Last month’s Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance was this author’s first attendance to the event and it was big… huge in fact. Due to a combination of trying to cover it all, preparation for publishing, not to mention attending the Sebring 12 and a Miata meet all in the same month; Amelia’s Cars & Coffee event ended up on the proverbial cutting room floor… until today. After the jump, we’ll revisit Cars & Coffee with a selection of photographs of the cars which were there. (more…)
As far as BMWs go, this is about as rare as it gets. What you’re looking at here (and what I’m about to cover in a thick layer of Roundel-shaped dribble) is a 2001 BMW (E46) M3 GTR road car. That “GTR” and “road car” designation is what’s important here because only six cars were ever built this way from the factory, three of which are still in road-worthy condition but almost never seen.
So when an unabashed BMW fan (just don’t mention the 2 Series Active Tourer for the love of god) stumbles upon one of those three cars sitting unattended after the conclusion of last weekend’s Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion at Laguna Seca, what does he do? (more…)
At this year’s 12 Hours of Sebring, I noticed a very fitting sticker on the side of an E30 BMW 3-series that said “Respect Your Elders.” I didn’t know it at the time, but it was the title of a documentary about the E30 generation of the BMW 3-series coupe and sedan. Recently, I stumbled upon the film online and have it embedded it here. The film features historical perspectives on the cars as well as owner interviews and past and present racing footage. From the perspective of a Mazda Miata fan, the owner interviews make the E30 almost seems like a Pacific Northwest alternative to the Miata, for places that need a little more insulation from the elements. Or, to respect my elders, perhaps it is the Miata that is the warm weather alternative to the E30. Regardless, take a look at this insightful documentary. (more…)
I’m sure you read the recent reader submissions depicting a Slovenian BMW E30 touring on twisty Balkan coastal roads. Now, you can see and hear the white wagon in action, with FinalGear’s video crew having created two short films about that particular, recently restored car.
BMW has been on an… interesting path the last few years. They still occasionally toss out that “Ultimate Driving Machine” but their lineup suggests they should consider going with something else.
Still, there are a few models that pop up and seem poised to stir the soul. The M4 is such a car. Is it really a bit of classic BMW shining through or are we staring at the overweight former high-school athlete who went off to college and gained ALL OF THE POUNDS.
Despite a coating of dust and only having one mirror, which was held on by rubber bands, Roadster made it out to the first show of the year this past Memorial Day weekend at Precision Mazda and Mitsubishi. I finally got to meet some of the local Miata owners in the local club known as Tampa Bay Miatas. Out front we had eight Miatas lined up of all three generations, and surprisingly without planning it, each one was a different color.
Today we’re taking a look at what’s going on in the left coast. More importantly, what’s going on in the Euro car scene in Southern California. Big SoCal Euro Gathering is such a huge gathering of European cars that it makes ripples cross-country. Many people travel from all over to attend this event.
SoCal Euro is a gathering that started with humble beginnings in a small parking lot. It’s a show that was started by the people and still remains “by the people, for the people” to this day. In 2013, SoCal Euro saw it’s biggest showing yet with a gathering of easily more than 3,000 cars. Porsches, Volkswagens, Audis, BMWs, Mercedes, Ferraris, Lamborghinis, Aston Martin, and more… However, the show still remains focused on the grassroots car enthusiast. The enthusiasts come first as they are the ones that support the show. Otherwise the vendors would not even be there. (more…)