Category Archives: Mpower

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The Materialization of Performance.

        Here is another BMW brochure that I picked up. This is a French market brochure that introduced the European E36 M3 equipped with the legendary S50B30 motor. Sadly, this engine never made it into the U.S. market cars… 

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June 2014 BMW of North America Open House and E30 M3 SIGFest

        SIGFest is the annual meeting of the members of the E30 M3 Special Interest Group. This year marks the 15th SIGFest gathering and could not have been held at a better venue, BMW of North America. BMW NA was kind enough to open their doors and extensive property to some of the most dedicated automotive enthusiasts that I have ever met. The excitement in the air was palpable. Some of the most pristine E30 M3s on the East Coast juxtaposed by BMW’s newest offerings, including the new fifth generation F80 and F82 M3/M4 and even an i8! Even against such a technologically advanced backdrop of turbocharged and hybrid powered machines bristling with carbon fiber composite components, ultimately, it was the E30s that drew the crowds.

        This year’s event drew over 60 E30 M3s. Examples ranged from immaculate, bone stock, no expense spared restorations, to full blown race cars that have probably seen more tire changes than applications of wax. The cars that fell in between these extremes were powered by everything from the standard S14 powerplant, to S54 swaps that somehow look perfectly at home in the E30’s engine bay. It’s always enjoyable to listen to the owners talk about their cars, how they acquired them, future plans, and their never-ending quests to find just the right piece to complete their builds.

        A lot of talk gets thrown around regarding what makes an M car an M car. It’s not just a badge. The E30 M3 is a total package, it can do a lot, and it does it all well. To this day the E30 M3 remains a standard by which modern sports car offerings are measured. It is the essence of BMW Motorsport condensed into streetcar form. To me, it is not only one of the best M cars ever, but one of the best cars ever, period. The designers and engineers that conceived this car never could have known that it would have such a lasting influence on the automotive world, but the fact remains that it has. With the level of care and maintenance that the SIGFest attendees pour into their M3s, street going versions of this icon will continue to inspire onlookers for many years to come.

        They say that you should never meet your heroes, well who ever coined that phrase has never sat in an E30 M3. I met mine, and I won’t rest until one occupies a place in my garage.


BMW F80 M3 in Yas Marina Blue

BMW F80 M3 standard brakes. 

BMW F80 M3 in Yas Marina Blue

BMW F80 M3 in Yas Marina Blue

BMW i8 Interior. 

BMW i8 Interior. 

BMW i8 Interior. 

BMW i8 Interior. 

BMW i8 Interior. 

BMW i8 Interior. 

F80 M3 rear standard brakes.

Yas Mariana Blue F80 M3

E30 M3 on BBS LM wheels

Austin Yellow F82 M4

Since this is not a final production car, the carbon strut brace is not present, and the engine badging is obscured.

BMW 2002 Turbo

BMW 2002 Turbo

BMW 2002 Turbo

BMW 2002 Turbo

BMW 2002 Turbo

Daytona Violet E34 M5 interior

E30 M3 on one-off Livery BMW M1 Tribute wheels

BMW Z8

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Rogue Engineering 2014 Open House/BBQ/Dyno Day/Charity Fundraiser

I’ve known the owners of Rogue Engineering well before the company came into existence. Mark and Ben are both extremely generous individuals so it came as no shock to me when I heard they were hosting an event to benefit charity. All of the proceeds from this year’s charity fundraiser went to support the Diabetes Research Institute (DRI).
As expected, Rogue had an impressive turn out for this year’s gathering. The event was not limited to BMW badged automobiles as there were a couple of Nissan GTRs, a Lamborghini Gallardo, C7 Corvette, and quite a few other cars that lacked a Bavarian accent.
Matt Russell of BMW of North America surprised us by stopping by with an Austin Yellow F82 M4. I never got a chance to sit behind the wheel of one at NYIAS, so I didn’t hesitate when I was offered a seat this time. Unfortunately I couldn’t drive it, but I’m sold. Just take a look at the name of the website… BMW owner for life. Looks like another trip to Germany is in my future once these receive an LCI/ZCP. I’m guessing Santorini Blue again, but Signal Green is also a possibility…
As always I ran into a lot of old friends and made a few new ones. I can’t wait for the next one!
Randomly issued NJ plate is strangely appropriate on this car…
Tastefully modded, super clean, Alpine White E46 M3. 
I don’t recall ever seeing this color in person on an E46 M3. As the owner of a Santorini Blue E92 M3, I return the favor often…
ESS Forcefed Frozen Black E92 M3.
Rogue Engineering’s Brilliant White Individual E46 M3 track weapon, partially prepared by IND Distribution.
Alpine White E36 M3 on Rogue’s dyno. See, it’s not just E9X M3s that came in Alpine…
I’m a fan.
What a machine… There will be an M4 in my future for sure.
Huge thank you to Matt Russell from BMW NA for bringing this beautiful Austin Yellow M4 for everyone to drool over.
///M-Ception, Phoenix Yellow E46 M3 and an Austin Yellow F82 M4. 
The massive optional carbon ceramic brakes on the F82 M4.

Truly great high-performance cars cannot be built in the laboratory.

       Ever since hurricane Sandy devastated my collection of rare BMW memorabilia I have been trying to slowly restore it. This time I intend to scan in what I can and post it here for other enthusiasts to enjoy. Looking back, my vintage BMW Motorsport brochures didn’t do much good sitting in boxes in my garage. I hope the entries in this series can help to preserve some of BMW’s history and expose fellow enthusiasts to some of BMW’s past that they may have not seen otherwise. 

        I came across this booklet while browsing eBay, and was immediately taken by the cover’s text and artwork. At first I thought it was an old single page advertisement, but upon closer inspection realized that it was actually a beautifully put together BMW Motorsport booklet. The cover alone is frame worthy, the text, graphics, and photography inside were equally well presented. 

        It’s truly a shame that car manufactures no longer seem to pour so much enthusiasm, passion, and quality into their marketing materials. 

        Please note that all of the booklet’s pages were scanned in at the highest resolution that I had at my disposal. Each one can be clicked on which will bring you to a larger version with fully readable text.

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Frozen Gray E46 M3 and Santorini Blue E92 M3 Shoot

Took a few shots after Matt Petrie finished shooting my car for an upcoming issue of Performance BMW Magazine. Martino Auto Concepts did an unbelievable job on the Frozen Gray respray, that’s right respray, this car is not a wrap and it shows.

BMW E30 M3 SIGFest 2013 Concours d’Elegance

SIGFest, one of the largest gatherings of BMW E30 M3s in the world, is held by the E30 M3 Special Interest Group. Now in it’s 14th year, the Concours D’Elegance was held at Ross Dock Park located in Fort Lee, New Jersey on Saturday, October 5th, 2013. The park is situated between sheer cliffs and the Hudson River, with a beautiful view of NYC and the George Washington Bridge. That view improved 10 fold once the E30 M3s started rolling in...

The awards were beautifully prepared by Dave at Renewed Finishes.
My Santorini Blue E92 M3 relagated to the non-E30 M3 parking area. Mike from VAC’s E46 M3, my E92 M3, Godzilla, and a minivan…
It doesn’t get much more rare than a Laguna Green E30 M3 Cabrio. The only think you’ll see rarer than this is a steak on Gordon Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares. “IT’S RAW!!!” -G. Ramsay

The juxtaposition between the period correct Buick and the E30 M3’s really makes the shot. Or something…

If only modern engines looked half as good as the S14…


E30 M3 Special Interest Group Visits Rogue Engineering

I spent a few hours with the E30 M3 Special Interest Group while they took a tour of Rogue Engineering’s facility in Upper Saddle River, NJ. I’ve been here countless times, but the machinery that greets you when you walk in never ceases to amaze. 
Rogue Engineering’s Brilliant White Individual E46 M3 painted by IND Distribution.

Rogue Engineering’s Racebrace as shown on their E46 racecar. 

VF supercharged E46 M3 w/Vorsteiner hood.

Estoril Blue Brembo calipers behind BBS LM wheels.

Carbon fiber E30 M3 mirrors.

The classic combination of BBS wheels and Brembo brakes.

S62 powered Estoril Blue Z4.

The superlative S62 E39 M5 motor looking right at home in the Z4’s engine bay.

I wouldn’t mind having either one of these flawless E30 M3s in my garage. Apparently, neither would Rogue.

Individual throttle bodies, the hallmark of “real” M motors. 

Sunday.

We took some of the cars out for a nice Sunday drive and I tried my hand at some rolling shots for the first time. The sun was certainly working against us for the most part, but we made the best of it. I could have gone with a slightly faster shutter speed, otherwise I was fairly happy with the outcome.

Boston Green E36 Sedan on CCW Classics.
Boston Green E36 Sedan on CCW Classics.

Laguna Seca E46 M3 on Work Meister S1 3pc wheels.

Interior shot of Greg’s Porsche 996 Turbo.