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God Bless This Mess Was A Success

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I don’t own a Porsche, but thanks to the folks at Dietz Motorcraft and Stuttgart Automotive, I now a piece of one. More on that later, for now I’d like to share some photos, and thoughts with you related to my experience at what I would consider the best kind of automotive community gathering.

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Though I prefer many of their products to comparable models from the competition, I do not swear allegiance to Porsche. To do so would be to limit myself to one particular school of thought, one particular aesthetic, and one particular crowd. Though there is diversity within the Porsche scene, it’s still the Porsche scene, and there’s a certain kind of tunnel vision when it comes to P car obsession.

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I mention this so that you’re clear that I’m no Porsche fanboi. I don’t have a candle scented like Magnus’ dreads, I don’t stalk Emory on Instagram, and I don’t have a problem with all the new Porsche powerplants being boosted. Turbochargers, and Porsches have been quite fond of each other for many years, and I for one think their relationship is perfectly natural.

My friend ended up snagging that poster in the background for $20, no offer was made on the one in the foreground.
My friend ended up snagging that poster in the background for $20, no offer was made on the one in the foreground.
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That being said, I happen to think that Porsche does many things so much better than other automakers. that they do hold a special place in my heart. Would I get out of bed early on a Sunday morning to go rummage around a Subaru specialists’ garage? Hell no, not unless it was in Japan, and I had assurances that there would be Legacy Blitzen parts kicking around.

Many a shell out there that could use this lump.
Many a shell out there that could use this lump.
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For a Porsche parts pick ‘n pull on the other hand, yes, I would arise from my bedchambers earlier than usual, and that’s exactly what I did this past Sunday. Why? Because I knew there would be some interesting cars to take photos of, interesting people to shoot the breeze with, and perhaps something worth taking home with me as a souvenir.

I’d call that a bargain.
I’d call that a bargain.
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I enjoyed the hell out of myself at God Bless This Mess, wandering around shooting photos, eating a couple free tacos, rummaging through old parts I didn’t need in hopes of finding a shift knob, or some other kind of small piece of memorabilia. I toyed with the idea of buying a Boxster with a blown motor for $1,500, but whilst pondering what Tavarish would do, Bisimoto snagged it, which is probably for the best as they’re batshit crazy, and will no doubt do something far more interesting with it.

Almost did it.
Almost did it.
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In the end, I walked away with something totally unexpected, and I’m not talking about a stomach full of pollo asada. While looking through a stack of bumpers, something blue caught my eye, and underneath some musty floor mats I found a 914 engine cover.

Art for the home.
Art for the home.
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As I said before, I do not own a Porsche, but for $50, I now own part of one, and that’s a start. The plan is to clean it up real nice, and hang it on the wall in my apartment. Each day I’ll look at it, and it’ll serve as motivation to keep working hard so that one day I might acquire an entire Stuttgart born vehicle. It won’t be until after the bubble bursts following the next recession, but something tells me that isn’t all that far off.

Is that a downer? Sorry, here are some pictures to make you feel better.

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There, now don’t you feel all warm, and fuzzy inside? I sure do, and this time, it is the chicken asada.

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Thanks Robert and Randy, already looking forward to GBTM 2.

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