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You can just see the big brakes behind the black-painted cross-spokes of the wheels. The front discs and calipers are the big reds from the 993 Turbo, with 930 rear discs clamped by 930 Turbo front calipers to help maintain the correct front-rear brake balance.

While Dave was building up the engine and gearbox, the bodyshell was sent over to Axiom Motorsports in Inglewood to undergo its own renaissance with a makeover inspired by several later Porsche models.

Starting at the nose, the car lost its impact bumpers in favor of a factory 965 Turbo bumper fitted with TRE’s GT2-style lower valence/spoiler and integrated brake duct/spot lamp kit. The side sill panels are a mix of 996 GT3 and 965 Turbo, and 965 Turbo rear lights, center reflector and door mirrors were fitted to complete the updated factory look. The rear quarter panel intake scoops grafted into the metalwork of the rear arches are not there for show. They feed cooling air to the extra air-con condenser on the driver’s side and to the oil tank on the passenger’s side.

Under the shadow of Getty Design’s 993 Turbo S-style rear spoiler, the center section of the 965 Turbo rear bumper was modified to incorporate a bespoke mesh grille with GT1-inspired outlets for the two big polished exhausts—an obvious hint there is a very powerful motor feeding them. Finally, extra heat extraction vents for the engine bay were cut into the sides of the rear bumper.

A complete factory Speedster parts “kit” was sourced from L.A. Dismantlers and installed on the car. This consists of a 1989 Speedster windscreen, ragtop hood with operating mechanism, rear deck hardcover, doors and side windows. A Boxster donated its roll-over bar assembly, suitably modified to fit the 911 chassis and allow operation of the low-profile ragtop.

The gray paintwork was inspired by the 997 GT3 RS 3.8, with red accents on the front and rear spoilers, brake ducts, side air intakes, roll-over hoops, door mirrors and wheel rims.

The interior of the car is just as much a one-off and boasts custom-made door panels with contrasting color stitching in black. Red stitching highlights the shape of the dashboard and steering wheel rim, while the seats were re-contoured and re-trimmed in Can Can Red leather. Other details that enhance the car’s bespoke status are the embroidered Speedster and Turbo lettering on the door cards and the Speedster word embossed into the leather of the steering wheel crash pad.

The instrument gauges were converted to LED lighting and custom-faced by North Hollywood Speedometer, with “Speedster” appearing on the rev counter. A 1000-watt stereo system with a custom subwoofer installation delivers the music when Bobby is not busy listening to the scream of the tuned flat-six.

In 2012, while the car was undergoing final assembly at TRE, Bobby and his family moved to Dubai to pursue new business interests. While the climate there is very pleasant from November to March, it starts to get very hot after that, with temperatures soaring to well over 100 degrees in July and August and high humidity the norm.

To cope with this unfriendly environment, the air conditioning system was uprated with a custom over-sized condenser installed in front of the left rear wheel—the big intercooler unit left no room in the engine bay. High capacity fans blow the freezing air into the cabin.

Bobby is now happily driving his one-off Speedster Turbo around Dubai, and the good news is that it is most unlikely to be stolen there. Apparently, in some parts of the Middle East, when thieves are caught they quite often end up having s hand cut off. Seems drastic, but Bobby likely isn’t going to lose this Speedster.

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  • The oldest four-cylinder 911
  • DeMan Motorsports crosses Cayman and 911
  • Dr. Porsche’s Auto Union Type 22 supercar
  • Have some fun! Run a hill climb!
  • An early Porsche racing hero from Portugal
  • 8,000 miles in a 1965 911
  • Ex-SCCA and Trans-Am 911s
  • From a new player on the performance scene
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