The Bavarians are serious people doing serious things. It should be noted that even in the most playful of celebrations, they are serious. Serious about their beer, in this case. Just to give you an idea, it is reported that during the approximately 2-week-long Oktoberfest celebration, Bavarians and their serious guests consumed between 1.5 and 2 million gallons of beer. Gallons. Of. Beer.
That’s serious quantities of beer. Serious. And it’s not just the quantities that are serious, even how it is made is serious. So serious are the Bavarians about how their beer is made that there’s a law governing it. It isn’t a law that someone frivolously came up with last week, it’s been on the books…or whatever they wrote legal documents on in Bavaria back in the day…since 1516. That’s a seriously long time for a single law to stand. Then again, this law is a serious law, crafted by a serious people.
It goes by a serious name: the Reinheitsgebot. Saying “Reinheitsgebot” is as much as a mouthful as the beers produced by its stipulations. This so-called German Purity Law is as simple as it is serious. In Bavaria, by writ of law you can produce beer only with these ingredients: Water, Barley, and Hops. (Yeasts were an inadvertent and unknown ingredient at the time.)
While the law has been somewhat watered (water, allowed by law) down to allow more ingredients such as the formerly forgotten yeast, (now also allowed by law), and to accommodate for top fermenting ales and their ingredients, the spirit of the Reinheitsgebot as it applies to lager (bottom fermenting beer) still pretty much holds firm as it was originally intended in 1516.
Sure it’s a minimalistic approach which is in complete counterpoint to their next door neighbors in Belgium, but it seems to have worked well for the Bavarians for an awfully long time. If it were up to me, I would call the resulting beers of the region “analog brews” for their classic simplicity and outstanding flavor profile.
If you understand the Bavarian approach to serious parties and serious laws, you’ll get an idea of how they approach automobile design, manufacturing, and driving.
BMW (the “B” stands for Bavaria, and sometimes other words that begin with B), was never known as a fun car to go to the beach with, or toodle around town. BMW staked it’s reputation on being serious. The most serious or “ultimate” driving machine for driving purists. Like the Reinheitsgebot, BMW has watered down that image a with luxurious appointments, but similar to the purity law, the spirit in the machine is still present.
Serious or not, a lot of fun can be had in a tossable BMW Z4. With a classic front engine, rear wheel drive layout, this 10,500 mile gray over black leather example is in excellent condition, is a one-owner vehicle and has never been driven in inclement weather (which explains why this Long Island, NY car has so few miles on it).
It comes fully loaded with all of the accouterments of the day, including a lovely sycamore wood dash. The optional 3.0 I-6 has 225 HP should be good for a 6-second sprint to 60. While not the fastest kid in the race, the Z4 is like an elder statesman who calmly deliberates. But don’t worry, it’s everything you need and nothing you don’t on the twisties.
At an asking price of $17,995 for what amounts to a practically new zippy sports car, I think the Bavarian penchant for seriousness could equal serious bang for the buck fun in this little convertible.
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