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Slipstream - August 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 The names and places have been changed to protect the innocent, and others. I was talking to my, um, “brother” the other day about teaching his eldest to drive. To my surprise, she wants to learn to drive a manual. What a novelty. These days it seems like we should be excited that kids want to learn to drive at all. But we live in Texas and God willing, we’ll be driving long after it’s fashionable. Like bluebonnets and Ruby Red grapefruit. I know, I like them too. After we discussed the finer points of hiring a driving school rather than keep all that joy to ourselves, it reminded me of the first time I taught someone to drive. This story does not end well, so if you’re squeamish, look away now. It all started one fateful afternoon when my wife came home and told me one of her team members asked if I would teach her daughter to drive. You know, because I was a car guy. I reluctantly agreed, and the lessons began. We started in the high school parking lot with cones and the usual finger pointing and deep breathing. We progressed past parking and reversing and I found myself nowhere to go but the open road. I laugh now when I see a young person drive through a red light with a wide-eyed, open-mouthed parent at their right. At the time, not so much. But we managed to arrive home after each lesson more or less intact, and eventually I pronounced her ready for her driving test. And that was that. She was soon a licensed driver. But you know that wasn’t how it ended, don’t you? Fast forward maybe three weeks and we were sitting in church at a wedding with her mother, when she got a phone call, stood up and left. Huh, must’ve been important. Understatement. Her daughter was coming home from her first solo drive out of town, and decided to text her mother that she was home. While she was still driving. In her neighborhood. What she had forgotten was that the road in front of her house curved. She hit her neighbors mailbox and rolled the car. Right in front of her house. I helped her father right the mailbox. Good times. So it makes me wonder if the kids have gottenx it right. Either that or they could put their phones down and drive. Good luck little brother - 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 August

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