What defines a “car build?” For a lot of people over the past few years, a build is simply a set of wheels combined with suspension adjustment that results in something with visual appeal. Traditionally, however, a build is tearing a car down to really dig in and create something one-off and unique that embodies time, sweat, and imagination. It’s what separates good looking cars from “builds” that inspire and stir emotion within us.
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State College, Pennsylvania. You probably know it better as the home of Penn State, Joe Paterno, and some of the craziest party weekends in the country. Unfortunately, Penn State really isn’t known for its car-modification scene. Outside of a few lifted trucks, and a few not so tastefully modified Kias, there really isn’t much to look at.
Tommy Jiang is out to change that.
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.