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.
There was a time when most of us hummed car noises while scooting small diecast cars across the kitchen floor. There were toy boxes filled with all sorts of matchbox vehicles. From a bass-boat finished C3 Corvette with shiny pipes out the side, to a car-crushing monster truck sitting atop gnarled tires, the collections were as diverse as it gets. Little metal dump trucks shared space with racecars, fire trucks, and sports cars alike.
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.
With 2013 upon us, and more ahead of us than ever before, Andrew and I have once again taken the chance to look back on the past twelve months to see where we’ve come from and where the year has taken us. The past year has taken us to places we had previously only dreamed of going, ranging from factories and paddocks to garages and secluded parking lots for the perfect photo shoot location.
With 2013 just around the corner, it comes time for those of us here at StanceWorks to reflect back on our year. 2012 took us all over the country in search for automotive inspiration. From trackside to car photoshoot, it’s clear that 2012 was a year of growth, exploration, and a broadening of vision for me and StanceWorks.