SCREEN DREAMS Letter of the month winner
I was amused and felt a certain bond with Editor Inwood after reading his Ed Start column (Wheels, June) about how the Porsche showroom at Willoughby left an “ineradicable mark” on him as a young boy.
I too was marked when my father (a working class man from the western suburbs of Sydney) organised a family holiday at the Travel Lodge at Bondi Beach.
Following a glorious day in the sun and fighting surf rips, we were taken to the George Street cinemas to see Le Mans with Steve Mcqueen.
I was six years old and I remember being audibly and visually assaulted by those legendary Gulf liveried 917 Porsches as they roared around the spectacular Le Mans circuit.
Now, 47 years later, and after justifying it to my bank, my wife and conscience, I own a pre-loved 997-gen 911: normally aspirated, six-speed manual and that glorious flat-six boxer wail!
Thank you for a great magazine and the 70 years of Porsche edition.
“The June edition subscriber’s cover took me straight back to Le Mans in 1970”
Miles, we think you speak for plenty of readers with your thoughts on the demise of the local car industry, and we share your enthusiasm for what Brabham could represent for Australia, albeit on a tiny scale. Enjoy the next 12 issues of Wheels on us.