As one looks back on a year, it becomes much easier to note the underlying trends that guided each of us on our journeys. As I flipped through the articles and projects that filled my calendar in 2017, I began to notice that each benchmark in the year circled around relationships and collaborations. Behind each car stood a group of fellow enthusiasts who I could call friends, whether new or old, and in that I think stands much of the value in our community.
I’m pretty sure I can officially call this post a “tradition” now. Or maybe I have before, I can’t say for sure. A year ago was, well, a year ago, and a lot has happened since… and in more ways than one. 2017 was a unique year: it was one in which I promised myself more time and less stress.
The ’70s era of motorsports was unlike anything in the decades since. Money, drugs, women, and fast cars punctuated the playboy lifestyle and took racing to new heights. The team at VINwiki put together a video highlighting one of the best stories of the decade, featuring the Porsche 935, the Whittingon Brothers, and a whole lot of money.
I’ve driven my 1972 911 over 44k miles in the last 4-5 years. I couldn’t believe it once we’d figured it out. Some friends and I had been sitting over pizza, wondering how much it costs every time you redline the engine. 5 cents? 10? We never really nailed down a figure, but we did find an old odometer photo back from when I rebuilt the motor. I compared it to the current reading.
Each year, the team at Luftgekuhlt seems to outdo themselves. What once started as a small gathering of friends around a handful of air-cooled Porsches has quickly become one of the events of the year, growing in size and “cool-factor” at an exponential rate. Last year, in the spring of 2016, they threw in an extra curveball, introducing an unexpected build under the moniker, “LuftAuto.