In 1977, BMW unveiled the 7 series, with which they defined and entered a new realm of opulent touring sedans. Built to follow the E3 “Bavaria” sedan alongside the E12 5-series, the E23 introduced a new tier of driver-centric luxuries including power front seats with heaters, reclining rear seats, power windows, power mirrors, in-car telephone technology, and extended leather trimmings.
More than a decade ago IND established themselves as the name in modern BMW tuning. 10 years later, they remain at the top, with claims to fame like their recent Ultraviolet M4 and the Blue Ice M235, or true classics like the Dakar E90, or even Project Green Hell. IND has unquestionably set the bar for creating BMWs unparalleled in style, performance, and execution.
Mark Tingey’s ’89 911 Carrera 4 clearly has a lot of draw. Its white-on-white styling nestles it comfortably somewhere in between the 80s and 90s, and its perfect paint, stature, and presence command a bit of respect. Catering a bit to all tastes but the bland, it’s a 964 we can all happily envision in our own garage. In fact, Mark’s story with this 911 began just that way.
It was exactly a year ago when we last saw Olli Grimme’s 2002. Following Wothersee in Austria, our friend and photographer Mike Crawat met up with Olli to photograph his incredible ride. Unsurprisingly, it was a crowd favorite, becoming one of our most popular features of 2017. Previously perched atop a set of BBS RSs, we figured it all but impossible to improve upon.
The sun crested the mesas bright and early, and the occasional shuffle and burble of a truck passing on the nearby trail hurried the morning along. Our excitement was high: Day Five was underway. The day itself didn’t have huge plans; we were several hours south of our eventual destination, and for better or worse, it was the one day of the trip we knew we’d be pounding pavement.