seth ruden

The 944 is an inherently versatile platform for nearly any activity, to those who know its capacity. Its economical, gets great fuel economy. Its practical, can fit 4 in a pinch. The hatchback trunk is huge and has a greater capacity for hauling than is immediately perceived. But there is one way that the 944 has come into its own in recent years, bringing our heroic model to grassroots motorsports.

American LeMons or Chump Car racing offers an easy point of entry into a very expensive pastime.  Effectively, a $500 (net cost, you can sell parts off the car to get back to the cost target, and safety equipment, including brakes and tires, etc., is not factored into the equation) car is entered into endurance racing for over a dozen hours against other modest cars in a heated battle. This is a tremendous use case for the transaxle car. Many of us entered this model line, as it was inexpensive, yet if the 944 offered a great performance potential well at a given price point, this is it. It’s a simple three-step plan for us who know the model well enough to campaign it: Get a beater, sell everything that’s bolted down, build and race it.

 
 

seth ruden

In Portland, Oregon, there is a small Facebook group that has some rather interesting affiliations with this magazine. A few features and editors originate from there, perhaps it’s something in the water.

 
 

seth ruden

This is my toolbox. There are many like it, but this one is mine. My toolbox is my best friend. It is my life. I must master it as I must master my life. My toolbox, without me, is useless. Without my toolbox, I am useless.