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Friday, February 10, 2012

One Porsche 935K Dared To Think Different

For those that love Apple, Steve Jobs, and Porsches, this is the perfect storm.
The earliest Apple fans discovered their new religion when they attended the Homebrew Computer Club. They've enjoyed the Apple II, the Lisa, and the Macintosh. They saw the "1984" commercial in 1984. "Corporate Shirts" VS. "Pirates" meant something to them. In disbelief, they witnessed Apple CEO John Sculley (former CEO of Pepsi) ousting the founder Steve Jobs in 1985. Finally, they celebrated when Steve returned a decade later.

Really, it must be annoying for the veteran Macheads to see all these teenagers, hipsters, and yuppies posting Steve Jobs tribute pictures on their Facebook walls, proclaiming themselves Apple loyalists. Where were they before all the iStuff? As lovely Marilyn Monroe once said, "If you can't handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don't deserve me at my best." 

But it wasn't that bad. In fact, the early days of Apple were a time of excitement, as they usually are for any start-up. Nowadays, Steve Jobs is idoled as a visionary but it's really a lot simpler than that. Steve Job had three things; his own company and his balls.

For those that loved Apple Computers Inc., Steve Jobs, and Porsches, this was the perfect storm.

The history behind this unique Porsche is pretty short and straightforward. It all began when Steve Jobs' love for German sports cars compounded with Jobs' relationship with the Bob Garretson Enterprise race shop out in Mountain View, California, at the time only 4 miles away from Apple Computer headquarters. One thing led to another and the Apple Computer Porsche 935 K3 was born.

The Apple/Bob Garretson Porsche entered racing in 1980 and competed in storied circuits including Sebring, Le Mans, Watkins Glen, and Road America. In its first race at the 12 hours of Sebring, the Apple Porsche driven by Bob Garretson and Bobby Rahal started 12th on the grid but battled to finish 7th overall. However, the race at the 24 Hours of Le Mans became the first of three DNF's in the seven races it entered. Ending it's short career on a high note, the Porsche 935 earned a 3rd place podium at the Road America 500.

Without further ado, feast your eyes and ears on this--

Looks like Apple has been used to getting chased from behind for a while now:

Some more period racing:

Happy Friday! Have an awesome weekend everyone!

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