The 9th of September saw the BMW Car Club host their annual Concours d’Elegance event, and this year we were hosted by Silverstar Casino who kindly gave us the use of their facilities throughout the day. Aside from a cold reception from the weather early in the morning, both the sun and spectators were out in full force by the time the gleaming selection of Bavarian Beauties were in place.
There are very few events on the BMW Car Club calendar that get both competitors and bystanders this revved up about cars without the cars doing any of the actual revving, and with almost 30 cars entered for concours and a further 15 on display, we had a great turnout for 2018, we also had the use of the big outdoor display where a selection of the year’s club events was played out for spectators.
Most of the members who took part are hardened concours veterans, but we were happy to see a number of new faces too and the variety of cars on show had something to please just about everybody, starting from a 1968 2002 Alpina Replica all the way up to an immaculate 2006 E60 M5.
A selection of crowd favourites like the E31 8 Series and E30 325is models were all also in attendance and there is no other event on the calendar where you can see practically showroom condition examples of rarities like an original E23 745i, E28 M5, E34 M5, E30 M3 and Z3 M Coupe parked side by side.
Outside of the enclosed judging area were a further selection of the latest models from BMW, such as the new X3 and X4 SUVs, kindly displayed by the Clearwater BMW dealership. There were also some beautiful classic BMWs bookended by an M1 supercar and a cute and immaculate Isetta bubble car.
BMW South Africa supplied both the last 3 series as well as the very first X3 to be built at the Rosslyn plant.The M240i and M760Li were also showcased.
Preparing for an event like this often takes many days of hard work and the level of effort some entrants had gone to was simply astounding. This only made the judges’ tasks all the more difficult as they agonised over each point to ensure that the final scores were as fair as possible. At the end of the day, and after much robust discussion between the judges, Robin Sadler’s time warp Z3 M Coupe took the best M trophy of the day and scored a very close second in the d’Honneur category to Raveen Ramlakan who must surely have the cleanest 325is in the country.
Other notable vehicles include Paul Casson’s 1972 E9 3.0 CSL which took the Best Classic Coupe Trophy and Yusuf Dinath was handed the d’Elegance trophy for a very neat 1983 E12/8 518i. Even the Show and Shine category was fiercely contested and Paul Slade’s E10 2002 narrowly beat a very clean and low-mileage E46 M3 for the win.
Taking such immaculate care of these classic BMWs is something that benefits not only the owners but helps carry on the passion for the brand for future generations. These cars will in time be passed on to other enthusiasts who we hope will continue to preserve them and display them for all to enjoy. Thanks again to all those who took part and attended, and we hope to see you all again next year.
Thank you to our sponsors for the day – Clearwater BMW and Clover and of course Silverstar Casino.