It’s been quite awhile since I last attended any gathering of any sorts even a family gathering for that matter. Nevertheless, since we’re invited I’ve made it a point to be there and be a part of the Bimmerfest 2013. The event was organized by BMW Club Malaysia, recognized and sanctioned by the International Council of BMW Clubs. Towards the weekend the hype was building up via social networks among the enthusiasts. Since Bimmerfest first started in California 14 years ago,I’ve been wondering whether the first inaugural Bimmerfest in Malaysia is as good as their counterparts in the country of Uncle Sam. Bimmerfest 2013 was held at the long stretch in front of the MOF (Ministry of Finance) building in Putrajaya. A number of Bimmer clubs were enthusiastic enough to convoy there and they came as far as from Penang and Johore.
Since we’re told to be there early, we made our way in my ol’ faithful early and arrived by 9 in the morning. There were already about 20 or so Bimmers of different makes parked at the stretch. While searching for the media registration, I was stumped to learn that the public were charged a sum of cash to be there. It was quite a shock as it was an open area under the hot scorching sun and there was no way anyone can ensure which of ’em have paid or not.
Almost an hour after 9, the massive convoy of Bimmers from various clubs all throughout Malaysia arrived at the venue. At first, it was all in control before more of ’em arriving and were stuck as the organizer were having their worst nightmare of arranging the cars. Nevertheless, with the help of a number of clubs of BMW Owners around Malaysia, Bimmerfest managed to get their name in the Malaysia Book of Records as the most BMW cars gathered at one place in total of 432 Bimmers that very day.
Since the countdown was held an hour after noon, a number of the cars were seen leaving the place as early as 11am due to the lack of activities held at the venue. To be honest, there was nothing to do for the owners and the public as well except for looking at all the Bimmers parked under the hot scorching sun.
Despite the sheer numbers of Bimmers present, it was quite disappointing as the organizer took the Concourse Competition lightly hence the winning was questioned by the crowd especially in the Rat Look category, where all the three winners didn’t even have a spit of Rat look visible on the cars. Here’s one and only Rat look Beemer that was there and it didn’t win any prize.
Nevertheless, it was quite an effort by the BMW Club Malaysia as they managed to rake in a number of exhibitors and sponsors as well as the support from the government. Hopefully, if there’s gonna be the next Bimmerfest next year, the organizer will step up and improve the game as it’s a waste to have all the support and yet failed to impress the owners as well as the crowd.
words: hage’ pix: Hazwan Najims