• SoCal BMW fans, we have a problem - Mfest 2013 versus Bimmerfest 2013 - Mfest (Chris Naguit) specifically targets same date as BimmerFest

      Well, well, well. It finally happened, a power struggle between the two main SoCal California BMW meets in the early party of the year. Yes, Mfest takes place in Las Vegas but it is mostly SoCal BMW fans making the drive. So, we now have a power struggle vying for the same market at the same time with Bimmerfest scheduled for May 18 and Mfest scheduled for May 17-19. So which one does a SoCal BMW fan choose? The answer is Bimmerfest.


      Why? Well, the arrogance of Mfest in targeting the same date as Bimmerfest when Bimmerfest specifically kept their same date is absolutely absurd. Bimmerfest is the show that has gone on for longer with the more dedicated following. Mfest is quite simply a cash grab for Chris Naguit. Speaking from experience in attending Mfest, it is nothing more than a trip to Las Vegas with some BMW's thrown in and having to throw money at the organizers to get a T-shirt.

      BimmerBoost has been speaking to its vendors and they find it absurd that Mfest decided to make this move. They are finding it rather low class to force a choice in such manner. Those vendors are choosing to attend Bimmerfest instead. BimmerBoost has spoken to its California vendors and they are happy to choose to attend Bimmerfest in lieu of Mfest especially considering the cost difference involved and how little they felt they got in return from past Mfest sponsorship.

      BimmerBoost also will be working as an official media sponsor of Bimmerfest this year. Out of the two, it was only Bimmerfest who took the time to state BimmerBoost's involvement and presence would be desired and appreciated. So, BimmerBoost will do everything in its power to support BimmerFest including organizing caravans for its members to attend BimmerFest (complete with group parking), photo coverage, video coverage, as well as encouraging its vendors to attend.

      After attending Mfest I was left with a bad taste in my mouth. The entire event is poorly organized and my past review would be posted as a reference but Chris deleted it off his forum. Their "club" events they try to make look so cool really just amount to people funneling cash so the Mfest boys can get bottle service and then nobody else knows where these "tables" are or where/when to go. Somehow the Mfest clique got their tables and club entrance though:


      When attempting to go to the drag strip with other Mfest attendees (we're there to enjoy the cars I thought?) Chris Naguit specifically would delete the posts about Mfest group drag racing on the Mfest forums because he was not getting a cut from the drag strip racing that he has now added as an event after the fact when BimmerBoost suggested having drag racing be a part of the weekend in the first place. Seriously Chris?

      Not to mention all the "raffles" that were supposedly to go to BMW enthusiasts attending Mfest instead ended up going to one of the guys working for Mfest who happened to be selling the raffle tickets and had a huge stack of as many of them as he wanted. He "somehow" managed to get a very large amount of "free" parts in the "raffles" for attendees. Shady? You bet. Don't believe me? Don't take my word for it then:








      Same guy winning all the parts year after year who knows the organizer and is handling the raffle tickets? A little fishy don't you think?

      If one wants to replicate the Mfest experience all they have to do is grab a BMW, drive to Vegas, and light their money on fire (or more accurately give it to Chris so he and his friends have a great time in Vegas ON YOUR DIME). Done. Bimmerfest is a community gathering of all BMW's, not specifically targeting a certain demographic (Asians with M cars), and where the real enthusiasts will be. One is an event for posers to try to look cool in "modified" BMW's (EXAMPLE HERE) the other is for BMW enthusiasts from all walks of life. Which one are you?

      More to come as official announcements are made.
      This article was originally published in forum thread: SoCal BMW fans, we have a problem - Mfest 2013 versus Bimmerfest 2013 - Mfest (Chris Naguit) specifically targets same date as BimmerFest started by Sticky View original post
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      1. leonelhpfm3's Avatar
        leonelhpfm3 -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
        Try not to choke on that Mfest Kool-Aid.
        lol, I do not choke on anyone Kool-aid.

        Whether things happened three years ago or not they did happen and it was enough for many people to choose not to attend.

        it does matter sticky. because people are going to believe or assume that this happened recently and was not resolved or corrected when in fact it was. state all of the facts that you know of so folks can make an informed decision. that is my point.

        And the fact about it being a cash grab for Chris is clear.

        Clear how? do you know what the rate is to reserve the Las vegas motor speedway for two days? do you know what the discounted rate is for the rooms is? if there is a down payment needed to hold such a reservation? what the cost is to reserve the hall needed to hold an event like MFest? you have presented no facts to the allegations thrown. now do not get me wrong, i am not saying he is nOT making some sort of a profit but i think it comes from the T-Shirts, hats, stickers, hoodie sweaters and such and losses it on renting out the speedway.

        And the fact he scheduled it at the same time as BimmerFest is also clear.

        This is a Ridiculous statement! again, i do not know MFest Chris or tony and the bimmerfest guys. what i do know is that Mfest Chris PARTICIPATES in bimmerfest? so WHY would he do something like "purposefully" book MFest in direct conflict with bimmerfest? makes no sense unless you know something i do not. on top of that, MFest Chris released his dates 4 WEEKS BEFORE BIMMERFEST 2013. thankfully he had a plan B in place and was able to get all the contracts signed. i do not know why you and a few other California guys do not believe anything MFest Chris has said. Feels like there is ALOT more to this than your letting on.


        Gee and who do you think that should be?

        Personally, I thought i should have been Bimmerfest. for two reasons.

        1. its a One-day 8 hour meet so it should be easier to swap days from the 18th of May to the 25th or the 11th of MAY

        2. 75% of the sponsors attend BOTH show / event so i am sure they would support a change in date for either as long as its back to back weekends.

        so as of today we Now know Mfest was the one who changed there dates for the following weekend now on Memorial day weekend.

        my other question to you is did you post this 3 YEARS AGO when it happened? and if so, and it was corrected why post this again NOW during a time when the issue of the two events is heating up?

        seems CNN like in its clear intent to misinform or misguide the public.

        or intentional spread misinformation by not releasing all the facts.

        either way what happened was unfortunate but it is stale old news similar to beating a dead horse. it bothers me the way it does because you are demoralizing an event that has no rival. for the BMW community there is nothing Like MFest in North America.

        tx2k is the closest i can think of but its mainly for the Toyota Supra guys or atleast its who i saw dominated the early events before other tuners wanted to compete that were non toyota's.

        not trying to argue but have an informational debate to make sure all the facts are on the table. i hope you understand and do not take me personally.

        Rico
      1. DD GT3 RD's Avatar
        DD GT3 RD -
        I don't like to talk $#@! but I never hesitate to on M Fest. All they do is park their cars in parking lots. I've never seen any of them drive on a track, let alone a 1/4 mile track or 60-130/highway races. I heard from some vendors they won't be going back this year as nobody sold $#@! in Vegas and was a waste of money. I've only been to bimmerfest once but it did seem like a cooler meet.
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        Sticky -
        Omg bright orange text. Feels just like mfest typing.
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        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by DD GT3 RD Click here to enlarge
        I don't like to talk $#@! but I never hesitate to on M Fest. All they do is park their cars in parking lots. I've never seen any of them drive on a track, let alone a 1/4 mile track or 60-130/highway races. I heard from some vendors they won't be going back this year as nobody sold $#@! in Vegas and was a waste of money. I've only been to bimmerfest once but it did seem like a cooler meet.
        Bmw rice.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Read this:

        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by ykjones Click here to enlarge
        Since I started this thread and spread the word about MFest from the get go, I'd like to share some final thoughts. This is an enthusiast forum and all about sharing info and experiences whether good or bad so that we can all learn/benefit from it as a community. I have been a ///MFest veteran having attended the last 3 or 4 ///MFests and I have lead and organized one of the largest caravans to ///MFest. I always have a blast in Vegas with my close friends and we really have a great time with all Vegas has to offer. I will not be supporting ///MFest this year nor in the future (unless things change for the better) for many of same reasons stated by BMWDave, ACG, oldskooldj and others. All I can say is things look shady to say the very least and I've heard that from a number of high on the food chain sources from the get go and I choose not to be part of that. It is unlikely that any of us will know the real deal. I know the dates have been changed to accommodate everyone attending both Bimmerfest 2013 and MFest VII, but one can’t help but scratch their head when it had been stated that May 17-19 were the “only dates available for the Las Vegas Speedway”. Then there is the whole issue of when it was the MFest dates were “officially” announced. At no time has there been any announcement on the MFest home page (even as of Feb 3, 8:40am), facebook page, nor any announcement via email to previous attendees announcing any date and all pertinent info. One has to navigate to a forum and sub-forum to find any date info. In my eyes, posting a date in a forum does not make an event “official”. Where are the details, most importantly, why can’t people register right now if was “officially” announced back in early Jan?? Why the need to change their dates now if MFest announced their dates “officially” first? I attended my very 1st Bimmerfest last year and was blown away. Class act. 2500+ BMWs, CEO of BMW NA speaking to the crowd, educating us on the future of BMW and ///M and answering any question from anyone. The sponsors.....wow!!!!! It was insane how many sponsors were there and all the great heavy hitting ones too. Personally, I feel a big fat egg on my face from MFest as I just wanted to spread the word to fellow enthusiasts about an annual event and they pull all this crap. So I apologize to everyone for that for helping build the hype for MFest and it certainly wasn’t my intent to lead you astray. If you go, you will have a great time I’m sure and see a crap load of ///Ms and have a great time in Vegas. Chris - being part of the caravan is a good part of the experience and it is fun so you don’t want to miss that on any account if you go. Just be careful on the road and watch all around you. There will be a ton of ///Ms on the road and it seemed like a lot had something to try to prove. I value my dollar more now being retired and a stay at home Dad. Perhaps I was more care free when I still worked. Now I’m like “what am I truly getting for my $$$”. Or “this $$ spent here could be towards another mod-lol). Having attended the past 3 or 4 ///MFests, the Bimmerpost article was pretty spot on from my perspective. I don’t want to discourage anyone on going as you can attend both now with the date change. I say again you will have a blast for sure and it will be a fun experience. MFest is traditionally held in Apr and it is already pretty insanely hot. I can’t imagine being there at the Las Vegas Speedway (no shade) for MFest in late May, especially tracking in that heat. Traffic will be insane for Memorial Day weekend (the I-15 can get pretty crowded to/from Vegas any weekend). For us SoCal guys, try to imagine the border checkpoint coming back on Sun or Mon....From my perspective, seeing the lack of responses on the MFest forum with the new “date” announcement kinda says a big statement. Like ACG said, there will always be a following for MFest regardless. I don’t think a lot of folks are happy at how at how this all unfolded and especially the new dates and the challenges they bring. I look forward to seeing a lot of you with a great year of runs, some track days thrown in, ECFest and Bimmerfest.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by FlyingGuy Click here to enlarge
        Sticky, I have sent you an email. Maybe I can help out in that regard. There are a couple venues near Pasadena that I'm sure we could secure and that would be fun, and I think it could be a big push for all parties involved, and be especially beneficial to the core of all of it, the CAR ENTHUSIAST!
        I've got a green light so we need to get to work on this @FlyingGuy
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by leonelhpfm3 Click here to enlarge
        Thanks for letting us know that in fact all this B.S. happened 3 years ago! that says something about the person who posted this now to stir up even more unrest and divide between two Fest. sounds just like something a politician would do.
        You really want to try me?

        How is it stirring things up to post the truth? Not even my words, from PEOPLE who attended Mfest and got screwed over HARDCORE. Just because you $#@!ed someone over 3 years ago doesn't mean you didn't do it. Sorry, basically robbing people doesn't have a 3 year expiration date.

        Additionally, you know how you stir things up and cause a divide? By purposely picking the same date in an attempt to force people to you for more money and try to squeeze the other guy out. Go ahead, spin this. TRY.

        Why is Mfest the one having to change their date and not BimmerFest? Because one is in the wrong and the other isn't.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by leonelhpfm3 Click here to enlarge
        lol, I do not choke on anyone Kool-aid.
        LOL well you are here. Orange Kool-aid apparently.

        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by leonelhpfm3 Click here to enlarge
        it does matter sticky. because people are going to believe or assume that this happened recently and was not resolved or corrected when in fact it was. state all of the facts that you know of so folks can make an informed decision. that is my point.
        Does not matter it shows exactly what took place at Mfest. It happened. It's real. It isn't my fault Mfest screwed up to such a large degree.

        And what, I'm supposed to reward them for it? I paid for my ticket and posted my experience. Simple as that.

        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by leonelhpfm3 Click here to enlarge
        Clear how? do you know what the rate is to reserve the Las vegas motor speedway for two days? do you know what the discounted rate is for the rooms is? if there is a down payment needed to hold such a reservation? what the cost is to reserve the hall needed to hold an event like MFest? you have presented no facts to the allegations thrown. now do not get me wrong, i am not saying he is nOT making some sort of a profit but i think it comes from the T-Shirts, hats, stickers, hoodie sweaters and such and losses it on renting out the speedway.
        Please quote the figures Chris charges vendors. I know them. Want me to do it? Because I will.

        I will also quote the sales figures for a specific vendor versus what they paid to attend. You want to keep pushing?

        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by leonelhpfm3 Click here to enlarge
        This is a Ridiculous statement! again, i do not know MFest Chris or tony and the bimmerfest guys. what i do know is that Mfest Chris PARTICIPATES in bimmerfest?
        Who cares if he participates? You are telling me this guy didn't just try to cut BimmerFest out? What is the all the outrage for then on mutliple forums? Must just be my imagination.

        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by leonelhpfm3 Click here to enlarge
        my other question to you is did you post this 3 YEARS AGO when it happened?
        Sure did. Chris deleted it. Wonder why?

        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by leonelhpfm3 Click here to enlarge
        seems CNN like in its clear intent to misinform or misguide the public.
        I'm misinforming the public by posting the absolute truth in others words and not even my own? How? Seems I'm not the only one with a problem here.

        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by leonelhpfm3 Click here to enlarge
        not trying to argue but have an informational debate to make sure all the facts are on the table. i hope you understand and do not take me personally.
        Rico, not at all. I respect your opinion and will be happy to buy you a beer. At BimmerFest.
      1. leonelhpfm3's Avatar
        leonelhpfm3 -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by DD GT3 RD Click here to enlarge
        I don't like to talk $#@! but I never hesitate to on M Fest. All they do is park their cars in parking lots. I've never seen any of them drive on a track, let alone a 1/4 mile track or 60-130/highway races. I heard from some vendors they won't be going back this year as nobody sold $#@! in Vegas and was a waste of money. I've only been to bimmerfest once but it did seem like a cooler meet.
        DD GT3 RD, what you wrote is NOT "Talking sh%@" its called your opinion. its a part of your 1st amendment right. the freedom of speech. i had a tough time understanding your 1st sentence but share on!
      1. leonelhpfm3's Avatar
        leonelhpfm3 -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
        LOL well you are here. Orange Kool-aid apparently.

        Does not matter it shows exactly what took place at Mfest. It happened. It's real. It isn't my fault Mfest screwed up to such a large degree.

        And what, I'm supposed to reward them for it? I paid for my ticket and posted my experience. Simple as that.

        Please quote the figures Chris charges vendors. I know them. Want me to do it? Because I will.

        I will also quote the sales figures for a specific vendor versus what they paid to attend. You want to keep pushing?

        Who cares if he participates? You are telling me this guy didn't just try to cut BimmerFest out? What is all the outrage for then on mutliple forums? Must just be my imagination.

        Sure did. Chris deleted it. Wonder why?

        I'm misinforming the public by posting the absolute truth in others words and not even my own? How? Seems I'm not the only one with a problem here.

        Rico, not at all. I respect your opinion and will be happy to buy you a beer. At BimmerFest.
        lol, Sticky i do not drink Alcohol so if at all, you'll buy me a sweet Arnold Palmer ;-)

        to curtail the tail-chasing. i feel where your coming from. reminding us (prospective MFesters) every year, of what you have been through so were careful. ok thank you. good looking out.

        no i do not have the figures of what was charged by mfest previous to 2012. i remember what i paid last year. seemed reasonable to me. you obviously have much more information you could have shared with sophomores like myself so were well informed right here on one thread, in one forum and not have to research 5 forums and hundreds of pages of thread material that is circumstantial.

        in any case, if i lived closer to SoCal i would participate in Bimmerfest 2013 but i am too far to justify a one day meet. maybe bimmerfest east i can swing because a large majority of my immediate family reside in the NYC so that i can justify.

        i will pay more attention to the 5Ws surrounding MFest VII and have a face 2 face with chris in person cause i am much better at reading a face then reading between the lines ;-)

        Orange, because my kids Love Orange and they get a kick out seeing how daddy did that! lol, my favorite color remains Blood Red
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by leonelhpfm3 Click here to enlarge
        to curtail the tail-chasing. i feel where your coming from. reminding us (prospective MFesters) every year, of what you have been through so were careful. ok thank you. good looking out.
        This would be my first article that points out my Mfest experience only because of what Chris did in targeting BimmerFest.

        Frankly, I've taken a lot of pics of Mfest 'modded cars' and posted about them so... um, ya.

        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by leonelhpfm3 Click here to enlarge
        no i do not have the figures of what was charged by mfest previous to 2012. i remember what i paid last year. seemed reasonable to me. you obviously have much more information you could have shared with sophomores like myself so were well informed right here on one thread, in one forum and not have to research 5 forums and hundreds of pages of thread material that is circumstantial.
        I'm talking about vendor revenue not just cost to attend for regular people here.

        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by leonelhpfm3 Click here to enlarge
        in any case, if i lived closer to SoCal i would participate in Bimmerfest 2013 but i am too far to justify a one day meet. maybe bimmerfest east i can swing because a large majority of my immediate family reside in the NYC so that i can justify.
        No worries man go to whichever one you like.

        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by leonelhpfm3 Click here to enlarge
        Orange, because my kids Love Orange and they get a kick out seeing how daddy did that! lol, my favorite color remains
        That's fine, just hard on the eyes to read.