“Californian” is as much an adjective as it is a noun – a description that embodies the essentials: palm trees, ocean waves, and sunny skies. In the details, you’ll find surf boards, vans shoes, good food, and on occasion, a classic aircooled Volkswagen Beetle. Through his 1967 bug, and with a heart to match, Dylan Rodriguez has built a car that is nothing short of quintessentially “Californian.
When it comes to builds, the best of cars tend to run in the best of circles. It came as no surprise that when friend and fabricator Art Bandarian sent me a few photos from his workplace at Rod Emory’s famed Porsche shop, the featured car stopped me in my tracks. Rod keeps good company, but it was somewhat of a surprise that the car Art had sent me didn’t feature the traditional rear-engined flat-motor setup I had come to expect from the friends Rod usually keeps around.
It’s a shot we’ve taken time and time again in an attempt to both capture and celebrate one of a car’s most important components: the wheel. Few wheels prove more alluring and exciting than the BBS centerlock behemoths found on classic race cars. Their centers are often marred from abuse and have grown old with age. Their lips can be found tarnished or polished, and their trimmings are rarely the same.
Every niche of the automotive world has that company: the one that has been around for ages, catering to enthusiasts with factory parts, race parts, and appreciation for their customers. For us vintage BMW fanatics, that company is Ireland Engineering. This past Saturday, Jeff Ireland and his team opened the shop doors for an afternoon of burgers, brats, and BMWs, to show support for his customers with the 2015 IE Open House.
Words and Photography by Riley Stair
“How do we become the people we are today?” This is a question I ask myself often.