With the legends leaving the track it was time for some on track entertainment... — BMW Forum Queensland

With the legends leaving the track it was time for some “on track entertainment” as the program calls it. This includes a Circus, Circus collection of eclectic cars – look at that, nearly every word with a f#$%n C in it. There are performing motor bike dudes (all bikers are dudes these days aren’t they???), who show us just how much time some people have on their hands by their ability to make their bikes do extraordinary things which are perhaps as much self-amusement as they are entertaining. Burn outs, burn out dancing (rider stands next to bike whilst throttle wide open with rear tyre spinning frantically whilst orbiting said standing rider), rear wheel wheelies, synchronised donuts (you work that one out yourselves) and no hand wheelies (again over to your imagination).

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The boys have decided that tomorrow they will venture down to the Paddock to... — BMW Forum Queensland

The boys have decided that tomorrow they will venture down to the Paddock to leverage their “Dan Bowden” card, to get a better look. In fact a call to Dan by Denise brings a formal invitation to come down, so everything is set. Sir Pervalot of course makes the apartment his castle every year and tends to refrain from mixing with the common people below. I bought binoculars (and again, more about that in the adult’s only section) so that I didn’t have to get down and caught up on the ground with the masses. We are self-contained and self-sufficient here in 142 – well except from the adult’s only aspects that is.

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    Many of you have seen these cars at the Bowden s private shed But here they... — BMW Forum Queensland

    Many of you have seen these cars at the Bowden’s private “shed”. But here they are alive, breathing, screaming, moving – and moving beyond an exhibition pace – in anger. The noise is both exhilarating and obliterating (EPA was probably pronounced eppaa back in the day these cars hammered it out around tracks that don’t even exist anymore). It probably stood for Every Petrolhead’s Augasm back then. I can’t describe what it was like to see and hear these things ripping around the Surfers track – but think back to a time in your life when you were at a race track and the car that you passed (or most likely just passed by) on your way to the racetrack was actually what formed the field of entrants. We used to have showroom car racing as our premier category. I miss it dearly.

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      The Legends include 12 of the Bowden s most well known former Australian racing... — BMW Forum Queensland

      The Legends include 12 of the Bowden’s most well known former Australian racing cars. So what exactly makes up the 12 Legends; Brocks A9X hatchback, DJ’s Tru-Blu XD and Greens Tuff XE (respectively), Alan Moffat’s Trans Am Mustang, Bob Morris’ 7 Network A9X, Moffat’s XY GTHO Phase 3 inaugural ATCC winner, the Beachy Yellow `70 Monaro, Brocks VL Commodore (10th) Bathurst winning car, the 1971 Pete Geoghan GTHO Super Falcon (1 of only 2 ever built), The Seton 1982/83 Ford Capri, The Kevin Bartlett Channel 6 err 9 Camaro which leaves 1 car – the Jim Richards JPS 635.

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        Look the mini s aren t mind blowing fast Damn it the mini s aren t even driven... — BMW Forum Queensland

        Look the mini’s aren’t mind blowing fast. Damn it, the mini’s aren’t even driven by the right set of wheels. But they look great; low and mean like a tax collector, angry dual drain pipes in the centre of the rear micro diffuser and compact with wheel bases at the absolute extremities. That makes them nimble and therefore relatively fun. And in motor racing terms, still relatively inexpensive. They did their thing, very Key Largo-ish (as you do on the Gold Coast) we didn’t have Bogie or Bacall, but we had Cooper’s – about 17 of them – and then they left the circuit till their next session.

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          The next category to show itself there is a lot of flashing on the Gold Coast... — BMW Forum Queensland

          The next category to show itself (there is a lot of flashing on the Gold Coast – but more about that in the adults section) were very close to our hearts – the Mini’s. I also have a high regard for this category. Why? Well it is a manufacturers concept series – and that deserves high praise on its own. But as importantly it is a parity based series – and that is the best kind of racing in my book. If, after all, racing is about being the fastest, then it should follow that everything else, except the driver should be equal to reach that conclusion shouldn’t it?? That is why the “championship” most coveted is the drivers – not the manufacturers - in the public’s mind.

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            Well once the Aussie cars put on their show they were whipped off the track and... — BMW Forum Queensland

            Well once the Aussie cars put on their show they were whipped off the track and then the bumble bee hive on wheels hit the track for their first real session. What can I tell you about Formula Fords that you don’t already know?? The noise – annoying. The cars – open wheeled on-road radial composition. The engines - err they are Ford 1600 blocks. The drivers – young ambitious ex go kart folk (usually) hoping to make a name for themselves and progress through the motorsport ranks (and the best usually do). The racing – close – and heavily based on momentum and slipstreaming (or drafting as those good ole boys in the US of A call it). It is probably the only motoring category where you can enter the main straight on the last lap in 4th or 5th and end up crossing the finish line in 1st place.

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              Oh and there about 36 of them here and they come in all your favourite... — BMW Forum Queensland

              Oh and there about 36 of them here – and they come in all your favourite nostalgic body panels – Ford, Holden, Toyota, DTM Merc (next year) new and retro (FJ stylised and Ford 40’s stylised). They are a one seater and therefore very narrow which permits dual corner entry and exit for the most enthralling racing scraps. I think these are the perfect “everyday” racers track car, let alone being an ideal vehicle to venture into serious competitive motor racing. I shall commence seeking sponsorship right……now – should any of you marvellously successful and benevolent members/business owners wish to make an underprivileged and over-confident weekend wannabe racer very happy.

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                I love the Aussie Racers Why wouldn t you 1100 cc Yamaha howlers red line at... — BMW Forum Queensland

                I love the Aussie Racers. Why wouldn’t you? 1100 cc Yamaha howlers (red line at 11,500 rpm thank you) for 125 bhp, in a car weighing just on 450 kg. That makes for a power to weight ratio equivalent to having an E92 M3 coupe, at 1680 kg, with 500 bhp!!! Now I have your real attention, the chassis is a tubular space frame (so it is not a car in the traditional mass produced style) with one racing seat, racing harness, the usual on board racing ecu’s (Motec et al), slick tyres on 16 inch rims. These cars are quick anywhere. Around Surfers ; a 4.3 km circuit which has 3 fairly long “power straights” for a fairly high average speed lap, the Aussie cars were only about 10 seconds slower per lap – not bad for a $35,000- investment in fun.

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                  Gold Coast Indy Nitro Super GP A1 GP V8 SuperSize Me Blog Day 2 Waking up less... — BMW Forum Queensland

                  Gold Coast Indy/ Nitro Super GP/A1 GP/V8 SuperSize Me Blog Day 2 Waking up less than 50 metres from the most famous holiday strip in the country and hearing the sounds of Formula Fords revving like bumble-bees about to attack might not be everyone’s idea of nirvana – but it probably fits into my Nirvana folder. The weather is proving the famous Tourism QLD adage and so we are set for a great day. Whilst the Formula Fords were being street tuned, the Aussie Cars made their way from their remote paddock down the back (beach) straight to signify they were the first category to turn a wheel in real anger. It was their first qualifying session with their first race to happen later today.

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                    We know he loves cars Sometimes it is harder to tell whether he is the Dad and... — BMW Forum Queensland

                    We know he loves cars. Sometimes it is harder to tell whether he is the Dad, and Joel and Nick the boys, or vice versa, such is his love for all things motoring. Married with 3 kids, who were living at home at the time – and still he was able to talk his wife into buying a two seater Beemer. The man is obviously as charismatic as he is passionate about cars – and so we know he will have an awesome 4 days on the GC.

                    Well anyway the action kicks off tomorrow morning on the track, and in the skyline in the afternoon. Until then, this is Sir Pervealot saying race cars go fast, but the good years go by faster, so do it while you can.

                    Sean Smith

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                    • keep up the good reporting scribe Sean :))

                    Of our newcomers one is Dennis or Denise as I have now decided to call him... — BMW Forum Queensland

                    Of our newcomers, one is Dennis – or Denise as I have now decided to call him- Weisz. An unassuming man and woman all in one. He says what he hopes he means, and is certainly going to be the mother of our little quartet. He has already volunteered to be the cook, has done meal planners and of course, turned the TV off on night one when the rest of us fell into our Southo/JD/Extra Dry slumbers. Oh and he drinks Cider so my stereotyping skills are still intact.

                    And that leaves the token bloke. The hardman. The labourer. The dirt architect. I don’t know if he drinks VB but if he was digging a trench, or building a fence today, he would want one now, but at the Super GP - the man whom we shall call knuckles Domrow – mainly because he is not yet here to defend himself. He is literally conforming to the aforementioned tags in a garden, somewhere not so far, far, away. But his arrival tomorrow will make the team complete.

                    Sean Smith

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                      And who are the defendants in this class less action down at this years V8... — BMW Forum Queensland

                      And who are the defendants in this class-less action down at this years V8 Supersize me Gold Coast carnival. Well the key to sustained success is to keep doing what works they say. Now I don’t know what the hell that has to do with 4 blokes watching motosport, but stay with me. We are a mix of newcomers and stayers – 2 of each to be exact. There is me ….Sir Pervealot…which is as much action as I get these days so should any of you have a sister, auntie, or niece between the age of 28 and 45, young at heart, attractive, extremely patient and not particularly choosey, forward her my email address.

                      Then there is Ian SoloMan who can knock it down fast. In two laps it turns out sadly. He and I are peas in a pod, though we have never been “in a pod” and certainly we have never been together…Sharon….relax. What I mean is we like the same things so we are here for the same reasons – but Sharon I will make sure he doesn’t get all of them if you know what I mean.

                      Sean Smith

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                        By this stage our euphoric fantasising began to be blown to bits by the... — BMW Forum Queensland

                        By this stage our euphoric fantasising began to be blown to bits by the knowledge that we were on what has become an internationally famous Australian street circuit without either the equipment, the permission or safety to do anything about it.

                        So we exited into Ocean Avenue to our luxurious apartment at the Shore Apartments to check in for our 5 day odyssey of motor sport, girls, booze, did I mention girls who seem to want to go ala naturale at the drop of a note. Day 1, the prequel. The action starts tomorrow and even with all the shenanigans and permutations that is Motor Sport in the GFC (man…I just feel I have to say “man” after using the GFC acronym, for some unexplainable reason).

                        Sean Smith

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                          We got off to a fairly poor start and found ourselves behind two of the mini... — BMW Forum Queensland

                          We got off to a fairly poor start and found ourselves behind two of the mini cooper S race cars. Which you might think is not so bad for a street version E60 530i on road rubber – but the mini’s were still on the back of the flat trays on their way to the paddock. Once they moved over to let us take the lead, we accelerated rapidly to 30 km/hr at the start/finish line, which allowed us just to get a glimpse of the “Gold Coast Grid contestant bikini girl” sprawled across Garth Tanders bonnet. We reached vmax of 45 km/hr before the first chicane. I picked the perfect line and nailed the apex, taking just enough of the ripple strip, to cause the car suspension to rebound just so slightly and opened the throttle again for the short squirt to the second chicane where I broke as late and hard as you can from 30 k/hr without losing momentum and nailed the apex again.

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                            Two parts salt 3 parts ethanol 95 parts alcohol sounds like the way we should... — BMW Forum Queensland

                            Two parts salt, 3 parts ethanol, 95 parts alcohol sounds like the way we should again enjoy the Gold Coast racing carnival. And this time we all get to call it what ever the hell we like – because the organisers have become just to scared to commit to a name these days. Sponsor desertion (but you have got to admire those Nitro folks who will surely win this years award for “Most Well Known Event Sponsor Who Did Not Pay A Cent”), category withdrawals, and senior executive resignations have taken their toll.

                            Sean smith

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                              Gold Coast Indy Nitro Super GP A1 GP V8 SuperSize Me Blog — BMW Forum Queensland

                              Gold Coast Indy/ Nitro Super GP/A1 GP/V8 SuperSize Me Blog

                              Well hello my fellow BMW Club QLD members and other BMW fans. They say change is a constant, or things never stay the same, or things never stay constant if they change……………….. What ever the adage, it is late October and that means motor racing on the Gold Coast. And you can’t get much more exciting than not knowing exactly what motor racing you will get served 48 hours before you are scheduled to make your pilgrimage to the place where the surf meets the ethanol blend.

                              Sean Smith

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                                newsamo hotmail. it. 380 hp an 550 nm chiptuning — BMW 335i

                                newsamo@hotmail.it ...380 hp an 550 nm chiptuning...

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                                • do you know how our transmission is handling these almost +100hp and over 100Nm addons? especially with dual clutch transmissions?

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                                • is it rly bad? I was thinking bout the jb3 chip that adds +80hp.

                                • According to vishnu and an another tuning company, they can take 411hp - 420hp out from crank, and I think it was around 520Nm! This is one of the reason why I wanted 335i! Only thou Im suspecious about the transmission durability, since DCT/DKG is a fairly new option in 335

                                Anybody know where to get an HKS exhaust in Naples Italy — BMW 335i

                                Anybody know where to get an HKS exhaust in Naples, Italy?

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                                • Check out Autobahn Exotics or Turner Motorsport exhaust in the US for 335i sounds really great :)

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                                • I gave them a ring already and said that it's to pricey to ship the full turbo back here in Italy. :(

                                Is your car really programmed — BMW owners forum of India

                                Is your car really programmed?

                                I wanted to share a lil bit for people who own BMW's. We (KIIRUS) provide unique computer software programming methods (customized) for driving enthusiasts to help truly feel whats under the hood keeping in mind safety parameters that wont hurt the engine. Basically, we cant do magic; but truly allow your car to respond with high combustion ratio when fueled with Turbojet / power or equivalent. Our methods do not void warranty and can never be detected. PROS: Extra 24-65 bhp extra bhp, lower engine noise and knock, reduced rpm, greater pick up with no lags, really smooth plus 15% more mileage. Programmed by professional tuners from Mercedes, Porsche, Audi, (Europe). Time and location: One working day if you are Mumbai. Outside, please mail ECU, will be returned using Blue Dart next day delivery. Our address on website. 100% guarantee. Not happy, we return 80% of money charged within 7 days (+ shipping and handling). Your car or ECU will be required for roll back

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                                  I just had my wedding and we used the BMW 335i Convertible as our vehicle for... — BMW 335i

                                  I just had my wedding and we used the BMW 335i Convertible as our vehicle for the whole day and boy this car can really do justice on the road I mean, it is probably the fastest car that I've driven YET. I would love to own one personally but its highly unlikely that I will. Only problem I found when using this machine is that although the interior is fully electric I found it quite hard to familiarize the car coz I never really came across one like it before so it was all new to me but when I started to get use to it then it really became a comfortable car to drive....

                                  Its sheer pleasure... I love it

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