B ill Underwood's 944 World. All about the water-cooled, front-engine 944 Porsche automobile: Model history, buying a 944, maintenance tips, performance modifications,
links to other 944 & automotive sites, and a story about the 944 I drove off a cliff, oops...

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All Hail The Proud Victor: 944

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At the end of September, 2009, it was 14 years since I destroyed my first Porsche 944 (which I bought brand new) in a redwood canyon, and got out with minor bruises. I bought that car for my 30th birthday, and wrecked it shortly before my 40th birthday. So I figured that my life was my 40th birthday present to myself. Bill's 944 World was 10 years old on August 29th, 2006 and is dedicated to that car and to 944's the world over. After the 944 FAQ document, this is now the oldest 944 site on the net. I get a ton of email from this site, so if you write I will try - repeat - try to answer. And thank you to everyone for the questions, comments and compliments over the years; I use your most frequent questions to make new pages.

Introduction -- Welcome to my personal compilation of Porsche 944 technical information, stories, buying a used 944, images, some simple New Owner Maintenance Items to check, letters, and my ever-expanding Links to Things 944 & More Page.

I've been running this site for nine years, and while the interface has changed little, the car is still a masterpiece of engineering, design, and driving fun. The other two 944-specific sites (before me) have been 404 (lost) for years, and I'm now the oldest 944 site on the net after the 944 FAQ document. A net search these days returns hundreds of enthusisast sites, and thousands of results with the classifieds, online discussions, and dismantlers included. The visitation stats have been interesting. I was hopeful to get 1,000 visitors in the first year. Instead, I got 8,000. At year 2, I was just short of 70,000. At three years it hit almost 170,000. I was at the top of Yahoo and Excite, and am still close on those engines. At the dawn of 2000, it was over 200,000. I've broken counters along the way, so the true site count is probably over 1 million as of 2005. Since inception, this site continues to be a collection of 19 years of 944 driving, rebuilding and tinkering, as much as being a dedication to the memory of my first 944, and my seatbelt, which saved my life.

Dedication, well...yes. To a (brand new) 944 I bought and owned for ten years before I spectacularly sent it away: I ballistically launched it forward, through the air, about 100 feet into a redwood canyon one night. It's the black (on burgundy leather) 944 pictured below at the edge of the ocean. It had the optional 16 inch wheels, an aftermarket exhaust and beefed suspension. Drove it for almost 139,000 miles, hard at times, too. Then it was a deer, a redwood, a cliff-dive off the pavement, and then the large fallen redwood that finally stopped me. I think I went from 40MPH to Zero in about a tenth of a second when I hit the fallen tree. Oh well.

Where I live, the local twisty and hilly roads (CA Hwys 84, 35, 9) make every day a driver's event. Check and tighten your seatbelt, then read the crash stories; you wanted my crash pics and I have always said no - so far.

89 944 2.7L blk/blk

At home in 2005. This clean and fun
'89 2.7L 944 is now the daily road twister.

This 2.5L '84 used to be the daily driver.

I did a lot of modifications to this car including
a hotter cam, shaved head, and improved suspension.


Bill's Original 944

My first 944. This sunrise photo was taken in March, 1986
at the edge of the Gulf of Mexico on Islameralda Key, Florida.

In late September, 1995, this car became a memory.
And I almost became a memory along with it...

I encountered a deer and a redwood tree one night. Car and driver were launched over the edge of a
twisty mountain road, into a ballistic 100 foot trajectory, through upper tree limbs. What ended that car's
life was a square, head-on impact into a large fallen redwood tree, downslope. I was basically
uninjured. To this day -- over 15 years later -- I still consider it a Miracle. For the
love of the Porsche 944 that saved my life, this site is dedicated.

Remember: Every day is a celebration,
and every meal, a banquet.

You are driver

since site rollout on 29 AUG 1996.
Updated: 22 / JAN / 2011
Bill Underwood

Bill's 944 World was profiled in the
San Francisco Chronicle's Oct. 15, 1998
Pagemaster feature, in the business section.

Join RennList -- One of the best Porsche Online Forums.
And, it turns out I once worked with the webmaster,
John D, many years ago back in New England...Small world!

As for the Porsche 944 World Community at Excite (which
I established and moderated) we became the second-largest online
gathering of 944 enthusiasts worldwide, with 898 members at the end.
On Dec. 29, 2000, Excite shut their Clubs area down,
so the link to that club has been removed.

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Updated: 22 / JAN / 2011

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If you want to reuse any content here, please contact me.
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Your mileage WILL vary. Don't lift in the corners. ALWAYS wear your seatbelt.
And stay OFF the damn phone - it can kill you.
DO NOT put those annoying blue, ultra-bight, laser beam of death lights on your car!
Keep both hands on the wheel at proper 10 and 2 o' clock positions.
If a sheriff is waving a radar gun at you but does not turn the lights on, um, step on it and see if he follows.
Keep the power on when driving through mudslides (treat it like wet heavy snow!)
Please, don't hit your front air dam into curbs!