Don't worry, neither had I. I first saw the term on Twitter where my mind immediately equated "speedster" with Porsche (the iconic 356 Speedster that is). While I had no idea what I was going to find, I knew I had to follow the link and get to the bottom of it. Here's what I found...
Hmmm. Okay, now I get why it's called the "emerging" Speedster, but what the heck is it? More importantly, why?
My answer to "what the heck is it?" came a few days later in the mail with the receipt of my Griot's Garage catalog. It turns out that the "Emerging" Speedster was just one of two Porsche Speedsters featured on the Griot's cover (shown above). The first is a 1958, Ruby Red over black leather example (loaned out by a loyal customer for the cover shoot). The second Speedster, however, is something completely different.
Built by Intermeccanica, the "Emerging" Speedster is a 3/4 shell designed specifically for Griot's and this application. While it is a "shell", the exterior of the car is mostly complete and finished in Griot's Red. The interior, on the other hand, is more of a skeleton (it is buried in the ground after-all). However, it does incorporate a steering wheel, working horn and headlights (both the horn and headlights can be controlled from inside the Griot's Store).
Now for the Why
You see, Richard Griot (founder of Griot's Garage) is a Porsche fan. Even better, it seem the entire company is made up of car lovers (of all makes). However, a good number of them hold a special place in their hearts for our favorite marque, Porsche. How do I know?
- The car featured on the very first Griot's Garage catalog was a 1972 Porsche 911S
- If you were to visit their flagship store, you would find not only the "Emerging" Speedster, but another Porsche Speedster on the roof of their showroom.
- The Griot's showroom includes a collection of cars including a 1984 Porsche 962 C Werks car
- One of their demonstration cars, which anyone can use the Griot’s Garage machine orbital polish and wax system on, is a Porsche Cayenne GTS
- Their blog currently features a restoration series on a 1973 Porsche 911S
- If all that wasn't enough, check out the this garage!
The best part about all of this is yet to come. After that initial contact on Twitter, we're now working directly with Griot's Garage. In fact, we should be getting some of their product(s) soon to review. We're particularly looking forward to reviewing their Ultimate Machine Polish and Wax Kit. We've seen these advertised for ever and always wondered if they are as easy and as good as they say.
We're also hoping to put together some contest and special discounts. We'll announce those as they come available. Lastly, let us know if there are any Griot's products you're interested in and we'll see if we can't get some to review for you.
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