praise by pablo deferrari
I was completely discouraged. It’s the kind of day where things are just going sour. The garage has the 968 and 928 in its berths, completely occupied, and the 944 needs her timing and balance shaft belts readjusted…I’ve no choice but to do this outside in the rain.
No amount of beer will alleviate the shitty feeling of being soaked to the bone while removing an air filter housing, timing belt covers, and everything else in the way to check and adjust the tension of both belts. I’ve no choice, really, since 1500 miles is the critical point necessitating this job after their initial replacement.
Lying on wet cardboard to slip the drive belts back on took me over the edge, I was furious. This was, however, the last step in finishing up and then I could put it all behind me. But something wonderful happened as I lit up a cigar, grabbed a bottle of wine and shuffled over to the laptop to resume on this passion I have for flüssig.
jim doerr, our spiritual advisor, posing with his pre-production 928 number 6. he fanned the flames of flüssig's embers.
About a year ago, I had not one single Porsche friend. I wasn’t on Rennlist, or Facebook, hell, I hadn’t even put down a single word on paper to report on my Porsche passion…being a writer never crossed this diseased mind. But then the purchase of 928 changed all that.
"Jim Doerr from 928 Classics was the first to shake my hand and pull me in for a bear hug..."
Suddenly a whole new world opened up. I joined Rennlist, wrote my first article for our local Porsche Club magazine, Porscheforus, about my search for the right 928, and BAM…things got rolling. I began writing for the Porsche Club of America’s digital weekly, E-brake, and that’s how this all got started.
Enthusiasts on Rennlist read my article about the trials and tribulations of my first 928 purchase, and suddenly, as if by magic, I stumbled onto a group of guys nuts about these cars and felt the embrace of each one as I joined their brotherhood. Jim Doerr from 928 Classics was the first to shake my hand and pull me in for a bear hug, giving me a good old back slap and an official welcome. Although it happened via pixels and words, I’ll never forget that moment.
matt mariani and I went to the same art school...I had no idea. matt's truly a creative genius.
derrick bass was the creative brains behind Thrumble! and he generously allowed me to contribute.
We hit it off instantly talking at great lengths about our Porsche passion, love of writing, and the dream of one day starting our own magazine…and right there is how I started flüssig. I put out the idea to my comrades and received nothing but support, encouragement, and ideas on how they could help build a magazine, the likes of which never existed. Suddenly, a posse began to form. Matt Mariani, having more in common with me than I thought, offered his killer artistic ideas and contributions, one of which became our logo.
Derrick Bass, who graciously let me write my irreverent articles for the 928 Owner’s Club magazine, Thrumble!, offered his amazing talent in putting things together. Then Shawn Stanford and Mike Heyse donated their writing prowess to the mix adding some much needed spice. Jason Gonzalez appeared from thin air bringing in his 944 posse and know-how to the project, not to mention his love of the pen. Finally, Leo Dijkstra moseyed on in offering his inexhaustible energy and infectious Porsche passion adding a distinct writing style to flüssig that’s never been seen in such a publication. And that’s just the beginning.
shawn has not only brought an introspective side to flüssig, he ensures things stay on the straight and narrow.
mike jumped right in with his reports on ripping up the track in his 928,
tv shows, videos, roadshows...jason's ideas for flüssig and R7 racing and restoration are right on. He's one hell of a charismatic guy.
the irrepressible Leo..his passion is contagious and his energy is off the charts.
erik is flüssig's grounding post...his wisdom helps us stay the course.
Erik Orhnberger became the father of our project, looking on from afar and offering his wisdom, he’s been indispensable and always willing to lend an ear. And through him I learned of Dan Beckett from Ideola’s Garage who brought in his knowledge with the most crucial piece of Porsche history, the 924. Adam Blauer tied it all in on the 968 front, offering inside information and the support from Jeff Coe’s 968 Register.
Now all the models were represented, and still more support came from the likes of Christian Chazalon, a 928 and 924 nut from France bringing us his reports from such exotic events like the Monte Carlo Historique, and Mont Ventoux hillclimb. Derek McCallister is constantly offering up an insane amount of moral support and super DIY talent with immense flair. Gavin Arnold bringing us 944 rescue stories from the UK and Andrey Volkov enlightening the world with the young and vibrant Porsche scene from Russia…it’s truly amazing how far we’ve come, and the enthusiasts just keep on piling into the train that’s building tremendous momentum. Everyone involved needs their own article written because I’ve merely made an introduction which barely scratches the surface.
this debonair chap is destined to make 924s the next vintage porsche enthusiasts will lust for...dan beckett has the world at his feet.
adam helps bring the elusive 968 into flüssig's radar and is always on the look out for the latest news on the Porsche scene.
derek mccallister not only writes the best DIYs, he's got a thing for enigmatic lambos...what a character and a talent.
christian has nuvolari's guts and the amazing ability to bring us stories steeped in rich porsche history.
gavin built the world's first Ruf 944BTR...alois ruf couldn't have done it better. he's on a mission to rescue every neglected 944 in the UK.
this smooth guy is the voice for russia's budding porsche passion...andrey has a way with women who drive them too.
But if I had to tell you who planted the seed, it would have to go to the one guy who’s not only changed the face of Porsche passion in the truest rebel sense, but has touched the underdog in all of us; Magnus Walker. It was his passion that got me to re-ignite mine and I’ve never looked back since.
So as I sparked up my cigar, poured some red juice in a tumbler and wiggled the mouse to wake up my computer, who do you think I found posted on our Facebook page? Magnus. Leo has trekked all the way from the Netherlands to Techno Classica in Essen, Germany to bask in automotive Valhalla and get a picture with the rebel himself. Goddamn if that didn’t make my day. flüssig has just graduated from diapers to using the loo.
the man who planted the seed...magnus.