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Customer Cars: Brian Hood's trip to Tennessee

Thursday, March 7, 2024 4:18 PM

We love seeing what exciting projects our customers are currently working on. Every month we would like to showcase a couple of cars in whatever state they are in - on the road or on the rack. Please submit your image(s) and a summary of the restoration or event to [email protected]. If we select your story for the newsletter, you will win a $50 914Rubber gift card!

This month’s story comes from Brian Hood.

Last November, Brian loaded up his 1975 Porsche 914 and headed for Tennessee. His goal was to spend the day driving the Tail of the Dragon. “It was epic!” says Brian, “I first drove some back roads in middle Tennessee, including the Natchez Parkway… what an amazing road through the forests of Tennessee.” He then headed for Calhoun, Georgia to be his base of operations for the Dragon and twisty Georgia roads.

Working his way up to Tapoco and highway 129, he stopped at the midpoint where the Dragon General Store resides. “The Porsche drew people everywhere I stopped.” he says, “they all loved the car and many had never seen a 914!” He spent the day driving up and down the Tail, which crests at the Tennessee border and goes 11+ miles to the bottom. Hustling his 914 up and down all the switchback turns gave him an appreciation for power steering. Spending the day working with the manual steering system of his Porsche left his shoulders and arms sore.

After multiple runs up and down, he headed back to Calhoun. Unfortunately, his car started to develop a misfire on his way back to the hotel. He planned to drive the twisty roads in central Georgia and the Nantahala National forest, but the misfire only grew worse. He tried to fix the issue, but to no avail. So he had to put the car back on the trailer and head home to Houston.

“The trip was well worth it for the day on the Tail” Brian said, “In total, trailered 1898 miles and drove the 914 427 miles. It was epic!”

Thanks for your story Brian! We love hearing about how the community enjoys their 914s.

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