I’m pretty sure that everyone will agree with me: waking up at 6:00 AM on a Saturday sucks, especially if you had a long day the day before.
Since I’m approaching the tail-end of my current graduate class, it’s starting to become a non-stop cadence of projects until the end of June. This is a normal, albeit very fast paced, occurrence…but since our final project require me to work with a group of strangers, it’s trickier than you think.
Needless to say, I finished my portion of the project early, therefore affording me the time to enjoy this long Memorial Day weekend with my camera (Amy is out of town with her girlfriends in New York City).
One of my friends and mentor asked if I was interested in coming out to Cars and Coffee in Great Falls, VA since this might be one of his last visits to Virginia for a long time since he had taken up a CFO position in Boston.
So I reluctantly threw some clothes on, grabbed my camera and headed out the door.
Photos taken with the Leica M9 + Summicron 50mm f/2
With a little over a month of ownership, I wasted no time taking the Cayman out to a proper track event.
The local PCA (Porsche Club of America) chapter hosted the annual Porschefest at Summit Point this year, something that they do every year on a weekend in August, with a myriad of events like dinner parties, HPDE (high performance driver’s education), and autocross.
Registering for the autocross with the PCA requires a membership, which makes sense, but I was shocked how quickly the open spot were taken up. I managed to register for the autocross on time and paid the $50 fee, which buys you five runs, breakfast, pizza lunch, t-shirt, and a raffle ticket for random Porsche merchandise at the end of the day (this also pays for the fee that track charges each club to use their track).
To get there from my house, you have to drive 45 minutes to West Virginia and since registration starts at 7:15am, you’ll have start your drive early in the morning.
The first thing I noticed on the paddock was the ratio of Caymans and 911s. I would guesstimate around 2:1 with more 911s, but it was cool to see the Caymans showing a presence on track.
I’ve been to many autocross events for over 20 years and I will say that the Jefferson Circuit at Summit Point was the best autocross course I’ve ever had the pleasure of racing on. The combination of the skidpad, elevation changes, uphill and downhill sections made it extremely challenging but most importantly, not confusing. Most autocross courses require the course to overlap itself and hope that the drivers will remember which direction they’re supposed to go, ultimately killing the focus for the driver to just tackle the course. This is distracting and kills the experience for me.
I was pretty happy with my results from the day as this was my first autocross with my base Cayman. There were two heats (groups) and each driver were able to get five runs, but I managed to miss two cones in my last heat so I was penalized with DNF (Did not finish). I looked at the time for this run and saw that I would have gotten a 55.218 seconds if I had not missed those cones.
I’ve been MIA lately due to a lot of changes in my life, most importantly starting my MBA doing it full-time while working full-time. It takes up a lot of your time during the day (including weekends) therefore most people wouldn’t do this and I would advise against it, but being single with regimented lifestyle makes it easy for me.
I’m going to start a recurring journal on my recent “milestone” present I’ve recently picked up; my new to me Porsche Cayman.
The car search took a few months and surprisingly difficult to find the one that I wanted that met these prerequisites:
Porsche Cayman or Cayman S (based on price)
One owner history (max)
Had an existing factory warranty
Under 30,000 miles
Immaculate paint condition
Immaculate interior condition
Fit my budget (my personal 30% rule)
Most of the local cars in my area (edit: all) were demanding too much money, none were manual, and the Cayman S models with the 3.4L engines were at least $10K more expensive with more miles compared to a base model with the 2.7L engine with a manual transmission.
The only car I could find that met my requirements was in Pittsburgh, PA (Allison Park to be exact), which was four hours from my house.
Anyways, I don’t want to spend to much on the “introduction” blog of the Cayman, but I did find the car that met all my needs.