Cars are only original once. While more often than not, it’s desirable to have the best or cleanest example of any given marque when it comes to the game of Concours, when it comes to race cars, there’s no way to replicate the decades of earned patina and the battering that comes from racing door to door. The cars lucky enough to still sport their war wounds can’t be duplicated, and few cars survive with their origins and history still visible on the surface.
It took little time for the MOMO namesake to become a staple in the world of motorsports after Gianpiero Moretti launched the brand in 1964. By the end of the same year, it was a MOMO wheel that steered John Sutrees’s Ferrari to a Formula One world title. 50 years later, and a trip around any vintage race paddock will yield more MOMO wheels than any other, and it’s with good reason.
However, between then and now, the company has had its ups and downs.
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.