By on October 15, 2012

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?

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42 Comments on “An Air-Cooled Outlaw Re-Imagines Porsche’s Past...”


  • avatar
    phlipski

    Glad to see Captain Jack Sparrow has found a nice retirement hobby wrenching on old Porsche’s.

    • 0 avatar
      Jack Baruth

      “You’re the worst Porsche restorer we’ve ever heard of!”

      “Ah, but you HAVE heard of me.”

      • 0 avatar
        Dirk Stigler

        I was thinking the Irish biker in Sons of Anarchy. Yiu, yiu, an’ yui don’na shyte aboat ar town!

      • 0 avatar
        JohnTheDriver

        Sorry Jack, Uew Gemballa was *THAT* guy. But if juvenile, idiotic, really very very bad Porsche restorers who have NOT been murdered by eastern European drug cartels is your thing, definitely RUF welt. That is a factory I would blow up, piss on the smoldering remains, then blow it up again, just to see all the pretty pastel parts fly around in the air!

      • 0 avatar
        DeadWeight

        Leased, diesel Panamera, you say?

        Porsche’s newest, brightest Capitans won’t be happy until the 2015 Porsche Scrotumera rolls off the line (a 5 door, 7 cylinder, 13 gear CVT, stop-start ignition CUV, that runs on clean coal).

  • avatar
    racer-esq.

    Let me show you Derelicte. It is a fashion, a way of life inspired by the very homeless, the vagrants, the crack whores that make this wonderful city so unique.

  • avatar

    I’m considering breaking the Hooniverse “we don’t have time for ranty editorials” quasi-policy to comment on the proliferation of gorgeously shot videos of gorgeous machinery generally doing nothing, commented upon by some overstyled lifestyler. An overstated title (CIP: “Urban Outlaw”) is mandatory.

    (This is sort of an exception as at least we see him on the road at speed. Way to clip the double-yellow, BTW)

    On one hand, I’m very happy that the world of classic cars has moved on from Hawaiian-shirted baby boomers swapping billet steering wheels and 700R4s into everything (or whatever the Porsche equivalent is), on the other it seems there’s a whole group whose “car hobby” is re-posting vintage (or “vintage”) car pictures to tumblr.

    The ratio of online nostalgia to actual grimy fingernails or driving activity is way off. Though, I’d assume this has always been the case, just with different media formats over the years. Maybe you and Derek can enlighten us as to whether the proliferation of “lifestyle” brands is actually a new thing.

    • 0 avatar
      racer-esq.

      “I’d assume this has always been the case, just with different media formats over the years.”

      Without a doubt. I’m sure the ratio of “Hot Rod” magazine subscribers to actual hot rodders has always been very low. And these tuner/customizer/restoration guys hit it big off of t-shirts, TV shows and movies, not the few cars they sell to doctors, lawyers and bankers as weekend toys. There is nothing new about that, look at Ed Roth.

      • 0 avatar
        DeadWeight

        So you’re saying the TRUE road to Noveau Riches is paved by broadcasting teeeeeeveeeeee shows to The Real Housewives of Fort Bragg convincing them they can be the next Food TV Star or American Idol, or to The Men of Salt Lick, Kentucky that they WILL own that AC Cobra 427 soon once they master the artistry of Tattoos/Pest Control/Building-Choppers-&-Family-Drama-Spawning?

        Living the vicarious life for sheeple?

      • 0 avatar
        JohnTheDriver

        shhhh, deadweight, quite down, graveyard carz is on …

      • 0 avatar

        Of course then we get into a pretty meta argument about whether being into pretty pictures of cars (as opposed to wrenching and racing) is really a bad thing.

        The ecosystem of just “hardcore, no fluff” car/truck stuff isn’t sell-sustaining without poseurs and t-shirt sales.

        I view it as the old patronage system for art: as long as there’s a great machine a the center of it, I don’t really care how many trucker hats there are.

    • 0 avatar

      I’d assume that anyone getting their fingernails dirty doesn’t have time for quasi-Hollywood video docs and bullshit treatises on “curation”, but hey, I somehow manage to fuck up replacing my spark plugs…

      I like these outlaw 911s though

      • 0 avatar
        danio3834

        You’d be right. I don’t even have a TV signal feed into my house, cable, satellite or snatched from the air.

      • 0 avatar
        DeadWeight

        We went “minimalistic” two years ago and have never been happier.

        It was a lifestyle choice rather than born out of economic necessity (not that this matters, or maybe it does).

        We’re not “there” yet, but have learned 3 important lessons so far:

        1) I would estimate that 80% to 90% of the things we owned (some that we still do) and purchased had (or have) absolutely zero benefit to us, even at the margin. In fact, considering the cost associated with purchasing and/or maintaining these things, they represent a net negative in terms of quality of life.

        2) Quality is waaaaaaaaaaaay more important than quantity. As an example, I’d rather buy and own a vehicle costing twice as much as 2 others combined if it serves my needs far better, and especially if it’s a quality product that is reliable and lasts.

        3) Most people really only have a few core passions, yet try to ‘develop’ many passions, or pretend they have passions for things they don’t, or they expend a lot of time, money and energy trying to follow or keep up with other peoples’ passions. This is very destructive. Focus on the things you have a true, innate passion for. It’s not hard to identify those things. Forget the rest.

  • avatar
    Domestic Hearse

    Messenger excepted perhaps by Jack’s observations, the essence of the early 911 experience described in the clip is true.

    I’m asked by some, “Why the old 911; why not a new one?”

    Well, first there’s the expense. A new Porsche is just too dear. Secondly, there’s the expectation that a new one work correctly, and it won’t, while there’s an expectation that the old one just keep on going, which it does. And third, the new 911 is so sterile, so refined, so sanitized of its warts and germs and sour disposition, that I might as well be driving, oh, I don’t know, a Honda Accord that goes like stink. The new one will never try to blow up its air box. It will never try to reverse ends in a tight, wet corner. Heck, it’ll even mind it’s manners if you lift. Where’s the fun in that?

    The old 911 has that raspy roar with a low bass thrumming through the frame. The hot oil and metal smell. The old leather shoe interior scent. The mechanical way it shifts and steers. A poof of exhaust when it starts with a startled bark and settles into a lumpy growl, a little stiff and annoyed to be woken from its nap. It is a machine. You must control it. Its only desire is to come to as abrupt and sudden a stop it can arrive at, and your job as a driver is make it dance instead.

    Yeah, I get this movie.

    • 0 avatar
      scrappy17

      Like.
      We definitely need a like button for this site.
      The above comment made me have some flashbacks to the Ayrton Senna documentary.

    • 0 avatar
      ThirdOwner

      A good one, thank you Hearse. Reminded me of my first year of production Ducati Monster 900.

    • 0 avatar
      thats one fast cat

      +1000. For all the P-haters out there, I beg them to get behind the wheel of an old school Porsche (not necessarily an 87 911 like mine, but a 944 or even, to some extent, a 914) and tell me that this isn’t the way cars should be built. Built to last, designed to drive, and engineered to be fixed.

      It really is a shame to see Porsche flush enthusiasm down the drain for a buck. I get the need to answer the customer base, yada yada yada, but I do believe there is something to sticking to core values.

      I guess my next car will need to be a morgan?

  • avatar
    CurseWord

    “I always find the business of wealthy people in California pretending to be poor people in California to be regrettable.” It’s a common plague, catching up to California herpes and botox.

  • avatar
    azmtbkr81

    Does Porsche still manufacture sports cars? Used to be when the words Porsche or sports car were mentioned an image of the classic Bill Lumbergh style 911 popped into my head. Now when I hear Porsche I think of 60 year old women with tall bleached blond hair, leopard print, and of course those abominable CUVs that inexplicably have the word Porsche plastered across their bulbous rear ends.

    I lament the loss of old Porsche and I am the farthest thing from a Porsche enthusiast. Their brand has certainly been diluted and diminished over the past 10 or so years. Now when I hear sports car and image of a Corvette is what I see.

    • 0 avatar
      JohnTheDriver

      Thanks goodness Chevy, a dedicated manufacturer of sports cars and only sports cars, will never ever ever, under any circumstances, build a truck, or an SUV, or a CUV, or a sedan, or a compact car or a …

    • 0 avatar
      stuki

      The Boxster/Cayman are still sorta-kinda sports cars, although even they are really more of what used to be called GTs. But darnit, so is the Vette.

      The Miata is pretty much dead on sports car, as is the new 86s. And even deader on, is the Elise. Problem is, most people don;t want THAT dead on.

      • 0 avatar
        krhodes1

        The Corvette IS a GT, full stop. It is FAR too big, FAR too heavy, and FAR too fast to be a sports car. My ’74 Triumph Spitfire is a sports car. It has no other purpose or use than the sheer enjoyment of caning the thing around. Which you can have insane amounts of fun doing at speeds that won’t result in your license being shredded. Sheer speed is really NOT part of the formula.

        I too own a Porsche, an ’87 924S, which is currently in pieces strewn about my garage getting a bunch of deferred maintenance caught up. It is also a GT, and in no way a sports car. It has power windows and air conditioning for God’s sake.

        I agree that the Miata ia a sports car, albeit a rather porky one. The Scionbaru is pretty close too.

    • 0 avatar
      Advance_92

      The ‘Lumburgh 911’ is also an indication of the type of person driving one, though in this video I’m surprised to see it doesn’t have a single fixed gear.

  • avatar
    racer-esq.

    The entire Magnus Walker/Singer/RAUH-Welt Begriff/etc. Porsche 911 hipster restomod scene makes me want to buy a bone stock 914.

  • avatar
    THE_F0nz

    I just bought my first Porsche. A 2002 C2 with a short shift kit, coil-overs and sport exhaust (Fister D). I’ll be damned if the exhaust doesn’t sound VERY close to some of those air-cooled cars. So far I Love it. I don’t quite comprehend the obsession that some people have just yet, but I’m sure the bond will grow.

    I drove the beloved 997… It drove like a looser version of the car I bought. The 996 might be the red headed step child, but I actually appreciate the sleekness of the car. Especially the refreshed ones from 2002-2004.

  • avatar
    Nooly

    I’ve owned an MG Midget, Fiat Spiders, and raced metric GM IMCA stock car type race cars for over 10 years. I just bought my first 911 this summer. It’s an ’86 Carrera Coupe. I’ve never had so much fun in a car in my life. The feel, sound, and performance of the car puts a smile on my face every time I sit inside. There’s still enough of an old school feel with manual steering and the 915 gearbox, but I have the creature comforts I need with a power sunroof, power windows, and a 25mpg 6 cyilder with plenty of power.

    My only regret is not buying one sooner…

  • avatar
    ccd1

    Say what you will, but sit behind the wheel of a RX-8, particularly the R3, and there is no doubt what the car is trying to be. Sit in the new 911 or Boxster and they feel more like a premium car with maybe a few sporty touches. Turn the key and these Porsches mostly ride like a premium car as well. There may be buttons to press to release the sports car within, but there are two problems with this approach. First, Porsche charges for those buttons (ie sport chrono or PASM). Shouldn’t a sports car come standard with the options that make it what it is??? Second, even if the buttons came standard, if one pays Porsche money for one of their sports cars, I don’t want to have to press a button to be reminded of what I paid so much money for. The old 911s did not suffer from any dual personality, they were sports cars, nothing else and that is a large part of their charm.

    A sports car should be unapologetically a sports car. If that isn’t what you want, get another car. When you try to make a car that straddles the line between premium vehicle and sports car, something gets lost in the translation.

    • 0 avatar
      JohnTheDriver

      I’m going over the list of “sports cars” in my head and I can’t come up with one that does NOT have a button (or 3) to turn on/off some electro-nanny or other. Vette’s have ’em, ‘stangs have ’em, even Ferrari’s have ’em. Which car were you thinking of might I ask?

  • avatar
    1000songs

    I don’t get it. At all. Is he selling cars, or just showing off his collection by way of an ego driven film? He’s an “Urban Outlaw” because he has tattoos and pooh dreads? His cars are way cool – good for him and his passion. Not sure why he has a blog/website/film/etc.

  • avatar
    Austin Greene

    Absolutely awesome. Makes me want to believe. It’s like a religion: Intellectually irrational but you know in your heart what you’ve got to do.

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