Just returned from a 3,670 mile round trip to Eureka Springs, Arkansas. The 19th Mid-America '02 Fest was the largest one ever! 74 2002s, if you count the one on the trailer, an NK Sedan, a Bavaria and an i8 also attended. Doug Riparetti, from Seaside CA, drove 1935 miles and I presented him with the prestigious Iron Butt Award on Saturday night. He travelled 90 miles farther than my 1845 miles.
The event weather was perfect, cool and sunny. Friday we had a delightful drive to Roge
After another winter at the VSR Spa, Vern is back home again. Newly chromed bumpers, completely restored vent window frames, new carpet, restored and rebuilt seats, modified wiper system with intermittent delay, paint retouched and looking better than ever.
Dropped off Athena, who developed a stumble along the way, which will be addressed...I do not care for her original distributor with points!
Chris Langsten followed me as we sped along at a rapid pace on NH 101. In fa
Vern is back at VSR after 2 months in storage, he started right up. Re-stuffed seats look great. Bumpers are back from the shop and look like mirrors. Vent window frames have been polished and ceramic coated by Speedway. Re-assembly starts in earnest Monday April first. Scheduled to pick him up April 19.
The BMW 2002 tii US VIN 2763648 was manufactured on March 20th, 1973 and delivered on March 23rd, 1973 to the BMW importer Hoffman Motors Corp. in New York City. The original colour was Verona, paint code 024.
Excited Vern has been accepted to show at the 10th Annual Misselwood Concours d'Eleganceat Endicott College, July 19-21, in Beverly MA. We will do the Saturday Tour up to Newburyport MA, then prep for the Sunday Concours. https://www.misselwood.com/concours-delegance
Getting excited for the Mid-America 2002 Fest 2019!
2015 Vern and I won the Hard Luck Award as Vern's water pump failed. 2016, 2017 & 2018 we won the coveted Iron Butt Award.
After winning the "Iron Butt" for 3 years in a row, I am bowing out of the competition for it. I plan to present the award going forward.
A while ago I bought a beat up set of trunk side boards from a FAQ member. Then bought a couple of pieces of dry erase/chalk board from Lowes for $6.06 each. Traced the old panels and cut them out with my jigsaw.
Delivered them to VSR to be covered in “elephant skin” type vinyl withe the other trunk boards.
Made another set for a good friend’s 2002 as well. Shipping was twice what I had estimated.
Thinking of making a few sets if I am able to get more of the
Here are the photos of the new GAHH carpet installed. The seats are back from the upholstery shop with new BMW 'horsehair' pads & headrest escutcheons in the front and either an older set of unused 'horsehair' or new foam pads in the rear. Included older pictures of the interior to show the color difference.
A friend of mine is restoring his 3.0CS, posted he wanted new old style raised letter roundels. I don't recall the specific details if I found them or he found them. So Vern and I are saying goodbye to the hand panted Testors roundels.
All the cosmetic work has been completed. Have to admit that there was tiny amount of water migration at the lower rear driver side fender lip. A 2 x6 inch section was cut out and replaced. There was also a paint crack at the base of the passenger side B pillar which was stripped and welded.
Currently replacing the old Bimmer Parts Co. carpet with a German square weave from GAHH. The old carpet will live on in a friend's Malaga 2002.
Font seats are at the upholsterer and
Vern has been delivered to VSR for a few winter projects. The main project is to determine why the right rear, passenger side, wheel bearings have failed 3 times in 18K miles. The other projects are some routine maintenance like oil change with a general health & body checkup so he's ready for Spring and the Mid America '02 Fest. This year the original restored dash will replace the current one piece.
The BMW Classic CCA Lowcountry Discovery is coming to it's end. Saturday the weather was clear and cool. We caravanned over to the Point Royal Golf Course and were parked along the 18th fairway. I cleaned and polished all the road grime and water spots off so he would look his best. Celebrating 40 years of M1s saw, Lance White's red & Procar, Bobby Rahal's white, Dirk de Groen's dark blue, Scott & Fran Hughe's orange and BMW NA's Procar It was an impressive display to say the least. Seve
As some of you will recall, on the way to Mid America '02 Fest. I had to have my passenger side rear wheel bearing replaced. Well had it fail after between 7,500 & 8K miles. This time I while on the BMW Classic CCA Lowcountry Discovery Tour. After calling around to a few places and setting up an appointment, I sent Mario an e-mail. He texted me Karl Troy, European Road & Racing, call him. Karl was very personable when I called and explained the situation. I arrived at 12:15 and Vern was
Removed the cluster, removed the trim rings, masked and painted the trim rings with chrome spray paint.
Cleaned the glass, reinstalled everything and reinstalled the cluster.
I give credit to Swiss Tii for the inspiration for the project.
There are at least 5 pictures of Vern in the October 2018 Roundel Pittsburgh Oktoberfest coverage. The most prominent ones are for the Concours. As some of you will recall, Vern took 2nd in the Classic Super Clean Class.
Drove 997.8 miles from Brunswick Maine to Jim Denker's in Kettering Ohio in 13 hours Thursday September 20th. Met up with my friend Dohn Roush at the US Air Force Museum in Dayton Ohio Friday, What an amazing collection of planes! Then Jim and I caravanned to a gas station to meet up with other Rivertown Gearbusters. After everyone showed up we were off to Sabbath Song Farm In Brooksville Kentucky. Jason Gipson set a brisk pace on the winding back roads which were an absolute delight to drive at
So when I was in Kitchener Ontario visiting a friend, I went to unlock the passenger door and the key wouldn’t return to 90 degrees. The last time was in Pittsburgh and Dave Mason was able to get my key out.
This time was more dramatic and eventful. We called a locksmith who’s efforts proved fruitless after 15 minutes he admitted defeat. I offered to pay him for the house call yet he declined since he hadn’t been successful.
So it was on to Plan B. Which was remove the
Vern won 1st place in Vintage 1st & 2nd Generation Super Clean Class at the Boston Chapter's BMW CCA Day at Larz Anderson Auto Museum in Brookline, MA
Chris Auty won 3rd in the same class with his 1967 BMW 1600GT.
Paint touch up is almost complete. Nose didn't need to be repainted after all. Both rear quarters on the other hand needed some attention. Next up is to re-align the transmission as Vern's guibo has started to crack after only 6,700 miles! Plan is to rotate the engine counter clockwise to remove the guibo stress, re-alighn the driveshaft and hopefully get more fan clearance from the lower part of the radiator. Currently can't fit my pinky finger between the fan and radiator it is that close!
Vern is back at VSR to have stone chips touched up and a few other things attended to. Poor guy really took it on the chin and nose over the past 6,700+ miles since April 17, 2018. Spoke to Mario yesterday and went over the work plan. Nose is being repainted, other paint flaws will be touched up and wet sanded. Doing all this because I am having the paint treated with Opti-Coat Pro, a two stage ceramic coating. https://www.opticoat.com/page/opti-coat-pro
At the BMW CCA O'Fest Conco
Cindy bought me a pair of Piloti Competition, specifically made for driving. Thin reinforced sole takes strain off ankles, knees and balls of feet. After driving Vern 730+ miles to Pittsburgh in a day with these shoes, I wasn't sore or limping like with Vans, Converse Allstar (low & high tops) or Sperry Top Siders.
Vern, Cindy and I on the Parade Lap during the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix, Sunday July 15, 2018. Photo by Kyle van Hoften. Missed the World Record for the a Parade Lap by 28 '02s.
The other pictures are of the line up and a few shots Cindy took while on the Schenley Park Road Course. The last pic is the rest of the '02s returning to German Hill to park.