Bimmerfest 2016 at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California was even better than we expected. We went with the intention of meeting with some of our California-based suppliers and visiting with BMW friends, with our main goal being to simply enjoy the show. That’s exactly what we did.
From the double-lane row of cars backed up almost to the Speedway entrance when we arrived, it was obvious the BMW enthusiasts were out in full force for Bimmerfest 2016. With the number of cars that were on display, parked, and in line to get in, it was easy to understand why California is the state we ship the most parts to.
Bimmerfest West: SoCal Car Culture At It’s Best
The SoCal car culture was a bit different than what we experience on the East Coast, but it was still 100% awesome, and it gave us a great feel for what our customers like and want. Beyond just the cars on display, the regular parking lot had an equally impressive display of great BMWs from every generation. And Bimmerfest isn’t just about show cars, though there were plenty to see; there were also track day events, autocrosses, and time trials. The BMW USA and Heritage display was really impressive, and we never get tired of seeing the old PTG M3s, let alone the mighty McLaren F1 GTR.
We barely had a chance to get around and see everything on Saturday, but we did get to spend some time filming with OPTIMA Batteries, and we spent a ton of time at MagnaFlow’s full transport display helping to answer all the questions about their 100% American-made BMW exhaust systems. We also got the opportunity to show off the new MagnaFlow F82 M4/F80 M3 Performance Exhaust System that stunned quite a few people with how well it transformed the otherwise dull sounds coming from the BMW S55 Twin Turbo engine. It’s a great looking system, and it’s easily the best sounding exhaust available for the new M3 and M4 – hands down!
This was our first time as Bimmerfest West attendees, but it definitely won’t be our last. We had a great time with all the great people and BMWs, and we’re already looking forward to the next one. We even managed to sneak away and get a few photos, so take a look at the Bimmerfest gallery below to catch a glimpse of what we saw.