If, like me, you have a passion for Internal Combustion Engines, then you must have heard of Scantic Valley Antique Engine Show held annually at Four Town Fair Grounds of Somers, CT.
The show includes farming equipment(some of which goes back to the early 1900s), classic cars and all sorts of engines(rotary,two stroke, four stroke,..etc). The sky was amazingly beautiful on that day and granted some really nice shadows inside the endless engine compartments.
This is another piece I wrote in 2005, I used to drive an e30 at the time. I always had a loving memory of the second generation 3 series when I was a little kid. The dream came true when I graduated from college and I bought my first car…Needless to say the car wasn’t the best choice for Riyadh and it cost me a fortune before I finally decided it was about time to part with it and move to the states to go to grad school. I really long for the times I spent behind the wheel of Wad7a wandering in Riyadh, she will be always remembered, 2003-2006.
A couple of days ago I woke up at midnight on a loud scream followed by a deep weep & wail sound. I rushed to the front door to take a look at the street.There stood my 16 year old ride pride (89 320i e30 bimmer) trembling & crying with a deep lake of premium oil forming from her tears. A trip to my specialist next morning cost me a new air mass meter to stop the tremble & the tears were dried out! " Hmmmm, Well………you should be more careful with your machine" said George my mechanic; " Those babes are sensitive at this age, you shouldn’t shock her like that" "But I didn’t stress her at all. How could she be shocked?" "Emotionally shocked I mean….She mentioned something about her younger & sexier sister: the new e90 3 series which will be born in a few months.. How you praised her the other day saying that you’ll get one & all that stuff….." I nodded my head recalling that day when I read that article of the new e90.The author described it as a BIG LEAP forward from the e46 in almost every respect. The R6 six cylinder engine, for instance, in the top of the range 330i model will be the first made by BMW from Magnesium saving an impressive 30% of weight compared to the current all aluminum alloy heart. Those six pots will produce a power figure equal to 258 prancing horses kicking the rear wheels to the 1st 100 kmh in an impressive 6.2 secs all the way to an electronically limited top speed of 250 kmh. All this momentum will be transferred through a six speed automatic gearbox in the 330i.Though a six speed manual box will be the standard fit on the 320i & the 325i. I guess an upgraded version of the current SMGIII on the M5 will be left for the upcoming M3 when she decides to kiss mama good bye & rollout to street. A lot can be said about the exterior but I’d prefer to defer my final verdict until I see the whole thing in flesh rather in Compressed Jpeg pixels! But I can tell you from now it will be different…. On the inside though the new warrior will continue its dynasty’s reputation of combined sporty but luxurious atmosphere. The conventional control buttons & knobs were replaced (on this model) with the iDrive variant already found in the mammoth 7 series. And as an option you can now forget about that chunky key to start the car as Comfort Access is the new player where it holds a transmitter & receiver allowing the pilot to hop in the cockpit & launch the beast with a push of the F1 style start\stop button! Not only this, the transmitter will also recall the mirror,seats,climate control & radio settings made by the driver through his last journey to moon! Marvelous……. My ride is now ready to rock n roll again after George has given her his precious advice on Anger Management therapy. I looked at her eyes & whispered: "Still mad at me?" She raised her eyebrows silently. On my way back an amazing 2002 black e46 M3 passes us by & I couldn’t stop my self yielding:" WOW,….That fellow there should be really proud…..What a babe " All of a sudden, my exhaust blasted & a big roaring sound could be heard as the odometer reached a startling ultra sonic speed. Jealousness sometimes is good… isn’t it??
It was sunny, 75 degrees. The sky was amazingly blue. Many Harley Davidsons and antique cars on the street. I walked along South Palm Canyon Drive gazing at the plants, cars, bikes…Depressed that I will be going back to snow in two days, that did not prevent me from capturing the beauty of the town!