Being a sports car guy, I am definitely in awe of those collectors who have a stable full (or more likely a barn or storage facility full) of great exotic, vintage sports cars. But while I yearn to have a similar collection someday, I think in some ways, it is a tragedy that many of the greatest cars in the world end up locked away in these collections, and never get to be driven.
The Italian tune-up is known to make many old exotic sports cars run much better. So what is this magic tune-up technique? Well, it’s just simply driving the car in a very spirited fashion out on a fast highway, or even better, a twisty country road. This clears out the carburetor, and also helps circulate the oil, and other fluids as well.
While I don’t personally have a huge collection of cars, the four I do have don’t get driven as much as I’d like. Since I am often testing new cars, I rarely have time to drive my own classic Porsche 911. Even the most exciting modern cars, like the Nissan GTR or the Lotus Evora can’t match the feeling of a classic sports car like the Porsche 911.
Sports Cars today are really too good. With traction control, smart automatic transmissions, and superb handling and braking, it is really hard to push one of these modern cars to the limit. It is also very hard to pass these limits and lose control. This is great for safety, but not so great for true driving sensation.
The Porsche 911 is also tough to push to its limits, but when you succeed, you have a feeling of accomplishment that can’t be matched by the modern sports car. Vintage sports cars are also much lighter and more simple in their execution. All in all, it is just a totally different, and quite special feeling to drive a great old sports car.
If any of you have not experienced this, I urge you to test drive something classic that suits your fancy. Much as the late great journalist David E. Davis noted, anyone who thinks they are worth anything, should own a 12 cylinder car in their lifetime, and I also now think that anyone who at least enjoys the art of driving, should definitely own a vintage sports car at some point in their life.
There are times when I actually crave and miss driving my Porsche 911 as much as chocolate, after walking by it in my driveway too many times. It begs to be driven with the Targa top off, and wound through it’s 5 gears with the amazing whooshing sound of that famous 6 cylinder engine right behind me, urging me to keep driving! I’m Drivin’ Ivan Katz.
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