In 2005, Porsche released a commercial featuring a young schoolboy who is distracted from his geography lesson when he looks out the window and sees a new 997 passing on the street. When the dismissal bell rings, he races on his bicycle to the local Porsche dealership. The salesman shows him the new car and he ends up sitting in the driver’s seat, barely able to see over the steering wheel. He asks for the salesman’s business card and promises to return in about twenty years. That schoolboy might as well have been Kevin Ehrlich.
Kevin grew up with an interest in cars, scouring magazines long before he could drive. Patient parents helped pave the way to auto shows and short oval tracks around the area of both the paved and dirt varieties. Once armed with wheels, Kevin haunted nearby garages, car dealerships and race tracks. Road cars had their allure but somehow the cars with the numbers on the doors were always just that bit more interesting.
Throughout a course of his education and a professional career outside of motorsport, Kevin always maintained a close relationship with cars and motorsport.
After relocating to Los Angeles in 2004, a black 1997 Porsche 993 cabriolet joined the family. The air-cooled flat six-cylinder engine has pushed the car through the mountain roads, up and down the coast and to countless events in the Southern California area.
Together, Kevin and his bride Mary have trekked across the globe to the most iconic endurance race tracks, including Le Mans, Daytona, Watkins Glen, Bathurst and Road America among others. They have been regular visitors to the Nürburgring 24 and its very moody weather changes through snow, fog, rain and bright sunshine.
Over the years, Kevin has more frequently taken in events armed with camera and laptop on a freelance basis for various online and print publications. And that schoolboy who visited the Porsche dealership? Yes, Kevin did that at his local Porsche dealership and the salesman became a close friend for the next three decades - but is still waiting for Kevin to buy a car from him.