Pick of the Day: 1987 BMW 3 Series

M3, Pick of the Day at 2016 Legends of the Autobahn | Nicole Ellan James photo
M3, Pick of the Day at 2016 Legends of the Autobahn | Nicole Ellan James photo

What happens to the race cars that are replaced, the cars that become outdated, ineligible to compete, or that never saw much success? Some may go into collections or museums, while others get a second life through vintage racing.

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Concours and events: Hillsborough’s 61st consecutive year

Last year's Hillsborough Concours best of show winner was a 1958 BMW 503 Cabriolet | Hillsborough Concours
Last year’s Hillsborough Concours best of show winner was a 1958 BMW 503 Cabriolet | Hillsborough Concours

The Hillsborough Concours d’Elegance in Burlingame, California, in the Bay area, is one of the oldest in the U.S., holding its 61st annual classic car weekend July 15-16. That’s just a few years short of the granddaddy of them all, the Pebble Beach Concours that marks its 67th year in August.

But Hillsborough claims the prize as the longest continually running concours in the world, never missing a year since its founding in 1956. Pebble has missed several years along the way due to inclement weather. Continue reading

Delightful delivery: BMW Performance Center

Andy Reid and his Z3 during their homecoming visit to BMW's South Carolina facilities | BMW photo
Andy Reid and his Z3 during their homecoming visit to BMW’s South Carolina facilities

Buying a new BMW is always a pretty special experience. To some it is a chance to move up to the next level of BMW performance cars and to others it is the realization of a dream come true.

There are many ways to buy your first, or perhaps it’s your next new BMW vehicle. You can go to the dealer and buy the one in stock that you like most. If you have a bit more money and time you can opt for a European delivery, order your car and turn it into a vacation at the same time.

There is also a third option that falls somewhere in between. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1975 BMW 2002

1975 BMW 2002 has undergone a slight resto-mod restoration
1975 BMW 2002 has undergone a slight resto-mod restoration

Pick of the Day is a 1975 BMW 2002 being advertised on ClassicCars.com by a private owner who purchased the car in California in 2012.

“It was a blue-plate California car and what interested me most about it was the absolute lack of rust and solid floorboards/trunk/frame along with solid everything else,” the seller, located in Algonquin, Illinois, says in the classified advertisement for the car. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 2000 BMW Z8

The BMW Z8 is described as a low-mileage car in excellent condition
The BMW Z8 is described as a low-mileage car in excellent condition

Every once in a great while, a large automotive manufacturer really shows what it can do and builds a limited-production model that is the best car the company is able to produce. The automaker is not limited by either marketing or cost constraints, and gets to build a very cool car.

Some that come to mind are the Dodge Viper, the Porsche Carrera GT and the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Gullwing. These are all great cars, but my all-time favorite is the BMW Z8 sports car, built from 1999 until 2003. This was a revelation for BMW, a car that looked back at everything that was truly great in the company’s history and combined that with what is exceptional about what they do now. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1977 BMW 630 CSI

The BMW 630 CSI was the first of the 6-Series cars in the United States
The BMW 630 CSI was the first of the 6-Series cars in the United States

If you are like me, you are always looking for the next big thing in collector cars. There are a number of cars that fit into that category, but one of the best European classic car deals on the market today and one that may well see an increase in value this year is the BMW 6-Series coupe.

The Pick of the Day is a low-mileage 1977 BMW 630 CSI with its original Burgundy paint and tan-leather interior, according to the Los Angeles dealer advertising the car on ClassicCars.com. Continue reading

BMW reveals 4 prototypes as it celebrates 30 years of M3

BMW celebrates the 30th anniversary of its high-performance M3 | BMW photos
BMW celebrates the 30th anniversary of its high-performance M3 | BMW photos

In 1986, something called the Internet Engineer Task Force held its first meeting; plans were announced for a tunnel (the “Chunnel”) beneath the English Channel; the National Football League adopted “instant replay;” Microsoft went public; the local Oprah Winfrey Show went coast-to-coast; Geraldo Rivera opened Al Capone’s vault; “Phantom of the Opera” premiered.

And BMW introduced the M3. Continue reading

British Motor Museum celebrates BMW centennial

Even more BMWs expected at the celebration this year | museum photo
Even more BMWs expected at the celebration this year | museum photo

What is expected to be Europe’s largest centennial gathering of BMWs is scheduled for August 14 when the British Motor Museum in Gaydon, Warwickshire plays host to the BMW Car Club National Festival.

Tom Caren, Show Manager for the British Motor Museum stated
“The BMW Festival is a fantastic family day out,” Tom Caren, museum show manager, said in a news release. “To mark this special anniversary year we will be organizing plenty of additional activities to entertain visitors. Seeing so many BMW’s on display from different decades is a brilliant spectacle to see”

More than 800 BMWs of all vintages turned out for the festival last year, and many more are expected for the centennial celebration. In addition to the show field, the event will include a “driving arena” and a special display where 100 cars will form the figure “100” for an aerial photograph.

Pick of the Day: 1988 BMW M5

The BMW M5 was one of the performance highlights of the 1980s

The 1980s gave us many great things: New Wave music, iconic TV shows, the modern action movie, Patrick Nagel artwork. But more than anything, the ’80s gave us sports and performance cars that actually performed. One of the most-significant and best-performing cars of that era was the BMW E28 M5.

The Pick of the Day is this 1988 BMW M5, a black beauty located in Lawndale, California. Continue reading

LeMay-America’s Car Museum celebrates BMW centennial

Volunteers 'spruce up' the museum's BMW Isetta for display | LeMay-America’s Car Museum
Volunteers ‘spruce up’ the museum’s BMW Isetta for display | LeMay-America’s Car Museum

The LeMay-America’s Car Museum in Tacoma, Washington, will host an exhibition celebrating the 100th anniversary of Bavarian Motor Werks starting this weekend. “Propelling a Century of Innovation” – a subtle nod to the company’s origins as an aircraft-engine manufacturer – features landmark cars and motorcycles from throughout BMW’s history. Continue reading