Dream Cars Do Come True
We all got into the automotive community at different stages in life. Some of us were born into it with a wrench in one hand and a hammer in the other. Others were attracted to it later on as we developed as humans.
Regardless of how long you’ve been an enthusiast we can all agree on one thing: we choose to separate ourselves from the rest of the traffic by building and driving the cars of our dreams no matter how long or what we need to do to get there. Endless hours in the garage to get road worthy, picking up, extra shifts to get that next part quicker, and just a bit patience when you can’t find that #10 socket, eventually we all get that contagious "look back at it" feeling with our cars.
This week we’re featuring our good friend Julien Durand and his 2016 Porsche Cayman GT4. Check out our interview and photos below!
Hi Julien! Thanks for taking the time to answer a few questions! Just for a little background info, what’s your name, where are you from and where do you live currently?
My name is Julien. I am originally from France but became American not too long ago. I currently live in Ventura County.
What got you in to the car culture?
When I was still in High School, one of my Dad’s friend came to pick me up one day in a dark gray / red leather interior BMW E46 M3 (dream car #1). This was this experience that opened my eyes and made me fall in love with sport cars. Later on, I discovered the VW Golf R32 Mark IV. This became my dream car #2. Eventually, I moved to Germany to study and ended up working for Porsche in Weissach and realized how amazing those machines were. To own a Porsche became a dream of mine and a target. At the time, the Cayman was about to be announced (dream car #3).
When I graduated, I moved to California and couple years later, I was able to buy my first sports car: a used silver VW GTI Mark IV. I later sold it to buy a used VW GTI Mark V. Couple more years later, I was able to obtain my dream car #2 (kind of :) ): A Golf R Mark VI. This car was awesome!
Then, the BMW M2 was announced. This car seemed very special to me and so I put my name down on a waiting list at one of the local BMW dealerships. One day, while I went to check out one of their cars, I noticed an awesome BMW F80 M3 with a manual
transmission. I made an offer and they accepted it; I was able to obtain my dream car #1. Sadly, this car ended up being a lemon. With the lemon money, I ended up buying Ford Focus RS. To tell you the truth, I did not really like this car.
During my ownership, I discovered Turo and was lucky enough to rent a Porsche Cayman GT4 during a weekend. I absolutely fell in love with it. I started to save up and eventually found a used one. I was able to get my ultimate dream car (dream car #3).
From talking with you briefly, I see that you have a passion for your Porsche. Can you tell me a little more about it? What kind of mods have you done and why?
It is a certified pre-owned 2016 Cayman GT4. I got it a bit over two years ago. For the most part, the car is completely stock apart from the following mods.
Here is what I have done so far:
- BMC High Flow Air Filters
- Numeric Racing Short Shifter Kit
- Wheels powdered coated Satin Black by Wheel Concepts
What made you choose that platform out of so many others?
When I worked at Porsche, I truly learned to appreciate the craftsmanship and engineering that goes into this brand. I truly fell in love with it. When the GT4 was announced, it seemed like the perfect car: mid-engine, manual transmission and, to me, beautiful design.
What’s your favorite part of your car and why?
It is without a doubt the manual transmission feel, especially with the short shifter kit. I have always been a manual transmission kind of guy. Granted, the gears ratios are a bit too long on this car. The other thing I love with the GT4 is the sound of the 3.8L flat six engine, especially near redline.
What’s the next mod for it?
None at this time.
Why do you think people modify their cars?
There are many answers to this question: looks, performance, having something unique. To me, it was/is oriented towards performance.
If you could drive any vehicle in any location what would it be and why?
It would have to be a Porsche 997.2 GT3 RS on a sunny day on the Nürburgring in Germany.
All-time favorite car movie. Go!
I would have to go with the very obvious answer: The Fast and The Furious. I loved that movie! Side note, I was also a huge fan of the Need for Speed game series (especially the Underground games).
You drive a pretty amazing piece of machinery, what advice if any do you have for those just entering the car culture?
As you can see from my story, I was able to obtain my dream car. I would say: do something you love and be good at it, it will pay off and your dream car will become your garage queen. :)
Photos by Tyler Jackson