By naterisch
12/28/2015
It is a common misconception that professional race-car drivers at the highest levels have a magic talent or secret trick up their sleeves to be as quick as they are, but in reality, whether you are racing at a club level or a pro level, in a race car or a street car, the basics of driving are the same for everybody. What is important is understanding the physics of it all, developing a feel for the limit, and executing it as well as you can.
By naterisch
12/28/2015
I had hoped to be able to write this week’s piece about the triumphant completion of my replacement of the brake lines on my Suburban, a job of questionable worth that has occupied way too much of my time and pushed out all other projects.
By naterisch
12/20/2015
’Tis the season to be thankful for what we have—and not what we hope to receive! In reflecting on the past year, I am, without a doubt, thankful for my family and friends; I'm thankful to Chris and Satch for giving me an opportunity to work with the BMW CCA, and to Horatiu Boeriu of BMWBlog, all those years ago, for taking a chance on my abrasive comments as a rough translation of writing ability.
By naterisch
12/20/2015
Last week I wrote about how the common problem of rusty brake lines in late-’90s to mid-2000s Chevy Suburbans raised its ugly head in my 2000 ’Burb for the third time, resulting in another popped line. (At least this time it happened in my driveway.) I detailed how an examination of the lines showed that they were so rusty that replacing all of them was really the only sane and safe choice.
By naterisch
12/12/2015
Many of us have read stories or seen pictures of BMWs that saved their occupants’ lives in terrible traffic accidents. It’s true that crash-protection is a high BMW priority, and that many people above-ground today wouldn’t be if they had been driving a less-safe vehicle. But there are other ways a car can save—or at least extend—your life, and I believe I have discovered one.

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