The Volkswagen Beetle was born from necessity, and has established itself as one of the most influential cars in the world. In its wake, it has brought forth a variety of variants and successors; and while many have earned their own accolades and acclaim, few have captured the particular spirit and endearment of Volkswagen’s Karmann Ghia.
The 2015 season of the Tudor United Sportscar Championship has officially begun, marked by each season’s inaugural race: the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona. As a test of endurance for both man and machine, the Rolex 24 begins the season by filtering the weak and feeble from those that persevere. Those that make it to the race’s end have withstood nearly every challenge motor racing can deliver.
In 2013, StanceWorks left for Hockenheimring, where the last race of the DTM season would take place. The skies were unrelenting, pushing the close-quarters combat of DTM to its limit. Canards and carbon fiber were tossed about as BMW, Audi, and Mercedes Benz all fought for the podium in the final fight.
Sir Alec Issigonis never dreamed that the small little car that he sketched on a napkin would go on to dominate races and rallies throughout Europe. Throughout the Mini’s design process, decisions were made solely out of utility. Issigonis was tasked with building a car that could transport four grown adults and offer fuel efficiency that could compete with the German bubble cars that were gaining in popularity following the Suez Crisis.
A lot can stem from a great marriage: accomplished dreams, true love, beautiful children, and on rare occasions, truly spectacular cars. Jes and Kris Clewell have, come October, been married for 10 years, and one of the many fruits of their labor takes form in a gorgeous ’80 MK1 Rabbit. As photographers, business owners, a writer and an artist, they have perfected their craft, and it comes as no surprise that the same goes for the result of their MK1 build.