Feature Friday: Jacob Messer and his '01 BMW Z3 3.0 Roadster
Each Friday, we will feature a different fan and their car(s) on our website, FromCityToCircuit.com. Respond to our Q&A (click here), send us a high-quality photo of you and your car, along with any additional shots of your vehicle, and we'll post our favorites — one each Friday. Please send your responses and photos to firstname.lastname@example.org.
This week: Jacob Messer from Independence, Missouri and his 2001 BMW Z3 3.0 Roadster.
Tell us a little bit about yourself: I am Jacob Messer and currently reside in Independence, Missouri. I am 25, work at QuikTrip and pursuing my Bachelor's in Fine Art.
Tell us about your car: I drive a 2001 BMW Z3 3.0 Roadster. Mods: lots of new parts, suspension components, intake, header back exhaust, flywheel/clutch, 'performance' brakes.
How did you come to own your car? I started looking to purchase my first car back in 2010 as a second car to my daily driver 1998 Saturn SL2. The only requirements I had at the time was it had to have more than 4 cylinders and be a manual. I scoured through car listings from Corvettes to Porsches and Mustangs to 350Z's. I was very performance oriented and really focused on horsepower-to-weight ratio of the cars. Somehow I managed to buy a BMW Z3. For the first 2 years of owning the car it spent more time in the shop/my garage being repaired then it did on the road. After wrecking my Saturn it turned into my DD and since purchasing it I have put 70,000 miles on it in 4 years.
What do you like to do with your car? The entire time I have owned the car I was always working toward of goal of racing it. Each year I would say to myself that it was going to be the year after I perform X maintenance items or I replace X parts with performance parts or whatever. The opportunity finally came in 2014 when my father and I drove the car out to Lake Garnett for the Grand Prix. Not in my wildest dreams could I have imagined the experience and feeling of actually racing my car after all the blood, sweat and tears. [Video from the Lake Garnett Grand Prix can be viewed at the bottom of this page, or by clicking here.]
What has your car taught you? BMW's were brand new to me when I bought it so learning and appreciating how the Germans build and manufacture cars has really opened my eyes, compared to where I have come from working on all domestics. My father, my mechanic mentor, normally does not talk so lovingly about the car probably due to the excessive down time it spent in hid garage while I still lived at home.
Anything else you'd like to add? My Z3 has finally been retired from DD duty and replaced with a 1991 325ix. I think I am starting to like these German cars.
I really kept to an OEM+ look despite that being my actual intentions, I just love the stock wheels. I took the car out for the first time in two weeks the other day and came back home with a headache and an understanding of why people hate riding in it. I really like this car over the M series variant just because it isn't an M.
Text, photos and video submitted by Jacob Messer. Check out Jacob's photography website at the link: http://www.jacobmesser.com/