Herman’s 911 Sunset

Herman sends along this photograph he made while he and his wife were cruising in the Carrera S (barely visible) on Highway 71.

(photo by Herman Kirkpatrick, 911 owner)

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Happy Birthday, Stirling Moss!

In an astonishing coincidence, this morning as I was sorting through my old photographic archives, I came upon this photograph that I had resurrected about twenty years ago by scanning and attempting to (barely) repair an old (marked either 1966 or 1976) color slide that had been wildly underexposed.  Not sure which racing event this would have been — it was certainly in California, either at Riverside or perhaps Laguna Seca — but it would have been when they still allowed civilians inside the pits.  (My friend jamesa just might have an idea on this.)  Wondering how old Stirling was, or if he was even still alive, I made an online search and discovered that today is his 90th birthday.

Stirling Moss (2nd from left)

Read more here.

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Remembering the Type 64

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Phone Dial Rascality

The Blue Rascal – July 20, 2019

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Kopenhagen Blau (aka copenhagenblau aka LY5B)

Aha!  The Blue Rascal is now represented as an example of Copenhagen Blue at Rennbow, the Porsche color wiki with image #3186, as below:

This screen grab is based on a very old image, of course, captured pre- hinterer mittlerer Reflektor (aka heckblende) removal and other bodywork.

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Warmup Drive For The Blue Rascal

Rain all night and this morning, but when it clears I take the ‘Rascal for a little solo  exercise through local agricultural country.  Some in-motion documentation — not a Best Practice.  Don’t encourage your kids to do such things.

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Tuesday this machine zipped by as I was walking to my workspace.  Followed the turn I could see the car took a couple of blocks away, and … voila (albeit without a sign of its driver).  Unwashed, but with the honorable evidence of having been driven.  Would like to reshoot the car under less horrible blazing sun, but, anyway …  By the way, today I learn that this 1972 911T is named Barney and its owner describes it as an autocross warrior.  We will be following developments.

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A Blast (Ouch!) From The Past (1969)

Today, while clearing out the detritus that is most of my photographic history, I stumbled upon this reminder of a heart-stopping moment in 1969, when I came upon my parked cover-bedecked 911 and saw a … Point of Contact.  LA streets.  Included a rear view as a consolation.

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Taxi Service

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Smiley and Pascha (aka Pasha)

The chain of events was set off by a recent visit to the local library.  That’s where I discovered, on the For Sale surplus books shelf, a pristine hardbound copy of John le Carré’s A Legacy of Spies.  Rather astonished at its $1 price tag, especially given its recent 2017 publication, I scooped it up immediately.  Reading that has rekindled my interest in le Carre’s work, which I hadn’t read or seen for decades.  Last night I continued my exploration (including having completed A Legacy of Spies and now reading The Little Drummer Girl (1983), plus re-watching the BBC TV circa 1979 classic, “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”) by streaming the follow-on BBC 1982 series, “Smiley’s People”.  And here are a few screen grabs (lo-res 4:3) from the latter, featuring the legendary actor Alec Guinness.

So whereupon I learn that pasha was apparently a European offering for not just the 928, as is infrequently seen here stateside.  Turns out the Guinness’ George Smiley character disliked sports cars, chafed at having to ride in the “child” seats of the 924 driven by the Peter Guillam character, apparently unmoved by the exotic fabric on which he sat.  (In later scenes, Peter relents and switches to a VW microbus for the final lap of their getaway.)

Oh, and don’t miss this: https://www.classicdriver.com/en/article/cars/internal-affairs-most-unusual-porsche-interiors-all-time

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