Originally posted on fueltank.cc
Interview & Photography: Luke Ray
THE RETURN OF THE IMPACT BUMPERS. THIS MILD CUSTOM 911 IS A PERSONAL PROJECT THAT MARKED THE BEGINNING OF A LIFELONG PASSION FOR ARCHITECT HUGH FEGGANS. HUGH'S GOT PLENTY TO SAY ABOUT THIS CAR AND HOW THE PORSCHE APPEAL IS NOW A SOLID PART OF HIS LIFE.
Who are you and what do you do for a living?
Hugh Feggans, father of three, Architect and self-confessed Porsche addict from the Mornington Peninsula, Australia.
Tell us about your first love for cars, right back when you were young. What inspired you?
I’m one of three boys with two older brothers and we all grew up in Tamworth (country New South Wales). Growing up in a country town you had to make your own fun and I developed a strong interest in bicycles. I just loved the escape and freedom my bike provided. I believe this naturally led to an interest in anything on wheels and cars were a natural evolution. The Porsche 911 has always been the yardstick for sports car comparisons and I’ve always loved their uniqueness and non-conformist design philosophy. I’ve also always had a keen interest in design and was probably around 15-16 years old when I watched the ABC program ‘In the Mind of the Architect’. I remember very clearly the image of Barrie Marshall (DCM Architects) driving a black 964 turbo through his then recently completed Melbourne Gateway project, this resonated so strongly with me, a coming together of all my worlds. There was no going back. Funnily enough having moved to Melbourne and finally purchasing a 911, driving through the Gateway was a key part of its initiation.
What was your first car?
I bought my first car at 18 under the guidance of my Dad (conservative voice of wisdom) and it was a demo Proton from the local Tamworth dealer. It was a special moment for me as I had been working for several years and the (relatively new) car meant a lot to me and my sense of freedom. It had some aftermarket wheels on it, rear spoiler, lowered sports suspension but most importantly a sports exhaust that made it at least sound fast. I drove that car everywhere, road tripping throughout the later part of my High School years and finally onto Melbourne where I would start the next chapter of my life. It served me well.
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