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.)
This weekend, after a Saturday morning work session I was walking back home, late for lunch, and spotted an ancient 912 across the street. Three-fourths in deep shadow, one-fourth in blistering noonday sun, I quickly attempted to document the thing before its owner appeared and it disappeared — or the owner appeared, lest we get lost in conversation that might keep me from my own appointment. Brought back memories of my six-cylinder 911 variant. Note the 912 Registry indication, the racing-style headlight stone guards, the sensible-shoes Pirelli P4 Four Season tires, the red interior, the lemon yellow exterior (bleached in the sunlight, shifting green in dark shadow), and other detail. And did I mention the Vasek Polak — the place to buy a Porsche in my L.A. time — license frame?
They drop by with their Cayenne, all 450 hp worth. I am generously invited to drive the Cayenne — a memorable experience, indeed — and Timothy takes the Blue Rascal for a spin. (You’ve seen Timothy’s 944 before.)