Magnus Walker’s TED Talk

Go With Your Gut Feeling – Magnus Walker’s TED Talk

If you’re reading this blog then it’s likely you have heard of Magnus Walker and his Porsche Passion. Magnus is an inspirational Porsche character and is a true car guy so when he was invited to speak at a recent TED event my ears pricked up and I couldn’t wait to hear what he had to say. Magnus Walker’s TED talk is inspirational not only if you are a car guy but if you are ambitious about following your passion and making your dreams a reality.

It is awesome to see a car guy like Magnus getting recognised and invited to talk to an attentive TED audience at UCLA, he followed his passion for Porsche and has rightly earned the position of being one of the most respected vintage Porsche builders and hot rodders out there.

Magnus Walker‘s TED talk and story have been well recorded in the documentary Urban Outlaw but I never get tired of hearing it, Magnus followed his gut and is now living his dream…what I took away from his TED talk is – chase your dream, take those leaps of faith and follow your gut.

Kitch

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The Sounds of Goodwood – Porsche

Porsche do Goodwood Festival of Speed in style, they go big with their stand presence and they have a heap of race spec cars from classic Le Man winners all the way up to Rally Spec 911’s…plus they went big last year for the 50th anniversary of the 911 with sponsorship of the iconic sculpture in front of Goodwood house. So when they published this video capturing the essence of Goodwood I thought it was definitely worth a share. Turn it up, absorb the noise and get a feel for the Goodwood atmosphere Porsche style…enjoy.

Kitch

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The Porsche 356 – The Beginning

The Porsche 356 – The Beginning 

The Porsche 356 has become a cult classic and aside from the legendary 911, is the aspirational Porsche among collectors and air cooled “scene” guys. The Porsche 356 was the brain child of Ferdinand Porsche and launched the sports car brand in 1948, building what would become the foundation of modern Porsche’s, he’d hit on a design that would stand the test of time.

In today’s money the original souped up 40bhp power unit from the beetle wouldn’t class it as a sports car, more like a mobility scooter rival. However the rear wheel drive, rear engine’d Porker was sprightly and had “stop you in your tracks” looks as well as a rarity in those days among sports cars, comfort and reliability. The shape even today in the world of hard edge super cars still holds it own and is respected by car guys from California to Australia.

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As a kid I had a Burago 356B Porsche diecast 1:18 scale model finished in cream with a tan interior, but being a budding 10 year old carpet race car driver it got battered and unfortunately is in a bit of a state. When I was wandering around Goodwood Festival of Speed this year and spotted a badass, near enough bang on version of the Porsche 356 I had as a boy the memories came flooding back! Sat in the Porsche owners club area I starred at it for ages like a deranged fanboy, long enough in fact to get the attention of the guy cleaning it who gave me a bit of background on the car…I couldn’t believe it when he told me the original owner traded it in for a VW Golf in 1980, man he must be kicking himself.

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For me retro and vintage cars ooze passion and soul, each of the individual components of the Porsche 356 were immaculately designed and crafted, from the swan neck wing mirrors to the sculpted door handles and intricate engine grill, Ferdinand Porsche created something that was simply beautiful down to the fine details…unlike the cars of today where the beauty and craftsmanship that gives a car it’s soul has gone awol.

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In the early to mid 50’s Porsche introduced it’s own set of air cooled power plants and faster versions of the Porsche 356…true legendary status was well on it’s way to being achieved and the foundations for the iconic 911 were being layed.

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The Porsche 356 is a car that epitomises soul and passion and really for me sums up everything about retro and vintage cars. The thought and craftmanship that went into the design of everything on that car just speaks for itself. Ferdinand Porsche created something special, over 50 years later it is commanding some serious money and kudos in the collectors and vintage car guy world…I’m saving the pennies, I have a real itch for an Outlaw, more on those later.

Kitch

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Goodwood Festival of Speed 2014 – High octane fuel and manor houses

The sound of screaming engines, tyre smoke, hi-octane fuel and fighter jets replaced the tranquil sound of chirping birds at the Goodwood House this last weekend in West Sussex, England. The Goodwood Festival of Speed is the event for any petrol head since it’s creation in 1993 and for 4 days is home to some of the most historic race cars of all time.

No where on the planet can you watch vintage Cafe Racer Norton race bikes, F1 cars at full chat from every era, mad drift cars going sideways up the hill and NASCAR’s burning tyres as if they grow on the trees (that’s just a very small sample) and all in a stunning setting…there is simply nothing like it in the world.

It was always going to be a mixed show for me as I was working all weekend (doing the day job) so couldn’t explore it like a visitor, but every opportunity I got I took the chance to take in the atmosphere, wander around the paddocks and hill climb and get up close and personal to some of the most famous and amazing machines and people on show.

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The Audi 90 Quattro IMSA GTO was one of the stars of the show for me making a triumphant return to the hill in serious style, 720bhp from a turbo charged 5 cylinder…epic

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BBS Turbo fans work so well…

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Goodwood Festival of Speed is unique in the respect that it is the only motorsport event outside of the Forumula 1 calendar that attracts the majority of current F1 teams…although there was a lot on show the bygone era cars were simply amazing. Ayrton Senna’s John Player Special F1 Turbo era car attracted a lot of attention and carries so much history and pedigree.

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Another epic Ayrton racer was his championship Honda powered Mclaren…where else do you see a line up like this?

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Mercedes were celebrating 120 years of motor racing at Goodwood FoS, aside from the stunning sculpture arching over the house, also on show were a fleet of Silver Arrows, including this beauty. A huge highlight for me was watching Sterling Moss drive past me on a golf buggy wearing his light blue racing suit and leather loafers on his way to piloting a silver arrow up the Goodwood hillclimb. Again where else!

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The collection of Surtees cars was again something to behold and beautifully presented…

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More from the paddock…

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Aside from all of the Motorsport metal on show in the paddocks there were some seriously cool and well built rat rods that made it into the festival with their own beach. The Model A big block rat rods got a lot of attention and didn’t look out of place at all among the historic racers.

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Retro NASCAR

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There’s nothing like a priceless Shelby Mustang race car.

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Despite all of the cars shredding up the track there were some seriously cool motorbikes on show and man did they sound incredible…they gave the turbo era F1 cars a run for their money!

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The Porsche car club had a seriously clean Porsche 356 on show, the history if the car read that it was swapped in 1980 for a VW Golf…I bet the previous owner is kicking himself.

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The 356 is the Grandfather of the Porsche 911 and is Ferdinand Porsche’s first creation. The 356 is simply stunning and this is an exceptional example.

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Finally the Players crew were out in force and had some of the UK’s premier modified metal on show…it’s quite an honour for them to be invited to Goodwood FoS and is a testament to the quality and craftmanship that goes into their builds. The Playdat Datsun 610 pickup dropped on airride air bags with a custom fabricated frame held it’s own on the Goodwood estate.

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A Volvo brick on air? Rollhard’s brickie baffled the motorsport crowd and got some serious attention

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Last but by no means least is Milestone71‘s Porsche 964 finished in a stunning pink and dropped on over sized Fuch’s built by Rotiform. The rear form of the 964 just gets me everytime, the shape that fades away progressively into the rear bumper flowing around over the rear wheels give the car such stance when it’s lowered on the deck.

Kitch

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Magnus Walker Wheels x Fifteen52 = Outlaw Fever

Magnus Walker Wheels x Fifteen52 = Outlaw Fever

Magnus Walker the Porsche customiser also known as the Urban Outlaw has teamed up with wheel maker Fifteen52 on an epic collaboration Magnus Walker wheels and short film of him hooning around Downtown LA in one of his 911 Turbo’s.

Magnus has built himself quite the reputation for building some of the best street racer 911’s and has gained much acclaim and coverage for his builds, now being featured regularly on sites like Speedhunters and Stanceworks. Originally from Sheffield and now residing in the Downtown LA Art District, the fast becoming Porsche icon tells the tale of his Urban Outlaw Magnus Walker wheels development with Fifteen52 and what it’s like to drive around the historic DTLA area (Down town Los Angeles for any not in the know, like me..I had to look it up)

If you didn’t know, Fifteen52 are the brand behind Ken Block‘s famous Turbo Fan wheels and have built their reputation by aligning themselves with figurehead badasses in the automotive industry. Magnus Walker is definitely one of those now.

One man’s hobby and obsession has turned into his job…hold on to the dream, more on Magnus Walker to come…

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Images beautifully captured by Stanceworks

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BMW 2002 – It’s a family thing

BMW 2002 – It’s a Family Thing

On a recent trip to Cornwall in the UK’s South West, wandering round a 6 stall charity car boot sale in the picturesque seaside town of Boscastle I scored the find of all finds…”BMW The book of the Car”, published in the early 80’s the book documents the history of BMW from the 1920’s until 1984, how rad. There’s no hiding from the fact that I am a vintage/retro BMW nut so you can imagine my excitement when I spied the book from a mile off and made a beeline right for it, £2.50 later I was the proud owner of a book I’m yet to put down.

I’ve touched on it before but my crazy nutness for BMWs come from my childhood growing up around the white and blue propeller, both my Dad and Grandad have always owned them and now I do. I find a lot of our influences come from the people around us and more often those close to us have the biggest influences over what we come to love. Cars and the affection for a particular marque is one of them.

Patrick Burns love for the BMW 2002 has been passed down from his Dad, Wendell. In a recent Cars I see film, the love, passion and infectious dedication to what was considered a game changer for BMW is brilliantly captured. You’ll be left with the sound of a throaty BMW 2002 exhaust note ringing in your ears and the want to go on eBay and snap up your very own 02.

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Images courtesy of Stanceworks

Kitch

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Players Classic 2014 Goodwood

Players Classic 2014 x The Goodwood Motor Racing Circuit = WIN

Carl Taylor and Jamie McToldridge are known for some crazy car builds (BMW Artcars and the Playdat Datsun pickup to name a few) and putting on one of the best shows of the season – Players on an Essex air field in September. If that wasn’t enough, last year the Players boys decided to stick their necks out and launch a new show platform, Players Classic, held at the historic Goodwood Motor Racing Circuit in the UK. In only it’s second year it’s fast becoming the show of the season, the iconic back drop of the Goodwood Motor circuit with a mix of some of the best cars in Europe and some racing…it is a recipe that’s pure WIN.

The metal on show was simply impressive, cars had come from all over Europe to attend Players Classic 2014, the Players crew are mostly about the VAG marque however the mix of cars was varied to say the least, of course I was mostly interested in the vintage and retro rides, more precisely of the Bavarian BMW kind.

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There were 3 E21’s that all stopped me in my path, this Minty green 316 on air with cream centered Schmidt TH lines took the crown for me. Last year it was silver but with a lick of fresh paint for 2014 it was so clean, the colour scheme was spot on and the level of detail….kick me in the nuts cool.

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Nardi deep dish steering wheel and short shift drag style gear stick added to the cool.

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I could check this rear end out all day…

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This red 316 was super clean, the BBS RS’s with red centre’s set the car off superbly…the stance was well catered for with a trusty Airlift bagged suspension set up. This thing had so must presence lurking in the Players Classic 2014 Goodwood pit garages, the double head light set up made for an even more double hard bastard stance.

There’s clearly a theme here, bagged E21’s are badass and they look sick, fact. Air is a bit marmite but personally I think it rules, the flexibility it offers from being able to achieve a hard parked aggressive stance for the shows and then juicing the air bags up to get a more UK road friendly drive height…no brainer right?

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And onto the third but by no means last E21…this Bavarian beauty was clearly exercising it’s mating call, it certainly worked and got my attention!

Again BBS RS’s seem the way to go, running 16’s rather than the arch filling 17’s on the red E21 but with the bronze centres and gold bolts it definitely held it’s own. The colour coded duckbill splitter sharpened up the front end nicely.

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Okay so it’s quite obvious that I’m a fan of the E21 and these examples were right up my street,  they offer something slightly different to what is the norm, they’re truly retro and for me have contributed the most toward why BMW is the success it is today, this after all is the beginning of the 3 series, where would BMW be without that?

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Aah the E28 better known by many as the 5 Series. Riding on BBS RF’s with a racked drag like stance this fine Bavarian beauty was low. The E28 has such a don’t mess with me front end aggression that it lends itself well to a drop and wheel change and this was no exception, it looked ready for battle. I love the boxy 80’s design of these back in the day luxury cruisers, the back quarter has such a cool shape.

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BBS RF’s polished to within an inch of their life with contrasting white centres and gold accessories, cor blimey!

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The famous BMW shark nose just lent itself so well to the racked stance…sheer stance and fitment perfection.

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I loved the cocked, off centre exhaust, something pretty distinguishable for BMW of that era with the 2002, E21, E24 and E28 to name a few all wearing the same. Again though the boxy design is so retro it’s cool.

You may have noticed some of my shots show some pretty wet cars, well it is British summer time after all and there was a freak monsoon downpour, the car gods eventually woke up and we had some cracking sunshine after that which caught a few fair skinned brits out at Goodwood.

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My bro is a big E30 fan but I’m drawn more towards the older bimmers…there were plenty on show though but this tasty number all the way from Belgium really stood out for me, the original bronze silver paint work was the same colour my Grandad had on his 325i Tourer so I was automatically engaged and yet again those oh so familiar BBS RS’s looked so at home.

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It’s not a Players Classic event without some Porsche 964 loving. Milestone 71 brought out some Porsche 964’s to die for…

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Excuse the iPhone shots, the looming monsoon I previously mentioned threatened to end of the life of my DLSR. This Dark Green 964 on Fuch’s remastered by Rotiform looked the nuts…I had some serious car envy, in the end I had to pull myself away for the want of not looking like a crazed super fan.

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That famous Porsche tail just gets better with age.

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I couldn’t ignore the MK1 Scirocco that Wheel Whores had on their display stand, it needs no introduction, just take it in.

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Despite my obvious love for BMW’s I wanted to finish my Players Classic 2014 coverage on this Hillman Imp, it was by far the coolest car at the show, I mean look at it. A British classic traditionally driven by anorak wearing older gents, transformed with a set of classic Ronal light weight mesh racing wheels and believe it or not, air ride! Enter a very cool retro ride…

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With Carl and Jay behind Players Classic 2014 it was surely going to be a success, but I think they smashed it. The cars on show were breath taking, the mix and variety was great to see and the appreciation for what was on show puts my faith back in the scene. Plyaers Classic is a must visit on any show calendar, bring on 2015.

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