[Reposted from rennwelt.com, a new automotive blog that presents and discusses timeless enthusiast cars with focus on German marques of old and new.]
I am going to begin RennWelt with this first post. This is one of the coolest photos I have ever taken of a 911, or maybe even any car for that matter. Shortly after snapping it, I knew it was going to be an instant favorite.
On the surface it just looks like a picture of a red Porsche cruising on the highway. So what makes it so special to me?
There are a few reasons. For one, it is the very first picture I took upon arriving in Germany during my car pilgrimage trip (which will make up the majority of the content here in the coming weeks). I want to say I shot this about two hours after getting off my flight on little to no sleep.
Two, we were chasing this Porsche on the autobahn on the way to the Nurburgring from Frankfurt. It was moving at rapid pace in triple digit speeds and our rental Opel proved it wasn't capable of keeping up. It was only when this Porsche slowed down and began to exit the autobahn did we catch up to it and did I manage to snap a shot.
Three, this was a lucky shot. I was sitting in the rear driver side of our car and I pointed my DSLR out to the passenger side and clicked a shot off without looking through the viewfinder. At the time I didn't think much of it other than I wanted a quick shot of a really cool car. But it turns out that I ended up loving the composition.
Photo specs: 27mm - 1/100th - ISO 200
Four, the Porsche exited right after and this is the only shot I have of it.
And lastly, this is a rare '80s Porsche 911 "Flachbau" or Slantnose cabriolet with what looks to be lowered on aftermarket suspension and a set of gorgeous BBS wheels. What makes this Porsche special is that the Slantnoses were special order cars of the highest performing 911 Porsches at the time. Though unpopular with the masses and purists, it modeled the nose of the 935 racecars of the era by replacing the traditional round 911 headlights with pop-ups. It is unknown how many Slantnoses exist out there exactly under the factory program, but most estimates point at under 1,000 units.
Granted, a large number of Slantnoses are aftermarket conversions and sadly it is very possible that this example is one as well. It is hard to say for sure without a close-up inspection of the car therefore leaving its factory authencity up in the air.
For the sake of the photo though, I'd like to think it was nothing less than an original.