Driving the Fantasy

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Words and images submitted by Fuelfed founding member Chris J.

As a senior in high school, I can remember reading books and magazine articles about the already iconic Porsche 911. It was a time when staring at the pictures was my only hope at experiencing this particular dream of my youth.

 

 

For the 1984 Paris-Dakar Ralley, Porsche’s works-backed Rothmans team entered three specially prepared four-wheel drive 911’s known as the 953. The #176 car was piloted by Rene Metge and Dominic Lemoyne to a first place finish, beating their nearest competitor by well over two hours.

 

 

Last week, I got to drive one of these visions from the past. Based on a 964 C4, this faithful reproduction lurks about Chicago’s Northshore. High above the pavement, fully caged and hardly muffled, I could barely control the urge to find a mound of sand and get the beast air-born. Although the owner/builder is almost a generation younger than me, he exudes an enthusiasm for the great cars of the past with a penchant for marketing to those who wish to recapture their adolescent fantasies.

 

 

This one will be for sale soon, the first one he built based on a 911SC, sold for $70k.

Keep the shiney side up…Chris
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35 Responses to “Driving the Fantasy”

  1. jessicaber Says:

    looks like something that my father would like to drive.

  2. eva626 Says:

    very cool!!!

  3. customsignbanner Says:

    wow…i wouldn’t mind taking it for a ride.

  4. Mark A Warmington Says:

    What an amazing experience that would be… Your blog has just convinced me not to um and ahh about going to Brands Hatch in a few weeks time to watch the Historic GT & F1 cars in action.

    I have been once before, but think I will also buy tickets for my Brothers.

    Love the photo’s

  5. James R. Clawson Says:

    Super cool! Thanks for sharing pictures!

  6. Teenage (Now adult) Dirtbag Says:

    Theirs a rule which states that dream cars should never be driven, however some rules are meant to be broken.

    “..She doesn’t know who I am and she doesn’t give a damn about me as I’m just a teenage [adult] dirtbag” – Wheatus & Teenage Dirtbag

  7. My Camera, My Friend Says:

    Wow. Sounds like an awesome experience. Glad you got to experience your dream.

  8. SpinnyLiberal Says:

    Great kit car. There will definitely be someone out there who will buy it to indulge their “recapture their adolescent fantasies.”

    Congratulations on being FP!!

  9. investment firms Says:

    Wow, pretty nice car.

  10. ST Says:

    Ooh my boyfriend drives a Porsche… so I’ve totally gotten into them recently. I bought him a matchbox Porsche 911 as a gag gift for xmas. 🙂

  11. Nancy Hovde Says:

    Would be fun sometime to Accelerate the Drive in that car on a road where there are no limits and you can drive as fast as you want:)!

  12. 4initalia Says:

    I lived in Modena, Italy,near where Ferraris and Maseratis are made. My kids went to school with Ferrari designers. I asked one of the designers if he thought the cars were worth the money. His eyes lit up like halogen headlights. “Yes!” he said – “the engines sound like nothing else!”

    Go to the Ferrari factory, listen to those engines prowl the streets of Maranello, and take your fantasy to a whole new level.

  13. Dev Says:

    May I buy this beauty. Amen. 🙂

  14. makingup3000 Says:

    I think my dream car would be one that doesn’t run on gas. haha.

  15. Cialis Says:

    nice

  16. el wehbi Says:

    That is awesome!!!! You’re a lucky dude!

    So this is a full blown replica?

  17. richannkur Says:

    Just wow………………….

  18. Sharp Says:

    wow very nice!

  19. Asian Dyna Says:

    Very sexy indeed. Lucky you…

  20. connorjamesrichards Says:

    sweet

  21. 2014witherssmithj Says:

    the car is old

  22. Katie Gou Says:

    Very cool and must have been a “child like” moment for you. Akin to being let loose in a candy store as a child! I would LOVE to drive a Mustang.. that’s my goal! Easily achievable :).

  23. William Says:

    I just love the look of old rally cars… the more lights, the better!

  24. creativeconfessions Says:

    Nice!

  25. oghex Says:

    two thumb for your experience

  26. oghex Says:

    i love your cars !

  27. blackshepherd Says:

    fuckin’ rad man!

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  29. oghello Says:

    nice car

  30. Erste Hilfe Says:

    Looks like something I want to drive. 🙂

  31. Gabriele Spangenberg Says:

    Nice looking car! What happened to the roll cage?

  32. Naya Rin Says:

    Wow. Sounds like an awesome experience. Glad you got to experience your dream.

  33. Fraxel ,lvaser Says:

    Would be fun sometime to Accelerate the Drive in that car on a road where there are no limits and you can drive as fast as you want:)!

  34. ลดความอ้วน Says:

    Very cool and must have been a “child like” moment for you. Akin to being let loose in a candy store as a child! I would LOVE to drive a Mustang.. that’s my goal! Easily achievable 🙂 .

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