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    What does it mean to drive a Porsche? Planet-9 is giving away Free insidericon memberships to anyone who responds to this topic thread with a reply about how they feel about owning and driving a Porsche. To qualify the response must be at least 100 words long! We are looking forward to hearing or member's stories and why they are passionate about Porsche. The best personal story as voted on by our admin team will even earn a secret grand prize.
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    This is an essay my youngest daughter wrote about the impact owning Porsche's have had on her:
    If you have ever passed a 1988 Porsche 911 on the highway, you might have thought a flathead catfish were coming towards you, not a hot-shot vehicle. From a head-on view, the thin, elongated bumper and bugged-out headlights resemble a prehistoric aquatic. At least, that’s what I thought before I looked through my tear-clouded eyes at my father’s silver 911 for the last time.

    With two weeks remaining in what would be my family’s last September in Arizona, I cried about a car. Leaving my best friends, my school, the neighborhood, the blanketing heat, and everything I knew—none of it provoked the same emotion out of my six-year-old self. Looking back, my response to a material item reflected a set of values that probably concerned my parents.

    On Saturday mornings, I would ride shotgun with my dad, the warm breeze rushing in over the windshield, combing my wispy hair while our momentum rocked forward and back through a fourth-gear shift. I stared curiously at the three pedals my father’s feet danced on, just as I felt his right hand move the knob between us in tandem. The radio would play The Black Eyed Peas, Kelly Clarkson, and The Killers while I sang, knowing every word.

    Now when I see a 1988 Porsche 911 on the highway, I still see a flathead catfish, but I see much more. Something about the silver soft-top convertible seems to embody everything that my early upbringing offered. When I see that car, I hear my late grandmother helping me read Goodnight Moon. I remember her touch, her laugh, her voice, her speeding, her talking her way out of tickets—things that otherwise stand just outside of my memory’s grasp. I see my dad and me playing golf until dusk while old men admire my swing. I feel the relief of our pool after my mom and I stood barefoot on the concrete for too long.

    The fondness I associate with that car helps me to remember the first years of my life. It helps me to appreciate the best friends, the school, the neighborhood, the blanketing heat—all the other things that my six-year-old, cross-country traveling self couldn’t cry for at the time. The car never did make the journey to Massachusetts with the rest of us, but luckily, my memories did.

    Sometimes I wish I never had to let go of parts of my Arizona upbringing, but as I’ve grown up, I have often wondered where I would be right now if we had never moved. Would I have clung to my childhood longer? Would I have become the soccer player I am now, or would I still be a golfer? Would I have stayed sheltered behind the walls of our gated community? Some things are for sure: I would not know how to shovel snow or how to dress for a negative five degree day.

    After eleven years of living in Massachusetts, my dad decided to buy another old Porsche. This time, instead of riding shotgun down Arizona’s 101, I’m shifting the knob and its three pedals myself. The quick, winding roads may crackle with the crunching of fallen leaves, and the breeze washing over the windshield may be cooler, but the drive still sparks the same set of emotions in me. In fact, they might even be stronger.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigairvegaire View Post
    This is an essay my youngest daughter wrote about the impact owning Porsche's have had on her:
    If you have ever passed a 1988 Porsche 911 on the highway, you might have thought a flathead catfish were coming towards you, not a hot-shot vehicle. From a head-on view, the thin, elongated bumper and bugged-out headlights resemble a prehistoric aquatic. At least, that’s what I thought before I looked through my tear-clouded eyes at my father’s silver 911 for the last time.

    With two weeks remaining in what would be my family’s last September in Arizona, I cried about a car. Leaving my best friends, my school, the neighborhood, the blanketing heat, and everything I knew—none of it provoked the same emotion out of my six-year-old self. Looking back, my response to a material item reflected a set of values that probably concerned my parents.

    On Saturday mornings, I would ride shotgun with my dad, the warm breeze rushing in over the windshield, combing my wispy hair while our momentum rocked forward and back through a fourth-gear shift. I stared curiously at the three pedals my father’s feet danced on, just as I felt his right hand move the knob between us in tandem. The radio would play The Black Eyed Peas, Kelly Clarkson, and The Killers while I sang, knowing every word.

    Now when I see a 1988 Porsche 911 on the highway, I still see a flathead catfish, but I see much more. Something about the silver soft-top convertible seems to embody everything that my early upbringing offered. When I see that car, I hear my late grandmother helping me read Goodnight Moon. I remember her touch, her laugh, her voice, her speeding, her talking her way out of tickets—things that otherwise stand just outside of my memory’s grasp. I see my dad and me playing golf until dusk while old men admire my swing. I feel the relief of our pool after my mom and I stood barefoot on the concrete for too long.

    The fondness I associate with that car helps me to remember the first years of my life. It helps me to appreciate the best friends, the school, the neighborhood, the blanketing heat—all the other things that my six-year-old, cross-country traveling self couldn’t cry for at the time. The car never did make the journey to Massachusetts with the rest of us, but luckily, my memories did.

    Sometimes I wish I never had to let go of parts of my Arizona upbringing, but as I’ve grown up, I have often wondered where I would be right now if we had never moved. Would I have clung to my childhood longer? Would I have become the soccer player I am now, or would I still be a golfer? Would I have stayed sheltered behind the walls of our gated community? Some things are for sure: I would not know how to shovel snow or how to dress for a negative five degree day.

    After eleven years of living in Massachusetts, my dad decided to buy another old Porsche. This time, instead of riding shotgun down Arizona’s 101, I’m shifting the knob and its three pedals myself. The quick, winding roads may crackle with the crunching of fallen leaves, and the breeze washing over the windshield may be cooler, but the drive still sparks the same set of emotions in me. In fact, they might even be stronger.
    Awesome story, waiting to hear more!

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

    I have owned 3 Porsches now. The sportiness and styling are huge pluses. Also, unlike a BMW or Merc, there aren’t a bazillion of them on the road. I drive a Miami Blue Cayman now. People think I am driving a 150K car, and it’s so fast and sporty that is how I feel in it.

    Driving this Porsche makes me feel like I made it. A success. I enjoy the thumbs up from admirers. It is joy personified.

    Porsche has spoiled me from driving other vehicles. One you own a Porsche how can you go back to another vehicle?

    Although I don’t have a 911, I do appreciate its timelessness. I will own one at some point. Porsche for life.
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    Thanks so far for sharing. 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.

    Please take a few minutes and share with the rest of our members. Thank you!

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    Absence makes the heart grow fonder, as it will be the first valentine that I am away from my

    My ride is hibernating in NY while I am in FL. Hope to get it here next month and enjoy it again.

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    I had always enjoyed cars and driving. Most of my cars had manual transmissions and had a bit of a sporty flavor. Heck, even my VW Rabbit Diesel when I had it back in 1980 was fun to drive, and I regularly wrung out every one of its 48 HP. But when I finally fulfilled my lifelong dream of Porsche ownership, my life fundamentally changed...

    I thought I was buying a car... but after I got my first Cayman 11 1/2 years ago, I realized I'd bought much more than that. I was living life in a whole new way. I joined some spirited group drives with other owners, and really started to form some lasting friendships with them. Social events like cars & coffee, pre-breakfast drives, garage days, etc are now highlights of each week. (Well, in the winter it's more like monthly).

    Long distance trips became a matter of not "how quickly can I get there on the freeway" but "how many side roads can I find and how many days can I stretch this trip out for"! Then there are the DE days and autocross days to look forward to.

    So my whole social life changed and my whole approach to driving changed. Now on my 3rd Cayman I'd say my life changed pretty drastically for the good!
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    In the 45 years I have been driving, I've owned and driven many different cars. Having spent half my adult life living in Europe before returning to North America, I've had the opportunity to immerse myself in the car culture of two continents and several countries. I remember the first time I drove a friend's Ferrari in Brussels. It was a right hand drive car with a gated shifter and cost more than I earned in two years. Nervous would be an understatement. I also remember the first time I drove our CEO's 911 - he was on an extended vacation and asked me to take it out once a week for him. Compared to the Audi TT 3.2 Quattro I was driving at the time, I hated it. Then, on a street near our Brussels home, I saw a Cayman. It was lust at first sight. Learning it was mid-engined just increased my desire for this car. It took two years and a move back to the U.S. before I finally owned one. A new Cayman R. I still own it. I'll never sell it. I am what watch aficionados call a "Paneristi". Someone who collects and enjoys Panerai watches. This Cayman, this Porsche reminds me of one of these fine watches each time I drive it. It has been assembled to exacting standards, it is reliable, it is tough and accurate. It's form follows function as Louis Sullivan first championed. It is essential. Emotionally however, in that connection between man and machine, it is more than the sum of it's parts. This car is not intended to send some message to the world about me. It is instead, part of an intimate relationship. Intimate in the sense that I feel a visceral connection to this car. To it's lines, it's sounds, it's response to my inputs. I've owned and driven other Porsches. They are wonderful in their own way, but none connects with me the way this Cayman does. I feel a sense of those men and women who designed and built it. The passion with which they infused it speaks to me each time I drive it. This is to me what driving a Porsche is about.
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    I get annoyed when people jump in my car and look around to see who is looking at them. I know they are missing the experience and they just don’t get it..... Owning a Porsche for me all about mixed feelings..... until you own one you never truly understand, but you soon realise that you have a car that handles like a race car at the track and is equally at home on the road as a daily driver. It’s a feeling of appreciation and pride in the precision engineering, you marvel and smile with a nod to the engineers when you realise they have achieved what they set out to do and that they set their goals extremely high; and that they designed these cars to drive hard all day, every day if you so choose to do so, complete with a warranty that includes track day use. Now thats a special peace of mind feeling that not many manufacturers can provide. The cheeky delight of an exclusive sports car brand whose cheapest models in S spec beat the competitors most expensive top cars from previous years around the Nürburgring (Boxster s vs 458 speciale lol). Feelings of connection, integration and synchronicity as she does exactly what she is told to do time and time again without argument. The definition of “as one” ...... Is this a feeling of love? 😂😂😂😂😂

    Mixed Feelings of surprise, marvel, adrenalin filled excitement, pride, cheeky delight, over protectiveness, happiness, my recluse to think and find a smile, a mood lightener when I’m tense, a challenge at the track to find the edge, peace of mind, the feeling the sound gives you as she both purrs and screams, the connection, unity and synchronicity..... these mixed feelings are welcome. 😀

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    I like the challenge... When's the deadline? I need to let this writing topic ruminate for a few days before tapping the keys.
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    I was never a name brand guy so Porsche the brand has no allure, but the car they build was different from the first time I shut the drivers side door on my first Cayman test drive. Driving around the dealer for a low speed city test drive I had fun in 1st and 2nd gear, and knew I had discovered something special. Feeling the light weight of the car, steering feel, engine sound, driver position, strength of the chassis, mid engine balance, and price I felt Porsche had produce a car that lived up to my high expectations. I drove Ferrari and Lamborghini thinking I might get better for more money but they felt heavier, less feel and over engineered for real world use. So for one third the money I found the best car for driving in the US.

    I’m a fast driver so I buy the base model as I want to push a small engine rather than hold back on a bigger engine. In 2012 I bought the last Porsche before VW took over, a bit of trivia and fun fact for ribbing my car club chums during pointless debates. I do like the last real handbrake, metal key, and hydraulic steering. I appreciate the history of Porsche now, and can see how 70 years of innovation has led to a car with DNA that you can feel every time you take it out. A machine that can make a chore like driving to the store for milk into a thrill or adventure is truly a bit of magic. Truly a case of a product that is much more than the sum of its parts (to me that is the modern day definition of “magic”).

    I never had a Porsche poster on my wall as a kid, my dream cars were all wedge shaped. Ironicly the wedge shape of Ferrari 355 and Lamborghini Diablo are now looking dated. Yet the 70 year old shape of Porsche just doesn’t age and looks good regardless of age. Lastly, as a kid I had the most fun driving in a friends VW Bug because it took a lot of skill to drive the rickety feeling clunker. I drove a lot of junk cars as a student, but the Bug was fun. For many years I never acknowledged it but VW and now Porsche have a way of making driving feel more like driving. Something today’s mobile, isolation, multi media, computer controlled autos have all but lost or are in the process of losing.
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    My own uncertainties about purchasing a Cayman S are chronicled in this thread: https://www.planet-9.com/981-chat/142...-purchase.html Spoiler alert: I ended up buying one.

    The car has helped form a strong bond between me and my son (now 5.5 yo). It's what we look forward to doing when the weather permits, and it's something just for us. (He is territorial -- he doesn't like the idea that mom might have ridden on his seat.) I now put more miles on it than I do on our VW GTI... and the seat in the GTI never feels quite right. (To make the transition a bit more bearable, I've modded the GTI a bit and had the brakes improved.)

    I was attracted to the car by the breathless reviews that were came out. I did a few test drives. Lurked here. And the day after thanksgiving last year pulled the trigger.
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    I have watched the sun rise over Venice and watched it set over the Thames.
    I have stood in front of Van Gogh and Picasso paintings.
    I have sat in a dark, New York theatre and listened to Les Miserable.
    I have looked up through the mist at El Capitan and felt the spray of ocean waves.

    And I have listened to its guttural snarl, slid my fingers over its soft curves
    and driven a Porsche on a winding country road, autumn leaves flying in the mirror.
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    Quote Originally Posted by markstudy View Post
    I never had a Porsche poster on my wall as a kid, my dream cars were all wedge shaped. Ironicly the wedge shape of Ferrari 355 and Lamborghini Diablo are now looking dated. Yet the 70 year old shape of Porsche just doesn’t age and looks good regardless of age.
    Well said.
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    I did it for myself.

    I obsessively scoured the internet for months when I decided to purchase my 2008 Porsche Cayman S. It was akin to playing a game of chicken with myself for quite a long time. My inner monologue went something like this, "Are you sure you are doing this? What if x y and z? What if a b and c?". At the time I was 27 and working in a male dominated industry in an even more male niche subset of aviation. I was not what most consider to be the stereotypical Porsche driver. I didn't tell many others that I planned to purchase my car; other than my Dad of course.
    My father pieces together cars like a surgeon of machines. He had many that he was proud of and more stories that each car facilitated than anyone here would care to read. Presently he restores classic Broncos. To that end, he raised me to know how to change my own oil and rotate tires. Mom and Dad brought me home from the hospital after my birth in a 944 Turbo; so it's natural to say that my first car that I purchased for myself would be a Porsche. I loved cars and grew up loving them for the sake of it in itself. I drove my 1996 BMW 318ic for over a decade and she has 256,000 plus miles on her. Needless to say, it was time to end the game of chicken and buy the Porsche.

    When I drove my Cayman S home for the first time I made sure that my Dad could accompany me on my way. He tried to buy my first tank of gas on our drive home, but I would not let him. I am nearly 30 and immensely independent but I still desire to be close to my parents. Truthfully, if it were not for my father's mechanical assistance I could not justify the financial burden of Porsche maintenance. It was important to me to purchase the car while we could work on it together (since then we have changed the front brake pads together and the oil). There is something incredible about being able to work with your hands. I work in an office environment, and the release just isn't there in the same way. Deleting 34498 emails on a Tuesday and waking up to 34498 emails the very next morning does not give one visual progress. Working on my Porsche with my Dad gives me visual progress and it gives us an opportunity to bond. I get to be with my Dad and observe him as just himself. I believe that watching one's parents just be themselves as individuals is insightful and important.

    I think any member here could wane esoteric about the precision engineering. I will omit that from this response because I find that it is something we all agree on and receive joy from.

    For me, my Porsche provides me an opportunity to do something for myself, and to bond with my Dad. It affords me the opportunity to learn the lost art of auto mechanics as a 20 something. I don't have pictures of my car on social media. I don't even own a Twitter or an Instagram account. In total, I have maybe 10-15 pictures of her. My work colleagues didn't realize the car was mine for as long as possible. Driving a Porsche has never been about others. It's about the relationship between the car and the driver. You think it . . . and the car just responds in kind. It's natural. It's inherent and it's beautiful.

    Sure, I could write funny comments about how my car draws a lot of attention that I did not necessarily anticipate. I could say that it tends to intimidate younger men and it makes older men wish they had planned differently financially. I could also write about having a manual transmission and how so few young people know how to drive one anymore; particularly one as beautiful as what we get to experience on a regular basis. I could write about how people always assume that my car is my boyfriend's car and I am just borrowing it. I have had my car for less than a year and I already have accumulated plenty of funny and absurd stories.

    Aside from the jokes, contradistinctively, I think Porsche is about relationships. Driving a Porsche is the ultimate recognition that what objects we chose to surround ourselves with, and what we chose to invest in (or not) speaks louder than words.
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    I was born a “car enthusiast”! Some of my early car events involved pushing a toy car on the running board of my fathers’ 1936 Chrysler. At one time, while my family was in the Chrysler, parked at a curb, I was sitting in the passenger seat. My mother was in the back seat. My father had gotten out of the car to do something. A car parked in front of us started to move and to push us back. My mother got all upset. I jammed the floor mounted gear shift lever into first gear ( I was too young and short to use the clutch). The car pushing us no longer could move us. My mother asked how I knew to do this: I replied I saw my father do it. I was about 6 years old!

    I couldn’t wait to learn to drive. (Literally). At age 12, I was driving. At night I would get up in the middle of the night, and get into our family Pontiac and allow the car to roll down hill where I would start the car, and go get a couple of friends to joy ride around. Each chipped in a dollar and we could ride for quite a while and have enough gas to put the gauge back where it was when we started! A short reach under the dash board, and the speedometer/odometer was re-connected. Did you know that a 1951 Pontiac could go 95mph with 8 kids in the car? Yikes. Somehow I managed to live.

    My father bought a Morris Minor, which was my car to learn a manual transmission…..I liked the control the manual offered. The Morris had a top speed of about 65 mph! My father got rid of the Morris (another story altogether) and got a manual transmission 6 cylinder 1954 Ford. They didn’t make the welds on the gear shift lever very strong, as I managed to break it and almost put my hand through the windshield in the process…..speed shifting into second gear. Yikes again. (needless to say, when my kids were learning to drive, I was paranoid…..and prayed they would not do the things I did)

    The Porsche part of the story: It was 1968 I had recently bought a new 1968 VW Squareback. Wonderful fun car, and very thrifty and practical. I was travelling home to my wife and stopped off at a Dealership that sold Porsche cars (and I believe Audi cars as well). I was in the showroom, and the gentleman who greeted me asked if I had ever driven a Porsche. (right…..I was happy to be able to afford the VW squareback) I said to him “I haven’t”. He handed me a set of keys, and pointed to a 911S sitting outside and said “take it for a ride and let me know how you like it! He didn’t even ask my name!!!! I took it for a ride for about 30 minutes. When I got out of the car, my feet would not touch the ground. He then asked my name and said if I gave him my name he would send me a brochure. He could have asked me anything at that point. (The “salesman” was Joe Buzzetta. Many years later I learned who he was.) When I got home, I told my wife I want a divorce and am replacing her with the Porsche. Sometimes wives have no sense of humor. A few weeks after this event, I received a tube style package in the mail. Inside was a poster showing the back end of a 911 and the license tag had my name on. The hook was planted!

    Fast forward some years and I was in Greensboro, N.C., on business. It was lunch time and I had some time to explore. I came across an Italian car dealership that had just taken in Porsche cars to sell. So, I had to stop off and see what they had. On the dealership floor was the new Boxster. What a beautiful car. The salesman must have seen me drool. He asked me if I would like to drive the car. Of course, I said yes. He handed me the keys to a car in the parking lot. ….a brand new Boxster. He didn’t even ask my name? Seems to be a pattern here. He mapped out a course which took about 30 minutes and consisted of lots of twists and turns. I hate myself for being so easy! I was again smitten! What is this magic that had come over me?. Unfortunately in life, burdened with responsibility most often triumph’s over the ability to satisfy desire. But at this point, I knew that one day, I will have a Porsche, with my name on it!

    Fast forward again. I was getting close to retirement time. I told my wife “when I retire, I am getting a convertible, so we can travel and have some fun” (LOL). About a year before retirement, I was in South Florida on business and rented a new Camaro SS convertible. Not exactly my “cup of tea”. As a car it was fast, but it rattled and bounced and shook. It never gave a feeling that it was put together very well. ……. but it did bring back memories of the Boxster I drove in Greensboro, because it was a convertible. That week I decided to stop at a Porsche Dealer in South Florida, and test drive the Boxster S (2014). Wow, what a powerful, well put together beautiful looking, amazing car…..and mid engine. Boy could it handle the curves. I was toast. I came home and told my wife (not the same wife I mentioned earlier in this story) that I was buying a Porsche for a retirement present for myself. I was surprised, as she was very positive, and said it was a great idea! She only had two concerns: had I checked out the cost of insurance?, which I did….and the cost wasn’t that bad….and as long as it doesn’t impede our taking nice European vacations….go for it. Wow!

    As soon as I retired, within a short time I was on the Porsche configurator planning my new 2015 Boxster S. The dollars were adding up fast, but I was committed. The hardest part was picking out what color to get! The three month wait was awful…..it seemed like forever. Then it was finally here. I couldn’t stop smiling, I guess that is the ultimate compliment to my car….it always makes me smile…..when I drive it, and when I see it in the garage all shiny and beautiful. The ride is perfect, the performance is wonderful, the clutch and shifter are perfect, the sounds, the open air, the workmanship, the looks, the feeling…..this car is a work or art, and has fulfilled a dream that this “car nut” has had for a very long time, and it has spoiled me forever……..and yes, my wife and I do take trips in “our” beloved Porsche!
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    I have always been an M Roadster guy. About 18 months ago, I sold it to my buddy and have since been on a search for a Boxster S. As of a few days ago, I'm now the proud owner of a used '06 that was highly optioned when new. It's a low mileage gem, well cared for in Basalt Black Metallic. However, I have not as of yet picked it up from the dealer and the anticipation is killin' me! Everyday, I'm online looking at the 58 pics of it, from every conceivable angle for at least a total of 2 hours. The only other event that I've looked forward to as much as this, was the birth of my two, now adult, children. Alot of great miles await me!

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    To the thread starter: Just curious......when I pulled up what I submitted on this thread on my cell phone, my post was in tiny letters. All the other posts that showed on the phone were the same size except for mine. Curious what happened to make it so small and hard to read on the cell phone. Was the post too long, perhaps?

    Great thread, by the way!
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    it starts with a yearning..... a desire to drive the car.... it gnaws at me when I drive other cars.. they just don't feel the same.

    being in the driver's seat with my hands familiar with where everything is and planning my drive ahead.
    sometimes just an open road, sometimes picking the long road with the curves, sometimes picking the quickest route to the office.

    firing her up - the cold start pumps some aural pleasure straight to my spine. I put her in gear and start my adventure.
    the flat 6 is a deliciously "creamy" engine and sounds great going up all the way up the tacho. PDK makes the shifts lightning fast allowing me to focus on my driving, braking and other traffic.

    after a nice run, I stop by my favourite petrol station for a tank refill and possibly a manual hand wash at the local car wash.
    fun to see her clean again before I tuck her in for the night.

    dreaming of Porsche tonight....fighting the craving to go for a midnight drive...

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

    To explain what it means for me to drive a Porsche, I need to go back one step and explain what Porsche means to my mother.

    She was an immigrant from another country, escaping a war and trying to make a fresh start in a new country. While working on a farm, she would see Porsche 911s drive by every so often. The silhouette of the 911 caught her attention and seeing the people that drove the car brought about fantasies for her. Like the older couples driving the 911s by that strawberry field, she dreamed that someday she will go on road trips and adventures with my father after they both retired. Without knowing the prestige of the Porsche brand or its motorsport heritage, the Porsche 911 remained a dream car for her, representing a hope for a bright future with my father. Unfortunately, her dream of retiring with my father and driving across the country in a Porsche 911 will never come true since my father is no longer with us.

    I grew up hearing how my mother admired the Porsche 911s and I could never understand why she thought the cars were beautiful. Like many other children, I liked the BMWs, Ferraris, Lamborghinis, and other more aggressive looking cars. Whenever I played a video game, I would choose almost any other sports car to race and ignore the relatively conservative Porsche cars. So my mother’s love for the Porsche design was lost upon me.

    Years pass and I continued to drive daily commuter cars like Toyota Camry throughout my teens and twenties. It never occurred to me to get a sports car since a daily commuter like the Toyota Camry is all I ever needed to get from point A to point B. However, as I progressed in my career, my co-workers would repeatedly bring up why I don’t get a newer car that better reflects my career and position? If I want more attention from girls, other co-workers, and feel better about myself, I should get a car that reflects my job such as a Mercedes, BMW, Audi, or a Lexus was what I was told. After years of hearing this, I eventually gave in and started car shopping for that new car.

    I test drove almost every car from every manufacturer from Mazda to Mercedes. I eventually settled on either a Tesla Model S or a Jaguaricon F Type since they spoke to me for different reasons. During my car shopping adventure, I brought my mother along to look at some cars with me. On a drive home with my mother one evening, I noticed a Porsche dealership on the way and I decided to stop by. It was during this moment that I saw my mom, who had been relatively uninterested in any car I’ve looked at, stare at what she thought were the most beautiful cars she had ever seen.

    In this moment, I asked myself why I was even getting a car for myself anymore. Was it really important that girls notice me because of the car I drive? Was it important that my co-workers respect me more if I drive into work in a nicer car than a Toyota Camry? My mom had taken care of my family by her lonesome and never asked for anything in return from her kids, except that we become good people. It then became my mission to get a Porsche for my mother.

    Instead of the Tesla Model S or the Jaguar F Type, I began my search for a Porsche for my mother. I saw a 2007 Porsche 911 Targa 4 for sale nearby and I decided to test drive it. The moment I opened up the car door and saw the interior, I was disappointed. I imagined that a Porsche would be more luxurious and yet the interior lacked the fancy designs found in other cars. However, this all changed when I started up the car and drove it onto the highway. The lightness, nimbleness, and reactiveness of the 911’s steering was staggering. This old car handled better than any new car I had test driven up until this point. How such an old car handled so well, I had no idea, but it was a revelation for me to finally experience a Porsche 911.

    However, my search would not end at the 2007 Porsche 911 Targa 4. It was not meant to be. Instead, my search would eventually lead me to a new 2014 Porsche Cayman for my mother. The design looked fresh and assertive compared to the Porsche 911s and the updated interior was evocative of a race car. The moment I test drove the car, I immediately felt it speaking to me in the way it handles, the way it sounded, the way it finessed itself on the streets and highway. I bought the car that same day.

    I remember driving home late at night with the 2014 Porsche Cayman to surprise my mom. I had led her to believe that I was going to get a Mercedes sports car for myself, so when I opened up the garage door and asked her to come out, she was confused by what she saw. She thought it was the strangest looking Mercedes she had ever seen. But as she looked closer, she realized it was something different. I will always remember the moment she slowly approached the car, recognized the Porsche badge on the hood, touched the badge and teared up as I told her it was hers now.

    Time passed since that 2014 Porsche Cayman came into our family’s garage, since then I have been a proud owner of a used 2005 Porsche Boxster and a new 2017 Porsche Cayman as well.

    So what does it mean for me to drive a Porsche? It’s a revelation to drive and a dream to experience. A car I had underestimated so much ended up converting me into a person who loves exploring my surroundings. I now know my home even more than before because I go off the beaten path to find out what’s around the corner. My mother’s dream of driving across the country in a Porsche 911 with my father during retirement will never come true, but I hope she won’t mind driving across the country in a Porsche with her son instead.
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