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Cool Carbon S/T: the ultimate brake pads for BMWs and MINIs?
For years we’ve touted the advantages of Cool Carbon S/T brake pads over every other brake pad we’ve tried:
– Made in Germany
– Track- and Autobahn-tested
– Unique brass and ceramic compound
– Higher co-efficient of friction
– Incredibly resistant to fade
- Improved pedal feel
– Rotor friendly, low dust and quiet.
But you don’t just have to take our word for it… listen to what BMW owners are saying about Cool Carbon pads on the forums:
“Street-driven daily driver… I just had performance rotors and Cool Carbon pads installed. … pedal feel is perfect, they’re quiet as can be and the dreaded dust seems to have gone away! So far my only regret is that I didn’t do it sooner!”
“I have the Cool Carbon brake pads on a 525i, on my son’s E30 325is and have also installed them on an E46 M3. They work great on all of these. They have very good initial bite and feel to be 25–30% higher friction than OE. They also work extremely well both cold and hot. Many complain that OE pads on track events start to fade after 5 or 6 laps, but no complaints re: Cool Carbons. Also very little dust and no noise!… I don’t know if you could out-drive these pads with slicks, but I have not been able to on street tires and have not experienced any fade. They actually feel stronger as they heat up.”
“Compared to the stock pads that came on my car, Cool Carbon produces much less dust… and is easier and more comfortable to modulate. They also resist fade much better, in mountains for example. [Competitive brand] is halfway in between. I prefer Cool Carbon.”
“Long story short, I am very, very happy with the Cool Carbon brake pads. I have about 2,500 miles on them. It took a day or two to get used to the new feel, but now I can’t imagine going back to stock pads… I have much better control going into and out of corners. A must for achieving the highest possible entrance and exit speed and grip through turns. There has been ZERO problems, no shuddering at high speeds, absolutely NO noise and dust is low. I would recommend them for anyone.”
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After a few years in a row of cold, wet weather – and a very soggy Saturday – a collective sigh of relief emanated from BMW and MINI enthusiasts around the northeast… SHOW & SHINE WOULD BE SUNNY AND WARM! That probably explains why, when the lot opened (early) at 7:45am, there was a line of a couple hundred BMWs and MINIs snaking its way north along Constitution Ave. and onto Banfield Rd., and another line heading south on Constitution towards Route 1.
Then at 10:00, the first raffle drawing was held. Once again, Bavarian Autosport and its generous vendor partners donated tens of thousands of dollars worth of gear for both the free raffle (anyone in attendance could enter) and the charity raffle (tickets were sold to benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure).
There were 80 prizes in the free raffle, ranging from $10 cans of Noise Free, to $100 metric wrench sets, to $175 jars of Zymöl Concours wax. In the charity raffle, instead of the usual 20 regular prizes, there were 40 (in honor of our 40th anniversary) plus a brand new Grand Prize – a one-week, trip for two to Munich, Germany, including airfare, hotel, rental car and $1,000 spending money. The 40 regular prizes ranged in value from $200 Smith Optics sunglasses, to a $900 set of Beyern Spartan wheels, to a $1600 KW Variant 1 coil-over kit, while the Grand Prize is valued at more than $4,000.
Apparently doubling the number or prizes had a direct correlation to ticket sales: in 2013 we raised just over $11,000 for the Komen fund, while this year we doubled that, raising $23,600. (A complete list of prizes and winners can be found at the end of this post.)
As at previous Show & Shine events, Bavarian Autosport’s owners and staff prepared a massive, free barbecue lunch for anyone in attendance. In less than one hour they cooked and served 730 hamburgers, 280 bratwurst and 350 hot dogs… not to mention three kegs of Smuttynose beer (also free, but only for folks 21 and older).
On the DIY front, Bavarian Otto and Andy Douglass demonstrated how to install a few audio upgrades on late-model BMWs and MINIs (using a 2007 335i as the example), including speakers, subwoofers and smartphone/iPod interfaces.
Meanwhile, there were 20+ companies represented under the vendor tent, including:
- Bentley Publishers
- Cool Carbon brake pads (all the way from AZ!)
- Continental Rubber Products
- Behr radiators
- Sachs shocks
- Lemförder chassis parts
- ZF automatic transmission fluids & filters
- KONI shocks
- UUC Motorwerks
- Liqui Moly
- D-Force Wheels
- ISC Suspensions
- Nokian Tyre
But of course, the main reason people come to Show & Shine is to look at all the beautiful Bimmers and magnificent MINIs. And they were not disappointed – the good weather enticed several exotic BMWs out of their garages, including a Z1, 1600 coupe, 3.0cs, and a bevy of 2002s. But the younger generation of BMWs was equally represented, including new M5s, M6s, X1s, 4 series, i3 and more. (You can see all the cars in our photo gallery – link below.)
Once the show was over, just before the Grand Prize was drawn, a 40th birthday cake was presented to the company owners and the crowd joined Bavarian Otto in singing “Happy Birthday” them. They turned right around and thanked the crowd for making it all possible. Here’s to another 40!
Komen Charity Raffle Prizes & Winners:
1. Cool Carbon S/T/ brake pads, front & rear – John Pehl, Massachusetts
2. Remus $400 gift certificate – Connie M., Massachusetts
3. Set of four Meyle Platinum brake rotors – Richard F., Illinois
4. Powerflex urethane bushings, three sets – Eric E., Massachusetts
5. SONAX detailing gift sets – Anonymous
6. BlueDriver code reade & Bentley manual – Phillip C., Connecticut
7. Zymöl Concours wax & WeatherTech license plate frame – James N. Jr., Mississippi
8. Love The Drive convertible windscreen – Harriet J., New York
9. Angel Eyes upgrade kit & Bentley repair manual – Stan F., California
10. Bavarian Autosport high-performance ignition wires – Chris W., Massachusetts
11. Smith Optics $200 gift certificate – Micha F., Ontario
12. Bavarian Autosport aluminum stress bar – Jennifer G., Rhode Island
13. Billy Boat Performance Exhaust $200 gift certificate – Suzanne C., New Hampshire
14. Zymöl Concours wax & WeatherTech license plate frame – James C., Illinois
15. Bavarian Autosport aluminum stress bar – Eric N., North Carolina
16. Brembo front & rear brake rotors and pads – Mark W., Georgia
17. Set of four Meyle Platinum brake rotors – Darryl N., North Carolina
18. Set of four KONI shocks – Anonymous
19. Burger Motorsports JB Plus – Jared M., Massachusetts
20. Sprint Booster – Karl S., Florida
21. Burger Motorsports Juice Box Plus – Scott S., New York
22. Set of four 17” Beyern Spartan wheels – Matthew S., Florida
23. Set of four Nokian Nordman snow tires – Joseph D., Louisiana
24. PitStop Furniture Grand Prix office chair – Anthony K., Massachusetts
25. Angel Eyes upgrade kit & Bentley repair manual – Jordan K., New Hampshire
26. Bavarian Autosport high-performance ignition wires – Doug H., South Dakota
27. $500 gift card courtesy of BMW of Stratham – Tom D., New York
28. Rockford-Fosgate “Punch” 300-watt subwoofer – Dustin. R, California
29. Zymöl Concours wax & WeatherTech license plate frame – John M., California
30. KW Variant 1 coil-over kit – Matthew D., Massachusetts
31. SPEC clutch kit – Quinn K., Connecticut
32. Bavarian Autosport aluminum stress bar – Don H., Tennessee
33. Bavarian Autosport aluminum stress bar – Michael P., Pennsylvania
34. UUC Motorwerks EVO3 short shift kit – Adam N., British Columbia
35. Bavarian Autosport aluminum stress bar – Georgia B., Washington
36. Bavarian Autosport pre-painted rear wing – Virginia Z., Illinois
37. Bavarian Autosport pre-painted rear wing – Jeff D., New Hampshire
38. Billy Boat Performance Exhaust $200 gift certificate – Mike C., Massachusetts
39. Zymöl Concours wax & WeatherTech license plate frame – Anonymous
40. PIAA bulbs and wipers & Touring Class floor mat set – Mark G., Massachusetts
Grand Prize: Kevin V. A., New Hampshire
Is it Lemfoerder or Lemförder?
There’s a lot of confusion out there about the spelling of this brand name. If you’re not familiar with the company, Lemfoerder – part of the ZF family of brands – is a German manufacturer of chassis parts. They are an OE supplier to BMW and many other carmakers and also produce OEM-quality replacement parts for the aftermarket (i.e. not from a BMW dealer).
At Bavarian Autosport, we sell a lot of Lemfoerder parts. We also sell a lot of Lemförder parts. That’s because it’s the same company. There’s no trickery going on here, just German punctuation. See those two dots over the “o”? That’s called an umlaut (say “oom-laut”). In the German language, those two dots essentially take the place of the “e” – kind of like shorthand. In the Lemfoerder logo, ZF uses the version with the umlaut. But since you can’t use umlauts in web addresses, ZF spells it with an “e” in the URL. See how it is spelled out in this link? If you click on the link, you’ll see that the logo uses the umlaut.
That is why you can see the name spelled in different ways. In print (our newsletters and catalogs), we use the umlaut version since that’s what Lemförder uses in its logo, but in digital media (web sites, Word docs, emails, plain text, etc.), using umlauts can be a challenge, so we either leave the umlaut off or spell it with an “oe”. But no matter how it is spelled, you can rest assured that when you buy from Bavarian Autosport, you are getting a genuine Lemförder/Lemfoerder/Lemforder part from Germany.
If you’d like to use the umlaut version in your communications, here are the keystrokes:
- On Macs, hit Option+U then O
- On PCs, hit Alt+0-2-4-6 using the numeric (extended) keypad. (On a laptop, use “num lock” and the special numbers keys.)
In out next blog post, we’ll discuss why the German language spells the word for street as strasse and straße.