The Craziest Car of the SEMA Show is a Rusty Old BMW

Colum Wood
by Colum Wood

It’s been through hell and back.


Well, maybe not entirely literally, but this rat-rod styled BMW E28 has survived a devastating fire, not to mention more rust than one car should.

Built and owned by Mike Burroughs of, the car brought Burroughs and his website to fame a half a decade ago before being completely destroyed in a fire in 2011.

But Burroughs refused to let that stop him. Speaking to AutoGuide at the SEMA Show he said he felt he owed it to the car and to the people it has inspired to resurrect this car.

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Known to its followers as “Rusty Slammington” the car is as unique as they come. With a complete tube frame chassis, roughly half of the body panels were re-used. Burroughs said he managed to re-create the rusty look on fresh the fresh metal using a combination of chemicals. And to complete the look the rust was treated with oil from a diesel engine.

The car also now features a unique inboard pushrod suspension designed by H&R Springs and an inline-six motor from an E34 M5 tuned to almost 500-hp.

Burroughs said the engine hasn’t even turned over yet, but he’s eager to get it out onto the track and the open road.

Colum Wood
Colum Wood

With AutoGuide from its launch, Colum previously acted as Editor-in-Chief of Modified Luxury & Exotics magazine where he became a certifiable car snob driving supercars like the Koenigsegg CCX and racing down the autobahn in anything over 500 hp. Find Colum on <a href="">Twitter.</a>

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