Now here’s an annual fun run that draws some of the most desirable metal on the road, from near and, as the years roll on, from afar too.
The SA Beemer tunnel run, on the go since 2014, is a collection of, you guessed it, awesome BMWs in convoy, stretched out along the N1 and heading out of town.
Organiser Shiraz Bawa of SA Beemer tells Bobby Nitro about this year’s event, talking initially about the crews that come from afar. He says: “Although the event is based in Cape Town, we get fans from up country that come down especially for this fun day with us. And this year was no different.
“On the weekend we were graced with the appearance of Chip Moosa and his crew who drove four older Beemers all the way from Johannesburg to Cape Town to do this run with us. They made the trip in an E30 325iS , two 1980s E28s and an E36 M3.
“We also had the guys from SA Beemer Durban as well as Kimberley, while the town of George also represented with the Anders family driving down with their three Beemers.”
Each year brings something different. The day started out easy and cool with the meeting point set for 9am in the Cape Town CBD - which was the first major change from previous runs.
Shiraz says: “Previously, we met at the Engen N1, but due to some guys being inconsiderate and spinning and causing general mayhem at the garage on previous occasions we decided to move it to a quieter space that could accommodate 200 cars without disturbing traffic and Engen’s patrons.”
Well, all things considered, it’s a tall order to expect such a large collection of awesome cars to assemble without revving a V6 or two, so although it’s understandable that last year was a little exciting, it’s also wise that the organisers moved the assemblage point.
This year also saw the inclusion of the Worcester BMW Dealer team who drove from Worcester to Cape Town and then drove back at the head of the convoy. They arrived in style with an F90 M5c, an X7 (which they kindly let Shiraz drive back to Worcester), and also a new M850i as well as their BMW on Call X3.
When asked what really stood out for him, Shiraz replies: “There were many new faces this year. One of my absolute favourites arrived unexpectedly, which was a pleasant surprise. A classic E9 just made my day.”
The morning turned out to be absolutely insane with crews from all over filling up the parking spaces and roads quite quickly. The CBD was alive with the sound of Beemers raring to go. Heading up the N1, the convoy halted at Worcester Mall, then to the BMW dealership for coffee, koeksisters and a lucky draw with prizes sponsored by Worcester BMW and Economic Motors Kuils River. A jumping castle kept the kids entertained.
Shiraz adds: “This year we paid tribute to the legendary E30 325is, a South African only special BMW model that turns 30 years old this year. The 325is is clearly the most popular BMW liked by all.”
Shiraz closes by remarking: “It would be really great if next year we could get the support of the City of Cape Town.”