On a Sunday morning, it takes A LOT to get me out of the comforts of my bed because the chances are likely that the Saturday night festivities require a degree of recuperation. But this Sunday was different, as my morning was about to start off with the company of Mr. Greg Strube and his immaculate BMW E30 M3. Original parts and sexy lines made this M3 all business and a Bimmer Lover’s wet dream.
Greg is no slouch when it comes to a history of tuning cars. Originally starting with a 76 Beetle, he moved to a Supercharged Civic Si, a slew of MK IV and V GTIs, an S2000, Mcoupe, and then the E30 M3 stepped into his life. Arriving to his home bone stock, the car was unmolested, begging for an experienced tuners touch!
The E30 M3 was made with one thing in mind, race, and Greg’s E30 displays this in the most perfect of ways. The tasteful modifications help enhance what our Bavarian friends meant for all of us to see, those amazing lines, straight 80’s cut with mild OEM evolution wide body.
As the 3rd owner of the ///M, Greg acquired the car in mint condition; a rare case that he says is the result of the two OG automotive enthusiasts that owned the car before. Though well driven (150,000 miles driven), the body is a 9.9 out of 10, with the paint looking like it just came off of the factory floor.
The color is Sterling Silver which happens to only be offered in 1990 and 91, and is the rarest color made for this body type. Originally his ///M was built in Germany but Greg has receipts from Italy, so he is under the impression that it was shipped over there for a couple years early in its life which could make for interesting history.
Originally coming with 15” rims, one of Greg’s first modifications was to set the stance right. But, what rims do you select for such a beauty? Well, with the help of his boy Marque Marquez he found some pretty rare 17” 506 series HREs at a wheel joint here in Houston called Rollo’s. Stacked in their outdoor racks Marque spotted the rims, and pushed the suggestion. Greg went by for a test fit and they fit perfectly, he notes, “It was a pretty weird find”…I would say so!
He had the wheels completely redone at HRE, salvaging only the center section as it is no longer made. The wheels were modified to include a step lip and modified center caps were given courtesy of HRE. Greg says at the time he first saw the wheels, he really didn’t like them, but after being remastered by HRE, I think he is satisfied ;).
The interior of the M3 originally came to him with a ton of grey vinyl, a clear product of 80’s design. Greg swapped out the major components with black suede and left the rest of the immaculate interior untouched. Tired of the OEM sitting style, Greg was in the hunt for some classic looking race seats. Spotting some Recaros from a Mitsubishi Evolution 8, Greg saw the vision of these bad boys snug in his car, and sent to have some custom seat rails made. A nice touch if I say so myself.
Under the hood of the Bavarian beauty sits a high revving 4 cylinder that sits slightly behind the front axle, providing almost perfect 50/50 weight ratio. Being a previous owner of an S2000, Greg notes that the 4 banger ///M motor reminds him of a father to the F20 out of the S2K (minus the V-TEC). Being able to rev to 8,000 RPMs the ///M’s four cylinders rev just 1k shy of the F20 out of the S2000. Not to shabby for a motor design that is over 20 years old!
Greg has a plan or two for this beast. He plans to take the 2.3 liter and stroke it out to a 2.5, and a turbo looks bright in the future too. Isn’t that right Greg 😉
Either way, the car has got our approval in every way. I will never forget how crisp the lines of the car were when we first arrived at the shoot today, thanks for letting us immortalize your car Greg, a gem for sure.
Greg Strube’s Official Modification List:
– Smoked parking lights
– Smoked front and rear bumper markers
– Hella smoked euro headlights
– Carbon fiber brake ducts (painted)
– Carbon fiber front splitter
– Rear euro license plate filler panel
– Euro front grills
– Black kidney grills
– Ground Control coilovers with camber plates
– Sparco front strut bar
– Braided Stainless Steel Brake lines
– HRE 506 Series
17×8.5 / +7
215/40/17 Falken 452
17×9.5 / +7
245/35/17 Falken 452
– Evo 8 Recaro Sport seats with Wedge Engineering brackets
– Removed back seat
– UUC shift knob
– B&M Short Shifter
– Alpine X305 headunit, Arc Audio components, amp, 10″ sub
– Adjustable cam gears
– Lots of polished goodies
– Deleted cruise control unit
– Deleted windshield washer reservoir
As always, all 21 pictures can be found HERE.
Pictures were taken by Khiem Pham exclusively for MaydayGarage.