Many car purchases are fueled by impulse, which is often followed by buyer’s remorse. In the classic water-cooled VW world, impulse buys can literally destroy your bank account and wreak havoc with wives and girlfriends. Fraught with hidden rust and hidden running issues, buying an old VW on a whim is trouble. There isn’t a truer car to adhere to the old adage: The best things come to those who wait.

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Photography by Mike Crawat
Bart Kuyken isn’t what one might consider your run-of-the-mill StanceWorks feature owner. Amidst the auto shop owners, weekend warriors, and a slew of do-it-yourselfers, Bart lives a life between two cities: Antwerp, Belgium and Paris, France. “Having a life in both cities is a blessing,” he says. “I meet so many different people this way.

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It’s been too long since our last desktop wallpaper, but choosing the first of 2019 couldn’t have been easier. As one of the most impressive feature cars in StanceWorks’s 10-year history, Riley Stair’s Trans Am is first on the list. If you somehow missed the full-length feature, be sure to check it out it by clicking here. Otherwise, simply right-click and save-as on the photo below to save it in full resolution.

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I can tell already, getting rid of this one is going to hurt. I’ve bought and sold my fair share of cars at this point, and a good number have been personal builds or cars that I cherish. The “Parts Car” as it has been known amongst friends, my Group A tribute build, is no different. In fact, my girlfriend Emily put it succinctly last night: “it’s the most ‘you’ car you’ve ever built. In a way, I think she’s right.

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I was warned ahead of time: “Don’s shop is going to be a mess.” There’s undoubtedly a dichotomy that exists between the prim and proper white-walled race shops that focus on organization and detail work, versus a shop more akin to my own: tools stacked on any available surface, and a flagrant disregard for cleanliness in the name of progress. I’ve been told more times than I can count, “If a shop is dirty, it means things happen there. It’s a sign of success.

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