Slipstream - April 2018

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The monthly newsletter of the Maverick Region of the Porsche Club of America

Kruder’s Cars & Conversation

By Bill Kruder

photos courtesy of Bob Molyneux

This month’s “conversation”

one could say was 35 plus years in

the making.

When we first met a couple years

ago we learned we both had worked

for J.C. Penney for well over three

decades and had never met. Matter

of fact my lifelong friend and mentor’s

wife is best friends with his

wife, yet that never came up. So it

took Porsches, years after we both

retired, to finally meet and strike up

a friendship for the ages.

So here is the next in my series

of “conversations” I would like to

share with you…

Bob Molyneux, member

since 2013, Owner 2009

Carrera (997.2)

Bill Kruder: So are you

originally from here?

Bob Molyneux: No I grew

up in Downey, Ca. and stayed

there till I left for college. It

was a great place to live, I was

thirty minutes to the beach

so I surfed as a teenager and

I was about an hour from the

mountains so I skied too.

BK: And where did you head off

to for college?

BM: Well I stayed close to home

for the first two years attending

Cerritos Junior College. I worked

out my schedule so I could surf

and go to school, some days I did

both (laughing). After two years

there I transferred to the University

of Denver and got my B.S. in

Accounting.

BK: What did you do after

college?

BM: Right after graduating

college in 1973 I started with

J.C.Penney. They hired me as Field

12 April

Auditor out of the Denver office,

which was actually a satellite office

for Dallas. Now this was long

before the company ever thought of

moving its headquarters to Plano.

BK: I understand that you moved

a few times?

BM: I did. I was only in Denver

for three years. They then moved

me to Florida and on to Detroit,

then finally to Dallas. We arrived

here in 1984 and have called this

home ever since, matter of fact we

live in the same original house in

Plano.

BK: So tell me how you and

Anne met?

BM: Now that’s kind of interesting.

We met while both at U of D,

I was in a fraternity and she was in

a sorority and we hung in the same

circles. I knew who she was but

that was about it. Then about two

years later I was skiing at Copper

Mountain, CO. and in those days

if you were going up ski lift you

would yell “single” to let someone

know that you needed a lift partner;

to my surprise who joins me is

Anne. So with that after some time

we started to date. Then it was St

Patrick’s Day we were at a party

and my roommate said he was sure

going to miss me when I moved to

Florida, well I kind of neglected to

tell Anne that little detail (laughing).

So we did this long distance

romance for a bit then married in

1977.

BK: Ok let’s talk cars, what was

your first?

BM: My dad bought me a 1966

VW Beetle for my sixteenth birthday,

think they stickered for like

$2,000.

BK: And what’s your memory of

always wanting a Porsche?

BM: I always thought they were

a cool car as a kid and a guy in our

neighborhood had one. But I think

what really did it was when I

lived in Florida and went to

Sebring. I was hanging around

with some car guys and we

attended a race and a Vette

and a 934 were racing down

the track towards the turn we

were in. Well when the two

cars braked coming into the

turn the 934 then just shot

out of it. I just remember the

sound of the engine.

BK: Now I understand you

had a brief brush with history

at Watkins Glen?

BM: Well not sure about history

but we were at the Glen for the F1

race, think it was around 1978 and

Mario Andretti was doing some pre

race laps when suddenly he crashes.

Well I had my 8mm video camera

rolling and caught the whole thing;

the friend I was with said he didn’t

think the CBS cameras caught that.

So we go over to the CBS tent and

tell them what happened and that I

caught it on film. Well sure enough

they hadn’t captured it and bought

my footage and used on TV for

the opening segment; they paid me

$400 in which we promptly bought

a washer and dryer (laughing).

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