- The 99' Porsche 911 Turbo 996

1999

Taking inspiration from Brian Wait's article I decided to find my spirit car from my birth year.

Yes, I maybe young but no one said you couldn't be young and wise, alright I admit I'm no old owl but I'm a tad bit more sensible than many of the other 18 year old numpties.

Overall 1999 was a pretty good year for the automobile industry and not just because I was born! Seriously, cars like the Honda S2000, Ferrari 360, Porsche 911 GT3 and the Pagani Zonda were all introduced which is a pretty fantastic lineup if you ask me.

However, apart from all these glamorous releases, cars like the Toyota Vitz, Honda Insight, Audi A2 and the Kia Joice were also released which makes up for all the nice cars released.

However, I felt that none of these cars shared my qualities so I dug deeper into the 99 car records and found some more like the Cadillac Escalade and the Lamborghini Diablo both of which still don't satisfy my criteria. Alas, a breakthrough! I came across the car that I would be if I was a car which I'm not. However, do not for one minute think this is a pointless exercise as I shall now explain why I see myself in this particular car.

(Drum roll)---- It is the 1999 Porsche 911 Turbo 996! Now, before you say stuff like the 911 is boring or it's just a glorified beetle, remember the fact that Porsche recently sold the ONE MILLIONTH 911 so there are many many people out there who adore the 911.

Everyone knows the 911, however many don't know its performance credentials. In the same way that many people know me but the smaller group who I consider close friends know me really well and know that there's more than meets the eye with me. Secondly the 911 is a car that can be found on any continent in the world, in most countries and this is due to its ability to adapt to its surroundings! I have moved multiple times around the world to Uganda, India and now New Zealand and everywhere I went, I seemed to settle down well and become accepted as a local. It is a car that can be driven to the limits on a track but it's also the car you can use for the school run!

It really is the jack of many trades, in the same way I am! I've tried many sports, music instruments and other things of interest throughout my life but one thing that has always stuck with me is cars! In the same way the 911 had always been renowned for its great handling but it is no slouch on the straights and can also transport it's passengers around in style and comfort, so it really is a good all rounder.

After much research I decided that the Porsche 911 Turbo was the car that most reflected my personality for various reasons! I issue out a challenge to you all, to find a car from your birth year that is like an extension of your personality!

All images belong to their rightful owners and I have no malicious intentions in using them here!

Thanks for reading and hope you enjoyed the article!

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  • Nice to learn something new of you Matt. Jack of all trades you say.

      3 years ago
  • Okay, I'll give this a go. 1976 VW Scirocco. (not my spot, but I did have one and spotted it many a time). The Scirocco is sporty without being pretentious. It's not quite practical, nor very reliable (I am extremely forgetful). Enjoying what you do is far more important to me than anything else so fun to drive trumps all despite it's flaws. You don't see them very often which you could say that I don't get out much or I am a little 'different' and I really don't care! It's light weight. Challenge me to a fight and I'd prefer to walk the other way... but I am quick about it! Orange - it's my fav. 70s car colour. Hope that's in the spirit of your interesting challenge. Oh, and it's cool despite being old - that comment's for

      3 years ago
    • Wow, thanks very much for giving it a go, Anthony! That was a great description, I learnt something new about you! Thanks again!

        3 years ago
    • Thanks, you misunderstood me, but thanks!

      Nothing not cool about a Scirocco

        3 years ago
  • I would love to do something like this but, as I have 0 imagination, i'm probably not going to. This article also highlights how old I am, as you are almost definitely an adult and I still manage to be a cool decade older than you, which is a little sickening haha.

    Nicely done though!

      3 years ago
    • Ha ha, I'm sure if you dig deep you can find a little imagination to help you write an article like this! Wow, 1989 was quite a good year for cars as well, you should give it a go! Thank you :)

        3 years ago
    • I meant a cool decade in the same way people say "a cool million" etc. I couldn't agree more!

        3 years ago
  • Yes, the fact you like cars proves you exceedingly wise - and unique - for your age. I can't understand some who simply keep tweeting when a Ferrari rumbles past.

    A great insight into the mind of Matthew.

      3 years ago
  • Hmm, it's funny, when I saw the picture of the Porsche, I thought to myself, "Ah, there's Matthew D'Souza". I was right, as I went on to discover. Great article, but I don't think I could do it without spending hours in a self-meditational trance. From the top of my head (i.e. the list you gave), I'd say probably the Honda S2000. It's small, like me, and 18-years-old, like me. Not sure about anything else though. (Except that I am not a numpty.)

      3 years ago
    • Ha ha, you would not fall into the numpty category as you are a wise 18 year old, likes cars, can park a trailer that sort of stuff! Ha ha, I could see a bit of the S2000 in you, thanks for the kind words as always! You should take up the challenge when...

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        3 years ago
    • Thank you for your vote of confidence. I am 18-years-old and I do love cars. And yes, I can park a trailer, provided the car is not actually attached to it. I suppose that takes a bit of wisdom. Oh, and about the Honda, I'll take your word for it.

        3 years ago

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