Former Porsche Speedster Race Car Now Cruises San Diego Hills
Owner: Jon Warshawsky
Location: San Diego, California, USA
Year, Make, and Model: 1956 Porsche 356 Speedster
Photographer: Robb Williamson and Jon Warshawsky
Jon Warshawsky's Speedster was raced from its beginning, back in the late 1950s. It was driven to a 1963 SCCA Central Division E-Production championship and set a lap speed record for its class at Waterford Hills track in Michigan (one photo below was given to Jon by 356 guru Vic Skirmants, who crewed for the car back in 1964). Jon loves the fact that this 356 is not only a sports car in name but in life as well, because he always feels like he's driving a slice of motorsports history.
Another interesting aspect of the car that Jon enjoys is that every bit on the car is an aesthetic treat as they were originally designed: the seats are beautiful on their own, the gauges are jewel-like, the windscreen frame is a sculpture in its own right, the wheels disappear into the body which appears almost space-like, and the stock steering wheel from 1956 is vintage elegance. People who couldn’t care less about cars (including people born decades after the Speedsters were made) get caught up in the details and the simplicity. Jon feels the car is like a work of art created with a perfect economy of brushstrokes.