Head on over to our Registration page to get started on registering for The Vintage 2014! Don’t forget to order your event T-shirt and rally plate if you want them. Pre-ordering will ensure that you’ll get a shirt or plate. We usually don’t have too many extras at the event!
Registration is now open for the Sixth Annual Southern California Vintage BMW Meet which will take place on Saturday, October 19, 2013 at Woodley Park in Van Nuys
You can register on the MotorsportReg.com.
This year we're offering an 'All-In-One' package - Car entry, Event Tshirt and SoCal Vintage Logo Baseball Cap for $49. A deal! Separately each item will be $20
The show is open to all Vintage BMWs from from 1988 back, including all cars to the end of those models production runs (E30, E28, E26, E24, E23, E21, E12, E9, E9, 2002, NeuKlasse, 700, Isetta and all going back) which makes the SoCal Vintage BMW Meet the largest independent Vintage BMW Meet in North America. This year we have 2 new chassis that qualify for our meet - the E32 7 series and the E34 5 series - so bring those M5 Tourings!
Each year The SoCal Vintage BMW Meet has a turnout of over 300 cars and drivers - this year will be no different.
Make your plans now so you don't miss the largest Independent Meet for the Vintage BMW Community in North America, set in the backdrop of beautiful Woodley Park!
Thanks and see you soon!
John & Jeff
The event officially kicked off with the union of participants for the Denver Caravan. Over 10 cars joined together to begin the driving aspect referenced in the event name. From the initial group, it seemed a bit more like a car show than a gathering with how many people showed up! Sooner than later, the caravan would depart to stay on schedule and meet up with the others.
Turning onto Venetucci Blvd was a neat photo opportunity with two lines of BMW’s completely filling the turn lanes
The group drove south along the highway enjoying the cars and taking photos of the chain of bavarian art in motion. It was early Friday morning and traffic was good with minimal construction along the main Colorado corridor of Interstate-25. .
The caravan cruised south about 50 miles to the first stop along the journey; The World Arena in Colorado Springs. An additional six or so cars joined in on the caravan at this point. With over 15 BMW’s in the parking lot, even a bystanding BMW owner stopped in to see what the gathering was all about. Although he wasn’t convinced to join in, it was nice to see him stop by.
After everybody greeted each other and made bathroom “pit-stops,” the drivers reluctantly pulled away from their conversations to head out on the open road. Getting everybody through the initial stoplights was a worry, but conveniently, the event timing of the stop lights allowed the group to leave as one long BMW caravan.
This made the perfect opportunity for rolling shots- two lane empty roads with over 15 BMW’s strong! It was a good thing there were a few passengers to take some photos.
As the rolling caravan continued towards Canyon City, what a sight it was traveling along Highway 50! Everything from a unique 2000 Touring from the early 70′s to a (relatively) new E92 M3 cruised through the desert.
At one point the group did get separated when traveling through Canon City, Colorado; but after pulling off on the side of the road it was possible to regroup. From here the road started to tighten up a bit and you can see the cars were starting to make it into the canyon that the city was named for.
Although the caravan was mostly older BMW’s, they were a blast when travelling through the canyon. The pace definitely quickened with twisting roads indicated by the yellow warning road signs. Winding along “Texas Creek” is never as much fun as when you are tearing up the corners of a canyon road with mirror full of BMW kidney grille’s. At this point, the the iconic shape was telling you that your pace really wasn’t quick enough.
It was almost a full hour through the canyon, but oh how time flies when you are having fun! I dare say that the enjoyable curvy section of road left the drivers pleasantly surprised what their machines could do when pushed. The road slowly started to straighten out; simply meandering with the river rather than cutting back and forth along it. At this point what can be described as a “driver’s high” had occurred and after the exciting jaunt of that previous section of road, it was reasonable now to simply amble along the remaining section of road and enjoy the natural beauty of this mountainous region of land. A myriad of houses, local businesses, and livestock grazing in the visible pastures only added to the effect.
Another short while up the road the caravan made a stop in Salida, Colorado. This was the main stop along the journey with a good location to fill up with gas and grab a bite to eat, whether it be fast food or packed lunches. A few folks stopped for a longer lunch break and decided to pass on joining the caravan for the entire journey- again, entirely OK.
Alas, the caravan continued! The San Luis Mountains were a breathtaking sight as we peaked over Poncha Pass and viewed the eastern spine of mountains that created The Great Sand Dunes.
From here the road opened up and a good 45 minutes of cruising through what used be an ancient lake bed expanse was still interesting to drive through. Now this area is simply a large area of desert with mountains straddling three sides of the epicenter.
As the famous Wolf Creek Pass approached, the caravan encountered some rain. This made for beautiful scenery in an already exciting caravan drive. Of course the rain stopped, and it was possible to enjoy the road that much more with safer conditions. One driver’s car was so happy cruising in these roads, it even decided to drive itself!
Driving up the pass got quicker and quicker once a second lane opened up. Even though the altitude was rising towards 11,000 feet, the BMW’s pressed on just like the feet of each of the drivers. The road was so enjoyable, it was tough to take a break to get photos of the moment!
This photo summarizes Drive 4 Corners Perfectly: We have that Desire to be Driven matched with the friendship and camaraderie of the two drivers who are chatting on the side of the road.
Once to the top of the pass, it was an abrupt change to 7% grade downhill. The shoulder was littered with signs telling truckers to stay in lower gear to prevent gaining speed. Wolf Creek pass is infamous because of a C.W. McCall song about driving the treacherous pass in his tractor-trailer. The task of slowing down and taking the corners wasn’t so daunting for our group of BMW’s, but it was still necessary to heed the warnings and keep our wits.
Within 20 miles of Pagosa Springs, the road flattened out and there were more photo opportunities such as this one while driving along Highway 160.
Arriving at the Quality Resort of Pagosa Springs was a treat as there were already over dozen BMW’s in the main parking lot. Now was a good time to unload the car and get ready to grab a beer from the restaurant lounge and bar area of the hotel.
Check-in, dinner, drinks, and new friends were a common theme of Friday night. A few local folks traveled in 60 miles for the evening to be apart of the festivities. Many were able to wash their vehicles in the carwash station and clean off the road grime and bugs that typically come with a long drive.
The friendly and laid back atmosphere meant it was no problem for families to participate in the evening. The common theme of all this was that the participants were here to share a passion common among everyone. The new acquaintances were a welcome sight after the day(s) of travel into Pagosa Springs. After all, meeting new people is part of the appeal of the Drive 4 Corners BMW Meet. Of course, a majority of people visited in the parking lot admiring all of the BMW’s in sight.
The eating area was cozy and inviting. In the mornings, this area doubled as a continental breakfast and the windows opened up to the San Luis Mountain Range.
The Quality Resort had gone through some major renovations since the 2012 meet. Part of this included the additional of an in-house restaurant. The bar area, lounge, and entire kitchen were renovated. This was a great area to relax with a drink and meet some of the other BMW enthusiasts who had already arrived. Although the restaurant was more than overwhelmed with our mass of people Friday night, we give them credit for sticking with it and expect they will be better prepared a year from now. Additionally, the hotel rooms are scheduled to be renovated in September 2013 and this boost will make the Quality Resort infinitely more attractive to those who felt the rooms weren’t quite up to par.
It was a treat to see participants had driven from Maryland, California, Texas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas to join the event. The cool summer air was refreshing even if it had a slight chill as the sun went down.
The broad variety of cars complemented the evening as there were many new things to learn about the history of BMW- including the rare Z1 where the doors slide down out of view! Klove Photography was able to capture some great images from the parking lot that evening.
Some participants were chatting well into the night about their cars and other various stories. This made for some unique photo opportunities such as this one which was taken with a long exposure and a cell phone walked around the perimeter of the subject.
The 2013 Drive 4 Corners Decal was a hot commodity. This gentleman was quick
to get his placed perfectly on his E34 5 series so it would be ready for the Saturday photoshoot.
A few participants got up early Saturday and were able to complete one of the Scavenger Hunt item: get a photo of their car with a hot air balloon in the background. Quite the amount of local attractions in Pagosa Springs!
It was a good opportunity for photos since the GroupDdrive didn’t start until 9:30am. Here’s an image of some of the Z3′s that showed up in full force.
After a short drivers meeting to remind all the participants to be safe and have an enjoyable drive up the pass with no issues, small groups of BMW’s departed as fast as the stop light would let them. The faces of some of the locals as so many BMW’s creeped through downtown at 25mph were priceless!
towards Wolf Creek pass is a distinct experience like no other road. The relaxing scenic route disguises what enjoyable curves lie ahead. The destination is not visible from the bottom, and neither is the quality of curves that will be encountered. Slowly the road begins to take an upward slope, but it isn’t until the road opens to a second lane that exciting things began. A single curve at the base of Treasure Falls transforms the route into a winding wonderland of pleasure. A sunny Saturday morning is the perfect condition to open up the cars a bit. Even a large vehicle like this euro 7 series will handle the turns with balance.
Here is a photo of a rare 2000 Touring in Inka Orange. You likely won’t be seeing one of these anytime soon; especially not on such beautiful terrain!
One of the photographers decided it would be a good idea to snap some photos from the most famous corners along the route- Dead Man’s Curve. This scenic stop is a breathtaking view that seems like it was just pulled from the pages of a magazine! The natural beauty of the area is encompassed in the photo below.
Additionally, some great action images were taken from this location!
The BMW X5 SAV was no slouch racing around this curve, either.
It was quite the sight as over 50 BMW’s waited anxiously in line to view the scenic overlook of Wolf Creek Pass Ski Area. Getting parked perfectly was important so that the images would turn out great!
It sure was a neat view with all of the BMW’s parked at the base lot of the ski area. What a great location for a photo opportunity; overlooking the runs of Wolf Creek Ski Area on one side, and then the rocky mountains on the other. The best part about all of this was that participants were able to enjoy this moment with the machines that brought them all there. It was obvious the amount of passion of this group. Many people were busy taking photos, exploring nooks and crannies of cars, and telling stories with new friends. It was a good time for BMW enthusiasts.
After the run up the pass, other activities were encouraged before heading back to the hotel. Some of the stops made available were the Alberta Reservoir, Lobo Overlook, Dead Man’s Curve (pictured above), and Treasure Falls. All were prime locations to stop for a short while, and all were accessible quite easily by car! Definitely something worthwhile to see. These side excursions were an added bonus on the drive and were right along the route back to town.
There were not as many group caravans down the mountain as up. However, this didn’t mean the pictures were any worse. Here’s a beautiful grey market 745i — an executive saloon from 1984 equipped with headlight washers, a gasoline heater, and a factory turbocharger pumping out almost 250 horsepower.
Back at the hotel was the main event BBQ with food, raffle prizes, and another incredible view. It was the perfect opportunity to take a close look at some of the cars and chat with the owners while getting a bite to eat.
A turbocharged E30 was in attendance
There were plenty of modified BMW’s there, along with some factory stock examples. This 3 series was heavily modified to both look and act the part.
Those who were able to pull away from the cars for a brief moment were in awe of the view to the north of the hotel.
A neat driving simulator was even set up! You drive any BMW ranging from a 3.0CSL to a 1980 M1, to the modern F10 M5.
This was a neat giveaway item from the raffle. The featured car was the BMW 6 series with the design placed on the front of the 2013 tshirt, so it is only appropriate there was a miniature glass 635CSi paperweight. Although not all participants were at the BBQ, there are rumors that a revamped time and organizational schedule will improve the BBQ timeline for 2014.
The raffle was a great success. As participants only had to spare a few bucks for raffle tickets, everybody who was present walked away with something! Santa Fe BMW Supplied plenty of ‘swag’ and people were trilled with some of the grand prizes they came away with. Their extraordinary support matched with their collaboration with the event team allowed for the perfect mix of enthusiasm at the event.
The awards ceremony was highlighted by the Over the Hill Award, Fan Favorite, and the Furthest Traveled– a whopping 1800+ miles from Maryland in a new 335d. The other winners included the 1970 2000 Touring from Colorado and the 1977 530i from New Mexico.
Sunday was the main day for travelers to disperse, however those who were able to plan accordingly had a few options. One of the most popular stops was “The Springs.” The event team was able to secure a great discount for participants of Drive 4 Corners. It was a nice place to soak and admire the beauty of the San Juan River which backstops right next to the resort. If you were feeling adventurous, you could hop in the river, although it was quite cold!
Overall, Drive 4 Corners 2013 was a great success. The number of participating cars more than doubled even with 10 room cancellations the week of. Just over 50 cars made it to the group photoshoot; the few that not were able to make it, were able to enjoy their own activity at their leisure. Everybody who attended the raffle was able to walk away with a prize, and everybody who stopped in on the awards ceremony was able to get a free tshirt courtesy of Odometer Gears. A late night feedback session Saturday night gave constructive criticism for how to make next years event even better than the current. Additionally, the Quality Resort is scheduled to begin major renovations in early September and will continue to be the location of the best BMW gathering in the Rocky Mountain Region. With the support of volunteers, more activities will make Drive 4 Corners 2014 an event not to miss! The laid back atmosphere matched with our passion for these cars and the Desire to be Driven fuels us for next year!
If you haven’t already, take a look at our
2013 Gallery for more photos. Here are a couple more of our favorites.
Finally got some time (remembered) to upload my pictures....
Daniel's MOJOJOY "SUPER" 2000 sedan engine!
Neil McMillan and his 2000Ti(i)Lux.
Mathew Peterson and son having some playtime.
A day on the grass.
A crowd shot...
A very Grovertastic engine!
This stunning '74 Tii is owned by Marshal Howard of Double 02 Salvage in Hayward CA...
The very cool later version (black ring) of the '80s BMWCCA Golden Gate Chapter grille badge of Larry Ayers '74 Tii. There used to be boxes and boxes of these at my house growing up, my Dad Rich Jones was coordinator and sold them for the chapter, he was also chapter president through that era.
Alex Katz '74 2002 with a TWM ITB Electromotive injected engine...
Paul Huber's 2002 Baur. Very cool to see this car in Paul's hands again!
Last but not least, the ever popular Bay Area 02 Swap&Show Raffle! Don't leave the show early or you'll miss what many say is the best part!
The 10th Vintage was one of the best! Thank you to everyone who brought out a car for all to see if it was a 2002, coupe, E30, 5er or 6er or an Isetta, Farmobile or 507, they were all wonderful! A huge thanks goes out to our sponsors BMW CCA, Liberty Mutual and Spaten for all they’ve done for us over the years. Thank you for your support! Thank you to everyone who made the trip to Westbend! We’ll see you again next year, friends!
Many photos have been posted over on our facebook page, here are but a few:
Some pics of this months classic sports car championship at Brands Hatch UK
the action turned out better than Masters Series which i used to do so hastly snapped a few pics on my phone to share the action sorry poor quality zoom.
Few 02 on the grid from in various guises in Swinging 60's race the yellow 1600 Ti wasn't having much fun and fell towards back of the pack
Poor 02's got shoved off left 1502 and right 2002 up into Druids hairpin
02 drop few more places
Race 1 won overall by original Mini Cooper S 1300 who was a stomping 20sec a lap quicker than 02 on a average 1min lap followed by Austin Healey frogeyed sprite who was super commited.
1600Ti finished 6th
7th for 2002 tii
9th for 1502
14th for 2002
Some Caterham action or lack off dullest race of the weekend, phone camera ok without zoom wish i worked that out earlier.
Jaguar Classic Parts Saloon & GT Championship
Mix of 6 8 and 12 cylinders in XJ XJS and Coupe, they raced hard thundering around
The old mk2 Jag 3 wheeling around outside was the hero move of the day, at several points around the track was on 2 wheels giving it everything against the more modern Jags
With the steep downhill bend the white jag car almost lost it went sideways down the hill just just saved it, whilst happening next car coming around the corner had no chance went flying T boned through the drivers side window, later i heard both were ok.
Some better pics with proper camera thanks pal
Alfa sud 1500
Alpina A4S (yes it is genuine with some authentic grp2 extras, i tried to buy it couple years ago)
Really shows show steep the corner is
Jagermeister M3 2.5 was one of the quickest on the day along with VW Jetta and original Mini. Close fight to finish between this orange M3 and silver VW just in the back ground
Yes, Rob Siegel’s book “Memoirs of a Hack Mechanic” will be making it’s debut at The Vintage! Rob will be giving a presentation on Friday night (May 24th) during registration at 9:30pm at the Hawthorn Inn. Please click here for the official press release from Bentley Publishers.
Start your new year off right and register for the 2013 Vintage! Head over to our Registration page to get started!
2013 marks the 10th anniversary of The Vintage so we’ll be sure to put on a great show this summer! Get turning on those wrenches and finish that project car because you won’t want to miss this show!