In 2011, with the help of Jeremy Whittle, I stumbled across the find of a lifetime. Tucked away in a garage in central Georgia was a 1971 2800CS, sitting right where it was parked 4 years prior. It hadn’t moved an inch since its owner brought it home: after discovering the cost of the parts and pieces needed to take the car from clean to perfect, his interest waned, and it was by sheer chance that I was the first to call when his Craigslist ad was posted.
It’s all but unbelievable that Andrew and I can say that we’ve been at this for six full years now. What began as little more than a hobby – a place to share photos taken during our weekends as car enthusiasts – has spiraled into something that stands as a major chapter in each of our lives. Six years of excitement on four wheels has taken us across the globe, given us once-in-a-lifetime experiences, and taught us some valuable lessons as both business partners and friends.
In 2009, Andrew Sylvia and I set out on a cross-country road trip to end the summer with a grand finale: 7,000 miles of driving spent with friends, car lovers, and family throughout the USA. With Rusty, the now-famous E28 as our chariot, we had planned on a trip that would “redefine epic,” as we put it. We were on a quest to create a journey for everyone that wanted to follow our progress, and more importantly, we were on a journey to make life-long friends along the way.
2013 has ended as quickly as it arrived. With 2013 came numerous opportunities: some expected, and others a complete surprise. We’ve put more under our belt than ever before, and Andrew and I are excited to put our fifth year of StanceWorks in the books. 2014 looks to be a better year than any previous, as we approach it with the same grassroots mentality StanceWorks has become known for.
I had to push my own limits. I had built enough cars that utilized wheels and suspension to achieve the basis of their aesthetic. My E9 was a smash hit and turned what felt like every head it came across. It was easy to revel in the success of the car – the constant kind words and appreciation I received for doing something somewhat “outside the box.