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Slipstream - April 2018

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

SPROCKETS: Porsche in

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 SAUL FRAIRE, Chef-Proprietor 1235 William D. Tate Ave Grapevine, TX 76051 817-329-6995 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. MAV OF THE MONTH: Jim Hirsch 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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