Words by Amy Evans
Images by NSH, Jasmine Davies and Alex Jones
So it’s all over for another year as the doors close at the NEC Classic Car Show, our National show finale is done and dusted!
This year saw the release of the new 330i G20 and we were given the opportunity to have the first UK launch of the model on our stand, which we simply couldn’t turn down! We thought this would be the perfect chance to pay a tribute to the amazing 3 series!
From the classic to the modern, our stand catered for all; whether you are a lover for the classics or for those craving for fresh Bavarian meat. It allowed the spectators to stand back and appreciate how the Series has evolved, giving them an all new appreciation for the 330i M Sport but also to appreciate the old dimes. Our social media was lit up with feedback and excitement, with people tagging their fellow members either kicking themselves that they couldn’t see it in the flesh, or those attending expressing their excitement.
With Christmas fast approaching, it was an opportunity for our members (and non-members too) to grab some of our club Merchandise. Our newly launched Christmas cards designed by James Leddy went down a storm, a great way to wish an enthusiast a Merry Christmas. Another fantastic gift offered is our Christmas Membership Pack, for £50 in November (£55 in December), members even claimed it was a steal for all the gifts and goodies that you receive - click here to purchase yours.
For those who want to wrap up warm but show their support for the club, our Car Club Hoodies are available here to purchase. Our illustrations are also an amazing yet thoughtful gift for yourself or a fellow enthusiast – give someone the perfect gift this Christmas!
Now… Let’s talk about the amazing cars on our stand.
First up is the BMW F80 M3 Competition Package (450 BHP) Salon S55 3.0 (Tanzanite Blue):
Here’s a short biography written by the owner – Jerry Holmes
“As a long time BMW owner (3 Series, Z3 and X5) I’d always had desires on an M3. When I visited my local dealership one Saturday, while my wife was stuck in New York and I had nothing better to do, I had a test drive and the rest is history. Within 3 days I’d ordered the car and got it some 3 weeks later. I chose the M3 as I wanted something that was practical if needed, looked good and went well… The car is a relatively rare intermediate facelift version (BMW M3 F80 LCI) which was built with facelift taillights and illuminated M3 badges on the front seats, but a 2016 front.
18 months into ownership I have no regrets and it still makes me smile every time I am out in it – the sound, the power and ride. Apart from the odd commute to work, visiting family and short breaks in the UK the car has had a relatively relaxed life.
However, in June 2018 I took the car on a road trip to Germany. Visiting Stuttgatt, Munich and the BMW Factory in Regensberg where the car was made. Visiting the production facility was excellent and well run. Getting to see an US spec M3 in Tanzanite Blue coming off the final production line was a treat, especially being there when they started the fully built car for the first time. I only wish I could have taken my car on the test track by the factory! I did take the tour guide out for quick spin my car as they had never been in one!
That said across Germany where the roads, and speed limit allowed, it was good to put the car through its paces so to speak – incredible acceleration and top end performance. The breaks are good too!”
Next up is the BMW M3 Evo 2 (E30) – owner by Tim Davies
This showstopper was purchased from a collector in Portugal and was imported by the present owner from wales in 2017. Approximately 600 of this model were built, and only 204 of those were manufactured in this red colour. The BMW M3 E30 model is an extremely desirable collector’s car due to its stunning looks and also its success in motor racing.
Engine capacity: 2.5L
E21 – Matt Parkinson
“My e21 is a series 1 Schwartz black 323i model with a 4 speed manual gearbox and single wing mirror, the car was originally purchased unbeknown to me from my local BMW dealership at the time in February 1979, I purchased the car from the Dartford area and brought it back home to within 2 miles of that dealership.
I purchased the car in 2016 after wanting one for as long as I could remember and have restored it (on going) over the last 2 years, I have replaced every nut, bolt and washer underneath the car and re-built the engine. 75% of the cars paint/body work is original other than the lower halves of the doors and the engine bay.
If you would like to see more pictures or follow the restoration please have a look at my Instagram @e21_323i_”
A tribute to the 02’s- couldn’t miss these beauties out… after all they are celebrating their 50th birthday this year!
The E10 – owner Chris Fletcher
Year: 1973 Registration: NIL 2002
Engine: M44B19 16V Turbo
“I have owned the car for 19 years and it was rebuilt in 2008 and in 2018 underwent a full modernisation for everyday use.”
Designed to be used daily with Sat Nav, remote central Locking and alarm system.
All rubber bushes replaced with Powerflex polyurethane, Bilstein Shocks , Eibach Springs, vented BMW e21 brakes and bigger drums on the rear.
Fitted with a light weight flywheel and the latest Electric Turbo producing over 200bhp.
Owner; Nigel Smith
Make/Model; BMW M3 Evo
Colour; Cosmos Black Met
Fuel Type; Petrol
Torque Lb-Ft; 258.3
Top Speed; 155mph+ as derestricted
Factory Specification; Electric seats, wide rim twin spoke polished wheels, rear spoiler
AC Schnitzer rear window spoiler, M3 GT splitters
Vehicle owner’s description;
“I have owned this car since 2000 at which time it was my daily family car until the time came that the family got to big, since then I have slowly been restoring the car back to its former glory.”
BMW UK were also kind enough to supply us with the head turning E36 M3 CSL and the stunning E90.
And finally... The New 3 Series (G20) – BMW UK
The all-new G20 had a huge amount to live up to, and visually it didn’t disappoint, the car looking sharp and dynamic saw the club stand full of admirers, a lucky few even managed to sit in the driver’s seat!
Thank you to all that attended, to our members who displayed their beautiful BMWs on the stand, to the amazing Central West volunteers, BMWCCI and to BMW UK for their ongoing support.
We hope you have all enjoyed 2018 with BMWCC as much as we have! See you all in 2019- first stop Autosport!!