SoCal Vintage BMW Auto Meet 2011

This was back on October 29th, 2011.
Wow. What can i say. LOTS of cars. Lots of NICE cars. It was great seeing all the 2002s and 1600s there.
Here is a flicker gallery of some of the ones that caught my eye. Of course i shot way more photos… but i had to edit.
Prior to the event, i talked to the coordinators about adding motorcycles next year. They really want to do it… so stay tuned. Hopefully Vintage BMW bikes will be there in 2012.

Cafe bodywork arrived

The first batch of body work arrived for the cafe bike. I’m super excited. The fine people at boxer cafe made me custom front fender without the center lip found on stock BMW fenders. The reason for the lip deletion is for the paint scheme. They have been wonderful to talk to and work with. I look forward to seeing what other items they come up with for BMWs.

Boxer Cafe Bodywork

BMW 2002 Mobile Tradition Restoration Video

Talk about a restoration done the right way!  It helps if you are the guys who originally designed the car!


Their spare parts warehouse is my version of a candy store.

After parting out one of these last summer, and spending countless hours working on my old 2002, and current 2002, i can say that all the parts look very familiar….

This is about as ‘brand new’ as you can get. I wonder how much they want for it? ha ha…

BMW /5 Rocky Point Key retrofit

I can’t take credit for this idea.  I saw this on a blog ages ago.  I have since tried to locate the blog and haven’t had any luck so i figured i’d share my experience here on

Hopefully this will help those out there trying to do the same key modification to their /5.  I think /2 BMW’s use the same ‘beetle’ looking key.

Photo lifted from Rocky Point Cycle. They include detailed instructions on how to install this key mechanism

Original beetle looking BMW motorcycle key for a /5.

First you have to remove the old key mechanism. Quickly you start to realize that this upgrade is valid. the contacts and wiring aren’t the best after 38+ years.
Start by taking a long screwdriver and carefully bend the 4 tabs that hold the original key relay in place.

Removal of old switch mechanism

Not much to it. this is the order in which all these pieces went together.


The next step is to prepare everything.  I used some small drill bits and drilled around the old key.  After doing enough drilling, i was able to wiggle it loose and remove it from the ‘beetle’.
I then had to file down the head of the new key to fit inside the ‘beetle’.

Old 'key' removed from beetle. New key shaved down to fit.

Next was finding a way to get MacGyver and keep the key in place while the epoxy hardens.


Key in headlight housing in 'off' position

Key in 'run' position