It's the end of the year and things are winding down. As part of my process to get ready for the new year I decided to spend some time looking through the site's statistics and analytics. I won't bore you with number of visits, page views and all that crap. What I did put together was a list of the top 10 Porsche posts based on views from 993C4S.com and FlatSixes.com. With a little help from Wayne and Garth here's the PorschePurist Top 10 List for 2008.
10. Reader's Rides
It seems like a great many of you are voyeurs. No, not in a bad sense, you just want to know what type of Porsche others are driving. That's what the Reader's Ride section is all about. Want to showcase your Porsche? Just me and let me know. I'll be happy to give you instructions on how to send me your information. Even better, if you're selling your Porsche, I'm happy to help and post it in the Reader's Ride section. So far I think we've sold all the cars featured in the Reader's Ride section to date.
Oh the horror! Unlike our 2nd most popular post, this one was truly tragic. While no one was hurt in this accident, the damage done to the vintage Porsche Speedsters and Carreras was almost too much to take. They say a picture is worth a 1000 words. In this case, I couldn't agree more. Click through to the post and check out the little kid with his hands on his head. Enough said.
As a Boxster fan I understand the interest in these cars. Even still, I've never quite understood the popularity of this page. To this day, it still receives significant traffic. The problem is people don't comment on the page or let me know what they are looking for, so I'm never quite sure what brought them here in the first place.
Like the page featuring Porsche 993s for sale, this page features 911s for sale. More specifically, older cars from 1974 to 1989. As the two most popular for sale pages on the site, it's pretty clear that the air-cooled cars still hold the lead over the water pumpers on this site.
It’s hard to say what car is destined to become an icon or classic; unfortunately, some are never giving the chance. Such was the case of the 1970 VW-Porsche Tapiro. Designed by Girogetto Giurgiaro in what was then known as the “folded paper” era of car design (most concept and production level super cars of the 1970s were influenced by this one-off prototype) this one off concept Porsche was supposedly destroyed by a terrorists bomb.
If you're not yet familiar with Joey and his friends, then take a minute to check it out. Trust me, the laugh alone makes the read worthwhile. I'll leave it at that.
The hype surrounding the introduction of the new Porsche Panamera was mammoth and understandable so. For only the 2nd time in 60 + years, Porsche is introducing a four door sedan (the other being the Cayenne SUV). Purists are pulling their hair out and design conscious fans are simply shaking there heads. Me, I happen to like the Panamera and I'm looking forward to the launch this spring (assuming it's not delayed again).
As most of you know, when I originally started publishing this site it was as 993C4S.com. As a result, quite a few of you thought the site was model specific (understandably so). Today, the site is about all type of Porsche cars and products along with the lifestyle associated with the brand. Regardless, more and more of you seem to be coming by looking to purchase a used Porsche 993. Fortunately, we have quite a few listed for sale. In addition, we have the premier after market, air cooled, Porsche resellers as sponsors and encourage you to visit their inventory pages whether your looking for your newest acquisition or just browsing.
While this accident was tragic, it wasn't nearly as bad as it could have been. I'm pretty sure the key to this posts popularity was the timing. This particular event happened right at the beginning of this year's SEMA show. As a result, I was one of the first to post the story and it was published well before any of the big guys (autoblog, jalopnik, etc.) ever had a chance. Let's call it a scoop! Combine that with some well placed social bookmarks and forum references and this post was off and running.
Without a doubt, this page was the most popular page on the site and continues to receive a significant number of visitors on a daily basis. I'd like to think it's because of my investigative journalism skills and subsequent follow-up with Sam Cabiglio (Seinfeld's car manager). In reality, I'm pretty sure it has more to do with Jerry Seinfeld's popularity and his notoriety as a huge Porsche collector.