22 March 2010|
Living in a small town drives people to do one of two things; accept it and make a family there or bounce quicktime as soon as they are of legal age. It isn’t uncommon for many, young, country folk to want to get out there and experience the world, perhaps even settle in a major metropolis like New York, London or Toronto. A select few, however, live a sort of hybrid life; they enjoy the peace of a small town but also take the opportunity to travel to stay hip and stylish.
Right from the start of my build I knew from speaking to the representatives at Flossman that no one had yet put the Flossman widebody on the e46 M3 convertible.” Phan admits.
A textbook example of someone living the hybrid life is Coung Phan, who hails from the sleepy town of Hagerstown, MD with a population of roughly 39,000. There is not much of a car scene there, but with mags like PAS at the local book store and the wealth of info on the internet, he started fantasizing at a young age. “Starting at around 13 I would always go to the local grocery market and check out car magazines and get ideas how I would build my car when the opportunity came around,” says Phan “At first I was not sure what car I wanted to get to make into a project car, it went from a TT supra, to 350z, but once I test drove the M3 I knew it was the right choice for me. This car is built from passion and the attention to detail along with the drivers car experience makes it one of the best cars still to this day.”
He also wanted to build something that would stand out and grab your attention without the usual bright colors and tacky parts. When he first started modifying his M3, he noticed on the BMW forums that everyone had their cookie cutter parts like the Vorsteiner hood, which isn’t German and CSL wheels that were probably Chinese-made fakes. “Right from the start of my build I knew from speaking to the representatives at Flossman that no one had yet put the Flossman widebody on the e46 M3 convertible.” Phan admits. “Putting the aero kit on was not an easy task. It took two bodyshops 5 months to put on and redo to a more satisfactory job.”
The Flossman widebody is a special order kit that takes a few months to arrive. It consists of a front bumper, rear bumper and widened flared fenders with pressure relief vents and matching sideskirts. All of the pieces were carefully moldered to the body for a smooth, clean look before being shot in a custom “blue hue” metallic. The kidney grilles and side-vents were hit with matte black for a toned down look, matching the smoked corners and roundels. Both front and rear trails were upgraded to ‘03+up style from Umnitza.