Like Star Wars, the Porsche 911 has recently enjoyed a resurgence thanks to enthusiasts who have grown up with it. And among the younger fans of this iconic sports car, there are no 911s more cool—more “Rebel Alliance”—than those built by Japanese tuner Rauh-Welt Begriff, more commonly known as RWB. But how I came face-to-face with some of the finest RWBs in Sepang, Malaysia, is a much longer story.
/ 1 Jun 2015
1968 is quite an action-packed year: Apollo 7, the first manned Apollo mission to space; 2001: A Space Odyssey debuts; Martin Luther King, Jr. is assassinated; Pierre Trudeau becomes the Canadian Prime Minister; Led Zeppelin debuts; Nixon is elected to lead the U.S.; and the "Mother of all demos"—a precursor to modern graphical computing—takes place. And then Porsche debuted the 909 Bergspyder.
Porsche and the rear window wiper are inexorably linked in the annals of automotive history. And for good reason. While rear wipers were around as an accessory as far back as the 1940s, they never became commonplace. It wasn’t until a wealthy industrialist asked Porsche to fit a rear wiper to his 911 that the accessory really took off—in a most unlikely way.
/ 31 Mar 2015
Today, we’re trying something a bit different and we’re opening up the floor to a reader with his own dilemma. It’s on many enthusiasts’ minds: what should I buy? What are the pros and cons of each? Can I get help from other enthusiasts?? David B, of Canada, wrote in with an interesting question. What car should he buy?
By / 4 Mar 2015
The air-cooled, rear-engine Porsche has become one of the greatest classic sports cars available to the masses. With a wide range of years and models to choose from, there are affordable options for anyone from the average enthusiast to the museum collector.
Luftgekühlt II did not lack for rare Porsches. Highlights included uber-rare 964 3.8 RS; street and race-prepped 904s and 906s; a 1971 East African Safari 911; a 959, a 964 Carrera 4 RS Lightweight; the Petersen Automotive Museum's early 356 Continental Cabriolet; and a Le Mans-winning Kremer 935 driven into the event by good friend of Petrolicious, Bruce Meyer. This event was like being a kid in a candy story–that is, if that candy store is filled with Porsches.
In the annals of automotive design, the 1970s is something less than a highlight. In the United States, we had a decade of cars that are now more valuable for their strength in a demolition derby than for their aesthetic or performance attributes. In Europe and Japan, however, a few exceptions to this decade of mediocrity managed to emerge, among them the the Lancia Stratos, the "Kenmeri" Nissan Skyline, and the Porsche 2.7 RS.
/ 6 Feb 2015
In 1981, a respected car magazine noted that the 924 Carrera GT was “a true road-going racing car. Make no mistake; this is a very serious motor car for serious drivers, truly reflecting its racing parentage”. A read of Smith’s book might make you a believer that the 924 Carreras are some forgotten stars.
/ 5 Feb 2015
Having actually worked at Porsche for six years (first in PR, then marketing), I have to attribute part of my love of old cars to my time there. But after twelve years of reviewing new cars, I was all about the latest technology, or the most up-to-date styling. Working at Porsche nurtured the other side of my automotive brain, introducing me to the ideas of continuity, heritage, and unbroken lineage.