It was 1984 when I first started dreaming of sports
cars of all makes. The Ferrari Testarossa? Sure, I'll
take that... The Porsche 911 Turbo? Even better.
I remember just having to get Road&Track magazine
every month so I could check out the new cars, and
memorize all the numbers.
I had Porsche posters, brochures, and more models
than could be counted.
I guess it was then around 1994 that my fascination jumped
to a higher level. I was off to college, and thought it
was a perfectly reasonable goal of mine to buy a 911 as my
first car. Every summer home from CMU I'd hunt the classifieds,
tracking prices and availability. By then I had subscribed to
Excellence, and incredible magazine devoted entirely
to the Porsche marque. I then really started researching
Porsche history, and put together one of the very first
Porsche web pages (October 1994). I noticed that most of
the e-mail I got regarding that page included the question
"So, what year 911 do you own?". Boy, did that get
depressing. There I was, creator of what people call the
best Porsche page on the web, and didn't even own one.
Then things got serious.
With graduation on the 17th of May, 1998, I realized that
the time had come to either buy a 911, or come up with an
alternate plan. Alternative to a 911? No such thing. So,
I perused the classifieds one morning, found what looked
to be a 1986 911 too good to be true, and made the phone
The car was just spectacular. Only 67K miles. A nice shade
of metallic grey with burgandy leather interior. Garage kept, and
babied like every Porsche should be. So, I bought it. Right out of
college and the very proud owner of a Porsche 911. I
really couldn't think of any other car that would be
There's just something so amazing about the Porsche marque. Porsche is
a small company dedicated to excellent workmanship, whose main
focus has always been doing what they do best: winning races.
From this comes the world's best production sports cars, with
now 50 years of racing history behind them. All other sports
cars in this world just try to be flashy, but Porsches are tried
and true race cars; high-performing and long-enduring. Americans
just cannot fathom that Porsche designed their cars to be run
at full speed for an entire tank of gas. It is
that philosophy of combining high performance with endurance
that has been most evident in my experience
so far with my 911, and I hope to continue owning Porsche
automobiles for many decades to come.
I'm now a member of the PCA
so I can share my admiration of the Porsche line with
others who are equally addicted to the perfect car.
I've been trying to learn the ins and outs of the car for a while
now, and hope to resort to calling up the p-wrench only for major
work. It's a straight-forward enough car, but sometimes parts do run
a tad on the expensive side. However, with resellers and third-party
vendors, it's actually quite affordable and reasonable for the
Being a Porschephile is such a fun hobby...
Porsche. There is no substitute. And how true that is.