For years I’ve watched as Riley Stair has worked diligently on his Magnum Opus: the 1970 Pontiac Trans Am we first featured following SEMA 2018 where it made its debut and, without surprise, stole the show. In the years that have followed, he’s slaved over the dreaded “final 10%” many of us have come to loathe… the 10% that takes as long as the first 90%, if not longer, all in the name of building a truly finished vehicle, not just one that can be used.
It’s been too long since our last desktop wallpaper, but choosing the first of 2019 couldn’t have been easier. As one of the most impressive feature cars in StanceWorks’s 10-year history, Riley Stair’s Trans Am is first on the list. If you somehow missed the full-length feature, be sure to check it out it by clicking here. Otherwise, simply right-click and save-as on the photo below to save it in full resolution.
This story begins with a rusty, battered Pontiac Trans Am. It’s a far departure from the BMWs Riley Stair has built his name around, although not totally unexpected, if you’ve ever seen the C10 Pickup he tucks away. He’s clearly got a passion for the un-substitutable thump-and-rumble of a V8, having stuffed one into almost every project he’s built so far, ranging from his own E28 and his dad’s E24, to the Datsun 240Z, the C10, and now the T/A, too.
Riley Stair’s name has undoubtedly become synonymous with incredible builds with incredible quality. With each passing year, we’ve featured his latest builds, eager to share the machines he brings to life with unparalleled quality and creativity. For the last twenty months, however, he’s been hard at work but shrouded in secrecy, utilizing every spare hour at his disposal to build his greatest creation yet.
Unless you’re new to the StanceWorks homepage, chances are you’ve heard of Riley Stair. Aside form being one of StanceWorks’s closest friends and supporters, he’s also responsible for a number of notable builds, most of which have earned screen time here on the S|W homepage. There was 2015’s most popular StanceWorks feature, his LS6-powered Datsun 260Z, and there was his Cummins-powered ’49 Chevy 3100 pickup, built as a project between him and his father.