For the second time this year, we were invited to be a part of the BMW E39 Club UK stand. This time the event was the BMW Festival at Gaydon, the home of the British Motor Museum.
The BMW Festival is hosted by the BMW Car Club at the British Motor Museum at Gaydon.
The E39 Club stand was once again “King of the Hill” with the cars overlooking the main show arena. There were over 40 E39 on the stand of all different models, Alpina, M5, Pre-facelift, Touring and everything you can think of. In all there were over 45 E39 on the stand. It must have been the biggest club turn out behind the host club.
There were many clubs in attendance as well as a compere through out the day along with an Oom-pah band. A number of trade stands kept our wallets open. Attendees were also free to walk around the Motor Museum and Historical Collection buildings.
The weather turned out great and we had a fantastic day out. I have to say that I love going to the shows and being a part of the club stand. It’s great to meet and put faces to the people we talk to on the club Facebook group and always a good opportunity to catch up, swap stories on the trials of E39 ownership, get some advise or help and maybe even pick up a bargain from a club member.
So looking forward to the show season next year and hope to get to more meets and shows, including Vanity which I missed out on this year.
To Radu and the club admins and mods, Thank you very much for all that you do and putting together the club stands. It is very much appreciated.
For nearly a year I had been waiting for the 2017 BMW Show at Santa Pod. The girls in the house had no interest in going to the show with me but I thought it would be great to have a run out, see all the fantastic cars and get some ideas for small mods I could make to mine. Sorry, not in to the lowering thing after being bone rattled to death in the wife’s lowered New Beetle, just want some simple style / tech mods. I was also saving my “pocket money” for all the trade stands that I would be running up to saying “here, take my money, give me everything”. I finally managed to talk my youngest daughter in to making the trip with me, on the promise that she had control of the stereo in the car. I know, that was a stupid thing to agree to.
So with a month to go to the show I bought the online tickets. Yay. We were going. Now, to keep off eBay and buying stuff as I will surely get it cheap at the show with their show discounts and offers.
Anyhow, a week before the show I received a message from Radu of BMW E39 Club UK asking if I would like to have my car on the stand at the show. Would I? Do bears poo in the woods? How fantastic would that be. OMG. Awesome. (and other such words that I have been learning from my daughters). Of course, Radu. That would be lovely. Thank you. See you there.
When the tickets dropped through the letter box a couple of days later I was literally jumping around the house in excitement. Not only was I going to the show that I had been waiting nearly a year to go to but my car was going to be on a stand at the show too. How frickin’ (nope, that one is not one from the daughters, thankfully) awesome is that !!!!!!
The day of the show arrives and it is an early start to meet up with the convoy to drive to the show. A 6am meet at the services just south of Chesterfield on the M1. The motorway is really quiet at that time on a Sunday morning.
After meeting the first couple of cars to go down (Stefan, Mike and Vicki and their friend in a 740) it was off to the next stop, in Leicester.
As we were a little behind on time the journey to Leicester was a little quicker than I imagined. I am the one on the motorway at 70mph with the cruise control on, in the left hand lane. I think that this was the first time my car had been in the right hand lane under my ownership. It did seem to like it and really did want to have a little charge with all those horses. (I spent the two weeks after this part of the road trip waiting for a letter telling me I had some points. Who knew there were all those speed cameras on the gantry near Nottingham these days).
After meeting a few more cars at Leicester it was off to our next stop outside Northampton. A longer stop this time followed by a sedate drive through the country roads and villages to Santa Pod.
Now, if you remember, I had given over the stereo to my daughter. What ensued from Northampton to Santa Pod was Spotify on repeat playing the song Convoy. I still catch myself singing that song in my head weeks later.
When we arrived at Santa Pod it was great to see the crowds and to be entering the venue as part of the convoy. It’s experiences like this that make the day one never to forget.
The BMW E39 Club UK stand looked awesome and the bacon butty’s, burgers and hot dog’s being cooked on the stand really were making us hungry. The packed lunch I had made for us didn’t last long.
To see our stand with 50 E39 was really impressive. I’m sure it must have been the biggest club stand at the show.
We spent our day looking around the other stands and watching the cars on the 1/4 mile. I wasn’t going to take the car on the 1/4 mile. I’m sure the car would have loved it but I don’t think the beige leather seats would have stood up to what they may have had to endure if I had been behind the wheel. I have much admiration for all of you that did take a ride down the strip.
I have to say that the trade stands left a little to be desired. I expected more traders. At least I saved some money.
We are already looking forward to next year. Thinking of taking the trailer tent next year and going down on the Saturday and making a weekend of it.
Thanks Radu for inviting me to join the stand and for putting it together. It was a great day and very much enjoyed and one I am sure myself and my daughter will speak of fondly for many years to come. 🙂
PS. And I still came home with those bloody door cards. Could not give them away, even tried giving them to BM Spares trade stand for nothing and they wouldn’t take them. They ended up in the skip after I took off all the fixings to save for spares.