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I got this beauty 02/28/02 from Rusnak BMW in Westlake/Thousand Oaks,
California. Ron Randall did a great job as salesperson and the rest
of the staff
at Rusnak was wonderful as well. The car was an August '01 build,
shown sold in Nov., '01 (internally to the dealership) and still available
in Feb., 02. The
fine people at Rusnak told me they would give me a great deal if I
would come and give the car a good home. When I actually showed up
interested in the
car, the sales staff was very eager to talk to me . . . Click
on the picture to see more pictures at the dealership.
The two tone interiors of the M Roadsters really look sporty
when the top is down. This car has the Imola Red and Black interior.
Click on the picture to see a composite of top down pictures (courtesy
of Albert N.)
That's my nephew Sean in the car. He thinks I have
a cool car, but that's understandable because he likes to go
BMW CCA Clean Car Contest and Picnic 2002
Near the end of every April, the LA BMW CCA holds a chapter clean car
contest/picnic with the proceeds going to charity. With my car being
so new, I
only entered as display only but had a great time and got to share
parking with an e36 M3 ltw.
I was told by one of the judges that I REALLY should
have entered, so I'll try and be ready for next year's. Click
on the pictures to see some of the classic BMWs at the picnic (courtesy
of Sam N.)
In SoCal quite a few BMW enthusiasts like to get together
for what are known as tech sessions. These are where the owners like
to get together and work on their own cars to perform what are know as
DIY Forum) for Do-It-Yourself. The types
of projects could range from oil changes and brake maintenance to suspension
modifications and paddle shifter retrofits.
They are great learning experiences and Dan (aka The Hack),
the LA BMW CCA Product Evaluation Editor, hosts them on a regular basis
(by definition, any tech session hosted by The HACK is a Hack Session
). In addition to being great learning experiences, tech sessions
are just a lot of fun (Latest
I also volunteer to take turns hosting them on occasion.
Recently I had about 10 Z roadsters and coupes over our place for a Z Car
Tech Session. Click on the picture to see all the Z cars at my house.
Eric (Eric5150) did a great job off posting a write-up (Eric's
write-up) . (pictures courtesy of Bob B., Dan
W. and Eric V.)
so often I'll try to organize a detailing clinic. In getting ready
for the first one, I was fortunate enough to run into Marco, the proprietor
Carnuba Store . He says "Detail clinics? Oh,
I do those." Marco hosted the event, provided breakfast and covered
things like paint basics, claying and using a Porter Cable. Not only
did he bail me out, but it was a great time for all who went and no matter
what our detailing experience, everyone came away with something they could
use. Paul did a great job of writing up a report of the event
(although the pics may no longer be hosted)
(pictures courtesy of Paul L.) Paul's
Write Up and Follow
Every year, on a Saturday in April, Cutter Motors in Santa Barbara
clears the inventory off the lot and opens up the dealership to host a
great event called Bimmerfest. It's a one day gathering for the BMW
enthusiasts that make up the BMW on-line community. The event is
free of charge and features vendors, display cars, seminars and demos and
even lunch provided by Cutter Motors. But the real highlight of the
event is a road rally of hundreds of BMWs through Santa Barbara County.
After a day of Bimmerfest, enthusiasts wishing to stick around can party
together on State Street that evening.
Click on the pictures to see more Bimmerfest shots.
Home Page - Bimmerfest
Photo Gallery - Bimmerfest
Every now and then the guys feel the urge to hit the open road - and
I mean open! You can find some pretty deserted roads in Death Valley,
which isn't far from the areas where auto makers will take new cars to
secluded areas for desert road testing. What could anybody with a
an ultimate driving machine possibly want to do on deserted roads with
straightaways that go for miles?
Click on the picture to see a group shot (pictures courtesy of Plaz and