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Post  Speed on Sat Jul 20, 2019 8:44 am

Canadian Tire Motorsport Park was converted to M-Town Canada for the BMW M Festival last weekend. I attended with my neighbour, also a BMW fan/owner and we thoroughly enjoyed the sites and sounds (the extra eye-candy made up for the rain that spoiled the track lap and my 12 hours of car detailing)

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I entered my car in the Show and Shine with the understanding that I'd be mixed in with brand new models and higher quality BMW M models but what the hell, why not. I being an old hot rodder from days gone by participated in many show and shine events where the owners open the hoods and leave the windows down so that folks can get a good look at your particular ride. I guess the new age BMW owner knows nothing of that culture because these folks just parked their cars, locked them up and walked away. Didn't see much showing or shinning all day. I was the only one with hood up and open windows.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AMbf9BP7P4w
This video was taken early on Saturday when I was there and before the crowds hit their peak. Loved the new 850M and i8 while also enjoying the row of tribute cars entered by select BMW Dealerships across Southern Ontario and Quebec. One news article stated that over $6 million in cars were on display. I took part in the motocross event to drive the Z4 M40i, 3 series and X2 M around the course. My neighbour has pics and when he sends them over I'll post some more.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e4O1WC3zHYM
A little fun with the drifting demo.

https://www.wheels.ca/news/m-town-a-canadian-gear-heads-dream-summer-destination/
The top dog from BMW M attended this event, so that says a lot for the level of importance they put on it. Approximately 4,300 fans participated supported by 300 staff.

If you've not seen an M-Town commercial, they're pretty funny.
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Post  Speed on Fri Aug 09, 2019 10:00 am

Sorry I've been a bit pre-occupied this week fellas, but I almost scored a deal on a 2015 BMW M4. Took advantage of the holiday Monday to go into town and give this car an hour long inspection and man it looked sweet. Very pristine top and underneath with no evidence of ever having been driven in the snow. No stone chips up front and other than a little bumper rash on the rear right bumper (which could be fixed easily), the car looked abolutely right. Six speed standard with leather interior and only the necessities for a performance oriented driver (no driver granny crap!!) and to top it off, only 22,151 km on the odometer and 2.99% financing. Wow - what's not to like.

Spent an entire day negotiating with the salesman (who I know quite well) and we finally settled on a deal (of course they were going to get exactly what they wanted, and I compromised on the trade-in by taking it off the table). So the deal went "upstairs" to the manager for approval and all seemed in order, when almost as an afterthought, I decided to finally look at that Carfax link on the dealership website.

The old saying "buyer beware" should be tattooed on the forehead of every prospective car buyer, because here I am, savy car guy (or so I thought) never thinking that such a stunning looking car could ever have any history worthy of interest, lo and behold, it was involved in an accident in 2017. The sound of screeching tires wouldn't have drowned out my groan as I quickly typed an e-mail to my car salesman friend to say that the deal was off. Whew! Just in time. Seems that the previous owner (a Doctor working at Kingston General) was showing off to his friends on night two years ago and goosed the gas peddle a bit too much and climbed a road medium. Ripped off the drivers side exhaust system, bent two wheels and blew both tires and it had to be towed back after the police accident investigation.

My car saleman friend says "you know the damage was mostly cosmetic and we fixed it back to new". Yesterday I went into the dealership to see him and he showed me the work order and parts list to try and assure me that the car was sound. But it was what I didn't see in the parts list the worried me the most. No steering parts, no suspension repairs or alignment, nothing to do with the highly sophisticated and delicate BMW control mechanisms that are stupid expensive to repair. So I just told him no, not this one.

Next time.

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Post  alpine on Fri Aug 09, 2019 5:01 pm

Sweet.

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Post  |450|Devil on Sun Aug 11, 2019 3:41 am

My ride

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My grandson's ride

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His being red obviously goes quicker than mine.


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Post  Speed on Sun Aug 11, 2019 7:51 am

Very nice indeed.

Of course the red car always goes faster and attracts more ladies. Your grandson is headed in the right direction.

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Post  |450|Devil on Sun Sep 01, 2019 7:34 am

Congratulations
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Post  StiC on Sun Sep 01, 2019 7:31 pm

Well done Speed!

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Post  Wolverine on Tue Sep 03, 2019 2:44 pm

Good stuff!

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Post  |450|Squiz on Thu Sep 05, 2019 3:28 am

Nice.
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Post  alpine on Thu Sep 05, 2019 7:30 am

Congrats.

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Post  Speed on Wed Oct 30, 2019 8:59 am

OK gents,

Facsimile pictures are gone; here's the real deal. I took note of Wolvie's observation about separating the talk of fast cars and my Win 10 crash, so we'll put this topic back where it belongs.

All I can say is that the hyperbole associated with the M4 is justly deserved. This car ranges from a comfy, sophisticated luxury car to an absolute monster. It's the closest thing to Jekel and Hyde that a car can be, at least in my experience. This is the keeper car for sure.

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Here are a few before/after shots so you can see the work that went into making it look so good. The dealer cleaned up the engine bay and I pulled all the wheels to detail the undercarriage/frame, wheel wells and wheels and tires.

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Post  Wolverine on Wed Oct 30, 2019 9:58 am

LOL. Speed, I was just joking about the crash stuff. Just don't want to see you guys picking up any dents! No worries.

She's a beaut', btw. You did an amazing job with the detailing. Wow!

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Post  Speed on Wed Oct 30, 2019 3:00 pm

Great vids Cats,

I love watching how these complex engines are made in the foundry and assembly factories.

Here's a vid that explains the tech in the M4.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8CJ6IwVzV-A

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Post  Catseye on Wed Oct 30, 2019 4:23 pm

Very interesting performance specs.

I loved where he spoke about the Autobahn. I remember driving them well when my Dad was stationed in France and we visited Germany. Look in the mirror well before passing and watch for driving lights flashing about 1k away because someone in a Porch or Mercedes was coming fast - very fast. No speedlimit.


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Post  Speed on Wed Oct 30, 2019 5:29 pm

You guys will love this. Think of the M4 next time you're about to launch from the catapult.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xS7_67KFSYQ

and for an encore

"Escaping the Ring"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XLXckEY22kk

And as if the regular M4 isn't enough to float your boat, the M4 GTS is just insane. The fastest production car ever built by BMW.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DxGLn_Cu5l0

And finally, I think this vid best represents the race heritage of the M line of autos.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wktXWxybAzA

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Post  StiC on Wed Oct 30, 2019 9:51 pm

Congratulations Speed! It does clean up very nice indeed.

All those vids remind of my days at Magna. Best job I ever had.

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Post  Wolverine on Thu Oct 31, 2019 10:40 am

One thing I would suggest to you, and anyone posting pictures of your car in the public part of the forum, is to blur the license plate in a photo edit program before uploading.. I've learned that Google's image search will pull the letters/numbers from the image if it's searchable and eventually, once the image gets picked up by Google's crawlers, your plate will be searchable online by just about anyone.

You can test for yourself. Go to your favorite car magazine site or whathaveyou and find an image of a car with a clear view of the plate in it. Those are more likely to have been picked up by search. Then, try just googling that plate number and you'll probably find the car in the image search...which leads to the site which leads to id'ing the people with the car.

I swear, sometimes I think the internet was a bit of a bad idea...or at least not clearly thought out in respect to it's involving actual humans.

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Post  Speed on Fri Nov 01, 2019 10:05 am

Thanks Wolvie,

Good advice. I deleted any of my photos with a plate number showing.

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Post  |450|Devil on Fri Nov 01, 2019 11:28 pm

Thanks Wolverine.
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