Grand Tour 2021: Part One

We have three weekend Porsche events scheduled over 5,000 miles in Minnesota, South Dakota, Ohio and North Carolina.  This is Part One of the series starting and ending at home in Florida…

Whenever we traveled as a kid, my mother had one very strict restriction: I could only take ONE TOY CAR with me for the trip.  Well, nothing has changed.  On this trip, I could only take ONE TOY CAR with me – my 1988 924S Special Edition named “Moe.”

The plan is simple.  Tow the car with my Nissan Titan to each event, enjoy the car at the event, then load up and move to the next event.  Our car is a 1988 924S Special Edition showing only 27,000 miles, so putting on another 5,000 miles or so was not desirable.  Plus, the truck pulls our trailer really well, packs a lot of stuff, and is pretty comfortable.

The first leg to Bloomington, Minnesota to visit my sister and her husband was pretty smooth – 1,600 miles total over three days, averaging about 14 mpg at around $3.00 a gallon.  That was about $350 for fuel.  I rented storage space at a local storage lot for the trailer and car while at her home – nowhere to park the rig, you see.

I found traveling through Iowa farm country to be pretty diverse.  Sometimes the corn fields were on the left and soybeans were on the right.  Other times the soybeans were on the left and corn on the right.  I even saw areas where the corn was on both sides, and times where the soybeans AND corn were on the same side.  Wow.  But seeing these farms, I gained a lot more respect for farmers and farming.

Dr. Ms. 924S944.com will be flying up to Minnesota from Florida today to join us for the second leg of our adventure as she cannot just leave home for three weeks of Porsche adventures…too bad, so sad.  She has obligations in Florida that prevents her from staying away for that long at this time.  However, she will join us again for the Appalachian Adventure with the Appalachian Region PCA at the end of our trip.

So tomorrow morning (Thursday the 26th of August) we will be headed west for the second leg of our adventure.  We will be towing 530 miles to the K Bar S Lodge in Keystone, South Dakota to meet the Dakota Region PCA for a weekend of Porsche touring around Mount Rushmore, Custer Park, Sturgis, and other locations.  And yes, we will have the only 924S/944 front engine water cooled car there (there may be some Porsche SUVs, but we will represent the 944 and its variants.

More photos will follow, but we did get to visit the Largest Candy Store in the World yesterday.  Minnesota has some great (unusual) sights to be seen.

Look for Part Two where we document our “Run for the Hills” adventure with the Dakota Region PCA!

Author: Kevin Duffy, Author and Chief Geek

Kevin Duffy is a retired Associate Professor of Criminal Justice at Daytona State College in Florida and a dedicated car guy. He now spends his time with Porsche 924S, 944's and 968's in his backyard shop. He is active in the Porsche Club of America, and he concentrates on 924S and the 924S Special Editions, doing rescues and restorations.

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    1. Yep – it’s true. All 911’s, Boxsters and Caymans, with a few SUVs.

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