The second running of the Eurofest show at the Birdwood Mill took place last Sunday 2nd December. A fresh idea from the BMW Driver’s Club of SA, Eurofest aims to bring together as many European cars as possible in one place.
Whilst the aim of the show is to encompass all European cars, at this stage early in its life Eurofest still has a very heavy German influence. There were examples from Fiat, Ferrari, Alfa Romeo, Maserati, Renault, Vauxhall and Ford, but BMW and Mercedes Benz definitely made up the bulk of the show.
The other cool thing about Eurofest is that it’s predominantly a ‘young’ show, put on and organised by younger people. I don’t mean to comment on age, but just to say that a persons age has a lot to do with the way they modify their cars, and there was a lot of stuff at happening at Eurofest that you wouldn’t otherwise see – proper stance, airbags, big power upgrades and insane levels of detailing.
You’d never see something like a ‘bagged E28 at an event like Climb to the Eagle. Not better or worse, just different. Variety is the spice of life, right? We’re lucky that we can see this diversity at the different events we have.
One of only 200 hand built cars, this 300S was delivered new to Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1953. Mechanically it is largely similar under the skin to the 300SL Gullwing – that car obviously shaved almost a ton of weight off with its lightweight space frame chassis and aerodynamic body. Funny too, because this car looks quite antiquated whereas the 300SL looks quite modern.
At the complete opposite end of the spectrum is Alex’s E46 320i wagon, riding on airbags. I typically don’t like airbags because I don’t really see them as a performance modification, and have always kind of thought that you could go almost as low with coilovers whilst improving the performance of the car, so why not do that? But talking to Alex, I’ve got a bit of a different picture of them now. He reckons the car rides and handles better than the factory suspension, and at the end of the day it’s not a racecar anyway. It’s built for cruising, and it does that just fine.
Given the proliferation of Volkswagen culture, it was surprising to see only two vee-dub’s at the show. James, Dylan and Ryan rolled over from Melbourne in this Bora, and from the way they talk both the stance and VW scenes are quite a bit bigger in Melbourne.
Our story doesn’t quite end here – you’ll have to look out for part 2, coming soon. The only hint you’ll receive is this photo – yes, that is Daniel behind the wheel of a super rare M3 CSL. Stay tuned!
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