It’s the largest BMW event in North America. It’s like the holy grail of automotive events. If you’re in to euros, you’ve heard of it. Iiiiiit’s Bimmerfest – and it’s this weekend – and we’re totally going.
For the first time, this Southern California-based event is taking place over the course of two days instead of one. Personally, this will be my first attendance, but from what it sounds like (per friends and fellow people of the internet), there is plenty of things to do to keep you busy.
Fontana’s Auto Club Speedway is completely transformed to make way for the plethora of BMWs that roll in, featuring areas for show cars, a “Battle of the Bimmers,” a designated heritage corral, a road course challenge, a mobile dyno, vendors, giveaways, a bunch of food trucks, a beer garden, and more. The events’ entry fee is $30, but there’s additional charges for the other activities.
Toyo Tires‘ “Battle of the Bimmers” show competition is an additional $30 to participate in. There’s a couple cool, odd-ball categories open for judging on top of some of the usual, like a female-only modified category and one for those under the age of 25. If you are down to put your Ultimate Driving Machine to the test, though, Bilstein‘s Road Course Challenge will cost you an additional $199 per day. Speed Ventures has reserved Auto Club Speedway’s oval track, and it will be open to everyone, whether you are a first-timer or a pro. There are unlimited runs, so we would imagine being able to get plenty of seat time.
Here’s the cool bit; those sporting a Bilstein decal while on the track get some perks. The first driver to prove they have a 3G car (meaning they pulled 1 lateral G, 1G braking, and 1G accelerating) gets a 100% free set of Bilstein shocks. We’re in.