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The Great Pumpkin

October 6th, 2009

They say the two best days in a guy’s life are when he buys a race car, and when he sells that race car.  (They also say the same thing about boats.  And spouses.  …But this is about cars.)

Great Pumpkin

The Great Pumpkin

I bought the Great Pumpkin – a 1978 Porsche 911SC – about 6 and a half years ago, from its former owner whose life had brought him to the point that he no longer needed a race car.  (Who needs a race car? you might ask.  Well, doesn’t everybody?)  I bought it to replace my ’89 Porsche Carrera, which I totaled at Virginia International Raceway in 2002.  I also bought it to go Porsche Club Racing, which I did fairly successfully for a few years before life dictated that I, too, should pass the Great Pumpkin on to someone else.

Every little boy dreams of owning a Porsche.  …Or at least a fast car.  As a kid in the ’70s and ’80s I had Porsche posters on my bedroom walls, and decided in the late 1990s that I might actually be able to buy one.  The iconic design of the Porsche 911 has endured for nearly 45 years now.  It remained virtually unchanged for its first 25 years, but even the latest iteration is instantly recognizable as directly linked to the original from 1965.  No other car in the world can claim such direct lineage.  And no other car is equally at home on the race track as it is on the street.  (Well, OK, there might be a few others…)

Yesterday, I sold the Great Pumpkin, to a guy in New York who plans to race it in the SCCA.  (Coincidentally, when I met him, we realized we could be long lost brothers – a fact that was pointed out by one random passer-by who noted our similarly disappearing hairlines.)  I hope he enjoys it as much as I have.

They say the best two days in a guys life are when he buys a race car, and when he sells that race car.  But that’s crap.  The day he sells the race car is much worse.

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