Central Plateau, North Island

Central Plateau, North Island
View from a friend's farm

Thursday, 9 April 2015

Silver Rose, a dream to drive, and own.


Recently, our friend from Auckland stayed for a night, on his way home, a flight to Christchurch, a ferry crossing, and then here. His reason, purchase of a Porsche car, one of 3 of this model in NZ. There is a whole website dedicated to the 1988 944, with owners all over the world registered there. Low to the ground, that familiar throaty gurgle, and pride of place on our lawn.

Silver Rose

This  car is a 1988 944 Turbo S (2.5 litre). The factory produced 1000 of these examples, all painted in a colour known as silver rose. Hence, amongst Porsche aficionados, this model is simply referred to as the Silver Rose. Actually, because of its performance and desirability (in 1988 it was widely regarded as the world’s fastest 4 cylinder production car – 250 bhp  ( brake horsepower) brand a top speed of 162 mph: 0 to 60mph in about 5.3 seconds), the factory made a further 635 units in other colours. However, the initial 1000 are the true collector’s models.  The Silver Rose, amongst other things, is specially equipped with fully adjustable sports suspension and roll bars, a limited slip differential, bigger (Porsche 928) brakes and a larger KKK turbocharger.

I believe there are 3 of these models in New Zealand.



Silver Rose at Graestone, 2015


I can see I need to alter the settings, so there is no black bar at the sides, never mind next time. Off to the Doctor today to hopefully remove stitches after minor ear surgery. The good news will be a clear biopsy, then the bad news of having to  pay!!!

No photos, but I did get a wonderful present after the  surgery was over” Would you like a present?”, “ Yes please, do I get a jelly bean”

Held out my hand, and a quilters delight, tiny surgical scissors, tweezers and forceps. They all are “single use only” but they are so good at snipping threads, and getting those caught in the  machine’s innards out of tiny places. Maybe I get some more today.

We have rain, rain and more rain,  65 mm overnight, the stream is dirty and fast, and heavy rain forecast for many other areas.

Quotation of the day, by Boris Pasternak

“Surprise is the greatest gift which life can grant us”

Greetings from Jean


Carol Mattingly said...

I wish for you bright sunshine and beautiful blue skies. Hope all is well with your doctor appt. Carol

TexWisGirl said...

congrats to your friend on his purchase. they (similar models) were very popular in dallas when i moved here in the 80s. :)

glad the ear surgery was okay!

eileeninmd said...

I like the name Silver Rose for the Porsche.. I wonder how many people can drive 162 MPH..I would be scared silly.. Great news about the clear biopsy! Have a happy day and week ahead!

Cheryl Coville said...

I hope your doctor's appointment went well. You have to pay? for every appointment and every procedure? In Canada, we have a very different system, I guess. Would love to know more about yours.

Susan Heather said...

Hope the biopsy news is good.

No rain here yet. Still watering. Off on a new walk today (the combination of two we have done up Mt. Parahaki before).

Rain forecast for tomorrow hence the walk planned for today as it has been on the list for a couple of months now.

Car looks good although I prefer my Nissan LaFesta. Suits me perfectly.

KB said...

That sure is a flashy and fast car! I wouldn't be suited to it (I need 4wd and lots of mud on my cars) but I can see how lots of people would love them.

Sorry about the surgery but I'm so glad that they had a fun little gift for you at the end :)

Jim said...

What a beauty that car is! It sounds lovely too, Jean.
Nice little gifts you got as well.

Linda said...

I wish you good health and blue skies, Jean, and I hope your doctor's appointment brings good things.

The Furry Gnome said...

Boy, you sure know your cars!

Kat said...

Beautiful car, I hope you were treated to a ride... or maybe you got to drive it someplace very fast? :-)

Good luck with the stitches and I hope you are able to stay dry!

Eggs In My Pocket said...

A pretty car for sure! So glad that you got a clear record on the biopsy! That is nice that they gave you the little scissors and set! Hope you heal quickly from the stitches.....and the bill!

Our photos said...

Now that is a nice car !

bj said...

Oh, my...congrats to your friend...it is a beautiful Silver Rose. :)

camp and cottage living said...

What a unique car! I'm sure it was wonderful to see your friend again.
I hope your ear heals quickly, Jean. I bet your snipping scissors will be a reminder of your surgery for life!

Fundy Blue said...

I hope all goes well for you at the doctor's office, Jean! What a creative gift ~ beats jellybeans hands down. Thanks for introducing me to a beautiful car. Love the name: Silver Rose. Happy weekend to you and Hugh!

Our photos said...

Thanks for the comment on my work !

Jenn Jilks said...

It seems so strange to have to pay for a negative biopsy. Ah well.
Love the car!
I hope you two are otherwise taking it easy.
My arthritis is bothering me. I'm hoping to sit in the sun, if it ever comes out today!
I worked in the bush in the rain yesterday!
take good care, you two.
Love and hugs.

Coloring Outside the Lines said...

Glad the biopsy results were good and hope it heals quickly. Lovely car!

Hannah said...

The Silver Rose is a beautiful car. I hope the surgery went well, my mother had that. I love those little scissors, they are so handy.

Brit said...

Goodlooking car !
Good health to you and hope the rain stops !