Category Archives: M3

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Videos of my E92 M3 on the dyno…

While at Rogue Engineering’s Open House/Charity Event I made a few runs on their Dyno Dynamics dynamometer. 

2013 Santorini Blue Individual BMW E92 M3

Performance modifications:

  • Active Autowerkes Green Drop-in Filter
  • MRF Engineering Velaforza X-Pipe with HJS 200 Cell High Flow Cats*
  • Vanguard Performance Titanium Rear Section and Connecting Pipes

*This car has no performance software at this time

The car put down 336.1 WHP on the Dyno Dynamics dynamometer. While the low numbers are disapointing considering the car’s modifications, they were to be expected from the Dyno Dynamics… They don’t call it the heartbreaker for nothing. I’d be interested to see what it puts down on a Dynojet.

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336.1 WHP on a Dyno Dynamics Dynamometer.

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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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Yas Marina Bue Metallic vs Santorini Blue

While at the Cars and Croissants event hosted by BMW of North America, I had the chance to take some comparison pictures of the F80 M3 in Yas Marina Blue vs my Santorini Blue E92 M3.I’m still reserving judgement on the Yas Marina Blue, but the photos I’ve seen thus far haven’t done it justice. After seeing the paint in person, it’s starting to grow on me. I think the black wheels lend a bit more visual aggression to the car which the somewhat pale YMB really needs.

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.

Explore the new BMW M4 Coupé now in the virtual showroom!

I received this email from BMW AG and though I’d share it. I intend to pick an M4 up via European Delivery once they release the LCI. The wait is going to be brutal, but at least I have the E36 and E92 M3s to help keep my mind off the M4 for now…

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Dear Mfatuation, 
It’s time: you can now find the virtual showroom of the new BMW M4 Coupé online. Visit the interactive highlights and discover the most important features, experience the vehicle in the 360° Visualizer and see impressive images and videos. Of course, we also have all the facts about the standard fittings, special equipment and technical data.
Go to showroom We’ll inform you by email as soon as you can configure your BMW M4 Coupé online. We’ll also let you know when the new BMW M4 Coupé is at your BMW dealer and available for a test drive.

> Go to showroom

We hope you have a lot of fun with the BMW M4 Coupé.
Your BMW M Team
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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…


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.