From the start, Porsches were designed to be sports cars that you can use daily. That means they’re built to play rough and to be driven fast aggressive. They aren’t the best sports cars in the world or make the best daily drivers, but when it comes to enjoying two different sides of the moon, they can’t be beat. The 911, Boxster, Cayenne…all of them share this DNA from the first sketch.
So after getting my first Porsche, a 944 NA, and bringing it back to life, I began getting serious about looking for what would be my first track day experience. As it happened, the local Porsche Club was planning one. What better place to make our debut than being surrendered by all his family?
The only racing experience I had was in the virtual world; driving simulators don’t really qualify as an all-out experience, does it? But here I was. With any luck, a partner would accompany me in the passenger seat to watch my form and help improve my technique…and bring a fire extinguisher; just in case. A few minutes before going out in to the circuit, an experienced instructor volunteered to ride shotgun—BRAVE MAN!!!!
"It’s amazing how a 31 year old car, all stock, could handle all my mistakes while being pushed near its limits."
I look at a track day as running against myself. Each lap finds me pushing not only my limits, but also getting to know the 944’s capabilities, and honoring the people who designed and built it. I must admit, I have this selfish habit of going to the track to watch the others from a safe distance observing their techniques; a lot can be learned this way.
It’s like living this legendary life, kind of like a Portuguese James Dean…yes, yes; I like the sound of that!
Now that I’m more experienced and confident, I can have family and friends as co-drivers. The first will be my father; sharing an experience of a lifetime with him has special meaning to me…a brand new set of Toyo R888 will help for sure.
What’ll I do on my off days, then, if not scrubbing rubber ‘round the turns? I can just enjoy them; take the kids to the park, fetch groceries, take a drive with my wife, attend Porsche gatherings, Classic Car events; any excuse to hop in the 944 and get to know it that much better.
So go on and enjoy your car…and do it however you please!