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      11-29-2005, 01:34 PM   #1
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Post A lil' "bimmer" history

found this on the web.......(for those who don't know )

Bimmer vs Beemer
Enthusiasts vs others
Definitions:
Bimmer - proper accepted slang for BMW cars. Most people don't know this.
Beamer/Beemer - proper accepted slang for BMW motorcycles. You will hear this term used incorrectly by many people.
Bummer - When you get a speeding ticket.
Bitter - Another German car. Very rare; hand built.

So just why is a BMW car called a 'bimmer' not a 'beemer' or 'beamer'?

The answer in part lies in knowing some BMW history and what came first.

All real BMW enthusiasts know that BMW got a big start on two wheels, what many call the real BMWs.

In those days, BMW motorcycles were quite active in racing, and one of their competitors at the track was often the BSA bikes.

Well as things would have it, a track slang developed, and the BMWs were usually referred to as 'beemers' and the BSAs were referred to as 'beesers'.

So, of course for any true enthusiast, there is no way that a BMW car could be called a 'beemer', so they were called 'bimmers'.

Unfortunately, in the US and Canada, and perhaps other countries, there was a time (kind of still is) where for various reasons, a BMW owner was considered an upwardly mobile person, and of course due to the fun in driving their BMWs most all of them had big grins on their faces.

Hence it is little surprise that the non enthusiast types out there incorrectly labeled BMW cars and their owners as 'beamers' or 'beemers'.
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http://www.boston-bmwcca.org/referen...er-beemer.aspx

I was watching a show on ESPN2 yesterday titled, "Import Racers" (I know, I know), anyway the host actually said bimmer instead of beemer. I was like, "THANK YOU!" lol
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      11-29-2005, 01:47 PM   #3
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BMW got their start making airplane engines, then the bikes.

A little pop quiz. What was the first year a BMW automobille was produced?

Part II - What was this vehicles model name?
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      11-29-2005, 01:54 PM   #4
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Correct. It was also known as the Dixi.
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The first BMW automobile the wear the kidneys was?
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Correct. It was also known as the Dixi.
??? Dixi was the name of the company, which produced the Austin Seven.
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The first BMW automobile the wear the kidneys was?
The 327 and 328 Roadster
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The 327 and 328 Roadster
Actually, it was the 303 which was introduced in 1933.

Edit: The 303 was also powered by BMW's first six-cylinder engine. 2,310 were built.

"One of the 303's most striking features was it radiator grille. It was the first BMW to feature the famous "double kidney", which has continued to identify BMW cars in gradually modified form until this very day."

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??? Dixi was the name of the company, which produced the Austin Seven.

I am looking directly at a book published by BMW (Fascination), "The 3/15 Dixi"
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What was the first complete automobile developed by BMW in Munich?
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You know, I am about as enthuiastic a BMW owners as they come and I spell it "Bimmer" and I pronounce it "Beemer" becaue everyone looks at you like you are an absolute idiot when you call it a "Bimmer." Sort of reminds me when Steve Jobs was pronouncing one of the iterations of OS X "Jag-Wire" and everyone wondered what the hell was wrong with him.

Can I also point out for people in Europe that us Americans look at you funny because a "BM" is a rather different thing in the US then a sporty car...
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You know, I am about as enthuiastic a BMW owners as they come and I spell it "Bimmer" and I pronounce it "Beemer" becaue everyone looks at you like you are an absolute idiot when you call it a "Bimmer." Sort of reminds me when Steve Jobs was pronouncing one of the iterations of OS X "Jag-Wire" and everyone wondered what the hell was wrong with him.

Can I also point out for people in Europe that us Americans look at you funny because a "BM" is a rather different thing in the US then a sporty car...
Then it's up to you to inform them
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"Next in the record time of only five months, BMW produced the AM 4, the Dixi's successor, with a four-speed gearbox." "This was the first complete automobile to be developed by BMW in Munich." "The chassis was made at the BMW plant in Eisenach, the body by Mercedes in Sindelfingen."
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"Next in the record time of only five months, BMW produced the AM 4, the Dixi's successor, with a four-speed gearbox." "This was the first complete automobile to be developed by BMW in Munich." "The chassis was made at the BMW plant in Eisenach, the body by Mercedes in Sindelfingen."
lol I need to buy that book.
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??? Dixi was the name of the company, which produced the Austin Seven.
And they also make a damn fine paper cup!
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lol I need to buy that book.
I believe it is no longer published.
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BMW got their start making airplane engines,
That's what the Roundel logo is... it's a white propeller spinning against a blue sky.
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I believe it is no longer published.
BMW needs to publish an updated one with the latest models.
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That's what the Roundel logo is... it's a white propeller spinning against a blue sky.

Yup...
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