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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.

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