This show has become the biggest E30 show in the world and has a worldwide reputation. The furthest traveled award went to Ryan Carag, who traveled to Tacoma from Maryland by way of New Orleans, Texas and Arizona; a total of 4,469 miles one way! Ryan received a Car Care Kit from Griot’s Garage. Alex Sukhovetskiy came from Tennessee, which in any other year would have made him the furthest traveled. Alex broke some other record by traveling with three of his closest friends in the car. At least, they still seemed like friends after this cross-country dorm-on-wheels adventure. Presumably they stopped to shower every few days. Picnic organizers passed the hat for gas money for these two far flung travelers and were able to send them homeward bound with about $80 each, enough for two tanks of gas.
Kevin Doyle showed his tube-frame E30 with very few E30 parts left. This monster has been built to be an endurance racer. Everything is designed to provide exceptional power-to-weight, reliability and every major component, including the engine, can be quickly replaced.
Owen Craft, the maker of the film, Respect Your Elders was on hand. Owen’s film now has over 100,000 views on YouTube and has become a cult classic. The film’s first shooting was at last year’s Picnic, so it was only fitting that Owen came back to celebrate his success with the faithful.
The award for the highest mileage E30 went to Chuck Meyer and his car with 348,000 miles. The youngest owner was Jacky Zheng, 16 years-old and beating out another 16 year-old by mere months. We’ve quit giving out the oldest E30 owner since they don’t seem to want to admit their ages! Suffice it to say it is over 70. But they are very young 70+ year-olds.
Next year we will celebrate fifteen years of this unique event. Be there!
Thanks to these E30 Picnic supporters:
Haury’s Lake City Collision