Out of the mist

Inspired by BMW Motorsport’s late ’70s race cars, Edgar Fajardo modified his 320i with old-school fuel metering, updated suspension and track-ready aerodynamics.

April 14, 2016
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Growing up in the Philippines, Edgar Fajardo was exposed to a limited number of car makes.

“There were a lot of Nissans and Mitsubishis, but there weren’t really any BMWs,” he recalls. And since most of those BMWs were of the two-wheeled variety, Fajardo associated the Bavarian brand more with motorcycles than cars.

That all changed when Edgar’s parents transplanted the Fajardo family to Southern California in 1985 in search of greater opportunities and a better life for their children. It didn’t take long for 19-year-old Edgar to notice the relative abundance of cars bearing the blue and white roundel driving around the streets of Los Angeles. Instead of a BMW, however, his first car would be a Volkswagen GTI.

“I loved the performance of that car,”

he recalls.

Eventually, a growing family of his own meant that Fajardo had to move on to something more practical and accommodating. The solution came in the form of a 1994 E34 525i, but it wasn’t long before Fajardo began looking at the E30 3 Series, as well. He ended up owning two: a 1984 325e coupe and a 1992 325i convertible. He modified the coupe with upgraded suspension, wheels and tires, plus a few other modifications, but in the end he wanted something more unusual than the incredibly popular E30.

“I find E30s very common,” Fajardo says.

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