By Mike Atwal
14th November 2019

Alloys and Coffee Tables



I feel like starting a wheel collection for all the cars I want and simply can’t buy. Get the wheels, and perhaps the car will naturally follow, the law of attraction and all…

The invention of the wheel goes back such a long way that I’m too scared to put a time frame on it, but I will be bold and make a claim. The set of wheels upholding all four corners of a car can make or break its overall appeal.

Look at these iconic examples from Jaguar, Ferrari and BMW…


Car wheel design has evolved leaps and bounds over time. Intricately detailed wire wheels sporting a single wing nut became an icon of the past and the era that reserved the positive tick against “16 inch light aluminium wheels” only for top trim in manufacturer brochures is long left behind.

Even the spare wheel, the epitome of being prepared for a long journey across a continent, died out as run flat technology, tyre foam and weight saving took hold.


These modern examples epitomise our contemporary tastes of today… less is more, style over substance.

As browsing for shoes is to a fashion conscious soul, I have a weak point for perusing alloys. I’m always ogling M Parallel alloys for my 8 series through to drooling over a set of quintuplet Ford Pepperpot alloys. Then I remember I don’t have a Sierra. But, from a coffee table, to stacking them up as bar stools through to simply having them displayed in my apartment as art, I’ll make great use of any rims I buy. Remember the car might even follow after all.

Am I border line mental or a budding car collecting genius?


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I actually found the article pleasant. Really appreciate a nice looking car with really cool set of wheels, which makes it look even cooler and pleases the eye, which is sometimes watery due to not enough funds in the bank account for the purchase of that particular car haha. I personal like the set of wheels on the old school Chevy camaro from 67. It makes the car look brilliant. For me it makes it look even more aggressive and gives you that feeling of pure american muscle. In my opinion, a set of nice rims does indeed change the… Read more »

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Alex, really great to see you here, and thank you for the kind words about the article!

I agree re the Chevy, and aggressive is good in my book, my style completely.

It is true about wheels giving a good feeling, I do love my throwing stars on the 8 series. But as you will see on the posts below…M Parallel alloys are on the way. Quite possibly from Brazil! 🙂

Looking forward to talking cars with you on Monday! 🙂

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Mike
Re: medication

Take 4 TRX’s and call me in the morning…..

Michael
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Michael

Ha ha that really does sound like a pill I should be taking!!

I’ve never looked into it, but is there a regular modern tyre available for those epic TRX wearing alloys?

Andrew
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Andrew

Mike, Mike, Mike we will surely have to up your medication ? !!!
However I buy 2 copies of my car magazines one to read one to store so am I really in a position to judge you ?
I intend winning the lottery Saturday and one of my first purchases will be to buy you a set of wheels for your E31 8 series to help retain your sanity.
Take more water with your wine.
Regards Andrew

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Michael

Andrew that’s brilliant re the spare copy of the magazines! Made me smile…and I totally understand why you do so!

What magazines are they?

My fingers are crossed for the lottery win, and in regards to my sanity, it’s beyond salvage…perhaps more wine is the key and I should go easy on the water 🙂

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Hi Mike,The BMW club magazine,Classic & sports car, Octane & BMW car, the usual suspects with a leaning towards BMW`s !
I occasionally buy others but they are my subscription mags.
I learnt to drive late in life ( I was 28 ) my friend had a E9 30CSA which I borrowed whilst he was on holiday and have never been without a BMW in my life since, 47 years on I still love them, but you probably remember that from my earlier posts.
If the Lottery win happens I will call you from Brasil !!!
Regards Andrew

Michael
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Good to see BMW takes presence! Oh yes, I know only too well how much you love BMW’s.

Do you know…I just twigged…funny enough, my 8 series is the first ever BMW I took ownership of, the second an E24 635 Csi Highline. Which I sold (not a day goes by I don’t kick myself for it!)

I will keep an eye out for an incoming call from a Brazilian number then! 🙂