I can tell already, getting rid of this one is going to hurt. I’ve bought and sold my fair share of cars at this point, and a good number have been personal builds or cars that I cherish. The “Parts Car” as it has been known amongst friends, my Group A tribute build, is no different. In fact, my girlfriend Emily put it succinctly last night: “it’s the most ‘you’ car you’ve ever built. In a way, I think she’s right.

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I was warned ahead of time: “Don’s shop is going to be a mess.” There’s undoubtedly a dichotomy that exists between the prim and proper white-walled race shops that focus on organization and detail work, versus a shop more akin to my own: tools stacked on any available surface, and a flagrant disregard for cleanliness in the name of progress. I’ve been told more times than I can count, “If a shop is dirty, it means things happen there. It’s a sign of success.

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Photography by Mike Crawat
The 1-series, launched with the E82, was warmly welcomed to the BMW lineup. As a small sports coupe, it was the replacement E30 and E36 guys had been asking for for ages. The 1M took the car to new levels, and today sits as a cult classic, holding unprecedented values when compared to most new BMWs. Its successor, however, became the 2-series: quite clearly the next coupe in the lineage but with a new badge.

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I should probably be ashamed of using a The Fast and the Furious quote as a title, but truth be told, I’m not. Not in the least. When opportunities present themselves, it’s best to take the shot. When Dom famously says to Brian, “You can have any brew you want, as long as it’s a Corona,” he quite clearly wasn’t referencing vintage Toyotas, but in this case, I’m making a stretch and connecting the dots.

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Admittedly, GTP-era prototype racers are bound to be hit or miss. I can’t fault a reader for finding them all but impossible to relate to. Sharing roots with modern LMP racing, GTP cars’ elongated forms and top-tier nature leave them feeling foreign to many. Even with “Ford Mustang GTP” written across the windshield, it’d be a huge challenge to identify the car’s road-going counterpart.

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