Re: Porsche 70 Years - What does it mean to drive a Porsche?
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.
2012 Cayman R - Black/Silver Contrast
2017 Macan - Meteor Grey
Specialized S-Works Tarmac Disc Di2
Priors: Porsche Cayenne, Audi TT 3.2, Range Rover Sport, Volvo XC 90, Fiat Coupé, Alfa Romeo 156, MB E Class, Fiat X 1/9....among others.