Last weekend I decided to embark upon something as a complete outsider: a BMW group drive and meetup. This particular event occurred in Pagosa Springs, Colorado, thus the “4 Corners” name. Sure, I have BMWs, but I was never deeply involved in any of the enthusiast groups in the area. This event started as something small, with only 5 attendees two years ago. Now, over 50 vehicles and even more drivers showed up! The main caravan of BMWs started in Denver, and met up in Colorado Springs to accrue more vehicles. From there, we continued to drive on mountain roads, through 10,000-foot passes, and ended up in Pagosa Springs.
Once we ended up in Pagosa Springs, we spent most of the afternoon and evening hanging out in the hotel parking lot discussing our cars. The turnout was spectacular. Drivers from Arkansas, Florida, Maryland, New Mexico, and other states drove all the way to this small hotel in this small town. Hanging out with this varied group of people was the central theme throughout the meet. As informal of a setting as it was, it was perfect for enthusiasts. We had enough to talk about, and to show, to keep ourselves entertained for hours.
The next day kicked off with an official drive to the Wolf Creek Pass ski resort. More fun was had, more pictures were taken, and the desolate, summer parking lot of the ski resort quickly erupted with straight sixes, inline fours, V8’s, V10’s, V12’s, and a rogue inline five from an Audi haphazardly disguised as a BMW with discreet badge placement. The destination proceeded to be yet another hour long event consisting of people standing in beautiful scenery talking about cars. Bored yet? You must not be an enthusiast! I had a blast.
Back at the hotel, throughout these drives, someone had an Xbox set up with Forza Motorsport running constantly. Anyone could man the steering wheel controls and set a lap time. There was an ongoing competition between people on who could get the fastest times. Of course, the owners of the game got the best times.
Overall, the meet was a great time. It is still a very new event, but it seems to continue to expand about 5-fold each year. It is, by far, the largest BMW event I have ever been to. Though there are larger ones, this one seems to retain an informality that might be lost in larger, more “official” events. For more information, visit www.drive4corners.com