Birmingham 2021

Birmingham 2021

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June 1-5, 2021 Birmingham?  As in Alabama?  Yes!

On retirement from Accenture, I was offered a retirement gift.  “What would Mark like?” they asked Jean.  “A watch? Opera tickets?” Her reply, “Uh, no.  How about a gift certificate to the Porsche Driving School?”   She knows me so well!

I love sports cars.  My current ride is a 2015 Porsche Boxster GTS, black on black.  Manual transmission (of course), sport exhaust, multiple driving modes, rev-matching.  With a mid-engine design, it handles like a surgeon’s scalpel.  I love driving top-down on the Blue Ridge, exhaust cracking and popping with each shift.

In early June, I visited the Atlanta Porsche Experience Center for ½ day of handling lessons.  Then, on to Birmingham and the Porsche Track Experience at Barber Motorsports Park. There I reveled in a full day of track time. 

Birmingham has been on our travel list for another reason:  US Civil Rights History.  The Civil Rights National Monument is there, memorializing the struggle.  You’ve seen the ugly images:  the 16th Street Baptist Church Bombing, the fire hoses, the police dog attacks.  We have come a long way but have a very long way to go.  It is essential to see, understand, and remember. We did a local tour. Somber hardly describes it. If South Africa’s apartheid was any worse than this, I cannot imagine.

Check out the Travel Bytes from the trip below.

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2 thoughts on “Birmingham 2021

  1. Congratulations on the new Boxter! It looks awesome – GTS, manual – good choice.

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