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PCA Zone1 Pictures

September 8, 2010

Lana and I were asked to help the NCR team at this year’s PCA Zone1 competition. Lana impressed everyone by winning her class by a large margin in a Porsche GT3 RS, while I just missed first place by .4 seconds in my class driving a Porsche C2S. It was a close finish, but the NCR team came away with the win! Congrats to the whole NCR team!

Below are a few pictures of the event. That’s Lana in the Viper Green GT3 RS and me in the (mostly) Black C2S. Click on any of them to see the picture gallery on Flickr.


Borla Exhaust

July 1, 2010

The quest to drop weight from the M3 continues. A Borla Cat-back Muffler has been installed. The Turner web site states that it will result in a 5 hp increase, but I am just as interested in it being 26 lbs lighter than the stock system. It’s built from exhaust_borla_e36_tips_close_lgT-304 stainless steel (inside and outsize) and comes with a 1,000,000 mile warranty. It is a bit louder than stock, but not so much that it will wake the neighbors.

Installation was quite easy. I consider myself lucky that the bolts for the stock exhaust, although rusty, were removed without incident.



Here are the "before and after” videos (taken with my iPhone 3GS).

Lightweight Battery Installed

July 1, 2010

In an effort to reduce the weight of the M3, I’ve installed a Russ Wiles battery box from BimmerHaus along with a Hawker Odyssey battery. The battery box is designed to hold this small battery and be mounted in the stock location using factory cables and hold down clamp.

The stock battery weighted 43 lbs. The new battery box + battery weighs 18 lbs.


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135 is here!

June 30, 2010

Finally, after ordering the car on 12/29/09, driving it all over Germany, Austria, and Czech Republic in early April, not hearing from a dealer for 2 weeks after the car was delivered to Boston, it finally parked in my driveway as of late May. 

The car is amazing, powerful, smooth, playful, and fun. I could go on, but after the run-flat tires and original suspension are changed, it should be even more fun.

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BMW Motorsport parts now available in the U.S.

April 30, 2010

Weekend racers can now buy BMW Motorsport parts at four locations in the U.S. Parts catalogs are available at BMW Motorsport or by visiting one of four BMW centers in IL, GA, NH, and OH. Catalogs are available for the 2008 BMW Z4, 1995-present BMW M3, and 2006+ 3 Series Sedan. Read more here.

2010 Season Schedule is Up!

March 16, 2010

The schedule of events for 2010 has been posted. The team is busy getting the #49 car ready and planning for the new 135 that Lana will be picking up soon. In addition to autocross events, there are a number of schools where Hank and Lana will be instructing and a few track sessions at NHMS.

Aug 1 Pictures

August 5, 2009

Here are a few pictures from the Boston BMWCCA Autocross School where Lana was instructing. All of the pictures from the event are here. If you zoom in on the 2nd picture, you will notice the passenger front tire is about 2” off the ground.


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