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Slipstream - May 2018

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

Oversteer: Letter from

Oversteer: Letter from the Editor By Kurt Scaggs, Managing Editor It occurred to me this past month, after switching from my fun car to my everyday car, that I have become comfortable driving an automatic. I know, it sounds crazy. It wasn’t long ago that the mere mention of such a thing would have sent me into a long monologue about driving for enjoyment and the appliance driving drones on the road around us. Just think of what we’re leaving to our kids. Ooops. This story that I’d been telling myself was quickly falling apart. I’d much rather be driving a manual but having a computer pick up some of the work in the everyday morning school drop-off line actually had its place. Sometimes. Right? Fast forward to the evening of March 15th. My wife and I went to the Winspear to hear Steve Wozniak talk about founding Apple with Steve Jobs and all things geek. The last place you’d think a car story would start. Steve was explaining something I think many of us can relate to. He longed for a Tesla, but he did not have complete spousal approval. So he continued to dream until one day, one of the long line of “good reasons” he had been proselytizing finally landed home. His wife told him to buy one. He wasted no time and quickly did just that. Sound familiar? He was hooked by the idea of calling his car from the restaurant and having it meet him and drive him home. Setting cruise control in San Francisco and waking up in New York. The ultimate automatic. Great geek stuff. After a few months of ownership he remarked, “It’s definitely Artificial but not very Intelligent. I trust the A much more than the I.” He sold his Tesla and freely admits that he doesn’t think autonomous driving will happen in our lifetime. And he really wants it to. I’m overjoyed. I’m sure there are so many good reasons for flying around like the Jetsons. But think of how hard it would be to find a break in traffic to squirt through with all of the computer driven vehicles packed 5 feet apart on the freeway. With new stories everyday about another car company trying to make it’s own self-driving car it seems inevitable. But according to Steve, it ain’t going to happen. And Porsche hasn’t given up on the stick just yet. So there’s that. As a member of the Manual Transmission Preservation Society, I will rest easy with the belief that we’ll live to shift another day. (In a car with a steering wheel.) With any luck, our children and grandchildren will be able to do the same. Enjoy the Drive! Porsche Specialists - Experienced Enthusiasts Dealer-Like Service at Independent Prices fifthgear.biz Excellent Service Maintenance & Repair Sales •All Porsches’ Serviced •Fast Turnaround Times •Same Day Service In Some Cases •Serving DFW Area For Over 14 Years •Family Founded, Owned & Operated •100+ Years of Porsche Tech Experience •11,000 sq. ft. State-Of-The-Art Facility Equipped with the latest Diagnostic Tools •Comfortable Waiting Area with Free WiFi & Coffee Bar •Same Services and Capabilities as the Dealers •Consignment Sales performed on a case-by-case basis 1975 Archer Ave • Lewisville • TX 75077 • 972•317•4005 36 May

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