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Special Access to BMW North America's
New Vehicle Distribution Center
By Mike Bevels | Photographs by Mike Bevels and Scott Santos
D
oes an afternoon of special access to BMW North America's newest
Vehicle Distribution Center (VDC) sound like a dream? Yeah, I
thought so too. Well, on May 6th, 2022, that dream came true for
nearly 140 BMW CCA members thanks to the passion and hard work of a
number of key players from our beloved National Capital and M Chapters,
BMW North America (BMW NA), and
the VDC in Baltimore, MD.
The VDC is not a place where you
can simply arrive and request a tour, so
an invitation is a rare and exciting
opportunity for the public. In addition
to the attendance from our local NCC
crew in Washington DC, Maryland, and
Virginia, CCA members from the nongeographic
M Chapter traveled from
Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York,
Massachusetts, and Michigan for
the experience - and they were not
disappointed!
BMW NA and the VDC pulled out
all the stops to put on a fantastic
program for its guests, which included
transporting a number of special
vehicles to the VDC just for this event.
How special? Well, a Jeff Koons M850i
Gran Coupe was on display. It's one
of just 99 examples worldwide. The
design is actually painted on the car;
it's not a wrap. As it was explained,
July I August
there are 11 layers of paint that take hundreds of hours to apply. It's a
stunning car and was a fitting centerpiece for group photos of VDC staff and
event organizers.
There were a number of armored X5s on display. They looked fairly
pedestrian at a glance, but once you opened a door you realized it was
significantly heavier than a regular X5's
door. The glass is one-inch thick and
there's armor plating throughout the
vehicle. There are a number of safety
controls in place of the cupholder.
These trucks are just plain cool.
A beautiful Frozen Deep Green
■ (Top) VDC staff pose next to the Jeff Koons M850i. Photo by Scott
Santos. (Above) The new S68 engine on a stand. Photo by Mike Bevels.
Metallic M5 CS joined the party.
An M240i, a pair of G80 M3s, an M4
convertible, another M5, an M8, a 7
Series, and a few MINIs also caught
my attention in the petrol-powered
vehicle category. In the electric
category there were a pair of i4s and an
iX. BMW Motorrad brought its first M
motorcycle, the M 1000 RR. There
were also a pair of engines on stands:
an S68 with cutaways and a running
S38 (the first M engine in the United
States in the 1980s)! It was an impressive
array of hardware, assembled and
transported to the VDC just for our
event.
As guests arrived, they helped
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