Was it the current tough times or was that just the excuse they needed, or maybe they were going to stop after 12 years no matter what, but BMW didn’t do the Ultimate Drive For Susan G Komen this year. Both Donna and missed doing it too.
A fellow MMC member emailed me the other day and wanted to know if I knew about a program from Ford that would donate $20 to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure for test driving a Ford. Didn’t, but we are tempted, so we took the first step, registering for a test drive certificate here. It is not as much money as we would raise in a day driving BMWs, but still, driving someone else’s new car and raising money for a good cause can’t be half bad.
There is a dealer in Traveler’s Rest, SC that was even matching it with another twenty, but we had just got back from up that way visiting my sister, so we didn’t necessarily want to go back up there.
If I was buying a Ford it would be a Mustang GT convertible with a manual transmission, so I set out to see if any of the local dealers had one like that. Nope. Convertibles were extremely rare and ones with a manual transmission were non existent.
What’s strange is that the dealer in Traveler’s Rest, George Coleman Ford, has 4 Mustangs and 2 of them are convertibles.
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In spite of my repeated protestations to the positive, every once in a while you do need a pickup truck.
Tonight we went to the Home Depot in Evans to buy the vanity that was supposedly online order only. While we were there we bought the top too, went with a Beige because the Blue Pearl was more black than blue and they had a Beige one right there in stock for $199 instead of ordering the Blue Pearl for $465. To the cart we tossed in the matching mirror, two wood framed medicine cabinets and a couple of new exhaust fan / light combos. Try as I might, no matter how I arranged them, I just couldn’t get all that stuff in the trunk.
Rudy and his S10 to the rescue. He and Patti were nice enough to make the round trip from and back to Evans to haul our bathroom bounty. All it cost me was an ice cream cone for each of them. Thanks guys.
If you ever find yourself in Evans at dinner time both Donna and I highly recommend the Pork Anticuchos at Patagonia Grill.
If you have been waiting patiently for my witty captions to the BMW Ultimate Drive on Tuesday, your wait is over — 2008 BMW Ultimate Drive Gallery.
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As always when the BMW Ultimate Drive comes to town I try to talk everyone I know into participating. So far with my co-workers I have had limited success, but with the fellow MMC members I have had better luck.
This year I had almost talked one of our young engineers into doing it. He was on the fence until I mentioned that they had an M3 Coupe in the line up, then he started leaning. He currently drives a tarted up Lexus IS250 with inspirations of turbo charging it.
When Donna and I left work on Monday he said call him if they had the M3 available and he would seriously consider taking a half day off. When we saw the M3 sitting there in the morning I gave him a call, he said he would be there in the afternoon. Because it was just sitting there waiting, Donna and I took our first loop in it. A couple of miles into our loop and having listened to the sound coming from the exhaust pipes when mainlining bursts of acceleration I told Donna to call Ian’s work phone. I wanted to seal the deal and make sure he came over by having her hold the phone out the window when I punched it. He must have been working because he didn’t pick up.
Turns out he didn’t need that sound incentive because up he drove at about 12:45. At that point the Survivor Drive was in progress so there were no cars to drive. I told him to park and go inside to register. At that point of the day it was taking a while to register, so it took about 20 minutes before he showed up back outside. He had a disappointed look on his face, turns out you have to be 30 years old to drive the M3. He wasn’t to badly hurt because he had lined up a round of golf for later that afternoon, so he just got there early and hit a bucket of balls before playing.
I think Donna and I felt worse about it than he did. I didn’t think anything of it when I asked him to come drive. I thought there might be a 25 year-old age limit on the 6 & 7 Series cars, but I didn’t know about the extra 5 years needed for the M3 Coupe. Because he is so mature acting I thought he was in his upper 20’s, but as it turns out Ian isn’t even old enough to drive the 6s or 7s. He is only 23.
Started down, went up, back down, still down.
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