A VW weekend – Catching the Bug.

Moderation? I certainly don’t know the meaning of the word. That’s probably how I ended up at three VW shows at the same day, and I’m very glad I did!

Spending time in Southern California, I’ve often spoken of the extensive car culture and a great deal of that can be attributed to the VAG scene. Like any other subset of car enthusiasts, the scene is broken up into different niches and groups. A good example is the tuner scene, which focuses on VW Golfs and Audi wagons.

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Wein11 – The Banditmobile.

Photo kindly provided by Akiko Tsukamoto Liu

Think of a sportscar and within the first few guesses I’m sure you’ll chance upon the Porsche 911. We’re big fans of the Porsche marque and the 911 in particular. Aircooled, watercooled, Mezger-engined, lightweight, they’re available in a number of different flavors. Turn the clock back maybe three years and things were a little different.

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1964 Porsche 911 Outlaw – All is not as it seems.

We meet Tony Sottile’s uncle Jay, who drops a bombshell right at the Bandit’s feet. Find out what we’re on about below. 

All is not as it seems.

I know we’ve all heard this phrase from time to time, but in this case, I’d like the words to really sink in. In an increasingly appearance driven world, we are quick to judge and then dismiss something we don’t think looks good, or doesn’t align with our views. The same is true of cars. Body kits, wheels, engine swaps, interiors, decals, paint jobs and even the model of car come under scrutiny from our peers, with friends and foes alike quick to offer their opinion.

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The Porsche 911 Targa – A body style for the ages.

The Targa body style has featured prominently in the 911’s lineup over the last few decades and we got to experience one in Milwaukee recently. 

As far as sportscars go, there are usually two body styles: coupes and convertibles/cabriolets. In the hope of keeping things simple, I’m choosing to momentarily ignore the numerous other styles like Gran Coupe and Shooting Brake, which come in two or four door variants. See, that got complicated real fast.
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Singer Vehicle Design – A lesson in small details.

Little more than a year ago, I got to see a Singer 911 firsthand. My experience that day was etched into memory and today, I’d like to share it with you. 


I first heard about Singer Vehicle Design about two years ago. Passing my time on YouTube, I came across a video with Chris Harris very predictably taking a white Singer 911 sideways around a track. Harris proclaimed it to be ‘sensational’ and ‘in many ways the perfect car.’ Naturally, my interest was piqued.

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Aircooled Heaven. The Porsche 911 2.7 RS.

A few weeks back, I had my first experience in an aircooled Porsche, a Carrera RS no less. Here are my thoughts. 

1973 Porsche Carrera 2.7 RS.
1973 Porsche Carrera 2.7 RS.

It’s 5 a.m. and I’m rubbing my eyes as the rising sun turns the sky into beautiful shades of blue and gold. I’m standing in a residential community in Dubai, waiting for a car. I haven’t gotten much sleep the previous night, so to say I’m excited is an understatement.

A few minutes later, a white Porsche 911 Carrera 2.7 RS materialises before me, shattering the silence with its aircooled loping idle. The red font on the doors, the ducktail and the foglights all say the same thing; this car is anything but ordinary.

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