Richard Palmer Motors Norfolk LTD have been establised in the heart of Great Yarmouth longer than I've been in the car trade. Dave Mann and his sons run the garage, offering BMW and Opel Servicing, Conversions, Maintenance and Tuning to all passing trade.
Adjacent to the company Paul Mann deals in Car Sales and other Restorations, which are all sold on at decent prices. You can contact the garage directly for enquiries at 188 Northgate Street, Great Yarmouth, NR30 (01493 332313). Now lets talk about the car!
This BMW has had my attention for a few months now, having visited the garage a few times already. I remember driving past and seeing this car I had to get a closer look.
I can't believe how clean this car is! It looks like a 100% standard BMW out of the factory, but with the added lunacy of a 4.0 Litre Monster V8!
The noise from this car is gut wrenching. It is SATANIC!!!! The exhaust tips look stock but don't let them deceive you. Workmen on South Quay (Great Yarmouth) had stopped and were STARING, MOUTHS AJAR as they saw me thunder past. This engine makes a serious bloody racket at full throttle, and full throttle I pressed... (apologies to Norfolk Constabulary - I had to do it).
I cannot believe how smooth this car drives for such a big engine. Cruising around is effortless. Power steering works as BMW intended - all my interior functions work perfectly. There are no warning lights or errors on the Instrument Cluster as you would expect in a Conversion Project. The seats are still in good nick, nothing inside the car screams ''modified'' or ''budget''. It really is a charmer and I am enjoying myself this morning. First destination a nearby Petrol Garage for some BP Ultimate. Ashley Steward runs this Petrol Station with his family, with Kirkley Run Tyres and Wheels behind the garage (three locations locally). You can buy any combination of Midrange or Leading Brand Tyres and accessories from any of these service stations. They are all behind his BP Garages and can be found by searching Google. Now the BMW has a decent amount of happy juice, I think I'm going to make use of my time with this joy wagon ;-)
I cannot convey in words the noise this car makes. It isn't too loud, but on full 'chat' it draws attention from EVERYBODY. Driving along The Seafront with Paul got some major gawps from onlookers. I think I should drive this to Chester :P I wish haha! Nattering aside I suppose I'd better get on with the review..
Tight as fook! Seriously sturdy, and old cars aren't supposed to feel this good. I was expecting the odd squeak or rattle but no untoward noises whatsoever. This vehicle has done under 50 miles in the past two years, and the time and labour gone into it are evident from the attached images. Steering is agile. I point and shoot. Just point and shoot! It is continuously agile! My mind is connected to the tarmac and this car makes it seamless.
A dab of throttle sends this thing sideways, but it is easily controllable with the Medium Case LSD. Roundabouts and this thing are for bum action! Two days later I have driven an F Series BMW M4 (again), and comparatively there isn't much difference regarding driving comfort and little touches like the Brake Pedal. Some things don't need to change, and BMW created a good base for this project to be built on!
A Charmer... Everybody (even haters) secretly love the E30. Its like a MK2 Escort. You may not 'want' to like it but you have to! I think for the age they are a good looking car. From the amount of looks we got I'd say it is still a stunner after all these years. Maybe its an aquired taste like Desperados or Guiness, but if I was asked to look after this car for a month you can bet I wouldn't say no.
Jesus f@*k! F@*k Jesus! Holy S#£! This is raw.. This is pure ANALOGUE!
I know I shouldn't swear in these blogs but God help me this thing is LAIRY! It just pulls and PULLS and I'm like ''where does it rev to?'' to which Paul answered ''I don't know lol''. This car is definitely a tear-jerker if you love motors. Its an emotive machine and you would have to be bonkers to say this car isn't special. It is a phenomenal feat from the guys at Richard Palmer Motors Norfolk LTD, but after seeing their work on the Classic Ford's I didn't expect anything less. Move out my way I WANNA PRESS THIS THROTTLE!
Loud when needed, respective under part throttle. This is the perfect car. Just like driving a Porsche 997 with Sports Chrono, or a Ferrari F430, it has quiet and LOUD without the need for an exhaust flap! Very similar to the BMW E36 Compact that I owned. I fitted a 1993 E36 325i Vanos Engine, and that was perfectly quiet on cruise, but an animal at W.O.T. It was just like this tbh, without the bladder-bursting torque that this 4.0 V8 puts out.
What can I say? I really do like this car, and wouldn't have gone back so soon if it wasn't for the fact I had to get to Cheshire for Remapping. This car is crazy fast! CRAZY FAST! But to those who were terrorized by my driving you will be safe in the knowledge that it is going back into storage. A shame I know, but if you owned a car like this I'm sure it wouldn't be a daily hack either. I don't know though.. maybe it should be! Thinking about this car makes me laugh like Satan on a good day.
Massive thank you to Paul Mann for arranging this. I actually hate him now I've driven it, but that's just my emotions getting the better of me! Has it got more torque than a Naturally Aspirated Porsche 911? Or does it just put the power on the tarmac better? God only knows - they're both strong enough for me and I don't care which one I drive!
Nicholas Lawrence //ON CARS
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