A single bead of sweat carves its way down my red, exhausted face, hugging the brow and navigating the path of least resistance; it manages to curl beneath an ear to the back of my neck, where there is, magically, a gap: no cloth, no cotton, no silk—not even polyester. With nothing to stop it, the salty globule plunges over the sheer drop between the shoulder blades all the way to the lower lumbar, where it sneaks into my underwear.
Warning: This isn’t going to be one of my light-hearted, fun-loving Adventures-Of-Nikki pieces. This is all about business—the newsletter business. If you miss my comments about daily life with my 1 Series, make sure you hop on the CCA forums on the CCA website. There you can follow me and an entire colorful crew as we talk about the blood, sweat, tears, and smiles related to living with our cars.
I was reading Cycle World editor Mark Hoyer’s analysis of the new liquid-cooled BMW R1200 GS, which he tested in South Africa, and I was suitably impressed by all the super new gadgets—the semi-active suspension and the multiple riding modes, ASC/ABS, etc.
Okay, it isn’t really the car of my dreams, because I am not eligible for the Car Of Your Dreams raffle. But BMW NA’s Matt Russell was at the BMW CCA Board meeting in Denver, where he announced that the M3 Club Special—the Grand Prize of the Car Of Your Dreams raffle—has rolled off the assembly line and made it to the docks, where it was loaded belowdecks, headed for its new home in America.
Family: Such an important word to remember in the dynamic whirlwind we call life. And it applies to so many aspects of our world: parents, spouses, children (or offspring, if you prefer, depending on how many diapers changed or college-tuition bills paid recently), in-laws, pets, and perhaps—just perhaps!—cars.