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      08-02-2011, 02:57 PM   #1
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My Z4 35is European Delivery and Automotive Vacation (tons of pics!)

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I returned last week from an amazing trip to Europe to pick up my new weekend toy … I figured I would post ~80 pictures to walk you through some notable parts of my vacation (most of them are from my friend’s DSLR but a few are from my Blackberry).


So my friend and I flew Lufthansa from JFK to Frankfurt … very nice airline!




We were greeted by a Z4 and an M3 in the airport …





We picked up our Audi A3 1.6 Diesel and began our 2 hour drive to The Nurburgring …




After walking around a little bit we crashed early because we had to wake up early for our 8 AM Ring “race-car” rental … it was a 130hp FWD Suzuki Swift Sport prepped for The Ring (roll-cage, tires, brakes, etc.) … what an amazing experience! … I almost went deaf when a GT2RS blew by me at WOT … it didn’t help that it was raining on some parts of the track but we decided to hire an instructor for the first couple laps to help speed up the learning curve … overall it was a ton of fun!





Some more awesome Ring pics …

























After each doing 4 laps on The Ring we drove ~6 hours in the Audi to Munich and checked in at the Sofitel (beautiful hotel!) …





We spent the whole next day exploring Munich …

















The next morning we hopped in a pervious-generation S-Class Taxi to head the <15 minutes to BMW Welt for my European Delivery …





This was the start of the most exciting part of the trip!











The whole delivery process was top-notch … they treat you like a king the entire time … when you arrive you first do some paperwork and then they let you hang out in the lounge with tons of free food and drinks …





Once it was my time (8:50 AM), a European Delivery specialist greeted me and took me to a technology room for an info session about the car I was about to take delivery of … they walk you through the design, performance, safety, etc … BTW, the E89 Z4 was designed by 2 women …






After all of that was over it was time for the actual delivery … I began walking down the “stairway to Heaven” and peered over the side and spotted my new Z4 (it wasn’t hard to pick out) … the European Delivery Specialist then pulls out a handheld device that made the floor underneath the car start spinning allowing me to see her from every angle …









When I made it to the bottom, the European Delivery Specialist showed me all the features of the car …









Then I had a chance to do a couple victory laps inside BMW Welt while visitors watched from above before proceeding to exit in my new car …





After giving my car to the valet at BMW welt with less than 1 mile on it, we hit the gift shop and then took a walk over to the BMW Museum … some of the museum was closed due to water damage from a recent storm, but we were able to see a decent amount of it ..















View of the BMW Headquarters from BMW Welt …

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      08-02-2011, 02:57 PM   #2
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Then my friend and I hopped in the Z4, put the top down, and began our 2 hour journey to Stuttgart …










Part of the drive to Stuttgart was unrestricted … I was trying to break the car in but I had to give her a little juice … it is completely legal after all …






Once arriving in Stuttgart we first went to the Porsche Museum …





















Then we took the 5 minute drive over to the Mercedes-Benz Museum …















My friend snapped a few quick pictures of the Z4 in the parking garage at the MB museum … she looks pretty good with the top up!





After spending the night in Stuttgart, we drove to 5+ hours in the Z4 to Brussels, Belgium … we did not have any automotive activities planned, but we got to spend the day in the city …








The next morning it was off to Paris, France for our last destination for the trip … we dropped off my car so it could begin its journey back to the US (6-8 weeks ) before entering the city … so sad … and such a tease …





Anyway, when we get to Paris we quickly dropped our luggage off at the hotel and began to walk around … we only had a day and a half so we wanted to make the most out of it … this was one of the first few things we saw … I was like “WTF!?!?!” My first thought was Top Gear, but I do not think it was Clarkson and the gang …















The rest of Paris was beautiful … we saw the exhibit of some of Ralph Lauren’s car collection but weren’t allowed to take pictures … his McLaren F1 LM was there













Overall, it was an amazing experience that I am very thankful I was able to have at this point in my life. If any of you ever get the chance to do something like this I highly recommend it!

As far as the Z4 goes, I put 675 miles on it and really had a blast. It is very, very quick! Significantly faster than my E46 M3 was … the driving position and the top-down aspect really make it a lot of fun even if you’re not racing around. The DCT was great too! I’ll post a better review of the car after it is back in my hands in the beginning of September and I can put some more miles on it.

Also, this is the link to my friends Flickr album that has a few more of his pics from the trip.
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Thanks for sharing! Beautiful pics. I especially liked the one of your Z in the MB garage. Something about the light from above makes it look gorgeous!

ED is definitely an experience. I did it with my E92.
You should definitely share this thread with everyone over at the Bimmerfest ED subforum (if you haven't already).

Here's to a speedy redelivery!
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Thank you! That was great. By the way, your car is gorgeous. The next six to eight weeks are going to be a killer! Again, I really enjoyed the pictures and your trip report.
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congrats! great pics.
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This should make the front page...
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Thanks for sharing! Beautiful pics. I especially liked the one of your Z in the MB garage. Something about the light from above makes it look gorgeous!

ED is definitely an experience. I did it with my E92.
You should definitely share this thread with everyone over at the Bimmerfest ED subforum (if you haven't already).

Here's to a speedy redelivery!
Thanks, Kief! I have my fingers crossed for a painless redelivery … it is scheduled to be at the port in NJ on 8/17 … so hopefully I’ll have it in my hands the very end of Aug. or the very beginning of Sept.

And yea, I made sure to share this with the Bimmerfest guys.


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Thank you! That was great. By the way, your car is gorgeous. The next six to eight weeks are going to be a killer! Again, I really enjoyed the pictures and your trip report.
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congrats! great pics.
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what a extraordinary experience!!!
Thanks, guys! … I really appreciate it.
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Congrats! I do like that color alot. Looks like they still have the yellow 35is Z4 on display next to the big "Z4" sign at the Welt. That's been there since I was last there November 2010 while on business trip. Right next to it should have been a Mineral White M3.
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Thanks RAC...
I enjoyed your story and think your Z is beautiful! Any chance you can show us some pics of the ladies in the Sex Shop at the end of your post LOL!!
I wish I could have done a Center Employee Euro Delivery on my "is"...OH Well...Next time
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awesome trip, congrats!! and thx 4 sharing!
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Looks like a fantastic experience, thanks for sharing with us!
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What a nice trip!


I really wonder why that specific collection of cars was in Paris. May be for something like Top Gear.
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congrats!! thank you for sharing!!
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Wow, what a great experience, and you get to keep the car too.
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Thanks for sharing. Great photos. Looks like a great trip overall.
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wow!
Great shots!!!
And you saw like 6 of the newest cars on my car watching list!!!
How sick was the RS4.0 in real life?
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What a great experience -- thank you for sharing.

I've stayed at the Sofitel in Munich, and it is amazing.
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Awesome trip, thanks for sharing...

I am definitely doing a ED trip eventually...!!!!
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There should be a software update for that. It's a neutral idle control that only occurs on startup. Probably a bulletin on it, but I can't remember the #. The newer software eliminates it automatically when programmed.
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Awesome trip
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