The name Porsche serves clichés outside the community. Many associate the Porsche 911 with a particular income bracket or occupational group. Being able to afford a Porsche 911 at a young age seems completely unrealistic to many people. But especially in the vintage Porsche scene, that is, in the old, air-cooled cars of the Seventies and Eighties, an ever younger scene of enthusiasts is developing. We love it when young people get excited about cars that were seen on the streets long before they were born. Trevor Dalton is one of them. He has fulfilled his dream of Porsche at a very young age. We talked to him and let us tell his story.
Hey Trevor! Thanks for having you for this Elferspot-interview. We discovered you and your car on Instagram. You share the passion for Porsche with us. A simple question at the beginning. Who are you and where are you from?
Hey there! My name is Trevor Dalton, I’m 24 years old, originally from Connecticut, now living in Los Angeles.
Your website says, you have a background in fine art & video production with a strong interest in both film photography and all things automotive. Please tell us more about that.
Sure, I spent 4 ½ years at two different universities studying both Fine Art and Film Production. Through my time in university I discovered a lot of artists and filmmakers whose work I really love and that have a lot of influence on work I make and want to make. As far as film photography and my interest in cars, those things have been interests of mine since I was a kid. It made perfect sense that I would at some point combine the two!
Obviously you have a great passion for Porsche. How did that happen?
It’s funny, I grew up in a family with a love for American muscle cars. So Porsches were an unusual sight for me when I was young. However, I do remember playing quite a bit of the Porsche only Need for Speed game as a kid. I think that game left me with a soft spot for them going forward! It wasn’t until I moved to Los Angeles and was exposed to the wonderful air-cooled community out here that my passion grew and I knew I had to find one.
It’s funny, I grew up in a family with a love for American muscle cars. So Porsches were an unusual sight for me when I was young. Trevor Dalton
You are driving a very nice Porsche 911 SC. Why did you choose this Porsche?
The color. It popped up in my email one morning and after seeing that unusual Tobacco metallic on the car I knew that was the one for me.
You are still very young. Was it hard for you to finance your dream of a Porsche? Would you give us some insight how you realized your dream?
Yes, my Porsche is much older than me. (laughs). It is difficult for young enthusiasts wanting to get into the air-cooled club. Prices are not what they were 10 years ago, even 5 years ago. My advice to other young people wanting to buy a vintage Porsche: Do your research, be patient, buy within your budget. Your car is out there. Finally don’t test drive one until you’re ready to buy… It’ll just make the wait so much harder.
It is difficult for young enthusiasts wanting to get into the air-cooled club. Prices are not what they were 10 years ago, even 5 years ago.
We love the 911 SC and think it’s a bit underrated. Do you share this opinion with us?
Yes! The SC is a wonderful 911. I am glad that it is not rated as high and therefore the entry prices are still relatively low. But you get everything you need as an enthusiast from the 911SC.
How often do you use your 911?
Everyday! It is my daily driver.
It is my daily driver.
If you did not have to pay attention to the money. Which Porsche 911 would you choose?
That’s a tough question. Do RUF’s count? The RUF Yellowbird would be my first purchase.
You are a talented photographer as well. How often do you have time for your passion and what are your main motives?
Thank you! I try to leave time on the weekends for what I like to do most. So mostly car shows and photo shoots! As far as motives, I suppose creating a body of work that I’m overall satisfied with is the main goal. I would also love to make a career out of my photography, thankfully there is still a lot of time to do that!
Many thanks, Trevor. It was a pleasure speaking to you.
You as well. Thank you!