Exactly a year ago, we unveiled the latest StanceWorks build: a 1982 BMW E28 Group A tribute dubbed “the Parts Car.” Inspired by BMW’s ETCC racing efforts of the early 1980s, the E28 is an exercise in celebrating history, restoration, preservation, and most importantly, the embodiment of everything that makes the original M5 a one-of-a-kind machine.
This year, we’re back, and if you ask us, it’s better than ever before.
It was nearly two years ago that Rusty was finally unveiled: the cover was pulled back and the latest iteration of a car-turned-legend was shared with the world at SEMA, 2015. However, two years of hard work was poured into the car, only to be followed by nearly two years of radio silence, relegating the car to borderline secrecy, short of the occasional public appearance.
We’re all on an automotive journey of our own, no surprise there. It’s typically over time that we find the right car for us. What can be surprising though, is when the journey of finding the perfect ride takes an abrupt, unexpected turn. For Jack Williams, surprise is an understatement. His M52-swapped 520i is the result of boredom with an ’08 Audi R8. Some may be shocked, but we’ll stand on a limb and say he made the right decision.
When building the StanceWorks “Parts Car” E28 last year, brakes stood as one of the more interesting hurdles of the project. Big brake kits aren’t exceedingly common for E28s – understandably – which means more often than not, the E28 community resorts to “OEM big brake kits:” sourcing larger brake calipers and rotor packages from other BMW models that just so happen to bolt up.
It seems like we’ve talked of taking the entire StanceWorks gang out for a track day for years. From broken cars and builds that are under construction, to conflicting schedules, empty wallets, and plain old bad planning, it’s something we weren’t sure would ever come to fruition.