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(Above) Appomattox Court House (the building).

(Above) Nathaniel Russel House's
famous freestanding spiral staircase.
luxurious, although I don't quite get
the crystal shifter, and served well as
our factory-taxi. Our group of six got
a personalized tour where we saw
X3s and X5s being built beginning to
end. The tour was fascinating and
our guide was beyond friendly (in
fact, everyone in SC was ridiculously friendly, almost irritatingly so), but
I will say that the tour in Munich is
more linear and you do get to see
more stages of the production
process there than in SC.
After the tour, we drove to the
off-road course where we got to
experience the capabilities and technology of the X7s. I thought for the
off-road they would switch us to X3s
or X5s but no, we ran the course in
these 5600+ lb behemoths. The X7s
nimbly navigated perilously steep
inclines, a water hazard, side-hill
driving, and a controlled descent that
showed off the big Bimmer's impressive skills.
Lunch ended the first half of the
day and we were fortunate that it was
the employee Thanksgiving lunch,

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so we enjoyed a feast with them.
There was so much food and it was
so good, I was quite happy that we
had done the track driving in the
morning. The hot lap could have
been disastrous after lunch.
After all this came the main
event: delivery of our car. Each car
was in its own little glass-walled
garage which we could see from the
lobby, just waiting for us. We were
led to our car by Performance Center
Instructor Justin Fouts, got some
PCD swag (hats, mugs), and then
Justin gave us a bumper to bumper
overview of the car. His presentation
was thorough and his knowledge
was excellent, the antithesis of many
a cursory dealership delivery I have
experienced (at marques other than
BMW of course). He even mentioned how much he appreciated that
the car was a manual, saying he saw
far too few of them anymore. At the
end of the delivery, the door to the
front of the garage opened up, the
clouds parted and the sun came out
(literally, for the first time all day),
and we drove off. I might have heard
angels singing.
However, the day was not over.
We drove over to the BMW Museum
to take some pictures and enjoy a
quick tour. As an added bonus, anyone who takes delivery of a car that
day can park on the museum sidewalk, safely away from other cars
and in perfect position for the most
picturesque photos. The museum is
small but interesting, focusing on

vehicles made in SC. Also worth a
visit was our last stop - the BMW
CCA Museum, at the time hosting
the "50 Years of BMW Cars &
Community" exhibit.
When we had finished with
everything BMW had to offer, we
headed off to Charleston to visit
some friends and see the sights.
Although the weather was a bit drab
and rainy (ok, it was a lot drab and
rainy), we enjoyed seeing Fort

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Sumter (too windy to travel out there
by boat) and historic Charleston.
The Nathaniel Russell house was
fascinating, and a walk along the
river with a visit to the Old Exchange
and the City Market capped our visit.
The only slight negative was that I
had my first passenger in the back
seat (that's not the negative) and that
was when I learned that BMW
stopped shipping 4s (and M4s) with
rear floor mats. Really BMW? A $50
set of mats is going to break the bank
on a $60,000+ car?
We planned a snaking route
home, stopping in Durham, NC for
an overnight before continuing on
to Appomattox Court House to see
the site where the Civil War ended.
Fun fact: Appomattox Court House
(the town) is where Lee surrendered
but he did not surrender in the
Appomattox Courthouse (the building). The actual surrender took place
a few hundred feet away in the
McLean House.
After the war, some entrepreneurs bought the McLean house,

(Below) An X7 on the Performance Center off-road course.

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PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE
THE STEERING COLUMN
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
COMING EVENTS
January 2020 DIY at Bimmer Works
NCC's 2020 Annual Meeting and Banquet
Matt Curry's Craftsman Auto Care Sponsor Spotlight
Why My Family and I Will Always Drive BMWs
Life with the 2020 G29 Z4 M40i
A BMW Performance Center Delivery Story
Window Tint Can Protect Your Health
The Difference Between Wants and Needs
The Habits of Highly Effective Autocrossers: Interview-Jeff Noyes
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