“We’ve had Porsches in our family for decades…my father’s had a billion of them, I think,” says Deryck Shakespeare. “But my very first memory [of this car], and my fondest one, is when I put the keys in the ignition and drove it out of my uncle’s garage.”
The story of how this 1978 Porsche 911 Turbo ended up with Shakespeare isn’t typical, but speaks to the bond between enthusiasts. “My uncle was really ill at the time, unfortunately…Yeah, he was going to die, basically…and he rang me up [from] the hospital and said, ‘Look, wondering if you want my car…”
From that ending, a new beginning: Shakespeare’s young son, Elvis, is now able to bond with his father over their shared love for the Turbo. The younger Shakespeare will need some training, though: these cars aren’t for the faint of heart. Only 28 of these were brought into Australia in 1978, but many haven’t survived.
“A lot of people bought these cars…and didn’t come home,” Shakespeare says, “…these cars ended up around poles, ended up around trees, ended up upside-down…and, the technology isn’t in the car to cope with the amount of horsepower, really.”
It’s all worth, it, though, as long as this cherished family car lives into the future.
“You look at the car and you don’t think, ‘Oh gee, it looks old’…” he says. “What you see is a piece of history that will never be repeated.”