A Tidy Start
Back in January, Patrick Long swung by the Venice Emporium in a white 911 Carrera 3.2, the donor car for the Luftgekühlt build that will be auctioned by RM Sotheby’s at the Luftgekühlt’s third event fast approaching on April 10th. A blank slate worthy of admiration even in its factory fresh state, major work is well underway by a rock-star team of contributors coming together to share their skill, time, knowledge and passion to make this car at least 3 times more fun to drive than it was when it rolled out of the Zuffenhausen factory back in 1985.
The majority of the rally-inspired 911’s transformation is being handled at the E-Motion Engineering garage under the experienced hand and keen design sense of Joey Seely. Its also great to have Rod and the team at Emory Motorsports on board, notable in the industry for Outlaw 356s and decades of experience with safari cars, lift this project off the ground with their generations of knowledge and fabrication expertise. Deus Ex Machina’s co-founder and designer-in-chief, Carby Tuckwell, who has breathed Porsche from an early childhood (there are sketchbooks of doodles to prove it) is also in the team huddle drawing up new strategies for the Porsche playbook. Major partner and parts supplier Pelican Parts are providing a heap of performance parts for the build. And there’s a growing list of other special contributors including KW Suspensions, Braid USA wheels, Pirelli tires, Recaro seats, and handful of others that have stepped up to the plate.
The group project is a natural extension of Luftgekühlt co-founders Patrick Long and Howie Idelson’s vision of the event to be as much a social celebration emphasizing good-natured fun as it is about air-cooled Porsches.
All proceeds of the auction is going towards Butch Walker’s Autumn Leaves Project, a charity for pancreatic cancer research Walker founded in honor of his father.