BMW & Movie Stars – A Hollywood Love Story

So ends another year at the Oscars. The lavish gowns are the subject of public scrutiny in the morning tabloids, and photos abound of Hollywood’s best and most beautiful. We’ve already come up with a list of featured BMW beauties in the movies. What about in real life? Let’s have a look at what some of our personal Tinseltown favorites drive.

BMW Hydrogen 7 – Angelina Jolie & Brad Pitt

Like the star herself, the BMW Hydrogen 7 combines elegance, and environmental consciousness into one sleek package. We’re told that she’ll let Brad take it out for a spin from time to time. Although roomy enough to pack in a gaggle of children, clearly this isn’t the family car.

BMW 7 Series – Eva LongoriaThere’s something so right about seeing this Hollywood bombshell and political activist step out of a sleek 7 Series. Classy and beautiful, yet powerful. We’re certain that the Series 7 would be as equally provocative taking the curves out in the middle of the desert

BMW Z3 – Pierce Brosnan

Pierce Brosnan is often seen taking in the town in his sporty BMW Z3, which just goes to show that the sixth James Bond truly has a sense of style, performance and fun – both on and off-screen.

BMW Z8 – Gerard Butler

The BMW Z8 perfectly fits this firebrand action hero to perfection: made for speed, adept at handling any curves thrown his way (smirk!), and impeccably stylish. Nothing says undaunted like the quintessential concept car he’s chosen from the stable of BMW Ultimate Driving Machines!

Rowan Atkinson – 1939 BMW 328

Don’t let the adorably buffoonish façade of Mr. Bean fool you. He might not be up for an Oscar any time soon, but he just might surprise everyone in this vintage-built BMW 328 at the 1000 Miglia time trials near Florence. Che classico !

And the Award for “Best Car in an Action Movie” Goes to…BMW!

It’s that time of year again – the film awards season! The Academy Awards are almost upon us.  Among the dazzling lights, beautiful people, glitz and glamor,  have you ever wondered why the BMW wasn’t up for a nomination? After all, we have quite a few examples of movies where the BMW was the real star of the show. As a nod to the 85th Annual Oscar Award ceremonies, we’ve compiled a list of our top five BMW movie cars. Here are our personal favorites, in no particular order:

1: The Transporter – 735i. We said “in no particular order”, but this one may be our favorite. It doesn’t get much cooler than Jason Statham motoring his way from chase to chase in The Transporter with this 735i. This 7 Series scores bonus points for having a manual transmission! Check it out on IMDB here.

2: The World is Not Enough – Z8. James Bond meets one of the most attractive BMWs ever. It was a match made in heaven. The gadgets made for some memorable scenes, but the car’s sad ending was one you will never forget! Check it out on IMDB here.

3: Ronin – E34 M5. While many remember the film Ronin for a different car, it is the bad guy’s M5 that did much of the film’s dirty work. And snaps for being driven the wrong way on the freeway in a chase scene! A classic BMW being put through its paces gives it a direct link to our top 5 list. Check it out on IMDB here.

4: Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol – i8 Concept. The only concept BMW on our list, the i8 brought BMW back to Hollywood in a major way. The chase scene through Mumbai traffic is a classic, and Tom Cruise’s softball affection for the car makes the i8 more memorable than the film itself! Check it out on IMDB here.

5: Tomorrow Never Dies– 750il. Yes we included a second Bond car here, and this time it is a 7 Series. This 7 Series traded The Transporter’s manual gearbox for a remote control! The parking lot scene has been cemented in our minds since we first saw it in 1997. As usual, the Bond car doesn’t meet a happy ending though. Check it out on IMDB here.

What was your most memorable performance by a BMW in an action movie? Let us know!

California Dreamin’ : A BMW Getaway

For those of you who are missing the sunshine outdoors and quality driving time in your BMW, there are some easy ways to leave town for a weekend and enjoy a drive! There is no better place for this than Southern California, and here are some pointers for planning the perfect weekend.

Thanks to the availability of several, large airports in Southern California, flying out is relatively easy and affordable. For those leaving from the East Coast there is also the advantage of the time change, enabling you to leave after work on Friday and still get to California at a reasonable hour. Depending on the roads you plan to travel, we recommend flying into LAX (Los Angeles), SNA (Orange County) or SAN (San Diego). All three airports are in close proximity to a good BMW rental, or have them on site at their own rental car terminals.

These California roads practically demand the best of cars and, in terms of renting a BMW, Southern California offers a rather large set of options. Budget, Enterprise and several other well-known rental car companies offer BMWs in their Southern California fleet. If you really want to drive a model they don’t have available, there are a number of smaller private rental companies in the area as well. Whatever you do be sure to reserve a car in advance, as there are usually only 1-2 BMWs on hand per rental location, and in Southern California they do rent out quickly.

Once you are in town and have picked up the BMW, you can relax and enjoy the trip! Naturally the best way to plan your drive is checking out roads in the Ultimate Drive app for iOS, Facebook or Android when preparing for the trip. The app features a vast variety of routes in Southern California from which you can plan a long, hard weekend drive, or a series or fast runs through the canyons and up the coast to enjoy the scenery.

Wherever the journey takes you in California, the appeal of sunshine, beautiful roads, abundant amenities and most importantly a BMW will make it a getaway to remember!

Starting your California trip in Northern California? BMW is now offering car sharing in San Francisco. Check it out here.

 If hitting the California coast isn’t in the cards this weekend, how about sharing other destinations closer to you that offer a milder climate and awesome roads for a long weekend getaway? Let us know on our Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/UltimateDriveApp !

 

Reasons to Take European Delivery of Your New BMW – Part 2: BMW Museum and Factory

Part 2: The BMW Museum and Factory

In our last blog post (which can be found HERE) we kicked off our incredible European Delivery trip to BMW in Munich with a tour of BMW Welt. This time we are getting down to business by touring the BMW Factory, Museum, and picking up a new car!

Having spent our morning wandering the main reception hall of BMW Welt, we check in for our tour and are whisked across the street by a fabulous tour guide. Our first destination is the BMW Museum, which for us car nuts is a real highlight of the trip. The museum could be considered a whole day’s activity by itself, and many people spend that much time viewing its many exhibits. BMW has assembled an amazing array of street cars, racing cars, motorcycles, aviation items and interactive displays, all of which tell the story of the company over time.  The images below give a good overview of the multi-level museum and its treasures.

After an amazing few hours wandering the museum and gathering a real appreciation for what the company has accomplished through the years, we meet our guide for a trip through the BMW factory. The car nut within had us divided between love for the museum’s history and the factory’s technology. Unfortunately, images are not allowed in the plant, but we managed to come up with a few stock photos to show off what it is like:

Finally, the moment arrives for those who are there to pick up their new car. At the delivery center, you are given an educational walk-through of every feature on your BMW. It is an impressive presentation, and, despite the anxiety of almost getting your car, it is time well spent to learn features you may not have discovered otherwise. Then the moment arrives! You are united with your car, and given the keys. Time to get behind the wheel and drive!

Stay tuned for Part 3 of this blog- the German road trip!

7 Last Minute Destinations to Pamper Yourself Before Summer’s End

Summer is drawing to a close and we soon must say goodbye to the long sunny days and weekends on the beach, but there’s still time for one more last minute trip between now and Labor Day! In case you don’t have a destination in mind, we’ve hand-picked a few beautiful spots across the continental U.S. so that no matter where you are there are spas, wine tastings, golfing and sunsets to squeeze in before summer ends. So what are you waiting for? Go grab your bags, gas up your shiny BMW and don’t forget your Ultimate Drive app to steer you down the best routes to these luxury destinations…

1. Cape Cod, MA

Cape Cod is known for its laid back lifestyle, but this little town in the North East offers more than just centuries-old lighthouses and beautiful beaches! A trip to the Cape wouldn’t be complete without spending time sport fishing, admiring yachts in the harbor, wine tasting at a local vineyard or taking a biplane tour. While you’re there, be sure to cruise the 40-mile stretch of Route 6 between Eastham and Provincetown on the outer Cape for a chance to see all the National Seashore has to offer — nature trails, bicycle trails, picnic areas, scenic overlooks and historic sites!


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2. Palm Springs, CA

Situated in the California desert just two hours east of Los Angeles, Palm Springs is a short drive for South Western vacationers looking to sunbathe at swanky hotel pools and play rounds on some of the country’s most exquisite golf courses. If you’re in the area, pack up your clubs and get ready to enjoy not only your weekend, but also the ride up mountains and across barren desert to reach this beautiful destination!


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3. Kennebunkport, ME

Just 30 miles from the Maine-New Hampshire border, the seaside haven of Kennebunkport has long attracted vacationers, celebrities and those looking for a little New England adventure – it is even home to two US presidents! Kennebunk takes full advantage of its waterfront property, offering a variety of activities like whale watching, charter boat excursions and tours of the homes of sea captains and shipbuilders (some of which are even thought to be haunted…). Be sure to pack a sweater because the sea breeze can get chilly!


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4. Boca Raton, FL

Only a 20 minute drive from Fort Lauderdale and slightly east of the Everglades, Boca Raton is a paradise in paradise for those in the South East! Boca Raton offers lavish country clubs, sophisticated restaurants and is the perfect weekend vacation spot for anyone looking to experience the elegance and fun nightlife of the downtown district.


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5. Greenwich, CT

Greenwich is a vibrant cosmopolitan community considered among the most affluent and elegant towns in the North East. Boasting five harbors, Greenwich is a haven for yacht enthusiasts, sunbathers and those who love to explore historic lighthouses. If you’re after a more relaxed getaway, this small town also is littered with five-star hotels, spas and country clubs. Situated on scenic Long Island Sound, just 30 miles from midtown Manhattan, this is the perfect destination for a weekend road trip!


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6. Russian River, CA

Just over two hours north of San Francisco, Russian River is in the heart of Northern California wine country and is home to many small and several large commercial wineries — a true wine-enthusiast’s dream destination! Not only does Russian River produce award-winning Chardonnay and Pinot Noir wines ready for tasting, it is also home to lush wildlife preserves, boutique lodgings and relaxing day spas.


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7. Jackson Hole, WY

The rustic adventure and sophisticated style of Jackson Hole meld together to create the perfect atmosphere for a little R&R on your last vacation of the summer. This valley, situated just east of the Wyoming-Idaho border is framed by the Grand Tetons, offering ranges perfect for horseback-riding, beautiful vistas and luxurious five-star accommodations to keep you comfortable at night… or during the day if you wish.


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Do you have a favorite luxury destination near your hometown? Share it with us here in the comments or connect with us on Facebook or Twitter! And remember, if you’d like to find scenic and exciting routes to and around these destinations, just search in the Ultimate Drive App

Reasons to Take European Delivery of Your New BMW – Part 1: BMW World

 Part 1: BMW World/BMW Welt

For those of you who have ever dreamed of a European driving adventure in your own car, there is no excuse not to make that dream a reality! It is a once in a lifetime experience, and BMW has one of the best factory delivery programs in the business. We recently paid a visit to BMW Welt (“BMW World” in English), and this is the first in a three part series of the amazing things you can do while taking European delivery. We will cover BMW Welt, the BMW Museum and Factory, and a Driving Adventure in Europe with your new car.

So, you’ve ordered your new BMW (at an automatic discount off MSRP through the program), and have patiently waited for the day it will be ready. You booked a discounted flight through the European delivery program and arrive in Germany. When taking delivery of your new BMW, your first destination will be BMW Welt in Munich. This is BMW’s world headquarters, and looks every bit the part.

Once inside, you will be greeted by one of the coolest showroom-meets-enthusiast-meccas you will ever see. It encompasses everything BMW: cars, motorcycles, and even a bit of Rolls Royce, which BMW has owned since 1999. Words don’t do BMW Welt justice, so we will let you take a tour via some photos: