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  1. 37 points

    RIP Donut

    dear all, please can I just say a huge thank you to you all behalf of my painfully missed brother Donut, me and my family. Your kind words and obvious affection for him is one of the very few light moment in what has been a catastrophically shitty 36 hours. Special thanks to Duncan and Sandip for their time talking with me this morning about Darren and the future of his beloved forum. I will keep the two of them posted on funeral dates to share as appropriate, and would invite any of you who personally knew my brother to attend. kindest regards, Stu (Lildonut).
  2. 23 points

    RIP Donut

    Once again, thank you all so very much for your kind comments and overwhelming support. I am so very proud that my brother brought such a diverse and cohesive group of people together through his work on this forum. Your wonderful offers of donations to charity are so greatly appreciated - I will confirm the details of exactly how it will be coordinated in due course, but my family and I would be very grateful should any of you choose to support Wiltshire Air Ambulance. These guys do a frankly humbling job, under extremely difficult and traumatic circumstances. I have supported this cause for some time, never expecting that I or my family might ever need to use them in such a way. Whilst there was nothing they could do to save my brother at the scene, every donation they get may just save someone else. Please donate as much or as little as you want to, all will be gratefully received. I will ask one of the admins to start a new separate 'sticky' thread shortly with the details of how to make your donations. Please please give as generously as you ca in support of this amazing cause.
  3. 22 points

    RIP Donut

    I've just spoken to Stuart (lildonut) on the phone and have agreed to set up a fundraising page as the family would like to track how much Donuts memory will raise. I'll set this up today and share details here as well as a sticky.
  4. 21 points

    Today we remember Donut

    Today marks the passing of a year since we lost the man who was a friend to many and a figurehead of our community. As we take a moment to reflect on the loss that is to our online family, spare a thought for his real-life family as they remember their good times with Darren. This forum owes a great debt to Donut. The thriving membership we enjoy; the positive attitude of our collective - these are things Darren worked hard to achieve. Our own tribute is to strive to stay true to his guidance, to ensure that the forum is the best it can be and that we continue to build not just a resource for all things 5 Series, but a thriving community. Donut set a high benchmark, and while we may have struggled at times to hit his high standards, we will always aim to continue the good work he did. There was an overwhelming response to fundraising for the Wiltshire Air Ambulance last year. Darren's family have asked us to pass on a message of thanks to each and every one of you who donated so generously, and have asked us to share this certificate by way of thanks. Let's all find a moment today to remember the Boss Man. Find yourself a quiet moment with a sugary baked good, look back on the impact Darren had on our lives and give thanks for what we have. On behalf of all of us at BMW5
  5. 15 points

    RIP Donut

    When we log in, we see the 5 logo etc, I'd like to see a pic of the big lad next to that. I met him, he was a proper man, I respected him, I don't respect many. Every time I log in and see he's gone, my stomach goes over. I'm not an emotional sort. But who he was brings emotion, that shows you how special he was. Because, he spent a lot of his life taking this place from what John built, and making it a bigger and better thing, for the use of all. How great a man is that. To to his family I say, you must of been and always will be, of the big man, a very big man in my eyes, that did what he did. may the thought of him make you smile, even if there is a tear mixed in, remember he would smile with you. once again, rest easy big fella, rest easy. Respect to you. All the best mate. Tom.
  6. 14 points

    So I picked up my M5 Touring

    Initial impressions are that we are going to be firm friends!
  7. 14 points

    RIP Donut

    I have been off for a couple of days and only just seen this Really cannot believe what I am seeing as was only talking to him Friday. Darren was such a kind, generous and friendly guy who has done so much, not just for this forum but for us as a business as well. The gentle giant will be very sadly missed and we will making a substantial donation R.I.P Daz Phil, Tony and Jon @ Cotswold BMW
  8. 13 points

    For those born before 1985.....

    FOR THOSE BORN BEFORE 1985 According to today's regulators and bureaucrats, those of us who were kids in the 60's, 70's and early 80's probably shouldn't have survived, because our baby cots were covered with brightly coloured lead-based paint which was promptly chewed and licked. We had no childproof lids on medicine... bottles, or latches on doors or cabinets and it was fine to play with pans. When we rode our bikes, we wore no helmets, just flip-flops and fluorescent 'spokey dokey's' on our wheels. As children, we would ride in cars with no seat belts or airbags and riding in the passenger seat was a treat. We drank water from the garden hose and not from a bottle and it tasted the same. We ate chips, bread and butter pudding and drank fizzy juice with sugar in it, but we were never overweight because we were always outside playing. We shared one drink with four friends, from one bottle or can and no-one actually died from this. We would spend hours building go-carts out of scraps and then went top speed down the hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes. After running into stinging nettles a few times, we learned to solve the problem. We would leave home in the morning and could play all day, as long as we were back before it got dark, no one was able to reach us and no one minded. We did not have Play stations or X-Boxes, no video games at all, no 99 channels on TV, no videotape movies, no surround sound, no mobile phones, no personal computers, no DVDs, no Internet chat rooms. We had friends, we went outside and found them. We played elastics & rounders, and sometimes that ball really hurt! We fell out of trees, got cut, and broke bones but there were no law suits. We had full on fist fights but no prosecution followed from other parents. We played knock-the-door-­run-away and were actually afraid of the owners catching us. We walked to friends' homes, we also, believe it or not, WALKED to school; we didn't rely on mummy or daddy to drive us to school, which was just round the corner. We made up games with sticks and tennis balls. We rode bikes in packs of 7 and wore our coats by only the hood. The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke a law was unheard of, they actually sided with the law. This generation has produced some of the best risk takers and problem solvers and inventors, ever. The past 50 years have been an explosion of innovation and new ideas. We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility,­ and we learned how to deal with it all. And you're one of them. Congratulations­! Pass this on to others who have had the luck to grow as real kids, before lawyers and government regulated our lives, for our own good. For those of you who aren't old enough, thought you might like to read about us..............
  9. 12 points
    The Flying Banana

    RIP Donut

    I have already posted on this but the more I read throughout day the more you think about how precious life really is and how much of a loss a friend, colleague, aquaintance or loved one is …here is a young man who has lost his life on an innocent drive due to an accident , any death is tragic but to know of someone who is full of life then gone must be a massive shock to those close, I really feel for them , yes you read about deaths everyday but it’s been said before today , only 22 hours ago he had posted on the forum , he was answering questions about the new forum software etc, he was the backbone of the forum , and then gone in an instant, even if you hadn’t actually met him you just felt a bit closer than other deaths ..so so sad and hopefully whatever is out there for him in the next life he is OK . ..perhaps deep but as Calypso said earlier today last night’s events defiantly make you think about your own life and those around you . Take care all and RIP Donut .
  10. 12 points

    RIP Donut

    At the appropriate time we may agree that the forum send some floral tribute and contribute to the family chosen charity. what do you think, re later action?
  11. 11 points

    My E26!

    As many of you will know, it’s BMW’s 100th anniversary this year. To celebrate it, last week end they held a festival which included inviting 1000 cars from various clubs, nominally 10 from each club, for display in the Munich Olympic Park which is just the other side of the road from BMW Welt. I was invited in the M1, so a road trip was on! To protect the front end paintwork I hastily applied some Xpel Tracwrap the night before leaving. Not a very good job, I nick named it Crapwrap, but it would serve the purpose and was to be removed after the trip anyway. IMG_1014a The trip began early on the morning of 7th September, odometer reading 1,705 miles, leaving home in Yorkshire. IMG_1016a IMG_1017a Exactly 4 hours and 241 miles later, I collected a friend in Surrey to share the driving, followed by a quick stop at Munich Legends to say hello as we were passing and have a bit of lunch. They had two other M1’s, their own and the BMW UK car. M1 spot count, 3. IMG_1021 PIC_0649 From there on to the tunnel, slightly concerned about the reported problems, but there were no problems at all. PIC_0657 An evening blast down the almost deserted A26 saw us arrive at Reims to stay the night. Odometer now at 2230, so 525 miles in the day. Brilliant blue sky on the Thursday morning at 8:45 in Reims, the precursor to a very hot day. IMG_1029 More empty French AutoRoute on the A4 to Metz PIC_0665 We weren’t speeding officer, no, really we weren’t! IMG_1035 Then down to Strasbourg to pick up the A35 briefly before crossing the Rhine on the 500 to enter Germany, still not a cloud in the sky and temperatures nudging into the 30’s. PIC_0681 Pushing on up the 5 to Karlsruhe and starting to see what a 36 year old car makes of coming home to the derestricted Autobahn PIC_0685 On to the 8 and past Pforzheim to Stuttgart and Munich PIC_0689 The Germans get 100 Octane V-Power Racing, not cheap though! IMG_1092 Pushing on a little more on the final derestricted run into Munich PIC_0699 Due to the navigator (me!) going entering just ‘Munich’ in the sat nav and not the hotel, we took the circuitous route, right through the middle of the city. PIC_0706 PIC_0708 PIC_0714 Realising our (my) mistake, we then drove out towards the hotel just south of the Olympic Park PIC_0716 Finally getting into the hotel underground car park by about 6:30pm. IMG_1038 The odometer now reading 2668, 963 miles in two days. Turned up at the Olympic park on the Friday just before 9:00 to find 2 other M1s had already arrived PIC_0735 DSC_5897 M1 count, 5. As the day went on, more cars arrived, everyone had been given a slot to reduce queuing. A few Z8’s were quite early DSC_5898 Including a several Alpinas IMG_1045 By Saturday there were well over 20. A definitely used, but beautiful 507 DSC_5899 DSC_5900 PIC_0741 PIC_0747 PIC_0743 The co-driver, a big Alpina fan, was beside himself when he spotted this 8 series B12 5.7, number 057, the last one made, complete with carbon fibre bonnet and de-badged DSC_5907 PIC_0754 Including the intriguing manual box without a clutch pedal IMG_1042 DSC_5912 PIC_0757 PIC_0758 PIC_0759 With an E92 Alpina GT3 on one side DSC_5908 And a rare Glas Coupe arrived and parked on the other side, it sounded great DSC_5910 And a couple of other Glas cars were doted around DSC_5941 DSC_5926 DSC_5927 All sorts of other old and rare BMWs were rolling up DSC_5933 DSC_5934 A lovely 327 DSC_5938 A rare E28 Touring DSC_5930 And a stunning E34 M5 Touring DSC_5937 The 8 series were out in force DSC_5932 So were the Isettas DSC_5924a Including this one complete with period ski set! DSC_5920 And a 2 door (one at the front and one side door) DSC_5921 Motor bikes were included, although there weren’t anything like as many as there were cars PIC_0797 There was a Dixi too DSC_5939 There were also rows of Z1’s and Z3’s. By the time we returned to the car, another 3 M1’s had arrived DSC_5936 DSC_5935 M1 count, 8. There was also a Black M1 belonging to the owner of Mint Classics in Munster who specialise in selling M1’s, taking the count to 9. On Friday afternoon we had a factory tour, interesting but no photos allowed. They make the 3 and 4 series, M4 and M4 GTS. By the time we got to the engine plant work had stopped, they produce the modular 3 and 4 cylinder engines and the older N20 4 cylinder engine. A tour of the new BMW Classic facility had been laid on for both Friday evening and Saturday afternoon. Friday was for ‘overseas’ and Saturday for ‘locals’. As I’d been put in with the German M1 club we had passes for the Saturday, but we blagged our way into the Friday session! Visiting the Classic facility in the original factory, which BMW had to buy back, was amazing. There were loads of cars that you’ve maybe heard about or seen articles on but somehow don’t believe actually exist. The BMW Turbo, one of 2, the other was in the BMW museum IMG_1052 IMG_1075 The 1940 328 Kamm Coupe Mille Miglia IMG_1067 And the 2006 Homage IMG_1053 A ‘standard’ 328 IMG_1072 And the 2011 Homage IMG_1071 A mint yellow 507 IMG_1068 CSL Art Car IMG_1069 2002 GT4 IMG_1065 M1 ProCar (there was another and 3 road going M1’s) and some original Minis (not really in the right place IMO!) IMG_1059 M1 count now 14. Prototype E65/66 7 series extra-long wheel base L7, they only made an E38 L7. IMG_1070 The bonkers ‘goldfish’ with V16 engine that’s so big the radiators had to be put in the boot, feed with air via two large scoops in the rear wings IMG_1064 Loads of other nutty concepts too, no M8 or E39 M5 touring though. Also visible were the Classis work shops where they do work on their collection and restore customer cars (for a considerable fee!). There were several cars at various states of repair, including a 507, another road going M1 and the Piquet ProCar with the map of the Nurburgring on (supposedly done as a joke so Piquet and Stuck would not get lost!) IMG_1073 IMG_1074 M1 count, 16. Food and a presentation were laid on, but we skipped that as we got talking to ‘Dr Ralph’ outside about various nerdy details! A few other cars turned up on Saturday, such as this E46 M3 GTR look alike and E93 M3 GTS. IMG_1086 A quick walk round BMW Welt resulted in another ProCar, again driven by Piquet, this time in Marlborough livery on a ‘grid’ of other racers DSC_5942 M1 count, 17. There was also another area for cars near the BMW museum, amongst others an M4 GTS DSC_5956 And a gaggle of 1Ms DSC_5958 DSC_5959 The BMW museum itself contained lots of interesting stuff, the second Turbo which looked to be in much worse condition than the other DSC_5947 Yet another 507 DSC_5945 The GINA Visionary concept with flexible fabric body DSC_5948 And the Vision concept DSC_5950 Lots of engines, including this intriguing version of the M10 4 cylinder engine DSC_5951 And the final M1 spot of the week end, taking the total to 18. DSC_5953 On the Friday evening there was a concert during which cars from various decades were driven on stage, together with photos and video on the big screens. Strangely, the 40’s didn’t get much screen time! For the 60’s they drove Elvis Presley’s white 507 on stage which has been restored to ‘as new’ from a total wreck by BMW Classic. Difficult to take pictures as it was dark, but here is a panorama before the stadium filled up, it’s only the 180 degrees in front, the back seats were not used and it was over half an hour to the start IMG_1087 And one during the concert IMG_1089 The screens were massive, the central one having a moving section that went up and down depending on the act performing, there was some truly amazing ‘Break Dancing’, classical music, some German performers and Simply Red. Most of the dialog was in German so was lost on me. We escaped just before the end to avoid the crush. The return journey was pretty much the reverse of the outward one. Getting onto the autobahn early on a Sunday has its advantages PIC_0850a Traveling at this speed felt effortless with plenty of power in reserve and absolutely rock solid on the road, but I did not want to push too hard as the wheels are Magnesium which weakens with age. Another beautiful sky on the quiet French toll roads PIC_0861 The tunnel was quite quiet, although this was the Flexi Plus lane as I did not know what time we’d be arriving in Calais so forked out the additional cost so we could get any return train. IMG_1120 Again, no problem with the tunnel, no sign of anything either, but I’d feel a bit apprehensive getting to it in the dark. Finally the car was left at Munich Legends for some work on the suspension and a few other bits, but that’s a different story. Everything on the car worked flawlessly, with the one exception of the fan for the air conditioning. The A/C cooling worked fine, but the secondary ventilation fan sounds like it’s got something stuck inside and occasionally stopped blowing. Switching the A/C off for a few minutes and then back on cured the problem for a while before it came back again. Final odometer reading, 3416, a total of 1711 miles. IMG_1148 We drove for a little over 30 hours and consumed 286.57 Litres of Supper Unleaded over the 1559 miles between fill ups, that’s an average of 24.73 mpg. Given the age and performance of the car, together with the fact that we were cruising at 80-90 mph in France, giving it some welly on the exit from the toll booths and doing 100+ in Germany on most of the derestricted bits, I think that’s quite incredible. An amazing car, amazing trip and memories to last a lifetime. Many thanks to my friend for making the trip so enjoyable too!
  12. 11 points

    Finally my own Workshop!

    Having dreamed about having my own workshop/garage since I was a kid finally got the funds and land to do it. Build started last year in August and was finished in December. No thanks to the shite weather. Anyway here's some pics. Very happy with how it all turned out. Before anything started. Now Some inside shots Currently doing a light restoration on my H26 Hartge. After this is done I'll be doing a light resto on the E34 M5 and then a full resto on an E28 M535i where I will be doing a touring conversion and either a bi turbo setup or a supercharger setup depending how I feel [emoji2] Dreams do come true. Finally mine have.
  13. 11 points

    Donuts funeral

    Donuts funeral will be held on Tuesday the 22nd March at 9:30am followed by a reception in a venue close to the Crematorium. Please contact Donuts brother, lildonut, for more information if you would like to attend. The forum have organised one wreath, BMW5, which has been agreed with the family on behalf of all the members and the legacy he leaves behind.
  14. 11 points

    What Happened....

    The odd popcorn bun fight, sure But, recently we've had an influx of complete and utter muppets with chips on their shoulders who have been getting gobby all over the place and driven a few of the long standing members away (Derin springs to mind). I/we don't have the time or the energy to be constantly baby sitting said muppets so we're now operating a low tolerance policy - 3 strikes and you're outta here type of deal!
  15. 10 points
    Thanks for your support. It's a free site run by volunteers sadly we lost the site owner and thus the full access to the software. We are trying to get it sorted along with the family though of course they really don't have too. I'm thankful that we've been able to keep it going at all but hey.... Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  16. 10 points
  17. 10 points

    Wrapped My Touring.....

    Good job you quoted all the pictures for your one word response.
  18. 9 points

    My third E39! :)

    Well if all goes to plan, I'm picking up a silver 530i Sport Auto tomorrow morning - my first petrol E39 (Excuse the dull pics, it was getting dark!) I'll be the 12 owner! However, it's only got 125k miles on it, very clean indeed, especially inside there's little signs of wear. It's got four new tyres, a lot of new suspension and cooling system components and drives beautifully. Spec isn't too bad, not as good as my old 530d sadly. Prof sat nav (MK4), heated seats, a Baris upgraded amp with AUX and removable tow bar. Looking forward to burning some petrol for a change!!
  19. 9 points

    E60-61 Facebook Group

    To be fair, anything with less than 6 cylinders does devalue the model
  20. 9 points

    In memory of Donut

    After 10 years working as a Paramedic please could all people put themselves and their passengers behind seatbelts; I've been to many accidents with occupants wearing and not wearing brlts and whilst there is never any kind of guarantee your chances of survival are generally 100 fold better behind a belt than not. RIP Donut.
  21. 9 points
    Because you asked nicely
  22. 9 points

    Council complaints.

    Only in Britain - Complaints to Councils - extracts from letters written to local councils:...(All bona-fide) 1. It's the dogs mess that I find hard to swallow. 2. I want some repairs done to my cooker as it has backfired and burnt my knob off. 3. I wish to complain that my father twisted his ankle very badly when he put his foot in the hole in his back passage. 4. Their 18 year old son is continually banging his balls against my fence. 5. I wish to report that tiles are missing from the outside toilet roof. I think it was bad wind the other day that blew them off. 6. My lavatory seat is cracked, where do I stand? 7. I am writing on behalf of my sink, which is coming away from the wall. 8. Will you please send someone to mend the garden path. My wife tripped and fell on it yesterday and now she is pregnant. 9. I request permission to remove my drawers in the kitchen. 10.. 50% of the walls are damp, 50% have crumbling plaster, and 50% are just plain filthy. 11.. I am still having problems with smoke in my new drawers. 12.. The toilet is blocked and we cannot bath the children until it is cleared.. 13.. Will you please send a man to look at my water, it is a funny colour and not fit to drink. 14.. Our lavatory seat is broken in half and now is in three pieces. 15.. I want to complain about the farmer across the road. Every morning at 6am his cock wakes me up and it's now getting too much for me. 16.. The man next door has a large erection in the back garden, which is unsightly and dangerous. 17.. Our kitchen floor is damp. We have two children and would like a third, so please send someone round to do something about it. 18.. I am a single woman living in a downstairs flat and would you please do something about the noise made by the man on top of me every night. 19.. Please send a man with the right tool to finish the job and satisfy my wife. 20.. I have had the clerk of works down on the floor six times but I still have no satisfaction. 21.. This is to let you know that our lavatory seat is broke and we can't get BBC2. 22.. My bush is really overgrown round the front and my back passage has fungus growing in it. 23.. He's got this huge tool that vibrates the whole house and I just can't take it anymore.
  23. 9 points

    What did you do to your E60/61 today?

    clayed then polished, sealed. Looks much glossier:
  24. 9 points

    What options do you actually need?

    Big fuck off engine
  25. 9 points

    RIP Donut

    Stunned, shocked and truly truly saddened by this awful news.... I never met him but when you visit this forum so often for so many years everyone feels like part of the furniture. I can't even put a face to so many people on here but I feel like I get to see little snippets of personality from all of you and it's like I know many of you, even though it's just a little bit of you. I guess what I am trying to say is that Darren will be truly missed by so many people and this forum will be a small part of his legacy which will live on. RIP