Technology


The 530i: Status Quo   Recently updated !

Buying a car in the Netherlands is so easy. Whereas in Germany you need to go to a Landratsamt (district office) and might need new license plates, here buyer and seller go to the postal office, the seller shows a nine-digit code and the car’s license card (which is then […]


BMW E39 OEM wheels   Recently updated !

The E39 is a bit special in regard to wheels, as it has a hub diameter of 74.1mm where most BMWs have a hub diameter of 72.6mm. This means that there is less choice than with other BMW types. Nevertheless, BMW has sold quite a number of different wheel styles. […]


Buying a BMW E39 5-series

When I bought my E46 compact two and a half years ago, the reasoning behind the choice was that I wanted a low mileage car, two doors were sufficient, and it had to be manual transmission for eventual track use. Since then, the requirements have changed. Not only does my […]


Review: Colours of Speed

Porsche has always been about racing. In the 1960s, it often appeared as if racing came first and street car production second. New race cars were introduced almost every year, but due to the focus on lightweight low-displacement cars, the ultimate goal, the overall victory at Le Mans, remained elusive. […]


Why Group A is the best

Ask motorsports fans about the greatest era in racing and rallying, and you´ll get a number of answers. A rally fan will likely name the epic (and eventually deadly) Group B battles of 1983 to 1986. A Formula 1 fan might consider the turbo area of the 1980s or the […]


BMW E46 blower failure and filter replacement

Recently, the blower fan of my E46 318ti compact stopped working. A search on the internet revealed a number of possible causes: Dashboard control unit Blower resistor (also known as FSR, final stage resistor) The blower motor itself A cable somewhere in between I could quickly rule out 1. When […]


BMW E46 dual use track tool considerations

Lately I’ve been putting some thought into building a dual use road/track car. Something that would be possible to do my commute to work with, but also have fun with on a track during trackdays. Inspiration came from HeelandToe.Blog’s 328i and the two Throttle House cars. Grassroots Motorsports also is […]


Visiting the Nürburgring

Not long after visiting Spa – Francorchamps, I finally got the chance to get back to the Nürburgring. My last visit and lap dated from 2005. The Nürburgring and then especially the Nordschleife are famous for being the longest and most challenging permanent race track in the World, and of […]


The Solitude racetrack

The most famous racetrack in Germany is of course the Nürburgring Nordschleife. Not everybody knows that, until 1965, Germany had a second racetrack embedded into nature. In a situation similar to Spa – Francorchamps, it was a relatively long (11.4 km) and fast racetrack entirely on public roads. It was […]