Boxster in Blue

Scott Reimer muses on his continuing passion for his 2006 Boxster

I’ve been a Porsche fanatic for as long as I can remember. I was also born the same year as the 911 (1964). I’ve always considered it true automotive art. No other car that I can think of kept basically the same lines from the 60’s to the 90’s (why change perfection?).

When the Boxster came along, it was my second love, basically a 911 from the seats forward, in a very cool mid-engine roadster. I only recently became a Porsche owner when I bought a 2006 Boxster in August of 2018. There’s nothing particularly interesting or unique about the car itself, but it was a meticulously cared for, deep blue version.

I guess the story of WHY I bought the car is the more interesting part. I was married in 1993, had 2 children by 1996, and in 2003 I bought an island cottage in the Parry Sound region. When it came to toys, it was really all about boats; a Porsche didn’t really fit my life with a family of 4 and a cottage that I needed a boat to get to.

In December 2017 I was diagnosed with a serious form of throat cancer. It looked very grim at the beginning as it had spread to my lymph nodes. I went through 6 months of torturous surgeries and treatments, but my prognosis is good. I have now been in remission since then. Recovering from cancer is both physical and psychological. After my treatments were over, and I had lost about 50 lbs, I was working on getting physically healthy, but I had also fallen into a deep depression, with bouts of severe anxiety. I couldn’t really explain it outside of the fact that I went through an experience where I wasn’t sure if I was going to survive, and for the first time was facing my own imminent mortality.

I was looking at Porsches online, like I always have, and my wife said, “why don’t you just buy one, what are you waiting for?”

I was looking at Porsches online, like I always have, and my wife said, “why don’t you just buy one, what are you waiting for?” Like many parents, when you raise children, for many years everything you do, and everything you spend money on is for the family. You tend not to satisfy your own indulgences. So, in August I found a beautiful 2006 Boxster, with low kilometres, and I bought it. I won’t say that it instantly cured my mood issues, but the pure organic joy of driving that car seemed to change my outlook significantly. I now wonder why I didn’t do it sooner.

Everyone needs something they are passionate about, to bring some joy and give you some memorable moments. </>

Story and photos by Scott Reimer, UCR Member

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