One of these is really important. The other is being a dad.
In every racer’s life, there comes a time that requires us to trade in horsepower and the smell of burnt rubber, for cribs and dirty diapers.
A time when the need for speed, becomes the need for a nap.
This was the case for Paul Azan, a good friend of ours, here at Active Autowerke. Paul started racing regularly back in 1990, but was forced to give it up shortly after his second child was born in 1995.
When painting a masterpiece, every individual brush stroke requires total concentration. Each stroke has a purpose and meaning, and is orchestrated precisely, culminating in an end result that is nothing short of extraordinary. In all facets of our business, we take similar considerations into mind. Sales, distribution, and service are all detailed brush strokes in the masterpiece that is Active Autowerke.
We’re feeling very Olympic today…
Here we are.
It’s been quite a journey, and we can’t lie; it’s been a tough one. Project Euro M3 began as more of a dream than anything: Build a fully functioning – comfortable – 500+ horsepower ultimate driving machine. The platform for the ambitious build was arguably one of the most coveted iterations of the legendary marque, the European market E36 M3. Our mission was simple…add a bunch of extra air.
Both in the engine bay, AND the cabin.
Time for some World History…
For many of us who grew up in the U.S., our first encounter with the country of Taiwan happened when we flipped over the plastic trinkets that came with our Happy Meals, and asked our mothers to read the three little words that we found. Although we couldn’t pronounce it’s name, Taiwan meant one thing to us: fun toys.
Now (somewhat) more mature, “Made in Taiwan” carries a similar meaning, at least here at Active Autowerke. Over the years, we’ve cultivated a profound relationship with a large group of BMW enthusiasts on the island who have some pretty impressive toys of their own…and none of them contain a single ounce of cheap plastic. Learn More
All up in your grill…
Read Part 1 Here
Ira found himself at a precipice.
He knew what he wanted, and he had quickly gathered the necessary tools that would serve him on his journey. The time had finally come to get to work building his dream:
A supercar, disguised in classic hot-rod drag. Learn More
Sprechen Sie Hot Rod?
“Those were the days.”
Nostalgia has a funny way of coloring our memories of the past in a hue of rose. The further we travel away from it, the more we become convinced that things will never be as grand as they once were. However, if we’re constantly looking back, we risk missing the gifts of the present. We neglect the opportunity to implement the lessons from yesterday, with the technology of today; in order to burn some serious rubber tomorrow.
Ira Schacter, the owner of one of the most insanely intricate project builds we’ve ever come across, has decided to pay homage to the past in a way that illustrates just how far automotive culture has come. This is what happens when the soul of American Graffiti collides with the unrestrained imagination of The Fast And The Furious. This is the embodiment of mechanical precision and hand-built execution. And it is mind-blowingly awesome.
Perhaps, we should say THESE are the days. Learn More
All of us have dreams. Many of us pursue them. Some of us come close to realizing them.
However, only a select few of us take the meticulous measurements required to not only achieve, but excel at every step along the way. It takes patience, sacrifice, and a lot of luck to make your dreams a reality.
Robert Chang didn’t begin racing to just participate. He didn’t begin racing to escape from his daily life. Robert Chang dove headfirst into a dream that he had little experience in, yet now finds himself at the pinnacle of. All of us here at Active Autowerke are enormously proud to congratulate him on his 2013 National Championship in BMWCCA’s C-Modified class.
Read on to learn how Robert lived out his dream. Learn More