This year's fourth annual Bimmerfest East event descended upon the foothills of the Berkshires at Lime Rock Park, Connecticut. More popularly known to hosting large motorsports events with its 1.53-mile road-racing track, Lime Rock Park played host to the Rolex Vintage Festival Presented by BMW for Labor Day weekend. As a new event to the venue, Bimmerfest East, which is dedicated to enthusiasts of late model BMW's served as a perfect compliment to the weekends events. The scenery of green rolling hills, perfect weather and the high energy of a charged enthusiast crowd of all disciplines set the tone for what was to be a very enjoyable day. The majority of the cars in attendance were E36 and E46 platform 3 Series cars with a few scattered E85 Z4 Roadsters, E36/38 Z3 Roadsters/Coupes, a couple E31 850i and one E38 740i. However, there was a very strong representation of immaculate E30 M3's and a dozen or so E39 M5's. Also to my delight, were a couple pristine classic BMW's. The first was 1972 E9 platform 3.0 CS which appeared to have a Hartge appearance package. There was also a couple of finely restored 2002ti and tii's and a three-wheeler BMW Iseta from the late 1950s. However, the car that stole the show for me was from BMW tuner, Hartge. The 1985 E28 H5S is one of 25 cars imported to the US. This custom ordered unit from the factory included a fully redone Hartge M30 3.5 liter engine which consisted of bigger valves, a 298 degree camshaft, oil cooler, high compression pistons and custom head work giving up 240hp. In stock form the M30 engine normally rendered 180hp. (1) The BMW tuning scene in the US has always emphasized tastefully subtle yet expressive styling while enhancing performance to the highest levels. Superchargers were somewhat common while it seemed carbon fiber trim as an interior accent is on its way out. No matter what your tastes Bimmerfest East is a must attend event for die-hard BMW enthusiasts of all disciplines. Hope to see you there next year. _________________________
(1) "Three for the Road", The Roundel, Jan 2002

RimPro Presents Bimmerfest East 2003: Back on Track