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2022 ünStock: Sacrilege turns Stardom

SoCal Porsche show highlights modified 911s.

Porsche Carrera rear wheel at Unstock 2022
The 2022 ünStock was a celebration of modified Porsches, primarily air-cooled 911s. © 2022 Rex McAfee

Stock or UnStock?

Southern California’s air-cooled Porsche culture is undoubtedly home to faithful enthusiasts who believe Porsche’s legendary sports car, the 911, is the ultimate canvas to build the “perfect” sports car. While too much ego in customizing can lead to an ugly duck (and bankruptcy), novel and tasteful modifications have often resulted in stardom on Instagram and front cover magazine shots; does life get any better? That answer for most 911 hot-rod owners is No, and this year’s ünStock (pronounced ooooon-stock), now in its second year, is proof.

RUF “Yellow Bird” 911 Turbo
This is the original RUF “Yellow Bird” 911 Turbo, which claimed victory in Road & Track magazine’s Exotic Car top-speed shootout. © 2022 Rex McAfee
Porsche 917
The “Element of Surprise” broadsided me when I accidentally discovered this authentic 917 on display in one of the rooms at West Coast Customs. © 2022 Rex McAfee

Held in Burbank, CA, at West Coast Customs, the display of approximately 125 cars on the blocked-off street was just the right size for the participants on hand. The skies were clear, and temperatures hovered around 70 degrees, perfect for spectators and air-cooled Porsches.

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