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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

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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). 
source: www.automobilesdeluxe.tv/tag/cetait-un-rendezvous/
the map from wikimedia showing the trajectory of the drive with time markers. larger map available here.

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.

el jefe

"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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porsche history is in my blood. videos like these evoke such powerful and passionate emotions in me to the point where I can confidently say nothing else, other than my wife Diane and our dogs, captures my utter devotion.

porsche passion... 

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Escala Clasica, an Argentine automotive TV show, was invited into the bowels of Zuffenhausen's manufacturing facility in the Reutter  building to observe the building of the 991. you needn't know how to speak German or Spanish to be utterly amazed by the process that goes into building the 911. what I find comforting is the level of hand finishing that still goes on albeit with the help of robotics. enjoy the three part series (the other two parts are below this one).

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I've never seen the level of detail in the 991's engine building process, what amazed me even more is the interaction between man and machine in the building of individual components...truly an industrial ballet. the insertion of the pistons in the cylinders is worth a double take.

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the last of this episode, but the host invites us back for the second part of this tour...stay tuned.

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when CEO Wiedeking brought Shingijutsu, a company specializing in manufacturing efficiency, into Porsche to help implement the Kaizen philosophy, things began to change at Zuffenhausen...for the better. 

and if you thought this meant the complete robotization of building Porsches, you thought wrong. this video demonstrates how the Japanese system helped increase efficiency and productivity leaving certain facets of human craftsmanship and hand building intact.

the soul of Porsche manufacturing was left undisturbed.

here's a brief quote of what Shingijutsu is about--

"Shingijutsu was started in 1987 by some of the pioneers of the widely praised Toyota Production System. Since its inception, Shingijutsu has quietly and effectively led many companies on very successful transformations by harmonizing quality, quantity and timing."