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We had amazing Wrenchfest events in August and September. Our Wrenchfest on August 3rd had 16 attendees and following that the Wrenchfest on September 14th had 22 attendees in preparation for our trip to 8-Fest.

Chad Weltzien, owner of Solely Bimmer in Mission Viejo, was our host in August. After 12 years in the business of fixing BMW's, specializing in 8 Series, and soaking up as much knowledge and experience as Chad possibly could, he thought the next logical step was to open his own shop. His simple goal was to create South Orange County premier independent BMW repair facility. Here at Solely Bimmer, the only way they know to do things is to make sure they're done the right way, and we invite you to put them to the test

Fabrizio (Fab) Aldrette, owner of EF1 Motorsports in Long Beach, hosted our September Wrenchfest. Growing up in the automotive business, Fabrizio had a passion for cars at an early age. It is this passion that compelled him to dedicate his life to the automotive industry and eventually opening his own shop EF1 Motorsports. As a member of both the Ferrari and Porsche Owners Club of America, he has worked on countless exotic and European vehicles throughout Southern California and abroad. To this day, customers that have moved to neighboring states continue to bring their vehicles to Fabrizio for major service and maintenance, but more importantly for the rapport he has with them. He also is a big supporter of SoCal Eights and offers excellent service at the lowest costs possible

We appreciate the support of these two local businesses in our efforts to maintain our cars in top condition!

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Greetings from SoCal: Sixteen SoCal members gathered at Solely BMW do some very needed wrenching. Most who attended are going to the 8-Fest in October and were doing some last minute repairs to their Eight before the trip. Some came to help others with repairs and some attended to just spend time to meet and greet new 8 owners. The WrenchFest started at 9:00 AM and most of us bailed out by 3:00 PM. We want to thank Chad for opening his business for us on a Saturday and also helping with some technical issues. As always, Chad was a great host.

Also included in this issue: The story of our International 8ers across the great pond who recently took a 2 week tour in Europe with their final destination in Vienna Austria. They made a few stops along the way visiting some very beautiful sites in Europe before ending up in Vienna.

Fern Mora.

Greetings from SoCal: We have had 4 amazing events these last 6 months. Starting with our Wrenchfest in February with 23 attendees, Nethercutt Museum in April with 25 attendees, Bimmerfest 2012 where 25 rolled in together, an impromptu Cars & Coffee meet in Irvine, and we just attended the Dana Point Concours D� Elegance this June where we had a good showing of 9 Eights��and we�re not done yet! Coming in July, we�re going on a personal tour just for us of the 46,000 Sq Ft. Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills followed by a luncheon. Also planned is our 2nd & 3rd Wrenchfest this August and September just in time to prepare our cars for our 1,400 mile round trip to 8-Fest in October. There is no grass growing under our tires.

Bimmefest: It was an outstanding success. We had a great up front first row reserved parking area which I was able to arrange so that we could get full exposure without being hidden by the masses. We received a very warm welcome form the organizers and attendees and we were bombarded by the usual questions and comments�.. �No it�s not a new BMW model�. Those who know about the 8 and have seen one before were amazed to see (like most have said), that there were so many in one place at one time. I am sure we have all heard these words before, but it is always pleasant to hear it. We had five CSi�s with us and Tom Patton was in the Bimmer Coral competing with his �94 CSi . Tom won first place for Best Stock BMW. The last two years, Gary Corcoran won with his �94 CSi as Best Stock BMW.

Dana Point 31st Concours D� Elegance: What a prestigious event this was. It was billed as the Pebble Beach Concours of Southern California. Some of the most amazing original and restored cars in the country were exhibited, and SoCal Eights were among them. We did not compete for awards, but were on display in the Super Cars Section. Ralph Rodheim who once worked as a volunteer at the Newport Concours D� Elegance before the venue was moved to Dana Point, was instrumental in getting our group accepted as participants. It was the first time that any BMW group had been accepted to join this wonderful event.

Issue 5 Wenchfest Solely BMW

About the Nethercutt: The Nethercutt Collection features rare collectibles ranging from mechanical musical instruments and antique furniture to the true heart of the collection: over 250 American and European automobiles dating from 1898 to 1997.

Founder J.B. Nethercutt spent a lifetime establishing this collection of historic importance. Unique to automobile museums, each car on display is attentively serviced and maintained to remain just as drivable as when the vehicle originally rolled off the showroom floor. On view are various Pebble Beach Concours d�Elegance winners and cars once owned by movie stars, royalty and other notable personalities.

The entire collection is housed in two beautifully appointed exhibit buildings located just north of Los Angeles. Housed in the museum is the Nethercutt Automotive Research Library and Archives, one of the world�s top automotive research facilities. Just steps outside the museum is a splendidly restored steam locomotive with a private railcar.

Opened in 1971, The Nethercutt Collection is a not-for-profit educational institution and a resource for automobile enthusiasts, historians, students and scholars. It is open to the public and admission is free!

Issue 9 SoCal Euro Meet & Toys for Tots.

Issue 10 Wrenchfest EF1 motorsports

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