When you meet Magnus Walker you instantly know his passion for the Porsche brand is extremely strong. He walks you around his collection talking about the different models and why they are important to him. Each car has a character, or better yet a soul that is deeply connected to him. Everything Porsche is very scared to him, and that religious experience started when he was a 10 year old boy at the Lincourt Motor Show in England. His father used to bring him to a lot of motoring event but the one that sticks out most in his mind was when he first saw a 1977 930 Turbo. “Growing up in Sheffield you didn’t see Porsches driving around the street”. So he was always up for a trip to Donington park, Cadwell park OR Mallory park when his father wanted to go watch a race. His dream of owning a Porsche never subsided but it had to wait until the time was right. In 1986 Magnus made the trip across the Atlantic to New York. He came to America to work at a summer camp but that adventure turned INTO the road trip of his life. After the job was complete he hopped a Trailways bus to Detroit and then off to Los Angeles.
In 1987 he finally got a drivers license and a 1977 Toyota Corolla. With his first set of wheels came freedom to hit the open road. His entrepreneurial spirit drove him to start a fashion line and he ultimately became successful enough to acquire his dream car. In 1992 he bought his first Porsche and started racking up speeding tickets for his aggressive street AND canyon runs. A few years later he was introduced to John “Otto” Williamson at his shop IN Venice, CA. “John introduced me to the Porsche’s Owners Club and club racing, it wasn’t long after that I was driving my 911T to Willow Springs and learning all the shortcomings of the vehicle”. He worked for years to build a car that he could drive to the track win a race and then drive home. That’s when number 277 was born.
“Growing up in Sheffield you didn’t see Porsches driving around ON the street”. -Magnus Walker
The Ride: 1971 Porsche
911T 277 has a lot of character, patina and soul. Each and every outing IN 277 adds to that character. And that car is his go to car so it gets a lot of drive time to add battle scars in the form of cracks, paint chips and decals. The car started life as a 1971 911T but soon after buying the car he started converting it INTO a ’73 RS replica. Adding fender flares and a duck tail was only the beginning as 4 engines and multiple suspension configurations later he has the car that feels like an extension of him while driving. He doesn’t have plans to restore the car and after 14 years of owning he still never tires of driving it. If it’s going down the street to grab a coffee, a morning blast through the Mulholland canyons, or a race on WIlliow Springs his go to car is 277. “I have multiple driving routes that I like to go on but the one that’s always a challenge is Angeles Crest Highway”.
“I have multiple driving routes that I like to go on but the one that’s always a challenge is Angeles Crest Highway”.
Magnus drives fast but his years of experience on and off the track have given him a certain control that makes piloting number 277 up Angeles Crest highway seem so elegant. The car itself IS loud and uncomfortable but it’s nimble and quick and feel right at home in the long sweeping turns of Angeles Crest Highway. “I like to setup my own mini race course each time I blast up ACH”. He sets goals each time he visits ACH, always setting up better reference points so he can brake later and gas it early. The goal IS for consistency but also to improve upon his previous runs. The elevation changes make the car run different from the bottom to the top so it’s more than remembering certain turns, it’s also about how much throttle you give the car at certain points of the run. At the top of our run we stop at Newcomb’s Ranch for a bite to eat. Newcomb’s IS your standard roadhouse IN the middle of nowhere with a restaurant and bar serving good burgers and cold draft beer. It’s NOT the food that makes Newcomb’s so good it’s the people. The crowd of friendly people outside talking about their run, your car, their bike, etc is amazing. The run down from 5,300 feet is slower than the spirited dart up but it gives us time to take in the scenery. From the alpine mountains in the distance to the dry and rocky cliffs down toward the bottom makes Angeles Crest Highway a favorite southern California drive. “Once you hit the bottom and turn onto the 210 freeway, reality hits you and only thinking about the next run up ACH can fight back the thoughts of work”.“I like to setup my own mini race course each time I blast up ACH”