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Thread: To the Icon and back, a 600 mile road trip in my Bmw 2002.

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    Default To the Icon and back, a 600 mile road trip in my Bmw 2002.

    The BMWCCA Foundation has had an exhibit of amazing 2002's this year and this weekend was the finale party. The second they announced it, I ordered parts and started to prep my 02 for the trip. Here are my photos.

    Met up with my buddy Mike to make the drive up early Friday morning.

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    Later we met up with our buddy Tat in his prototype M6 for breakfast.

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    Then the real fun began.

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    I started off with some hot laps in the new M5. This thing is unreal.

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    Then some autocross laps in the M240. A little more affordable and almost as much fun as the M5.

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    And some random shots from the performance center.

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    A very rare Frozen Black M5 Competition.

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    After we drove a little, the BMWCCA brought out some 2002 race cars for some demos.

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    Then they did some hotlaps.

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    And I met the Stig....no big deal right?

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    Friday night we left the performance center, grabbed some dinner, and checked out the local color. We found a great little brewery in Greer that we ended up going back to Saturday afternoon. Check out 13 stripes if you are in Greer.

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    The ubered over to Pour Sports. Average bar but I loved the name, I had to buy a koozie.

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    Upon returning to the hotel, we discovered this lovely little 1600. The owner bought it new.

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    Then it was up early for our plant tour, but first we walked through the Zentrum.

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    Sadly, we were not allowed to photograph the plant tour but it was awesome and I highly recommend it. It was very cool. After the tour I took some pics of the Atlanta 02 crew that drove up in front of the Zentrum. All three cars together drew a little bit of a crowd.

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    After that we did a little exploring. A group of us drove down to Greenville in pouring rain to get BBQ. Well worth it.

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    Then we cruised around Greenville for a little bit and went back to Greer for the finale festivities.

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    I didn't take too many photos during the party, I was busy talking to people I "know online" but have never met. It was nice to meet a lot of these people in person. I did snap a pic of Rob, the hack mechanic, entertaining the crowd with an excerpt from his new book.

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    One of the tables from the museum that rivals my BMW table. I couldn't get my wife to help me steal it.

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    We left the party at about 9pm in 30mph wind gusts and pouring rain. It was white knuckle the whole way but we made it to Clemson Sc, about an hour or so later. We checked into the hotel and immediately found a pretzel. For some reason my wife and I have a tradition of getting a giant pretzel on every trip.

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    We hit a few college bars, realized we were old and tired and went back to the hotel. We woke up Sunday early, spent some time in Clemson and snapped a few pics of the car around town.

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    Made it back home, and stopped by my parents to pick up Hofmeister.

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    And finally pulled back in the garage after almost 600 miles. She is going to get a much needed bath this weekend and maybe a full detail. I am so proud of this happy little car.

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    It was an amazing weekend.

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    Thanks for sharing.. good stuff

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    What a fun trip, I need to get my buddy to take his 02 out for some stuff this year.
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    shame I missed this!

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    This makes me really excited to dig the e28 back out once the salt is gone. And for ditching the winter beater Civic for an e30. It's cliche around here, but life is indeed too short to drive boring cars, even in these northern Michigan winters!

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    Nice trip, thank you for sharing!

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    Great pics, thanks for sharing.

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    looks awesome!

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    This is awesome

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    excellent trip

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    Looked like a time

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    Nothing better than an old BMW roadtrip!

    you are making me want to get back in the e30 and drive across the country again!! cant wait to be reunited with that car.
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    Awesome pics, that looks like a ton of fun!


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    Are 2002's crazy expensive in the US? I've been wanting one over here in Europe but I can't afford one, they have appreciated so much. I have no idea how these guys race them - I'd be paranoid about replacement cost for panels if I crashed it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jr_ View Post
    Are 2002's crazy expensive in the US? I've been wanting one over here in Europe but I can't afford one, they have appreciated so much. I have no idea how these guys race them - I'd be paranoid about replacement cost for panels if I crashed it.
    They are getting a little more expensive but decent drivers can be found for $10k. With Facebook groups and the friends I have made, I could have pretty much any part I needed by the end of the day if need be. They arent too bad.

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