Project 911 BRJul 20, 2016 -
A Tribute to Steve McQueen’s Commitment to Boys Republic
Classic on the outside with an ultra-modern interior, a special custom Porsche 911 is on its way to completion. The 1980 911’s transformation into a slick classic car featuring cutting-edge technology will excite any Porsche aficionado. Replete with a custom engine, upgraded suspension, cooling system and a newly developed navigation radio, this historical Porsche is a real driver’s car. It has to be to deserve its inspiration and connection to legendary Porsche enthusiast Steve McQueen.
The Porsche serves as the centerpiece of Project 911 BR, a charity build that directly benefits Steve McQueen’s alma mater, Boys Republic. Boys Republic, a nonprofit school and treatment community, has guided more than 30,000 troubled boys and girls towards productive and fulfilling lives, including Steve McQueen. McKenna Porsche is honoring Steve’s legacy and supporting his former school by uniting classic car professionals for the charity build. Bisimoto Engineering, Dunkel Bros., Brad Boyle Motorsports and the Friends of Steve McQueen Car and Motorcycle Show joined McKenna Porsche in purchasing, building and ultimately auctioning Project 911 BR.
With the posh Porsche secured, it has undergone a complete interior overhaul and a custom paint job in one of Steve’s favorite colors, slate gray. Bisi Ezerioha, Bisimoto Engineering’s president, customized a brand new engine for the 911. Mr. Ezerioha graciously performed the primary modified restorations on the Porsche 911. Extreme Autowerks supplied the vinyl for the Porsche’s interior restoration while the European Collision Center handled body and paint. From exterior work to interior detail, the stages of the charity build have been broadcasted on social media and documented for a video that will star “The Smoking Tire’s” Matt Farah.
McKenna Porsche officially unveiled the completed Project 911 BR at the June 4 Friends of Steve McQueen Car and Motorcycle Show. The show was a fitting site for the Porsche 911’s premier, since the charity event first sparked the inspiration for Project 911 BR. Mel Mayuga, McKenna Porsche’s Service Manager, generously volunteered to organize the project. Backed by his supportive boss Danny McKenna, Mr. Mayuga took the lead overseeing the build and its promotion on social media. Mr. Mayuga says when McKenna Porsche got involved in last year’s Friends of Steve McQueen Car and Motorcycle Show, he was “blown away by the cause and the opportunity for the car show to become a staple in Southern California car culture that could benefit Boys Republic for decades to come.”
For Mr. Mayuga and the professionals who volunteered their time and talent for the project, benefiting Boys Republic is the point of the charity build. Mr. Mayuga explains that his relationship with a counselor named Thom Montgomery inspired his involvement in Project 911 BR. “Thom is a big part of my motivation for this project,” Mr. Mayuga says. “To this day, Thom continues to be an inspiration in my life. He helped many young men and women obtain positive and fulfilling lives.” This motivated Mr. Mayuga to help Boys Republic by using his own skills and contacts to organize the build. Mr. Mayuga claims, “since I’m no counselor, I did feel I could help those who do difficult and important work at Boys Republic in my own way.”
By turning his vision of the charity build into a reality, Mr. Mayuga and his professional partners have significantly supported Boys Republic. Project 911 BR drives public awareness of the school and the Friends of Steve McQueen Car and Motorcycle Show, and a portion of the proceeds from the Porsche’s auction will generously benefit Boys Republic’s programs in guidance and education for disadvantaged teenagers.