The Golden State
Words: Julian Packin | Photos: Ruckus
Over a number of weeks I was talking with the owner of this feature car, a Supercharged 2000 BMW 328i, while working out the details of our California connection shooting his car. During our conversations, we were able to add too more euro-autos to the mix; a 2006 Lotus Elise with a ton of carbon fiber touches, and a Noble M400 which is arguably the fastest car in the world.
Van Canning is a Malibu native who is dedicated to his BMW, constantly modding and tweaking for optimal performance and function. Also a dedicated member of the Luxury4Play online community, Van is always willing and able to offer helpful suggestions to any of your euro related questions; An all around good guy to be friends with in the automotive community.
"The Elise has always been a favorite of mine, I just cant figure out how I would be able to get in and out of it on a regular basis."
Speaking of friends, Van brought a few of them to his shoot as I mentioned earlier. Graham Stephan, a Beverly Hills California native, is the owner of the 2006 Lotus Elise that has been fitted with a Carbon Fiber Center Console, Carbon Fiber Exige Side Scoops, Carbon Fiber Splitter, and aggressive Stripes.
The Elise has always been a favorite of mine, I just cant figure out how I would be able to get in and out of it on a regular basis. Lets hope it’s not his daily driver. Van also brought Eric Walden, a Santa Monica California native, who is the proud owner of a Noble M400. The Noble M400 is a fiberglass sports car from the British carmaker Noble, and features a mid-mounted transverse engine design. Noble is no longer manufacturing the M400, so this makes Eric’s very rare and desirable. With a zero to sixty time in the low 3-second arena, there is really not a lot more you can do to modify this custom car. Eric did, however, upgrade the Intercooler with a larger Turbonetics intercooler, just to be safe.
If these vehicles are the caliber of euro-autos we can find in California, and I suspect that they are just the tip of the iceberg, then be on the lookout for more coverage from the West Coast. I highly doubt this will be our last feature from our friends on the other side of the country.