Living the Legend
Our contributing enthusiasts from around the world share their real-life experiences with their Porsche 911s
Our real-world Porsche 911 owners update you on their latest flat six escapades
Thanks to the Editor, Lee, for permitting another 911 enthusiast to share a story or two! I want to start by talking about 5,000rpm, a sweet spot in most 911 torque/hp curves. You know the difference in mindset at 5,000rpm, right? You are no longer just cruising down the road, you’ve decided to press on a bit. It’s a delicious feeling, making that flat six do some work, waiting for that shift point which signifies a proper, albeit respectful workout.
Over 20 years of 911 ownership, visiting that sweet spot frequently marks a proper drive for me. As an admittedly compulsive 911 fanatic, a few 911s have come and gone. The desire to experience as many 911 variations as possible in one lifetime is my justification for serial 911 ownership. There is always the next dream drive waiting to happen.
It started with a 2000 996 C4 Coupe, and continued with a number of 997s – both GTS and road-focused models. More recently, the air-cooled exploration began. While the water-cooled 911s may come and go, the cars with that big fan in the engine compartment have a special charm that transforms even the most mundane drive into a special event, so they stay at the ready.
Having never owned a pre-964 911, that is on the wish list, hopefully a long hood with working air conditioning – it gets hot through the summer months here in southern Oregon, though mercifully with low relative humidity. A well-loved 930 would be nice too, and there is an itch to be scratched for a GT2 at some point… At the same time, the 991 can provide the explosive performance that can keep one’s eyes from looking jealously at the other brands. However, there is always something in my garage that does not have a Porsche crest: it’s fun to have some variety and the 911 is even better enjoyed in the context of other cars.
That appreciation is constant. I am blessed to live in a sparsely populated, small town nestled in a valley between two mountain ranges, so the local back roads often beckon. Virtually immediate and frequent gratification is the result: very little traffic, even less traffic enforcement and countless second- and third-gear corners. My cars are mostly driven on mountain road loops, with the occasional out-and-back drive as well. Here is the vertical to accompany the horizontal – these mountain drives typically exceed 5,000 feet of cumulative climb and descent. These same local roads are often enjoyed on bicycle rides, so the texture of the tarmac and the camber of the road through most apexes is reasonably committed to memory.
Longer, multi-day drives are part of the mix, often enjoyed follow-the-
leader style with local Porsche friends. Last summer, three of us enjoyed a multi-day mountain-road tour north through Oregon to southern Washington state, stopping for hikes near several of the numerous volcanos of the Cascade Range.
A bit of fettling in the garage is fun as well. Rarely is there a 911 that escapes without a small modification or two. Living 180 miles from the nearest Porsche-authorised dealer means caring for the cars is mainly done locally unless there are warranty matters, but kudos to that dealer, Porsche of Bend, Oregon, for their excellent service and knowledgeable staff.
I hope you enjoy the pictures of the cars currently in my Porsche stable. A special thanks to Aaron Bloch and his team at Aaron’s Autowerks who are local to home, committed to customer satisfaction and willing to take on all manner of maintenance, repair and enhancement to the 911s. Aaron does a needed and admirable job of talk therapy for this 911 addict too!