Liv­ing the Leg­end

Our con­tribut­ing en­thu­si­asts from around the world share their real-life ex­pe­ri­ences with their Porsche 911s

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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!

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