Words By: Ross Huber
Photos By: Patrick Lauder
As enthusiasts, we aspire and crave to push the boundaries of our passion. From big builds and show cars, to street rippers and modified dailies, there is always a yearning for more improvement. But what happens when the car you’ve lusted for, worked for, and finally acquired ends up in your lineup? Too precious to build? Too nice to track? Or maybe, too nostalgic to pull the trigger on mods… Well, as an enthusiast, you’ll find a way. Just like Jem.
Meet his E46 M3; It’s a car that was hard-earned, patiently waited for, and self-rewarded after years of determination and dedication.
As Motegi lore will have it… we were there from the beginning. From stop light to stop light early import street drags to developing race wheels, we have been a keystone in the subculture, grassroots tuner days of yore and so has Jem. After years of earning his stripes chasing the meet-to-meet drags in an E30 in the mid 1990s Jem arrived at his archetypal Bavarian poster child in 2015.
Coming from a European automotive family, Jem was highly influenced and introduced to the quirky, maintenance ridden world of BMWs after purchasing (at the time) a scene-outsider E30 struggling to find its ranks amongst the myriad of Altezza lit Hondas and DSMs from the heyday of import culture. After years of getting dirty in the streets Jem pursued his passion of owning an E46 M3 – a car he once considered an unobtainable pipe dream.
“My first paycheck that I got as a fulltime firefighter I went and bought an E46 M3. It was a reward for my dedication for schooling, the academy, and the grueling process of becoming a firefighter. It was a nice reward for the hardwork,” says Jem.