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steve k.
One of the greatest things about living in California is that you can have fantastic weather at any time of the year. Though we are quickly approaching the shortest day of the year, on November 21st, California did not disappoint. This sunny autumn day brought out a great contingent of cars to the November edition of Neue Klasse and Kaffee at the Loma Brewing parking lot in Los Gatos.
 
 
The official start of Neue Klasse and Kaffee is not until 8:00 AM, but by 7:45 AM there were already 5 or 6 cars waiting. As the morning sun started to shine, the city of Los Gatos filled with vintage BMWs and some other fun cars. Close to 30 cars packed the lot with the masked owners engaged in their conversations. 
 
The Usual Suspects
 
Art, as he usually does, brought his m20 powered Schwartz BMW 2002 that he has owned since it was new in 1973. That car still looks fantastic and always attracts attention wherever it goes. People say that a black car looks great for the first 20 minutes after washing it. Art’s car stays looking great all the time.
 
Art's, Eric's, and Kevin's BMW 2002s  
@Doug Riparetti arrived in his s14 powered, Mikuni motorcycle carbureted 2002. Doug is a true iron butt. He has put more miles on that little car than most people do on their new commuters.  
 
Final discussion of the route  
@KevinT came to us from a Porsche world. He has not left it but just added another fun toy. After a few months of sorting, with the help of several members of the forum,  this car is now a common sight at Neue Klasse and Kaffee.
 
Art and Kevin discuss how they cars can stay this clean  
@Stuart brought a pair of California Autumn color 2002s. One in Inka orange and the other in Jade
 

 
@williamm3 had his Lightweight e36 BMW M3 present. Yes, it is not a BMW 2002 or a Neue Klasse, but Bill likes us, and he is always welcome. @voteforpedram with an e30 Touring.

 

Slightly Unusual 
 
The next three cars have been at our events in the past. They were never there together.  For most people seeing a 4 door 1960s BMW is an event to celebrate, there is usually at least one ay Neue Klasse and Kaffee. This time we were blessed with three. All of them are a bit different. A restored example of a 1967 BMW 1800 in Tampico owned by @sprout1600itb. Followed by an original paint and interior, Derby 1964 BMW 1800 that was used by its previous owner as a Time and Distance rally car with badges to prove it.  The plan by its current owner, yours truly, is to keep it in the original condition. A 1967 rodded BMW 1800 in “Super Faded” Polaris with a 5-Speed transmission, lowered suspension, widened wheels, and massive (compared to stock) tires show what @MOJOJOY does to his cars when he is left unattended. All of these came to the US from France and ended up in the San Francisco Bay Area. 
 
Three BMW 1800s  
Three BMW 1800  
Not something we see all the time.
 
A couple of events ago we attracted a small vintage Porsche contingent. This month was no different. These examples have not been seen in the NK&K in the past, but I think they will be coming again. The cars were not just there to show the cool paint, bodywork, and engine builds, also followed us on the drive.
 

 
 
The Drive
 
The route designed by @002rescue did not disappoint. With the departure time of 10 am, the streets of Los Gatos, once again, got to see several 2002s looking for their way towards Highway 17. 
 
Caravan through Los Gatos  
After a brisk couple of miles on the highway, the backroads of Santa Cruz mountains have met us with some fun fall colors.  The roads were mostly empty which only made this adventure so much more fun.
 

 
After about 20 miles of Old Santa Cruz Highway and Soquel San Jose Road, we dropped onto a somewhat busy Highway 1.  A little fight through traffic and it looked like we all were back together as we turned off onto CA-129 in Watsonville. This is one of the better ways to get from the coast to US-101 and even with some slow-moving weekend traffic it was still a pleasure to have the BMW 1800 carving the little canyon. The first place to regroup was in San Juan Bautista with a very timely pit stop for those who had a bit too much coffee in the early hours of the morning and those who needed another espresso.  This was the first time we actually knew who was on the drive.  
 

 
The drive continued towards King City. Highway 25 is absolutely lovely. The first time I ever dove that road was in the middle of the night after a 2002 Fest West in the early 2000s. It was fun then, in what later became a fully-fledged autocross BMW 2002, and it was fun now in a stock 1964 BMW 1800. Others were lining up behind to see how the “big boat” maneuvered through the corners. There were several miles of the road that were a bit rough, but the suspension handled it well, though this might have been where the starter met its end. 
 

 

 
This drive took a couple of hours and just in time for lunch we stopped at a fantastic taqueria. This gave everyone a chance to discuss the past road and the next loop. As more than half of the day has passed, several people headed back to the Bay Area, as others refuel for the next stage. Unfortunately for me, the starter was no longer functioning and I was left stranded in the dirt lot in King City. I was able to get a hold of the group, who gave me a push to get the Neue Klasse back on the road. This is the type of the community this is. Everyone in the group was willing to help a fellow driver. With hopes not to get stranded, a decision was made to only do a short loop before heading home with an escort of a couple of other cars. This section took us through a few inland roads before getting back to US-101. It was time to head back. 
 

 
The drive back was uneventful and I pulled into the garage shortly after 4 pm. Investigation the next day proved a faulty starter. Removal was relatively easy, and thanks to the efforts of @MOJOJOY, the starter was rebuilt and delivered back to me before I had to carve the turkey on Thanksgiving Day. And now we wait for the next adventure. 
 

 
All photos from the event can be found at
 
 
 
What others had to say:
 
 
 
About Us:
Neue Klasse and Kaffee is a monthly gathering for the Vintage cars of all makes and models in the San Francisco Bay Area and Sacramento, CA organized by BMW 2002 FAQ. We meet on the third Saturday of every month between 8:00am and 11:00am at Loma Coffee Bar in Los Gatos, CA 

steve k.
One annual event that I always look forward to is BayArea02’s “Not The 49-mile Drive”. A great gathering of BMW 2002s driving for hours in the confines of a 6x6-mile square we call, San Francisco. Unfortunately, I have not been able to make all of the events, and this year looks to be the same. 
 

 
As I look forward to seeing the photos and videos of the event on December 12th, 2020, let us look back at the event from the past. December 8th, 2018 was the last event I was able to attend. This time, just like all the events in the past, everyone gathered in a parking lot at Ocean Beach (2020 location is different). After about an hour of friendly conversation between people who have not seen each other in a while, some since May, everyone received a set of instructions and a sheet with photos from the route. There is a task here other than just driving. Your navigator will help you with the task to put all the photos in the order of appearance on the route. That being said, you will end up in parts of San Francisco you didn't realize existed. Which makes this experience all the more captivating. 
 
 
After what looks like a disorganized Le Mans start, cars start to find their way onto the streets of Richmond District into Golden Gate Park on a route through Land’s End to Park Presidio. The view from these roads is spectacular, to say the least. If you have never been in this corner of SF, you would not believe that something like this actually exists tucked away in such a compacted city.  Vast amounts of trees and vegetation will block your view of the Pacific Ocean, Marin Headlands, and Golden Gate Bridge. Though views become obstructed, it's still quite a beautiful sight throughout the drive. 
 
BMW 2000 Touring in Golden Gate Park  
BMW 2000 Touring at Land's End  
After a short drive through what looks like a shore-side forest of magnificent trees, the manicured sites of Presidio can be a big surprise but don't be scared, you drive into an open area of sunshine, and green, green grass. 
 

 
It does not take long to get through the streets of this ex-military base of Presidio and into the Marina District towards North Beach.
 
BMW 2002 Leaving Presidio  
Transamerica Building from BMW 2000 Touring The Stockton-Sutter tunnel takes you from an unusual Saturday morning serenity into a very busy side of holiday shopping in San Francisco, Union Square. A Christmas Tree and several Santas will greet you on your way through heavy traffic as SantaCon is always the same weekend. 
 
BMW 2002 Entering Union Square
 
In attempts not to get lost, the detailed instruction will lead you to Twin Peaks. This stop is very common for this drive, in 2018 the weather was better than ever and gave us some spectacular views of San Francisco. The 2002 drivers created their own parking lot after a large bus left, and in the span of about 5 parking spaces, we managed to fit well over 25 cars.  
 
BMW 2002s Filling up spaces at Twin Peaks  

 
A large number of colorful vintage BMWs in one spot gave tourists an alluring sight that many have never experienced before. Some might have just assumed that this is a normal view in California. For all of us in the group, the site is common.
 
Incredible view from Twin Peaks  
In 2018 the drive led to a charming restaurant on Townsend street where the group continued the neverending car discussion as the navigators compared the notes on the task or arranging photos.
 

 
I hope everyone will have as much fun in 2020 as I did in 2018. 
 


steve k.
This past Saturday was a lovely fall morning in Northern California. It actually felt like it was mid October. German car enthusiasts from miles around drove to the beautiful town of Los gatos to gather social distance style and engage in some normalcy and discuss cars.

The Neue Klasse and Koffee event took place in the back parking lot of Loma Brewing in the early morning to the early afternoon. We had a great variety of all BMW series and a few oddballs.
 

 

 
A large contingent of vintage and not so vintage Porsches also joined.
 


 
 
 
The drivers, all eager to talk shop with each other, spent hours in the shade of the trees admiring the variety. Small groups of masked drivers gathered around the cars and talked of plans for mechanical upgrade, ongoing work, and finished masterpieces. It was a fantastic turn out.

 



 
It is always a good start the weekend morning with 02 enthusiasts that gather and talk about what we love…. Neue Klasse. Can't wait for the next Neue Klasse event for more great car discussions, Koffee, and building up this amazing car community.  


 
 

All Photos from the even can be seen at 
 
 

steve k.
This was a fantastic day.  I was not able to make it to the show last year and missed the whole weekend. This year I could only do Friday Show and we tried to make the best of it.
 
After heaving a crazy week, I was able to find a little time to get the car ready the night before. A nice wash and vacuum, oil check (none needed) and a carb tune and unlike most other shows, i did not not to do anything else. As I received several emails to remind me to not get there before 8am I Left Redwood City at 6:15 am and was entering the Golf Course at 8.  To my surprise there was very little traffic and i was one of the last 2002s to enter field. the FAQ had a great representation. I did not count the cars, but there were more FAQ members with their cars then any other model.  
 
Unlike the days that at the booth, this time I got to hang out with some old friends, met some new one and got reintroduced to some I have met before. (sorry, i am horrible with names). We missed the Spaten tent from previous years. Not sure what they were thinking. 
 
The highlight of the day was the look on @norm and @RacingAli faces as we sang Happy Birthday to them while they were getting their respective trophies at the podium.
 
Here are some photos that I took.
 
Here is the full album:
 
some highlights 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

steve k.
If you have not had a chance to run the Shamrock Rally, you are missing out. A short, 100 to 200 mile, run through back roads of East Bay or South Bay is always scheduled for the Saturday of the St. Patrick's Day. This seems to fall on the third Saturday of the month. For second straight year, March Neue Klasse und Kaffee has been the starting point for Shamrock Rally. 
 
 
The gathering usually brings out all sorts of vintage cars. Though the rain scared a few people away, we still had around 30 cars for morning coffee and the drive. In addition to the traditional Neue Klasse BMWs, we had a pair Triumphs, a Mini, a Volvo, several E30 BMWs, and an Alfa that belongs to the Rally Master @SteveJ
 

 

 
We gathered at a new location this month, States Coffee in Martinez, CA. Availability of two large lots helped us stay together for some fun conversation. The shop owner, @hollowridge, was generous enough to supply us with caffeine. Coffee was amazing and well needed for some of us who only got 4 hours of sleep and were up at 5:30 in the morning.
 

 

 
The drive this year took us mostly through Contra Costa and Alameda Counties. The roads are fun and I feel like @SteveJ knows all of them.  A few drops have hit the windshield, but rain mostly stayed away.  You could look into the distance and see dark clouds and wet roads, but the cars did not really get wet until we were all done with the drive and were enjoying lunch with the great company.
 

 

 
 
Check our New Klasse und Kaffee page for the next event.
 
All photos at 
 
You can see even more photos at 
 

steve k.
This event is so close to my house that I feel bad every time i miss it. I miss it a lot. Friday night activities or weekend plans usually keep me away from Portola Valley, CA. Not this time.  I am missing a lot of cars that showed up as I did not star taking photos until later part of the morning. This was mostly due to great turn out from the BMW 2002 FAQ club.
 

 
Conversation seems to take over what should be an "adult show and tell"
 

 
The event did not disappoint with a great collection of old
 

 
and new
 

 
Something very unusual
 

 
And something very familiar
 

 
You can see all the photos at
 
 
Or if you prefer a slideshow with some music
 
 
 
A great looking Isetta.
 
 
And a video of the Tourings making an grand exist.
 
 
 

steve k.
The Vintage 2017 was amazing!  Thank you to everyone who made the trek to Hot Springs to make this year the biggest Vintage yet.  There are lots of photos being shared over on our Facebook page but do yourself a favor and check out Reggie’s drone footage.  It really captures how massive this show was and how lucky we were to have such a beautiful setting and perfect weather.  Thanks Reggie! (Plug for Reggie’s Motorworks…visit their site to see what a true enthusiast’s  service shop is like.)
 
 
 
View the full article at atthevintage.com

AceAndrew

SoCalVintage 2017 - Pictures

By AceAndrew, in Events,

A huge thank you to John, Jeff, and all the volunteers (Pierre, etc.) that make this show possible.  We are very grateful for your efforts.  This year's show was one of, if not, the best yet.  The weather was perfect, the variety of cars was more apparent than ever before.  The following pictures are FAR from an accurate representation of scale of the show,  hopefully you enjoy them nonetheless.
 
 
Got up early and picked up my drive for the event, a slick little E28 535i.

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Met up with 2man from R3V, grabbed some coffee, and headed up the 405.
 
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Very cool to see the variety this year.  
 
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Jeff Caplan of Odometer Gears brought out his recently near-finished 6-year-project E28 (sporting throttle bodies, a healthy turbo, mil-spec wiring and so much more).
 
Ireland Engineering was out en force.  Ken from VintageBMWRacing brought out an M10 on an engine dyno, pretty fun to see it fire up right there.
 
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Matt Rhose and his crew from Ronin Autowerks brought out a few of their 2002 racers and restomods.
 
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Jack Fahuna brought this neat M20'02.  Digging that header setup... ALOT
 
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Neat to see the guys from BAT come out as well.
 
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Couple cool NK's
 
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Awesome Coupe sporting a stroker M30 running megasquirt.  This thing was beautiful.
 
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Another beautiful car, this Taiga Green Bavaria was stunning.  Rey really knocked it out on this one.
 
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Always happy to see the proper use of "there they're their".
 
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Hard to believe Andrew's M20'02 was built a decade ago already.
 
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Finally got to see Tony's new version of his M20'02 beast.  
 
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I talked quite a bit, and as a result didn't get many pictures during the peak hours of the show.  However, being around at the end afforded some really fun picture options.
 
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Quick excuse to get my ride for the day in here.  It drove great, a sweet-heart of an E28.
 
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There were quite a few interesting non-bmw cars worth mentioning as well.
 
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Jan's S14-02 and Mr. Huff's Neue Klasse.

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Very commendable that Mike, Emily, and Andrew booked it back from SEMA in time to come out with the E28 Parts Car with its new livery. 
 
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Jesus found this hood neglected in a yard a couple years back and had it hiding in his garage.  On Thursday he decided this was the year, and rocked it on his Alpina E12.  Her name is Lola.
 
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Mr. Tom Jones rummaging in the back of the very same car he learned to drive stick on (it's still even running the same clutch).
 
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Dan Melcher's F20'02 interior, in all its ostrich-leather glory.  Awesome.
 
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Lovely traffic on the way home (happens every year).
 
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It was a great way to spend the Saturday.
 
-Andrew

steve k.
The Vintage 2017 will be held again in Asheville, NC the weekend of May 19th – 21st.  Registration will be opened in early 2017 so keep your eyes on the Registration page and on our Facebook page for the announcements.
View the full article at atthevintage.com/[/url

zane71
I had been excited for this weekend ever since last years historics. I knew it was going to be big, but I had no idea it was going to be this big. My weekend began at 5:00 Friday morning, after a week of late nights drilling holes, mounting lights, and mainly scrubbing and vacuuming. My dad and I met up with 3 more 02s and a beautiful /6 cafe racer. We headed down 17 towards Highway 1, with some of our cars adding to the thick haze of fog coming off the ocean. Just before we got off at Hwy 68 we were passed by an e30 and then an e34 M5 Touring, a car I never seen before, I squealed inside a bit. “It’s gonna be a good day” I thought to myself. No one in our group had been to our first stop Legends of the Autobahn before and we got lost, which lead us to seeing a 3.0 CSL batmobile. We finally got to legends and I park my touring with the other 2002s, and right away I’m asked what it is. I went into this weekend thinking e30 M3s, and 3.0s were rare, but by the end of Friday they honestly had become commonplace. Which was fine, Legends offered up plenty of other beautiful cars for me to ogle. Elvis Presley's’ 507, a 700 coupe which had an air cooled motorcycle motor in it, a 1934 309, and my favorites, an e30 touring and an M1. When a 3 cylinder DKW 3=6 started up, it drew a crowd, he man that owned it also has a right hand drive Colorado Touring he brought to the Brisbane 02 show. Down the hill from the main show was the Motorrad and performance section. A few Z1s, quite a few Z8s, and even more M3s. We came across a whole lot of different older Alpinas, pretty sure at least one of every model made. The motorcycles were a sight to see, I believe an r32, BMWs first motorcycle, and a few insanely clean /5 and /6s, including a gold twin turbo, that the owners unfortunately would not start up.
 


Once Legends ended we went to a BBQ to revel for the evening with other BMW enthusiast. A big shout out and thank you to Doug for hosting. Late in the evening we returned to our campsite above turn 10 at Laguna Seca. In the campsite we had an 1800 4 door, an e30 325ix, an e36 M3 LTW, 4 2002s, and 3 Tourings, and a big 2002 FAQ banner on the fence.Needless to say, our site was packed, and we constantly had people stopping and asking us about our cars. I’ve seen posts about how much love there is in the 02 community, and I’ve always seen that in our group. I have witnessed this first hand with building my own car which was a year of non-stop fun and great times, or helping Coastalcrush get his crusty Colorado 1600 on the road before the Brisbane show.

 
Saturday morning our group drove our cars down to the BMW corral and had cars and coffee on the back of Dr Suave! We watched the morning races, my favorite being the 1973 to 1984 FIA, IMSA GT, GTX, AAGT, and GTU cup, just because of the amount of 3.0s and M1s. After that we got ready for the BMW parade lap, where I got to ride in Steve's all stock automatic touring. He showed the three of us all the proper racing lines to take around the track, which was really informative and interesting. When we came back in (after the parade lap) my dad and I spent a while walking around the paddock, where we saw Canepas crew readying his cars. We met an older gentleman with a Model T racecar and watched him oil up and prime the fuel pump on his race car.


As we headed towards the main BMW tent I stopped and drooled over the silver M1 procar that had been out just eating up the track. The car had originally raced in Japan, hence the Japanese lettering all over, then was unseen for 25 years, until it was bought and restored to its original condition, and now races around the world in historic races. The BMW tent was impressive. It had all the race cars on the ground, you could get right up and stick your head in them, and then there were a few show cars behind glass barriers. A gorgeous 2002 turbo sat in front of the 2002 Homage car (the homage car brought up a bit of a debate in our group). At the other end sat 2 art cars, an M3 GT2 sat behind the well known number 93 3.0 CSL art car that raced in Le Mans in 1975, you could tell it was a special car with just one glance.


By now it was time for the next 1973-84 race, so we went to turn 5 where we could get a good look at the cars as they came into the turn. It was quite the sight to see as Canepa passed people on that bit of straight away like they were standing still, the man knows how to drive. Later we walked through the shop tents and watched people test drive Land Rovers on their test course, some people really beat on them. We headed back up to the campsite, where the lighting got just right for a photoshoot (a true golden hour), which as we all know, 2002s are very photogenic. That night we sat around our fire pit and talked about the day and our cars until it got too cold and foggy to stay up
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Sunday morning we packed up our cars with our camping gear, throwing as much as I could on the roof rack of the touring. Again we brought our cars down to the turn 5 corral and talked with passersby for a bit until the 1963-73 FIA race, when we all pressed ourselves to the fence and stared in awe as 3 2002s raced around, one being an Alpina TI. We found out there were spots left for the day’s parade lap, and we quickly registered a few of our cars. This was by far my favorite part of the whole weekend. When they say you can't see a thing coming over the corkscrew, they mean you really can't see anything. But there is nothing like coming over it, downshifting to 2nd, and flooring it out. I had a smile on for the whole lap, but that part made me laugh with pure joy. A track day is now very much in order! With our cars packed, my dad and I started our drive back home, sunburned, tired, and smiling from an event filled weekend.
 

steve k.
The Vintage 2016 was without a doubt our most successful one to date!  Thank you to everyone who made it to the show.  The people make this show…the cars help a bit to!  If you couldn’t make it this year or didn’t get to register before we hit capacity, please enjoy this fantastic video show by the talented folks over at UltimateKlasse.com.  We will DEFINITELY see you next year!

 
 
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steve k.
Twelve 2002s showed up for the Mid America 02 Fest in Hermann, MO.  The fourth edition moved to Eureka Springs, AR and has evolved into a two and a half day event featuring a drive, noncompetitive show, tech presentations, expert panel Q & A, tech quiz, awards (longest distance driven, etc), and a HUGE door prize drawing supported by sponsor donations.
Of course any time 02ers get together technical expertise is not just discussed, but put to work.  Electrical problem, broken exhaust system, water pump give up, need your tii or Webers tuned - it all happens in the parking lot.  In recent years two owners trailered non-running 2002s to Eureka Springs and with help from others in attendance had them running before Sunday.
There is no registration fee or charge for Saturday evening's brat and burger dinner.
 
The MidAm is financed by the sale of t-shirts (and other gear) and a raffle drawn from purchased tickets for two sets of embroidered camp chairs (thanks Kathy & Milo) and two BMW watches donated by BMW of NA.
 
Well over 50% of those attending will drive more than 600 miles.  We have had folks from 24 states.  This is a hardcore bunch.  If you love 2002s, this is a great group with whom to spend the weekend.
http://www.midamerica02fest.com
 


Beck180
On Saturday the Bay Area 2002 hosted the 2015 Not the 49 Mile Scenic Drive. We had an excellent showing of eclectic people and cars. Everything from beautiful originals to a resto-mod square tail with motorcycle carbs.
Larry Ayers organized the drive through the city and for the past few years I have had the privilege of designing the route.
The point of the drive is to experience a part of San Francisco you normally wouldn't see, while hanging out with other 2002 owners from all over the Bay Area.
If you'd like to do the rally yourself, feel free to download the directions and photokey below:
Photo Key:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B61LEGUxfxjXUXFvZ0o0NEFPbFE/view?usp=sharing
Directions:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B61LEGUxfxjXU2NCQTgtM0NOUGs/view?usp=sharing
Lots of photos below, beginning with the pre-rally park ferme and ending with pictures I took along the route.
Enjoy!































steve k.
Click here to visit our Registration page and register for The Vintage 2016. Please note that there are a few options to purchase T-shirts and to attended the rally. If you don’t purchase T-shirts online with your registration you probably won’t get one at the event. We usually don’t have too many extras so pre-order while you can!
See you in Asheville!
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steve k.

At The Vintage: The Vintage

By steve k., in Events,

A trip to The Vintage, held this year in North Carolina's historic Old Salem village, is a pilgrimage worth making for any BMW enthusiast. But perhaps even more interesting is that this show, the brainchild of organizer Scott Sturdy and currently the largest BMW gathering in North America, is just that—a gathering. More than any other event that I have seen, The Vintage has the relaxed air of a day spent amongst friends, without the pressure of a concours or judged car show. Pristine E9 3.0 coupes line up alongside barn-find 1600 sedans and widebody E30 convertibles. Engines open to reveal turbochargers and GM LS motors, and one notable E30 featured an M30 swap that was finished—as the owner casually testified—"last night".
2015's Vintage gathering was an event that I was privileged to cover for the BMW Car Club of America. But it's also an event to which I will be returning, whatever the distance, in years to come.
Enjoy the video, and see http://bmwcca.org/nationalevents or http://AtTheVintage.com for more information on the event, and http://HittingRedline.com/ for more videos on events, cars, and more!


steve k.
Thank you everyone for joining us at the largest Vintage yet. The final count was 328 cars registered!
A huge thank you goes out to our event sponsors who help make the event possible! Check out their websites to the right of this message to show your support!
It was fantastic to see all our Vintage friends again and make new ones. We hope everyone had safe journeys home. Stay tuned to this website and be on the lookout for Scott’s e-mails with more info on the big changes for next year!
Check out The Vintage 2015 photos on our event photos page here!


View the full article at atthevintage.com/

AceAndrew
Bimmerfest 2015 - Review and photos by Andrew @ Ireland Engineering
So this year Bimmerfest was out in Fontana at the AutoClubSpeedway. This represented quite a risky departure from the brown grass of the Rosebowl. I think it paid off though. The event was a more enthusiast-centric event compared to former years. In the past the vendors rows were seen as an island among a sea of cars. All arriving enthusiasts were forcibly drawn to like a fly to one of those buzzy things on the porch. The setup at ACS today was very different.

As you drove into the event you couldn’t initially see any vendors, all you saw were rows and rows of bimmerheads of all shapes and sizes. Once you parked (I drove in with my squeaky Honda Civic, which really turned some heads with it’s Asian simplicity and timeless mid-nineties styling) you hopped out and were greeted not with music blasting, but rather with the sounds of Bavarian-built engines racing around.

You see, the organizers were prescient enough to have a track day setup by SpeedVentures” to occur simultaneously with the show. I think this changed the dynamic of the show for the better. The track consisted of a blast along the roval and then dove in around the infield, the whole track conveniently surrounded the Bimmerfest show else like a warm growling bear hug. Another big plus was that under this layout one could go visit the Vendor Area AND the open race paddocks.
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It was simply a sea of bimmers. The organizers were kind enough to have setup the Heritage Corral for all the vintage goodness that showed up (thanks to Tony for helping with that). It was great to talk with a bunch of you guys!

Gary's Inca 02 and Will's F20-powered 02 looked colorful together.

Matt's engine bay was a little clean. Fortunately got to take some more pictures of his car earlier this week.


Thanks for letting me check out the 1600 Mike! Enjoyed looking at mechanical clutch setup.

Doug's 2002 on 17's. I still can't believe you drove all the way back.

I liked the headlight mesh and grill badges. Joe, is this you?

The re-finished bottle caps actually looked really nice on this 2002 lowered on a set of IE coils.

Tony's M20 swapped 2002 + lightbar. Not a side of the car I normally see (usually I only glimpse the rear end as it tears around a corner).

Spot the differences from Tony's 2002.

Such a cool Bavarian Hotrod (quite literally). Looks might say otherwise but this was a completely rebuilt performance M30 engine.


A nice grouping of M3's.

Always enjoy seeing an iX in SoCal.

RJ's bronzit flanked by a couple of cabrios.

Matt of Bimmerheads' now immortal E30 rocking the 3-piece Hartge's.



Polak is this you?

Miller Performance had a twin-charged? M30 E34 out in the parking lot.


There were a couple noticeable “CAR CONTRASTING” opportunities.




THE VENDER AREA-------------------------------------------------
The vendor area had a nice mix of genuinely neat stuff along with the obscene and sloppy. I mean I wondered if some of those guys were really just trying to be parodies of themselves!
Good to see the #25 CSL out!



It was good to see the Clarion Build’s 2002 bring out a booth. They had a neat setup with the restored and non-restored 2002's in a BEFORE & AFTER setup. It will be interesting to see what the car sells for (they will be headed to Arizona to auction off the car for charity).


Ayed's (King's Autobody) E46 M3 GTR Clone caught a crowd. It was between the Motorsport Hardware booth and the Hard Motorsports booth. The Hard Motorsports guys hauled their stuff down all the way from Spokane, WA. They certainly know their way around some of the older stuff as well though.


Hiding behind a booth was a car I never thought I'd see again. This is the 2002 that was featured in SuperStreet Magazine 8 years ago ( http://www.superstreetonline.com/features/eurp-0709-1969-bmw-2002/ ). It was subsequently bought and overhauled by Dallas Raines the weatherman (who I did NOT recognize until someone pointed it out afterwards).

Neat work on his custom M20 throttle body.

The Toyo car built by Le (02GarageWerks) was over next to the ToyoTires truck. He really went all out on the show touches. My favorite was the picnic basket in the trunk.



The M10 engine all done up shiny. Liked the custom velocity stacks and the IE intake manifold.

Norm's ubiquitous 2002 with IE box flares. Congrats on your second place trophy Norm! The car looks much better right side up.

E28 was certainly “stanced” enough, but with the 1JZ engine and HRE's I kinda liked it.

Dan Melcher's 2002 looks to be done!

This was probably my favorite “modern” car at the show.

This was the loudest “look at me” car at the show that typified a lot of the show cars found in the wheel booths.

Neat to take a look at Mike Essa's now-retired E46 Formula-D drift car. (here's a good write up from the guys at Moto-IQ on the car ( http://www.motoiq.com/MagazineArticles/ID/2997/Sneak-Peek-Mike-Essa-and-GSR-Autosports-E46-Build.aspx )

I talked with Vorsteiner about their new M4 widebody, Peter said that the inspiration on the rear was taken from the M3 box flares. He just picked up a nice E30M3 as well.



There were plenty of models around, some more entertaining than others.


Really cool to see an E30 running the old BBS kit.

TRACK----------------------------------------------
The paddock was filled with a lot of different cars, fortunately most of which were bimmers.



The view from the VIP boxes (which were open to everyone). With the food trucks nearby, one could have conceivably grabbed a plate of shrimp tacos and come up here to enjoy the view.

Today was a bit bittersweet as Craig is now mulling over selling his Jaegermeister-liveried E30M3 race car. He's raced this car all over for many years now, this was perhaps the last chance to take some pictures of him an his car in action.

Craig lined up in front of an RWB-porsche and an Mcoupe.

Looked like a trio of spec-E30's came out too.

John Handel of EMW was out with his very quick E36. He's raced this car in the USTCC, very well sorted car.



This one made me nervous to watch …

I was pretty well spent at this point … so I grabbed a last picture of Craig ….

and walked back to my car to head home . …. this guy had the right idea.


m3dragon
Well better late than never. Sorry for the long delay on the event recap.
For all the images of the trip see the album link here:
http://www.raddrives.com/albums/2014-Mammoth_Road_Trip/index.html
Here is a great video from one of the participants.
https://vimeo.com/108736884
Event Recap:
Saturday everyone meet up at the coffee meeting point. There was a little concern as there was a wild fire in El Dorado that was near the route we were going. Thankfully it was well west of the roads we were traveling so all we had was little smoke.
The first part of the drive was good. We hit a little traffic as expected but after a short way the road opened up. We made great time and picked up one member of the group in Plymouth as they lived in that area. First stop and restroom break was Merkleeville.

After Merkleeville we headed over the range to 395 and Mono Lake for lunch. The weather was clear and sunny with just a few wisps of clouds.

Before leaving Mono Lake Visitor center we made a group call to see if we stop and see the Tuffa Rocks. The group said yes and we made a slight plan change to go see the rocks by the lake. We almost had an incident there which you might see in the photos. A Honda parked between two trip members and all of us were wondering what they were thinking. Thankfully no damage to anyone's doors even though you wonder how they got out.


After Mono Lake we headed to the Devils post pile to see the rock formations there before calling it a day. These rock formation only are seen in a few places around the world so it is well worth the short hike.

Sunday Recap
Today was all about making it to Yosemite. The group first made a detour to June Lake which was very calm and serine. Made for some great shots and a fun little detour before hitting the busy park.


After the lake stop we hit the park. We made stops to see the usual big items before making our way to Yosemite Village for lunch.


This trip of course had a lot more going on and this recap just touches the surface of what we did. While it was a weekend run we did A LOT. We hope to do this run again but make it a three day run so we have more time to see things.
For more details of the trip, see the albums to see all the fun you missed on this trip. Hope to see some of you on future trips.

sislane

Noreast 02Ers Fall Bbq Pics

By sislane, in Events,

Peter, Dave & myself arriving early to set-up.



Steve K working the table



Joseph Chamberlain






















Beer Swap


Slide show of past gatherings & places

Dave F's Birthday!


Rob & Peter strummed some Ripple for us






All packed-up and relaxing before heading home.





Thanks to Andrew for sharing some photos.

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