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RIP James Dean Porsche 550 RIP by Partywave RIP James Dean Porsche 550 RIP by Partywave
Here's more pics I've taken of Porsches: [link]

DA member spyder007 mentioned living a half hour from where James Dean died so it inspired me to create this collage of James Dean's tragic premature death.

I took the top pics of a Beck recreation / replica of the 1955 Porsche 550 Spyder that James Dean was driving toward the Salinas racetrack (predates current Laguna Seca Raceway). I happened to spot this 550 in Gilroy, CA but it is painted and optioned exactly like James Dean's right down to the 130 number badges and the red angular stripes down the rear fenders and the "Little Bastard" moniker on the tail end.

The center picture / background is the exact intersection where James Dean died. Using the green highway sign to orient yourself to the picture, James Dean was coming from the direction of Bakersfield down the hill from the mountains off in the distance and heading toward this intersection on Hwy 46. There was a heavy full size 1950 Ford coupe coming from the direction of Fresno on Hwy 41. When he reached this intersection with Hwy 46, he turned left right in the path of James Dean's silver-gray Porsche which likely blended in with the color of the highway especially with the glare of the late afternoon sun. So, James Dean T-boned the Ford at highway speed and died on the scene of the accident. Here's a link with more details and pictures if anyone is interested: [link]
:tombstone: RIP
I took the bottom right picture at the James Dean Memorial located near the location of the car accident. It is a polished metal sign affixed to a large old tree in front of a store/restaurant.
I took the bottom left picture at the Griffith Observatory near the mountainside Hollywood sign north of Los Angeles; they have a memorial to James Dean there because that was the set of perhaps his biggest movie "Rebel Without a Cause".
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Deanspyder1955 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014
Perfect picture
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TALONRIDDER Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2010
that is beautiful!!
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Partywave Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2010
Yeah, the 550 design epitomizes rolling artwork B-)
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fuelie Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Luckyluckylucky to go to Griffith Observatory, I obsessively idolize that place but have never been.
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Partywave Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2010
Oh it's awesome, it's a 'must see' whenever you visit L.A. (Another must see is Cars & Coffee in Irvine south of L.A. early morning each Sat :camera: )
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fuelie Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
I'll keep an eye out for it, I'm moving next year.
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Partywave Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2010
Wow, I'm jealous. L.A. is such an exciting place. Have fun but be careful. L.A. has everything in the world (everything great and everything evil, scary, etc).
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fuelie Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Don't worry, I won't be in the inner city. I have friends scattered all over there who know where you go and where you don't.
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