• May 24, 2010
Bimmerfest 2010 – Click above for a high-res image gallery

Bimmerfest is billed as the celebration of being a BMW enthusiast – but to most it is simply the world's largest BMW event held in North America. After starting as a small get-together at a BMW dealership in Santa Barbara just over a decade ago, the show has outgrown all of its venues... until now. The 2010 show, its 11th annual event, was held at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena this weekend. Thanks to strong online forum support for Bimmerfest, this year's show was packed with thousands of BMW models covering decades of production and dozens of vendors peddling accessories. If you have a Roundel on your hood, it's worth the trip (some drove from as far as Alaska and Florida just to attend).

The best part of Bimmerfest – and the reason we enjoy the show so much – is that nearly every single BMW at the show is privately owned. Sure, BMW North America brought some cars to display (among them an X6 M and a 7 Series Alpina B7), but the diversity and customization of the owned cars meant no two were alike. We weaved our way through hundreds of freshly detailed 3 Series and 5 Series models to find dozens of real gems. Our favorites included the race-bred E30 M3 models, a sweet BMW Z8, and a rare BMW 850CSi six-speed manual. Check out our gallery to find some of your favorites.



Photos by Michael Harley / Copyright ©2010 Weblogs, Inc.


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      • 4 Years Ago
      E30M ftw.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'll take the keys to that M Coupe, tyvm!
      • 4 Years Ago
      VF Engineering's E92 is really awesome.
      • 4 Years Ago
      What, no E24 love? I saw one, and it wasn't even a full shot...that's the car that got me into Bimmers
      • 4 Years Ago
      It seems like the guy with the olive drab widebody is in the US military himself, but still...it stills seems to me that adorning the car in german luftwaffe livery would have been more apropo. Then again, I've seen P-10 warthog "grins" on that famous rusted E30 and a olive drab datsun truck and it looked perfect.
      • 4 Years Ago
      That poor Beemer with the green interior. Someone needs to either save it, or burn it to the ground.

      ..
      • 4 Years Ago
      wow, BMWs can be just as ricey as Hondas!
      • 4 Years Ago
      That 1802 was SWEET.

      I think that might have been one of my favorites that I saw.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Did Studie show up? They have some sick rides
      • 4 Years Ago
      Just so you guys know, the car pictured here: http://www.blogcdn.com/www.autoblog.com/media/2010/05/bimmerfest77.jpg was not awarded any trophies by Bimmerfest. Just about everyone clowned that car and driver for coming to the show in that joke. Otherwise it was a great event!!
        • 4 Years Ago
        *phew*.....then I guess there is a god!

        mr. "xplizit" should be eaten by crocodiles..that would be a fitting end :)
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yea, FYI for everyone making RICE BMW comments. WE CAN'T KEEP THEM OUT. We really want to, but we can't. That guy was in my caravan. >:-( Only 10-15 cars in our group, no one even talked to him. Unfortunately, the blue propeller (or winged Mini / Rolls Royce badge) and $20 is a guaranteed admission. The trophies in front of the car aren't from Bimmerfest... he brought them with him from some rice-fest.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I spotted only 1 M5...
      • 4 Years Ago
      A great event, a pleasure to have been there =)
      • 4 Years Ago
      More pictures of the matte red one, where is the BMW 850CSi ?
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