Category Archives: Blast from the Past

Vintage Top Gear Review of the Porsche 911 (964) Turbo – Video

By   December 18, 2012

The Porsche 911 (964) Turbo was quite a car in its day. In fact it is a car that is still very fast even by today’s high standards. This video of Old Top Gear shows Tiff Needell reviewing the 1993 Porsche 911 (964) Turbo. Tiff takes the then new 911 Turbo to the Millbrook proving grounds and puts the car through its paces. The Millbrook proving grounds allows for the 911 to be tested in straight line performance, handling and braking.

The 964 911 variant had what some called controversial styling at the time of its release. While the styling isn’t quite as good as the 993 911 variant, it still looks very good. The 964 911 variant is one of the best performing air-cooled 911s that you can buy and their values are fairly low right now, so they are a good buy.

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Vintage Porsche 928 Advertisement – Video

By   December 17, 2012

This video is an early ad for the Porsche 928 S. The vintage video is from the early to mid-eighties and shows a different time for advertisements. The ad is slower moving than modern advertisements but has a lot of great footage of the Porsche 928 S. The 928 was a very different car for Porsche, with its powerful engine (especially for the time) in the front and a trans-axle in the back to give it great handling (essentially the same layout as the 924, 944 and 968, but with a V8).

Porsche purists were never big fans of the 928 as it was so different than traditional Porsches. In many ways this was too bad as the Porsche 928 may very well be the best GT car ever made. It is very different from the 911 and the front engined sports car Porsches should never have been planned as a replacement (just my opinion, and I like the front engined cars), but unfortunately that has led to many Porsche enthusiasts thinking of the front engined Porsches as non true Porsches. Only time will tell, but I think over time more and more People will come to enjoy the 928 for what it is and that values will begin to climb.

A Tribute to the Porsche 917 – Video

By   September 24, 2012

This video is a tribute to one of the all time great race cars, the Porsche 917. The video features some vintage footage of the Porsche 917 in action on the track as well as some very nice still images. The video is pretty well done and it will make you long for the era when these Porsches ruled the track. This tribute is fitting as in 2014 Porsche will once again be at the top level of Le Mans racing just as they were in the days of the Porsche 917. Beyond this, they are also releasing the Porsche 918 Spyder soon, who’s name harkens our memories back to the awesome machine that was the Porsche 917.

Five Vintage Porsche 928 Commercials – Video

By   July 12, 2012

This video is of some vintage Porsche 928 commercials. The video features five commercials from the 1980’s all of which feature a Porsche 928 model. The 928 is possibly the best GT car ever built, although because it isn’t rear or mid-engined some purists are not big fans of it. However, many more Porsche enthusiasts are fans of the Porsche 928 and can see that the front engined V8 sports car made by Porsche is a great car, even if it isn’t a more traditional Porsche.

There have been rumors of a future car in the mold of the Porsche 928 using the same engine as the Panamera, but in a coupe version. These are still rumors of this, but nothing official as of yet.

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Porsche 911 History Commercial – Video

By   March 28, 2012

This video is from a commercial about the Porsche 911 (996). The video features a brief history of Porsche and a Porsche 911 (996) Turbo. It is interesting to me that they refer to a Porsche as “impractical” which is a bit different of a message from that of the recent Porsche “Everyday” ad campaign. Watch the video below and then let us know what you think about it and its message.

911history

My Halloween Treat

By   November 1, 2011

Yesterday was Halloween and the wife and I took our two little ones Trick or Treating. At one of the houses just down the street from where we live was an nice older gentleman that spoke with an European accent (I believe it was Irish, but could be wrong). This gentleman was wearing a Porsche Parade 50th Anniversary shirt.

The shirt prompted me to ask (after the kids got their candy of course) if he was a member of the Porsche Club of America. He told me that not only was he a member of the club, but that he helped start the club (he didn’t go into detail so at this point, I’m not sure if he was talking about the local region or the national club).

I of course asked him what Porsche he owned. He told me that he has owned 36 Porsche 356s. Unfortunately he doesn’t have them all now, but he still owns 3 of them. He also told me that he bought his first 356 from the factory back in 1955.

The First Porsche

The First Porsche

Since it was Halloween we weren’t able to talk much longer before needing to take the kids to the next house. However, I am planning to get in contact with him again for a short interview that I will be posting here, so stay tuned for that. You truly never know who your neighbor might be until you get to know them a bit better.

His love for the first Porsche branded vehicle got me to think about how they made the early Porsches. This was a time when even a vehicle made on an assembly line was still built by hand. Today much of this is done by machines and is done to precise specifications. However, in some ways the cars built back in the early days where better made and had a bit more character just because of the production techniques.

Because of this, today’s video is of some footage of the Porsche 356 getting produced. Watching all of the steps that required a skilled craftsman to perform gives you a lot of respect for the cars history.

Top Gear Porsche 968 vs Jaguar XJRS – Video

By   August 2, 2011

Today I am posting an old video about the Porsche 968. If you are a Top Gear fan you will find it interesting to see Jeremy Clarkson when he was a few years younger.

All Porsche owners are a big family, no matter what model each person chooses to drive. Please remember to flash you headlights whenever you pass another Porsche to acknowledge this fact.

A Porsche 4th of July

By   July 4, 2011

It is independence day for us in the U.S. So, in the spirit of patriotism I have found some Porsche pictures of red white and blue Porshces. Enjoy the images as many happen to be important cars as well.


Porsche Cars North America GT3 Cup Car


Porsche 917


Porsche Super Car Poster


1975 Porsche Daytona Poster


Porsche Rennsport Poster


Rennsport Porsches


Porsche 917


Porsche 917s

Porsche Wins Le Mans 1971 – Video

By   June 13, 2011

With the 24 Hour at Le Mans race being run yesterday it seamed like a great time to post a video reminder of what has help make Porsche the marque that it is. There is no double that Porsche’s 16 wins (the most of any automaker) at Le Mans helped make the marque the high performance marker that it has become.

Top gear Testing Porsche 959 and 993 Turbo – Blast from the Past

By   November 13, 2010

In today’s “Blast from the Past” we have a video from an old episode of Top Gear that tests the Porsche 959 and 993 Turbo. While you have a much better chance at getting a 993 Turbo than a 959 (although, I recently saw one for sale in the Porsche Club of America’s Panorama Classifieds), it is always fun to see one of Porsche’s greatest supercars.

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