thought aloud by pablo deferrari
Let me tell you why I hate bus drivers. Aside from being arrogant, the drivers of these stainless-steel clad rectangles transporting the living dead won't think twice to pull out in front of you, and why? Because they can. You see, here in America, it's the law for you to yield to buses regardless if you're doing 90 in the right lane and he decides, at the very last minute when you're close enough to see his nose hairs, to pull right in front of you. Stay with me, I'm making a point...
So every time I see them, my mood sours and I'm reminded of the silly games they get to play...because they can. I see tuners, specifically those who fancy destroying the graceful lines of an already perfect Porsche with their bad taste and a fondness for calling attention to themselves, in the same light. I'll refrain from giving examples as you may have had one or two obvious examples pop in your head the moment I said it. One tuner, however, clearly distanced themselves from their contemporaries who chose to adorn Porsches for the sake of ridicule...dp motorsports.
If ever there was a class act, aside from Alois Ruf, Ekkehard Zimmermann is it. He began his company in 1973 making bodies for VW-powered Formula V and Super V racers. So elegantly done they were that he managed to attract the attention of the Kremer brothers in 1975 who were heavily involved in racing Porsches.
"The result? The car remains recognizable."
The Kremers had Ekkehard design the body for one of their 911s, and then he went on to make a name for himself when he created a stunning dress for the 935 labeled K3 in 1979. From that moment on, he and the brothers formed a tight bond and continued developing stunning bodies for their racing cars.
Zimmermann then began setting his sights on road-going Porsches. His philosophy was to offer his styling genius to every model Porsche made at the time, and rather than deflower the car's lines with a wild imagination and lack of taste, Ekkehard exercised restraint. His approach was to optimize the existing lines, highlighting them, while skillfully blending such styling into the car's original design so as to appear to come from the factory's original mold.
The result? The car remains recognizable.
Look at this 944 as an example. The lines tastefully done, one artfully sliding into the next, the fenders still have the factory look although they are much wider; even the boxed rockers, which I never care for, look fabulous...purposeful. The keen observer will see the clear nod to the 1957 Ferrari 250 Testarossa by the way the lower fender aft of the front wheel sort of swoops away in an elegant curve...che bella! Makes one kiss their fingers as if tasting the best Napoleon with a swig of Valpolicella to wash it down.
the legendary 935 K3