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post #1 of 9 Old 02-15-2019, 04:00 PM Thread Starter
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Old dog. New 718 Cayman S Tricks

Hi! My name is Pinocchio. I am so named because I have severe peripheral neuropathy. Essentially, I cannot feel or move any part of my body below my knees. Without braces, I walk with a marionette's gate - like a puppet on strings - else my feet drop when I walk and I fall down. Because I cannot move my ankles, feet, and toes, I push down and lift up my feet using my thigh and hamstring muscles. I "locate" my right foot on the peddles using sensations in my knee joints; think of a blind person compensating for the lack of visual input by developing super sensitive hearing.

I use only my right foot when I am driving so manual shifting is out. I could do it, but it would be pretty tough to know where my right foot is, if i didn't hold my left foot still and on the floor: something to do with how I know where my feet are in physical space. Thankfully, Porshe's PDK system is absolutely incredible, and I manage to negotiate Thunderhill Raceway at a considerable pace...catching and passing numerous other beginning drivers at a recent HPDE put on by the Audi Club of North America, Golden Gate Division (A great group of people, by the way).

I am a beginning high performance driver and a first time Porsche owner. My second, 3-day, HPDE event is coming up in April at Thunderhill Raceway. My goals are to perform smoother pedal and steering inputs and to turn in a little sooner or use trailing brakes, its up to my instructors, to nail the apexes.

You have heard of mid-life-crisis Porsche purchases. Well, my 718 Cayman S was a response to a late-life-crisis. I have wanted a Porsche since I was 16 years old. I guess 50 years is long enough to wait. I am 67 years old and live on the Monterey Bay in Northern California. I think I will be driving HPDE events regularly. Eventually, I want to be able to run Laguna Seca - a nearby race course where, unlike Thunderhill Raceway, walls are a very real issue. I cannot afford to have my daily driving car smacking into barriers.


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I understand your issues. I am 53, I am disabled and have a chronic pain syndrome like fibro myalgia with Gait disturbances. I drag my left foot. And have chronic fatigue. All from multiple injuries. I could also drive a manual, but opted for a 2019 CGTS with PDK. I haven't driven my car yet. Waiting on spring in Maine. I always wanted a Porsche and it is a mid slash end of life crisis. I am hoping to be able to hit a couple local car shows a month and go for Sunday drives. I feel excited and looking forward to life this spring. I am glad I read your post. Inspiring that if you can, I can. Life ain't over yet . Keep up the good fight , and keep us updated on your journey . Take care and be safe
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Good on you Pinocchio! Share some pics of your ride when you can.
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You have heard of mid-life-crisis Porsche purchases. Well, my 718 Cayman S was a response to a late-life-crisis. I have wanted a Porsche since I was 16 years old. I guess 50 years is long enough to wait. I am 67 years old and live on the Monterey Bay in Northern California. I think I will be driving HPDE events regularly. Eventually, I want to be able to run Laguna Seca - a nearby race course where, unlike Thunderhill Raceway, walls are a very real issue. I cannot afford to have my daily driving car smacking into barriers.
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Welcome & Congratulations! It sounds life you are having a great time with your track mobile but, a minor correction it's not a mid life or late life crises but rather self-actualization. You're just living the dream and clearly it doesn't get much better than that.
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PDK will blow you away. I urge you to get your car out on a track. There is absolutely nothing like it. Good luck. You are an inspiration to me as well.
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I now have more track experience. The more seat time I get the better I drive. I am sure there will be a point where I would need to be NOT handicapped to get the last bit out of my Cayman 718S but it is a long way off. I drive B group with HOD and I think I am about in the middle of the back as far as quickness, but I will never be elite with this handicap. Still, being handicapped puts no limit on how much fun I have and I can tell you, no one is having more fun driving fast than me. Cheers.
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I now have more track experience. The more seat time I get the better I drive. I am sure there will be a point where I would need to be NOT handicapped to get the last bit out of my Cayman 718S but it is a long way off. I drive B group with HOD and I think I am about in the middle of the back as far as quickness, but I will never be elite with this handicap. Still, being handicapped puts no limit on how much fun I have and I can tell you, no one is having more fun driving fast than me. Cheers.
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Thanks. Will do.

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Great thinking. Thanks.

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