Archive | May, 2011

SLANTED – The Quest for a Porsche Sonderwunsch Slantnose

16 May

I have received considerable amount of feedback since posting a few photos of Steve McQueen’s Porsche last week. It is a truly gorgeous vehicle with a design that is synonymous with the Porsche heritage. However, I never would have thought I would have had a friend’s father reach out about writing a personal piece for TCM. The following was written by David Richardson, M.D., from Hattiesburg, MS about his latest pursuit of the ultrarare  more -racecar-than-streetcar Porsche 930S. Enjoy!

Porsche Quest

To say that I am Porsche fanatic would be a huge understatement. I developed the Porsche addiction as a young boy and it has only become worse. I have owned several different models….944, 964, 996, 997 and most recently a 930 S Slantnose. Porsche has always amazed with their engineering and they seem to accomplish so much from a six cylinder boxer engine with a design in the 911 series that has been changed very little since 1964. When you see a 911 whether a 1964 or a 2011 you can definitely recognize the DNA of a Porsche. I currently own a “modern” 2009 Porsche 997.2 Carrera 2 with PDK (Porsche’ s version of a manumatic transmission with paddle shifters) which is an engineering marvel…..0-60  in four seconds and up to 30 mpg on the highway.

     I began a quest to find a collectible piece of Porsche history and stumbled upon a very unique car. I decided that the “Slantnose” would be the 911 (officially designated 930 turbo) model to search for since production was  very limited. The Slantnose was fashioned after one of Porsche’s most successful and unique race cars….the 935. Initially one could only order the Slantnose through a “Sonderwunsch” or special wishes program directly from the Porsche factory. This program allowed the customer to add virtually any option or accessory that either you could dream or that Porsche offered. From 1981 to 1987 there were only 237 factory original Sonderwunsch  Slantnose models manufactured. In 1987 Porsche decided to offer the Slantnose as a factory option to any customer through dealerships. This program lasted until 1989 and a total of 609 were manufactured. So the total number of factory Slantnoses produced was a paltry 846 cars.The “factory” designation is important because there were many “after market” and dealer conversions done after the 930 turbo was purchased. Many in collector car circles definitely feel that the factory designation adds significant value to the auto.

   Now for the chase……..after spending many hours on the Internet I found a small but obscure add on Hemming’s website for a low mileage 930 S Slantnose. I made the call and found out that this car was Guards Red with a camel all leather interior and only 42,000 miles. It had been purchased and stored in a climate controlled environment and driven only 1500 miles in twelve years. It was a Sonderwunsch 930 (confirmed by an email to Porsche) that had been ordered by a US serviceman stationed in Germany and then imported into the US when he returned home from duty. The car was then purchased by the current owner who had a collection of approximately sixty high dollar autos. Unfortunately he died and this car came up for sale through his estate.

   So my dream Porsche arrived last week and is in excellent condition. This latest find has calmed my Porsche addiction for now but you never know when this fever may raise it’s ugly head again………

 

          David Richardson, M.D.

For more information on the Slantnose check out –> http://www.gardellimotors.ca/carwebpages/85930slantnose2.htm

**Many thanks to Dr. Richardson for sharing some of his Porsche knowledge and this story. Welcome to the TCM author’s club!

Pendulum Waves

13 May

Fifteen uncoupled simple pendulums of monotonically increasing lengths dance together to produce visual traveling waves, standing waves, beating, and (seemingly) random motion.The period of one complete cycle of the dance is 60 seconds. The length of the longest pendulum has been adjusted so that it executes 51 oscillations in this 60 second period. The length of each successive shorter pendulum is carefully adjusted so that it executes one additional oscillation in this period. Thus, the 15th pendulum (shortest) undergoes 65 oscillations. The apparatus was built from a design published by Richard Berg [Am J Phys 59(2), 186-187 (1991)] at the University of Maryland. The particular apparatus shown below was built by Nils Sorensen. Enjoy!

Video courtesy of Harvard Natural Sciences Lecture Demonstrations, © 2010 President and Fellows of Harvard College.

For more details see http://sciencedemonstrations.fas.harvard.edu/icb/icb.do?keyword=k16940&pa…

Steve McQueen’s 1970 Porsche 911S

13 May

A few glimpses of The King of Cool’s slate grey 1970 Porsche 911S that will be up for sale at RM Auctions in August. This is Steve McQueen’s personal Porsche and the one used in the movie Le Mans. I can only imagine this beauty selling for a pretty penny to one very fortunate bidder. Enjoy!

The Doozy Strap

13 May

The Doozy Strap, a product from www.beverageoutfitters.com,  a Birmingham, AL company, is a refreshing new product that has simply revolutionized the traditional koozie. The Doozy Strap is a neoprene koozie with a neoprene strap. Sounds pretty simple. However, with the addition of the neoprene strap, the consumer is now able to partake in activities, and/or take on tasks with two hands, while keeping their beverage close-by and secured. It is particularly great for grilling, tailgating, and hanging out at the beach/pool. The Doozy Strap is available for both cans and bottles.  Also, Beverage Outfitters is selling a “We Are Alabama” doozy where all proceeds will be sent to the Red Cross of Alabama.

 

A message from Beverage Outfitters:

ALL PROCEEDS FROM THESE DOOZYS WILL BE GOING TO RED CROSS OF ALABAMA.

Being from Birmingham, AL we have many friends and family members that have been affected by the horrible storms that came through the state of Alabama on 4/27/11. For a limited time we will be selling these “We Are Alabama” Doozy Straps. Shipping will be free on these items and all proceeds from these Doozy Straps will go to the Red Cross of Alabama. If you have any questions or concerns about the donations being made please do not hesitate to call us at 205-201-1477.

www.beverageoutfitters.com

Batman vs. Superman

10 May

344 square feet of Hong Kong Luxury

10 May

Another fantastic find by the TCM regular, Nickolas Barnes. Barnes shared, “Hong Kong is one of the most densely populated areas on earth. With families sharing apartments less than 400 square feet things can be tight. It’s normal for one family member to sleep in the hallway or living room on a small mattress that stows away in the morning. No area of space is ever wasted. That’s why architect Gary Chang came up with his unique sliding panel design to transform his 344 sq ft. apartment into 24 different room possibilities. Simple yet functional design-it’s what we love. ”

 
 
Nickolas Barnes is a Nashville, TN musician and web developer. You can learn more about him and his constantly developing projects at  nickolasbarnes.com

Experience Human Flight

9 May

The Melbourne Skydive Centre wanted to create a video that would give everyone a different perspective of what skydiving can offer and provoke some necessity to learn to fly. They decided to partner up with BETTY WANTS IN, a Melbourne-based design studio created by Chas Mackinnon and Brad Goble. In February 2011, the five time world champions Fred Fugen and Vince Reffett, from Soul Flyers, were invited to Melbourne to provide advanced 3D coaching to some of Australia’s leading Skydive athlete talent. This opportunty, using a GoPro helmet mounted camera,  provided the perfect backdrop to capture the sights found in this very ethereal video. Enjoy!

To learn more about any of the above check out:

melbourneskydivecentre.com.au/​

bettywantsin.com

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