I'm always on the lookout in the Carolinas for interesting Porsche events, shops, and early Porsches. A shop local to me, of which I REALLY need to go visit soon, is Zuffenhaus Eurowerks & Zuffenhaus Products. These guys are doing some seriously awesome work on early Porsches. They do everything from the basic Porsche work to building their own parts and body panels for the right look and feel as well as to pay proper tribute to legendary race cars.
Drop by and check out their new shop and product line in Monroe, North Carolina, and of course check out their website and blog. Some top notch work here!!
"Hello. I drive Heckmotor-Sportwagen..." Heard this before?
A little while back, some crazy European Porsche dork friends of mine said, "Hey! Have you met Daniel Schaefer yet?" Uhhh... well... I hadn't, but I was blown away by this guy's talent when I checked out his blog, Heckmotor-Sportwagen. Photographer, Porsche enthusiast and builder, hell of a writer, oh... and a cyclist crazy man!
Recently Daniel finished this perfect era correct, Albert Blue, early 911. The "911 GT" is based on a '66 912 and is flawlessly done. And what a feeling to be able to stand back and look at your own creation through the lens of your own camera. Respect!
Haven't had much time to post lately, but have had time to let videos run in the background while I'm working and Amelia Island footage is always my favorite to listen to... for obvious reasons. So for those of you working and want to listen to something other than the usual tunes while working, here you go...
In our lifetime, I fear that we will never see handcrafted cars the way they used to be built. There are a few ambitiously built one-off "sports cars" here and there by some very talented people, but on a production basis, there will be very few auto makers building things by hand anymore, simply because of the time and resources associated with making something like that happen.
There are also a few hand-made replicas out there of legendary cars that are an incredible tribute and in many cases virtually identical. These blow my mind. To me, this is the future. The ultimate way to pay tribute. In many cases, these cars are built by pure-hearted, passionate hobbyists. Whatever it takes, folks. If there is a car you want, but know you will never be able to afford, invest in the skills and time to research and build it yourself. Build the ultimate replica! Maybe this theory is what this blog should be based on...
Some of you know, but most of you don't, I've made a career change. I've had a lot of interesting Engineering jobs in my life, but my dream has been to work with 4 wheels, one way or another. Well... I guess I got what I wished for. Motor Sports!! Only thing about working in the world of racing is, it eats up a lot of extra time, but that is not a bad thing at all. Good to do what you love.
Working on the Aerodynamics side of racing has been incredibly interesting, challenging, and certainly rewarding...
I promise I didn't forget about posting. It's just been challenging to do so. Here's a few pics of the action from this year.
There's a ton going on with the Modified Murray, some other hot rod stuff, and even some Porsche stuff. I'll post as I can. Hang with me, guys!
(edited the rat rod comment out for sensitive readers)
P.S. I know most of my readers are not NASCAR fans, which is why I've neglect to post much about it, but if you're a car guy at all, you'll at least "get it" a little bit. Just felt the need to explain why there has been a lack of posting.
2014 NASCAR Champions! Very proud moment for all of us at Stewart-Haas Racing, and an extra proud moment for a guy new to working in racing!
Thanks to a friend of mine that picked up one of these, I'm now obsessed with yet another early piece of machinery...
...the "camelback" style drill press, or upright drill. Real early turn of the century equipment has always been beautiful to me, despite what it takes to restore early equipment and the shear size of the footprint. And yet, I need a drill press...
There's not too many opportunities to post DIY stuff for early 911 body work because... well... it seems not enough people are trying to save their early 911 without the assistance of a professional shop.
These days, more and more people are starting to take interest in repairing, restoring, and even putting a custom personal touch on their early 911. This being said, there are a few companies out there making patch panels and aftermarket performance panels for just the occasion... unless you're making parts from scratch.
One such company is Restoration Design (no, not the home decor company!), the company making high quality reproduction panels for early Porsches. They have a great online catalog and if all your questions aren't answered on their website, reach out to their customer service and they will be glad to help!
OR! How about some videos!!!? Everyone likes "how to" videos, right? They have been working on a catalog of videos to show you how to properly install patch panels, floors, etc. Have a look at a few of their 911/912 videos inserted below showing some floor and suspension pan restoration, and if you need 914 and/or 356 info, they have that also on their Youtube site. They have more 911 videos and even how to build a cost effective rotisserie for your project.
ENJOY and go save a Porsche on a reasonable budget!
Man... I'm a little sad to see this car go, as it's the first long-hood I got a chance to ride in, and the one that ruined me, but I know it's for good reasons and I know it's a completely amazing car... See the specs, details, and info HERE and let the pictures speak for themselves...