3/05/06 - Eric wrote: Here are links to the Boston Bimmer articles that we wrote:
I've begun to put up our photos from the 2005 One Lap experience. You can find them on Flickr.com.
8/14/05 - Eric wrote: The August 2005 issue of Roundel, the national BMW Car Club magazine, just came out and Christo's write-up of our OLA odyssey is in a collection of BMW entries' write-ups. Poor Christo - he does all that writing on the article, and then I'm in all the pictures that accompany the article. The other write-ups are pretty good, too, and serve as a great reminder of all the things that made OLA special for us. I'm currently working on creating a picture collection that I hope to have posted and linked to this site, as well as a write-up of my own that proved far too lengthy for any magazine to publish, but which I felt captured everything that happened during the trip. As soon as my busy summer starts to cool down, I'm hoping I'll get more time to pursue these items.
5/15/05 - Christo wrote: The week of my first One Lap was one of the most memorable in my life. Pulling into my driveway at 5:40 AM on Sunday morning after a gruesome 13 hour-drive from Indiana to Massachusetts, it seemed that I had been gone for months. We put on 6,200 miles on the odometer. We ended 43rd out of 93 cars overall and 7th out of 18 cars in our Mid-priced Sedan class. We beat some serious machines piloted by experienced drivers. No mechanical failures (OK, one taillight bulb did burn out but was promptly replaced with the spare that had been provided by Capital Cities Imported Cars). No speeding tickets. No offs or spinouts. We drove on great new tracks. We raised our driving skills to a higher level. We met some great people. We came home with a lifetime of memories. One Lap is addictive. It will make you want to do it over and over again!!
5/9/05 - Eric wrote: Whew! It took us a day to recover from the drive back. Let's start at the last event of the competition, though: the dry skidpad event at the Tire Rack.
We were not happy with our wet skid pad results from Day One, so we were determined to do much better on the dry skid pad. How do you get better? You practice. But the skid pad was closed down at the Tire Rack, so we took the next best thing: an empty parking lot at a warehouse next door. We did about 10 minutes of squealing tires before deciding the house across the street was probably dialing the cops by then, so we headed back to the motel. As it was, I still made some small mistakes on the skid pad, most notably not keeping the car as close to the inner radius as I should have, but we pulled off a .865 g on the event, which was only good for 68th place. Not great, but that's about the figure the car was rated for during magazine reviews.
After the dry skid pad, we said our goodbyes to our new friends in their BMWs - Tom and Steve in the RimPro E46 M3, Ned and Chuck in the Baron E36 M3, Sasha and Phil in their E36 M3. We then proceeded to rip off a flat-out run for home, pairing up with the RimPro M3. Leaving South Bend around 5pm, I got home to Albany at 3:30am, Sunday morning. Christo made it safely home to Boston in 2 hours.
Sleep, precious sleep.
5/6/05, 2:02 pm - Eric wrote:
We're now on our way back to South Bend, and feel great for having survived and to finish this 8 day marathon.
5/6/05, 8:38 am - Eric wrote:
Roebling Road was awesome for us! The rain took away a lot of the HP advantage that most cars had on us, and Christo struck with a vengeance. We did not receive a penalty for his extra lap mistake, and he placed 16th for the afternoon session - phenomenal! It made the miserable conditions worth it.
5/5/05, 11:48 am - Eric wrote:
Welcome to soaking wet, but slightly warmer, Roebling Road in Bloomingdale, GA. We got in late because of several lost moments, but still managed nearly 5 1/2 hrs of sleep.
5/4/05, 5:49 pm - Eric wrote:
Virginia International Raceway is beautiful! What a racing venue. It is truly a world class facility with some awesome course layouts. Christo drove the wheels off the car on 3 different events, running the north course and south course in the morning, and then the full course in the afternoon. Once again he held his own against some very powerful cars. His times on the full course were within 4 seconds of Spec Miata times - a great achievement. One of the wonderful sounding but over tuned Acura NSXs was towed off the course. We did not see the TurboXS STi from yesterday's off-course excursion at Summit Pt, so they may be having difficulties fixing the damage.
5/3/05, 9:53 pm - Eric wrote:
Leaving Summit Pt, we made 2 observations: the Infiniti G35 that's just ahead of us is cleverly disguised as a yellow Evo, and the black TurboXS was still up on jackstands with all its wheels off, and one bent at that. Not sure if we'll see them again or not.
5/3/05, 1:54 pm - Eric wrote:
Howdy from sunny but cold Summit Pt, West Virginia. Christo is feeling very good about his morning run. The course seemed to favor BMW's and other smaller, good handling cars. We checked the results from this morning and he was 43rd - pretty good considering the competition. “The car was very good” according to Christo.
5/2/05, 4:07 pm - Eric wrote:
Today was an excellent day - we got a good night's sleep (5 hours) at Eric's, rolled into NHIS on time, and were met by friends and family. Christo's son Jason was very excited to see him, and he got to help daddy get prepared for his races.
5/1/05, 8:31 pm - Eric wrote:
Christo's 2nd run at IRP yesterday was pretty good - we placed 42nd and Christo shaved off 9 seconds from the 1st run, and could have shaved off more, but not safely.
5/1/05, 11:32 am - Eric wrote:
We had a long drive from Indy last night. We left at 7 Indy time, lost an hour in the transit, and got into the hotel just before 2am EDT. Wake up call was at 6:45, and Christo was scootering around the track by 8:15. Its cold here and it sucks the strength out of you. Christo had a good first run and we're looking for food now. We're hearing it could snow in Buffalo. Can't wait for Georgia weather!
4/30/05, 8:55 pm - Eric wrote:
Christo's done fairly well on his first run of the day at Indianapolis Raceway Park - placing 47th and 1 spot behind the RimPro.com guys' M3. Christo's 2nd run was also strong [9 seconds faster than his first run] - “better” according to Christo - but we had to get started for PA before finding out the results [42nd, 4 spots ahead of the M3].
4/30/05, 1:28 pm - Eric wrote:
The wet skidpad event was fun, but the result was disappointing. We're guessing that I didn't push as hard as I could, but the car also had a fuel starvation issue crop up during my clockwise laps. It hit right as I was getting to the 3/4 point on the 2nd lap. It didn't help, but it probably wasn't the sole cause of our finish.
4/29/05, 9:57 pm - Eric wrote:
We received advice from Lap Dogs last night to not get up early for registration and instead get some rest. We got up late and headed over for breakfast, but panicked a little when we noticed almost all the other cars were gone. We ate quickly, chatted briefly with an OLA couple from Austin, TX, and then ran the car down to a car wash. Followed an NSX-R out of the hotel, who decided to blow a little carbon out of his engine. When we caught up to him at the carwash, Christo told him the car must be well tuned - the flames were very even out of both pipes of his dual exhaust. We also caught up with Lap Dogs Matt and Pete, running a fairly stock 328i. We washed the car and headed for the Tire Rack.
4/29/05, 8:01 pm - Eric wrote:
Well, it appears no one knew what they were talking about - we're an hour behind here in IN.
4/28/05, 7:21 pm - Eric wrote:
We've made good progress on the way to South Bend so far. We've hooked up with the M3 from RimPro.com and a Porsche 911 turbo from Arlington, MA. Those vehicles can move!
4/28/05 - Eric wrote: 10:50 am, just sitting around waiting for Christo to pick me up. He's reported that the RimPro.com M3 has already received a visit on the Mass Turnpike from a curious Mass state trooper. I knew that crazy graphics package they put on it would turn it into a cop magnet. That's why we're waiting to put on our sponsor stickers until we get to Indiana. Christo says his 325i is packed to the gills already, so it'll be interesting trying to put my stuff in - personal stuff, along with the fire extinguisher and 2.5gal gas can (full).
- Christo wrote: It's close to midnight. We are heading out from
Boston to South Bend (just short of 1,000 miles) in the AM. My 3-year old
son Jason likes to help me prepare lunch for work every evening. Tonight
he helped me prepare lunch for One Lap. My wife told him "We are going
to go see daddy at the autocross on Monday" referring to our event at
NHIS. He said "No, mommy, we're gonna go see daddy at One Lap!" He's got
his ABsolute Puppies t-shirt ready.
Hopefully we'll have a good trip tomorrow and we'll check in with an update tomorrow night from South Bend, Indiana.
4/28/05 - Eric wrote: Same story as Christo - it seemed like enough preparation last week, but tonight I feel like I'm totally disorganized. We did get good news today - BFS has put us up on their home page, and a reporter for the local paper contacted me today and asked about interviewing us. Hopefully he'll be able to find a story in this story of good hearts overcoming chaos while goofing off at the motorsport venues of the eastern US. A shout out to Jake for taking over the Journal page while we're on the road - his help is much appreciated!
4/26/05 - Eric wrote: These last few days have been SO HECTIC. It seemed like we had nothing left to do but some minor packing, but now faced with the realities of leaving shortly, we're discovering a dozen things that need to be done now. It's a wonder poor Christo is functioning - he's had to do so much running around with his car, getting last minute adjustments, parts checked, etc. Our sponsors continue to amaze us with more help than we ever imagined or expected. The guys at RimPro.com and Autobahn Automotive have been great.
4/25/05 - Christo wrote: I put in
the new front Ferodo DS3000 race pads last night. Their braking power is
formidable - you can almost feel them pulling the skin off your cheeks. I
don't have to fight the brake pedal to reach the tires' limit under
braking any more. They remind me a lot of the PF90 pads that I used to have
except the Ferodos don't rattle. I can't say they squeak more than
street/track combo pads. Cold bite is a bit weak but not too bad
considering they are designed to operate in a much higher temperature
range. I am very happy with them!! The vibration under braking is
completely gone now that the old front pads have been removed. Luckily,
the rotors are fine!
4/25/05 - Eric wrote: Time is getting short, and Christo and I are getting a bit nervous, trying to make sure all the loose ends are tied up neatly for a trouble-free One Lap event. I spent the entire weekend cranking thru Yahoo! Maps to document each leg of our journey. I believe we're all set there. Did some last minute bargain hunting for MiniDV tapes to be used with a borrowed camcorder generously lent to us by Jake S. of Boston CCA.
4/22/05 - Christo wrote: I had the UUC tranny mounts installed today. Chip at our sponsor, Autobahn East, was gracious enough to fit this into his busy schedule and refused to take money for it. I love watching these guys work each time - they are very methodical and precise. Great job again! Driving the car back from the shop, I noticed added vibration and noise from the mounts, as expected. Once the bushings settled, the vibration was almost entirely gone (maybe a net of 10% vibration increase or so) but the noise is still there. It sounds a lot like I just put in an exhaust and essentially magnifies the engine sound through the cabin. Overall feel is a lot more race car-like, although not uncomfortable. Most importantly, the UUC mounts cured two huge problems:
1.) the transmission does not move around any more and the shifts are nice and crisp, especially the shift to second. It is actually so easy that I almost downshifted into 7,000 RPMs - oops - good thing I caught it in time.
2.) As an added bonus, the rubbing that I had going through the gate when shifting to fifth is almost entirely gone. You don't have to pause at the gate for a second before you slip the shifter through the gate any more. It goes to show that there definitely was a problem with the tranny moving around.
One look at the old tranny bushings and you'll know
why: they were so soft, you can practically squeeze them with your hand.
The tranny moving is not an issue you'd notice while hauling groceries
back from the store, but out at the track, you'll know it. Overall,
I feel even more connected to the road, which should translate into better
lap times. It's all about feel. While in the shop, Chip looked over the
ball joints, lower control arms and other key suspension components for
damage from NHIS. Everything looks good. There is no damage to the rim
either. Swapping the tires front to rear took care of the pull to the
left, so it's probably the tire. Not too bad, it will make a good spare.
4/20/05 - Eric wrote: The best laid plans of mice and men... ok, forget about the mice, and concentrate on the men of ABsolute Puppies. Christo and I had a "shake off the winter rust" weekend planned out for this past weekend, with Eric attending the White Mountain BMWCCA chapter's Advanced Driver's Skills School to practice skid pad moves and to simply get some seat time in the 325i, and Christo attending the next day's Drivers School in order to get some track laps in before OLA.
I found the session very worthwhile, and the 325i proved to be a fairly well-behaved car on the skid pad. It was very easy to determine when you were approaching the limits - and I never pushed the tail end out unexpectedly, but I did a lot on purpose. Add in the 2hrs of driving up and back to the school, and I got very comfortable in the car.
Christo's adventures went less smoothly. He ended up either hitting a pot hole or some curbing while lapping, and put a cut into the rim guard portion of one of the OLA tires. The car also picked up a tendency to pull left. Christo noticed that the car picked up a vibration when braking, which Race Shopper has attributed to Christo's unfettered use of the brake pedal during 25min lapping sessions, perhaps leaving some uneven pad deposits on the rotor. Piling up on top of all that, Christo experienced some problems downshifting from 3rd to 2nd in corners, with the tranny simply locking him out of 2nd gear. This caused all sorts of problems, from prolonged braking to slower lap times. Diagnosis by Christo using the Internet has suggested that the car is in need of some tranny mounts to prevent the transmission from migrating too much so that it deflects shifting attempts.
So some furious activity within a bank account has dredged up some DS3000 pads to better handle the track abuse Christo is sure to heap upon the brakes. Tom M of RimPro.com is going to check the shape of the OZ wheel to make sure it doesn't need to be straightened. Christo ordered 3 more PS2 OLA tires from Tire Rack, and Tom M has offered to mount them up for us. This guy is proving to be an excellent sponsor! We're also going back to the well with Autobahn Automotive and having them install the tranny mounts and check the suspension and alignment. Hopefully the news will be good. We're hoping that the pull is simply a damaged tire.
Speaking of sponsors, ABsolute Puppies Racing is proud to announce the addition of Design Engineering (DEI), makers of Cry02 products. They have offered us a ton of heat reduction products from their catalog. We'll be using some of their products on the 325i, and what we can't fit on there I'm putting on my Evo - turbos tend to generate situations that DEI's heat dissipation products were made for. Thanks to DEI for the products!
4/19/05 - Christo wrote: Well, it's
been really busy in the past few days. Eric took the car to an advanced
driving school and practiced his skidpad skills. He managed to starve the
car for fuel with 1/4 tank on a first try - something to be proud of as
it's never happened to me in all the hard driving that I've done including
driving the Glen at 10/10ths with less than a gallon left in the tank.
Good work, Eric - we'll be better prepared for the event that way.
4/13/05 - Eric wrote: Christo has been busy fulfilling media requests and has written 2 articles so far for various outlets. Christo's latest effort is now appearing on the BimmerFest.com web site. In addition to that article, Christo also put together a write-up for Club Motorsport's web site, too. We're hoping we have happy endings to submit on top of those when all is said and done!
4/11/05 - Eric wrote: I'm proud to announce the addition of our latest sponsor - RimPro.com. I had recently put on summer wheels purchased off of eBay, and unfortunately, unseen to the naked eye, one of the wheels was apparently bent in an accident. I contacted RimPro and came to find out that the owner is entering One Lap as well! The end result is I'm getting a free wheel straightening in the deal, which I'm thrilled with. Thanks to Tom M. at RimPro, and see you at One Lap!
4/11/05 - Christo wrote: I
just faxed in the last remaining paperwork and we are now official. I also
put in the Ferodo DS2500 pads, replaced the rear rotors, cleaned and oiled
the cone air filter this weekend, so the car is totally ready too. I am
reading about other participants doing engine swaps just days before the
event. I heard from Brock that there are 5-6 teams that are waiting till
the last possible day before the event to see if their cars will be ready.
I am reading about another One Lapper who just realized he couldn't fit
his 335 mm wide One Lap-branded tires and is looking to sell them at a
steep discount with zero miles on them. In the meantime, I am driving our
final One Lap configuration during my daily commute to work. A couple of
the ramps that I hit every day have my name on them, especially a downhill
off-camber one which seems to be my favorite. Eric would rather me tip-toe
around town to preserve the tires for the wet skid pad on Day 1 (I just
asked if you could run them wrapped in duct tape on the treads until OLA -
4/7/05 - Christo wrote: 3 weeks remaining till we leave for South Bend, IN. I get butterflies in my stomach just thinking about it. 10 days, 5,500 miles, 20 competitive events, a lifetime of memories. The great thing about it is we are practically ready (I guess it's one of the advantages of running a fairly stock car). All that remains to be done to the car is throw the Ferodo DS2500 pads on and change the rear rotors. We have all the parts and spares that we need. Hotel reservations have been made. Sponsors have been finalized. Heck, we even got our ABsolute Puppies t-shirts! We need to fax some final paperwork to the organizers, make a list of contacts, print out travel directions and maps, pack and go. No, we are not going to change our mind and decide to swap the 2.5-ltr engine with an M3's the night before we leave. Eric is taking the car to NHIS for some sliding around (So you ARE familiar with my driving skills! - Eric) and I am taking it to the track for a final shakedown 10 days before we leave for the event. I'll just have to figure out how to fall asleep faster at night instead of watching track videos in my head. It's a bit confusing and downright scary falling asleep on the straight at IRP and then waking up going full throttle through the Snake at VIR...
4/1/05 - Christo wrote:
Well, brothers-in-arms - I thought I'd drop a
quick note to say good-bye. It's been great driving my 2001 325i for 4
years and sharing my One Lap enthusiasm with you here but it's time to
move on and make room for a larger vehicle that can accommodate our
growing (in numbers and width) family. I just traded in my beloved 325i
for a new shiny minivan. I didn't think I'd be able to get over it at
first but driving the minivan on the way home last night, I really got to
appreciate its utility and comfort. It's spacious (has room for 8 and
cargo to fit our whole house in it!), very quiet and fuel efficient. It
also feels gratifying to drive a socially responsible vehicle that serves
a great purpose rather than the juvenile "ultimate driving experience"
race-car-but-oh-so-comfortable 3-series. Honk when you see a dad with big
glasses behind the wheel and a mom holding a soccer ball in her arms next
to our 3-year old who will be watching a Disney movie on our newest
3/31/05 - Eric wrote: Less than 1 month to go and our excitement is building for One Lap! We've been trading emails with some fellow Bimmer guys out of Kansas City who are running One Lap in a '98 M3. Everyone's agreed that it's getting more and more difficult to concentrate at work - for example, I find myself sitting and going thru the staging process for the bracket drags over and over in my mind, but then the EMT who rides with me nudges me and I pull the ambulance back onto the road and continue on to the emergency call (just kidding).
3/16/05 - Eric wrote: What a crazy but great day. Christo was very busy contacting potential sponsors and getting some deals negotiated. The guy is very good - he pulled in 2 more very good sponsors. First up was OG Racing, from Sterling, VA. I've dealt with these guys before, when I was having MAJOR problems tracking down the parts needed to mount a Sparco Torino seat in my old Honda Accord autocrosser. OG set me up with the parts I needed, at competitive prices, and were able to deliver them immediately when other vendors were claiming it would take months to get the parts in. When I broke a handle on the seat - OG Racing checked and found they had a spare one and sent it to me for free. They were stand-up in all regards as a company, so I figured they'd be a good vendor to represent. OG has agreed to donate a drivers suit and brake fluid for our One Lap effort. Thanks, OG!
Next up was the need to stock up on some spare parts we felt would be needed - spare headlight bulb, tail light bulb, various bolts, fasteners, new wiper blades. Capital Cities Imported Cars of Glenmont, NY, has agreed to provide those items to us. Christo had his BMW serviced there while working in the Albany area the last 3 years, and I purchased my wife's VW Passat wagon from them, too. We appreciate the gesture Capital Cities has made!
Autobahn Automotive, located
in Natick, MA has long been considered one of the best BMW Independents in
the Boston area and Central Massachusetts. They are one of the few
alignment shops that truly know how to set up cars for the track and they
are especially well known for their alignment precision. I contacted them
today with a request for help with our car setup and they were very
enthusiastic about helping us with the car alignment and geometry setup. I
will be bringing the car in on Saturday and I am really looking forward to
seeing their fine work firsthand.
3/8/05 - Christo wrote: I am thrilled to announce our newest sponsor: Club Motorsports. They are building the Valley Motorsports Park ™, a premier motorsports country club in the beautiful White Mountains of NH. The club will offer memberships, similar to a country club membership for golfing, and the opportunity to drive on a challenging but safe 3.3 mile, 18-turn road course. In addition, it will offer a package of amenities that can not be found anywhere else, including: a vehicle dynamics area, garage service, professional driver training, a pro shop, and an Adirondack-style clubhouse featuring an elegant restaurant, locker rooms, spa, pool, tennis courts, and a spectacular view of the mountains. The facility will be opening in late Spring/early Summer of 2005 and we are convinced that it will be a huge success. These guys are racing enthusiasts just like us and we are honored and excited to have them as a sponsor!!
3/1/05 - Christo wrote: Thanks to Manny Lozano of Motorsports Driving Club in Indianapolis, IN, we now have the last in-car track video that was missing from our 2005 One Lap collection!! Now if we can only figure out how to drive these tracks...
3/1/05 - Eric wrote: I had placed an order with Turner Motorsport for some of their Grand Am t-shirts, figuring Christo and I can wear them during One Lap to show our appreciation for their sponsorship. Turner was nice enough to give them to us free of charge - unexpected, but thoroughly appreciated.
I've gotten some emails from friends and family telling me that they've sent donations to BooksForSoldiers.com. On behalf of BFS, and me, I would like to thank everyone that's donated to our charity. Thank you!
2/25/05 - Eric wrote: I launched version 2.0 of the web site tonight. My thanks to Nicolas, Jake, and the rest who gave suggestions and ideas to help give the site a better look. Your help is much appreciated!
2/24/05 - Christo wrote: Today I emailed Eric: "Assuming we
have ~ 85 entries and you were to guess how we'd place overall AND in the
mid-priced sedan class, what would be your guess?"
2/18/05 - Christo wrote: Eric is working on sponsorship for a race suit. He has a pretty good incentive: if he doesn't find one, he will be wearing his Ultraman costume which can be found at the bottom of the Background tab.
2/14/05 - Eric wrote: My wife, Pat, and I drove out for a visit on Saturday to Christo and Francoise's house. We had dinner together, and then left to go listen to Brock Yates give a talk hosted by the Boston PCA chapter. Before we left the house, Fran talked Christo and I into getting a "publicity shot" of us together. We were looking pretty shady until Fran commented that we both looked like we were having our mug shots taken - that helped lighten us both up! We arrived at the Crowne Plaza Woburn hotel in time for the formal part of the PCA festivities. Brock was very entertaining despite a cold, and it was great to hear him relive some of the highlights of his Cannonball Trophy Dash days. Both Christo and I were a bit shy and decided not to bother Brock with introductions or ask for a photo with him, although he certainly seemed very personable and most likely would have honored our requests good heartedly. I guess you could say we were saving up our aggression for the OLA event itself. The wife and I decided to do some OLA practicing and drive straight back to home from Boston. While it was only a 3 hr drive back, it did remind me of how old I am these days. I'm looking forward to the days when OLA allows participants to bring a support RV along.
We've had some success on the sponsorship front: RaceShopper.com has agreed to contribute to our effort with some brake pad donations. It's much appreciated, and we'll be giving feedback to RaceShopper.com on the performance of their brake pads.
On the charity front, we decided to approach a smaller charity organization, hoping our small efforts would get better notice. BooksForSoldiers.com has welcomed us with open arms, and we are in the process of attempting to solicit graphics for the 325i in order to promote the BFS web site. BFS is a very noble cause - providing a web board where soldiers stationed overseas and in combat zones can make requests for needed items, anything from Skittles and sunglasses to books, DVDs, and gloves for local children. Participants simply post to say they are fulfilling the requests, and then mail out the items to the soldiers at the addresses that have been provided on the board. I've done 2 mailings, both times offering the current set of car magazines that I subscribe to, and usually filling up the rest of the shoeboxes with some snacks of some sort. I've received back a letter from an appreciative soldier who shared some photos of the local scene so that us folks back in the US can get a flavor for what the soldiers experience in their better moments. Very heartwarming, and I'm a fan of the effort now. Please visit BooksForSoldiers.com and make a donation to help sustain this effort. The web site is run by volunteers and operates on the donations and good will of others.
1/25/05 - Eric wrote: Several phone calls to Brock Jr have boosted our enthusiasm for this event. Brock Jr seems to be a very entertaining gentleman, and a phone conversation with him will never be without a laugh or two. We're now officially listed in the entrants list on the One Lap (aka OLA) web site. For as loose as this event tries to be, there sure are a lot of things you need to keep track of, follow up on, etc. in order to ensure your participation. But it's all for a good cause - FUN.
Our charity of choice, the American Red Cross, has already responded to a request for participation with our effort - they're evaluating it. We're hoping to get some signage from them in order to promote the efforts they undertake in disaster response. We're hoping they can look past the amateur aspect of our team and see the good we represent. I think we'll be fine representatives of their spirit of helpfulness in our endeavors, both on and off the track.
As a concession to various influences within and outside the team, we've undergone a name change, from "Bulgarian-American Racing", to the more lighthearted "ABsolute Puppies". This will keep a wife happy as a working contributor to the effort, and can be used as leverage to avoid any suggestions for floral print racing suits from same.
1/20/05 - Christo wrote: I was contacted by Turner Motorsport to see if I'd be interested in having the
rear subframe reinforcement kit installed in my car and that it would be free of charge. They would use the install to test the process before it was officially posted on
the website and would also take pictures for the installation instructions. I agreed and when I stopped by to pick up the car at TMS, I found out that we
had a misunderstanding about the financial arrangement. We decided to think it over over the weekend. The issue was resolved on Monday morning when TMS agreed that the kit and install would be free of charge to me and even picked up the cost of replacing a broken front
sway bar link, which they had uncovered.
1/13/05 - Eric wrote: We found out we have a sponsor tonight - Turner Motorsport! Any Bimmer-phile will recognize this name with MUCH racing cred in such efforts as SPEED World Challenge and Grand Am. While our 325i won't be getting a baby blue & yellow paint scheme, it will be benefiting from parts from their catalog. Having some legitimacy added to our effort, we also scrambled to put together a web site with which to properly represent the team.
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