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Growing up in a small town in Panama in the early

70’s it was easy to keep track of each and every one

of the cars that drove around town. The word spread

like wildfire if a new car, especially a new model, had

been purchased by one of the local denizens. I vividly

remember a phone call from a friend- his uncle had

driven down from the big city in a strange looking car,

the brand name was BM something-or-other, and it

was supposed to be very fast and exotic. Of course, I

had to go take a look.

I went to the garage where the car was being tuned

up; the scene was right out of the novel ‘One

Hundred Years of Solitude’ when ice came to town

and people mistakenly thought it was a colossal

diamond!. A crowd of onlookers and gearheads had

already surrounded the car. It was small, but the

trunk was large. It didn’t look fast or exotic, but it

sure looked different than all the American, Japanese

and European cars in town. Unlike the Fiats, Renaults

and VW’s the engine compartment was in the front;

the large hood opened backwards and inside there was

this big slanted four cylinder engine, mechanically fuel

injected, beautifully simple. This was the coolest little

car anyone had ever seen! Little did I know that it

would take me 25 years to be re-introduced to this

wonderful little machine. I could only imagine what a

thrill it must have been to own one of those cars back

then ...

Fast forward to the year 2002. BMW is now a well

established marque, a leader in the development and

production of fun, luxury sport sedans, an envied

competitor by all the BMW wannabe’s. The 2002 is

by now just a mere chapter in the long history of

BMW. It is referred to as a “historical” vehicle in

Munich, almost unknown. Yet the passion for these

cars is alive and well in the United States, where

2002s are being driven, maintained and loved by a

group of hard core loyalists.

But what makes this 30 year old car so special to so

many people? To us it is more than a car, it is a cult, a

lifestyle, an obsession and a disease. We have even

developed our own lingo! We are not drivers, not

merely ‘aficionados’, we are enthusiasts. We don’t

cruise, we go motoring in our daily drivers; we hit

the twists with our roundies, and debate about the

best guibo.

At car club events, 2002 etiquette is different,

atypical. Don’t expect many of us to crowd around

the beautifully restored car; we are more like to be

admiring (lusting after) the car with the bad paint job

but with all the goodies (mechanical upgrades)!

‘Garage queens’ are frowned upon, after all, what

good is the car if you don’t drive it! Sound system in

their cars: forget it! We are happiest listening to the

high revving symphony of the engine. Sometimes you

can see us driving in packs, around country roads,

bearing a big grin on our faces. You can also watch us

continue the action on the internet 2002 boards,

discussing (ad nauseum) the attributes of this set up vs

another, or perhaps exploring little known facts about

the “legend”. Newcomers are always welcomed but

warned that they may find themselves assimilated into

the cult.

But I won’t give away any more of these ‘insider

secrets’- you’ll have to observe these particular traits

at the next 2002 meet- I’ll be there!

O==== 0 0 ====O

Approximately 112,000 were imported in the US

between 1968 and 1976. With fully independent

suspension, generating up to 130 horsepower and

providing 20mpg or better, the BMW 2002s remain

practical mode of daily transportation. One of the

largest gathering in the world takes place in San Luis

Obispo, California during the last weekend of

September every year.

For more information: www.bayarea02.com or

www.bmw2002faq.com

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Guest Anonymous

and paying the extra fees so he and his sons could touch it, Jose Arcadio Buendia declares "THIS IS THE GREATEST INVENTION OF OUR TIME". (Ice on show in Macondo for the first time).

Your comparison of first witnessing a 2002 to that scene in that novel worked pretty well, nice story!

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my neighbor came ever today and as excited he was about my little cars said it looked as though I needed some sort of "support group." I responded "yes that's already taken care of." He didnt think I was serious. Thanks guys, ;)

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Interesting comparison with the ice- Ice melts, 02s rust away. For both their time is fleeting- enjoy them now.

As for the support group- very true.

"Hi, I'm Steve J...And I'm a 2002 owner..." group reply "Hi Steve J..." .

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well done mate

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Good story! My earliest memories of the 2002 - or was it the 1602 - are from the mid to late 1960's in east Africa. I was probably 5, 6, 7 yrs old. Each year my dad loaded us into our Peugeot 404 and took us to a strategic point to watch the East African Safari go by. What a thrill! Mud plastered cars tearing by, four wheels off the ground, the driver's noses pressed to brown windshields. Back then the little square cars caught my fancy. There was a hot debate amongst the grownups over German vs. French, vs. British, vs. whatever. I imagined myself behind the wheel. I haven't seen a race like that since 1969, but 30 years later when I saw the Fabulous Trashwagen ('69 02) at the Hollister dump...

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Good story! My earliest memories of the 2002 - or was it the 1602 - are from the mid to late 1960's in east Africa. I was probably 5, 6, 7 yrs old. Each year my dad loaded us into our Peugeot 404 and took us to a strategic point to watch the East African Safari go by. What a thrill! Mud plastered cars tearing by, four wheels off the ground, the driver's noses pressed to brown windshields. Back then the little square cars caught my fancy. There was a hot debate amongst the grownups over German vs. French, vs. British, vs. whatever. I imagined myself behind the wheel. I haven't seen a race like that since 1969, but 30 years later when I saw the Fabulous Trashwagen ('69 02) at the Hollister dump...

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