Marcus, are you on drugs? That’s what most people would ask me when I make this statement.
No, I’m not on drugs. But I am experiencing a philosophical sea change with regard to cars. I’m experiencing a loss of pretentions, a loss of posture so to speak – I no longer care about the “image” the car will project – I believe that my actions and personality should speak for themselves at this point (I think they mainly point towards “asshole”, but whatever). Instead, I want to drive something that I ENJOY.
Most people hate on the Corvette for one of two reasons. First, the image of the hairy chested, medalion wearing guido or the balding, mid life crisis loser. Well, frankly, I drive a Firebird, so the image of the knuckledragger doesn’t bother me much. Next, I currently drive the cousin mid life crisis car to the Corvette, the Porsche 911 – so I’m used to shocking onlookers when a handsome, strapping young man such as myself steps out of an old man’s car. The image isn’t an issue to me.
The next argument is from the dash strokers. People who claim the interior of a Corvette isn’t nice. Again, I drive a 996. Interiors don’t get much worse. And, in driving my 996, I can’t remember the last time I felt for “soft touch materials” at 110 mph . . . . or any speed for that matter. The interior isn’t an issue to me.
What is an issue to me is the bang for the buck. A used C5 Corvette Z06 for $15,000 packs as much performance into it as a used 996 GT3, which can’t be had for less than $60,000. I wonder which costs less to fix?
Both of these cars will rip the autobahn to pieces. They will both tear up the track. However, one of them costs a hell of a lot less. Why? Prestige? Label? History?
Frankly, I don’t give a shit. I’m like that dude from the Viagra commercial, I’m at the age of knowing and doing. But, let’s talk about history – both have been around forever. Both have fanatical devotees. They both have storied history doing battle on the racetracks around the world. Both have astonishing club support.
And club support is one of the best things about owning a Porsche. I love my local PCA. It really is all about the people. And that’s why, when I sell my 911 and pick up a Corvette, I’ll still go out and get another Porsche. And that won’t be my last Porsche either. But nobody ever said you couldn’t love them both.