|Entrance to Zentrum, BMW's Museum and factory tour|
|Isetta-popular in Europe in the 1950's and used in the movie "Funny Face" with Audrey Heburn|
learn interesting facts,
read a great story about a motorcycle that could have changed the whole future of motorcycle history...
Or take a driving school course....five different courses offered to help you become a better driver or learn how to push your performance model M car to the limits!
And we haven't even started the factory tour yet. Because we were not allowed to take photos, there are no factory pictures. But we will tell you that the BMW factory tour blew the Corvette tour (Bowling Green, KY) out of the water. It was AMAZING to see over 400 hundred robots used in the body shop section of the factory alone. Picture robots twisting and turning, hefting 400 pound pieces of car sections around, working within inches of each other spinning like finely tuned tops with sparks shooting EVERYWHERE as the parts were welded, melded, and assembled. Don't wear your good clothes or wear hair gel on this tour, you might get a little burnt spot or set your hair aflame!
But it was an impressive sight. There are some great videos on youtube of the BMW factory at Spartanburg if you are interested. So many interesting facts! Like "Just in time.." supplying....Parts arrive at the Spartansburg factory within a couple of hours of when they will be used. If a supplier is late, they are fined $2,000.00 a MINUTE for tardiness. The exact science of how they sequence their parts for each car that is being made, is incredible and an amazing story. If you buy a BMW, and choose to pick it up at the Spartansburg factory, they pay for your hotel, wine and dine you, then take you to pick up your car, give you a 2.5 orientation of the car MANUAL, then you go out on their performance track, and drive a car similar to yours and learn how to handle it in skids, braking, and lots of other stuff for another couple of hours. What a company! What a car! The ultimate ride, they say....Sparky is gonna have to go test drive one one of these days....(Nope, no way, no chance, no how!.....says E. We can't afford one!) Just kiddin', honey! Later........