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invictus 07-12-2011 02:56 AM

/// The #33 Car. From dream, to daily, to track car and beyond...
Seeing as I just dropped my baby off at the shop for the most extreme mods to date, I figured I'd reminisce on the journey that got me here.

Kinda hard to believe it's been 3 1/2 years, 40,000 miles and 25ish track days.

I've always wanted an E46 M3. I think it was in high school that a friend gave me a poster (that LSB one from a car-and-driver I think). It followed me through college as the motivation that someday, I could probably buy one.

Well, after a nice internship I got bored senior year, and since my best friend had just bought a B6 S4... I started looking.

After test driving a few, I settled on a 2002 Carbon Black on Cinnamon with 38k miles from a nice owner, and bought it.



Day 1 of ownership, after having not owned a car for 5 years. Or really driven one. Seems to be the ideal car to take into traffic in rainy seattle.

Week later. First mod. Old school ghetto dice.



It's nice being friends with folks with a shop.

And then I bought this thing.


And this.


And this thing. Which was way too expensive, but made sense in the long run.


Came out okay too.


And then Inspection II happened. And the stealership was out of BMW loaners so I got this.


Then I realized how good I had it.


And that's the S4 that made me jelly enough to buy the M3. It doesn't look anything like that anymore.

Then I took the car home, washed it, and broke the news to the parents (they had been conspiring to get me a graduation present of a Kia Sportage. Yeah I don't think so).



Originally Posted by Dave B (Post 1064952211)

Gotta love buying your own car in college.

(Of course, it didn't work out for me... I had the same attitude that housing bubble victims had back then.... "I'm making big money at my internet company and I haven't even graduated. When we sell I'll be rich, but if we don't, no biggie, I'm still all set!" Yeah, right... good on you for going with a used car, unlike me. It makes me laugh that I just got a better car for about half of what I paid for my original 330 back then.)

Looking forward to seeing the evolution. Some day mine may follow the same path. Though it may kill me to start gutting the car as you're doing.

It might be worth noting that I was also doing the start up thing at the time, and had managed to pay off my student loans. I wouldn't suggest anyone else buying 30k worth of car senior year :) This was actually sort of a compromise from the higher end (135/335/Evo/Sti) and the comparably priced (GTI).

I sort of just sat in it, not really considering it THAT hard, and the shifter (well, SMG nub) was just in the right place.

So I bought it, about a third cash, for oh $30k after tax and cried when it was worth $22k the next year.

Thought about moving on a few times. E39 M5. E92 M3. And finally, just this last year... 997 GT3. But then I got realistic...

I've basically decided to keep this until the wheels fall off, especially considering the welding thats going on currently...

but I digress.

Then we got them CCFL angel eyes.



Then I went for start up to 'real' company and moved to California.

Partied all night, threw up, and left for a straight shot to San Francisco at around 11AM.

Excuse the boom boom techno music.


People drive crazy in California.

California can be nice.


I made some BMW friends. One of them was an instructor for the local CCA. He convinced me to take a car control clinic and try out an auto-x.

In hindsight, this was a really expensive idea.


I was painfully slow and uncoordinated. But I was hooked.


I was soon at my first track day Laguna Seca.



I got my buddy with yellow S4 a job and we got a place together. It was full of car parts.

His car had been vandalized while I was in CA, and is now a B7 bodied wide body monster. He's got a build thread somewhere else.


I also weighed the car.


3,480 lbs wet.

We pissed off the HOA a lot.


And saw most of the backroads in the area.


I went to Thunderhill.


Chasing my manager at Laguna Seca, we both cut T10 hard and apparently hit the same red junction box. He shattered a wheel. I bent a strut, had crazy camber and ate through my passenger front tire in like 2 laps.

After an emergency alignment (no where near factory) and a new tire I limped home and called my mechanic.

He took a look and said he had good news and bad news. The bad news was he'd never seen anyone bend a strut like that. The good news is it was a good time for coil overs.

So I got those.


And my Taiwanese M6 reps that came with the car were bent all to **** and had cracks, so I bought some Hamann HM2s.

I won some Toyo R comps at a auction. So I bought some Apex ARC-8s to go with them... essentially going from a stockfish car to a pile of parts.


And then there were more track days...


I started slow.












Streets of Willow.

invictus 07-12-2011 02:56 AM

And uh, after annihilating my brakes I decided to step it up a notch.

So buy my cinnamon interior.



To be honest, I'm really kind of sad about it.

But I have something special planned.


And uh this...


and a 220 lbs 5 box package from Florida that should be showing up any day now...

So yeah.

Stay tuned.

Big things coming.


southpaw 07-12-2011 02:59 AM


I can't wait to play with you on the track....

....no h0m0. :eeps:

See you on the 31st!

invictus 07-12-2011 03:00 AM

oh, so you ARE gonna make it after all? damn, all my heroes are gonna be there.

we'll have to have a wheelie competition :o

Gheybe 07-12-2011 03:02 AM


hardtop 07-12-2011 03:39 AM

I waaaant.

You have bitten by the mod bug, but that m3 will turn out very nice.

HyeWarrior 07-12-2011 03:39 AM

Awesome thread is awesome

darksideracer69 07-12-2011 05:18 AM

nice man

Goondaddy 07-12-2011 08:01 AM

The first picture with the fake M6 wheels made me shudder. Thankfully it now looks like you're taking the right approach (both looks wise and taking it to the track) which is pleasing. Will be very interested to see where you take it from here. Good luck mate.

So Lowww 07-12-2011 09:43 AM

Those brakes :drool:

dreamdrivedrift 07-12-2011 09:49 AM

Nice! I have an inkling of what you're doing :)

invictus 07-12-2011 10:28 AM


Originally Posted by hardtop (Post 13368378)
I waaaant.

You have bitten by the mod bug, but that m3 will turn out very nice.

Stupid mod bug.

invictus 07-12-2011 10:29 AM


Originally Posted by Goondaddy (Post 13368584)
The first picture with the fake M6 wheels made me shudder. Thankfully it now looks like you're taking the right approach (both looks wise and taking it to the track) which is pleasing. Will be very interested to see where you take it from here. Good luck mate.

Came with the car. I sort of learned my lessons about cheap and knock off with those wheels (and some random carbon pieces).

I actually have 3 of the wheels stacked next to my TV as part of a modern art thing. The most bent and cracked one is at my desk at work to remind me of why I'm there late again...

simsima325 07-12-2011 10:32 AM

looooooks like fun!

BartenderPlease 07-12-2011 04:11 PM

What a fun ownership! Doing it right...

info@VMRwheels 07-12-2011 04:33 PM

Cool build and nice narrating. Thoroughly enjoyed it :thumbup:

E46_Mike 07-12-2011 05:50 PM

i enjoyed this thread! congrats on the purchase! cant wait to see whats happening next to the car!!

invictus 07-12-2011 05:56 PM

Hehe. Purchase was 3 1/2 years ago, but thank you :P

b0bab0i 07-12-2011 05:57 PM

nenes & pascal feliz - platinum tech mix)

Nice m3!
And is ur roommates S4 the one that got converted into a B7 RS4 exterior wise?

invictus 07-12-2011 06:01 PM


Originally Posted by b0bab0i (Post 13370819)
nenes & pascal feliz - platinum tech mix)

Nice m3!
And is ur roommates S4 the one that got converted into a B7 RS4 exterior wise?

the same

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