Personality Over Perfection: Josh's 69 Porsche 911 T
February 6, 2021
PERSONALITY OVER PERFECTION
Instead, life should be about personality. Life should be about wearing our blemishes proudly, not about covering them up and pretending they are not there. The blemishes on our hearts, souls and bodies are what makes us us. The mistakes we make, the regrets we harbour, the biases we construct, the bruises that turn our bodies blue, even the traps we fall into when we're not looking are vital ingredients that form our personality incrementally over time. Personality is what we are, perfection is what we will never be.
Josh was in the market for a "running beater" when he came across an ad for the ragged old 911 on Craigslist back in 2014. It's not exactly what he was looking for. At the time, there was a giant hole in the passenger side door that rust had eaten all the way though. Josh says you could put your arm through it (hence the now-infamous red replacement door it sports to this day) But the original 2.0 litre flat six still ran half-decent so he talked the seller down from $17,500 to $15,000 and drove it home that day.
Eventually, the car told Josh that it's what inside that counts. The steep inclines of San Fransisco proved to be too strenuous on the original, road-weary 2.0 litre engine, and rebuilding it was going to be more costly then replacing it. After blowing a replacement 2.7 litre flat six during the California Melee in 2015, the 911 T ended up with a heavy-hitting 3.0 litre from a wrecked 911 SC.
"Kobrin fights the urge to make cosmetic improvements or any other changes to the car that will make him want to drive it less," wrote Eric Gustafson in a feature on Josh in Excellence Magazine back in 2017 . And drive it he does. Usually in rallies including the Snowball Rally, the California Melee (where he blew his 2.7 flat six, the Bohemian Run, and the Faultline 500 which is a two day vintage rally that loops through the heart of Central California's earthquake country.
I guess we're sorta saying the same thing. Hunter just always says things better. One thing is for sure: if you can skid in broadside, cloud of smoke and all, in a "running beater" 1969 911 T like Josh Kobrin here, something tells us Hunter would be mighty proud.