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Porsche 911 Carrera S Driving Experience

I may have trouble with one horse power (horseback riding), but give me 355 horses and I am on my way. I had the luxury experience to drive a new 2006 Porsche 911 Carrera S while in Switzerland, which was made available from the hotel Palace Luzern. The Palace Luzern, in conjunction with Porsche, makes available, for the price of the gas, a Porsche for guests staying at the hotel to drive. You only need to provide your signature, acknowledging the insurance responsibility, and you are presented the keys and a map for your drive around the breathtaking area surrounding Lucerne, Switzerland.

As any good race car driver or actually any driver would do, I had to check out all the features available to me for my drive. So, what did I have to work with? A 6 speed manual transmission, a 6 cylinder 355 hp engine at 6,500 rpm with 295 lb-ft torque at a compression ration of 11.8-1; translated, I was not going to be riding behind any cars during my drive. To balance out the ride there is a 4-piston aluminum monobloc fixed calipers, vacuum servo, ventilated, and drilled, ABS braking system, as though I was going to need this feature, but it was nice to know that it was there. I made sure to kick each of the 19” Carrera S light alloy wheels as I walked around ‘my’ RED (of course it had to be red, what other color equates power and speed for a car) 911 S (I was now on a first name basis). I familiarized myself with the plush interior starting with the 3-spoke sport leather covered steering wheel, eyed the on-board gauges for mileage, time and speed, and the on-board navigation system, which conveys direction via the voice of a beautiful woman (ok, I am not sure what the woman looks like behind that great voice, but this was the only time that I listened to a woman when she gave me directions) directing me throughout my journey, and of course there was all the other great toys such as a 9 speaker Bose surround sound system that delivered the ‘beautiful woman’s’ voice to me during the navigational requirements, a sunroof, and on and on, but let us stay focused, this is a 911 S we are talking about. The only thing I was missing was a 3 point harness for the seats, a flashback to my racing days. So, with the beautiful Debra C. Argen beside me, and the unknown woman navigating, I was off to the races, so to speak. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Porsche 356 Timeline

Porsche 356The Porsche 356 was a sports car buffs dream. The 356 was the brain child of Ferdinand “Ferry” Porsche. The body style was the work of Erwin Komenda and the mechanical came off the VW Beetle the design of Ferdinand Porsche Sr.

When it first hit the market it was available as a roadster, cabriolet, and coupe and over the years it saw many changes both in power and style. You might be surprised to discover that the 356 Porsche was actually Porsche’s first production automobile and one has to admit it was a great pick!

This timeline is a bit rough around the edges but it will give you and idea of how the 356 evolved from start to finish.


Just after the war Porsche located to Austria so that they could be closer to parts suppliers. Ferry Porsche was the designer of the 356. He was the son of Dr Ing Ferdinand Porsche who was the founder of Porsche. The original car used a tubular chassis with an 1100cc engine so it was both light and quick. The gearbox was designed by Frolich and Komenda designed the body of the 356.

The original 001 raced at the Innsbruck city race and it won in the 1100cc class on its very first run. Not surprising! The original 001 sits in the Factory Museum. Read the rest of this entry »

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