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    Re: Porsche 70 Years - What does it mean to drive a Porsche?

    Quote Originally Posted by K-Man S View Post
    I'm a bit perplexed as to why more members haven't responded to this topic thus far, especially given how much some of our members like to post here.
    I didn't respond because this is the first time that I have noticed this post . . . and I am on this forum every day several times a day.

    I bought my first Porsche in the 70's. (See avatar.) Since that time I have had seven more. I have too many great Porsche memories to share them all. Suffice it to say that every time I think of a Porsche a big smile comes across my face.

    My only concern at this point is should I get one more white 911 or should I keep what I have.
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    Re: Porsche 70 Years - What does it mean to drive a Porsche?

    For me, Porsche ownership is more than having the car in the garage or driving some sort of status symbol. I have always been a ‘car guy’ and admired the marque. Though I've always had great jobs, I viewed Porsches as a dream car – not something that is a realistic goal – until I found my 08 Cayman.

    To many folks here, my Porsche is a basic car. White, base Cayman with the 5MT and not much more on the options list – but to me it was a reward. You see, just 5-6 years ago I had let myself go. 6’2” and pushing 380lbs. (IIRC the weight limit for my car with luggage is 411 lbs). I got sick and In talking to the doctors, got scared straight and changed my lifestyle completely. Fast forward a few years and I lost almost 200 lbs and am back to the weight I was at in college. So when I went looking for a car for my 16 year old son, I saw a 986 boxster at the used car lot – and it was pretty damn affordable. So instead of a car for him, I started looking for something for me. I always loved the 911 and remember the Cayman being introduced. I thought it had great lines and honestly did not feel like I was settling for a poor mans Porsche. Of course I would love more power and some more options, but of all the cars I drove, the 987 was my favorite for a daily car – and though my next Porsche will likely be PDK, it had a manual trans and was a blast to drive. I loved the boxster spyder I drove – but it wasn’t a realistic daily car for me.

    I love the people I have met because of the Porsche. The PCA members and those at cars & coffee events have been a great help. I’ve been in car clubs since high school and incorrectly assumed the Porsche folks would be snobs. I was wrong – I have had a ton of help with questions and people have been extremely friendly.

    To me, driving the Porsche is like driving an old school sports car. I loved my old 78 280zx, and this car took me back to those days. The car helps keep me in shape because I park way out and have to keep up my walking. The car is like a time machine. Every time I get in , I swear I forget about the back pain from a bad car wreck I had 25 years ago and I just have a smile on my face. I taught my 16 yr old how to drive a stick and even had him take 10 laps on the track at Sebring. Sure they were paced laps at the PCA 48 hrs event, but he will never forget that… and neither will I. I hope my daughter will be able to do the same when she learns how to drive. One day I’m going to do autocross events and even DE events. I’m a little nervous as it is my daily car, but I’m going to enjoy it. I have lost family members to cancer and they always thought they would have time to enjoy a cool car – but didn’t get to because of cancer. Some of yall are lucky to have cars that many folks drool over and will never get to sit in, much less take out for a drive. I realize that and am happy with being able drive my Porsche.

    I think my wife summed it up best. I’ve always been a car guy and I will not regret getting a car I’ve always wanted. Its not like I’m going to be on my death bed saying “gee – I’m glad I never owned a Porsche” lol

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    Re: Porsche 70 Years - What does it mean to drive a Porsche?

    Even as a kid, I've always been a gearhead. It started out with me taking broken toys apart to figure out what failed and how they worked. Then I would try to fix or improve them and put them back together. My dad was always after me for not putting his tools back in their correct places. His workbench had a pegboard with drawings for the correct location of each tool, but I was just too busy with my adventures to be slowed down by such mundane fussiness. (Sorry dad. Now, with kids of my own, I understand your frustrations with me.)

    My first gasoline fueled foray was a riding lawn mower, a gift from my grandfather. It was a rear engine Simplicity Wonder Boy with a "joystick" that operated the clutch and steering. After many years of mowing the neighborhood lawns, I remember removing the mowing deck and swapping the drive pulleys around to change the gearing and increase the top speed to nearly 15 mph (which turned out to be too much for the chassis). After pushing the Simplicity beyond its design limits, and wearing out most of its hinge points, I transplanted the engine into a homebuilt go-cart that I bought from a classmate's older brother. I think I was about 12 years old at that time. We lived out in the country and most of the roads around us were gravel. With that go-cart, I learned the art of power-sliding through corners. I became a speed demon way before I was old enough to drive a car legally.

    Growing up in Michigan, it was only natural to be attracted to Detroit muscle cars. Of the ones that I owned, my favorites were a 1973 Firebird and a 1970 Chevelle. They had glorious engines that would propel them to speeds far beyond what their brakes and suspension were capable of safely controlling. Looking back, I'm lucky to have survived.

    It wasn't until after my time in the Marine Corps and returning to the States when I was tempted by German automobiles. Back then I could (just barely) afford BMWs and had a fun run with E36's, E46's, and a Z4. But then BMW started building more refined, softer cars to appeal to a broader clientele. The new cars are still fast, but not nearly as involving or fun to drive.

    Trying to figure out what I should try next, I remembered how much I longed for the original 911 when I first saw it so many years ago. Unfortunately, the air-cooled ones were out of my price range, as were the current models. I shopped around for the longest time trying to find one that I could afford, but was unwilling to take the risk of getting anything with an M96 or M97 engine.

    Then I saw a Cayman… The lines were intoxicating, so lithe and sexy. I read the reviews and was intrigued about how they went on and on over the handling and balance of the car. After driving one, I was hooked.

    I knew I wanted one in Guards Red with tan interior. I searched for a 987.2 but there just weren't enough sold around here to be plentiful, and certainly not any with the colors and options I was looking for. After I broadened my search to include 981's I was able to find my dream car. A 2014 Cayman S with a CPO warranty, red/tan, and all the options I was looking for. I still can't get over how much fun it is to drive. It's my daily driver and the pleasure of driving it makes me look forward to going to work each day. I often catch myself looking over my shoulder at it after parking. Everyone at work keeps asking me about the car and commenting about how nice it looks. It's quite flattering, and makes me proud to have such a fine piece of machinery.

    Someday, I hope to have a 911, perhaps one of the older air-cooled models, but after experiencing the joy of driving my Cayman I know I will always have at least one Porsche in the garage.
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    Re: Porsche 70 Years - What does it mean to drive a Porsche?

    I bought my first Porsche, a Racing Yellow 2014 Boxster S, in October 2017. After just over a year of ownership I can honestly say, this is the greatest car I've ever owned.

    You can take it to work on Friday, out on the town Saturday, to the track Sunday, and back to work on Monday. It looks great top up or top down, and is a perfect fit parked in the valet zone in front of a posh restaurant, or in the corner of the parking lot at work. It makes a great daily driver, getting over 25 mpg on my daily commute, while still putting a smile on my face every time I turn the key.

    It handles like a dream on the track. You can push it hard to the redline and not worry about whether it's going to hold up. It's fine-tuned German precision - as solid as it gets.

    My only regret is I didn't get one sooner.
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    Re: Porsche 70 Years - What does it mean to drive a Porsche?

    I've only owned Porsches since 1970, 48 years. So I'm not sure my response qualifies for all 70 years. I started out as a Deteoit muscle car - iron - fan, especially the Mopar Hemis, as a kid. But when I started work as an engineer and looking to buy my first new car, my insurance agent told me my insurance would be cancelled if I bought a muscle car, because I was under 25. One of my engineering college roommates was a Porsche fan, corner worker at Mid-Ohio, and convinced me to go to some endurance races at Mid-Ohio and Watkins Glen. I fell in love with Porsches and the rest is history.
    I ordered my first Porsche, a new Signal Orange 1970 914, and my buddy ordered a Signal Yellow 914, and his girlfriend ordered an orange Karman Gia cabriolet. All 3 on the same Saturday. And the dealetship was very busy that day, with the intro of the 914s. We had to wait over an hour to get a salesman's attention to place our orders for these 3 new cars. His lucky day! But it was our lucky day too. Fast forward to today - I'm retired and on my 9th Porsche, my first 911, a low mileage CPO 2015 C2S with all the good stuff, bought 2 years ago, and it's my first 911. So we named it Nine. I absolutely love this Porsche, like I have every one I've owned! But if Porsche comes out with the rumored new GT4 with NA 4.0L GT3 engine, I've got to have it! For me, driving a Porsche is what I'm driven to do. Being a member of PCA, owning and driving a nice Porsche and participating in club events is better than any vacation I've ever experienced. I'm a lifetime Porsche fanatic, and going to own the best Porsche I can afford, and enjoy it to the max! It's a true passion, but only for a relatively few chosen people.
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    Re: Porsche 70 Years - What does it mean to drive a Porsche?

    Porsche means a lot to me and here is one of the reasons why:-

    When I was a little boy my sister's husband had a 356, always liked the car. My dad got one of the VERY first 911, the one with 165 tires on steel wheels, wooden steering wheel, 2 liters, 130 HP, weber carbs, red over black. Whenever there was a chance I joined him on his trips, he traveled all over the country to visit customers. I was mostly sitting in the back, legs over the gearbox tunnel and egging him on to step on it. A small observation, whenever we had a long spirited drive the inside of the exhaust tip was clean as a whistle and looked like polished copper.
    Fast forward many many moons, I used to have an '89 911 C4, red over black. My oldest daughter sits in the back, legs over the tunnel and eggs me on! She was 5 or 6 years old, same age as I was when I told my dad to "go".
    I was ready to cry, memories!
    Oh, at that time every Porsche driver was greeting each other on the road like a big brotherhood.

    Porsche was always a part of the family, personally my wife and I had 13 P-cars, mostly 911 but also a 356, a 914, a 928S and Cayenne S, today we are on the 2nd Boxster and thinking to trade the Audi for a Macan.... go figure.

    I'd like to think Porsches have character, unfortunately less so in today's models.

    Later,
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    PS: One of my son-law has a red over black Cayman!
    '14 Boxster

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    Re: Porsche 70 Years - What does it mean to drive a Porsche?

    What does it mean to drive a Porsche? Well to me it means prestige and a history of racing behind any Porsche. Everytime I drive around in my car, I feel like Im on top of the world. I feel I can never get enough of the car even when its parked in the garage. The biggest thing I enjoy is the looks that you get when you drive a Porsche. There are not many where I live and its a real attention getter. I just bought my first Porsche about three months ago. Its been a dream of mine since I was a kid of owning one. When I was a kid, I wanted a 1995 911 Turbo like the one on the movie Bad Boys. Through the years, I never had the time or the money for buy any type of Porsche. This year I bought my first one like I said by accident. My brother owns the same year I decided that I would finally buy my first one. I didnt buy a 911 but rather a 987.1 Cayman S because of immense capabilities this machine has. I took a later model because I didnt like the sound of the 4 cylinder and liked the sound of the flat 6. I am glad that my brother suggested that I look into buying a Porsche its has been a life changer for me.

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    Re: Porsche 70 Years - What does it mean to drive a Porsche?

    This survey is a great idea!

    Like many, I love cars and fell in love with Porsche as a teenager.
    The car has almost an indescribable mystique and literally charisma.

    My first impression and attraction was the sound. The sound of an
    air-cooled Porsche whizzing by. You get a visceral feeling and connection
    to the machine, built by some of the best mechanical engineers in the world,
    the Germans (I am Italian).

    Whenever I saw a Porsche, I would stare in awe and wondered if some day
    maybe.....I could own one. Chances felt low so I admired vicariously.

    Fast forward. I've owned some lovely cars: Camaro Z28, SAAB Turbo,
    BMW 335, Jaguaricon R-Type enjoyed them all.

    Marriage and 3 children almost through college, I felt, now is my chance.
    My wife was (surprisingly supportive) and so off I went looking for a fine
    M3 or M5. I was ready to pull the trigger on a pearl black M5 and stumbled
    on a Macadamia Metallic Cayman. It was love at first sight. I was in awe
    over the shape, the color the beauty and what I knew without looking, a
    very refined, highly engineered driving machine!

    I showed it to my wife, on-line. Didn't go look or test drive it when I get
    a call from my wife asking me if I could take Friday off. I said sure, why?
    She said, so you can go up and pick up your new Porsche, I bought it for you!!

    Whooo, I could hardly sleep waiting for Friday. I was attached to my Jag and
    was sad to give her up but that lasted about 10mins. It was love at 1st site.

    I got the keys, started her up ....water cooled, but that boxer six just sang.
    Took her out with the salesman and winded it up in 3rd.

    What is means to drive a Porsche: For me its what it feels like. You have
    confidence in the structure, the components. Everything logical (sans cupholders).

    The experience appeals to all the senses; engine sound, feeling the road and the
    fine balance the car maintains; the car begging you to test it. Actually feel the g's
    in hard cornering; the confidence that this machine will literally stick to the road,
    maneuver safely...and seeing that famous gold emblem on the wheel. A dream
    come true.

    My Cayman has soul. I feel connected to it. I NEVER tire of it (175,000 miles / PY 2008).

    What it means to me; joy and a gift for years of hard work and worth every penny.
    I will never sell it. But I will purchase another.

    Thanks for reading

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    To me Porsche stands out on its own. Since I was a young kid, I have always admired the elegance and performance of the Porsche. Unfortunalty It was not until just last year that I was able to purchase my first porche, a 2000 986 S. Since that day I have been in literal heavan every time I get to drive my Porsche, the hum of the engine behind the seat, the corner hugging performace of what is not an 18 year old vehicle. There is nothing like the owning a Porsche and it goes beyond just the vehicle but the whole lifestyle. We have been so pleased with our experience that we are looking to purchase our next Porsche but will not let go of the first one unless its to our children

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    Re: Porsche 70 Years - What does it mean to drive a Porsche?

    It means you will be getting lots of exercise...because you park it so far away from anyone else.
    It means you will be getting lots of grief from your spouse...because you get the garage.
    It means you will always have clean hands...because you are constantly hand washing your baby.
    It means you will always get a little higher quote for home services...because when they see your car they figure you can afford it.
    It means you will learn a lot more about other cars...because everyone will want to share about their favorites.
    It means you will get a little out of touch with news, weather and music...because you prefer to listen to the engine talk.
    It means you will get those little wrinkle lines around your eyes...because you are always smiling.

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    Re: Porsche 70 Years - What does it mean to drive a Porsche?

    What does it mean to drive a Porsche? What does it mean to find a wife? Husband? Partner? One true love?
    I've spent most of my adult life always looking for "the next car", and I've owned some nice ones.
    Generic commuter boxes aside (and I can name them all), the fun began with a Nissan 180SX 1.8 Turbo during the "Fast and Furious" era. That car introduced me to drag racing (and street racing if I'm honest) and neon under glow lights.

    Next came the mighty 300ZX Twin Turbo. That car saw me try my hand at track days, motorkharna, and many a memorable club cruise.
    Stuck in a Nissan shaped groove then, I moved up into the 350Z Track Roadster, and having come up with a design for the car in a computer game, I replicated the subtle modifications in real life and enjoyed the car on a two day classic rally.

    The next car was the odd-ball, and yet one I possibly miss the most. A 5.7 V8 hemi powered Chrysler 300C providing all the power and fun of those that had gone before, in a car the size of a house. I used it to commute daily, while also getting it sideways around cones (witches hats) at an american car timed event, beating a corvette among other things.

    The list doesn't end there. Having had a life long obsession with Ferrari I finally got an Italian sports car. The Ferrari drivers daily choice. An Alfa Romeo GTV 916. In fact I've owned two, and I still own one of them to this day.

    So as you can see, I've always been wanting, looking, searching, buying.

    So now that I have purchased a Porsche Cayman S, and having never owned a Ferrari, how do I answer the question "What does it mean to drive a Porsche?"

    Easy. It means I've stopped looking.

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    Re: Porsche 70 Years - What does it mean to drive a Porsche?

    I have to say, I bought my Cayman S in spite of the Porsche name, not because of it. I'd owned an '83 911SC years ago that never really made me happy. Dealers and aftermarket guys were picking my pockets and I wasn't even getting much fun out of the thing.

    I saw my Cayman S as a spiritual successor to the BMW 2002tii I owned for 10 years. ...specifically, it's a cult car that has rabid enthusiasts, is comfortable but not too comfortable, fast but not in a stupid, supercar, gas guzzler way, and looks good enough to pry spontaneous complements from car people and non-car people alike.

    Yes, like the tii, it's full of foibles. At first, like many major purchases, I wondered if I'd made a big mistake(!!??) Plenty of weekends were spent fixing little items like "trunk clunk", a really bad sounding Bose stereo (this is literally a $10 fix that took 30 minutest to do..the first time), several rattles, lack of a good interface for my iPod...these were fixed with tips and tricks from P-9!

    Then there were the mods and add-ons: Forgestar track wheels (group buy), GT3 plenum (classifieds), SpeedART exhaust (group buy), Heigo roll bar (classifieds), Damptronic coil-overs (classifieds), GT2 seats (classifieds}, Champion RG5 wheels (classifieds), lightly used Boxster S winter wheels and winter tiresicon (classifieds). P9 sponsors sold me software (softronics), suspension bits (TPCicon), Bumperplugs painted my console and sold me an interface for iPod and phone that work spectacularly.

    It is THE MOST fun and satisfying car to drive I've ever owned. Faster on track than any of my 3 BMWs...and I drive as if the red line were 6200. It's been reliable and, most amazingly, good in snow and winter conditions. The cabin is downright cozy. The windows really isolate noise. This car just works! I've driven through 11 Chicago winters with it. I drove it to Montana and back. I've shreaded the hills of WI, OH, KY, TN, NC, SC and Georgia with it. There is absolutely no rust on the car and it looks underneath like it did the day I purchased it in 2009 with 16K miles. It's about to hit 120K now.

    I'm in a good financial place now. I could buy a new one. Sorry, I love this thing just too much! I love the interior...I love the not quite up to date-ness of it. Simple and true. Just the beginnings of the post-modern electronics here. I have PCM 2.1 and I'm not going to replace it. It's perfect! The Denson add-on iPod thing sounds better than CDs. with the cheap tweak to the sub-woofer, it's very nice and shows no signs of degradation after all these years.

    The engine is a little dream. It sings, it barks, it is a musical instrument. I'm dealing with the decision to go for an IMSicon bearing replacement now. I think I'm going to go for it. No symptoms at all. I built the engine to withstand track use, then used it very seldom at track days. Maybe 12-20 sessions in it's long life? My IMS has lasted because of frequent oil changes and an oversized oil sump that gives 10 quarts capacity.

    This little silver car still serves me so well, I can't let go of it, even for long enough to have paint repair done on it. I'm very pro-active about maintenance. I learned from driving a 1974 BMW for 10 years on a comparable shoe-string. I've never babied this Cayman S. It stays in a climate-controlled garage, but it comes out every week for at least 100 miles of sporty driving in any weather. If it's Tuesday, it's Cayman time!

    I run it through a soft-cloth car wash and spend 10 minutes detailing here and there...done! The front of the car is full of paint chips now. Arctic Silver really hides a lot of sins! I really should have it fixed up, but I got two compliments out of the blue on 2 occasions recently. "That car is just perfect!..." ...and that was with the winter wheels!

    I will say, when I look around at all the low 6 figure cars I could buy, new or used, the Porsche seems the best made and returns the most smiles for the longest time. I can see why they are selling well now. A combination of good consumer research and terrific engineering and build quality. They are made to last.

    After about 300 HP, do we really need much more? I'm at an experience level now, having driven several really high-end cars, teaching at DE weekends for 15 years, Nurburgring and Alps motorcycle trips, I've learned that the most fun is to be had in something lighter and, dare I say it? Even with a bit less power. If you live where I live, more power is actually a negative because you go to jail if you flog a very high powered car....too much speed available that can't practically be used. It's torture to drive a very fast car slow. There's more fun to be had in a little jewel of a car...Like a Cayman S. ...but my car, with the mods, has a Mr. Hyde quality above 4K RPMs. It's so well built and un-boring.

    I know that most of the P-9 crowd has moved on to newer cars. I'm still thrilled to be driving and owning this spectacular '06 Cayman S.

    -Sixisenuff
    '06CS;ArcticSilver/Blk..many extras..GONE...'19 Carrera T. GT Silver/Black GONE. '18 718GTS; silver/black Loving it so far.

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    Re: Porsche 70 Years - What does it mean to drive a Porsche?

    Cheers. It was a nice revolution.

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    Re: Porsche 70 Years - What does it mean to drive a Porsche?

    Driving a Porsche to me means the ultimate in freedom, winding out that glorious flat six to red line and revelling in the wonderful aural pleasure . For this exercise a manual is demanded, up and down through the gears , hitting the apexes perfectly, enjoying the supreme balance that a Porsche suspension provides, getting the heel-and-toe downshift just right and powering out of a turn to experience perfection again and again. And it isn't just performance and handling that bring pleasure, the sensuous front fenders always in view from the driver's seat remind you of the beauty of a porsche's styling that add greatly to the satisfaction of ownership. Just simply washing the car can bring joy to one's heart not unlike caressing a beautiful woman. Then there is the enjoyment from performing an oil change or brake pad change that reveal other aspects of Porsche, the engineering and workmanship that become evident when the car is viewed from underneath or deep inside the wheel well.

    There are other sports cars, many great ones in fact, but none quite like a Porsche.

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    Re: Porsche 70 Years - What does it mean to drive a Porsche?

    To me, it means you appreciate the engineering, pride, talent, skill, and effort that went into designing and building your personal automobile. No manufacturer or car is perfect, but I feel like Porsche is as close to a purist manufacturer as there is. It’s a car every man (or woman) can aspire to own. It’s a car you can commute in, and take to the track on the weekends.

    And at the same time, owning one says you’re discriminating in your choice of performance vehicles. There are other sports cars that are faster, perhaps sexier (subjective of course), and more rare. But nobody combines the performance, price, reliability, and prestige the way Porsche does. Period.

    I’ve owned a classic air cooled 911, a wonderful commuter Macan, and now my weekend dream 981 Cayman GTS. I’ve enjoyed each and every one differently but equally. That I can do so with three wildly different cars, speaks to the integrity of design philosophy, commitment to performance, and dedication to making a driver’s car that Porsche holds fast to.

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    Thumbs up Re: Porsche 70 Years - What does it mean to drive a Porsche?

    Back in my college days, there was this poster a friend had in his dorm room. Sadly, to this day I have not been able to locate it but I would love to buy it and put it in my man cave!

    The poster showed three shadowy silhouettes with the curves/lines along the top edge lightened: the back of a woman lying on her side, a bottle of Dom Perignon, and a 911.

    I have loved the tear drop profile of the 911 ever since. I never even wanted the classic whale-tail to mar the line so always preferred a coupe sans tail (do like the one's that come up varied on speed though because they go back down and preserve the line).

    I have owned three Porsche 911's in my lifetime now. and there is just something about the quality of construction, the ability to always turn an un-corroded screw, and the undeniable tightness and road feel of amazing German engineering.

    My Dad has a 1969 Pontiac Firebird convertible that he wants to give me - it has been in the family since purchased new. The thing is, I feel like I am sitting in a vinyl lay-z-boy floating down the road making big sweeping turns around corners - NOT at all the same feeling.

    Even my 1984 Euro ROW Cabriolet was tight and road like it was on rails. Granted, I did put a nice set of Bilsteins on the aging suspension and some matching Hankook rubber for the offset Turbo sized Fuch wheels...still miss that car.

    So, that is what it means to me to drive a Porsche. Being in a car that when you say, "give it to me" it says in reply, "no problem, do you want more?" and there is always a bit more to get. Currently without a Porsche I am constantly trolling the forums for the right Number 4, because I gotta get back that feeling of pure engineering bliss!

    Planet-9, thanks for the opportunity to share.

    PH

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    Re: Porsche 70 Years - What does it mean to drive a Porsche?

    Great post - super helpful for the new guy!

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    Re: Porsche 70 Years - What does it mean to drive a Porsche?

    Driving a Porsche has a certain "feel" that I've found in no other car company's products. I've driven or owned various Porsches over the years: 1986 911 Carrera Cab, 1987 951, 1993 964 RS America, 1996 993, 2002 996 C4S, 2006 Boxster S (Tip), 2008 Cayenne S, 2008 Cayman S, 2015 Boxster S PDK, 2018 Cayman PDK. I am coming back to the Porsche family after a several year hiatus in just a few weeks, when I pick up a very well optioned and cared-for 2011 987.2 Cayman S.
    I can only imagine that the many 356 models, 912, 914, 928, Panamera, Macan, and others I have not had the pleasure to drive would also have that same "feel" of other Porsches. The knowledge of the intense level of effort put in by the engineers over 70 years has stayed constant. The feeling of connectedness to the road and solid build quality, dare I say "over-engineered"? The level of overall performance compared to its competitors, foreign and domestic, year after year of production. The special feeling you get when you fire up the engine and blip the throttle, a spine-tingle that reminds you of the race-winning heritage the company has fostered over the decades.
    I have memorized the inventory of all the Porsches that were in Dad's garage while I was growing up - every 911, 912, 951 and Boxster. I still feel excitement when I hear the sound of an early air-cooled flat six as one drives by. I still love the smells of racing brake dust and hot tires on PCA track days, which trigger memories of my childhood, carrying Dad's helmet in the paddocks of Pocono, Watkins Glen, and Lime Rock, and waiting impatiently to be old enough to drive. As I got older, attended HPDE events, a Porsche Parade, and eventually advanced through the ranks to Instructor, the performance of the cars improved drastically, speeds increased, and so did vehicle weights due to safety improvements and convenience features added. But the fun and excitement of driving a Porsche still has that "feel" no matter which one I pilot, even briefly. If you share that feeling, then you too know what it means to drive a Porsche.

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    When I first went off to college, my parents told me that if I graduated with good grades, they’d buy me a car. Not just any car, a Porsche! 17-year old Misha had visions of cruising to Burger King dancing in his head, a much more impressive ride with the ladies than with my beat up Pontiac. (I had such simple needs back then..) I studied my butt off and received good enough grades to transfer from a local state college to a nationally renowned university after two years. This was a university that rejected me outright when I first applied straight out of high school.

    Two more years and I graduated near the top of my class. One of my most cherished memories was when my parents and grandparents attended graduation; in hindsight, it would end up being my grandparents' last ever trip to the United States from Czechoslovakia. President Reagan gave an incredible commencement speech, and even though my grandparents didn’t speak a word of English, to see their hero speaking to my class and me was priceless. That was the same year the Iron Curtain was dissolving, you could feel history being made then and there.

    Since the university was significantly more expensive than the state school, my family was helping me with the tuition, even though they were immigrants who had minimal savings. That was the greatest gift. THE CAR, my car, was just out of the question. But my parents remembered the original offer and sheepishly presented me with a beautifully framed print of a red Porsche 911circa mid-‘80s with my last name printed on the license plate. They said they wished it could be the real thing, but hoped I’d get one someday. I thanked them for all they had done for me, that was more than I could ever expect. We all ended up having a big laugh about it over a seriously potent scorpion bowl at Trader Vics, framed print by my side, which remains in my possession to this very day. But in the back of my mind, it triggered a seemingly irrational lust for that brand of German engineering!

    Fast-forward quite a few years. I was admitted to Harvard for Graduate School, life’s had some ups and downs, but overall has been good. I've always been conservative about material things, preferring to keep my life lean and straightforward. But recent health issues and my first hospitalization scared me (no worries friends, it's all under control), but lying in bed in that hospital it finally crystalized that life is a unique, fleeting gift and you should do what you can now to enjoy the ride, tomorrow brings no guarantees.

    A few weeks ago I finally bought a Porsche. She’s a reflection of me and absolutely gorgeous. Mike Tyson in his prime couldn’t slap the grin off my face. It may not be the 911 on the poster; hopefully, that may be next, but am ecstatic about my Boxster S. Driving it, I feel like a little kid again, the first time in a very long time. And from the very first test drive at the dealer, I felt like my brain and spirit were fused to the machine. It did what I wanted it to do, with seemingly impossible precision. And like a new friend or partner, she gives up a few little secrets each and every day. I’m still learning, loving life, and enjoying the ride. Why did I wait so long? Oh well, better now than never! And I want to thank the members of this group for commenting on so many topics that helped me decide the Porsche I wanted to buy and what I should look for and stay away from. It's been priceless and I eagerly look forward to participating here as I am able. Thank you!!

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    Re: Porsche 70 Years - What does it mean to drive a Porsche?

    So what does it really mean? Probably a lot of things to a lot of people - status is certainly prominent, performance capabilities without a doubt, maybe even a statement of wealth if it is one of the more expensive models. For me, though, it mainly about a combination of a lot of things, all of which add up to simply liking that brand. I have had seven of them - a 944, 2-968s, a 911 C4S, a Cayman S and 3 Cayennes. I currently have a 2008 Cayenne GTS, which I just bought, and my 2014 diesel Cayenne. Hardly sports cars although the GTS does giddy up and go rather well. I drive about 120,000 km each year and need (want) something that doesn't bore me to death. I don't race and don't do much "sporty" driving simply because brakes, tires and gas cost lots of money when you drive this much, but I like to drive to work each day in a quality vehicle that I like as much after 333,000 km (the diesel) as I did when I bought it. Contrary to some opinions expressed here, my dealer is extremely fair to me, the techs are very knowledgeable and competent, and I feel like a good customer when I am there. Porsche North America also has been good, especially with interpretation of warranties. I just had the Cardan shaft as well as a coolant leak around the oil cooler repaired under warranty which, because of the new extended warranty provision that honours time as well as distance, has kept by 2013 Cayenne diesel under bumper-to-bumper warranty until May 2019. Try that one with another brand. And the work is done with absolutely NO efforts to "cheap-out" on the repairs. All adds up for me to something I like.
    Kim
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