I have just realized that I have never posted my trip at the BMW Performance Center in Spartanburg, SC. I know I’m a little late, but I would really like to tell the story, so here it is, but before, here is a very suggestive picture with the BMW X5 in “action”.
If you’re looking for the excitement of a European Delivery (ed), but can?t take that much time off from work, the next best thing to do is to arrange to pick up your vehicle at the BMW Performance Center in Spartanburg, SC. Even if the car was manufactured in Europe, unlike the X5?s and the Z4, you can still arrange to pick up your car at the factory.
The first customer I had set up for a Performance Center delivery, was picking up his 5 series car that was built in Germany. He gave me all the details of how it went, and when it was finished, he and his wife headed into the Blue Ridge Mountains for a two day drive, staying at a few B & B?s, while driving on some of the most spectacular roadways in America. It wasn?t about speed, since the posted speed limit was fairly low, it was about the experience, the culture and ? The Ultimate Driving Machine.
I knew then, that this was something I needed to experience first hand, in order to fully understand the message and the experience! It just took a while longer than expected but I was able to go during the week of May 12th, 2006.
I arrived in the early evening, was picked up by someone from the hotel, checked into my beautiful room, took a fast shower and then came back down for a delicious dinner. I knew I needed to be up early the next day, so after a short after dinner walk, I went to sleep.
I asked for a 6 am wake up call and after another complimentary meal, I hopped on the 7:30 am shuttle to the Performance Center to take delivery of my wife’s new X3 SAV.
Upon our arrival, my small group of 4 other owners, were greeted by the staff that we would be spending part of our time with, who then went on to inform us of how the day would progress. I was introduced to Fredrick Valdez, Delivery Specialist. He walked me into a small room that our new X3 was sitting in and proceeded to go over everything about the Performance Center and the Manufacturing facility. We then talked about the X3, but since I sell them, I didn’t want to take any more of his time going over the SAV. We then drove it right out of that room, onto a driveway outside, in order for me to take a few pictures.
When half of my group was done with their deliveries, we were each put into the same type of vehicle we were picking up, along with two way radios, so we all knew where we were going and what we would be doing when we got there.
We basically drove on an obstacle course, subjecting the vehicles to extreme conditions which you might see once in a while. We then drove a slalom course to experience different maneuvers in order to push these vehicles to their limits.
After a delicious lunch, we caravanned to the Zentrum Museum and told to stay as long as we like , since the manufacturing plant was closed to visitors for retooling of the new BMW X5. This ended the delivery process, so after that, it was time for me to begin my long journey home and really get a great feel for the X3. I wound up putting on one thousand miles in my two day ride home.
The Performance center really works for those that don?t have the time or patience to do an ED, but do have the time to go to Spartanburg, SC . Be sure and ask if you can take a hot lap with your driving instructor, they are all professional drivers and this is where you get to see how good they really are!”
Please visit the Photo Gallery, you will find more pictures from the Performance Center.