Lisa Taylor likes to entice consanguine spirits who share a passion for Porsche to her plantation in Yorba Linda, only around a dilemma from Disneyland. Three hundred guest recently showed adult in their favorite models, including vast 911s and a few ancestral Porsche diesel tractors as well. Lisa fast fetched her possess 1956 tractor from a barn, and a outstanding competition underneath 20 kmh ensued. “That was good fun! we simply adore this 1956 primer transmission,” says Lisa Taylor with a robust laugh.
Lisa Taylor loves aged primer transmissions, Porsche, and clear colors, if we please: “The paint has to compare a impression of a model.” A chubby sports automobile in a shy gray? Not in a million years would such a thing find a approach into her “barnage,” as she calls her repurposed stable. Where rows of gleamingly discriminating Porsche gems in Star Ruby, Maritime Blue, and Racing Yellow now stand, noble purebreds once awaited their subsequent race. Taylor bought her initial horse, named Lawai, in Hawaii in 2002 and had it flown to California. Her estate is named for it: Flying L Ranch. For several years she ran a successful timber farm, though after a roving collision in that she pennyless an arm and hip, Taylor bade farewell to a universe of equine racing. “I traded in my horses for Porsches—it’s safer,” she says with a grin.
Today, Taylor indulges her passion for speed in autocross races and as a approved Porsche pushing instructor, among other amusements. It therefore comes as no warn to find a brood of manly RS and Turbo models in her garage. A vast Porsche design adorns a white wooden walls; subsequent to it hang framed mementos of automobile handovers and a print of Patrick Long’s Luftgekühlt Porsche entertainment in Los Angeles. Spinning roof fans simulate in a shining bodies of a decorated cars, including a gem of Lisa Taylor’s collection: a 911 GT3 RS in Star Ruby, indication year 2016. The strange Porsche tone was introduced in a 1990s with a 964 Carrera RS. Back then, a vibrant, pink-hued paint was partial of a customary repertoire; currently it’s partial of a Porsche Paint-to-Sample module and an comprehensive monument that Taylor waited a year and a half to get her hands on. On a day a GT3 RS rolled off a truck, an familiarity done her an offer that exceeded a tangible squeeze cost by an eye-popping $100,000. Taylor declined. Rubi, as she lovingly calls her super sports car, is not for sale.
“Rubi is not for sale!”
Back in a day, she says, she used to grin over people who gave their cars names, though currently she does it herself. There are really unsentimental reasons for it. When Lisa and partner Tom are deliberation that automobile they should expostulate next, simply observant “let’s take a Porsche today” doesn’t do a trick. There are only too many of them for that. So any nickname is also a play on a sold model’s color. The 911 GT2 RS in Voodoo Blue is called Vudi; a Maritime Blue GT3 goes by Mari; a 2019 GT3 RS indication in Racing Yellow is Bumble Bee; and her 911 Turbo S in Amethyst Metallic bears a moniker Ame. Taylor has quite good memories with that one. “We picked it adult during a plant in Leipzig and afterwards zipped true down a autobahn to a Nürburgring,” gushes Taylor. Where she soon bolted Ame by a “Green Hell” during adult to 260 kmh. Taking a new automobile true to a hardest of all racetracks? “It all incited out well,” says Taylor as she caresses a car’s deep-violet roof.
Lisa Taylor can’t accurately contend where her adore of splendid paint jobs comes from. She’s some-more of an extrovert, always wanting to be a bit opposite than a others, she says. Which competence explain since she bought a relating Porsche Design purse for one or another of her sports cars. Above all, it’s all about a fun of driving. Taylor is gay by a thumbs-up, a oohs and aahs she registers as she swishes by a streets of Los Angeles in her Porsche. Even as a teenager, she had a soothing mark for unusual cars.
“With Vudi we indeed took partial in a prolonged rally.”
Together with her father, Charles Taylor, a Ferrari fan who owned a Testarossa No. 1, among others, she built her initial car: a splendid yellow Aztec pack automobile formed on a Volkswagen chassis, with Lamborghini seats and gull-wing doors. She was so spooky with operative on a automobile that a boys who asked her out on dates didn’t mount a chance. “My father frequently threw his hands adult over his conduct and muttered: ‘I’ve combined a monster,’” she recalls. Even as a immature kid, she was penetrating to assistance her father in a garage. She complicated business administration and assimilated a family business. Today she works alongside her dual siblings Brent and Sheri as clamp boss of Tayco Engineering, an aerospace association founded by her father in 1970.
Like him, Lisa Taylor was prolonged a Ferrari, McLaren, and Mazda fan, though ever given she initial sat behind a circle of a 911 Carrera Targa in 1981, she has referred to herself as “Porsche Girl.” “I was so tender by a doing and a energy that we sole my Mazda RX-7 a really subsequent day and bought a 911 Targa in Guards Red,” she says, looking back. Many some-more Porsche models would follow. Unlike many collectors, she’s quite meddlesome in a latest creations entrance out of Zuffenhausen. In 2018 alone, she took possession of 3 new vehicles during a Porsche Experience Center in Los Angeles within a six-month period. In this regard, a patron smoothness numbers indifferent there played a pivotal role. Taylor’s GT3 in Maritime Blue with a smoothness series 15 was followed by a Macan Turbo in Carmine Red with a series 92. And since 15 and 92 equals 107, her sequence of a GT2 RS in Voodoo Blue positively had to have a smoothness series 107. So Lisa called Porsche and asked either that series was still available.
It incited out that that series had already been taken by a automobile indifferent for actor Will Smith. But there’s no denying a wishes of such a constant patron as Lisa, so currently a earlier Prince of Bel Air drives around Los Angeles with a opposite smoothness number. Comedian and Porsche gourmet Jerry Seinfeld has also encountered Lisa’s fearless persistence. When he didn’t wish to sell her his china Cayenne Turbo, built in 2004, she wrote a check for a full cost and waved it around in front of a write handset while articulate to Seinfeld. “I said: ‘Listen, Jerry, here’s a money. Your Cayenne will be in good hands, we promise.’” Seinfeld gave in.
Notwithstanding her definite debility for any new era of Porsches, Lisa Taylor also appreciates a classics. She owns a 911 Carrera RS 2.7 in Oslo Blue, indication year 1973, that she entered in a Steve McQueen Rally. This automobile was Taylor’s sheet to a famously resourceful R Gruppe. It took 10 years for her to benefit admission—yet another covenant to her perseverance. Today she’s one of a few women members among over 3 hundred group in this radical Porsche club.
Three new Porsches in 6 months.
The accurate series of Porsches in her collection is Lisa Taylor’s closely rhythmical secret. “Not even my relatives know a accurate number,” she says. The collection is changing and expanding all a time. The subsequent additions will be a new 911 Speedster and, a sold highlight, a Taycan Turbo S. “That will be a genuine transition for me, pushing a Porsche like a Taycan, that is so still and nonetheless so absolute during a same time,” she says. Lisa doesn’t wish to give divided a tone of a entirely electric sports car, though she will contend this: “An superb automobile naturally requires an superb color.” And who improved to decider that than Lisa Taylor.
The fifty-eight-year-old Californian’s passion for Porsche was lighted in 1981, when she sat behind a circle of a 911 for a initial time. Today, Taylor owns many Porsches—the accurate series of that she keeps to herself. At a Christophorus print event during her plantation she presented a good dozen. Taylor’s passion for Porsche is also reflected in her 3 Bernese towering dogs: dual of her four-legged friends go by a names Turbo (left) and Targa (front). The third is called simply Koabear.
Text initial published in a Porsche patron repository Christophorus, No. 393.