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Happy New Year As Life Throws A (Virtual) Curve

Nurburgring Nordschleife

Track side a little way up the hill from the town of Adenau.

Happy New Year! It’s been entirely too long since my last entry. I can give you a bunch of reasons why, but it really only boils down to only one, which I’ll get to later.

After celebrating a little bit last night, I woke up this morning eager to come out of the gate strong. The first thing that happened? My computer, a virtual machine I’ll write about soon, was experiencing a glitch where the audio wasn’t working. It was fine last night and all of a sudden there was no sound, which is lame when you’re trying to listen to music.

Since it’s a virtual machine (VM) I decided to just revert to a previous instance. If you’re not familiar with the concept of a VM, just think of it as a computer within a computer. In other words, I don’t really use the main Windows environment in the computer. I use a Windows environment inside a virtual box inside the main Windows environment.

The environment I use is virtual. I can revert back to a previous “snapshot” any time, allowing me to quickly reset any time I have a problem. However, every file in the environment is also only in that environment. Because of that I use a separate external thumb drives to store my files other than pictures and videos, which take a lot more space. Being fairly new to this I forgot and reverted without creating a snapshot of the current environment.
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Porsche Cayman Wizardry and Lizardry

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My first step in publishing each post is to write utter garbage. Whatever you may think of the final product, I just spill all my words out into something tangible – enough so that I can show it to someone else and have them tell me it’s crap.

Then after inhaling the waft of my printer burning toner or whatever it does while coughing up multiple drafts and revisions, I’ll arrive at something I am only slightly discontented with and ready to post, though not without trepidation. Typing up a first draft that’s polished enough to call a final product is not how I roll.

Perhaps some car companies operate the same way. They throw something together based on a concept and keep refining it until it finds its niche in the world or the scrap pile.

The process of launching a car involves a lot of trial and error, prototypes and fixing myriad problems. Possibly all because a couple of engineers debated the merits of one way or another of doing something while chowing down burgers, schnitzel, sushi or pasta during their lunch hours.

Then someone, after perhaps many sips (or gulps) of some inebriating beverage says, “Hey, why don’t we try that?”, and the others at the table nod in agreement. Or seem to nod because they’re plastered.

I mean, how else do you explain putting six cylinders without a radiator on the backside of something akin to an upside down bathtub that shared a bunch of parts with a VW Beetle and calling it a sports car?  Then, many brew addled lunches later turbocharging some version of it, slapping a giant wing on it and pretty much kicking the entire world’s collective sports car racing ass?

Anyway, my point is that if you want to get started doing anything, just throw something together and see if it seems like a good direction. Then keep polishing. That’s my theory on how the Porsche 911 became one of the world’s most, if not the most, iconic sports cars.

But this piece isn’t actually about that car. It’s about something that happened a generation after its debut, where perhaps another group of engineers may have revisited the rear-engine vs. mid-engine debate. One thing led to another and, hopefully without fisticuffs in the biergarten, they wanted to put things to the test and came up with the Porsche Boxster.
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Seven Car Magazine Observations

McLaren MP4/4 F1 Car in the Road & Track Magazine lobby

McLaren on display at Road & Track Magazine lobby

I recently scoured a huge part of my magazine collection indexing notable sports cars of the past 15 years. In doing so, besides spending a ridiculous amount of time rereading many blasts from the past, several observations stand out.

Between the likes of Automobile, which sadly dismissed its Editor In Chief, Jean Jennings, last month, Road & Track, which was relocated from Southern California to Ann Arbor, Michigan amid a reorganization a couple of years back, and Sports Car International which ceased publication in 2008 it’s clear that the magazine business is in flux and shifting online.

1. Time Moves Faster Than It Seems

So many cars seem like they were launched recently but were actually on the market much earlier and are now out of production. This is actually good. Well styled cars that are five, ten and even fifteen years old have now heavily depreciated but still look great. These are the performance bargains a lot of sports car investors look for. Not because we expect values to actually rise (don’t hold your breath) but because these cars can be less expensive to own than new ones and they offer tons of fun as well.

2. Road & Track Is the Enthusiast’s Magazine

R&T consistently delivers content on sports cars, driving roads and motorsports, with an international flair. The magazine’s lobby has a McLaren F1 car on display for a year too (shown in photo above).

Automobile is also very good. I seem to remember their motto of “No boring cars” and will give them the benefit of the doubt despite the occasional Chrysler Sebring convertible review. They make it up on volume with pieces on cars like the Aston Martin V8 Vantage roadster and the Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera.
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