In 1972, BMW brought about a significant change to their business plan: in replacing the New Class, which arguably saved the company, BMW sought to add a model range that departed from sportiness, and instead, took a path towards comfort. The result of the decision was the birth of the 5-series, a 4-door counterpart that fell between the featherweight fun of the 2002, and the more sizable E3 sedan known as the “Bavaria.
It’s been almost a year since I first found the little car in a classified ad, sitting somewhere in the middle of Kentucky just waiting for me. The Classic Mini I had always wanted was finally mine and it was time to enjoy it. As the months ticked by, I took it out on the weekends to get a feel for it, and I’d browse through magazines, forging plans for the inevitable build that would ensue.
“This is our track.” It’s the unanimous feeling amongst the team as the final hours before the race come to a close. The Long Beach Grand Prix, and Tudor’s attached Sports Car Showcase at Long Beach, have fallen in our own back yard – it’s StanceWorks’ home turf, and for us, “this is our track” takes on a whole new meaning. However, for Team RLL, Long Beach serves as a stomping ground for a team wrought with experience for the narrow streets and concrete barricades.
In the world of the BMW aftermarket, a hierarchy of names exists to separate the bad from the good, and the good from the great. At the top of the list, you’ll rarely find that the likes of AC Schnitzer, Alpina, and Hartge are ever disputed. Be it their racing heritage, or their “mad scientist” approach of cramming oversized engines into undersized cars, they’ve earned their place and staying power.
This past Saturday marks the return of Formula Drift once more, now in its 11th season. A slew of new cars made up the field, as well as several old favorites. The competition proved unexpected, with several of our favorite names falling out of the competition far earlier than anticipated. However, with a new year comes new trials and tribulations amongst the teams and competitors. 2014 is sure to put on a show.