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the 928 makes a brief cameo in this Japanese film on Porsche's 1993 models. as you watch the 964 suddenly break loose on the chatty driver, you'll understand two things: one, this was the last 911 to have rear trailing arms which, despite coilovers, still prove Porsche's stubbornness after 30 years of 911 development; the 993's LSA rear suspension finally curbed such behavior. two, how well behaved the 968 is. 

in Japanese...but turn on the English subtitles and you'll laugh your balls off at the most insane pairing of words you've ever seen. 
 
 

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although the air cooled cars outnumber them, it's refreshing to see one of each flüssiger in this cat's collection. a man with sophisticated palette indeed.
 
 

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GT racing, hill climbs, rallying, Le Mans; road-going Porsches owe a lot to the successes and failures of their racing cars. seeing it documented from early on in their existence gives us an idea of how they went about it.

king rose archives
 
 

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documentation of Porsche's beginnings are rare and it's thanks to firms like King Rose Archives to not only preserve history, but rekindle the memories of those who witnessed it first hand.
 
 

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voices call out that it's not art, it is art, the artist is a wasteful cunt...had it been a MK I Golf, a Twingo, or a Caravan, I doubt these outcries would have resonated as much. 

I don't know who the artist is, I don't really care. what I can say in simple terms is that art of any kind is an interpretation of thoughts deep within one's psyche. the artist is capable of manifesting these thoughts in their chosen medium be it paint, ink, performance, or sculpture to make a statement that raises some kind of social awareness. the statement succeeds when the audience is prodded to feel anger, sadness, joy, or indifference.

go beyond the predictable feelings and ask not why this 911 was sacrificed, but why was its oil and coolant ceremoniously displayed in a blown glass vessel next to it? 


that's deep.
 
 
quite possibly the most phenomenal video ever shot involving a driver, the dubbed sounds of a Ferrari 275GTB, and the streets of Paris at dawn, August 1976.

never mind that the car Lelouch, creator and director of "Un Homme e une Femme"  actually drives was his Mercedes-Benz 450 SEL 6,9 rigged with bumper mounted 35mm Eclair CM3, the point like any other movie is to transport you into a fantasy. once the opening scene embraces you, any validities, doubts, or questions regarding authenticity, are wiped clean from your brain preparing it to be thrust into the role of the driver calculating each turn, shift, rev, apex, and distance of what lies directly ahead.

if, after blurring past the Arc de Triomphe, Opéra Garnier, Place de la Concorde, Champs-Élysées and pigeons to reach the steps in Montmartre and watch her appear in the headlights, you come away from the film feeling at once virile and romantic, Lelouch succeeded.

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editor's note: below is an interview of Lelouch regarding the filming of un C'était rendez-vous with a retrace of the film's location in the Merc 6,9 (in French). 
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source: www.automobilesdeluxe.tv/tag/cetait-un-rendezvous/
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the map from wikimedia showing the trajectory of the drive with time markers. larger map available here.
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I'm not as excited about the subject of electric-powered Porsches as I am intrigued. maybe you've seen a video here or there of some Porsche owner chucking out his or her lump fueled by gasoline in favor of some dull looking electric power plant going by the name warP 9 or something, but I didn't. it's not because I'm a bit slow in catching on to such modernity, I simply loathed the idea of any clot-head ripping out what is the heart of these machines. I found the idea trendy, and I hate trendy—I get this involuntary reaction to give so-called trendy people a good stiff kick in the pants as they walk past.

 
 

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the year Porsche won the Dakar Rally with the legendary 953 which gave way to the 959 in 1985. lots of Porsche's big names including Head of Perfomance Roland Kussmaul and works driver Jochen Mass are in this video. more importantly, Jacky Ickx was partly responsible for helping Porsche develop their 4-wheel drive system in Algiers the year before this race...so much history packed into 90 minutes.
 
 

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we've been at it for a year now...these are the people and the machines woven into flüssig's soul.