2015 Gathering of the Heritage


Hello fellow club members! As you probably noticed, there was not a write-up for our annual Gathering of the Heritage event in the January/February issue of Zündfolge. I apologize, but it was because we have been working on some even better refinements for this year’s event, and I wanted to make sure things were in motion (before sharing).

Are you ready?

This year, we are making the Gathering of the Heritage an entire weekend event!

Saturday we will host our more exclusive Concours event, followed by the more casual Display event on Sunday. Mix in a tour, dinner, great conversation, and of course, the beautiful cars, and we have quite the weekend planned!

Are you excited yet?

Concours Event on Saturday, July 25th, 2015

Venue change On Saturday, July 25th, we will have our Concours d’Elegance event (as part of the Gathering of the Heritage weekend) on Mercer Island at the Sculpture Park. We have worked with the Mercer Island Parks Department to gain full usage of this park, and will also have closure of the adjacent streets.

Restructuring of judged classes This year, we will be aligning our classes more closely to the BMW CCA National standards. Here’s the breakdown:

  • Vintage / Classic  Isetta, 328, 504, 507, 700, 1600-2000 4-door, 1600-2002, 2000 C/CS, E3 Sedans (Bavaria, 3.0S), E9 Coupes (2800 CS, 3.0 CS), E21 3 Series, and E 12 5 Series.
  • Second Generation = E30 3 Series, E28 5 Series, E24 6 Series, E23 7 Series, and E26 M1.
  • Third Generation = E36 3 Series, E34 5 Series, E32 7 Series and E31 8 Series.
  • Fourth Generation = E46 3 Series, E39 5 Series and E38 7 Series.
  • Fifth Generation & Newer = E87 1 Series, E90 / E91 / E92 / E93 3 Series, E60 5 Series, E63 6 Series, E65 7 Series, and F30 Series.
  • X Cars = All years/models of the X1, X3, X4, X5 and X6.
  • Z Cars = All years/models of the Z1, Z3, Z4 and Z8
  • i Cars = i3 and i8

Note: There are only five spots available for each class. To ensure that your entry is secure, please register as early as possible via our Motorsportsreg.com event page.

Awards will consist of 1st, 2nd and 3rd in all classes, PLUS a participation award for the Feature Car, PLUS vendor/sponsor awards (Best Preserved, etc.). There will not be a People’s Choice award at this event.

Entry Cost Similar to last year, the pre-registered entry cost for judged cars will be $60 (per car), with day-of-registration being $80 (per car). Due to field / venue limitations, there will be no Display component (meaning all attendees not entering their car to be judged will need to park in the adjacent Park-N-Ride structure).

To register your car to be judged, please go to our Motorsportsreg.com event page.

Featured Car This year, we are not going to have a certain Series, or age range, be the featured car class Instead, we are simply going to have ONE “featured car” front-and-center. This will be a significant car.

Sponsors As always, our biggest event sponsor, BMW Seattle, will be in attendance, along with some of the latest BMW models.

Stay tuned for more details in our next issue of Zündfolge!

Following the Concours Event: After the countless hours preparing your car for judging, there needs to be something more (for enjoyment) – agreed? After all, BMW is the Ultimate Driving Machine, so why not appreciate that aspect too? That said, shortly after the awards ceremony, our Tour Director (Ed Walker) will lead interested Concours participants (as well as interested attendees who parked nearby) on a tour around Mercer Island and beyond. This allows us to actually enjoy our cars in their element.

The tour will end at a restaurant (yet to be determined), where we can all sit back, relax over some dinner and drinks, and converse about the day. Because if there’s one thing we all enjoy about our club, is that it’s full of great folks with even greater stories!

Wait! We’re not done yet!!

Display Event on Sunday, JULY 26th, 2015

One of our clubs’ best social events (that is always “busting at the seams”) is our Burgers & BMW’s event at the Triple XXX in Issaquah (in late-May / early-June). One of our National club’s best events is the Legends of the Autobahn event in Monterey, CA (during car week in August).

Well, that said, on Sunday, July 26th, at Cedar River Park (in Renton), we will be having our Display event (as part of the Gathering of the Heritage weekend). But this won’t be just ANY display event, because we have reached out to our fellow local Porsche, Mercedes-Benz and Audi car clubs, invited them out (and have received unanimous interest), and plan to FILL that park!!

The details are simple; there will be music, vendors, raffle items, food options, and a plethora of German cars to view.

Stay tuned for more details in our next issue of Zündfolge!

In closing, I hope the above information was enticing, and that you’re as excited about this year’s Gathering of the Heritage weekend events as I am!! Stay tuned for more details in our May/June issue of Zündfolge, and as always, if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Thank you!

Brandon J. Kelly, Gathering of the Heritage coordinator