I was up at Lime Rock Motor Sports Park this past Saturday doing a little instructing with NASA/PDA. It was the first track day of the year which meant it was packed. Automobiles from all over the east coast showed up for little fun. For some, it was there first track experience, others were seasoned veterans, yet others still just wanted to watch and take some pictures. I’ll go more into the track day later on, but first I’d like you guys to check out this little bugger that was parked near the paddock entrance.
It’s a 1964 Porsche 356. This is a pretty car, but what really caught my attention was not the car itself, but the bicycle rack on the back. I walked over to check it out and was pleasantly surprised by what I saw… you see, this car looked used. The interior was in great shape but did show some wear, there were stickers all over the dash, a few bubbles in the rocker panels and the rear bumper was a bit blackened from the exhaust. It was brilliant.
As I was admiring the car, a gentleman walked over and introduced himself as the owner. We spoke briefly about the car and he said that as long as there was no snow on the roads the little 356 was driven everyday. It was comfortable, peppy enough and had a power sunroof to boot! The more I looked at the car, and spoke to the owner the happier I became. It’s far too often that these cars are restored and placed in collections never to be seen again. This dirty little Porsche however seemed to be the exception to the rule and looked very content doing what it was meant to do. It was being driven, it was being loved by it’s owner and it was having a great day at a race track. Now that I think about it, this little guy was probably having a better day than I was.