(Special thanks to Richard Cartiledge for the high-revvin'
wheel-spinnin' Bimmer you hear if you're using a decent browser!)
course you are a member of the BMW Car Club of America, but maybe you didn't
know we have a BMW CCA Home Page.
Cool, huh? But if you aren't a member, then maybe you should oughtta become
the button, Max!)
Technical stuff may (or may not) be found under the rally section: Just
click this compass!
"Look, Heathcliff! There's an M3 now!"
And now for some BMW links: These take you to people and sites
with a BMW theme:
How to sign up with the BMW
Digest, which will flood your e-mail box with fascinating exchanges
on a daily basis: Click the link, put the word SUBSCRIBE in the body of
the message. Or check out their home
Are you (like me) a four-wheel-drive junkie? The official BMW CCA Web
Geek, Gordon Haines, edits a newsletter, the BMW iXChange. I'll
stick a link to his page in here eventually, but for now you can e-mail
him at email@example.com.
Check out the mother lode: BMW
Motorsport ("'M' is for the way they made the mo-o-o-tor...")
Many suppliers of BMW stuff have what we call web presence: try
Another Parts-and-Pieces-Purveyor of note is Bavarian
Autosport in New Hampshuh; one feature of their site is a list
of clearance items (would you believe a car cover for under fifty
Feelin' a little hard-core? Wanna put your foot down? Racing
Dynamics has. . . well, everything.
For ultimate all-out performance or just improved handling for your Very
Bad Ride, Dinan
Engineering is mecca for tuners, tweakers, and those of us who
want ju-u-u-st a little bit more bang auf der Bimmer: suspension kits,
Motronic chips, superchargers, etce etc etc. Bring money.
Equal time for the go-fast brigade on the other coast! Check out
Turner Motorsports! Turner and Dinan are two pioneers on the front
edge of supercharger installation. . .
When Bimwads---like any other enthusiasts---get together to compare notes
and ask questions, there are always a few acknowledged experts you call
on to settle the bar bets, and Phil
Marx is probably the best known BMW Guru in the country. To read
the BMW Digest, you'd think
all Marx has time to do is answer questions about the care and feeding
of these cars, but he also runs my idea of the Ultimate Used Car Store,
Bavarian Motor Warehouse
(his site always has a few gorgeous toys we ought to own. . .)
|Deane Wingard used to work for (gasp!) a MERCEDES dealer before
deciding to sell every BMW he could get his hands on in order to run Benz
into the weeds. . . check out his Dr.
Bimmer site for pictures of, say, the Z3 and some cool graphics
(like this one!)
Jeff Krause (you know anybody with an email address like M5JEFF
is a true believer) is another purveyor of wheels to the needy. . . only
this time it's more like "What if a real gearhead was the guy SELLING the
cars?" Think of a car salesman who thinks like we do; sort of like having
a Nordstrom's personal shopper who knew an M5 from a 750iL...The
The guy who runs the BMW Digest is your basic hard-core SCCA racing
junkie as well; Richard Welty's
Unofficial SCCA Pages and
Race Track Pages
are not only a great visit for racing fans, but a pretty good resource
for people putting together their own web sites.
Die-hard BMW fanatics have their favorite models, of course, and spend
lots of time arguing about them. To be a Way Cool Bimmerphile, you have
to remember that "Bimmer" is the car, and "Beamer" is the
bike; true Bimwads refer not to the model but the chassis designation,
and they have pages for each: E30
page covers the "3 Series" of a few seasons ago (the first M-3
particularly); the E36
page is devoted to the late-model 3s, possibly the best-handling
road cars in the world.
There's even a page especially devoted to using the web to better maintain
yer Bimmer: the BMW
Net Resources page.
Gee, honey, what should we do on our vacation? I know! Let's check out
Great Drives (and
maybe suggest a few of our own)!
Got some mantel space? How about some nifty die-cast
And for the Way Cool Techno Look, you can get interior trim made of Carbon
fiber! (Milos has a plethora of other cool Bimmerlinks as well!)
Need a special tool (especially for electronic diagnostics) for your Bad
Ride? Try Baum Special Tools!
Or you might want to drop in on fellow enthusiasts whose love of fine Bavarian
(or North Carolinian) machinery has spilled over from the garage into the
computer: Try Greg Robinson's
BMW Page (he's the one who puts together the great drives
page cited above), or perhaps John
Thomas' BMW Page. Then of course the links will take you on and
on, one to another, branching exponentially like a. . . well, like a web,
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