A longer than expected hibernation ends with a brief local jaunt after being freed from storage. As usual the car started without issue and ran fine for the short stint. Meanwhile, Mike Pugh sent along a few pics from years ago when we were at the Mid-Atlantic event.
1972 BMW 2002 tii
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The tii gets a ride in enclosed luxury for a trip to an event. It shares the ride with the 911 and some very expensive passengers. A Ferrari, an Aston Martin Vantage, a Bentley, and a Lamborghini....
Suddenly, and without advance warning, the tii was pressed int service for a 200 mile trip across the state. It was reconnecting the battery, warm it up, and hit the road. Then 200 miles into the night with 160 of it on the highway. Flawless.
As usual, the mission was to wedge some activity with the RCM boys in between recall on the Subaru, and a myriad of other duties. The timing would allow for breakfast, and the drive to the Winery for a brief stay before heading back. Perfect. Well....,almost. Breakfast was fine, and we headed out for the drive, but ironically, the most modern car, a 200? Porsche 911, developed a miss, and then stalled completely. The other cars, another BMW 02, an MGB, A BMW Z3, and my 02, were all fine. I gave the owner a ride back to his place, which I had been wanting to visit for some time anyway. It was a great short visit with some interesting cars, but I ran out of time and headed back while the rest of the crew went on to the winery.
Bill Foster and the vintage arm of the Delaware Valley BMWCCA club have raised the level of activity this year, and I managed to head down to a surprisingly good event at a local upholstery shop (see The Undiscovered Bounty). The 02 has been flawless as you know if you have been reading this blog, so this day turned out to be surprising. On the way down to the event, the exhaust sounded a little louder than normal at idle. It was ok at speed, so I just made a mental note. On the way back, there was rain, and it reminded me of how long it has been since the defroster was running. It threw up debris for a few minutes before settling down. The exhaust was a little louder still and lasted up to about 2000 RPM. This will need to be investigated....
I am a bit behind on posting for the tii, but it has not been sitting idle. To the contrary, it once again made the trip down to Winston Salem, NC for the annual Vintage at the Vineyards event. There is no longer a vineyard involved, as it has moved to downtown Old Salem. The car was brilliant as ever. A full account of the trip made the main blog, so you can read about it at this link.
The tii can dispatch country roads with aplomb, but it is not the sharpest handling car. It will handle hundreds of miles of autobahn/interstate with aplomb as evidenced by it's trips to the Vineyards event and Florida, but with 4 gears, it is not the most relaxed GT car. It will run 500 rpm below the rev limit all day, but it is not a race car. It will carry passengers and luggage with aplomb, but it is no SUV. It attracts attention wherever it goes, but it is no supercar. What it will do is accomplish all of these things on the same trip very well. That is not very well given it's age, it is very well period.
Case in point, the annual pilgrimage to Limerock for the Vintage Festival. The car has made this trip several times, and now the event coincides with the 02 Festival East sponsored by the good folks at Sports Car Restoration http://sports-car-restoration.com . The weekend itself is covered in the main blog, but the trip to and from is what I have come to regard as the natural habitat of the car. A few hundred miles of interstate, about a hundred miles of some of the best feisty parkway in the country (NY's Saw Mill and Taconic), and then about a hundred more of country roads. Add passengers and a weekend worth of Camping gear and luggage, and you get the picture. At the event, the car was popular in the paddock area, and there were two race versions out on track during the weekend. I could have made a commercial for the German sports sedan circa 1972. Job done.
That said, there are two negatives. The first is that as good as the BBS wheels look, they are a royal pain to clean, and they get covered in brake dust pretty quickly. I have even tried different pads, but not much improvement. One fellow 02 owner told me to use less brakes ;-) The other negative is really a positive that turned out to be kind of dangerous this time. People on the highway often chase me down when I go flying by in the left lane, and take a picture with their phone. Fine if the picture taker is a passenger, but I had a driver attempt to drive alongside and use his phone camera while we were both doing 80+ mph. This is not smart. He had a slight swerve and I was on the rumble strip for a second avoiding him. This, we don't need. Overall though, another brilliant trip in a car I can't praise enough.