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Hi gang,

As promised, here are some photos from my six-day, five-night, 2,550-mile Deep South blast from Dallas to the Porsche Experience Center Atlanta and back -- all with a temporary tag still on my 718 Cayman. It was an awesome trip ... Some notes:
- I typically avoid Interstates. 90 percent of the trip was driven on either U.S. or state highways, with the odd 'interesting' county road thrown in.
- The 718 did not have one single issue the entire trip.
- I averaged 29.7 mpg. That's right: 30 miles per gallon in a Porsche!
- I hit 110 mph three times and 115 once, all inadvertently. This car essentially feels the same at that speed as it does at 45 or 50. Just fantastic!

Now, onto the pics:
On La. 484, which runs parallel to the Red River, central Louisiana:


A bridge over swampland on La. 22, southeast of Baton Rouge (The Cayman's element: swamp!):


Off U.S. 90 just west of Biloxi, Miss.:


An, um, 'expansion' of an AME church in rural Alabama just east of Tuskegee:


Morning view of the playground at PEC Atlanta:


Me and my driving instructor in front of the 718 I drove during my Driving Experience session at PEC Atlanta. It was a HOOT; really thankful I did this. Knowing firsthand what my car is capable of, both on the track and under out-of-control situations, is a huge win.):


A panorama from a crest in Talladega National Forest, eastern Alabama:


A second shot from Talladega National Forest:


Outside the Barber Vintage Motorsport Museum -- the world's largest motorcycle collection (and incredible architecturally; it's a must-visit for any gearhead) -- at Barber Motorsports Park, in Birmingham, Ala.:


Next to the American Queen riverboat on the Mississippi River in Natchez, Miss.:


And, for you college football fans ...
Outside Tiger Stadium (LSU):


Outside Jordan-Hare Stadium (Auburn):


Outside Bryant-Denny Stadium (Alabama):


And outside Davis Wade Stadium (Mississippi State):
 

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Great pictures! It looks like it was an epic journey.

At the PEC, do they let you choose a car that is optioned close to your own (for example, base vs S, manual vs PDK, tire size)? They recently opened the one in Los Angeles and plan on attending, but since you can't take your own car, I would find it most instructive if I can match my car's setup.
 

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Great pictures! It looks like it was an epic journey.
Thanks! it was, though not quite as epic as this 3,200-mile drive I did this past March in a BMW 2 Series.

At the PEC, do they let you choose a car that is optioned close to your own (for example, base vs S, manual vs PDK, tire size)? They recently opened the one in Los Angeles and plan on attending, but since you can't take your own car, I would find it most instructive if I can match my car's setup.
They do, to a point. Here's the list of PEC Atlanta options and prices. They do ask if you prefer PDK to manual (as well as if you can drive a manual), and the track cars tend to have most performance-oriented boxes checked (Exceptions: Most don't have PTV (Porsche Torque Vectoring w/ LSD) if it's an option, and most don't have CC (carbon ceramic) brakes if it's an option). My track car was very close to what I own.
 

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Hi gang,

As promised, here are some photos from my six-day, five-night, 2,550-mile Deep South blast from Dallas to the Porsche Experience Center Atlanta and back -- all with a temporary tag still on my 718 Cayman. It was an awesome trip ... Some notes:
- I typically avoid Interstates. 90 percent of the trip was driven on either U.S. or state highways, with the odd 'interesting' county road thrown in.
- The 718 did not have one single issue the entire trip.
- I averaged 29.7 mpg. That's right: 30 miles per gallon in a Porsche!
- I hit 110 mph three times and 115 once, all inadvertently. This car essentially feels the same at that speed as it does at 45 or 50. Just fantastic!

Now, onto the pics:
On La. 484, which runs parallel to the Red River, central Louisiana:


A bridge over swampland on La. 22, southeast of Baton Rouge (The Cayman's element: swamp!):


Off U.S. 90 just west of Biloxi, Miss.:


An, um, 'expansion' of an AME church in rural Alabama just east of Tuskegee:


Morning view of the playground at PEC Atlanta:


Me and my driving instructor in front of the 718 I drove during my Driving Experience session at PEC Atlanta. It was a HOOT; really thankful I did this. Knowing firsthand what my car is capable of, both on the track and under out-of-control situations, is a huge win.):


A panorama from a crest in Talladega National Forest, eastern Alabama:


A second shot from Talladega National Forest:


Outside the Barber Vintage Motorsport Museum -- the world's largest motorcycle collection (and incredible architecturally; it's a must-visit for any gearhead) -- at Barber Motorsports Park, in Birmingham, Ala.:


Next to the American Queen riverboat on the Mississippi River in Natchez, Miss.:


And, for you college football fans ...
Outside Tiger Stadium (LSU):


Outside Jordan-Hare Stadium (Auburn):


Outside Bryant-Denny Stadium (Alabama):


And outside Davis Wade Stadium (Mississippi State):
I asked for pics and you delivered. Fantastic!!!:D
 

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Well done!

We had a similarly good time at PEC/Atlanta in December. Our trip, back to NJ was about 1500 miles (via, Savannah, Myrtle Beach, Charleston, OBX, etc.)

We actually get slightly better mileage in our 2.0 base car, probably because we were driving gently as we broke it in.

We loved the drive home and have been inspired to plan some longer trips coming up. Friends of ours finished a 14,000 mile trip in their Cayman in Sept. They left California, headed north across Canada all the way across to PEI (where we met them). And then they roamed the southern US, finally heading back to California. And they brought their dog with them.
Their car was the bronze-colored '09 PDK Cayman S that Randy Pobst tested for Motor Trend.
 
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for every day bmv or porsche?:)
The BMW is for sale (four folks have backed out at the last minute ... kinda maddening) and currently garaged. The 718's my daily driver. :D
 

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The BMW is for sale (four folks have backed out at the last minute ... kinda maddening) and currently garaged. The 718's my daily driver. :D
Thanks for sharing those great pics! I don't remember ever seeing those wheels, in black, in the configurator. I've seen pics posted online before of those wheels in black. I guess I always assumed it was aftermarket powdercoat...? Anyway, car looks great and the trip looked fun.
 

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Thanks for sharing those great pics! I don't remember ever seeing those wheels, in black, in the configurator. I've seen pics posted online before of those wheels in black. I guess I always assumed it was aftermarket powdercoat...? Anyway, car looks great and the trip looked fun.
That's because the wheels are, indeed, aftermarket powder coat -- on both cars. First thing I did to the BMW was have its OEMs done that way (two years before BMW offered it in a style from the factory, natch), and I had my Porsche dealer have the 718's wheels (19" Cayman S) powder coated locally before I took delivery of the car. :D
 

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That's because the wheels are, indeed, aftermarket powder coat -- on both cars. First thing I did to the BMW was have its OEMs done that way (two years before BMW offered it in a style from the factory, natch), and I had my Porsche dealer have the 718's wheels (19" Cayman S) powder coated locally before I took delivery of the car. :D
How is the powdercoat holding up?
 

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How is the powdercoat holding up?
Really well on both cars. The thing about gloss black is that you have to be diligent and disciplined about care and cleaning; Never use a dirty microfiber cloth, for instance, and dispose of that cloth you use for the wheels only, every time you clean and buff.

Even so, you'll get some micro-scratches, but you learn to live with them -- and if you have a habit of curb-rashing your wheels, I wouldn't go the dark-color route at all ...

One more tip: I use this stuff on my Porsche's wheels. It cuts down on the brake dust and grime that sticks to the finish by at least half, particularly on the rim surface behind the spokes:
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000PWH1VO

Well worth the price and application every 4 months or so.
 

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Thanks all, very helpful! I have used the Armor All but my wheels were not in "perfect" shape when I bought the car so I am not sure if it has made a difference with the stock silver color.
 

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Thanks all, very helpful! I have used the Armor All but my wheels were not in "perfect" shape when I bought the car so I am not sure if it has made a difference with the stock silver color.
The Armor All product does a great job at repelling brake dust but it won't do much for improving the look/shine of your wheels.
 

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The Armor All product does a great job at repelling brake dust but it won't do much for improving the look/shine of your wheels.
My experience with Armor All products over the years is that most do one thing really well but other things not so well. For instance, its Protectant is great on softer plastics and non-wear vinyls, but horrible on harder plastics and anything with even the semblance of a glossy surface. Sounds like that stuff is another good example of that.

I do use its Cleaning Wipes on road trips to remove bugs and road grime during washes. They're superb for that as long as you rinse and buff immediately afterward. I won't let them near my wheels or any surface I don't want heavily scratched, though.
 

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Thanks for sharing, that looks like a great trip. I love the color combo of the Midnight Blue with tan interior and black wheels.
 
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Thanks for sharing, that looks like a great trip. I love the color combo of the Midnight Blue with tan interior and black wheels.
Thanks, R Doug ... and welcome to 718Forum.com! (I know your S/N from one of those 'other' forums). >:D
 
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