On October 3rd we held a party for 1,500 of our closest friends -- a party known simply as "Show & Shine".
This was our 17th such event and, from the feedback we've received, it was the best one yet! The cars that
showed up were spectacular -- everything from antiques (including a 507, a 1600 and a 2000cs), to classics
(E30 M3, E24 M6), to more recent models (Z3 M coupe, E39 M5, Z8), to brand new vehicles (MX6, 335i xDrive).
At 7:30 A.M., the line of cars waiting to enter the property was so long, we decided to open the parking
lot early (to avoid causing a traffic jam). In less than two hours, there were 350 BMWs and MINIs on the
grounds. Another 150-200 BMWs and MINIs were parked on the streets and in nearby lots.
Free coffee, juice, cider and donuts were served until 10:00 A.M., when we held our first raffle drawing.
Over the next three hours we gave away thousands of dollars in free raffle prizes and thousands of dollars
worth of free food and beverages (800 hamburgers, 500 hot dogs, 300 knackwurst, 1,000+ cookies, more than
50 cases of soda and water, and 3 kegs of award-winning beer from Portsmouth's own Smuttynose Brewing Co.).
Throughout the day, audiences gathered to watch several "You Can Do It!" demonstrations, including how to bleed
brakes, how to repair alloy wheels that have been curbed, how to repair paint chips in your hood, and how to
spray-paint unpainted parts. On hand to answer attendees' questions were representatives from several well-known
- A.C. Schnitzer
- Bentley Publishing
- Cool Carbon
- Eco Touch
- Lubro Moly
- MacNeil Automotive (WeatherTech)
- Mann Filter
- Nokian (Hakkapeliitta tires)
- Stealth Auto
Also on hand was renowned automotive photo-journalist Klaus Schnitzer, who was covering the event for Bimmer Magazine.
(Look for his article to appear sometime next spring.) We also held drawings for the prizes in our Susan G. Komen for
the Cure charity raffle. Here's a list of winners and their prizes:
Show & Shine 2011 is scheduled for Sunday, October 2nd. We hope to see you there. In the meantime, check out the photo galleries below for highlights of Show & Shine 2010.
You did not need to be present to win. In fact, most of the winners bought their tickets online or over
the phone and never attended Show & Shine. And all the prizes you see listed above (plus all the items for the free
raffle) were donated by our generous vendor-partners. As a result, we were able to give 100% of ticket sales directly
to charity. Throw in the proceeds from sales of our limited edition Show & Shine 2010 T-shirts and beer glasses --
plus straight donations from some of the generous people in attendance -- and the grand total raised for Susan G.
Komen for the Cure was nearly $10,000. (Not bad for an event that started in the 1990s with six or eight BMWs in front of our
old shop in Newmarket.)
- Doug H. -- Racing Dynamics stress bar; aFe cold-air intake
- Philippe O. -- $250 BavAuto gift certificate, courtesy of Pagid brake pads
- Gary M. -- BavAuto Street Performance Brake Kit
- Russell B. -- Sprint Booster
- Danny J. -- Set of 4 Sachs shock absorbers
- Matthew C. -- M-style front bumper
- Linda W. -- BavAuto adjustable front & rear camber kits
- Kevin L. -- aFe 335i stainless steel exhaust
- John B. -- PitStop Grand Prix office chair
- Zach F. -- BavAuto Power Programmer/Performance Chip
- William C. -- Front & rear Cool Carbon S/T brake pads
- Matthew S. -- BavAuto high-performance ignition coils/wires
- Mark B. -- Set of 4 Hakkapeliitta winter performance tires
- Mark V. -- Turbo Tuner 2; MGP caliper covers
- Carl B. -- RaceMesh Grilles stainless steel lower valence grill
- John P. -- WeatherTech Floorliners & Cargo Liner
- Michael M. -- $500 BavAuto gift certificate, courtesy of IRA BMW, Stratham, NH
- Aaron S. -- Grand Prize worth more than $3,500, including: Beyern wheels; D-Force wheel spacers; Bilstein shocks; Eibach springs; PIAA Xtreme White bulbs & Super Silicone wipers; $100 Stealth Auto gift certificate & 3 sets of Stealth bulbs; P21S car care kit; Zymöl Destiny wax; $250 gas card, courtesy of Hella; and a 28" flat-screen TV, courtesy of Sachs.