BMW Car Club National Festival 2015 at Gaydon

Date: 16 August 2015

Location: Heritage Motor Centre, Gaydon

 
 

Words & Photos by Henry Phull

 

If you frequent Slam Sanctuary, you’ll know that we are big BMW lovers and that hopefully means that you are too, because today’s article contains what I can only describe as pure bimmer porn. With hundreds of Volkswagen oriented events happening throughout the year, the BMW-only shows are scarce. With that in mind, the UK’s regional BMW car clubs do congregate annually for one big event, the National Festival, at the Heritage Motor Centre in Gaydon. Being one of the largest BMW gatherings in Europe, I was told it was not to be missed (again!) – with plenty of rare Bavarian metal on display that you just wouldn’t see anywhere else. From factory-fresh concours examples, to the complete opposite, with all styles of modifications on display and everything in between, it truly is a haven for any BMW addict. Being a massive enthusiast myself, I decided it would be the perfect final outing for my E24 635CSI before regrettably putting it up for sale. The venue itself was a perfect setting, with BMW’s parked up around the motor museum, and throughout all the grounds on any accessible patch of grass or tarmac. Well, I’ll let the photographs do the rest…

 

BMW’s brand new M4 taking prime position outside the motor museum

 

The E30 lineup was strong

 

 

E12 528i on BBS Style5′s

 

E34 M5 Touring w/RHD conversion

 

E30 M3

 

E24 635CSI

 

E24 M635CSI

 

E9 3.0 CSL

 

 

Nick Sahota’s E34 540i & E30 318i w/M60 V8 conversion

 

Henry Phull’s E24 635CSI on OZ Futura’s

 

 

Neil Patel’s E86 Z4 coupe on Rial’s

 

Sandeep Gill’s E30 325i ‘vert on Schmidt TH-Line’s

 

E30 M3 on BBS RS

 

F30 M3

 

E3 3.0Si

 

 

328 Roadster

 

E9 3.0 CSL

 

 

E10 2002

 

 

 

E28 M5

 

E30 M3

 

E30 M3 on BBS RS

 

Kash Virdee’s E36 on Hartge splits

 

Sumil Pancholi’s E39 530i on Air Lift suspension & Hartge splits

 

 

Edward Johnston’s E36 Touring w/S50 M3 conversion & Air Lift suspension

 

E34 Alpina B10 BiTurbo (535i)

 

Dips Amin’s ‘Ruby Red’ E46 M3 ‘vert on Air Lift suspension

 

Sam Le Fevre’s RHD-converted E30 M3 w/supercharged S54 & BBS LM’s

 

 

Bhups Gill’s E30 coupe w/M52 conversion & BBS Style5′s

 

F82 M4 on HRE P101’s

 

Phil Robinson’s E60 M5 on Rennen R10 X-treme concave wheels

 

Nicholas Pritchard’s custom built E91 M3 Touring on KW V3’s & 20″ Breyton Race GTSR-M wheels

 

Tej Bajwa’s E30 M3 & Rash Bajwa’s E90 M3

 

 

E46 M3

 

Grant Ross’ track spec BMW E46 M3 on Apex ARC-8 wheels

 

Jags Bath’s ‘Atlantis Blue’ E93 M3 convertible

 

 

F32 Alpina B4 & E39 Alpina B10

 

E36 M3

 

 

E46 M3 track car

 

 

E46 M3 track car

 

Evolve Automotive F82 M4

 

Sutherland Cars’ F82 M4 on Savini BM10 wheels

 

Thorney Motorsport’s F82 M4

 

ING Sport’s Z4 GT3

 

 

I8

 

E34 M5 Touring

 

E28 Alpina B9

 

E12 535i

 

Matt Clifford’s E31 840ci on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform LHR’s

 

E31 840ci

 

 

 

 

E23 735i (Alpina B10)

 

 

E9 CSL

 

Marsel Theodhori’s E28 M535i w/turbocharged M106

 

Tom Wrigley’s E30 325i cabriolet on Air Lift suspension

 

Ross Bradley’s E30 coupe w/6l twin turbo Chevrolet engine & Hartge splits

 

What a variation of BMW’s, right? I can’t believe that I’d never attended the BMW Festival before, but I won’t be missing it again. This is definitely a must for any die hard BMW fan or even for someone that’s mildly interested in them or thinking of buying a BMW. All sorts of styling can be found here and it’s also a great opportunity to find inspiration for whatever you are building or planning yourself. Plus, entry to the stunning Heritage Motor Centre museum is an added bonus and well worth checking out. My only criticism of the show organisation would have to be the catering… Two hot food outlets to serve the entire show (which was huge)… Queuing for up to an hour for food is not what we want. Otherwise, this is up there with my top shows.

 

More info on BMW Festival:

BMW Car Club website

Heritage Motor Museum website

 

 





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