1973 Porsche Carrera RS 2.7
Cape Town, South Africa
Ali’s life resembles that of a cartoon character. He drives a little green car and lives in Clifton, close to the beach in Cape Town. He lived in Iran until the revolution, then moved to Turkey, spent a bit of time in London, lived in the south of France for a while and ultimately studied in the US. Now Ali’s home is in Cape Town.
“It’s not difficult to fall in love with this end of the world,” says Ali. “In Cape Town it seems people have more time for one another. All my friends are like family here. I have lived in lots of places around the world and this is my favourite by far because of the people. We have a fun life here. A good life.” Ali has been in Cape Town for 13 years, and is still in awe of the place. “Table Mountain still gives me goose bumps.”
For this architect it used to be about working 16 hours a day. “I learnt, it’s not the hours you put into it but it’s what you put into the hours. At one point I lost sight of being a child and tried hard to grow up very quickly, which is absolutely unnecessary. Now I wake up in the morning, go cycling on my mountain bike, come home, take a quick shower and I step outside to play with my friends. We play architect, architect. We build buildings and have a lot of fun.”
Ali’s family is his foundation. “What I am is because of my family. I had excellent parents. I grew up thinking I was Superman’s son.” Ali’s father was a doctor in Iran and closely resembled the famous singer, Bryan Ferry. As his father did not want to disappoint people, Ali says "he provided his ‘fans’ with autographs when they asked.
“My dad always spoiled me to death and that’s why I bought him this car. This was his poster girl. This is the car he always wanted.” The car Ali is talking about is the Viper green 1973 Porsche Carrera. Ali now drives the car. “I named her Irma, after the wife of the engineer who looks after my car. He looks after her as good as he does his wife.”