Supercar Saturdays – May 2011

Supercar Saturdays – May 2011

This past weekend, we sent Andrew the blogger to the first Supercar Saturdays of the year. These are the results of his journey.

[Edit]: Check out our coverage of the June 2011 Supercar Saturdays here.

With the threat of rain looming overhead, your humble narrator headed off to the Arboretum at South Barrington to participate in the first Supercar Saturdays of the year. As the only member of Fluid with no plans for the weekend, I was given the keys to the DCM3 and told to rep Fluid as much as I could. Having been to the September SCS in 2010, I was expecting a decent turnout, with some rare cars and interesting whips pockmarked throughout the parking lots. What I found, however, was more than I would have expected, or could have imagined. Of course, I arrived at the Arboretum without my camera; luckily, Nick from Touge Factory was meeting me there a little later, and he brought it to me, but not before taking a picture of me in action. The best conversations are always conducted with hands in the pockets:


I answered a lot of questions and handed out many cards in the first hour of the meet. Most of these questions, however, were in one of two categories: “What’s the point of that much stretch on the tires?” and “Do you guys really run open filters like that all the time?” After receiving the camera from Nick, it was time to skirt away from the M3 for a while and document this meet, which contained some of the most insane cars I’ve seen in some time. But first, I had to make my way through the Bavarian sector of the meet:


From domestic muscle to exotic carbon fiber wings, everything was represented at this show. Old Mustangs are always a delight to see:


This 68 Lamborghini Espada was, quite possibly, the most interesting car at the meet. And given its age, it was in absolutely spectacular condition:


This Porsche had one hell of a function-driven interior. The mixture of metal, carbon fiber and leather was simply transcendent.


And then we walked over to the Taste of Italy area of the parking lot. I am too busy drooling to type anything else for a little while.


The Ferrari 599 GTO was undoubtedly my favorite car of the entire meet, just because this is one car that I might not ever see again (except for next month’s SCS, natch):


And then there was a SuperVeloce. And more drool was spilt onto the asphalt:


The line of Italian supercars generated one serious crowd for the duration of the meet.


Not entirely sure what this is, but it looks mean as hell.


This classic Datsun was a welcome face at the meet, as there weren’t very many old Japanese cars there.


This was a color scheme I hadn’t yet seen on a GT3 RS. Truth be told, it looks a lot better than some of the more “look at me” color schemes out there:


This Corvette Sting Ray split-window is the stuff that dreams are made of. To see this car in this good of a condition is not something you’ll encounter every day, or maybe ever.


And then there was a Fiat 500 Cinquecento. First one I’ve actually seen on the road in the states. It’s little, but it’s definitely poised to give BMW/Mini a run for its money.


In the British corner, there was an Aston Martin DBS:


This old Starlet was also a welcome sight at the show, complementing the Toyota’s OEM restored look with something absolutely bonkers. That widebody kit is, well, wide.


From SCS, Nick in his Civic and I in the M3 headed over to Addison, to check out JDM Chicago’s opening meet of the year. The fellows at that meet were much more excited about the M3’s stance and stretch, at least from the crowd’s worth of “Holy crap, look at that stretch!” comments it received. You know it’s a good crowd there when they applaud and smile upon witnessing some loud fender rubbing on an M3 that’s maybe a few inches off the ground.


And that was it for the meets of the weekend. But since there was plenty of Saturday sunlight remaining, I had the chance to take some glamour shots on my driveway.


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  • DC
    Posted at 21:02h, 11 May

    I got to get on this supercar list. there seems to be some nice rides out there, I would like to see

  • fluidmotorunion
    Posted at 08:39h, 12 May

    Dave, it’s a ton of fun. Even if I don’t have a Fluid car, I try to make it out every month, just to snap photos and see cars that I’ll probably never see outside of a show like this. The 599 GTO I saw this month was almost like a religious experience, as it’s my #1 favorite street-legal vehicle.

  • anon
    Posted at 05:54h, 07 June

    Nice M3, but why ruin a car like that just for looks??

  • Ryan
    Posted at 06:32h, 07 June

    Awesome cars. The motorcycle is a custom Harley Davidson V-Rod. The Black one in front of tit a Harley Night Rod Special.

  • fluidmotorunion
    Posted at 08:33h, 07 June

    I would consider gaudy amounts of carbon fiber and useless trim accessories, sound systems, etc. to truly be “ruining” a car like that. Our aesthetic modifications still attempt to represent the aggressive performance aspect of the M3; yeah. nobody’s going to be tracking it, but it’s not a car built for the track in the first place.

  • fluidmotorunion
    Posted at 08:33h, 07 June


  • Uncle B
    Posted at 09:14h, 07 June

    What ever happened to the Americans? no Oldsmobiles, Packards, Desotos, Pontiacs, Willys, Studebakers? Where did such Markques go wrong? Was it inferior engineering? Bad taste in design? low quality workmanship? Bad business practices? Why did they fail, fall from glory?

  • fluidmotorunion
    Posted at 11:06h, 07 June

    Well, my lack of coverage of American cars boils down to my completely neglecting to take pictures of their lineup. But all the old vintage cars didn’t go to May’s SCS due to the threat of rain. This month was better, but still not sufficient. Needless to say, they’re out there.

    And yes, Pontiac failed because their lineup was a terrible homologation of parts-bin engineering and a lack of general driving excitement. Look at Holden to see what the future of American cars SHOULD be.

  • herrafrush
    Posted at 00:37h, 08 June

    There are buses that could outhandle your M3 now you’ve ruined it just to fit into a ‘scene’

  • fluidmotorunion
    Posted at 06:50h, 08 June

    Ah, you know what, we totally forgot that all we do is track this car, so yeah, totally took it away from its intended purpose. From now on, we’ll do nothing but lowering springs and CSL replica wheels. Nobody else is doing THAT.

  • sully
    Posted at 19:41h, 08 June

    Why knock on his M3? It may be a little low for my tastes but at least its not the same “blacked-out” crap that I think we all see too much of. I also agree that truly ruining a car requires lots of carbon fiber and a sound system that drowns out the exhaust note.

  • fajas colombianas
    Posted at 07:55h, 17 June

    These are very niefc rides. But out of all the cars, I must say that I liked the GT3 the most in terms of looks.

  • Colin
    Posted at 10:50h, 22 June

    First off, not an M3. Its a copycat.
    Second of all,
    “lowering springs and CSL replica wheels. Nobody else is doing THAT.”
    ……everybody does that. And replicas are a good idea cause thats what your car is…a replica.

    I guess imitation is the highest form of flattery…just stop CALLING IT an M3.

  • Colin
    Posted at 10:50h, 22 June

    Otherwise, photos look great!

  • fluidmotorunion
    Posted at 11:20h, 22 June

    This E46 M3 (and it IS an E46 M3) is our shop car, a long-term project for a close, personal friend of ours. He brought it to us bone stock (and it was still an M3 then), and since then we’ve added a fair amount of goodies to it. You can see the full modification list on the right side of this page:

    If you’d like, I can e-mail you the license plate number to see that this M3 (I will continue to say it’s an M3 because, well, IT’S A M3) is registered with the State of Illinois as……wait for it…..a M3. Which it is. Hell, I’ll send you the VIN. The VIN that says it was birthed at BMW’s factory as an E46 M3…because it is an E46 M3. Do you think we swapped in the S54 (and other M3-only interior and underbody bits) just for fun? Who would swap an S54 and all those other parts into a regular E46 anyways? For that price, you could buy….wait for it….an E46 M3. Which this car already is, so we don’t need to buy another. Another E46 M3.

    By the way, the fenders don’t have the M3 side vents because we shaved them. The body looks a little less noisy that way.

    And thanks for the nice comment on my pictures!

  • shawn
    Posted at 14:21h, 27 June

    Toyota made the Starlet, not Datsun.

  • fluidmotorunion
    Posted at 17:47h, 27 June

    Whoops, looks like I don’t know how to pay attention. Thanks!

  • peugeot fan
    Posted at 08:00h, 06 July

    Lamborghini Espada is the classic super in the planet.

  • 106Lad
    Posted at 10:38h, 13 July

    What spacers are you running on the rear of the M3? 20mm?

  • fluidmotorunion
    Posted at 13:00h, 13 July

    It’s actually a little larger, ~25mm if I recall correctly.

  • Amoney
    Posted at 14:38h, 15 September

    I think that lowering it to that extent is a bit much. I would prefer to see the entire wheel with the tires without them being covered by the body of the car. Is that not a problem for speed bumps?

  • fluidmotorunion
    Posted at 06:57h, 16 September

    As it’s an airbag setup, the car can just raise itself well above the height for the speed bump, giving the suspension plenty of travel and the underbody plenty of clearance.

  • funny facebook
    Posted at 13:03h, 09 October

    Luxury car – Ok, but what there doing this fiat 500?

  • will
    Posted at 15:24h, 21 December

    hey i live in glen ellyn where is this car show???

  • fluidmotorunion
    Posted at 15:38h, 21 December

    Sometimes it’s at the Promenade in Bolingbrook, other times it’s at The Arboretum of South Barrington.

  • DG
    Posted at 20:56h, 25 June

    That bike is SICK!……………..No this is not spam lol

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