two years in a 911

(a repost of a thought-I-lost-it article from not long ago.)

It’s been over two years since we’ve gotten into the Porsche realm with our 2008 911S. Joined the PCA a month after we got it, and started doing social gatherings and weekend drives with them as schedules permitted. The car has been very reliable with only a couple of normal issues here and there, and regular maintenance, that I don’t skip, as I want it to remain reliable. We’ve had the car completely maintained at Porsche Central Austin, also where we bought it, and they’ve done a great job with it. You really get a first class treatment here, and I recommend them.

Now that it’s been two years, I find that I’ve been totally caught up in the ownership experience, and have become something of a fan boy on All Things Porsche. No, I’m not wearing their underpants (and yes they will sell you some), but I find myself wearing P-car shirts whenever I can. Coffee cups, backpacks, posters, flags and whatnot too. I’ve attended more races at the local track than I have in the past, mainly because of the comradery and Porsche deals we get on them. I’m not a “big crowds” person, and being a PCA member gives me a niche that I can step aside from the big crowd and be part of a perhaps exclusive group. And I don’t mean exclusive as in pretentious. These are great people, and easy to get along with, as we all share the same passions for cars. No matter your station in life, just own/drive a P-car of any vintage, pay $50/year to PCA, and you’re in. There’s always more opportunity to spend time/money, like any club, but you can spend as little or as much as you like. It’s an awesome deal. I’ve always been a gearhead/car nut (having owned 53 cars, another story entirely), but we have really gone deep into this one, and will continue to do so.

Probably the most fun has been the weekend drives the local Hill Country Region does on several weekends a year. Gather up somewhere early morning, some member is the Tourmaster and has planned out a route, usually with an interesting destination at the far end and twisty roads in between, finish up our Morning Worship of all the Porsches, and away we go. Leisurely, or a bit faster if you like. Great stuff. They also have great social get-togethers often, and we attend what we can.

Other times, the Spousal Unit and I hop in on a Saturday/Sunday morning, pick a general compass direction, and go till we get tired. Takes a while when you’re gawking at scenery the whole time as well as devouring roads. The SU is also a fiend for Open House signs, so there are always unexpected detours.

It’s been a great two years. Looking forward to some more. Wouldn’t you?