The cure for a broken heart

After her E46 M3 was vandalized, Courtney Wingfield decided to make the best of a bad situation. Repainting it Yas Marina Blue, she built it into the BMW of her dreams, with well sorted aerodynamics, powerful brakes and track-ready suspension.

April 14, 2016
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Courtney Wingfield has been into cars since she was a teenager. Now 25, she’s already owned eight cars, half of which have been Bimmers.

“I’ve owned so many cars because I like cars in general and I want to own them all,” Wingfield says.”It’s hard to drive just one.”

Beyond merely owning eight cars, Wingfield has modified each one, from her first to her latest, a 2004 E46 M3. The M3 is her first M car, and modifying it wasn’t part of the plan when she bought it.

“I honestly told myself that there was no need to modify an M3,” she explains. “It’s the Ultimate Driving Machine right?”

Right, but that didn’t stop her from fitting a new set of wheels to add a little bit of stylish flair, then a pair of Bride Zeta III bucket seats and an MXP exhaust—just enough to bring out the M3’s potential at the track without rendering it too compromised as a daily driver.

“I had no plans to get crazy with the modifications,” says Wingfield.

That is, until a few months after tracking her car for the first time. Parking it overnight, she came out one morning to discover that her M3 had been keyed.

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