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  • vodomagoo
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    fix er up, the rear looks somewhat ok and now you have an excuse to go club racing

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  • OZM3
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    :sosad: :sosad:

    Best of luck with the rebuild.

    Dave

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  • UNHCLL
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    Looks like the chassis could be saved, but its definitely swayed over hard.

    At least you came out 100% besides some bruises and soreness.

    Did the engine take any serious hits? It looks like the rad. support got pretty heavily tweaked from that front shot.

    You've got the right outlook, this gives you time to plan without the stress of having the car "down"....

    Best of luck, and keep us posted.

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  • M3NTAL Kev
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    Thanks for the support guys.

    The soreness and stiffness is gone now, and the reality of a wrecked M3 is ahead of me.

    Later this week, I will start the long process of stripping down the shell to guage the damage. I imagine that's not going to be too much fun.

    My shell was in need of paint and body work and I was planning on rebuilding the cage (DTM spec). That alone would have cost a few bucks and had the car off the road for a considerable amount of time. In this situation the car is forced off the road and I have time to ponder and plan my moves. One advantage I have now is that I know what works and I know what I want. When I started to build my M3 a few years ago, I wasn't sure where I fit in; now I know that the M3 and I belong on the track.

    I'm still unsure whether or not I will be rebuilding this M3 or starting with a new shell. I am sure that the frame is seriously bent at both the front and rear of the car so I am leaning towards getting another shell. The cost of repairing would likely be similar to purchasing another M3. With another M3 I could be in a situation where I have a spare drivetrain and have made a few dollars back in parting out the unnecessary bits (interior etc.)

    I'm trying to view this as an opportunity to build the race chassis I've always wanted and I think in the last 4 days I've gained a more mature perspective on the situation. I will still very much be a part of this board, and in fact anticipate that I will be asking many questions along the way.

    Below are a few pictures. I ask that you not link to them or distribute them.









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  • D///M3
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    Sorry to hear the bad news Kev :sosad:

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  • Jonathan 90 M3
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    :sosad:

    I'm observing a moment of silence for the M.

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  • CrazyDesi
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    Holly shit Kev, sorry to hear that man.:cry:

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  • aaronmjr
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    eeek. the last few weeks have been hell for E30 M3 owners!!

    sorry to hear that kevin, but as been said, at least it wasnt some dumbass rear ending or t-boning you, it was at the track!! hopefully you will have some optimism when you post next! good luck man!

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  • trent
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    damn kev, sorry to hear about that :sosad:

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  • Reelizmpro
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    Oh man! I'm so sorry to hear about your accident. I was hoping to be optimistic about the car but it looks bad. Hopefully all of the parts can be salvaged, including the CF intake.

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  • A///MAN
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    Glad to hear you are ok

    Glad to hear you are ok, sorry to hear about the car.

    Let me know if you need a hand with anything.

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  • peak
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    ... but 2 bikers came off. With the oil mixed in it would make the traction almost 0%.
    Reminds me of turn 6 at Blackhawk Farms when I raced AMA motorcycles. During practice I was approaching the turn and had just started to lean into it and apply front brake and the bike disappeared from underneath me. It turns out a rider had crashed the day before and left coolant on the track. They must not have gotten the patch of coolant right at my brake point. Coolant on a track is very dangerous.

    Kev....glad you are physically okay. Hope the car is repairable???

    Damon in STL

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  • 215m3
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    Kav

    Glad to hear your ok, sorry about the car though. At the Ring this year a 2.7 alpina 325 came in to Ring Racing while i was there. He was leaking coolant, but did not know until he was flagged. The coolant had oil mixed in with it, but his oil was ok. His car was fine but 2 bikers came off. With the oil mixed in it would make the traction almost 0%.

    Later

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  • Highrever
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    Everytime I build up enough courage to take the M down to Buttonwillow or Willow Springs, once in tip top shape of course, I hear horror stories of something like this happening to even the best of drivers. It chills me down to the core to think in the blink of an eye a pristine example of Motorsport history could get smashed up and rendered crusher fodder.

    Like vodomagoo said, at least she went out happy at the track, hopefully it's more cosmetic that frame and everything lines up.

    I'm about 1 more accident post away from sealing up the E30 in a bubble and building a nuclear fallout shelter for it, john, you better not EVER post one of these threads! :cry:
    Last edited by Highrever; 09-12-2004, 06:22 PM.

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  • colin1944
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    Hi Kev.

    Glad to hear you are OK. Guess the instructor had the ride of his life:-) Was the damage just cosmetic or did you get into the mechanical bits? Need any help, let me know.

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