Porsche Photo Op

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

Stranger in Paradise

Hysteria over Charles



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