By naterisch
06/26/2016
Last week I put Otto’s head on the block (which has an utterly different connotation here than in, say, the French Revolution) and torqued it down. I thought that, given one uninterrupted evening, I should be able to button everything up and get Otto running.
By naterisch
06/20/2016
For this month’s Roundel Weekly, I thought I would answer one of the questions I get asked very often: “How did you get started in racing, and what do you suggest is the best way I can get started?” Although I had my own path into racing, there are many answers to this question when it comes to how you can get started.
By naterisch
06/20/2016
Two weeks ago I picked up Otto’s head—the one I’d bought at the Vintage—from the machine shop. My machinist, Hal, had decreed the head was straight and crack-free. He cleaned it up, milled it, deemed the valve guides reusable, transferred over the valves and springs from the original head, lapped the valves, and installed new seals.
By naterisch
06/13/2016
The manual transmission may very well be dead as we know it. Not gone—but ostensibly dead. In the near future, I expect that a manual gearbox will likely not be an option on most M cars, much less lower-echelon cars like the 3 Series. Perhaps “Ultimate Modern Driving Machine” maybe a more appropriate moniker?
By naterisch
06/13/2016
We interrupt the re-capitation of Otto for this important message: I didn’t get far enough this week with the reassembly of Otto’s head to eke out a full column. Well, that’s not true: At this point in my journalist career, I could pound out 5,000 words about lint.

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