Life in cars
“I bought a 1970 De Tomaso Pantera. That was a poster car for me”
I remember going to a Porsche and Ferrari dealer that had a 996 Turbo and a 360 Modena parked in the garage in the back, and I was trying to decide which one to get. I went for the Ferrari. Black on black, F1 gearbox, really nice car. I had the Ferrari for like a week or two, maybe two weeks, and I went back and I bought the Porsche as well.
With the Ferrari I did all the factory updates that came out throughout that car’s life; with the Porsche I had Gemballa come over to my place and refash it to take it to 485bhp, then I put a set of TechArt wheels on it.
Eventually I sold the Ferrari because the dealers just made me so mad. I traded the 996 Turbo for a 2010 GT3, but I hated it because all the power was so high in the rev range, so I got a 2012 Turbo S. Then there’s my 2011 GT2 RS, that thing scares me, but it’s a keeper...
Then I started to look at the older ones, so I bought an ’88 Carrera originally registered in Boston where I’m from. That’s a keeper; I’ll have that car forever. Then I found an ’87 930, black over cashmere, with 8,000 miles on it, four-speed. So I bought that, took the motor out, resealed it, drove it for a while and then decided I wanted a little more power, so I put a K27 Turbo in it and a bigger intercooler.
Then I bought an ’84 factory slant-nose Turbo. They didn’t actually make the slant-nose until ’86, this was the one-of factory prototype they took around America to generate orders – it only had 940 miles on it. I put another 40 on it getting it home... fat-out all the way, but I knew it was the only time I’d ever drive it because you can’t break 1,000 miles on that car. It’s an investment.
Then I bought an RS America, a ’94, so that’s my frst 964, which I didn’t like at all, so I asked a friend of mine to sell it. This guy comes into the dealership who has a 2012 Carrera 4 GTS, silver on black, manual, which is a rare car. He ofers to give me it plus $13,000, and he’ll take my RS America. I was like, “All day long.” I might put that SharkWerks X-Pipe on the back and delete the centre rear one just to get a little more noise out of it, but I don’t know if you need it. Oh, then I bought the Focus RS.
What’s next? I don’t know, I’m trying to be reserved, I like the AMG GT R, that’s cool, I could maybe play with one of those. I do like that car that Harris has been driving, too, the S63 coupe. Just don’t tell him I said that.