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    So we all arrived here in Munich ok, and during a hearty dinner at the hotel, which is just round the corner from the M Division, we were given our 'goodie bags'. You just can't believe the planning and work that the Z8 Club puts into these events, I really feel like I'm a kid on a magic carpet ride!

    Tomorrow is the big drive south, we start at the M Division, where we are to be shown the new M3, and then we head south, over the pass Hannibal took his elephants thru, to Italy. News and pictures tomorrow, but in the meantime here is what was in our 'goodie bags' - matching hats, event specific numbered minatures, (I'm 09 of 77 participants), all our route plans laid out in English and German in a 44 page illustrated book, our window sticker event cedentials, Z8-MM stickers and individual laminates!
     
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    Amazing drive south - no time to edit/prepare/upload - its now 7am, and we're leaving for the start of the Mille Miglia itself - more later!
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    Look forward to seeing the pictures.

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    I WISH I was there with you Andrew- congrats and enjoy.

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    Day one - the big drive south.
    We left the M Division in Munich behind our valiant leader and President, J?rgen and his wife Sylvi in their silver car. First we headed east, then south up into the Alps on the autobahns to cover some distance quickly. At different moments on the route it felt like we were on a pilgrimage to the Mecca of Motoring as we come across many lovely motorized pilgrims headed south along the same path, as you can see if you look closely at the pix.
    Once high in the mountains we left the autobahn, and headed into the countryside, crossing a high Alpine pass before dropping down into the Tyrol area. Our lunch stop was at a stunning old castle surrounded by vineyards looking out at the Dolomites to the east.
    After lunch a brisk run south got us to the hotel just as the afternoon weather started to look threatening!
         
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    Salve Commendatore!

    Hi Andrew, great photo report. What a wonderful trip. Thank you very much for sharing. Please keep the pics coming when you get a chance. But above all enjoy and don't fall off a ravine in search of the ultimate photo opportunity. Cheers, Christian.

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    Day two - the big event.

    The Z8's leave the hotel, and convoy to Brescia where we were shuttled 10 cars at a time by a police motorcycle escort into the very center of town. There we dove into the underground car park that BMW's Mobile Tradition has taken over for the event. Once safely parked we spend the day enjoying the cars, the atmosphere and the beauty of it all.

    Here is a potpourri of images from all our cameras of the assembled cars. This year there were over 360 entrants in the thousand mile classic tour, so it is hard to see everything as the cars are scattered around town at different staging areas. The town square is given over to the scrutineers, which is where you can see everything if you wait long enough.

    The event started at 8pm, with cars leaving every minute until well after 11pm, but we headed home before then to enjoy the late light along the lake. We caught up to Dieter and Norbert who led us up a stunning winding road through a cleft in the cliff to finish day at one of the most scenic restaurants I've ever eaten in. Yet another unforgettable day planned by the Z8 Club!
           
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    Very nice pictures Andrew, you must have had a lot of fun these days !!

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    The "Z8 Goes Mille Miglia" Z8 Club event

    Day three.
    A day to catch our breath and relax a bit.
    Our first event of the day is at the local Riva del Garda vineyard at midday. This isn't one of those fusty old vineyards, but a brand new 21st century one which looks like an Ikea store on the outside, and a huge science lab on the inside. After a tour of the workings we are all treated to a healthy sampling of not just the wines, but all the farm produce of the region. Olive oil so good you want to bathe in it, ham better than you find in the best stores in the USA, and the cheeses, oh boy, the cheeses! Real unpasturized crumbly parmigan that just sings with the wine.
    Of course all of us statesiders try to order in bulk, and have it shipped, but there is no way we're allowed to get such delicious produce into the states these days - ahhh, but the memory remains! (No pictures of the feast, just of the cars lined up outside while we enjoyed the goodness on the inside.)

    After a brief siesta to recover we took a cable car to the very top of the ridge that towers 6000 ft above the east side of Lake Garda, just a few miles from our hotel, which was at the north end of the lake. The air was crisp, the views were stunning, and we were treated to the spectacle of fliers showing us the magic of parasailing. What a lovely activity that must be, if you have the courage to jump off a mountainside.

    Dinner was a five star feast held a beautiful ancient castle set in it's own lake, but due to getting stuck up the mountain we got there a bit too late to photograph the castle in all its splendour properly!

    The photo-blocks below are made from a mix of all of our pictures, so enjoy as Pegah, Rifle, Laura, and I take you thru the days events.
     
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    Day 4.

    We head out for a beautiful drive across four different valleys to Lake Iseo, where Carlo Riva built the gorgeous wooden speedboats that defined elegance and luxury on the waves in the fifties and sixties. The boatyard was in the family since the 1840's, so he continued a long tradition, but elevated the Riva boats to an unmatched level of glamour and luxury. Check out Riva's website for more info.

    They stopped building them in wood in the late seventies, everything is now made in resins and fibers, but a few of the old wooden dreamboats remain, and their long serving 'test pilot' was on hand to take us out in the very last wooden Riva ever made.

    Riva have never before opened their doors to a tour, even clients don't get in to see the place, so this really was a very special day out, and yet another glorious adventure planned by the Z8 Club team!

    After enjoying our Riva day everyone made their own way home to prepare for the farewell dinner, which was held in the large dinning room of the hotel. So soon and our trip was at an end!
         
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    Day five.

    We head back north across the Alps, getting in another full day's drive in the M6 convertible that BMW's M Division kindly allowed us to use for the Z8 Mille Miglia event.

    I won't say or show too much about it here as that is for Roundel, but I will say the M6 is an incredible machine. The best way I can describe it is as an earthbound private jet, a substantial one like a Gulfstream G550. The combination of exquisite build quality, fantastic handling and insane power make for a car that redefines your idea of what a four seat soft-top grand tourer can be, and can do.

    The M6's open cabin remains calm and unflustered at any speed, thought above 150 it starts to get a little wearing after a while, but I still kept my hat on - ahhh, the joys of driving in Europe, where you can spend hours at a time above 100mph with no danger of a run in with the law!

    The biggest joy of the M Division's magic is the sheer wall of power that the fast spinning V10 delivers. Its so ample and linear that it constantly reminds one of a jet on take off, but between 5,000 rpm and the redline at 8,200 it becomes a fighter jet - this car really flies! Without pause it will take you right up to 160mph, and I'm sure much, much more, I just never had the open space to find out.

    If you had even a half inclination to get one of these incredible cars I promise you that you will not be disappointed, but I do advise doing European Delivery, so you can get to play with it on the roads where it can legally spread it's wings and fly!
     
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    Quote Originally Posted by macfly View Post
    Also, let me tell you that if you even had half a mind to buy an M6 convertible, do it!
    The M Division have created the most the accomplished and delighful open top car that really has more in common with a Gulf Stream than any earth bound vehicle!
    That engine - WOW!
    Well, we just made it back home...yet another great Z8 Club event! Many thanks to J?rgen, Silvi, and Norbert for organizing.

    I must say that I am suffering from a severe case of M6 withdrawal. While I'm not much for it's looks, the driving experience is simply otherworldly. For such a large and heavy car it really drives well at speed, and let's just say that those "speeds" are easily reached. And the sound...I could never tire of that song. Unfortunately, I couldn?t get my Ford pickup into 7th gear on the drive home from the airport.

    More soon...
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    I'm looking forward to the Roundel article to imortalize the memory of the days that we spent with our four-wheeled "fraulines". I am still in awe of the performance of that big beast.

    In my opinion, Andrew's Sepang Bronze was the beauty queen of the foursome (see photo by Lake Garda in previous post). While this is not a color that I would have considered purchasing originally, it really hypnotized me dancing across the Alps. It's a color that really comes alive in warm light, giving forth a beautiful transition from shadow to highlight. Combined with light brown leather and piano black trim, it was truly a stunning combination.
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    Happy to hear you made it back home safe....

    That really was a most magical adventure, one of those incredible once in a lifetime trips that simply wouldn't have happened without all the efforts of J?rgen, Sylvi, Norbert and the others at the Club who put so much effort into our enjoyment!

    I'm missing my M6 too, after we left you guys we had the best mountain drive back, and finished it of with a high speed sunset sprint across the farmlands of Bavaria - damn that thing hauls! I'm also really missing the nav system, I constantly feel lost now! It was such a treat to use, by far and away the best navigation system I've ever used.
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    Quote Originally Posted by macfly View Post
    I'm missing my M6 too, after we left you guys we had the best mountain drive back, and finished it of with a high speed sunset sprint across the farmlands of Bavaria - damn that thing hauls! I'm also really missing the nav system, I constantly feel lost now! It was such a treat to use, by far and away the best navigation system I've ever used.
    As predicted, our route was beautiful over the eastern pass, and the sprint back to Munich was quick at a top speed of around 230kmh (had to keep it down due to traffic - ).

    Having driven many E65 7s, I've had lots of seat time with the iDrive, and I've always thought it was better than reviews in the press. By no means is it intuitive (compared to our Land Rover), but the time in the M6 revealed the true brilliance behind the often criticized interface. Like everything with the M6, the iDrive is designed to be used at speed, and once you "learn" the structure of the interface you can easily manipulate the controls without taking your eyes or hands out of driving orientation. To me, this driving focused, interface is the intent of the designers at BMW. Sure, it's a intimidating at first, but it becomes second nature quickly while keeping the driver focused on the road.

    As you pointed out many times, the ability to quickly zoom in and out without leaning in to touch the screen or a dash mounted knob is without equal and blazingly fast. The iDrive was a dear friend on foreign roads.
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    Talking Ditto fellas......

    I too am feeling a bit lost since being back home. That M6 is a very, very seductive machine and sooooo very glad to have had it for the trip. The Nav... well, same opinion, especially since Rifle and I got separated in Innsbruck and without it -- I never would have made it to the M Division (espcially since Andrew had my Germany map!!!!)... although, it did not stop me from hitting 220kph on the Autobahn when lost!

    Just been busy catching up with work since home but my mind keeps drifting away and to the great vistas, great food, and friendships developed over the past week. And of course.... I find myself missing the sweet sound of the V10 echoing in my ears!!

    GREAT TRIP and for anyone else who is not a member of the Z8 Club -- you should join and definitely make the trip to the spring or fall meeting. I for one, do not plan to miss another one. Joining also makes the club and organization have more clout with BMW and will help to ensure their interest in the Z8 in future years.

    Thanks again to Jurgen, Sylvi, Norbert and the fellas a the BMW M Division for making the experience what is was -- simply... FANTASTIC!
    Best Regards,

    Jeff
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    What a nice writeup. And amazing pictures.

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    We've just returned home

    from one of the most incredible adventures imaginable. I'm sitting here amidst all of the "stuff" that awaits you after a vacation, yet all I can think about are the many new friends, wonderful cars, and magnificent views that we were fortunate enough to have experienced during the Mille Miglia meet. Jurgen, Sylvi, and the BMW Z8 Club designed and orchestrated an event that provided non stop entertainment and comfort for the participants, and have created a strong foundation for friendships to thrive upon. I strongly urge any of the Z8 owners, who have not already done so, to join the Z8 club and support an organization that has the proven ability to bring together a group of enthusiasts from around the world and make each person feel like family.

    The pain of attending without having our own Z8 with us was eased by the very gracious presentation of an M6 convertible. As the others have stated, this automobile is a very unique combination of speed, agility, speed, sound, speed, driving pleasure, and speed. The more you drove it, the better the experience got. And once the nav and controls were set to speak English, it was an irresistable package that opened doors to every destination. The nav is so advanced that it even verbally warned us of a traffic problem 20 km ahead, and automatically rerouted us. The comfort that it provided as we meandered through the Alps on our return trip to Munich was beyond measure. When we were done exploring, a simple push of a button routed us back to BMW's headquarters- but not before making music with a bunch of downshifts in the tunnels! As a matter of fact, we didn't turn on the radio until the last few minutes of our ride because the engine sounded so wonderful with the top down.

    Many, many thanks to Jurgen, Sylvi, BMW M, the BMW club, and all of its attending members for creating an experience which will live on in our minds forever. We can't wait until the next event to be with our new friends again.