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      12-20-2013, 08:52 PM   #1
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Arkansas 1m wreck

We have 4 of the 740 in Little Rock.

I talked to one of the other owners on the board tonight and the other local white 1m was wrecked this week and killed the owner. Rumored to not be wearing a seat belt of all things.

GETS UP ON SOAP BOX

Most every one here that is an owner of the car has learned to respect the short wheel base and power that comes one all at once.

If not, don't turn all the nannies off with street tires on the car.

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      12-20-2013, 08:57 PM   #2
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Terribly sad news about the death of the 1M owner.

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      12-20-2013, 10:18 PM   #3
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Indeed terrible.

Apart from the nannies, there is also the status of the tires.

Last year a forum fellow posted a picture of his totaled 1M (taken for a spin by a friend and wrecked). The picture revealed that the tires were in a bad shape (± slicks). Bad idea, especially when driven by someone who has not driven the car (and might think it's kinda fun to de-activate all nannies). I just checked the thread but the picture has been removed (http://www.1addicts.com/forums/showthread.php?t=724562).

Here's a picture of another unfortunate Swedish 1M. All survived.

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      12-21-2013, 02:15 AM   #4
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All the more tragic if it's this guy with a 2011 BMW; (he had a daughter)

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http://www.arkansasonline.com/news/2...=news-arkansas
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      12-21-2013, 03:32 AM   #5
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That's so sad, even worse this time of the year... R.I.P.
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      12-21-2013, 04:59 AM   #6
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Really really sad...

Like the op already stated, stay safe, don't let the car fool you.

RIP

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      12-21-2013, 05:35 AM   #7
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Yes, so sad to hear....
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      12-21-2013, 07:04 AM   #9
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RIP, DTC has saved my ass a number of times, very thankful for it.
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      12-21-2013, 07:28 AM   #10
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The main reason i post this is i see folks trying to make more power with this car. This car just does not need more power. With 315 hoosiers on the car the power getting out of a corner can still spin the car.

The short wheel base is a real issue. It makes the car great to rotate but on the street at speed... Well, it ain't a forgiving car.

Wear your seat belt. I bet everyone reading this does but having been in 7 wrecks with it on, it has saved my life.

Stay safe and give year kids a hug.
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      12-21-2013, 07:37 AM   #11
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Wow bad news here, I am sad for the family, thanks for the caution post, shocked that he would lose control in a M car
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      12-21-2013, 08:04 AM   #12
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The main reason i post this is i see folks trying to make more power with this car. This car just does not need more power. With 315 hoosiers on the car the power getting out of a corner can still spin the car.

The short wheel base is a real issue. It makes the car great to rotate but on the street at speed... Well, it ain't a forgiving car.

Where your seat belt. I bet everyone reading this does but having been in 7 wrecks with it on, it has saved my life.

Stay safe and give year kids a hug.
Very good post indeed! I feel terrible for the family members of the 1M owner who lost his life.

We all like the rush of adrenaline this car can generate but adrenaline, especially with this car, is also a bitch, you never know when it shows its ugly face and the story ends up real bad. Trick is to prepare yourself and the car for that moment well before adrenaline hits you.
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      12-21-2013, 08:35 AM   #13
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Wear your seatbelt, it's not that hard.
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      12-21-2013, 10:08 AM   #15
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RIP

We try to learn from tragedy, to make sense of the nonsensical. In this case the tragedy hits particularly close to home- it could have been any one of us because, well, it was.

I don't know what my takeaways from this will be yet, but they may be similar to my conclusions from the accident that recently took Paul Walker's life:

First, the mental: beware of overconfidence. No matter how skilled you are, it can happen to you. (And wear your belt in case it does!)

On the other extreme there is the totally practical, and something that I would like a few of you reading to take to heart: make sure your rubber is fresh.

Paul Walker is dead in part because the car he was in still had the tires it was delivered on in 2004, Michelin PS2s. I know some of you here still have original PS2s on your cars as well, because they still have tread left. Occasionally we get a thread here complaining that the car is twitchy or doesn't put power down, and we often learn the tires are original... Guys, the PS2s get hard and dangerous when they age, and the tires on our cars are now 3+ years old. It's time, both for your enjoyment and your safety, to dump them. Think of it as a Christmas present to yourself.

Silly, shallow thoughts in the face of such tragedy. However I think the tribute we must try to give is to learn from these most expensive of errors and not repeat the same mistakes.

Be safe out there.
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Two other unfortunate 1Ms from the past: according to the German police the cause was inappropriate speeding upon negotiating a curve, whilst racing with "another white BMW". Male driver (25) and female passenger (22) sustained severe injuries.




Top Gear mishap in Australia. Luckily no injuries, but "limited edition gets even more limited"...



Drive it in good health. Don't allow it to bite you.
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Paul Walker is dead in part because the car he was in still had the tires it was delivered on in 2004, Michelin PS2s. I know some of you here still have original PS2s on your cars as well, because they still have tread left. Occasionally we get a thread here complaining that the car is twitchy or doesn't put power down, and we often learn the tires are original... Guys, the PS2s get hard and dangerous when they age, and the tires on our cars are now 3+ years old. It's time, both for your enjoyment and your safety, to dump them. Think of it as a Christmas present to yourself.
+1

Fitted my winter tires yesterday (which clocked already 10K kms). My 1M regained grip + DSC is more quiet (I always keep all nannies active).

My original PS2 summer tires (2011) are still ± decent after 23.5 K kms. However my car gradually starts struggling to put the power down under full load. Without the nannies intervening the car would be skidding and sliding. Not only wear 'n tear but also the tire compound of the PS2s 'hardening' over time (getting 'cooked').

I care for/about my safety, so next Spring I'll replace the PS2s summer tires with PSS, for maximum grip (upgrading the fronts from 245 to 255 and the rears from 265 to 275). Confirmed everywhere that PSS are superior and with the fringe benefit of being cheaper and more available than PS2s.

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Some background info as to why the 1M got PS2 instead of PSS:

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It didn't in US, in Europe PSS was released from January 2011 and production of 1M started only in March; the tire was developed in cooperation with the M Division, Porsche and Ferrari; however, I guess this was still not enough to consider the PSS as the OE tire for 1M and maybe there was not enough time to test it during the development period with the 1M and also maybe even if that would be the case BMW would still go with PS2, the choice for M3, because they sure had stocks of that tire as well as a pretty solid reputation. Plus, for some reason rear size was not available in the tire market till August/September 2011, I know this because I couldn't find it anywhere despite it looked like available in the Michelin catalog since the start.
I don't think BMW were ready to build this much 1M or they expected a real success, the way that the car enjoyed, so they probably did not consider their "almost" M car to be the first production BMW to get the newer and superior PSS while M3 was still in production for some years. That honor was granted to their flagship M car, the F10 M5, first M car to come with PSS straight from the factory.
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The tire question was answered about mid production of the 1M by one of the team engineers who said the PSS wasn't available when tire selection and certification was happening for the 1M. He mentioned that if the PSS were available they would have used it on the car. So that left the F10 M5 as the first car to select and certify the PSS for the M group.
It's an amazing tire and the fact that it's a cheaper replacement over the PS2 makes it a no brainier choice. I've had them on my e46 330i ZHP for about a year now, I can't believe what a fabulous tire they are.
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Very sad news indeed, feel sorry for the family. will think twice before I put my foot down in the future. Seatbelt is a must. Rest in peace.......
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Little Rock man killed in I-30 wreck

By ArkansasOnline
This article was published December 17, 2013 at 8:03 a.m.

A Little Rock man was killed Monday night in a single-car accident, the Arkansas State Police said.

Robert A. Culpepper, 43, was driving a 2011 BMW west on Interstate 30 at Roosevelt Road about 6:41 p.m. when he lost control of the vehicle and hit a curb and then a concrete wall, according to a preliminary accident report.

Culpepper was taken to UAMS Medical Center in Little Rock, where he died, state police said.

It wasn't clear what caused the wreck; the roads were dry and weather clear at the time, according to the report.

His death marked the 455th on Arkansas roads so far in 2013, according to preliminary state police figures.



Robert Culpepper, IV

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1970 - 2013

Obituary:
Robert A. “Rob” Culpepper, IV, age 43, born May 27, 1970, of Little Rock, AR, passed away December 16, 2013 from injuries suffered in car accident. He was a firefighter paramedic for the city of Memphis, TN, assigned to engine 33 A-shift. He had been with the department since April 23, 2001.

He is survived by his mother, Sharon Culpepper of Little Rock; father, Robert A. (Tamara) Culpepper, III of Romance; brother, Lawrence L. (Heather) Culpepper of Sherwood; daughter, Lyndzee K DuBois of Little Rock; the light of his life, Julie Russell and their beloved pets, Sasha and Jannik; and many other family members and friends.

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His death marked the 455th on Arkansas roads so far in 2013...dear lord, that's a lot of fatalities.
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^ I thought the exact same thing!

Stay safe everyone.
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      12-22-2013, 09:38 AM   #22
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This is very sad.. The underlying story here is Always wear Seat Belts, and Keep the 1M in MDM mode at least on the street!!

Live safe.
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