Nestled between a work shed and patches of grass sits the rusty shell of Joshua Gee’s first car.

It was that car — a 1985 BMW sedan — that started his passion for restoring older-model BMWs. Ironically, that passion led to his turning the vehicle into a “parts car” to repair other family vehicles back in 2009, when he registered the car non-operational, he said.

“It can’t move, it hasn’t moved, the engine doesn’t even start,” Gee said of the car — now missing seats, engine parts and even all four wheels.