If you recall about a month ago I met a Porsche owner Dave who works at my local butcher shop and I did a story about his gold Porsche 924. Well today I went by and he tried to sell me deer shoulder, he said “they make a killer burger.” I was intrigued but decided to stick with my original plan which was ground beef and asked how his Porsche 924 is doing. “Funny you should ask” he says, “did I tell you about my trip across the US?!” it reminded me of my own Porsche USA tour so I asked him how it went.
“I did this trip to California and back in my Porsche. I drove straight to Missouri which took me 13 hours, but along the way we got some incredible rains and the car was bogging down. I was doing about 100mph and kept shifting gears back down to third, all the way up to 5th, to keep it running. The next day I found an exotic car place where they repair Ferrari’s and Porsches and the guy told me that it was my distributor that was on the fritz, the old one was probably getting wet, and it was $80 to replace it, which wasn’t too bad. So we continued to north Texas, but I didn’t want to stop there it was weird haha, so we continued on to Phoenix. I love Phoenix!” he says. At this point he’s getting visibly animated and I could tell it was an incredible trip for him.
“Then we planned to drive to the desert to a place called big rock where there’s a giant rock. We were driving on this road that was really sandy, not really a road in parts, and then suddenly we’re driving over sand dunes! Next thing I know the Porsche bottoms out on something, and then again. Turns out I dented a steel plate under the front but it’s not too bad. That night I did some research and found that my Fuel pump was really acting up still, it kept bogging down when I gave it gas and I needed to do something about it. So I found someone when we got to Colorado who repairs European cars, and they confirmed it. He replaced the pump $500 bucks! Ouch…but I had to do it.”
“On the way back I was driving through the mountains on these beautiful roads, I just put it in neutral and coasted through all of these mountain passes, man it was incredible, the curves on the road were amazing and the Porsche was really fun to drive, handling really well.” At this point a small line-up had formed behind me so I decided to pay for my ground beef and salami and make room for new customers.
I thanked him for his Porsche story and went outside to look at his Porsche one more time, half expecting it would look like it had been through hell. To my surprise it looked brand spanking new. Considering the journey that this 1980 Porsche 924 Turbo was just on, it looked like it hadn’t moved from the last time I saw it parked here.
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