NAME: COREY WORTHINGTON // AGE: 20 LOCATION: NORTH SHORE, AUCKLAND // OCCUPATION: CARPENTER
NZ Performance Car: Hey, Corey. That’s a rad E30, are you a big fan of the international and local Euro scenes?
Corey: Hi, team. Yes and no. There are a lot of people in the car scene as a whole who choose to spread negativity about things; however, I’ve always found everyone in the European portion of that scene to be very welcoming and genuinely interested in what you have done to your car, and why. I’d always seen E30s around and thought they looked cool, so I started hunting for my own and wound up with this four-door. Told my parents what I was buying, and they weren’t too into the idea of 16-year-old me owning a BMW, but they were eventually persuaded. That’s got to be over five years ago, now.
She’s on her guts, too. Did you always intend to change things up on it?
Yeah, always have. It was bone stock when I picked it up, but I never thought I’d end up this far into it — it’s seen three different suspension set-ups, seven sets of wheels, and used to be a two-litre automatic. It’s obviously been converted to manual with a 2.7-litre (M20B27) that’s had a bit of work done to it, which bumps capacity up to 2.8 litres, and has a hearty cam. I also repainted it about a year ago with the help of my old man, and, while the motor was out, we gave that a hit of Diamond Schwartz, too.
You mentioned a few set of wheels — was it a hard decision before landing on the Meisters?
Most of those were replica wheels, as I was a broke high-school student, and you don’t really have the money for genuine stuff in those days. But the Meisters are by far my favourite, as I’ve always liked deep-dish, Fat Five–style wheels, and with the specs that they are, they sit near-on perfect.
And what do the purists think of it?
I’ve actually had a few yarns with some hardcore Euro guys about it; the consensus is [that] some like it, and others reckon [that] it’s a waste of an E30. It’s mainly down to the fact that most purists are big on [the] practicality of a car in terms of ride height and handling, etc., but that’s just personal opinion, and, regardless of that, it’s good talking with them, as they always know their stuff.
We reckon she’s mint, Corey. Cheers for sharing her with us.