The Gathering of the Heritage Recap

“Field of Dreams”, by C Bouchez

July 27, 2014 Cedar River Park, Renton, WA

The sun was out, the wind was gently blowing, the field was green, and at 9:30, a stream of very well prepared BMWs flowed in for the 34th annual “Gathering of the Heritage” formerly known as the Concours d’Elegance. Board member Brandon Kelly orchestrated an interesting and successful version of our annual car show. Brandon decided to group cars by years rather than E number. This allowed attendees to see the variety of BMWs that were produced during ten-year blocks of time. BMW owners from Washington, Oregon, and Canada filled the field for a really spectacular display of cars. BMW Seattle brought out an i3 and a new M4 for all of us to see. It was a great opportunity to see two very different cars, one with an M-Powered engine and one with a large battery pack and a frame constructed with carbon fiber. We are fortunate to have Peter Gleeson bring his rare cars from his collection: two 3.0CSL, one an Alpina and one a full batmobile. Keith Fournier brought his beautiful E30 M3, a perennial crowd favorite. There was also a small herd of 8 Series that graced the field this year.

There were five class winners representing the ten-year blocks of BMW production. See the table for a list of all the winners. The Best of Show car was a 2002 M5 owned by Dante Morelli. This car was very well prepared and is a daily driver. The Featured Car Award, which was sponsored by Hagerty Insurance, went to a very nice 1970 2800 CS owned by Steve Bernischke. Finally, the Preservation Award sponsored by Griot’s Garage went to Vince Mancey for his pristine 1972 3.0 CS.

This event cannot take place without generous support and contributions from our sponsors. BMW Seattle remains an important sponsor of this event by providing the glass trophies and donating a BMW Cruise bike. DirtFish Rally School offered a half-day Introduction to Rally driving and Griot’s Garage provided a Dual-Orbital Machine Polish and Wax Kit, two very generous donations. The LeMay Family Collection gave two passes to view the amazing collection of automobiles. Bancheros Glass and Etching provided the event trophies and etched stemware.

Finally, this event cannot happen with someone being the organizer and making it all happen. Brandon Kelly worked countless hours to bring together a very successful event. Of course, the many other volunteers who help lay out the field, park cars, work the registration tent, judge the cars and collate score cards make this event our premier event of the year. Thank you all for your continued support and participation in this event.

See you next year!

Steve Libby