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Old 11-29-2004, 07:59 AM   #1
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Question How many people here actually race or autox?

Their BMW's, or atleast a BMW. I'm just wondering. Reason I ask is because there are so many threads about increasing power, will I beat a.... (fill in blank) ??? You/ I drive a BMW they drive sh!t, Our cars aren't about speed, they are about luxury... etc. So I ask, how many of you actually hit the tracks? How many of you are (truly) aware of BMW's racing history? Or are just here for the and luxury? For me personally I do hit the tracks when able, and I love the racing heritage, but what about you?
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Old 11-29-2004, 08:05 AM   #2
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Old 11-29-2004, 08:07 AM   #3
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You don't count I know the guys like you, akhbhaat, GM, note46, slow323 and few others run, but I want to know about the rest....
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Old 11-29-2004, 08:15 AM   #4
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Old 11-29-2004, 08:17 AM   #5
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I race touring cars...don't race my BMW though...I have brought it on the track a few times...basically stock, with sports package...it is pretty good...fast enough (you don't really need a blindingly fast car on the track to have fun...) I like the overall package of the car...good torque, looks great, the interior has a good luxury/sportiness balance to it...and of course...the status symbol of a BMW...

I guess people just want to know where exactly does their car stand compared to other cars...and what they can do to improve that standing...nothing wrong with that...



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Old 11-29-2004, 08:26 AM   #6
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Old 11-29-2004, 08:49 AM   #7
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Old 11-29-2004, 10:31 AM   #8
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Old 11-29-2004, 01:46 PM   #9
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I'm not too up on BMW and/or its racing history, but I autocross frequently and track it here and there. You always hear about the "kids" who try to max out their car/BMW on the highway straights , but autocross and track days are where its at. You gain an added respect to the road, and improve driving capabilities, learning your car more than you would on a local road. And the best thing is-no cops. It is a controlled, safety conscious environment where you can "drive her hard all day " A place where gearheads can smooze, drive fast, and have fun. Like the old Pirelli ad states "Power is nothing without control." You may have a fast car, but are U fast? Autcross your bimmer then jump into another kind/type of car. Its interesting to discover BMW's strong points and weak points versus other cars. It amazing to watch the "winter beaters" beat up on some cars than you thought were "fast." And then its inspiring to watch an M3 or M Roadster dialed in with suspension, race tires, big brakes, you name it... pulling in an FTD(Fatest Time of the day)!!!

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Old 11-29-2004, 03:25 PM   #10
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Cool, glad to see some true track heads out there, I guess I get annoyed sometimes when I see so many people ragging on others as to why they are trying to imrove their rides (speed, suspension) and all the silly "Will my car beat a ..." things. It's like these folks have no true respect or appreciation for what they are drivng or it's heritage, and what they are really capable of doing.
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Old 11-29-2004, 07:36 PM   #11
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Hi, I've got my BMW this past May. It's a 2002 325xi and drove it at Waterford Hills, Mi. this past September. WOW what an experience. I always thought I was a pretty good driver and I do OK on the street. But being on the track, well I found out it takes more than a heavy foot on the gas to go fast. I think everybody should try it once. You'd be surprised at what it really takes to go fast.
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Old 11-29-2004, 07:48 PM   #12
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Hi, I've got my BMW this past May. It's a 2002 325xi and drove it at Waterford Hills, Mi. this past September. WOW what an experience. I always thought I was a pretty good driver and I do OK on the street. But being on the track, well I found out it takes more than a heavy foot on the gas to go fast. I think everybody should try it once. You'd be surprised at what it really takes to go fast.
amen to that, welcome and congrats on the BMW
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Old 11-29-2004, 10:59 PM   #15
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At school it's too hard to race...but when I'm home, every chance I get...mostly autox although I'm slowly but surely breaking into the road racing scene
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Old 11-30-2004, 03:46 PM   #16
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At school it's too hard to race...but when I'm home, every chance I get...mostly autox although I'm slowly but surely breaking into the road racing scene
Im in the same situation. No car at school and I hope ot get involved with the road racing scene soon. AutoXing is a blast though, its just as fun to socialize with car guys as it is to compete with them.
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Old 11-30-2004, 04:33 PM   #17
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I'm restricting myself to autox only due to a physical handicap.

I hope to earn enough money to get a used e46m3 smg to use as a track car. I've done many laps on the track but only as a passenger. Thus far, I have to say the most entertaining lap was in a near spec miata with 4 blown shocks with my friend driving it at Sears Point
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Old 11-30-2004, 04:47 PM   #18
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I consider myself a rookie. I have participated in 6 autocross events and two track days My car completely stock except for euro rotors, race pads, ate blue brake fluid and braded steal brake lines. Next mod will be set of track wheels and DOT R-compound tires.

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Old 11-30-2004, 06:27 PM   #19
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I've been autocrossing my 325 since I bought it. (2 months ago!! )

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