If you’re of the opinon that it would be impossible for BMW to build a modern-day E30, and foolish to wish for it, please, stop reading now. Yes. This is another one of those posts.
I’ll keep it short. Let’s revisit the BMW 1999 Art Car, the V12 LMR from carrying Jenny Holzer’s message “PROTECT ME FROM WHAT I WANT”. But let’s look at it in the context of BMW’s wants and desires, and how they’ve changed in the past 15 years.
Here are a few additional truisms that, with the benefit of hindsight, we should have been watching out for:
Protect me from a 4,150-pound M3.
Protect me from overwrought designs that follow trends instead of make them.
Protect me from character lines and creases that say nothing.
Protect me from ‘sDrive’ model designations.
Protect me from the X5, X6, X3, X1 and X4.
Protect me from completely unnecessary front-wheel drive BMWs.
If only BMW had listened to itself in 1999!
But hey, there’s hope. The recent one-off BMW Pininfarinia Gran Lusso is the best-looking car with a BMW roundel in a decade. Sure, there’s still a lot of surfacing, but it’s crisp and understated in a way that few modern cars are. And even fewer modern BMWs. It looks so ‘right’ that I can almost ignore that it’s 37 feet long.
(Post inspired by conversation with Will Pierce)
These previously-unpublished images are scans from the 2009 Monterey Historics which featured Porsche. In addition to the digital and Holga pictures I took at the time, I shot a few rolls with my Olympus Trip 35, which I finally got around to scanning. I’m headed to the same event later this week, which was partially the motivation for getting these scanned. Continue reading…
I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately. What would I rather have than a well-optioned 335i coupe? It’s a simple question, really. But when you’re an enthusiast trying to scratch an itch that says “why am I not satisfied?” it can be difficult.
Last weekend, out of the blue, I got an invite to join friends Dave, Brad and Jason at one of my favorite race tracks in Texas, Harris Hill Road. The chance hasn’t come up too often, so I’ve only driven one weekend there in the past. The track has a flow and rhythm unlike any other track I’ve been on. There’s hills, long, parabolic bends and plenty of technical complexity. I love it. There are also some bumps that people complain about, though they don’t really faze me as my car rides on stock suspension. Continue reading…
My father owned this 1995 BMW 530i for more than 16 years before selling it in December, 2011.
The 530i had a very unique 3.0L V8, mated to a very slow-witted 4-speed auto. It also had incredible steering, comfortable ride, and seemed to shrink around you. This was the first car I ever drove (I think I was 14), and I remember spending way too long with a tiny brush trying to clean the the deep mesh spokes of the 15″ wheels. Continue reading…