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Dreams Do Come True

Ian Parkhill finally gets his Porsche!

EVER SINCE I WAS A KID back in high school, I’ve had a “Hot Wheels” model of a slant-nose red Porsche. At the time, I didn’t know the difference between a 911 and a 930… I just knew I loved that car. The shape was right, my imagination had me racing all over the place, and I knew that some day I would have that car.

As it turned out, my first car was “somewhat” related to a 911, minus 2 cylinders but with more than enough rust to make up the difference, and I couldn’t have been prouder of my 1973 Volkswagen Super Beetle! It had that same strange pedal cluster coming up from the floor, a less than efficient heating system, and the unique sound of a boxer-style engine configuration, but that is where the similarities ended.

A few mechanical issues have already been sorted out, such as no idle due to a bad vacuum leak caused by a cracked valve cover gasket. Also removed a slightly too loud exhaust system, which my wife (and the neighbours) greatly appreciated.

Fast-forward a “few” years, and there has been a slow but steady progress towards finally realizing the goal of one day owning that cool little red car… A complete TR-6 restoration project, numerous motorcycle restoration and complete build projects, and most recently bringing home a ’99 BMW M Roadster from Southern California (that one’s still in the garage) but none of them was exactly what I wanted.

I started looking for a G model 911 in a serious way about 3 years ago, and tested quite a few along the way but nothing was quite living up to the hype I’d built up in my mind. Bad brakes, and worse gearboxes had me starting to wonder if I’d been fooling myself all these years, but I never gave up the hunt.

Long story short, after my mother passed away in early 2017, and a “fit” close cousin in the family was lost at Christmas time last year, events combined to provide the necessary kick in the backside required to get serious about the bucket list. So, as an early Christmas gift to myself this past year, I finally found a 1984 Carrera that fit the bill.

It started its North American life down in Florida, migrating to the Great White North in 1992, and finally into my hands in 2019.

A few mechanical issues have already been sorted out, such as no idle due to a bad vacuum leak caused by a cracked valve cover gasket. Also removed a slightly too loud exhaust system, which my wife (and the neighbours) greatly appreciated. As well, this winter will see some attention given to the interior, as the seats are in need of new covers, but in general, I’m really looking forward to getting out to some of the 2020 driving events, and getting to know what this car was built to do.

Nothing better than having a dream come true – especially when the colour and whale-tail are right! </>

Story and photos by Ian Parkhill UCR Member

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