Thousands of BMWs pack Heritage Motor Centre for festival

| 21 Aug 2013

There was an excellent turnout of classic ’70s and ’80s machinery amid the hordes of more recent models at the BMW Car Club Festival on Sunday.

The E24 Register mustered a nice line-up of 6 Series coupés (below), but it was shaded by a combined E9 and E3 group that included the immaculate CSLs of Martin Wooler, Piers Reid and CS Register chairman John Castle – plus the ‘Batmobile’ replica that Brian Cook has owned since ’82.

The quartet of E3 saloons included the 3.0 SA of Costas Morfakis and the 3.3LiA of Graeme Lynch (on left in main image) – purchased new by the Saudi Embassy – plus the 3.0 Si pair of Nigel Gibb and Tony Wilkes, who bought his late-model Sierrabeige car last year (next to the LiA).

“I had one years ago in Germany and had been looking for another for a long time,” Wilkes explained. “Barney Halse of Classic Heroes told me about this one, which must have been among the last sold in the UK. It was made in December ’76 and registered the following year. We’ve been to Austria in it since I bought the car and it was our wedding car in Italy. My parents drove it down to Lake Como and we drove it back. Dad now wants another one as well.”

On the subject of which, BMW specialist Munich Legends brought a superb, just-recommissioned 3.0 Si, with just 34,000 miles on the clock and up for £10,995. “We’ve spent £5000 on the brakes, fuel lines and so on to get it through an MoT test,” said general manager Stuart Draper, “but it’s absolutely solid underneath. It’s one of the nicest we’ve seen.”

The selection of 2002s featured the lovely ’75 1502 (on right below) that Pat Maloney has owned for 30 years: “The last time I freshened her up was in ’97; it’s surprising how the time flies. This time I’ve overhauled the brakes and had new bushes fitted on the front suspension. Those had been on from new!”

Alongside was the lovely ’73 Polaris (silver) touring that Tim Cook from Colchester – who sells Fords for a living – bought earlier this year.

The only Neue Klasse was brought by 02 Register stalwart Selwyn Frostick.