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Rich Loney, Editor NOC BMWCCA Pilot Newsletter

Ryan328iSpring! It's an amazingly beautiful time of year. The foliage is in full bloom, the temps are rising and creatures of all varieties make my backyard resemble a Disney movie. However, having a teenage son who's a senior in high school has enlightened me to the fact that although the rebirth of nature may be magical, it's by no means the most important thing that happens this time of year. Prom, that's where it's at. More specifically, SENIOR PROM. It starts with a "prom-posal", the now standard over-the-top way to invite your date to the dance (search Youtube). Then comes prom photos, prom pre-parties, $1000 prom dresses, prom tuxes, prom after-parties, prom king, prom queen, prom flowers, prom drom, PROM!

Another essential element of prom is the chariot you arrive in. Akron is a town where you might just see LeBron James cruising in his Bentley Continental GT, so heaven forbid you and your prom date be seen motoring about in a rusty old Ford. Being a car guy, this is one aspect of prom I can respect. The marquee from Munich appears to be the sled of choice for prom 2013. My son Ryan lined up his aunt's Sapphire Black e92 BMW 328i convertible months ago. Another buddy has commandeered his dad's classic e36/7 Z3. Having a 2012 e82 135i parked in my garage, I knew it was only a matter of time before one of my son's friends would come calling in an attempt to relieve me of my keys for "the big dance." And so it goes. One Friday, a few weeks back, I arrived home from work to find my two sons and one of their good friends playing basketball in the driveway. I now know this was stage 1 of the set-up.

brianTo protect his identity, we'll just call my son's buddy Brian. After they finished their game Brian rolls into the house, takes a seat at the kitchen table where my wife and I are chatting, and lays his chips on the table. "Mr. Loney, I'd like to ask to borrow your BMW for prom." Not only is the kid a fan of the Bayerische Motorenwerke marquee, but his date asked him to point out that the jet black paint on the 1'er would match her dress perfectly. Great sales pitch! Being that my Bimmer has the M-Sport package with a 6-speed manual it was essential that Brian's skills at rowing through the gears be evaluated. Riding shotgun, I let him drive the car through our neighborhood. His ability to competently operate the clutch and gearbox were solid and he responsibly managed the N55 twin scroll straight six turbo with its 300 horsepower and 300 foot-pounds of torque. Brian passed the driving portion of the test so I've decided that if he promises to drive responsibly the Bimmer can be his for Prom. However, since prom is a school thing, there's one last challenge. Brain must also pass a final written exam that will access the extent of his BMW brand knowledge. If he's smart enough to use the Northern Ohio BMW CCA website as a study guide he may just find all the answers he needs.

Safe Motoring.