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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

My Performance BMW Magazine Article is in this month’s issue!


My car’s latest article has just been printed. This time it’s appearing in Performance BMW Magazine. The photos were beautifully shot by Matthew Petrie and the article was expertly written by Iain Curry . Please take some time to view their work, as both of them are extremely talented and an absolute pleasure to work with. 

The digital version is available for download now, and the print version will hit newstands on June 5th. I’m going to buy every copy that I can get my hands on, so I suggest that you beat me to Barnes and Noble…

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…