On Wednesday, we began our journey with CSL #001/79 – Willi Martini’s own E9 race car. After several decades of seclusion, the car was finally brought to Southern California, where famed BMW restorer, Ron Perry, and his business partner, Bill Kincaid, have undertaken the effort to restore the car to its former glory.
Decades ago, before the likes of Alpina, Schnitzer, and even BMW’s factory Works program, Willi Martini and his team stood as a staple in the world of BMW tuning and racing. As a pioneering figure in the initial efforts of Neue Klass racing, his legacy is forever cemented in BMW’s rich and diverse racing history. While some of his famed racers have withstood the test of time and racing, others have since been forgotten.
Several months back, our friend and fellow photographer, Sam Hurly, began filling us in on an upcoming project, featuring a few of our favorite things: BMWs, cameras, and the open road. Road-tripping has long been an essential part of the StanceWorks ethos, as there are few better ways to spend time behind the wheel. After Sam shared plans for a road trip of his own, we were keen on being involved.
In its fourth chapter, the Legend of Le Mans series, presented by RK Motors Charlotte, takes an in-depth look at the work involved in such a restoration. From historical accuracy, to sourcing the correct hardware, a tremendous amount of work goes in to ensuring the restoration of such a legend is indeed true to form.
At some point, we have to be honest with ourselves and admit that the “Daily Grind” is becoming synonymous with “we bought more cars.” Each update consists of new additions, and each article jokes about this continuing trend… and today, it’s no different. We’ve done it again, and realistically, we might need adult supervision, or perhaps an intervention.