words by Robert Turner
"It was an awful car and taken as a singular ownership event, should have scared most people (namely me) away from Porsche forever."
So does that apply to you? Hmmm. You are reading this on a Porsche site right? And me? What do you think? Hate to pigeon hole into any particular category, but I gotta be honest with myself here; yes I am a Porsche-brand geek. Says so right on the shirt I am wearing right now, writing this piece: Drivers Education February 2003, Maverick Region PCA. Yeah, guilty as charged.
My own Porsche adventure started early, a really terrible (or terribly rusted) 914 I drove in college. It was an awful car and taken as a singular ownership event, should have scared most people (namely me) away from Porsche forever. But then something magic happened. It was 1990, I was recently married. So one Saturday morning, as me and my bride read the local newspapers—just to set the stage here, my wife loves to read the paper cover to cover, she still does—she looked up from her paper and asked: “Is $14,000 for a 1987 Porsche 944S with low miles a good deal?” I put down my section of the paper. She had just totally captured my attention. Brand loyalty was about to strike again!
And on that exhaust note, see you next time.
Robert Turner is the author of The Driver, a series of six novels your editor in chief finds intoxicatingly engaging and superbly written; Book I— Decision and Book II— Training are currently available here. He also has a blog entitled My Life with Porsches. Robert can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.