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  • 256 miles, 2 M3's... Northeast Foliage Run

    Constructor and I decided we needed to get out and give the cars one last good shake down before the end of summer really caught up to us up here in the Northeast. By the time we got our schedules synchronized, we managed to squeeze in one full day of back road blasting before foliage season came to a complete end.

    I met Constructor in Concord around 7:30 this morning, we fueled up, and hit the road! It was an ambitious plan, with over 200 miles of back roads to cover. An easy feat if you're pounding down the highway at 80mph, but not so simple over back roads through small towns. Add in the desire to stop and take photos along the way, and we figured it'd take pretty much the whole day... Our significant others somehow managed to get out of joining us on this little charade... :peekaboo: So it was just the two of us, 2 M3's, and some awesome twisty roads.

    Below are some photos from the drive. I took ~200 photos overall, but figured the following snapshots will give you enough to feel like you were in the passenger seat with one of us! :gotcha:

    Constructors car is the main star of these shots(Alpine White). It was a real pleasure shooting photos of a car that wasn't my own for a change. Not to mention the fact his car is ridiculously clean, and has around 70k miles on it, it was a real treat to see.

    Our initial route took us out of Concord and into the surrounding towns on our way towards Plymouth, NH. This bridge was in the middle of an old "working" town that has seen it's businesses decline. The tranquility of the river in the morning was too tempting to pass up for a photo.








    It may look like we took a wrong turn and ended up on the seacoast of NH at a lobster shack, but it is actually just off the side of our route past Newfound Lake. Constructor saw a MB 2.3L Cosworth go by just before we pulled in. I hoped they would turn around, but no such luck...



    I was very surprised by the appearance of this image. We are running very different front suspensions and wheel/tire combos, yet out heights appear very similar.















    Zooom! Time warp 30 miles ahead and suddenly we're in the White Mountains on a little known back road with lots of turns and ups/downs. We traded cars for a short bit here, and that little bit reminded me of how wonderful the E30 M3 is on 16" wheels and tires.









    I think I had my camera on the wrong setting... we took a lot of rolling shots, but the clarity of the shots just wasn't what I was looking for. Oh well, it's just an excuse for more "road testing"!















    By this point my car was filthy, covered with dust and the wheels were dirty from brake dust. (What idiot runs Pagid Blues on the street? This guy.) Somehow, Constructors car never got dirty... he must have some magic detailing secrets I have yet to uncover... :evilnah:









    Brrr. It was 38*F when we left Concord this morning. It's now almost noon, and we're just getting into the thick of the Mt. Washington Valley. It's warmed up to a balmy 66*F, but the skies are crystal blue, there is no wind, and the sun is shining and warming everything up. We pulled into the Mt. Washington Hotel for a quick photo stop. Sadly, the hotel changed ownership 2 years ago, and for better/worse (depending if you're a guest or not), you are no longer able to drive up to the hotel. You must park and take a shuttle up unless you're a hotel guest. So, we just took some quick photos and headed on our way.




    This is just to show the snow that had accumulated on the mountain the night before. Off to the left is the remainder of the hotel, and you can see the Cog Railway track running up the mountain as well. To quote Mr. Ferris Bueller, "If you have the means, I highly suggest you pick one up...." - Staying at the Mt. Washington is a wonderful experience. I typically spend 4-5 days there a year in the fall. I can't suggest it highly enough if you're looking for a nice secluded retreat with quiet entertainment.



    After this we put the hammers down, and headed for Conway. We were both in serious need of food, so that took priority over photos. Our journey then took us around the shore of Lake Winnipesaukee, and through a Shaker Village as we headed back towards Concord.

    It was a great day.
    256 miles
    ~8.5 hours
    2 M3's
    Lots of smiles
    An interesting encounter with a "local" at Walmart... [yeahok]
    Countless rolling hills and chicanes! [peace]


    Thanks for the fun day Anu!
    Chris L.

    Spray paint and tire shine doesn't equate to a "restoration!"

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    wow great pics. the last one is great


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    • #3
      Nice work! I need to visit the Kangamangus highway one more time this year before it's too late.



      - Tire is the other control arm bushing.

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      • #4
        Great pics. Sounds like a blast!

        So what's up with this "encounter" at Wal-Mart?

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        • #5
          Originally posted by K otiK M View Post
          Great pics. Sounds like a blast!

          So what's up with this "encounter" at Wal-Mart?

          +1 any black eyes
          91 M3 AW 2.5 CR Dogleg
          88 M3 AW Track Car s54
          95 525 Touring M52 Turbo
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          • #6
            Great pictures, thank you for sharing. Beautiful cars too! Love those 17 inch RKs.

            -Bryant

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            • #7
              Great pics! Makes me want to get out of the house and go exploring. Thanks for the inspiration!!
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              '90 M3 alpine/black
              '90 M3 sterling/grey
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              • #8
                We stopped at Wallyworld for a quick break. Constructor ran inside to use the facilities, and was promptly greeted by one of the locals who was bathing in the sink with little to no clothing on. A rude awakening at 9:30AM! I was standing in the parking lot with the cars, and watched 2 people get into an accident and subsequently start having a screaming match in the middle of 2 broken cars. Needless to say, we hightailed it out of there pretty quick.

                Spencer - We'll probably sneak one more drive in here before too long. If your car(s) are here and your travel schedule allows, you should definitely join us!
                Chris L.

                Spray paint and tire shine doesn't equate to a "restoration!"

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                • #9
                  Awesome photos, wow - what camera are you using? Very sharp and vibrant.
                  -AJ

                  -'88 Henna Red-

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                  • #10
                    Awesome photos Chris. I have been going through mine to see if I have anything to add, but for the most part they are like yours except of poor quality.

                    Maybe I'll throw a couple up.

                    It turned out to be an amazing day, and I had an incredible time.

                    UNCLEHILL definitely sells his car short. His M3 looks, drives, and sounds incredibly sweet.

                    I can't wait for the next trip.

                    Thanks for a wonderful day and for lunch.

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                    • #11
                      Beautiful shots Chris but why didn't you come out to Stratton with your dad for the October-Fast gtg. There were only two M3 there having two more would have been nice and we had Diamond-Schwarz and Alpine Weiss.
                      Who knows where I'll be, changes from day to Continent.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by constructor View Post
                        I can't wait for the next trip.

                        Thanks for a wonderful day and for lunch.
                        Definitely!
                        I'll measure the wheel today. Sorry about messing up the tape hand-off when you were leaving... It didn't click until I was halfway down the road. Hopefully traffic wasn't too bad on the way home!

                        Originally posted by M-technik-3 View Post
                        Beautiful shots Chris but why didn't you come out to Stratton with your dad for the October-Fast gtg. There were only two M3 there having two more would have been nice and we had Diamond-Schwarz and Alpine Weiss.
                        I had other engagements on Saturday. I don't get as excited about just parking and walking around... You guys had great weather though!
                        Chris L.

                        Spray paint and tire shine doesn't equate to a "restoration!"

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                        • #13
                          Ah well the drive up and back via the backroads of VT was awesome. Hate the broken up roads in Mass.
                          Who knows where I'll be, changes from day to Continent.

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                          • #14
                            Beautiful shots!

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                            • #15
                              I 'll add this shot of Chris's beauty:

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