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    PAUL WALKER KNEW A THING OR TWO ABOUT E-S

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    The late actor Paul Walker, arguably best known for his work in the Fast & Furious series, continues to influence the motoring world in 2020 as his iconic car collection crosses the block at Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale sale. Walker had collected all sorts of cool stuff, both stock and modified, including an E30 M3, the Nissan 370Z from Fast Five, a big-power R32 Skyline, and a Mustang Boss 302 race car – but the big story is that, weirdly, he’d collected five examples of the E36 M3 Lightweight. This limited edition model, of which fewer than 130 were built, was a stripped-out road racer, and Walker seemed to think it had strong investment potential. He was right. The previous auction record for one of these was $145,750, but when Walker’s cars went under the hammer in January, sale prices ranged from $220,000 to $385,000.
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    One month down and it’s fair to say that we’re getting properly stuck into 2020 now and so far so good. The March issue can only mean one thing and that’s the Car of the Year results – as always we had an awesome response with 1000s of you voting and we think you chose a very worthy winner. Head on over to p36 to see the results in full.

    BMW / #SEMA / #BMW

    As far as feature cars are concerned, our cover car this month might well be our favourite Bavarian machine from the whole of SEMA and we’re not sure any other feature car this year is going to make us feel quite the same way this incredible #S55-swapped #1976-BMW-2002 has. Its owner started out with a tired example of the muchloved classic BM and then proceeded to completely transform it, adding a tubular chassis, custom metal wide-body, slathering the whole lot in stunning San Marino blue before fitting a custom interior and a single-turbo S55 under the bonnet. It’s a breathtaking build on a scale that will simply blow you away.

    Elsewhere we have an epic V8-swapped E30 from Poland, a build that will make E30 fans the world over go weak at the knees, and before you get a chance to recover we’re going to hit you with a Group A E30 M3 recreation and that’s the kind of double-dose of classic 3 Series action you need to get you through the winter blues. Keeping it classic we’ve got a simply superb, ultra-clean air-ride E28 that will make you lust after one of these old-school beauties, and then we crank things up with an S14-swapped E36, a stunning custom E60 M5 build and the second mag outing for a certain F80 M3, now boasting a head-turning M-inspired wrap, a lush set of custom wheels and the small matter of 611whp. We’ve also stuffed a guide to the S63 twin-turbo V8 in this issue and there’s loads more to get your teeth into.

    Next month we’ll be bringing you our annual international events guide and, on the cover, one of the best E90 M3s we’ve ever seen. So please enjoy everything the March issue of #PBMW has to offer and I’ll see you next time!
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    CHRIS VARGAS #BMW-325i-E30 / #BMW-325i-Coupe-E30 / #BMW-325i-Coupe / #BMW-325i / #BMW-E30 / #BMW / #BBS

    Chris picked up his E30 almost four years ago but it looked nothing like it does now; it didn’t run, the interior and paint were in an awful state, and it had numerous leaks, but none of that put Chris off and he got stuck into his new project. “I got the car running which turned out to be the main relay, and she hit the road since that day! I slowly restored this vehicle in my parents’ garage at home, with a little help here and there from my dad. I did everything on this car myself beside the paint job. I did all the maintenance needed to make it reliable on the road and fixed the leaks,” explains Chris, but it’s not just been about maintenance for the car he has named Chapulina and there are plenty of mods on board. The E30’s been dropped on a set of BC coilovers over #BBS-Style-5 splits, and there’s the aforementioned respray along with Euro grilles and OEM ellipsoid headlights, while under the bonnet you’ll find a Conforti chip and a set of long tube exhaust manifolds with an X-pipe and catless exhaust for more power and lots more noise. Inside, meanwhile, you’ll find Recaros and an upgraded stereo system and the end result is one seriously sexy E30.
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    TURBOZENTRUM CANCHECKED MFD28 DISPLAY FOR #BMW-E30 / #BMW / #TurboZentrum /

    Manchester-based TurboZentrum, supplier of quality performance parts and turbochargers, has launched the new #CANchecked 2.8” touchscreen display for the E30 3 Series. This sexy-looking display shows up to 50 engine values and is suitable for all standalone ECUs with CANbus and many with a serial interface. It also has an 8GB SD card for logging while driving. All the 10 display pages can be customized by the customer with widgets. Key features include a CNC milled and black anodised aluminium cover, an internal warning buzzer, optional shift light, performance meter and individual minimum and maximum warning values.

    Price: £347.13

    Web: turbozentrum.co.uk
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    Into hibernation for the winter

    CAR: 1989 BMW 320i Convertible
    OWNER: Glen Waddington

    / #1989-BMW-320i-Convertible / #1989 / #BMW-320i-Convertible / #BMW-320i-Convertible-E30 / #BMW-320i-Cabrio-E30 / #BMW-M20 / #M20B20 / #BMW-320i-E30 / #BMW-320i / #BMW-E30 / #BMW-3-Series-Cabrio-E30 / #BMW / #BMW-E30-Cabriolet / #BMW-E30-M20 / #BMW-E30-Cabriolet-M20 / #BMW-3-Series-E30 / #BMW-3-Series / #BMW-3-Series-Cabrio / #BMW-3-Series-Cabrio-E30 / #BMW-320i-Cabriolet / #BMW-320i-Cabriolet-E30

    I feel somewhat bereft this evening. My final autumn drive was to take the BMW to its winter storage location. My garage will soon be a building site, as part of it is converted into a home office. And RH Classics (rhclassics.co. uk), based near Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, kindly offered the BMW a winter home at its expanding storage facility.

    I got very lucky with the weather. Not warm, but bright and crisp, so I gave the E30 a wash and buff-up, lowered the roof and headed out on the 40-mile drive. It’s at times like this that I’m glad the first owner shelled out for heated seats – and that I shelled out for a new blower motor a couple of years ago, when the original packed in. With the windows up you get the full daylight yet not too much buffeting, and the cabin stays cosy. There’s a fabulous road heading out from Market Harborough for the second half of the journey: this part of Leicestershire is relatively empty, very pretty and home to some seriously snaky tarmac. If you fancy seeking it out, it’s the B6047, and it’s especially enjoyable north of the A47, with bend after bend accompanied by matching changes in altitude as it rolls across and through the landscape.

    RH Classics offers several storage options, but all are in a secure, discreet and extremely dry location: the buildings once stored potatoes! Every car is valeted and inspected, and a condition report is agreed with the owner. Fluid levels are checked, the battery disconnected, and the car is fitted with a breathable cover. Optionally the car can be connected to a trickle charger and run up to temperature fortnightly, with a condition check each time, and you can pay extra for bubble-storage. Although I know my car is safe, it was still an emotional process, leaving in the knowledge that this will be the last time I drive it for some time.

    Thankfully, I have a busy season to look back on, with lots of family trips out (that’s what we bought the E30 for, nearly nine years ago now) plus plenty of excuses for a solo blast, not to mention the odd work thing. Most memorable of the latter was in September, the Octane Tour to the Concours of Elegance at Hampton Court. We met for early-morning bacon sandwiches at Cliveden, in the Buckinghamshire countryside, then set off with a road book that took us via Marlow and Henley on Thames. The sun was out, but that early start provided the first hint that autumnal weather was imminent. Still, by the time we were queueing along the road in from Staines, the sun was at full strength and jacket and scarf were quickly discarded. Roofoff, naturally, a state of affairs that continued for the 100-mile trip home late that afternoon. Readers might remember that an altercation with the foglamp bracket on a 4x4’s bull-bar had left my tail-light lens cracked. This, at last, has been replaced. The new lens and fixings arrived from BMW Group Classic (bmwgroup-classic.com) and I was pleased to find that it was simply a case of disconnecting the bulb carrier and removing a few nuts with an 8mm spanner.

    Easing the lens away revealed perfectly preserved paint around the aperture – I’m so thankful that the lens took the impact, and not the metalwork. A quick clean, then the new one went straight in and was soon tightened into place. This is a genuine replacement from Munich and, of course, a perfect fit. Job done.

    Now, as I look up from my desk at the darkness outside, spring seems a long time away. I’ll pay RH Classics a visit at some point but, for now, the BMW is snuggled under a cover, resting. At least I’ve still got the Porsche 944 to hand.

    Left and below: BMW arrives at its hibernation lair, RH Classics; study in dark metallic blue with Mark Dixon’s Range Rover at Cliveden House; new tail-light lens about to be installed; some of the 320i’s winter companions.
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    Recently I bought a home in Newport, Rhode Island. It’s one of the most beautiful cities in America as well as the home of some of America’s earliest motorists, none more prominent than Willie K Vanderbilt. He was not only one of the richest men in America, but also one of the automobile’s staunchest advocates. He used his great wealth to promote racing whenever he could. He even had his name on the first major open auto-racing event, the Vanderbilt Trophy.

    / #1976-BMW-2002 / #1976 / #BMW-2002 / #BMW

    In 1904, Willie K, in a Mercedes, set a World Land Speed record at Daytona Beach, Florida, of 92.30mph. He was often seen racing his Pierce-Arrow down Newport’s ritzy Bellevue Avenue. So it was fitting that a concours should be held in the grounds of his massive 70- room mansion, The Breakers. I’ve been attending automotive concours events for over 40 years, but I’ve never really had much input in putting one together until now.

    The man behind this undertaking is Nick Schorsch, owner of the Audrain Auto Museum in downtown Newport. Nick is one of the most committed enthusiasts I’ve ever met. How he convinced General Motors to release to his museum its rarest and most groundbreaking concept cars, such as the Buick Y-Job, the Firebird III and a handful of others for an exhibit called ‘Styling The Future’, I have no idea. My good friend and professional auto appraiser, Donald Osborne, and I were asked to lend our support. Donald works with me on my TV show, Jay Leno’s Garage. With the staff of the Audrain Museum we were able to secure 40 of the automotive world’s best judges from five different countries, along with 98 world-class automobiles from 1899 to 1970.

    Unlike a lot of concours events, the emphasis was not on technical restoration of the vehicles but on the story. The theme of our event was History, Luxury, Sport, so any vehicle that had all three could easily beat another which was missing one of them.

    I also thought we should trim down the number of awards. A lot of concours events have become like Little League, where every kid is a winner and everybody gets a trophy. And when sponsors get involved it can become mind-numbing. To keep the award presentations brief, second and third places were given to the owners on the field and only the class-winners drove up to the podium. For the record, the Best in Show went to Joseph and Margie Cassini for their 1927 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A S Roadster, commissioned by film star Rudolph Valentino.

    Of course Newport is a very high-end area with 30 or 40 mansions built at the turn of the last century, mansions no-one could afford to build today. Some remain, and Bugatti, Rolls-Royce and Mercedes-Benz were each able to rent one right on the water to show off their wares. The Bugatti one was like a French château. It all made for a good atmosphere for the event.

    My contribution, though, was more rooted in the hoi polloi. I worry a bit about the greying of our hobby and how millionaires end up competing against billionaires. Where, I often wonder, is the next generation of enthusiasts going to come from?

    So I came up with the idea of an event called ‘30 under 30’, for men and women 30 years of age or younger, who spend no more than $30,000 restoring their vehicles. The response was tremendous. We got MGAs, Corvairs, BMW 2002s, a Nissan GT-R, a Mercedes-Benz 300D, Chevy pick-up trucks… you name it. These young people all drove their cars to the event. Their enthusiasm was infectious.

    Quite a few of these young people brought their parents with them, as if to prove to them: ‘See, it’s not a complete waste of time.’ The winner, Carter Kramer with his 1976-BMW-2002 , damaged his car on the way to the show and had to repaint his front spoiler on the morning of the event.

    These young people all restored the cars themselves. One even cried because his car was being honoured on the same field as Bugattis and Ferraris. Normally the only time you see millionaires and billionaires crying on the concours field is when they lose.

    That’s how we can inspire the next generation of enthusiast: by making it about the blood, sweat and tears of our hobby. So if you’re an old guy like me, the next time you go to a car show find the youngest entrant there and give them the thumbs up. It might just save our hobby.

    Younger people embrace new technology like 3D printing, too. There are no more junkyards as cars get recycled but, with 3D printers, there is almost nothing you can’t make. Our hobby must evolve. I hope this event and the appeal to younger hobbyists will keep it going.

    ‘THE ONLY TIME YOU SEE MILLIONAIRES AND BILLIONAIRES CRYING ON THE CONCOURS FIELD IS WHEN THEY LOSE’
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    Firstly a belated congratulations to Bob Harper on buying his E3! Bob kindly sent me the reference to the #BMW Car issue where the E23 was reviewed a couple of years ago – I was toying with the idea of buying one but then a child came along and I had to postpone. However, last year my family only need one main car, having an F11 daily drive and a petrol E60 523i it was pretty obvious that the E60 needed to go (with the exorbitant tax we pay in Ireland) – the idea of the E23 resurfaced in my head.

    I found one last November, agreed a trade-in for my E60, and took possession of the 1994 #BMW-E23 732i this Spring. The car had a restoration in 2001, it has a good maintenance record – I have added a sports steering wheel with new leather. There are still a few small niggles to tease out, but the car is great fun to drive. Much effort is required to turn the wheel but the sound of the engine is amazing and I’m very happy with my purchase – I just wanted to share it! Lastly I wanted to mention that I enjoy every issue, especially Bob’s sometimes polarising rants, which in fact make common sense to me!
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    BMW E46 M3 SMG Issue

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    I thought I’d write in with a query about my car to see if anyone has any suggestions – or if BMW Car’s resident expert, Andrew Everett (my favourite writer), has any thoughts?

    I have a #2005-BMW-M3-Convertible-SMG-E46 with the #SMG-transmission and approximately 80,000 miles. It has had the usual issues associated with these cars but I still love it – once you’ve learned how to drive with SMG I strangely prefer it to a manual.

    It’s had the boot floor reinforced, the Vanos system rebuilt at Mr Vanos in Darlington (www.mrvanos.com) and the dreaded SMG problem (almost) fixed. The gearbox decided it didn’t want to choose every gear when asked so I drove it to my local BMW dealer recently in Cumbria (used for over 30 years). They looked and diagnosed the hydro-electrical actuator as the problem, unfortunately after this was replaced it still didn’t ix the issue. The detent springs on the gearbox were then replaced and finally gears could be selected with a final bill of £4500. I drove it home and all seemed almost fine with life.

    I only use my M3 for longer journeys. After two weeks of it not being used, for the first five minutes first gear was met with some vibration and reluctance for drive to engage. As if the clutch or flywheel were not being engaged properly. All other gears were fine. This problem was not there before the initial SMG problem (the original clutch and flywheel were not replaced). After a few miles the problem disappeared and taking of in first gear was totally fine. I’m not an aggressive driver, I’m mechanically sympathetic to my car and the SMG selector is always left in the middle setting. As for Sport mode... I enjoy having my licence too much so it’s never used.

    I again left the car sitting for a couple of weeks and was met with the exact same problem with first gear. Before I return to my BMW dealer (and yet another bill) I was wondering if anyone could shed any light on this issue?
    • This could be a few things.... We spoke to ex-BMW Master Tech Barry Sheward at BMR Performance (www.bmrperformance.co.uk). Firstly, you need to be takThis could be a few things.... We spoke to ex-BMW Master Tech Barry Sheward at BMR Performance (www.bmrperformance.co.uk). Firstly, you need to be taking this back to the dealer that did all the work as it’s clearly not right. For £4500 we guess it’s had either the actuator on the gearbox replaced or the SMG pump under the inlet manifold/airbox – or both. If it’s on the original clutch then this may be the problem – even if the clutch plate still has meat on it, it could be dragging on the gearbox input shaft splines due to a build-up of dirt on the clutch release fork, the plastic pivot and the metal release bearing sleeve will all be very well worn by now. The release bearing wears a groove on it and can stick. The flywheel should be alright at 80k.
      The first thing is to get the fault codes read – these need to be proper BMW codes and not just generic P codes, the clutch should be bled through twice as well. If no fault codes are showing then it is bound to be a mechanical wear issue, and a new clutch with all the parts mentioned above need replacement; clutch kit, clutch fork, release bearing sleeve and plastic pivot pin.
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    BMW CELEBRATES ART CAR 40TH

    BMW Group Classic has celebrated the 40th anniversary of the famous Andy Warhol BMW M1 Art Car with a new photoshoot – conducted by a competition winner found on Instagram...

    NEWS - BMW CLASSIC

    / #Andy-Warhol / #BMW-M1-Andy-Warhol / #BMW-M1-E26 / #BMW-E26 / #BMW-M1-Group-4 / #BMW-M1-Group-4-E26 / #BMW-M1-Andy-Warhol-E26 / #BMW / #BMW-M1-Art-Car / #BMW-M1-Art-Car-E26

    BMW has been celebrating the 40th anniversary of the iconic BMW M1 designed by Andy Warhol. The winner of last year's “Shootout 2018” social media contest, Stephan Bauer, won the chance to photograph BMW Art Car Number Four having competed against five other photographers. The group submitted their best classic BMW shots via Instagram, 29-year old Bauer from Germany then won the chance to create a number of images as part of his exclusive photoshoot.

    The 470hp BMW-M1-Group-4 was famously painted by Warhol via brush in less than half an hour, the artist stating: “I love this car. It’s more successful than the artwork."

    The BMW-M1 made its sporting debut in the #Procar-Series and entered the annals of Pop Art history at the same time. Warhol said that the speed at which he completed the task was a direct reflection of the nature of the subject matter – a very fast racing car.

    “I attempted to show speed as a visual image. When an automobile is really travelling fast, all the lines and colours are transformed into a blur,” Warhol said at the time.

    Soon after the last brush stroke had been applied, the BMW M1 took to the track for the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1979. The number 76 machine was driven by legendary German driver Manfred Winkelhock, Frenchmen Hervé Poulain and Marcel Mignot, the trio took the Art Car to second place finish in class – sixth overall.

    Bauer's contemporary shoot took place in an old factory building in Cologne where he created images juxtaposing the brightly coloured Art Car and the dour grey of the abandoned industrial structure. A later outdoor photography session used laser search lights to shroud the M1 in a mystical light. BMW has shared the shoot on the Facebook page and on Instagram Account of BMW Group Classic.
    • “I love this car – it’s more successful than the artwork,” commented Andy Warhol after he famously painted a BMW M1 racecar in 1979. Now, 40 years la “I love this car – it’s more successful than the artwork,” commented Andy Warhol after he famously painted a BMW M1 racecar in 1979. Now, 40 years later, the priceless piece of rolling art has been impressively showcased by a rather persuasive young Instagrammer…
      Last year, BMW Classic held a photography competition on Instagram, the winner of which would be granted the opportunity to exclusively shoot one of its cars out in the wild. The spoils ultimately went to the 29-year-old Munich-based automotive snapper Stephan Bauer, who, we’re pleased to say, is no stranger to Classic Driver.





      Seizing the chance to create something truly special, Bauer miraculously persuaded BMW Classic to bring arguably its most significant exhibit, the BMW M1 painted by the renowned American Pop artist Andy Warhol 40 years ago, to an abandoned old factory in Cologne. The resulting set of photographs is astonishing and portrays BMW’s fourth Art Car in a manner we’ve never seen before, aided by Bauer’s bold, high-contrast style and the soft golden sunlight pouring through the building’s myriad windows.

      It took Warhol less than half an hour to paint the Group 4-spec M1, the artist later remarking that his speed was a reflection of the statement made by his subject. A short while after it was completed, Hervé Poulain, Manfred Winkelhock and Marcel Mignot drove the car to sixth overall in the 1979 24 Hours of Le Mans. Congratulations Stephan – what a fitting way of casting new light on a priceless automotive treasure in this, its 40th year.
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