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    Seems spring has arrived early

    CAR: 1989 BMW 320i Convertible
    OWNER: Glen Waddington
    PHOTOS: Robert Hefferon

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    This Time last year we had snow. My 944 had just recently blown its rep by blowing out its own electrics, and the Beemer was tucked up safely in my garage. Where it spends too much time. But I don’t like taking it out on wintry roads, because it’s nearly 30 years old, factory-original and in damn fine fettle.

    As I write this on the last day in February, I’m looking out onto a sunlit garden, daffodils swaying gently in the breeze, birdsong drifting through an open window. Two record-breakingly warm days preceded this one. But tomorrow it’s back to normal. Whatever counts for normal in 2019.

    Anyway, I’ll stop wittering, because my point is that this is the first winter during my eight-year tenure of the BMW – today is its anniversary – during which it’s been driven with anything like regularity. I was even out giving it an early spring clean last weekend, ahead of driving it to Bicester Heritage for an editorial meeting with the #Drive-My team. And I drove home with the roof down. That has rarely happened this side of April. I’m generally an advocate of use rather than storage, although I admit that when the BMW crept past 50,000 miles last year, I fleetingly wondered if I should mothball it. Winter hibernation can cause the odd issue: I’ve lost count of the new batteries I’ve fitted (even if the last one was terminally discharged when I left the bootlid slightly ajar – can’t blame the car or the weather for that one), plus I’ve been through a master cylinder, a clutch slave cylinder, a heater blower motor and a seized brake caliper. All these failures occurred within the first post-hibernation drive.

    There have been no such problems this year, and I’ll count my sunburnt forehead as a freak of the highly unseasonable weather. We’ve had a lot of frosty nights, mind. Frosty enough to make the 944 a tardy starter one morning. Rather than drain the battery, I reached for the Energizer 400A jump-starter kit I got late last summer. It wasn’t cheap at around £100, but it’s about the size of a large smartphone and can be used to charge one of those so you can cycle its battery between boosts. Connection is easy – it’s great not having to lug something heavy around – and the 944 sprang instantly to life. Indispensible for any car that is parked up for just a touch too long.
    So I’m glad I’ve got it, ready for when we have snow in June…

    Above and below: BMW bowls along at Bicester; it was joined by editor Elliott’s Triumph not-2000 – and a McLaren 12C Spider.
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    Elizabeth de Latour

    Simply superb BMW M3 E30

    Posted in Cars on Sunday, 24 March 2019

    The time machine Stunning E30 M3. Having spent 10 years hunting for the perfect E30 M3 and then another seven modding the one he bought, a lot of Raymond Khublal’s life has revolved around the iconic classic but, as the stunning end product proves, it was time incredibly well spent. Words: Elizabeth de Latour. Photos: Jonathan DeHate.

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    M52-swapped stunning custom BMW 328i Cabrio E30

    Posted in Cars on Thursday, 21 March 2019

    Sublime 2.8 M52 E20 Cab. With an M52 swap, stunning custom interior and plenty of unique touches, in a scene packed with modded E30s this head-turning cab really stands out. Words: Elizabeth de Latour. Photos: Matt Richardson.

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    A rare four-wheel-drive #BMW-3-Series-E30 with just 315 miles on the clock is up for sale in Berkshire.

    The 1986 325iX was exported when New to Copenhagen, then forgotten about by the original owner, who left the car in its airtight shipping container for a number of years.

    When he died, the car was snapped up by a collector, with whom it remained until being put on the market by Super Vettura, which is asking £60,000 for the 325iX.
    More at supervettura.com

    / #1986-BMW-325iX-E30 / #BMW-325iX-E30 / #BMW-325iX / #BMW-325i-E30 / #1986 / #BMW / #BMW-3-Series
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    Rocket Bunny M50B25-swap BMW E30 Touring gets the Pandem treatment

    Posted in Cars on Monday, 04 February 2019

    Rocket Bunny BMW E30 Touring gets the Pandem treatment. BMW E30 Touring The 3 Series Touring is a sensible, family car… But not this one. This one has Pandem arches, air-ride and a whacking great spoiler on the back. Words: Daniel Bevis. Photography: Ronald Veth.

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    941whp Turbo S50-engined BMW E30 Coupe

    Posted in Cars on Friday, 04 January 2019

    Rolling Thunder Henrik Nygren’s insane, turbo S50-powered E30 makes an astonishing 941whp and it’s just an unstoppable force of sheer automotive fury. Words: Daniel Bevis Photos: Patrik Karlsson.

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    Elizabeth de Latour

    Quick guide to BMW M3 E30

    Posted in Cars on Tuesday, 01 January 2019

    We cram all of the most important facts about the mighty E30 M3 into a guide you can read in the time it takes to make and drink a cup of tea (or coffee)! Words: Elizabeth de Latour Photos: Tony Lopez.

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    Twin-turbo S55-swapped BMW M3 E30

    Posted in Cars on Tuesday, 01 January 2019

    Heart and soul S55-swapped E30 M3. Every now and again the BMW scene blows us away with something truly special and this extraordinary, S55-swapped E30 M3 – and the incredible story behind it – has done just that. Words: Elizabeth de Latour. Photos: Viktor Benyi.

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    M20 2.7-swapped BMW E30 Baur

    Posted in Cars on Tuesday, 01 January 2019

    2.7-Swapped E30 Baur Restored and modded rarity. An unconventional beauty for sure, the E30 Baur is a rare beast and this perfectly presented example is a rare treat in so many ways Words: Elizabeth de Latour. Photos: Matt Richardson.

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