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Monday, April 15, 2024

A 8,000km Speedhunting Quest To SouthernBM


After 12 hours within the air, Melbourne, Australia beckoned. Regardless of the jet lag, my pleasure propelled me ahead. With the style of a unexpectedly devoured burger nonetheless lingering, I set my sights on SouthernBM. No time to waste – the Speedhunting begins now.

This journey all began with a Bimmer buddy of mine, who bombarded my social media feed with pictures of SouthernBM’s Andrew Brien exhibiting off a jaw-dropping inexperienced E92 BMW M3 racer and a classic BMW 3.0 CSL. After enduring what felt like limitless shares and messages, my curiosity was totally piqued. I knew I needed to make a pilgrimage from my dwelling in Shanghai, China to the Southern Hemisphere’s final impartial BMW sanctuary.

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The joy kicked in as I turned onto Sullivan Road in Moorabbin. It would as nicely be dubbed ‘BMW Boulevard’ given the array of Bayerische Motoren Werke fashions parked roadside, most of the M selection.

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Stepping by way of the gates of SouthernBM, I used to be warmly greeted by Eric Wang, who ushered me into the Southern Traditional Storage for a tour.

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Linked to the principle workshop, this space housed a powerful array of M automobiles, Alpinas, and traditional BMW fashions. These automobiles, some belonging the corporate heads, and others introduced in by shoppers for upkeep, rebuilds and refurbishments, showcased the wealthy historical past and fervour for craftsmanship inside SouthernBM’s partitions.

My eyes instantly fastened on the M3 racer and the enduring 3.0 CSL.

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There was little time for extended admiration, although. My ft led me in the direction of the M5 with its hood popped open. Similar to the adjoining E92 in matte Frozen Gray, each automobiles boast an SBM-developed supercharger package.

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Because of impeccable lighting and a pristine atmosphere, the seemingly haphazard association of automobiles inside SouthernBM was nothing wanting ingenious. Automobiles have been strategically positioned on completely different ranges, making a charming visible spectacle. Capturing this dynamic area stuffed me with exhilaration.

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It truthfully made me really feel like I’d been transported right into a time-bending fusion of the Nineteen Seventies and 2020s. The area exuded a appeal that even surpassed that of the BMW Museum for me, evoking a way of nostalgia and marvel.

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As I stepped into the workshop, I noticed Eric’s M2 Competitors. This automotive, his each day observe machine, even has its personal devoted Instagram account, a testomony to his ardour and dedication.

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It could have been an actual journey to get right here, however visiting SouthernBM stuffed me with a renewed appreciation for the artistry and dedication that goes into each BMW creation. I left, eagerly anticipating my subsequent Speedhunting journey.

Bruno Han
Instagram: panin1x

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