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My trip to the Vintage

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I know, we are on Vintage overload, but I thought I would add a few from my trip from Toronto down to the Vintage and back. Total distance was about 2100 miles, far surpassing my previous longest trip of 500 miles. The car, which I finished restoring last October, ran really well with no issues. It was actually a revelation as the car was really comfortable and fun on the highway; I thought something so good in the twisties would really be a let down on the interstates.

I drove down via Dayton Ohio where I was entertained by the Jim Denker family who were good enough to put me up for a night along with Blunt, Joseph O'Neil, Mike (02 Monster) and Vince from Chicago. Next day we went in Caravan down to Mt. Airy led by Mike Self and picking up more and more cars along the way.

I've never been to a big show, and I came away really impressed with the camaraderie of the BMW crowd, and the great people I met from the board. This will not be my last trip to the Vintage.

Cruising the 401 in a sweet Merc (60 miles into the drive)

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Crossing into Michigan from Sarnia, ON...bye, bye km/h

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That gas thing looks like a basketball

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Parking for Mexican food in Dayton, Auto parts store silently calling me as I worried about what would bust on my car

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Jim's driveway with a lot of machinery

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Day 2 - Dayton to Mt. Airy - driving across Ohio and towards the Mtns

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Cool bridge the takes you over the Ohio river into W. Virginia

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backroads

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closing in on the real mtns

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First car I saw in Mt. Airy was Dirk's covertible, nice start to the weekend

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Sam Adams' tii, my tii

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Lined up for Sat AM drive

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Nice roads

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Arrival

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tii's

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tii plus boost

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Max Hoffman Alpina tii

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Dobson to Asheville drive (wet and fun)

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Vanderbilt estate

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Cruising back to Toronto (did it in one day, 13.5 hrs)

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almost home

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Kris

Again I regret we did not have the chance to meet. I admired your car all weekend.

What transmission and rear gear set are you running?

See you in the future.

bill

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Kris

Again I regret we did not have the chance to meet. I admired your car all weekend.

What transmission and rear gear set are you running?

See you in the future.

bill

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Hi Bill, likewise, hope to make it to Pittsburgh this year. I'm running and e21 5 speed and diff.

cheers

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Hi Chris,

Glad I got to see your Schwartz beauty (I had the ashtray's...). Just curious about the shot of the instrument cluster; full tank, 75mph, proper revs....temp gauge out, or running Really cool....? I still think that you should've received an honorable mention for your trip distance...Great pictures, thanks for sharing the trip with us.

And thanks to all of the folks that bought a thing or two from the Volvo wagon... Dave V. in NC

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Dave and Kris, it was nice to meet both of you. Dave, email me I have a nice Repa set for you.

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Hi Chris,

Glad I got to see your Schwartz beauty (I had the ashtray's...). Just curious about the shot of the instrument cluster; full tank, 75mph, proper revs....temp gauge out, or running Really cool....? I still think that you should've received an honorable mention for your trip distance...Great pictures, thanks for sharing the trip with us.

And thanks to all of the folks that bought a thing or two from the Volvo wagon... Dave V. in NC

Hey Dave you have a keen eye! I run a supplementary temp gauge in a Parker console panel. I have both wired but if I keep the dash temp gauge plugged in they both read off by about 10 degrees. I think I need a different resistor to make it work.

Your euro bumper car looked great!

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Sounds like a great adventure! See ya next time.

I might even think about bringing my '02.

Cheers,

Ray

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Hey Kris,

It was nice meeting you...thought I would pass along a photo i took of your car and the one of our cars together. We took another day and went to Tenn for more driving! It was an awesome trip and I hope to see everyone next year!

-Sue

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Kris -

Thanks for sharing your pictures and experiences at the Vintage. I'm bound and determined to make all the drives next year - no matter what.

I'm jealous of all the "easy cruisers" running 5 speeds. That will be me someday.

See you in Pittsburgh?

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You're welcome to drop by again, Kris. Yours is the only Schwarz roundie I've ever seen and it's very appealing. Super nice resto.

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Good job representing the Great White North.

Hope to see you at Mospost vintages in a couple of weeks.

One question though. At the Vanderbilt Estate, someone went to a great deal of trouble setting the cars up for a group shot. But where is that shot?

I've seen a few different angles, but not the main "hero" shot.

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Good job representing the Great White North.

Hope to see you at Mospost vintages in a couple of weeks.

One question though. At the Vanderbilt Estate, someone went to a great deal of trouble setting the cars up for a group shot. But where is that shot?

I've seen a few different angles, but not the main "hero" shot.

That shot will be for sale for $40 US I think, there were someone on site taking applications but I was tapped at the time.

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Hey Kris,

Enjoyed meeting you and seeing your beautiful car at Vintage. My electrical problems kept me under the hood most of the weekend in the Hampton parking lot, so I missed the Saturday morning drive. Will look for you again next year.

Garry

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