Category Archives: Estoril Blue


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.

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. 

My 1999 Estoril Blue M3 Photoshoot

Before I took these pics the car received a fairly decent freshening up after sitting for roughly 4 years…
Eurosport M50 Manifold Converison
Turner Motorsports Underdrive Pulleys
Accessory Belt
Zionsville Autosport Aluminum Radiator
OEM Water Pump
Samco Radiator Hoses
OEM Thermostat
Aluminum Thermostat Housing
Coolant Level Sensor
Brake Light Switch
Redline Trans Fluid
ATE Superblue Brake Fluid
Mobil 1 Engine Oil
Clutch Delay Valve Delete
Center Support Bearing
Turner Motorsports Stainless Steel Clutch Line
JB Racing Aluminum Flywheel
Clutch Masters Stage I Clutch
AC Belt
OEM Battery
In addition to the above, the car has BBS RCJ wheels (18×8, 18×9) Goodyear Eagle F1 tires (235/45/18, 255/35/18), Brembo BBK, Stainless Brake Lines, Hawk HPS Pads, UUC System U Exhaust, Bavarian Autosport High Performance Ignition Coils, Diffsonline 3.46 w/40% lock, Rogue Engineering Diff Cover, X-Brace, Carbon Fiber Door Pulls, Carbon Fiber wrapped OEM Shift Knob, Alcantara Shift and E-brake Boots, Clutch Stop, Benfer Carbon Fiber Intake, Ron Stygar Short Shift Kit, CD43 Headunit, and Bavarian Soundwerks 20mm Upgrade Tweeters and Midranges.
I need to install my Bosch Headlights, Rally Road Alcantara arm rest, JTD RSMs, and just got a set of BMW LTW Forged Double Spoke Wheels to run for a little while I send the BBS RCJs out for refinishing. While the car is down for the Winter and into the Spring, I plan on giving the car another thorough going through, and some significant suspension upgrades as well.