David Segel first encountered a Porsche when his Uncle Johnny—a Vietnam war veteran—pulled up in a wide-bodied, silver 911 Carrera with a whale-tail. At 10 years old, Dave vowed that when he was a “grown-up” he’d be driving a Porsche. He never imagined that after many years in finance, splitting years between London and California, that he’d own his own collection. But some vows are upheld… and done so with dexterity.
In regard to motoring, Dave’s favorite era of automobiles is 1962—1976. He never outgrew his fascination for the 911, nor did he drift too far away from German engineering. To this day, both German and British manufacturing remain to be the predominant bloodline of his fleet—seeing as air-cooled technology and the mechanics of manual transmission have enticed him since his days at Yale (where he studied both physics and philosophy).
Additionally, Dave is also an avid outdoorsman and a competitive sailor in Nautor Swan calls. He's also a qualified airplane pilot and operates primarily bush planes and warbirds. He’s explored much of the unvisited world, including a trip on skis to the true north pole in 2004, and a shorthanded journey on a Rigid Inflatable Boat through the North West Passage from Greenland to upper Alaska in 2010.
If the mechanics are unique, the engineering spells adventure, and it looks a bit off-kilter, it’s probably going to have a place in Dave’s heart. Today, Dave lives in California, where he pioneers Segel Group Limited—his family office—and has time to nurture, expand, and optimize his fleet.