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That brings us to the real reason we are sitting here
with you. Why Porsche?
Like every child, I saw pictures of Porsche cars on calen-
dars and posters and I was blown away by them. I bought
my first Porsche in 1998, a beautiful, blue 1980 911 C4
Cabriolet, everything completely original. Now I have this
fantastic Porsche 356 which I am delighted with. To me,
Porsche is synonymous with purity. A Porsche is a car in
its purest form. I cannot imagine any other old-timer - and
I've driven a lot of them - that comes anywhere near the
pedigree, the quality and the great sound of the Porsche.
Porsche was also very much ahead of its time. The 356 is
made of a single unit, it is like a shell, there are no welds or
weak points anywhere. It has a door in it and nothing else.
People look at the car and find it beautiful but do not know
why. But it is precisely because of that. It is that perfect,
round line that does it.
How did you come by the car?
I am its third owner. The two people who owned the car for
me - one was an engineer and the other a radio specialist
- both had the car for more than twenty years and had
cared for it down to the last detail. The original, handwritten
insurance papers of the car have even survived. The last
owner had a lot of trouble giving up his favourite car. But
he had bought a Lamborghini – which, in fact, he regretted
immediately afterwards - and that's why the Porsche 356
was actually for sale. Eventually, I managed to persuade
him to sell me the car by signing a contract with him, in
which I promised him that if I sell the Porsche within five
years, I will sell it back to him again for the same price that
I bought it for. But I will never sell it. No way.
You’ve also got another Porsche?
Yes, a 2011 black Cayenne Turbo. But that's an SUV, a car
you deal with in a completely different way. That is not a
car to cruise in, that's a car to drive on gravel, to unleash
the beast within.
You are a businessman yourself. What do you think
of Porsche as a brand?
Oh, that's a good question. I respect the way the engineers
and designers always manage to retain the Porsche's DNA,
the original look and feel. They are very careful about not
over-engineering anything. Modern cars often have so
much technology under the bonnet that the driver is more
of a passenger than a driver. Porsche tries to find a balance
in this. Even if I step into a brand new 911, I still want to
feel that I am driving it and not that all the modern gadgets
have taken over from me. It's all about the feedback you
get from the car.
What do you mean with the feedback from the car?
The soul, the feeling that a car evokes in you, how it
behaves. When I round a bend with my car, I want to feel
how the weight shifts, where the traction limit is, how long
I have grip for, how the suspension sags, etc. I want to
become one with my car. You feel so much through the
wheel of a car. But if there is too much technology in the
car and too much has been automatically limited, then that
feeling disappears and you lose the feeling of what is really
going on underneath you. For me, therefore, it is absolutely
a matter of 'less is more'. A car has four contact points. If
you don’t know what happens underneath those four tyres,
you can’t imagine how you will go around the corner and
where you will end up. That is the basis of driving. I am
a racing driver, so for me, those elements are extremely
One question that we always ask: what makes
Vancouver a great destination?
Vancouver is a young, vibrant city with an international
culture. The city is well cared for and it is safe. Life here is
pretty expensive, but you do get value for money. However,
the biggest attraction of the city is the environment and the
access you have to countless outdoor activities. You can
ski, sail, mountain bike, skate, you name it. For athletes,
Vancouver is the absolute Mecca. I often take to the water
with my boat. There are more than fifty islands here, just
off the coast. Some with bright white sand, others with
pebbles, some others with wild cliffs ... unimaginable.
Anchoring there with some friends on a Sunday afternoon,
some good food, shooting the breeze, delicious!
David, we could talk to you for hours. Our sincere
thanks for being so open with us!