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BIG BANG aka OERKNAL

By |January 19th, 2012|Featured Articles, Porsche Wonders|

There is something about a barn find that beats walking into Porsche Centre and buying a shiny car from a well dressed sales person. This however does not mean that we don’t appreciate newer Porsches and that there is anything wrong with window shopping from time to time, but I simply get more excited when the words “old rusted project” pops up. I guess one of the reasons is that it turns into a journey that has its ups and downs, rather than a turn of the key and off you go. In my opinion a lot of character and meaning gets lost when doing the latter.

Now those of you that have read the Silverado project have met my dad and have discovered his will to track down any old Porsche. The story of Oerknal is no different. All it took to kick-start this chase was a visit to Porsche Centre and the simple question of “where can I find an old Porsche?” As always the answer came back “We have a great 993 pre owned beauty going for a bargain” and then the big smile. But the real answer will only come when a bit of persistence is practiced.  On this particular Saturday the sales person recalled hearing his manager talking about an early 911 in boxes. Bingo, that’s the one we’re talking about.

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My chance to buy the last of the last

By |November 25th, 2011|Featured Articles, VW Wonders|

Article by Tyrone Morris

When the law was passed in Mexico that taxis had to have four doors back in late 2002, the final chapter of the air-cooled beetle would unfold.

VAG as we know had contracted vw mexico to produce beetles for the european market back in the late 70’s, as demand still warranted imports into Germany from latin America once the Germans had ceased european production in 1978. The ships kept on docking into Emden until European safety regulations halted the final batch of 50th anniversary beetles to Europe in 1985. This could have been the end for the beloved air-cooled icon, but luckily the Mexican government encouraged and incentivized ongoing local production as the taxi industry benefitted by the supply of these green and white “vochos”, ironically resembling the old german polizei colours. An ongoing lease of life for the air-cooled model echoes the rebranding of the golf1 legacy in South Africa. It appears that the two death-defiant models even shared some parts, i.e. the steering wheel and interior of the late mexican beetles mirrors that of the late mark 1 golfs.

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Probing the South African connection

By |November 9th, 2011|Porsche Wonders|

Article by John Bentley

The story of the South African-built 356s is shrouded in mystery.
John Bentley sketches the scenario-but admits it is not the final word on the saga.

‘A Porsche model built in South Africa?’ The small group of Zuffenhausen middle management brass looked at me in disbelief. I knew it had happened back in the early ‘60s.  South African importers Lindsay Saker had assembled a series of 356B ‘hardtops’ in Johannesburg.  More than that I was unable to tell.  How I wished, on that visit to Stuttgart back in 1985, that I had had the facts at my fingertips.  For it is a story known by few, if any, of the modern generation at Dr. ing. h.c.F. Porsche AG.

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When First Is Not First

By |October 20th, 2011|VW Wonders|

Article by John Lemon

VWSA has recently celebrated the 60th anniversary of the first Beetle off the production line in Uitenhage which took place on 31 August 1951.

There are only a few surviving photographs of what should have been a momentous occasion, however the few that survive do tell a very interesting story.

During 2000 in preparation for VWSA’s 50th anniversary celebrations in 2001, I was asked to research and write some articles on the history of SAMAD (South African Motor Assemblers and Distributors) as VWSA was then known as and some of the cars built there like Studebakers and Austins.
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Porsche Speedster P84407

By |October 11th, 2011|Porsche Wonders|

Article by Eugene Gouws

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Brief History

MANUFACTURED JANUARY 1958

Chassis number: P84407
Engine number: P610222
Original registration: TJ 59530
Original owner: Lindsay Motors, Dr Kaye
Used by Eric Hump. 1958 to 1961

Subsequent owners:

Alois Klesse. 1961 to 1964
Jan Els. 1964 to 1969

Taken off the road.

Shaffer. 1969 to 1970
Philip van Dijkhorst. 1970 to 1974
Willie Springhorn. 1974 to 1993
Eugene Gouws. Under restoration. 1993 to 2007

On the road

Eugene Gouws. 2007 to ???
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