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





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)





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