1997 BMW M3

The E36 has a front steering rack, rear trailing arm, and lightweight chassis,  making it a great option for getting into drifting.

1997 BMW M3
1997 BMW M3
1997 BMW M3
1997 BMW M3
1997 BMW M3
1997 BMW M3
1997 BMW M3
1997 BMW M3
1997 BMW M3

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1997 BMW M3

Jack Reusch

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I am 22 years old and from Fort Worth Texas. I am extremely passionate about drifting and motorsports. I am currently a senior at the University of Northwestern Ohio studying motorsports marketing.

On location at Circuit of the Americas - COTA

While I was in college I started up my first business called JMR Media so I can have some flexibility to go drifting. I specialize in paid advertising, content creation, and SMMA strategy implementation within the motorsports industry. 

As a kid, I always loved playing with RC cars and hot wheels and in middle school, I only played video games like Forza and dirt rally. I got into drifting specifically because of Ken Block and watching his gymkhana videos when I was really young. I chose an e36 BMW M3 for a few reasons. My dad was always a fan of BMW, that was all he ever drove and because of that I became a fan of the brand and learned more about the racing heritage associated with BMW. 

If you try doing some research before you get into drifting you will see that the e36 is one of the most recommended chassis for beginners. Even at the higher levels of drifting, they are still very competitive chassis. The E36 has a front steering rack, rear trailing arm, and lightweight chassis,  making it a great option for getting into drifting. There is a wide range of aftermarket support for these cars, they make engine swap kits, angle kits, and body kits. I specifically chose the M3 chassis as it comes from the factory with a reinforced subframe, stronger axles, and an s52 engine. 

My first car was a 2009 BMW 335i. I bought it senior year of high school and immediately tried to make it go faster by adding a catless downpipe, upgraded charge pipe, and bigger intercooler. 

I passed my driver's test in my dad's 2003 BMW 745Li. Before I got my m3 drift car I had a 1998 328i sedan e36. My dad bought it for me on my 19th birthday in Ohio when I was in college. We got it for $200 and that was the car that opened up many opportunities and experiences for me. I learned how to do everything in that car. That car brought some of my best friends into my life. As a broke college student, it was difficult to get into drifting. I had to go around to many tire shops and ask to take the used tires that they were going to throw out. I had to use used parts to fix my car. 

When I drive my car around town, it draws some attention due to the livery and extreme camber needed to run the SLR Ultra angle kit. I think the car is pretty cool and I have been putting a lot of effort into it so I can be proud of it, but the reason for building this car was so it would be used as a tool. I built this car so I could learn how to drift and maintain a low “cost per lap.”

Ever since I was a kid, I have been passionate about drifting and the feeling of getting a car sideways. To me, it is more than just a form of racing. It is an expression of emotion and creativity, a way for me to be true to myself and show the world who I am. It is an exhilarating experience that I still feel whenever I get the chance to go out and drift.

My love for drifting has been with me for a long time. It is a representation of my inner emotions and a way to express my creativity. I feel as though it allows me to be in complete control of the car and I am able to push it to its limits. Drifting is a skill that takes time, patience, and dedication to perfect, and I believe that it is an art form that should be respected. In order to chase that passion I built a “tool” to accomplish that goal. As I learn more and grow within my career the car will be more efficient, more powerful, and way more fun. 

Buying a car can be an exciting yet daunting experience. When looking to purchase a vehicle, there are several things to keep in mind in order to avoid any potential problems down the road. One tip is to always thoroughly inspect the car before purchasing, paying particular attention to any signs of wear or damage.

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Another helpful hint is to ask the seller for the vehicle’s maintenance records, as this will provide insight into the car’s history and potential issues that may arise. Check the oil and fluid levels, as well as examine the condition of the tires and brakes. Additionally, consider any modifications you may want to make to the car in the future, and factor that into your decision-making process from the beginning. Look under the hood and check for any leaks or rust. It's also a good idea to take it for a test drive to see how it handles on the road.

My car is a fully built drift car, and my friends put in a formula drift “spec” roll cage. Big angle kit, and an awesome livery.

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Engine/Drivetrain Modifications - 

  • Junkyard M52 2.8L
  • 3.91 rear diff ratio out of a 328i automatic

Suspension Modifications -

  • BC Racing coil overs
  • SLR Racing Ultra Angle kit
  • Garagistic Delrin bushings all throughout the car

Brakes/Wheels/Tires Modifications - 

  • 18in RPF1s
  • Valino Greeva 08C

Interior Modifications - 

  • FD legal roll cage
  • NRG bucket seats and harnesses
  • ASD handbrake with a .625(⅝) Wilwood master cylinder. 

Exterior Modifications - 

  • Painted by jarred at @gutsmotors
  • Duraflex over fenders
  • LTW wing
  • Livery created by Vichn Visuals

The Work

I did the Majority of the work myself, the rest of the work was done by college friends as we went to a motorsports school together. 

I did everything else out of my buddy's garage and the storage unit that I currently rent. 

Future Plans

After I finish drift week 7 I will be swapping in an LS to get some more power! I would keep the same car. Ideally Iron block 6.0L, PMC adapter to ZF kit, CX Racing headers, and a holly terminator. Eventually a Magnuson supercharger!


Get at least 1% closer to accomplishing your goal every day. If your goal is building your car, then do something that would contribute to completing your car. That could be something small like going to work to get the money or pulling parts off the car. A little bit of progress consistently is better than no progress ever. 

If you are interested in drifting check out @lonestardrift and @144.printhouse feel free to ask me any questions about drifting or BMWs, ill try to answer them as best as I can! Just shoot me a DM on Instagram!

The Scene

The automotive scene has created a spark for me. I have decided to pursue a career in the motorsports industry and I have developed a sense of purpose working within the industry. All of my best friends and work connections have been made through cars and racing. 

Dream Car

I would love to own an e46 M3, a dodge viper ACR, and a 1997 993 Porsche.

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