SCREEN DREAMS Let­ter of the month win­ner

Wheels (Australia) - - Inbox - James Ryan, Du­ral NSW

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.

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