BMW E30 M3 JPS ATCC 1987 Longhurst

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This is the E30 M3 that gave Tony Longhurst its 4th place in the 1987 ATCC (Australian Touring Championship). The nr 3 sister car driven by Jim Richards is better known (as a model) because Autoart / Biante released this exclusive model (but without the tobacco sponsor logos). The last photo shows Longhurst and Richards together, with the nrs 4 & 3 cars.

The JPS black & gold livery is truly iconic imho. Which is also why it always bothered me that the Autoart model does not have a JPS decal set in the exact same gold color as the rest of the car and neither is there an aftermarket one that matches perfectly. So I decided to go for the nr 4 car as a custom build with a purchased complete decal set (Nikdraw). The decal set is ok but has one major drawback: several logo dimensions are (way) off. However, this is an even more exclusive model and all the gold logos are in one identical metallic color. The only disadvantage to this approach is that I had to use wheels that match the real ones as a close as possible but are not as accurate as the ones on the Autoart / Biante model.

The donor model is an Autoart DTM black plain body. Custom building this model included replacing the rear exhaust with a side exhaust, painting the interior and roll cage black, customizing the Recaro seat to a “Velo racing” seat, etc.

I’d love to build another JPS liveried model, preferable still more exclusive and with a perfect wheel match. Enter the BMW E30 325i that won the 1986 AMSCAR championship! If you’re interested in these 1980’s Australian championships a nice starting place for reading up a bit is this Wikipedia page.


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