The sun crested the mesas bright and early, and the occasional shuffle and burble of a truck passing on the nearby trail hurried the morning along. Our excitement was high: Day Five was underway. The day itself didn’t have huge plans; we were several hours south of our eventual destination, and for better or worse, it was the one day of the trip we knew we’d be pounding pavement.
When BMW introduced the E30 Touring back in the ’80s, they combined sport and utility to create a new wave of European wagons that were nimble, relatively quick, and nice to look at. It is no wonder then, that it’s successor, the E36, would get it’s own Touring model.
About six years ago, Scott Paterson was the owner of two oldschool Minis that he was restoring together with his father. They were one of his first passions in the automotive world.
It’s hard to believe it’s already been a year since we found ourselves trackside at 2017’s KW Shakedown. Hosted by our friends at KW Suspension, the Shakedown event was born as a private day at the track for the KW circle of friends and family to enjoy some pressure-free track time to fine tune, diagnose, or just have fun on the Streets of Willow.
Photography by Mike Crawat
Buying a car sight unseen is always a bit of a gamble. An inability to look a car over and scout for those hiding problems like rust, shoddy bodywork, or driving issues that are impossible to identify through photos can often lead to unpleasant surprises upon a car’s arrival. To add to that, a seller’s honesty and integrity can only go so far; their definition of “clean” or “perfect” may simply be different from your own.
While standing trackside, with camera in hand, I often find myself musing on races of the past.