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Porsche 356 RSR : une création Emory Motorsports (vidéo)

Dans la nomenclature des modèles Porsche, il y a les 356 Pré-A, 356 A, 356 B et 356 C mais, bien sûr, aucune Porsche 356 RSR. Emory Motorsports s’est chargé de combler ce vide avec une extraordinaire 356 B de 1960 largement modifiée en une « version de compétition » aux trois lettres RSR. Alors que les […]

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Rod Emory’s Pipe Dream Became Reality In This Twin Turbo 356 Monster

If you are anything like me, you have a ridiculously ambitious idea for your project car and what you want it to be like when it’s « done ». For many of us, a project will never truly be done, but for someone with the fabrication and mechanical skills, a full shop of tools, an intelligent and diligent staff, and an appropriate budget to finish the project, like Rod Emory for example, it’s going to come to fruition. This project idea started as a pipe dream, a napkin sketch that Emory posted to Instagram. The idea revolves around the concept of « what if Porsche had built an RSR version of the 356? »

Using lots of sheet aluminum, a few accents of amber fiberglass, and a fuel-injected four-cylinder with a set of big honkin’ turbos hanging off the back, this 356 embodies a what if moment in Porsche history. It’s an alternate history of motorsport heritage. We all know the 911 RSR Turbo of the early 1970s, but if Porsche had somehow had that idea a decade before, this car might be what Werks 1 could have spawned. Built on behalf of Momo’s Henrique Cisneros, this is the new king of the 356 hill.

Aesthetically it’s not everyone’s cup of tea. And honestly, I can see why. It’s a radical departure from anything we’ve seen in 356 land before. That’s exactly why I love it to death. This mess of fender flares, louvers, ducts, and inlets is exactly the kind of spiritual extension that the 911 RSR Turbo was. That car was hardly an aesthetic masterpiece, especially compared to the street cars that were available from Porsche in the day. The RSR has always been a function over form racer, and that’s what this 356 is. It spits flames, it goes like stink, and it handles like it’s on rails. This is the automotive equivalent of shooting first and asking questions later. Well done, Mr. Emory.

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’60 Porsche 356 – Emory Motorsports Rock’n roll !

Je ne connaissais pas John Oates avec de découvrir sa voiture… Mais aux States, c’est une star du Rock’n roll. Il a enregistré 21 albums qui se sont écoulés à plus de 80 millions d’exemplaires. Et comme tout bon rockeur, John ne voulait pas rouler dans n’importe quoi… Et n’allez pas imaginer qu’il s’est offert […]

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The Story of the 1957 Emory Outlaw Speedster

About two years ago I had the pleasure of sitting down for dinner with Rod Emory. Over the mutli-course meal provided by our friends at Michelin, I had the opportunity to listen at length to a bona-fide Porsche legend. Rod turned out to be soft-spoken and unfailingly modest. His calm manner seemingly only built in furor when discussing clever solutions to the quirks of classic Porsches. Though best known for his signature Outlaws, which range from relatively tame to the wildest 356-based creations ever conceived, Rod also restores classic Porsches to their former glory. This car, a 1957 Speedster, is a mix of the two styles.

A racecar from nearly new, this ’57 Speedster was one of about twenty similar cars that participated in the Speedster Wars on California circuits in the 50s and 60s. By the time it came to Rod in the late 1990s, decades of competition had left the car rather ragged. The owner wished to continue to race the car, and as such it received a new nose, extensive bodywork, and chassis stiffening. Rod also crafted a custom headrest, faring, metal tonneau cover, and even integrated concealed suspension adjusters into the cockpit.

Curiously though, the car was to remain road-legal, allowing it to participate in road rallies as well as circuit events. After years of use in its open-top configuration, the owner commissioned a brave addition- a Glaspar removable hardtop that accommodated the faring behind the driver’s headrest. To the average home fabricator, this would be an unbelievable challenge. To Rod, this, and all the other difficulties involved in constructing this car, were just another day at the office for the world’s most demure Porsche fabricator.

Build photos for this distinctive Speedster can be found on the Emory Motorsports website.

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Rod Emory Is Extraordinarily Passionate About Porsche

If you don’t know who Rod Emory is by now, where have you been for the last decade? From a long line of hot rodders and custom car builders, Emory has been keeping the family name in the Porsche game after going out on his own adventure in SoCal. In a way, his modifications to 356s in the original Outlaw frame of mind gives those cars a second life as well. Emory’s Outlaws, in his words, are evolutions of the original 356 design, updated in ways that perhaps the Porsche factory would have as well, given the more modern drivetrain and suspension advancements he incorporates.

 

In a recent interview with Robb Report, Rod talks about his desire to push the envelope, to expand his hot rodding outside of what people expect. He says that he hopes the cars he builds will be his legacy by making examples of the model that people can enjoy for another 50 to 100 years. Having met Rod a few times, I can say that he’s definitely the real deal. He’s at the shop insanely early to get a jump on the day and beat the LA traffic. In the time that the rest of the world lays quiet Rod is at work hand-shaping gorgeous works of Porsche based art.

It’s fair to say that Rod’s legacy, along with Porsches, don’t have anything to fear. They’ll both be around, and inextricably linked, for decades to come. Whether it’s the Emory Outlaws, his exquisite restoration work, or even his efforts in racing whether vintage or modern, Rod Emory will be revered as part of the Porsche story for time immemorial. We appreciate the work he’s done, and more than anything we appreciate how the man always has a smile on his face and happiness in his heart. When you split your time between an incredible family and incredible Porsches, how could you have a bad day?

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