8 Fest and Annual Show & Shine | Melbourne Cup Day
6 November 2018
8 Fest 1, despite weather most suited toward Melbourne Cup goers, the first Australian 8 Fest had a great turnout. We had Chris Halliday drive down from Brisbane while Drew Herbert also from Brisbane flew in and out within 24 hours. In all we had 16 cars and thanks to all who displayed cars and made it possible. Eric Holton, Personal collection Manager for Lindsay Fox, gave up his day to bring the bosses 23,000 klm 850 Csi which was one of just two six speed manual car at the event. Clarence Tang also attended in his deep blue 840 manual.
The event saw V8's and V12's in all states of repair, most finished and Road Registered, at least one on the Club Permit Scheme and Con's 98 Individual (on trade plates for the day) which is awaiting a start on body repairs. Con bought this one at auction with the intention getting it back on road and is currently collecting parts for the rebuild.
Judged Best 8 at the show was David O’Dwyer’s immaculate Calypso Red 840 which also took out People's Choice Award. Well done after so many years of being pipped at the post by cars that have the advantage of high kilometres. Higher klms means extra points so that everyone has a chance.
We also had a fantastic array of other BMW’s and were lucky to have the Stilwell Groups Z8, thank you to David Stilwell for bringing that down in on a slightly damp day.
Other members brought their exotic none BMW cars and it really made for some amazing viewing.
Standby for details of the 2019 8 Fest which will coincide with the 30th Anniversary of the release of the E31.
Theo Hoffs | Member #23
BMW Drivers Club Melbourne