For any race, half of the joy stems from wandering the paddocks. There is, of course, something to be said about the magic of cars screaming their way around the race track, but I also find a special sort of enjoyment in seeing the cars up close. At the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, much of the field stays the same, although year in and year out, a handful of new cars make the rounds.
Believe it or not, it’s not all vintage cars here at the StanceWorks HQ. While over the past few years, Andrew and I have done little to bring new steel through the shop door, it doesn’t come unwelcome. Just a handful of weeks ago, the team at H&R dropped off their latest project vehicle: the all-new Focus RS, and along with it came free reign to do as we liked… Well, to some degree, at least.
Behind the big desk at H&R sits Roland Graef, a man who’s enthusiasm for classic BMWs is paralleled only by our own. The desire to build an E28 or E30 all his own has been growing for years, and fittingly, so has a large collection of parts for such a build. When Bob Tunnel from BimmerHaus mentioned that a long-time client was selling a 318is, Roland’s momentum began to build.
biIt was nearly 10 years ago that I bought my first E28: a polaris silver 528e, for a total of $400. It was far from love at first sight – in fact, I bought it only to satisfy the sense of need I felt after finding a BMW that seemed far too cheap to pass up. I sold it quickly thereafter, and it wasn’t until more than a year later that the E28’s allure began to grab hold of me.
I haven’t properly been behind the camera shooting cars in about 2 years now. Once I graduated college, I was in a desperate search for a job, and that took nearly all of my time, pulling me away from the craft entirely. I did a few side sessions for a high end “dealership” if you will, and that was pretty much it. Once I finally landed my job, it of course took over my life.