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The Road To Bimmerfest 2015

Posted on July 25, 2015 by

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The Road To Bimmerfest 2015 began as a last-minute, oh-sh!t type of predicament. Everything was going to plan and perfectly on-time with the secret BMW 650i widebody project until our transporter went silent. After three days without a word back from the truck, we finally learned that the driver had quit, while in Pensacola, and left the truck stranded—with our BMW stranded on the truck. Within an hour or two the decision was made to book flights to Pensacola, hop in the car, and trek across the country, and that’s where the Road to Bimmerfest 2015 began!

With nothing but the clothes on our backs and whatever we happened to bring to work that day, Diego and I rushed to the airport and before we knew it we were in the air, traveling up to the Florida panhandle to retrieve the Prior Design BMW. Diego took the wheel and drove through the night while I slept, preparing for a long day of driving when morning broke. Shortly after the sky brightened we stopped for the first photoshoot of the trip—somewhere in Texas.

Vossen Forged Yas Marina Blue BMW F12 650i Prior Design Widebody Project Car - VPS-306 - © Vossen Wheels 2015 - 1003

At this point, and to my amazement, Diego took the wheel again (after only an hour break) and we were back on the road. Miles passed, city after city, and a short pitstop in El Paso revealed an interesting young man that kept a pet snake in his pocket. With just enough break to grab coffee, some clothes, and a selfie with the snake kid, we were back on the road with California in our sights—but not before stopping for another quick shoot somewhere just outside the Cali border.

Vossen Forged Yas Marina Blue BMW F12 650i Prior Design Widebody Project Car - VPS-306 - © Vossen Wheels 2015 - 1040

At nearly midnight we were in California, eating In-N-Out burgers, with only a couple hours to go before we reached Fontana. After just a couple hours of sleep we made our way into the show, where we debuted the Prior Design Widebody 650i for the first time and the Road to Bimmerfest 2015 was complete!

Vossen Forged BMW 650i Prior Design Widebody Project - The Road to Bimmerfest - © Vossen Wheels 2015 - 1012

The next day, we made our way out to Malibu, where we grabbed lunch at Neptune’s Net (a must for any Fast and Furious fan!) and we began the scenic drive up the 101.

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Vossen Forged BMW 650i Prior Design Widebody Project - The Road to Bimmerfest - © Vossen Wheels 2015 - 1077

We even stumbled upon the father of our BMW 6 Series, this E24, and stopped for a quick photo together!

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The next day, with some time to spare, I took the car around to a couple of LA’s staples, like Randy’s Donuts:

Vossen Forged BMW 650i Prior Design Widebody Project - The Road to Bimmerfest - © Vossen Wheels 2015 - 1487

Next was Venice Beach.

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And in no time, the sun was setting yet again—a sight that Miamians definitely don’t get enough of from the east coast of the country.

Vossen Forged BMW 650i Prior Design Widebody Project - The Road to Bimmerfest - © Vossen Wheels 2015 - 1538

The next day we continued our little impromptu tour with a trip up to our friends at Accuair (@accuair), where we learned more about the 650i’s next suspension setup and received a tour of their amazing facilities.

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And finally, after many nights on the road and a few thousand miles covered, we found ourselves at Boden Autohaus (@boden_autohaus), where the Prior Design BMW will be receiving its new suspension!

Vossen Forged BMW 650i Prior Design Widebody Project - The Road to Bimmerfest - © Vossen Wheels 2015 - 1665

We are very grateful to all of the people who helped along the way and shared our enthusiasm with this wild project, especially our partners in the build:

WIDEBODY
Prior Design ///// www.priordesignna.com ///// @priordesign

INSTALLATION/PAINT/BODY
Ultimate Auto ///// www.ultimateauto.com ///// @ultimateauto

TIRES
Pirelli ///// www.highwayzero.pirelli.com ///// @pirellitirenorthamerica

SUSPENSION
KW Suspensions ///// www.kw-suspension.com ///// @kw_suspension

BRAKES
Brembo Brakes ///// www.brembo.com ///// @brembobrake

EXHAUST
GT Haus ///// www.gthaus.com ///// @gthaus

PAINT
BASF Refinish ///// www.refinish.basf.us ///// @BASFRefinish

Words / Photos / Video: Sam Dobbins (@sdobbins_vossen) ///// Video: Anthony De La Paz (@dela_vossen)

 


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Sam Dobbins

Many years as an automotive photojournalist, with work published in countless worldwide publications, have led to Sam's role as Vossen's Creative Director, traveling around the world to document the culture of Vossen and its supporters.