Blog posts tagged with 'e30'

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

E30 Picnic 2016

The E30 Picnic is what most car events should aspire to be like. It's more of a leisure social gathering for E30 fanatics than it is an all out concourse or car show. It just so happens there is lush grass to park your 25+ year old BMW coupe on, and everybody around you is equally as obsessed as the next person. At the E30 Picnic, it's possible to see every E30 variant, including a touring, baur, and even a custom pickup. Furthermore, this year's attendance was roughly 200 cars (and yes all were E30s), with some people driving from as far as Nebraska! Needless to say, if you live anywhere in North America and share the same addiction for the E30 chassis, attending this event is a must. 


Photos & txt via: Nick Caron

Nikon D7100 & Nikon 17-55MM f/2.8

IG: @caronn

E30 Picnic 2015

E30 Picnic - Let the pictures do the talking: 


And some None E30 cars seen at the show: 


Pics by: Igor Polishchuk

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