There are very few times that I spring out of bed before the sun rises, but when my alarm went off before dawn at Sebring, I was up and ready within five minutes. It was the Friday before the legendary 12-hour race, and I was exited to go out and search the paddock for something to shoot before the inevitable crowds gathered. Passing rows of covered cars and closed trailers, a glint of red caught my eye in the morning sun.
It was BMW’s “Neue Klasse” post-war sedans that are credited with saving the brand, and following them, the “02” series coupes have stood as one of the brand’s icons and established their role and leadership as a sports sedan manufacturer. Introduced at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 1973, the 2002 Turbo was the pinnacle of the New Class lineup, sporting a turbocharged, mechanically fuel-injected variant of the famous m10 power plant.
With a history that spans from early formula racers through saloon racing and into touring car championships, the United Kingdom has a rich heritage in motorsports. As such, they also have one of the premier historic racing venues in the world. Each year Goodwood hosts a handful of legendary vintage races and last year our photographer, Jonathan Szczupak, was there to capture the 73rd Members’ Meeting for us.
In many ways, the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona International Speedway elicits the same emotions as the first days of school. After a long, cold winter absent of racing and cars, we all converged on the Florida beach town to kick off the racing season. I saw familiar faces as I made my way through the paddocks and into the photographers’ room. The smell of race fuel flooded my mind with memories backed by the throaty exhaust notes echoing through the row of garages.
“Never Done” isn’t just a phrase to Tyler Coey. It’s his mantra, his brand, and his way of life. As an artist, he is always looking for ways to express himself and share his ideas and imagination. As a designer, he is always aiming to utilize space and put concepts to production. As a car guy, he is always striving to make his cars more bespoke and enjoyable.