah... it's good to be living home with mom& dad for free with the M3 parked out front! :D
 

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Re: Where were the 2002's & ti's??

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Yeah, where were the 2002's. And, where were the 318ti's. I was the only one!!:bigpimp:
Was yours the blue one with the 'California' sunroof? I'd never seen that roof up close so I was checking it out when I noticed it.
 

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Thanks for listening everyone. :) It was a great moment to introduce Plaz, Haus to Emission (where are your pictures of the *car*?;)), Kevin, Dave, Kaz, HACK and Shinobi. Oh yes, Nat Brown too...

I think Sonet pretty much put it all together without being there. And Haus (still here in LA, flying back tomorrow morning) commented <i>"There is a lot of money around here today!" </i>

Frankly, the <b>ONLY</b> thing that is worth taking a picture is the RD E39 with its V8 exposed to everyone. What's so interesting is that RD employed the concept of Venturi Tube Effect to draw the air in. A feature which 31st330i, Kaz and I discussed with 31st330i's ESIS project last year. I believe this has been done on numerous other race cars too.

Before I write too much and sounded I am b*tching, fact is I am not. I enjoyed because of meeting friends whom I met from the first Malibu Canyon run. I totally appreciate Kaz for bringing up the tools I requested, just in case someone needed to retrofit the paddle-shifting. :D I also enjoyed the Fest because Jon Shafer and his team worked really hard for this event. Oh, I finally met Dan Perdue, who as usual looked very stress due to the overwhelming demand of parts.

My highlights were:

<b>->Plaz at a T-junction shooting videos of cars rolling in! :D</b>

<b>->Dave put up a picture of the infamous Bangle DesignWorks group picture on this car.:lmao: </b>

<b>->Meeting up wtih Haus for a dinner at BroadWay Deli, 3rd street. :) </b>

<b>->Hack woke up late for the Fest! :lmao: </b>

<b>->Someone came up to me and ask "Who the hell is Alpina".:confused: </b>

<b>->The red grapes are sweeter than the green ones.:yikes: </b>

<b>->And like I said, meeting old and new board members!:thumb: </b>
Puttin' my 2 cents in, I think there were a few interesting cars there, but they're mainly off to the side. Kurt (didn't catch his lastname) had a Phoenix Yellow M Coupe that was pretty cool. Phoenix Yellow on a no-nonsense, toss the designers out the window car like that is actually really stunning. The HENNA RED E30 M3, whom I thought was the winner of last years best of show, was again a stunning car. There was a guy with an original 5 series (I forgot the model designation) in PRESTINE condition parked 3-4 cars behind me that was really cool...

Now that you mentioned Nat Brown, I did not have a chance to meet him as well...Perhaps I should've worn tags or stayed next to my car. The fact that we slept in also didn't give me much time to socialize. Saw Kaz, Vince, Emission, jAB, Kris L., and Sergio323Ci there.

Again, sign me up for Bimmerfest West 2003 PLEASE!
 
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