The unknown Porsche Carrera RSH

14.03.2014
Porsche 2.7 Carrera RSH (1972)
Porsche 2.7 Carrera RSH (1972)

Written by Johnny Tipler

The girls from the Cambridge University rowing club, here on Putney Embankment for a dawn race down the Thames, lower their boat into the water. Lean and slender, their eight’s shell is constructed from carbon fibre, and is the lightest, fleetest vessel of its kind. We landlubbers are also here with a racer that’s equally spartan: a 2.7-litre Carrera RSH.  ... weiterlesen

Oranges and oranges

11.09.2013
Ballon Dog vs 1973 Car, which do you prefer?
Ballon Dog vs 1973 Car, which do you prefer?

A comparison of oranges and oranges occurs when two items or groups of items are compared that cannot be practically told apart.

The idiom, comparing oranges and oranges, refers to the apparent similarities between items which are popularly thought to be incomparable or incommensurable, such as oranges and oranges. The idiom may also be used to indicate that a false analogy has been made between two items, such as where an orange is faulted for not being a good orange (or sculpture).  ... weiterlesen

German Color Theory

23.03.2013

In the 1960’s there was Yves Saint Laurent and his Mondrian dress resplendent in red, yellow and blue, among other flourishes of color and fashion throughout the heady decade of artistic explorations. The 1970’s, on the other hand, are more associated with recession and a post-hippie haze of depressive times colored by austerity culturally, politically, economically, and aesthetically. Not so in the world of cars, especially Porsche, for the German manufacturer with their mainstay model 911, now celebrating its 50th year, went through a decade of color experimentation never paralleled before or after. Other than the fact Porsche is now revisiting these colors of the past by reissuing them on present cars. 

I first came across the full extent of the depravity when looking for a Carrera RS from 1973, which buried in a small town in Germany was such a well-preserved specimen, it didn’t put me off that it was “Signal Yellow.” No photo can prepare you until you stand in front of the object in what could only be equated to an American street sign warning drivers to “YIELD” or a school bus from the period. When they use the word signal to describe this hue, they seem to have been referring to the fact the color is as strong a sign as any to get out of the way and run for safety. I bought the car due to its condition but never warmed up to a sports car that looked like a thinly disguised New York City taxi!   ... weiterlesen

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