It’s hard to believe that our first webpage launched on a 5MB shared space with our local ISP over 15 years ago. We built that crude first page with HTML in a text editor and a simple paint program over the Holiday Break in 1996.
No slick domain name, just cheezy graphics, crude formating and photos from the heart of the BMW Z3 world– Spartanburg, SC. At the time, we lived just a couple of miles from the plant and visited often as we waited on our own Z3 to be built and delivered. We shared photos of colors and features that seemed to be changing weekly on the BMW plant’s fleet of loaner Z3s.
The first name of that webpage was “The Upstate South Carolina Z3 Roadster Home Page“. I know it doesn’t roll off the tongue; at least it was self explanatory. As the visitor browsed the various areas of the site they were treated to Johnny River’s version of “Secret Agent Man” in the background. How annoying is that by today’s standards?
Below is a screenshot of what it looked like in it’s glory remember it was 1996/1997 and the Internet was only a playpen compared to where we are today. Visit the Wayback Machine at the Internet Archive to check out other sites over time.
Over the next several months we plan on sharing the various versions of the website(s) over the 15 years we have been doing this as a hobby. You can see how the Internet changed and we changed over the years.
Here’s to the next 15 years on the Internet!