Warm Saturday Drive to Milwaukee

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So far here in Chicago, winter has been exceptionally warm with sunny days and temps in the ’50s. Lord knows we’ll pay dearly come March, but we’ll take it for now.

So Saturday my wife and I took a little trip to Milwaukee for the day. You see I just spent several nights working in the Fuelfed garage going over the e36 328is in prep for winter. After replacing some rubber seals, minor rust abatement procedures, fluid and filter changes, tune up, wheel painting, snow tire swap, some major detailing and wax, the silver beemer was ready. Road trip!

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With the obligatory Café Aroma stop for croissants, coffee and a quick chat with Mitra, we were off.

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Beems ran as good as ever motoring up 41, but before we could make it into Milwaukee, we had to test drive some vintage cars in honor of the stupendous weather. I’d been watching the price drop on a 1975 Mercedes Benz 250c in classic pale green metallic on peanut butter MB Tex via CL ads over the past few weeks and thought...what the heck, you never know.

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On arriving at Reina Autosport in Brookfield, I was surprised to find all sorts of lovelies scatter around the lot. Alfas, Maseratis, BMW e24s, Fiats, even a minty VW Karmann Ghia.

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After cleaning out the 2 pounds of seeds stored in the air filter tins by a local squirrel, we took the Mercedes 250C out for a scary drive down Capital Dr. and onto some back roads. Jeez this thing was pathetic. It was running on no more than 4 out of 6 cylinders, the CVs were clunking away and the electrics didn’t work. But I have to say, it was built like a vault and had an aristocratic air about it.

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After we barely made it back to the dealer lot, the salesman was very eager to deal. With in seconds I had him down to $1500 with the “sorry, it’s not at the level we want to invest in” statement. I’m sure off to auction it goes, where it will meet a scary fate at the evil hands of a back alley auto pirate.

After joy riding, we went into Brew City for shopping, food and cocktails. After a stop at the Brass Rooster for hats and Zaks Café for some incredible French Onion soup, we went the opposite direction culturely and hit Brooks Brothers and Jack Pandl’s for some old school German atmosphere.

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Back down to Bay View for a quick night cap at Burnhearts and some Tall Grass IPA and aging Christmas Ale. Then it was time to head south to Chicago.

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We always love road trips to Milwaukee and this one was no different.

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