Event Coverage: Maxbimmer Autumn e30 meet 2009

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Even though I don’t drive an e30 anymore I still have my ear to the ground when it comes to what’s going on in the community, so I watched this years thread about the Autumn e30 meet on max and figured it would be worth making an appearance. The turnout was awesome and I am really glad I made it out, it was a good excuse to  kill an afternoon, reminisce, and do some ‘spirited’ driving.

For whatever reason every e30 meet has a disproportionate amount of red e30s
For whatever reason every e30 meet has a disproportionate amount of red e30s
Quick shot of some of the cars that showed up at the photo spot
Quick shot of some of the cars that showed up at the photo spot

Early Models (1984-1989)
Having owned an early model e30 myself I think they get a bum wrap on account of the US/Canadian spec bumpers but those brave enough to still rock them do a good job.

New owner same great car, Cam told me he is not doing a bumper swap, nice!
New owner same great car, Cam told me he is not doing a bumper swap, nice!
With these bumpers painted and tucked they are hardly noticeable
With these bumpers painted and tucked they are hardly noticeable
GTA's original competitive e30 drifter
GTA's original competitive e30 drifter

Tourings and M3s
I would gladly own either of these e30 chassis one of each would be preferable.

Looks like a ballin road trip vehicle to me
Looks like a dope road trip vehicle to me
All you need is Jello
All you need is Jello
12 collective cylinders of nostalgia
12 collective cylinders of nostalgia

Late Models (1989-92)
late model owners have it easy, it doesn’t take much to make these cars look great.

Good to see this member out after the trouble he had with his last build
Good to see this member out after the trouble he had with his first build
One of the lowest at the meet for sure
One of the lowest at the meet for sure
Jays e30 has been in hiding the past few years but his fitment is still bang on
Jays e30 has been in hiding the past few years but his fitment is still bang on
Rumor has it these wheels are specifically made for the e30 by tree house racing
Rumor has it these wheels are specifically made for the e30 by tree house racing
Perhaps the cleanest e30 at the meet
Perhaps the cleanest e30 at the meet was the organizer Rudys 325is
Featured photographer Sam H knows that underbadging is where it's at
Featured photographer Sam H knows that underbadging is where it
Devon's e30 is going to be leading a lot of other e30s for years to come
This e30 will be leading all e30s for awhile yet
The M30 is stupid simple design, 6 manly men pushing up and down on the cylinder with Hercules-like force
The M30 is stupid simple design, 6 manly men pushing up and down on the cylinder with Hercules-like force
The only dude inthe e30 scene rocking steelies so  hard
The only dude in the e30 scene rocking steelies so hard, this car is fast

Mtech II’s
The cleanest kit for late model e30s comes right from the BMW factory, oem FTW

Both of these cars came out of Bimmersport
Both of these cars came out of the Bimmersport shop
Really feeling the stance on this red mtech II
Really feeling the stance on this red mtech II
The power train is also nothing to sneeze at, note the girl warming her hands off the motor
The power train is also nothing to sneeze at, note the girl warming her hands off the motor
Took a few pics of this car since I am sure you guys will love it
Took a few pics of this car since I am sure you guys will love it
Dish.
Dish.
Dialed stance, dialed dish
Dialed fitment
Police remember this
Police remember this

Other cars
As always there are a few rebels, outcasts and misfits, I should know I was one of them.

You don't seem too many e46s on Volks
You don't seem too many e46s on Volks
Dumped e90
Dumped e90

Sam H sent me a bunch of photos from the meet as well which I will be posting later this week so for those of you who can’t get enough e30 content stay tuned.

6 COMMENTS

  1. Oh, I want one of the “Car Enthusiast” things for my cars. I never quite know how to answer the, “Do you race?” question all the time, since some are only asking about street racing, which I don’t support.

    Yes, more please! 😀 I love these cars…. For someone who started off unsure about BMW, I quickly realized that they still make good cars, for one, and have a history full of awesome models. That older M3 is just too beautiful for words, but it barely eeks out the others for prettiest car to me. (Because I have a huge weak spot for M3’s, and am contemplating dumping my Elise dream to get an M3 sooner. I can always have both, I guess, but I need to pick which I get first! :))

  2. Foxie the sticker you can get here: http://shinzostore.com/index.php?page=shop.product_details&flypage=shop.flypage&product_id=240&category_id=16&manufacturer_id=0&option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=40

    As far as 4 banger track rippers go the e30 m3 is one of the best. Getting a little up there in price these days (especially around these parts where things rust out) and there is a general 14k rule if you pay less be prepared to pay more later. I would like an e30 m3 but my attainable holy grail is still the GMC Typhoon!

  3. Nice, picture of my car!! Underbadging, haha, I swear there is a 1.8L in it.

    I think the E30 M3’s are upto the 20k rule now haha. And Foxie has the right idea, screw the Lotus, E30 M3 all the way.

  4. Dave — Thanks!! I’m so buying one for each of my cars. 🙂 I got this crazy idea to sticker-fy the heck out of my Miata’s bumper, since it’s all scratched now. Sure, I could get it fixed, but the paint’s never gonna match enough for me. Stickers, though, could be pretty sweet. (Project “Sticker me with love” perhaps?)

    Whether I get an older one or a newer one, an M3 is definitely on my to own list. Cars on there don’t have cost as a high consideration, to be honest… If I want it, I can find a way to get it!

  5. I have huge love for all BMW’s pre-2003 (the new ones take time to grow on me) and a soft spot for 3er wagons, but I second the notion of the GMC Typhoon being the holy Grail of classics of “our time”

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