FAST, FURIOUS and FEMINIST AT 50
My Porsche Driving Experience
I’ve decided that part of embracing change entails embracing my mid-life crisis, and thus I find myself co-owner of a rather fabulously loud and attractive Porsche Boxster S (the co-owner says the ‘S’ is important!) I am pretty happy to join the exlusive club of Porsche Drivers and am excited to experience the Porsche Driving experience in full. I'm not actually sure if my porsche is one of the fast cars of the world, but it is a fabulous car driving experience.
Reasons for Buying A Porsche Boxter (S)
We’ve ended up with this car for various reasons:
Things Porsche Drivers Might Not Know
It was a great choice! There is little doubt in my mind, that whenever I go out in the Porsche I make an impression. I am enjoying the porsche driving experience of being a super cool, fifty something girl-racer around town. So, to other would-be Porsche drivers, if you heed the following advice you won’t go far wrong:
Advice for Porsche Drivers
Accept that driving a Porsche will lead to a certain level of noise pollution. This is known to some as 'straight-six music' and is revered by some Porsche drivers, but if it is not to your taste then turning up the stereo loudly, ideally when listening to a favourite programme, such as Women’s Hour or The Archers solves this. It also seems to amuse other road users. I guess this is all part of the porsche driving experience!
To avoid embarrassment and queue formation learn how to open the petrol tank before arriving at the station. Note that in the UK, unlike Bangkok, protocol demands that you do not sit and wait for an attendant to fill your car with petrol, clean your windscreens and give you a bottle of water. There is an archaic and quaint expectation of getting out of the car, independently using the pump, before paying at a counter inside a building before driving off. Do not be perturbed that this means other cars in line for petrol have to wait an unnecessarily long time for their turn at the pump
Be sure to check that elderly relatives can extricate themselves from tight-fitting Porsche seats before inviting them for a ‘joy-ride’.
Obviously I’m joking, well….at least in part!
I do find it interesting though that I have been a little bit hesitant about driving the Porsche and also just a bit self-conscious about glances from other road users. The Porsche Driving Experience hasn't been always positive. Having said that, it has been easier than some of my driving adventures in Bangkok! Perhaps it’s just that I’m an introvert, or maybe singing loudly to Abba would attract stares whatever car I was driving! I wonder, though, why I don’t just boldly say that I enjoy driving a fast car and I feel I have to be almost apologetic about becoming a, what do they call it, ‘petrol head’? It seems that, not for the first time I’m not being true to my feminist self! So, embracing the change, in all it’s forms, I boldly state that hence forth I will be loud and proud in my revving and my racing!
However, if anyone out there does have a nice Land Rover Defender 90 for sale, give me a shout. I may be able to find a good home for one!