As much as I love this car I just can’t stop thinking about the new Targa GTS. The beautiful retro look of the Targa reminds me so much of when I originally fell in love with Porsches and bought my 78 SC Targa. To me the new Targa is the nicest looking Porsche in a very long time and I have an opportunity to snag a GTS order from my dealer. I only have room in my garage for one car so after much deliberation I’ve decided to sell the Cab. I know it will continue to appreciate in value but I just can’t stand the thought of it sitting in storage and not being driven, it should go to someone that will get more joy out of it. I’m still working on updated photos of the car so I haven’t posted it for sale anywhere yet. I’ll be posting it on all of the usual sites/forums and EBay once the photos are ready. Looking for $65K
I finally posted the For Sale page.
So it’s like 45 degrees outside today but the sun in shining bright and my car has been sitting in the garage way too long. But I have a problem. I need to spend time with my two crazy boys and I really need to make a trip to Costco to stock up for our holiday party. Is it possible to combine a fun Saturday drive, quality time with the boys and a domestic chore like shopping at Costco. Hell yes!
It might be 45 degrees but the heater works great so we are going topless!
Gabe and Shep have their blankets ready
I told you they were crazy boys and they love the wind in their hair!
Our long Saturday cruise was interrupted by a very slow train. At one point it stopped and went backward 🙂
And finally, here is the proof that a classic 911 can be the perfect car for a sunny cruise with kids to Costco. Screw mini-vans!
Winter has very much arrived in Seattle and the bright sunny topdown days of Summer have been replaced with constant rain, cold fronts and gray skies. As a result my 911 has been spending way too much time in the garage, frustrated and wanting to get back out on the roads.
When my loving, caring and thankfully forgiving wife asked me to move the car outside so we could clean the garage I jumped at the chance to fire it up and drive it around to the front of the house. The car started without hesitation, there was no rain in sight and by the time I had backed it out of the garage I was overcome by the sound of the engine. I knew I would be taking the very long way around the house. I wonder how that garage is coming along?
A cold but dry winter day in Seattle. The view from Alki is beautiful any day of the year.
My first Porsche was a 78 SC Targa that I bought when I still lived in Northern Virginia. I was driving home from college one day and saw a beautiful white Porsche sitting in a grass field with a for sale sign on it. I went home, grabbed my Dad and went to take a look. I had read all about buying used cars so of course I kicked the tires, looked at the battery and opened the engine compartment. Basically I had no idea what I was doing. Fortunately my Dad did so after a thorough inspection and a long test drive we decided the car was solid and I bought it for $10K. I wish that I had held on to this car but eventually I needed some money and I sold it. I always knew that I would come back for another one someday.
I recently mentioned to my parents that I only had one photo of my old 78 SC and it was just a low quality digital capture of a framed print in really rough shape. Well as always my parents have come through and surprised me with some other photos that I thought were long ago lost! Thanks Mom and Dad for finding these and sending them my way.
Looking at it now, it’s no wonder I fell in love with it the second I saw it!
It might not be as wide as the Turbo-Look but it still looks great.
This was taken on Skyline Drive in the Shenandoah National Park.
The car needed a top-end rebuild and my Dad and I did some of the work ourselves. Well, we dropped the engine ourselves 🙂 Such fun!
Two things to note about this image. I had no idea what I was doing but fortunately my Dad did. And apparently I thought it was cool to wear a Taz hat. Oy vey!
Saturday is typically my morning to sleep in late, but not today. The Redmond Exotic car show held every Saturday in the summer was having their once a year Porsche day and John Walker was having his annual Porsche swap meet. I’ve been looking forward to today for over a month. It required me to get up early, enjoy a fast drive to Redmond and then a nice drive back to the Phinney Ridge area before heading home again. Any excuse to put miles on my car AND spend the day around other Porsches, owners and enthusiasts will work for me.
Exotics at Redmond
This was my first time attending and I didn’t know what to expect so I showed up early, arriving a little after 8 am. Holy crap, there were already hundreds of Porsches there and the main strip was completely full. The big back parking lots were filling up quickly. This was turning out to be a huge show even with the occasional rain shower. I was directed to my spot by the nice volunteers and then spent a few hours walking the lots, seeing all of the beautiful cars and meeting some really great people.
My car was quite pedestrian compared to the beauties at the show:
Pedestrian but still beautiful.
I arrived early and the lots were already almost full.
The lots were full of row after row of gorgeous air cooled 911s:
Is blue my favorite?
Could be green…
This beauty was parked next to me and rightfully stealing all of the attention.
Lovely cars all in a row. More on the RUF later
A really nice looking 930
White with black letter is always a winner
An eye catching color on a fast 930
Great contrast between old and new at the show today
This amazing RUF Turbo R was a show favorite, at least my favorite, and the owner was a super nice guy to talk to. I’m glad to know this rare monster of a 911 lives in West Seattle too and I hope to see it on the local roads soon. No, I won’t be offering to race it 🙂
And some nice older models:
Stunning, the photo doesn’t do it justice
This looks fun
And some race cars that looked fast standing still:
I asked to drive it but they said no
Will this fit in my car
Ready to race
Imagine this thing coming up behind in your rear-view
Okay, there were also some newer models there as well. As beautiful as they are they just don’t compare to the older models in my view:
The GT was getting a lot of attention
Beautiful in white
Perhaps more at home in Miami
And finally some non-Porsche distractions. There were a ton of other cars from Ferrari to Lamborghini, etc. but I was here for the Porsches:
Yes, I put a 911 with a Chevy motor in this section on purpose
My wife’s favorite car so I had to get a picture for her
A fun track day car
I’m afraid if I drive an Atom I will want to buy one.
And finally I ended the day driving to Phinney Ridge to check out the John Walker swap meet. I arrived pretty late but there was still a lot of activity. People talking cars, people selling parts and one guy so excited about his new Fuchs that he jacked his car up in the parking lot and swapped them right there. I was too busy looking around to take many photos but for some reason this collection of brake calipers caught my eye:
When I bought this car I had images of wrenching on it myself, doing all of the maintenance, teaching my two boys all about how to work on cars etc. But the truth is that I have no freaking clue what I’m doing. My Dad is a genius when it comes to working with his hands. He’s built race cars, custom knives, beautiful furniture…the list goes on and on. Somewhere buried deep in me must lie some dormant genes just ready to come out right? This car is going to help me discover them. Slowly.
My car needs new shocks, it’s bouncing all over the place. No, I’m not actually going to replace the shocks myself, that’s a 201 class and I’m still in 101 territory. I just needed to confirm a few things about the suspension. I just needed to know the type of front struts that I have and I needed to know the size of the rear sway bar so that I can get some replacement bushings.
Tools ordered, car jacked up for the first time and the best helper in the world ready to lend a hand!
The front wheel is off, just look at those beautiful 930 brakes! Now time to discover who made these struts…
It’s Boge for the win! A set of Bilstein HD inserts made for the Boge struts will fix my bouncy ride.
It turns out my M491 Carrera has the standard 21mm Carrera rear sway-bar and not the 20mm 930 sway-bar.
Time to order some suspension parts. I know this might seem like the stupidest little project but for a guy that isn’t use to working on cars it was a nice confidence booster that getting the car in the air and handling simple work is no big deal. Maybe I’ll try to tackle this suspension upgrade myself after all…
I’ve never had a custom license plate before but I just had to do it this time. What put me over the edge is the release of a Seattle Seahawks themed plate! Go Hawks! And Go Porsche!
This might be old news to many Porsche fans but I stumbled on this incredible video of a complete 3.2 engine teardown and just had to share it. The detail is amazing, you could almost use this as a how-to guide for your own teardown!