The Porsche 911 Arrived, Then Refused to Go
Photography by Enrico Renaldini
It was supposed to be a simple drive from Brescia to Saint Tropez, five hundred kilometers in two days, no big deal. My friend Giovanni and I were headed to the Paradis Porsche event, hosted by the Porsche Club Méditerranée.
We headed out in this unrestored 1967 Porsche 911 2.0 Series 0 (equipped with air conditioning from the factory!) and it was like a time-machine, like traveling in the sixties. The first night we drove from Brescia to Monaco, stopping at the Sass Café to unwind. The drive along the Bord de Mer (seaside) was beautiful. Just a bit further down the road we finally stopped in Beaulieu-sur-Mer at a typical, little French hotel to rest for the night.
The second day, we discovered a much less compliant Porsche. It had developed electrical problems and we took the car to two or three mechanics for help. They were very, very kind people who tried their best to fix the problem but ultimately couldn’t. The poor 911 wasn’t running well and we were so close!
Well, we finally made it to St. Tropez late that night, but with a lot of difficulty. And just as we arrived the Porsche died and refused to start again. Paradis Porsche was a great event and along the way we enjoyed many fun stops (Moncao, Nice, and St. Tropez of course). When it was time to go home the Porsche still wouldn’t budge. We had to park it at a local hotel and await rescue.
Fortunately, Giovanni’s father was able to help. With a Jeep and trailer, Giovanni and his father got the Porsche back home to Brescia. It’s great to have such good, long-time friends who are as crazy for historic cars as you. The fact that Giovanni is a Porsche lover too doesn’t hurt, either!
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