Photography by Dan Wagener
In 1971 Ed Ullom established a BMW dealership known as Cumberland Valley Motors. Over the many years it grew adding Subaru, Dodge and Volkswagen to the mix. Eventually in 2003, Ed sold the BMW franchise to Sun Motors, but his love for BMW never changed. He has been heavily involved with the BMW CCA and BMW Vintage & Classic Car Club of America, and has built a truly inspiring Bimmer collection. I’m not going to name them all but a few of those cars include a 1600 Cabriolet, 2002tii, 2002 Turbo, 2000 Touring, 3.0CSi, E21 Baur, Z1, two Z8′s, E36 M3, M Roadster, E30 M3. I’ll be honest, I was a little disappointed that I didn’t get to see his 1980 M1, but it was the first time that I’d seen an E21 Baur and 2000 Touring in person. Most of these cars were restored and modified purely to Ed’s liking… the only way to do it.
Because of his life-long passion and dedication to BMW, Ed was awarded the “Friend of the Marque” award. Never heard of it? Me neither. It’s because it is awarded to a small and exclusive group of people. On November 10th, Goetz Pfafflin of the BMW Vintage & Classic Car Club presented Ed with a certificate, plaque and a lapel pin from the BMW International Council. He also received a signed banner, a box of his favorite cigars, a specially engraved lighter, and some much deserved praise and applause from his friends in the Nittany Bimmers Chapter.