Words by Nigel Petrie
When Daniel asked me to do a write up on my build we both agreed that the usual parts list just wasn’t going to cut it. Sure I could rattle of the parts that make this vehicle functional but this build is more than that and I will try and give you an insight into my life and how this build became what you see before you.
It was a year ago that Ben and I boarded separate planes to meet in Sacramento to host last year’s Stance of the Union event and set off on the coastal road trip that acted as the catalyst for our recent west coast relocation. Following the show, we started on a road trip down the Californian coast through a torrential downpour…..in an E38 with a pair of busted wipers.
The BMW E85, or Z4 as it’s more commonly known, is one of the forgotten BMW chassis. For most, it never had enough visual appeal to really invest the time and creativity that it would take to make a mark. I can fully appreciate the position, but when you run across someone who is willing to take a chance that few would consider, it’s always intriguing to see the outcome.
Andrew and I attended this years Japanese Classic Car Show in Long Beach several weeks back, but we never got our coverage up due to a litany of projects going on at the time. I will say it was a great event that certainly brought out some rare birds. Apparently, a lot of these cars stay behind closed garages most of the year so this show is a particular treat for the SoCal enthusiasts.
Undoubtedly, the emergence of older BMW platforms has been on the rise for the past couple of years, and in particular the E28 5 Series. It’s a timeless design that doesn’t take much to garner extra attention from the average onlooker and full blown enthusiasts. Mr.