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It goes nearly 200 miles per hour with a 415 horse powered, finely tuned engine. Weighs 3,395 pounds and will cost you about $115,000 (destination charges not included). Twin turbo, German engineering, 0 to 60 in…? Well, really quick. The writer chatters about his awesome experience saying it was indescribable. His ride that is. He goes on and on about how his only disappointment was that in the three mile trip, he didn't quite make it to 200 miles per hour. Get that part? Didn't quite make 200 miles per hour in a three mile outing.
It is the ultimate dream car. In the story titled "Porsche's New Turbo Manufactures Thrills," found in the Vehicle Showcase, we learn about the newest four wheeled rocket from Stuttgart. Every Highway Patrolman‘s dream. On the front, where the article starts, there is a full color picture of this major head turner of an auto. I looked closely at the picture.
I thought back to when I was a teenager in high school. Mmm… How I often dreamed of this car. The great thing I loved about this car was the singular originality of it. No other car manufacturer made anything like it. It's different designs sorta defied common sense, especially the 914. But my favorite was the 911 SC. Shiny and black with fat, low profile tires and matching black center rim wih a chrome ring. A car of distinction, to say the least. As a teen, I also knew it would get feminine attention.
I stared at the picture of this unbelievable car. Something curious though, this time it didn't seem so incredible. It didn't seem so powerful looking. I had little doubt that it was the most advanced model Porsche had ever made, but something about it didn't look just right.
Then it became plain. The car in this picture looked just like another car. Which in turn, strongly resembled another. And that one looked like this one, and that one. Then there's that one that looks a lot like this one. And then…
Oh my…It just looks like any other car. Sure, it's a beautiful design. Just like those other ones it looks like. I thought about my personal need for an exotic sports car of this genre. How, as a kid, I lived so much in the now. My desires for "things" like this crème puff in the photo.
And now how it just looks like everything else in the sports car world. Faster than some, slower than others. Cheaper or more expensive. But it was no minivan.
The fastest I ever drove was 105 miles per hour. Down a steep grade, in an old Impala. It was exciting. But I was 17. Everything is exciting. As I grow older, and closer to the Lord, I see things differently. I realize the needs are more practical. Not that I'm dead.
Truth is, I have lost a need for material things. I don't need fancy cars or expensive housing. I have most of the tools I need. I have a big enough TV. New "stuff" is cool. Some things we really need to be new, on a regular basis. For instance, used food is not good for you. Used paper doesn't go through the inkjet too well. Unless its recycled of course. And my kids still think used gum is okay, but we’re working on that one.
Looks like many expensive and exotic things such as the new Porsche 911 Turbo, turn out to be not so new. Lamentations 3:21-23 says "This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope. It is (because) of the LORD'S mercies that we are not consumed (killed, destroyed), because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness” (NKJV).
I have discovered the world is a constant repetition of what was. If it is a popular design, eventually every one will have it. But that design will soon get old. But not His love and mercies and compassions. They go on and on and on and on and on and on…Well you get the picture. And on and on and on...
Matthew R. Davenport, 2006
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