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Porsche 356 RSR Emory Motorsport – This is Outlaw !

D’habitude, quand je vois un sujet Porsche dans notre liste, j’ai plutôt tendance à l’éviter. Par contre, à la vision de cette Porsche 356 RSR de chez Emory Motorsport qu’on croirait sortie d’un accouplement entre Batman et Mad Max, je me suis jeté sur l’occasion pour réviser un peu mon savoir Porschiste. Jusqu’à me rendre […]

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Emory 356 C4S : sacrilège ou coup de génie ?

Rod Emory est la 3e génération passionnée par les voitures. Comme son père et son grand-père, il se consacre aux anciens modèles qu’il restaure. Mais, certains pourraient penser qu’il est hérétique de toucher à une Porche 356 ! Quand il a fondé Emory Motorsports, Rod voulait proposer des Porsche 356 restaurées, mais surtout personnalisées. La […]

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’64 Porsche 356 Outlaw… Celle là, elle envoie du lourd !

Certains ont du mal à comprendre comment la Porsche 356 peut être considérée comme sportive. A une époque où des breaks filent à plus de 300 à l’heure, on s’dit que 40 ch et 140 km/h, même avec 500 kg sur la balance, y’avait pas de quoi se palucher… Les pauvres, ils n’ont rien compris […]

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Luftgekühlt 5 Was a Spectacle of Color

Porsche provides color charts for their classic models on their website. While most of the documents provide the RoW color codes, I find them very useful for determining original color combinations. It’s helpful to know that Aubergine wasn’t available in ’75, or that 936-Silbermet took a break in the early 1980s. Of course, it’s impossible to keep all this straight without help. For the G-series 911s alone the color chart is five pages long. Add in the incredible variety of hues available for the 356 (which often changed year to year), the 914 and all the other 911 generations and the color palette becomes immense. Guards Red and India Red were popular for decades, but Porsche isn’t like their often monocrhomatic Italian competitors. North of the Alps is a land of noise and prismatic color.

While I wasn’t at Luft, FLATSIXES.com was. You can enjoy our coverage of the event here. I, a lifelong East Coast person, have to admire this spectacle of Porschedom from afar. Even outside of famous racing cars I’ve known my whole life, coverage of this event has reminded me of numerous cars I’m familiar with. Bring a Trailer’s Conda Green 912E and Emory Outlaw 356 Speedster were in attendance, Brad’s Project MelloYello 912E cropped up on Instagram, and Derek Whitacre’s turbocharged SC appeared in the video above. Numerous familiar Safari 911s, Mark Pribanic’s 356 and many other favorites were in attendance.

Viewing the footage of the event though, I was truly struck by how colorful a Porsche event of this scale is. Racing car liveries are often ostentatious by design, but Porsche’s road cars came in some pretty brave colors. Set against the monochromatic lumber yard, this was even more stark. Vivid yellows, purples and blues by the dozen gleamed in the California sun, unless of course they were faded and lovably caked in dirt.

We all love seeing our favorite historic Porsches. For those of us not lucky enough to attend, seeing them on video feels little different to all the images and videos we’ve pored over for decades. What these videos do is show the vividness and joy of this hobby when Porsche-people come together.

If the 16-minute video above is too long, a more bite-sized take on the event is below. Enjoy, and make an event like this happen on the East Coast.

 
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The Behind-The-Scenes Story Of The Restoration Of 356SL ‘063’

By this point, you’ve probably heard enough and seen enough about the Le Mans-winning 356SL that was shown at Pebble Beach in 2016 you could probably recite its history from memory.  It won its class at Le Mans in 1951, and 66 years later it’s been returned to the exact state it was just before the Tricolore flag fell to start the race. In between, it was shipped to the US and its top was cut clean off.

Chuck Forge vintage raced this SL as an open top roadster for years, it even helped inspire a few of Rod Emory’s Outlaws. Porsche collector Cameron Healy had an opportunity to buy the car after Forge passed away, and he began the lengthy process of researching the car’s provenance. He was relatively certain that this SL with no roof was the exact SL that had won at Le Mans, but proving it wasn’t exactly easy.

From Roughcut to Finished Product

I first saw a rough cut of this video last summer at Emory Campout, and it took a long time for the finished product to make it to public consumption, but the perfectionists at Rennfilms have done a phenomenal job of it. Everything from the cinematography to the voiceover work, animation, and sound design are spot on. When you’re dealing with a perfectionist like Mr. Emory, and believe me when I say that this 356 is perfection, the video documenting the process can’t be half-assed.

This video shows a bit of the behind-the-scenes look at how this Porscher, of which 1/3rd was missing, returned to its original spec. Rod even made sure to include a small section of cut braided rubber hose tucked behind one of the driving lamps on the front bumper to point it at corner apexes. One of the drivers requested that last minute mod just before the start of the race in 1951, and Rod has photographic evidence of everything he did. Hard to argue with minutiae like that.

To see more of this Porsche 356SL and its fantastic story, check out this video below. It’s just shy of 20-minutes long, so pour a nice glass of wine and stream it to your big screen for a lovely wind down at the end of the day. No matter how you watch it, just make sure you watch it. You won’t regret this click.

 
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