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BMW Car Show Santa Pod

 

By John Thorne – Thu, 02 Oct 2014 17:05

After the rain of last year is was great to see some sunshine for 2014 and with the new class structure the show had one of its best attendances yet. The show still needs some more trade stands but for those who attended the events on offer were pretty impressive, drift shows, stunt shows and try your own hand at drifting were all popular.

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This year the trade show show was a little bigger but of course the club stands were the best bit with a good turn our from the BMW Car Club and numerous on line web clubs, great to see such a variety.

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Bilstein Handling Circuit

The main events were the Bilstein handling course and the dragstrip. The handling course, sponsored by Bilstein, was pretty tight with one longish straight followed by a couple of sweeping corners, a roundabout and then a few very tight turns, it was ‘busy’ and certainly tested the cars suspension abilities as well as tyres, a good time was under 40 seconds with the fastest time of the day winning a full suspension kit from Bilstein.

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The majority of the entrants were in 3 Series or M Sport cars but there were prizes for every class so we chucked the X5M around for a laugh, was great fun.

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Winner on the day was Ronald Bitmanis in his E30 325 Sport which won him a full suspension kit from Bilstein and remap from us.

Drag Strip

Then onto the main event, the drag strip. This we the classes were separated into the different BMW models, this generated a little confusion in some of the entries (we had an F10 M5 enter as an M Sport car normally aspirated for example) but generally the classes worked well.

Class Name Car 1/4 ET 1/4 MPH 1 Series Barry/Carl
11.84 119 1 Series Heinz 135i 12.5198 116.86 1 Series Dominic 135i 12.6479 111.95 1 Series Taninder 135 13.1398 109.24 1 Series Ryan 135i 13.1505 107.69 1 Series Richard 135i 13.263 105.93 1 Series Andrew 135i 13.3198 107.81 1 Series Samuel 135i 13.3864 107.04 1 Series Henry 135i 13.4038 103.58 1 Series Carl   135d 13.4153 106.67 1 Series Gordon 1M 13.6824 101.88 1 Series Mark 123d 14.4358 95.68 1 Series Dougie 130i 14.4614 96.65 1 Series Alex  115d 15.699 88.22 1 Series Mark 120d 15.9895 88.03 1 Series Nick 120d 16.0717 85.85 2 Series Martina 2 Series 12.9421 108.19 2 Series Bobin        235 13.0351 105.96 2 Series Thomas 2002 13.8474 93.52 2 Series Russell 2002 14.0933 97.96 3 Series Andre  E46 10.4325        3 Series Paul 340 11.2811 122.09 3 Series Antony
12.65 115.67 3 Series Alex 335i 12.9651 111 3 Series Pagastieva E36 12.9692 120.58 3 Series Charles 335i 13.158 110.44 3 Series Dan E30 13.1801 104.32 3 Series Adam 325i 13.1923 109.52 3 Series Ben 323i 13.1955 107.68 3 Series Chris E92 13.2035 106.67 3 Series Dane E92 13.346 106.29 3 Series Chris 335d 13.3817 105.45 3 Series Steve E46 13.405 106.03 3 Series Alex E36 13.4578 106.43 3 Series Clarke 318 13.4955 102.59 3 Series Adam 335i 13.5579 103.13 3 Series Sean
13.7011 105.46 3 Series Ross 335d 13.7068 103.52 3 Series Seb 335d 13.7461 104.08 3 Series Matthew E36 13.7576 101.65 3 Series Alexander 335i 13.8656 101.89 3 Series Ali  335d 13.9782 101.45 3 Series Alper E46 14.0537 99.87 3 Series Marc 335 14.0585 99.88 3 Series Robert 335 14.0783 102.13 3 Series Sergej 330cd 14.1196 98.54 3 Series Roy 335i 14.1554 101.06 3 Series
14.2011 101.64 3 Series Michael 318i 14.2235 96.1 3 Series Julian 325i 14.2487 95.5 3 Series Arjuna 335i 14.2672 100.6 3 Series Matthew E90 14.276 100.16 3 Series Wayne 330d 14.3084 97.35 3 Series Dane 1602 14.3211 96.92 3 Series Chris 328i 14.3376 95.7 3 Series Pouilas 328 14.3822 96.52 3 Series Matthew 330 14.4198 98.99 3 Series
14.4735 94.9 3 Series Darius E30 14.487 97.14 3 Series Chrissy
14.5035 98.84 3 Series Wes 318i 14.5048 98.85 3 Series Alistair 330d 14.5655 96.28 3 Series Alex 330d 14.5991 92.94 3 Series Jason 330d 14.6942 93.71 3 Series Callum 3 Series 14.727 98.77 3 Series Muammer E36 14.7938 93.13 3 Series David 328i 14.8624 93.9 3 Series Daniel 325i 14.8927 93.68 3 Series Emir 330ci 14.8937 96.65 3 Series Ivan E21 323i 14.9393 92.94 3 Series Kenny 330ci 15.0498 93.46 3 Series Loucas 328is 15.1005 93.67 3 Series Tyrone 323i 15.1449 90.69 3 Series Nathan 328i 15.1721 91.21 3 Series Justinas 3 Series 15.363 89.08 3 Series Scott 330 15.4039 92.37 3 Series John E30 15.4539 97.54 3 Series Adam E36 15.5782 91.41 3 Series Mark E46 15.6159 90.7 3 Series Stephen 330ci 15.6923 89.27 3 Series Michael 328 15.7104 87.7 3 Series Osualdas 330ci 15.727 87.86 3 Series Charlie 325 15.8285 87.54 3 Series Rhys 325i 15.8639 87.35 3 Series Wayne 323i 15.881 88.22 3 Series George 330ci 15.9917 88.39 3 Series Martin E46 16.0337 85.22 3 Series Stefan E36 16.0402 90.5 3 Series Andrew 2002 16.1109 84.9 3 Series David 2002 16.1363 85.05 3 Series Joe 328i 16.1611 88.21 3 Series Tim 320d 16.2185 87.2 3 Series Telmur 325ci 16.2554 85.23 3 Series Steve E36 16.2986 85.54 3 Series David 325 16.5501 82.74 3 Series Richard E30 16.686 82.13 3 Series Rafal 320 16.9442 83.95 3 Series Gavin 325ci 16.9792 83.03 3 Series Reg 320i 17.1038 81.69 3 Series Darren E30 17.1362 83.33 3 Series Charrice E36 17.3119 81.53 3 Series Panayot E90 17.5164 76.29 3 Series Mike 318is 17.5986 79.52 3 Series Gavin E3 17.6271 79.95 3 Series Steven 323i 17.7108 78.97 3 Series Kevin 318 17.8696 76.18 3 Series Nicholas 318i 18.51 74.41 3 Series Chris 318 18.582 73.6 3 Series Max 316 19.3932 71.29 3 Series Len 328 21.5577 47.75 3 Series Alvin 320i 23.1624 60.14 3 Series Naeem E21  29.4847 24.81 5 Series Amer
12.0935 119.6 5 Series Andrejus 530d 13.5054 104.08 5 Series Anthony       M5 14.1007 101.65 5 Series Robert 535d 14.4314 98.58 5 Series David Alpina b10 14.5006 95.65 5 Series Paul 530d 14.5997 99.25 5 Series Andy 5 Series 15.0736 96.27 5 Series Jonathan 540i 15.1116 94.65 5 Series Wez 525d 15.3093 91.77 5 Series Adrian 530d 15.3387 90.34 5 Series Krzysitof 740 15.9872 89.77 5 Series Winston 525 16.0116 89.6 5 Series Evavdas 530d 16.4738 84.74 5 Series Antony 530d 16.5477 83.8 5 Series Tomas 520d 16.5954 85.87 5 Series Svajhuas 528 16.6144 86.19 5 Series Sam E39 16.7409 87.54 5 Series Livic E39 16.781 82.42 5 Series Michael 258i 17.8935 58.73 5 Series Timor 525i 18.0127 73.12 5 Series Tomas 520d 18.1227 74.35 5 Series Paul 520 18.6041 72.54 6/7 Series Konrad 750i 14.5971 97.28 6/7 Series Allan 730 14.782 93.31 6/7 Series Krzysztoiz 740 15.8405 89.42 6/7 Series Robert 730i 17.9306 80.81 6/7 Series Matthew 730 17.9491 81.54 BMW Bikes Carl
16.8682 77.35 BMW Bikes David
17.7908 73.8 BMW Mini Harvey Cooper s 13.8655 102.59 BMW Mini James Cooper s 14.5072 96.45 BMW Mini David JCW GP 14.5453 100.08 BMW Mini Tyrell Mini 14.5774 95.5 BMW Mini Damien Cooper s 14.8088 96.72 BMW Mini Michael Cooper s 15.0667 94.08 M Series Forced Induction Jason M5 11.9583 122.23 M Series Forced Induction Dominic M3 12.4358 118.26 M Series Naturally Aspirated Andy M5 13.0378 113.07 M Series Naturally Aspirated Steven M3 13.0753 108.46 M Series Naturally Aspirated Daniel M3 13.4253 105.3 M Series Naturally Aspirated Christopher M3 13.6064 100.97 M Series Naturally Aspirated Sunil M3 13.6106 107.81 M Series Naturally Aspirated Wlodkowuli M5 13.6589 103.49 M Series Naturally Aspirated Chris M3 13.6612 102.58 M Series Naturally Aspirated Paul M3 13.6709 102.66 M Series Naturally Aspirated Paul M3 13.8134 100.5 M Series Naturally Aspirated Richard M5 13.8906 102.57 M Series Naturally Aspirated Phil M3 13.9021 102.11 M Series Naturally Aspirated Matt  M3 14.0446 100.38 M Series Naturally Aspirated Lee Z3M 14.0723 101.06 M Series Naturally Aspirated Jamie M3 14.0823 100.16 M Series Naturally Aspirated Paul M5 14.123 101.19 M Series Naturally Aspirated Steve M3 14.1248 99.64 M Series Naturally Aspirated Dane 1602 14.1355 97.49 M Series Naturally Aspirated Paul E46 14.1474 99.43 M Series Naturally Aspirated Phil M5 14.2274 100.74 M Series Naturally Aspirated Nick M3 14.2404 101.05 M Series Naturally Aspirated Mark M3 14.2532 101.42 M Series Naturally Aspirated James M5 14.299 99.69 M Series Naturally Aspirated Anthony      M5 14.4677 96.87 M Series Naturally Aspirated Wayne M Roadster 14.5324 102.41 M Series Naturally Aspirated Arkaolusz M3 14.5431 99.28 M Series Naturally Aspirated Barry         M3 14.5858 100.81 M Series Naturally Aspirated Andrew M3 14.6375 96.65 M Series Naturally Aspirated Kynda M5 15.0776 74.28 M Series Naturally Aspirated Paul M3 15.4627 93.91 M Series Naturally Aspirated
18.0547 68.69 X Series Rajbeer X5 15.0831 92.37 X Series Gultinder X5 15.3474 90.33 Z Series Gary Z3 13.9482 102.81 Z Series Brian Z4 14.0951 98.6 Z Series Duncan Z3 15.0006 90.52 Z Series Hazel Z3 15.0726 90.13 Z Series Lewis Z4 15.208 91.97 Z Series Sezer Z4 15.8477 87.35 Z Series Zbtnek Z4 16.0234 89.8

With the overall winner of fastest BMW on the day being Paul Bareham in his Three Series V8 which won him a brake upgrade from Performance Friction and a remap from us as well as the title of Performance BMW Magazine Fastest BMW award.

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We had a bit of fun as well seeing how our modified X5M compared with our track E92 M3, the X5M has 600bhp and AWD but it 2700kg, the M3 has the lower weight of 1600kg but only 450bhp.

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Well the X5M trounced the M3 three out of three, not helped by my inability to launch it very well but even on the one time I did get a good start the X5M was just too powerful and got the power down just too well, was great fun though.

Next year the plan is for more of the same, a bigger and better handling course, same BMW classes and more trade stands, should be fun.

To see all the pictures from the day as well as a short video go to Santa Pods site here:

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Of course thanks to the shows sponsors on the day, Bilstein for the help in creating and running the handling circuit and Performance Friction Brakes for the Drag Strip.

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