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We have a little car show at a local pizza place every other Wednesday from July through September and Pearl has been AWOL for six weeks, so I drove on over last night.  All of the Primo parking spots were already taken 20 minutes after the "opening" so I ended up in the overflow lot between a couple of ex-Marines, one in his '65 Mustang convertible in Poppy and white (and nicely restored it was) and the other, Rich MacKoul and his original '55 Speedster.  This is the now-famous car that I photographed the dash and turned the photo into a dimensioned drawing for Bob Carley/Henry Reisner, as well as Gary Bloom (Flat-Four-Fan) in South Africa and and few (six, at last count) other builders around the World for a two-gauge dash.

So I thought it would be cool to show you all the rest of Rich's car beyond the dash, and maybe even Rich hisself!  So, here you go:

Rich's original 1955 Speedster, 1500 "normal", black interior.  Bone Stock :IMG_0284

Rich noticed that there was a cool reflection of Pearl in his Hubcaps, then said "Hey!  You don't even HAVE hubcaps.  I can't even get a decent picture or MY car from those Fuchs!IMG_0288

Little bit better photo as we were comparing engines (mine was cleaner, but not by much...)  Rich immediately noticed the Magna Spark disti - Hey!  What the hell is THAT?!?!?   I criticized his wimpy little generator ("What's that light, like one headlight?"IMG_0290

And if you've wondered what the owner of an original 1955 Speedster, (a 98 - 100 point car, BTW) looks like.....  Well, if I still had a brother.....IMG_0291

He said that the Cardex said that the car originally came with white sidewalls but he hated them so.......

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Gordon Nichols posted:

We have a little car show at a local pizza place every other Wednesday from July through September and Pearl has been AWOL for six weeks, so I drove on over last night.  All of the Primo parking spots were already taken 20 minutes after the "opening" so I ended up in the overflow lot between a couple of ex-Marines, one in his '65 Mustang convertible in Poppy and white (and nicely restored it was) and the other, Rich MacKoul and his original '55 Speedster.  This is the now-famous car that I photographed the dash and turned the photo into a dimensioned drawing for Bob Carley/Henry Reisner, as well as Gary Bloom (Flat-Four-Fan) in South Africa and and few (six, at last count) other builders around the World for a two-gauge dash.

So I thought it would be cool to show you all the rest of Rich's car beyond the dash, and maybe even Rich hisself!  So, here you go:

Rich's original 1955 Speedster, 1500 "normal", black interior.  Bone Stock :IMG_0284

Rich noticed that there was a cool reflection of Pearl in his Hubcaps, then said "Hey!  You don't even HAVE hubcaps.  I can't even get a decent picture or MY car from those Fuchs!IMG_0288

Little bit better photo as we were comparing engines (mine was cleaner, but not by much...)  Rich immediately noticed the Magna Spark disti - Hey!  What the hell is THAT?!?!?   I criticized his wimpy little generator ("What's that light, like one headlight?"IMG_0290

And if you've wondered what the owner of an original 1955 Speedster, (a 98 - 100 point car, BTW) looks like.....  Well, if I still had a brother.....IMG_0291

He said that the Cardex said that the car originally came with white sidewalls but he hated them so.......

Very neat stuff indeed Gordon to see the real deal. Thanks for showing that. One detail I noticed was the Reutter Coachworks badge on the last photo on the fender just aft of the right wheel well. 

While trying to emulate the real deal badging on my car to some reasonable extent I learned  my badge should be the more triangular Drauz Coachworks variety but  located in the same place as above. There's a spec for distance back from the fender well and up from the rocker panel where the badge should be affixed. My short lived dilemma was that Henry had put a very substantial Intermeccanica badge there so I opted to put my Drauz badge on the left ( wrong ) side of the car. Happily, no one notices / cares. Two keen "experts"  at a similar show here in town argued quietly among themselves whether my car was real or not and finally left unsure. I find it amusing to stand back a bit looking at my car while others comment on it. 

I think MacKoul could be Albert Lee's Brother.   :-)

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Rich drives that car all over New England from Vermont to Maine and down into Connecticut and Rhode Island. IIRC, he also did a Porsche Holiday down in Georgia once, along with well-known long distance driver Bill Collins in his "A" coupe.  I have photos of rich and his Speedster in Saratoga, NY, too.  He is a true believer in "they were made to be "Driven"!

Dave wrote: " I find it amusing to stand back a bit looking at my car while others comment on it. "  

Me, too.  Mine is far less "stock" looking, and that throws some of the people who think they know Porsches.  Rich has great fun pointing to our two cars with spectators and mixing up which is real and which is replica - mine he usually calls "real" just to see if anyone notices (most don't).  His big thing this show (between he and I) was, his rocker panels roll under the car (all the pre-A's have this) while mine and all of the "A" cars are straight down.  

Hmmmmm.....Didn't Bob Carley get his rocker panels rolled under?

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