• May 6th 2010 at 1:29PM
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Are you a fanboy? It's fine, you can admit it. While the term often carries a negative connotation, being a fan of one particular brand isn't really anything to be ashamed of, and we all have our built-in biases and preferences anyway. So strong was Steve Marsh's love of BMW automobiles that his family decided it would only be proper to bury him under one when he died at the young age of 51 years old.

Marsh, somewhat ironically an engineer at Ford, apparently had a particular fondness for the BMW M3 convertible. Nothing wrong with that, we say. And so wife and two children contracted a mason to help them design a headstone in the shape of that very automobile. No big deal, right? Wrong. This particular headstone happens to be life-size and was chiseled out of a single block of granite.

So large is the M3-shaped stone that it cost a whopping £50,000 (over $75,000 U.S.) and had to be shipped in from China. Total weight comes in at one ton, which meant it took a crane and 20 operators to lower the stone in position in its final resting place at the Manor Park Cemetery in East London.

A tad offbeat, for sure... though not nearly as much as the Puerto Rican who was embalmed atop his Honda CBR motorcycle. As you might expect, the massive hewn BMW headstone is raised the ire of some locals. Local resident Rene Dryden commented:
You have to admit it's totally different to everything else around it. It's definitely not my taste. I think some people will say it's tacky and it could end up as a target to be vandalised. It could open the floodgates for anything to be built in a cemetery. When I walked past it the other day, though, I have to admit it did make me smile.
Honestly, it's not really our taste either. We'd have gone with a hardtop for all those rainy London days.

[Source: Daily Mail]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      I don't think that's a life-size BMW. That or those pansies are gigantic.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Don't doubt the power of "Miracle Grow"
      Colleen
      • 5 Years Ago
      These people clearly have more money than brains! What a waste of money. It would have been so much nicer had they donated the money to a good charity in his name or sent a deserving kid to college.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Colleen
        We tend to forget we live in a free country and at this moment evens though our freedom is slowly dying, we have the right to spend our money the way we want too. Seems as everyone says a "waste of money" but the person who put it there found comfort in giving what He thought was appropriate and comforting. Their will always be starving and abused kids, because the ones talking the talk, isn't putting their money where their mouths are. Who says this person didn't give the rest to charity? Who says what is right or wrong in how to fulfill one's last wishes? Money doesn't buy happiness in life or death, enjoy the person, even if they are gone.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Some people take their cars for granted. This here family took BMW Steve's car for granite.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I see nothing wrong with it, obviously , the family had the money, and they helped many people keep employment making, delivering, and mounting, their tribute, and way of dealing with their personal loss of a loved one.
      Who is anyone on here to judge their way of dealing, and bringing a smile to their faces?????????
      • 5 Years Ago
      Is it just me, or does the "car" just not look right as you follow the lines from front to rear? As if for the rear, they accidentally switched pages to another car...?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Maybe it's just me, but it doesn't look "life-size" to me. (shrug)
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yeah, looks scaled down... 1 ton isn't a lot for solid granite sculpture of that size.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Dammit - beat me to it. I don't think it's life-size either, or those are some huge-ass flowers.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Perhaps 'death-sized' is more appropriate / accurate?
      • 5 Years Ago
      If he was a true BMW fan he would have been buried blocking the handicapped spot at his local market, or at least buried diagonally taking up two or more graves.
        • 5 Years Ago
        LOL - cue the rim shot!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Hahahaha... I'm literally sitting at my desk laughing out loud, much to the puzzlement of my fellow employees. But at the same time, I'm actually getting a vivid picture in my head of that.
      • 5 Years Ago
      And they said 'you can't take it with you'!
      kssbarrevt
      • 5 Years Ago
      The $75,000.00 covered everything from foundation work, to setting, shipping, the mausoleum underneath the sculptre, and the dealer's mark up. The standrd mark up by monument dealers is 100%. While the carving was done in China the mausolem looks like it's made of Impala Black, as stone from South Africa. That was probably fabricated in England, the cost is given in pounds, so it's a safe assumption. Chinese carvings are extremely cheap. While a full round six foot tall Madonna in Prayer wopuld cost almost $20,000.00 to carve, the chinese can do it for about $5,000.00. The BMW probably cost no more than $15,000.00. The dealer then marked it up in his price to the end customer.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is why i look at autoblog instead of doing my job.

      Bravo.
      Lee
      • 5 Years Ago
      Crazy thing is.... Some future archeologist will stumble upon this and believe it to be a fascimile of some sort of "chariot to the afterlife". Also, after finding BMW dealership signs strewn about... they will think temples were established all over the world to the great god "Beemer".
      On an another note:
      Do you what is the difference between a porcupine and a BMW? On a porcupine the "pricks" are on the outside.
      • 5 Years Ago
      "So large is the M3-shaped stone that it cost a whopping £50,000 (over $75,000 U.S.) and had to be shipped in from China."

      "...had to be shipped in from China...."

      Somehow, I don't think that's what Mr. M3 would have had in mind.

        • 5 Years Ago
        China has the most quarries for stuff like this nowadays so it wouldn't really make sense to have it shipped from anywhere else. Not to mention that it was probably already pushing the cost envelope to have it made in China...it'd probably have been even more obscenely expensive otherwise.
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