Seeing Doug’s new video today made me tear up.

It brought me back to 2011.

I remember the first time I saw a 1 Series M Coupe in a magazine in Valencia Orange. It was love at first sight. I gushed over it to a point nobody could imagine. 2011 and 2012 were the two best automotive years to date if you ask me. I had pictures of 1Ms all over my room (I still do). I’ve always loved the 1 Series, but this thing opened a whole new world for me. It made me love BMW more than I did before. I remember when it was announced as one of the pre-order cars for Forza 4. (Spoiler alert: She didn’t let me. I ended up getting the game a year after release.) I begged my mom to let me pre-order the game because I wanted the 1 Series M. I went to my local dealership when they got the first one in South Florida. I sat in it. I remember it very well. It was a Valencia Orange one without the iDrive (as I’d take it). Since then, I’ve held it as one of those cars I’ve always yearned for and I’ve promised myself that it’s a car I’ll buy one day and drive it for as long as I can. It holds a special place in my heart. It reminds me why I love what I love. It harkens back to a time where I was overly enthusiastic about every new car. It brings me back to when I started reading Oppo in early 2011. It brings me back to a time where I wanted a Focus ST or a Subaru BRZ as a first car. It brings me back to a time in my life that I miss. I’ve only seen four in person since its launch. I remember every single time very well. I can’t really communicate how I feel whenever I see one in picture or in person. It’s just a special feeling that I can’t communicate in words. I yearn to own one. Hopefully I’ll have one sooner than later.

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This has been something I’ve been holding in for six years.

Thanks for listening.