BIMMERS GLIM­MER IN BANGKOK

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Thai­land has as many BMWs on the road as Sin­ga­pore – about 45,000. Last month (Fe­bru­ary), some 400 of Thai­land’s most in­ter­est­ing BMW cars were at the coun­try’s big­gest (and sec­ond) an­nual event for de­voted Thai fans of the Ger­man car brand – Bim­mer Meet 2. With Bangkok’s blaz­ingly hot sun miss­ing in ac­tion that Satur­day, the weather was un­usu­ally cool. Even cooler was the va­ri­ety of Bimmers gath­ered at the event venue, an open-air carpark at Won­der World Fun Park Ram­intra. The lo­ca­tion was a de­funct amuse­ment park, but the ve­hi­cles kept the visi­tors amused from af­ter­noon till even­ing as they checked out the Bimmers in dif­fer­ent shapes, sizes and colours; of all ages and eras; with or without mod­i­fi­ca­tions, ac­ces­sories and add-ons. Food trucks kept the at­ten­dees fu­elled, while prod­uct booths and a rac­ing sim­u­la­tor kept them oc­cu­pied. BMW Thai­land set up its own out­door hang­out and stocked it with good beer, great pizza and petrol­heads’ life­style mer­chan­dise. Of course, the com­pany also dis­played a mini mo­tor show of nice BMWs, in­clud­ing an M4 Coupe “on ice” and an X3 amidst “Mar­tian rocks”. Seem­ingly ev­ery no­table BMW, from the an­tique Isetta to the fu­tur­is­tic i8, was rep­re­sented on the patch of Thai tar­mac about the size of a foot­ball field. Ev­ery sin­gle one of them was squeaky clean and re­cently pol­ished. All the key Bim­mer

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