We teased our BimmerFset West 2016 coverage with quick articles on some of our favorite M3 and M4 from the event, as well as a handful of vintage BMW that stole our hearts. Now for your viewing pleasure, we submit our other 130 snaps of everything we caught on the first day of the all-Bimmer affair.
And speaking of the first day, 2016 was the first time the car meet/track day was held over two days instead of just one, Saturday May 28th and Sunday the 29th, continuing with the event’s growth pattern that saw BimmerFest West leave the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., and relocate to Auto Club Speedway in Fontana last year. BimmerFest also added an East Coast event in 2015, which returns to Raceway Park in Englishtown, New Jersey, this July 30th and 31st.
As one might expect, we witnessed tons of M3 and M4 at BimmerFest West, but it didn’t take much digging to find standouts – some M, some non-M – beyond what we documented in our earlier pieces. E30 seem to be the go-to 3 Series generation for out-of-the ordinary builds, from the guy with the pickup truck conversion to Corey Hosford’s Pandem widebody convertible, to the person tracking their E30 with a sheriff’s vehicle livery. There were also a couple E30 wagons (Estates? Touring?) among the crowd, and super kudos to the guy who was whipping his E21 around the speedway’s roval. We also caught the Toyota 2JZ-powered E46 in the vendor village, and while not a 3 or 4, the super-clean lowered E12 5 Series in Optima booth was definitely worth beholding.
An event dedicated to BMW and its fans would be remiss without honoring the brand’s motorsports efforts and heritage, so there were a few race cars on display throughout the vendor area. On the official end of things, BMW dusted off a handful of classic racers for BimmerFest, namely the GT2-class E46 M3 GTR driven by Hans Stuck, Boris Said, and Bill Auberlen at Petit Le Mans in 2001, one of RLL Racing’s Z4 GTLM that ran in ALMS and the United SportsCar Championship, and a very rare McLaren F1 GTR. Others included Liqui Moly’s E36 touring car, the King’s Auto Body E46 club racer, Evolution Racewerks time attack 135i, and Essa Autosport’s 750HP Z4, which debuted at the event and is also prepped for time attack.
We had a fantastic time at BimmerFest West 2016, even though we could only make one day of the event. Dig into the gallery to see what you missed, and for more coverage take a look at our Facebook Live video of the parking lot and vendor row – there are some chestnuts in there!
TOYO TIRES BATTLE OF THE BIMMERS WINNERS
BimmerFest West 2016, Auto Club Speedway, Fontana, CA
1. Mishel Keshishian – 1989 E30 M3
2. C A Cardenas – 1989 750iL
3. Brandon Sybico – 1989 325i
1. David Stillwell – 2002 E46 M3
2. Marc Norris – 2001 M3 Touring
3. Ben Salajean – 2011 328i
1. Michael Honari – 2010 135i
2. Miguel Torres – 2007 335i E93
3. Ramiro Sangco – 2006 E60 5 Series
1. Elizabeth Stairs – 2010 M3
2. Felix Lyubovny – 1988 E30 M3
3. Ray Almendralejo – 1988 E30 M3
Benjamin Gutierrez – MINI Cooper S R53
Levon Akopyan – 2007 Z4 M Coupe
Maya Honari – 2008 BMW M5
BEST OF SHOW
Danny Salazar – 2001 E39 540i
HIGHEST MILEAGE BMW
Miguel Hernandez – 1989 328i with 400,000 miles on the odometer
FURTHEST DRIVEN to BIMMERFEST
Costa Mellios – E34 540i FROM Fort Saint John, British Columbia (2,093 miles)
FURTHEST TRAVELED to BIMMERFEST
Jos McKeelen from Romania