While the automotive community is loud and present in South Africa, it’s hard to argue that shows like Players Classic and Raceism don’t have international appeal. With heaps of excitement, Wade and Nini boarded a plane and made the 6,000 mile journey from Cape Town to London, all in the name of seeing an eclectic mix of incredible machines. Neither expected, however, to leave with a mission. “Nini, my girlfriend, was completely drawn to the old school BMWs.
For as long as we’ve known Ron Perry, it’s almost impressive that he still manages to catch us by surprise. With each car that emerges from his shop – the Vintage Motorsport Group – comes a new idea. Ron continuously pushes his own comfort levels and boundaries to explore and find just how far he can push the idea of what defines a classic BMW restoration while still adding his own personal touches.
In 1972, BMW brought about a significant change to their business plan: in replacing the New Class, which arguably saved the company, BMW sought to add a model range that departed from sportiness, and instead, took a path towards comfort. The result of the decision was the birth of the 5-series, a 4-door counterpart that fell between the featherweight fun of the 2002, and the more sizable E3 sedan known as the “Bavaria.