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4 Posts from April 2009

Still My Dream Car


Ever since I was a teen (ok, 18) readin' Car & Driver, I had a dream. I dreamed that one day I would own the car of my dreams. This car would be red, it would be Teutonic (German), it would be lightning fast, it would attract the girls (ok, the guys....;-), and I would have it by the time I was 40.

Well I am now 46. Do I now have the car? No way - No-how and unfortunately, not in the near future. It is selling for €140,000.00 ( approx. £123,309 or $184,841) for a 1980. Yes, that is the current price - !! New it cost about $60K...shoulda bought one then...

BMW M1 - click here for a larger picture

The BMW M1 is a sports car that was produced by German automaker BMW from 1978 to 1981. It was the only mid-engined BMW to be mass produced. It employed a twin-cam M88/1 3.5 L 6-cylinder gasoline engine with Kugelfischer mechanical fuel injection. A version of this motor was later used in the South African version of the BMW 745i, of which 209 examples were built between 1984 and 1986, as well as the E24 BMW M6/M635CSi and E28 BMW M5. The engine had six separate throttle butterflies, four valves per cylinder and produced 277 PS (273 hp/204 kW) in the street version, giving a top speed of 260 km/h!

Milestones BMW M1 - Funny videos are here


Specifications :

Type : BMW M1 Project E26

Years built : 1978 - 1981
Production : 457 (400 road versions, the other are race cars)
Chassisnr : n.a.
Presentation : October 1978 Paris Auto Show
Type of car : Two door, two seater fastback coupe
Designed by : Giorgio Giugiaro for Ital Design
Built by : Multi tube chassis by Marchesi, bodywork by Trasformazione Italiana Resina
Final assembly by Baur, Stuttgart Germany

Dimensions :

Wheelbase : 2560 mm
Overall length : 4346 mm
Overall width : 1823 mm
Overall height : 1140 mm
Track front : 1549 mm Rear : 1578 mm
Ground clear. : 124 mm
Overhang,Front : n.a. Rear : n.a.
Weight : 1361 Kg

Chassis :

Structure : Multi tube spaceframe
Body : Fiberglass bodywork
Suspension : Independent front & rear, upper and lower unequal length control-arm with Bilstein shock absorbers and co-axial coil springs and anti-roll bars
Brakes : All-wheel ventilated discs, dual hydraulic circuits, booster and pressure limiter on rear axle.
Front : 11.8 Inch Rear : 11.7 Inch
Steering type : Unassisted rack and pinion
Turning circle : n.a.
Tyres front : 205/55 VR 16 Rear : 225/50 VR 16
Rims front : 7x16 inch Rear : 8x16 inch
Cast light-alloy

Engine :

Type : Inline 6 cylinder (type M-89), cast iron block, mid mounted longitudal), rear wheel drive
Distribution : Dual overhead camshafts, chain drive, four valves/cylinder
Main bearings : n.a.
Cyl. Capacity : 3453 cc
Bore & stroke : 93.4 x 84 mm
Compr. ratio : 9.0:1
Max. power : 277 bhp at 6500 rpm (Group 4 specs : 477 Bhp)
Max. torque : 243 lbs.ft. at 5000 rpm (Group 5 specs : 850 Bhp from 3.2 Litre turbo-charged engine)
Cooling system : Water cooled
Emission contr.: n.a.
Ignition : n.a.
Plugs : n.a.
Electr. system : 12 V
Alternator : n.a.
Fuel system : Kugelfisher Bosch mechanical port fuel injection
Fuel type : n.a.
Fuel cons. : n.a.
Lubrication : dry sump

Drive train :

Type : ZF five speed close ratio
Clutch : n.a.
Gear ratio's 1st : 2.42:1 2nd : 1.61:1 3rd : 1.14:1
4th : 0.846:1 5th : 0.704:1 Rev.: 2.86:1
Final drive : 4.22:1

Capacities :

Fuel : n.a. Engine oil : n.a.
Luggage : n.a. Cooling system : n.a.

Performance :

Top speed : 262 Km.h
0 - 100 Km/h : 5.6 sec Standing Km. : n.a.

Price : $ 53.000 (1978)

Current value : $ 190.000 to $ 300.000

BMW M1 - click here for a larger picture

I still lose my breath when I see these in pictures! Can't wait to have one in my parking spot - oh yeah, that's right. Ain't gonna happen! -- hey Dad, my birthday is coming up! :-)

*--Post is dedicated to Randall - may you rest in peace--


Not feeling very good lately

I have been pretty sick the last 6 weeks or so. Spent Saturday night in the hospital as I couldn't breathe. Had a nebulizer, and then needed Potassium via IV. Then was given a diuretic to help get rid of teh fluid in my lungs - breathing has been very hard for a while now. Have been given a second round of anti-biotics - and a new puffer and also water pills to get rid of the fluid.

Hope to feel better soon.





Dwight and I were just told that we have been selected for the Community Service award for the GALA Awards 2009 (people who have made significant contributions to the lgbtt community through years of service and/or for activities, which have had a significant impact on the community or segment of the community.) We are humbled...

Homophobia is alive and well in Saskatoon...

Homphobia - the insecurity of being hetero-sexual

(Saskatoon) - It appears that some ToonTowners still harbour some kind of homophobia. I was in 7-Eleven the other night picking up some smokes, when the male next to me in line says:

"Buying a couple of fags, eh?" The clerk said "What was that?" To which the male repeated, "Buying some fags, eh?" (I heard him the first time...)

The clerk asked him a second time, "What was that?", to which he replied, "Buying some things, eh?"

Hmmm. he was, I believe making reference (clever in his mind to the old nickname of cigarettes as 'fags'... I guess he noticed because I insist on wearing some sort of 'flair' (See Office Space for a definition of 'flair'...)

Anyways, I am on my way again and was again shown that ignorance of LGBT people and issues, breeds fear, and that breeds homophobia.

I passed the comments off (had about 30 years 'listening experience' to homophobic slurs...) but then decided to post this anyway - I wonder if many others 'think' the same thoughts, but don't say anything. Not sure...