For 18 years Amelia Island has been host to one of the world’s most notorious car shows, the Amelia Island Concours D’Elegance. South Centre Porsche was there for this 2013 event that celebrated the 50th anniversary of the legendary 911 sports car. With camera in hand, we took a handful of pictures of some of the great Porsche models that were in attendance to celebrate this milestone event.
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Yesterday I had an interesting thing happen, I had to go out and get milk and my 5 year old, Mitchell, asked “Daddy, can we take the Porsche?”
It was from the time he was 4 that I’ve had Mitchell in the front seat of the Targa with me, as it has no airbags, and he absolutely loves it. I had not realized that this had made such an impression on him. What surprised me was the impression on the neighborhood children as well. The thumbs up we would get as we cruised to the store just shows that every kid loves a Porsche.
I think it is important to get our kids involved in our love of Porsches. This creates some father-son bonding time for Mitchell and I, as well as getting us involved in the Porsche community. We enjoyed numerous outings with the Wild Rose Porsche Club last year as well as regular drives with just the two of us.
Porsche has some great videos that we show in the Parts Department depicting young children seeing a Porsche at a car show. Years later, they are there with their children and the infatuation is passed on to the next generation. As our children grow up in this faceless, texting environment it is nice to get a sense of history and loyalty that seems to be disappearing.
They absolutely love it when another child is on the drive and they can share their excitement as they peruse the line up of cars. As the official navigator, they learn valuable tools that can be used later in life, as well as seeing the province they live in. We have discovered roads we never knew existed, seen beautiful fields of wheat and visited new towns. They also can become the official photographer and you would be surprised of what they take. See the caliper picture below that Mitchell took that on last years Season Opener.
Something that continually brings a smile to my face is my son’s recognition of other Porsches on the road. Even at 5 he already yells out names a certain model whenever we cross paths with another Porsche.
So my recommendation this summer is to get the kids out for a drive, enjoy what little summer we get and create a bond that lasts for generations.
April 21, 2012
Time to give Domino some much deserved attention this weekend.
The first item to be dealt with was to remove the door panels and secure the door speakers to remove the annoying rattles. After removing the upper door panel cover, lower door pockets, door handle, lock covers and door switches I was finally able to access the inside of the door. I installed Dynamat on both the speaker mounting panel and the inside of the door panel. After reinstalling the door panels and speakers I went for a quick drive – much better, no rattles and a more accurate and deep sounding bass!
Next I finished up the rear Targa roof seal by installing the “rosettes” that secure the seal around the rear Targa pin locator, resulting in a cleaner, finished look. At the same time, I took advantage of the heat (soooo nice) and peeling the dash leather cover off. Over the years the sun had curled it up around the edges and causing it to be an eyesore. It came of relatively easy but then the real work came. Some one was “glue happy” (obviously smelling it a little too much before starting) and it took 2 hours of scraping, swearing and adhesive remover to clean the glue off. Now it is time to have a new one made…maybe something with a contrasting stitching?
Martin Kelly and I had the opportunity to attend the new Porsche 991 launch January 25 and 26th at the Pelican Hill Resort in Newport Beach in California. We had fantastic weather while we were there – 79-80 degrees both days. The driving event took place at the former Marine Corps Air Station El Toro (where they shoot Top Gear America) just a few miles away from the resort. Porsche wanted us to experience the new 991 in various different conditions, so they set up the track day into 5 areas:
1. Street Drive – a 90 mile drive along the Ortega Highway just as Ferry Porsche had tested his cars in Innsbruck.
2. Autocross I – Porsche Sports Driving School instructors led us through spirited drive around the decommissioned Military grade runways of El Toro.
3 Autocross II-Runway 7 simulated a slalom course that pitted the last gen 997 with the new 991.
4. Technical Briefing-Porsche Academy technical facilitators provided a “ground-up” exploration of the new 991.
5. Design walkaround-911 lead designer Peter Vargas explains the intricacies of redesigning the evolution of an iconic sports car and Bose provided a technical briefing on the 12 speaker 5.1 surround sound system.
After a day of driving the 991, Martin and I looked at each other and just said “wow”. This is the best handling car either of us had driven. The street drive just scoffed at our feeble attempts to drive fast around corners. The autocross events just left us wanting more as we just tailgated the “competitors” cars that Porsche provided. The gorgeous 20 inch tires provided an excellent ride up the scenic mountain drive. The new interior coddled our bottoms as we enjoyed Germany’s best in America’s best setting.
Does it sound like we are convinced this is the best 911 ever. Yes and no. It is the best modern 911 hands down, but I would like to drive my 84 Targa on that same road. Ok who am I kidding, but it would still be fun!
Just like Elementary school, it was time for our Porsches to get their yearly pictures done. Gary Stewart was kind enough to offer up his boat landing at the Village of Ghost Lake over looking the Bow Valley. We all took turns getting the best shot then headed off to Kananaskis for shots in the mountains where the Ferrari Club met with the group. Danielle took some great photos of Domino and the group, see below…
What a beautiful day for a drive in the mountains. 48 cars including Porsches, Ferraris, Lamborghinis and others left the Crowfoot Parking lot Sunday morning, October 2nd, at 11:00 with a throng of people looking on. Perfect weather with an amazing backdrop of colors kept me and my son awing and ooing all day. The Porsche Club put on a great lunch at the Highwood House and an even better car show in the parking lot. This show of cars attracted a lot of attention (including a helicopter) with lots of cars and motorcycles stopping to take a look. A great job by the Club!
Saturday morning, October 1st, we were met with cold and rain, yet we filled the Wurst parking lot with an assortment of Porsches ranging over 50 years. Numerous awards were handed out consisted of longest drive, oldest car and fan favorite. My son liked the yellow GT3 the best. We all enjoyed a brunch put on by the staff and camaraderie of all the Porsche members.