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The 2022 Kies Motorsport Auto Show recap

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BMWs as far as the eye could see.

I’ve had the pleasure of owning some prominent marquee brands over the years. But maybe outside of Nissan Z ownership, nothing has had the support of the BMW community. There’s a show with friends almost every weekend. So when Kies announced the Kies Motorsport Auto Show this year in Atlantic City, NJ, I decided to hop in my G80 and check it out.

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This was the first show where the G series became prominent.
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My ride. If you were there, I hope you grabbed a book!

It was an impressive turnout and a beautiful day, and there were a ton of BMW Individual cars set up, particularly a number of G80/82 M3s and M4s. As the owner of a new BMW, I’m happy to see so many people become involved with the brand. I never saw anything like this during my E92 M3 days. But a part of me was also sad. Each year the number of old BMWs at these shows, particularly the E9X and E46, dwindle. Also, the F30 holds a special place in my heart, and the car has become cheap enough that it’s now on third and forth ownership. Many were in attendance.

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Jeremy from my recent G80 shoot was in attendance.
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German butts.

The Kies Motorsport Auto Show was typical

Which isn’t a bad thing. It’s always fun to talk with like-minded enthusiasts. But if we all mod the cars the same way, they all look the same. Carbon fiber lips and spoilers. Exhausts that are loud but not always musical. Wraps. If you see a modified BMW in the wild, it stands out, but row after row of tunes and intakes gets repetitive.

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I haven’t touched the G80 because I can’t find anything that interests me for the premium price.
G80 M3 grill
Many grill options now exist for this M3.

So what stood out?

There were a few fun things. I saw my first BMW M4 convertible in the flesh, and I think it’s an improvement over the hard top versions, especially with the top up. Some 50th Anniversary M badges were on display, and they look snazzy.

One mod that might actually be worth it is to go with BMW Individual paint on your ride. These cars always grab attention and stand out.

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The 50th Anniversary M badge.
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I loved this F10 M5.
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Do it this way if you get an X3 M.

Elsewhere, I was a fan of a Sao Paulo Yellow X3 M – a great color for that car. A Purple F10 M5 sat alone at a booth, and that’s still one of the best-looking modern M cars made. A lone M2 CS with gold wheels also stood out. And a graphite-wrapped F30 was definitely eye-catching in the sunlight.

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This wrap was nicely done.
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I wonder if being topless adds to the G experience.
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The badges are also on the wheels. These are the Gunmetal version of the 825M wheel.
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BMW opted not to change the rear lights for the LCI on the G20. These look great as an option.
Kies had all their cars at the show, including the G80.
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Gold CS wheels for the win.

BMW Individual Gallery

BMW Mint
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I don’t know, I couldn’t find the owner. It’s literally 50 shades of grey.
Speed Yellow
Speed Yellow
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Carbon fiber “nostrils” stand out on the car.
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Verde Mantis
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Santorini Blue
Twilight on the G80 M3
Twilight on the G80 M3.
Tanzanite Blue
Tanzanite Blue
Dravit Grey
Dravit Grey

One option some owners take is to paint the lower body of the G80 the same as the body color. This looks like it should have come from the factory.

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The painted lip is seamless, and helps the lower carbon lip stand out.

The 2022 Kies Motorsport Auto Show was a cool summer event

As a place to visit with friends and meet some vendors, it was fun to be a part of. The ambiance of an old airport next to Atlantic City only added to the vibe. I hope to be back next year!

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Stay safe out there.
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I use Nikon camera bodies and lenses, a Westcott Ice Light 2, Manfrotto tripod, B + W filters and an iMac Pro to make the art you see here.

Email me at mike@machineswithsouls.com with any questions. Follow along on Instagram @machineswithsouls

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