By Matt Gage
After what seemed like an exceptionally long wet season in San Diego, we woke up to a morning of clear skies and bright sun on this mid-summer Sunday. The Target at Westfield North County Mall (not to be confused with that other Escondido Target) was this tour’s meetup point for event registration and safety briefing. Spoiler alert: I want to thank everyone who attended for taking the safety briefing to heart and keeping cool heads out on the public roads as we experienced Zero incidents all day.
As we rolled out, it was easy to follow the audible exhaust trail west along the familiar 78 and Old Julian Highway with a brief stop at Dudley’s for bathroom breaks. Shortly after, we got back on the road for round two through Mesa Grande followed by going up East Grade and then down South Grade. I was told that people usually drive that route in the opposite direction so I hope this felt like a new road to many of you! We then made our way through Pechanga and finally a slow roll in Old Town Temecula before finishing up at Boris Said’s brand new BMW of Murrieta dealership and service center.
Mr. Said gave us the extreme pleasure of providing multiple tours of his facility for each of the separate waves of drivers who arrived, all while providing us tasty tacos grilled to order. Let me tell you something: Boris knows how to deliver stories; you can feel his passion behind each one, whether it’s about that one hill at Nürburgring that would cause his M3 to go airborne every time or about how he credits keeping a calm and cool head as he struggled to free himself from his literally fiery Corvette at the end of the straight in Long Beach. But his stories also highlighted his most recent passion of providing the best service he can to the customers of BMW of Murrieta which he owns and operates. After hearing about how he designed almost every feature of his brand new state-of-the-art BMW facility—down to the custom toolboxes that allow his employees to work in clutter-free environments so they can keep their attention on maintaining each customer’s Ultimate Driving Machine—it’s easy to see why BMW of Murrieta is ranked among the top BMW facilities in the world.
Thank you for all the drivers who attended the Tour and exercised safe driving habits. And thank you to Boris Said and BMW of Murrieta for helping us cap off an epic BMW CCA San Diego event!