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Thread: Getting older, but also faster -- a 5-minute video about my 911

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    Default Getting older, but also faster -- a 5-minute video about my 911

    This is the English-language version of a 5-minute clip made by Auto Bild magazine in Germany. It's about my history with my 911, and also my ongoing obsession with making the car quicker at my home track of Willow Springs International Raceway.

    The clip was made by Dani Heyne and Justin Evidon, and there was some behind-the-scenes drama right from the start. They'd asked to follow along on my early-2014 attempt at getting below a 1:27 lap for the first time -- and a surprise rainstorm threw a wrench into things on the drive up, since I'd removed my wipers that day to (ever-so-slightly) improve the car's aerodynamics. The rain hit hard in the Soledad Pass, and it was really only with the help of their camera car that I was able to get off the freeway at all. Fortunately, the rain didn't last long, and the clouds that came with it made for some really stunning photographs once we got to the track.



    And here are a few pictures they took the day we were shooting at Willow Springs. The wing, splitter and side-skirts all bolt onto the car when I'm at the track, and then come back off for street driving.





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    I really enjoyed that. Thanks for posting.

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    Well done Jack, congratulations on the new PR, but even moreso on the ongoing success of pursuing your passion precisely the way that works for you and loving every minute of it. Many of us (certainly the case for me, and probably the case for plenty of others) can learn a lot from your patience and dedication to this journey.

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    Very nice Jack. Patience is the key to success in obtaining your goals. One of our long time members just built a 914, he is looking to be in the sub 130's in the car at willow.

    Now, can you do a 1:27 with the tires on the roof ?
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    I am really impressed with the quality of this video. Such a fitting tribute to your relentless pursuit of "perfection". And such a great reminder that the joy is in the journey, not the destination. No shortcuts, no compromises . . .

    Perfekt im auto und fahren schnell. (Perfect the car and drive fast).
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    Lovely video. Very fitting and with the perfect story and tone.
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    Thanks, guys!

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    You're very well spoken Jack. That was a great video!
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    Great video and awesome car. I like how you wait until you get to the track to bolt on the aero. Don't see that too often.
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    I watched the video before falling asleep last night and dreamed that Jack sold the car to a forum member for $125,000. Maybe prophetic?

    Cool car and video

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    Very impressive car, video, and driving ability! I'd like to check out your home made aero package sometime. I have been contemplating a splitter & diffuser (or wing) for my car.
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    Yet another fun video Jack. I am Jack Olsen. And this is my legend.
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    thrilled to have lapped Big Willow, Fontana and sow with Jack.
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    That was some spectacular editing.
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    Thanks. Road & Track picked it up today. I'm trying to convince my wife that's cool -- having no luck.

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    Well, tell your wife we all think it's cool. Maybe she'll believe us.

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    Road & Track -- nice . . .

    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Olsen View Post
    Thanks. Road & Track picked it up today. I'm trying to convince my wife that's cool -- having no luck.

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    Great video!!
    I keep using Jacks video's to get my brother inspired to get on track!

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