Impressively, it’s been six years since we got together with Magnus Walker to photograph his now-iconic “277,” the 911 with which he has built his name upon. Today, we’re hitting the archives for this month’s Desktop Wallpaper. If you’d like to see more, be sure to click here for the full feature: “Some Cars Go, and Others Stay – Magnus Walker’s 1971 Porsche 911 “277”.
The story began in a barn nestled in the Northern California countryside. Amidst the fervor surrounding Porsches this year, Dorian Valenzuela, of DV Mechanics, uncovered a Porsche 964 that had been parked, unloved for years, and remained undiscovered by the droves of eager Porsche buyers. In a previous life, the 964 was a dedicated track car. It’s interior had been stripped to house a cage, and trackside repairs and modifications left it in a pieced-together state.
Early on a Thursday morning, before the sun had climbed up over the hills that surround downtown Los Angeles, Porsches converged to line the side streets of the Arts District. Outside of Magnus Walker’s shop, between the brick warehouses and graffiti marked walls, the road began to fill with 911s of different eras. The fresh coffee and donuts drew a queue while owners prepared their cars and applied their rally decals.
If you ask Magnus about the whirlwind that has been the last couple of years for him, he’ll tell you that the timeline is marked by very definite moments in time. With moments like the debut of his movie, ‘Urban Outlaw’, and the completion of his STR 02 build, there are specific dates that stand out in his mind as mile markers along the crazy road that he has traveled.
Amongst Porsche fans, there’s no question that the GT2 lineup of cars acts as head of the household for the 911 family (excluding the famed GT1, of course). The GT2 and GT2 RS make for a real man’s Porsche: the most expensive, powerful, and frightening 911 money can buy, meant only for those that embrace punishment behind the wheel of what is widely considered the toughest Porsche to drive.