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Soul Of Porsche – Porsche 911’s Hall of Fame !

Quand la firme de Zuffenhausen décide de réunir toutes les générations de Porsche 911 en Asie, ce n’est pas pour faire un strip poker dans un tripot de Macao. Non, c’est pour tourner des images splendides dans un pays qui ne l’est pas moins et des caisses pas trop mal non plus. Indice : c’est […]

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1967 912 Rat Rod: Raw at Reasonable Speeds

It’s an acquired taste, but the shoddy paint does suggest a car focused exclusively on thrills.

There’s something special about an old 912 Rat Rod. While the ragged interior might dissuade some from giving it a chance, this special 6-cylinder swapped 912 brings plenty to the table. Relatively little grip and an immensely tactile interface make it more demanding and enjoyable at slower speeds, which is why its a perfect little car for the driver who wants involvement.

The aim, intially, was to make it a corner-carving machine; fun at forty miles per hour. After sorting the suspension with an Elephant Racing kit, the engine blew and he rebuilt the motor to a 2.5-liter short-stroke 911-sourced unit. Decent torque and power were complimented with Plexiglas windows, absent door cards, and a very spartan interior. People searching for a plush driving experience should look elsewhere.

But that’s why it’s so engaging at legal speeds. Even below sixty, the car hops and dances, and the light weight of the car makes it so quick and responsive that irresponsible speeds aren’t needed to facilitate a good time. For a visceral experience on real-world, pockmarked roads, especially those of New York where frost heaves aren’t uncommon, there aren’t many cars available that can compete.

[Editor’s note: While I’m partial to the light weight and balance of a proper four-cylinder 912, and usually argue against swapping in a six, this car is rough and tumble which is exactly the kind of car I love. – Bradley Brownell]

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Porsche 356 & 912 : Restomod ou… Steampunk ?!

Elles jouent aux soeurs jumelles même si elles n’en sont pas. Pourtant, le traitement qu’a voulu apporter le proprio de ces Porsche 356 et Porsche 912 est identique. Alors au premier abord, on pourrait croire à un restomod dans les règles de l’art. Mais quand on commence à se pencher sur certains points et sur […]

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Porsche, Un art de vivre: un livre sur la passion Porsche vue par 15 propriétaires

Des livres sur les Porsche, il en existe des tonnes et ils ont tendances à tous se ressembler: la Porsche X fait tant de chevaux, elle a été produite à tant d’exemplaires entre telle et telle année…mais celui dont je veux vous parler est tout à fait différent. Déjà par sa couverture en relief type …

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The 2018 Porsche 912 West Coast Rendezvous Was A Celebration Of Four-Cylinder Enjoyment

Over a decade ago, the first 912 Rendezvous was held in the tiny German-style town of Solvang, California. That first crew of 912 owners decided on Solvang because the organizers didn’t think the average 912 would be capable of a drive any further north from Los Angeles. Back then the 912 Registry barely existed as a group, it was just a ragtag group of Southern Californians. This year nearly a hundred flat-fours convened for the festivities, and I was among them in my 1976 Porsche 912E. My own car was, far and away, the rattiest car in attendance. Apparently the level of care for 912s has grown exponentially.

Here’s how it went down.

The multi-day festival began on Thursday with a pair of drives, one from the north and one from the south, organized to get everyone to Solvang. I arrived too late for the drives, having come from Reno, Nevada, but from the sounds of things, they were a blast. Given that I had to leave well before sunrise, I was a bit exhausted after 9 hours in the saddle, but my little Talbot Yellow machine and I made it to the event without a scratch.

With the cars already tucked in for the evening, we had a lovely welcome dinner with a slideshow of photos from all of the past Rendezvous.

The next morning, it was time for another day of driving. Some spectacular views and even better driving roads were planned for the surrounding area. The first canyon road was bumpier than most of these cars had ever experienced, but the remainder of the day went quite well on that front.

My 912E wasn’t the only fuel-injected model from 1976. In fact there were three more.

One intrepid driver used his engine compartment to re-heat some chicken on the drive for sandwiches made at the lunch stop. Genius.

The snake of flat-four-powered Porsches wound north, then east, then back south again to near the point we started from. Our destination was the Kohler Winery, where we enjoyed a prepared cold-cuts sandwich lunch. While we would never condone drinking and driving, there may have been a few people drinking a glass of a nice Shiraz.

The winery was also a full farm with Emu. Weird looking birds.

And then Saturday morning, the driving gave way to a car show in the center of Solvang. The show went about as can be expected when nearly 100 old cars charge into town and take over a parking lot in the center of a tourist town. We were inundated with gawking traffic and pedestrians and people taking selfies with 912s. It was an excellent time for all involved. The entrants and public both enjoyed the cars for a few hours, and we all had a good time.

For classification purposes, the cars were split into their individual years, and there were extra classes for Outlaw, 912E, and Targa models. Awards were given to people in each class, as awarded by popular vote. The best-in-show award was given to Bud O’lea’s gorgeous example. I didn’t win anything, but I didn’t try very hard. My 912E hasn’t been washed in 24 months, and I’m not about to start now.

These folks are in for a treat in 2019, because I’m the event chairperson next year. Get ready, it’s going to be a riot. I’m already excited.

 
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