I could hear it from a mile off; a raspy but throaty howl bounced between the buildings towards me as I waited for Antoine and his 135i to arrive. The sun was beginning to dip behind the treetops that surrounded the back lot I had chosen to shoot in, and most of the surrounding buildings and foliage were glowing a rather-desirable bright, burning orange. Antoine’s coupe grew louder, and moments later, he pulled into the lot, ready for the shoot.
Rusty Slammington – Today at SEMA, one day before the show begins, Mike Burroughs revealed his famed creation. After four years behind closed doors and two years under the knife, we’ve pulled the cover back on Rusty Slammington. From the tube chassis and the and custom H&R suspension, to the race-prepped S38 and the center-lock BBS E52s, little remains from the E28′s past iteration; however, Rusty’s heart and soul remains. Today, a legend has returned.
Photography by Andreas Jansson
There’s an adage that says “to love what you do means you’ll never work a day in your life.” On the other hand, they tell us that when a hobby becomes a career, fun becomes work. There’s a fine line to straddle, and few are able to turn “play” into “work” without a loss of passion.
Each corner of the world plays host to its own unique tuning cultures. Styles and trends emanate from different parts of the world, often labeling each country as an individual “genre” in tuning tastes. Us Americans build cars a bit differently than the Japanese, and the Japanese from British.
The story of Matt and his E30 begins much like any other. With the passion for cars instilled by his grandfather, it was no surprise to anyone in his family that Matt became car-obsessed by the age of sixteen. Ever since, he’s gone through more cars than he can count, both European and not. But of what he presumes to be more than 50 cars he’s owned in the interim, there’s one it seems he just can’t get rid of.
Matt Russell, or “Mr.