2001 BMW 330i | Herschel Dubé


Growing up I’ve always loved cars whether they were my toy legos, antiques, new cars, American or euro I loved them all. I remember the first time I sat in the front seat of my dad’s 1990 BMW 635csi and felt the torque sucking me into the seat with the biggest smile on my face. My father was a big influence in my love for cars because I watched him passionately build his cars from the ground up and never cut corners. Although our generations and styles are different now I still look up to how he would worked on his cars with passion and attention to detail.           

My venture into car builds began at the age of 16 when I purchased my 1993 Bmw 535i which was a 3.5 liter inline 6 engine with 225hp for the price of 2500$.The car came with factory bbs wheels, meaty tires and factory ride height. I loved this car from the moon and back and I named her Vanessa. Although I could barely afford gas, inspection or even replacing the tires on this car I drove it proudly.  It was with this car where I felt the true difference in having a rear wheel drive car over anything else. In the beginning I had bolt on modifications such as stage 2 intake, bolt on muffler, chip and used bc coilovers. As time went by the car began to have driveshaft issues that cost way above what was worth of the car.           

It was the summer of 2010 I decided to cut ties with Vanessa and find another car that would be more sufficient with my budget and ambition. After looking through many cars I came across a stock 2001 Bmw 330i. Although I wanted an m3 the price range for one at the time was just out of my league. This black 330 was a very good platform for the desires I had to build my own m3. The inline 6 3.0liter engine and lighter body gave the car a good amount of torque and power. Learning from my mistakes I knew this build had to be different and it had to be my own. I began this build with ISC coilovers that had dampening and pre load adjustments. Moving further I changed the wheels to a more aggressive set of m3 wheels and swapped the front bumper for an m3 style with a csl carbon fiber lip. The engine work included swapping the stock cams for m3 cams including m3 high flow headers and a custom built

3 ½ down pipe to 3 inch straight pipes flowing into a dual in dual out magnaflow muffler. Afe stage 2 intake, M3 control chip, stoptech brakes with drilled and slotted rotors.

The building of Holly was going over so well and I had not a care in the world until on March 19th 2015 the very last snow storm my car was struck and totaled by a hit a run driver. I walked out to what I found was my car edged onto the sidewalk left for nothing but a piece of metal. I had my car towed to Moonlite Motorwerks in Gilbertsville where I was given the bad news that the car had been totaled. In my mind I knew I wasn’t going to let Holly go so I paid out of pocket 9k to rebuild the frame damage and replace the whole suspension, wheels, engine mounts, brackets, under drive pulley and other damaged parts. It was at this point where I took my Fathers advice and made Holly my own build. I started with going with a more appropriate mtech II front bumper with a hamman carbon fiber lip. Replaced the rear trunk with a carbon fiber csl style trunk lid. Adding to this I got rid of the stock hood and got VIS carbon fiber gtr m3 hood with led halo depo 12k headlights. Controlling the car is an NRG hub with a grip royal woodgrain steering wheel. I swapped my ISC coilovers for broadway static coils with 24k spring rates for a more aggressive lower ride height. With that I also completed a 5 steel lug nut conversion to be able to fit a wide wheels in the front and rear without any wobbles or issues. SPC steel lower control arms for -9 degrees camber rear -3 fronts sitting on Water Cooled Ind MT10 wheels 18x10.5 et 15 18x11.5 et10 in the rear. I pulled the body line of rear to fit an aggressive width in the rear and had the car wrapped dragon fly red to match the flow of what I call a rebirth of Holly.           

My future plans for the car include Airlift struts, VIP modular wheels 18x11 fronts 18x12 rears and a full supercharged LSX engine swap. Stage 3 racing single mass racing clutch. Vortex custom carbon fiber diffuser with a rebuilt exhaust and down pipe to accommodate the LS engine flow. Strip the interior for a camo inside inner lining and remove the rear seats and swap the front seats from bride racing seats.  The Holly build will always continue but my plans for this car will always be of vengeance. This car represents who I am as a fighter and will never
be stopped.