Armand Mariano’s story of automotive enthusiasm begins just as many others: it was his disassembly and reconstruction of his childhood Matchbox cars as a young boy that cemented his interest in being a mechanic. He filled his high school elective classes were filled with shop classes, determined to learn the trade and craft of working on the machines he knew and loved.
10 years is an incredible milestone, one I never expected to reach. It’s more than a third of my life thus far, and in this past decade, I’ve met more incredible people than most will ever have the opportunity or fortune to be blessed with. It was seven years ago that StanceWorks made the move to Southern California, cementing ourselves into the community with a brick-and-mortar homestead.
Many car purchases are fueled by impulse, which is often followed by buyer’s remorse. In the classic water-cooled VW world, impulse buys can literally destroy your bank account and wreak havoc with wives and girlfriends. Fraught with hidden rust and hidden running issues, buying an old VW on a whim is trouble. There isn’t a truer car to adhere to the old adage: The best things come to those who wait.
Photography by Mike Crawat
Bart Kuyken isn’t what one might consider your run-of-the-mill StanceWorks feature owner. Amidst the auto shop owners, weekend warriors, and a slew of do-it-yourselfers, Bart lives a life between two cities: Antwerp, Belgium and Paris, France. “Having a life in both cities is a blessing,” he says. “I meet so many different people this way.
It’s been too long since our last desktop wallpaper, but choosing the first of 2019 couldn’t have been easier. As one of the most impressive feature cars in StanceWorks’s 10-year history, Riley Stair’s Trans Am is first on the list. If you somehow missed the full-length feature, be sure to check it out it by clicking here. Otherwise, simply right-click and save-as on the photo below to save it in full resolution.