As Alex said in the other thread, it was great meeting up with everyone today. I looked at that pic of most of us with our cars, and couldn't figure out where I was (then realized I was sitting in Tom's car after I drove it -- I had no idea everyone lined up for that pic). When we all pulled into cars and coffee, the one E39 M5 owner who was there (and didn't know about our meetup), said he was happy to see another M5 showing up...and then another one following it...and then he realized there was a line of eight M5s coming in and couldn't believe it.
We'll have to meet again on a C&C day. Meeting at Panera was actually pretty nice since we had that large, open parking area. Interestingly, PedM5 was right in that other thread about the cold. It might have been 75F last week here in Raleigh, but we've got about 1" of snow on the ground tonight, and it's still coming down. Fortunately, we had ok weather, albeit cold, this morning.
Driving Tom's M5 with 242,000 miles on it was amazing. The car feels like it has 42,000 on it (and looks that way too). Someone (i.e. Roundel?) should do a story on his car (original owner), and his experience over 242,000 miles in an E39 M5. I had forgotten just how well sorted a totally stock M5 is on the street. Nice car Tom and congrats on keeping looking almost showroom new for 11 years and all those miles.
+1 Wish we had taken a picture of Tom's odometer...Chuck, I could not agree more. Just looking at the condition of the car makes it seem as if it was stored in a time capsule since new. It is good to know that people are continuing to maintain and love these cars despite how many of them out there have been neglected and improperly cared for. If every owner were to be as meticulous and caring as Tom is maybe the values would not plummet as much as they have.
Cheers to you Tom!!