Sunday, April 19, 2009

Decisions decisions

If you're a regular reader then you've figured out that I'm somewhat of a car buff. Kind of weird since the father figure in my life was not a car buff when I was kid.

Although he has told me of the hotrods he had as a teen and now I wonder what happened to that man that he lost that part of him. I mean he had some really sweet cars!!! A 1965 Mustang 2+2 Fastback, a 1968 Camaro SS, a 1964 Chevrolet Corvair. When he met my mother he had a 1974 Chevy El Camino SS.

Domestication can do weird things to people I guess. I've tried to not lose parts of who I was/am in life, marriage and kids. I'd like to think that you can change direction without losing touch.

So where is all this going? Well I've had something come up twice now the last time we have been at the in-laws place.

For a quick brief history lesson, apparently when my father in law came to Western Washington in the late 1960's he wanted to be involved with auto racing in the worst way. He wanted to build cars for racing teams. Again domestication kicks in and he became a printer. He didn't completely lose sight though. He did restore 2 Studebakers and one Avanti.

He has always wanted a Porsche though. About 3 years ago he finally bought one for himself for Father's Day.

A nice Guards Red Porsche 944. Some will argue that since it's a watercooled, front mounted engine that it's not a real Porsche. True it's not a 911 or a Caymen or a Carrera, but it's still a Porsche. Get out and drive one and you'll see what I mean.

Back to the dilema at hand.

So regular readers here will know that I belong to the local/national chapter of the BMWCCA and that I have a 1987 BMW 325 is. Affectionately dubbed the "Bronze Bitch" for some of the issues that it can tend to throw my way.

One of the better angles of the Bronze Bitch.
This shot doesn't really do it justice. It was taken more as an art photo.

So getting back to the subject at hand (again) is that my father in law has been itching for a newer Porsche. He really wants a Boxster. He's even been out to see a few of them.

This leads to him asking me if I want to buy his 944.

*dead silence as I ponder this briefly in my head*

Do I want to buy his Porsche 944?

Well hell yeah who wouldn't. It does need a few things and fortunately these are minor things. It needs new engine mounts (he has them in his garage, thank you) and some minor body work on one fender. No big deal.

This is not the actual car that my FIL owns, but it is the same model and the same Guards Red that it comes in.

I really do love the Bronze Bitch. I've had it almost 4 years now and I've definitely spent the time and money to get it to where it is now. It does have a way to go however.

This car on the other hand does have fewer issues. Only one is really all that major and doesn't need to be done right away. It will need a clutch. The bonus is that my in laws have taken it on several road trips in state and out of state and it has never let them down. That is really huge in my book. I like to road trip and I want a car that can handle it. I don't want to have to rely on the Paisley's Subie and even though renting a new car is fun, it can get expensive.

Another bonus is that the local chapter of the Porsche Car Club of America is affiliated wit the local chapter of the BMWCCA and events of both groups often coincide with each other. That makes me happy since I really want to be more active in my car club and to be able to go to events with folks that I already know is important to me.

At this point I'm leaning towards selling the Bronze Bitch in order to push me into the world or Porsches. It's a natural progression and well quite frankly it's one that I would have made later if not sooner. If only there was a way to keep them both.


Roland Hulme said...

when I was a little boy, my favorite toy car was a red Porsche 944 that looked EXACTLY like the one in that photo.

Did you get it in the end?

mre30seattle said...

He still hasn't made any kind of decision. I don't think my FIL is in any hurry at the moment. No worries if it doesn't work out. There are plenty in this area to choose from. :)