story and photos by derek mccallister
"I blew a head gasket and the process of rebuilding the engine ensued."
"I was starting to realize that some parts were hard to get..."
Camaraderie for knowledge, if you like. I don’t think that this feeling and attitude is necessarily unique to the 924 crowd, and I’m sure there are other communities that are passionate about their rides. But I’ve found that I’ve grown fond of the community, their attitude and the camaraderie. I’ve found nothing like it anywhere else. I still drop many members an email just to say ‘hi’, to see how their latest projects are coming, and because I find them to be outstanding.
"There is this sense of pride in owning the 924 and 944 cars..."
I never sought after a Porsche because I wanted to compare my dick to someone else’s, or compare pocket books, or see who could have the best buffing job on their car. I wanted to learn about cars and enjoy a car I really was interested in.
“I built this car with my own bare hands and basic tools.”
I now venture through the car world with confidence. I’ve learned a lot in the past several years. One can learn a lot if one actually dives in feet first, and bothers to read and understand things; even more when you stop wondering and start doing. I’ve recently acquired an old Lamborghini Jalpa to restore. At any given time prior to this year, I would have likely told myself that it was a stupid and impossible feat.
I don’t think I would feel this way without the confidence instilled by this community and the people I’ve come across, the car attitude and car knowledge, and people I recognize as the best mechanics I’ll ever know.
I maintain and keep my 924s, they are who I am.
I don’t know if the 924 and 944 community could ever be recognized as the stars of the Porsche world. I don’t even think they care to. But I’ve seen the attitude of people who want to build awesome things, who want to learn, and will go the extra mile to keep these rides going.
You won’t find mockery in this corner of the Porsche world. But you will find passion, sincerity, camaraderie, sarcasm, dirty jokes, talk of which beer is best while watching Le Mans, and talk of which 924 is best while racing LeMons. It drives me to pursue my childhood dream and my passion for cars
"I’ve made friends who share the same passion for cars that I have."
And, damn, if that isn’t the best thing to find in a community.