About Craig Daugherty

Craig Daugherty is a writer and BMW enthusiast from Nashville, TN. His writing focuses primarily on performance tuning, DIY articles, and automotive history.

European Experience 2019: The Summary

Beautiful weather, unbelievable European cars, seafood, beer, and a very broken E30 would summarize what was EUEX ’19. This past weekend, the ECS Tuning crew went south to Hutchison Island, Georgia for the European Experience show and, in classic fashion, I broke my E30 and had to trailer it home. Again. What a trip. 3:00 [...]

May 22nd, 2019|About, Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, MINI, Porsche, Volkswagen|Comments Off on European Experience 2019: The Summary

A Broken BMW E39 M5 is the Perfect Example of Why You Need to Change Your Oil

The BMW E39 M5 is inarguably one of the greatest ‘jack-of-all-trades’ cars ever made. It offered enthusiasts the unbridled power of an M-GmbH-developed S62 V8 that produced impressive power figures. Its chassis was nearly balanced perfectly, as it sported an almost dead-on 50-50 weight distribution. The suspension was a multilink front setup, which provided incredible [...]

May 14th, 2019|About, BMW, Car Care, DIYs, Tech Tips|Comments Off on A Broken BMW E39 M5 is the Perfect Example of Why You Need to Change Your Oil

5 Reasons Why You Should Have a Performance Cold Air Intake

You know them, you love them, you’ve probably already heard plenty of information about them. We’re of course talking about performance cold air intake systems. Plenty of reputable channels and sources have posted information about whether intakes are worth it, what they do, and how they might benefit you, including some of our own literature. [...]

May 8th, 2019|About, Audi, BMW, Intake, MINI, Porsche, Volkswagen|Comments Off on 5 Reasons Why You Should Have a Performance Cold Air Intake

How to Replace a BMW E30 3-Series Convertible Top

If you’re like me, you drive a convertible on nice days. If you are even more like me, you avoid driving on rainy days since it tends to rain more inside the car than outside. This is, of course, thanks to a convertible top littered with pinholes and barely sealed around the windows. Nothing is [...]

May 7th, 2019|About, BMW, Body & Exterior, DIYs, Tech Tips|Comments Off on How to Replace a BMW E30 3-Series Convertible Top

Pegasloth for the People

We all love the underdog story. The plot is one we can trace back to the Epic of Gilgamesh and the Bible, the David and Goliath story. Perhaps more relatable to us car folk would be the story of Takumi Fujiwara in Initial D, where an unknown kid from a mountain town in Japan bested [...]

April 29th, 2019|About, BMW, New Products|2 Comments

Mercedes Pulls Off Epic Double Pit Stop at 2019 Chinese Grand Prix

It isn't often that we post actual racing content here since we don't do any actual, you know, racing. This week, though, the boys from the U.K. in the green and silver cars happened to successfully accomplish a flawless double pit stop since they were restricted to only one pit crew. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zc3JYvvmXxw Without missing a [...]

April 19th, 2019|Mercedes-Benz|Comments Off on Mercedes Pulls Off Epic Double Pit Stop at 2019 Chinese Grand Prix

The E30 Project Update and News

Okay, I promise, the E30 content is going to stop in the next few days. Right now, I am still dug in deep working on fully preparing my 1988 E30 cabriolet for some road trips that will take me all across the East Coast this summer. You can read all about what broke, what I [...]

April 10th, 2019|BMW, DIYs, Project Cars|Comments Off on The E30 Project Update and News

What to Know if You’re a Newbie Traveling for a Car Show

Car show season is wonderful. Every year as the weather becomes reasonable, the biggest events nationwide kick off, with a sprinkling of local and regional events scattered throughout the season. Depending on your interests, there are specific shows for individual models, makes, country of origin, and all-inclusive events that could be on your wish list, [...]

April 9th, 2019|Uncategorized|Comments Off on What to Know if You’re a Newbie Traveling for a Car Show

More Work: Important Services Your Car Probably Needs

Show prep is killing me. I’ve reached the home stretch, the reassembly, which should be all downhill from here. Somehow, I have this sinking feeling it isn’t going to be that easy. With more parts on the way and my E30 still up off of the ground, I’m starting to feel a real crunch for [...]

April 3rd, 2019|About, BMW, General, Project Cars|Comments Off on More Work: Important Services Your Car Probably Needs

Ongoing Project: The M52 Swapped BMW E30 Vert Restomod

As you might have read, I am in the middle of perhaps the biggest project I have undertaken since I initially rebuilt my car. When I first swapped the old M20 out for an M52 in my E30, I replaced everything up front but left all the parts behind the transmission as they were. The [...]

April 1st, 2019|BMW, DIYs, Drivetrain|Comments Off on Ongoing Project: The M52 Swapped BMW E30 Vert Restomod