Born in 1961, the Jaguar E-Type, or XK-E as it was sold to the American market, has grown into an automotive icon, holding a unique and nearly-impossible to dispute position as one of the most beautiful cars history has to offer. Beyond is poise and elegance is a car with roots in racing, having derived from Jagaur’s hugely successful Le Mans-winning D-Type roadster.
Our friend, the incredibly talented Peter Aylward, attended the 2016 Silverstone Classic on StanceWorks’ behalf. As a motorsports photographer, there are few better places to be than trackside, and with such an exciting field of cars, it might be said that there are few better races, period.
On Wednesday, we began our journey with CSL #001/79 – Willi Martini’s own E9 race car. After several decades of seclusion, the car was finally brought to Southern California, where famed BMW restorer, Ron Perry, and his business partner, Bill Kincaid, have undertaken the effort to restore the car to its former glory.
Decades ago, before the likes of Alpina, Schnitzer, and even BMW’s factory Works program, Willi Martini and his team stood as a staple in the world of BMW tuning and racing. As a pioneering figure in the initial efforts of Neue Klass racing, his legacy is forever cemented in BMW’s rich and diverse racing history. While some of his famed racers have withstood the test of time and racing, others have since been forgotten.
Several months back, our friend and fellow photographer, Sam Hurly, began filling us in on an upcoming project, featuring a few of our favorite things: BMWs, cameras, and the open road. Road-tripping has long been an essential part of the StanceWorks ethos, as there are few better ways to spend time behind the wheel. After Sam shared plans for a road trip of his own, we were keen on being involved.