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'Just before the 2019 SEMA show we heard about ex-Singer fabricator TJ Russell whipping up his first solo creation, a safari-type Porsche 911 based on the 964 series. We got photos of the jacked-up jumper on the SEMA show floor, but those images couldn't show us what we were really dealing with. That's been corrected thanks to a photo shoot in the California hinterlands that puts Russell Fabrication's 'off-road outfitting package' in its best light. Russell explained his goal 'was to develop something that might have come out of the Porsche race factory had they continued their efforts in off-road racing into the 1990s with the 964,' but he can build his Baja special as anything from a daily driver to a class-legal race car. At that hardcore end, he claims the result 'transforms each vehicle into most capable, versatile, dual sport air-cooled 911 on the planet.' With Russell's Singer pedigree, he's probably telling the truth. But we don't care if he's lying or if he fell short on both counts, this flyer looks outstanding and we'll take it now.'