Author Archives: David Hurth

About David Hurth

I write about performance cars and make some YouTube videos as well.

California’s AB 1824 – What You Can Do To Help Reverse The Crazy Aftermarket Exhaust Law

By   January 14, 2019

Aftermarket Exhaust

Aftermarket Exhaust

In June of 2018 the California Assembly voted to approve the bill AB 1824. Among other things in this bill, it changed the way that police officers are to handle pulling over someone with a modified exhaust system.

Before January 1st, 2019 (when the bill went into affect), if you were pulled over with an aftermarket muffler that was thought to be over 95 decibels the officer could give you a fixit ticket. This allowed you to take care of the excessive noise and get it signed off or to talk to another officer if you thought the first was unfair.

Now if you get a ticket it is an automatic $1,000 fine. You also need to take the car to a state referee to prove that it has been put back to stock before you can register the vehicle with the DMV. You can take it to court, but that is a lot of extra hassle to try to fight something that had been seen as a minor violation.

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The Insurance Costs Of A 19 Year Old Owner Of A 2,000 Horsepower Lamborghini

By   December 31, 2018

2000 Horsepower Lamborghini

2000 Horsepower Lamborghini

For younger automotive enthusiasts and their parents insurance costs can dictate what type of car they are allowed to drive. When I was in college I had saved enough cash to buy an air-cooler Porsche 911 3.2 Carrera that was in well maintained very good condition.

I came home and told my parents that I wanted to buy it and my Mother talked me out of it mainly because of the insurance costs. Of course she also thought I would kill myself and my response of “at least I would die happy”, didn’t help the conversation go well.

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Porsche 928: The Time To Buy Is Now

By   December 27, 2018

Porsche 928

Porsche 928

The Porsche 928 was once the pinnacle of the German performance car maker’s lineup. It sat just above the 911 and outside of the period of time that the 959 was a available, it was the most expensive Porsche road car that money could buy.

The 928 has since hit depreciation like a brick through a window. For a long time even the most exclusive versions of the GT car were available for under $30,000. Early examples could often be found for under $5,000 in decent running condition.

But the Porsche 928 has started to pick up steam and gain value.

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The Porsche 718 Boxster GTS Can Cost Over $100,000

By   December 17, 2018

Porsche 718 Boxster GTS

Porsche 718 Boxster GTS

The Porsche Boxster has come a very long way. The early 986 generation car featured a 2.5-liter naturally aspirated flat-six pumping out 201 horsepower. 0-60 mph was a claimed 6.7 seconds by Porsche, but multiple magazines of the time managed times of 6 seconds flat. At the time the Boxster was the entry level Porsche with a large horsepower gap between the Boxster and the 911 to make sure the mid-engined Boxster didn’t step on the 911’s toes.

Fast forward to today and the the 718 Boxster is no longer the entry level model (that now belongs to the Cayman) and the base Boxster is able to launch from 0-60 mph in 4.4 seconds. The pinnacle of the 718 lineup (at least until a new 718 Boxster Spyder is released) is the Porsche 718 Boxster GTS and this makes a huge jump in both performance and price over the base model.

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