If you happen to be in North Carolina any time between October 12, 2013–January 20, 2014, you might wan to take some time and go to Porsche by Design: Seducing Speed at the North Carolina Museum of Art.
The exhibit will feature more than 20 Porsche automobiles from the collections of or owned by Ralph Lauren, Steve McQueen, and Janis Joplin. In addition they are displaying a one-of-a-kind Panamericana concept, and the 1989 16 cylinder 917 Spyder Prototype; which like the Panamericana is on loan fromt he Porsche museum in Stuttgart, Germany.
Based on the rarity of these vehicles, and the history behind them, I’m betting the “Price on Request” is close to a million dollars. I could be way off here, but we are talking about the Porsche V racing car and the custom VW Pickup Van built to carry it. Both date to 1964, and have had full frame off restorations. Based on the photos, these two are going to bring a pretty penny when they sell. If I had the money I’d be all over it, even though there is no way my 6 foot 4 inch body is ever going to fit in that tiny Porsche racer. That’s OK though, I’d be happy just to drive the van and gaze at the wonderful lines of the V. If you have the money, the complete history and contact info for the cars can be found here.
I found this today over at Autoblog, and I am smitten with the quality of this short little film about a guy you’d never think of as a Porsche collector if you saw him on the street.
The trailer for Urban Outlaw by Tamir Moscovici has a wonderful look and feel to it. Great cinematography that captures the essence of the car and driver. Editing the captures the passion that Magnus Walker has for the cars. A great flow to the trailer that leaves you wanting to see more. Some of the shots in this little snippet of the final product have such a wonderful look to them. The lighting and camera angles are simply spectacular. I can’t wait for the full film to come out. I’m hooked.
Producer / Director: Tamir Moscovici (MOS), Industry Films
Line Producer: Dwight Phipps, Industry Films
DP: Anthony Arendt, Partos
Editor: Paul Proulx, Stealing Time
Colourist: Wade Odlum, Alter Ego
Audio House: Pirate Toronto
I had been searching the internet for information about Swiss designer Max Huber when I found a number of smaller images of auto racing posters that he had designed in the late 40’s to late 50’s. This lead me to another set of discoveries. Porsche Racing posters from the 30’s through 80’s.
Now the reason I am posting this set of images, is because they reminded me of Huber’s design style. Not just the three posters by Huber shown above, but his overall style. Huber was a master of the international Swiss style that dominated so much of graphic design that was so prominent in the decades that followed the second world war.
I love the use of photography combined with the flat graphical elements in most of these posters. It is amazing how these designs, created years before computer graphics still feel fresh enough to compete with much of the design work that is being produced today. It just goes to show that you can have all the software in the world at your finger tips, but if you don’t have the skills you’re out of luck.
I didn’t list credits for the designers on these pieces, but if you look at the bottom of them, there usually is a production mark with the name of the designer and the printer.
The Porsche posters below are actually quite large. Approximately 11 by 14 in size, so if you click on them they might take awhile to load in your browser. By the way. I really like number 16 with Steve McQueen.