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…)
Often when you attend a major race, such as the 12 Hours of Sebring, there is just as much to see off the track as there is on it. There were rare models cruising the grounds and parking areas of Sebring, devoted entirely to notable makes and models, such as Porsche, Corvette, Audi, and BMW. Each of them had their outstanding examples.
As a follow up to last week’s 12 Hours of Sebring post, I bring you a second piece, this time with the vehicles I saw in traffic as well as what was parked and on display. (more…)
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…)