A photo snip at Sonoma Vintage Historics 2012

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A Bauer Porsche leaves roll up door open to share shop during Oakland Art Murmur

If you own a Porsche you likely have a strong appreciation of local art and artists. A. Bauer Repair continues its first Friday monthly tradition of allowing the general public to experience cars there.
Owner Cris Lanzetella states “C Tito Young, designer-visionary and abauerporsche blogger, excitingly introduces novices and those experienced on a fascinating journey tracing the history of one styled Porsche next to another.” and adds “I think this exposure for air cooled engines never gets lost in our spiraling technological ascents.” A. Bauer Repair also promises a variety of labor discounts to new customers plus offers much support in the potential purchase of pre-owned cars.
It’s my goal to share these fantastic machines, but go beyond the aspect of luxury sports car and find its practically in drivability and understanding mechanical repairs.” as Tito would remark. He has had the opportunity to study the vintage manufacturer diagrams, manufacturer original parts, all drawn before the days of computer aided design and understand how to apply to modern OEM aftermarket parts with vintage sizings. One of the previous Art Murmurs when asked what was his favorite Porsche it was explained to me by TIto like this. “while it may be easy to like $140K currently sold 991, there are plenty $10K turbo 944 or $20K 930 that will give you fantastic horsepower bang for the buck AND you can easily repair these cars.”
Join Chris, Tito and all the other fans at Oakland’s Art MURMUR tonight from 6-9pm.

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Ringing 2012 with the Mount Hamilton Drive

One of the cardinal rules about driving an old Porsche is offering someone who has never experienced it, a ride.  Pelican Parts, a well known LA area Porsche Parts on-line and catalog sales business, held their annual New Year’s Day tour starting in remote part of Northern California to enjoy other Porsche, friends and amazing views.  What would be a better way to ring in 2012 than a sporting adventure up Mt. Hamilton, located just east of San Jose?

I invited my good friend Charles Hastings to be my navigator and photographer.  Having him on this drive, in some ways, more or less forced both of us to refrain consuming heavy libations wearing tuxedos, blowing party horns and dancing to 80’s music the night before.  Thus, we were both awake by 0600, and out the door by 0730 to arrive at a start location in Livermore, California by 0845.

The best part was neither of us felt a bit cold, only that we noted that morning with seasonal early morning bay fog that hugged moderate elevations.  This particular year, and less than nine hours into a year of world healing, the only bad weather would be located in Florida leaving this area of California a dry wintery warmish climate.

It was pretty crowded by the time we got there.

Exactly on schedule, the Chevron Station in Livermore was crawling with Porsches of many types.  There were a combined mix drivers of various Porsche club organizations, non-organizations and even some from track school.   There was a number of assorted Porsche 356, 914, 944, 911, 930, 935, 996, 997 and even one Lamborghini “Mugliao”.

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It was fun to meet the variety of new drivers, whom I’ve never met, while others, I’ve never seen before, ranged from age, gender and race.  The cars also varied greatly, some appearing to be daily drivers while others see to catch that rare opportunity to stretch legs.   I was more than surprised to see smiles from so many that I have got to know through the years.   With such a captive audience I did not hesitate to introduce myself and passed out various local Porsche shop coupons.  My friend and navigator Chuck pulled out his trusty digital camera and snapped shots of many cars, without the bias of certain models or cost of automobiles.  This was exactly the kind of way I wanted to experience today’s drive.

We were sternly reminded that today’s drive was a tour, and that though we didn’t expect to see any black ice or moisture on the pavement on the way up, we were warned there could be some.   If you were able to glance at a provided map they had emailed everyone, you can see the 22 miles to the top was loaded with hairpin turns and long sweeping uphill curves.  The summit was Mt. Hamilton, and also the location of a scientific observatory which is more than famous photograph of Andromeda Galaxy, Lunar Surface or Haley’s Comet.

Charles Hastings is a good friend of mine.  We shared great times attending Holiday events, needless to say being the life of the party at times.  Charles has had an amazing passion for anything outside one’s regular day and after a concurrent wish that I had to have a passenger for this drive, he responded “Pick me, Pick me!”   Bird lover, animation expert, lifestyle aficionado, photographer and story teller; I confirmed his joining me at his very own “New Years Eve; Eve Party”, allowing that then the actual New Years Eve would be freed up when he was at his house.  Most particular was while at his house that evening, I see a painting on the wall.  So interesting that paint, technically solid and composed with care of an obvious master of art.  The painting was of him and his most dear wife Joanne, in a forever glance.   What was more bizarre was that I said to myself, “hmmm I wonder if the artist that painted this would be here” without any provocation or clue that in a few instances after that, this rather tall and fit man holding a plate of turkey came out and introduced himself as the artist of that paint.  “Hello, my name is Zimou Tan” he said… “I noticed you were looking at my painting”    I took a double take looking at both Chuck and JoAnne, then peering once again at the large framed canvas, absolutely flabbergasted… I ment, what would be the chances that I would get to meet the artist at that one moment?   “Nice work Zee- uhhh?” I instantly replied, still confused and bit dazed….   He noticed this name was not typical, not that I would remember typical names either and said, with a big happy smile “Just call me Zee” While he smiled again.  So there at Chuck’s party I am in conversation with Zimou sharing remarkable interactions with each other.    I couldn’t even begin to say how much he inspired me both artistically and with a sense of fate of hitting it off.

Jumping in start the drive.

The Chevron Station Beyond as we pull away

It was fun to start up my 911, the valves sounding completely tuned, voltage regulator and injectors.  The front windshield cleaned, we followed a single file array of colorful Porsche leaving the parking lot.  It was fun to see Chuck excitingly firing off digital images of the ride, as actually it was my first time I could have a tour recorded.  One by one the cars rolled in motion taking a hard right up towards the ominous mountain top specked with the tiniest white dots at the very top.  We flashed by a nearby town zipping through traffic lights and spending up the gears to further grind into a flow of motion.  I could no longer see the lead car, and being towards the front of the pack, no longer see the rear cars either.  We snaked through town vibrating parked cars enough to set off car alarms.   With so few people out and about that very morning, still I would witness pedestrian heads turned and people freezing in their tracks.   It was just about then did I notice we began our slight climb.

Livermore’s beautiful countryside is teamed with vineyards, livestock and lots of farms.  Fences of many shapes and types line the perimeter of the lots as did walls, or simply open brush and gladdened with oak trees.   The familiar shapes bumping outlines of Porsche in motion added to that particular morning serenity.   Little by little we started into the outskirts of the foothills that all signs of civilization diminished into rolling hills with sinuous road curves winding around and around.  Wooden barns dotted the landscapes gridded by fences and changes in vegetative textures were met by engine rumbles and eager drivers fixing for an adventure.  Trees and bush magically arranged as if there is a mastery of compositional art.  It didn’t even sound that foreign to hear the growls of horizontally opposed pistons and cylinders push crank and chain to a transaxle and pinned axle and then to fat Fuchs.  Third to Fourth, fourth to third, third to fourth and back again went over and over till there was no tomorrow.   Still the top of the mountain would peek between vista and views.

“Hey, I can make a few movies with this camera” Chuck said excitingly and sure enough that is exactly what he did.  Turning his camera on he wasn’t worried that the 911 wasn’t bumpy or swayed too much.  Instead he aimed the camera out the front windshield and photographed the car directly in front of us.  The roads were so curvy we could only see two or three cars in front of us, but there were more than that.   I looked at my speedometer and could see were had been driving at the near top of the car’s safe capacity.  Unfamiliar with this road, I knew I would not be the guy to run into over steer issues.  Smooth, precise, and patient I was keeping up with the car in front of me.   It was very cool seeing them snake in progression uphill winding and venting its way further up.

Driving uphill on switchback curves takes a quite a bit of attention.  If you drive an old-school Porsche with no power steering or brakes, it won’t take very long to notice driving is more sport, hence chore. You have to control your line, keep a good speed, and turn in and out of curves while being very careful to set yourself up for the next curve.  This is a bad time to be sipping lattes or trying to fuss with the radio.  You need to keep the gear ratio at a happy medium and should you need to downshift you need to be 100% ready to do so.   Not every single curve will have a guard rail and not always will you be given the chance to make any mistakes in turning, spinning out, shifting or keeping your speed up.  There are plenty of places to have distractions as well, such as the cars around you front and back, views, on-coming traffic, bikes and any road debris such as rocks or branches.

My favorite spots is driving the longer sweeping straightaway, getting the car out of 2nd and 3rd gears for a bit, revving to 5000rpm or so.  Out the window the scenery becomes a neat blur and you start to tunnel into setting up for next curve.  It is also fun to watch the car behind you disappear and you rush away from them while climbing up on the car in front of you.   Once the curves return after the straightaway, then it is back to work again on the tight curves uphill and then the mountain starts to steepen up and you then get sense changes of elevation.   Mount Hamilton is the highest mountain in the San Francisco Bay Area.  From its highest point and clear day, you can easily see downtown San Jose, San Francisco Bay, Yosemite National Park, the Pacific Ocean, Half Moon Bay, Big Sur and all the way past Calistoga and its nearby volcanic peak of St. Helena.  At 4196 feet tall, it is home of the Lick Observatory perched searching midnight skies.   Having the City of San Jose in its neighbor has never been a preferable neighbor, as evening light pollution destroys the needed darkness for astronomers to pick out the faintest of galaxies or even planetary bodies from known possible solar systems.  At every so often, you can see the white telescopes and towers jet from the tip of the mountain.  Chuck would again, be with his camera photographically capturing the Manzanita brush, Oak and Elm Trees that frequent the area from the moving car in continued hairpins up the hills.   So few clouds were in the sky, and whatever opportune the sun burst through the winter trees, it did.  From shadow to sun, from sun to shadow, the harshness of glare needed to be cut down with dark shades.

Stock 911 suspensions on curvy roads seem crisp, yet stiff compared to just about any other car in world.  On the most vintage Porsche, the suspension is soft, but never the less, you can feel and hear the bumps.  The car is like a riding on the back of a meat grinder lumping on one side while it squeezes out fresh hamburger through the other.  This act mixed with the continued grindings in lower gears drowned in Swepco 501 Transmission fluid can take a toll on one’s boy.  There is nothing less than what can be said about the products and parts that make up any classic car except if you have the wrong stuff, beware.

As like so many of these tours I have been on before, cars start to slow down and then pulling along side of the road.  Picture taking opportunities happen as so the discussions regarding the weather, the night before, and even how one is feeling at this very moment.  Associated to this similar feeling has to be the variety of proud Porsche ownership, seeing the expression of what will happen next.  It seems the leader, whom provided us with a list is pointing and counting cars.  Noticing that over 30 are missing he is on the cell phone with the “clean up” car stating there has been an accident. With rumors flying and looking at the end of the line the Lamborghini made it but so strange having many cars gone.  Chuck even remarked recalling that were should have been way in the front, but now, it’s almost seems we are a good third way back.   “Oh here comes some -counting 8, still missing 22”; and when it pulled up a driver the rumors echoed… “it was that upgraded Porsche, with the low profile tires; the driver reaches for his thermos and smacks the hill hard, ripping his tires from his rims.” “he is done for today, and has someone remaining behind to help him till gets a tow truck”   “hmmm..well said another, what happened to the rest of the cars, surely we still had many more than who is here?” “Oh yeah, them” said yet another driver. “from at the beginning they turned left, instead of right and took a bunch of drivers with them.  It seems they are not going to continue.”

Chuck spoke to few of these guys and others seemed eager to find restroom.   So after some interesting conversation, we decided to forge forward.   I didn’t know of expectations beyond that point only that I noticed as we moved forward the curves were getting tighter, and the cars were moving a lot faster.   Quicker and quicker up the hill they went as almost a pulse reaction.  In my case, I kept my cool, as I know how treacherous bending in the roads can be.    I never heard my tires squeal, but I knew if I did, I was moving too fast.  The perspective of the views got even higher, and taller.  Hand over hand, toe and heel, I stuck my car solidly on the line and up the hill it went.  As if there was a cadence in patterns these cars got closer to each other and some ahead of me started to pull away forward.  I was thinking “are you crazy” and then telling Chuck “its impossible to really learn curves, you should always treat them as if it were the first time you drive them… especially on anything but a closed track. It was fun to have Chuck on top of the photography, because it was here I immediately knew I had to stay on my wits end.  The road became less and less forgiving as I noticed that in order to keep at the cadence, you had to negotiate the entire road.    Actually, I kept it down and I was keeping my eye on the flow of traffic.  It was interesting that I noticed at in one instance, I could see drifting off the line would throw you either into the mountain or off of it.   The cars in front of me started to leave me.  I was hanging on close but my car being a 1969 didn’t have that similar forgiving suspension system in cars 40 years newer. The same was with my 911 brakes, because at this point I needed to maintain a good level of farness with the car in front of me. If I had to brake too far back, the car riding my tail would be extra anxious and if too close, I would be having similar actions of smacking the car directly in front of me.  Light and dark, dark and light, as going in and out of the trees added to the hypnotic frenzy driving the now sunny morning hew clearing away from any slight fog.   I could see that the roads, had a winter dry to it, but it wasn’t like hot sticky roads one might be very familiar in summer days.

Chuck and I were noticing just how high up the valley we were.  We could clearly see the white domed observatory with huge telescopes less than a few hundred yards over us. Winding roads zigzaged for 22 miles from the mountain's base. Banking a few turns as the drivers got even higher, the tree line separated itself from the  top of the mountain.  “Hey, look, brake lights”, as I then had this once again feeling that another photo shoot was in order.  I thought to myself, but so near the top, how odd.  It too didn’t seem to be that rolling slow down, but a complete stop and cars pulled hard off the road.  Chuck exclaimed “pass these guys and go on up” and of course I felt maybe since he had any medical background it would be a good idea.   There I saw, two men just crawling up the hill, one or both dazed.  Then looking again, it was the number 3 driver very dazed and the other guy helping him cross right behind us.   I pulled way up, towards the very front parked and ran back.

I looked down the hill where those guys climbed up.  Sure enough a Porsche about 80’ down a steep embankment mashed into Manzanita brush with its hazard lights on.  People who where held up and waiting got the word and in disbelief were more than relieved they were not part of this specific mishap.  What had happened is a well known principal known as “oversteer”. Oversteer is fancy word for if an when a rear engine car “spin-out” might happen, found to be common in the 911. The weight distributed rear engine in any Porsche 911 makes one’s car a giant pendulum laying on the ground.  If you maintain a moderate rate of speed, around a curve, the car works great.  The minute, however, if you have any speed on it, and that you turn too suddenly, it is like the rear wheels no longer have much surface contact to the road, and pretty much your car’s rear end will fly around the curve and the car will spin out.  With any hope, this kind of spin out will happen with no guardrails, trees, fences, steep hills and or people.  The car spins with no control to stop the motion.

There this driver was, at the top of the hill, dazed getting a little bit of medical help from from nurse, also one of the drivers.  He admitted having too much speed being in third place and spun his car hard to the right, and forcing it to over correct.  He also got it to a complete stop, but the car was not motionless enough (or the road not wide enough) that all it took was locked brakes and 5 mph.  Off the edge he went.   Looking at the rocks, I am certain it was a very bumpy ride down.

“How did he do that?”

“He’s done this specific route several times”

“He is lucky to be alive”

“He was driving too fast”

 

All were the silent thoughts in various people’s heads.   To see him at the top of the hill was a great relief.  The car, not him, could be replaced.   It took hours, but it took a rather large tow truck to pull his car up the steep 80’ embankment.  He said his car was drivable home, and said much of the damage was done by the tow.

                                

It might be as an added note, that not to drive fast, and you never have this exact problem, but say you wish to pull off a Steve McQueen maneuver, the following would work.   Drive very fast into a curve, but as you turn into the curve, knowing your tail will fish out, simply add a lot of gas, feathering the toe/heel… then just before you start to fish tail, turn hard away from the curve making up for the fishtail and presto, you are back into making the turn.  Your car evens itself out and you are out of trouble.

 

As one of the first cars to get to the top of Mt. Hamilton, we decided to park away from bikers and other cars.  It took a short hike to get to where the white domed telescopes awaited.  The clear sky is a testament in getting above the cloud line and thus, while maybe the rest of the bay area would be socked in fog or rain, Mt. Hamilton would be clear ready to view night skies.  The cars at the very top parked together.  People lurched over walls, and perused the massive cosmopolitan of San Jose below.   More surprising would be the overabundance of bikers that started from the mountain foot and rode uphill for the better part of twenty miles.  Clicking around in clip bike shoes and colorful stretch nylon outfits with helmets and gloves interacted with drivers and cars.

Getting off the mountain was exciting, and Chuck could tell I had a certain control on the downhill.  We passed bikers going up and heading down.  Weaving in and around them without risking suffrage would be if one was skillful in shifting and curves.  Being on the brakes all the way down would smoke them, while staying in a shifted gear would be difficult and hard on the engine.  It didn’t take very long as we got down the mountain.  It was closer to 1300 when we finally were able to race home, happy to let the car effortless roll on the freeway.   I went to bed that night early, Jan 1, 2012, to somber into a deep sleep.

The nicest thing about Chuck was an opportunity to meet his artist Zimou.  It took less than a week, but Zimou was very excited to talk to me about his art.  I must admit that immediately, after looking at his webpage on my trusty broken screen iPhone, that I could see pure classical talent.  The images, sharp, did not lie about how he handles oil.  The next thing was watching Zimous Utube videos on how he made these magical masterpieces setting up a camera behind him recording his every move.  My first video was of how he painted an older man’s portrait.  I’ve never seen anything like it… and furthermore I could immediately see the improved paintings he had made for Chuck and his wife JoAnne.    It didn’t take long to get my motors running.

I’ve been attributing much of my Porsche background to what was a little known Independent shop in downtown Oakland California.  My car, its history, the way its been set up now all can be associated to A. Bauer Repair.  The place is small and when going in you don’t get the fluff of superficial Porsche posh, but rather the nuts and bolts of putting together everything from renovate, modified and serviced Porsche.   “We handle basically all models, since in essence, there are huge differences, the act of making adjustments and changing parts are similar.  We are more than happy to work on older Porsche models and new ones.”

The shop had changed its location from a smaller 2500 square foot location to over 7500 square feet.  Inside there are offices, metal fabrication shops, storage, mechanic bays and a neat area reserved for artists.   It isn’t very hard to look at the differences of art and Porsches even if one’s car spins out on a bad over steer and ends up with a bumpy ride down a slope.  I have to admit the pretty view to see the blinking taillights of a crashed car.  Corporate, independent, testing of mechanical boundaries, shapes and colors of cars, inventions for modifications, driving style all can have considerable artistic values.  Most all these so called artistic fluctuations didn’t come from me or the shop but was purely based on remarks and comments made by art patrons that flock the shop ever first Friday of every Month.  Our shop happened to be moved to ground zero of where thousands also flock to become introduced to artists, designers, and street vendors. “One night, we were late opening our rollup doors which we had only partway up” stated Chris Lanzentella to me, “ and people were diving under the door to get in”.   It is clear that people find it important to identify arts to race cars and visa versa.  It seems what they see has less to do with subject matter than it would with the execution of creating the art.   When at first it was just cars that were featured, to more recent times where fine artists would hang work, a common thread would be finding that fine line between mechanics and thoughts.  “Its all about invention, presentation and one’s background in the theme of racing” was a past featured artist for this first Friday Art MurMur walk Roberto Pallazo.  Roberto is an LA Artist that has been here in Oakland twice to share his point of view.  “Discovering a simple secret for giving your oils the strongest foundation possible” would be A. Bauer Porsche latest perspective on an artist that showed in the garage’s artist space.   There were a couple of times when we had an abstract interpretation of the concept of Porsche been presented showing the results of power and energy spent.    Another time I even produced some pen and ink sketches showing Porsche in front of newly designed houses.

The magic of Art MurMur is not the cars, or the artists, but the people who come to associate cars and art as one entity.  Its people, who think and experience and thrive a history never letting or forgetting our past from slipping past, I think this is exactly why, like Zimou’s art, reflects mastery.  This mastery is then reflected in the drive, the experience, the ownership in one of these great machines.   Its not about fortune or about having the means to own one of these machines, but rather is a living in an era where excellence is still respected, a revival.   Whether danced, built, written, a song, a poem, a painting is always that mix of perfecting elements to an experience of a way someone dreamed transportation.   Who can forget that one scene in Stanley Kubrick’s 2001 Space Odyssey with the PanAm spaceship had such elements of perfection?   Who could argue the solo drive to the ominous schoolhouse in Bolinas not bring an essence of escapism.    The entire adventure is about this Escape.

Tito Young.

The Monthly Magazine

The Monthlymagazine, page 11, has some fun regarding a collaborative car lovers, writer Paul Kilduff, a 1969 Porsche 911T SWT, and a pint size dog adventure. There are lots of wonderful advertisers so be sure to check some out. The article “Driven to Distraction” is a one-of-a-kind guide for the upwardly mobile car lover.

March 2012 edition

World’s Most Classic Porsche

If you own a Porsche, you are likely to know there is lots of legacy behind both the name and car.   I have always questioned myself, what is the World’s Most Classic Porsche?

Surprisingly, the world’s most classic Porsche isn’t the very first one built.  It isn’t even the first of a model ever built.  It isn’t the first color ever used or for that matter the one driven by the inventor.   A matter of fact, it happens to be a car still used on the road today, suffered dings and dents, and not owned by a collector like Jay Leno or Jerry Sienfield.   Its not a PCA car or registered as a classic car.  It doesn’t even have its original engine and comes complete with a crack dash.   Its had several owners, smokes a little, leaks a little and steering is tough.  It has rust, loose and missing screws, and on its windshield a $52.00 parking ticket.

It is a classic Porsche that needs a valve adjustment, new wiring, brake pads and a new clutch plate.  The doors need door latches and the radio has been long missing.  The floor mats are torn and you can see rust in all the familiar places like battery boxes and under the floor plan.  The muffler have holes in them and the CV boots show a tear.   The bumpers are askew, and there is a cracked fog light.

The seat belts are twisted up and the tires are in need of replacement.    Its not a neglected car, nor one that has been over driven.   Its a car that the window cranks have broken knobs and the headliner is starting to sag.   Don’t try operating the glove box light, because the light been broken for years and don’t expect heat, as that has been unhooked since day one.  There is a radio, it hasn’t worked and the clock is permanently set ten minutes after ten.

Its a car without a garage and one that runs a bit rich.  You get a popping sound behind the muffler while you feel a bit of shuttering at the steering, plus when changing lanes you have manually reset the turn signal lights.  Its hood shocks are well worn.  Missing in the glove box is any owner’s manual.  You can find a tool set is in the car, but unfortunately it is missing half the tools.

The Worlds Most Classic Porsche is your Porsche.  As you are its friend and it is yours.

It is a car that you can drive from point A to point B and you are happy.  You like the sound it makes and your intrinsic relationship with its engine.  It is a car that you adore its look.  It is a car that you don’t mind washing after a slight rain or that you fill up with gas and drive to nowhere special.  It is like a home.. in your own mind.

The Gripping Essence of Porsche Design; From where did it evolve?

To understand the inside meaning of any Porsche Design, one needs to understand the meaning of the nihilistic poems by Gottfried Benn (Prussian 1886-1956), which contrasted the classical subjective ideals, found throughout Europe. His work was the start of a stylist evolution of constructivism where he recites the inescapable fate of a mythological man of flight named “Icarus”. Using man-made wings, held together by wax, Icarus flies higher and higher, getting himself closer and closer to the sun. Eventually he is so close and warm enough the wax melts and falls apart into a useless flutter of feathers, causing Icarus to fall helplessly to his death. When reading this poem, note the precise words that captures the moment without much fanfare, direct and impersonal.

The Wings of Icarus

ICARUS

So near the shore, so almost the ferry –

in the crocus colored garment of the victim

and round your limbs in the delicate down already

you rustle forward from your folds, O Sun,

each night new universes into space:

Ah! One of those oblivious blazed hither,

melting my temples with pristine glow

and drinking up de-cerebrated blood…..

Gerhart Hauptmann Constructivist Sculpture

Benn’s poetry, in its use of words affected the artistic world and pointed a way to separate the expected flow of “subjective” early ornate tone of verbiage 20th century Classical Revival to an to a harden Gothic revival. Sculptures by Gerhart Hauptmann (Germany 1862-1946) was an artist of a similar theory who revealed a new note in creations of graphical shapes. The constructivist views he used, revealed his passion to delve into a subjective migration that pulls social expectation into an exclusive unity of ideals.

In a work that he creates, a nude figure gives homage to a corner of both wall and floor, plus shows a figurative woman simplified to her muscular display. The work interacts with other works of the same period which highly influences to a movement known as Russian Constructivism.

Beat the White with a Red Wedge

The entire movement also had some influences to coordinate human manpower to offer a strength to a state.

Gerhart Hauptmann House

Following a reverse view of the special school of the “L Académie Francaise“, like Gottfried Benn’s contribution in poetry, Gerhard Hauptmannwas compelled to have his artistic visionary contributions in sculptures.

Man with a Dancer, By Otto Mueller

Equally influenced was Hauptmann’s own extensive art collection. Throughout his own house he had that same message of a high level of “mannerism” and constructivism as the art he collected and created. History would see for its first time, a sense of definitive graphical art.

Branch, Beer Stern, Literature Books, Candle on a red table cloth.

One can also note that the residence of Hauptmann, in the terms of architecture, abstractly formulated a significant push of a concept known as “form follows function”. Like a machine, his house was a direct output of his needs. Long gone the picket fence, windows with shudders and the compositional balances of symmetry. All forms and shapes were based by significant practicality. Everything would experience process and measurable results exactly like a factory. For example, if were a home, a significant entry, the adjacent hall to adjacent living space. Walls separated kitchens and bedrooms.

Another well-known artist Arno Breker (Germany 1900-1991) was similarly influenced with a futuristic keel. His work passionately condones a method of stylist composition that future exemplifies this movement that influences Porsche objectivity to design. His “anti thesis” styled works was so significant it became the part of the adopted symbolism of a Fascism. The work became defined as the identifying model of German purism that soon Adolf Hitler personally commissioned the artist to create all of the Nazi Parties dramatic sculptures. Hitler adored Breker’s work so much he made him an honorary member of the Nazi Party. Despite being a member to the Nazi Party, Breker only accepted patronage from them was a means to support his work. Breker, like many artists, thinkers, inventors of the time, did what they did to avoid untimely death or worse, being sent to the Russian Front. Breker’s sculptures were prominent and direct, forcing one to see its presence, allowing no interpretation in subjective sense.

You and Me, by Arno Breker

There was never a whimsical thought nor any kind of expressionist play on being subtle, plus, the work, was beautiful, full of passion and idealist.

Eos

Once understanding the reasoning behind these influences would creations by Ferdinand Porsche become evident. Here he notes on how these movements away from subjective and towards objective then defines industrial art.

It then becomes clear how humans generate knowledge and meaning from an interaction between their experiences and their ideas; like “racing cars” for example. No need for fancy flairs like the Ferrari, or the royal montage of the British; German design was pure, clean and straightforward. Arno Breker sculptures did nothing but having to get to use objective lines and shapes of figures. Everything from stance to emotions become a feeling of “a matter of fact” rather than any relationships to either impressionism, which was the style of those times. Subject matter were not some sublime set of Great Themes (War, Love, History) but rather became strict essence of a pertinacity to pure mechanics and even purer results. Expectantly Porsche-Like one can see similarities between Breker’s sculptures and the 911. Objects were subjects of the wind tunnels and final designs was what opened up concepts of least resistance for the pure advent to speed.

Humilite

Before leaving the article, one more influence worthy of mention was the ideology related to Architecture. One may find perceived space in exactly the same constructive manner. While in the past, the history of built environments includes the encapsulation of ornamentation as demonstrated by Ecole Beaux Arts in Paris or for that matter the Paris Opera by Charles Garnier. New styles of design would make substantive impact on the general public. It becomes pivotal aspect of Porsche and far outside the envelope of simplistic ergonomics. To do this, we need to visit one more individual.

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (Germany 1886 – 1969) Architect, commonly referred to Mies, redefined architectural space in a way that it influenced Porsche.

Mies: Glass Skyscraper; 1922

Mies architecture was all about a modern movement which spent all its energy finding extreme clarity and simplicity in all the forms. The key issues included ways to handle how industrial steel and glass shaped the buildings interior and exterior and how the two materials would meet each other. For the first time concepts such as trim and edges became as much as a factor as walls, floors and ceiling.

Pavilion Barcelona

This specify type of architecture was certainly a purity of thought and was a key antithesis of what the rest of design population was doing.

It resembled the very similar to the lines of style that both Breker and Hauptmann artwork’s displayed. Mies and his two other architectural counterparts, Walter Gropius and Le Corbusier each developed an entire class and style of buildings. It was then adopted that the architectural styles could be reflected and used in the design of a kind of car that would have curved wind resistant bodies with ample glazing. Even better, the Porsche Factory that would mass produced these cars would also be of similar styles. Mies earliest designs strongly influenced Porsche plant Architect Rolf Gutbrod. It was for this plant a strong symbol of constructivism and modernism concerted with that ideology of purists. Cubist reflections of patterned glass were fragmented by tightly controlled connections of steel. Here the soft yet stark edges of a Porsche curve became the factory at multiple levels. Everything from the manufacture of cars, production of assembly and even the methods of operation and maintenance became this norm.

Porsche Plant by Architect Rolf Gutbrod

Mies also highly influenced interiors and furnishings as well. It was in these stark realities of objective chairs did the same evolve from Porsche seating and interiors. Even the colors, with steel and materials became its own language.

Cantilever Chair by Mies

Once defined, it made it all too easy for industrial designers to then flourish later designs from that point on. They were able to use the principal of constructivism to carry out a variety of looks.

Porsche Caymen Gauges

It was the apex of an era that sparked a future for Porsche and their team of designers to work out the various model cars for different purposes from that point on. Cars for masses, tractors, weapons, sports purposes, industrial uses, the list when on and on. It is only then we start to understand how to think back and have some introspective views on the styling from Poetry to Architecture… is that since beginning to now, our current future. We all have come used to understand or not understand a principal of ideas and aesthetics.

Tito Young

The Modern Porsche

Automobile Museums in the United States

Just this year, 2011, the “Porsche Museum opened in Stuttgart, Germany. Needless to say, the place is a sensation, astounding both the art and automobile industry at levels beyond wildest dreams.

This made me wonder, what about other museums in the United States, what do we have around here?

The first museum that comes to my mind is the “National Automobile Museum” The Harrah Collection, 10 Lake Tahoe Street, Reno, Nevada 89501-1558 1-775-333-9300 website. There you can find two infamous Porsche.

The first is a 1950 Porsche 356 Coupe.

1950 Porsche 356

The other is a 1977 Porsche 935 “Spirit of Nevada” Coupe. The museum is amazing with the display of history and just how cars got to be what we see them as. The museum is a perfect testament in understand that automotive history in a chronological order.

Spirit of Nevada - Ever pull this car over?

In Los Angeles, the “Peterson Museum” 6060 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036 website– is simply just as famous. Very close to the La Brea Tar Pits, this display covers automotive sports to the highest degree. Being in Los Angeles and near Hollywood, there you can find the very same Porsche 917 Gulf No. 20 that was driven by Steve McQueen himself, in the film Le Mans. There are many cars used in films and finding their way in being subcultures all of their own. This is a not to miss when you are in the LA area.

Not a lot of places for a child car seat, but these are street legal.

Speaking of celebrities, at the California Auto Museum located at 2200 Front Street, Sacramento, California 95818 (916) 442-6802 — you can find Linda Ronstadt’s very own 1982 PORSCHE 911SC TARGA. Here, infamous car models that made and break the need to cover the long vast warm dry highways and byways are on display. The California Auto Museum has many other suprising automobiles of many makes.

Linda's car is now permanent display at auto museum

Linda Ronstadt - Singer

The Saratoga Museum located at Saratoga Automobile Museum 110 Ave of the Pines, Saratoga Springs, New York, 12866 | tel. 518.587.1935 | fax. 518.587.4149 website are planning a Porsche, Feature exhibit to open Oct. 2011 Coming up next year, on the exhibit front, they will be honoring ‘60 Years of Porsche in North America,’ with an exhibit that will pay tribute to NY-based race driver and successful businessman, Joe Buzzetta. Among his many triumphs was a win in 1967 at Germany’s vaunted 1000KM of Nurburgring in a Porsche 910 with co-driver Udo Schultz. Thanks to the Collier Collection in Naples, FL, they will have that very racecar on display along with many other historic Porsche cars. You won’t want to miss it.

You can still witness Driver Joe Buzzeta taking corners in his Porsche 910.

Udo Shultz taking a few lap

The Blackhawk Museum, 3700 Blackhawk Plaza Circle, Danville, California 94506, 1-925-736-227 website, museum@blackhawkmuseum.org. Worth mentioning because of their research library located at the museum, the Blackhawk has wide assortment of material related to Porsche should you own a car you wish to know more about. Don’t forget to give yourself a little time to shop at the neighboring retail business the share the surrounding areas.

Should you care to visit 1960…..Volkswagen…..”Herbie, the Love Bug”, the William E. Swigart, Jr. Automobile Museum website has that very Disney race car. This car museum is also a very famous auction house and at almost every single season will have significant historical cars to display, sell, research and restore.

Disney Love Bug

The car the came alive. Watch out for that puddle.

THE AUTO COLLECTIONS located at 3535 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Las Vegas, Nevada 89102 1-702-794-3174. This facility is huge located on the casino strip and has permanent collection. Next to where you would need to get to Germany, you can find the very rarest of Porsche. The Swedish GT spec’d tuned Sten Axelson 1966 Porsche 911S Coupe is available for sale at $140K. (Chassis no. 306614S – Engine no. 960682)
picture 66 911s

Also available for viewing and purchasing is a (1 of 17) 1981 Porsche 924 GTR Race Car, 375hp 0-60 4.9 seconds.

picture of 81 924GTR

With all hats thrown in… The Auto Collections also carries a hard to find gem. The 1955 Porsche 550 Spyder Replica, is available for purchase.

1955 550 Spyder Replica

The Simeon Foundation Automotive has a LeMans winner Porsche 917LH. The Simeone Foundation Museum is conveniently located just minutes off Interstate 95 in Philadelphia, close to Center City and the Philadelphia International Airport. If you happen to be a Ferrari lover, you can also find many examples of these most coveted automobiles.

I think it is worthy to give a bit of kudos to the many staff members and volunteers that love and car for these cars. As you know, funding is difficult and in some cases more visitors are always welcomed. The cars, even when not being used take quite of bit of hard-earned cash to keep as examples for our youth to enjoy. We at A. Bauer Porsche Repair all find similar love and sense of preservation for such automobiles. Should there be a chance that we as a whole, may enjoy more than the fraction of history these machines brought to us, plus ever having that opportunity to take them on open roads? I would await your answer to be a big yes.


Solid information for Porsche 996 Owners

Porsche 996 The Essential Companion   – Adrian Streather (Author)

If you’re researching DIY projects, for your 996, Adrian Streather covers a number of important topics, in the book:  Porsche 996 The Essential Companion.  This book covers related Porsche 996 options, technology, mechanical and driving skills.  Popularly referred to as “The 996 Bible” you will descriptions about what, why and how Porsche used them.

“The best money you can spend “on” your Porsche 996.”

This book focuses on the technology that is in the car.   It also covers extensively covers projects like simple oil changes, removing and installing new spark plugs and remove and replace the serpentine belt.  The book details projects like water pump replacement, alternator, and clutch work.

It’s like a service manual, technical manual and historical review document rolled into one!

 

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We here at A. Bauer Repair will do full service on 996, engine, suspension, clutch and other repairs.  Though we encourage purchasing the 996 Bible by owners, we highly recommend that repairs be done by a trained professional.   You can seriously damage your car by making mistakes.