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Jim_75Sahara last won the day on June 23 2020

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About Jim_75Sahara

  • Birthday April 22

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    Kettering, OH
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    History, Music of all sorts, Travel, Tracing my family tree, Nursing

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  1. I am guessing that there are quite a few of you who have either purchased a new Mazda Miata or talked yourself into buying a well-preserved older model. I am the new owner of this 97 5-speed Miata. It is definitely fun to drive. Tuesday it goes in to the shop for a checkup. I am thinking that it needs new shocks and a new timing belt. The tires are good, the a/c works and the top is quite new and in great condition. No rips or tears to the interior. No 'maus haus' or squirrel nests either! (108,600 miles) One question: Is the 1.8 engine an interference engine? (I am assuming that it is...) Post up photos of your non-BMW convertible.
  2. Best of luck to you, Paul. You will provide BMW owners a great service while spreading Freude am Fahren.
  3. There was definitely a pent-up demand for a vintage BMW event featuring fair weather, good friends, classic BMWs, open country roads, good food and your choice of spirits; in other words: FUN. Jason Gipson supplied the route and the plan. RGB folks showed up at the Speedway station in Wilder, KY like we have for years now. We had so much catching up to do on the parking lot, that it pushed back our start time a bit. No worries... Conditions were ideal: sunny, cool weather, dry 2-lane roads, well-maintained BMWs and an eager sense of adventure. Along the route, we saw folks stopping what they were doing to wave at us. Thankfully our drive was free of the random packs of hound dogs that sometimes rush out to greet our caravan in the middle of the road. We enjoyed a late lunch at the Blue Licks Battle Park lodge. Later, we made our customary visit to see our friends Jennifer and Jim at Sunflower Sundries in Mt Olivet, KY. They greeted us like we are family, which is so very pleasing. As the sun dropped lower, a few of us headed north to have dinner and a few brews at the Hofbrau Haus in Newport, KY. Andrew Wilson boldly drove Vern the 73 tii down from Brunswick, Maine to join the fun. My daughter, Veronica, was my copilot for the first time on an RGB drive. Mary was Andrew's copilot all day and they got along famously. Liz Metz was hoping to show off her new-to-her E21, but a breakdown en route to our initial rendezvous point nixed that plan. She and Jake were assisted by Ben Younce, Dirk Rasmussen and Michele Rasmussen, so that their day was not ruined. There was some minor wrenching done on the drive, but everyone was able to keep on going thanks to Jason and the other volunteer mechanics. We all needed this day so badly and for so many reasons. We are all so thankful that we could get together and renew our bonds of friendship. 2020 was clearly a disaster, but we are hoping to have a much more rewarding, more normal 2021. Yesterday was a mighty good start. THANKS to Jason and to everyone who was part of the fun during this event.
  4. Great find and a great save, since it was sitting outside, neglected. Please post photos of it once it is shiny and ready to go again. Good luck!
  5. Using Pandora, I have been rediscovering the guitar sounds of The Shadows, The Ventures, The Trashmen, The Blue Corvettes, etc. The funny thing I learned: my wife, Mary, hates that type of music.
  6. And here I am thinking: “Dad, why did you sell your nearly perfect 1964 Porsche 356 C back in 1969??!” It could have been gifted to me... I was such a good son....
  7. I have never encountered an 02 dipshit. The worst that anyone has ever said to me is: “What is it?” Instead, I have encountered lots of admirers and their stories of long ago 02 ownership. However, sometimes SUV owners will pull alongside and literally look down on my 2002. They can’t help but look disdainful from my much lower vantage point!
  8. Andrew: you are one of the very reliable sources of bimmer knowledge. Where do you keep all the data?? If you memorize enough VINs and part numbers, you can compete vs Mike Self!
  9. Please rescue this one. Even if the Sahara paint job remains buried!
  10. Driving season is still on here in Ohio. Very wet though over the past week.
  11. Photos from yesterday's drive.... Thanks to Ben Younce for being the brave one to pull the trigger and organize the event for us. Cleves wasn't my favorite, but the rest was super!
  12. No! You can't be selling it! Will you return to Vintage at Saratoga with another classic BMW?? Jim
  13. I have listed this event on the FAQ RGB calendar for October 24th. Ben Younce is finalizing the details. We will meet up at 10:00 AM. The drive will be approximately 190 miles in total. We will be driving the back roads of southern Indiana, stopping in places like Madison, IN and Oldenburg, IN. For those of you using Facebook, the event is featured on the RGB page. Many of you have been asking about the schedule for the RGB Fall Drive 2020 on Saturday October 24. #1 Eat a hearty breakfast. The 10AM meetup and departure point will be Anderson Ferry on the Ohio side (near the Airport,) One Anderson Ferry Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45204. From there we rather unnecessarily set sail across the Ohio (Bring $5 cash!) to the great state of Kentucky for our first driving stint that includes a brief stop at the Markland Locks and Dam. From there we head north to the completely acceptable state of Indiana for a drive along the river’s scenic byway with a brief stop in Madison, IN to check out the Lanier Mansion Historic Site. Our planned lunch stop is the Stream Cliff Farm Winery where you can taste/buy wines, order food from their restaurant to enjoy in their outdoor space or packaged “to go” anywhere on the grounds. You’re also welcome to bring your own picnic lunch if you prefer. From there we venture to the ruins of a historic mill and then up to the Oldenburg Brau Haus for a Spaten on the back patio. From this point it’s a choose your own adventure for the route back home. If you’re headed back to Cincinnati or Northern KY, IN 1 back SE towards Lawrenceburg is the suggested route. Others headed east to Dayton/Columbus can depart in that direction. If there is sufficient interest, we’re working on a few primitive campsites in the area that can accommodate socially distanced overnight accommodations. If you’d like to stay overnight and camp, please message Ben Younce asap. The long-term weather forecast looks sunny and in the 60s. This is a family friendly event and we hope there is a little something for everyone to enjoy on what will be one of the last good driving days of 2020. 7You, Dirk Rasmussen, Scott Aaron and 4 others 7 Comments Like Comment
  14. My 75 02, Dieter, doing some off-roading in April of 2011. The second picture is of the car one day later - after all of the mud and cow shit were cleaned off.
  15. Ben Younce is setting up a fall drive in Indiana for the RGB crew. Details are still TBA, but we will meet up at 10:00 AM and complete a roughly 190 mile circuit of interesting byways, including a ferry ride, a lookout at a lock, a visit to historic Madison, IN, a winery-restaurant and a beer hall in Oldenburg, IN. The RGB page on Facebook is the place to look for more information, but I will update this page once there are more details to share.
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