Question of the Day: Porsche Guys or Corvette Guys?

Jonny Lieberman
by Jonny Lieberman
question of the day porsche guys or corvette guys

My lady and I cruised down to San Diego on Friday for a wedding. When we got to Orange County, we were suddenly in Corvette Country. I mean like serious Corvette Country. The highlight (of course) was the cherry red split window coupe. But we also saw C3s, C4s an overload of C5s and lots of C6s. While I was explaining the difference between the LS1, LS2, LS3 and LS7 mills, my girlfriend (between yawns) asked, "Why do all the drivers look exactly alike?" And… she was right. All of them were wearing open-collared shirts and dark aviators. I explained to her the rivalry between the 911 and the Corvette, and while the butt-engined Porsches are technically more expensive, Porsche guys get around that by dismissing the new models as having lost the plot and only buying used. Until the new ones come down in price and they can then afford them. Los Angeles, where we live, is Porsche 911 Sudetenland. Yeah, we got Boxsters, but Boxster owners aren't Porsche guys. Boxster volks just like driving (or being seen), but 911 guys are a different animal entirely. And they all dress exactly alike, as if any minute they might be forced to show up on a red carpet and pound red bulls till 4:00 am. Porsche guys of course despise Corvette guys, and vice versa. The funny part is that each thinks their particular mode of transport is the very, very best in existence. I find them all tedious and prefer spending my time in the company of Viper or Se7en owners. You?

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  • Doctorv8 Doctorv8 on Aug 12, 2008

    Nothing...and I mean nothing...sounds and feels like a well tuned V8 I'm going with the long as it's a 928. ;-)

  • Edgett Edgett on Aug 13, 2008

    @doctorv8: Nothing…and I mean nothing…sounds and feels like a well tuned V8 engine… Unless you're talking about a well-piped flat six, or possibly a Carrera GT V10, or perhaps a Ferrari V12... Then again, the F430 makes nice music also, and it IS a V8. I guess nearly all of them can sound incredible, except for the ack-ack-ack-ack idle of a big hp rotary.

  • Hogie roll Hogie roll on Aug 14, 2008

    Ferrari V8s use a flat plane crank making their exhaust note a lot different than a 90 degree V8. I find Porsche's sound identical to forklifts at idle speed. Whereas a lumpy cammed V8 is the best sounding engine at idle period. I'm partial to vettes. Part of the lucky sperm club. Mine's been used and abused, driven the way it was meant to be driven IMO.

  • Cstorm Cstorm on Aug 14, 2008

    I like pushrods!