Over the years, we here at StanceWorks have seemingly heard it all. What motivates us to build our cars? Sometimes its memories of years passed, sometimes its the goal of fulfilling dreams. Sometimes we latch on to an engine or a drivetrain, knowing full well that our next project will be powered by it. Sometimes it’s a particular chassis that calls our name, having fallen in love with its looks, its handling, its presence, or its character as a whole.
For a Mercedes fan, a trip to nearly any European car show is bound to result in disappointment. Beyond the droves of Volkswagens, BMWs, and even Porsches, they’d be lucky to find even just a few examples sporting the famous 3-pointed star. The sample size slims considerably if you decide to pass up anything made in the last 25 years, but there are a few folks out there with reverence for the classics.
Today, I released the fourth Lowly Gentlemen print in an ongoing series of artwork meant to introduce automotive passion to the world of interior decorating. This particular composition is one that has been sitting at the back of my mind for some time now. I have always wanted to mesh my background in oil painting with the more refined blueprint style that I’ve developed in my automotive work.
Over the past several years, Rotiform has become known for more than their wheels; alongside their product offerings, Jason and Brian have garnered a following for their seemingly annual builds, ranging from old to new. Each season, we’re given the chance to showcase the latest to come from Rotiform’s garage, and this time, it’s Jason’s personal build: a beautiful 2007 Mercedes Benz CLS55 AMG.
I was heartbroken to leave Petit Le Mans early – it was more than just the final race of the season: it was the last ALMS race ever, and BMW was holding strong. It felt as though I was witnessing a spectacle I’d get the chance to remember and reflect on later, when, twenty years from now, we discuss ALMS in the same light we discuss ’80s IMSA racing today. However, the disappointment was overshadowed by the excitement for the intensity that lie ahead.