Slipstream - April 2018


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

SPROCKETS: Porsche in Pop Culture

By David Robertson, Region President

Porsche: there is no substitute. When I was a kid,

this tagline resonated with me, because that is what

Tom Cruise said in the movie Risky Business as he was,

well, just being really cool driving around in a 928. I

watched that movie over and over again, thinking the

928 was just about the greatest car I had ever seen.

Porsche certainly knew what they were

doing with their product placement because

from the day Risky Business came out in

1983, way before I could drive, I had to have

a Porsche.

Sixteen Candles was another great Porsche

placement movie for youngsters trying to decide which

car brands to obsess over for the rest of their lives.

After watching this movie, I decided that I needed to

have a 944 just like Jake. If you don’t remember, Jake

was the tall, handsome jock who all the cheerleaders

wanted to date. Jake actually had a crush on Samantha

(Molly Ringwald) who was the shy nerdy girl whose

sister always got all the attention. Are you with me so

far? Through a series of 1980s teen movie hilarities,

Samantha and Jake keep missing each other, until the

very end of the movie. The crowd clears and there is

Jake leaning on his 944 asking for Samantha to come

over and ride off into forever bliss in a red 944. The guy

gets the girl with the big hair and they drive off into the

sunset in what I would imagine was Jake’s second or

third high school Porsche. It was also about this time

that I was introduced to the harsh concept of reality

vs fantasy, and unlike Jake, I would not be driving a

Porsche in high school under any circumstances.

When Sixteen Candles came out, I envisioned my

own version of the last scene in my mind. Just like

Jake I was a really cool high school Porsche guy, but in

this version I am standing next to my 928 from Risky

Business. As I am waiting for the crowd to clear, I catch

the eye of my slightly nerdy high school crush across the

street, as she is reluctantly leaving with her parents to

go to her much more popular sister’s wedding reception.

As she is walking over she turns to her parents and very

excitedly mouths “This is the guy!” and of course they

tell her to run off with me instead of going to her sister’s

dumb wedding reception. I can see the pride in her

father’s eyes as his daughter and I head off for a joyride

on the twisty and mostly un-patrolled back roads of

Rusk County in East Texas, driving one of the fastest

and most powerful production cars of that era. As an

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adult I can now see that there were a few minor flaws in

my teen fantasy, but at the time it seemed pretty doable

as long as I could just get my hands on a Porsche 928

and a driver’s license.


This month, Jim Hirsch officially turns over the Editor

role of Slipstream. When he joined the Mavericks in 2014

he immediately jumped in, and after a short training

period, took over as Editor of our monthly newsletter.

In that time, Jim

has worked more

hours than any

of us will ever

know to create a

publication that

has only gotten

better month

after month. Jim

has also applied

the same care

and meticulous attention to detail in finding a new

Editor and assuring a smooth transition.

Although stepping away from the Slipstream role, Jim

will continue to be a big part of the Maverick Region,

working with Mavs & Mochas as well as jumping in

where needed to make our club better by the day!

2 April

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