Eric Pasia, 42, a Phoenix-based management consultant and founder of Last Era, a brand brand inspired by motorsports that was reported to AJ Bem in 1995 as a Porsche 911 Carrera RS tribute.
When I was younger, my mother said to me, “Hey, do you know that your birthday is like Mario Andretti’s?” I didn’t know who he was, so I went to find out. I soon became fascinated with him and motorsports. All my childhood, I followed the racing and Andretti family, and I really got involved in cars and modified cars. In high school and college, I started buying Japanese cars that I could afford and modify them.
When I got my first job, I could buy my first real sports car, the 1999 BMW M3. Then I got the 2001 BMW M3, then the BMW M5. Finally, I decided to switch to Porsche in the early 2000s. I bought a 2002 911 Turbo, and started learning about the Porsche platform and history. That’s when I started hearing so much about air-cooled Porsche.
The luxurious Porsche has an entire lineage that everyone talks about, powered by air-cooled engines before the company switched to water-cooled engines in the late 1990s. So many people told me that I really needed to own an air-cooled Porsche to experience what it meant to be a Porsche enthusiast.