It’s hard to believe it was nearly eight years ago that Andrew and I took a trip to Hilliard, Ohio, to photograph and document BMW of North America’s “Vintage Collection.” With a garage full of cars that will make, quite literally, any BMW fanatic struggle to maintain composure, it was a week of a lifetime. Face to face with many machines we’d only dreamt of seeing in person, we wheeled each beast out one by one and did what we do best.
The E30 M3 has been, since my enthusiasm for BMW began, one of the coolest offerings from the marque, period. While it’s hard to ignore machines like the M1, the E9 CSL, or even my longtime favorite, the E28 M5, there’s something about the M3 that proves hard to beat.
Alright, let’s get this out of the way first: I’m not going to suggest that electric cars will ever replace what internal combustion engines do for folks like you and me. The smell of burnt fuel, the scream of high RPMs, and the mechanical, technical, and dirty nature of it all undoubtedly holds a place in our hearts.
biIt was nearly 10 years ago that I bought my first E28: a polaris silver 528e, for a total of $400. It was far from love at first sight – in fact, I bought it only to satisfy the sense of need I felt after finding a BMW that seemed far too cheap to pass up. I sold it quickly thereafter, and it wasn’t until more than a year later that the E28’s allure began to grab hold of me.
Bill Kincaid is no stranger to racing. He’s been a life-long fan of automobiles, and years of experience behind the wheel of formula cars has left him with both the skill and talent to navigate racetrack traffic with precision and speed. He’s learned the ins-and-outs of open wheel racing… enough to put his privateer efforts into the realm of the competitive. Touring cars – especially vintage ones – on the other hand, are a bit foreign to Bill.