[An essay from Posse member Jim (Busta Rib) on the joys of driving a Porsche 911.]
I love to drive. There’s something special about pointing my car down a winding open road, windows down, and the breeze fluttering past my ears on a balmy summer day. To maintain the purity of moments like these, my stereo is turned off, with only the sweet mechanical song of an air-cooled engine encouraging me on with each stab of my right foot, or downshift before a turn.
BMW may have the rights to the tagline “The ultimate driving machine,” but in spirit and singular purpose of design and provenance, it is truly owned by Porsche’s 911. For five decades, the 911 has symbolized the epitome of a sports coupe, particularly the air-cooled generations (1964-1998).
This is evident in its racing heritage, unorthodox flat-six rear-engined layout (for better traction and a lower center of gravity), sleek profile to cheat the wind, and light-weight architecture to maximize handling and responsiveness. Even the ignition switch is on the left-side of the steering wheel for faster starts, a legacy of Porsche’s racing history when drivers would sprint to their cars at the beginning of races. Efficient, those Germans.
My love affair with the 911 began in the 80s with the iconic poster showing three equally tantalizing, sensual, and curvy silhouettes: a nude woman, a bottle of wine, and the 911. I suspect every teenager had this poster tacked to his bedroom wall, right next to Christie Brinkley and Kiss. The fantasy eventually became reality and I currently drive a 1977 911S ratrod. At one point it was actually my daily driver. Yes, that is whack, as the kids would say.
Some might question my decision to own a 40-year-old sports car that it is as functional as a plastic grocery bag with holes in the bottom. And compared to modern standards, the NVH of an air-cooled 911 is on the verge of unacceptable. The suspension creaks like an old man, the HVAC system is antiquated and ineffective, faint odors of oil and gasoline constantly permeate the cabin, it is as loud as an 80s neon t-shirt, and the ride as firm as Jillian Michaels‘ ass. Euphemistically, this is known as a visceral driving experience.
Yet, driving a 911 is truly sublime. Despite my attempts to sugarcoat the comfort factor of an air-cooled 911 (or lack thereof), it is a remarkable machine for driving without purpose; simply for the pure enjoyment of taking the long way home. It is a driver’s car; a precision instrument for carving up the road first and foremost, and not necessarily a mode of transport or an appliance to get you from A to B.
It’s difficult to describe the wonderful feeling of driving such a great machine. At the risk of being crass, I suspect you would want to smoke a cigarette after a vigorous and satisfying session with a 911 (if you smoked, that is). It’s that good.
First, there is the ballet of movements that, when synchronized properly, is poetic in nature and yields incredibly smooth and fluid travel down the road. Accelerate, clutch, brake, rev match, shift, lean, turn, accelerate. The level of difficulty increases with speed and decreasing turn angles, but when you get it right, it is incredibly rewarding as well as challenging. I could dance like this all day long.
And then there are the other sensations: the adrenaline rush, the performance exhaust as it voices its throaty approval on a well-timed downshift, and the mechanical whirring of the boxer engine emanating from just behind the cockpit, constantly coaxing you for more after every turn and straightaway. As our friends from England would say, it’s absolutely brilliant. Yes, it is.
Besides being relevant for screening and hiring candidates, Nasty offered up some compelling insight for life in general. Whether it is for your work, a hobby, or some other aspect of your life, passion is the litmus test and determinant for actually living versus simply existing, fulfillment over emptiness, feeling love rather than nothing at all. At its core, passion is our raison d’être.
When driven by passion, your pursuits seem effortless, more productive, more enjoyable. Without it, life simply feels burdensome. And perhaps a little boring. As HR Nasty says, if you are not passionate about your job, at least have passion for something. Anything. Wise man.
Driving an air-cooled 911 is my passion. It reminds me that I am alive, and it is the straw that stirs my soul. It is what makes a simple trip to the grocery store enjoyable, or storming down a back-country road exhilarating.
Regardless if you drive a 911 or not, I hope you can find your passion. And remember to get out and drive!
Three Pedal Posse is proud to present our first annual Wheels, Wine, Bourbon, Cigars, and Chocolates BBQ. All great things that go well together!
This special event will be hosted at Elsom Cellars in SODO Seattle. Bring your family and friends, along with your unique ride for a fantastic afternoon of checking out cars (with a heavy dose of vintage Porsches) and meeting new friends. You will also have the opportunity to peruse and purchase tasty treats from our amazing event partners:
If you plan on attending Luftgekühlt this weekend, look us up. We will be at the show on Sunday as well as The Professor Run on Saturday.
DM us via Instagram to connect. We’ll be passing out free decals and have some t-shirts on hand for sale. We only have a limited number of decals and shirts so get them while you can and see you all soon! Drivers wanted!
You are cordially invited to participate in The Professor Run, an informal 150-mile drive through some of the most beautiful mountain roads that Southern California has to offer.
THIS SATURDAY, May 6th, we will meet at 1919 Verdugo Blvd., La Cañada-Flintridge, CA 91011. There will be a Cars and Coffee show at the United Artists 8 Theater at the site. The Professor Run participants will congregate behind the Starbucks Coffee, also on site.
The gathering begins at 6:30am with cars departing for the rally at 7am. Maps and routes will be provided. We will stop for an optional brunch at Newcomb’s Ranch around 9:30am and enjoy a screening of a special Porsche film series by Der Faszination.
All cars are welcomed. This is not a competition but rather an enjoyable tour through the backroads. This event is fun and FREE! No prizes will be given. Everyone who attends will get an A for the semester. So, tell your friends, and we’ll see you there rain or shine!
You are cordially invited to participate in The Professor Run, an informal 60-mile driving tour through some of the most beautiful roads in Southern California that haven’t been closed due to weather.
This Saturday, March 4th, this must-attend event will precede the LA Toy and Lit Show at the LAX Hilton Hotel. We will meet at Trancas Country Market located in Malibu at 30745 Pacific Coast Highway. There will be a Starbucks and Vintage Grocers at the location.
The gathering begins at 6:30am with cars departing for the rally promptly at 7am. Maps and routes will be provided. After the run, many participants will continue on to the LA Toy and Lit Show.
All cars are welcome. This is not a competition but rather an enjoyable tour through the backroads. This event is fun and FREE! No prizes will be given. Everyone who attends will get an A for the semester. So, tell your friends, and we’ll see you there.