Brian H - Imola Z4M

Brian H

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Brian H submitted a new Showcase Item:

Brian H - Imola Z4M

I bought my car on the 26th September 2016, it is a late 2006 Z4M in standard guise. After may years in Z3 I had an itch to see what the ///M models are all about, after looking at the market on and off for a number of months, this car was available at the right place at the right time. Red for a car is not my first choice but I must admit it has grown on me.
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Brian H

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Oct 2016 - Window adjustment

After buying the car the power windows did not operate correctly when using the soft top, both windows would drop, the roof would either lower or raise and then only the drivers side window would close again. A bit of searching on the internet and I found the procedure to reset the windows (which is also in the manual :banghead:) and hey presto the window now work correctly when the roof is used.
 

Brian H

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Oct - Drain Holes

So this morning I took it upon myself to inspect the roof drain holes, especially the passenger side where the roof motor lives, One side at a time the rear wheel was removed, wheel arch liner out and drains checked, all in all they both ran freely, just a little gunk in the bottom of the outlet.

I must admit It took a while to find the drain outlet with the wheel arch liner out, I only actually need to take off the inspection cover! Had a good look around while under there though :)
 

Brian H

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Oct 2016 - Auto Roof module

I had planned to buy an automatic roof module to enable the remote opening/closing of the roof via the key-fob, however as a result of not being used to the key-fob I must have pressed the unlock button too many time and low and behold the roof automatically dropped! I locked the car and pressed the lock button another 2 times and hey presto the roof closed. One of the early owners must have fitted this module at some point, I am sure the previous owner did not know it did this.
 

t-tony

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Oct 2016 - Auto Roof module

I had planned to buy an automatic roof module to enable the remote opening/closing of the roof via the key-fob, however as a result of not being used to the key-fob I must have pressed the unlock button too many time and low and behold the roof automatically dropped! I locked the car and pressed the lock button another 2 times and hey presto the roof closed. One of the early owners must have fitted this module at some point, I am sure the previous owner did not know it did this.
A very nice bonus there Brian. Great car you've found yourself mate.

Tony.
 

Brian H

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November 2016 - Oulton Park Track Day

The last track day on the BMWCCGB calendar is at Oulton Park, I took the Z4 down for the day which for once was dry, one of the down sides of coming to Oulton Park at this time of year is the probability of rain, not that I mind the rain too much but this day was dry right up to the last 20 mins.

The Z4 is still stock in every way and considering it has 10 year old suspension/bushes on it (lots of lean though!), it is a very capable car and FAST. I thought the BMW pads were going to let me down at one point but an adjustment in driving style meant they did last throughout the day, the pads were new just before I bought the car and the track day at Donington Park and Oulton Park has taken its toll on these, new ones will be on order shortly.

Below is a video of a session just after lunch, You can hear the tyres protesting at various times but they were simply brilliant as a road tyre. Excuse the inane rambling at some points in the video, I only had the internal mic.

I also picked up an award at this event... Clubman of the year! (cheesy grin or what!)

 

oldcarman

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Thanks for the video I needed that rush!! Glad you had a day out there!! JIM
 

GazHyde

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Nice and smooth as usual. Not sure, but I'm fairly sure I saw at least one BMW indicating :D
 

FRANKIE

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I liked the video. Having driven a motorcycle for years, I can't seem to get too close to another car when doing high speeds because of the fear of not being able to stop fast enough. @miller1098 took me for a ride on the Evo once and while there weren't many other cars on the road, he managed to pass anyone who came into view. While doing this, he would get close to the car in front while waiting for it to be safe to pass them, then go around them when the road was clear in the other lane. While he handled the car very well and had excellent timing, it did a number on my nerves. You've probably seen the video of us driving the ///M from California to New Jersey where we hit a little over 120 mph but were doing between 90 and 110 for HOURS at a time. Of course it''s much easier that on a track as the road is so straight and everyone around you is doing between 75 and 90 anyway.
I had the Boston Green '96 1.9 for a few years before I bought my Imola ///M. While I love the Boston Green, there is no doubt that the Imola is a real looker. It can really turn heads. And what a great growl it has!!! A down side is that the rear tires ride slightly on the inside part of the tire and normally only last no more that 20 thousand miles.
I was looking for the picture of my rear tires being taken off the car to be replaced while we were on the road trip across the country and were in West Virginia but I can't find it. We had gotten a flat as the inside of the rear tire was worn down to the steel belt but the outside looked almost perfect (and had faked us out).
Here is a pic of me and my 2000 Imola ///M:


There is just nothing like a flashy red ///M. Frankie
 
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Bozzy

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November 2016 - Oulton Park Track Day

The last track day on the BMWCCGB calendar is at Oulton Park, I took the Z4 down for the day which for once was dry, one of the down sides of coming to Oulton Park at this time of year is the probability of rain, not that I mind the rain too much but this day was dry right up to the last 20 mins.

The Z4 is still stock in every way and considering it has 10 year old suspension/bushes on it (lots of lean though!), it is a very capable car and FAST. I thought the BMW pads were going to let me down at one point but an adjustment in driving style meant they did last throughout the day, the pads were new just before I bought the car and the track day at Donington Park and Oulton Park has taken its toll on these, new ones will be on order shortly.

Below is a video of a session just after lunch, You can hear the tyres protesting at various times but they were simply brilliant as a road tyre. Excuse the inane rambling at some points in the video, I only had the internal mic.

I also picked up an award at this event... Clubman of the year! (cheesy grin or what!)

Really enjoyed watching your video Brian :thumbsup:.
Your zed go's like stink and sound raucous,
very jealous ;).

Steve
 

Redline

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Some tasty driving there. Loved watching your confidence and speed increasing. Shame the GPS was lagging 2 or 3 seconds behind.
Can see why you enjoy it. :thumbsup:
 

Brian H

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Some tasty driving there. Loved watching your confidence and speed increasing. Shame the GPS was lagging 2 or 3 seconds behind.
Can see why you enjoy it. :thumbsup:
Thanks, The GPs starts out ok but I forgot yo change the length of file in the camera, I had it set to 1min file types. With this length of file, every time the data is joined it creates a small lag, the software program I use will join video pretty seamlessly but not data for some reason, I did yesterday however think of a way to join the data so will maybe re-edit the vid at some point.
 

oldcarman

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I was too busy watching your hands on the wheel to notice the GPS. I always look to see if the driver is sawing at the wheel or are the motions smooth as can be! Nice job @Brian H you were very much in control of your car. JIM
 
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