Friday, February 13, 2009
Top Gear Budget Porsche Episode
Ok, admission. I owned a Porsche 944 Turbo. I loved it. In fact I have never owned any car longer. To me it was the ultimate vehicle for anyone who likes to drive and has a young family. 50/50 weight distribution (thanks to the front engine/rear gearbox layout), fantastic grip from vast tyre footprint, 2+2 seating with a rear hatch you could grow tomatoes in. Perfect. Capable of 150+ mph, but docile in town. It was brilliant. At this point I'll skip over the incident that required the engine to be rebuilt - well it had high miles - at a phenomenal cost. After the rebuild I couldn't justify selling the car. So I kept it - then I moved in with my girlfriend and her kids - together we had five - so the Porsche had to go (I replaced it with a 735i BMW - the Graf Spee - to transport them all (another story for another time - though I can tell you a Mac Powerbook will not survive being run over by one of these babies).
The Top Gear roadshow is here in New Zealand. While I'm impressed with how the BBC's marketing machine has built the Top Gear franchise around the world, I couldn't bring myself to spring for tickets to the live show. Actually I don't even like the Top Gear Magazine. I like the show. The performances by Clarkson, Hammond, May and The Stig are like The Beatles of motoring journalism - The loud one, the cute one, the quiet one and...well, ...The Stig.