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Dark_Helmet

M –35
Lincoln, Nebraska
United States

 

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About me and my passion for cars

I love the mechanical elegance of cars, it has always appealed to me. My problem is that I hate it when they don't work... yet I enjoy working on them... when its on MY time. Odd, yes. But that's just me.
I don't like autocross, it feels too out of control. I prefer the big-track speed and required discipline and restraint of road-course work.
I love old muscle cars and vintage sports cars. and I love BMWs. Of the modern cars, only BMW and Ferrari/Maserati are really compelling to me for some reason, and even at that many of the newer designs fall deaf on my ears (love the E90 though, and while hiddeously ugly, the Z4 chasis is dynamically awesome).
I'm a classicist in many ways. I don't like power seats, I hate power tops on convertibles, and I love BLACK. I also hate fixing other peoples' mistakes, which is why it becomes less and less likely that I will ever buy another car that has been reasonably modified prior to my ownership. Its just too much hassle. Cars are a very social experience for me. I like wrenching with friends, driving with friends, bench racing, or just hanging out in the garage for no good reason other than there's a beer bottle opener out there.

My first car

1985 Honda Accord: Beige metallic, 5-speed, hatchback, single-barrel carb... what a pile... but it ran... 177K when I sold it (for more than I bought it for 40K earlier!)

Car I wish I still had

2000 Z3 2.3 Roady, Quadruple Black
1992 Acura Integra GS... Also Black
1983 BMW 533i (wish it still ran)... Also Black

My dream car

1993 Ferrari 348tb (Black)
2001 BMW M Coupe... this one I will own someday...or its near equivalent. So funky, so cool.

Car clubs I’m in

BMW Car Club of America (BMWCCA) Missouri Valley Chapter (Sitting Director and Secretary)

Favorites

  • Type of racing: Vintage Road Racing (SVRA, VSCDA, etc), and most other forms of sports-car and formula-car racing.
  • Driver: Phill Hill
  • Driving song: Golden Earring - Radar Love
  • Car movie: Grand Prix
  • Car book: The Last Open Road
  • Car magazine: Road & Track... most months.
  • Car game: my exhaust is louder than your exhaust...

— Profile last updated: Jul 7, 2007

Date Joined Sep 6, 2006
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Photos 54 photos in 6 albums
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Parts 2 for sale

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corsa
Oct 9, 2006 at 8:17 pm
Those are some great pics from the rally, looks like you had a blast! Thanks for sharing.
 
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Sep 7, 2006 at 7:05 pm
I've got nothing but love for German Craftsmanship! I see you've done the Breast Cancer Drive. I've done that as well. Nothing but good times!
 

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I hate this car...

Filed under: 1993 BMW 318i (the new headache)

So, I take the car to the shop to have the springs swapped and snows put on... should be about $400 maybe $500 with a couple extra fixes tossed in. um, wow. 1) Bent strut 2) destroyed backing plates on rear brakes, which means 3) needs new wheel bearings...

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IT LIVES AGAIN!!!!

Filed under: 1993 BMW 318i (the new headache)

Went out to the car yesterday and the clutch pedal was not meaninfully connected to the clutch fork. thankfully I had forseen such events (with some prodding) and my new clutch slave had arrived tuesday afternoon. Last night I put it on and bled the...

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IT LIVES!!!!!

Filed under: 1993 BMW 318i (the new headache)

well phase one is finally complete... I drove the car (YES, DROVE THE CAR) to the exhaust shop tonight to have it sorted out/welded up, and I purged and bled the coolant system (will have to bleed it again, I'm sure). huge thanks to armen for helping me...

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