If you’re anything like me – and chances are good if you’re reading this – you’ve spent countless hours perusing the depths of Google Images, scouring for sources of inspiration on an endless quest, trudging through the chest-deep masses of cool stuff buried on the web. For us BMW fans, there are a few images we’ve all likely saved to our harddrives; images that go down in the BMW Hall of Fame.
Frankly, it’s the last car I’d have expected to fall in love with. I struggle to find infatuation with cars of the era; I often jokingly suggest they look like machines from Wacky Races, or like something a Scooby Doo villain might drive. The ’40s and ’50s were a time for flowing lines, big fenders, and cues that are born the growing midcentury designs aesthetics of the time.
John Benton has obviously been cut from a different cloth. In a community where many of the older shop owners hold on tight to the trade secrets they’ve learned over the years, John is an open book. Rather than hole up in a garage, jaded by decades in the automotive world, John is the first to share what he’s learned and openly reach out when he needs help.
I distinctly remember saying to myself, sometime in high school, that I’d never understand how anyone could like the Fox Body Mustang. Both its predecessors and successors seemed to have something to offer, but how anyone could choose the boxy fox as their favorite was comletely beyond me. Somehow though, many years later, the Fox has inexplicably earned a special place in my heart – truly and wholly – as one of my favorites, period.
When the StanceWorks “Parts Car” build began, there was an invaluable balance I wanted to find. While undoubtedly a race car at its core, I wanted something built to last. I wanted to build a car that could and would withstand the abuse and agony of time on track, while also withstanding the test of time. When I brought my project idea up to James Clay, president of BimmerWorld, it was clear we were on the same page. “If we’re going to do this, we’re going to do it right.