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The better part of valor is discretion.

I am a huge proponent of the multi-car solution. I learned this the hard way, taking my only car from a stock MK2 16V Scirocco to a 2l 16V turbo charged animal on stand alone. One tortuous time crunched weekend after another over the span of 5yrs. I am well versed in the brinkmanship in going from the best of intentions Friday night to the despair of dis-assembly Saturday and the no vacation/sick time left 4am Monday morning thrash. This tests your mettle, bonds of friendship and just how much access to credit anyone who is into cars should sanely have (thank you corporate Amex). Shortly after crossing into my 30s I had for the first time multiple cars and have never looked back.

I told you that story to tell you this one. My garage over the last few years has all the traits of a gravity well. Walking past on the way to work and I find myself invariably pulled to consider if I really want to take the daily driver on that particular day. Some mornings the pull is stronger than others. “Do I want to stop for coffee? The sixer is too low for the coffee hut and has no cup holders soooo”, “Its sunny in the PNW, have to drive the Cabriolet”, “need a refresher on why I love cars, lets roll Rabbit”, you get the point. It’s a good problem to have and one I work hard to continue to enjoy.

Last weekend the Pacific Northwest saw a bit of a windstorm and some heavy rain, no problem, its Allroad time. The right tool for the right job and all that. Well…it was not that simple. You see the Seahawks are in playoffs and I was all set to watch the game and do some show and tell with the 930 to some buddies. Queue the gravitational pull of the door to the garage next to the front door beyond which lay the Allroad. “Come on Shannon, be an adult, there is no reason you should take a 911 Turbo out in a storm”…no good reason at all.

IMG_5512.jpg by thecrashingdoor, on Flickr

After much deliberation in the foyer, sanity triumphed, Allroad it is (pats self on back). Reach for Audi keys… keys…..where did I leave them….I moved the Allroad just last night…then I moved the 911….****. Allroad keys are in the Porsche.

So there I am driving an 80s 911 Turbo in a huge storm which is as nerve racking as it sounds. There is enough water on the freeway to make the front end feel like you have power steering, at 50mph it’s a pucker factor of 8. Big boy car, big boy power and I am a big time idiot. At one point I watch a C63 AMG blow past me, hydroplane, clip a Sprinter van sending both headed off into the woods together. I imagine the traction control light in the Mercedes finally getting the last laugh. In the Porsche the only light you see flashing when you do something stupid is your life before your eyes. Not maybe a minute later a branch, that for all I know was thrown by the Porsche gods themselves smacked into the hood. OK, I’m done. I immediately exit the freeway and finish the last 4miles on surface streets. Once parked a quick assessment revealed the only casualty to be a pair of boxer briefs. I’ll proudly present my wuss card when prompted to do so from here on out and just drive the damn Audi.

In other news, the first visit to Mr.Walker, the 930 Whisperer is on Monday. I have called twice to add more things to the list. I get the distinct impression he is not as excited as I am about the visit, nor is my checking account. After a bit of research it does seem more and more likely that the cut out under boost I see occasionally is the Overboost Protection Switch. This switch is designed as such that at boost pressures greater than 1.2bar it cuts power to the fuel pumps. Given we are dealing with 80s tech here its entirely plausible that I am either getting a boost spike or the switch is overeager. The diagnostic test for the switch is not for the faint of heart, from my reading it goes something like this. Remove and ground the lead connected to the switch thus bypassing the protection completely and go out and apply the loud pedal to see what happens. To me this sounds a little like seeing if a gun is loaded by looking down the barrel and pulling the trigger. No thanks, “hey John can you also…..”.

To close out, while the multiple car solution would at first blush lead people to believe that car project productivity would increase, the truth is unfortunately quite the opposite. Where youth afforded me the hutzpah to says things like “engine swap this weekend and road trip to California Monday, hell yeah”, now old age sounds like “maybe I will tackle the turn signal gaskets this weekend, maybe”. Older eyes see that less is often more.

I promise to make discretion my co-pilot from now on…..right after this last dip into boost. Promise.

Some quick facts:
First tank of fuel = 210miles (holy crap this thing has a 20gal tank!)
Most common visual commentary = Wow!
Most common first ride commentary = coo…jesus, wow, brakes, BRAKES, BRAKE, SHANNON!
First Pelican Parts order total = $634.00
- 86 Porsche 930 - Mr.Hyde
- 86 BMW 635CSi - Dr.Jeykell
- 2006 Infiniti M45 Sport

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