View Full Version : What I was up to Thurs / Frid and Saturday

Gary Kinghorn
28-04-2008, 07:32 PM
Most of you have probably worked out that I went up north at the back end of last week.

The reason was to do a mag article on the BMW with Jim C and Nige :thumb:

The idea was to compare my old girl with a bog standard one owner, low mileage 325i Sport. Jim knew such a car which was owned by a guy who lived not 100 yards from his outlaws house.

So Thursday afternoon I went to Jim's to pick the BMW up with a view to changing the wheels back to the road ones and driving it up North with Jim and family following about an hour behind. The trouble was the car had developed a noise which we found to be the handbrake so I didn't get away till about 3.15pm. Jim, Jude and Tom followed 15 mins behind. A very long journey saw us arrive way up North (Skipton ish) at 9.15pm. Nige arrived 15 mins later and ready for a beer.

We walked the 50 yards to the local and partook of a bitburger or two. What I didnt realise was that pubs shut so early in Scotland (or wherever we were) and we got kicked out at 10.15pm :o A couple of beers later and we turned in at 2.30am :o

Saturday morning I was up at 7am to change back to my track wheels and wash the car.

We took some static pics of my car outside the house before the other car arrived and we did the same with that.

I took a couple of B&W's, mostly because I like them and Jim hates them :lol: :lol:

Then it was off out for a drive to some of the nicest driving roads in the land. For some reason after a couple of miles Nige swung into a school entrance and was sick :o Something hadn't agreed with him and he struggled for pretty much the rest of the day.

Down the road we found a nice spot to take some road side pics and have a few fast runs in both cars.

That done we stopped for some lunch as the weather was changing for the worse. Nige was looking increasingly ill :(

After lunch we moved on for some more statics prior to finishing for the day.

Back at the inlaws we took the dog for a walk over the hills before changing back to my road wheels and nipping out for fuel. Jims idea of nipping out consists of 80 flat out miles across the Dales. Great fun and I was suprised that the Jaffa cake was as quick as Jims M3 powered 316 in a straight line :thumb:
After the first 40 miles I thought it best to steady things down a bit. My Marigold and star performance tyres had done well, but I didn't want to ride my luck too much, especially as it was starting to rain again. Still great fun and once again the Jaffa cake amazed me at how good it was.

Back at the ranch we had home made fish cakes and chips before tucking into a stella or two and a late nigth for me 10.15pm :lol:

Up bright and early I pushed the car out of the drive and down the hill for a 7.15am start on the 260mile drive home. 4 Hours later I was home again with the beemer not having missed a beat.

A great weekend. Special thanks to Jim and Jude for putting me up and Nige for using his photographic skills. Oh and to Haggis for bringing the sport along.

Obviously I have made sure that none of the best pictures are on this thread as number 1, I didnt take them :lol: and number 2, they will be needed for the article :thumb:

28-04-2008, 07:42 PM
Looks like you all had fun. Nice, dodgy pint perhaps? Look forward to reading the article when published.

Gary Kinghorn
28-04-2008, 07:44 PM
Jaffa cake looks tiny compared to the sport

Jim Cameron
28-04-2008, 08:09 PM

I'm amazed that 2K worth of dodgy 316 is even in the same ballpark as a track car :lol: :thumb:

28-04-2008, 08:59 PM
It was really good to meet up, Thursday night was a good hours journey through the Dales, in the Zed, top down, dry roads, I had a blast :thumb:

Arrived at 21:30, we were in the pub by not long after. They served Bitburger on Draught, so things were looking good :drink:

Unfortunately, the bar staff were not the friendliest and decided to turf us out at 22:30 ! WTF !!! :blink:

Undaunted we returned to the house and drank Jims bottles of beer until 02:30am :thumb:

Had a great sleep and woke at 8am after Gary had changed his wheels, he then washed the BMW and we gave it a dry with the chamois. Jim made us Bacon butties then we spent the next couple of hours taking loads of detail shots of both cars then set off for a drive. After 10 minutes (or so it felt), I suddenly felt quite ill ! Said to Jim I needed to stop, pulled over and threw up http://planetsmilies.net/vomit-smiley-31.gif

I had no prior warning, I`d felt fine until then, I genuinely have no idea why I felt that way. If I have too much beer, I wake up feeling bad, but I was fine until 10 minutes after we started driving.

We found some great spots for photos and I did my best to take photographs (it was why I was invited after all !). Unfortunately, I couldn't face doing the panning shots, I just knew I`d feel ill again, so I had to make do with roadside and chase shots instead. I took loads, I am sure Jim will have more than enough photos to work with, here are the ones I know WON'T make it into the shoot

Lunch was no better and I felt pretty ropey all day.

Left at 17:00 and had a miserable drive home where I had a shower and spent the evening feeling sorry for myself before retiring to bed. :(

oh, Gary, Colour is far better than B&W IMO. :P

There were some good looking birds around too :lol:

28-04-2008, 09:33 PM
headcold from the z

28-04-2008, 10:26 PM
Originally posted by Jim Cameron@Apr 28 2008, 09:09 PM
I'm amazed that 2K worth of dodgy 316 is even in the same ballpark as a track car :lol: :thumb:
Quicker in a straight line I am guessing B)

Jim Cameron
28-04-2008, 11:23 PM
Yes, but not much in it Tony (albeit with wife, child, dog, bootfull) ;)

Bloody quick the Jaffacake. Pulls a lot better than a 325 should, IMHO :thumb:

28-04-2008, 11:29 PM
Excellent :thumb: Look forward to seeing it in anger in Germany sometime this year ;)

P.S. love the signature Jim :lol: :lol:

Even funnier that the hyperlink actually goes somewhere :lol: :lol: :lol:

Gary Kinghorn
29-04-2008, 06:00 AM
Originally posted by Tony@Apr 28 2008, 11:26 PM
Quicker in a straight line I am guessing B)
From the run we did friday night when we were both empty of people and stuff I would say it was a VERY closely matched thing on the straights. I was suprised to say the least :o

As Jim says for the money he got one hell of a bargain :thumb:

29-04-2008, 06:41 AM
I look forward to reading the article :thumb:

Does the chap with the red BMW sport want to sell it? It would make a good track car being only 2 doors :whistle:

29-04-2008, 09:19 PM
Nice 325i Sport

Seen one of those somewhere today....oh yes mine :D


Gary, first pics I've seen of yours, looks great glad the colour scheme came together so well.


Gary Kinghorn
30-04-2008, 06:15 AM
Thanks for your help with the photo shop work Damon :thumb:

30-04-2008, 06:44 AM
Looks clean Damon ;) Where have you been? :huh:

Gary Kinghorn
30-04-2008, 08:44 AM
Originally posted by Floyd@Apr 30 2008, 07:44 AM
Looks clean Damon
Not suprising really :lol:

Chris Ratcliff
30-04-2008, 11:41 PM
Just having a bit of a go at processing... Before and afters:





I'd certainly be interested in doing more car photography. If anyone would like me to come and shoot their car, then drop me a note by all means! There's various images of mine around here, but I can provide a portfolio of sorts if needed.

01-05-2008, 07:36 AM
really liking the look of your car gary, interior is coming out of my 4door later today hopefully :veryhappy:

Gary Kinghorn
02-05-2008, 06:21 AM
Originally posted by ajm-e30@May 1 2008, 08:36 AM
really liking the look of your car gary, interior is coming out of my 4door later today hopefully :veryhappy:
Glad you like it :thumb:

02-05-2008, 06:37 AM
There's a sport like that which is for sale, on my way to work...

Gary Kinghorn
02-05-2008, 11:17 AM
Originally posted by Floyd@May 2 2008, 07:37 AM
There's a sport like that which is for sale, on my way to work...

02-05-2008, 12:29 PM
I don't know. I drive too quickly past it to see what the price is :lol:

02-05-2008, 12:45 PM
Originally posted by Floyd@May 2 2008, 01:29 PM
I don't know. I drive too quickly past it to see what the price is :lol:
In the Skoda :o . He lives on a steep hill then? :lol:

02-05-2008, 12:51 PM
Yeah, it pulls well up hill :P

02-05-2008, 01:11 PM
Originally posted by Floyd@May 2 2008, 01:51 PM
Yeah, it pulls well up hill :P

06-05-2008, 12:56 PM
Love the photos :P
Looks like you guys had a lot of fun in there ;)