New bloke who likes big BMWs. Also building a Lotus Xl replica out of junk from Kev's loft and bits of motorbike.
After becoming slightly besotted with the idea of owning a classic-look race car in the form of a Westfield’s Lotus XI replica, James looked for a way to do it a bit differently and for a more realistic cost.
Sensing that variety is the spice of project life, he sourced the chassis and some suspension components from an MK Indy kit car that a friend was selling. Next, he found one of the only secondhand Westfield bodyshells in existence (in Kev’s garage) and set to work combining them together, with the plan to power the lot by fitting a slightly obscure BMW bike engine.
When James Winstanley decided that a budget track car was to be the order of the day in 2008, a BMW E30 was the only option that was considered seriously. With a penchant for old Bavarian motors, James quickly bought the first suitable rolling project he could find within 200 miles.
Since this turned out to be little more than a textbook example of rust held together with beige carpet, it was lucky that this second car turned out to be in rather nice condition, especially considering it lived by the sea in deepest Scotland.