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Show & Shine, Rain or Shine.

Show & Shine 2006

In the days leading up to Show & Shine 2006, the forecasts from various local weathermen and web sites ranged from occasional drizzle, to intermittent rain, to thundershowers throughout the day. Given these dire predictions, we at Bavarian Autosport anticipated a lower-than-normal turnout. Maybe 150 or so BMWs and MINIs instead of the usual 300+.

When Sunday morning dawned, a steady rain was falling all around Portsmouth -- 15 miles to the north, 10 miles to the west, and 20 miles to the south -- but the skies above Show & Shine were simply cloudy. It was as if someone had placed a protective bubble around the NH seacoast just for Show & Shine. And it stayed that way from 6:00 AM, when the first cars began to arrive, until 1:00 PM, when the voting closed.

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The weathermen didn't have a corner on erroneous predictions. Our guesstimate of 150 cars was blown away before 10:00 AM. At noon, when registration closed, 273 BMWs & MINIs had entered the grounds despite the gloomy forecast, with dozens more BMW owners opting to park nearby and enjoy the show as spectators only. There was a wide array of years and models on display covering 35 years of BMWs, from a 1972 2002 to a 2007 335ci twin turbo. And they ranged from 100% stock to super-modified. A review of the registration forms showed that BMW enthusiasts came from as far away as Florida, Ohio and Toronto. All in all, more than 1,200 people attended the event. A free barbecue lunch and refreshments were provided to everyone in attendance. Bavarian Autosport owners, employees and volunteers cooked and served more than 800 hamburgers, 200 bratwurst and 500 hot dogs in about 90 minutes! (When the rain started to fall and people sought shelter in the Bavarian Autosport showroom and lobby, one of the owners was seen walking through the lobby with a tray of cheeseburgers from the grill, offering them to the crowd.)

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On the technical side, more than a dozen of our vendor-partners were on hand to answer face-to-face questions about their BMW products and our customers' cars. In attendance were representatives from Billy Boat Performance Exhaust (makers of our Tri-Flo), Bilstein, Sachs, PIAA, Bosch, Pirelli, AC Schnitzer, Hella, Mann Filter, Lubro Moly, Stewart water pumps, Nokian Tyre, P21S, Covercraft, Lexol, MacNeil Automotive and others. And for the second year in a row, we offered a "You Can Do It!" presentation in which we performed live maintenance and upgrades on a 2003 330ci. Some of the tasks demonstrated were: installing clear lenses; changing the cabin air microfilter; installing a Power Flow intake kit; installing a coil-over kit; changing brake pads; upgrading brake rotors; and bleeding brakes. The "You Can Do It!" segments were narrated by Sales Manager Gordon Arnold (a.k.a. Bavarian Otto) while phone rep Andy Douglass performed the actual procedures.

click to enlarge Throughout the day, thousands of dollars worth of BMW parts and accessories (donated by the manufacturers) were given away in both a free raffle (no purchase necessary) and a charity raffle ($5/ticket) that benefited the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. This was the second year that the Komen Foundation was the beneficiary of Show & Shine. In 2005, raffle tickets were sold at the event only and $1,555 was raised. This year, raffle tickets were also available online or over the phone in the weeks prior to the event. When all is said and done, more than $2500 dollars will be donated to the Komen Foundation in 2006, thanks to the generosity of our vendor-partners and the BMW enthusiasts who supported the cause. (The Komen raffle winners are listed below.)
Best Exterior Best Interior  
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Cory Canfield and his 2003 M3 Sal Cunha and his 1990 M3  

Of course, the main purpose of Show & Shine is to celebrate our customers BMWs and enjoy an informal concours in which owners compete for prizes in a friendly "People's Choice" competition. (No judges are used in the competition; winners are determined by popular vote and anyone in attendance is allowed to vote.) This year, the award for Best Interior, (a set of Bilstein shock absorbers and an Eibach spring set), was won by last year's Best in Show winner Sal Cunha of Massachusetts for his 1990 M3. Best Exterior, (a P21S car care kit, $400 AC Schnitzer gift certificate and Bavarian Autosport Ultimate car cover), was won by Cory Canfield of New Hampshire for his 2003 M3. And the Best of Show trophy (a Bavarian Autosport Tri-Flo exhaust system and Bavarian Autosport performance software upgrade), was awarded to Anthony Hatrick of Connecticut for his stunning 2001 325ci.

The next Show & Shine is scheduled for Sunday, October 7, 2007, at our facilities here in Portsmouth, NH. Hope to see you there! For more information, go to

2006 Komen Raffle Winners:
Bavarian Autosport Plush Mat set -- J. Scavo, MA
Bavarian Autosport Power Flow kit -- B. Dombrowski, MA
Bavarian Autosport Colgan bra -- C. Leforey, NH
Bavarian Autosport short shift kit -- P. Makowski, NV
NOAH car cover by Covercraft -- M. Lipsky, MA
Stellar keyless entry/alarm -- P. Makowski, NV
Bavarian Autosport "Invisible" paint shield -- C. Clemens, MA
Harman Kardon Drive+Play iPod interface -- L. Cirinna, NH
Bavarian Autosport stainless steel brake lines -- J. Nocerino, CT
Bavarian Autosport high-performance ignition -- P. Brenner, NH
Bavarian Autosport pre-painted rear wing -- B. Bailey, MA
Sachs replacement shock absorbers -- E. Schmid, NY
Bavarian Autosport Berber floor mat set -- O. Dzydzora, NJ
Grand Prize ($400 flat-panel TV; set of four Hakkapeliita snow tires; $100 gas card; Piloti driving shoes; Pirelli clothing & gear; BMW Komen baseball hats & travel mug; and sheepskin accessories) -- L.D. Faust, IL

Check out this year's Show & Shine 2006 Photo Gallery

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