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Mmm... (Countdown Over)

Friday 21 May, 2004, 06:00 PM

I'm guessing that readers of this blog either:

  1. Already knew what the countdown was about
  2. Worked out what it was about from yesterday's clue (and I know at least one of you did)

    or

  3. Don't care

But just in case any of you don't fall into those categories, here's what I was counting down to:

Back of Ian's BMW M3 (detail)

(Obviously there's more of it than that - I didn't just buy a boot (or 'trunk' as I gather Americans like to call it) and rear light cluster - much as I like LED arrays, there's more to this purchase than that. Unfortunately, my camera batteries ran out before I managed to get a photograph of the whole thing.)

Yes, my new car turned up today - a BMW M3. (Told you it was non-technical!)

Those of you who know me will be wholly unsurprised that I have been ridiculously excited about this ever since I ordered it, and am now overjoyed that my new toy is here.

Those of you who don't know me - what can I say? I like fun cars. Think of it as my sump pump. And as I already pointed out, it's not like I didn't warn you.

Normal service will resume once I've got it out of my system. (Although since the full running in period is quite extensive, there may be a brief period of apparently-normal service, which will be interrupted when I first take the car onto a track.)

[Update: I gather a few people tried to follow the clue, and ended up perplexed. The 'go to work on...' bit should lead you to 'egg' - years ago in the UK there was an advertising campaign with the slogan 'Go to work on an egg'. If you then tie this up with the SMG clue in google (i.e. search for "SMG egg") then you'll come across a blog entry by Dana Epp which claims that the M3 has an easter egg in the software for the gearbox. I point out that it's not an easter egg at all (in fact it's mentioned in the manual) in the comments, and I also mention the fact that my M3 was, at that point, on order.]

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