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Old 4 Apr 2012, 10:02 (Ref:3053344)   #16
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Hi Mike, yes Gardner's JPS Team BMW did use the E30 in OZ. The first one was a 323i that was used as a development car and was only used in certain rounds of the Australian Touring Car Championship and the Sydney centered AMSCAR Series. It was in BMW Motorsport colours as they donated the car to Gardner for development puposes. I owned the car for 5 years and it was a delight to run, reliable and relatively cheap to maintain. The car is now in New Zealand.

The next 2 cars were 325i's and were in the JPS livery as Gardner paid for these out of his tobacco money. They were never an outright contender in the ATCC but were quite successful on the smaller tracks and a good indication of the potential of the impending M3's. Both are still available for sale and I've attached a link for the one in NZ which is in quite nice condition.

http://www.my105.com/ListingDetails/...5/Default.aspx

The other one is here in Sydney and is available for about AUD $100k.

http://www.my105.com/ListingDetails/...8/Default.aspx

The 3rd of these 325 shells was converted to M3 specification before the 325 build was completed. I own it and it has been a great car to race. The mainstay of Gardner's challenge in the ATCC was the aging 635 which was proving to be past it's use by date in 1986 and the M3 was introduced in 1987. Richards quaified the first of them on pole for the first round in March. They went on to win the championship and finish 4th outright at Bathurst that year.

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Old 8 Apr 2012, 09:24 (Ref:3055229)   #17
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I still maintain that the Gardner JPS cars were the best looking race cars ever to grace Australian race circuits. He took the presentation of race cars to a whole new level
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Old 20 Apr 2012, 09:57 (Ref:3062539)   #18
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Hi Mike,
Les Dalton here in sunny France.
You might have already looked at the BMWRDC Uk for info, but when I raced in the championship in the late 90s, there were loads of well prepared, and very fast 325is competing.
Have a look at their website, and you may get some relevent information to help with your project car.
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I'd certainly be intrigued to see which livery you go with Mike?

e21 are my usual choice of old BMW but I've just finished putting an e30 325 together myself. I only do a few speed events and track days but the e30 has been pretty well catered for over the years and there's certainly plenty of set-up info available.

Were I to do it again, I would opt for a LHD shell and search out a non-sunroof example. Mind you, given my tiny budget, I am quite happy with how my car has turned out. It might only have 170bhp but it only weighs 1 010 kgs so it's still good fun.

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Hi Mike, yes Gardner's JPS Team BMW did use the E30 in OZ. The first one was a 323i that was used as a development car and was only used in certain rounds of the Australian Touring Car Championship and the Sydney centered AMSCAR Series. It was in BMW Motorsport colours as they donated the car to Gardner for development puposes. I owned the car for 5 years and it was a delight to run, reliable and relatively cheap to maintain. The car is now in New Zealand.
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My old car, it was such a great, fun car to race. My whole team miss it.
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BMW 323i Group A

This is all prbably a bit late.
I own the BMW JPS 323i Grp A car bthat raced in Australia in 1985.
Built by Frank Gardner, BMW Motorsport livery, as JPS did not want to use sponsorship money on a development car.
later that year, a black JPS 323 car was built for the enduros. In 1986, this was converted to a 325, and 2 other 325s were built. AS i understand it, the last of these was converted into an M3, being the first of the JPS M3's that Richards ran.
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Old 19 Jan 2013, 14:35 (Ref:3191493)   #23
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sorry, had to drop this here..
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q7oVn1N2unc
The description says that the engine is an ex-linder group A.
Short gearbox, more revs, and look how it overtakes the M3's..
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This is all prbably a bit late.
I own the BMW JPS 323i Grp A car bthat raced in Australia in 1985.
Built by Frank Gardner, BMW Motorsport livery, as JPS did not want to use sponsorship money on a development car.
later that year, a black JPS 323 car was built for the enduros. In 1986, this was converted to a 325, and 2 other 325s were built. AS i understand it, the last of these was converted into an M3, being the first of the JPS M3's that Richards ran.
Hi Peter thanks for posting, great to hear one of these cars is alive and well, keep us all posted!
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Thanks for posting Peter. I remember watching your car race in 1985 and I'm glad to see it is still alive & well.
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Extremely late but I found a video of the BMW Motorsport 323i, such a great car. Found some very useful information about it here
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