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      09-23-2013, 01:49 PM   #23
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Lambertville is 10 minutes down the road from me....could I get put down as a maybe?
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@chich, I take you down as a definitive, you'll see why ;-)
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Exclamation Update: Time/Location, Route details, Barbecue, Head-Count and Watch Raffle

Dear All,

Here is an important update with a lot of details about this Saturday, September 28:

1) Catering

I am happy to report that I will sponsor a really nice BBQ catering at our destination in Princeton. Here is an excerpt from the menu that you will see:
  • Angus Beef Burger with Variety of Custom Toppings Including, Chipotle Ketchup, BBQ Mayo, Fried Onions, Aged Cheddar, House Pickles, Lettuce & Tomato on a Dutch Potato Bun
  • All Beef Kosher Frank, Signature Onion Sauce, Polish Mustard, Ball Park Pickles, Shredded Iceberg Lettuce
  • Grill Roast Chicken with Honey Dijon Glaze (Bone in Quartered Free Range Chicken)
  • Dry Rubbed BBQ Pork Ribs with Smokey Pit Sauce (BBQ Sauce is Added Per Order)
  • Classic Potato Salad, Boiled Egg, BBQ Peppers, Parsley, Savory Dressing
  • Whole Grain Penne, Garden Vegetables, Sweet Basil, Roasted Tomato Dressing
  • Mixed Greens, Apples, Walnuts, Cranberries, Red Wine Parmesan Vinaigrette
  • Far East Red Grain, Tomatoes, Red Onion, Feta Cheese, Olives, Rice Wine Extra Virgin Olive Oil

2) Locations and Group Cruise/Race Route

Not only did the Princeton municipality not allow for us to BBQ on the rooftop of their downtown garage. We will now also be too large a group to do anything downtown (we could still spontaneously decide to all drive through Palmer Square for ice cream afterwards ;-)

That is why we have a slightly modified final destination with much more space and easier access.

Starting point: Parking lot of the Lambertville Station, 11 Bridge St, Lambertville, NJ 08530
Meeting time: 10:30am, please note: no food or drinks provided at this meeting point
Cruise start: 11:00am sharp as afterwards the parking lot will start charging a very high fee
Cruise Time: Approximately 30-35 minutes (or as quick as 20 minutes ;-)
Destination: Parking lot of 103 Carnegie Center, Princeton, NJ (right off of Alexander Rd. at Rt. 1)
Start catering: 12:00 noon at Destination
End time: 02:00pm

Here is a link (http://goo.gl/maps/dXnlv) as well as a quick map of the route. I will give a quick debriefing about the route at the starting point because I suggest that for nicer roads and better scenic drive, we take a slight detour from the signs that you will see. We are following Rt. 32 all the way Mt. Eyre Rd. Before we enter onto I-95, I suggest that we quickly do a flying regroup so that we could head onto the Interstate as one close group of cars. Depending on total car count, we can either stop and consolidate at the parking lot on corner of Taylorsville Rd. and Mt. Eyre rd. or if less cars, simply line up on the long shoulder stretch that leads on exit 51A to I-95. That way, we would be lined up like pearls to all hit I-95 together.

The changed course to our final destination now also gives us some nice parallel time heading North on Rt. 1.

Attachment 917304


3) Head count

Here is the updated list of confirmed participants from our fora. If you see yourself here and you know that you won’t make it, please let me know:

1. Acedaking
2. ajvee
3. akh23456
4. andrE92w
5. AWM3ME2
6. BIG~BLUE~BMW
7. chudak18
8. cprx7
9. E90M3-SG
10. Elaz
11. FLOSS M
12. (H)
13. Hoonigan
14. jeshie7
15. Johndong888
16. KKS53
17. L4ces
18. NPM3
19. nujabes24
20. RingMeister01
21. SROC5
22. Trip3's
23. chich

Now, here is the amazing news: I ran into fellow ///M enthusiast Roxanna at BMW of Princeton today and she confirmed that she will have her entire gang (25+ ///M cars, mostly from PA) join. That means that if things go well, we will be about 50 cars total.

Since we have to calculate supplies for the catering, please make sure to post or PM me your confirmed participation no later than Thursday, September 26.


4) Watch Raffle

Now if you were diligent to read through all of this up to here, this is the reward. Maurice Lacroix (www.mauricelacroix.com) will sponsor a watch sample raffle. At the final destination, each participant will have the chance to answer three questions. The three participants that answer most correctly (the questions will be quantitative), will receive a Maurice Lacroix watch from their Miros sample collection, each valued at an MSRP between $1,200 and $1,500, see pictures below. If there are more than three correct sets of answers, the watches will be raffled off amidst these answers.

Attachment 917318 Attachment 917319 Attachment 917320

5) Add-Ons

I am still working on the coding service. I expect that to be available at a charge but cannot yet guarantee that it will happen. I am also still working on a photographer, again probably at a charge of individual professional pictures of your car are concerned. However, most photographers that I have contacted so far, have said that the bright and hard midday light is not ideal for car photography. Even if these two services don’t fall into place, I think we will have a fun event.


And last but not least: Weather is forecasted to be superb: Sunny at 72°!
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      09-25-2013, 04:25 AM   #26
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Yet again a newsflash: v12 has indicated that he would be willing/interested to join in for all comprehesive coding services on our cars. Confirmation and update to follow soon.
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Is this still on for tomorrow?
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      09-27-2013, 03:04 PM   #28
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Is this still on for tomorrow?
The weather is looking solid so I believe so. I haven't heard otherwise.

Looks like turn out will be very good, looking forward to meeting some new people
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Thumbs up Final Update for exciting Meet and Drive Event tomorrow

Dear All,

This is a (preliminary ;-) final update for tomorrows event.

1) Weather: Awesome lower 70 and sunshine all the way. Bring your shades as we will be cruising facing direct sunlight for quite a while

2) People: Awesome turnout of no less than 50 ///M cars (across all series) if everybody that confirmed with me truly shows up.

3) Food: Awesome BBQ for free for everybody.

4) Fun: We will raffle off three luxury Swiss watches (for details see previous posts)

5) Service: We will have BMW car coding service on the destination premise (coding takes between 20 to 45 minutes per car and is subject to service charges)

6) Media: Please all bring your GoPro's, DSLR, iPhones etc. and let's make this into a pix and video frenzy. I will bring my equipment and will see to shoot some pix for everybody to share.

Totally Psyched,
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      09-28-2013, 08:04 AM   #30
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Darn nice day for this! Get up and wash yours cars.
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      09-28-2013, 05:24 PM   #31
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Tremendous turnout guys! Thanks to (H) for the EXCELLENT food and company! Definitely have to do this again!

I wanna see those pics!
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Yeah (H),

Great job on the organizing of this event. The food was great and a wonderful group of people.

Someone suggested that we (whoever a willing) should wear tags with our forum names. I wouldn't mind.

Let's do again!
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      09-28-2013, 07:30 PM   #33
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      09-28-2013, 08:44 PM   #34
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Yeah (H),

Great job on the organizing of this event. The food was great and a wonderful group of people.

Someone suggested that we (whoever a willing) should wear tags with our forum names. I wouldn't mind.

Let's do again!
LOL... Damn right on the name tags, Jeff.
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Thanks so much for everyone to come out. RingMeister01 was sorely missed. Working on those pics, takes a lot of time to tune.

I did that stupid GoPro mistake again: Pressed twice, ended up with footage of my lap instead of the cars and the road. Arrrgh.

Should be able to post a plethora of media by tomorrow night the latest. Just want to honor those people's privacy that asked to have their license plates scrambled etcetc.

What do you all think of a charity auction or something to collect funds for than front lip that went airborn on 95 ;-)

H

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The meet was a blast H, can't wait to do it again soon.
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      09-29-2013, 01:43 PM   #37
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Was a great meet great run great food (H) your the man thanks for all!!!!!looking forward to those pics.
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      09-29-2013, 07:09 PM   #38
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Here's a teaser pic from one of the go pro videos I got...still working on editing the video

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@chich: I can't wait to see it. I should have the picture report up tonight and wanted to do a second post with videos. Should we combine.
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front lip

Thanks H for organizing this event and minus me loosing my front lip it was a perfect day. At least you have some pics with it on the car for memory and a charity auction or petition to have Vorsteiner send me another lip sounds great! I look forward to attending future meets as all guests were great company! Cheers.

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Smile Pictorial and detailed report of Central NJ Meet’n’Cruise’n’BBQ, September 28th

Somebody really needs to teach me how to properly post so that everybody sees it. I feel so bad crossposting all over the place. Admin, so sorry!


Dear All,

First, I want to say thank you to all of you who came out to join us in Central NJ for this event. It was only as good as it’s participants, hence: It was awesome! It is clear that we have to repeat this on a bigger scale in the not too distant future.

Overall, we had a turnout of 48 people showing up with a total number of 39 cars, only four of which I counted as not being ///M cars. The majority of the ///Ms where E90/92/93 with a couple of E46ers in between. The F10 ///M5s were in the clear minority and we had one F12 ///M6 showing up decked out in all the BMW individual has to offer. It was a beautiful array of cars. Later I learned that I hadn’t done my research properly for the date. There were three large car events going on that day on the East Coast and I am sure we would have had an even better turn out without them.

The weather was absolutely perfect, sunny with scattered clouds in the lower 70s. The streets were perfectly dry and but for a bunch of leaves that had started falling over the past days, free of debris (well, almost, more to that later).

I arrived in Lambertville at 9.45am after checking the entire route one more time for any unforeseen eventualities. The streets were clear and despite a local harvest festival, traffic was perfect for the cruise. To my great surprise, I learned that the parking lot at the Lambertville Station is not free (whenever I would go there before, it was). The attendant asked for a $20 charge, which briefly let me to assume that the entire event would fail before it even started. I quickly negotiated a deal with the manager and we were clear for free parking for all the bimmerpost members.

Shortly thereafter, @Elaz and wonderful company arrived in a beautiful E92, all the way from New York City as the first car. Him, his lady as well as the drivers of the next two cars were greeted with a little goody, a cool ML base cap with heavy embroidery (you can see Elaz proudly sporting that cap in the pictures below). It didn’t take long and the rest of the gang trickled in, one car at a time until Roxanne and a couple of additional ///M3s joined last.


We started at 11am sharp. My attempt to block traffic for all of us exiting the parking lot to the left failed miserably as a local wannabe cop kept on yelling at me that I can’t just block of a public street. Well, as expected, this left turn as well as the left turn at the next stop light after the Lambertville Bridge across the Delaware river crossing into Pennsylvania pulled the field apart into two major groups.

Off we went down the beautifully tree lined Rt. 32 along the river, perfectly curvy and with slight ups and downs. It was a blast, well, until we hit a Chevy Traverse that crouched along at 28mph. On a straight, I passed the leading car and the Chevy snail and tried signaling him to pull over to clear the way. I think I freaked the two grandparents out and of course they didn’t know what to do other to continue their course at an even slower speed. At the stop sign in Washington crossing, I simply blocked the way with my car to prevent further spreading apart of the first pack. But for one impatient fella, the oncoming traffic was understanding and had their fun seeing and hearing (!) the army of E92/93 roaring by.

I thought I had made it crystal clear that everybody has to take a right at Mt. Eyre Rd in order to avoid going all the way through Yardley. I guess I didn’t. So the first eight or so cars followed me and we ended up waiting as planned on the shoulder leading up the ramp to I-95. I had planned it that way foreseeing that the field would be torn apart on the local roads. The very wide shoulder starts way before the ramp and there are several additional lanes so I was convinced that combined with the discipline of our drivers just waiting in their idling cars, we would be safe. So we were.

After a good quarter hour, the larger half of the group came heading towards us from the other direction and closed into the trail with an elegant U-turn. We were ready to launch onto I-95.

What a BLAST!!! We were getting into formation on the Delaware Expressway Bridge and as soon as 95 opened up to three lanes, there was no holding back. That was when it happened. I was the second car in the field and only fellow @dubz25 ///M3 convertible in front of me with a very nice large but as it turned out lose Vorsteiner carbon fiber front lip. At about 85mph (luckily we were just accelerating up the hill) the thing came of, we drove over it to make sure that it would adequately scatter into pieces (;-) and everything came flying my way. The lip went over my car and the rest splashed around my fenders. As lucky as I was I was only concerned about the following vehicles who might not have seen things coming. But as it turned out, all our experienced drivers were able to avert a situation, nobody got hurt and no car got damaged. Felt like DTM for a moment ;-)

The rest was just pure FAHRFREUDE. We stepped on it on 95 and had a couple of very nice stretched at higher speeds. It is just so much fun driving together with a large group of ///M cars on a highway with little traffic to interfere and with perfect conditions. Open sunroof (or window if you don’t mind) and the sound is as exhilarating as the feeling of getting pressed into your seat whenever you touch the accelerator ever so lightly. We made it to Rt. 1 within minutes and had another fun four miles on four lanes of Rt. 1. I am sure we caused confusion and excitement to quite a number of by-drivers (is that the correct moving form of by-standers?).

When we arrived at the destination parking lot just off Alexander road, the BBQ station was already up and the grill was warming up. We lined up (not so neatly to German standards) and got out of the cars to discuss the trip, the front lip incident, to inspect our cars, share a laughter of relieve when we realized that nothing bad had panned only to then dwell on the couple of cars that totally got lost in Carnegie Center. Only minutes later we heard their exhausts screeching in.

We shared delicious, freshly prepared food. The ribs (14 racks) were gone in no time. Everybody praised them, mine weren’t exactly falling of the bone so I moved to a deliciously juice burger. There were dogs and Cajun chicken too as well as an assortment of homemade salads and pasta dishes. I didn’t really care about the food too much as I wanted to get as many pictures taken as possible (ended up taken over 400 pix, only 78 of which you get to see below). While all that was going on, @v12 helped some drivers getting their cars coded or installed hardwiring for their radar detectors. Excellent service.

The “official” part of the event ended with the watch raffle, where three drivers won a $1,100 Maurice Lacroix sample watch each as well as the mandatory group shot. We had a lot of fun taking that shot as you can see.

As cars started driving off, we had a good hour of parking lot runs, some of which I tried to capture on my GoPro (to be shared in a separate video post). Marco (did I get the name right?) gave us a brief lesson in doughnut baking at which point I though the time had come for the West Windsor police to show up. But it was only topped by a number of really cool runs up and down the completely deserted lot.

By the time, everybody had left, I smelled like BBQ, gasoline, rubber and pure joy and had a huge smile on my face. Again, thank you all for this wonderful day. Thank you also to @RingMeister01 for being such a great role model in putting meetings like this together.

In awe and major anticipation of the next event,

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P.S.: Please pardon my “interesting” writing style. After all, German in my mother tong and this is all weird Krautsalat to me.

P.P.S.: When getting down to finishing up the pictures, I realized that the work actually began after the event. Is there anybody around here that can share professional car photography wisdom?

P.P.P.S.: I had what I thought would be an awesome drive by clip on I-95. But it turned out that I cannot properly operate my GoPro and I ended up filming my pants rather than the cars. @chich, I can’t wait to see your GoPro footage. @chich had mounted the camera on the outside of his decked out E90 (beautiful car!).

P.P.P.P.S.: I have all the pictures below also available in high res. If any of you wants the picture of their car in higher res, just let me know and I can send it to you.



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Nice meet! Would have been nice to go but went to the local bmwcca concours show instead.
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