We are a fairly big car forum within South Africa with thousands of passionate members from every corner of this beautiful country and various parts of the world! We realize you may have interactions with our Fanatics team who work tirelessly behind the scenes and as such thought it would be great to do a short Biography on each of the Fanatics Team members.
I will be updating this page as we go along, with the first 3 Bio's already up, have a read and a comment if you like.
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Not too long ago BMWFanatics teamed up with Crazy Detailer to offer a detail day which was not your regular meet. This was one with a difference where information was shared and attendees were treated to gift packs as well given a wealth of information explaining the best use of detailing products.
The event was a great success and 2 enthusiastic members took it a step further by sharing their great experiences of the event. Gav & Sash explain it best in their combined summary below!
Some of the members convoyed together, arriving at Crazy Detailer by 2:30 pm with just enough time to grab a Wors Roll from PicknPay. On arrival we were greeted by Pravin and the team at CD, we were just in time as a few other fanatics rolled in and we were ready to start!
What CrazyDetailer taught us:
The event was to educate those interested in detailing and to increase awareness in terms correct vehicle maintenance. With most fanatics' event the atmosphere was relaxed and crazydetailer ensured it stayed that way by letting the attendees decide the amount of information related.
Pravin and Neil from CD started of the session by talking about wheel cleaning all the way from washing to waxing. Very insightful and the some cool gadgets like wheel woolies to reach those hard to reach spots. Illustrative videos were used throughout the session for reference to show us the techniques and tools of the trade.
He then moved onto the actual pre-wash and wash process by highlighting the two bucket approach as well as starting from the roof making your way down to the sides of the vehicle which carry the most dirt. This way you prevent dirt transferral and inevitably swirling, by starting at the cleanest part moving to the dirtiest. Some insightful tips were shared from both Neil and Pravin, like using Quick detailer on your wet vehicle before you actually dry it. Also a very cool gadget was shown to use at the bottom of your rinse bucket to prevent your Wash mitt from being recontaminated in the rinse water.
Thereafter they touched on the detailing aspect which included claying, polishing, sealing and waxing. this was mainly to introduce the attendees into detailing and not to cover every aspect( will be covered in future meets). It was mentioned that more important than using just the correct products, it is the correct combination of products that yield the best results. No single brand can meet the needs of every detailer and alot of experimentation is required. Part of this experimentation was Pravin admitting his obsession with waxes and his need to wax every month.
We were lucky enough to be sponsored gift packs by DNA Care which included but not limited to samples of their All purpose cleaner, Applicator sponge, Microfibre, shampoo, chocolate wax, quick glaze, wheel creme.DNA have launched a local range of car care products to meet the SA market. I must say the stuff smelt really good with flavours like chocolate. Made me want to just eat those products up. Thanks to Naushaad from DNA for making this possible for the Fanatics. Was a really nice treat for us all.
Once the session was over and the shopping began…! After learning so much about the right tools and products to keep your baby’s paint looking so fresh one couldn't resist purchasing the pampering kit required especially when the guys at CD gave us a discount just for being Fanatics and being there. I cannot wait to try out my new stuff and provide the guys at CD about the Car Chem and DNA range of products which I received.
Sadly the day had to end...
After this (Around supper time) we all headed over to CalCachios for some much needed pizza, coffees and socialising with the fanatics family. I for one thoroughly learnt so much and this brought a new passion in me for car care. It wasn't my first experience at CD but after this day I know it wont be my last either. Next on the cards from CD is to go into a in depth session on the polish process with real examples in store for the expert level folk.
The event was a great success, introducing many to the world of detailing as well as assisting and guiding those who have already been bitten by the bug. DNA Care showed their commitment to the BMWFanatics detailing community by personalising the gift pack and bringing us high quality product at cost effective prices. This event will be a stepping stone to bigger and better detailing days with more in depth discussions and practical experiences. Looking forward to it!
Once again, thank you to 131gav & sash for the awesome write up, sounds like an event for the books!
Another AWESOME Cars & Coffee catch up we had, this time with a bit of a twist. For the first time we were hosted by Zambesi Auto BMW Dealership, and this added a new dimension to our Cars & Coffee event. Fanatics who attended were greeted with a warm and welcoming team, shown around what is one of the largest BMW dealerships in South Africa, and treated to some great content which showed how a Mini is born and what an exceptional experience one can have when buying a new car from the BMW Group. Fanatics were then given the opportunity to have their cars photos taken by our Talented Divio on the Zambesi Auto stand (Some of the pics below), to have their name in lights so to speak. Members also got to tour their // M Section in the company of fellow enthusiasts.
It must be mentioned, that BMW Globally is moving towards a more personal experience at dealerships, with BMW boutique stores being opened, however what Zambesi auto has shown us is an equally, if not better way to engage with enthusiasts. We often feel as if service can be improved and the experience can be made better, this is a definitely a step in the right direction and must be commended! Once again thank you to all those who made this a success and special mention as always to Divio for epic pics.
The SA Beemer day was a day most BMW clubs around Gauteng were looking forward to, it seemed to take ages for the day to finally arrive, so much preperation going into making it the success that it was. BMWFanatics teamed up with a well known BMW dealership - Zambesi Auto to truly make this a unique experience for all involved and Zambesi auto came to the party - and how. BMWFanatics arrived in a convoy of BMW M cars supplied by Zambesi auto - the official event safety cars - making our presence known from when we arrived. We had a huge convoy and it certainly attracted the attention of all involved. The event itself was a resounding success for BMWFanatics, having a day with some awesome cars, people, and BMW car clubs interacting and sharing stories. Divio was there as well to scoop up some awesome pics, and Crash doing some really brilliant videography - truly both masters at their art. The day ended with BMWFanatics taking home the award for the best and biggest convoy!! All to the hard work of the events team led by Mr. Arbee Himself. A well deserved award for everybody involved, members alike, we can certainly hold this one up!
A huge pat on the back for BMWFanatics as we scooped up an award on Beemer Day. A well coordinated meetup and brilliant convoy lead to us earning the award. A big shout out to all those who made it a success.
Thanks to Zambesi Auto again for making it that much special with those ///M's
All motoring enthusiasts across South Africa had a sombre feeling towards the news that Kyalami would be auctioned off to the highest bidder, to do as they please with. A track with such rich motoring history, a legacy which included Formula one. The general view was that it would be turned into commercial property development.
I held my breath as the day came, and waited for the inevitable, the auction took place, and soon the motoring world was in a flurry, Porsche SA had bought the track! I was in shock and awe, the track would remain in the motoring world! Porsche SA made it clear they would keep it as a racing track and use it for development opportunities on their cars.
Fast forward a bit and Porsche true to their motoring spirit, held an open day, to signal an invitation to all petrol heads across the country - You are welcome here. Each car club rallied up their troops and attended the day, in the pouring rain. What a day it was, from Supercars of this world, to everyday cars, all were represented. BMWFanatics is no stranger to track days and had a great attendance as well, lifting that motoring spirit and hopefully will be back soon at Kyalami for some serious driving.
After a lot of forum upgrades, maintenance and the rest of it (I’m not entirely sure how the I.T side works, but it sounds like a lot of work). We all needed a breather, and take a breath of fresh air before the madness of Ke Dezemba begins! And what a breather it was.. for us and our more important halves (being our cars of course – priorities, get em right!). The convoy met at Caltex on the N1 highway, we pulled off a quick photo shoot – Thank you once again to Divio for amazing shots! We then took a great drive through to Cullinan where some of us enjoyed fantastic pancakes at Harrys Pancakes (A must try for anyone visiting the area). The breakfast run was a resounding success and what was arguably the largest run we have had! A big thank you to all that attended, some familiar faces and some new ones. What a great community we have, it is truly heart warming to see it growing. As usual.. I have spoken too much.. let the pics do the talking!
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Greetings to all BMWFanatics and welcome to the new environment for our forum as well as the additional sister forums.
Thank you for your patience during a very long downtime maintenance period.
TheFanatics.co.za portal site was necessitated by the need for an all encompassing "portal" for motoring enthusiasts. Forums are by nature restricted by their off the shelf templates and BmwFanatics was no exception. However, we have over the years stretched the MyBB platform and developed and created ideas and plug-ins that are not available elsewhere.
We developed the new portal as a line of sight to a broader online community but also to break out of the restrictions of the MyBB software.
As Murphys law dictates we were not able to migrate BmwFanatics forum to our new server today which is already hosting our network of forums - We hope to do this in the next few weeks so that the BmwFanatics forum can also enjoy the faster speed and greater hosting previledges.
Enjoy our new beautiful home for easy reference and as a single stop of the best that South African motoring and the continent have to offer. It is also the beginning of creating a community of enthusiasts that cuts across brands, borders, loyalties and places the focus on our love and passion for cars.
The potential for advertisers, sponsors, marketers as well as the motoring industry to reach a broad audience through one portal has just been made so much easier.
We invite you to explore the new site and the various forums and hope that you will find something of value. As with all online communities; growth takes time but creating a home and value for members take even more time. Expect to see a few more changes and additions in the next few months.
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