Red Room, Black Sheep At Ultimate Dubs

Every now and then I’ll shoot a car not because it’s technically impressive, but because it’s just so f**king cool. 

Dan Birkinshaw’s Zeemax Porsche 911 is exactly that. So much so that I’m sure I broke the sound barrier running after it in the halls of Ultimate Dubs 2023, hastily adjusting my camera settings on the move.

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When I first saw it on the setup night, it was ‘just’ an all-black 911 with big hips and an even bigger attitude. I managed to take a couple of photos before it drove into the next hall, and decided to save more for the show itself on Sunday.

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The flachbau or ‘flat nose’ mark this 1977 example out as more than ‘just another 911′, if that even exists in this day and age. Add to that the LED ‘lazy’ eye pop-up lights, 18×10.5-inch and 18×12-inch ETA Beta split rims shod in Nankang NS2R rubber and exposed sills, and the menace this car exudes is biblical.

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The stance certainly helps, with the 911 being dropped on Bilstein coilovers and uprated torsion bars.

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Even the interior has a serious tone to it. Not only is all black too, but it features a few understated choices such as the Momo MOD7 steering wheel, brand new carpets and a little black and white shift knob. We can’t forget the classic Porsche ‘tombstone’ seats either.

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The ’70s were a strange era for automotive design, and I feel this is represented better in period-correctly-modified Porsches than any other car. After all, the ‘G-body’ 911 is a car whose curvaceous base design can be traced back to the early ’60s.

Tuning houses such as Zeemax were hell-bent on taking existing models and making them look as though they came from the future. Just look at the contrast between the Zeemax door mirrors and the Porsche ducktail spoiler. The mirrors look like the tool you’d use to carve the spoiler out of a fallen tree.

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Yet the gargantuan wheels and Zeemax parts (or lack thereof) are not the most attention grabbing part of Dan’s Porsche.

No, that would be the mass of bright white doodles practically jumping off the Porsche’s gloss black paint. Part of me wanted there to be a deep symbolism behind the sketches, but I prefer the actual reason they exist.

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Dan had stored the Zeemax at his mate’s unit whilst undergoing some work and preparing items for the next stage in the car’s build. This was a fully-converted Zeemax car when purchased by Dan: blocky side skirts, questionably fitting wheels and double-tier rear wing included.

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Unfortunately, the unit’s roof sprung a leak, and the 911’s rear quarter was exposed to a significant amount of contaminated water for a prolonged period of time. Old paint and a steady stream of dirty water simply led to the paint on the kit blistering, right before Ultimate Dubs.

The solution? Grab a white marker and go to town the night before the show. Why not? After all, the panel requires a repair and paint, so a few doodles won’t do any more harm.

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As much as I could go in depth about the 2.7L magnesium crank case race motor, stainless exhaust and billet engine covers, I won’t. Not yet at least…

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Dan has a long way to go with this build, and having outlined his to-do list I’m certain I’ll be doing a proper feature on the 911 once it’s complete.

I’ll leave you with a simple thought: If this were ‘just another’ nicely modified Porsche 911, I might have not even noticed it on the day. Take things less seriously sometimes and have some fun. You might just enjoy the results.

Mario Christou
Instagram: mcwpn



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Ummm wut. It was cool and the gang until the basic b attention "doodles".

"Don't take it seriously"? Try not taking faking it so seriously and have some style. It's like it was built by someone with passion, and either a new crypto-lotto winner bought it just to trash it or schizophrenia hit. At least if it were parked on the bad side of town it would be technically patina but this? Is a sad preemie "my first tattoo" trying to call the wrong attention. I'm sure Epstein's ghost is drooling over this one...


I’m quite sure you’re the child here, both in age and maturation. So sorry the gentleman who actually owns this car decided this was what he wanted…while committing himself to not only attending but staying committed to solving the issue at hand afterwards.

Do it well, with style, yet here you are. Salty because someone decided to make the best of the situation and show the car. Not only doing it his way, but showing the rest of you that most every perfect results comes from a less than perfect starting point. That, and, above your style, which no doubt is nothing actually of your own, the goal for many at such events is to have FUN, and not take yourself so seriously.

We will all be on the lookout for your perfectly executed project.

Senator Chinchilla

I agree actually.... really no reason to cover the thing in profanities.


You sound fun.

Your lack of reading comprehension is outpaced only by your sense of self importance. Not easily achieved, so cheers.


RMode, it's hilarious how hard you're trying to justify something that's plainly and simply lazy, unimaginative and in bad taste. I get it, the car wasn't show-worthy on time and instead of cancelling they wanted to have fun with it. In your head, that calls for pen1ses and all the other idiotic stuff on there? Make those doodles cool and creative or just don't bother, fix the car and go to the next show. Not even sure what is less worthy of being promoted here: plastic "roll cages" or d1ck drawings on cars.


I’m not justifying a thing, as it’s neither my car, nor my event. Obviously those individuals were both fine with it, and as an adult, they do not need nor require permission from anyone. Sorry you’re all so easily offended.

Again, I’m sure we are all mine up in awe at your cars


*line up^

Have an enema, and enjoy your day


You're the one offended by the simple fact of life that people have an opinion different to yours, buddy. Did you think this comment section was your safe space where everyone just pats you on the back? The rest of us aren't "offended" and no one said anything about a "permission". We're merely shaking our heads at the idiocy and laziness on display. Keep celebrating mediocrity, pal, I don't care. Just don't expect the rest of the world to.


I’m sure when you’re given such a canvas, or the means to acquire, you will wow us all.


I'm not sure what makes you funnier, little man. The fact you think the way to acquire things is to be "given" them, that you think it's hard or rare to afford a 911 or that you have your panties in a twist over an opinion on the internet :) I hope you remember to never criticise a movie, no matter how bad it is, until you're the next Denis Villeneuve going by that 10 year old child's logic of yours.


Nah, kid, see... Blistering of paint is actually revered and sealed in certain less pretentious circles of car enthusiasm. Rat rods will be a good fun search for you, let alone "sharpie artists". IDK what self importance has anything to do with anything, but certainly a trip to a solid tattoo parlor has a lot for you to learn about "doodles", wasting time, and looking like a moron when there are actual artists out there that can doodle very well.

If you do anything, don't hesitate to do a good job, with style, especially if you are presenting in a SHOW.

SHOW UP or stay home. There's always next year, or even the next show if you can't figure it out in time. A pen1s and some pac man on a 911 is like spray painting a city's legendary tree or sculpture, when there's a perfectly blank wall at your house to practice on, much more some well deserving politicians' dirty money homes to draw crap on. Respect can have several levels, but being a destructive punk just makes anyone less than zero.


You are using a profuse amount of words to say absolutely nothing.


R u a bot lol


He gave a valid explanation for the doodles on the fender, I’m not sure what you misunderstood..


Where can I find this "valid explanation" for d1ck pics on a show


comment got cut... Where can I find this "valid explanation" for d1ck pics on a show car? On the other hand, do you have a "valid explanation" for getting offended by someone's perfectly valid criticism? Is this your boyfriend's car or something? Is it mandatory to just pat everyone on the back in the comments and pretend everyone likes everything?


Brother, I’m not offended. In fact, you’re clearly offended by cartoonish profanities on car. The explanation for the doodles, again, is in the article. And while it may not be mandatory to like everything, I happen to. Disliking is fine, however a baseless accusation for something that doesn’t even take itself seriously, let alone the seriousness of the situation itself, is in my eyes not okay. That’s just hate. Additionally, you’re not even the author of the original comment I replied to, I’m not sure why you decided he couldn’t stand up for himself. I’m done here, topic is stupid enough, it’s dumber to continue to banter. Good day


I gave a valid perspective on why this bad choice would ruin anything. Blistered paint is part of the car's story, and can be embraced with some style at a car show. Nuff said there, although why any of you took offense to a criticism just shows all it needs to show. Carry on and cheers or whatever lol


That 911 is mean. It’s pretty much perfect; reserved but still stands out in every way it needs to. Hope that fender gets fixed up soon


Man this Porsche absolutely rocks!
Such a sharp looking car



out of all the cars, this certainly is one of them.

this show truly seems terrible.






Oops, it happened again. I hope this version suits those previously upset by big cartoon willies.