I’ve got a secret to tell you, the Porsche 996 is a ton of fun, despite the hate it gets from Porsche “purists.” It’s surely not the last word in Porsche perfection, but it is a really satisfying sports car experience, especially when you consider the money. Sure a 997 is better, but you’ll spend more than double for it.
My dad traded his 944 for this 996 a few months after I got my Subaru, and it’s the car I know second best in this world.
300hp in a 2900lb car, RWD with an LSD, and a 6 speed manual transmission with perfect gearing. The handling is sharp and nimble and the flat 6 engine howls with fury as the revs climb. It puts most other sports cars in its price range to shame, and there is nothing missing from the experience.
My dad still enjoys it, and I’ve been thankful he’s let me enjoy it over the years as well. It’s a Porsche you can really get out and drive because it has nothing to prove. I love that.
New year, new beginning, and it’s making me think back on my journey as a driver and car enthusiast as I consider where I want to go from here.
My car obsession began as a kid, but my enthusiast driving really began with this, a 1990 Porsche 944 S2 just like the one shown here (not my photo). My Dad wanted to teach me to drive stick and he also wanted a sports car for some fun, so we found this 944 with 142k miles for around $9 grand and it was absolutely perfect. I first went over 100mph in this car, and my dad was very cool about it. I also learned to “drift” by sliding this car with it’s perfect 50/50 weight distribution (not sure if Dad knows that).
This car opened my eyes to the world of sports cars from the time I was 16 on a learner’s permit and I’ll always have a special place in my heart for the 944. For me as a driver, this is Genesis.
A proper racecar for the road, this 991.2 GT3 RS sounded amazing as it sped off with its 4.0L naturally aspirated flat six. We have to cherish these cars because we don’t know how much longer 9000 rpm internal combustion engines will exist.
The ultimate Porsche 911 at the ultimate supercar show in New Jersey, Cars and Caffe. The 991 GT2 RS wears red well, and it looks absolutely evil with its black and carbon accents. This is one of those cars that may well go on to represent a pinnacle point in the 911’s history. Enjoy the pics!
Continue reading The red Porsche 991 GT2 RS at Cars and Caffe
If you’ve seen Scarface, you’ll know Tony Montana buys a Porsche 928 to impress his boss, Frank’s, soon-to-be-single lady.
The owner of this gold 928 decided to go all out on the 80’s theme at Radwood and leave a few suspicious white lines on the center console of his car. (That must be baking powder… right?)
Continue reading Radwood Philly: And the winner of the “1980s Theme Award” goes to…
This was the first Radwood event on the east coast, and it was surely one of my favorite events of this year. Radwood is a car-based celebration of 1980s and 90s culture and the stuff that showed up was extremely interesting. I’ll let the highlights do the rest of the talking for now. There’s much more to come. Enjoy!
Continue reading Highlights from Radwood Philadelphia 2018
We love the Scarsdale Concours because it has a much more relaxed vibe than most other Concours events and while it’s not huge in size, the cars are always top notch. This year did not disappoint. We’ll let the gallery do the rest of the talking.
Continue reading Highlights from the Scarsdale Concours
This is one of those unicorns you just don’t see. It’s a Gemballa Mirage GT, a heavily modified Porsche Carrera GT of which only 25 exist worldwide. This was my second time seeing this car, but the first time I was able to get any photos of it. It’s absolutely incredible.
Once the owner left I saw it fly by on the highway, 670hp V10 at full chat, and it sounded like a LeMans prototype. It’s awesome to see this car in a car show, but it was really unbelievable to see it screaming past normal traffic. It really made my day!
Enjoy the gallery!
Continue reading Gemballa Mirage GT at Cars and Caffe
I love Cars and Caffe because it draws the entire enthusiast spectrum, everything from beater Miatas to classic muscle cars to heavily modified cars to million dollar hypercars. It’s a real show of enthusiasm for the automobile, and there’s no other show quite like it.
I’m a firm believer that car people are largely the same, just at different socio-economic levels. The person in the E46 M3 would be the one in the Ferrari 488 if he had more money, and vice versa if the person in the Ferrari had less money. You can really see that when you go to a show like this.
Naturally, I tend to focus more on the exotics in my photos, despite me being the guy rolling up to the show in a Miata. Rest assured, I’d do the same with a Pagani if I had those sort of means.
Lots of people really love cars, and that becomes crystal clear when you’re at this show. There is hope yet for the enthusiast automobile!
Enjoy the gallery.
Continue reading Highlights from Cars and Caffe at Garden State Plaza Fall 2018
Viewing the world’s most exotic cars against the Manhatten Skyline, it’s a great premise for a show. That’s why Driven By Purpose chooses to hold this event in Liberty State Park, and it draws quite a turnout.
The show this year had to contend with the threat of rain in the area, but it was only overcast at the show itself. A good number of cars showed up and the quality was extremely high. Much more to come from this event, enjoy the highlights!
Continue reading Highlights from The NYC Harbor Iconic Motorcars Event by Driven by Purpose 2018
Cars don’t get much blue-er than this little Porsche we found in the paddock at Lime Rock Park. What a fantastic machine, I’d buy one for the color alone!
Continue reading Porsche 356 A 1600 ‘Super’ Speedster in the paddock at Lime Rock
This was cool! A genuine imported Porsche 993 Carrera RS on public roads in the USA. This was the immediate predecessor to what we know as the modern 911 GT3, which began with the 996.
300hp in a lightweight extra focused air-cooled 911? Sign me up!
Continue reading Porsche 993 Carrera RS Spotted in Greenwich, CT