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.
It’s crazy to think that StanceWorks has been around long enough to form annual traditions, but once again, I find myself nearing the end of a calendar year and searching through old photos for this article. Mike and I tend to enter each year with an uncertainty, but we can always count on it being an exciting journey filled with great people and exciting cars. 2014 was no different.
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.