Slipstream - July 2018

maverickpca

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

Kruder’s Cars & Conversation

By Bill Kruder

photos courtesy of James St Peter

This month’s encounter took a

different twist than most, as I

had just met Alan Lage, who had

recently bought Michael Baynton’s

1974 911. It’s like the six degrees of

Kevin Bacon. Well, Alan suggested

that we have an “impromptu,”

which, for those of you who

haven’t heard, happen on random

Saturdays, which we post only on

our Mavs & Mochas

FB page. Of course, I

said! Why don’t you

pick the location and

I will post something.

Alan then begins to tell

me he knows this guy

who owns a cool donut

shop near White Rock

Lake. Well as they say,

the rest is history, as we

had the “impromptu”

there with about 20-

25 cars. I strike up the

usual conversation with

the donut entrepreneur,

asked about his car, what

he does and proceeds to

tell me he is . . . well, you

read on.

So here is the next in my

series of “conversations”

I would like to share

with you . . .

James St Peter, member since 2018,

Owner 1997 911 (993) Cab

Bill Kruder: So are you originally

from here?

James St Peter: Believe it or not I was

raised and born right here. I was

born in Richardson then we moved

to Plano. I graduated from Plano

Senior High School in 1991.

BK: And where did you go to college?

JSP: I went to Texas Tech and got a

degree in Marketing.

BK: So how did you meet your wife

Amy?

JSP: We met after college. I was out

with my friend Shane at Mic’s on

Greenville, and Shane’s sister and

her group of friends met us there.

It was totally random. I asked her

out a week or so later and we dated

for about five years before we got

married in 2003.

BK: I know you just recently joined

the club but I understand you were

a PCA member once before?

JSP: I was originally in the club about

ten years ago and dropped out; I

was entering the unknown world

of starting a business and time and

focus was going there. Then about

a month ago, I heard you guys

were having an “impromptu” at

Hypnotic Donuts near White Rock

Lake and decided to attend. As soon

as I was around all those Porsches

and people I realized how much I

had missed it. I re-joined as soon as

I got home.

BK: So how did you get interested in

Porsche?

JSP: Thinking back I am pretty

sure the 928 chase scene with Tom

Cruise in Risky Business got the

car in the back of my mind. Plus

the iconic James Dean and Little

Bastard poster and story added

some curiosity. From there I had

always noticed them and their

iconic silhouette on the

road. However, nothing

hooks you to a Porsche

like driving one and

that was my case. I was

driving around with my

friend Wade one day

and we saw a 911 sitting

outside Hi Line Motors.

We went in and I told

the salesman, “My boss

told me I can get any car

but he has to see it first.

Can I borrow this for

two hours?” He agreed

and we just cruised

around Dallas in a ‘95

911 Cabriolet for a few

hours. We returned and

I said, “Well this sucks,

he did not approve it,

sorry.” The salesman

knew we never had my

boss look at it and just

gave us a smile.

Fast forward ten years later: it was

pretty much because of my wife

Amy, then girlfriend, that sealed the

deal. Her dad, Carl Shore, owned

Central Porsche Audi in the 70s

up in Wichita, Kansas. He has a

beautiful red ‘88 Targa with a whale

tale that he keeps in the garage.

When we got married he loaned us

his ‘88 Cab for the wedding. Once I

was officially family, he let me (still

does) drive when we visit. I loved

driving that ‘88 Targa so much,

then hearing all the great stories,

12 July

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