BMWBLOG Special Feature: Back to the Future on BMW’s Classic R51/3

Words: Shawn Molnar Photos: Shawn Molnar, Horatiu Boeriu There is no better way to go back in time than to ride into the past.  Ducking … There is no better way to go back in time than to ride into the past.  Ducking under the wind with boxer engine blazing, it felt of 1951.  And that is the exact year that the machine I’m riding was manufactured – all original, in mint condition, as preserved in the bountiful storehouses of BMW Classic, Munich. You’re allowed to ride these things?  Isn’t there some law of the universe that ensures all works of art remain in the galleries, and all artifacts stay in the museums?  Apparently not, as I was pleasantly surprised by a BMW executive from Canada.  “We’ve made arrangements for you; you can choose between seven different classic vehicles to drive for the weekend.”  The list was lengthy and legendary from the Isetta 300 of 1962 to the BMW 3.0 CSi of 1973.  There was only one motorcycle on the list, and it stood out immediately.  An uncorked Remy Martin Louis XIII.  An untouched classic in glossy black paint.  Love at first sight. Only the task of returning such a perfect specimen in the exact condition given weighed upon my mind.  This wa...

Do you know what ingredients are in the pet food you are feeding your animals? What

Do you know what ingredients are in the pet food you are feeding your animals? What about what is in your favorite beauty care products? Chances are one of the ingredients could be a threatened shark species. Does your pet food or cosmetic products have blue shark (Prionace glauca) in it? A new study shows that it might! PhD candidate and Research Assistant at Stony Brook University Diego Cardeñosa tested 87 pet food products and 24 cosmetic products and used a multiplex mini-barcode PCR protocol to identify traces of shark DNA in these beauty care and pet food products in order to identify them to the genus and/or species level. Cardeñosa ended up successfully amplifying 63% of the pet food products and 12.5% of the cosmetic products. For the pet food products, 70% of those were identified as endangered shortfin mako shark (Isurus oxyrinchus). For the beauty products, he found them containing blue shark (Prionace glauca), scalloped hammerhead (Sphyrna lewini) and blacktip shark (Carcharhinus limbatus). And if that wasn’t shocking enough, maybe this is: none of the products tested was labeled containing shark-based ingredients. The International Union for the Conservation of Nat...