Slice of Heaven - 2002 BMW M3 Long-Term Road Test

2002 BMW M3 Long Term Road Test

2002 BMW M3: Slice of Heaven

March 18, 2008

Recently I found myself in Pahrump, Nevada. It's about an hour north of Vegas. I had stayed late for a photo shoot and was leaving the next morning before dawn to make it back to LA by noon.

Coming out of Pahrump, you drive through the southeastern edge of Death Valley... The desert gets cold in the winter, and especially at night. The M3's freeze warning was going off constantly as the temp dipped below 25.

Even though I was very tired from many days of hard work and the early hours without coffee, that drive through the beautiful red rock valley was probably one of the best driving experiences I've ever had. The beautiful colors in the sky, the craggy mountains shining with Alpine Glow and the purr of the engine was my moment of driver's Zen.

If you ever have the means to drive through Death Valley at dawn (even without an M3), I highly recommend it.

Scott Jacobs, Senior Photographer

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