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Post by Nuvolari » August 7th 2014, 11:06pm

Hello,

I pretty much only posted on PMWF, but I had lurked here for some time. Even though I delayed in signing up, I completely appreciate(d) the comradery and straight-forward demeanor - and particularly, the uncensored environment at WL. Yeah, there are some ornery sons of bitches here, but that's kind of the magic - and I have thick skin and don't mind a little shit-disturbing. That said, I believe you will find me mostly quiet in the near term because I strive to delineate myself from what appeared to have been a bit of a troll epidemic.

I live in the San Francisco Bay Area and have been a mortgage banker for a little over twenty years. I'm 44, will have been married for 20 years this November to a fabulous & uber-patient woman (no pictures for free) who is strangely into neither cars nor watches. We have two teenage girls that are making my hair turn silver. (And fall out, damn it.)

I am very much a car and racing enthusiast. My first job when I was 14 was at an independent Mercedes parts vendor (before we received our "cease & desist" letter) and I learned very young that a little wrenching would go a long way: my first car was a 6.9 litre 116-chassis 450SEL. When I was around twenty or so I traded it for a 911 and that has since become my dedicated racecar ever since. It is now in RSR configuration as I await the completion of a built-up 3.6 litre to go into the 1800lb chassis. While it is currently a static display, I am a tramp that will drive anything and have been fortunate to pick up a ride here and there in other 911s & RSRs - and an occasional GT3. On the other end of the spectrum, I also actively race in the Lemons series - incredible fun in a shitbox that is supposed to be worth $500... we campaign a SVT Focus & a first-gen VW GTI.

I am equally whorish in my collection and tastes in watches, which are similarly eclectic. I think there are 58? Maybe 60. I am very proud of my Datejust as it has taken an absolute beating over the years (including melting a link from the jubilee bracelet on to the starter cable of a "positive earth" Austin Healey. It would have toasted my Ti Pathfinder, but the Rolex carried on.) Also love my classic Day-Date which is, to me, the ultimate formal watch - but perhaps a bit off-putting to wear that much gold in a casual setting. The Pulsar P2 LED is interesting, as are my 214 Accutrons - one asymmetric, one spaceview. My favorite all-arounder is a Porsche-Design/Eterna chronograph... with great antiglare & DLC coating, 10bar WR - yet I bizarrely also love my Alpha "mechanical chronometer" chronograph. I mean, really, WTF? "Chronometer"? Did anyone in China look that up? Still... it's a cool little mechanical chrono - for peanuts. I have about 5 or 6 Seiko in various forms of modification, and a handful of Vostok - one of which has been beadblasted, has the Dave Murphy-bezel, and had the lume done by Kent Parks. It ain't worth shit - but I just love it. "Not available in any store". A lot like our crapbox GTI... yeah it's a 1984 GTI, but it is a quick little car - once you jack the compression to 12:1. And add coilovers.

Beyond my family, a life worth living includes cool watches & interesting cars - and good wine & decent cigars - with a nod to Hoyo de Monterey Epicure No. 1, M/C No. 2, My Father as favorites in the last category

I would like to humbly tip my hat to Smellody, as I respect very much his willingness to delve into DIY-service on his Silver Spur. I also have a vintage Silver Shadow, and unlike the simple aircooled 911, servicing anything from Crewe is a huge pain in the ass. He made it look easy... and his superb Rolex and Tudor line up is equally awe-inspiring.

Lastly, as I'm sure you can imagine and most likely saw coming... but my heart's dearest desire is to be of value to our noble Order - to be brave, true and unflinching in service to our cause!

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Post by Mark1 » August 8th 2014, 12:44am

Welcome to WatchLords. It sounds like you know the drill, a little hazing is likely in order. I usually leave that to others, don't insult anybodys mother, you'll be fine.
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Post by 3Flushes » August 8th 2014, 2:42am

Mortgage banker, noice. Did you screw many fine Americans during the meltdown? Lets see. Date-Just, Alpha, Rolls, all that dressy gold in the Pres... PMWF huh? Interesting you would find your way to a watch forum whose official cigar is, It's A Boy.

I liked lurking at PMWF, lots of nice folks on that board. Nice Intro - Welcome to Watchlords. The joint's more fun than a human being should be allowed to have.
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Post by biglove » August 8th 2014, 5:35am

Hidey-Ho!

You should do well here despite your love of those girly Porsches. (this from a man who drives a Honda Accord)
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Post by mrneddles » August 8th 2014, 5:56am

Welcome. I look forward to seeing more of your collection. I love cars as well, but more from the standpoint of how they look and not what is under the hood. Yesterday, for example, I was asked how much horsepower my Carrera S has. The question left me stammering and befuddled.
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Post by Falstaff » August 8th 2014, 7:09am

fenny wrote:Another 911 guy here. 1970 2.4T but it's a Targa so it doesn't count.


Sure it does - and in spades. The Targa is the "gentleman's" Porsche - have owned two - an '82 911SC and an '86 Carrera. Put over a 100k mi. on each. Followed the '86 with a '93 C4 coupe and did the factory delivery program - Woof! Them Germanical boys drives fast!
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Post by Nuvolari » August 8th 2014, 7:52am

3Flushes wrote:Mortgage banker, noice. Did you screw many fine Americans during the meltdown? Lets see. Date-Just, Alpha, Rolls, all that dressy gold in the Pres... PMWF huh? Interesting you would find your way to a watch forum whose official cigar isIt's A Boys.

I liked lurking at PMWF, lots of nice folks on that board. Nice Intro - Welcome to Watchlords. The joint's more fun than a human being should be allowed to have.


When the meltdown hit, I worked at a private bank with the most conservative portfolio ever - our delinquency rate was this than .10% on 4BB in servicing. No tricky exotic loans there, BUT for someone needing a forbearance arrangement - good luck getting that signed off. The institution had not a hint of compassion - payment in full, period. I did have one proposal approved where we differed a borrowers interest payments for 90 days so he could sell the property and not have to make payments since his company imploded. We collected our interest on the back end when the property sold and the bank was made whole - but when I presented it for approval you'd have thought I'd set a child molester free.

Karma had her fun - management sold the bank to Merrill Lynch :lol:

I eventually graduated to It's A Boy cigars as a step up from the shameful Swisher Sweets from where I started...
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Post by Nuvolari » August 8th 2014, 7:56am

biglove wrote:Hidey-Ho!

You should do well here despite your love of those girly Porsches. (this from a man who drives a Honda Accord)
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Post by Nuvolari » August 8th 2014, 8:01am

fenny wrote:Another 911 guy here. 1970 2.4T but it's a Targa so it doesn't count.


A long-hood, short-geared (901), MFI 2.4, lightweight? Hell yeah it counts! That's a GREAT car. Smog exempt and street legal... Nice.

My last rally event in a 2.8 RSR with mechanical fuel injection yielded "economy" data of 12.88 mpg :shock: In a 2.8!! But the way it revs straight to the limiter, is dreamy...

The long hood cars are really seeing their day in the sun, value wise... You're stylin'
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Post by Nuvolari » August 8th 2014, 8:09am

mrneddles wrote:Welcome. I look forward to seeing more of your collection. I love cars as well, but more from the standpoint of how they look and not what is under the hood. Yesterday, for example, I was asked how much horsepower my Carrera S has. The question left me stammering and befuddled.


Most people would be disappointed anyway.: they may not be the fastest accelerating, best handling, most powerful,or best braking... But they do everything so well, they are constantly punching out of their class. A David among Goliaths.

But for a street 911, the "S" is set to "11". Fast, fun and (a word never used with the torsion-bar/air cooled cars) comfortable. 997, I assume?

Perhaps that is why Rolls Royce's standard response to inquiries about horsepower was "adequate"...
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Post by Nuvolari » August 8th 2014, 8:19am

Falstaff wrote:
fenny wrote:Another 911 guy here. 1970 2.4T but it's a Targa so it doesn't count.


Sure it does - and in spades. The Targa is the "gentleman's" Porsche - have owned two - an '82 911SC and an '86 Carrera. Put over a 100k mi. on each. Followed the '86 with a '93 C4 coupe and did the factory delivery program - Woof! Them Germanical boys drives fast!


That is awesome!! Did you take delivery at Weissach?

It's probably time for you to do that again and check out the Leipzig facility. The tiny independent company ain't so tiny anymore. Or, sadly, independent.
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Post by Nuvolari » August 8th 2014, 8:29am

Okay - sorry guys... I've done a lot of Porsche-rambling on a watch-oriented website, so perhaps it's appropriate to post an image to tie the two together...?

Background is a euro-spec 993 Carrera RS from an R-Gruppe event a few years back, foreground is a Mk II Speedmaster...

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Post by koimaster » August 8th 2014, 8:32am

Welcome to the forum. Another car lover here. Currently have a C5 I drive on a regular basis with "adequate" horsepower. My late wife was from Fairfax in Marin. Lived there for 5 years after we met and married. I used to commute between our home in Larkspur and my Cupertino office driving an XKE drophead coupe and on rainy days, our BMW Bavaria 3.0. We used to spend some weekends driving between Mill Valley , Tomales and Russian River via the Coast route in our rarely driven Scarab where of course you would run into the guys driving the minis, spitfires and other assorted sports cars and be forced to stretch the legs of your cars. :mrgreen: To me, whenever we drove one of our two XKE autos (we had a few cars) the habit of flashing lights to one another was a show of respect and acknowledgment to each other that we were free and sharing the experience of that freedom on the open roads. Sad to say that is seldom seen these days. Corvette owners acknowledge each other by a wave or flash of the lights but I no longer see other sports cars do it.

When living in the bay area it was always nice to see the variety of sports cars. The Citroen SM with the garage near Polk Street that was the place for repairs, the white Toyota 2000 I saw on Van Ness every day. A very rare Porsche Carrera RS in red/black colors parked near the Embarcadero every morning, a lot of 911 and 930s and so many more that it would drive you nuts to think about it. Last time I was in the City I saw more SUVs than sports cars.

Will be at the Summer Cruz in Bend this weekend to see some of the rides and then a drive over the mountains between Christmas Valley and Lakeview on Hwy 31 a recommended motorcycle drive but done with a C5.
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Post by Nuvolari » August 8th 2014, 8:48am

That's fantastic Koi! A pair of XKE DHC? Niiiiiiice! Big six or twelve? Sounds like both would not be out of the question! Covered headlights? I think the DOT frowned upon that (like non sealed beams - what'd a crock). You must know your way around SU carbs, eh? :)

The Bavaria... Another great car from the days when BMW was a torquey straight-six specialist. Manual transmission and A/C an option... The way it should be now!

And those fine machines in reasonable proximity to Old Santa Cruz Highway... Sounds like a good way to live!
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Post by conjurer » August 8th 2014, 8:57am

Nuvolari wrote:Okay - sorry guys... I've done a lot of Porsche-rambling on a watch-oriented website, so perhaps it's appropriate to post an image to tie the two together...?

Background is a euro-spec 993 Carrera RS from an R-Gruppe event a few years back, foreground is a Mk II Speedmaster...

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