"I was searching for a more affordable prepared race car that I could
push hard on the track and in autocross events and not be too worried
about breaking or crashing a vintage 911." At the a Parts Heaven swap
meet in 2012 he bought a 1985 Porsche 944mostly prepared for racing.
Essy has been a PCA member for over 27 years, so he is no stranger to
Porsches. Previously he also owned a 944 Turbo and a 914. In addition,
Essy and his wife, Rosa, own and operate a repair shop in San Francisco,
Euro-Japan Auto Works. This well-regarded shop has been theirs' since
Essy's 944 has extensive suspension modifications: full race suspension,
modified brakes, externally adjustable shocks, and a limited slip
differential. The engine is mainly stock but has a cam sprocket adjuster
to advance the cam timing, sport exhaust header and larger pipes, a
sport tuned ECU, and K&N air filter. The 944 produces perhaps as much as
155 hp ( stock was 143) with a car weight of 2700 pounds.
In 2013 Essy placed in the top ten in 7 out of 8
Redwood Region autocrosses, including TTOD among all Porsches in March.
Quite a nice "return" for a 28 year old vehicle. Since these cars do not
produce gobs of horsepower, one might conclude that Essy is
an accomplished driver and his car handles superbly!
As we know, it's the people and the cars in our Club. Essy confirms
this, "I've always enjoyed motorsport activities from childhood, but
what I truly enjoy and cherish are the PEOPLE I meet and continue a
friendship with, including our wonderful PCA members and those in other