Recognition in the Value of Diversity
1989 Turbo, unrestored; multiple concours Winner:
So, are all of the side-glances, judgments and disparagement now a thing of the past? Well, yes and no… The water-cooled models are mainstream for the alternative crowd now. You have to be a bit avant-garde to want a 928S, a bit of an eccentric to maintain a 931, something of a bohemian to run a 951. These qualities are now a part of the official Porsche DNA and it’s something celebrated and recognized, that these cars actually saved the company during dark days when the 911 wasn’t holding sales up (again). At the respective 40th anniversary of the 924, the car that kicked off the water cooled revolution, the Porsche Club of America did it right, borrowing from the factory’s lead, by embracing the transaxles this year. However, here in no particular order are some notable featured cars at Rennwerks 2016:
944 Turbo Cup: Holy shit, this is the car I came to see (750 miles one way), and there are two of them! This car made Porsche single model racing popular!
Canadian Spec (See #11 in the background? More on it later)
1981 924 Carrera GT: seeing this car in person was like one of those moments when you are unexpectedly looking at a celebrity and you say to yourself, so obviously… “That’s Danny Fucking Devito”:
924 Turbo GTS Club Sport: an evolution of the Carrera GT, now pumping 280hp in a limited series — this is a rainbow farting unicorn.
928 “RWB inspired” S4 wide-body cabrio sport lightweight and other adjective-producing machine. This is how you make $350,000 into 700 horsepower of Gulf liveried, 944-fendered, calculus-equational and Michael Jackson lyric’d “Celebration of Originality”. You can hate it if you’d like, but this was really a show-stopper, and only recently completed.
’84 928S in Chrome: This car is a tribute to the only 928 that was factory race prepared and actually ran the 24 hours of Daytona, finishing 4th in class! Driven by the legendary Vic Elford, requested by Bob Snodgrass of Brumos, this car was built to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the historic event.
Sweet Jesus, the 924 GTS #4: Customer built racer with a driver pedigree of every big name out there.
Then there was this… a 1986 944 Turbo GTR, a Trans-Am racer, one of the rarest Porsche race cars. Perhaps you’ve seen this FACTORY poster? Feast your eyes:
Unfortunately for this bunch, it’s now impossible to fail to recognize the value of diversity in the ownership base; we custodians of the once lesser-appreciated models are now an integral part of the brand's legacy. At this point, the integration of all characters in the heritage of the marque is core to the identity of the brand… so fuck off, halfhearted pocketbook purists. In this modern era, there isn’t room left for you to sell your wares; every model from 1948 to 2016 is every bit a Porsche as ever was a Porsche. 924 to Panamera.
You can have a Cayenne, a vintage air-cooled 911 and a 968 turbo tribute, and all have a very respectable place in the strata, as recognized by the Porsche Club of America (alright, so that’s my present fleet). We don’t accept any slights from anyone on these models any longer… at this point, if you are an enthusiast, there is more value in your appreciation of the models than in your ability to buy the latest and greatest one.
You are a custodian of the legacy of the brand and it’s about time we got our priorities straight. Thanks for the recognition, PCA!
Below are a few random shots...including my 968 with the collection of 1500 miles of dead arthropods.