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Life As A Car Guy, Episode 1: The Cars and Me (But Mostly The Cars)

Let’s get one thing straight before we begin – I’m not a car expert. I’m not an engineer, nor am I a professional race car driver. I’m a fan, just like you (and since you’re reading AutoIndustriya, I think it’s safe to assume you’re a car fan). This little corner of cyberspace will be dedicated mostly to my project cars, with a little bit of miscellaneous automotive stuff thrown in from time to time. Feel free to throw questions and comments may way, and I’ll try to answer as best I can. I’m pretty knowledgeable about brakes and glass, but that’s it. If I don’t know the answer, I’ll try to get an answer from actual experts.

Now that the intro is out of the way, let’s get to the heart of this entry – my project cars. I love cars of all kinds, but I’m a Euro guy at heart. That much will be obvious when you see what I’ll be working on:


My 1990 E30 BMW 325i Coupe in Clark International Speedway

It’s a 1990 BMW 325i Coupe – the classic E30. I’ve owned it for about four years now, but it’s rough. Let’s put it this way – my E30 took on Ondoy and lost. Let’s leave it at that. Without the money to fix it, the car was garaged for three years, and I’m only now getting started again. It’s got some good things going for it – it’s got a 5-speed manual, and a factory-fitted LSD. The engine’s been redone, and I’ve got some little things installed on the car that make it a lot more fun (more on that in a later episode). Before we move forward with all of that, however, we need to get the car properly serviced and repaired.

The goal for the car is simple – I want it to be a street-able track car. I currently compete in the Philippine DTM Revival’s DTM Ph Cup, and hopefully, in Circuit Showdown.

I’m also going to start working on another project car, this one owned by AutoPerformance Ph.


The AutoPerformance Ph 1995 E36 M3 US-Spec at ARC Automotive

It’s a US-spec 1995 BMW M3 Coupe. In contrast to the E30, this one is going to be the reverse – it’s a track-able street car. This car will mainly be used to showcase AutoPerformance Ph’s products, which include Brembo Brake Systems and Sabelt Racing gear. But it’s got a lot of work to be done, too, starting with basic maintenance and restoration. After that will come the fun part – tuning it. It’s mostly stock, which is just how us pertolheads like it! It’s like being an artist and having a blank canvass, with a world of possibilities available – budget permitting, of course!

Til the next episode, drive safe!

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