Name:  Scott Bartmess

My car:

1965 Porsche 356 C Cabriolet.

Tip-off that a 356 was the car for me:

When I realized a bank would give a poor college graduate a personal loan for a 30 year old car, spurred on by a Jim Mateja article ranking the Porsche 356 as one of the most desirable affordable collectible cars, "with many pristine examples available for less than $30,000" - That was a 1995 article.  I cut it out, and have it to this day.  Jim was right...

My age when I acquired my first 356:

It was 1995, I was 24 years old and the 2nd owner of the car.

Engine type:

1582 cc with original Solex carburetors, a 912 cam and an SC crank.  All part of the original car purchased from the previous owner. Factory parts.

Miles driven per year:

From 1997 to 2014 it stayed at 69,941.  From 2014 to 2016 it has topped 75,000.

Favorite destination:

Prairie Du Chien.

Fantasy road trip:

To attend Gary Emory's Campout in Oregon and win the distance award.

Most inconvenient mechanical failure:

The lock cylinder disintegrated and shot straight out hitting me below the belt one morning as I was set to leave for a show

Car I'd have if I couldn't have a 356:

An RSK Spyder.

What I like most about my car:

The patience and importance of caring for it so that it can be enjoyed by generations to come and the fact that I had the good sense to restore it correctly.

Most unique feature:

12V LED tail lights, a hidden GPS transponder and the aircraft aluminum hose from the FA-18 making up the improved sound baffle mufflers in the longitudinal tubes.  These will never rot out or absorb moisture like the originals.

Most recent repair:

Fuel pump gaskets, a work in progress still.

Longest drive so far:

450 miles with the 356 club in the fall drive (my first drive in the car after 16 years of never even sitting in it).

Next project with this car:

I'm adding a factory (Oris) trailer hitch.  Why? So I can go to the Campout in Oregon someday.  And because I can.