Coming from a vintage Porsche centered life with passions for the 917K, 935K3 and 961 and completing the build on a 1979 935 K3 tribute using all original parts save for the motor etc. I have had a bit of a life shift after marrying my wonderful bride. While my 935 K3 was a 4 year build commitment, requiring exponential monetary resources as well as time, I realized that for my blossoming relationship I had a tough decision to make.
While I love the 935 K3 with all of my heart, knowing it was the ultimate inspiration and lifeblood of my forums (Funf Gruppen) as well as my upstart vintage Porsche racing parts company (D-Zug Produkte), I knew that it would devour all of my time and require further finances to fully sort her out. On top of that I was security contracting and have been working continually since 2004 between Afghanistan and Iraq – the compensation was excellent however finally meeting the girl of my dreams was the final straw that led to me hang up my guns and come home.
Once I was home I made the commitment to purchase a ring beyond compare for my bride to be, something to symbolize how special I think she is and a glimpse of how highly I regard her. Knowing I needed a break from the 935 K3 as sorting her was pushing my limit for patience I sold it to the parts company (DZ) and had a ring crafted for my bride which was slightly more than what I got for the Porsche, however the craftsmanship of the ring is deserved of the cost. This served the purpose of showing my bride how special she was to me as she knew how I felt about the car, and also allowing me to think about other projects and center myself.
I’ve always loved the sound of Ferrari engines and the 512 bbi being one of the most beautiful and timeless designs in my eyes I started to think; could I afford the elusive Ferrari? While knowing the bbi would be unsuitable for a daily driver in the Texas heat I thought about what design I enjoyed the most out of the modern cars with air conditioning listed as a must. My thoughts immediately were drawn to the feminine shape and demonic howl of an uncorked 360, upon hearing the bark and feeling a wave of emotion at simply a sound I knew I had to have one. Research on this forum has lead me to believe that they are quite reliable if maintained, and live up to their gargantuan reputation as being one of the most rewarding cars to drive. Once the idea was broached with the better half, she quickly embraced it and her excitement for our future purchase (gave myself a deadline of the first week of October 2012) grows daily.
I’ve recently started up my own business where we deal with large scope government contracts both abroad and in the US, and in celebration of my return to the US after so many years of hardship and rough living conditions it is time to start living, especially because I turned 30 on the 4th of July this year. Whereas with Porsches I feel they all need to be “hot-rodded” to a certain extent before I could be proud to sit behind the wheel, the Ferrari experience is something I am truly looking forward to ever since my first drive in a friend’s 550M in 2003. Being very detailed in my life, I require that what I enjoy also involve a certain level of complexity and high level of forethought yielding a near perfect product – to me, a Ferrari is just that, one fluid thought of artful design with so much passion and inspiration in every facet.
After searching briefly for a 360, I can honestly say I now know that other cars despite performance figures or shapes are simply a compromise falling short for the experience that is so highly sought after which only a Ferrari can sate.