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by Racing Tortoise
Thu 04 May, 2006 07:35
Forum: Z1 roadster
Topic: Summer is here! Time for the top to come off....
Replies: 15
Views: 2045

Looking good! - took my Wiesmann hardtop off at Easter for my drive to the Hebrides. I don't find taking it off scratches it - mine came with a special soft cloth bag which it lives in and a hardtop stand. So it stores away quite nicely at the back of the garage. Yes there are two versions - your's ...
by Racing Tortoise
Wed 26 Apr, 2006 12:54
Forum: Z1 roadster
Topic: Battery
Replies: 6
Views: 1200

Because my Z1 spends long periods asleep in the garage I am planning to have a battery cut-out switch fitted when it is next serviced (will be due pretty soon on mileage grounds). It seemed logical to mount it in the boot though so that I can access it via the bootlid and therefore not need to leave...
by Racing Tortoise
Wed 26 Apr, 2006 09:28
Forum: Z1 roadster
Topic: to fragile?
Replies: 40
Views: 4669

Looked great covered in mud too but to be on the safe side I had it thoroughly valeted and greased when I got back to London. And the car... :?: And what exactly did you think I was referring to...if not the car? Evidence (actually it looks relatively clean here): http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/...
by Racing Tortoise
Wed 26 Apr, 2006 07:18
Forum: Z1 roadster
Topic: to fragile?
Replies: 40
Views: 4669

Mine even coped with a spot of light dirt track work the other day. I drove to the Isle of Islay in it for Easter with my mother's family who live in an isolated farmhouse up a four mile dirt track. I did go very slowly on the three times I had to go up and down it, but the car never bottomed out or...
by Racing Tortoise
Tue 25 Apr, 2006 10:06
Forum: Spotted!
Topic: Black Z4 (hardtop) - Glasgow
Replies: 1
Views: 499

Black Z4 (hardtop) - Glasgow

Approximately 3am on Easter Saturday on the M8 heading into Glasgow, I encountered a smart black Z4 wearing a hardtop. Drove along in tandem for a few miles and then got a friendly flash of the lights when it peeled off. Sorry if was less communicative: was (a) I had been on the road since leaving L...
by Racing Tortoise
Tue 25 Apr, 2006 10:00
Forum: Spotted!
Topic: Red Z1 in St Tropez
Replies: 0
Views: 594

Red Z1 in St Tropez

I spotted a red Z1 with roof and doors down driving along the harbour front on Friday pm and then twice again parked in the parking near the new harbour.

Was it any of our French correspondents?
by Racing Tortoise
Mon 03 Apr, 2006 18:18
Forum: Z1 roadster
Topic: Want to buy a Z1
Replies: 7
Views: 1208

Buy the best one you can find with the fattest history file. I saw some doggy ones on my search, especially if they have the grey alcantara/camouflage leather trim that ages badly and looks really quite hideous when tatty. Try and get it inspected by someone who actually knows what they are looking ...
by Racing Tortoise
Tue 07 Mar, 2006 08:14
Forum: Z1 roadster
Topic: SPoTTeD!
Replies: 8
Views: 1056

Last one I saw on the road, other than my own, was a red G-reg one on a Saturday evening in Northumberland Avenue around the end of October last year. I was in my S3 though and on a desperate hunt for a parking space (as clearly was the red Z) as I was late for a show at the Playhouse so didn't stop.
by Racing Tortoise
Fri 03 Mar, 2006 06:19
Forum: Spotted!
Topic: Interesting number plates spotted.
Replies: 52
Views: 7320

I"ve seen some great ones over the years: "SPL1F" on a burgundy Volvo 960 Estate being driven down the A1 by a pair of oldies. "H1" on a ancient white Toyota Carina being driven by an old woman - used to see it around Godalming a lot. "UN1" on a Vauxhall Nova 2dr saloon in Dundee. "1 KNO" on a Jag E...
by Racing Tortoise
Thu 02 Mar, 2006 09:34
Forum: Z1 roadster
Topic: to fragile?
Replies: 40
Views: 4669

I don't know. Maybe. Mine's been retrimmed in black leather anyway which I prefer massively since I can't abide the camouflage sections or the alcantara. So the interior isn't that fragile. I found mine worked perfectly well being used as an everyday machine provided it is properly cared for. I agre...
by Racing Tortoise
Mon 27 Feb, 2006 08:58
Forum: Z1 roadster
Topic: Z1 Clear Rear Lights
Replies: 102
Views: 17917

Yup I'd be up for a pair of clear/red rear lights (non-LED) if thye weren't massively spenny.

Cheers.
by Racing Tortoise
Wed 22 Feb, 2006 15:17
Forum: New to zroadster.net?
Topic: BMW CCGB/ZRegister membership
Replies: 5
Views: 1147

BMW CCGB/ZRegister membership

I don't quite follow why, since I am both a BMW CCGB member and a member of the appropriate Z register, this doesn't seem to show up for my details on here?

How do you alter that? Or am I missing something?

It's not hugely important but it just seemed odd!
by Racing Tortoise
Wed 22 Feb, 2006 13:15
Forum: Z1 roadster
Topic: BMW Z 1 Hardtop Wiesmann on eBay Germany
Replies: 8
Views: 1486

Teatray, Do you suffer the squeaks and leaks other owners mentioned? What in your opinion are the Pros and Cons? And lastly, do you recommend a Hard top? I've not noticed added squeaks as a result of having the hard-top on the car - perhaps that's because mine is flock-lined and so it doesn't rub. ...
by Racing Tortoise
Wed 22 Feb, 2006 07:05
Forum: Z1 roadster
Topic: BMW Z 1 Hardtop Wiesmann on eBay Germany
Replies: 8
Views: 1486

Curious to see the leather lining - mine has a a charcoal flock lining which I think I prefer.

Talking of resprays, some numbskull put a traffic cone on the roof of the car the other day when it was parked outside my office and there are now some nasty scratches on the hard-top. :head:
by Racing Tortoise
Wed 22 Feb, 2006 06:59
Forum: Spotted!
Topic: Green Z1 with Wiesmann hardtop?
Replies: 2
Views: 767

I'm afraid I don't know - it wasn't mentioned!

And besides isn't the motorsport one M-reg rather than G-reg?
by Racing Tortoise
Tue 14 Feb, 2006 18:13
Forum: Spotted!
Topic: Green Z1 with Wiesmann hardtop?
Replies: 2
Views: 767

Green Z1 with Wiesmann hardtop?

Ok 'fess up - who's my doppelganger? Have had several people claim they've seen my car driving around London since I left on the basis there can't be two green Z1s wearing Wiesmann hardtops knocking around Chelsea. However, this is unlikely since my Z is safely stored away in a Docklands lock-up and...
by Racing Tortoise
Tue 14 Feb, 2006 18:04
Forum: Z1 roadster
Topic: Aerodynamics of the Z1
Replies: 12
Views: 2017

I have a Lorenz quad-exit system on my Z1 which lacks the aerofoil design. I was concerned about this and what it might do to aerodynamics when I bought the car, but I have driven the car at upwards of 120mph and also tracked it without any noticeable problems so I guess it's not a massive issue!
by Racing Tortoise
Tue 24 Jan, 2006 10:47
Forum: Z1 roadster
Topic: Lemons
Replies: 3
Views: 845

A yellow "Refresher" sweet. Or one of those foam penny sweets that's supposed to be banana-flavoured.
by Racing Tortoise
Fri 13 Jan, 2006 17:05
Forum: Better Driving
Topic: Speeding in France
Replies: 21
Views: 5346

It's unfair, I think, to say that the French police view the British motorist as a cash cow. I was once done doing 168kph in the rain in Pas de Calais and it was a pretty fair cop to be honest. They were perfectly nice about the whole thing and the 600FF fine was not exactly the most drastic given t...
by Racing Tortoise
Tue 10 Jan, 2006 19:46
Forum: Z1 roadster
Topic: Z1 on TV.
Replies: 7
Views: 1274

Re: Z1 on TV.

After many emails to the Beeb and various uninterested parties, I have just taken receipt of our beloved Z1 on celluloid from an episode of Top Gear, and I cant stop grinning. My enthusiasm was shortlived however, as the clip is not very long, but for £5 its money well spent in my opinion. Cool. Di...
by Racing Tortoise
Thu 05 Jan, 2006 11:05
Forum: Z1 roadster
Topic: On the net.
Replies: 1
Views: 845

Hi No - all Z1s were manufactured between 1988 and 1991. The example Coys is selling would have been made in 1989 judging from the chassis number. That said it may not have been registered until 1993 - indeed there are still unregistered cars out there (at a price). Not surprising that it is Italian...
by Racing Tortoise
Fri 30 Dec, 2005 09:07
Forum: Z1 roadster
Topic: Long trip successfully concluded!
Replies: 8
Views: 1295

Fairly sure I did mention it in passing but to be honest it didn't occur to me there would be members down MC way. Apologies! I'll know for next time.

Well if any of you saw a green English-reg'd Z1 parked at the side of the Corniche just below the vieux village in Roquebrune-Cap Martin that was me.
by Racing Tortoise
Thu 29 Dec, 2005 10:16
Forum: Z1 roadster
Topic: What wheels fit a Z1?
Replies: 18
Views: 2038

Linton wrote:There are some good looking e30 4 stud wheels on e'bay at the moment but they seem too big to fit an e30 with standard wheel arches.

Would they fit a Z1 ?

8x 17 et35 and 9x 17 et30.
Thanks. Not sure really - the standard fit on a Z1 is 7.5x16 ET25.

Anyone know?
by Racing Tortoise
Wed 28 Dec, 2005 13:05
Forum: Z1 roadster
Topic: Long trip successfully concluded!
Replies: 8
Views: 1295

Cheers! It's amazing how much you can actually fit in too! Even with the hardtop on (and therefore the soft-top eating up most of the bootspace not already occupied by the spare wheel) we fitted in 10 days' luggage for two, plus on the way back a spare JVC midi-system with speakers that my parents n...
by Racing Tortoise
Wed 28 Dec, 2005 12:25
Forum: Z1 roadster
Topic: Long trip successfully concluded!
Replies: 8
Views: 1295

Long trip successfully concluded!

Very pleased with my Z1 - it has proved itself a faithful and trusty companion. My sister and I drove it down to the French Riviera for Christmas with our parents and then drove back yesterday! All in we did approx 3000 kms, including nearly 1400 kms yesterday at a steady 140-160kph and the brave li...
by Racing Tortoise
Tue 13 Dec, 2005 16:26
Forum: Z1 roadster
Topic: Nice to see a Z1 on track
Replies: 12
Views: 1354

It's made by a German company called Lorenz Tuning. I can't give you more info than that as it was on the car when I bought it. But yes it really suits the car in my view.
by Racing Tortoise
Tue 13 Dec, 2005 10:00
Forum: Z1 roadster
Topic: Nice to see a Z1 on track
Replies: 12
Views: 1354

That was me at Bedford! Pity we had no idea! More photos here: http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b40/RacingTeatray/DSC_2338.jpg http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b40/RacingTeatray/DSC_2268.jpg http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b40/RacingTeatray/DSC_3203.jpg http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b40/Raci...
by Racing Tortoise
Thu 24 Nov, 2005 20:08
Forum: Z1 roadster
Topic: What looks best -- Alpina or Original
Replies: 31
Views: 6975

In the word's of the mafioso at the start of the Italian Job, "Preetty car".

TR's quite nice too!
by Racing Tortoise
Thu 24 Nov, 2005 09:32
Forum: Z1 roadster
Topic: What looks best -- Alpina or Original
Replies: 31
Views: 6975

I would have said the originals until I saw those pictures. The Alpina ones look really rather good actually. Though I think I'd be tempted to go for 17"s. What do 18"s do to the ride and handling?
by Racing Tortoise
Mon 21 Nov, 2005 18:39
Forum: Z1 roadster
Topic: nice Forum
Replies: 18
Views: 2871

Lucky brother!

In an ideal world I'd have bought one that colour as it is gorgeous but they are pretty rare and I believe only 1 was ever sold in the UK.
by Racing Tortoise
Mon 21 Nov, 2005 10:41
Forum: Z1 roadster
Topic: Tough week ahead!
Replies: 14
Views: 1916

My God! I have my new toy and it's AWESOME! So much fun, makes a wicked and very loud (but cultured) noise, and it really isn't that slow. 4000rpm in second and it takes off like a scalded cat. Doesn't feel any slower than my old S3 225. Took it down to Henley for lunch yesterday in convoy with a fr...
by Racing Tortoise
Thu 17 Nov, 2005 20:23
Forum: Z1 roadster
Topic: Tough week ahead!
Replies: 14
Views: 1916

You lucky son of a gun! What a day for it! I still have to wait (and they haven't yet confirmed that it will be ready on Saturday) so am getting quite antsy about the whole thing! Certainly can't face a second w/end tooling around in my gf's Clio! (sold my last car a week ago today and suffering sev...
by Racing Tortoise
Thu 17 Nov, 2005 14:04
Forum: Z1 roadster
Topic: Tough week ahead!
Replies: 14
Views: 1916

Good sleuthwork! Yes is all very exciting. The seats have been retrimmed in plain black leather which looks heaps better than the nubuck/camouflage stuff that was in every other Z1 I saw. Munich Legends also has a black Z1 for sale with a lower mileage (30k rather than 50k) but it lacked the hardtop...
by Racing Tortoise
Wed 16 Nov, 2005 19:40
Forum: Z1 roadster
Topic: Tough week ahead!
Replies: 14
Views: 1916

Yes all very exciting - soooo hoping it will be ready on Saturday - will be distraught if actually have to wait any longer. Here's some pics as requested. http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b40/RacingTeatray/Z1frontnoplate.jpg http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b40/RacingTeatray/Z1backnoplate.jpg http...
by Racing Tortoise
Sun 13 Nov, 2005 16:55
Forum: Z1 roadster
Topic: Tough week ahead!
Replies: 14
Views: 1916

Tough week ahead!

I just bought a Z1 yesterday. And I have to wait a WHOLE WEEK before collecting it next Saturday.

Cannot wait! Have been wanting one since first spotted one in 1989!
by Racing Tortoise
Thu 10 Nov, 2005 13:59
Forum: Z1 roadster
Topic: What wheels fit a Z1?
Replies: 18
Views: 2038

Yes...
by Racing Tortoise
Wed 09 Nov, 2005 22:02
Forum: Z1 roadster
Topic: What wheels fit a Z1?
Replies: 18
Views: 2038

Perhaps Alpina replicas are the only route after all!

Oh yes and that wretched site (along with so many others) doesn't acknowledge that BMW ever made a Z1...grrrrrrrrrrrrr....
by Racing Tortoise
Mon 07 Nov, 2005 21:44
Forum: Z1 roadster
Topic: What wheels fit a Z1?
Replies: 18
Views: 2038

What wheels fit a Z1?

What by way of a 16" BMW alloy would fit a Z1 other than the obvious Z1 alloys which aren't too common as spare sets? I ask as I have a set of excellent 16" Dunlop winter tyres in the garage left over from my S3 which it would be great to be able to fit to the car come winter time given your average...
by Racing Tortoise
Mon 07 Nov, 2005 15:58
Forum: Z1 roadster
Topic: Seeker of Z1.
Replies: 4
Views: 814

Yes. Munich Legends in East Sussex (google them if you're not familiar) had a nice low mileage black one in stock when I was there on Saturday. Don't know what year - it had a very short (and thus presumably very expensive) private plate on it.