A little over 6 months ago, Mike and I loaded up his Land Cruiser and set the navigation towards a small town in the vast desert that lines the eastern half of the Golden State. Nestled in a small barn amidst a deserted tourist attraction was a little 1969 Mk2 Morris Mini that had come to a pause partway through a restoration.
Oh, Khalil…. We’ve been known to call him Khalil “Car Killer” Kassem. That’s mostly because it alliterates rather well, flowing off the tongue like some hard-earned street name, but it’s also because in the past, it’s held true. He’s been known to crumple up cars, be it his fault or not. These days though, we’ve got to hand it to him: he’s kept his M3 in one piece for a few years now, and it’s starting to come together in ways that leave us slowly filling with envy.
What makes a car “cool?” It’s a worthwhile question, but I’m rather confident it’s one that doesn’t have a precise answer. From style and prowess to performance and power, from concepts and ideas, to creative executions… every car we deem special is so because of its defining characteristics, both conceptual and real.
The little 2002 holds a very special place in our hearts here at StanceWorks. As one of the important turning points that positioned BMW as a true driver’s car, we owe a lot to the old Neue Klasse, so it seemed fitting for it to grace one of our art prints. This art work has been sitting in Andrew’s archives since early 2015, but it has finally made its way to print and is now available in the Lowly Gentlemen store.
I distinctly remember saying to myself, sometime in high school, that I’d never understand how anyone could like the Fox Body Mustang. Both its predecessors and successors seemed to have something to offer, but how anyone could choose the boxy fox as their favorite was comletely beyond me. Somehow though, many years later, the Fox has inexplicably earned a special place in my heart – truly and wholly – as one of my favorites, period.