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BAVAUTO Show & Shine

Show & Shine is Bavarian Autosport’s annual Customer Appreciation Day. It is held on the first Sunday of October at our headquarters here in Portsmouth, NH. What started out as a handful of local enthusiasts getting together in our parking lot has developed into one of the largest one-day BMW/MINI gatherings in North America, with more than 300 cars on the premises and another hundred or two lining the streets. Here are some details:

  • It’s free!
  • Show off your BMW or MINI and share styling and detailing ideas with other enthusiasts.
  • Check out a vast array of BMWs and MINIs, from old to new, from 100% stock to super-modified.
  • Watch live demos on how to do simple repairs, detail your car, repair paint chips, etc.
  • Chat with representatives from companies such as Cool Carbon, Bilstein, UUC Motorwerks, Liqui Moly, Bentley Publishers and others.
  • Take advantage of special "Show & Shine Only" discounts in our showroom.
  • Enter our free raffle and win one of dozens of prizes.
  • Enjoy a complimentary BBQ and refreshments.

You can also join us in supporting Susan G. Komen for the Cure by purchasing tickets for our charity raffle ($5 each or 5 for $20). You could win one of 21 prizes ranging in value from $200 to more than $3,500. PLEASE NOTE: If you can’t make it to Show & Shine, you can still support the cause by buying your raffle tickets online or by phone. You do not need to be present to win.

The parking lot opens at 8am (though folks tend to line up before that) and the show ends at 2pm. PLEASE NOTE: Only BMWs and MINIs will be allowed on the grounds; spectator parking is available nearby. (If you plan to stay for just a couple of hours, we recommend using the spectator parking even if you’re driving a BMW or MINI, as it can be difficult to exit the grounds once the show begins.) Our showroom is also open during the event. You’re welcome to come in, browse, make a purchase and ask questions of our advisors.

Browse photo galleries from previous years on our Facebook page:


We like to encourage and support BMW and MINI enthusiasm wherever we can. That’s why every year we support dozens upon dozens of BMW and MINI clubs and get-togethers all over North America. We donate thousands of dollars in door prizes, raffles items, freebies, registration bags, literature, etc. -- whatever is appropriate for the event. Are you running a BMW or MINI event you’d like us to support? Email your request to [email protected] and tell us about the event (date, location, URL, etc.) – we’ll review the information and get back to you.