Almost two years ago, Austin Lee’s EF Honda Civic was featured here on STANCE|WORKS, and to this day it is one of the few executed with such cleanliness. Followed up by a bagged 350Z and now this beautifully done Y33, it should be no surprise that Austin is sticking to his roots of simple, clean, and to the point. It’s a recipe that has served him well, having turned out 3 notable cars at the impressively young age of 21.
Words by: Tom Morrison
Growing up I was always surrounded by cars, most of them BMW’s of the classic variety such as 2002′s, e3′s and e9′s. I feel these earlier BMW’s and cars like the E24 6 series have so much character, it’s hard not to love them! This probably was a key reason behind why the second word I ever spoke was “car”.
Fast forward to early 2004 (at age 15), I decided I wanted a restoration project; something fun, cheap and simple.
Ever since the 3 of us moved out West, we’ve had our plates full, working long days and long nights to get everything accomplished. If there’s one thing to be said, however, it’s that we wake up every day with the opportunity to do what we love. In the midst of the action, however, we continue what we do best.
With the Californian days growing longer and longer, we’ve found ourselves cruising with the windows down for the sake of enjoying the winter sun.
Photos by: Jim Davis
There’s a harsh reality to face once you get involved in this industry. Truth be told, the automotive aftermarket is not the prettiest place. That age old saying of “never meet your heroes” rings truer than imaginable. Companies are often intertwined and incestuous, run by people after nothing more than a dollar. Fortunately, that’s not always the case.
12 years is an impressive amount of time to own a car. Many of us have started and finished several projects, sometimes more projects than we’re able to remember. To see a project through, especially one that takes such time and dedication, speaks to not only true enthusiasm, but a true bond between a man and his car.