Twin Lakes, Colorado is a picturesque place with sweeping mountain views. Drive through town these days, and you’ll find people taking pictures that have nothing to do with the beautiful landscape. Instead, they’re stopping to check out a 1982 Porsche 911 that one man has turned into a piece of every-changing inspirational art.
Riley Tinkham inherited the car from his father, Richard, who died of cancer in 2016. His dad originally purchased the Porsche new and Riley has great memories of his father behind the wheel. Once the car was Riley’s, he decided to fix it up and do something special with his dad’s old ride.
Instead of simply driving it around and enjoying it, Riley parked it in front of his house and wrote one inspirational quote on each side. From Mark Twain, he chose, “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
The other side of the Porsche got a quote from motivational speaker Billy Cox. It reads, “Life will only change when you become more committed to your dreams than your comfort zone.”
Originally, that was all there was to his plan, but his friend Bob Dalzell had an idea. He suggested putting out a bunch of black magic markers to encourage people to write their own thoughts on the sides of the car.
The idea worked and the Porsche is now full of all sorts of messages from passersby. Riley even started an Instagram account to share pictures of this unique piece of art. Riley says he’s enjoyed seeing the evolution of his dad’s car as it fills up with quotes.
Now, before you hyperventilate at the though of someone destroying a perfectly good Porsche 911, relax. The orange paint is removable so nothing is really permanent. In fact, Riley is having so much fun with the whole thing, he’s decided to keep the idea going.
Next spring he plans to peel off that orange paint and start a new project.