first car I ever purchase on my own was a 1956 MGA
wasn't much to look at (the one in the picture on
the left is
not mine...mine is the one in the background in the
picture on the right), and it wasn't too powerful,
but it was a sports car and it got me around. I
loved wind in the face, noisy, leaky when it
rained, British sports cars. I drove it for a
couple of years...sometimes (okay frequently)
removing the rear inspection panel while driving so
I could whack the electric fuel pump gently
with the handle of a screwdriver (which I kept in
the car just for that purpose). I finally
fixed the fuel pump with a kit I think I spend $4
second car I ever purchased was my favorite car of
all time...so far (I'm still holding out for the
250GTO Ferrari). When I was about 24 I bought
an XK-120 Jaguar roadster. It was a hoot to
drive. Read more about it by clicking on the
picture to the left.
I still owned the XK-120 I bought a 1963 MK-10
Jaguar. It was one of the big saloons, and
pretty sophisticated for it's time with independent
rear suspension and disk brakes all around.
White with red leather, and fold down picnic tables
in the back (with vanity mirrors) it was quite the
nice car to drive and ride in.
Air Force sent me to Germany in 1974 and I bought a
1970 BMW 2002 while there. It was a great
little car, and fun to drive. But my dream was
to take a Porsche back to the US with me.
that was not to be because I was going back to
college...and I was poor as dirt.
The demands of school
and family kept interesting cars out of my life for
quite a while. I did at one point purchase a
1971 Series 1 Jaguar XJ-6. It mostly sat in
the carport for several years while I tinkered with
it - finally replacing the engine with the help of
my son Jeff.
Skipping ahead a few years Jeff and I headed to
Tucson to buy a 1970 Porsche 911 Targa. It
wasn't much...but it was all I could afford.
Someone had converted it to a 912 engine, but we
bought a spare 2.0 liter with the hopes of replacing
it. We did a lot of tinkering and some
restoration of door panels and the like (Jeff did a
great job on the door panels), but my house caught
on fire and we lost most of the things we had worked
on. The car was later sold to make room for
the new house construction.
had a 1994 Mitsubishi 3000 GT for a couple of years.
It was nice...I loved how it looked. It was
very comfortable on the road, but it was no Porsche
when it came to sport car handling and feel.
First of all I could never sense where the tires
are; in a Porsche you always know where the rubber
meets the road. I needed a PORSCHE!
On Saturday October
22, 2005 my son Jeff and I went down to 32nd Street
and Van Buren in Phoenix to take a look at a 1979
Porsche 911 SC that had been listed on eBay but had
not been sold. It looked pretty good. The original
paint was in fair condition, but looked nice from a
few feet away. The interior was very nice, and the
whole care seemed solid. Read about the current
Porsche project at
purchase my 1965 Jaguar 3.8 S on February 9, 2009. I
live in Goodyear, Arizona and the car was located in
Cottonwood, Arizona...so after renting a U-Haul
trailer we made the several hour trek up north on
one of the coldest wettest days of the year.
It was worth it. Read about the current Jaguar
3.8S project at