You Cannot Do it Alone: Helmuth Bott’s Porsche 959 - Gear Patrol
In this video by eGarage, Peter Schutz, former CEO of Porsche AG, opines that the 959 may have had more affect on the automotive world than any car since its introduction. You’d be hard pressed to find many counterarguments. Originally conceived as a “super 911″ for Group B rally racing, the 959 is basically a homologation special. What Schutz’s R&D department cobbled together was not just an amplified 911, but an Über-Porsche that introduced myriad technologies to the Porsche world and upended the future automotive landscape; essentially, laden with new technology, the 959 was the first modern supercar, barely edging out the Ferrari’s F40 for the title.
Porsche endurance racing legend Hurley Haywood both narrates and pilots as he cruises around in a prototype (one of six) originally owned by Helmuth Bott, who, as head of Porsche R&D in that era, was responsible for the 959 itself. Beneath the rear end of the widened and stretched 959′s curvy aluminum, Kevlar and Nomex bodywork is a small, sequentially-turbocharged flat-six intelligently driving all four wheels (also fairly new technology at the time). Notes emitted from the 959′s pipes are lower and rounder than the vicious revving modern 911s blast, and the checkered upholstery adds levity to an austere cabin. Though it originally sold for enough ’80s coin to purchase a Countach and a Testarossa, it’s believed that each model actually cost at least twice as much to build. Regardless, this genesis of the modern supercar, which now resides at the Brumos Collection in Jacksonville, is priceless.
The Last of the Breed - Gear Patrol
Only 59 more E-Types were made after Dave Paddison’s V12 Series 3 convertible rolled off the Coventry assembly line in 1974. “Last of the Breed”, indeed — nearly the last entirely. And what a specimen for a guy like Dave to own. As a child in a decidedly non-car-family family, his automobile fixation wasn’t inherited; rather, he learned his passion from the neighbor across the street — a neighbor who owned a 1973 E-Type 2+2 coupe. (No big deal. Just literally one of the most beautiful cars ever made.)
Dave’s classic car collection is full of models he loved as a kid rather than metal purchased for its potential resale value. This car was actually originally Joe Frazier’s — Dave pestered him about the pale blue dream until Frazier was finally ready to let it go. When Paddison fires up the middle-aged 12-cylinder a thin puff of smoke emits from the quad tailpipes amid the snarling purr of a gigantic feline predator. It’s as if the sunlight can’t help but dance with the Jaguar’s curves as he drives around suburban roads and on a deserted racetrack. Pavement is the E-Type’s natural habitat; it wouldn’t be a stretch to wonder if roads might have been made just so this Jaguar could stalk them. Cheers to Petrolicious on yet another great video.