Person Report: The Moderne Up Close and Personal
By Jerry Gebhard, HCR Membership Chair
Travel 500 Miles to see a kit car? What do I look like, a person with
nothing to do? That would have been my response to Dan Germains
request on any given day of the year. But this weekend was different.
July 14th, 15th and 16th happened to be on every 928 owners calendar
- the first annual 928 Owners Club International Convention. Dan promised
that this would be a unique opportunity to see a car that very few have
seen. As long as youre going to Wichita, Kansas why not
check out the Moderne and let us know what you think, Dan suggested.
Its a rare opportunity to see a very unique car. He
was trying to sell me hard. OK, I said. Ill
check it out, but Im warning you now, Im not a kit car guy.
Yet, after a long drive from Austin, pulling into the front drive of
the Hyatt I am suddenly surprised. Dad, whats that!
shouts my son. While I was checking out the 928s parked on my side,
he had spotted something special out his side. I turned to look and
there it was; wide, muscular stance, bright red and beautiful. Theres
a hint of a Boxster in that design, or something familiar I thought
to myself. Thats got to be the Moderne, the car were
supposed to check out while were here! I told him.
parked our car and walked over to check it out. Walking around this
car you cant help but smile. (I smile when I walk around nice
cars). I smile because I wonder what drives a person to develop something
like this. I smile because I know Im going to have fun this weekend.
But mainly, I smile because my son says, What the heck is it?
The 928 Owners Club convention weekend was the perfect opportunity for
Jeffrey Pink to debut the Moderne. After all, 928 owners would understand
the thinking behind the development. Take a powerful German engineered
GT car and turn it into a beautiful cabriolet. In the process, freshen
the design taking it into the new millennium. The end result
an affordable, high performance open roadster like no other.
As the weekend unfolded, I saw the car again, this time on display in
the convention center under the indoor lighting. I am not a kit car
guy, I kept thinking to myself. This thing doesnt look like a
kit car. It looks like a concept car. I was starting to like this car!
Its not in the same league as the cars I classify as kit cars.
The fit and finish were excellent. It looked like a pre-production car
you would see at a major car show. I did not get a chance to drive the
Moderne. There was just too much to do in such a short weekend. But
I enjoyed checking it out. Who knows, maybe one of our members will
get the itch to have a Moderne of their own. Then well all have
a chance to check it out and even drive it. What do you say Dan?
(Editors note to self: Remember to build bigger garage in next