Through my upbringing and even still today with the addition of in-laws and friends, I’ve had the chance to experience a wide array of vehicles and all the different styles that come with them. One of the highlights that I’ve gotten to experience is the period where I owned a neglected 1987 BMW E30. The E30 community has always been one that I come back to no matter what I own because even though they have become quite common in the car scene, they seem to be a catalyst for self-expression. The chassis manages to perfectly blend old-school styling with new-school drive-ability. For this reason, it sits upon a large group of enthusiasts “future cars to own” lists and haunts the ones that have moved on to other projects. It’s a chassis that is a true enthusiast’s car because no matter your method of use, the E30 is a chassis that brings out a passion and puts a smile on your face.
For some, we are raised to eat, sleep and breathe a select manufacture. Usually a father, relative or family friend raise us with this, mashing our heads full of knowledge and breaking down each generation. For Al Ramiscal, it was all about Toyotas from the young age of four when he began to spend time with his uncle who was infected with a love for 72-74 Corollas aka Mangos. From this moment on, Al too would be entranced with the Corolla chassis back in its glory days before its demise to the bland economic sedan it is today.
When you think of getting a new car, thoughts of parking in the nose bleed section and punching someone’s lights out if they dare scratch or ding your new pride and joy come to mind. But then there are those who have an itch, one they can only try to contain which usually is a losing battle. Soon after they are changing out parts and modifying their new chassis to reflect their own tastes and personality. James Schwartz is one of those with that inability to just leave a car alone and when the keys to his FR-S fell into his hands, ideas were already formulating like a mad scientist.