I never feel worthy of posting in this Porsche thread because so much of the discussion is on modern cars. Items that I am not in the financial strata to personally discuss.
The closest I've become is the very strange and unexpected purchase by by older Sister and her Husband of a 968 Convertible earlier this year.
With their unexpected move back to San Diego, the car is still residing with me. A Porsche mechanic friend and I are sorting some small issues and I have driven the car quite a bit. The 968 was never something I had much of any interest in. The convertible, even less.
But, I must say, if you twist the life out of that 3 liter engine and be a little impolite to it, the damn thing does go fairly quick. If you've not driven one, you're missing out.
I figure I'll have it here in WV until late spring or summer. You're welcome to try it out if you're passing through.
Anyway, onto the reason for this post.
20 years ago when I was first posting on OT, with a few of you, I didn't have a lot to talk about. Most us were young and had no money then, so our bragging threads were mostly shit that people made up or people were actually bragging about their friend that owned a cool car.
As I never was much for lying to impress people, I slowly revealed to OT that I was very close friends with a guy that owned some neat cars. Over the years, a couple of OT people visited, either here in WV, or at Daytona and they were able to see these toys for themselves.
The friend was a much older man, a real adult, who was famous in his own right for engineering. A story too much to tell here, he made his money honestly and he got into cars in the 60's and spent a portion of his money in that hobby.
He basically brought the SCCA to WV solely so he could compete in his own cars.
His purchases were widely varied, but his main focus was the "Plastic Porsches". He owned one of each, barring the 917 which he claimed he waited too long to buy. The prices went north decades before the others and he just never saw the need to spend that amount of money.
Instead, he built his business in WV and in Florida. He held patents and had a booming business until his untimely death in the early 2000's. He got to enjoy his competition cars on his own private testing tracks that he built on his plant property in WV and in Florida.
He was a hero to me and a mentor of sorts. His knowledge of that era of Porsche was unequaled. He was consulted in the completion of the definitive book on Porsche. Excellence was Expected.
We connected through our being neighbors and then my being involved in the SCCA. We would see each other at events and I would always study my books and try and come up with questions about the marque that would impress him. Much like meeting a rock star back stage, there were always a lot of people that wanted his time. I had to make my move and make me interesting. It worked.
In his later years, he had a small group that he trusted to be around the cars and I ended up being a bit of a historian on the cars and I, to this day, maintain a folder on each of the Plastic Porsches.
I could type paragraphs after paragraphs but would certainly bore the masses reviewing this thread. For the few still listening, the Youtube video below is a "documentary" that was produced in 1999 (but filmed much earlier).
This documents each of the Plastic Porsches that lived decades in, of all places, Charleston West Virginia.
904 Carrera GTS
He bought each of these cars likely at the point of their lowest price. They were unloved, elderly, racecars and back then, nobody really cared. He took advantage.
He was such a peculiar man that after purchase in the late 1960's of the 904, he was a young engineer working on crazy military and aviation stuff. The 904 became his daily driver.
He used it for decades and only quit driving it in the wet because he finally felt it was too risky.
The heel of his wing tip on his throttle foot WORE A HOLE in the floor.
The floor in a 904 is hardly larger than a lunch tray and he flew to Europe and was able to get his hands on a couple (or few) NOS 904 floor panels from the factory. He may have the only ones in existence. I once helped him pop-rivet a small piece of plastic on the floor hole to get a few more months out of the second floor.
He, of course, replaced the very complex and problematic original 4 cylinder and over the decades drove it on the street with raging 6 cylinder factory racing engines. Thereby, making one of the fastest 904s in existence while being used in daily traffic throughout the 1970s through the 1990's.
Each of the cars have outstanding stories, but I will only share one more here. The white longtail is the most famous 907, it won Daytona in 1968 and is now owned by Jerry Seinfeld.
I have documentation, photographs and "stuff" regarding that car that Jerry does not have.
Believe me, if I ever run into him, I will have some great opening lines. My bet is that he would talk to me and want my number.
Anyway, I've always enjoyed my OT friends and while it is certainly different and far less fun now, I figure only the people in this thread would have any interest in this information.
Henry is the man speaking in this documentary. He is being filmed, and the cars are being driven, on his private test track that is minutes from my home and is situated just off I-64.
Hope it's worth your time.