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Monday, September 13, 2010

Porschefest

Porsche owners at Porschefest... like brothers of a strange fraternity.






In another car driven (in both a literal sense and in motive) trek to Boston for the weekend, we cover Porschefest.

Porschefest is exactly as it sounds, a get-together picnic at the park for Porsche owners, in a friendly and intimate setting at the Larz Anderson Auto Museum of Brookline, Massachusetts. Attendees would walk amongst some of the most significant cars of Porsche's colored history.

Er... so we thought.


In its defense, The venue was very well thought out with lots on the lawn specially dedicated to 356s, another for 928s, Boxsters/Caymans, and also for a handful of 924/944s and 914s in the mix.

And yes... a Panamera was present too.




But we expected that. We knew those cars were going to be there. What we hoped for is something more exciting-- Chin's friend, Dave, looked forward to a Carrera GT, I was honestly expecting to see more than a few R Gruppe owners, a 550 Spyder, maybe a RSR, a 959, hopefully a 917 and other endurance Porches, even RUF and perhaps a 9FF (FF stands for f*ckhein führocious).

A 959 was actually there!! But otherwise there wasn't even a single 2.7RS.


I'll admit, when i saw the 959, I had a crisis in the middle of the lawn. Mmm... um, yeah, I promise to cover that for another time.

Perhaps the problem is with me. No, I didn't actually expect to see a 917 there. I read the flier. But I am still a bit of an idealist when it comes to Porsche ownership and unfortunately I've come to the conclusion that the Porsche owners that day were more like brothers of a strange fraternity, patting each other on the back or giving each other the smug nod for bone stock Boxsters, restored 914s to stock production spec, cookie cutter 930s and 356s.

It would be unfair to say that there weren't any hoonin' Porsches on the lot at all but still, you'd think with so many trims and variations for 911s, more owners would adopt a philosophy of individualism and customization. Mustangs owners did (on that note, one of the more notable cars for Chin that day was the Shelby GT350H), so why should R-Gruppe be so exclusive?

So, I've brought it unto myself to deliver. The following are some of the Porsches we would have wanted to see at the perfect fest--

R Gruppe owners courtesy of europeancar.com
Porsche Carrera GT courtesy of rsportscars.com


Porsche 917 courtesy of 917flatout.bravehost.com
9FF GTR9 courtesy of coolthings.com

Porsche Turbo RSR courtesy of sportwagen.online.fr

Porsche 911 2.7RS courtesy of EVO Magazine
RUF "yellowbird" courtesy of lindseyracing.com
Let us know of your favorite Porsche!
See more of our pictures here.



2 comments:

  1. I was at the event. While I understand your frustration at not seeing a CGT, etc, most of me finds this complaint ridiculous. How can you expect a lawn event of real owners to bring in a 917 or a 2.7 RS? That is like me going to Italian Day at Larz Anderson and being pissed off that no 288 evoluziones showed up. I think it made the event more fun to have real owners with their real cars, regardless of how stock they look (you must be truly jaded on porsches to think a built motor Maritime blue 930 is stock). Hearing about real life experiences for people who drive their porsches everyday can often be more fascinating than a lot of museum shows that have stunning, never driven pieces that will go back to their vacuum sealed garages. You want R Gruppes or GT1s - visit the Porsche museum, not a 35 dollar lawn event in Brookline. I would venture that the variability you claim to see in Mustangs stems from that car being cheaper to purchase and modify. You call the owners at the show smug (to me they all seemed like nice people who were happy to share info about their cars) yet you complain about only seeing 1 959 - sounds like you're the smug one to me. Oh, and I apologize for my RS 3.8 not being "exciting enough" for you, I'll try to bring something better next time. Because we all know that the point of the car show is to show off cars, and not to meet other owners.

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