While involved with the boats, Gary also began a love affair with BMWs, particularly those with V12 power.
He's owned both 750 and 850 BMWs and admired the smooth and powerful engines under those hoods.
If you are beginning to detect a pattern here, you are on the right track. Yes, Gary likes lots of horse power
and . . . V12 engines. He's also been exposed to the multiple engine combos that are common to very fast boats.
Never one to rest on his laurels, and after completion of the BPM powered '55 Chevy, Gary was determined
to build a car to top it. Here's where the BMW engines come into the picture. You may note that I said “engines”
- plural . . . and car – singular. This sets the stage for his next automotive adventure: Twin M73B54 V12s mated
together to form a monster W24!
The car is a '57 Chevy 2 Door Sedan and was someone else's aborted project car. The previous owner had
purchased an Alston Chassis Kit. They cut the firewall and floor out of the car and decided that it was more of
a project than anticipated. The car was put up for sale and Gary scooped it up. I was again selected to do the build.
Above: We'd planned a full tube custom chassis for the new car, so the missing floor and firewall wasn't
a drawback. It actually saved the time it would have taken to remove them ourselves.
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