Subverting expectations: from movies, books, and pop culture, to music, news, and yes, even cars too, it’s a key element of story telling and artistry. It’s “the twist” that aims to keep anything and everything fresh and unexpected. However, there’s something to be said for the clear, the concise, and the evident: an “on the nose” approach with no room for interpretation can deliver a powerful message.
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Born as a homologated touring car, the original BMW M3 has motorsports blood coursing through its veins. From its boxed flares to its high-strung S14 4-cylinder engine, it stands stark in contrast to its base-model brethren. It comes to a surprise to some, then, that there are indeed authentic E30 M3 convertibles, produced by BMW. 786 convertibles, to be specific.
It seems that, for any BMW fanatic, there’s an undeniable allure to the idea of owning an E30 M3 race car. It’s something I’ve found impossible avoid myself, and clearly, Andrew Bishay shares the sentiment. As the winningest car in touring car history, the E30 M3 has cemented its place in the archives of motorsport, and for a countless number, it’s a machine that represents an all-consuming fantasy.
In 1986, Middlebridge Racing, a Japenese-owned engineering company located in England, purchased Chassis M3 1/60 as a backup car, and for the first segments of its life, it was shuttled around Europe before being relocated to Japan to compete in the Japanese Touring Car Championship. It wasn’t until 1993 that the car began to see success on the track, after it was purchased by Tomei Sport for use in the final year of Group A-spec racing in Japan.
For as long as I’ve known him, Blake Olsen has been building wild cars, and shredding the tires off of them with incredible style. In recent years, though, Blake’s drifting career has taken a backseat to the other priorities of life. 2019, however, marks a return, with Blake’s E92 making its competitive debut in just a few short weeks for the first round of Formula Drift Pro2 competition in Orlando, Florida.