Posted May 09, 2019 in Performance-Enhancing Services
Loren Beggs’ passion for cars started at the age of 14, where he fondly remembers walking along Hermosa Beach, California with his father.
“When I was a kid, my dad would take us to Hermosa Beach, and Vasek Polak, a Porsche® dealer, was there. Every time we would go I would walk from my dad’s friend’s house down to the Porsche® dealer and look through the windows — he had race cars interspersed with the new streetcars they were selling there, and it was so cool.”
During his high school years, Beggs worked various odd jobs and a full-time job to afford his very own Porsche® vehicle. Eventually, he was able to save up enough money to buy his first model, a 1970 911 T Porsche®.
Soon after, Beggs became fascinated with the history behind these automobiles and the stories they had to tell. From the sound of their engines to the feel of driving behind the wheel, Beggs knew he not only found a hobby but a life-long passion.
Making a Company
Over the years, Beggs began buying and selling Porsche® vehicles on his own until one day a friend of his recommended a company that purchased old models to fix and then resell. For eight years, he began working for the small garage business until, eventually, he helped it transform into a cutting-edge specialty facility known today as 911 Design.
911 Design is a full-service Porsche® repair and restoration establishment in Montclair, California and provides customers with the following services:
- Auto body repair and customization
- Porsche® scheduled maintenance and tune-up services
- Race car development
In 2010, Beggs raced in the American Le Mans Series and the Pirelli Drivers Cup Series, which he has won four times and was the season champion of in 2018.
“Almost every day of my life is consumed with Porsche® cars. Not only do I do this for a living, but I also race Porsche® cars on the weekends. I’ve owned almost every model Porsche® car.”
2004 Porsche® 996 GT3
Beggs’ current obsession is a 2004 996 GT3 Porsche®, which he proudly owns.
“It was actually one of my customers’ cars, and when he retired he knew how much I loved the car and asked me if I’d like to buy the car, and I jumped at the opportunity. It is a fun car to drive.”
Beggs states that this model was the basis for the 996 cup car when it was first produced. It also has more oversteer, firm suspension, preciseness on the steering input, and a lot more power than the standard 996 model. The 2004 Porsche® 996 GT3 can also shift about 8,000 RPM.