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I don’t think Porsche has changed their priorities.
Times however have changed. You can’t build cars in a garage (or saw-mill) anymore and expect to survive as a company - much less one that builds cars with state of the art engineering. Hell, they are getting into F1 AND the highest level sports car racing (don’t think Porsche Penske are not in it to win that overall)
I just visited the factory - and that place is mind boggling - it is immense and still under construction. Awesome. You can feel the energy of the enterprise.
All that takes billions of buckets of money and give them credit, unlike Ferrari they don’t JUST make cars for the very wealthiest.
True, they also make very high quality fun and practical cars for lesser bank accounts. If those “boutique” models are not GT3’s they are still excellent cars - and they are able to sell enough to be able to make the cars they have always made, to run at the front at the track and at the forefront of technology.

I drove a newer 991 Turbo the other day and my god, that car is fast and tight. VERY well built. Has tons of tech (I prefer the low tech manual trans. cars) including the pdk but the handling and feel are still amazing. A bit subdued and refined but extremely sharp. Stupid fast though, maybe too fast.
 

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I drove a newer 991 Turbo the other day and my god, that car is fast and tight. VERY well built. Has tons of tech (I prefer the low tech manual trans. cars) including the pdk but the handling and feel are still amazing. A bit subdued and refined but extremely sharp. Stupid fast though, maybe too fast.

yes - the variety of truly Super Cars Porsche makes (even if not as exotic looking as other Super Cars ) is extraordinary.
And I agree - I wouldn’t trade my SWB for a new 911
And really, So many cars with so much wasted horsepower…
 

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yes - the variety of truly Super Cars Porsche makes (even if not as exotic looking as other Super Cars ) is extraordinary.
And I agree - I wouldn’t trade my SWB for a new 911
And really, So many cars with so much wasted horsepower…
To Phil's point, do you really want to leave the road at 120mph? Maybe 50mph in a Miata is a better plan...
 

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Here’s a Porsche for you, circa ‘97 ( The) skis optional
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…and ive been down that road, get another set of wheels and tires for track, then have to do brake jobs, fluid changes… gets real expensive really quick. But. If you have money to burn it rules. Humm the Miata looking great right about now. Too bad I dont fit well

Then theres the first gen Porsche Boxster. More brakes and handling than power so it can go on forever on the track and doesnt chew threw tires and brakes. Cheap and reliable. Like a much better miata.
 

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…and ive been down that road, get another set of wheels and tires for track, then have to do brake jobs, fluid changes… gets real expensive really quick. But. If you have money to burn it rules. Humm the Miata looking great right about now. Too bad I dont fit well

Then theres the first gen Porsche Boxster. More brakes and handling than power so it can go on forever on the track and doesnt chew threw tires and brakes. Cheap and reliable. Like a much better miata.

Racing on any level in any car is a completely different $tory.

One of these days I want to do the Porsche Experience Center tin LA or Atlanta - you can try a bunch of different cars on different tracks. That would be very fun.
 

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Racing on any level in any car is a completely different $tory.

One of these days I want to do the Porsche Experience Center tin LA or Atlanta - you can try a bunch of different cars on different tracks. That would be very fun.
…and ive been down that road, get another set of wheels and tires for track, then have to do brake jobs, fluid changes… gets real expensive really quick. But. If you have money to burn it rules. Humm the Miata looking great right about now. Too bad I dont fit well

Then theres the first gen Porsche Boxster. More brakes and handling than power so it can go on forever on the track and doesnt chew threw tires and brakes. Cheap and reliable. Like a much better miata.
I go to PECLA, there's one in Atlanta too. Their cars, you pay a daily rate and can fully insure. They'll make you take a driving instructor until you've proven your skill level. Taking a lap with an instructor driving is worthwhile as they already know the limits. With some of the instructors, bring a paper bag and hold it open in your lap. It's way more affordable than tracking one's own. If you want to try a 992 GT3 you can although it's...ahem...a bit more expensive than other 911s which don't exactly disappoint on their track.

 

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I am assuming Frank Beddor's brother?
Note: The Ski ... "Skittles"
Yes- there were 3 Beddor’s all great skiers all sponsored by Bobbie Burns at one point or another IIRC , saw them at USSA events in the late 70’s-early 80’s.
 
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