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JimG
03-20-2017, 10:27 PM
Jim’s Big Adventure

Back in 2008, I got the itch for a Porsche. I went to Houston and drove a couple of 911’s, then a salesperson suggested I drive a Cayman. I resisted, but he handed me the keys and I drove off for a test drive. I was AMAZED! It felt perfect! Like it was built just for me. Halfway through the test drive I told the salesperson, “Finalize the deal, this is THE car!”
This particular car was equipped like no other I had seen. Most of the new Porsches I had seen were loaded up with options, almost bloated. Tons of stuff that I thought had no purpose in a “sports car”. This particular Cayman was lightly optioned, just the necessities, but with one exception. It was a Sport Chrono car. It was, and is, the only Cayman 2.7 I had ever seen with this option. Sport Chrono is a program that changes the fuel map for quicker acceleration and higher engine redline. It also includes a really cool, if somewhat useless, retro-looking clock timer on the dash for lap times, splits, etc. It is an expensive option, and rarely seen on this car.
The Cayman 2.7 was the lightest Porsche offered that year, with a stiff coupe body structure. The wheel/tire combination, along with the smaller (but still amazingly strong) brakes, combine to make the lightest unsprung weight available. My car, with minimal options was even lighter, weighing in around 2800 lbs. To my eyes, this Cayman’s purity is a direct throwback to the “Giant Killer” race cars of the 50’s & 60’s. The shape is reminiscent of the beautiful Porsche 550 Coupe and the 904.
It was an amazing ownership experience, and I kept the car for four years. Then, in a weak moment, I accepted an offer on it and sold. I immediately regretted it, but used the money to buy a new cab tractor for the farm. Life went on, and on occasion I would surf the ‘net looking for this car. Not looking to buy it back, but just mostly curious about where it landed. Still, I missed it.

Then one Wednesday evening, we got some real bad news on a good friend. My friend Marvin had passed after a terrible bout with cancer. It was like a gut-punch. Marvin and I were the same age. It was one of those “Look in the mirror” moments to see your own mortality staring back at you. The following morning, I sat at my computer with a cup of coffee reading the touching messages from Marvin’s many friends on Facebook. With tears in my eyes, I finally forced myself to stop reading them. Needed a distraction, bad! So I did something I never had done before… I went to eBay, and searched for “2007 Cayman”.
Through my swollen eyes, I saw that the first car that popped up looked a lot like mine. Arctic Silver, standard wheels. I zoomed in on the dash, there was the Sport Chrono clock! My heart started pounding! I went to the provided Carfax link. There it was, my address! It was MY CAR!
I went back through the ad, reading the details. Miles very low, all records, unmolested car. It was like a dream. Janet woke up and came in to see what I was hollering and jumping around the room for. She knew better than anyone what that car had meant to me. She did what she always does, she said, “Go for it!”
I contacted the owner, and after a lengthy conversation about condition and service history, I bought the car. Now to figure out how to get it home! The owner warned me about an impending snow storm they were expecting to come through on Saturday. I bought an airline ticket for early the next morning, and it was on! The owner picked me up in the car at the airport, and we took it back to his house for the inspection. The car was amazing! The fellow that I had sold it to in early 2013 was an amazing steward of this car! It was spotless and unmolested, looking just like it did the day it left my property!
Time to bring her home! Checked tire pressures, and I hit the road out of Murfreesboro around 11:00. The car felt like an old friend, it even smelled the same as I remembered. With my trusty Google maps (turns out not so trusty) on my phone, I chose my best and fastest route home. A quick stop for fuel and a Subway, and off I went! Making good time, or so I thought, the navigation on my phone re-routed me to another road. When I attempted to correct the error, I lost cell service and Google Maps no longer functioned. I was lost in the hills of Tennessee!
When I finally found a convenience store, and inquired about a paper road map or directions, I was met with blank stares. Seemed the only southbound road any of them knew was the Natchez Trace Parkway. The Natchez Trace Parkway is a two-lane national park road that stretches 444 miles into Mississippi, and has a 50mph speed limit! It was not my first choice!
When I finally realized that no one was going to be able to direct me onto any highway in the area, the Trace seemed my only option to get to Mississippi. Off I went! It was a beautiful drive with stretches of 50 or more miles where I did not see another vehicle. There are no filling stations, or stores along the route, but I had a full tank and a half-eaten sandwich! Nothing wrong here!
In hindsight, I am glad I took the Trace. It was an amazing experience, and a great bonding time with my old dream car. Crossed from Tennessee, into Alabama, then Mississippi. Weather was perfect, cool and sunny. I drove most of the Trace with the windows down and the radio off, just soaking in the beauty.
I got off the Natchez Trace at Eupora, picked up 55 heading south to Jackson and turned up the dial a bit! Made good time to Lousiana, and crossed the Texas state line at about midnight. Finally pulled into the driveway around 1:30, thoroughly exhausted but none the worse for wear. The Cayman was the perfect partner for a 13+ hour drive, with wonderfully comfortable and supportive seats. And averaged around 30mpg.

Now the Cayman has come home. I detailed it the next day, clayed and waxed. To my eyes, looks new. And it’s the most beautiful car I have ever seen…

Conquistador_del_mar
03-20-2017, 11:01 PM
Congratulations Jim! It was meant to be.

Ghost
03-21-2017, 01:27 AM
That's awesome--glad you got your baby back! :)

Carl C
03-21-2017, 07:32 AM
It really is a beauty. Great story. *Don't eat sandwiches in it and update your sig line!

JimG
03-21-2017, 08:08 AM
Fixed it!

And Carl, I NEVER eat in my cars lol! But I knew that this one was going to get the complete JimG-style detailing within 24 hours, and I did not want to stop to eat. I just had to get back to TEXAS! After I cleaned her up, no evidence of my Banzai run! I did a full wheel-off, q-tip detail in and out. Spotless!

woobs
03-21-2017, 08:16 AM
A great story and a beautiful car.... I totally identify with you.
I rebuilt this 72 911S from the chassis up. It is a unique car with mechanical injection, German gauges, SC sport seats, alloy trailing arms and front crossmember, Fuch 7&8s, adjustable Bilstien struts with custom torsion bar rates and left door trim from an English 911 as it exactly matches the right door. It is is a rare Oxford Blue that I have yet to see on another car. Then there's the sweat equity.... Like you, in a moment of weakness I sold it.... and I so regret it. Unfortunately, early Porsche prices have sykrocketed out of sight ... and I still cannot find my baby (although I am constantly looking for it) but, like you I hope one day I will. Enjoy your Cayman!

jl1962
03-21-2017, 09:03 AM
Nice story!

IMO the Cayman/Boxster is much more aligned w/ the spirit of the early 911, than the current 911.

Woobs - nice Porsche and nice license plate!

BUIZILLA
03-21-2017, 09:24 AM
awesome..... :worthy:

JimG
03-21-2017, 09:56 AM
Woobs, what an amazing car! I hope you re-unite one day! Love that color!

olredalert
03-21-2017, 10:45 AM
----Sean,,, Did you paint the car to match the garage door or the other way around???......Bill S

woobs
03-21-2017, 02:58 PM
Other way around! So, shoot me...I like blue :)

Also had this as a project... An RS clone (made from a '69 911S) but, it had a 3.6l n/a out of a 996.

yeller
03-21-2017, 05:17 PM
Cool story!

Just Say N20
03-21-2017, 09:11 PM
Congratulations!

I love a story with a happy ending!

chip w
03-22-2017, 11:05 AM
Glad to hear that you got your baby back! :yes:

I had a similar experience. Back in the '90's I had a '91 911 C2 in Horizon Blue. A rare special order color. Likewise, in a moment of weakness I sold it to buy a Panoz. About 5 years ago I started looking for it again. After nearly a year I didn't find it but found another '91 in the same color in Houston. After a month of negotiating I made a deal and had it shipped to Tampa. I dropped it off this morning for a professional buffing and detailing as it is being displayed in the Festival of Speed's air cooled 911 display in St. Petersburg on April 2.

It really sucks when we sell something and realize after it's gone how much it means to us. I'm happy for you that you found "yours" and got it back.

8577485775

BUIZILLA
03-23-2017, 09:52 AM
Glad to hear that you got your baby back! :yes:

I had a similar experience. Back in the '90's I had a '91 911 C2 in Horizon Blue. A rare special order color. Likewise, in a moment of weakness I sold it to buy a Panoz. About 5 years ago I started looking for it again. After nearly a year I didn't find it but found another '91 in the same color in Houston. After a month of negotiating I made a deal and had it shipped to Tampa. I dropped it off this morning for a professional buffing and detailing as it is being displayed in the Festival of Speed's air cooled 911 display in St. Petersburg on April 2.

It really sucks when we sell something and realize after it's gone how much it means to us. I'm happy for you that you found "yours" and got it back.

8577485775 was this car at Victory? if so, I drooled over it myself.....

CHACHI
03-23-2017, 09:55 AM
So Jim, when do we get to see a picture of that clock?

Congrats on closing the circle.

Ken

chip w
03-23-2017, 02:22 PM
was this car at Victory? if so, I drooled over it myself.....

One and the same. I had to replace the distributor belt as the existing one was broke. Other than that it was minor stuff that with a little time and TLC it has turned out to be a great car. I get offers on it at red lights, parking lots and gas stations :eek: and I've turned them all down. I can't stand the thought of parting with it twice. I've only seen two in this color and I've owned both of them.

BUIZILLA
03-23-2017, 03:01 PM
One and the same. I had to replace the distributor belt as the existing one was broke. Other than that it was minor stuff that with a little time and TLC it has turned out to be a great car. I get offers on it at red lights, parking lots and gas stations :eek: and I've turned them all down. I can't stand the thought of parting with it twice. I've only seen two in this color and I've owned both of them. I brokered a 993 from them, the same time they had this car..

I came this close >< to buying it

congrat's

chip w
03-23-2017, 04:41 PM
The rear drive 911's are like Classic 18's, a blast to drive and very rewarding when you get it right. not so rewarding if you get it wrong but fortunately I've been on the right side of that divide. They are an awesome car for a track day. Great stablemates! And both of mine are blue. (I'm another sucker for blue boats and cars.)

JimG
04-11-2017, 07:22 PM
Two pics of the same car, nine years apart!

txtaz
04-12-2017, 02:43 AM
Congratulations Jim. Great story.

Bring that thing to the hill country and we'll drive the Three Sisters. I have a great 100 mile loop with lots of twisties.

I promise not to go too fast so the antiques can keep up. LOL :yes::eek::eek::nilly::convertib:

85815

At Tail of the Dragon. Close to Murfreesboro in the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Taz

And the funny thing is we picked up a Abarth rabbit on that trip. He lead two of us right up Mississippi at 90 for two hours straight. No offense, but I was surprised in was in one piece after that.

Edit: A rabbit is someone who knowingly or not runs radar interference for you. I keep them a quarter mile ahead and never get a ticket with a database radar system such as an Escort. Helps with the red lights, cameras and speed traps.

JimG
04-12-2017, 07:43 AM
Would love to!! We did the Sisters at Boxstoberfest a couple of times. Loved it!

Easy on them Abarths! I have one as my DD. Might be funnest car I have ever owned! And amazingly well built, will run 95 all day long and never complain! With the ac on!