As a reader of FlatSixes.com (but a non-Porsche owner), I know that past polls asked readers if they think Porsche drivers are discriminated against by police when it comes to ticketing. I also know that readers were recently asked what they think about Porsche vanity plates. The results of both polls were interesting.
Do Porsche Drivers Get Unfairly Profiled?
- 93 of you said Yes you do.
- 9 of you said No you don't.
- 14 of you said Sometimes.
Does Your Porsche Have a Vanity Plate?
- 70 of you said Yes, you do.
- 79 of you said No, you don't.
A little background…
Several weeks ago I joined the FLATSIXES.com team on a 4 hour road trip (which became 6 hours, but that’s another story) and attended my first Grand Am racing event. I was fortunate enough to have a "hot pit pass" and the opportunity to meet a lot of interesting people, including FLATSIXES.com’s own Christian Maloof as he spoke to a group of Porsche owners who had gathered inside PCA corral. The people I spoke to were cordial and outgoing.
While listening to Christian I got to thinking about the recent polls above and my mind started racing. You see, I’m not a “car guy” – I’m a political scientist, educator and cultural observer. Thus, the following question hit me like a bolt of lightning – it needs a bit of a windup.
In the current economic crisis there seems to be increased animosity between people of differing incomes. I wonder – do Porsche owners feel any animosity? Do you get the “stink eye” from other drivers at red lights or gas stations as you fill it up with super? A snicker while packing your groceries into the car (or do you only do that with your “other” car?) Do you worry more now about petty vandalism?
In short, as a Porsche owner, do you feel that those unable to afford such luxuries have gone from admiring you to begrudging you? (Hate is too strong a word.)
UPDATE: The poll closed a couple of weeks after we posted it. The results are above. If you're reading this post now, you can still comment below as we come back and check periodically. I would love to work this post (and the poll results) into a future talk or discussion for one of my classes or lectures and your answers will be a big help.
Today’s post was written by Randall H. Miller. He blogs regularly about progressive politics and terrorism at www.RandallHMiller.com