Photography by Mike Crawat
The 1-series, launched with the E82, was warmly welcomed to the BMW lineup. As a small sports coupe, it was the replacement E30 and E36 guys had been asking for for ages. The 1M took the car to new levels, and today sits as a cult classic, holding unprecedented values when compared to most new BMWs. Its successor, however, became the 2-series: quite clearly the next coupe in the lineage but with a new badge.
I should probably be ashamed of using a The Fast and the Furious quote as a title, but truth be told, I’m not. Not in the least. When opportunities present themselves, it’s best to take the shot. When Dom famously says to Brian, “You can have any brew you want, as long as it’s a Corona,” he quite clearly wasn’t referencing vintage Toyotas, but in this case, I’m making a stretch and connecting the dots.
Admittedly, GTP-era prototype racers are bound to be hit or miss. I can’t fault a reader for finding them all but impossible to relate to. Sharing roots with modern LMP racing, GTP cars’ elongated forms and top-tier nature leave them feeling foreign to many. Even with “Ford Mustang GTP” written across the windshield, it’d be a huge challenge to identify the car’s road-going counterpart.
There are few better ways to start off the week. Mondays don’t have to be all bad. We’re excited to share Part II of Peter Aylward’s photo series covering the 2018 Silverstone Classic. Be sure to check out more of Peter’s work on his website: www.peteraylward.co.uk, on Instagram at @peteraylward, and on facebook at facebook.
With a keen eye, this car may look familiar. In 2015, Antoine Spignardo made the move from east coast to west, and with him came his 135i, featured in our article, Power & Poise. Recently, though, Antoine moved on to a new 2018 BMW M3, with plans to give it the high fashion treatment. Jeremy Whittle, long-time StanceWorks friend and homepage resident, took hold of the little white coupe, and breathed new life into this well-kept 135i.