For every classic BMW fan, there are a few universal truths. For one, there’s no car quite like one with a Roundel… although that may be a bit subjective. Another, a bit more inarguable, is the limited suspension options available for these classic cars. While a McPherson strut assembly is tried and true – and still used on BMWs to this very day – the classics are at a bit of a disadvantage.
Most of the vintage race weekends that we attend are quite an occasion. The paddocks swarm with spectators and large car haulers line the numerous rows of work areas. The weekends feel surreal, with legendary drivers running in and out of the pits, piloting prototype cars that managed to escape an almost certain destiny in museums. However, this weekend was different. I set out early Saturday morning on unusually wet highways.
Crawling through the paddock of the Rolex Monterey Motorsport Reunion is, in many ways, perhaps the best part of the event as a whole. The scream of the classic race cars on track as they blaze a path around the famous Laguna Seca circuit is a sensory thrill of its own, as is the visual excitement of motorsport’s greatest battling head to head. For me, however, it’s the up-close and personal moments with both the legends and the underdogs…
Last Saturday evening I had the opportunity to shoot one of the first Production GT’s for the guys over at FORDGTFORUM.com (VIN #10 to be exact). I have been anxious to get back behind the lens again and with some unseasonably warm weather for February I hoped over to their warehouse and did my thing. We used a Brand new Ford F150 Raptor for a ladder (as you do) and got to work.
When the StanceWorks “Parts Car” build began, there was an invaluable balance I wanted to find. While undoubtedly a race car at its core, I wanted something built to last. I wanted to build a car that could and would withstand the abuse and agony of time on track, while also withstanding the test of time. When I brought my project idea up to James Clay, president of BimmerWorld, it was clear we were on the same page. “If we’re going to do this, we’re going to do it right.