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Discussion in 'Member Introductions' started by Tlamb, Dec 2, 2010.

    Tlamb guest

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    Hi all! I've been a member for a little over a year, but thought I'd start being a bit more active in the forums. I currently reside in Orange County, California, but grew up in New Mexico.

    I've been blessed to have a dad who raised me on BMWs. My car through high school was a 1975 Golf BMW 2002, which we still have. My college vehicle was a 1979 528i that we also still have.

    After graduating I spent a few years with Mazda's as they were reliable, fun, sporty, and fit well with my paycheck. However, the moment I made enough to justify a BMW, I leased a new BMW 328i coupe (Space Grey).

    I love it. To me, it's still the best representation of what BMW stands for. Sport sedans that make the driver the focus. When I visit home and take the 2002 out for a spin, it amazes me how similar the two cars are, being 35 years apart.

    I hope this BMW is the first of many for me, as I feel like I wouldn't be able to go back to drive anything else (except for my fiance's Mini :D).

    Anyway, hello to you all, and I hope to make some new friends around here.

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    Welcome to da' funny farm! I'm sure you'll enjoy yourself...

    :( Ohh suuuuuure, rub it in...;);)

    ...my dad always told me "a car is for transportation, that's it" and seemingly couldn't care less what he rode around in. He never understood why I spend time and money on caring for a car - to him, if it started and got you where you wanted to go, who cares if there's brake dust on the wheels or some dents/scratches in the paint. I don't know where I got my "car-craziness" from but I definitely do NOT share Dad's vision of the automobile.

    Friends??? FRIENDS?? My God, man, have you gone MAD?? :D

    Naww, you will enjoy the conversation and the people almost as much as your ride...
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    eam3

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    Funny enough, my dad has never been a car crazy pistonhead but he's always had a taste for nice cars. Before I was born there was a parade of Mercedes Benzes (including a gorgeous pagoda 280SL). Through the 70s he switched to American cars for his rough daily commute, which the Ford LTDs did more than sufficiently well. Then in the 80s, after a Cadillac Seville (POS) and a 1984 Audi 5000S (POS #2) he bought his first BMW (1984 733i). He then bought a 944 as a toy. When he was 66 years old he traded the 944 for a 6 speed Porsche 968. Today, at 82, he drives his beloved 1990 750iL a few times a week and the other times he's with my mom in her '08 335i (a 328i would not suffice he told me :p).

    The one event in his life that would qualify as a pistonhead moment came in the early 70s. His friend was picking a Jaguar in Europe so he almost convinced my dad to do the same with a Ferrari Daytona but decided against it at the last minute (DAMN IT!). He still tells me that it would have been around $23K and, even though he could afford it, he thought it was too much money for a car.

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    Welcome aboard, Brother!

    Know any bar jokes?:D
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    wretched

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    Welcome!


    Not again!

    drummerfc guest

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    Yeah really...:eek:!!

    Tlamb guest

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    Thanks for the warm welcome. I only hope I can contribute to insightful conversation as so many here do.

    That or bar jokes.

    M3Driver guest

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    As Foghorn Leghorn would say "That's a joke, son"......(i.e. my weak attempt at humor :rolleyes:) We have a thread in the "Off-Topic" meandering around on bar jokes...check it out and contribute....;).


    @DamienM3 & drummerfc: Sorry guys; you can come down off the ceiling now....:D
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    wretched

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    Whew it's safe once again!
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    Satch SoSoCalifortified

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    Welcome to the asylum!

    . . . I see you've already met some of your fellow inmates. . .

    We seem to be talking about our gearhead parents---or our anti-gearhead parents. Mom was pretty much crazy about cars and driving fast, and her fifth husband drove a '69 Caddy Eldorado convertible, white with red leather interior. . . .

    Maybe that's why I had to give a good home to the Alpine-White-over-Imola roadster. . . .
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    TxFeatFan

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    My Dad taught me: "The car's not clean if the wheels are dirty," and he would send me back outside.

    He is an enthusiast for sure, if you take a look at his car history:
    • 1956 MG-A Roadster
    • 1962 Alfa Romeo Giuletta Sprint coupe
    • 196? BMW 1800 (not Ti) sedan
    • 1974 Datsun 260Z 2+2
    • 19XX Olds Delta 88 'vert, Honda Prelude, Acura Legend
    • 1995 BMW M3 (Stolen)
    • 1996 BMW M3 (Sold to me.)
    • 2000 BMW 528i sedan
    • 2006 BMW M3
    Dad uses the 528i to haul their trash cans up the long driveway to the street. The M3 is his DD. Mom's uses a Smart Car to get the mail up-top of that same driveway.

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