Blog posts tagged with 'bmw'

Big SoCal Euro 2016

Big SoCal Euro 2016 

One of the hottest shows in SoCal, Big Euro has something for everyone. From new cars to classics, from vendor shopping to drag racing, it’s all there. Gathering at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego California, this event brings thousands of car enthusiasts together. A big thank you to Lon Mok and his team for organizing one of the best events on the coast. We are looking forward to attend next year’s event and hang out with our friends again! 




More photos here!


Words: Denis Podmarkov (@_dpod_)

Photos: Denis Podmarkov & Igor Polishchuk (@catuned_igor)

Bavarian Restoration

Today we examine a california based company: Bavarian Restoration

If you have a classic BMW or know someone with a 2002, e12, e24, e28, e3, e9, e21, e30 and much more then you know that these models have lot's of instrument cluster problems and issues. Years ago we were using a few other sources for the repair and upgrading of our clusters as well as repairing them in house and could never get them just right. It became a real issue at one point as we ended up spending lots of money and still had issues. That's when we turned to the best and never looked back. 

Bavarian Restoration uses state of the art practices and one of a kind machinery that no one can match. They are also able to calibrate for the correct MPH, Customize colors, install LED lighting and much much more. 

They also calibrate and rebuild loads of AFM units. This is a huge help! Everything comes with warranty and a technical sheet to show data and graphs. Si boards are not left out as well. Loads of info HERE

Here are some amazing examples of what could be done. 



For any Cluster needs, AFM, SI boards, and much more contact


Pictures & Txt via: Denis Podmarkov & Igor Polishchuk

The Family E28

The Gastelum family has owned the E28 since day one. 

It's been through a lot over the years. But in the last few years it's come around. 

With an awesome color update: Steel Blue Metallic 

All of the mechanics were brought up to new or better. 

The suspension was upgraded to M5 arms, Poly bushings, and CAtuned Coilovers. 

Lot's of subtle Euro touches from front to rear. Interior received a fresh Mtech2 steering wheel and M5 sport seats. 

There is more planned for this car and this is just the beginning. For now enjoy some fresh pics. 

Photos & Words by: Igor Polishchuk

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BigEuro 2015 Show

Big Euro 2015

What a show. Huge success. This years event was a huge hit. 

A ton of cars, vendors and more. The show was at least double the size of last year. 

And the cars did not disapoint. Here is a look at what we saw. 



Pictures & words by: Igor Polishchuk

Bimmerfest East 2015

Was this the hottest show of the year? Not a single cloud in the sky and 95 degrees of pure New Jersey sun. Things were a bit different this year. First of all a new location for the event, there’s so much room for activities! As you walk into the show area, you are greeted by a lot of notable vendors and a bunch of M4s. Seems to be the popular choice this year. Among the M4s were a lot of clean E30 M3s. The heat didn’t stop people from coming out to the event. Enjoy these pictures and see what BImmerfest East 2015 had to offer.


Photos & Words:  Denis Podmarkov

E30 Picnic 2015

E30 Picnic - Let the pictures do the talking: 


And some None E30 cars seen at the show: 


Pics by: Igor Polishchuk

Bimmerfest 2015

This year was my first time attending Bimmerfest. It was the first year since the show had moved to its new location in Fontana, California, and I heard that it was going to be very different from previous years.

The show overall was very fun. I couldn’t help but feel that the vendor/show area seemed very separate from the outer lots, where thousands of other cars were parked throughout the day. I also noticed that inside the vendor section, most of the booth cars were of the F8x chassis. I felt like it was very much a new model M fest! While there’s nothing wrong with that, as I love the F8x as much as the next person, I would have liked to see some more variety in the booths. There were however some exceptions, such as a couple of wide body e92s, some e46s, and a handful of vintage builds. 

Monique's car is one that I've wanted to see for the longest time! It looks good in photos and great in person. 

In all honesty, how cool are these i3s and i8? I wouldn't mind driving the tiny, electric baby brother of the i8 if it were sitting on a nice set of HREs...

I never quite got the story on this rough looking 02 pictured above... I'm willing to bet that it has a pretty interesting history behind it, though!

This RHD e30 touring was definitely something different. I absolutely loved the wheels, and the color really grew on me. Plus, it's a touring, so what's not to love? 

This e46 with ITBs was just so clean, and I loved the way it sits! 

It was good to see a familiar face at the show. This S2002 was at the CAtuned shop previously, where it had tons of custom work done! I'm a huge fan of the two tone paint here.

One of the more exciting areas of the show was actually the track paddocks. Wandering through that area, we found a large number of unique builds. I saw everything from S54 swapped e30s to an LS e36 to the Jennabelle RWB Porsche (which was not expected!). 

This Jager themed track e30 M3 stole my heart. It was by far one of my favorite cars at the show! It made its rounds on the track throughout the day, and it was easy to see that they don't baby the car. 

Unfortunately, I didn’t get the chance to explore the outer lots as much as I would have liked. By the time I made my way in that direction, a number of cars had started to leave the show. I still got to see some beautiful builds though, so I wasn’t too upset! 

My overall impression of the show is that it was definitely much different from its previous rounds. I’ve only ever seen photos from shows in the past, so I can’t give much opinion from personal experience. I’ll likely attend again next year, though, and hope to see even more rad builds then! 


Did you attend this year? If so, what did you think? Let us know!


Photos and words: Courtney Cutchen 

There is Only One “God’s Chariot”

There is Only One “God’s Chariot”


God’s Chariot. This is a nickname that has been tossed around for years at multiple lines of BMW and even more specifically to the E30 chassis but only one truly holds this name – The BMW E30 M3. Built to compete with Mercedes-Benz in the late 80’s, the E30 M3 varied more from its base model brother than any other model has since the E30. Styling that is legendary and performance that is track proven, the E30 M3 stands as a legend in the BMW line.


Mishel Keshishian is the owner of this simply pristine 1989 BMW M3 which happens to be the same model he had back in his high school days instilling a passion for BMWs that lives on today. Mishel has made modifications throughout the chassis but has always kept true to the original styling that BMW created years ago.


Patroni Films had the chance to catch Mishel’s beautiful example of a BMW E30 M3 in front of his lens so sit back and enjoy the one and only God’s Chariot.

CAtuned M3 from Patroni Films on Vimeo.


1989 Alpine II BMW E30 – Owned by Mishel Keshishian



EVO II Front Spoiler with Carbon Fiber Splitter

OEM BMW EVO III Rear Spoiler with Gurney Flap

Euro Headlight Grills, Black Kidney Grills, Eyelids, Black BMW Roundels + Black M Badge Stripes

EVO Hood and Bumper Seals

Clear Turn Indicator Lenses

Candy Apple Rear Lights


Turner Motorsport Engine Performance Chip 

Stromung Exhaust

Z3 Short Shifter



Voltage and Oil Pressure Gauges

Aluminum Pedal Set

Red EVO Seat Belts

M Stripe Interior Seat Badges

Euro Rear Headrest

Center Arm Rest

Python Alarm System with Pager Notification


Car Audio:

Alpine In-Dash CD Player



H&R Race Springs with Bilstein Coilovers

Sparco Front Strut Tower Brace

Cross Drilled Brake Rotors

Painted Calipers

Stainless Steel Brake Lines


17” BBS RS 197/212 Wheels – 8.5 & 9.5

Hankook Tires – 215/40/17 & 225/35/17




Special thanks to Patroni Films:

Photo & Video Work by: Patroni Films /

Words by: Josh Wilson

Purist Group: Sean's 997 and e30 M3

Toward the end of the month of July, I headed down to beautiful Southern California for an annual family vacation. Every year, our destination is the city of Oxnard—which, if you are local to SoCal, you probably know it as “The ‘Nard.” Apparently it isn’t the most desirable vacation spot, but if I can stay in a beautiful hotel right on the beach, I’m perfectly happy.  

For this trip, Igor and I had collaborated so that he would make the trip down to Los Angeles during the same time that my boyfriend Dustin and I would be there. This way, we could plan photoshoots and content for the CAtuned website and blog. Of the few shoots we had planned, one of our goals was to meet up with a good friend, Sean Lee. Many of you may recognize his name if you are familiar with the Purist Group. Sean is an incredibly humble person with a genuine passion for everything automotive. 

When the day came for us to meet up to shoot, Igor, Dustin, and I piled in the CAtuned e28 and MTech e30, and headed to Sean’s “cave”—which is essentially an office and space for Sean to work on the vehicles he stores there. Here, we were introduced to our subjects for the day: a gorgeous E30 M3 and a 2005 Porsche 997 GT3RS. We were also joined by a fellow photographer Brian (@itsjustbrian) for a fun day of photos. Once we had settled on a plan, we all drove out to Sean’s warehouse, where he conducts business for his company, Air Tiger Express. Having an entire warehouse to shoot in was an exciting prospect. The only aspect of the experience that wasn’t so great was the fact that LA was experiencing a severe heat wave. When you combine running around shooting photos with a huge, hot warehouse, with 100+ degrees outside, you get some sweaty photographers and an extreme desire to jump in the ocean.

Out of anyone I have ever met, Sean has to be one of the most colorful and passionate enthusiasts of them all. Just listening to him talk about his history with his cars is an adventure in itself, and you almost find yourself feeling like you were there with him. From his old drifting days to the present, Sean’s words speak volumes in regards to his love for autos. There are some people who radiate happiness when they talk about their passions and hobbies, and to me, those are people you want to surround yourself with. They are people who will teach you important values, and what you learn from them will follow you for the rest of your life. This is the foundation of Purist Group. Enjoy friendship, common interests, and the passion for cars.

The setup for the day varied for shooting cars. Brian first shot Sean’s e30 M3 coupled with Igor’s white MTech e30 (which has now found a new home). I grabbed a few shots as the BMWs had the spotlight.

Once Brian was done with his photos, Sean surprised us by introducing his R35 GTR, sitting on perfectly suited Advan wheels. I tend to find myself liking the classic Skyline bodies more, but every now and then, I find an R35 that really blows me away. Sean’s is one of those GTRs. 

Finally, it was time to shoot the Porsche. I have always found that older cars appeal to me just a slight bit more than newer ones. This counts for their looks, functionality, and nostalgic value. This doesn’t mean that I can’t appreciate a gorgeous, modern car when I see one, though. Sean’s GT3RS is loud, fast, and most importantly, exciting. Putting down 500 horsepower at the wheels, it’s nothing short of a thrill ride. 

There are many elements all around that make the car notable. It sits on simple yet aggressive BBS e88 wheels, and faces out with GMG carbon front fenders. 

The interior was just as beautiful as the exterior. With sturdy feel of the Carrera GT seats, sitting behind the wheel of this beauty just feels right. One element that I loved was the guages. I know, it may seem like an elementary feature to be so attracted to, but capturing the photos of the brightly lit cluster was just so easy. 

Overall, the car is incredibly clean, powerful, and represents the Purist Group name well—all of Sean’s vehicles do. When you truly have drive for your life’s passion, it will show. Sean is a great example of this ambition, and people have definitely noticed. I am humbled that we got the chance to spend the day with him to enjoy his beautiful cars and listen to wonderful stories. 


Words and photos by: Courtney Cutchen

Humble Beginnings: The Story Behind BimmerHeads

The most common advice that I have heard from friends and family is that you should always follow your dreams. Do what makes you happy, because when you love your work, it really doesn’t feel like work at all. As an artist, this has always carried a heavy significance to me. However, this concept can be applied to just about any interest there is. For Shant and Matt, their company, Bimmerheads, started out as a hobby, but soon grew to become something much more dynamic. 

In October of 2011, the duo sold their first rebuilt cylinder head through the R3VLimited forums. It was initially something for them to test the waters with, but once they sold their first head, they were met with a welcoming demand for more. “At the time, there was no affordable option for people wanting a ported and polished cylinder head,” Shant explained. “I wanted to offer quality work to the BMW community at a reasonable price.” 

Luckily, he had plenty of mechanical experience to appease the need for the product, as he had previously spent roughly four years as a specialist for Ford Model A motors, as well as Ford Flathead V8s. Sure, it wasn’t BMW, but his passion for the make combined with his knowhow set him up for serious success. With Matt there to split the business, the two had a huge opportunity to dive in and let the company grow. 

Bimmerheads, like any other shop, has their specialties. They deal mostly with M20 and M30 heads, and they are able to build anything from bone stock to full race spec. Occasionally, they work with other motors, such as M10s, M42s, and even S14s and S38s. The variety that they are able to provide has landed them great business in the past, and their work can be found on many well known cars, such as the KAmotors M20 turbo build. Even their own cars have gotten the attention they deserve, as Matt’s 2.7L M20 turbo e30 has been seen in publications like Performance BMW and Bimmer Magazine. 

The quality of their work has drawn in many customers, but it’s not just the price that appeals to people. Matt and Shant have a genuine love for BMW and its following. 

I asked Shant what he considered to be the most rewarding aspect of being an enthusiast, and his answer was simple: “It’s all about the community.” He and Matt are both very dedicated to genuinely helping others, and at the end of the day, they aren’t interested in trying to compete for the nonexistent automotive throne. They simply want to build quality components and work with good people. 

Ultimately, Bimmerheads is running strong. Matt handles half of the work, dealing with marketing both cylinder heads and other engine work, shipping, and customer service, while Shant does a large portion of the labor. With a steady balance of both workflow and customers, there is a lot of potential for further growth. The idea is that eventually, Bimmerheads would like to do more work building complete engines, which could open even more doors. This is obviously a huge passion for the two business partners, and when your heart is in your work, it can be nothing short of amazing. 




Contributing cars courtesy of: John Barlow

Words and photos by: Courtney Cutchen