This Porsche story was submitted by Mitchell. I love hearing about how people gained an interest in Porsches.
My first real exposure to the Porsche was through a high school friend of mine who used to wash/detail cars for his dad’s friends. They were a rich(er) family and of course the circles they traveled in were as well. So the cars he was detailing (for $100 a pop, btw) were all higher end, and included a few Porsches. The two I remember were probably from the late 80s – a black Carrera and a red Targa.
Anyway, I was jealous and would often just hang out with him as he worked. He had a great gig for a teenager and I suspect many people would do that job for free just for the opportunity to drive those cars. Unfortunately, he wasn’t about to cut me in, nor was he going to let me drive, so I didnt do any work, lol. But I did get to sit in and ride in those Porsches and that was pretty sweet at the time.
I’ve never really been a “car guy” so it’s not like this experience spurred me on to learn all I could about cars or Porsches or decide I WOULD own one one day (not that I’m ruling it out, mind you, lol). But it was just the origin of my fondness for them and it’s a good memory for me.