Imagine your dad’s face when he sees a Porsche 911 in the driveway next weekend.
In case you’ve forgotten, Sunday, June 19 is Father’s Day, and if the special holiday has eluded you, we’ve got you covered – from a free day at the Louisville Zoo to a preview taste of the good life in an impressive luxury auto sports club.
We’re not suggesting you shell out thousands of dollars to buy dear old dad an expensive Porsche. We’re talking about a new rental program in Louisville called Porsche Drive that offers on-demand daily and weekly rental services as well as a monthly subscription plan.
Porsche Drive is now available in 15 US cities, with Louisville being one of those added since last fall. The subscription and rental program is available locally at Blue Grass Motorsport, 4720 Bowling Blvd.
“For anyone wondering what it’s like to get behind the wheel of a Porsche, this program is the perfect opportunity,” said Jim Haynes, president of Blue Grass Motorsport. “You can try it for a day, a long weekend or a month at a time. Of course, we hope you’ll love driving a Porsche so much that you’ll end up owning one.”
The short-term rental version of the program allows customers to choose from seven models for one to three days or four or more days, with discounts for rentals of four days and longer. Mileage is capped at 200 miles per day, and pricing starts at $245 per day for a Macan and goes up to $395 per day for a 911.
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There’s also a multi-vehicle subscription – this tier allows you to switch between different models during a one- or three-month rental period. Prices range from $1,700 per month for the Macan to $3,200 for the Porsche 911.
As a side note, Haynes said that due to the slowdown in the supply chain, the variety of Prosches currently available is limited and vehicle swapping during the monthly subscription is suspended for the time being. As soon as inventory picks up, there should be plenty of models to choose from.
Here’s what you need to know about the Porsche Drive program ahead of Father’s Day:
How does the Porsche Drive program work?
Through a digital app, members have access to a fleet of different models from the German sports car maker, including the all-electric 911 and Taycan, 718 Cayman, 718 Boxster, Cayenne, Macan and Panamera.
The rental includes the delivery and maintenance of the top-of-the-range vehicle. This means you can schedule delivery of your Porsche to your home, office or wherever is most convenient for you.
Haynes said, “A Porsche in the driveway on Father’s Day definitely beats a card and a tie.”
What should I know about leasing through the Porsche Drive Program?
- Drivers must be at least 27 years old for daily rental. You must be 21 or older for the monthly subscription plan.
- Drivers must hold a valid driver’s license
- Payments can only be made with a valid credit card
- Subscription includes full detailed washes as part of the fee
- The customer pays for the fuel
- Daily rental drivers are required to provide their own primary insurance during the registration process. A $2,500 security deposit will be held prior to delivery
- The all-inclusive monthly subscription includes insurance, roadside assistance, vehicle maintenance, and convenient concierge delivery and pickup. The daily rental also includes delivery and pick-up at a location of our choice.
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How do I register for Porsche Drive?
In Louisville, the Porsche Drive program is available through Blue Grass Motorsport, 4720 Bowling Blvd. The program allows you to subscribe for as little as one month at a time to drive the new Porsche model of your choice. Gift certificates are available.
- The first step; Download the Porsche Drive app
- Second step : Select Porsche Drive – rental and follow a few simple steps to complete your registration.
- Third step: Plan your date, time and place to receive your Porsche
- Fourth step: Enjoy
Does dad already have a nice car to drive or is he renting a Porsche for the weekend out of your budget? Here are some other thoughtful ideas for Father’s Day:
Father’s Day Gifts for a Weekend Warrior
Whether he likes running the Kentucky Derby Festival mini-Marathon, biking along the Ohio River Greenway, or playing in a softball league on the weekends, a gift card to a sports and athletics store is safe. to score a home run in the current department.
With a gift card, Dad can buy himself a new pair of running shoes, technical sports socks, a massage gun or a new baseball glove.
You can buy gift cards at a big box store like Dick’s or support local businesses like Ken Combs Running Store, 4137 Shelbyville Road, Swags Sport Shoes (look for Father’s Day gift ideas on his website) 7415 Third St. Road and 9407 Westport Road and Fleet Feet Louisville, 117 Breckenridge Lane.
A one-of-a-kind DYI Father’s Day gift
It’s nice when you can make a personal gift. In this case, by “make it personal” we mean dad makes his own one-of-a-kind gift.
On Thursday, June 23 from 5:30-8 p.m., Clayton and Crume will be offering their annual Father’s Day belt-making workshop.
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From cutting the strap straight from the skin, to beveling and polishing the edges, and securing it with brass hardware, the leather craftsmen at Clayton and Crume will share the secrets and techniques for crafting an exquisite belt that your father will cherish for years.
During the workshop, attendees will enjoy complimentary cocktails from Maker’s Mark, a charcuterie board for two from Harvey’s Cheese and a surprise gift.
You can make it an experience to share with your dad when you buy a second ticket to make your own belt. There’s no charge if you’d rather sit on the sidelines or help dad while he does his belt.
The workshop is $185 and will be held at the Clayton and Crume flagship store at Shelby Street Chapel, 216 S. Shelby St. For more information and to register for the workshop, visit claytonandcrume.com.
Inexpensive Father’s Day gift ideas
We know ties and socks are clichéd Father’s Day gifts, but when it’s comfy socks with a cool message, Dad might just pass up.
We love that the “Buy Socks You All” brand is only $12 a pair and is created by Jack Mathis, owner of Work the Metal. Along with Father’s Day-specific logos, Mathis offers more than a dozen shoe designs that promote everything from love of bourbon to school spirit and Kentucky pride.
Can’t bring yourself to make socks for Father’s Day? Don’t worry, Work the Metal, 1201 Story Ave., is a unique 8,000 square foot gift shop located in Louisville’s Butchertown neighborhood with hundreds of affordable gift options. Check out his Instagram page for specific Father’s Day deals, from glassware to scented soaps and more.
Work the Metal offers free gift wrapping and for your convenience, you can order items for in-store pickup and shipping.
Free Father’s Day Activities in Louisville
Another affordable option for a thoughtful Father’s Day gift is Father’s Day Ford at the Louisville Zoo, 1100 Trevilian Way.
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On Sunday, June 19, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., fathers are admitted free to the zoo. You can make the day even more special by bringing your dad to visit other animal ‘dads’, like gray seal Boone (Finsby’s dad) and gorilla ‘adoptive’ dad Casey, who takes care of little Kindi in his family group. For more information, visit louisvillezoo.org.
Remember, on Father’s Day, the most important thing for any dad is to hear he’s appreciated. You don’t have to spend a ton of money to let him know he’s loved and appreciated. You can express that appreciation with a gift card to a favorite store, a pair of socks, or a simple card that suggests he’s renting a “Porsche” and a promise of a Sunday drive in the passenger seat.
Whichever you choose, Dad will be grateful for the time you set aside to hang out with your number one.
Contact Kirby Adams at [email protected] or Twitter @kirbylouisville.