- Aug 15, 2013
- Seaham , Co.Durham
- Model of Z
- 2.8 roadster
Walrus submitted a new Showcase Item:
BMW Z3 2.8 ROADSTER
BMW Z3 2.8 ROADSTER
Read more about this showcase item here...Rallying had been my passion for a number of years but with the rising costs of both equipment and entry fees i found myself on the hunt for a cheaper form of motorsport. In the early months of 2012 i discovered what i had been looking for. Autotesting, its an entry level motorsport that is accessible to most people. Entry is granted for any production car or motorsport prepared car for a very little money and it has different disciplines to suit all levels of drivers. You have autosolo's, all forward autotests and full autotests. You tend to work through the disciplines in that order too as autosolo's and all forwards dont involve reversing.
So now i needed a car to compete in. Being a rather large man of 6 foot 5 inches tall and lets say on the porkier side, i had to take these factors into consideration. Of course i wanted a RWD car because well, its just more fun isn't it ?. I didnt want something too large as autotesting is done in car parks and smaller areas.
The hunt was on for the right car, at the right price. I wanted something i could also use on weekends and have fun with on the roads too. I bought and then subsequently sold five different cars, all different models of the BMW E30 variety because they just were not suitable for what i needed. All lovely cars but just no good for autotesting. As a nice bonus , I made enough profit from the five cars to fund the purchase and subsequent modifications to the car I ended up choosing.
I stumbled across the BMW Z3 while blindly browsing ebay for a suitable car. Ide never even considered one before for various reasons like over my budget and "i wont fit in it". I decided to find out if i would fit so i looked up the nearest one i could find from a dealer and went down to the garage under the guise of "im buying this for my son" , "could you show me the car please" ... haha .. i had no intention of buying that car as i was just there to see if i could fit in the thing. Good news !! .. apart from the lack of an adjustable steering column with the bus steering wheel they come with i could fit in there and my head wasnt towering over the level of the windscreen like dick dastardly form the wacky races !
So the i scoured the internet and ended up travelling 300 miles to buy my car, a far from showroom condition 1997 silver 2.8 wide body roadster that had stood immobile for a year and had no clutch left in it. (which i only discovered when i was there haha). I negotiated a price of £950 for the car and...