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DOTS: Sheepish Porsche 911

Last week I spent a couple of days in Berlin. Of course I hoped to spot some nice JDM tin but the most interesting Japanese car I found was a rusty Corolla Liftback AE90. Either the Germans love their own cars so much that they don’t buy anything but Porsche, Mercedes or BMW, or it could have been that the center of Berlin (Charlottenburg and Mitte) are only occupied by the rich and famous.

Personally, given this example found in the street of my hotel, I think it was the latter:
Sheepish 911 (actually a 997)
Sheepish 911 (997 model)

Apparently owning a Porsche 911 (996997 model) is not enough anymore, but also a vanity plate with 911 in it is needed! The plate bleats 911 all over it. Would that have been on purpose? This 996997 isn’t particular a wolf in sheep’s clothing. ;)

DOTS: Ice cold Germans

Last monday I cycled to my work and saw these two ice cold Germans parked on the opposite sides of the street:
Ice cold Germans: Audi TT and Porsche 911
Ice cold Germans: Audi TT and Porsche 911

In one way they are both great German workmanship and could be seen as friends, but on the other hand they are in the same segment and could be seen as rivals. Nevertheless a nice sight!

When I returned from work it had snowed during the day, the two Germans were still parked on the opposite sides of the street so it gave me the opportunity to shoot the same picture again but this time both covered in snow:
Ice cold Germans: Audi TT and Porsche 911
Ice cold Germans: Audi TT and Porsche 911

I know: in the meanwhile the amount of snow fallen in the Netherlands was way more than this, but the next day I found the TT parked somewhere else and the nice duo shot was not possible anymore.

I believe the Porsche is owned by one of the people living on the opposite side of the street (so the Audi side ;) ) and the TT is owned by someone a few blocks away, at least, that’s where I see it parked when I pass it on my way to work. The Porsche is bone stock and the TT is tuned to the full extend and is groundscrapingly low.

BTW: both photos were shot with the Helios 44-2 lens. The second picture “failed” due being taken at 1/4th of a second (so that is 4 on your camera display!) without having anything steady to support the camera except my two legs.

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