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Greetings and welcome to 2023! As we gear up for our events and activities this year be sure to monitor our website events calendar at bmw-club-psr.org and your email for Z-mails about those and other "pop-up" events that may occur.
After three years, the PRO3 racers have finally finished their racing documentary. PRO3: 20 Years of Checkered Flags is now available on YouTube.
Milles Collier's The Archaeological Automobile suggests that historical cars should be treated as archaeological artifacts, with the blemishs left intact and as part of the history of the artifact. This is counter to the prevailing view for decades of restoring cars to be as they were when new. This is a challenging book for many reasons and will probably mark a turning point in the old car hobby. It's an interesting read, if you can get through it.
2022 is complete and 2023 beckons ... what does it have in store for you?
Having fun with your car is one of the great joys of life. And because you’re reading this, you understand this more than many.
Have you ever heard of hooning? Perhaps you’re more familiar with the term hoonigan, popularized in part by professional rally driver Ken Block. The term “hoon” originated in Australia and New Zealand around 2004, and it’s likely a combination of old Australian colloquialisms meaning “fool” or one who lived off immoral earnings (like prostitution) and possibly a contraction of Houyhnhnm, a fictional race of intelligent horses in satirist writer Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels.
BMW enthusiasts of long standing will know who Max Hoffman was. He was the importer of BMWs into the U.S. market from 1955 to 1959, and then again from 1962 to 1975 when BMW of North America took over, after a long and protracted legal fight.
This is the first biography about this character who played an important role in establishing BMW as a global car company.
With BMW M celebrating the 50th anniversary of their founding in 1972, we’re treated to at least three beautiful new books on BMW M and BMW M Cars. With the publishing business being what it is, not many new BMW books come available each year. I mention the difficulty of the publishing business. The challenge is the financial feasibility of publishing a book today. That feasibility is almost impossible. So how do these three offerings make it work? They have got to be subsidized by BMW. In all three cases, the productions costs have to be far in excess of what the books are being sold for.
Anyone who’s ever purchased or ordered a vehicle new has encountered way too many choices and options, most involving touches of irrationality..
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