TO THE EDITOR:
Christiaan Hetzner's fine article "Porsche takes inspiration from the past" (July 22) was a great look at an endeavor that precious few automakers would even consider and that fewer still could execute successfully.
But Hetzner oversimplifies and shortchanges the seven-decades-long appeal of Porsche's sports cars when he writes, "Porsche now wants to be loved for more than just lap times." While the company is one of the most-raced and most-winning brands in the world (competing and setting records on racetracks everywhere), the real appeal of these cars goes far beyond lap times, horsepower or outright speed.
As most owners will attest, the enduring pleasure of driving one of the many 911, Cayman or Boxster variants (or one of Porsche's older sports cars or even crossovers) is the feel of the car. For the driver who values high-performance precision handling and an engaging driving experience, few cars offer the same. Even my 2015 Cayman (the bottom of the Porsche food chain for that year and a screaming bargain) evokes the same kind of heritage and emotion that the article so colorfully illustrates.
Now, excuse me while I navigate one of our local canyon roads.
NICK WEST, Publisher emeritus, Fixed Ops Magazine, Agoura Hills, Calif.