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Bfest 2016 Location Winner.

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Berettta Fest 2016 will be held in Ocean City MD!

Congratulations to Brian Kimmit and Andy McKevitz for your winning proposal!

BerettaFest 2016: OCEAN CITY, MARYLAND

Ocean City MD

Welcome to Ocean City, Maryland, an oceanfront vacation destination along the Atlantic coast that features 10 miles of FREE, clean beaches and world famous Boardwalk. With a variety of accommodations and things to do, there is truly something for everyone in Ocean City! Stroll the three-mile Boardwalk along the seafront, enjoy shopping and games while sampling salt water taffy along with other old fashioned treats. The summer season explodes with special concerts, beach bonfires and kids’ activities. Nature enthusiasts will love nearby Assateague Island, home to deer and wild ponies.

BerettaFest 2016 will mark the 20th Anniversary for our national event! We want to make this one an extra special event and have a few surprises in store for the group! One of the things we are going to TRY and make happen is a slight change in accommodations. We are currently investigating the feasibility of renting a block of condos or perhaps some type of large rental home(s) in lieu of a traditional hotel/motel as we’ve done historically. We cannot promise anything yet as many of the 2016 rental contracts do not renew until the end of the current season. If the condo idea proves impossible, we will have our tried and true hotel accommodations as a fallback. We welcome your input! Please give us your feedback on this idea.

A Sample of Local Attractions Includes:

Proposed BerettaFest Itinerary:

  • Wednesday, June 22nd (Unofficial)
    • Early Arrival and Taco Night!
  • Thursday, June 23rd
    • Official BerettaFest Registration until 12pm
    • Settle in and get acquainted with new friends and old
    • ~5:30pm – Group Dinner @ Hooper’s Crab House or On The Bay Seafood (group size dependent)
    • ~7:30pm – Amusement Park (Jolly Roger at the Pier) and Boardwalk Attractions
  • Friday, June 24th
    • 10:00am-12:00pm – Group Photo
    • 12:00pm – ~3:00pm – Ziplines and Aerial Rope Course @ Frontier Town High Ropes Amusement Park
    • ~3:00pm – Poker Run (We will be traveling by car to various sites along the way)
    • Evening – Relax on the beach until dark (bring coolers and camp/beach chairs)
  • Saturday, June 25th
    • AM – 11:30am – Prep/Clean cars for car show
    • 12:00pm to mid-afternoon – BerettaFest Picnic and Car Show @ Park (Location TBD)
    • ~6:00pm-? – Sunset Ocean Cruise (TBD)
    • Evening – Take time to relax at the hotel/beach or take time to possibly help repair the “BFest or Bust” winner’s car!
  • Sunday, June 26th
    • Get packed up and say goodbyes until next year!
    • Convoys are encouraged!

Thanks for taking the time review our proposal and cast your vote! If you have questions or comments regarding this proposal, please contact us:

  • Brian Kimmitt (DanteGTZ on BerettaNet)
  • Andy McKevitz (yellow3800 on BerettaNet)

January 2015 COTM

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Chad Loniello’s 1989 Beretta GT 3400/5-Speed

I was 16 years old in 1995 and I wanted my own car. So I looked in the paper and found this 1989 Beretta GT. As soon as I saw the car I KNEW it was mine. The love affair had started. It had 76,000 miles on it. Since then it has had deer damage, break ins, etc. I never would let the car go. It always took care of me and I will always take care of her. It has gone through the factory 2.8 and a brand new crate 2.8 from GM. At 286,000 miles I pulled that crap out and put in a custom built 3400 that only had 16,000 miles on it. I have spent over $2600 on the interior ($98 sq ft for cloth= $1950), 3 paint jobs and lots of upkeep. I have spent enough on this car over the years to have bought it brand new twice at the original MSRP of $13,500 in 1989. You name the part on the car, it has been replaced….at least twice. I could spend HOURS talking about all the history me and this car have but I will save you the time. With all the money I have spent on this car, I do NOT regret it at all. Not a penny.

Custom 3400

Spec Stage 2+ Clutch

Sprint Springs, Koni Adjustable Rear Shocks, KYB Struts. Sway Bars (5)

HID Headlights.

and so much more!

September 2014 COTM

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Ryan Haenny “Styluss” 1989 Beretta 2.8L/3t40  Euro GTU Mock

I bought this car in early 2004 with my tax return money. I had always wanted a second car to learn how to tinker on. I actually bought the car a month or two before BFest was right here in Denver Colorado! But as I was so new to the car I didn’t have the passion and enthusiasm for the car and the community that I do now and didn’t attend. She was a 1989 Base model with beat blue interior and bone stock save for a remote start system and old faded tinted windows.

Shortly after I bought the car my friend turned me onto to junk yarding. HOLY COW did I learn a lot about this car in a short period of time! All the models produced, different engines, seat styles, different body kits, suspension bars and so more! That and the knowledge base that is turned me into an addict very quickly. The car went through a lot of different looks in a rather short period of time but one look caught my eye in particular… the GTU look. And after going through three different interior colors / setups I finally rounded up all I needed for a black interior, save for the dash.

Not only was I a fiend for the GTU look and equipped the car with a full GTU kit but I also stumbled onto the world of European Berettas and quickly fell in love. I became a sucker for rare European parts and acquired them just as fast as I could actually find them and click “Send Payment” on PayPal. Today, the car is a GTU mock with the most complete Euro conversion outside of the European states. And yes, I am VERY proud of that fact.

The car has been through a lot in its lifetime; Autocross, Rallycross, “off-road” camping trips, hellacious snow storms, two accidents and more. I have definitely put her through her paces. But she has been awarded for it all as well; it has earned a podium finish at many Autocross and Rallycross events, first place in a car show, first place at local Rallycross events, second place at a National Championship Rallycross, first place at a National Challenge Rallycross and even Best Modified Late Model Interior at BFest Denver 2013! Not to mention she has been spotted in SportsCar Magazine three times! One was even an article with an interview! Nothing makes me smile like having someone come up to me and say “You really know how to drive that thing!” Especially when they find out it’s an automatic! All in all the car is well known in the Colorado automotive community as well as within the Beretta community.

How about a small list of mods hmm? The list is MUCH bigger, but these are the highlights.

–          Ported and polished upper and lower 3.1 intake manifolds
–          Styluss cold air intake system
–          Full 2.5” mandrel bent exhaust system with Magnaflow cat and muffler
–          Fast Forward Performance ECU chip
–          Fast Forward Performance billet dogbone
–          Custom billet upper transmission mount
–          Strut bar, lower sub-frame brace, radiator to strut bars, shock tower brace and Z51 rear sway bar piggy-backed over the factory internal rear sway bar
–          13” C4 ‘Vette Baer big brake kit
–          Cadillac sun visors with lit dimming mirrors, extensions and second fold down visor
–          Cadillac leather shift knob
–          Z34 leather steering wheel with cruise control mod
–          Custom black and gray Z seats
–          Relocated cigarette lighter with console organizer
–          Euro headlights, tail lights, side mirrors, spoiler, fender flares and set of owner’s manuals
–          Z fog light and turn signal conversion
–          Tinted windows
–          Eibach springs


Well, that’s my obsession in a nutshell! I would love to answer any questions you have about me or the car so please, feel free to ask! Thanks for taking a look at my baby!


Ryan Haenny


August 2014 COTM

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Brian Kimmitt DanteGTZ 1993 Quad4 GTZ

I started down the Beretta path back in 1999 when I bought a 1990 Beretta GT. That car lasted a little over a year before the engine blew. Shortly thereafter, in August of 2000, I bought a 1993 Quasar Quad4 GTZ from a dealer in Montana. I loved the car and kept it until buying my ’04 SRT4 in early 2005. Foolishly, I let the SRT4’s turbocharged power cloud my opinion of the GTZ and I sold the car to a friend who kept it for a couple years before selling it again.

Fast forward to Fall 2012. I am not sure why, but out of the blue, but I began to think about (and really miss) my old GTZ. I had been away from for almost 7 years by this point. I searched for my old GTZ but couldn’t locate it; I’m guessing it had been junked. I managed to find another 1993 Quasar Blue Quad4 GTZ from another Bnet member in Wisconsin. It needed and engine but surprisingly the car was rust free. We agreed on a price and I drove up to WI and trailered the car home in January of 2013.

It took me the better part of a year to get it running again. I had to source quite a few missing parts and had a few problems along the way but eventually got it running. As of now it has:

1994 Quad4 HO bottom end (brand new from crate engine) Reworked 086 Cylinder head W41 Cams ARP Head Studs 89-91 HO Exhaust Manifold 89-91 HO crank pulley Eibach Pro-Kit springs

I plan on keeping the mod list fairly small. The exterior of the car will remain fairly stock and my main focus of any performance mods will be in braking and suspension.

As Beretta sightings become less frequent and they become harder to find in rust free condition, my goals have shifted somewhat to preservation. I plan on keeping this car for as long as possible. I have no intentions to ever sell it or our other 1993 Garnet GTZ. I made that mistake once, but will not make it again! It’s good to be back!

BerettaFest 2015 LOCATION!

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 Berettafest 2015 will be in Biloxi Mississippi!
Registration is OPEN!!!
Hotel Reservation cut off for the group rate is May 24th so Registration will be closing on May 17th!

A New Day


Congratulations to Michelle and Katlyn Wilson for your Biloxi Mississippi Gulf Coast Proposal win!

Beretta Fest 2015 will be on the coast next year.  Plan your trip, prep the car and don’t forget to charge that A/C. Stay tuned to the forum for updates on planning as the year progresses.  Bfest 2015 will be held on June 25th-28th, A bit later next year but that is due to Fathers day falling on the third weekend in June.  Looking forward to seeing everyone there!