This column was supposed to have been devoted to the inaugural "Farmer Ed's Biggest Automotive Turkeys of the Year" award. But that idea didn't fly.
At first, it seemed like a good idea to tie in to Thanksgiving Day because it is one of the great American holidays, which most families celebrate by eating roast turkey.
Unfortunately, it would have been a logistical nightmare picking the biggest turkeys this year because there are just too darned many.
And the evaluation process turned out to be more depressing than anticipated.
Besides, there is something upbeat happening this holiday weekend, even though it's overseas.
Nov. 26 is the day a new Porsche model, the Caymen S, goes on sale in Europe. It's generating a lot of excitement, and not just among Porsche owners.
It goes on sale in the United States in January at a base price of about $58,900.
Porsche owners are among the most passionate people in autoland. They love their cars, their clubs and all their paraphernalia.
But even non-Porsche types who saw the beautiful two-seat coupe that was unveiled at the Frankfurt auto show in September fell in love. It's just one of those cars that looks so much better in person than it does in photos.
Since Frankfurt, the Caymen S Web site has generated some 1.8 million hits.
Not all of them are potential customers. But because the Caymen S costs thousands less than Porsche 911 models -- which start at $69,300 -- it is considered competition for cars such as the Nissan 350Z, Chrysler Crossfire, Audi TT, Mercedes-Benz SLK and BMW Z4.
According to our German-language sister publication, Automobilwoche, Porsche dealers in Europe are inviting potential buyers to hotels and clubs for unveilings.
Porsche execs hope the Caymen S won't eat into 911 sales. If they're right, the result will be a whole new tier of Porsche people.
And if that isn't something to be thankful for, I don't know what is.
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