About Me

Adrian Graham Streather was born on December 25, 1958. Upon leaving school he joined the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) in 1975 entering RAAFSTT as a 16 year old on No. 29 Apprentice Intake (Emus). After 2 years at RAAF base Wagga and a further 2 years on the job training at 11Sqn and 492Sqn (RAAF Edinburgh) Adrian graduated as an Instrument Fitter (Scientific Instrument Maker). He also gained additional qualifications in the electronics field whilst in the RAAF and decided that after 12 years he would leave in 1987. From the RAAF he went into civil aviation, gaining licenses in the avionics and electrical fields. After working with three different aviation companies within Australia he was invited to join one of the four Austrian airline companies, Rheintalflug, which had its main technical base in Switzerland. The Streather family left Australia in April 1993 and proceeded to Switzerland where Adrian worked as the Engineering Manager until October 31st 2003 when he was asked to leave by the new company owners as they were shutting down the company, handing the service over to another subsidiary. Download CV here.

Adrian's personal involvement in motor racing and automobiles started very young. "My first recollection of model building was a 1930 Bentley racing car. In 1978 he and a friend started rallying and then he moved into briefly into track racing. A Suzuki GS 1000S motorcycle also figured in the action as well. The ever increasing financial burden of this hobby along with marriage and children force him to make a decision and he decided that his racing days were over, his passion for automobiles was not.

Overtaken on the south eastern freeway in 1978 by two 911SCs furthered Adrian's passion, "All I remember was seeing their wide rear ends disappearing into the distance and me saying I have got to get me one of those." In 1993 he purchased a black, 1979 924 (sold to Denmark). He then progressed onto a 944 (given to Sweden) and finally he purchased his first 911, a 964 series Carrera 4 and it hooked him for life. For many years the 911 totally consumed him and almost became a way of life. However, Adrian quickly discovered that the technical knowledge about the 964 series was extremely limited, he set himself to the task of finding out everything he could about the inner workings of the Carrera 4. Adrian found himself instructing the mechanics at his local repair facility on how the C4 worked. This experience led him to write his first book on the Porsche 911 (964) Carrera 2, Carrera 4 and Turbo, which was published in America by Bentley Publishers of Cambridge Massachusetts.

Adrian's second book on the Porsche 911SC and the first of the Porsche The Essential Companion series was published in 2005 by Veloce Publishing Ltd. of England. This was followed by the Porsche 911 (993) Essential Companion and Adrian's biggest and best book yet, the Porsche 911 (996) Essential Companion. Veloce have also published other books by Adrian including; Ford GT Then and Now; Porsche 964, 993 & 996 Data Plate Code Breaker; 911SC Essential Buyer's Guide; 964 Essential Buyer's Guide; 993 Essential Buyer's Guide; 996 Essential Buyer's Guide; and two books in the new Battle Cry series; Soviet General and field rank officer uniforms: 1955 to 1991 and Red & Soviet military and paramilitary services: female uniforms 1941-1911.
Adrian has many non-automotive more books completed or in work along with a musical, but he hasn't forgotten his Porsche roots. He recently completed Esssential Buyer's Guides books for Veloce on the 911 Carrera 3.2; 930 Turbo series, 986 Boxster and 987 Boxster/Cayman series. Adrian and his wife of 32 years Gail recently left Switzerland and returned home to the northern suburbs of the city of Adelaide, South Australia.

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