The Leaf is my wife's daily driver, and I use it when I can. The rest of the time, I drive my modified '68 Porsche 911TR-look project car if I don't need to haul anything. It is street legal and has won regional PCA autocross class championships the last 4 seasons since I put it together in 2009. It was featured on the cover of the PCA-SDR newsletter last month (photo courtesy of and copyrighted by Alex Speaks Photography):
It is a Karmann-built sunroof coupe, bastardized with an '82 Euro Carrera 3-liter (225HP) NA fuel-injected engine and a later type 915 5-speed transaxle w/ factory ZF limited slip diff. Here's a shot of it on course @ Qualcomm stadium, a very nice AX venue here in San Diego:
When I have a heavy-duty task, I call on my 2001 F250 PSD. Here's an earlier shot of it w/ my enclosed trailer after unloading my previous 911 (a '73 911E modified beyond RS spec) at Streets of Willow Springs for a time trial back in 2003 or so):
When my wife decided she had to have a Leaf, I sold my Ultima GTR to finance it. It was the fastest car I have ever owned--midengine small-block Chevy LS3 ASA-spec V-8 and G50 Porsche 5-speed transaxle in a 2400-lb. tube chassis w/ fiberglass bodywork:
I used to go to the drags with my friends when I was young in the late '60s, but have gravitated towards driving on road racing tracks in HPDE and time trial events in my old age, and enjoy the challenge of getting up to speed in a hurry on AX courses. Besides my Porsche club experience, I have run in SCCA Solo in a number of classes and trophied at the National Tour level in CM driving my Zink Z-10c Formula Ford back in 2002. This is a shot of it on street tires in a practice session when we were first shaking it down. We ran the spec-size Hoosier and Goodyear slicks in competition:
Over the past years I have also run a Lotus 7 clone with an S2000 Honda engine in DM:
and a LeGrand Mk.18 DSR in BM (probably the "quickest", but not the "fastest" car i have owned):
After selling the Ultima, I picked up a 1991 Porsche factory-built 964 Carrera Cup car for big-track events, It raced in Europe until 1999 and was imported and club-raced in the USA since then, and is not street-legal. It was updated and modified over the years with 1998 993 GT2 Evo bodywork, a 3.8L air-cooled, fuel-injected flat-six with Motec engine management, and a 6-speed G50 transaxle:
I'm getting to old for this stuff these days, though, and may just sell the trailer and both 911s and consolidate into one street-legal semi-luxo-barge like the new 911GT3 w/ 7-speed PDK transmission and A/C, so I can shift with my fingers and stay cool on those hot summer days at the track.
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2011 SLe #1317 del. 4/1/11
1st bar lost at 31,953 miles
2nd bar lost at 38,685 miles
3rd bar lost at 50,711 miles
4th bar lost at 59,758 miles after 64 months
Battery replaced at 61,307 miles.