Me & My Car: The art of understatement
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You drive a 1990 BMW E34 M5?
I purchased the M5 in 2014 and it's a 5-speed manual in sterling silver metallic. No modifications, the interior is special because it has full Nappa leather centre console, door cards and lower dash. My car has only done a mere 65,000km.
Why a BMW?
The simple recipe of a powerful engine driving the rear wheels through a manual box. BMW started the concept of its best M engine dropped into a regular saloon.
Tell us about that S38b36 power plant?
The S38b36 is one of the all-time great inline 6-cylinder engines; individual throttle bodies feed every cylinder.
How does this car fit your personality?
It's understated. The M5 doesn't stand out in the crowd and looks like a regular E34 5 series unless you know what the M5 badge means.
Is this the only vehicle you own?
We use an Opel Astra for general duties.
How often do you clean it?
I clean and wax it on a regular basis because it's a garage queen under a dust cover.
Who else is allowed to drive your BMW?
Only my 27-year-old son is capable of driving it due to the old-school heavy clutch and accelerator .
What do you keep in your car?
A full tank of fuel and an extra can in the boot; it drinks faster than a boys' pub crawl!
First car you owned?
A 1972 Toyota Corona in the late 70s when I was growing up in Henderson, West Auckland. I liked it because it was reliable.
Your dream car?
The Gordon Murray-designed McLaren F1 because it is unique.
Favourite car colour?
BMW Diamond Black.
Who taught you to drive?
I learned at a driving school in Henderson when I was about 17 years old. He was a very good teacher because I grasped the concept of engine braking through the manual gearbox.
Do you prefer manual or automatic?
Manual for old-school performance cars because you can use the gearbox to engine brake to match driving conditions without applying the brake.
Most memorable road trip?
My wife and I went to Croatia in 2014 and drove a new Opel Astra rental car from Dubrovnik to Orebic. We enjoyed the coastal scenery and challenging roads.
If you could go on a road trip anywhere, with any celebrity?
I don't do celebrities but an autobahn blast with Gordon Murray in his McLaren would be educational.
Do you enjoy driving or would you rather be a passenger?
I enjoy the driver's seat.
And what do you listen to in your car?
The S38b36 power plant.
What's a great day trip out of Auckland?
Omaha Beach is only an hour away to visit friends.
Do you judge people by what they drive?
You can't judge people by a simple car, that's silly.
Are you a fan of hi-tech, or more old-school?
Technology has become distorted in a lot of new cars; they are loaded with electronic systems that do everything but in reality you don't need it. Complex engineering components made of recyclable materials that literally fall apart after X amount of time. The best part of technology in new cars is their crash worthiness.
Would you travel in a driverless car?
Driverless cars are in their infancy and dependent on electronics and software. Would I hop in one? No one knows the future.
Auckland City's congestion, how can this be fixed?
Underground rail like Manhattan and London; you won't like the bill.
Special number plate?
It's the original registration plate.
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