although the air cooled cars outnumber them, it's refreshing to see one of each flüssiger in this cat's collection. a man with sophisticated palette indeed.
GT racing, hill climbs, rallying, Le Mans; road-going Porsches owe a lot to the successes and failures of their racing cars. seeing it documented from early on in their existence gives us an idea of how they went about it.
king rose archives
documentation of Porsche's beginnings are rare and it's thanks to firms like King Rose Archives to not only preserve history, but rekindle the memories of those who witnessed it first hand.
quite possibly the most phenomenal video ever shot involving a driver, the dubbed sounds of a Ferrari 275GTB, and the streets of Paris at dawn, August 1976.
never mind that the car Lelouch, creator and director of "Un Homme e une Femme" actually drives was his Mercedes-Benz 450 SEL 6,9 rigged with bumper mounted 35mm Eclair CM3, the point like any other movie is to transport you into a fantasy. once the opening scene embraces you, any validities, doubts, or questions regarding authenticity, are wiped clean from your brain preparing it to be thrust into the role of the driver calculating each turn, shift, rev, apex, and distance of what lies directly ahead.
if, after blurring past the Arc de Triomphe, Opéra Garnier, Place de la Concorde, Champs-Élysées and pigeons to reach the steps in Montmartre and watch her appear in the headlights, you come away from the film feeling at once virile and romantic, Lelouch succeeded.
editor's note: below is an interview of Lelouch regarding the filming of un C'était rendez-vous with a retrace of the film's location in the Merc 6,9 (in French).
the map from wikimedia showing the trajectory of the drive with time markers. larger map available here.
the year Porsche won the Dakar Rally with the legendary 953 which gave way to the 959 in 1985. lots of Porsche's big names including Head of Perfomance Roland Kussmaul and works driver Jochen Mass are in this video. more importantly, Jacky Ickx was partly responsible for helping Porsche develop their 4-wheel drive system in Algiers the year before this race...so much history packed into 90 minutes.
composed by el jefe
we've been at it for a year now...these are the people and the machines woven into flüssig's soul.
"editor at large pronounces it "porsh". credibility spiraling downwards. great footy anyways."
so pointed out by one of the commentators...I'd have to agree, but the footage certainly does make up for any miscues in pronunciation.
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what amazes me about Luciano Rupolo is not the Ferrari 250 GTE, nor the Iso Grifo Competzione, or even the 250 GT Cal Spyder that lives in his garage, it's the mentality he has on collecting and keeping historically important cars before anyone else.
the clip is full of bits and pieces of his wisdom that, were you to apply a 928 or 924 in any of his sentences, they'd still resonate with truth. I can't help but think Luciano as the kind of collector who not only loves his cars, and drives his cars, but does it with a shoulder-shrugging sort of attitude; how many collectors do you know would rest a briefcase on a 250 series Ferrari to show you a few documents or tell Porsche to piss off when they want to buy a car you have and they covet.
wait for it to become historic...no better words could sum up the cars flüssig celebrates.