Photography by Herb Allen
It was nearly two years ago that word of Joe Rodriguez’s creation came to our attention. When a car earns the regard of the gentlemen at BMW, it’s sure to be special in every way, and for Joe’s car, that was just the case. Through word of mouth, trackside at Laguna Seca, our friends at BMW told of us of a build that rivaled BMW’s own; one that scrutinized the details in the name of authenticity and perfection.
As Shark(Nose) Week begins, it’s important to start with a bang. The E9 CSL’s successes were pivotal in helping to define BMW’s brand as a whole; without the devastatingly fast touring coupe, BMW’s sport-luxury trademark approach to motoring would likely never have seen the success it has today. As for what an E9 CSL actually is, let’s paraphrase the basics.
They’re out there. Swimming amidst the seas of tarmac and prowling through paddocks, the elusive creatures still stalk their unsuspecting prey. With their lengthy noses and sharp fins, they’ve been hunting the streets for 47 years. We, here at StanceWorks, have carefully captured 8 of the lightweight beasts to share with you, and we’ll be bringing you a new one each day this week, displaying the different variety that exists among their species.
Today, I released the fourth Lowly Gentlemen print in an ongoing series of artwork meant to introduce automotive passion to the world of interior decorating. This particular composition is one that has been sitting at the back of my mind for some time now. I have always wanted to mesh my background in oil painting with the more refined blueprint style that I’ve developed in my automotive work.
It seems rare that a Daily Grind update offers a chance to share so much, but a lot has happened at the StanceWorks HQ since our last report. From new parts and new art, to new cars, both big and small, we’ve been having fun this summer.
Easily the most exciting update is the announcement of the latest Lowly Gentlemen art print. Hand drawn by Andrew once again, the latest limited-number print features a draft drawing of Mercedes’ famous Sauber C9 prototype race car.