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.
When the StanceWorks “Parts Car” build began, there was an invaluable balance I wanted to find. While undoubtedly a race car at its core, I wanted something built to last. I wanted to build a car that could and would withstand the abuse and agony of time on track, while also withstanding the test of time. When I brought my project idea up to James Clay, president of BimmerWorld, it was clear we were on the same page. “If we’re going to do this, we’re going to do it right.
For many of us, finding a car is a pivotal moment in any build. For us, it represents a turn from dreams to reality, and represents a culmination of ideas coming to fruition in its earliest stages. There’s always a long road ahead in seeing a build to completion, but it’s a special moment of commencement for any enthusiast. Some folks, like Lawrence Lee on the other hand, are simply born into it.