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The Legendary Porsche 911, Remastered

It made a huge impression on me

ROB DICKINSON, 49, recalls the first time he saw a Porsche 911. His family was motoring up the highway toward Béziers, during their annual vacation in France’s Languedoc region, when his father, something of a car buff, told Rob and his brother to look out the back window. “There’s a car approaching,” he said. “That’s called a Porsche 911.”

Five-year-old Rob leaped up on the back seat and gazed at the metallic green Targa screaming up the inside lane. “It made a huge impression on me,” Dickinson says, “the sense that the 911 has two characters, this bright, smiley, happy fat front face and this angry rear end which goes hand in hand with the raspy sound of the thing.”

That madeleine moment, an anthropomorphic first glimpse of the 911 as a living, breathing animal, triggered a lifetime spent adoring, owning and dreaming about the car. Every childhood birthday he asked his father, a [...]

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