3rd Annual BMW 4 Corners Meet

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.

During the drive, we frequently pulled over for one reason or another.  Since there were no radios, these stops at the side of the road were a bit random.  They ended up being good photo opportunities, since I had my hands off the wheel.

During the drive, we frequently pulled over for one reason or another. Since there were no radios, these stops at the side of the road were a bit random. They ended up being good photo opportunities, since I had my hands off the wheel.

This BMW invasion was more or less official.  We stopped in Salida to regroup, refill our tanks and our stomachs, and continue to Pagosa Springs.

This BMW invasion was more or less official. We stopped in Salida to regroup, refill our tanks and our stomachs, and continue to 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.

Stand around cars talking about cars for hours!  Sounds tiresome for a non-enthusiast, but we were all hooked.  Of course, there was much more to do beyond just hanging out in the parking lot, but most of us skipped over those activities.

Stand around cars talking about cars for hours! It sounds tiresome for a non-enthusiast, but we were all hooked. Of course, there was much more to do beyond just hanging out in the parking lot, but much of us skipped over those activities.

Over 50 vehicles ended up showing up to this parking lot.  This was the first night, after the initial drive to Pagosa Springs.  Cars continued to show up throughout the night and the following day.

Over 50 vehicles ended up showing up to this parking lot. This was the first night, after the initial drive to Pagosa Springs. Cars continued to show up throughout the night and the following day.  I took some snapshots from a good vantage point.

This fun picture consisted of someone walking around the car with a cellphone light source.  The result is an eerie glow and a ghostly formation surrounding the car.

This fun picture consisted of someone walking around the car with a cellphone light source. The result is an eerie glow and a ghostly formation surrounding the car.

 

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.

On the drive to the Wolf Creek Pass ski resort, I was following a BMW 1 Series M, and a 135i.

On the drive to the Wolf Creek Pass ski resort, I was following a BMW 1 Series M, and a 135i.

You should seriously consider moving here.  Every back road is filled with scenery like this.  Just get a turbocharged engine for the altitude and you'll be golden.

You should seriously consider moving here. Every back road is filled with scenery like this. Just get a turbocharged engine for the altitude and you’ll be golden.

Two drivers swapped their cars with each other for the ski resort drive.  The cars were a 335i and this early 70's BMW 2000 Touring.  Both drivers had a blast, as you can partly see by the expression on one driver's face, here.

Two drivers swapped their cars with each other for the ski resort drive. The cars were a 335i and this early 70’s BMW 2000 Touring. Both drivers had a blast, as you can partly see by the expression on one driver’s face, here.

 

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.

Race a vehicle with an audience cheering you on and reacting to the hilarity as you spin out your vehicle for the hundredth time.

Race a vehicle with an audience cheering you on and reacting to the hilarity as you spin out your vehicle for the hundredth time.  Top Gear and other footage was continuously run on the TV on the right, simultaneously.

 

At one of the many places in this country called "Chimney Rock," I managed to snap a photo with the car.

At one of the many places in this country called “Chimney Rock,” I managed to snap a photo with the car.

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

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