My Babies - Journey with Porsche
I thought I would hit my other passion. About 5 years ago in August of 2016, I started to fulfill one of my childhood dreams, sports cars. It started (or re-emerged from childhood dreams) when I got a new 2016 Launch Edition MX-5 Miata (now sold). It was a great car. Later I bought my mother-in-laws 2012 Lexus IS250 when she lost her license (daughter now has it). I liked the space and quality of the Lexus, but didn’t have the sportiness of the Miata. Certainly there must be a car that is practical, sporty, and quality….turns out there is. I went to visit the Leith Porsche dealer thinking this would be the perfect combination, but the Leith salesman wouldn’t give me the time of day - I guess I didn’t fit the profile of an actual customer. After doing a lot of research, I knew that I wanted a 991 4S, as new as I could afford with the Performance Plus package. After finding one with 7k miles in Charlotte, NC, I went to Rick Hendrick Southpoint Porsche where I met my salesman, and now friend, Roy (get more info on Roy on his Blog - PorscheDrivesMe.net). He treated me wonderfully as soon as I walked in the door, gave me the tour and went for a drive - probably did for me what he does for every customer, but he treated me with respect, enthusiasm for the brand, and a genuine guy. I was hooked after the test drive. Of course no purchase like this can be made responsibly without the support of the other half, so I brought her over to take her for a test drive. I don’t remember her words exactly, but something like “Hell yes, you are getting this car!” Sticks in my memory (could have been “OK, whatever”…but that’s not what I heard. I bought it. Our life changed from that point on. We got a 2016 911 991 Carrera 4S PDK with the Performance Plus package in January, 2018 (the 4 in 4S designates it as all-wheel drive).
When I bought the car, Roy said to me “John, no one ever buys just one Porsche, just their first Porsche”. Boy, was that true.
To say that this car was a life changing event for me (and Zabrina), would be an understatement. The joy of driving this is incredible and Zabrina is hooked on it as well. Every weekend we take drives all over the state for hikes, site see small town (one of our favorite past times), and go find the next awesome Taco food truck. “The Beast” has brought us closer together, whether in deep conversation during the drive or just a silent run. I use this one also as a daily drive during the summer and weekender during the winter. The 944 below fills in winter daily driving for the most part.