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Stance|Works was founded in the spring of 2009 as a safe haven for automotive enthusiasts that had an affinity for pushing the boundaries of wheel fitment and stance. We view our vehicles as blank canvas and allow our imaginations to take over. 3 years have passed and Stance|Works continues to grow and reach out internationally, liberating people from close minded notions that cars ought to

Andrew Ritter comes from a background in Studio Art and the Philosophy of Aesthetics. It’s an interest in self expression and everything automotive that drives him to craft and shape the experience of the Stance|Works community through design. Dedicated to quality and hard work, he constantly seeks to improve the visual and tactile aspects of Stance|Works and provide the very best to

look a certain way or serve a certain purpose. We approach the automotive world with wide eyes, an open mind, and a goal to share the every day inspiration and dedication found in enthusiasts’ garages, driveways, and streets around the world. Through beautiful imagery and heartfelt story telling, Stance|Works acts as a beacon for the automotive passion that burns inside every one of us.

Mike Burroughs Editor in chief Mike Burroughs first picked up a camera in 2007 and has yet to put it down. In 2009, the idea of StanceWorks was born as a direct outlet to share the stories of the cars and owners he had met. It is with every car he captures, every account he shares, and every wrench he turns that he hopes to continuously push the community forward and preserve the essence of its history.

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It’s with great excitement that we are announcing our latest show: Avila Motoring Invitational. The event will take place on the 10th and 18th fairways of the Avila Beach Golf Resort alongside the beautiful Pacific Ocean. The Avila Motoring Invitational will be a destination event that places our fellow enthusiasts in an environment that is both distinct and memorable. No fancy parlor tricks or cheap thrills, just a great weekend filled with friends and like-minded people. There is much more to come, so block off your calendar and plan for this to be the best Stance|Works event yet!

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content Art99erformance’s BMW e91 M3 What we have here is a special report. I say “special” because apart from being a worldwide premiere, this project (despite being well known in the scene) is being presented for the first time in the media, and is the beginning of close collaboration between Konzept: Euro and Stance|Works.

Rotiform’s Audi A8 Brian Henderson, half of the Rotiform Duo, picked up an Audi A8 as his latest personal car. With the prospect of a SEMA build of their own, he and Jason Whipple, half number two, set after building one of their best cars yet.

John’s 250s & E30 M3 John’s cars are a fantastic pair for any fan of German steel to envy. For me, they continue to push the idea we’ve been trying to shout from the rooftops- the older, the better. Breathing new life into old hearts, keeping them from the scrapheaps and junk yards.

Kyle Ranauro’s S14 It’s not every day that someone comes along with the intent to change the car scene in its entirety. From the dregs of of the car scene comes one of the cleanest and most unique S-Chassis we’ve ever seen.

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What we have here is a special report. I say “special” because apart from being a worldwide premiere, this project (despite being well known in the scene) is being presented for the first time in the media, and is the beginning of close collaboration between Konzept: Euro and Stance|Works. The Stance|Works crew had a particular affinity for this car. Seems like they weren’t alone, as the American response has been strong for the few pictures that have been released of this project. This collaboration isn’t about just any project. Albert Alonso, owner and creator of Art99erformance, based in Castelldefels (Barcelona), felt challenged to bring two concepts together: Family hauler with Track heritage appeal. The result was a BMW E91 335i Touring in M3 skin. A directory of car parts and components to make the car original were all purchased at a BMW dealer. The front end was redone including front bumper, grille, intermittent fins, hood and headlights. From there the fenders, side skirts, and the rear bumper from the M3 sedan were subsequently modified to mount to the wagon. Art99erformance is the official Rotiform importer for Spain, so it was a natural choice to get Brian and Jason involved in the build. Rotiform BLQ Super-Concave wheels were chosen in 20x9.5 for the front and 20x11 in rear. Albert went with Anthracite gloss lips, satin faces and bright red center caps to finish the wheels off. The various pictures that have hit the internet, have lead many to believe the car is on air ride. Despite popular belief, the E91 is on KW Variant 1 adjustable suspension which, together with traditional stainless steel exhaust finish off the original M3 look temporarily. The car is set for now with the intention of being at the Konzept:Euro Meet & Greet Round 1 to be celebrated the first weekend in December. Major changes are planned for the interior with Recaro Sportster CS and full upholstery, original mirrors M3 and reprogramming.

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Rotiform’s audi a8 We’ve made no lack of effort to make it known that we’re

mented by the addition of a sporty R8-GT steering wheel. On

proud to work with the companies we do. As StanceWorks

the outside, it’s been given the traditional european accouter-

grew, and the need to bring on sponsors to help keep the site

ments such as euro bumper strips, headlights, and a W12

running became prevalent, we agreed from the get go that

front grille.

every company form a relationship with is one represents more than a mere transaction of money. Every company we

But with the completion of Brian’s A8, we can only wait for

bring on is one that we form a true friendship with, one that

what comes next. The boys have always been quick to bring

we can work with, grow with, and can consider part of our

new wheels out, but more importantly, they’re willing to

ever-growing family. When we made the decision to bring on

push boundaries and try things few other big names will.

help, our friends at Rotiform were some of the first to come

Their wheel designs are often inspired by “the good ‘ol days

knocking.

of motoring” and they welcome retro-styled overly-stepped

Two years ago, Rotiform was a small name. Few had heard of

lips and even wheel sizes as small as 14”. I can’t name another

them, and I am sure that even fewer would predict that they’d

company who has a 10” range in the diameters they offer.

essentially lead the game today. After two years of hard work and diligence to putting their own dent in the wheel indus-

It’s all part of Rotiform’s willingness to ensure their own

try, it’s no surprise to us that Rotiform is at the forefront of

brand identity, and staying true to what they want to pro-

today’s wheel game.

duce, contrary to what the consumer might expect; and that’s what we love about them. It’s the kind of company we like to

This year, Rotiform is taking over SEMA in Las Vegas. It’s not

work with. And most importantly, it’s that friendship I talked

their first time through, but the number of builds Rotiform

about. Brian and Jason have been there for us since day one,

has participated in this year in comparison to last is stagger-

and we know they’d go out on a limb for us. We know this

ing. Perhaps the most anticipated build is their involvement

because they have; they’ve played an important role in several

with the launch of two of the three Rauh-WELT Begriff USA

of the cars we here at S|W have put together, and many of

cars, the first 964 and 993 built stateside. That’s absolutely

them would simply not have happened without ‘em.

reason enough to be pumped, but what we are most excited about is the car they are closest to. Brian Henderson, half of the Rotiform Duo, picked up an Audi A8 as his latest personal car. With the prospect of a SEMA build of their own, he and Jason Whipple, half number two, set after building one of their best cars yet. The A8 was torn down just weeks ago and has had the full nine yards thrown at it. AirLift suspension came to the table with a perfect setup to set the car down on to Rotiform’s latest wheel, the BWE. The OEM tan leather interior is compli-

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John’s 250S & E30 M3 We all become automotive enthusiasts in our own way. Some-

letter M. He knows there’s a reason the veins in his arm and

times it is entirely self-cultivated, sometimes we only have

the colors of the badge on his car go hand-in-hand. Because

our friends to thank. It’s a “nature versus nurture” argument

of this, his taste in modifications has been a subtle, reserved

of its own. But for many of us, there’s one person for us to

one. He’s stayed true to the BMW heart but made it his own,

thank in particular. Good ol’ Dad. For John, that’s exactly the

and-my-oh-my does it look good.

case. When he tells me, “I have loved cars since the day I was born,” it had to come from somewhere.

Similarly, his Benz doesn’t stray far from the norm. John’s

I’ll start with the Benz. There’s no question that it is a mar-

2-year search for the right car didn’t mean that he bought one

velous vehicle. There’s something to be said about someone

ready-to-drive. “She wasn’t running at the time of purchase

who daily drives such a car. Primitive, massive, and elegant. It

but the body and interior were in too good condition to pass

makes a serious statement. But for John, there’s more to this

up.” His purchase was reinforced after discovering a stack of

‘66 than being seen. For that, we’ll have to go back quite some

records that came with the car, dating back all the way to the

time

time of purchase. And 45 years later, she’s only tallied up a grand (or not so grand) total of only 106,000 miles.

John spent two years searching for the right Benz. His goal

He yanked the engine, had the carbs rebuilt, replaced the

was to pay homage to his father’s car. Born and raised in San

transmission, and wrenched it all back together. His only

Diego, CA, John spent his childhood in the back of his fa-

modification? A much needed drop. It’s John’s take on the

ther’s W108. It was a rear-ended car his father had bought at

ultimate tribute to his father’s car, even down to to the license

auction. After purchase, John’s father proceeded to put every

plate, a replica of the one his father ran on his car.

bit of effort imaginable into saving it, welding on an entirely

The M3, on the other hand, has plenty of tidbits to take in,

new rear end to bring the bodylines back to life. He redid

from the Recaros to the nardi, the bronze 5s and the euro

all of the wood inside the car to restore the luster and shine

Hellas. The GC coils polish off the car and give it that final

it had back in the day, and he even swapped in a fresh 280S

touch we’re all so fond of.

motor because the original was knocking. His father sold the car when is family made the move up to

John’s cars are a fantastic pair for any fan of German steel

Seattle. For John, this meant the start of a new project; this

to envy. For me, they continue to push the idea we’ve been

time, for him and his father to share.

trying to shout from the rooftops- the older, the better.

But this story would be substantially less exciting if there

Breathing new life into old hearts, keeping them from the

weren’t two halves to be told. On the other side of John’s

scrapheaps and junk yards. But for John, these cars are an

garage rests his personal pride and joy; what he tells me is, to

extension of himself and more; they represent his family and

this day, his favorite.

friendships. John tells me he owes thanks to everyone from

John’s M3 is a simple car. It caters to any guy who finds an

Mom and Dad, to even his sister for helping him find his pas-

interest in the E30 M3, and if you find yourself absent from

sion. Your only job now John, is to pass it on.

that category, you may promptly take a seat pile of swords. It is wonderfully simple yet wonderfully executed. Like many of us, John recognizes and appreciates the heritage of the

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Kyle Ranauro’s S14 It’s not every day that someone comes along with the intent

were required for the tucking out back, as well as a serious fend-

to change the car scene in its entirety. After all, with the at-

er massage. The front upper frame rails and front/rear aprons

titude most of the community has these days, that’s not too far

were modified by 3” to allow ample suspension travel as well.

removed from trying to move mountains. However, the thought of hard work along with the trials and tribulations of build-

The cleanliness is carried through to the inside of the car, where

ing outside the box was not nearly enough to scare away Kyle

Kyle’s interior is perfectly stock. That may sound unimpressive,

Ranauro. From the dregs of of the car scene comes one of the

excecpt the mere fact that this S-chassis has an interior is worth

cleanest and most unique S-Chassis we’ve ever seen.

some kind of prize or trophy in and of itself. And the fact that the car is an automatic is something Kyle wears with pride. “The

Kyle’s S14 is one of the more inspirational cars I’ve come across

driveline is perfect as-is. Why would I change it?”. He abides by

in some time. While simple in aesthetics, its execution is any-

the “I don’t need a stick to prove I have one” mentality, knowing

thing but. Before he even owned the car, he knew exactly what

full well that the automatic transmission fits perfectly with the

he wanted to do. Within no time he had the wheels, suspension,

theme of the car.

body kit, and associated parts sitting in the garage, and it was time for him to find the perfect car.

Frankly, it’s that attitude that’ll change the game. In today’s community, with countless people eager to jump at any chance to

Upon finding this 1996 240sx, he knew it was time to begin

put others down, it’s the individuals in it for the right reasons

what many considered heresy, and it all began with the nose.

that keep everything moving forward. For us, it seems as

The war between Zenki and Kouki front ends will likely last

though Kyle has it all figured out. Dabbling in controversy

longer than than any civil or religious war. The Kouki’s aggres-

isn’t a way to make a name for himself; it’s a way to get others

sive and angular front always seems to be the nose of choice

to branch out and express their own individuality. As a car we

and is much more prevalent in the aftermarket. Not one to hop

know will go over so well for so many and so poorly for others,

on bandwagons, Kyle opted for the much more rounded Zenki

we couldn’t be more ecstatic to say this is the kind of car we’re

front end, a choice that in my eyes fits the curvy lines of the

all about.

car exponentially better. It even harks to the R33’s design and aesthetics. A SuperMade Instant Gentleman aero kit was fitted to the car, transforming it from what many see as a drift missile into a car easily mistakable for something much more extravagant. In keeping with the extravagance, Kyle went with massive 20” MRR HR3s. While the crowd that is known for destroying these cars can’t help but complain and sob, Kyle can’t help but smile in knowing that he’s doing the unexpected. The 9.5” et35 wheels are tucked under the fenders by a set of Parts Shop Max coilovers. PSM rear toe links and modified rear hub carriers

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