words by pablo deferrari story and photos by alan jacobson
Hard work pays off, however, and eventually you’re able to move up the ladder to higher paying positions that put one closer to that dream of one day owning such a car, and Alan did just that.
Those first rides in Porsches got him hooked…instantly. Since those moments, he followed the marque for years until one day, around the turn of the century, he was able to look at a 928 serious enough to plunk down $300 for a PPI. Lucky for his wallet, the inspection revealed a tired old girl running on 7 cylinders after a leak down test…best small investment he made as that baby would have sunk him quick.
"...Alan isn’t very mechanically inclined, but he’ll get there no doubt…we all did."
After the PPI came back with some tolerable, minor issues, what with the car still having its original rubber-centered clutch, he took a well-informed dive right into it. The old girl wasn’t a cheap date as he knew before jumping in, she needed lots of age-related fixes to make things right.
As anyone who owns a Porsche can relate, Alan got to meet other 944 enthusiasts leading him to DE events which only fanned the embers of his passion further. And, man, is he in deep. Hot and heavy with DE stints, he’s further refined his whip with cloth seats that are kinder in the hot months, a steering wheel re-stitch…the list of mods and improvements growing by the minute. And that’s huge because Alan isn’t very mechanically inclined, but he’ll get there no doubt…we all did. As the motto of the Porsche story suggests, “from small acorns,” it’s only the beginning for Alan.