Photography by Courtney Cutchen
“When you put the ‘CSL’ name on your vanity plate, its not something to be taken lightly,” Shafique Bhimani tells me with a humble sense of confidence. It’s not as though pride has gone to his head; instead, it’s clear he knows what he’s built. Shafique’s E36 leaves no bolt left unturned, and his widespread and comprehensive followthrough on the “CSL” mentality is clear: somewhere between power and prowess lies one of the best E36s we’ve seen.
We’ve watched over the past few years as values in the classic car market soar. What were once affordable Porsches are now backup retirement investments, and even the bottom-of-the-barrel Bimmers are fetching several times what they were just a few short years ago. Rapid inflation has struck the classic car market, for better or for worse, and we’re merely along for the ride. Unfortunately, us car guys aren’t alone; classic trucks are worth more than ever.
The world of air suspension is one full of intricacies, details, and a multitude of components; frankly, it requires a certain level of knowledge, understanding, and heaps of research in order to become wholly acquainted with.
On spring afternoons, it’s common to find yourself driving home after a morning out at the various car shows that emerge as winter wanes. You leave content, having filled your quota of cool cars for the day. For a car guy it’s hard to ask for much more than rows of your favorite cars, but as I drove home from the third Luftgekuhlt show I found myself energized by so much more.
It was in 1982 that the world of motorsport saw the introduction of Group A racing, a direct replacement for the FIA’s Group 2 regulations for modified touring cars. Almost immediately, BMW scrambled to submit a car for homologation, and for the 1982 season of the European Touring Car Championship, BMW raced the 528i sedan.