Frode Dale recalls exactly when his affinity for BMW began. At 15 years old, still three years away from the legal driving age in his home country of Norway, Frode was left to admire the cars of his peers, and one in particular decided upon an E34 520i when getting a license of his own. In the three years that followed, until his 18th birthday, Frode’s passion for the marque grew, and eventually culminated in the purchase of an E92 335i in 2007.
It was more than a decade ago, in 2004, that three young BMW fanatics turned their attention to their car’s stereo system. Their 1998 Titanium Silver M3 was, like most BMWs, in desperate need of audio attention. Even now, BMW’s reputation isn’t built upon the quality of their sound systems, and as an integral part of the driving experience, especially if it’s meant to be the ultimate driving machine, car stereo upgrades are essential.
I am sitting in my hotel room right now, thinking about tomorrow, and wondering to myself: “how hard is it going to be to drive a 425hp car, that I’ve never driven before, at Road America (in the wet)… a legendary track that’s made for men with much more talent to run out of than I’ve got to give.” I’ve only balled up a car by my own mistake once.