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  • benwalsh91
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    Originally posted by gnmzl View Post
    Jee Ben, I was just wondering where you hid your internet persona.
    Now I know.
    Amazing trip and great experience ... Thanks for sharing. I'll be watching this one.
    Not sure if i understand but thanks... i think...

    Originally posted by 2mAn View Post
    What an awesome trip... and being back in Europe now you can easily get an uncracked dash and a 731 head (from a 323i) and make that US car into a properly clean Stroker ETA
    I shall be in contact for more info on this, i was thinking m30 on ITBs either way whatever goes in i shall be going down the ITB route at some point!

    Originally posted by audiquattrot View Post
    such a great trip! I love this.
    Originally posted by Julien View Post
    So awesome, you've driven through my current (SF) and former (LA, Asheville, Charlotte, Miami/FLL) homes!
    Thank you, honestly you guys have such a beautiful country! it was amazing to be able to go and explore it and all the amazing truly kind people that we met along the way (and a few arseholes)

    Originally posted by freeride53 View Post
    Awesome, thoroughly enjoyed following this. Sorry if I missed this somewhere, are you shipping this baby back to the UK?
    Originally posted by laidback93 View Post
    I think he is and that is rad. I can’t wait to see what he does with it.
    Thank you guys, yes i have paid for the shipping already. the car is currently sitting in Florida waiting to be collected to go to the port. they are taking there sweet ass time with it but i'm not too fussed as life has been super hectic here i don't really have too much time for it currently so it will just be sitting on my drive anyway. England has had its 2 days of sunshine for the year so just another 11 months of rain now.

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  • laidback93
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    Originally posted by freeride53 View Post
    Awesome, thoroughly enjoyed following this. Sorry if I missed this somewhere, are you shipping this baby back to the UK?


    I think he is and that is rad. I can’t wait to see what he does with it.

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  • freeride53
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    Awesome, thoroughly enjoyed following this. Sorry if I missed this somewhere, are you shipping this baby back to the UK?

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  • Julien
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    So awesome, you've driven through my current (SF) and former (LA, Asheville, Charlotte, Miami/FLL) homes!

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  • audiquattrot
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    such a great trip! I love this.

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  • 2mAn
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    What an awesome trip... and being back in Europe now you can easily get an uncracked dash and a 731 head (from a 323i) and make that US car into a properly clean Stroker ETA

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  • gnmzl
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    Jee Ben, I was just wondering where you hid your internet persona.
    Now I know.
    Amazing trip and great experience ... Thanks for sharing. I'll be watching this one.

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  • benwalsh91
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    Now, where did we leave off.

    We was stuck at the Vista point ontop of the Tail of the Dragon on route to Nashville.

    The shifter rod had become disconnected from the car. It was cold and miserable as a storm started to roll in, i had no cell signal and if i couldnt fix it we would have been screwed for a while until someone rolled past or stopped. It was out of season and there truly was no one around. It was also probably one of the only days that i hadn't worn all black and i had to get on this ground under a car.

    We had been driving for 3 hours and the car was hot to say the least and now i had to get my hand up between the prop and the exhaust. Thankfully the shifter rod had just come un-threaded out of the shifter itself. Took about 30 minutes of laying on my back just trying to get a couple of threads, once it was in i was able to yell at Nicholl asking her to twist the shifter to tighten it up from the inside as she would be able to get longer turns than what i could underneath.

    She twisted it the wrong way...

    ok lets do this again, working together we managed to get it back in, it was now super tight actually got rid of all the slop and felt super solid. I then had to get out of my now very muddy wet clothes at the top of a mountain. stripped down to practically nothing... and then a car pulls into the vista point FABULOUS!!!

    got dressed, loaded the car up again and off we went.

    Next stop, Nashville.

    Untitled by Ben Walsh, on Flickr

    on our way to Nashville we decided we wanted to take all the backroads, try and see as much of the country as we could. then bang, a trucking lorry had made a mistake and was blocking the road infront of us, we had to go all the way back till i could find somehwere to cut across to another road, as u done a U turn and had a plan in mind there was an older lady behind me, looked really lost and didnt know what to do. She also had an out of town plate on.

    I hopped out the car and went up to her, explained i too was now from around here. i think the Califonia plate and the way that i talk different was a big give away of this. I asked her where she was heading and turned out she was also heading to Nashville to see her family, she was on the phone to her son and i said i would talk to him if she wanted, had a word explained the situation and said we was going to re-route, as i started to go down this diversion the road turned to mud and it was pretty steep, thankfully we both made it and she then took the internstate to nashville and i carried on taking the backroads.

    good deed done.

    Untitled by Ben Walsh, on Flickr

    Stopped in to see a couple of r3v members, Agent and Scabz. truly amazing people, i have never met such kind people in the world other than on this trip. Honestly there really are some nice people in the world. Faith restored in humanity.

    Spent the day with them, we got food and we sorted a few things out on the car. The electrics was playing up which we managed to sort out and also Scabz gave me a new dash cover as my dash is well and truly FUBAR'd, some new emblems which are somewhere on the highway in Florida now :( and a few other bits and pieces.

    Untitled by Ben Walsh, on Flickr

    As we left Nashville we went towards Gatlinburg via Pigeon Forge, what another beautiful part of the world. and Pigeon Forge, is basically Vegas for kids. it was insane!!! I really wish we could spend longer in these areas but atleast we can add them onto the list of places we want to go back and visit.

    After a day in Gatlinburg we drove the Great Smokey Mountains.

    Untitled by Ben Walsh, on Flickr

    Untitled by Ben Walsh, on Flickr

    After this we then headed towards Asheville and then Charlotte where we would spend the night.

    After Charlotte we done the final long drive of our trip, was actually getting rather sad that this was almost the end.

    Charlotte to Apollo Beach, FL ended up being a 12 hour drive as we took it slow, stopped when we wanted to and just enjoyed some of the backroads before we got to Florida as that's the land where no fun roads exist.

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  • benwalsh91
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    Originally posted by mike.bmw View Post
    This is fantastic!
    Thanks man, truly was a trip of a lifetime.

    Originally posted by jtheilbrun View Post
    Great thread! I was following along with the trip on Instagram, looks like it was a great trip! I had messaged you on IG when you were looking for a Colorado license plate, let me know if you still want it.
    Hey man, sorry i struggle keeping up with my instagram messages as they get a little hectic.

    thank you for the offer i have a colorado one now, there is just a couple that i am missing and need to hunt down.
    • Oklahoma
    • Louisiana
    • South Carolina
    • North Carolina


    Originally posted by iwantspeed View Post
    this is amazing
    Originally posted by rzerob View Post
    Subscribed. This is awesome.
    Thank you. I would give anything and everything to do it again.

    Originally posted by hotbascosauce View Post
    Trip of a lifetime! Fantastic read. You're a lucky man. If I proposed to my already soon to be wife we drive cross country in a mystery e30, I'd be a dead man!
    It all depends on how you sell it.

    but remember America to me is like Europe to you.

    so if you said to your wife.... "want to go spend 3 months travelling around europe" i am sure she wouldn't say no. Don't even mention the car. You mention the car a few weeks before you fly out but you sell it in the way that its a vintage car cruising the back roads through the country. Know your audience.

    Originally posted by econti View Post
    This is almost exactly what I want to do except in a 325ix or a mullemobile 3rd gen Camaro.
    I can only suggest doing it man, honestly i would give my left nut to do this again! If you do decide to do it, or want to look into it more please feel free to drop me a message i can give you an idea on what this cost and also things you need to look into etc.

    Originally posted by BoostinEuros View Post
    Wow what an awesome adventure!
    Originally posted by e30RS View Post
    Absolutely stunning trip! Impressive and fantastic updates.
    Thank you!! i got a bit more to update you all with i just wanted to leave the last post on a little bit of a cliffhanger, like an ellipsis i was trying to build suspense.

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  • e30RS
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    Absolutely stunning trip! Impressive and fantastic updates.

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  • BoostinEuros
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    Wow what an awesome adventure!

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  • econti
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    This is almost exactly what I want to do except in a 325ix or a mullemobile 3rd gen Camaro.

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  • hotbascosauce
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    Trip of a lifetime! Fantastic read. You're a lucky man. If I proposed to my already soon to be wife we drive cross country in a mystery e30, I'd be a dead man!

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  • rzerob
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    Subscribed. This is awesome.

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  • iwantspeed
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    this is amazing

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