Classic Porsche - - Contents - Keith Seume

I have to con­fess to be­ing some­body with lit­tle pa­tience when it comes to pro­jects. Over the past 40+ years, I have built (or been in­volved with the build­ing of) sev­eral project cars, from drag race VWS to my cur­rent Porsche. Most took no longer than a year to com­plete, the ex­cep­tion be­ing El Chu­cho, my ‘912/6’, which took more than four years to reach fruition.

For me, that seemed like an eter­nity and I ad­mit there were times when I felt like walk­ing away from ev­ery­thing. Surely noth­ing could be worth that amount of ef­fort?

So how on earth did Ralph White­head keep his spir­its up while build­ing his won­der­ful hot-rod 911 (above)? My project’s four-year times­pan was noth­ing in com­par­i­son – Ralph’s re­build took two decades from start to fin­ish! OK, so life and a new fam­ily brought things to a halt on more than one oc­ca­sion, but he never gave up and stuck rigidly to his plan to build a car quite un­like any other.

And now it’s fin­ished, Ralph plans to en­joy it to the full – his jour­ney may have been long but what a des­ti­na­tion! His tenac­ity should serve as in­spi­ra­tion to all of us who feel like throw­ing in the towel when the win­ter nights draw in and the tem­per­a­ture in the garage be­gins to fall.

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