Amongst the BMW history gurus, it’s well-established that BMW’s Neue Klasse (New Class) saved the brand following World War II, and established its still-defining brand identity as a manufacturer of sports sedans. While the ’02 lineup is inarguably a crowd favorite, it’s the four-door counterparts that deserve the initial credit.
If you were to ask me, and that’s assuming you somehow didn’t already know, I’d happily tell you, and perhaps argue with you, that the 1980s proved not only to be the best years for BMW’s design, but for car design as a whole. From here, I can hear gasps, and before long, the clicking and clacking of keyboards typing out in disagreement, but you won’t convince me otherwise.
Just over a year ago, we met with Brian Scotto of Hoonigan at their Long Beach compound to photograph the Napalm Nova. As one of our favorite feature cars of the past 12 months, we’re excited to bring it back into the spot light for one last “hurrah!” Although we’ve heard the beast sports a new heart with far more power. Perhaps we need to pay another tire-roasting visit to the Hoonigan HQ.
You can see more of the car by clicking here.
There’s one thing we’ve never tried to hide here at StanceWorks. When it comes to cars, we show favoritism to the classics. Whether its European, American, or even Asian too, something resonates with us when it comes to old steel. After all, there’s a reason that between all of the 20-something BMWs I’ve owned, only two have been newer than the 1980s. However, from time to time, we find ourselves behind the wheel of something a bit more modern.
It’s been years since I’ve gone to a car show on my own accord, and even longer since I’ve attended one without a camera in hand. As StanceWorks has grown, and as I’ve devoted more and more of my time to my project cars, enthusiast events have seemed to slip through the cracks. Surprisingly, it was the Japanese Classic Car Show just a few week ago that convinced me to set down both the tools and the camera for a day of enjoying cars as I used to.