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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

    My E26!

    So, at last, after the best part of a year, I finally have my M1 at home! After keeping my eye out for a long time for an M1 I found one in July last year that looked like it fitted the bill. As with many M1’s the car history is not fully known, but it was first supplied by BMW leasing to an address in Munich in 1980 and from there found its way to Switzerland from where it was imported to the UK, but not registered, in 2011. Mechanically the car is in very good condition, there are some cosmetic rubber components that are not 100%, but replacements for most M1 parts are very difficult to find. The engine is not the original, the engine number on the block does not match up with the number it should, it’s not even the correct format! However, it appears that the engine is of a higher performance than standard. There was a company that tuned M1 engines, it’s possible that this is one of these. The car was also fitted with a stainless steel silencer. The car was originally white, at some point had been painted silver and then painted white again. The last repaint was done by a company that specialised in building luxury fibre glass yachts and they have done a very good job of painting the fibre glass body. The interior was originally black leather and cloth but, possibly when painted silver, had been re-trimmed in red leather with red carpets. I believe that the dash had also been covered red, but this had been reverted to black because of reflections on the windscreen. The interior had been done very well, but I wanted to return it to as close to original as possible. Also, the way the carpet had been done it was difficult to use the accelerator without hitting the brake, unless you had very narrow feet!! This is what it looked like when I bought it. Sourcing the materials required to restore it to its original appearance took much, much longer than I anticipated. The seat cloth is unique to the M1 but I managed to find a source in Germany and bought 4 sq m plus a genuine roof panel which is covered in the same material (the roof had been covered red too). The leather used in the M1 has finish that is difficult to replicate, you can get close but not exactly the same using widely available leather. Again I managed to source some of the original leather, a total of 18 sq m was needed, 4 full hides. I also found a genuine new hand brake lever and handle and a new gear knob. The backs of the seats are covered in a black tweed like cloth, this proved very difficult to find something that looked identical and impossible to find the original material. Eventually I managed to find some material that was a pretty close match. The carpets turned out to be very frustrating. There are 9 pieces of carpet, two floor pieces, 2 wheel arch pieces, two pieces down each side of the transmission tunnel (4 in all) and a piece at the back. I managed to find 5 genuine pieces of the 9 pieces required, but the material is impossible to replicate. In the end I had to settle for a reasonable colour match high quality carpet, it’s probably much better quality than the original, but I was a little disappointed that I could not use the genuine stuff. Other miscellaneous parts that were required were a replacement radio (which currently does not work!), a brand new set of original floor mats (which need to be fastened down somehow as they currently slide right under the pedals!), a genuine replacement rear silencer and twin black tail pipes, replacement rear window seal, black flock finish centre cubby hole (the original had been covered red), leather covered ash tray, a genuine rear ///M1 decal (from the USA), new wheel centre caps with the old BMW logo and I even found an original unused M1 English instruction manual. I also found a genuine new mph speedometer, the original kph speedometer rear just 5055 when replaced, I don’t know if this is the original, it may have been replaced when the engine was replaced. A selection of hoses and gaskets and other odds and ends were obtained from BMW classic, I wasn’t sure if they would be needed or not but though it best to start building a spares bank just in case! I collected the car from Munich Legends on 1st July after they had given it a thorough inspection. I drove it to a Shell garage and back to fill up with V-Power, just enough to get the car good and hot. We then did a final inspection on the ramps to check for any leaks, remarkably there was nothing at all, dry as a bone, the ML techs said they had never seen an M1 with no leaks! I left ML to drive the car home just after midday, you might remember that 1st July was a rather hot day, my route took me clockwise round the M25 past Heathrow where the recorded temperature reached 36.7C! I was a little apprehensive to say the least, the temperature on the motorway was probably significantly higher, but the car did not miss a beat over the 275 mile trip. The air con is rather rudimentary, but it did its job, just! I’ve had the car up on ramps again since I got home, still pretty much bone dry, just a very small amount of sweating from a couple of places. Things left to do include: - Repair the radio - Repair the clock, some of the illuminated elements don’t work. - Find a way to anchor the floor mats. - Find a way to secure the spare wheel, there were two designs, the one that matches the main wheels can’t be fastened down using the supplied bolt! - Find a replacement left front indicator, it has a small crack, part NLA. - Find a replacement right window guide, it has a small cut, part NLA. - Find as many spare parts as possible! Finally, here are a couple of pictures as she is now, I'll add some more detailed pictures later.
  4. 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.
  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

    BMW Documentation

    Hi all, Over the years I have managed to accumulate various pieces of BMW documentation from an assortment of sites and sources. I thought it time to place them all in one location where everyone can access them. They are available from my Google Drive: https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0BxDd4Jzlov8Efmg5VVVEaTZVYkplN3MzaGZLQUEzaWFjU0luMl81cW9oSGxlOENGbTlKQW8&usp=sharing The folder currently contains the following: E60 engineer training modules; M Division documentation; Various E60 manuals and guides, and an assortment of BMW presentations. As I find more I will upload them to the Drive and update this post. Mods - Bearing this in mind, perhaps it would be handy to make this pinned? Best, Horsey *Please note I do not own the documents or claim to be the author of them*
  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. 14 points

    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Gave mine a day off and went out in this instead......
  9. 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..............
  10. 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 .
  11. 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?
  12. 12 points
    The uk has disappeared right up its own politically correct arsehole, soon all we will have is nervous looking namby pamby gimps with no personel opinions whatsoever who can't crack a joke unless it's been approved by some smug twats round a table
  13. 12 points
    NIKON D300 Nikkor 1.8 85mm Lens
  14. 12 points

    My good deed for the day

    I was at McDonald's on Saturday n found a wallet which contained an old pensioner dudes id and about £500 cash. Looked around for him but he wasn't there. Decided best not hand it in at McDonald's, who knows where the cash would end up. So took it home n had a rummage through n found a list of 3 phone numbers. Eventually got through to one, his daughter in England. Turns out he's on holiday here for 2 weeks visiting daughter in law n grandkids n had lost all his saved up pension money. Few calls later and it's returned to a very happy n grateful elderly dude who can now relax n enjoy rest of his time here with family. I might make it to heaven yet! But what would you have done? Handed it all in? Kept the cash n handed in an empty wallet? Or kept the cash n thrown the wallet away?
  15. 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.
  16. 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!
  17. 11 points
    You may see it as stupid - I find their loyalty to be honourable.
  18. 11 points

    Top Gear series 22

    From sniffpetrol With Top Gear back on BBC2 this Sunday, car forum RevWheel has taken the unusual step of getting its discussion thread about the programme out of the way in advance. ‘We decided it would be quicker and easier to get the Top Gear thread done before the weekend,’ explained RevWheel moderator, the Reverend Will Moderator. So we asked someone to say they didn’t enjoy the show, and someone else to complain that it’s all “scripted”, and then someone else to moan about the mucking about, and then someone else to say ‘I enjoyed it’ with an emoticon that denotes embarrassment, and then someone else to say they hate it and complain that it isn’t about cars any more, and then someone else to ask why everyone watched it if they don’t like it, and then someone else to agree and point out that it’s an entertainment show not a car show, and then someone else to say it’s time it was cancelled, and then someone else to say it’ll never be cancelled because it makes the BBC too much money, and then someone else to state completely inaccurate facts about how much the show earns, and then someone else to say it’s too “scripted” again, and then someone else to mention William Woollard, and then we just copy and pasted all that over and over and over again until we ended up with 47 pages of repetitive drivel, and that spared us having to do it for real on Sunday night.’ ‘This really has saved a lot of time,’ Rev. Moderator noted. ‘In fact, we’re now considering doing pre-built threads for politics, Chris Harris and the Mazda MX5.’
  19. 10 points
    Dear Forumites. It has come to the attention of the moderators and admin that there has recently been a number of threads that have gone beyond light banter and this goes somewhat against the spirit of the forum. We at BMW5 are by and large a happy go-lucky and helpful bunch, we are blessed with a (reasonably! ) mature and sensible membership that encompassed a broad church of people, interests and opinions. We are lucky that we do not suffer from infighting and factions that can split a forum or lead to its decline as it cease to be a place people want to be. On the whole we are able to moderate with a light touch hopefully to the point you don’t know we are doing it, occasionally you may feel we get it wrong or have been over zealous but please be assured in these instances your comments are welcome and if there is a genuine issue we will do our best to resolve it. We (the management) feel we need to make this post as, of late, have had to deal with a number of issues that detract from the pleasure we receive from being part of the best BMW forum on the web! We would like to take this opportunity to remind people that you are all most welcome and your opinions and inputs are as valid as the next man or women, however we would also politely like to remind you that a forum is only as good as the members on it and so next time you see something to gripe about or consider making an unpleasant posting please take a minute to think why we are all on BMW5 and that’s for our shared love of one of Munich’s finest! Thank you!
  20. 10 points

    A wee jaunt into France

    As mentioned elsewhere, took the M5 down to Le Mans over the weekend. I've owned it for a couple of years now but have only managed about 1500 miles in it since then, so this was a trip I really wanted to do in it. With the weather forecasts showing mid-30s over the weekend, the first job before I could leave was to get the air con sorted - it was still running the old R12 gas, but needed converting to R134a. On went the retrofit kit, down to the garage to get the gas topped up and.....nothing. Turns out there were two issues - the high pressure switch didn't work (was a used replacement as the old one snapped in half on removal) and the gas was leaking out around where it screwed in. Cue an overnight replacement from Tims (thanks!), some sealant around it to stop it leaking and it was back down for a re-gas, which worked perfectly. And it's a good thing that it did, as the temps on the way down got a bit silly: As I was late booking, I had to go on the Eurotunnel rather than the Portsmouth->Le Havre/Caen ferry, which added a couple of hundred miles in each direction - perfect for catching up on some pre-race podcasts! One concession to modernity I have is a Kenwood head unit with built-in Bluetooth - ideal for streaming audio, taking calls and getting the TomTom instructions through. Wouldn't be without it. Anyway, the long slog through mainland France went at a steady 80/85, taking in the Autoroute until near Rouen, then diverting via Yvetot to Bourg-Achard before picking up the Autoroute again towards Le Mans. Rouen can be fine, but it's not a pretty place so going around it works for me - it adds about 10 mins, but is worthwhile. It also means that you get the stunning views as you go over the bridge at Pont-Audemer. From there I continued towards Le Mans, but that wasn't to be my first stop, and so I watched the Le Mans turn-off sail past as I continued the extra 70ish miles towards Saumur, where I needed to swing by Langlois-Chateau to pick up some wine. The outside temps still hadn't dropped by the time I got there, so it took a deep breath before I could leave the air-conditioned cocoon of the M5 and walk across the car park into the shop. With armfuls of bottles I headed back to the car, played a five minute game of Pack-An-E28-Tetris, then headed back towards Le Mans, air con still set to max. The route north towards the campsite is one I hadn't taken before, and setting the TomTom to avoid toll roads took me through some wonderful French towns and villages, and an hour or so later brought me into the campsite via a route that missed out almost all of the traffic around the circuit. Finally, 11 hours after leaving home I had arrived! The usual Le Mans experience then ensued, although this year it started by all the neighbours on the campsite wanting to come see the car - strangely, I didn't get that last year in the X5! Not far from me was a lovely French Dakar E36 M3 which looked factory fresh, and the group on the next pitch had a pair of Audi RS5s and an A5 TDi. Apart from the badge and the noise, it was hard to tell them apart... Anyway, tent pitched, camp setup and it was nearing time for evening practice: There's something a bit special about the Le Mans circuit, and even more so as night descends. This year I had a grandstand seat, which gave a rather good view heading up to the Dunlop bridge: but also put me right opposite the far end of the pits: The rest of the weekend was the usual mix of racing, camping and drinking: You'll always see some things that you can never un-see, but that's the risk you take: And then in no time at all it was time to head home. The reverse route took me back to the Tunnel, and then into Blighty and home. The final tally saw the figures looking like this: 965 miles covered over 5 days at an average of 18.9mpg. Average speed was around 50mph. But what the numbers don't reflect is that this is a 30 year old car that sits effortlessly on the motorway at 80mph, rarely requires you to drop a gear to overtake, has all the mod-cons required and yet will still turn in a decent performance on a back road. A combination of the constant 80mph on the way down and the 530d I usually tool around in day-to-day makes it easy to forget that this engine will rev to 7k, and when it does sounds fan-bloody-tastic. Sod the economy, it's worth it to turn petrol into that noise. And so we're back. I've imported many kilos of dead French flies, a couple of wheel arches full of French campsite mud and discovered that there's some wear in the steering assembly which needs addressing soon. Otherwise no issues, no complaints and no doubt that it was the right tool for the job. Would I have any qualms about setting off on another 1000 mile round trip in it tomorrow? Absolutely not. If you've thought about going to Le Mans but never done it, I'd say get booked for next year pronto - it's going to sell out fast.
  21. 10 points
    A guy gets a call from the police telling him his house was robbed. The offender had also consumed all of his beer and had raped his wife. A moment of silence passes and the guy says, “I can't believe they shagged my wife after only five tinnies!†____________________________________________________ "My missus kicked me out after she caught me measuring my dick. It just reaches the back of her sister’s throat!†____________________________________________________ I was shagging this Sheila over her kitchen table when we heard the front door open. She said, “It’s my husband! Quick, try the back door!†Thinking back, I really should have legged it – but you don’t get offers like that every day. ____________________________________________________ Sorry for not calling you on New Year’s, I just got out of jail. I got locked up for punching this bloke at a party. In my defence... When you hear an Arab counting down from 10, your instincts kick in. ____________________________________________________ I saw a fortune teller the other day. She told me I would come into some money. Last night I shagged a Sheila called Penny – spooky or what? ____________________________________________________ The missus asked me, “When you’re on a boys only trip away, do you think about me?†Apparently “Only to stop myself coming too quickly†wasn’t the right answer. ____________________________________________________ My wife is pissed off with me again. I crept into the bedroom last night and swapped her tampon for a party popper. She has no sense of humour. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 10 Catholic Priests were killed in a road accident. At the Pearly Gates, St. Peter says. If any of you are Paedophiles, you can F*** Off down to HELL Nine of them start to walk away when St Peter calls out. “And take this deaf bastard with youâ€. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The wife said to me last night. “If you turn the bedside lamp off I'll take it up the arseâ€. Maybe I should have waited for the bulb to cool down first. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- My mate reckons he always cries after sex. Mind you.... He is in Prison. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The wife came out of the bathroom and said: “I have just shaved my pussy and you know what that means don't youâ€? I said. “Yeah, the bloody plug hole is blocked againâ€! ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Nearly shagged a Ladyboy last night. Picked him up in a night club. He looked like a woman. Smelled like a woman. Danced like a woman. Even kissed like a woman. But, as we arrived back at his apartment, he reversed his car into a tight parking slot in one fluid movement. That's when I thought, “Hang about!â€
  22. 10 points

    I've just ordered a new car!

    OK, enough. It's the M6 Gran Coupe. I initially was going to go for the 640d, but as bm530 said having considered both if I'd gone for the 640d then the M6 would always niggle in the back of my mind! I find it quite staggering that the 640d will do 0-62 in 5.5 seconds, which is only a fraction slower than the E39 M5, but has an official urban consumption of 58.9mpg! 58.9! Of course you won't see that in real life, but even so it's quite an achievement. There are also some amazing discounts on the M6 at the moment, really quite significant. Without asking, on a stock car with no options you get £12,710 off list plus up to 4 years interest free credit with minimal deposit, with some options and a bit of haggling there's quite a bit more to be had. Yes it will depreciate like shares in Lehman brothers, but you only live once and it's an incentive to keep it for longer! I really thought the E39 M5 would be the last performance car I'd be able to drive, but this is another opportunity and I just felt it was too good to miss. The M5 GC is significantly different to the F10 M5 in many small ways, which all add up to a significantly different package. The dash is more driver focused, it's not such a big slab in your face. You sit lower and feel more connected to everything somehow. The interior has a very special feel about it, the F10 feels OK, but it's based on a mass market saloon where most of the cars are the 520d. Yes, I'll have to get used to the DCT transmission but I'm sure I will. The engine of course is the same as the F10, but slightly different to the X5M and X6M, so is the transmission. Finally, with the M6 GC, I hopefully won't feel the need to press the E39 into daily duties, with a lesser car that would be quite some temptation. I know, I've been there before with the 330d. Not sure when it will arrive exactly, I'd guess it may arrive at the dealer this coming week for collection maybe the week after at the earliest.
  23. 10 points
    ^^ As many a wise man have said: "No matter how good she looks, someone, somewhere is sick and tired of putting up with her shit"
  24. 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
  25. 9 points

    What did your parents do ?

    My mother was a hamster and my father smelled of elderberries....