Bassam Michiel’s E36 is a difficult one to describe. It probably won’t be labeled as the “prettiest” car in the world, but I don’t think Bassam minds. On the other hand, it’s clearly “purpose built,” as a very competitive car in the Global Time Attack series. Oddly enough, the word “humorous” comes to mind, with the car still sporting its 318iS badging, despite the visceral sounds released from the LS V8 that resides under the hood. Of course, there’s the obvious too…
In the days leading up to the famous Monterey Car Week, we took our Land Cruisers up for some trail fun in Big Bear, CA, to escape the heat. With our project FJ60 complete, Jeremy Whittle’s FJ62 tuned up, and our old project FJ62 now in the hands of Andrew Sylvia, it was a perfect occasion to enjoy the outdoors with our four-wheeled companions.
This week on The Drivers Meeting: We’re excited to say we’ve upgraded some equipment. Our video stream is now captured in 1080p, which is a serious step up from the cropped cell phone video we’ve been using for the past few weeks. We’re looking forward to further improvements as time goes on, too.
As for discussion, we tackle a few topics this week: $93,000 BMW 2002s, the all-new M5, and centerlock hubs and adapters, for starters.
I’ll admit: I never expected to feature an Isuzu NPR commercial truck on StanceWorks. This site has taken us to the corners of automotive enthusiasm; however, the realm of custom haulers is one we’ve only lightly touched upon. While modified ramp trucks and tow rigs are far from uncommon, using Isuzu’s NPR chassis to build something one-off isn’t something I’d suggest is on the average man’s mind.
Frankly, it’s the last car I’d have expected to fall in love with. I struggle to find infatuation with cars of the era; I often jokingly suggest they look like machines from Wacky Races, or like something a Scooby Doo villain might drive. The ’40s and ’50s were a time for flowing lines, big fenders, and cues that are born the growing midcentury designs aesthetics of the time.