It's been on Canadian roads for 41 years, and still going strong.
Not all heroes wear capes. Sometimes they have gray hair and a serious passion for Porsche. Enter Bill MacEachern, a Canadian who has amassed over 1.16 million kilometres on his daily driven 911. And it’s not just any 911 mind you, but a 1976 turbo – the infamous 930 that, aside from being the first road-going 911 with a turbo, also had a reputation for changing direction rather suddenly. If the biblical lift-throttle oversteer didn’t kill you going into a corner, the unexpected rush of power from the turbo-lagged flat-six would try to kill you upon exit. Hence why the 930 has the wonderful nickname widowmaker.
MacEachern is obviously still alive, and as the original owner of this classic Porsche, he must be a freaking Jedi Master behind the wheel. To put that into perspective, he’s accumulated enough kilometres in the 911 to go to the moon and back, and be halfway into the second round trip. The car has spent 41 years on the road in Canada, and yes, that also means MacEachern has conquered Canadian winters in a car that’s bitten a good many people on perfectly dry, summertime roads.
MacEachern is in the carpet cleaning business, and in an interview with Porsche’s video magazine 9:11, he said the kilometres just kept adding up as he’d go visit customers. He stops short of calling it an official company car, but if you owned a business and had a Porsche, wouldn’t you jump behind the wheel every chance you had for business and pleasure?
The car appears to be in good shape per the video, but it’s not a mint-condition time capsule and that's just fine as far as we're concerned. We don’t know what kind of mechanical work has been done to keep the widowmaker on the road, but these cars are fairly straightforward to maintain. MacEachern is passing the car to his son – it’s actually already in the son’s name – and it continues to prowl Canadian streets.
The milestone would complete the Porsche’s second round-trip journey to the moon. To that, we can only say one thing: Godspeed, Bill MacEachern.