This story was submitted by Erik who runs RennPassion.com. A great story about how he come to love Porsches and even start a site dedicated to them:
Ever since I was a little boy, I’ve loved cars. (Sound familiar?) Naturally, this was easy for me, as my father dedicated his entire life to working in the automotive industry, where at his peak, he oversaw market operations for a better half of the globe. The first time I chose to cover my walls as a young lad was with a poster of an original Dodge Viper with the American flag draped in the background. The rest was history. I set out on a journey to find the most pure sports car out there.
My uncle Garrett served in the US Military for many years and because of his lifestyle he became an avid Porsche enthusiast. This was to be my first encounter with what I would later fall in love with and never look back, the Porsche. Aptly so, and of course I didn’t realize at the time, he even named his dogs Targa and Carrera. What an inspiration. Enter the summer of my younger brother’s 2nd birthday, our annual Florida vacation had us stop in Atlanta to visit his family on the way. That summer would change the way I looked at cars forever.
It was a beautiful summer day in the suburbs of Atlanta when my uncle asked me if I wanted to go get some gas and milk. Not thinking anything of it, I said “sure” and proceed my way out the front door to where his ‘regular’ car was parked in the driveway – The Porsches stayed parked in the garage. But as I lead out the door, I was stopped with, “we can go out the garage.” So I back tracked inside and down the stairs towards the garage not knowing what I was about to experience. There sat two Porsches keenly preserved in the darkness that slowly disappeared as the early morning light progressively revealed the black and silver beauties. Covering the walls were posters, calendars and more; I was immediately enveloped by a positive energy, a thrill of excitement- a Passion. Without knowing it, Garrett unlocked the passenger door of his 1978 triple black Targa. To this day my eyes still water. He fired it up and lead me on a journey that left only traces of leaves, dust and boisterous fumes. Off to the gas station we went, to grab my first real encounter of Premium Petrol.
Excerpted from Garrett: “The original triple black was a 1978 911 SC Targa. It was all original and had an immaculate stainless steel roll bar. Interior was tan and the Targa top was in great condition and was collapsible. It was the first 911 to have the 3.0 liter as the standard engine. Prior to this car the standard engine was a 2.7 and the car was a 911S. The 3.0 liter was reserved for the Carrera. The SC was produced from 1978 to 1983. I bought the car in 1985 and owned it until 2004. The car never leaked oil and never had the upper or lower case opened. I also owned a Yellow/Black interior, 1975 911S Sunroof Coupe and a Guards Red/Black interior, 1984 911 Carrera Cabriolet. I actually owned all three at the same time for a couple of months. My all time favorite was the 1978.”
My efforts are to capture the spirit of Porsche enthusiasts worldwide, and hopefully, someday very soon, find a way to finance the first Porsche of my own.
I connect with the Passion that lives within those that understand why Ferdinand Porsche chose to build the sports car of his dreams.
My family lived in Stuttgart for two years, and while I visited one year, I was able to go to the headquarters and old Porsche museum. I have some great photos of the new museum while still being constructed, as well as many, many Porsches that at the time were new models that could only be seen there. It’s been a fantastic journey, and I truly hope to win the 911 you guys are giving away. It would be a dream come true.
Additionally, this video embodies what I believe to be the Porsche experience (we featured this video a while back on a Monday Video post…still one of my favorites):