Last night during the O'fest 2012 Awards Banquet, a very strong thunderstorm swept over the Columbus, OH Polaris Hilton Hotel at about 10:15 PM local time. While we all heard the thunder and the lights flickered a bit, we did not realize what had happened until people started looking out into the rear lot where most of the Bimmers were parked. A fairly large event tent, which had been used to display cars earlier in the week had been picked up by the storm winds and draped in a jumble of canvas and poles across some of the most valuable cars in the lot. Damaged were: A brand new 2012 3-series which appeared to take the hardest hit. The sunroof was shattered and the interior no doubt soaked in the drenching rain. The roof and the front fender were hit hard enough to distort the roof, popping the sunroof glass and bowing the back of the hood up at least a foot. I would not be surprised if this one is declared totalled. A pretty black e36 M3 which suffered a lot of shattered trim and body damage along with shattered drivers side glass and rain into the interior. This one was the toughest of all: the just restored tan E9 coupe which had literally just won the people's choice in the concours. This car was still under the tent debris when I left this morning. It appeared to have damage to the RF fender and trim. I hope the glass and interior were OK. This is the former Michael Izor E9 and can rightly be considered a BMW CCA national treasure. Hoping someone can confirm that the damage was "superficial" and the car is OK. A beautiful red e30 M3. Apparently a nearly flawless car. Could not tell how much damage as it was mostly still under the tent debris. Another heartbreaker: a 1986 M6. Another concours winner. Dented hood, LF fender, LR quarter panel and trim damage. Here is a photo I happened to take of the lot showing the cars before the tent went flying. In the nearest row of cars, you can see a green e30 convertable with the damaged M6 to its left. Just across in the next row, but in front of the red M6 is the tan e9, with the Red e30 M3 next to it in front of the green e30 convert. The 2012 3-series is between the tan e9 and the tent, the edge of which is seen in its proper position before it was blown over. The black e36 M3 later parked in the spot between the f30 and the e9. Thankfully no one was hurt, but this was a very sad morning for all in attendance. Hopefully the irreplaceable treasures can be repaired and the severely hurt f30 is readily replaceable.