Five BMWs to Watch Panel Sponsored by Hagerty
Collector cars can be a lot like colors and clothes: They glide in and out of fashion, though with cars, what’s popular is often driven by price, popularity, and availability. Looking for a car that was “discovered” years ago, like a BMW 328 or 507 and you’ll find stratospheric prices. Certain more recent cars are often still affordable and accessible to a lot of enthusiasts.
Join our moderator and four panelists at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 19, at the BMW CCA National Headquarters, 2350 Highway 101 S, Greer, SC 29651.
Every one of our experts are collectors and enthusiasts who have long been deeply immersed in the BMW world, and are keen observers of trends, interest and, to varying degrees, the market.
Brad Phillips, Moderator
The national relationship manager for Hagerty, Brad Phillips has been a car enthusiast for as long as he can remember. His current stable includes German, British and American cars, most of which are usually running. Brad has been involved with collector car insurance since 2003, working with enthusiasts worldwide to protect assets.
Dirk de Groen
Dirk studied automotive engineering in his native Netherlands. During summers and weekends he worked at the local BMW dealership and interned at BMW and Alpina. His first car was a used 1602, followed by a 2000 Touring tii, which he sold when he left for graduate school in the US. Approximately 15 years ago, he returned to the hobby and became very active in the BMW club. He uses all of his 20+ classic BMWs extensively on tours and rallies.
Eric Keller refers to himself as a car enthusiast who became addicted to BMWs, especially M-Cars, at an early age. He has transformed his passion into a career. Enthusiasts Auto Group, in Cincinnati, OH, was started in a college dorm room and includes brother, Evan Keller. The company buys, sells, repairs and “rejuvenates” BMWs built in the last four decades.
Erik C. Wensberg
A lifelong motorsports enthusiast who worked in professional sports and sports marketing, Erik Wensberg joined BMW of North America in 1985, charged with rebuilding their motorsports efforts. During his 14-year tenure with BMW, he established the BMW-Skip Barber Advanced Driving School, strengthened the relationship with the BMW Car Club, saved several significant BMW race cars, and became the first brand manager for M products.
Lane Motor Museum manager David Yando holds a degree in horticulture and has extensive management experience. He met Jeff Lane through a local Nashville sports car club and has been with the musem since its inception in 2002. His daily driver is a 273K E30 M3, which shares space in the Yando stable with his 1967 Sunbeam Alpine, and equally enthusiastic wife Lora who has a 1976 BMW 2002 and 2009 135is.