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A 911 Emergency

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Dear readers, this past week has been a long year. Last Monday feels like ages ago, and our new normal, with all of the uncertainty, can certainly feel quite abnormal. However, I spotted a ray of sunshine a few days back, and it gave me so much more hope and enthusiasm than was probably warranted. During one of my biweekly drives around town that I take to keep my sanity, I noticed a brand new, 2020 Porsche 911 Turbo S Cabriolet.

It turns out that $220,000 can actually buy a little piece of heaven that is enough to light up these otherwise dark times. If you haven’t seen one of these in the wild yet, you’re in for something really special. I’ve drooled over pictures of even just the base-model 2020 911, but seeing a Turbo S in real life, and in the parking lot of a PetSmart in a fairly modest suburban part of town no less, was absolutely breathtaking. I’ve gone online several times and played around with the build-your-own model page, and I’ve always settled on the hardtop in pearl white with red leather interior. This Cabriolet was that exact color scheme with the addition of a matching red convertible top. I was gobsmacked to say the least.

In this age of social distancing, I did something that was probably highly inappropriate and pulled over to take a lap around it. The owner had left the top down, so I got to see that premium interior up close. I was so incredibly tempted to touch the leather just to feel how soft and supple it must be. The oversized yellow disc brakes were a real highlight, as was the entire light scheme when the thing was fired up. And speaking of that, the owner actually came out of the pet store with a little Maltese puppy and caught me looking. I was wearing a black protective face mask, so I probably looked like a thug ready to steal his ride, but he took it in stride and revved the engine for me a couple of times.

Once we parted ways, I had to sit and take notes for today’s blog. I didn’t want to forget any of the details. And it really stuck with me that in a time when it feels like everything is on hold, there are still awesome cars out there being built and purchased, and the future is looking so bright that I have to wear shades.

-Trey Fennell



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