Along the Gulfshore


The Story Behind Our May Cover

Sun, sand and a classic Porsche

There's no Photoshop gimmicks for our May cover. That's actually a 1964 Porsche 356 SC Cabriolet overlooking the beach at Lowdermilk Park. Behind the scenes, this took a little finagling to make happen.

Thanks to Jim Hollars and the Evergaldes Region of the Porsche Club of America, we got a pristine machine to photograph. But the challenge came in getting the car out near the beach.

There’s a big catch here—cars aren’t allowed on the beach (so don’t get any ideas). We worked with the city of Naples to get the proper permitting to at least inch our classic car toward an opening in the foliage. The key piece of equipment here is the sheet of plywood you see in the photos below. We had to keep that under the engine (located in the trunk of this particular car) to catch any oil that might drip (which never did). And, so we weren’t literally spinning our tires at the end, we used it as traction to get the car out of the sand afterward.

Take a look at how it happened.

Setting up at Lowdermilk Park

 

Photographer Erik Kellar and his assistant getting ready for one of the shots

 

Model Laken Rominem poses next to the Porsche. We tried several different outfits and positions before settling on the right one for the cover.

 

Another outfit, another angle