Last Minute Gifts for the BMW Lover

It is that time of year again! Is there a BMW lover on your shopping list? Well instead of going for a generic BMW polo, or the same keychain as last year in a different color, have a look at our gift guide and get your loved one something a bit more unique, with picks for different budgets:

Driving a Local Racetrack: For those who haven’t yet driven a BMW on a racetrack, it is a thrill with no comparison. Many local racetracks host open track days, as do many local chapters of the BMW Car Club of America. To locate a track day near you, some excellent resources are the nearest raceway’s website (a good list of U.S. racetracks can be found here), or your local BMW club chapter. (Full list of BMW CCA Chapters available here)

BMW USB Charger: If you spend a lot of time in the car, this BMW USB Charger will be a very welcome addition. Plugging into the cigarette lighter, it converts the power to a standard USB 5 volts, and enables charging of everything from smartphones to iPads for about $23.

Tickets to a BMW Race Weekend: No more room in the house? Another excellent gift idea is tickets to a BMW race weekend! The 2013 American Le Mans Series has races all over the country, and there aren’t many things better than cheering on a factory BMW race car at a historic racing venue. Check out the American Le Mans schedule here to buy tickets and find the race nearest your loved one.

A Special BMW Memory – The Car You Had When We Met: Not all of us may have the history or finances to pull off a gift like this, but at the very least this is an inspired idea and wonderful story to read: The Surprise Gift

Whatever you may choose, have a safe and happy holiday season, and may the new year bring some great automotive adventures!

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:

The building is incredible, and will take good few hours of wandering before you remember the task at hand- meeting your new car! You check in at the desk and you are then whisked away for a tour of the factory and the BMW Museum before picking up your new ride… which we’ll tell you more about in Part 2! Check back as the story continues.