It seems like only yesterday that the team at StereoScreen released Adrenalin, a long-awaited in-depth look at the BMW touring car story as a whole. As BMW enthusiasts, its rare gift when art meets our passion in such a beautiful way, blending the brilliance of cinema with the vigor of racing.
From its small stature and lightfooted presence, to its iconic traits and its well-penned lines, the BMW 2002’s allure has ensnared a considerable number of us. Its history, its legacy, and its future all contribute to a character that can’t be merely created – it must be earned as well. Nick Tabeta’s endearment for 02s is no different, having spent a number of his 23 years on Earth looking on at BMW’s nimble coupe with hopeful eyes, yearning for the chance to own one.
For as long as we’ve known Ron Perry, it’s almost impressive that he still manages to catch us by surprise. With each car that emerges from his shop – the Vintage Motorsport Group – comes a new idea. Ron continuously pushes his own comfort levels and boundaries to explore and find just how far he can push the idea of what defines a classic BMW restoration while still adding his own personal touches.
As of late, each new Daily Grind has proved better than the last: new projects, a clean shop, and fun adventures have made for some of our favorite bits of content in the past few months.
Photography by Courtney Cutchen
“When you put the ‘CSL’ name on your vanity plate, its not something to be taken lightly,” Shafique Bhimani tells me with a humble sense of confidence. It’s not as though pride has gone to his head; instead, it’s clear he knows what he’s built. Shafique’s E36 leaves no bolt left unturned, and his widespread and comprehensive followthrough on the “CSL” mentality is clear: somewhere between power and prowess lies one of the best E36s we’ve seen.