If you were to picture Hollywood’s version of a watchmaker, you’re likely to imagine a man with skilled hands, tiny tools, and a monocle. I’d also guess that if you were to picture his car, a vintage Mercedes Benz fits into the picture as well; it only seems fitting for the character. What you wouldn’t imagine, though, is that he’d be just 21 years old.
Rob Dern’s infatuation with Mercedes’s C126 platform began early: through movies and pop culture, the 560 SEC rose quickly to prominence as an end-all in automotive prowess through the ’80s and ’90s. Gangsters and rockstars alike turned to the massive coupe as a catchall for performance and poise, and understandably, Rob’s attention was fixed on the coupe for years and years to come.
When it comes to Stateside car culture, it’s difficult to remember the Audi marque much further back than the 1980s, with the Audi Fox standing as one of only a few prior examples most enthusiasts might be familiar with. Despite that, Audi’s history is a complex one, dating back more than a century, to a gentleman named August Horch and his founding of Audi Automobilwerke GmbH in 1910.
“Normally I buy a car and just keep adding to it,” Alan begins. It’s an approach most of us likely take: a natural evolution of a project over time eventually yields the fruits of our labor. Often times, it’s the ebb and flow of a build that defines its eventual outcome; however, sometimes, a build begins with an idea. For this 1993 Datsun Sunny Pickup, Alan Dufficy knew exactly what he wanted more than a year prior to having a car in hand.
It began at the race track. Yannik Maier, at just 14 years old in 2014, was lucky enough to see an oldtimer E28 turned race car during a visit to Germany’s world-famous Hockenheimring, home of the German Grand Prix. Few and far between in contrast to both 3s and 6s, a 5er race car is a rare sight by nearly any measure; however, seeing such an oddity had a lasting impact on the youngster.