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Gary Fong. 68, is a Cal grad living in San Ramon working for 36 years in San Leandro as a school teacher and counselor.

In as I was finishing my two years of Army along the Iron Curtain in I had to make a decision about car I wanted to buy and bring back to The choice was between a VW Karmann selling for $1750 and a Porsche, went for $3600. I was a tank leader and regularly led columns of down the German Autobahn, and and hearing the Porsches zoom by us on the highway was an awesome experience. The however, was the more practical at the time because I was headed to graduate school to work on a credential, and opting for the less car would allow me to have money left over for expenses.

Volkswagen and Porsche share a and tangled history together apart), and there are a lot of misconceptions the relationship between the Karmann and the Porsche 911. Back in the — when both of the I was looking at were made the two companies were functionally and the two models were quite from each other though they both their roots back to a ancestor. The Karmann Ghia was a VW Beetle that featured and elegant styling but was not really a car. The 911, on the other was the successor to the iconic Porsche It was a true sports car, and had the — and price — one would expect.

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As it turned out, not buying the left me with a lifelong for the car I had passed up. One of my professors had the exact of the one I had considered buying in Germany, and time I saw him driving around I thought that it should been me in that car instead. And about every time see a Porsche drive by throughout my I found myself thinking and out loud to my wife Shirley, I have had a Porsche. Probably grown tired of hearing again and again during the 41 of our marriage, Shirley said one day fall, Why don’t you just into getting one?

Her question and encouragement provided the Checking out Porsches online, I a beautiful silver 2005 911 with low mileage and a comfortable tag right in San Ramon where we It was too convenient and too good to pass up. I drove it twice. The first I was a bit uncomfortable because it was more than I had remembered or expected, and for a while I thought maybe it was too car for me. I wasn’t in my 20’s anymore! But I drove it a second time a later, I was inspired by its handling, and the rich sound of the rumbling and it became Shirley’s Christmas to me.

Ever since I took of my Porsche, I’ve noticed I’ve made an increased of trips to the nearby supermarket, and donut and coffee shop, all of were previously and easily by a nice walk or bicycle It seems that I’m for any excuse or reason to get behind the and go somewhere. anywhere. Shirley asked me which of the Porsches I have liked better, the or the 2005 version. I answered this is the one I have now because it me the greatest happiness and pleasure to own it after all these years. If I had the 1965 one, I might not have it, while the one I’m today will be mine for the of my life.

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