[Comment From From David via e-mail] One
month after picking up the Turbo PDK of which picture is enclosed, I
smacked the front spoiler into a curb. But only $300 to repair at Pfaff
Autowerks. The embarrassment was the worst part.
- Darren _ i did some stupid stuff. Backed my dad's 1963 Comet out of
the garage with a door open, and nearly ripped it off. Also rode a
bicycle off a steep slope, hoping for a ski-jump style ride, only to
have the handlebars pull off in my hands (it wasn't my bike.) The day
ended with me in the hospital having a brake handle separated from my
groin. Definitely a Darwin Award candidate.
Danielle Boudreau, Globe and Mail
- I often wonder how much damage is done to vehicles that are driven
over the high streetcar curbs in Toronto. I've witnessed many bloopers
in the downtown area - including a Hummer stuck on one near the Globe
office - unable to move forward or back.
[Comment From DJ] Incidents
like mine and the above sure make you realize that your life is much
more important than a vehicle...whether it is a second-hand one or a
Porsche. Funny how we place such importance on something that
depreciates as soon as we drive it off the car lot!
- DJ - you hit the nail on the head. Even the most valuable car is
ephemeral. I keep thinking about Plato, and how each thing merely
represents an ideal. The Turbo is only metal and plastic, but it is the
embodiment of something more important - the passion of engineers, the
skill of mechanics, and the joy of drivers fortunate enough to drive
one, even if it's only for a while.
Danielle Boudreau, Globe and Mail - Your poor son - that's a lot of publicity at such a young age. How's he doing with his notoriety?
- He's good. We drove to Kingston together yesterday to look at
Queen's University, and we had a great conversation. He's getting a lot
of texts and phone calls, but he has a solid sense of self and a good
sense of humor. He knows that I will be putting this in his wedding
speech. He had to go to Montreal with his hockey team the weekend after
this happened. I sent him a text - "I will always love you, no matter
how many Porsches you destroy."
- Hey, in this day and age where it's strangely "cool" to put an iPad
in a blender, this may make him more popular with his friends. "Dude,
you smoked that car! Totally awesome!" Or not.
Danielle Boudreau, Globe and Mail
- Peter, since you're a fellow Haligonian, do you remember the
incident involving the car that was driven into the side of a Walmart
store, about 12-13 years ago? Luckily nobody was hurt, but the car was
stuck in the wall, suspended high in the air. It did a lot of damage to a
display of diapers inside the store, I believe. Luckily the car didn't
hit any support beams, so it was lodged in the cinderblock wall.
Peter Cheney - Good thing the Porsche is too big for the blender.
Danielle Boudreau, Globe and Mail - That's all the time we have for today. Peter and readers, thanks for sharing your stories. Safe driving!
Peter Cheney - Danielle - I vaguely recall that. Do you think Henry Ford expected any of this?
[Comment From DJ] Aaah,
yes..the really real. Make sense...and if Plato's theory is correct,
art (such as a beautiful Porsche) is powerful and dangerous because it
stirs up our emotions so that our characters and behaviours change. One
then can see how we become so attached and act irrationally when we faun
over our cars as if they were human!
[Comment From GS] My
first car - 1963 Chevrolet Biscayne. Country boy - lived on a gravel
road. had a spinner on the sterring wheel, made it much easier to do
whatt we called 'squirrelly dirllies' - swerving back and forth with
full gas and chewing up the gravel roads. Spinner made it easy (one
handed). Well, in the middle of one of these SDs, the knob came off the
spinner and I piled that Chevy into a tree.
Peter Cheney - DJ, GS, et al - thanks for writing in. What a week it's been. Over and out for now!
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