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Saturday, July 8, 2023

Behind the Wheel: Bill Gates' Love Affair with Porsche 959

Unique ONES - There is hardly anyone in the world who is unfamiliar with Bill Gates, one of the wealthiest individuals globally. However, only a few may know about his intriguing and unique connections with the automotive world. Behind his composed and calm demeanor, Bill Gates harbors an unquenchable passion for cars, often displaying a carefree and reckless attitude while behind the wheel.
This Porsche 959 made Bill Gates have to be willing to wait up to 25 years to be able to bring it home. (Picture from: The Verge)
According to various online sources, Bill Gates has a series of captivating anecdotes in the realm of automobiles. The All Car Leasing website from England even labels him as the most careless celebrity when it comes to driving. The list includes other controversial figures who have had run-ins with the law, such as singer DMX, Pete Doherty, Kylie Jenner, and Justin Bieber.
Bill Gates is listed as one of the world's celebrities who often deals with the law related to violations of traffic laws, and was even arrested in 1977 for driving without a license and running a red light. (Picture from: Otomotif-Sindonews)
Bill Gates has reportedly been involved in four traffic violations and was once arrested for driving without a license and speeding. In 1977, he faced another arrest for driving without a license and running a red light. Bill Gates undeniably possesses a profound love for the automotive world. He dedicates considerable effort to pursuing his passion for various aspects of the automotive industry, particularly his fondness for Porsche cars.

Bill Gates' adoration for Porsche is indisputable, often seen behind the wheel of a Porsche 911 or other models from the renowned brand. However, the most captivating topic surrounding his automotive endeavors is the Porsche 959. This sports car, initially released in 1986, seamlessly blends elements from rally racing cars and Porsche's meticulously designed concept vehicles.
Bill Gates was only able to bring home his silver Porsche 959 (in pictured 1987 Porsche 959 Komfort) thanks to "Show and Display" law signed by the 42nd President of the United States, Bill Clinton. (Picture from: DuPont Regestry)
Moreover, the Porsche 959 held the distinction of being Porsche's most sophisticated and powerful sports car of its time. It boasted a twin-turbo flat-six engine capable of generating an impressive 444 horsepower and a maximum torque of 369 lb-ft. The car's exquisite engineering and allure enticed Bill Gates, prompting him to promptly order a silver one for himself upon its release and have it shipped to the United States.
Interior view of the 1987 Porsche 959. (Picture from: DuPont Regestry)
Sadly, upon its arrival in the United States, the car was immediately confiscated by immigration authorities due to non-compliance with homologation regulations and the absence of mandatory crash testing required in the country. Instead of enjoying his newly acquired vehicle, Bill Gates could only watch as it languished in an impoundment facility.
The 1987 Porsche 959 powered by a twin-turbo flat-six engine capable of generating an impressive 444 horsepower and a maximum torque of 369 lb-ft. (Picture from: DuPont Regestry)
Despite making numerous attempts, Bill Gates found himself bound by existing regulations. Decades later, however, he still hadn't forgotten about the car. An opportunity eventually emerged when Bill Clinton assumed the presidency as the 42nd President of the United States.

During this period, Bill Clinton was evaluating the Show and Display law proposed by the Federal Motor Safety Standards (FMVSS). This legislation granted American citizens the privilege of owning cars of exceptional historical and technological significance, provided they were produced in limited quantities or classified as special editions rarely seen on the road.
This law proved to be Bill Gates' saving grace. The Porsche 959, produced in a limited quantity of 337 units, including one owned by him, fit the criteria perfectly. Seizing the opportunity, Bill Gates wasted no time. 

Following the law's signing by Bill Clinton, the founder of Microsoft could finally retrieve his cherished car from the impoundment facility and bring it home. According to the Dupont Registry, it took Bill Gates approximately 25 years to overcome the obstacles and drive his Porsche 959. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | THE VERGE | ALL CAR LEASING | DUPONT REGESTRY ]
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