This year was my first time attending Bimmerfest. It was the first year since the show had moved to its new location in Fontana, California, and I heard that it was going to be very different from previous years.
The show overall was very fun. I couldn’t help but feel that the vendor/show area seemed very separate from the outer lots, where thousands of other cars were parked throughout the day. I also noticed that inside the vendor section, most of the booth cars were of the F8x chassis. I felt like it was very much a new model M fest! While there’s nothing wrong with that, as I love the F8x as much as the next person, I would have liked to see some more variety in the booths. There were however some exceptions, such as a couple of wide body e92s, some e46s, and a handful of vintage builds.
Monique's car is one that I've wanted to see for the longest time! It looks good in photos and great in person.
In all honesty, how cool are these i3s and i8? I wouldn't mind driving the tiny, electric baby brother of the i8 if it were sitting on a nice set of HREs...
I never quite got the story on this rough looking 02 pictured above... I'm willing to bet that it has a pretty interesting history behind it, though!
This RHD e30 touring was definitely something different. I absolutely loved the wheels, and the color really grew on me. Plus, it's a touring, so what's not to love?
This e46 with ITBs was just so clean, and I loved the way it sits!
It was good to see a familiar face at the show. This S2002 was at the CAtuned shop previously, where it had tons of custom work done! I'm a huge fan of the two tone paint here.
One of the more exciting areas of the show was actually the track paddocks. Wandering through that area, we found a large number of unique builds. I saw everything from S54 swapped e30s to an LS e36 to the Jennabelle RWB Porsche (which was not expected!).
This Jager themed track e30 M3 stole my heart. It was by far one of my favorite cars at the show! It made its rounds on the track throughout the day, and it was easy to see that they don't baby the car.
Unfortunately, I didn’t get the chance to explore the outer lots as much as I would have liked. By the time I made my way in that direction, a number of cars had started to leave the show. I still got to see some beautiful builds though, so I wasn’t too upset!
My overall impression of the show is that it was definitely much different from its previous rounds. I’ve only ever seen photos from shows in the past, so I can’t give much opinion from personal experience. I’ll likely attend again next year, though, and hope to see even more rad builds then!
Did you attend this year? If so, what did you think? Let us know!
Photos and words: Courtney Cutchen