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@Robert M posted:

Anywhere a preponderance of silicone body parts congregate. Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Venice Beach, etc etc.

Oh-h-h-h....now I've gotcha. Yeah, Jim does live in that part of CA where "things" really aren't necessarily what they look like. Nowadaze, that could be almost any body part from the front/top to the back/bottom of both cars AND drivers.

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Both my plastic clown cars are badged as if they were the real thing. The one on the right could hardly be farther, mechanically, from what it's aping. The engine's in the wrong end! But it dutifully sports the full compliment of "MG" badges despite having only about 12 or 15 ounces of genuine MG components. So far at least, MG purists have given little trouble, as I am always delighted to tell them exactly what the car is, in as much detail as they'll endure. It's not every day you see an MG TD with a fuel-injected Subaru engine mounted in the back!

And it probably helps that well maintained real-deal TDs change hands for about $15,000. The stakes here are very low, and no one with an interest in '50s British cars can afford not to have a sense of humor. It is for that reason that I also affixed the "Finzio's Sinclair" and "The Last Open Road" stickers to the fake gas tank.

The Spyder you know about. I made it to look as much like 550-0051 as I could—down to the fasteners for the Wendler badges—and so far, even the 911 guys seem to like it fine. I still harbor the hope that those very rare marque experts who encounter it will appreciate the effort I made to replicate the many parts not normally seen on our clown car renditions of the Spyder. Of course they will forever be invisible to most people.

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Now I just need to fix the damn brakes...again.

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@jncspyder posted:

@El Frazoo you are correct sir...in all regards....i was being facetious when i said standard equipment...with mr.john boy...nothing was free...in many different ways...as i recall all my badging was $500 or thereIMG_20200211_105447_111 about....anything saying PORSCHE or with the crest is kinda like H/D (harley davidson)...which stands for "HUNDREDS of DOLLARS"...hair dryer also works....my little key fob was $34.00 & my wooden shift knob was $80.00.....but in my mind...mandatory kit

I’m happy with my new Beck horn button and a SoCal Speedshop shift knob. Had it been up to me, I would have quit at the two Spyder scripts on the fenders but it came with a front and rear emblem and a rear Porsche script. I’d rather have those than the mounting holes.



Part of “the long story” for me is that my early Beck Spyder identifies more with the “plastic car, parts bin special” ethos of the early 60’s-70’s in such cars as turners, lotuses, Meyers, TVR, Ginetta, Elvas, Devins, etc. than it does with anything Porsche.  

Heres a new one on me. 1960 Tornado Thunderbolt. Originally Ford underpinings, Triumph motor, then 105-E Ford then CC Twin Cam just like Turners.
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@Scott S posted:

I was pulled in to a bit of a pickle at a car show a few years back. We trailered in 3 cars. Usually I follow in my truck with all of the other car show crap (cooler, chairs, etc). However, the day was so perfect - low to mid 70's, not a cloud in the sky. So I took the speedster. My car is pretty obnoxious looking (I did the Carrera Panamericana thing). When I pulled up just to park in the lot, they motioned me on to the grass with the other cars. Who am I to complain? This also put me close to the cars I brought in to actually display. Parked, unloaded, and walked 50 yards away. Went back to the speedster about 4 hours later to grab a rag out of the frunk. I could see marks on fender where some had felt the car up to see if it was glass. Rude at a car show, but no big deal. Then I get called out. That's a replica. Yep. it was built in 2006  by Vintage. Couldn't leave it home on day like this. It was a very easy/pleasant conversation. Then the guy says (in the middle of the Porsche section/owners), "your car is beautiful, you would have to be a really stupid pretentious asshole to buy this car (pointing at the real 356 sitting next to mine) - and yours is probably faster. People can be so stupid... more money than brains". The guy in the 911 behind me fires off "Some of us prefer a true Porsche instead of trying to pass off a fake piece of crap".

I had no where to hide. It was horribly uncomfortable.

I simply said that i never misrepresented the car and it appeared this was an issue that the two of them needed to resolve. Then I walked back over to my other cars.

I did see the 911 owner later in the day when he walked by the other cars I had in the show. I said hi. I did not get a response. I don't think it would have mattered if the speedster would have had Chevy Citation badges on it. Just a bad situation all the way around.

It was awful. No more shows for me. I just drive and enjoy.

I’ve won an award at every show I’ve entered the Spyder in. VW shows. I don’t GAF if kids crawl all over it, sit in it, (I always offer) take selfies, either.

That’s the beauty of having a toy that’s not worth a king’s random.

I probably get more compliments from “real Porsche” guys than anyone else.

@IaM-Ray posted:

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I did see the 911 owner later in the day when he walked by the other cars I had in the show. I said hi. I did not get a response. I don't think it would have mattered if the speedster would have had Chevy Citation badges on it. Just a bad situation all the way around.

It was awful. No more shows for me. I just drive and enjoy.   '



I have been there.  Those guys are around everywhere you go, some show you their two decimal place IQ and their lack of upbringing.  Since when does owning a high end car, something you bought,  makes you part of some elite club, or that they are better than the other because they have more money toys etc.  It's the same with degrees, jobs, professions, trades etc.  Not too many people that own cars are kings in real life, maybe only in their own minds.  

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In my experience, it’s guys who bought their cars as status symbols that are the ones that have the problem.

Guys who drive Porsches because they’re real car guys think a cool car is a cool car. And how many of us own “real Porsches,” besides? I sold my 911 when I got my Spyder because I didn’t need 3.  

In related news: I showed my friend who just sold a Porsche tractor bought a Fiberfab Speedster my PCCA sticker and he was generally disdainful and basically pulled the Groucho Marx “I wouldn’t be a member of any club that would have me as a member” line, Until he realized it wasn’t a Porsche Club of America sticker but a spoof Plastic Car Club, then he said he had to have one for his Speedster AND his GTS. He goes through real Porsches faster than I go through underwear.

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Funny story.

I used to park my Spyder at a small remote office in the middle of nowhere, then get in my work truck and go about my day.

One day as I'm walking out to the Spyder to drive home, a 996 goes by. The guy just about locks up his wheels, then backs up. He tells me "that's just a replica" in his best high-falootin-real-Porsche-owner voice. As if I didn't know.

I merely replied "but you stopped, didn't you?". Then I turned and got in, and paid him the heed he deserved: NONE!

Some Porsche owners should change the nameplate to D-O-U-C-H-E.

I think those types of owners are the ones who thought they'd get the attention and kudos that we get in our replicars, only to find their 911, BMW M3, Jag F-Type,etc are pretty much dime a dozen and ignored by the vast majority of people.

Not only that, they can't use all the power on 90% of (UK) roads, so the only way they can show off is by doing traffic light burnouts in town to highlight their loud exhaust and paddle shift gearchange. Sadly, all that achieves is pedestrians thinking 'there goes a guy with a small willy'..

@edsnova posted:

Both my plastic clown cars are badged as if they were the real thing. The one on the right could hardly be farther, mechanically, from what it's aping. The engine's in the wrong end! But it dutifully sports the full compliment of "MG" badges despite having only about 12 or 15 ounces of genuine MG components. So far at least, MG purists have given little trouble, as I am always delighted to tell them exactly what the car is, in as much detail as they'll endure. It's not every day you see an MG TD with a fuel-injected Subaru engine mounted in the back!

And it probably helps that well maintained real-deal TDs change hands for about $15,000. The stakes here are very low, and no one with an interest in '50s British cars can afford not to have a sense of humor. It is for that reason that I also affixed the "Finzio's Sinclair" and "The Last Open Road" stickers to the fake gas tank.

The Spyder you know about. I made it to look as much like 550-0051 as I could—down to the fasteners for the Wendler badges—and so far, even the 911 guys seem to like it fine. I still harbor the hope that those very rare marque experts who encounter it will appreciate the effort I made to replicate the many parts not normally seen on our clown car renditions of the Spyder. Of course they will forever be invisible to most people.

IMG_7398

Now I just need to fix the damn brakes...again.

So glad to see that my dad is not the only one with a "Ping Pong Table Workbench".  LOL

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