- Sixth Annual Motorfest
- X-Tour: Search for Bigfoot
- Gallagher Auto Spa
- Maryhill Loops Rally
- 55th Annual Rose Cup Races
- Vintage SIG Garage Tour
- Wine Country Tour
- Portland Vintage Racing Festival
Our first Garage Tour was held in June and we had a great time. What is a Garage Tour? For many of us, the garage is where we spend quite a bit of quality time. Most SIG members have projects, or are just trying to keep their older ride on the road. We spend time tinkering, fixing and cleaning. So it seems fitting that we’d like to have some club members over to check out our space, and spend some time hanging out in the garage. Most of us also have special test drive routes that are especially nice to drive after doing some work on the car. We try to incorporate those routes into the tour from one garage to another. That’s what it’s all about: driving our cars, and a good excuse to hang out in a garage.
On this tour we went to Buck and Alex’s house, followed by Connor and Elizabeth’s. We started by meeting up at Starbucks for SIG C&C, then proceeded to Buck’s. Buck picked out the route, taking us along the Wilsonville Road, which was a fantastic road to drive on. Buck led the drive in my euro e24 and I followed in his e30. It was my first time driving an e30, and I really enjoyed it. It was also fun to be following my car, and to see what it looks like from the outside instead of from the driver’s seat.
Buck and Alex have a great view of the Willamette Valley from their house, and have plenty of parking. We dined on delicious snacks, and enjoyed some time hanging out. One of the highlights for me was the pictures that Buck had in his garage showing cars that he has owned, starting with an e21 – back when he still had hair!
From there we headed over to Connor and Elizabeth’s. They have a super cool house and shop. Connor runs Vintage Autobahn from there, and has lots of 2002’s and other great cars. Ironically, we did not have a single 2002 on the tour. We had a great time looking at all the old 2002s, a 2000, a VW bus, e21s, a Willys Jeep, e30s, and lots of hard to find parts.
The bar was definitely set as far as food goes. They provided a wonderful BBQ, included lots of salads, fruit, cheeses, burgers, and (drum roll) bacon wrapped brats. Yes, I said bacon wrapped brats! We had a great time hanging out checking out all the old cars and car parts.
I think I can speak on behalf of everyone who attended by thanking our hosts for an awesome day. Buck and Alex, Connor and Elizabeth, thank you for sharing your places with us! Thanks to Tyler Um for the awesome photography.
Our next SIG activity is meeting up at Peter’s Hobby Shop in Wilsonville on 8/29. Please see the calendar for more details. Our next Garage Tour will be on 9/26. Let’s hope for a nice crisp autumn morning with no rain.
The Portland Vintage Races were held from July 10th to July 12th and weather could not have been better. The car corrals were down but the overall attendance was up. That’s a good sign as interest in the races is improving again. Seeing vintage cars race each other around PIR is a thrilling event for all ages. There were many changes this year and when it was all said and done, there were a lot of happy smiling faces for all those that took part in the festivities.
Jaguar and Land Rover were the title sponsors and their presence did not disappoint. Jaguar brought 7 F-Type S’s for autocrossing. They also brought famous race car drivers like Roberto Guerrero for instruction while you get to drive the course! Some people were disappointed that they didn’t get to drive their own car on the autocross but everyone was impressed with the power and handling of the F-Types. And you don’t have to buy new tires and brakes afterwards!
Land Rover brought Range Rovers to the dirt track to show what they can do. Many people, including yours truly, had never taken a vehicle to such extreme angles and rough terrain. The off road capability of these vehicles is impressive.
Our BMW CCA corral was impressively professional this year. Our President Dan Hones made up large flags with our redesigned logo which looks like it came straight from BMW. Inside the flags in front of our tents, we presented the i8, the halo car of BMW. Jon Taylor of Salem BMW brought the car to display, and he opened it up for everyone to have a seat. That is a first, for access to this great car. When it came time for the parade lap around the racetrack Jon handed me the key and said take it out! So with a huge smile on my face I led our group for a spirited ride around PIR. Vince Manley was right behind me in his beautiful 3.0csi. The sentimental favorite this year was Dave & Cheryl McIntyre’s newly restored VW Beetle. When Cheryl was born she was brought home in the car and Dave beautifully restored it. Scott Welch brought is E21 320is, which is the 3er that started it all. And my personal heartstopper this year, was a 1973 2002tii in Inca Orange. Paul Winterton drove down from Vancouver BC to attend the races and join our corral. There were many other amazing BMW’s from vintage to new to be impressed by. It’s an impressive sight. On both days we had a BBQ lunch for everyone in our corral.
I don’t know what changes will be in store for next year but I’m happy about the support our club gives to this amazing event. I want to continue to grow the participation in this amazing weekend and I hope to see you at next year’s Portland Vintage Racing Festival.
Check out all of the photos from this event in the gallery!
On Saturday, May 2, an intrepid group met at Raptor Ridge Winery on the northern slope of Chehalem Mountain to begin an all-day wine-tasting and fun-driving adventure. The tour drew folks from all around the area, including Zack and Sabrina who made the run up from Bend in their sharp silver Z3 M Roadster. Brian brought out his low-mileage captivating blue E34 M5. Bruce and Barb rolled into the lot in their pristine white E36 M3 coupe. Folks began to assemble, the sun was out, and it was sure to be a fine day to drop the top or slide open the sunroof.
With spectacular weather and abundant sun our host Brandy opened the large glass overhead doors of Raptor’s beautiful modern building and began pouring at 11 am. We enjoyed tasting fabulous pinots and Reislings while taking in the vineyard view from the open terrace. Then Buck passed out… maps… and after a driver’s orientation the group assembled for the first leg of the drive up to Bald Peak State Scenic area.
Leisurely twisting our way along Mountain Top Road afforded long range views to the Chehalem Valley, the Red Hills of Dundee, and the Coast Range. We arrived at the view point and assembled the cars into a giant crescent of BMW-ness for a panoramic photo op. Every era and style was represented: Wendie and Chris’ cheerful turquoise E10 2002, Rick and Linda’s stunning red E24 M6, Mark’s elegant silver E39 538iT sport wagon, and Gary and Rae’s sleek white E89 Z4 retractable hard-top, just to name a few. Much to everyone’s confusion Buck and Alex arrived in Cory and Nancy’s uber-sporty interlagos blue E86 Z4 M Coupe, and they pulled up in Buck and Alex’s comfortable-yet-capable sapphire black E60 535i. The cat was out-of-the-bag and the swap was revealed. Like parents, both parties were proud of their new acquisitions, yet looked lovingly on their previous progeny.
Having satiated everyone’s desire for a nice view and “family photo”, we departed and picked up the pace through the twisties down to Newberg and on to Dundee for our second stop. We knew we were in good company at Panther Creek when we saw Dale’s imola red Z3 M Roadster out front, and Christie and the gang poured out some more liquid goodness for our sampling pleasure. We then rolled down into central Dundee to the Red Hills Market just a few blocks away. Turns out there was a “wine event” going on in town and the market was packed. Nonetheless the crew served our hungry group quickly with creative sandwiches, pizzas, and goodies.
Though the possibility existed everyone would need a nap after two wine stops, lunch, and sunny weather, they were nonetheless ready to roll. As we were heading out, Anh and Carlos surprised us and joined up for the ride to Carlton. (Anh has been in DC with her new job, and we miss them!). It doesn’t take long to get into the roller-coaster hills above Dundee. Whoop-de-does, sharp plunges, and banked twisties are sure to excite any driver. The 1 series cars of Janette, Dan and Susan, and Susan and Phil are perfect corner-carvers! After the fast descent into the Chehalem Valley we enjoyed some more bucolic (alcoholic?) scenery and fast sweepers down Laughlin Road and the run to Carlton. We admired John’s graceful 335i as it glided effortlessly through the sweepers.
We pulled into the parking lot at Carlton Cellars and somehow no less than five E46 3 series convertibles ended up next to each other… Karen’s, David and Michelle’s, Vince and Missy’s, Carl and Tamara’s, and Drew and Corina’s. This sparked an immediate photo op with about 10 “directors” figuring out how to get the cars properly arranged. Once photographic nirvana had been achieved, our host John led us through a lovely express flight and discussion of the wines. We then walked around to the Kramer Vineyard tasting room where Sarah poured out their famous sparkling wines along with delightful non-fizzy vintages.
Undeterred the crowd launched forthwith for the very pretty run through Yamhill and back to McMinnville. Historic 3rd Street is both scenic and historic, and rates as one of America’s favorite main streets. Joslynn at the Terra Vina tasting room poured out bold, velvety Washington blends. It’s a good thing we didn’t start with Terra Vina! Also a good thing is that Gem Creole Saloon and La Rambla Restaurant were a short walk down the tree-lined street. Most of the tour group were in for the long haul, and having built up yet another appetite quickly occupied our two reserved tables. Folks raved about the gumbo, chicken, oysters, and jambalaya at Gem and the creative Spanish tapas dishes like braised pork, sautéed clams, coconut shrimp, and flank steak at La Rambla.
We couldn’t have asked for better weather, company, roads, wine, and food! The wine country is vast and there are many opportunities for future wine tours with all new routes and stops. Stay tuned for the next one! Cheers, Buck.
With a driving tour through the West Hills, extravagant car show, and raffle with many great prizes, there’s no better place to be than the Sixth Annual Northwest BMW Motorfest!
The featured automobile this year: M models
All featured models have reserved parking, but space is limited and you must register online to guarantee a spot.
Location will be Golden Valley Brewery in Beaverton, Oregon, and the festivities will begin around noon.
This year’s categories are:
Get that Bimmer shined up and show it off! Awards will be presented immediately following the raffle.
FOOD, DRINK, MUSIC
Our host, Golden Valley Brewery, will provide a full lunch and beverage menu throughout the entire event, and our DJ will ensure there’s never a dull moment.
Enjoy a cold one out in the lot as you check out nearly every generation of BMW or relax in one of our additional shaded areas this year and stay out of that scorching sun!
Registration is $25 per vehicle and includes:
Also available for purchase will be the signature Motorfest pilsner glasses.
Spots are limited to 150 this year — so don’t miss out! Bring your friends and family and join us for an afternoon full of Bavarian fun!
9:30 AM Drivers Meeting
11:30 AM Food and Entertainment
Golden Valley Brewery
1520 NW Bethany Blvd
Beaverton, OR 97006
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Many refer to today’s youth as the digital generation. Our new Club Photographer, 14 year old Tyler Um is living proof. His short clip of Motorfest last year could have been a segment on Top Gear and his photography is featured throughout the latest newsletter and on this site.
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We had another great season of spirited racing at Sykart Racing Center.
Congratulations to this year’s winners!
Thanks to all who came out and participated this year. It is a very fun way to spend the winter months and stay involved with friends from the club. We hope more members will join us next year.
We also introduced our new perpetual trophy, the Kart Cup. It has last year’s winners included already and will soon have this year’s winners added. Check it out in the photos linked above.