Nostalgic Wednesdays: Porsche 930 Gemballa Avalanche

Got to love the 80′s. If there are words to describe the 80′s modified super-car scene; it’d be the massive side strakes, super-wide body kits, and BBS or Ronal mesh wheels. While I was transferring some of my car pictures from my laptop to my external HD, I found an interesting “slant nose” Porsche  930 modified by Gemballa. The 930 Gemballa Avalanche had a the wide-body, side strakes and crazy deep BBS meshies; just by the looks, you can definitely say this car was from the 80′s.

Even though the car was mainly built for looks, the engine was tuned by Alois RUF giving it an extra boost bumping base 300hp to 375hp. There are many interesting details about this Avalanche that are worth sharing. The door handles are shaved, and relocated under the door bulge. Every Avalanche built are not alike, either it had a different front end, interior  or upgraded sound system.

There were 2 generations of the 930 Avalanche; one had a regular side-view mirror, and the second had the rear-view side cameras, making it one of the first production cars to use this technology.

Being a ricer that I am, I love massive rear spoilers (when done right lol); LTW E36 M3, Subaru WRX STI, Lancer EVO, Porsche GT3, Mugen Civic and this Gemballa Avalanche is one. Notice the quality of work and time put into designing this extra piece of gargantuan aero; Love it.

These cars are very rare now. Only 13 were built in a span of 8 years which would probably found hidden around the world by now. Finding one in pristine condition would most probably range from $500k- $1M+. Ever wondered if there were a couple imported to the US?

YES.

Back in early-mid 80′s, a pearl white 930 Gemballa Avalanche complete with the rear view cameras was imported to the US. Brand new, the car was priced around $250,000 without the rear-view camera option so it was pretty pricey unless you were an NBA Player or a pop-singer. The Specially RUF tuned twin-turbo Gemballa Avalanche was delivered to a guy named Robert Matthew Van Winkle also known as “Vanilla Ice”; and of course immortalized in his music…

“Get loose as I boost the juice
Once more for the people who wanted it
And didn’t know what’s in store, I’ve got another big hit
Of course a Vanilla rides the groove like a Gemballa Porsche

“Get Loose” -Vanilla Ice

LOL! YES, the 80′s.

Mark
-mark@maydaygarage-

Event Coverage: Baltimore Grand Prix 2012 as told in pictures.

Last year, I attended the inaugural Baltimore Grand Prix in Baltimore, MD. It was my first time visiting Maryland, and one year later, here I am on the East coast. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to attend this year’s event in Downtown Baltimore, but I did get the chance to recruit a good friend and fellow blogger/photographer, Christopher Drinkuth of Primo-Lifestyle, a blog dedicated to things going on around Virginia and primarily focuses on the Euro tuning world. Thankfully, Chris isn’t such a bad shot, and the following photos are all Chris.

I don’t like making blog entries on an event I was not present at, so instead, we’ll let Chris’ photos do the storytelling.

The Flying Lizard 911 escapes the others

This race queen was packing the heat

Racing Porsches are quite beautiful

When you see it...

You'd make the same face too if you were him.

The new SRT Viper awaits orders like a good soldier

Not all domestic cars are built equally.

There were plenty of car clubs in attendance

Ass, ass, ass, ass, ass ass is ass ass ass

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TX2K12: The Fucking Catalina Wine Mixer.

You thought we were kidding about Mayday Danny’s new whip?
Check it out this weekend during TX2K12! Here’s a rolling shot our photographer Khiem snagged earlier today on the way to TX2K12!

Click on this image to get the Max Res (5574 x 3716) version!

–David–
David@maydaygarage.com

HOLY SHIT. MAYDAYGARAGE IS BUILDING A RAUH WELT 993!

Secrets don’t make friends.

The only picture we ever leaked of our "intentions", Danny and Haas removing the motor from the 993

That box costs more than the damn car.

We now know that dreams are made of fiberglass.

Oh so you're a fan of dish? We've got you covered.

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Mind. Blown. Jorge’s Crazy Sick and Lightning Quick TechArt GT Street RS 911 GT2RS

Yeah, that’s a lot of adjectives and one super lengthy name for a car. If it were entirely up to me (which, let’s not kid ourselves, it is, but we have a lot of readers with short attention spans), I would have described it with no less than 15 different adjectives, because even then, it wouldn’t be enough to properly describe Jorge M’s fantastic TechArt GT Street RS 911 GT2RS.

Two words come to mind. What was it again? Oh yeah, "Holy Shit."

Jorge didn't really feel comfortable trusting a valet with his car, so he parked it the best way he knew how. Like a BOSS.

Admit it. You want it.


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Max Res Mondays: Working class.

We typically don’t post a wallpaper when we haven’t even put up the feature, but here’s a nifty picture I snapped off while our own Danny Barber was working with Haas Fogle at an undisclosed location/garage on a really cool Porsche 993 911. Old school meets new school. Keep your eyes peeled for a Mayday Life post by our own Danny Barber soon.

–David–
David@maydaygarage.com