Last Summer, Michael Morelli’s Lotus Elise found its way to the StanceWorks homepage; its rough-and-tumble demeanor, exclusive parts, and the widened arches made for a car that few could believe was built to be driven daily. However, in the 12 months that have since passed, Michael has found that the Lotus deserves to be where it was intended: on the track. As someone with exotic tastes, few cars fit the bill as a replacement.
When often asked why I’m into automotive photography and modified cars, there are a handful of people that I bring up in my answer. One of those key people is Aaron Stuk: skilled in the art of what I call “mirage builds,” Aaron’s passion is to build cars, not show them off. Hype has never mattered for Aaron, and before he receives any, there’s a good chance that the car has already been sold and he’s onto modifying the next one.
It was more than a year ago when we first saw Blair Peterman’s ’78 Audi Fox as we drove down Ocean City’s main strip. H2Oi presents a chance to find some of the community’s best and most feature-worthy cars each year, and our afternoons are sometimes spent hunting down OC’s best. One of 2013′s most alluring cars was the white-topped Fox coupe, parked outside of Blair’s hotel.
After Jason Morabito finished his Porsche 964, he knew that the car deserved a better garage roommate than the V8 Jeep Grand Cherokee it shared its space with. And with the Jeep only reeling in a minimal 8 miles-per-gallon, Jason had more than one reason to part ways with the American SUV.
Photography by Evano Gucciardo
There are a select few over-arcing “breeds” in the automotive world, each known for their nuances, good and bad. There’s the Japanese, known for their iconic turbocharged engines alongside their oddball kei-car economachines. There’s us Americans, known for an abundance of displacement paired with truly awful interiors, and often design. There are the Italians, famed for their twelve-cylinder offerings, yet plagued with costs old and new.