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If grit, muck and other assorted filth figure in your waking dreams and daily thoughts–often with a bit of prominence–then they must find their way into your BMW quite regularly. As you may have already learned from frequent encounters with these kinds of rubbish, they have the annoying trait of being amazingly persistent. In most cases, the mud splatters that have already dried and solidified on the doors and sides of your vehicle simply don’t have the good grace to melt away–peacefully–at the touch of a soaked rag. Even drenched rags can’t exercise any sort of power over them. Mud, in particular, is a crafty adversary–it seems.
Take note of their behavior. When a mud spot finally finishes drying itself out along portions of the car, sometimes on the doors or by the sides, it doesn’t simply stick to the surface of the vehicle, it attaches itself with incredible might. In these instances, it seems entirely likely for the mud spot to stay exactly where it is–bonded to the chassis–all through the end of the current century till Kingdom Come. The only maneuver that appeared to have been met with a relatively high measure of success is the sort that employs vigorous rubbing motions–though you may be tempted to sidestep the violence for now, such aggressive tactics seem the only possible manner by which to get the job done.
Dirt. Muck. Grime. It seems that these ever-present elements in nature have seen it fit to reduce a considerable number of us to mild states of violent reminiscently-psychotic behavior. Luckily, effective means through which we can conquer these villainous enemies that turn our shiny, newly washed BMW cars into mud-decorated rides now exist–in the form of car covers. Read the rest of this entry »
During the early 1970′s, Brock Yates, a senior editor of Car and Driver Magazine created a grueling automobile race from New York City to Redondo Beach, California. What he set out to do was capture an exciting motorsports event that was marketed for the average Joe. Continuing in the essence of its predecessors, the 2011 BMW 335d will be in this year’s One Lap of America by Mike Renner, Chris DeYoung, and Steve Maguire.
The One Lap of America race presented by Motor Trend, has a very simple set of rules. The drivers will compete in 18 separate races over the span of 8 days and comprised of over 3,500 miles. The races are composed of time trials, autocrosses, and drag races. Teams will be composed of at least two but no more than four drivers. Each team will compete with one set of highway-legal, DOT approved tires and must be used throughout the event. The cars themselves are classified on their engine size, vehicle cost and must be street legal.
The events start at the Tire Rack facility in South Bend, Indiana with a wet skid pad test. From there the teams head to Grissom Air Force Base for a monster autocross. The teams follow this with visits to Summit Point Raceway, Virginia, Carolina Motorsports Park and BMW Performance Center, South Carolina, Daytona and Gainesville Dragway, Florida, Circuit Grand Bayou, Louisiana, Barber Motorsports Park, Alabama and finally the Autobahn, Illinois before returning to the Tire Rack facility for the final event. Read the rest of this entry »