Kristoff Hemet, the man, the legend, at least around these parts it seems. We first met Kristoff and his gorgeous E28 randomly at a local friend Steve’s garage (more on him in a later feature). We found out that Steve had contacted him randomly off StanceWorks and had asked Kristoff to meet up with him during one of our weekly Pickering VW/ScrapedCrusaders meets. Now lets backtrack a little bit here; we had all seen Kristoff many times before rolling around locally in his slammed 1985 BMW 528e, but we had no idea who he was or where in the world he had come from! But as we got to know him and what he was about he became just one of the group, another car loving low junky with a radical ride that has an even more radical story, but I’ll leave it to Kristoff to tell that.
BC(BawxCars): What made you fall in love with these big old Beemers?
KH(Kristoff): 6 years ago when I was 15 I was working a summer job helping around a small shop downtown, you know sweeping, cleanup, generally helping out. There was a friend of the shop owners who used to come around in random cars he saved from the scrappers, one of these cars that he brought around every now and again was an old E28 528e. One day he was banging out a dent in the front fender and says “Hey, lets go for a coffee run” and we peel out in this hooptie of an E28 (dented, no paint, exhaust clinging to life) and he’s driving it like it’s an M5 on the Ring! Needless to say after that I was hooked!
BC: Only 15? That’s really young to get such a strong attraction. So what happened after that?
KH: I went online and started researching E28’s like mad and saw that a lot of car enthusiasts loved them, especially the 528e’s so that got me thinking that this would be an appropriate car to get when I got my licence.
BC: So this is your first car?!?
KH: Yea haha, I ended up getting a job at that shop but it had been 3 years since that ride and I was starting to look at more “reasonable” cars like VW ‘s and Volvo’s but the shop had two E28’s sitting out front, an 88 and an 85, both 528e’s both blue on blue, both in excellent shape. The sales person knew I was a huge BMW fan and suggested I look at one even though all the guys in the shop said I should be weary and I was already hesitant because of their prices but regardless I was about to go look at a Volvo 850 when my boss said I should take the 528 out there to look at it. 10 minutes later I wasn’t even thinking about the Volvo anymore, we got back and I worked out a price for my first car, this 1985 BMW 528e in arktisblau.
BC: That’s one hell of a story man!
KH: But it gets better! I met the previous owner of the car, a man named Gus, and as we were talking I thought “He looks familiar” but I couldn’t place from where, we start talking and I take him for a ride and we both slowly realize… This is the E28 I had taken a ride in 3 years ago!! The one that started it all! It looked nothing like it did before but it was the exact same one and the exact same guy. I was pretty shocked and stoked.
BC: Wow. That’s amazing! How many people can claim a story like that? What have you done to this unicorn since then?
KH: I have all custom build coils on the car using modified VW Corrado shocks in the front, I swapped the motor not too long ago from a newer 528E and currently I am fixing all the rust on the car for a big debut sometime soon. You won’t even recognize it when its done.
BC: Thanks ‘Stoff, can’t wait to see how it ends up!
We’ll be updating time to time with what Kristoff does with his E28 but if you want some faster updates on it follow him on Instagram: @e28stoff
Owner: Kristoff Hemet
Car: 1985 BMW 528e
Motor: Stock M20 “High Efficiency” 2.7L 12V Inline 6 hooked up to the stock 5spd manual gearbox.
Drivetrain: Stock rear wheel drive configuration with IRS.
Suspension: Custom coil-overs on Corrado shocks in the front
Wheels: 15X7 et0 1 piece Gottis with 195/60 tires
Interior: Stock blue vinyl
Special Mods: You’ll see
Special thanks to Kristoff for his time, pictures and his awesome car