Articles by Skip Kuhn
Monday, April 17, 2017
As a father of four millennials and a car enthusiast, I have (not surprisingly) made some observations concerning that millennial generation, manual transmissions and performance/competition driving in general. While not a compendium of all my many varied and mostly useless observations over the last 24 years, these are my most recent.
Monday, February 06, 2017
A few weeks ago, I was bantering with my cab driver (no Uber here) about cars and Porsches and my somewhat nostalgia-driven 944 habit, when he asked me what car I would recommend he get for his teenaged child. Now, I’ve made it a habit not to recommend specific makes and models unless we are talking about hobby cars (like Porsches), so what I did offer was my standard initial response of "Why do you want to give them a car?" along with my opinions about what his considerations and concerns should be.
Monday, October 31, 2016
Last weekend was the annual weekend for getting the garage ready for another Michigan winter. This involves getting all of the cars, the lawn tractor, etc., back into the garage in a somewhat orderly and efficient arrangement — with the goal being that I can work on any of the four cars during the winter without having to put one of them outside to make working space.
Friday, July 29, 2016
Shop, click, and find a car online, whatever style dot com. Car buying made easy. Yay, what fun! Might as well look for one with an automatic transmission while I’m at it. Whatever happened to scanning the classifieds in the Sunday morning paper with that intangible sense of adventure and anticipation that comes with finding what you are certain could be just the right car in just the right condition based only on a brief description and local phone number?
Monday, June 13, 2016
As summer begins to heat up, I'm reminded about how much I love autumn. So many journeys in my life seemed to have started in the beauty and magic of a clear autumn day.
Monday, March 28, 2016
Spring is upon us, and quite predictably I have found another car to add to my garage. My primary excuses were: I just sold two cars; the brown 944 project is finished and ready to go; and this was a good deal on what could be a ready to go "driver."
Friday, January 29, 2016
Since I’m rarely in attendance at Rally Sport Region events, I really enjoy researching and collecting videos and books documenting racing and race cars as they were in the 1960s through 1980s, with occasional forays into the 1950s and other more eclectic topics. On a business to China while watching "2 Fast 2 Furious," I got to thinking about the necessity for developing an emergency entertainment plan for when I'm traveling, stranded on a desert isle with solar powered video equipment, or just plain procrastinating about working in the garage.
Friday, September 25, 2015
Cars and driver "connectivity" have recently become a topic of much discussion and debate. Technology content, infotainment and virtual connectivity all seem to be the metrics by which a growing portion of the driving public defines the performance or desirability of an automobile.
Friday, July 10, 2015
Back in grade school, I remember finding a fictional story in the school library about racing at Le Mans and poring over it cover to cover several times. If I recall correctly, it was set in the 1950s and followed the exploits and competition between various drivers wielding Jaguars and Ferraris around Circuit La Sarthe in the traditional 24-hour-long endurance test.
Monday, April 20, 2015
Spring is upon us, and what better way to start the good weather season than with a road trip? Road trips are special, of course, in that they exist to accomplish one of three basic goals: see something, do something or get (buy) something.
Monday, February 09, 2015
944s are great cars that can be had at a really reasonable price. What seems to cause consternation among some first-time buyers is the cost of ownership when things like timing belts and clutches come due for service. That's when the grumbling begins. Porsche cars require Porsche maintenance, new, used or otherwise.
Monday, November 17, 2014
Back in July, I made a couple of observations about the current Porsche business model. The first one was that an entry-level Porsche was best defined as a used Porsche. Whether that means a 30-year-old 944 or a 12-year-old 996, it's a big difference compared to new Porsches starting at the $60,000 range — not what one would traditionally call entry-level pricing.
Monday, September 08, 2014
I'm fortunate to have four great children, three of whom are of driving age. Consequently, when it comes to driving, what they learn and how they learn it is one of my priorities. As a consequence of this, my approach to driver education prioritizes training and experience.
Monday, July 07, 2014
Last month, my good friend and I repeated our yearly tradition of screening the film "Le Mans." We usually do so during the weekend of the running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans as our schedules permit, and this year was fortuitous as we actually got to screen "Le Mans" on the weekend of the actual race.
Monday, April 28, 2014
What is a manually-shifted car? After 30 years as an engineer in the automotive industry and 36 years of driving more cars than I have fingers, toes and hair follicles, I think my definition fits with others Porsche owners of like mind.