Suit and Tie Amidst my automotive experiences, I’ve driven everything from backyard Honda’s to flame spitting McLarens but nothing quite compares to the thing I’ve built with my own two hands. That thing is my BMW E46. Despite being a Non-M I’ve stuck with this chassis for 5 years and it has seen its fair share of time on jack stands, in California gridlock, and hot laps at local tracks. It’s taken it all and has served it purposed whenever asked. Need to drive a few hours away? No problem. Need to make a parts store run? Perfect. Aside from replacing the engine after a rough track day, this E46 has lived up to its expectations and then some. It now lives it’s life as a dedicated track car that see the occasional canyon run(gotta keep the skills alive somehow). Style was never a priority in the transition to becoming a track car and that’s clearly noticeable from the miss matching colors of the body to the dry carbon fiber hood. This BMW exists for the purpose of function over form and the lap times over the years have proven so. It weighs over 3000lbs and only has 200 brake horsepower but doesn’t compare to anything else I’ve driven. That’s mainly due to long nights of fine tuning and upgrades that fit my driving style. It’s a long list that consists of this bushing and that tire but it all contributes to the overall experience. This car feels like my tailor made suit.
The Undefined Path For many auto enthusiasts, a builds path varies. Some start with coil overs and fender rolling for supreme fitment while others upgrade brakes tires and bushings for maximum grip and control at the track. While some chassis’ offer great support for either direction, there are others that don’t receive the research and development if deemed unworthy. For the owner that was the case. One late midnight I went to the car wash and stumbled across a slammed Nissan Altima. Being in a 240sx naturally I had to ask “Why build this when you could have that?” the reply was simply “because it was all I had” The car originally started as a commuter naturally. As miles accumulated the engine had seen its last day and the car sat for years. Now coming from a Z32 the owner has seen his fair share of wrenching (dealing with the replacement of three engines and two transmissions one learns ways to cut the cost of labor). So swapping a new heart into the Altima chassis would be a small task. Soon after getting the car back on the road, the itch began. Little aftermarket support for the family sedan left jetsin a little clueless as to a path to take. But not much longer after the car was revived, it was dropped on coil overs that were from another wreck Altima and wheels came from an SC300 that collected dust but they fit the stance of the car very well. Youll find n aftermarket hub and steering wheel at the drivers center. And if you look close enough at the trunk spoiler you’ll see it actually from a Toyota. Put all these things together and you get a unique look that’s all it’s own. No matter what you canvas you decide to build on, your vision can come to life just as long as you keep your resolve.
I had the opportunity to shoot the Hold Fast drift event at Willow Springs Balcony celebrating founder, Micah Diaz’s birthday. Despite the California heat it was an ideal day for some drifting. In the gallery you’ll find everything: from fully built Pro 2 drift cars to daily driven drift beaters. All throwing up smoke and banging doors.
Meet Pacific Drift Team Just a month after official branding themselves a “team”, Pacific Drift, based out of San Diego, California, held their first drift event at Apple Valley Speedway. It’s no secret that Pacific Drift Team has a vehicle preference as most of thbteam members drive BMW E36’s. That didn’t stop the rest of the drift community from coming out to play though. Everything from LS swapped S13s to turbocharged Mazda Miatas came out to play. With tire service and standby a surprise appearance from some vintage hot rods there was a little something for everyone. Although Pacific Drift is only at it start, we’ll be looking forward to what they have in store next.