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?
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…
Domino has had a nasty habit of not starting at the most inopportune times. The first time was the Porsche BBQ at Fritz’s, next in front of the gym, another time in front of Lick’s Ice Cream store. Every time it required an embarrassing push start from anyone who would help. I put my arms up in despair and left it up to Ron (our Shop Foreman) to track it down. For two days he had it on the hoist and of course started every single time! Finally she displayed her temperamental ways and refused to start. Ron tracked it down to a corroded battery cable inside the positive battery terminal (see pictures below). This repair is just in time for the Porsche club’s Oktoberfest car show this Saturday and Final Official Drive on Sunday. Hope to see you there.