Total M Cars second birthday Meet and BBQ
The UK’s got a few pretty popular online forums but you’ll struggle to find a friendlier one than TotalMCars.com. With a huge number of top drawer M cars, a host of brilliant forum sponsors and a good general atmosphere, we were delighted when forum founder Keith Stewart invited us along to their second birthday party.
This party wasn’t just in any old car park either; forum sponsor, Evolve Automotive, kindly offered to host the open day with the promise of a BBQ, cake, and a chance to have a poke around Evolve HQ.
As ever, the quality of cars attending was extremely high. The forum is rife with extremely interesting builds of a high calibre, and this was demonstrated on the day. PBMW was well represented, too. I headed up in my S54 E36 while Sam was also present in his tidy Estoril blue E46 M3. You can read about the pair of them in Our Cars (p.101-102). Another car present that’s been in PBMW before (June 2012) is Nick Pritchard’s E91 M3 Touring. It’s a real treat and has come on a fair way since it was featured. The huge Breytons have been completely refinished, and it now wears an M3 CRT front lip as well as numerous new orange flashes. Words can’t do this car justice.
Another S65-swapped car in attendance was Sebastian’s (aka Tarmac Terrorist) 1M replica, which uses the M3 V8 and was built by Quarry Motors. It’s a well-known car that’s been featured on the pages of sister title BMW Car, but it’s the first time I’ve seen it first-hand, and it’s really quite special.
Some of the usual TotalMCars suspects were there sporting some tasty new modifications, too. Steve ‘Dass’ Farrington’s Titan silver E46 M3 is always a treat; with countless CSL parts, AC Schnitzer Racing wheels and lots of carbon under the bonnet, it’s a real contender for one of the finest E46 M3s out there. Another one in contention was Tony ‘M3Loon’ Smith’s Carbon black example. Again, it’s a feast of CSL and carbon fibre parts, and has recently been further improved with Revshift drivetrain mounts and Supersprint headers which are far from being just for show. Katie Kelleher’s Imola red Z4M was another great car in attendance. With a good drop over AC Schnitzer wheels this beast just exudes incredible presence.
If roof-off action is more your style, then Ben ‘Hookdex’ Lander’s ’vert could be for you. Despite appearances it’s running some serious track-orientated upgrades including AP Racing brakes and fully sorted suspension, along with an S54 tuned to some 359hp. For full-on track performance though, you need look no further than Grant Ross’s Topaz blue example. It’s fully stripped and caged, runs Intrax coilovers and a whole host of other modifications. For sunny days out he’s also got a rather nice set of CCWs to go on it, as you can see!
If E36s are your thing, then Mikey’s M3 GT II was a pretty special machine. He’s relatively new to the forum but took the time to bring the car out for the meet, and it was very well received. His latest modifications include a genuine AC Schnitzer strut brace and the first E36 Eventuri intake, which is a one-off made for his M3.
Newer machinery was well represented, too. The E92 M3 belonging to forum member ‘Tates’ features AC Schnitzer wheels, big brakes, plenty of carbon fibre under the bonnet and BMW Performance seats inside, too. There was even a new M4 in attendance, although the sound of the Akrapovic exhaust as it left divided opinion as to whether the turbo engine really can replace normally aspirated power.
Total M Cars may be one of many forums out there but few can promise such a friendly, lively atmosphere, fun meets. It’s a great breeding ground for fantastically modified M cars… and that’s before we even mention the BBQ and cake!
Words: Ben Koflach | Photos: Sam Ratcliffe