This was a fantastic show, straight up. Picturesque venue, very high quality cars, real car enthusiasts all over, hell even the food from the trucks was great (I had beef brisket poutine - I think I dreamt about it last night). Saw so many familiar faces, met many new ones also.
Typically I'll walk through a show and take 10-15 pics tops. This time, over 100. There was just so much to take in and remember. So here's a little writeup and coverage for anyone who missed out. All pics are straight off my phone, no edits.
Getting to the show in the first place was a challenge. Back in May, I tore the trunk floor and popped a ton of spot welds on my Z3M. I've had the car for 6 years and was waiting for that to happen. I got to finally pull the trigger on a ton of work I'd been planning for years: full trunk floor and differential mount reinforcement and refinishing, new brake lines, new fuel pump, new tank straps, slotted the subframe so I have camber/toe adjustment, new driveshaft, refinished everything back there to new, and a small fortune in new hardware from BMW.
Problem was, the shop has been insanely busy this year. Like, double our best ever summer. Which is amazing! But also means I didn't get to touch my own car until about a month ago. So this was Friday afternoon before the show weekend:
I had less than 48 hours to get this mess back together, mount my newly re-barreled wheels which I had no idea how would fit, get to the alignment shop, and detail the whole mess. But we did it! By midnight Friday I was driving around in the car. Saturday morning I drove up to Markham to see my favourite alignment guy (Pan-Pan Auto Repair). Here's my new stats:
My wheels were previously 18x10 and 18x12, which was just slightly too much for front to handle. So I went to 18x9.5, slimmed the spacers down by 5mm per hub, and pulled out some camber to keep everything flush but with better tire wear and steering feel. I had -4.0 all around last year (fronts due to the 10" rim, rears being non-adjustable I've been running that insanity for 6 years). Now with -2.5 front and -3.0 rear I should have much better tire wear. The ride quality is surprisingly quite softer too, I guess that's what happens were you're riding on 8 sidewalls instead of only 4.
Saturday evening success. Finished detailing and tucked away for the (rainy) night.
Pulling into the show:
Absurdly nice venue and day.
Parked and registered, I now got to walk around and see the show on foot.
M3s on fleek.
Is this the M3 that was sold on here, used to be owned by a guy named Jay with the same wheels? It's in a bit rougher shape now, sadly.