Weekly Porsche Wrap

Get a free Porsche 911 Turbo – If only it were THAT easy! Joe, one of our PorschePerfect.com faithful readers, sent me this story about NFL tight end Tony Gonzalez. He’s trying to sell his Manhatten Beach, California house. It’s a 4-bedroom, 4-bath house for sale at $3.6 million. Buy the house at full price and he’ll throw in a brand new Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet worth $144,000. The house sounds amazing and is only two blocks from the beach. The crazy thing is, is a $144,000 Porsche really going to be the thing that gets someone to buy this house? Doesn’t seem like it to me. [Via MyFoxOrlando.com]

2012 Boxster and Cayman production moving in-house? – There is talk of production moving in-house for the 2012 models of both the Porsche Boxster and Cayman. Historically Porsche has outsourced a good portion of the production of both of these vehicles. Now that VW is involved, I would expect that much of this work would move to internal resources. One possible location is a recently purchased ex-Karmann factory in Osnabruck. Be interesting to see if VW takes advantage of Porsche’s highly optimized production process as well. [Via MotorAuthority.com]

Steal money from investors and buy FAKE exotic cars – Sounds strange, doesn’t it? The latest collection to get seized is from Jeffrey L. Mowen, a fallen money manager accused of taking $18 million from investors. It seems he had a collection of around 300 cars and bikes scattered throughout Utah. The crazy thing is the majority of them were replicas. Everything from replica Porsches and Jaguars to a Lamborghini and Shelby Cobra. Just seems odd to me. You should check out the pictures at the NYTimes.com article and also the auction pictures linked to from the article. Seems like a guy could blow his stolen cash on something a little better than replicars. [Via NYTimes.com]

A few winter driving tips from Porsche’s Camp4 school – Even though we don’t get much snow in the Pacific Northwest, when it does come, it’s handy to have a few reminders about how to drive on the white stuff. Here’s the quick list from the article:

  1. Drive on fresh snow because it can provide more traction and grip than that slushy mess that used to be called snow.
  2. Make sure your car is pointed and your steering wheel is turned the direction you want to go before hitting the gas.
  3. Don’t over-adjust. Cars respond more slowly on slippery surfaces so before you hit the gas or slam on your breaks again, give your car a little time to react.
  4. Check your tires monthly since tire pressure can change by every 1 psi for every 10 degrees F change in temperature
  5. Slow down, especially if you’re making a sharp turn or turning a corner. You should also brake sooner and longer than usual on dry surfaces.

[Via VehicleVibes.com]