Entries in Porsche (16)
If you are of a certain age, grew up in North America and developed into some sort of a gear head you were probably exposed to a variety of Detroit iron. Perhaps you also had encounters with the occasional Fiat, Alfa Romeo, Jaguar, Ferrari, Mercedes, Citroen, BMW, and at some point probably bumped into a Porsche 356.
In many ways the 356 back then came across as a VW Beetle with a different body, with an air cooled 4 cylinder, in a land of push rod V8's, and DOHC (dual over head cam) European 4 cylinders. It also made the same sounds as a VW.
With the 911's 6 cylinders still air cooled. and then 917's blowing big block Chevy Can Am cars in the weeds, Porsches certainly captured your attention in one fashion of another. In addition the 6 cylinder had a better sound.
A few decades ago The Colonel, visited one of his friends with a 911 Targa, the friend quickly exclaimed that its was a VW (back from the old 356 days)...The Colonel suggested that a ride was in order to dispel the VW analogy.
The Colonel at the time mentioned that it was an interesting "adrenalin machine".
Suffice it to say that at the conclusion of the ride, the friend had a completely altered opinion of what a Porsche was all about, and today the friend has a Boxster as a toy.
If you remember the early Turbos with the 4 speed transmission where 3rd and 4th were OD ratios, those cars were an exilerating experience.
If you ever got up close to a 962 and saw first hand the iconic German over engineering on the car.
Yes...there is always admiration towards cars that win races.
We could keep on going, but you surely get the idea.
The boring part today is when you go to races an see a gaggle of different color GT3's in a procession on the track.
Its Friday, its the Vroom Room, come in make yourself comfortable, we have cappuccino and biscotti, join the conversation.
Yes...Corvette won the GT Class at the 12 Hours of Sebring...huge!
Refreshing to see Mercedes-Benz finally get with the program and smooth out the creases and bumps on the new 2014 S Class, are they admitting that the squarish, creased look is/was not the best styling direction. Although the prominent grille will become a casualty of inattentive driving/parking.
We published a video of the new Cadillac Twin Turbo V6, while watching the video of the components coming together...it was "there is even a windage tray in the oil pan" wow...really cool. On a small block Chevy, if you remember the elongated main bearing cap studs to accomodate a windage tray...take a moment tell us about it, leave a comment.
If you were a hockey fan back in the day when players did not wear helmets, agreed a few decades ago, you surely remember Bobby Orr, well the guy is turning 65 next week.
The other day we were reflecting on a dark green 1963 Buick Wildcat 4 door hardtop, and suddenly it was a "Its a 50 year old car" moment...in a strange way technology seems to make time stand still for a fleeting nano second moment.
Want to see How Millenial you are...take the test.
Our online friend Ralf Becker of Chromjuwelen kindly published this link from Bumpsteer which has a fascinating photo gallery of Porsche BBS wheels. A classic case of the photos telling the entire story...of German engineering. The wheel design...in case you did not know...look at photos of early Chapparals.
Our usual old race cars from the SVRA at the 12 Hours of Sebring
Phenomenal race car of its time, if you ever had an opportunity to get up close and personal with a 962 you certainly remember the complexities of German engineering.
Cool...informative video with Chris Harris...enjoy!