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tmcneish
02-19-2011, 02:12 PM
Aberdeen Maryland August 6th 2011:

http://www.bimmerfest.com/bmw-events/Bimmerfest-East-2011/

mcoupemindy
02-19-2011, 07:07 PM
Aberdeen Maryland August 6th 2011:

http://www.bimmerfest.com/bmw-events/Bimmerfest-East-2011/

Bummer that this conflicts with our Drivers' School.

1996 328ti
02-19-2011, 07:16 PM
Bummer that this conflicts with our Drivers' School.
If Bimmerfest east is the same crowd as Bimmerfest west, there is not much of a conflict.
I've been to Bimmerfest. Those guys don't go the track unless you call the freeway and city streets, a track.
It's more of a show and shine crowd.

Added: Out of the 100 or so involved with the DE, I'd be surprised if more than a few would be disappointed missing Bimmerfest.

Biggins
02-19-2011, 09:21 PM
If Bimmerfest east is the same crowd as Bimmerfest west, there is not much of a conflict.
I've been to Bimmerfest. Those guys don't go the track unless you call the freeway and city streets, a track.
It's more of a show and shine crowd.

Added: Out of the 100 or so involved with the DE, I'd be surprised if more than a few would be disappointed missing Bimmerfest.
+1

I find it funny they'll let this go on at Ripken Stadium, but not autocross. Is the city now getting a cut of Ripken's revenue?

Bob
02-20-2011, 10:30 AM
+1

I find it funny they'll let this go on at Ripken Stadium, but not autocross. Is the city now getting a cut of Ripken's revenue?

The deal went bad for Aberdeen, they were originally getting the parking revenue, but never did, since parking was free.

mcoupemindy
02-21-2011, 08:26 PM
If Bimmerfest east is the same crowd as Bimmerfest west, there is not much of a conflict.
I've been to Bimmerfest. Those guys don't go the track unless you call the freeway and city streets, a track.
It's more of a show and shine crowd.

Added: Out of the 100 or so involved with the DE, I'd be surprised if more than a few would be disappointed missing Bimmerfest.

I agree 100%, but there are a few (limited) of us hybrid guys out there that enjoy heading to the track but also like the see the new "fads" out there. I venture to say that many of these guys don't properly know / understand track events either and that's why they showcase their skills on the street. My experience and observations about most HPDE programs (BMW included) is that it focuses on the "older" population and is not very inviting to younger guys. This doesn't bother me one bit, but others have been deterred due to this. (Note: This is just an opinion and should only be used as that. It is not meant to be condescending, etc.)

And yeah, WTF to the Ripken stuff!

1996 328ti
02-21-2011, 08:51 PM
My experience and observations about most HPDE programs (BMW included) is that it focuses on the "older" population and is not very inviting to younger guys.The HPDEs I go to have a wide range of ages. They may not be inviting because some people just want to drive fast. I hear it all the time. How fast can I go? I don't want an instructor! I just want to drive. HPDE programs aren't really for them.

There is some crossover between events, but from my experience, very little.
There are the concours guys, autocrossers, DEs, DIY, tour and show & shine crowd. Not that there is anything wrong with that.
It's good to have something for everyone.

woodym3
02-22-2011, 08:43 AM
Can someone tell me - is Bimmerfest anything more than a big car show?

mcoupemindy
02-22-2011, 08:45 AM
Can someone tell me - is Bimmerfest anything more than a big car show?

That's pretty much it.

woodym3
02-22-2011, 10:49 AM
Jonathan and Steven, I have to disagree with both of you. Our HPDEs include lots of drivers in their young to mid-20s. And I saw lots of DE and race people at the Vintage at the Vineyard event in North Carolina last year.

1996 328ti
02-22-2011, 12:46 PM
I don't say BMW CCA DEs don't attract young drivers. I think they attract a different type of young driver.
One who is not just concerned how fast they can go.
Vintage in the Vineyard seems to have generated into a little Woodstock.

woodym3
02-22-2011, 01:40 PM
I don't say BMW CCA DEs don't attract young drivers.

It was Jonathan that said that.

mcoupemindy
02-22-2011, 03:42 PM
It was Jonathan that said that.

I sure did, and I'm sticking with my opinion :) I think there can be much more done to bring in younger guys that will ensure that these programs will perpetually exist. I'm not going to get on my soapbox here!

But back onto topic ...

There's already 400+ that have shown interest in attending this event - http://www.bimmerfest.com/bmw-events/Bimmerfest-East-2011/stats/ - that's pretty impressive considering that it's 5 months away. They do a good job getting the word out.

Alan
02-22-2011, 07:58 PM
I sure did, and I'm sticking with my opinion :) I think there can be much more done to bring in younger guys that will ensure that these programs will perpetually exist. I'm not going to get on my soapbox here!

But back onto topic ...

There's already 400+ that have shown interest in attending this event - http://www.bimmerfest.com/bmw-events/Bimmerfest-East-2011/stats/ - that's pretty impressive considering that it's 5 months away. They do a good job getting the word out.


Since I have met a fair amount of these younger owners at various events - I'll make a few observations of what I have learned:

> There is much more of a focus of showing up to a show/display your car event. Really large events are considered far more desirable. The focus is on "hanging out" - which is the main draw.
> The idea of going on a track is not of much interest. A fair number of folks thought I was out of my mind (Disclaimer: There might be some truth to that)
> Modifying your car is a major interest. Most (not all) of these mods are for appearance...carbon fiber, aerodynamic mods etc.
> There is IMO a generational gap of interests


Alan

Bob
02-22-2011, 09:07 PM
Since I have met a fair amount of these younger owners at various events - I'll make a few observations of what I have learned:

> There is much more of a focus of showing up to a show/display your car event. Really large events are considered far more desirable. The focus is on "hanging out" - which is the main draw.
> The idea of going on a track is not of much interest. A fair number of folks thought I was out of my mind (Disclaimer: There might be some truth to that)
> Modifying your car is a major interest. Most (not all) of these mods are for appearance...carbon fiber, aerodynamic mods etc.
> There is IMO a generational gap of interests


Alan

Wow, I guess I'll be one of the few there on Social Security, and wondering why they don't all autocross, they might as well have bought a Prius!

1996 328ti
02-22-2011, 09:29 PM
Even at Bimmerfest in CA, there was a wide range of ages. But don't expect to see an AARP booth. :)
What killed me was an older guy with a beautiful 3.0 who never heard of the car club.
I might come up if there are enough 318ti owners looking to caravan.

Real M3
02-23-2011, 01:28 PM
Even at Bimmerfest in CA, there was a wide range of ages. But don't expect to see an AARP booth. :)
What killed me was an older guy with a beautiful 3.0 who never heard of the car club.
I might come up if there are enough 318ti owners looking to caravan.

Steven,

After watching you at Track Events, we know that you're just a poseur anyways.....

Ducking and running now.

1996 328ti
02-23-2011, 02:14 PM
Steven,

After watching you at Track Events, we know that you're just a poseur anyways.....

Ducking and running now.That is true.

slick230
07-21-2011, 11:59 AM
So is anyone going to this event and if so is their any interest in a caravan?

I will be leaving from Columbia/Laurel area, if anyone wants to meet up at Maple Lawn (Cars and Coffee spot) let me know.

tmcneish
07-21-2011, 12:11 PM
Sounds like a great idea: http://www.bimmerfest.com/bmw-events/Bimmerfest-East-2011/

pseto
07-21-2011, 12:16 PM
there will be caravans stops at Tysons, Rockville, College Park Ikea, White Marsh Ikea, and probably others. I'm trying to get someone to coordinate 1 main caravan that hits all those spots. However, there's really only 1 road into the stadium, so if you get there late (i.e., after 10am), you'll be waiting a while to get it.

Bob
07-22-2011, 10:44 AM
Even at Bimmerfest in CA, there was a wide range of ages. But don't expect to see an AARP booth. :)
What killed me was an older guy with a beautiful 3.0 who never heard of the car club.
I might come up if there are enough 318ti owners looking to caravan.

Does that mean I can't get an AARP entry discount?!

1996 328ti
07-22-2011, 01:41 PM
Does that mean I can't get an AARP entry discount?!Probably not. :)
BMW CCA should offer AARP discounts. :)

LetsRock
07-27-2011, 09:46 AM
I don't see the appeal. If you want to look a BMW's why not just go to the dealership?

Bob
07-27-2011, 09:57 AM
I don't see the appeal. If you want to look a BMW's why not just go to the dealership?

Thats an easy one, these cars are surrounded by enthusiasts, the dealer cars are being watched over by blood sucking leeches.

1996 328ti
07-27-2011, 02:20 PM
I don't see the appeal. If you want to look a BMW's why not just go to the dealership?If you don't find the appeal, it's not for you.
Simple as that. ;)
Everyone enjoys their cars differently.

pseto
07-27-2011, 04:58 PM
Hanging with more than 3000 BMW enthusiasts sounds fun to me :)

bimmernupe
07-27-2011, 05:04 PM
I don't see the appeal. If you want to look a BMW's why not just go to the dealership?

BMW sees the appeal. At the 18 second mark is Bimmerfest.

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-2424010991902356438#

I'm not saying,...but, I'm just saying.

BINGO
07-30-2011, 08:37 PM
howdy,
What time at Maple Lawn are you meeting ?

Jim
86 635CSI
88 M6

pseto
08-01-2011, 10:53 AM
Here is a caravan leaving early Sat AM:

Tysons/Rockville/College Park caravan - http://www.e90post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=562009

The gates open at 10am, but if you look at Google maps, you'll see that there's only 1 road into the stadium. Leaving early hopefully means not having to wait in LONG lines.

Please feel free to stop by our BMWCCA tent. We'll be there signing up new members and gawking at cars all day :)

mcoupemindy
08-01-2011, 10:56 AM
Fredericksburg, VA: http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/showthread.php?t=552478
Richmond, VA: http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/showthread.php?t=552477

pseto
08-01-2011, 01:09 PM
Fredericksburg, VA: http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/showthread.php?t=552478
Richmond, VA: http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/showthread.php?t=552477

Thanks Jonathan. If I had the time, I would have coordinated all the caravans into 2 or 3 locations. Unforunately, every BMW forums has a few of their own.

BINGO
08-03-2011, 07:45 PM
Thanks. I am going to catch the caravan at the IKEA in College Park.

woodym3
08-03-2011, 08:39 PM
Since I have met a fair amount of these younger owners at various events - I'll make a few observations of what I have learned:

> There is much more of a focus of showing up to a show/display your car event. Really large events are considered far more desirable. The focus is on "hanging out" - which is the main draw.
> The idea of going on a track is not of much interest. A fair number of folks thought I was out of my mind (Disclaimer: There might be some truth to that)
> Modifying your car is a major interest. Most (not all) of these mods are for appearance...carbon fiber, aerodynamic mods etc.
> There is IMO a generational gap of interests


Alan

A friend (and youngster compared to me) who is involved with a display at Bimmerfest just referred to it as "that kids' show"

Bob
08-04-2011, 07:53 AM
A friend (and youngster compared to me) who is involved with a display at Bimmerfest just referred to it as "that kids' show"

Woody, I feel your pain, I couldn't tell a joke at volleyball last week, the youngsters(30ish),didn't know what a kamikazi was ! Its a rhetorical exercise, Why did the Kamikazi pilots wear helmets?

1996 328ti
08-04-2011, 08:03 AM
Woody, I feel your pain, I couldn't tell a joke at volleyball last week, the youngsters(30ish),didn't know what a kamikazi was ! Its a rhetorical exercise, Why did the Kamikazi pilots wear helmets?
Isn't that a drink?

Alan
08-04-2011, 08:40 AM
Woody, I feel your pain, I couldn't tell a joke at volleyball last week, the youngsters(30ish),didn't know what a kamikazi was ! Its a rhetorical exercise, Why did the Kamikazi pilots wear helmets?




http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y91/Eyesofsilver/620Missions.jpg

slick230
08-05-2011, 01:22 PM
Jim - Sorry for the late reply but since they already have meeting points set up I will be meeting up with other at IKEA in CP. I also noticed in a later post you will be as well.


howdy,
What time at Maple Lawn are you meeting ?

Jim
86 635CSI
88 M6

slick230
08-05-2011, 01:24 PM
From http://www.e90post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=562009...

For anyone from NoVa, this applies to you:
- Tuner1984 (white e90 M3) will be at Tysons II at 5:30am. Anyone from Nova who wants to drive with us feel free to meet him in front of Maggiano's (I believe). He will depart from Tysons II at 6 am to drive to Rockville, MD.

Meetup at Toys R Us Rockville by 6:30 am

Departure from Toys R Us Rockville: 6:45 am

Stop 1: Ikea of College Park.
Arrival 7:15 am
Departure 7:30 am
Stop 2: White Marsh Mall (Ikea of Baltimore). White Marsh, MD
Arrival 8:30 am
Departure 8:45 am
Destination: Ripken Stadium, Aberdeen, MD by 9:15 AM
Arrival 9:10 am

If you are coming, say what you are driving (model and color). We won't want to leave anyone behind.

Route to Bimmerfest East 2011:
http://maps.google.com/maps?saddr=Ty...ra=ls&t=h&z=12

pseto
08-06-2011, 04:01 AM
BIMMERFEST!!!! We're headed out to set up our space, see everyone there!

tmcneish
08-06-2011, 02:06 PM
The Board of Directors were hard at work signing up new Club Members...

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn71/surfnsand1/2011_08_06%20Bimmerfest/IMG_2680.jpg

tmcneish
08-06-2011, 02:08 PM
Great job to all the club members who volunteered to work the Bimmerfest event!!!

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn71/surfnsand1/2011_08_06%20Bimmerfest/IMG_2684.jpg

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tmcneish
08-06-2011, 02:54 PM
The Cars...

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John in VA
08-06-2011, 07:22 PM
Thanks for the pictures - looks like a great turnout. I even saw a pre-90 car!

pseto
08-07-2011, 08:20 PM
hopefully someone yelled at the owner of the white X3; what a poseur

woodym3
08-08-2011, 08:24 AM
Thanks for the pictures. My favorites were the pink engine cover items and the Newcastle Ale cold air intake. Makes me glad I was at Summit Point instead. I see two cars were there that get used properly - Steve Bassen's S54 E30 M3 Club Race car, and Jason Becker's Super Street Mod autocross M Coupe.

pseto
08-08-2011, 01:02 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Z8TS0XKe5k&feature=player_embedded



Slideshows:
http://s135.photobucket.com/albums/q155/mmalesic/Bimmerfest%202011/?albumview=slideshow

https://picasaweb.google.com/abheeksen07/BimmerfestEast2011?authuser=0&authkey=Gv1sRgCPfc77CdocyiCg&feat=directlink#slideshow

NY_98_528i
08-08-2011, 07:06 PM
It was a good event. I glad to have met a few of the chapter members! I got some great ideas for cosmetic improvements when the overtime gods shine on me! The down side about it was they had only 1 beverage/food stand and after standing at the end of the line for 15 minutes we moved only 10 feet. If I would have waited to get to the front, it would have taken 1 hour to buy a dog and water. This is something that should be addressed for next time!

pseto
08-09-2011, 01:19 PM
Official Bimmerfest photo gallery (I especially liked the 6th pic):

http://www.bimmerfest.com/bmw-photos/16/Bimmerfest-East-2011/