Memory Lane: Porsche Magazine Covers #5

This is the last of the “make use of the crap you’ve dragged around with you for years” series. If you want to see the first four, you can check them out here: Memory Lane #1, Memory Lane #2, Memory Lane #3 and Memory Lane #4. My all-time favorite is still #2.

This week is another issue of Excellence magazine. It’s the December 1989 issue. I, like many people I’m sure, fell in love with the Speedster when the replica appeared in the movie Top Gun. Up to that point, I’d never really been that into old/classic cars, but seeing Charlotte ‘Charlie’ Blackwood (Kelly McGillis) blast around in that beauty…whew! Still gets my heart racing a bit.

Needless to say, I developed this fascination for the 356 and specifically the Speedster. So when Porsche decided to release the 911 Speedster variant in 1989, that went on my list of must-have cars at some point in my life. Although the changes weren’t huge, with only 2100 produced and the Speedster name on the Porsche model I already loved, you can see my instant love affair.

Back to the magazine cover. I’m always a sucker for the old and new sitting side by side. The white 356 on the cover the with 911 Speedster in the background is pretty amazing to me.

Some articles from this issue:

  • Coverage of the Great Lakes ’89 Meetup
  • The 34th Porsche Parade Autocross
  • 16,000 Porsches In Paradise – A Porsche model collection
  • The 917K Twenty Years Later


  1. Ryan,

    Cool idea for a series of posts. I keep all my old Excellence and Panorama mags and have done so for years. I’ll have to go back and check to see how far back they go… 🙂

  2. Philip W. Gaines Jr. says

    When you see your first one, you look for the more of them, When you have experienced one, you must have one!
    When you finally get 1, you must have another one! Just another one thats more than just an enthusiast.

  3. If you’re into the older style cars (porsches) you’ve got some beauties. It’s amazing how things stick around, especially magazines. It appears you recieved several of this before i was even concieved… Impressive Sir.

  4. Porsches in ivory and Porsches in black, My two favorite colors and a speedster wearing one of them , Nice!

  5. Catharine R says

    I love the older Porsche models. Brings back great memories.

  6. mitchell says

    wow, those are some classics there. it would be cool to drive one today, and to also pit one against something newer, just to compare performance..