With each passing year, as of late, BMW brings forth a new “Hommage” design study, which blends the future of BMW’s styling with its rich, well-defined past. Incredible examples, such as the 328 Hommage, the M1 Hommage, and of course, last year’s CSL Hommage, help to define where BMW is heading in the future, while recognizing and paying due tribute to the cars that established the brand.
Born in 1961, the Jaguar E-Type, or XK-E as it was sold to the American market, has grown into an automotive icon, holding a unique and nearly-impossible to dispute position as one of the most beautiful cars history has to offer. Beyond is poise and elegance is a car with roots in racing, having derived from Jagaur’s hugely successful Le Mans-winning D-Type roadster.
Our friend, the incredibly talented Peter Aylward, attended the 2016 Silverstone Classic on StanceWorks’ behalf. As a motorsports photographer, there are few better places to be than trackside, and with such an exciting field of cars, it might be said that there are few better races, period.
On Wednesday, we began our journey with CSL #001/79 – Willi Martini’s own E9 race car. After several decades of seclusion, the car was finally brought to Southern California, where famed BMW restorer, Ron Perry, and his business partner, Bill Kincaid, have undertaken the effort to restore the car to its former glory.
Decades ago, before the likes of Alpina, Schnitzer, and even BMW’s factory Works program, Willi Martini and his team stood as a staple in the world of BMW tuning and racing. As a pioneering figure in the initial efforts of Neue Klass racing, his legacy is forever cemented in BMW’s rich and diverse racing history. While some of his famed racers have withstood the test of time and racing, others have since been forgotten.