The Turning Bug- The Beginning

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I have owned many, many cars. Over 20. So many that I do not even want to sit down and list them. Most never saw the road. I was fortunate enough to have a large property, and I’d buy low and sell high in order to finance my vehicular vices. My first car was a 1972 Dodge Challenger that I got when I was 10.  318 automatic, 156,000 miles…It was at the edge of salvageable, but I drove it through the entire summer of 2008.

 

 

 

I owned musclecars almost exclusively until 2008, when I bought a 1984 Porsche 944.

 

 

At 140hp new, and 165,000 on the clock when I bought it, it wasn’t going to win any drag races, but the handling….the handling was exquisite. For a guy that had only previously owned 90’s Ford pickups and vehicles with rack-and-pinion and straight rear axles, this thing was a lightning bolt of revelations. In 2008, I did my first track event at Lime Rock Park, and hooked does not even begin to describe what I was.

 

 

After 3 years and many, many miles, I sold her back to the previous owner. Not a month later, he nearly lost his life in the car when he launched off of a guardrail at 60mph and into a forest. The car caught fire and smashed into a tree trunk with the roof.

 

Not to worry, I had moved on to bigger and better things- a 1986 Porsche 944 Turbo, or 951-

 

 

I wasted more time than I care to remember dealing with the insane Porsche engineering in this thing. Ceramic-lined exhaust ports, dual ECU’s, Dual ball bearing turbo upgrade…For the 3 weeks it ran decent, it had 350 horsepower, reached 145 mph, and was the most unsafe thing I have ever drive. Then it broke and I never fixed it.

Porsche Nightmare March 22nd 2013

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