1982 BMW 323i Baur

1982 BMW 323i Baur
Memorial Day 2010 First Drive 1982 323i BMW Baur Lapisblau M20 5 speed #4154 of 4595 made. The car was imported to California by Dietel Enterprises. I have since changed the wheels, installed the clear turn signal lenses, and I am in the process of installing a new cabriolet roof. I have to do something about those bumpers, too. :) I love this car! To see one of the reasons why, check my post "Score One For the Good Guys" on 6/26/2011.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Score One for the Good Guys! E21 1, BMW 2002 0 !!!!

Ok, ok. I resisted the temptation as long as I could...
This is a post from bimmerforums about my 'on ramp' adventure last fall...... Enjoy!!!

E21 1, bmw 2002 0
Score one for the Good Guys! Ok, so I am open to criticism for being the eternal adolescent. I accept that. But I had some fun today on the way to work.

7:10 I am driving along my usual commute to work.... I spy a BMW 2002 ahead of me in light traffic. A roundie, so about 1973 or earlier. Hennarot. Very nice looking car, antique plates, great exhaust note. I actually HEARD him before I saw him.
So I make a few moves thru the traffic, and after a mile or so through the city we are now abreast at a red traffic light. 1/4 mile til the next light and then a single lane entrance to Interstate 95 on the right, other lanes to other destinations to the left. The light we are at is directly in front of the New London City Police Headquarters. Just to make it interesting.
I dust him at the green, but I am not sure he is engaged, given that we are right in front of the police bldg. Abreast again at the next light, I am thinking he wants 'other destinations' since he didn't pull in behind me for the I-95 entrance lane.
At the light change.... it is on. Off to the races and again I am first into the right entrance ramp, with him right on my bumper. Such fun! As we hit the I-95 lanes he slides over three lanes and I can hear him open it up. We are definitely on now! Out of the corner of my eye I can see him pulling up to me ..... until I hit it. We are uphill on the Thames River bridge--- steep uphill for about 1/2-3/4 mile then crest and downhill. I was pulling away about 3 car lengths as we crested the top at about 90mph ..... he just couldn't hang.... and I let off on the gas to prepare for my exit at the foot of the bridge...... and he zoomed by, probably pushing close to 100 mph on the downhill. I am sure he is scratching his head thinking.... wtf happened here....
My 323i Baur has no badging on the rear... he probably thought he was up against a regular 320i 4 banger, and that he would teach me a lesson on the open highway. The only clue .... is the twin pipes for the exhaust that tell you it is a 6 cylinder not a 4. Very stealth. I am sure I shocked the hell out of him.
Oh well, FWIW..... it was a lot of fun for the minute or so it lasted. I had a smile on my face most of the day. God, I love that car! It was 47 degrees, btw, and I was driving with full top down!* Wearing shorts!* It doesn't get any better than that!*

Nine months later, I am still smiling about that one. :)

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