On an unseasonably overcast and mild Saturday, a large number of Bavarians assembled at the AutoClub Speedway, in Fontana, CA. Bimmerfest was upon us - the weekend-long event showcasing BMWs of all backgrounds, purposes, and hometowns.
The racetrack was open to registered attendees, and was one of the few places you’d get to see an E30 overtake a Lamborghini.
Vendors of all sorts lined the Speedway grounds, spanning from countless performance wheels companies, bodykit manufacturers, security alarm modifiers, and even custom Europlate makers. Vinyl vendor RoloTech performed a few live wrap demos for the crowd - did they tuck the edges though?
At the middle of the pavilion stood a giant tent that was less “EZ-Up” and more “Mission Control” - housing the Dinnman Carbon Fiber show cars. BMWs of all sorts surrounded a living space (no, seriously, there were sofas and coffee tables) showcasing the different flavors of BMW ownership, just as Bimmerfest itself does.
Expanding outward from Dinmann’s central tent were vendors such as Mod Bargains, Forgestar Wheels, Mod Junkies, and Viper Alarms. But instead of my droning on about who was where with what, enjoy a visual tour of the grounds instead.
Contrary to the name, the event welcomed more than just BMWs.
Back to the Paddock, a second show of its own kind took place with the track cars. Aggressive track builds lined the garages - either cooling off after their laps, or gearing up for a run - on display for all to appreciate.
At this point, it’s about 2pm and the awards are being announced before day 1 is concluded (the furthest-travel attendee came all the way from Sydney, Australia…. a close second was me, 10 miles up the road).
The show doesn’t end there, though - like most other Euro shows I’ve been to, there’s a whole separate show in the parking lot. Tents, Vendors, portable grills and coolers sprung up around their hardparked builds. A beautiful example of the car community and the passion that binds it together, this secondary show was one of my favorite places to be throughout the whole event.
THIS is the only form I’ve ever seen a 318Ti in that made me stop, and say, “hey…that’s rad.”