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Heads up! Unless you read this thread first, this isn`t going to make much sense!!

Link to Thread - "Sideways Step" by AndyE






Some of you know that for the last 40,000 miles (3 years), I`ve had one of these:



I picked it up from Nottingham and took a gamble.
It`s a 4 seater, 1990.

Before I bought it, I managed to break my 535i doing less than walking pace, umm... in reverse gear. Hey Ho!

Well, I`ve had it for ages, and I`ll probably never sell it.





Daily driver, to and from work.


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Goofing around on the internet.


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Have to fold in the wing-mirrors to get in the garage though :grrrr:


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On-board computer. Unfortunately stuck in German. Just Gibberish!!


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Ah ha! Another delivery! Who says crime doesn`t pay!


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Travel in style to exotic locales - London`s West End...


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Ayres Rock, the Capital of Australia! Umm.. the Rock is just behind those bushes.


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Niagra Falls...


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Paris. Bastille car park, tuesdays.


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The cornfields of America... in America; Land of the Corn! Um... Gun? Burger?


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Neuschwanstein Castle in Germany, where M5s are built.


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Lapland. Disappointingly free of chrome poles. Wasted petrol going there.


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The Need For Speed? I went to Dinan for more power.


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Optimax? Bah! For Girls. Fill up with **Napalm!!**
Warning - Careless refuelling plays havok with the paintwork.


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Drive fast. Meet new and interesting friends.


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Fitting a new stereo is easy...


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Hooray! Bong!! Einen Message in Germanski for "Everything`s fine!"


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For the money you`d think these things would last a while...


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For sale - 1990, 126k, FSH, Alarm, Sunroof, One careful lady owner.


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Bridge to Gantry? Ohh... dunno... about seven mins or thereabouts.


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Just Me. And The Stig. And the 911 from Top Gear. Yes, the Turbo. Yes, we swapped. Yes, it was fun. Yes, no-one else there but us. Yes, it`s so good I thought my car was broken when I got back in it!!


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BMW main dealers now charge up to twelve dollars an hour labour...


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So don`t be afraid to do a little maintenance yourself.


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Finally, don`t tell anybody, but secretly I`m after one of these!


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:hihi:
Ivan.
 

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Wow. That's pretty funny. :biggrin:
And thanks to both of you for some good shots...
 

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HAAAAAAAA ha ha ha ha!!! I've only just woken up, so naturally a bit grumpy, but that was hilarious!!! Cheers Ivan, see you at the Ring. Next time you accost me in the car park, let's go for a beer er, I mean coke!

cherrsagai

Cheers,
Andy
 

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IvanDias said:
Heads up! Unless you read this thread first, this isn`t going to make much sense!!

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Ivan.
How did I miss this post??? It's GREAT!!!!! :thumbsup: I guess I'll have to start on my tribute to the sideways step as well...... I'll put a camera in the car....
 

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NICE! Finally get to see a shot of an e34 with the stock rims without covers. For some reason I can't find a pic anywhere of it? I've been debating taking the turbine covers off of my black one and just leavin the rim as is. Any other pics of that? :D
 

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This made me laugh!

had one of those R32 GTRs - Phenomenal car - almost (if possible) too good - if you had any fun, you were doing things at speeds that would have the cops producing firearms...and my partner hated it, and everything about it - too low, too fast, too much of a pimp's/ drug dealer's car, only 2 doors etc etc)...

So I sold it, and bought a Forester, and the only car my partner ever expressed interest in, a Porsche 356, because I thought my partner would at least like it...surprisingly good fun, but stinky, and then kid three arrived...so the 356 departed.

So now have the '90 M5 - so far (3 weeks!) partner happy (fitted three kiddy seats and pram no worries) and in laws like it (leather, all mod cons) and I like it. Like Andy E says, a "swiss army knife of a car".

Just got rid of my mini, then the Forester is for the chop, then the corolla...why do M5's attract these people?

Just need a M5 wagon now!
 

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Brock250 said:
NICE! Finally get to see a shot of an e34 with the stock rims without covers. For some reason I can't find a pic anywhere of it? I've been debating taking the turbine covers off of my black one and just leavin the rim as is. Any other pics of that? :D
I think the ones pictured above have been painted/lacquered, as the rim is black as well as the spokes, while on my throwing star wheels, the rim is silver and lacquered. Without the covers they don't look too great, a bit grimey, but I quite like it in a way, and have considered it too, but untill my covers get to a worse state, i'll keep them on.
 

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illjah said:
I think the ones pictured above have been painted/lacquered, as the rim is black as well as the spokes, while on my throwing star wheels, the rim is silver and lacquered.

Yes, they have. There have been three variants of wheels on my car.

Pictures 9 and 12 (water and country house) are the stock rims, 9" rears, with the covers off. This gives factory black spokes and silver non-mirror finish.

Pics 20 and 21 at Rockingham in 2003 are with covers off, the wheels professionally refurbished to remove the kerbing damage done before I got the car, then powder-coated and lacquered black.

Pictures 7, 8 and 14 (Substation, Wall and Halfords) are the car in its current and unique state, (so no copying!), which is wheels all black as before, plus front turbines sand-blasted back to metal, then about seven coats of undercoat and black lacquer paint, but no centre cap/spring/roundell assembly.

I'm busy updating my website at the mo, but I'll post a few more links, rather than images, later.


illjah said:
Without the covers they don't look too great, a bit grimey...
I never really liked the turbines, but throwing stars were not unique to the M5. I also found several cars in town, fake M5s, with the wheels with no covers on, silver and black. As my car is shadowline, I decided to test one wheel, the spare in pure black. Liked it, far more "industrial" looking than silver/black, so had all four done.

Saw a picture of a trackday M5 with front turbines in black, minus the centre caps, but silver/black wheels. Decided to go for the bare black rim at the rear, but put the two piece turbine cover only on the front, but in all black. I had just got back from my first visit to the ring this Easter and felt that obviously I now needed brake-cooling for the front because I was now God.

The car looked really brutal with the bare wheels in black, photos didn't really do it justice, but with the front covers on, it looks less so.
What it loses in brutality, it makes up in no-compromise-racetrack-functionality, even if Joe Average thinks I've got deep dish on the back and small wheels on the front. Anyone seriously into cars knows the score.

That is my unshakeable belief and I will not listen to unbelievers... :haha2:


Ivan.

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