In no way is Dirk Deppen’s approach to building cars subtle. The idea of a “sleeper” is lost on him; the importance of aesthetics and the cohesion between style and performance are paramount in his list of build plans. Just one glance at his main project, an E30, gives it all away: a turbo 5.3 LS, enormous fenders, wild wheels, and everything in between make for a wonderfully ostentatious machine. His E28 on the other hand, is admittedly a bit more nuanced.
Cars are a funny thing. They are the reason that you’re here reading this article, they’re probably the catalyst for a number of your friendships, they often motivate our actions and influence our decisions, and on one particular morning, cars were the reason that my alarm had gone off far too early. I found myself sitting on the tarmac as the pilot awaited permission to be the first plane to take off that morning.
Over the past decade or more, we’ve amassed a lot of photos, and with that a lot of photo sets. Andrew and I have shot a little bit of what feels like “everything under the sun,” but only on occasion do we turn the cameras towards creations of our own. Today, while perusing the StanceWorks archives, I encountered the final photoshoot of the StanceWorks E9.
Towards the end of last year, I hauled Rusty Slammington out to the Los Angeles Port. There, Keith Ross and Jared Houston exercised their talents, snapping photos and videos which later culminated into one of the best pieces of 2017. It was the first time I had ever had someone else shoot the car, and with that, I stood back and let them work. As the light faded, though, I couldn’t help but grab my own camera and snap a few.
In 2015, a group of friends formed what they call a “like-minded enthusiast collective” in Cape Town, South Africa. Calling their collective Journeymen, they’ve set out to create a home-away -from-home of sorts, catered to the restoration of their beloved classic cars. Equipped to tackle almost anything, their “hobby shop” is one to envy, having turned out a host of fantastic cars and bikes over the past few years.