Dorkfest 2012 | Part I


Dorkfest 2012 was held at the BMW Vehicle Distribution Center in Port Hueneme, CA on Saturday August 25th. Attendees started arriving at the VDC about 8am, and the tours commenced about 9:30. The time in between went by incredibly quickly, mostly comprised of meeting and chatting with fellow Coupe enthusiasts along with checking out the 57 different Coupes present. Most every color of Coupe was present, with the exception of Individual colors, and a handful of others.


While I enjoyed seeing so many Coupes altogether at one time, the highlight was meeting so many like minded enthusiasts, and putting names with faces of the Coupe community that I’ve known mostly via There were a number of folks who had heard about Dorkfest via word-of-mouth and made the trek to participate in the event.


Once we had all finished registering and received our very cool Dorkfest shirts (designed by Ian 2.0), we proceeded into the building for a short welcome meeting and broke into groups of 25 or so to tour the 20 acre VDC. It’s a very impressive operation, and our hosts were excellent. The VDC is typically closed on Saturday, meaning all of the BMW employees who made the event possible gave up a part of their weekend to show us how things run.


Throughout the tour, we took the path that an incoming car would take once it is delivered to the lot via ship, or rail. The Port Hueneme VDC receives all BMW, Mini, and Rolls Royces that will be sold to customers west of the Mississippi River — a huge number, as you might imagine. I can’t recall all of the stages that a BMW (as I assume most readers would be interested in anyway) go through, but not each one goes through the same process. For the most part, each BMW is cleaned and inspected for any damage, the electronics tested, and performance parts that were pre-ordered installed. If any damage was caused during transport, it is repaired on site. Damage could include anything from minor paint issues, to extensive damage (like the X5 pictured below) which could require nearly a total rebuild of the vehicle.


During the tour we saw a number of epic and or interesting BMW and Minis (see photos below). I kinda ignored the Rolls Royces in general. While opulent and impressive, I find them boring. They do cost more than my average, American, family home, plus my Coupe, plus our family car. Yet I’d argue my Coupe garners more non-enthusiast appreciation and could get around any corner faster than the Rolls. Ha!


I’ll end this more-lengthy-than-normal post with a thank you to Rob, Ian, Bob, and Jon for arranging such an enjoyable event, and allowing me to participate in some of the planning. I’m very much looking forward to Dorkfest 2013! Some great ideas are already being tossed around for next years event.


Stay tuned for further posts coming soon with related Dorkfest activities…
Dan’s M Coupe race car
My first time seeing a Phoenix Yellow M Coupe in person. A very cool color!
This Alpine White M Coupe was fitted with the OE BMW seat covers. First time I’d seen them. Kinda cool.
…also, it’s the first Coupe I’ve seen “protected” by a Club. ;o)
I was excited to see an Estoril M Coupe with color matched Estoril Roadstar centers. I didn’t get a chance to talk to the owner, but I liked the look! Very unique.
Oxford Green and Evergreen M Coupes. I met the lady that owns the Oxford Green Coupe. She’s the original owner, having bought it while she was a school teacher. As you can imagine, her male counterparts were very appreciative, if not impressed, with her choice of vehicle. I wish could remember her name, but it escapes me.
I spotted a spare water pump in this well prepared M Coupe owners hatch. Bravo sir, bravo! ;o)
Titanium Silver M Coupe fitted with chromed Roadstars. I’m curious what they’d look like in person on a darker color Coupe.
IslandS62’s former M Coupe (also previously owned by Matthew Fox). Feeling guilty as I can’t remember the new owners name, even though I’ve met him twice (sorry!).
…said Coupe owner’s kiddo hanging out in his Coupe.
Admiring a Frozen Grey BMW 640i and M5 (just left of the frame).
2013 Frozen Grey BMW M5 Sedan…
…a meager $108k
Attendees milling about waiting for the tour to begin.
Our hosts giving a short orientation including some disclaimers and requests that everybody be respectful of the cars (all obliged, of course).
Our group touring the lot.
Steve, our fearless tour guide.
700 1 series were modified with plug-in electric components as part of a pilot being conducted in the US. They have a range of about 100 miles…an totally go against what most of us appreciate about BMWs. So is the future though, I suppose.
This one was in for repairs after a right rear impact.
A sea of X series recently delivered.
A few of the many Minis on site.
2013 Estoril Blue II 335i.
Ian aspires to be a “BMW inspector” one day.
Performance part installation bay.
Rob (blue jacket), Dorkmesiter General, supervising the attendees.
Any damaged and/or replaced parts are all scrapped. Wheels have holes drilled in them, bumpers are cut up and recycled, etc.
A BMW receiving Performance brakes has been officially labeled as unsafe for driving while under-the-knife.
I got a kick out of the signage posted around the facility.
Nobody seemed to know exactly what happened to this X5, but it’s having some SERIOUS repairs completed.
The specifics were unknown about this signed Mini Cooper S convertible. There was mention of it being a prize at one of the Susan G Komen Race for the Cure events. I couldn’t locate any details with a cursory search.
1 of 104 US Goodwood (1000 worldwide) inspired Mini Cooper S Coupe’s in the US. At $52k it includes a Rolls Royce designed interior.
These so-called “Owl Overlords” bravely guard the bay doors, protecting the building from wayward seagulls who desire to defecate upon the pricey contents inside. The parking structure outside is guarded by a looped recording of predatory birds – it appeared to be quite effective as the lot was free of birds.
“Be smart. Park 2 feet apart”. I wish all vehicles who park near my Coupe would heed this warning.
2013 Santorini Blue M3 Coupe. Beautiful color!
…a measly $80k.
This was the last station on our turn. These fine gentlemen exhibited how difficult grime (bird poop) is removed. A specialty product, available only to BMW NA, in combination with steam, is employed to remove said grime.
…ok, it’s actually available at many dollar stores. Ask for “LA’s Totally Awesome“. We all had a pretty good laugh about this readily available all-purpose cleaner being used to clean BMW, Mini, and Rolls Royces. Whodathunkit?!
2013 Dakar Yellow III M3 Coupe.
Rob, Ian and I discussing the trivia questions for the door prizes.
Rob and I taking answers from the Dorkfest attendees. We had most people stumped with the questions!
My wife (Jen) and I posing for the obligatory photo with my Coupe. I was clearly upstaged by all measures (lucky me!).
A Randy Forbes sub-frame reinforcement kit in the flesh! Soon to be installed by the owner (Seth, I think).
Byron and Brandt test fitting a prototype hatch spoiler. I’m pretty stoked to see them available!
Jon’s lone M Coupe, shortly before we all left the VDC.

…and then it was over, but the fun was just beginning! Check back soon for Dorkfest 2012 Part II.

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  1. Vaughn

     /  September 5, 2012

    Any info on the “prototype spoiler” in the picture of Byron and Brandt?

  2. Vaughn

     /  September 9, 2012

    Haha, fair enough. Any idea on the release date/info date?

  3. Greg

     /  September 12, 2012

    Not that it really matters, but I was the guy with the Randy Forbes kit. My name isn’t Seth =)

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