DETOURS: SEPTEMBER 2018:   AFAS Guest Artists | Porsche 356

New AFAS Associate Members for 2018 announced...
The AFAS exhibition at the 2018 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance featured seven invited guest artists that Tom Fritz, outgoing AFAS Membership Committee chairman says was a record number of Guest Artist invitations on top of a record number of applications for the year. Associate Membership is a first step in full membership in the Society. We will present individual artist profiles on these new associates in coming issues.

Toshiharu Inagaki (Japan)

Yahn Janou (France)

Steven Macy (Maciejczyk) (US)

Dan McCrary (US)

Hendrik Mueller (Germany)

Makoto Ouchi (Japan)


As Porsche celebrates their 70th anniversary, the car to remember is the Porsche 356.

It created the Porsche myth, the legend, the reputation for being fun-to-drive and cool.

The 356 was the coming-of-age car for Baby Boomers as seen in numerous movies and TV shows: the car Jacqueline Bisset drove Steve McQueen around San Francisco in, in "Bullitt," Paul Newman drove in "Harper," and Kelly McGillis' ride in "Top Gun." (Although the last two were Speedsters, which is another history in itself.)

It was in production for 15 years (1948-1965) to be replaced by the 911, which has been in production ever since.

The shape of the 356 dates back to Porsche's Type 64 1939 Rome-to-Berlin race car. The race never ran but the look lasted as distinctively Porsche. It was revolutionary: no running boards, integrated fenders, aerodynamic.

The interior of a 356 is cozy like a space capsule, you can reach everything from the driver's seat. And the seats are wide like your grandfather's favorite chair.

356's practically invented "race on Sunday, drive to work on Monday," and were the main stay for production races from Del Mar to Santa Barbara.

And it was a Grand Touring car: just enough room for weekend luggage to fit behind the seats or to be practical enough to take the kids to school during the week.

At one point, you would comb the classified ads in the L.A. Times for those magic words: "For Sale Porsche 356. Getting married/Having a baby/Getting a divorce."

Today, the 356 is Porsche 1.0 for the Luftgehult crowd: authentic, the genuine article. And for those who grew up with it doodled in a college notebook, it is a desired object of affection to be in one's garage.

Rob Alen

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