Porsches are meant to be driven, and that’s a well-known fact. How they are driven – well, that’s a whole ‘nuther thing! This video explores that notion.
Tom Roos is passionate about classic Porsches and driving them on two-lane country roads. Why drive the old ones? As Roos explains: “When you are out there in a forty or fifty year-old car, you feel so much more connected…you feel more of the road…you smell what’s outside…you’re not sealed up from the world.”
Roos builds his case for this passion in this video that was shot and produced by PCA member Todd Taylor: “When I drive new Porsches…they are wonderful machines, and you know they have so much power. (But) I like what I have.”
Filmmaker Taylor had this to say about Roos, “If Magnus Walker is the Urban Outlaw of Porsches, then Tom Roos is the Suburban In-law of the marque — less outrageous on the outside but every bit as passionate on the inside about his ever-rotating garage of vintage Porsches.”
Roos’ garage is stuffed with classics: a ‘69 912, a ’73 911T, and a ’97 993 4S. Recently he and his friend Steve Gaddy added a ’63 356B Cabriolet to the mix. He drives them all, and often.
Roos is a lover of Carolina two-lane blacktop, driving roads that unwind over miles with a promise of good barbecue at the end. Roos is a past president of the Hurricane Region PCA and created the club’s annual after-Thanksgiving trek, “Spot’s Memorial Barbecue Run,” a driving event that features a long dash down country roads ending at a small town eatery. Spot, one of Roos’ gone but not forgotten 356s, left its oil mark on many a parking lot at these occasions. Long live Spot!
And long live the joy of driving a classic Porsche on a winding country road!