Monday, March 28, 2011

Spring Tune-Up!

The weather has been quite sunny lately and, although it has not been warm, spring is definitely on its way. It's time for spring tune ups!

For myself, it means it's time to start running again. I went out for a 10 km run on Saturday for the first time since December. I wanted to take it easy, but I also wanted to complete the distance in under 45 minutes. It turns out that these two goals were incompatible. I was not feeling great in the last 3 km, so I had to choose between "easy run" and "under 45 minutes". I chose to push it and I finished in 44:58. I'm out of shape, but not that out of shape!

I started up the race Civic for the first time of the year. I brought it over to Marc's place so he could swap in the JDM Integra Type R transmission and do a general tune-up. Pascal was kind enough to rebuild the tranny with a new sleeve set and a new (used) 3rd gear. I can't wait to try it out on the newly repaved St-Eustache circuit. Also, I can't wait to use my new indoor parking spot.

As for the BMW, I just performed an oil change on my own for the first time ever. I followed the instructions I found on the Madrussian web site and, although it took me longer than the time specified on the web site. I had trouble jacking the car up high enough to get under it. I ended up jacking it as high as my jack would allow, then placing the ramps under the wheels, then driving the rest of the way up the ramps. By buying the oil and filter from Perry Auto, I saved over 100$ on the cost of an oil change at the BMW dealer.

Despite the girls' basketball season being officially over, the team has elected to continue practices and I have undertaken to find us friendly games. We'll see how long this post-season enthusiasm lasts!

This weekend, I will participate in a BMW club instructor clinic with the goal of instructing at some of the club's events. It should be interesting to see how a different club operates.

Cool cars spotted:
Audi RS4
Audi S8
Lamborghini Gallardo Spider
Maserati Gran Turismo
Dodge Viper
AMG C63
AMG E63
BMW E92 M3
BMW M5
Nissan Skyline R34 GTR (!)
Bricklin (!)

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