Hi Duncan, yes all good, missing the shows etc.
I have resigned myself to no more track days, nothing else even comes close to 172.
What I thought I should do, seeing as I owned 172 for so long both as a show car and latterly a track car, was do a little write up on her and the e28 M5's general appeal, so here we go:
I have spoken to the guy selling 172, it has had extensive engine work, he is trying to obtain copies of invoices as the guy that restored it sadly passed away, and all paper work with him.
Before I owned the car, back in 1994 the previous owner tasked "Auto Technic" to investigate non - starting, he ended up with a bill for £3500 back then for chain, bent valves etc etc, it had covered 108300 miles. I note the mileage to be as I sold it (sold as non runner due to cam chain noise on start up). It had not jumped teeth on the sprockets this time.
The body work and interior looks amazing, it was originally Pacific Blue Cloth, but I think the leather is a massive improvement.
Would I have it back? in a heartbeat, actually I nearly did and as I was only around £54950.00 short of the asking price but nearly struck a deal to part with my e12 M535 and my e3 to get it back, but finally saw sense and realised that 172 excelled on track and it's now way too good for that, and for me on the road ......... bye bye license................AGAIN!!
No, somebody else needs to own E917 NCR, I purchased it 19 years ago £7500 and sold it 5 years ago as a non runner for £7500, ah just £47495.00 worth short of what it is worth today. The restoration would have been fortunes, I would have needed to start by finding:
16 inch BBS wheels e28 M5 specific.
Complete Aircon kit
Boot carpet specific for boot mounted battery
To name just a few hard to find expensive items, sadly at the time, an e28 M5 was rare but not worth that much and consequently I had sold all of the above for what now is peanuts and due to lack of storage space.
172 now looks superb, the current owner has another 12 rarer BMW classics in his collection, including E24 M535CSI, two E12 B7 Alpinas, E12 M535is, E28 Alpina B9 etc etc.
Some of you may remember that for a year or so I also owned another E28 M5 at the same time as 172, one previous owner Nr 165 covered 190000 miles and had not had the timing chain and associated works carried out, the oil had been changed every 4000 miles throughout it's life, begging the question is it really "Fact" that the chain must be done every 100,000 miles?? I think the answer is that it really depends on how well it has been looked after, needless to say I parted with around £4500 and had the work done. 172 spent the last 8 years of it's ownership with me, on track and rarely below 4000 RPM, but the oil and filter was changed after every outing, these outings included Bedford, Snetterton, Goodwood , Abberville in France and The Nuremberg ring and it never missed a beat. Like I said happy days
My summary and for what my opinion worth, if you love e28's and you have never driven an e28 M5, you need to, the power delivery is what can only be described as savage, particularly in the lower gears, but beware on the road they are an accident waiting to happen in the wrong hands or conditions, let the revs climb too much and touch the throttle too soon on a greasy surface and you will end up with more than a little fight on your hands leading to some very nervous passengers, the same can be said for changing down too enthusiastically, it will lock the rear wheels and leave you facing on coming traffic On the other hand at low revs, it will pull from 1000 rpm in any gear, you could be driving a nice low mileage mild mannered 520i, such is the appeal of an e28 M5 they really were a wolf in sheep's clothing and I count myself as very fortunate to have owned them both in more affordable times.