I shot the 2013 BMW E30 M3 SIGFest and did a small write up for my site, I also wrote an article for Performance BMW Magazine. The feeling of seeing my first article in physical print is indescribable. Hopefully this is the beginning of many more.
Original article text below:
SIGFest, is held by the E30 M3 Special Interest Group. Now in its 14th year, the annual Concours D’Elegance was held at Ross Dock Park located in Fort Lee, New Jersey. The park is situated between the sheer cliffs of the Palisades and the Hudson River, with a beautiful view of NYC and the George Washington Bridge. That view and its soundtrack improved tenfold once the E30 M3s started rolling in.
Everyone has a passion, and it is truly a feeling beyond compare when you can share that sentiment with like-minded individuals. Every BMW model has its hardcore enthusiasts, but it’s been my experience that the E30 M3 crowd takes it to a level beyond reproach. SIGFest concentrates this passion into something resembling critical mass. This enthusiasm is not without justification. How often do you see an E30 M3, let alone 30 of them?
Speaking to the owners of these cars is always a humbling experience as they are the caretakers of one of BMW’s great technical masterpieces. Everything came together in the right combination at the right time to forge the E30 M3 into the gold standard by which new cars still find themselves judged against. While there was no shortage of period correct restorations at this year’s event, there were also some impressively modified examples with enough firepower under the hood to lay waste to most anything without an Italian accent coming from the tailpipes.
My Santorini Blue Individual E92 M3 is one of eight in the United States. It’s equipped with Brembo brakes that would look oversized on a 747, an M-DCT transmission with a GTS tune that fires off downshifts resembling a strafing run, and enough carbon fiber to make a Pagani owner envious. Yet walking back to my car after spending a day with those E30s took the luster right out of pressing the engine start button. Always remember to respect your elders.