Overcast 7am skies about 3 shades lighter than Dorn’s Fashion Gray weakly lit the LA hills. Sitting in my car, battling poor reception trying to keep me from listening to the “Look Mexico” song I’d just discovered 2 hours ago, I’m watching for the piercing Raul G custom headlights to cut through the queue of faded, yellow halogens.
Dorn arrived in a Q50 that rolled by at a ride height lower than most cars’, straight up to the line of safety cones that are almost as iconic as the observatory itself - guiding traffic through the parking lot and back down the one-way street that meets Vermont. At this point I realized that the beautifully bagged E30 parked two cars down from me was not just coincidentally placed, it was in fact part of our shoot: @Menace_M4’s not-so-well-known, but just as clean E30 sharing the photo-op of a lifetime with us.
Just as Dorn arrived, a park ranger who sought to make sure I was no longer the tallest one in the group, moved the cones aside.
We were in, and we had 15 minutes to make it happen. Ernie went first.
The sleek, angled features of the E30 matched up beautifully to the observatory in the background. Work Meisters flush with the fenders thanks to suspension by Airlift Performance.
We wanted to keep things short to avoid any complications, so after about 10 minutes Ernie aired up, and Dorn took his place.
Now, I’d like to take a paragraph to thank Dorn for bringing this opportunity up to me, and allowing it to happen. A car shoot that, to our knowledge, has only happened ONCE before at this high of a profile. To everyone involved: thank you.
With his (literal) award-winning fitment, Dorn’s Q50 graced the pavement like it belonged there - his custom Rotiform KPS tucking in the rear, and caressing the fender in the front. This Q50 features a Blitz body kit featured on a number of cars in North America you can count on one hand. Coupled with the 1-of-1 Raul G custom headlights, Dorn’s car is truly as iconic as its backdrop.
At about this time, we were helped off the premises and regrouped at a parking lot a little further down the park. Dorn posed the car against a coniferous backdrop while we all discussed the opportunity we were just blessed with.
The rest of the morning consisted of driving through Downtown LA, weaving through malicious potholes and bumps in the road, and enjoying the company of great people in the presence of great cars.
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