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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THERE'S NO MEDICINE FOR REGRET, 1945

Mom, Uncle John, the Porsche and Me

Mom, Uncle John, the Porsche and Me

My mother, Lea, with her brother, John, and his Porsche 912 in front of my parents’ house in the Shore Cliffs development of San Clemente, Calif., in 1969 or 1970. Scanned from the original 126 negative. My father was the photographer and the boy in the tree is yours truly! I have just been given boxes upon boxes of negatives and slides that my mother had kept in a closet for all these years. The prints are small, faded and almost colorless now. I hope to find many treasures in the following months. This is my first submission to Shorpy. View full size.

Porsche 911

John's car looks a lot like my unrestored 1972 911 T except mine is a Targa.
Same "Arrest Me Red" color.

Classic

This is a classic photo. Your dad framed it perfectly, the car and the people are in a natural pose, your mother is beautiful and your uncle cool and you hanging from the tree make this wonderful.

Porsche

..I think that's a 911, not a 912.

As the major difference between the two models was the engine (911 = 6 cylinders, 912=4 cylinders) how can you tell that it's a 911 from this photo?

(Please don't say "because it has alloy wheels". These were readily available as a dealer option on the 912)

911

I think that's a 911, not a 912.

Background details

The Porsche is cool, Mom is cool, Uncle John is cool, but what makes this picture come alive as a slice of life is the kid hanging out of the tree. Your father showed great sense in not yelling at you to get out of the picture.

Little black dress

The lack of comments is surprising. AmericanJarhead's mom is one of the most attractive and stylish to appear on the pages of Shorpy. I go on record as saying she is a hottie. A simple back dress ... wow!

I know Shore Cliffs very well, having spent a lot of time there in the early 90s. Great neighborhood and the ocean views unbeatable -- if your house does not slide onto Pacific Coast Highway.

I'll take

Uncle John if he's still around.

Gimmmmeeee!

Drrroooollll. I want the Porsche!

 
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