Thursday, 29 September 2016

Ultimate Driving Machines at the BMW 100 years Anniversary Show


 On the 10th of September 2016, the world stood still as ..... No it didn't , the sky was weeping, the good people of BMW club Nigeria were putting finishing touches to one of the greatest event of the year, and I was somewhere in V.I getting drenched and regretting why I left home without an umbrella.
This would come as a shock to some, but there are people who take their love for cars to a whole new level, we call them enthusiasts, and there are those who make the enthusiasts look like wannabes. They are the elite folk of the automotive world, they not only admire, they celebrate both automotive perfection and the brands responsible for creating it, these people are the petrol heads. These people come together to create social events that promote their core ideology, think of it as Comicon for car lovers, and with all the big names out there it's easy to conclude that BMW car shows are one of the greatest in the world especially since the brand has a long history, great heritage and achievements to rival any car maker on the planet, with a great deal of time put into planning it really isn't difficult to see the makings of an amazing event, one that would remain the talk of the town for a while.

     I saw a lot, too much to even imagine disappointment, from the cars to people, to the organizers, the security. All of which gave off
 that hint that a lot of work had gone into creating the success I am documenting. I spent a great deal of time with the members of the BMW club Nigeria and they succeeded in making me feel like one of them, they talked about their cars and the experiences they've had while owning them, they highlighted the great moments and others, but one thing they all had in common was that they may appreciate other brands, but they'd rather own a Beamer.
     I soon found myself wandering going from stand to stand, taking
 pictures of as many cars as I could, 3 series sedans, 5 series, 6 series, and just when I thought I was going to get bored the big players showed up in M3s and X6Ms, revving like no mans business and thrilling the crowd that soon started to gather round them. One car that particularly fascinated me was an E30 M3 in pristine condition, a true classic, one that takes you back to the roots, the golden era of automotive engineering that shaped it into what we enjoy today, and trust me it had a truly deserving owner. I wiped off a small tear that had built up in my left eye and moved on to cover the vehicle exhibition on the track, with cars and SUVs doing a small timed lap amidst cheering crowds armed to the teeth with camera phones and other recording devices. The car with the best lap time was announced and there was a parade in honor of the brand with bikes in front and cars behind all expressing the true spirit of ecstasy only a petrol head can recognize.
Napoleon Chukwuoma.



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