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E36 M3 (1992-1999) {Euro - S50 B32 321hp @ 7400 rpm} {U.S. - S52 B32 240 hp @ 6000 rpm}
Total Produced: 71,212 - Years Produced: 1992 to 1999


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Old Thu, May-25-2017, 02:52:19 AM   #1
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Default Road Trip in the M3 to Pinehurst Concours in NC

Every May, I head south to Pinehurst NC for a couple days of golf and the Pinehurst Concours show.

I decided to take the M3 on the road trip this year, drive it solo, and concentrate on the Blue Ridge Parkway and other secondary roads. The "leave your cares behind" attitude that a fun car and freewheeling through the countryside for hours on end is so damn therapeutic. It seems like 3hrs on backroads goes by quicker than 30min on the highway.

The Blue Ridge Parkway is something to be experienced. There were points that the road was truly on top of the mountain...views as far as the eye could see looking both left and right while in the same spot. The real danger of that road is not keeping your eyes on it; not speeding, like the US Park Police told me when our paths crossed late Sunday afternoon

All in all, I spent ~30hrs behind the wheel and covered about 1400mi over the course of 3.5 travel days. Happy to report no fatigue, aches, or pains from the Vaders. Everyone's body reacts differently, this is simply my experience.

Here are some pics and commentary.

Stopped to answer mother nature's call on the Blue Ridge Parkway. This pic/view was a happy accident.


A view from a bit further down the road. Probably 30mi north of Roanoke VA


When I finally made it to NC, I stopped in at Road Scholars in Raleigh. What an awesome place and great guys...got a full tour and then ended up sitting around with the owners and staff, talking cars and all sorts of stuff into the early evening. Side notes on Road Scholars: Jaw dropping inventory, the Cayman GTR they built is extraordinary and they have a white 96 328is that is has to be one the best non-M E36's in existence. Anyway, my car among some the elite.


They posted my car on their IG feed the next day.


So late last year I figured out how I could put my car IN the Pinehurst show. I was in the car club area on the lower fairway, a non-judged section. 40+ Ferrari's, 40+ Porsches, a bunch of MB's and Corvette's, but only 4 BMW's. My experience talking to people and the interest in the car really reinforced the notion that these are starting to get the respect they deserve.

That S52 M Coupe wears Evergreen extremely well. It's THE color for that car in my opinion. A few bright red heavy hitters arriving in the background.


I was one of the last off the lawn so I decided to take advantage of the photo op at the award presentation area.


A couple shots from the journey home.


Pilot Mountain. Yes I know what it looks like. There is a road up to the top, I could see a mountain range 107mi away from the lookout.


Who knows where in North Carolina


Found this place just off of the Blue Ridge Parkway, approx 30mi south of Roanoke


When I get some time, I will put up some photos of other cars in the show. BMW was represented really well in the judged part of the show with an E30 M3, 503, 507, and a really nice CS coupe.
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Looks like a really fun road trip, thanks for sharing!


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Absolutely awesome. Love the old trading post photo.
Also, evergreen absolutely is the best colour on the shoe.
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Looks like a great time!
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Default Re: Road Trip in the M3 to Pinehurst Concours in NC

That parkway speed limit is a real hinderance to a great handling car...

On your next trip down break free of the Parkway in Southern Va...
Take Route 8 from Floyd VA to Stuart VA.
On the way back, take Route 40 from Woolwine to Ferrum, then on to Roanoke.
The wife hurls as passenger on those roads every time...

In NC, see if you can work in a trip down the "Tail of the Dragon"
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I just got back from a trip where we did tail of the dragon and back of the dragon. The tail is too busy and long, the surrounding roads are way better. Also the back of the dragon was amazing, no traffic and just the right length.
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If you're hankering for some left & rights and cannot sleep, it's normally clear between 1AM & 7AM....
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Default Re: Road Trip in the M3 to Pinehurst Concours in NC

Looks like it was a great outing. I am surprised that the Vintage has not let in E36's yet. Snobbish if you ask me. I have seen too many clapped out e30's in photos from the show. I am not about to drive my E30 M3 the 2K miles for the event.

The drive down has some great secondary roads. Yes the parkway speed limit is a pia but it's there so people can enjoy the views without worrying about getting hit from behind by someone doing 75 while they are site seeing.

Thanks for sharing
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Thx for sharing, it reminds me that twisty fun roads do exist outside of CA
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I just got back from a trip where we did tail of the dragon and back of the dragon. The tail is too busy and long, the surrounding roads are way better. Also the back of the dragon was amazing, no traffic and just the right length.
I've gone once and just to see it fot myself with no plans to do it again.

There are far better roads that are less busy in NC, just gotta know them.

Great post OP!
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