OUTLAW 911: The Iconic "277" 1971 Porsche 911T In Magnus Walker's Unconventional Collection | EP28
Of all the Porsches in Magnus Walker's collection, his number 277 is special like an old pair of shoes. But what is it about Magnus and why is the world drawn to him? He's a fashion designer that's been obsessed with Porsches since he was 10 years old. He became the Urban Outlaw and his number 277 became an iconic 911. Hey, Nicole. Top of the morning. Oh my gosh. You're awesome. Good to see, good to see you. So, you finally made it.
Yes. Look what you got here. Yeah, come on take a look. Oh my gosh. Now, I got something for you because I heard you were looking for this and you didn't have this. So, I got something for you right there.
I read the second edition and it was a lot thinner than this. This is the third edition that picks up from where the second edition left off. Hold on, hold on, hold on.
Oh, you see, I knew you were coming. Look at this. One step ahead. Pedal to the metal. Got your big ball over there. The big ball, yeah.
Got your big Ted ball. That is, if you watch the Ted Talk, this is the ball that was at the Ted Talk at UCLA. Yeah, nobody has a big Ted ball. Well, there you go. There it is. I'm known as a Porsche guy, a car guy, but probably the most watched thing I've done is the Ted Talk. 10 million views on that.
I got that and then I got the T-shirt. That's the infamous t-shirt. You've become the Porsche guy and so people who are discovering you, probably don't even know where you started and came from. Backing way up, you you're England, you're from England. That's right. Born in Sheffield, left school at 15 with two O levels. So, I don't have a ton of what I would call education. Two O levels meaning just a couple years into, like what would be high school here.
I literally left school at 15, yeah. So most people would go on to, you know, do A levels and then University. I know it's a bit different here with the school system but I describe people as, you're either book smart with a big education, or you're street smart. I'm more of the street smart person. So, coming to LA when I was 19 was like the land of opportunity. Here's Willow. You know, to do whatever it is I wanted to do and what I love about LA is you can live your dream.
You can make it happen. There's an infrastructure to allow you to do things, right? Without actually having a lot of educational background in that field. Whether you're a skateboarder, a surfer, a rockstar, a musician, a film guy, or engineer or whatever. All my adult responsibilities being done in LA not just America, LA. And by that I mean, when I was in England, I never had a driver's license, never had a real job, was still living at home with my mom and dad.
Didn't have my own apartment, barely had a bank account. And back in England, it was like, cut your hair and get a real job. Well, I've had long hair for over 40 years and I've never really had a real job. So have I. Yeah, there you go.
Wow, where where do we start? This is amazing. Well, we can start right here. This is actually a good place to start because when most people think of Porsche, they don't necessarily think of 924, 928, 944, and 968. They think of the iconic 911. But I'm a goal-orientated collector. So for me, it's all about experiencing everything Porsche has ever made
in a sports car, which is front-engined, mid-engined, rear-engined, both air and water cooled. When I was a kid, my mom got married to my stepdad when I was 6 years old and he was a manager of a Porsche Audi dealership. My mom went in to buy a 924. No way, no way.
Yep, and my dad would drive a 911 home, whatever was on the lot. Was that how she met your stepdad? Yes. She went into a Porsche dealership. And bought a Porsche. She bought a 924.
Wow. Yes, and so but– How old were you when your mom had a 924? I was six. Wow.
Yeah, but so my dad always drove a 911 home, or whatever was laying around the lot. I remember he got he got pulled over. We were in the car together and he got pulled over, and he was out there for awhile. For going too slow? Probably going too slow, yeah. He was talking to the officer for a while and he comes back, didn't get a ticket. The officer wanted to see the car.
This is a good story. Let me show you around. I'll show you a couple more things. These are the cars that didn't make it into the garage. This is like when you go and you order the milkshake, but the milkshake maker makes too much for the container. Oh yeah, leftover. And they give you a container and then a really small thing of milkshake.
What is your favorite flavor of milkshake? Oh, oh chocolate or peanut butter and chocolate. I'm more of like a, you know, like some sort of blackberry, strawberry mix, you know. If we want to talk about what it is I do– This is what you do.
Well– Right? You do those louvers. I came up with the idea, then I had Rod Emory fabricate. This was a whole deal which actually started on this car here, to be honest, but essentially, this was the second pair of louvers we ever did.
You have a curve and a louver. Yes, so actually, the best way to describe it, is come over here. Oh my gosh. So I've always been into Americana, Evil Knievel, Captain America, Mötley Crüe, Guns N' Roses, American bands.
So my style really is, I'll throw some traditional into the blender, like making a milkshake, but it's not chocolate peanut butter. It's like, sex, drugs, rock-and-roll mixed with the '70s era of Porsche motorsports with Americana. Right.
So hot-rod touches, like louvers on deck lids, have been around forever, since the '20s. Like E-Type Jags have louvers, flat-top Fords have louvers, but Porsche 911s didn't actually have louvers, 356s did. I went to Rod Emory who's, you know, the guru.
Rod is the guy. Yeah, he liked the challenge cuz it was something at the time he hadn't done either. So what he had to do was scan a fender and then basically create the radius and create a custom die that was made out of billet aluminum. Then what you got to do is find the center of the fender. Sure.
Measure your line and decide how many louvers you got to do. Then you got to mark it, drill it, slit it, and then turn it upside down and hand stamp it. Push it through and hope that you actually get them where they're perpendicular, cuz if they're slightly off– Your eye's gonna see it. You're going to see it and then you can't start it again. This is individually stamped into the steel fender. This was the original tooling for the original stamped panel right here.
So, Rod did this and then I took an old beat up 912 fender. So you're practicing on things. It's not just a slit in metal. There's some craftsmanship and thought and design. For sure. And this was done before louvered fenders, you know, for example the GT3 RS has a carbon fiber louvered fender insert that's just basically pushed into the fender. This is stamped in individually. Each one is individually done, and what this does, really, is relieve air pressure out of the wheel well.
You know, for me it's mostly aesthetic, because I'm not quite going fast enough where pressure's building up under the wheel well. And this is another thing that you do is the center filler. Yeah, this is pretty racy. So, here's a great example of a lot of people have done center hood fillers on race cars forever. This is actually nothing new. So, this is pretty common so for me, trying to reinvent my own wheel with this car, what I did here was do something also that had never been done before. I put the cap through the fender.
So, this is where the stock filler would be with a flap, and then a hose. It goes down into the tank. But no one had ever done that. You have to curve it and match that profile. Curve, yeah.
Yes, it's compound. Compound curve. That's it. This car has crank windows, manual window cranks. Originally, this would have had electric windows.
But this is how interchangeable 911s are. This window frame crank and glass came out of a '65 912 over there and drops right in. Porsche didn't change the interior door pressing for the first 30 years. They engineered it so well, that it went through five generations without changing design. Does that mean parts availability is actually better than you'd think it is in this universe? Yeah, for sure, yeah. Because Porsche built a lot of them, you know, 911s were built to be driven. Unlike, let's say Ferraris and Lamborghinis of that era, similar era, that weren't as reliable and cost more money. The center hood is channeled. It's narrow. You see the gap on this one's like 22-inch wide?
You did that on purpose? Yes. Instead of trying to paint a hood stripe, it's in the metal. But aren't there people that are like, how dare you. Of course.
Porsche thought it had to be this way. Who are you to say Porsche should have done it this way? Of course. I'm always pissing off the purist. These cars, I own them. My theory is, I can do whatever I want to them. And the car always determines if it gets modified or not. I teamed up with a couple of guys that were able to fabricate an all-steel roof panel. Instead of just doing sunroof delete, put this channel in it, delete the rain gutter.
So you have to raise that arch and match that. There's a lot of– A lot of metal work that went into this. What I love doing is incorporating these R-inspired turn signals that are grafted into the actual body. So this is not a wide-body, it's still narrow-bodied. The fenders have been rolled and dollied slightly. If you run your hand over that lip, you'll see how that's rolled, the edge.
Absolutely, yeah it gives it stiffness. Yeah. This car is rolling on my own Outlaw wheels, which I teamed up with fifteen52 to create my own version of the Fuchs wheel. It's on KW coilover suspension, Brembo club race brakes. They're really good looking.
Yeah. They're super good looking. This is form and function. This car weighs 2560 pounds.
Oh, I love the snugness of this seat. Okay, is this a Recaro? What is this? That's a Recaro. Oh, I need to buy this seat for my Boxster.
And I just recovered it in leather. So, if you look at the leather on the door panels, and then touch the headliner, it's all the same leather that's on the seat. Oh my gosh, and it's super simple. Look at this. That was the first version. You're a, you're a little dolly.
Little dolly, yeah. Look at you. You're a little dolly. I feel like I could play Monopoly with you. Yeah, on the board, yeah.
You're so lucky sevens good luck, I could move you around and– That's my lucky number. Pass go lots of times. Talking about lucky numbers, a lot of people ask me about why 277. So I was born 7-7-67. It's a good tie into the lucky number.
To have triple sevens, you were born to have good luck, you realize that, right? I didn't realize at the time. You know, growing up as a kid in Sheffield England, I didn't like my name, Magnus. Going to school– I was going to ask you about that. Well, I'll save you the question. Everyone's like, David, John, Paul, Steven. So, of course I got picked-on being the only kid in a school of a thousand people.
Skinny, tall kid? Yeah, so what I, you know, as a kid I didn't like my name, but what I later realized is, it's a little bit like the Johnny Cash song "A Boy Named Sue." It builds character. When you get picked on, you develop a thick skin. And I think as a kid, you know, I did a lot of cross-country running, middle-distance running. It was like the loneliness of the long-distance runner. So, in a way, I feel like I was born to be an outlaw or rebel.
277 which, you're going to get to drive, has become an inspirational car. The sum of its parts. It's nothing special. You know, it's got a lot of Hot Wheels made of it, but the sum of its parts meaning 277. It's not like it raced LeMans, Sebring, Daytona. But the relatability to it is everyone can relate to, sort of like I said earlier, building their dream car. Chasing their dream car. Whether it's with the father, the son,
the granddad, the first car with your boyfriend, whatever it may be, right? This wall is what I would call unsolicited artwork that people have sent in to me, inspired by 277. When I was 10 years old, my dad took me to the London Earls Court Motor Show. And I had a white Martini poster on the wall, 930 Turbo. And I wrote a letter to Porsche, was a 10-year-old in 1977, saying I want to design cars.
Also lucky sevens. Watch out. Yeah, and they wrote me a letter back essentially saying, "Call us when you're older." That was 1977. 35 years later, 2012 Tamir Moscovici's film comes out. He says to me in the film, "How do you think Porsche would feel about what you've done with their cars?" And I say something like, "Well, I hope they'd be smiling." Yeah, this is not a fashion statement that I'm going to, you know, grow out of. It's not a trend that's going to pass through. I've been into this for 46 years.
I'm more passionate about it now than I've ever been. My dream came true when I bought my first one back in 1992, 31 years ago when I was 25. So, that represented a real dream come true and a personal sense of achievement. Do cars find their way to you now? Yeah, yeah, yeah. Do people say, "Hey I've got this old... do you want to buy this?"
Perfect example. This car over here, this 924 Carrera GT. Porsche only made 406 of these. It was like the pinnacle of the road-going 924 Turbo. So, this car was originally in Europe, went to Japan, found its way to Australia. The guy in Australia couldn't register it, so I ended up buying it for pennies on the dollar, and shipping it from Sydney Australia to LA.
So, 277 came out as the Hot Wheels in 2018. I've already done over 30 of them since then. I have a Scooby-Doo Hot Wheels. Does that count? Did you bring it? No, I should have. You should have. Everyone has a Hot Wheels story, whether you're two or 100. I would put one of these in my pocket and I would, it was like my good-luck charm, like my rabbit's foot.
It literally went around the world with me. It was this good-luck charm. So, 277, it's got eight different Hot Wheels. In 2015, it was in "The Need for Speed" video game. And you're just going to like, write all these fairy-tale things into the story.
You do realize that right? Well, yeah, I hear what you're saying. I'm sure it looks like that on the outside, but you worked your butt off to get here. Things– my life has not been scripted. And as a kid, people would say to me at careers day at school, "Where do you see yourself in 5, 10, 15, 20 years?" And I never knew where I saw myself. I don't have my life planned out. It either feels good with the gut feeling, and you go with a gut feeling, and say yes, or you say no. So, it's just being open to possibility and open to doing things that
you're not familiar with. Seeing these bands, whatever it may be right, you know, Iggy Pop, and Motörhead and sooner or later, you know, these things evolve. And I'm doing photo shoots and videos and making clothing for Alice Cooper, and going on tour with Alice Cooper. These things just happened organically, but
if you're passionate about something, and I'm still passionate about cars, that gets you out of bed at 5:00 a.m. in the morning having only slept 6 hours. You don't have to set an alarm. You're just waking up because you're ready to go conquer that challenge. So, my life has always been about challenges. You're willing to admit if you need to understand a concept better, or ask Rod Emory for assistance, or somebody else who might know something better than you, and that's cool. I think to achieve a goal, you have to be open and willing to work with other people. I'm still talking about doing cool ---- with cool people, right? I want to be inspired to get out of bed and create stuff.
I'm not good at graphics like Photoshop and Illustrator, so what I did when I bought this car is I simply took a photo on my phone, and then I printed it out on these, you know, 11 x 8 sheets. And I started doodling. Now if you look at this, these are actually Post-Its on the roof making the checkerboard. And then I teamed up with my buddy. You just rattle-canned it? You put Post-its out and rattle-canned or stamped it? What'd you do? No, it was Post-Its, and then if you look here, this is paper cloth tape that we're laying up. So the concept of this car is, it was like, imagine an old race car had been gone through different race liveries, been parked out somewhere near Willow Springs in the desert under a tarp and faded out.
It's a '73, it's a 914 and I was in it less than 10 grand. And then it was on display, as you know, you go to SEMA, it's all big-budget, shiny builds. Not too much stuff at SEMA looks like this.
But was everybody looking at it because it stood out? Right. In 2020, I got approached by Nike, this dude Pele, Porsche Pele. And he said, "Hey, how do you feel about collaborating on a sneaker with one of our pro skaters?" I said, "You know what? That sounds like an epic idea, but I got to tell you, I don't skateboard." He goes, "It doesn't matter". He goes, "We like your attitude, this sort of punk-rock attitude." Here's the original first sample based around 277. Did they give you this little template? Yeah, they gave me the template. And you just started doodling.
I doodled and colored it in. So, the goal here was to have the shoe be like the car. What size shoe are you? What size shoe are you? Seven.
Seven. This shoe came out two years ago and it actually sold out in 10 minutes. And then they were extremely hard to get. But as luck would have it, why don't you have a seat down here. Take a seat.
Oh my gosh. We're going to, we're going to, this may or may not work. We don't really know if this is going to work. I had about 150 pairs and I gave them all away apart from a few pairs that I kept for myself. And ironically, what size do that say on the box? Are you serious? Seven's kind of an odd size, cuz it's obviously not a dude's size. What the heck.
So that's a size seven. A little bit like Cinderella, right? If the shoe fits. If the shoe fits, I get to drive the car? Well, maybe, we'll see. Yes, this is my Cinderella. We'll see if the shoe fits. Dude. How do they feel? There you go. Bingo.
Look at us. You want to see the car now? Check it out, bro. Oh, look at that. These are so rad.
I think it's time to show you the car. Yes, show me the car. I am properly prepared to see the car. Alright, let's go see the car. Holy mackerel. Let me turn the light on.
Holy crap. And we'll get into here. Oh my gosh, Magnus.
So this is the main garage. You can take it all in. Take your time. There's a lot. What the heck, I mean– So Nicole, it looks like the shoe fits, but we should see if you fit in the car.
This is like, is this a pumpkin for me? This is my Cinderella moment. We're going to find out. I don't know what that means but we're going to find out. You don't know what that means? Cinderella moment. I got you. Woah.
All right, there you go. You're in. So, this is my favorite of all favorites. I bought it at the Pomona Swap Meet in 1999. So, I've owned it almost half its life, 24 years.
And it's got these mismatched seats. Yeah, this was, you know, this was my streetable track car. So it wasn't full-blown race car, caged having to go in a trailer. It was streetable track car. They could do track days, wheel-to-wheel,
time trials, competition, and then still have fun in the canyons on your favorite twisters. So that's a short story of a long story. This is your favorite blankie. Yeah, yeah, this is my favorite pair of old shoes. The car I'm most comfortable in, the car I'm most associated with.
It's on old, antiquated sort of Weltmeister sway bars and torsion bars that have been stiffened up. It's on its fourth motor. The car I often describe as a flat-foot car. What I mean by that is, it doesn't have a ton of horsepower. It's a momentum car.
Yes. The motor that's in it is an old, tired 2.6 twin-plug motor. And you can learn to be a better driver with a momentum car. Yeah, of course. High horsepower car, you could maybe not take a line great, but make up for it on a straight.
Right. This one you have to keep moving. Right. Momentum rolling all the time. Ao it's a 1971.
So 1971. 911 T. What does that mean? Well, T was for Touring. In in the early '70s, Porsche had three models of 911s
that all looked the same. The T essentially was for Touring, was the entry base model. So T originally would have had about 130 horsepower. Like a 2.2 or? In '71, it would be a 2.2, so from '64 basically through '70, it's a 2 liter. Then '70 and '71, it's a 2.2, and then '74, it's a 2.4.
So T is base model, E was mid-level model, and S would be top model. Still with the same 2.2 liter motor, but the S would have about 160 to 180, compared to the T which would have about 130.
Long wheel base? This is long wheel base, yeah, you've done your homework. Short wheel base is from '64 through '68. You have to have a very trained eye to see the difference, cuz we're talking like 2-1/4 inches, right? Right? Yeah, yeah. So to answer your question, Nicole, if you come over here. My birth year is 67. See the gap here is a lot shorter.
Oh, well, and you don't have a flare so you have to know what you're looking for, but– It's still a lot shorter. It's this thing right here. Yeah, that's the cover here. That's a cover for the torsion bar which is basically going through the car. We talked earlier about I'm known for modifying cars.
Bringing punk rock fashion into cars and sneakers. Now you got the tartan on the interior of the shoe, here's tartan on the interior of the '78 SC. So '78 SC Porsche going from 2.7 liter to 3 liter. Porsche only had two models in '78. It was either an SC or a 930 Turbo in the 911. It's not like today where there's 57 different varieties of 992. Back then, Porsche was a smaller company. They didn't have as many models. It was just a different era.
Serious was in its heydays in what years? Early '90s. I mean, Serious was formed out of the remnants of a company that I had called Venetian Paradise, where I started on the boardwalk. In Venice? In Venice, hence, Venetian, where I was selling vintage clothing. Essentially Levis, and old western shirts, and things like that. That I would find at yard sales and thrift markets and patch up onto Levi jeans.
In the late '80s early '90s, and it was a combination of sort of Black Crowes hippie vibe chic, but the rave scene also happened at the same time. So I'd been in LA, by that time, I came in '86, late '80s, the novelty was wearing off a little bit. I figured out hey, I got to make some money or I got to go home. And I don't want to go home back to Sheffield England. Cuz that represented failure when I had had this taste of freedom that was LA.
It was sex, drugs, rock-and-roll, Guns N' Roses, Mötley Crüe, Sunset Strip. Fun times, no responsibility. But after two years of fun times, times were getting tough in the sense of, it's no fun eating 25-cent frozen burritos all the time. So, what am I going to do to make some money, pay some rent, get off someone's couches. And actually get my own place. And I accidentally fell into this secondhand clothing thing on the boardwalk in Venice.
Which led to the formation of Serious Clothing. Sort of gone from patching old Levis to actually making my own garments. And you, know Serious was the vehicle that was successful from 1994 for the next 10 years.
It enabled us to buy this building that we're standing in now, which is three continuous buildings built in 1902 through the '50s, 26,000 square feet. Couple of years later, later when we converted the warehouse into a live-work loft, we accidentally fell into the film-location business through an article in the LA Times based around loft gentrification of former industrial buildings that were getting converted to live-work space. Which was just barely starting here, right? Yes, we talking 20, 25 years ago. LA was playing catch up to New York.
New York had had Soho since the '60s and '70s. In 2012, get this phone call from this crazy Canadian, Tamir Moscovici. Long story short, that conversation ended being Urban Outlaw, came out October 15th, 2012.
The past 10 years of my life have been this whirlwind of playing around with cars, meeting people, and traveling the world sharing this car culture from a hobby point of view. It just keeps evolving. Did you have this outgoing, big personality? Did you grow into this big personality? You have a great personality. I think I grew into it. As a kid, I was a bit of a loner with the odd name getting picked on in school. Being the cross-country runner, I wasn't a team player. I'm still not a team-sport player. When I go drive, I don't go with a bunch of dudes or bros or people. I like solo. I'm like a lone wolf.
You can think. To me, freedom is to be able to do whatever you want to do, when you want to do it. I want to drive this. Where are we going to go? I think we should go up Angeles Crest Highway. It's beautiful.
It's my favorite road. It's 18 miles from here. It goes up to over 7,000 feet. Goes all the way to Wrightwood. You'd be sort of a fifth of the way back to Vegas at that point. Right. So, then can I just drop you off on the side of the road, take off to Palmdale, and I'll see you in like, 3 weeks. A lot of people have driven this car, but it's always great to experience it from the passenger seat with someone else driving the car, and getting their interpretation of their feedback of the car. How does it feel? What does it do? How does it make you feel? You ready? I'm ready, you ready? I'm ready. So, you got the shoes, but what you need is the 277 cap.
Oh my gosh, I am Magnus for a day. If the hat fits, let's do it. You're heading eastbound on the iconic 6th Street Bridge.
Oh it's so good. Hey your throttle is so responsive, I'm trying to find– You just got to push your pedal to the metal. You've got to push it further down. Right. This car's happiest above 4,000 RPM.
Yeah, it sounds so good I'm just obsessed with hearing it right now. It's that raspy, throaty, air-cooled induction air getting sucked in. How's the car feel on the front end? Feels pretty good. It's very responsive. It wants to go. This road in this car is all about rhythm. Rhythm of the flow of maximizing the RPM, the torque coming in and out of the corner, selecting the gear and then throttle response. You know, it's not so much a jab, it's a firm push down. Smooth.
Yeah. You got to be smooth. Smooth is fast. You hear that all the time. Yes. This is like a slalom, it's like being a ballet dancer on a downhill slalom course.
Yeah. It's got a very nice tight stiff suspension. You can feel it, it wants to just take that corner.
You've got it set up for a track. I like a momentum car, you know, small displacement, revy, but the real key is suspension. So this has got stiffer torsion bars running 22 mm on the front, 28 mm on the the rear. It's got adjustable sway bars. It's riding on Bilstein sport shocks. It's still torsion bars, as I said, it's not coilovers. Adjustable spring plates, front strut brace, and then the real key is I'm running a 15x7 and 8-inch wheel. It's my own Outlaw wheel with sticky Hoosier R6.
The front is a 225/45R15, the rear is a 225/50R15. Little taller on the rear, and the ride height's about 23-inch from the ground to the fender lip. The fender lip has been rolled, you know, and I've got about 1.5° negative camber all around. The car's been corner-balanced, you know, it's corner-balanced with 200 pounds of weight in that seat for me.
Nice. And then that's essentially it. I'm running a Pagid orange race compound brake pad, which takes a little bit of heat into it to get it to stop. When it's cold, it doesn't stop great. These early cars, this is on early brake setup, meaning, you know, it's early S calipers. It's not power-assisted, so you got great pedal feel, but you have to push the pedal.
Sure. Do you feel the difference having owned so many and driven so many of these between the long and the short wheelbase, as far as the stability having a longer wheelbase? Yeah, for sure. I mean, short wheelbase in stock form, the way Porsche delivered it in '64, would have been on a 4-1/2 inch wheel with a 165/70 tire. So you got a lot of sidewall flex. What you can do on a short wheelbase car is put it on a
wider, you know, six to seven-inch wheel all around with a more modern, sticky compound, low-profile. Unless you happen to be racing in some series where you have to run in period-correct form. Right. But what Porsche did was, to cure that backend tail happiness, was lengthen the wheelbase by 2-1/4 inch. The overall length of the car is the same. What they did was just had a longer trailing arm and essentially move the center of the rear wheel back.
But they didn't change the arch or did they change the location of the arch, too? Both so the trailing arm is longer. They're interchangeable. But the distance from the pickup point on the torsion tube to the center hub is longer. A long wheelbase. And then obviously to compensate that, they move the fender flare to a different position.
So the wheel is centered so that's, you know, it's a balance thing. What Porsche tried to do back in the day, actually, to cure the tail happiness, was put 50 pounds of lead weight in the front of the bumper. Super antiquated to put more weight up front, cuz other than the gas tank, there's nothing up front, so the front's always light. This car, I've got it set up where you can keep your foot planted in the corner and it's not, there's no body roll and there's no sidewall tire flex. So you got to get used to that stiffness, almost like a slot car. And your camber adjustment will, I mean having negative camber will keep that tire flat on those turns.
Yeah, for sure then you got to get, it's a whole thing of, it's not just x amount of negative camber. It's toe and castor. Sure. That goes with it.
Yeah, you can put more castor in, and that'll also end up affecting your camber if you can't get as much out of your coilover. Yeah and then correct tire pressure obviously. Sure. This is one of my favorite sections here.
It's beautiful. I'm trying to concentrate on the road, understand your car, listen to everything you're saying, and appreciate the scenery. The air cooled sound is– I see why you don't need, you know, music in any of your cars. This car is running headers into a twin-pipe sport exhaust so, you know, it's kind of loud. It's kind of raspy. It covers all all the senses. Feels good, smells good, looks good, sounds
good. It even tastes good. By modern standards, it's not the fastest car, but this car corners fast. This car doesn't excel in a straight line, but it excels in the corner. You know what's amazing right now, Magnus? Your show, OPP, you drive Other People's Porsches. I am suddenly transformed into an episode of OPP.
I'm driving your Porsche, and you're freaking hosting my show. That's right. I'm in someone else's version of OPP, but hey, you know me, I'm down with OPP. I'm down with OPP.
That's right, you know me. The 915 transmission came into production for the '72 911 year model. So this is obviously not a numbers-matching car. I have a 915 from a later 911 with a Quaife limited-slip differential.
I've got standard gears, but I've got a limited slip, so this doesn't have a whammy gearbox. This is a nice, little tight... I don't know this road. So yeah, this is the road to Mount Wilson Observatory. This is all second gear.
This is like a rally mountain stage. And there's rocks, a lot of them from the recent rains. You don't want to split a Hoosier.
Of course. I would drive this car to Willow Springs and back all the time, Laguna Seca. I raced Thunderhill, Laguna Seca, California Speedway, Las Vegas Motor Speedway, PIR at Phoenix, California Speedway. I run an external front cooler so I have an oil line that goes down the passenger side, into a front nose mounted cooler. Even on track when this thing was racing, it never got above 210. We're up about 190 right now. You know what I like about you? You just, you're extremely passionate. It's everything that you are.
You love these cars. You're not pretending to be a dude playing a dude. I mean you are you doing your thing. You really love this. And I think your excitement for the Porsche gets other people excited.
So you know, your influence in that area can help keep younger audiences appreciating these cars. Well, I appreciate that. You know, I would say I'm a passionate Porsche dude. You know, I fell in love with Porsche when I was 10 years old. That was 46 years ago.
There's so many things that we're feeling right now, and I might not be expressing it so well, but but I can feel every bump in the road. There's so much feedback in the steering, the motor tells you how it's feeling, the gearbox, all of it. It really does engage all the senses. This, this is a super communicative car and chassis that gives you the feedback through those two hands, those two feet, those two eyes, your brain and your butt. That feeling through the seat. You're not too insulated for what's going on out here.
The grip of the tire, the brakes, the smell, the oil. Everything coming up to temperature, the engine exhaust sound, the raspiness of it. The visibility is great, the ergonomic driving position is great, the steering position is great. You know, you've got this MOMO steering wheel in your hands. It's not power assisted.
It's direct. The throttle is connected to a rod that goes from your foot, it's connected. Yeah. It's instant. There's no delay here. There's no disconnect where you wait for a turbo to spool up. Dude. That was freaking insane.
Well, what do you like about it? I liked everything about it. I like the sound, the feel, the stiffness, the shoes. You like the shoes. I like driving Other People's Porsche. Well, hey you're down with OPP. You're amazing and I so appreciate all of your time, your knowledge, your passion. You being you. I feel very honored. Thank you.
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Fashion designer who's been obsessed with Porsches since he was 10 years old– and I forgot the rest of it. and Outlaw 277 detour we needed a Nicole Johnson side-mirror driver's mirror adjustment. You're comfortable? Got a couple of pillows under you and behind you? Jeeps taste like chicken but with a little gear oil on the side. What would Porsches taste like? Uhhhh.
Drum roll. I have to open them more. Nope, I got to open them more. I got to open them up more, Magnus. All right. We could bottle all of the essence of Magnus and sell it.
And call it "Oozing Cool". Oozing Cool. You could call it Odor Outlaw. Oh, squirrel! We almost killed a squirrel, Magnus.
Ready? How did I start it?