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Big Blue

Gratuitous car park shot

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Parked up at work. As you can see it's a haven from Priuses and eco weeny vehicles with 2 Golf Rs and a full fat petrol RR in shot. Note: I parked by the E-vehicle charging point to make a point.
Giant

It's amazing how different (and much better) the gorilla looks compared to a 5series touring.
simonp

Re: Gratuitous car park shot

Big Blue wrote:
Note: I parked by the E-vehicle charging point to make a point.


At least you didn't block the exit like the driver of the Range Rover...
Big Blue

Re: Gratuitous car park shot

simonp wrote:
Big Blue wrote:
Note: I parked by the E-vehicle charging point to make a point.


At least you didn't block the exit like the driver of the Range Rover...


 That's his parking space; left is out but I can see what you thought.
Nice Guy Eddie

Didn't realise it had pinstripes.

I frikkin love Alpina stripes. Car looks pretty darn good too.
Big Blue

I must admit I'm not sure I would have ordered the deco-set if I was well-off enough to order a new one but having now got them I would always have them

It's nice because it's debadged, and I reckon that's the way to go: debadged at the rear and deco-set.
Martin

It's looks great, I like the way the wheels really fill the arches, mine would look even better on 20" wheels but couldn't do that with the standard suspension.    I don't think I'd have the pinstripes, but I said that about black wheels and on the right car they work, so maybe I'd be converted like you.  I'm with you on the de-badging (surprise surprise!), not going to change my mind on that one.

Does it have a full chrome grille (sides as well as ends) or is it the light?
Nice Guy Eddie

Big Blue wrote:
I must admit I'm not sure I would have ordered the deco-set if I was well-off enough to order a new one but having now got them I would always have them

It's nice because it's debadged, and I reckon that's the way to go: debadged at the rear and deco-set.


For some reason I really like the badges as well. They look totally out of place with their high gloss finish and rather tacky script but they're so bad its now a classic look.
PG

That does look especially good.
Andy C

What an epic car. Can you make Prescott Autumn Classic this year as I'd love a closer look.
Big Blue

Martin wrote:


Does it have a full chrome grille (sides as well as ends) or is it the light?


The sides are matte silver and the faces are chrome. I managed to shock some bikes off the line at Vauxhall Bridge Pimlico lights. You never get tired of insane thrust. Or ever grow up
Frank Bullitt

Tasty, very understated but obvious to anyone with the knowledge
Michael

Fabulous looking car. The white ex-press car resides locally so I know they sound fabulous too.
Stuntman

Frank Bullitt wrote:
Tasty, very understated but obvious to anyone with the knowledge


Exactly.  Looks great to the likes of us!  
Thumbs up for the deco-set from me too, and I'm not generally a fan of decals on cars.
Chris M Wanted a V-10

Re: Gratuitous car park shot

Big Blue wrote:
As you can see it's a haven from Priuses and eco weeny vehicles with 2 Golf Rs and a full fat petrol RR in shot. Note: I parked by the E-vehicle charging point to make a point.

Couldn't you have a giraffe by sticking the end of a charger lead under the petrol flap of the Gorilla to make it look like an EV, or don't the power leads release from the "pump" until you swipe a magic card over them?
gooner

Looks great. The deco set is awesome for the very simple reason that it would look utterly shit on any other car whilst looking super cool on an Alpina.
PG

gooner wrote:
Looks great. The deco set is awesome for the very simple reason that it would look utterly shit on any other car whilst looking super cool on an Alpina.


+1
PhilD

Did it start with roof bars BB? I think it would be extra cool with them and maybe some skis  
Big Blue

No. Alpinas don't have roof rails as standard. Skis????? Me??????
Roadsterstu

Much hubba.
Chocy Rocky

It's certainly the pick of the car park.
Giant

PhilD wrote:
Did it start with roof bars BB? I think it would be extra cool with them and maybe some skis  


I disagree, estates without roof bars look far more purposeful and menacing. Roof bars would be like the gorilla wearing a rucksack.
Nice Guy Eddie

Who wants roof bars flapping in the wind at 180MPH on the Autobahn.
PhilD

Nice Guy Eddie wrote:
Who wants roof bars flapping in the wind at 180MPH on the Autobahn.


How else are you going to transport the bikes?
Martin

Roof bars are removable.....

I tolerate them when we take the bikes out, but only for shorter distances. One of the good things about the 5 series is the sunroof cover is an insulated solid panel, which shuts a lot of the noise out but I don't understand why people leave them on when they're not using them.
PhilD

Giant wrote:
PhilD wrote:
Did it start with roof bars BB? I think it would be extra cool with them and maybe some skis  


I disagree, estates without roof bars look far more purposeful and menacing. Roof bars would be like the gorilla wearing a rucksack.


Exactly, much cooler. No bars looks like you are trying too hard.
Nice Guy Eddie

Double Post
Nice Guy Eddie

PhilD wrote:
Nice Guy Eddie wrote:
Who wants roof bars flapping in the wind at 180MPH on the Autobahn.


How else are you going to transport the bikes?


Don't know about you but I let the missus sit in the car rather than on the roof. It is the 21st century you know.
Chris M Wanted a V-10

You obviously haven't worked at places like one where I used to work... there seemed to be an unofficial competition to see who could turn up with the most "ridiculous" item on their roof bars..... small boats, a kayak or three...... a large inflatable gorilla wearing a rucksack would probably have won !
Bob Sacamano

Looks good but most importantly can you get the forum wardrobe in the back on a weekend?
PhilD

Chris M Wanted a V-10 wrote:
You obviously haven't worked at places like one where I used to work... there seemed to be an unofficial competition to see who could turn up with the most "ridiculous" item on their roof bars..... small boats, a kayak or three...... a large inflatable gorilla wearing a rucksack would probably have won !


This lives near me  


Frank Bullitt

PhilD wrote:
Nice Guy Eddie wrote:
Who wants roof bars flapping in the wind at 180MPH on the Autobahn.


How else are you going to transport the bikes?


Towbar and Thule type rack
PhilD

Frank Bullitt wrote:
PhilD wrote:
Nice Guy Eddie wrote:
Who wants roof bars flapping in the wind at 180MPH on the Autobahn.


How else are you going to transport the bikes?


Towbar and Thule type rack


You'd put a tow bar on an Alpina? Crazy.
Frank Bullitt

Yes, so long as they can fit it.

Towbars aren't just for caravans
PhilD

They do look good on super minis.
Frank Bullitt

And big German estates
Martin

I was looking at the Thule tow bar mounted racks in a cycle shop a couple of weeks ago and they look great.  I can see my next car having a tow bar fitted.  An electrically powered one that is hidden from view of course.

My Dad has the electric factory fitted tow bar on his 5 series estate and it's very good.  Quite the contrast to the one on his mates current shape FF Range Rover which doesn't power smoothly out (it was brand new and he's had it checked) and then you have to grope around under the bumper in the dirt to pull the connectors out.  They power out with the tow bar on the 5.

Out of interest.... (Or not!) you can't even get an aftermarket tow bar fitted to a Jaguar XJ, which is why my Dad hasn't got one if those instead.  He got as far as the paperwork being printed for him to sign before he thought to check.
PhilD

Not swan necks though.
Martin

Whatever the type, ideally it should fold away or be detachable as they look awful unless it's fitted to a Defender (or similar type of 4x4)
Frank Bullitt

PhilD wrote:
Not swan necks though.


Removable only, there are standards
TreVoR

Martin wrote:
Whatever the type, ideally it should fold away or be detachable as they look awful unless it's fitted to a Defender (or similar type of 4x4)


Well recovered!  

I agree, of course. I had removable ones on both the Legacy and Mercedes.
Martin

PG

Martin wrote:
Whatever the type, ideally it should fold away or be detachable as they look awful unless it's fitted to a Defender (or similar type of 4x4)


As already said, well recovered.  

There is a good safety point about fixed v height adjustable towbars. A towbar should be height adjustable to make sure that you have the correct balance of the towed item. So ideally, a factory fit or aftermarket towbar should be moveable rather than fixed.

I wince when I see caravans (it always seems to be caravans) towed by loaded cars with badly adjusted or incorrectly set fixed towbars. The likelihood of an accident due to loss of control of the carvan is way higher.

Here's a gratuitous shot of the height adjustable RSJ fitted to the back of our Shogun. Good in car parks too! I am sure Martin's dad could have had something like this welded to his XJ chassis......


TreVoR

Similar piece of angle iron attached to the Land Rover.  I went for the heaviest duty tow bar available.  Suits the type of vehicle IMO.

IMG_0896 by Mark Lee, on Flickr
Bob Sacamano

I don't mind fixed towbars actually.

As long as they have those fake scrotums hanging down.




I'm sure BMW could do different sizes for 3,5 and 7 series Tourings.
Frank Bullitt

My joy for a forum which starts with a proud shot of a stunning looking Alpina and within a couple of dozen posts has a towbar with a pair of bollocks hanging from them knows no limits
Martin

The problem with caravans at dodgy angles is more about the weight balancing in the caravan and the weight in the towing vehicles boot than the height of the tow-bar.   Nose down is better for stability than nose up, but you do see some at rediculous angles.  I don't think normal car tow-bars are adjustable?
Big Blue

Martin wrote:
The problem is with caravans


FYP.
Roadsterstu

Frank Bullitt wrote:
My joy for a forum which starts with a proud shot of a stunning looking Alpina and within a couple of dozen posts has a towbar with a pair of bollocks hanging from them knows no limits


That was a topic shift of epic proportions, that's for sure.

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