When Igor Polishchuck acquired his ’87 325is, it sat as a rolling shell, primered and begging for paint. As a CAtuned shop car, Igor’s original intent was to simply paint it, re-assemble it, and, with a little luck, make some money from the finished product. After selling his Henna Red E30, Igor planned on repeating the process, but in a last-minute decision to change the car’s color, the snow-ball effect took over and the outcome surpassed all expectations.
It’s always a lot of fun to join someone in celebrating the completion of their latest project to document it for the pages of StanceWorks, but I had a particularly good time when it came time to photography my friend Jeremy’s recent “Daily Driver” project. I loaded up my camera gear and we hopped onto the 405 with no set photo locations in mind. We simply drove around and stopped wherever we saw fit.
StanceWorks is no stranger to classic BMWs with air ride, or E30 M3s brought a lot closer to the ground thanks to coilovers, but a genuine E30 M3 on bags? That’s blasphemous on all counts. You’ve probably already worked out that this is a car that will annoy the purists, but the controversy goes on, with the original S14 being pulled out in exchange for the well known S54 of the E46 M3, and the lesser-known Z4M and late Z3M models.
The biggest lie any true car enthusiast will tell themselves is that they will “keep it simple” or “leave it alone this time.” Four years ago, I purchased a grey-market 1986 BMW 525e, and it was my only car and daily-driver. The plan was to just do wheels and a drop… “stay conservative,” I told myself.
It’s an argument that finds its way into discussions in every car show parking lot and enthusiast garage. Spanner wrenches and elbow grease are pitted against control switches and compressors. The debate gets heated as claims that your car isn’t low enough until your subframe hits asphalt are met with remarks that “airride is cheating”.