Car Culture Cultivators

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With over 35 events and experiences, two films and a growing list of benefits, you’re not going to want to miss out.

For the die-hard enthusiasts. If you’re a car culture fanatic looking to quell an insatiable hunger for all things automotive, this is for you.

Our events range in size from 20 to 2000 people. We celebrate all things automotive, curating spaces for those that love all types of cars.

We produce narrative-driven automotive films for select clients. Why? To tell stories about passionate car enthusiasts and their journeys.

BMW Z3 M Coupe: The Weird And The Wonderful

All images are from a recent BMW Z3 M Coupe reunion photoshoot held in the Bay Area. Thanks to Rich (@dasblaushu) and the rest of the M Shoe owners for making this gathering happen. Words and photos by Vijay Sankar (@pink_helmet). … Some of the most interesting cars ever made have taken form without express…

The Lamborghini Miura Experience

Words and photography by Vijay Sankar (@pink_helmet) … A solid wall of thunderous wails echoed through the woods lining the Fairfax-Bolinas Road. Flocks of birds were dislodged from mountain sides at the arrival of the exhaust note rocking their world. As much as the visual presence is iconic, the noise of the Miura precedes it.…

BMW E60 M5–The Power of Ten

There is electric throttle response throughout the rev range, and it makes peak power at its manic top end near 8000 RPM. It punches well low in the rev range, but boy does it pay to rev it out to the climax. The motor hits so hard at the top after a linear climb through…

Tales from The California Automobile Museum

VALT Stories is a series that brings together car culture tales worth sharing from the Bay Area. This series embodies everything from photo essays on notable cars to selected narratives of the stewards of automotive enthusiasm in the community. … Gabriel Ionica serves as the Communications Coordinator at California Automobile Museum in Sacramento. He is…

BMW ///M is Still Alive and Well

In search of the soul of BMW, we found that there are still palpable signs of life at the M Division that excite us. You just need to be open new experiences. khj Words and photography by Vijay Sankar (@pink_helmet on Instagram) Caveat: The photos are those of a base M2, but my driving impressions…

The Sights from Golden Gate Cars & Culture

Photography by Tiny Darkroom on Instagram; words by Vijay Sankar Explore and/or purchase many more images from the event at this link. The Bay Area car community is richly diverse in ways that are hard to encapsulate under the roof of one event. The cars, the drivers, the restorers, the artists, the curators and the…