I hate to sound formulaic. After all, I firmly believe in celebrating automotive creativity and diversity, and I try to embrace that ideology in every build of my own as I travel across the automotive spectrum with each successive build. With that said, there’s no denying what works: The Combo.
It’s not StanceWorks’s first CSL, and its sure not to be the last. In fact, this will be our 9th featured example, a milestone in and of itself, with only 491 left to go if we want to conquer them all. Captured by our talented friend and photographer Mike Crawat, this particular example comes from Europe, and more specifically, Belgium. Parked along side its BMW brethren earlier this summer at an event, it stole the show as an iconic elder.
If you’re in the same boat as we are, chances are you won’t understand a lick of this week’s reel find. However, some sounds are universal. Enjoy the screams of the inline six versus the flat six in this vintage footage of the 1976 World Touring Car Championship as the E9 CSL battles against the Porsche 934 for top rights.
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.