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 30, 2013

Project Journal UPDATE: The 'Work in Progress" Gets A Drink

You may have seen this pic the other day....  things change.  ;)

June 22, 2013

I took the 'work in progress' out for a test run this morning. 1973 BMW 2002, purchased as a non-running car last November.

June 29, 2013

 I almost brought this car Saturday on the Connecticut Drive with Nor"East '02ers, but... it wasn't ready for a 100 mile trip yet. I was debating that question when this pic was taken. Intermittent 'no brake pedal' issue just showed up that morning while testing it out. I didnt want to take a chance on hitting any of those beautiful '02s on that run! 

Connecticut Drive June 29, 2013

Thanks to Matt and Becca Pickering for this great little video 
that does a great job of capturing the 
event throughout course of the day.  


One of my favorite weather quotes by Mark Twain: 
 "Everybody COMPLAINS about the weather, but nobody ever DOES anything about it!"  

Well, I am pleased to say that we have FINALLY found someone 
who DID something about it!  I don't claim to know HOW he did
 it---- and maybe I don't WANT to know---- but Steve Kirkup 
managed to turn June 29, 2013 from a day of rain and thunderstorms, 
both real and predicted, into a sunny, hot summer day, perfect for our 
Connecticut Drive 2013!  

Kudos, Steve!  He deserves a round of applause, and a chance to
 toot his own horn!  Thanks to Charlie Gordy, here he is doing exactly that!  Perfect!

Charlie Gordy's pics:
Great job, Charlie!

Most of the pics below are by Charlie Gordy, and some from Kevin Wickless, Scott Sislane
Rob Siegel, Wink Cleary, Carl Scholz, Chris Connolly, Lance Johnson, Lee Perrault and Jeff Keener.  Thanks to all for posting!

Notice... the ground is wet around the car.  This is how the day started out.  Steve Kirkup, the event host, somehow manged to change the weather.  Hats off to Steve!

Lance Johnson's Z at The Pavilion

Lee Perrault waving hello in The Bean

Buttonwood Farm for some ice cream

Matt and Becca are all smiles

Martha Cleary and Peter Arkell

Tom and Lee.

Dave, George, Steve, Matt and Tom.  High level summit meeting eyeballing the straightness of the parking line.

Chris Connolly snatches his early pick in the beer swap

Matt Pickering emcee'ing the beer swap

Willy Wiley (L) sharing his Farmobil album

Charlie Gordy's E21 and Kevin Wickless' 1600.

Scott's 1976 2002


T-shirts by Scott Sislane.  JW at the fish pond.

This is a pic of Charlie Gordy taking the pic at the top of this page.

Wink Cleary

At Buttonwood Farms

Steve's Prohibition-era Beer Truck:  1931 Ford Model AA.  Gotta love that!

Steve's Porsche 912

Needs more Malaga.  ;)

Steve's Model AA 1931 Ford truck.  Beautiful.  'Nuff said!

George's red 02, Lee's green .... The Bean

Now THAT is what I call a turn signal!  

View from Steve's garage with his TR6 project at right.

Straight-ish lineup.  This was the best we could manage BEFORE  the beer swap, btw.

On the Connecticut Drive.

The meet-up location: The Pavilion Restaurant, Ashaway, RI.

(L to R)Tom Schuch, Charlie Gordy, Steve Kirkup (in white directing traffic in background), Rob Siegel's white tii, Jeff Keener, George Abad.

The lineup at Buttonwood Farms.

At Steve's house

Lance's supercharged Z3

Meetup in MA

Buttonwood Farm

Steve's backyard

Buttonwood lineup

Buttonwood lineup

Rob Siegel and his white tii "Kugel"

Charlie Gordy's E21

Buttonwood lineup

The Hack Mechanic autographing his book for Carl

The Bean

Buttonwood Farm's security alarm in foreground

Buttonwood lineup

Video from Carl Scholz.  Thank you, Carl!

Umm.... guess where.  ;)

View out Steve's garage, his TR6 to the right

Departing Buttonwood



The next 22 pics are from Lance Johnson, President of the BMCCA CT Valley Chapter.  

The Pavilion meetup spot, Ashaway RI

1931 Ford Model AA

Tech session to reinstall Kevin's passenger window


Steve brings out some snacks for the morning meetup

The arrival of part of the contingent from MA/NH:  Scott, Lee, Chris, and Dave.

E21s Represent!  Charlie G's 1977 320i and the Baurspotting Baur.

The Hack mechanic, Rob Siegel

Buttonwood lineup

Two lineups at Steve's house


The beer truck


The Pavilion meetup

This rooster was at Butttonwood Farms, and actually started crowing as we were about to leave.  I think he wanted us to stick around for awhile, but that is just me.  Alternatively, he was psychotic, and just thought that dawn was around 12:30pm, or so.  I am going with the former rather than the latter.  ;)

The Bean, Baurspotting's E21 Baur, and George Abad's Guard's Red 2002.

OK, folks.  Hang onto your hats.... here come Scott Sislane's pics!  Yikes!  ;)  I think I just 'tilted' the machine!!  Thanks, Scott!  Wow!
Steve and Simon at Tech session

Lance Johnson, Jerri and Willy Wiley, Peter Arkell and Steve Kirkup

The Food Table



Matt P. and Charlie G.

Becca Pickering and Vickie Kirkup

Dave's 02

Matt P.

Tech session

The Pavilion meetup



Lee's green Bean and George's red 02.

Tech session

George, Steve and Simon 

Simon arrives at Steve's house.

MA meetup

MA meetup

Looks like the replacement window is in!

Getting a little damp at the Pavilion

Lee Perrault's Pics below:

MA meetup

MA meetup

The Hack Mechanic gets it done!

Only thing missing is the remote.