Rental cars through the years…

During the last 15 years, we have travelled a lot through the States and have driven many different cars. Even though we tried to get a V8 every time, that wasn’t so easy anymore when the (fuel) crises started. Anyway, these are the ones from the digital camera period:

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2013 Chevrolet Camaro SS, 6.2L V8, RWD:
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2012 Dodge Challenger R/T, 5.7L HEMI V8, RWD:
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2010 Lincoln MKZ, 3.5L Duratec V6, FWD:
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2009 Chrysler 300 Touring, 3.5L V6, RWD:
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2008 Cadillac STS, 3.6L V6, RWD:
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2007 Chrysler 300C, 5.7L HEMI V8, RWD:
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2006 Chrysler Crossfire, 3.2L V6, RWD:
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Alpina B7 Turbo/1 – some work on the underside

The B7 has had some improvements in the last few years. Not that anything was bad, but just because I could. Here is an overview of some of the things that have been done. First the car on the lift:
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Pitman arms rear, new diff mount and revised diff came first. At the same time this was the perfect opportunity to replace the anti roll bar (sway bar) mounting bushes with the versions from Powerflex.
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Of course only new parts from Lemförder:
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For the LSD I used Castrol Syntrax 75W-140:
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The diff itself received new seals at the input and output shafts. A new temperature sensor was installed as well:
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On the front I changed and upgraded the Upper Control Arms (UCA), the Lower Control Arms (LCA) and the drop links. Of course again all from Lemförder. The LCA is actually the aluminium version from the E34; same size and fit, only a little bit lighter and stronger:
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Looking back, I could have gone for E31 control arms which have spherical bushes as well, but that will be for a next time!
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These are the parts used for this revision:
33 32 1 125 665 Pitman Arms (Lemförder 10643 02)
31 12 1 132 353 Upper Control Arm LEFT (Lemförder 10527 01)
31 12 1 132 354 Upper Control Arm RIGHT (Lemförder 10528 01)
31 12 1 139 987 Lower Control Arm LEFT (Lemförder 10497 01)
31 12 1 139 988 Lower Control Arm RIGHT (Lemförder 10498 01)
31 35 1 134 582 Droplinks (Lemförder 10576 02)
Anti Roll Bar Mounting bushings FRONT 19mm (Powerflex PFR5-504-19)
Anti Roll Bar Mounting bushings REAR 15.5mm (Powerflex PFR5-308-15.5)

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USA Roadtrip, October 2013

It has been already over 2 years, but I could’t resist to upload some pics from our roadtrip back in 2013. This time is was in the southern status as you can see on the map.

This was our trip and the car of choice a Chevrolet Camaro:

05/10: Houston – Houston
06/10: Houston – Texarkana, AR
07/10: Texarkana – Greenville, TX
08/10: Greenville – Amarillo, TX
09/10: Amarillo – Espanola, NM
10/10: Espanola – Durango, CO
11/10: Durango – Winslow, AZ
12/10: Winslow – Tucson, AZ
13/10: Tucson – Las Cruces, NM
14/10: Las Cruces – Carlsbad, NM
15/10: Carlsbad – Terlingua, TX
16/10: Terlingua – San Antonio, TX
17/10: San Antonio – Austin, TX
18/10: Austin – Houston

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And suddenly it went from over 25 degrees celsius to snow… (into Colorado, on the way to Durango)
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Zandvoort – Historic Grand Prix 2015

This weekend was the Historic Grand Prix in Zandvoort (HGP) and BMW attended with their Classic division. Besides their demo-run with several cars, there was much more to see. All-in-all a great event which is a must see for the oldtimer/youngtimer enthusiast!

Here are some pictures, mostly BMW for some reason :-)

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Wheelmen run IV – pics update

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Wheelmen run IV

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Wheelmen @ Sharknosemeeting 2015

I could park up to another beautiful B7!

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And we were further impressed by these 2 engine bays:

1) Alpina 2002tii with the 1974 aluminium airbox
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2) BMW E28 with M52 conversion; super clean look!
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