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October 24, 2014 Washington Post Real Wheels

Uncle Bob and Aunt Annette

Good Morning Warren and friends

I’m sitting in my Uncle Bob and Aunt Annette’s house in West Columbia, SC. I haven’t seen Uncle Bob since 2007 when he gave the eulogy for my Father. If you were in Columbia in the ’70s you might have visited Hammond’s Red & White, my Uncle’s store, sort of like a Safeway would be today. Uncle Bob had many cars including a Black Plymouth, Olds Regency and a couple of Lincoln Towncars. I remember my father having a Mercury Marquis, and as my Uncle reminded me, “it was the top of the line for that year.”

My Father loved cars so much when we were given orders to move with the US Air Force to Japan he brought the old station wagon with us. Before we left in ’74 he sold it to the Japanese so that they could use it as an ambulance.

I was in Spartanburg/Greenville this week visiting BMW’s plant in Spartanburg and the new BMW X6 that will come out as BMW X6 xDrive50i, BMW X6 xDrive30d (d for diesel). In the Spring of 2015, you will be able to buy the BMW X6 xDrive35i and BMW X6 xDrive40d.

Unfortunatley we won’t get the BMW X6 M50d with the straight-six diesel with three turbochargers.

85% of the X6s are exported out of the United States.

I have visited the BMW museum a couple of times and it is a treasure trove of old Isettas and motorcycles and cars too.

Tomorrow I get the pleasure of going to the Speed Classic Historical Races in Savannah, Georgia

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Lou Ann Hammond

Lou Ann Hammond is the CEO of Carlist and Driving the Nation. She is the co-host of Real Wheels Washington Post carchat every Friday morning and is the Automotive, energy correspondent for The John Batchelor Show and a Contributor to Automotive Electronics magazine headquartered in Korea. Hammond is a founding member of the Women's World Car of the Year #WWCOTY, and board member of the Women in Automotive.