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Old 04-20-2006, 10:59 AM   #1
stockextra
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323iT Goes to Autocross School!

I was readying my e30 daily driver/autocrosser for Evolution Autocross School last week, and the last bit of work was a brake job: new pads and rotors for Little Red, my '89 325i that runs in SCCA's DSP class for autoX.

Unfortunately, my brake job was not to be. It was Friday night. Turns out we'd been sent the wrong rear pads, and during the bedding process boiled the brake fluid due to excessive off-pedal friction in the rear.

In the process, the front pads disintegrated and the car would barely stop. I limped home, dejected at 1 a.m. Evo school kicked off at 8 a.m., but the real kicker is I had a three-hour drive to get there.

My lovely wife, detecting my frustration, offered up the e46 323iT as a substitute. I actually got up way before dawn, made the drive, and got there just in time to empty the car and make my first runs.

Well, the Touring acquitted itself with aplomb! Running on Proxes 4 M&S tires and a bone stock sport package Touring with 5-speed, I not only posted respectable times but stayed with spitting distance (3/10ths sec.) of a DSP Acura driver from my region who wallops me regularly when I drive my e30 (sigh).

Anyway, the Touring was awesome. Made the three-hour highway drive, autocrossed for one good hard hour with two drivers in the morning, then repeated that in the afternoon, followed by a three-hour return trip.

Flawless. Fun. Comfortable.

I love my e46 Touring. Now she's up for Inspection II which I and my buds will do within a couple weeks.

D. Hitchcock
Zinnoberrot 1989 e30 325i No. 10 DSP
Orientblau 2000 e46 323iT No. 10 DS
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Old 04-21-2006, 12:03 AM   #2
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Nice, there's a guy that auto-x's his 3XX iT.
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