Richard Nisley

Porsche Photo Op
Car Culture Released - Nov 26, 2016

It was always about cars, as far back as I can remember, American cars with serious big-bore V8 engines. Then came the shift, first to English cars, then to German cars. We evolved. Each of my brothers have owned at least one Porsche. I’m the exception. As close as I came was owning a Volkswagen Beetle. The 356 Porsche and VW Beetle have several things in common–both have air-cooled flat-four engines, rear swing-axles, torsion bars suspensions, half-moon profiles, and share the same designer: Dr. Ferdinand Porsche. What follows are some photos of my brothers’ Porsches– and my lone Beetle. For more, read “Midnight Ride” (posted July 19, 2015). All photos by John Nisley except for the VW, by Gary Mayeda.

Say “cheese”: L-R: David, Charles & Rob
Palmdale, Calif. Thanksgiving Day 1967

Pick a color
Palmdale, Calif. Thanksgiving Day 1967

Tinkering: L-R: Rob, David, Charles
Palmdale, Calif. Thanksgiving Day 1967

Leading: Rob’s Speedster
Carlsbad, Calif, late-’60s

Rob at Twilight
Mulholland Drive, Calif, late-’60s

Where to? L-R: Rob’s Speedster, Charles’ Coupe (now yellow) and John’s Targa
Monterey, Calif, mid-’70s

On a clear day you can see . . . Charles’ Coupe
Monterey, Calif, mid-’70s

John’s Targa
Rogers Dry Lake, Calif, mid-’70s

Stand-in for a Porsche
Northridge, Calif 1974

L-R: Rich, Charles, Rob, John, David, in front of Rich’s Toyota Corolla.
Palmdale, Calif Thanksgiving Day 1977

L-R: Rich, David, Rob, Charles, John
Los Angeles, Fall 1999

John’s other car

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