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(Above) David and Robin in front of the McLean House in Appomattox.
planning on reassembling it in
Washington, D.C. and charging
admission. Unfortunately, a market
crash stopped their plans and the
pile of house parts was abandoned.
Over the years, many of the materials
were taken by locals to build other
things. Finally, in the 1940s, the
National Park Service bought the
land and remaining building bits and
reconstructed the house. Due to the
pilferage, the only remaining original
element of the house is the front
brick façade.
After visiting Appomattox, the

only thing left to do was drive home.
It stopped raining for the first time
since we took delivery of the car and
so, on some wonderful back roads
that previously served as part of a
Fall Tour, I managed to stretch the
legs of my new 440. Robin and I
meandered our way back to Northern
Virginia, stopping at our favorite
Charlottesville bagel place, Bodos,
for lunch: the best chicken salad
around.
Upon returning home, I
backed, *very* carefully, into my
garage, beyond happy that I had

exactly the car I wanted and that we
had enjoyed such a terrific experience getting it. The PCD folks were
absolutely wonderful. They offered
first class service from start to finish
and the fact that the entire experience
costs absolutely nothing, other than
getting to Greenville, makes it even
more amazing.
A coda to the PCD experience:
after delivery, they ask you to complete a survey. The incentive to do
so is a chance to win a free
Performance Driving School. Justin
said since they only do a hundred or

S T O R Y

so deliveries in the colder months,
our chances were pretty good. A few
weeks later, I got an email from BMW
thanking me for my gift certificate
purchase. Not having purchased a
certificate, and knowing that having
just purchased a new car, Robin had
not bought a certificate either, I called
customer service. The great news?
BMW had purchased it for me as the
winner of their November drawing.
Looks like we will be headed back
to SC!
Having gone through the whole
process beginning to end, I have a
few observations and tips. First,
find a Client Advisor and Finance
Manager who have done PCD deliveries before. Their knowledge and
experience, guiding you throughout
the process, will be very helpful.
Second, know that you can special
order almost any BMW color, if you
like. If you have seen a car in
Tanzanite, you'll know why I did.
Third, be patient. I test drove in
July, ordered in August, paid in
October, and picked up in November.
Part of that delay was the specialorder color and the fact that the car
had to be shipped from Munich.
If you are picking up a standard X3 or
X5 that was built in SC, the wait is
not nearly as long, although it can
still be four to six weeks. Fourth,
order a manual transmission car.
There are too few out there and the
only way BMW will keep making
them is if we keep buying them.
Justin said so.
Finally, do it! It was a fantastic
experience all around and I cannot
recommend it enough. The chance
to design and build exactly the car
you want, track its progress, pick it
up at the factory, drive on the track,
get a tour, and have your car
delivered by an absolute expert is an
experience not to be missed by any
BMW fan. Now, I smile every time I
go into the garage - enjoying the
experience all over again as I push
the Start button.
(Left) Back at home, Tanzanite in the
sun.

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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
NEW MEMBERS LIST
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