Site Status, History, and Stuff
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.
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.
San Francisco Chronicle's Oct. 15, 1998
Pagemaster feature, in the business section.
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