1985 535i: Mike Burroughs/Rey Rivera
1985 BMW E28 535i #0651252
3.5-liter S38 inline six-cylinder, 361 rear-wheel hp
Burnt rusty brown (originally Black)
Rey Rivera (since 2018)
San Juan Capistrano, CA
Mike Burroughs had already chopped and dropped this E28 535i, but he was in the process of re-imagining once again when the car was destroyed by a fire in 2011, along with his garage. Most people would have consigned it to the junkyard, but Burroughs wasn’t ready to part with his 5er just yet. Instead, the Stanceworks founder was inspired to turn the charred wreck into “the most badass car I could conjure.”
Inspired by wide-bodied, wild-winged racers like the E21 320 Turbo raced by David Hobbs in IMSA from 1977 to ’79, Burroughs began turning his E28 into “a Group 5 car from Hell,” aka Rusty Slammington.
Taking a torch to the body, Burroughs and Byron Wilcox shortened the greenhouse by a foot and moved the B-pillar back to give his E28 the proportions of a coupe. The fenders and side sills were widened to accommodate a set of centerlock BBS E57 wheels from a Porsche 962 sports-racing prototype that measure 16 inches in diameter up front, 19 inches at the rear, the latter 14.5 inches wide.
The suspension is a race-inspired pushrod system with H&R coil-overs, while power comes from a mid-mounted S38 six-cylinder built by VAC to M1 Procar spec. It’s also got a 15-gallon racing fuel cell and four fuel pumps. Burroughs built a custom diffuser beneath the rear bumper, while a standard E38 rubber spoiler caps the trunk lid and the a Group 4 CSL air dam graces the front.
The car debuted at SEMA in 2015, and it’s also been featured on Jay Leno’s Garage, at the Essen Motor Show, and on the Stanceworks website, which Burroughs founded in 2009 with creative director Andrew Ritter.
In March 2018, Burroughs sold Rusty Slammington to noted collector Rey Rivera. “I met Mike when he started Stanceworks,” Rivera says. “Mike is a fantastic photographer, and Rusty has been documented in Stanceworks in such an artistic and brutally honest way. But Rusty is not a commercial. Mike built the car out of pure passion, and that means something in today’s world of over-commercialized everything.”
It may not have been built to sell, but Rivera wanted to buy it even though he’s too tall to drive it. He loves looking at it, and he also enjoys sharing the car with the community.
“I really enjoy the people and the camaraderie, and I’ve met some really great friends through the BMW community,” Rivera says. “My cup runneth over.”