Some owners make it hard on me. I wait patiently while owners button up the last few finishing touches before I’m able to share their work with the world. Many times, after wheels receive their final polish and offsets are perfected, a StanceWorks photo shoot captures the car at its best for its well deserved feature. But some times, for owners such as Keith, things don’t stop there.
It seems all but impossible for Rob Cumberbatch to have turned into anything other than an automotive fanatic. If it can’t be blamed on the weekends spent with his father at car shows in his 1957 Hillman Minx, and the afternoons spent in the garage working together on a Jensen Healey, then perhaps his love for machines can be attributed to the trips home from school in his mother’s BMW 2002, or her weekend toy, a Lotus Excel.
When Igor Polishchuck acquired his ’87 325is, it sat as a rolling shell, primered and begging for paint. As a CAtuned shop car, Igor’s original intent was to simply paint it, re-assemble it, and, with a little luck, make some money from the finished product. After selling his Henna Red E30, Igor planned on repeating the process, but in a last-minute decision to change the car’s color, the snow-ball effect took over and the outcome surpassed all expectations.
Almost all of North America is bundled up inside, waiting for the “polar vortex” to subside, the newfound layer of permafrost to dissipate, and the 2014 ice age to end. On the other hand, us Southern Californians are enjoying breezy days with highs in the mid-80s. The sun is shining, the shop doors are wide open at the S|W HQ, and life’s good. For everyone else, however, the long wait is on as the winter season does its best to kill off automotive enthusiasm entirely.
Last Friday marked the one year anniversary of Keith’s acquisition of his 1966 Volvo Amazon 122. It’s been only a year since he drove down to his friend, Jeremey’s, house to take a leap back into the car world after a brief hiatus. Jeremy, an avid Volvo fan himself, is the one guilty of spreading the Volvo bug to Keith. He always had a collection of Volvos around, ranging from built 240s to classic Amazons.