Mark H

Still home with me after 42 years

My love affair with Porsches began while in college in the 1960's. I followed sports car racing and by the late 1960's Porsches were beating the big Ford V8s and other marques. The more I learned about Porsches the more I wanted one. I dreamed someday to own a 911. That dream came true in February of 1972 when a slightly used Gold Metallic 911-T showed up at my local Porsche dealership. I traded in my Empi equipped VW Beetle and drove away. My girlfriend at the time, now my wife of 41 years, enjoyed the car with me and we attended many sports car races, camping gear and camera aboard. We joined the Porsche Club of America and helped form the newest Michigan region at the time, Motor-Stadt region in Central Michigan. I competed in many autocrosses over the years and made mild improvements to the car, both to improve performance, as well as cosmetics.

The "Golden Goose", as she has so affectionately been named, was given her name by our fellow touring friends during the days of the CB radio. That CB handle has stuck over the years. We continued to travel with our camping gear all over the Midwest and East until our children came along a few years later. That did not stop the driving, however. The 911 remained a part of the family and never let us down. Repairs and maintenance have been minimal. The transmission was rebuilt in 2000 and reunited with its numbers matching engine to provide for more years of enjoyable driving. Forward to 2010 and the Goose received a refresh paint job with new window and door rubber. A move to Northern Michigan in 2012 provided new proving grounds to enjoy. The 2013 Porsche Parade held at the Grand Traverse Resort in Traverse City, Michigan brought a very special honor. The Golden Goose was selected to be shown in a special golf course display of 911s recognizing the 50th anniversary of the Porsche 911. Among the 911s presented there was Jerry Seinfeld's 911 #1. I also took third place in my class at the Parade Autocross. To think that I have been able to own and enjoy an icon like the 911 for over 40 years is a true honor. Let the miles continue.

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