why phil's house of power
Phil's House of Power
I have always been into cars. Every since I was a little kid I was into cars. Then it was Matchbox and Hotwheels. Over time it got into real cars. I would read the magazines, post up the pictures and posters and dream the dream of owning supercars. Since I grew up in the 80’s my favorite car was a Porsche 959. An amazing feat of engineering, it was the halo car of the 80’s. It was an all wheel drive, luxury vehicle that was just at home commuting as it was in high speed racing. Those and other cars of the 80’s were what comprised the posters on my walls.
When I got my learners permit at 15, I bought with my dad, a car to drive. It was a far cry from the supercars in the posters. It was a two door diesel Volkswagen Rabbit. The thing had some electrical problems we were never able to find the source of, the battery always died. As a result it got sold before I turned 16 and got my drivers license. Right before I got my license, I bought my first car on my own, a BMW 320i. It was fast compared to what I was used to, old school VW diesel tech. It had approximately 110 horsepower out of its 4 cylinder engine. Compared to the 50 horsepower out of the diesels I was used to this was a fast car.
That ultimately proved to be the demise of my precious BMW. Being a rear wheel drive car without any modern nanny systems, I went around a corner, mashed the gas peddle and lost control ending up in the ditch and flipping the car end over end landing on its wheels. I had my seatbelt on and was unhurt but the car was totaled. After getting a ride back home from a passing pickup I called my friends who I was supposed to go spend time with, letting them know that wouldn’t be happening that day.
I was without a car for a while. My high school had what they called a senior project and it involved a series of hoops to jump through, research, a mentor, a physical product, a paper and a speech at the end of the year. I chose to build a Manx style dune buggy. More on that in a future post.
I’ve had other cars since then and enjoyed them all in their own right. Being a guys guy I enjoy other mechanical things. The reason this is titled Phil’s House of Power is to encompass other motor driven products, boats, trucks, cars, planes, trains, whatever is self-powered.
This blog will be one of experiences and products I’ve tried or am trying. I hope you enjoy all that is to come.
Thanks for visiting and remember to "Strive to Arrive"!
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