Throughout the weekend, the Rolex Moments in Time exhibit presented eight significant cars with legendary racing history, while BMW showcased the 3 Series, displaying a 2002tii, 320i, 325i, 325is, M3, and a 1970s BMW 320 Turbo racecar. New and vintage BMW motorcycles were also displayed by BMW Motorrad. A seldom mentioned part of the Rolex Vintage Festival Sponsored by BMW is that, for some reason, it attracts hordes of BMW motorcyclists, the author included.
If you live within driving distance-which to us means North America-then you really owe it to yourself to check out this event, which is held every Labor Day. This is because, unlike some events, the drive to Lime Rock is an integral part of the fun. The serpentine roads that criss-cross New York, Connecticut, and southern Massachusetts are part of the event's lure. After all, we build these cars to drive them, right?
Vintage cars merit the occasional look even if you're not necessarily into them. After all, all our rides will one day be vintage cars, so it's really just a matter of time before each of us becomes a vintage car enthusiast.
Organized by Lime Rock Vintage Events, the Rolex Vintage Festival Presented by BMW is an automotive museum brought to life every Labor Day weekend. Tickets range from $20.00 to $40.00 (children 12 and under, free). For more info, call 800.RACE.LRP or visit www.limerock.com.
Sidebar: The Rolls Royce EX100
Dubbed an experimental car by Rolls Royce, the EX100 has been on the show circuit since 2004, and is widely felt to be the convertible follow-up to the Phantom ber-sedan orchestrated by the company's BMW handlers. While not exactly our cup of tea here at ec, we can always appreciate Rolls Royce for its wonderful history of building super durable cars with nearly unmatched build quality. The EX100 follows that long tradition, but with styling that is completely different from the Phantom's.
A massive aluminum windshield frame extends down the hood in what has to be a styling first, and it really works well on this car. Substantial rear-hinged doors are unique in this rarified segment, and mahogany cabinetry throughout the car and the trunk lend a distinctly maritime feel to the EX100.
Also departing from the Phantom are the 21-inch wheels and 9.0-liter V16 engine - yes, V16. The suspension and steering comes right off the Phantom, though.
From a design perspective, everyone we spoke with agreed that the 800-pound gorilla in the room are the tiny little head lights-they just don't work with the rest of the design. The EX100, if mass produced, needs massive headlights to match its overall proportions.