The last snow has melted, you have put your winter jacket back in the wardrobe and are desperately looking for your sunglasses. Spring has arrived and the sun beats down on your face. Those of you living in an area with cold winters will know exactly what time it is. Yes indeed, it is time to uncover your beloved car and bring it out of hybernation.
I have been doing this ritual for years now and uncovering my car after a long winter still remains a very special moment. As I lift the heavy soft cover from one corner of the car I can not hide my excitement. Like a surgeon I meticulously insert the battery which has been charging in the cellar over the winter and connect it. I open the driver door, get in and let the door fall shut. Ah, very satisfying to hear that typical Porsche ‘clunk’ again. Key in my left hand, I insert it and hesitate… will it start, I wonder? I turn the key and without a moment’s hesitation my car jumps to life emitting its beautiful air cooled flat six sound. My mind tells me off for doubting that she would start, after all she has started first time round every year since I have been doing this.
As I let her tick over I take in the smell and feel of its interior. There is something very satisfying about the purity of older cars that modern ones just can’t offer anymore.
Once everything is up to temperature it is time to take her out into that spring sunshine. Let the new season begin. I hope you enjoy bringing your car out and stretching its legs after a long winter sleep just as much as I do.