I’m a huge fan of BMW M cars – the M3, M5, M6 and even the hairdressy M Coupé. Made with the utmost levels of care and attention, they combine massive amounts of straight line performance with lithe and nimble handling. And although I can certainly appreciate all the engineering that goes into an M car, I could never actually own one thanks to the sort of people that already drive them. Most likely to be spotted sinking pints at The Baron and Slapper on a Friday night, here are the 10 characteristics that make up the “M” Man.
1: Peroxide Frosting: While short and spiky hairdos go with the territory, any “M” Man worth his salt will have his tips “frosted” with peroxide. This is done to bring out the black leather interior of his new M3. Schweet.
2: Oakley Half Jacket® Sunglasses: Just as at home on the Blair Atholl Golf Estate, the “M” Man will seldom be seen without his trusty Oakley shades on. For maximum traffic-light impact lenses must always be bright orange.
3: An over-sized Breitling Chronograph: Bollocks to Tag or Certina, the only watch that turns an “M” Man on is a Breitling. Big, shiny and weighting in at almost one-kilogram, it’s an essential accessory for a slow cruise through Fourways Gardens.
4: Platinum Bracelet: The only piece of jewelery that’s acceptable to an “M” Man is his beloved Platinum bracelet. Must be worn on the left wrist to add some sparkle to rapid flicks of the gearlever.
5: The Clubber’s Guide to Ibiza (Volume one and two): Hardcore driving requires a hardcore soundtrack and to the “M” Man nothing can compete with the latest compilation CD from the Ministry of Sound. Banging bass lines also allow him to show off the power of his optional BMW Individual sound system.
6: Fitted Golf Shirts: Look out for soft pastel colours that accentuate chiseled pectorals.
7: One-handed Driving Position: No matter how twisty the road gets, our “M” Man will never have more than one hand on the steering wheel. This will usually be the right as the left will be changing gears or feeling up the attractive blonde estate agent sitting in the passenger seat.
8: VIP Parking Sticker for Monte Casino: He might only go gambling once or twice a year, but when he does the “M” Man needs to arrive in style.
9: Personalised Plates: Although seldom seen on the car, personalised plates like “TOOCOOL”, “BADBOY” and “M6EXY” are a must for M ownership.
10: Jaw-Bone Bluetooth Headset: To keep the Metro off their backs, “M” Men in older models will use Jaw-Bone Bluetooth modules to converse with business partners and organise illicit meeting with their fake-tanned secretaries.
If you know of any more, please let me know…
Can we see a picture of you driving an ‘M’?
i promise i wont wear the orange glasses, golf shirt, or the bluetooth headset (since the BMW will be equipped with bluetooth, theres no need for a headset).
i wont have frosted hair, VIP Parking, clubbers guides, or chronograph. and deffinitely no platinuim bracelet.
i will have sunglasses on, but theyll the be blue and silver ones that i have now. maybe a plate that says Asa7, nothing else. i switch between the one handed for cruising, and 2 handed for the spirited driving. and i do listen to loud music now, but if i have a screaming V8 or V10, or a 335i, ill want to hear the engine instead.
so there, not all ///M drivers are like that.
1: Peroxide Frosting: WRONG.I dont have,neither does soulballas
2: Oakley Half Jacket® Sunglasses: Correct. I have oakleys, but more for the fact that they are nice sunglasses
3: An over-sized Breitling Chronograph: WRONG…I have a normal Breitling
4: Platinum Bracelet: WRONG.Just WRONG
5: The Clubber’s Guide to Ibiza (Volume one and two): WRONG.
6: Fitted Golf Shirts: WRONG AGAIN
7: One-handed Driving Position: WRONG. I have SMG, so both hands need to be on the wheel at once
8: VIP Parking Sticker for Monte Casino: WRONG.
9: Personalised Plates: WRONG
10: Jaw-Bone Bluetooth Headset: WRONG. My ///M3 has built in blueteef
Wow, you are very accurate. Well done.
Are you sure you don’t drive an AMG then?
Nope. E46 M3. I am not 50 yet so AMG is out of the question
Just checking – the lack of Ibiza CD’s foxed me. How’s the that E46 treating you?
Loving it man. But then again, what isnt there to love
Yeah, it’s a very well sorted car. I missed my chance at driving one, but I did get to pilot the new V8 version a few months ago. The performance was unworldly. However, I think my favourite M car is the M6.
Hey, seeing as no one has heard of me either, can I get my own column too?
I think we need another guy who doesn’t know what he’s talking about.
Who’s with me?
What we don’t need is another guy without a sense of humour…
I love to buy one when I decide to replace my car. BMW is a good car. No doubt about it.
Pretty funny. Nailed the BMW type.