SoCal Vintage BMW 2017

This year marked the 10th anniversary of SoCal Vintage BMW, one of the biggest and best BMW gatherings in the country, if not the world. Interestingly, it's one of the few events that BMW and the BMW Car Club don't sponsor or organize. It's these enthusiast roots that maintain the laid-back vibes and diversity of cars, from perfect original specimen to rat rods, and everything in between.

Beauty in Simplicity: 1976 BMW 2002 Restomod

A loud, slammed, fender-flared BMW 2002 is badass, don't get me wrong, but we've all seen it, and there is something to be said for a more understated build. Some cars warrant a second look, even if you can't put a finger on why exactly. This enigmatic beauty is no accident; it's the result of a refined vision, years of parts hunting, and most importantly, patience, without succumbing to the instant gratification of riveted-on fender flares, giant wheels, cutting springs, or a straight-piped exhaust. 

Inside the Paddock / 2017 Rolex Motorsports Reunion

My Rolex Motorsports Reunion experience started early on Sunday morning, at about 4AM. I made a last minute decision to head over to Laguna Seca and photograph the event. I’m always looking for an excuse to be behind the lens and see some beautiful vintage machines ripping around the racetrack, so this was a perfect opportunity.

2017 Pacific Northwest Historic Races

Shot entirely on film, this tasteful collection of photos perfectly captures the essence of vintage racing; while the technology may not be is as fast or precise as today's, both vintage cars and film have a character that cannot be engineered, paying homage to a simpler, analog time.

First Look at the LaCross Art Car

Seattle-native Matt LaCross has been creating continuous-line ink drawings more than twenty years. His masterpieces are composed from a single thought, with one consistent flow of ink and no preliminary sketches. Once the pen meets paper, it's not lifted until the piece is complete.

Shop Feature: Racecraft

The first time I went to Racecraft I drove right by it. Actually, I drove by it three times. The building has no flashy signage or exotic cars to garner attention. Only a casually parked BMW M3 indicated that maybe this was the place I was looking for. The shop maintains a low profile, but once you are inside you understand exactly why.

Parking Lot Gems: 1966 Porsche 911

One of the best-kept secrets of car events is the regular parking lot. While concours always have "so clean you could eat off the underside" cars, enthusiastic attendees often bring something special as well, only to get relinquished to the back lot.

Bristol Barn Find: 1967 BMW 2000

Ok, so it wasn't exactly a "barn find," but "transmission shop find" doesn't have quite the same ring to it. This jewel of a BMW was dropped off for a transmission rebuild when the owner moved to Alaska and simply abandoned his car at the mechanic. The project stalled, and the car was left in the back corner of the shop for years.

Midnight S4

When the owner first tossed me the keys, I wasn't sure what to expect. Coming from classic cars, my idea of the perfect driving experience involves a connectedness that you can only get from analog features - manual steering, a manual gearbox, and the likes.