Mercedes’ rally weapons of the late 1970s were primarily based on the C107, with the 450SLC 5.0 and 500SLC at the top of the heap. But the SLC was killed off after 1981, and by then the big 107 was no longer as competitive. When the #W201 was introduced in 1982, it created a more modern, and lighter, rallying platform - or so thought #Mercedes . Mercedes turned to #Cosworth for help with exploiting the 201’s potential, and the result was a very fast 190e that Mercedes hoped would be a hammer to every nail in Group B. But even before the car was finished, it was obvious that the Audi Quattro was going to dominate that series, and this was a couple of years prior to monsters like the Ford RS200 or Lancia Delta S4. Instead, Mercedes turned it’s attention to the #Deutsche Productions Meisterschaft series instead, which became the Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft (DTM) series in 1987. That meant producing the vehicle in real numbers as a road car, as #DTM eligibility was determined by FIA Group A rules - thus was born the 190e 2.3-16, complete with a 185-hp, sixteen-valve version of the 190e 2.3’s regular M102.985 8-valve four. It was more than just a#16V head too,with lightweight pistons and special rings designed for higher speeds. The engine wasn’t the limit of the changes either, which were marked externally by a tasteful aerodynamic kit that actually did improve the car’s drag (unlike many 80s body kits that followed). There were also substantial suspension changes. The car didn’t arrive in time for the ’84 DPM series, but did well in it’s first full season in 1986, with Volker Weidler coming in 2nd overall for the season behind Kurt Thiim’s Rover SD1. The BMW M3 pushed the 190e back in 1987, but in late 1988 the car, on track and off, got a larger and more durable version of the motor - now with 2.5 liters and, in some cases, more tweaks (the famed “Evolution” versions). 190e Evos competed with considerable success in DTM - including winning the ’92 championship - into 1993, and well-heeled #Merc fans looking for speed got to enjoy the homologation cars, like this 2.3, on the road.
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#NewUpload ☞ #BillyIdol#RebelYell#1984#Lyrics "Last night a little dancer came dancin' to my door
Last night a little angel came pumping on the floor
She said, come on baby, I got a license for love
And if it expires, pray help from above
In the midnight hour she cried, more, more, more
With a rebel yell she cried, more, more, more"
_____________________________________________________ "Rebel Yell" a song by English rock musician Billy Idol. The title track of his 1983 album of the same name, it was first released as the album's lead single on 24 October 1983. It charted outside the UK Top 40, but a re-issue of the single in 1985 reached No. 6. In the US, it peaked at No. 46. The song was named the 79th best hard rock song of all time by VH1.
Steve Rubell and Ian Schrager opened Studio 54 in 1977 and closed it in early 1980, after being raided by the Feds. Negotiations for me to buy the club started that Spring on a visitor Sunday at the Manhattan Federal Prison near Chinatown, where convicted felons in New York were held before being shipped off to federal prisons around the country. Both Steve and Ian were eager to get things moving. Their major concern was making sure the club would reopen. The boys, as they were often called back then, were convinced that the relaunch would be successful because they could continue to advise me via a pay phone from jail. (I had agreed to bring them rolls of dimes for the telephone whenever I visited.) However, it took so long for me to get the liquor license, that by the time I reopened Studio 54, Steve and Ian had been released from prison, graduated from their halfway houses, and onsite at the reopening. However, their promise was as good as gold. Their celebrity friends including Bianca, Andy, Halston, and Liza, and many others, remained loyal and continued to come in. Here is Steve with his close friend Calvin Klein and Fran Lebowitz, as photographed by Warhol at Studio in 1981. Get the whole crazy story INSIDE STUDIO 54 by clicking on the link in my profile! #studio54#insidestudio54
✨NEW EPISODE✨ this week we have a very special guest: Riley’s mom! Nancie Billingsley tells us about being ghosted way before it was a thing, dating in LA before cellphones, when she knew her husband was “the one”, and what she really thinks of Riley’s dating life (yikes!) We also discuss the similarities and differences of dating then and now. Listen now! 🤩