With SEMA just hours away, the wildest of builds are making their way towards the desert of Las Vegas, Nevada. The halls of the convention center are filled with the year’s top cars, ranging from top-fuel drag racers to iconic classics and custom-built hot rods, and the primary goal – standing out – is one that can be far tougher than expected.
While StanceWorks is home to many facets of the automotive world, it’s the obscure and unique that often pique our excitement. Our friend and photographer, Kevin Trower, shares these same interests – however, he takes things one interesting and beautiful step forward.
I was heartbroken to leave Petit Le Mans early – it was more than just the final race of the season: it was the last ALMS race ever, and BMW was holding strong. It felt as though I was witnessing a spectacle I’d get the chance to remember and reflect on later, when, twenty years from now, we discuss ALMS in the same light we discuss ’80s IMSA racing today. However, the disappointment was overshadowed by the excitement for the intensity that lie ahead.
As our plane touched down on the tarmac, it quickly became apparent that Atlanta’s weather was a far cry from the sun that we had left behind in Southern California. The dark skies cast a shadow over our arrival while Mike and I wondered what Mother Nature had in store for us. Our itineraries indicated a 30% chance of rain that we paid little attention to when we packed for the weekend.
On the 4th of November, 1950, thirty cars gathered on the practice tee and driving range of the Beach Club, a range that sat adjacent to the now-famous Lodge of Pebble Beach in Monterey, California. These thirty cars and their meticulous owners were, unbeknownst to them, embarking upon a tradition that would carry forth more than half a century to become what is widely considered the most prestigious automotive display in the world.