2011 Clean Car Contest

BMW enthusiasts showed off their amazing cars today at a great venue – Spanish Landing across from Lindburg Field airport. Think of it as a mini-Bimmerfest with the cleanest cars ever. Many e-celebrities were present at the event, as you will see in the pictarz. No less than eight 8 Series were in attendance. Hope you enjoy the pics as much as I enjoyed the cars!

Even the exhaust pipes get a good flossing.

Judges inspecting each section.

Lots of conferring over the car.

The interior judge almost whipped out a magnifying glass!

Engine judge using white gloves for inspection.

I even cleaned in places you don’t see.

Under the radiator cover.

First Place Super Clean!

Twice the fun

The rear of the E31 fits its masculine style well and remains understated and recognizably BMW.

Upgraded engine performance

When creating the CSi’s S70 V12 motor, BMW Motorsport began with a standard 24-valve SOHC M70 engine and injected some changes: increased bore, increased stroke, lighter pistons, increased compression, more aggressive valve timing for increased high-rpm power, larger diameter exhaust pipes, and a variable rpm limit.

These modifications resulted in an increase in maximum power from 300 hp at 5,200 rpm to 380 hp at 5,300 rpm. Maximum torque was increased from 332 lb/ft at 4,100 rpm to 402 lb/ft at 4,000 rpm. This engine can be identified by the “Powered by M” inscription on the central cam cover between the two banks of cylinders.

Pure driving pleasure

Since owning this BMW 850CSi, nothing else has ever come close. Today I fire up the CSi and it calmly reminds me it’s different than those aging, wobbly headlight siblings it once knew. How fast is it? Its plenty fast. It pulls like a train and keeps up with the best.  It’s not overwhelming… it’s just right.  It’s the way it should have been.

’95 BMW 850CSi 6-speed

Only 225 ever shipped into the US, the 850CSi is still BMW’s lowest production run, ever. This one has many highly desirable upgrades. Always garaged – 1st Place Winner of the 2011 San Diego Chapter BMWCCA Clean Car Contest in the Super Clean category.

So you like the classic look of the rare BMW 850.  Arguably one of the most beautiful cars BMW ever produced, you probably also know the history: Low volume, high priced early 90s car that was introduced just when the economy started to slide. A huge 2+2, it was a luxury land yacht that screamed ‘I have arrived.’

Smoked Side Markers (turn signal repeater)

For its entire life cycle, this coupe’s body style remained almost exactly the same. This is one of the features E31 enthusiasts have come to love and appreciate about this model – rare to be seen, but easily recognized by their owners in the wild.

One of the very few changes that DID come to the E31 body style in 1993 was the DOT mandated orange turn signal blinker. The clean lines of the 8 Series’ front quarter panel was now interrupted by an obnoxious block of orange just in front of the fender’s body molding and your eye immediately goes to it.

Fuuuuglyyyyy to say the least. Well lemons into lemonaide I say! So it’s off to eBay for some smoked repeaters that were still USA legal. In keeping with the notion of being able to reverse this if I didn’t like it, I selected a set of repeaters that would work in the existing hole and wire up to the OEM plug. The hole itself is exactly 3″ wide by 7/8″ tall so be sure what ever lights you buy will work within this size or at least cover it completely.

The lights I chose use a metal spring clip that slides onto the metal fender on the front part of the hole.

The new marker’s male plug had a slightly smaller diameter than the OEM female plug and kept slipping out so I used some heat shrink tubing to keep it plugged in and this has the added side effect of water proofing the connection.
















This set of markers were a little longer than I liked – they went past, and covered up the fender’s black body molding. So I filed them down to fit exactly and re-painted them. I used the OEM rubber gasket which, now that the new lights were re-sized, fit perfectly around the lights. I think they turned out pretty well, don’t you? (Please pardon the dirt…)











Now when you look at the side, all you see is those clean slick lines like before with a side blinker that is more appropriate for the car, and it’s perfectly legal!

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