I didn't read all the posts, but i will.
I remember the start of the love affair
i was 5yrs old, it was 1988 i saw a red E30 M3. later that week i received one of the hot wheels set it had the Warsteiner M3. that was the beginning. The love only continued as the E36 came out and i saw it at the Javit center in dakar yellow, then the E46.