It was just more than a year ago that StanceWorks partnered with Amir Bentatou and his ’97 BMW M3 in an attempt to take on the world of Time Attack racing. Our first foray into the world of Motorsports began with Super Lap Battle 2013, where we took home a second place finish in the Enthusiast Class, with a margin of a mere two-tenths of a second behind the winner. However, that wasn’t enough to satisfy our appetite for victory.
With the new Lowly Gentlemen Studio constructed and the StanceWorks garage organized, it was time to begin the latest line of T-Shirts. As I sat down at my desk, I decided to turn to ink and paper rather than the usual vectors and mouse-clicks that had become so common in my workload of graphic design. I found inspiration in the raw brush strokes that I noticed in many of the race numbers and liveries that decorated the paddocks of each historic race.
In November, Amir and his StanceWorks-sponsored M3 took to the track at Super Lap Battle, taking home 2nd place in the Enthusiast class. It was a bitter-sweet finish, just 0.02 seconds behind the leading car – yet we did well considering the odds against us. The season came to a close shortly after; the final race took place at AAA Speedway, where Amir and the M3 took home a first-place finish, leaving our spirits high for the incoming 2014 series of events.
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.
It was a 3:00am wake-up call for Super Lap Battle 2013. Andrew and I had been up late the night before, cutting, weeding, and masking sponsor stickers: VAC Motorsports, Swift Springs, KW Suspension, Motorsport Hardware, Avus Autosport, and most exciting for us, StanceWorks as well. The event marked our first true endeavor as StanceWorks into the world of Motorsports as a team, and our ’97 M3 had to look the part for the big day.