Rick Roudebush and the Illini Chapter of the BMW Car Club of America invited neighboring chapters to join them for their seventh annual ///M Madness day in Peoria. For several years, I’d been wanting to go to one of these. I finally got my chance.

We met at BMW of Peoria on Saturday, June 17th. With the threat of severe weather, the turnout wasn’t as good as expected, but we had a great time. I met people from Peoria, Bloomington and Chicago. Several people from St. Louis showed up too. The dealership provided lunch in the form of brats and dogs, along with chips and chili. The vast majority of the 30 or so cars were M cars. M2, M3, M4, M5 and an X5M. An example of an E30 M3 was parked in the show room. Maybe not the finest example, but it was nice to see.

As always, it was great to get together with other BMW enthusiasts, chew the fat and admire each others’ machines.