‘Heroes of Bavaria’ | 19 May 2017 | BMWCCA in South Carolina
I just want to preface this piece by saying my entire life has changed since attending this exhibit. Ever since my youth, I’ve had an emotional reaction to automotive beauties, but I can now proudly say that real tears streamed down my face as I walked in between the aisles of these automotive legends.
It was the closest to Heaven that I’ve ever been
After parking my Bimmer amongst its elderly brethren, I strolled over to the BMWCCA registration tent, only to be welcomed by two immortalized Bavarian entities: the 1936 328 Roadster–the first one I have ever seen in person–and the 2014 E89 Z4 GTLM, which I have displayed all over my bedroom. [I was the weird girl who grew up with car posters in her room instead of posters of boy bands, but I embraced my weirdness. Besides, it’s obvious which captured content looks better with age].
When I first walked inside of the garage, I was overwhelmed by the surfeit of beauty before me: an array of BMW race cars covering the span of the century, from the ’65 1800 Ti/SA to the 2011 E92 M3 GT2. My expression was frozen in this half-smiling/half-crying-out-of-sheer-joy look, but I wasn’t embarrassed; my heart and soul were having a reaction, and I could not contain myself.
Step after step, I grew closer to those divine masterpieces assembled by God Himself and raced by ordained legends. When my eyes landed on the white ’81 M1, the floodgates reopened.
I was surrounded by pure, unadulterated artistry. With a simple pivot, I went from facing a 1986 GTP to gawking at an immaculate 1992 E30 M3. And by swiveling my head to the left, I could drool over the 2000 BMW Formula 1 beast lying in wake in the corner of the room.
Just outside of the exhibit, attendees from all over the United States piled into the designated parking lots. By noon, the display outside was almost as impressive as the racing gods in the garage. An army of vintage BMWs, mainly of the E30 persuasion, surrounded the facilities, and it was announced that they were collectively the largest gathering of vintage BMWs at an event in US History.
‘Heroes of Bavaria’ was a life-changing, record-breaking event, akin to the greatest artworks known to man all on display for the world to experience at once. I could hardly catch my breath as I tried to soak in the glory.
This was not merely a car show, it was a car revelation–a spiritual awakening for BMW enthusiasts. It was a place for strangers to become friends, a place for the community of cars and humans to intertwine and thrive.
On my drive home, I had to resist the urge to turn around and attempt to talk my way into taking the sensational M1 for a cruise (not a promising outcome to that verbal plead). It’s been a dream of mine to sit behind its wheel and take it for a proper spin, but for now, I can only ogle at it from outside of its cockpit and hold onto the hope that I will–one day–feel its pedals on my feet, the shifter knob in my hand, and the release of its wild power on the asphalt ahead me.
These Bimmers were engineered to excite and innovated to impress, encouraging their drivers to grab life by the wheel and never look back.
Thanks be to God and to the wonderful people at BMWCCA who organized this event. Your efforts have impacted the world of Bavarian beauties for the rest of time.
Here is a list of the BMWs that were on display both inside and outside of the garage:
- 1994 BMW e36 320i Super Touring
- 1994 Bmw e34 m5
- 1965 BMW 1800 Ti/ SA
- 2002 Formula BMW
- 1982 BMW-March Formula 2
- 2000 BMW-Williams FW22-02
- 1990 BMW K1 Motorcycle
- 1956 BMW Isetta 300
- 1972 BMW 2002
- 1972 BMW 2002 Club Racer
- 1974 BMW 2002tii
- 1975 BMW E9 3.5 CSL GRP 5
- 1973 BMW E9 3.0 CSL GRP 4
- 1972 BMW E9 3.0 CSL
- 1972 BMW E9 3.0 CSL
- 1981 BMW M1 GROUP 4
- 1981 BMW M1/C
- 1986 BMW GTP
- 1999 BMW V12 LMR
- 1977 BMW E21 320i Turbo
- 1987 BMW E30 M3
- 1992 BMW E36 Me GTS-3
- 2011 BMW E92 M3 GT2
- 2014 BMW E89 Z4 GTLM
- 1936 BMW 328 Roadster
- BMW E92 M3 Track car (TC Kline Carbon Coupe Orange)
- Ray Korman’s BMW 325e