Words & Pictures: Dave Cox
You may remember when I showed you the rather green and totally outrageous BMW last week. Well what is better than having one? Try two! This time in an equally subtle red.
Amazing how a change in colour can transform the look of the car. Granted the wheels are different and this one does have a bonnet but they look completely different.
This particular version is the pride and joy of Will, owner of LTMW – a body shop in Irwindale, California. Walking into this place was like setting foot into a Dinosaur museum for the first time, my jaw hit the floor. I’ll show you what I mean in a bit.
Will decided to stick with original M3 engine but with a much freer flowing exhaust system. This is how BMW’s should sound! Walking behind the car as he moved it into position I was staggered to find out that the ride height you see in the pictures is only 2cm lower than how it normally rolls. Oh yeah and he dailies this thing!
The bonnet really completes the look of this car, complimenting the rocket bunny conversion. I have seen a few bonnets like this in the past and must admit to not being much of a fan. Each time I got near it I felt my bottom lip curling and nodding a sign of approval.
And LTMW, what is that all about then? Well as I mentioned earlier, they are a body shop on the West Coast of America specialising in performance BMW parts. As is often the case with successful shops, word gets around and pretty soon you have people wanting all things modified.
During my visit, there was amongst a plethora of BMW’s a Nissan GTR with a full Rocket Bunny kit conversion as well as an Audi R8 going under the knife for some Liberty Walk goodness.
Walking through the shop talking to Will I admitted that this was my first time in a place like this. I also confessed with boyish enthusiasm that I could spend all day here. He just gave me a knowing smile but you could tell he wasn’t having any regrets about his day job.
Here in the UK we are little more retrained when it comes to customising cars, sure we feature some awesome build and those of you that have frequented the pages will attest that there is rarely a bog standard car on our site.
That being said, in general, customising cars here is typically done for a specific purpose. On the West Coast it is just as normal as buying a car. I mean why would you want the average Joe to be able to pop down to his local dealer and get the same car as you. Customising your car is the culture, get your dream car, make it look the way you want. That’s the culture and I for one, want to be part of it.
LTMotorWerks enables you to do just that. And they do a damn good job of it. I wish I could have spent more time there as I feel I have just scratched the surface of the projects they have on.
I guess I’ll have to plan another trip to LA.