Thursday, July 25, 2013

I miss driving the Civic!

I saw this photo on the AISA school web page. I wish the engine work was completed and I had some free time and cash to drive the Civic!

I modified this photo using Google Plus tools. I like the result! I look forward to using my new-for-2013 wide front wheels again.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Happy birthday Alex!

Here is a lovely photo taken this morning: Alex smiling her beautiful smile, and Jules goofing around.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Our condo is still not sold

But at least people are showing up to our open houses and calling to visit it. Hopefully, it will not be too long! I have suspended all car-related activities until our place is sold, as I am dreading a period this fall where we will have to pay two mortgages at the same time.
The munchkin at my office, ready to work!
I did manage to run one race at ICAR a couple of weeks ago, however. Pat and I each drove one race in the SPC series. I ran Saturday, while Pat ran Sunday. We each finished 17th out of 25 cars. Pat was slightly quicker: my best lap was a 1:56.470, while he dipped down into the 1:55's (it was hotter for my race!). I lost out in a short battle with an Audi A4, who beat me by less than one second. Grr!

The Boyer's make me feel like I'm part of a real race team!
Pat was not satisfied with the oil consumption after simply changing the rings, so he will be installing new oversized pistons over the next couple of weeks.

The M3 has been quite neglected. I noticed that one of the rear (dead winter) tires is worn down the middle. This might signal that I need to get one of the rear trailing arm bushings changed again. I still haven't even changed the front control arm I bought three months ago (you cannot change only the ball joint on these cars). Also, I have been meaning to have the car detailed, or at least waxed. I just haven't had the time and money to do all of this lately. During the week, I barely even use the car.

So basically, I have two cars that I love: one that is constantly being repaired and is essentially for track events, and one high performance street car, which only really gets driven on weekends.

Can you believe this sign is still in use? Caution, Renault 5 in area!

Other than that, Jules has been getting us up and out of bed around 6:30 these days. He is ready for action from that point forward! Alex and my mother have been taking him to wading pools and I think he likes it more and more. We took him to the beach at Cap St-Jacques last weekend, and he only liked it so-so. Also, we got plenty of mosquito bites. It now costs 9$ to park there, and 4,50$ per person, so 18 $. It used to be much cheaper!

Also, it's been hot, and we don't have air conditioning. This means it is not very comfortable in our condo. The new place does not have a/c either, but at least the layout makes it possible to install a system without too many complications.

Here are some photos of the cool cars that can be seen in Montreal these days:

Jules and me in Old Montreal

My Mom had this same car in the 80's

Cool cars spotted:

Porsche Boxster Speedster
New Porsche Cayman
Mercedes 500E
Mercedes 190e 2.3-16
Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 3
Audi R8 GT
Audi RS4
Audi RS6
Lamborghini Gallardo
Ferrari 348
Ferrari 355
Ferrari 360
Ferrari 430
Ferrari 458
Ferrari 550
Ferrari 599
Ferrari California
Rolls-Royce Phantom
Rolls-Royce Phantom convertible
Rolls-Royce Ghost
BMW M6 Gran Coupe
BMW M6 E24
Aston Martin Vantage
Aston Martin Virage
Lotus Elan +2
Lotus Elise Supercharged
Lotus Seven
Ford GT
Maserati GT
Maserati Quattroporte
Buick Grand National