A pretty little square tucked away behind the bustling waterfront. It's cobbled streets welcome car enthusiasts from across the South West on the second Sunday of every month. What began as 'Avenue Driver's Club' for the classic car lover, has turned into a mecca for the masses of individuals from across the region who have a passion for cars.
The sound of engines and the smell of coffee surround the square in the early hours, with some people arriving early enough to see the sun rise. In winter, the warmth from coffee cups keeping your hands warm on a crisp and bitterly cold morning.
As well as the people, the BMW's are of all different ages. An immaculate hennarot E30 M3 stands out on the square. With its 2.3 litre S14 engine producing approximately 200hp and box flared wheel arches, this car is a true classic from the eighties.It is a car that is appreciated and admired by all, even those born a decade or two after the production.
The cars are made in small numbers on the same BMW production line and carry striking additions. For example, the classic multi spoke Alpina alloys and fine engine tuning to give the driver an extra edge over the standard car. They have been working with BMW since 1965 and the trained eye can still spot early examples of their work. For instance this B9 E28 from 1981, which was Alpina’s first attempt at the ever popular 5 series.