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.
It was in 1982 that the world of motorsport saw the introduction of Group A racing, a direct replacement for the FIA’s Group 2 regulations for modified touring cars. Almost immediately, BMW scrambled to submit a car for homologation, and for the 1982 season of the European Touring Car Championship, BMW raced the 528i sedan.
It was BMW’s “Neue Klasse” post-war sedans that are credited with saving the brand, and following them, the “02” series coupes have stood as one of the brand’s icons and established their role and leadership as a sports sedan manufacturer. Introduced at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 1973, the 2002 Turbo was the pinnacle of the New Class lineup, sporting a turbocharged, mechanically fuel-injected variant of the famous m10 power plant.
In many ways, the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona International Speedway elicits the same emotions as the first days of school. After a long, cold winter absent of racing and cars, we all converged on the Florida beach town to kick off the racing season. I saw familiar faces as I made my way through the paddocks and into the photographers’ room. The smell of race fuel flooded my mind with memories backed by the throaty exhaust notes echoing through the row of garages.
“Never Done” isn’t just a phrase to Tyler Coey. It’s his mantra, his brand, and his way of life. As an artist, he is always looking for ways to express himself and share his ideas and imagination. As a designer, he is always aiming to utilize space and put concepts to production. As a car guy, he is always striving to make his cars more bespoke and enjoyable.