Ok. I finally have time to deal with the photos from BimmerFest. As you may know, I went to SoCal for almost a whole month since the end of May. After the last final exam of my spring semester, exhausted but excited, I drove across the border to Bellevue, WA where I left my car, Hitomi, for trailer pick up. Hitomi arrived in Temple City, CA in the beginning of May when I was traveling in Asia.
Here, I need to say thank you to 1013mm for taking care of Hitomi when I wasn’t there, driving her from shop to shop for the reservations I made. By the time I arrived in LAX, my car was pretty much ready for pick up with new touch-ups: Velvet vinyl wrap on hard top by Impressive Wrap; Custom aluminium side steps and GT3-style diffuser by AeroFlow Dynamics; and “bagged” trunk set up by Air Ride Equipment.
Bimmerfest was the first show my car was attending in SoCal as well as the reason that brought me here again. Last year, I came down by myself with the intention of checking out bimmerfest at Rose Bowl stadium. During the week of stay, I went to lots of meets/shows and was amazed by the car scene here. I told myself when my car was done, I would take it here for shows and meet more car people. At that time, Hitomi was still Miss Blue with nothing but Vossen CVT and air suspension. Now she is consider pretty crazy since not many people modify E89. I am only taking one course online in the summer so it’s the best timing for both the car and I.
This year Bimmerfest moved to Auto Club Speedway. The track is huge and very high-speed. The show space was smaller than last year but the pit area was quite busy since there was a track event going on at the same time. I guess this fit both people who love shows and those who love racing.
May 23. Barely had any sleep but I had to get up at 6 for the early roll in. I was staying with the two blue BMWs which made my life easier because I didn’t need to figure out which route to take, following the locals is always the best. Met up with Impressive Wrap’s shop car, a silver wrapped Liberty Walk M4 , grabbed some coffee to wake myself up. Yes my car still has the “Canadian scent” because I didn’t get a time to take front plate off.
Courtney Wingfield’s E46 M3, my E89 Z4, John Zhang’s F30 328i, and Impressive Wrap’s M4.
John doing the last minute check, and we’re good to go.
Reggie was taking shot gun with me and snapped some photos of them in front of me. Rolling in by the gate, the feeling of being surrounded by cars I’ve seen from internet was so unreal. Although this may be nothing special for them, as someone who don’t see this often, I literally had a little fan girl building up inside me, haha.
Booth car roll in reminded me of “The Tadpole Looking for Mom”. We came as a line and find the booth we were in. Vendors were here way earlier to set up their booth. Thanks to 1013mm again for the hookup with Mod Bargain so I could be the only vendor car from outside the country.
It was raining a bit when we roll in. SoCal is unusually cold this year. I was freezing at the airport when I just arrived and all the clothes I brought were super Cali-styled. Consider last summer it was so hot all the time that I had to wear t-shirt and shorts all the time. But at this time, LA was even colder than Vancouver.
Mickey Andrade’s wagon was at Accuair’s booth last year and it was in a really catchy yellow wrap. In fact, before I booked the trip, I asked Accuair if I could be their vendor car at Bimmerfest this year and received their recognition but unluckily, they didn’t get a booth this time.
Liberty Walk M4 on TE37 Ultra from LTMW.
And yes, there was an AUDI at BIMMER fest… Last year, Rilber drove me to Bimmerfest in this and we parked outside the stadium. This year we both got widebody and both parked in the show area… It was here to replace Rolloface’s demo car which was still in body shop because of the delayed wide body.
Team Vossen made it! Drove over 2000 miles from Miami to LA, the car looks as rough as what it had gone through. 30 hours of non-stop driving, team Vossen always surprise us.
This Z8 was very well kept.
When people kept telling me to get TEs, this is probably what Hitomi will look like if I actually get them. White on blue TE. Too bad they don’t come in negative offset.
Looping through the show when people were still staging. John’s 328 was at Macin booth and Courtney’s M3 was at Bride booth, right beside each other.
I didn’t took any photo during the show because I was busy wondering around. Above was all taken before the show started since= I finished staging and cleaning Hitomi.
It was quite a chilly day which was a huge opposite as last year. And I got so hungry at the end of the show because I didn’t want to line up an hour for fast food… Overall, the show was great. My Cali dream started with last year Bimmerfest. Am I one step closer now?