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      07-15-2012, 12:43 AM   #1
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Update!!! ALMS Lime Rock in Photos: Inside BMW Team RLL - more pictures added.

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I attended ALMS race at Lime Rock last weekend as a BMW guest. While its not the most spectacular track, it was still a great event. BMW was a great host! Reserved parking, lunch, exclusive access to the team, garage tour, pit tour (during the race), and much more...

Dont want to annoy anyone with the long writeup, instead, just some highlights and pictures.

- Hot lap around the track in a stock M3: that was awesome! The car performs great when pushed to and past the limit. I specifically asked the driver to push the car and he did! Drifting around the corners at 70mph is a great experience - highly recommend!

- Access to the team: garage tour to include the trucks, bunch of memorabilia signed by the team

- Pit tour: this one deserves its own line. First, I had to wear same coveralls like the drivers in order to access the pit. Tour itself was during the race, so I got to see the team in action to include 2 pit stops. I'll let the pictures do the talking.

- Jorg Muller and Dirk Muller: both were BMW drivers in last year's 24 hour Nurburgring race. I'm sure most of you might remember the documentary about it: 24 hours. One team. One target. Jorg and Dirk signed the DVD for me

Enjoy!



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      07-15-2012, 02:05 AM   #2
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Looks awesome, very jealous!

I love how ALMS lets you walk around the paddock, such a great experience for any car enthusiast.
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      07-15-2012, 02:53 AM   #3
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That's awesome!!! I need to go to one of these soon. Great pics BTW!
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      07-15-2012, 06:03 AM   #4
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Sweet!!! Thanks for sharing.
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      07-15-2012, 07:10 AM   #5
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Great pics. You had such amazing access. You don't really get a sense of how fast and loud the cars are from TV, how their exhaust percusses off your chest when you're standing next to them. Looks like it was a great experience.
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Outstanding shots! Thanks for sharing!
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Awesome pictures, thanks for sharing! I agree, it was a great experience that exceeded all of my expectations. BMW really knows how put on a first class event.

It was great meeting you guys and hanging out for the weekend. I know you have a ton of pics to go through but when you come across those of us and our cars, would you mind send me copies?
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      07-15-2012, 09:25 AM   #8
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What a way to start my Sunday

Those pictures are worth of promotional posters... they're that good.
Thanks for sharing.

I will try to go to either VIR or Baltimore, or both to get a glimpse of
the E92s in action... it might be the last round before they retire them.

Cheers
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      07-15-2012, 10:04 AM   #9
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WOW!! that is amazing, how can one go to this events?, I would love to!!
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      07-15-2012, 10:13 AM   #10
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Awesome pictures, thanks for sharing! I agree, it was a great experience that exceeded all of my expectations. BMW really knows how put on a first class event.

It was great meeting you guys and hanging out for the weekend. I know you have a ton of pics to go through but when you come across those of us and our cars, would you mind send me copies?
Of course, Merlosso. I'll put together a message for you
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      07-15-2012, 10:20 AM   #11
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Thumbs up Cool Pix

I love the ALMS GT class!

You really get a much better perspective of the cars, the significant size differences between the BMWs, Porsches and Ferraris, and the overall speeds they guys carry around a track.


Thanks for sharing
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      07-15-2012, 11:02 AM   #12
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What a way to start my Sunday

Those pictures are worth of promotional posters... they're that good.
Thanks for sharing.

I will try to go to either VIR or Baltimore, or both to get a glimpse of
the E92s in action... it might be the last round before they retire them.

Cheers
During the paddock tour I asked whether or not BMW would be back next year. While he didn't give a definite 'yes' he said that if I'm a gambling man I shouldn't bet against them returning.
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Must have been a great experience. Congrats. Like the steering wheel so much I got mine done with the same custom stripes
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WOW!! that is amazing, how can one go to this events?, I would love to!!
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      07-15-2012, 02:07 PM   #17
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Cool pictures - Looks like you had a blast.
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Great images. That is some king size wing on the back of the car.
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man that is nice to walk around the team and snapping photos.
Thanks for sharing
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Now THAT'S a Lime Rock Special Edition M3.
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I like the steering wheel
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