By Mike Atwal
5th September 2019

When did one day become yesterday?



In 1990 I said, “one day I will buy a BMW 8 series”. On the 12th of September 2009 I was telling everybody this, “yesterday I bought an 840ci”. This year is its tenth anniversary of having to put up with me.

I want us to share our car buying dreams that we made happen. So we can inspire others who are thinking of jumping into the classic car ring but have not quite taken the first step yet. Buying a classic car can often be quickly put into the box of ‘investment’, with a monetary value attached. I am throwing re-sale value right out of the window on this one. Whether it is a sub 5k old BMW, or Ferrari F40 you have your sights on, ultimately you will be investing in yourself. And money spent on oneself is never a waste.

In 1990 my grandfather and I pulled up into an East London petrol station in his Nissan Sunny. I was seven. I spotted a red 850i. The owner looked so cool.

“Grandad, can we get one of those?”

“Son, one day you’ll understand money doesn’t grow on trees.”

And that I did understand only too well in time. But the dream never left me. Nineteen years later when the 8 series dipped into sub 5k territory, I turned one day into yesterday. My 8 has brought joy, meaningful value into my life in the form of wonderful friendships and produced lovely memories.

It perhaps shaped who I became, after all I have crossed the gap from young man to the older gent with it. I still have the image of the tall, elegant well dressed chap that jumped out of the red 850i in 1990. I somehow imagined what his life would be like. Similar to mine today in a way. I strive everyday to do the best I can, and when I come home and see my 8, it spurs me on even more.

The 8 has always been a teacher for me. It taught me not to have knee jerk reactions in tough financial situations – I once needed a new roof at home a year after buying it, so I put the 8 up for sale on e-Bay – it sold. The buyer let me down. Best thing ever. The roof got sorted anyhow. The 8 also taught me that we all need something in life that allows us to be who we want to be. No matter what troubles I have, a one hour drive in my 8 gives me an escape.

I become that elegant, well dressed chap who jumped out of a shiny 8 series 1990.

Let’s share our stories here, you have heard mine, now it is your turn.

 


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andrew lawson

Hi mike,
NICE !!!
Back in the day (75 now) I had a few quid and had matching 30CSLs for me and my wife. My business partner bought an 8 series when they first came out and like you I always hankered after one but never got round to it, so good man for persevering.
Now I dont think I could get in and out of one and am reduced to comfy 5 & 7 series E38 & E39 respectively.
Your site is great and I always check out the 8
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Regards Andrew

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Andrew, that has made me smile – I was so close to mentioning that week by week I struggle to get out my 8 series! I seem to fall into the seat ok, but getting out, well…it is not such an elegant affair and I do find myself thinking ‘it is so low.’ Matching 3 litre CSLs! That is something indeed, very special! The E38 and E39 are superb cars – what models do you have? I too am always looking at the classifieds to see what other 8’s have popped up, and filter oldest to newest as I don’t… Read more »

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Nothing special an E38 728i which I bought with 22000 and now shows 178000, been a joy,just, as you know,regular preventative maintenance is the key, and a 1999 528i manual with a few upgrades, braided brake lines Gaz all round & an Ultra front strut brace which I swear by, really improves turn in. I have been a BMW fan since 1972 when I learnt to drive and have always had at least 2 on the go ever since. I noticed the Silver 8 and will watch with interest. Thanks for the reply, you never know whether commenting is the… Read more »

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I am glad you replied, we all love talking cars here, and yes we are all petrol heads! I seem to have fallen for BMW too. In fact , come to think of it, the 8 series is the first ever BMW I bought. Many models came and went alongside it, but it was my first ever affair with BMW. The fact that you have enjoyed over 150k miles in the E38 with regular maintenance is a testament to how well this particular era of BMW machinery was made – I have had more issues with the 2005 645ci I… Read more »

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Phil

How or where can I prevent (stop) your website from sending me reports/information about your services which I never requested in th first place?

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Kulraj Salh

Hi Phil! Give us a call on 01926 426 635 and we will walk you through this