Though Porsche is sparing no expense — and leaving no corner un-cut — breaking the hearts of their loyal fanbase, not everyone is willing to ride a diesel Panamera into the bleak lease-only future. Magnus Walker has come up with a unique aesthetic for the earliest Nine Elevens. He’s made an impression with a lot of people, he’s made more than a couple bucks doing it, and now he’s made a film.
This morning, the short film Urban Outlaw was released. It follows Magnus as he shows off his shop, discusses real estate, and drives a variety of stunning but definitely non-original cars around Los Angeles. Mr. Walker was a racer and instructor with the splinter-group Porsche Owner’s Club (definitely not to be confused with the Porsche Club of America, by the by) and has a variety of trophies to show for it. At one point in the film he demonstrates the proper way to handle a 90-degree turn in a slow-steering ratio car, too; the index hand (which is your left hand for a right turn and vice versa) stays locked on the wheel through the whole steering motion and the non-index hand stays close to the rim to provide leverage if needed. Nice job.
The movie is a pleasure to watch, although from the perspective of a middle-class Midwestern Porsche owner such as myself it’s all a bit twee, precious, and deliberately distressed-denim. I always find the business of wealthy people in California pretending to be poor people in California to be regrettable. Still, the machinery is gorgeous and there’s one genuinely heartbreaking moment; as Magnus spins a silver air-cooled 911 through his test loop, he states “Porsche is a brand that’s built on loyalty.” Isn’t it pretty to think so?