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<br /> JUNE 8, 2012<br /> ELECTRONICALLY<br /> REPRINTED FROM<br /> FOR DRIVERS<br /> Driven: 2012 BMW M6 Convertible<br /> —Santa Barbara, California<br />  <br /> We’ve been going on new car launches for more than<br /> six years to this point, you’d think that we’d have learned<br /> most, if not all, of the basic lessons for attendees of these<br /> things. Here are a few of the more important ones (we’re<br /> sure you’re fascinated).<br />  1. Pick a driving partner as early as you can. Journalists<br /> are typically teamed up in pairs, and split a day of driv-<br /> ing (usually) a few hundred miles—this is a lot of time to<br /> spend in a car with someone you don’t like particularly<br /> well. So, if you don’t get on the stick early, and team up<br /> with someone you know, or like, or at least seem to share<br /> an interest with (“This guy is wearing a Motörhead t-shirt<br /> to dinner, and I’m wearing my Motörhead t-shirt to din-<br /> <a title="90640_elite page 1" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/1ba38aed?page=1"> JUNE 8, 2012 ELECTRONICALLY REPRINTED FROM </a> <a title="90640_elite page 2" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/1ba38aed?page=2"> be made, reasons to be proffered for why it happe</a> <a title="90640_elite page 3" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/1ba38aed?page=3"> lent confines of the new 6-Series up a notch, wit</a> <a title="90640_elite page 4" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/1ba38aed?page=4"> Of course, with the Bimmer’s big-and-beefy curb w</a>