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993 BUYERS’ GUIDE How to find a good one



CLEAN SWEEP Fuel injectors future-proofed

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The Porsche community is expanding quickly, and as a result the events season is becoming both longer and more diverse with each passing year. That is great news for enthusiasts of the marque, of course, with many more activities to enjoy. September has once again proved to be a busy month for Porsche Club GB, with sizeable presences at both Goodwood Revival and Kedleston Hall in Derby. The latter certainly wasn’t blessed with favourable weather but, even so, more than 250 cars descended on this beautiful venue. Sincere thanks to Ken Coad and his hard-working team of volunteers who toiled so hard throughout the weekend to ensure that proceedings ran smoothly. After a successful inaugural event in 2015, the Silverstone Auctions Porsche Sale returns to the home of British motorsport on Saturday, 15th October. More details about the auction itself can be found elsewhere in this month’s edition of the magazine, but on the evening prior to the auction a members’ evening will take place with Derek Bell, MBE. The event will start at around 6pm and is free for Club members to attend – although we would request that those wishing to do so email so that we are able to keep track of likely numbers. Elsewhere that same weekend the Club will participate in a Goodwood charity trackday which aims to raise money for Chestnut Tree House, a local children’s hospice in West Sussex. A large Porsche turnout is expected, and details of how you can be involved are shown within the news section of this month’s magazine. Looking a little further ahead, the Club will once again have a large stand at November’s

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perennially popular NEC Classic Car Show. It is anticipated that 10 member-owned cars will be on the stand and, as always, complimentary refreshments will be available throughout. Also, if you are keen to take your car on track, the Club’s Oulton Park trackday in November represents a fantastic opportunity to do just that. The event is filling up very quickly, so please don’t hesitate to call the Club Motorsport team on 01608 652917 to secure your place. A real benefit of Porsche Club GB membership is the free Certificate of Authenticity offered by Porsche Cars Great Britain to members. Usually priced at £65 each, a certificate can be obtained by completing an application form which can itself be obtained by emailing the Club’s Membership Secretary, Chris Sweeting, at The document is essentially a birth certificate for your car, and members are welcome to apply for one for each Porsche they own. Finally, I would like to offer a very warm welcome to the Club’s newest staff member, Jess Sutch, who started working at the Clubhouse in early September. Jess, who is 24, is no stranger to the organisation and will in due course be tasked with running the Club’s burgeoning retail operation. Her energy, attitude and excellent interpersonal skills means that she will surely become a very popular member of the Clubhouse team and no doubt many members will have the pleasure of meeting her in the near future. As always, please don’t hesitate to contact me should you wish to offer us any feedback on Porsche Post – or the Club as a whole, of course. My phone number is 01608 652911, or you can email me at Chris Seaward General Manager


Simon Bowrey’s 1957 356 Carrera GT was a popular part of the Club’s stand at September’s Goodwood Revival. Of these 17 early GT coupes, the majority were delivered to their first owners in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France and Sweden with only a further 13 GT versions delivered worldwide for the entire production year.

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A family affair Renowned Porsche tuner, engineer and specialist manufacturer RUF is coming to the UK. Porsche Post is the first magazine talk to the team behind RUF Automobile UK to see what lies ahead




993 buyers’ guide Nearly two decades after it was replaced by the water-cooled 996 Carreras, the 993 is still as soughtafter as ever. Peter Morgan tackles some of the basic issues facing would-be purchasers


Clean sweep The fuel injectors in your Motronicmanaged Porsche engine will usually give uncomplaining and reliable service for well over 100,000 miles, but at that stage they deserve some simple and cost-effective maintenance, suggests Chris Horton – or even what amounts to a complete heart transplant


Porsches and ponies Region 20’s 2016 tour to the world-famous New Forest in Hampshire offered a wide and varied diet of weather, landscape, great food and great company, plenty of interesting wildlife – and not least some fantastic roads. Full report by Ed and Nick Pike

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Members’ evening with Derek Bell at Silverstone Porsche Club GB members are cordially invited to an evening with Derek Bell, MBE, at the Silverstone Wing on the eve of the 2016 Silverstone Auctions Porsche Sale. Taking place on Friday, 14th October, the evening with Derek, himself a Porsche Club GB honorary member, will be free for members to attend and will begin at around 6pm. Henry Hope-Frost will oversee proceedings, with Derek on hand after his Q&A session to sign autographs and meet members. Those who would like to attend are asked to email so that we are able to gauge numbers. On Saturday, 15th October, the second annual Porsche Sale will assume centre stage at the Silverstone Wing from 1.30pm. Club members will receive 50% off price of the sale catalogue by showing their membership card on the day. The Cars

From 968 Clubsports, 924s and 928s to some of the best 911s ever produced and even a 1959 Porsche tractor, the catalogue once again features a fantastic mix of cars which are sure to tempt you. Highlights include one of the earliest UKsupplied right-hand drive 356B’s in existence, a 1959 Porsche 356B T5 Coupe, estimated at between £45,000 and £55,000, and a special ‘time-warp’ 1981 Porsche 924 that has covered just 10,200km in 35 years, estimated at between £15,000 and £20,000. Viewing

Viewing will be open from 10am until 8pm on Friday, 14th October, with a drinks reception on the Friday evening, giving you a great opportunity to inspect the cars on sale first hand. Racing legend Derek Bell will be joining us at our preview evening, giving a special talk on his life and career. We’ll be joined by a number of Porsche specialists on

both Friday, 14th and Saturday, 15th able to help you with all aspects of a new Porsche purchase. Viewing will also be available on the morning of the sale day. Bidding

The sale itself takes place from 1.30pm on Saturday, 15th October. Entry to the auction is by catalogue only, priced at £20 which admits two people into the sale. Club members 8

will receive 50% off the catalogue price with their membership card. As always if you can’t attend the sale in person you’ll be able to bid by phone, online, or by leaving a commission bid with us before the sale. To talk to Silverstone Auctions about any of the cars on offer in the auction at the sale please call 01926 691141 or email

Porsche Club forms part of the Goodwood Charity Day Meet with like-minded Porsche enthusiasts at one of the UK’s most prestigious circuits, and help raise much-needed funds for Chestnut Tree House, a local children’s hospice in West Sussex at Goodwood on Saturday, 15th October. This is the fourth running of the charity event, which includes a Porsche track experience and paddock meet at the historic

circuit. Independent Porsche specialist Parr, which supports the event, will have a team on site to offer advice and assistance for your Porsche. In 2015 the show organisers raised over £7,000. The event is run on a non-profit basis, with all proceeds, after the cost of the circuit hire, going to the children’s hospice. To date it has raised more than

£18,000 for the charity, which could not have been done without your support. A suggested donation of £20 to Chestnut Tree House can be made at Please be aware that this event and track experience are not being run by Porsche Club GB but we will have a presence at the event. More details can be found at

John Fitzpatrick at Porsche Design Following on from a successful event with Brian Redman earlier in the year, the Club will be staging an evening with prolific Porsche racer John Fitzpatrick at Porsche Design in London on Wednesday, 19th October. Known as one of the best Porsche drivers of his era, he raced a Porsche 911S for the Porsche Kremer team in 1972, winning five of the nine races in the inaugural European GT Championship, en route to winning the title and the Porsche Cup. In 1974 he claimed the prestigious Cup for the second time after once again taking the championship. He competed in Porsche 935s in the IMSA Series, winning the 1980 GTX Championship and grabbing his third Porsche Cup. He also won the 1966 British Saloon Car Championship, and numerous races for BMW, including the 1972 Nürburgring 6 Hours, the 1976 24 Hours of Daytona, the 1976 Silverstone 1,000km, among others. From 1981 to 1987 Fitzpatrick ran his own team with wins in IMSA, Can-Am and the World Sports Car Championship. 9

Attendance is on a first come first served basis with numbers strictly limited to 100 so to confirm your place please email quoting your membership number no later than Friday, 7th October. There will be the opportunity to purchase signed copies of John’s new book on the evening and complimentary refreshments will be available throughout.

Pirelli and Porsche at Salon Privé Porsche played a big part at Salon Privé – the annual automotive garden party held in the grounds of Blenheim Palace at the start of September. Forget your preconceptions about what a motor show is like. This was an altogether statelier affair, with the entire action taking place within an atmosphere of quintessentially British aristocracy. For the second year in a row, proceedings at Salon Privé included the ‘Pirelli Prestige & Performance Competition’: a modern twist on a traditional Concours d’Elegance, featuring 80 privately owned supercar models built over the past 40 years. There was an enormous variety of machinery on display, with the one thing each car had in common being the enormous amount of care and attention to detail lavished by their owners. These participating cars were entered into eight different classes, from which a discerning judging panel (also featuring representatives from Pirelli) chose their winners. One such class was dedicated entirely to celebrating – as the organisers phrased it themselves – the “one and only Porsche 911 turbo”. And who are we to argue? There have of course been many generations of this Stuttgart classic, and 10 stunning examples were on show within the impressive Great Court at Blenheim: a UNESCO World Heritage site. After much deliberation, a 930 Turbo from 1989 was chosen as the winner, with a 997 Turbo from 2010 selected as the runner-up. It was far from an easy decision. While separated by 20 years, both models are iconic representatives of what makes the 911 unmistakeably unique, with the genealogical link between the two clear to see. The Italian firm has recently released a series of classic homologations for Porsche models dating back over the last 50 years: meaning that there is now a Pirelli tyre for pretty much every Porsche, of any vintage. These tyres combine classic looks with modern technology, ensuring the best of both worlds. Porsche also featured in a category devoted to ‘The Best of Group B Rallying’, where a 911 SC RS from 1985 took runner-up honours. Group B was for many the golden age of the sport, where power outputs went through the roof and the drivers were more like gladiators. Built by renowned Oxfordshire preparation firm Prodrive (which went on to win the WRC title many years later with British heroes Colin McRae and Richard Burns, both of whom used Pirelli tyres) the Porsche 911 rally car achieved huge success on the international stage, thanks to its rear-engined layout that provided it with class-leading traction even in extreme conditions.

Porsche Club returns to NEC Classic Car Show The Club will have a large presence at the NEC Classic Car Show, which takes place in Birmingham from Friday, 11th to Sunday, 13th November. The Club code to secure discounted single tickets on both Saturday and Sunday is CSCMS16, while the necessary code for family tickets is CFCMS16. Tickets are available by calling 0871 230 1088, or online by visiting

Complimentary refreshments will be on offer for members throughout, and served from Chris Pruden’s increasingly popular 356 Speedster coffee machine! Meanwhile, a new initiative will see a technical area within the Porsche Club stand where members can bring their queries. Find the Club in hall 1 on stand 1-100, and see you there, we hope!

Porsche wins at WEC debut in Mexico The reigning world champions, Timo Bernhard, Brendon Hartley and Mark Webber, won the thrilling six-hour race in Mexico City. By winning the fifth of nine rounds of the FIA World Endurance Championship, with the 919 Hybrid, Porsche further extended its lead in the manufacturers’ standings. The trio of Romain Dumas, Neel Jani and Marc Lieb came fourth in the race on Saturday and extended their lead in the drivers’ world championship. The fastest race lap on the 4.304km Formula

One track was achieved by Brendon Hartley in 1:25.880 on lap 114. In total this is the 11th victory for the innovative Porsche 919 Hybrid prototype since its 2014 debut. In the current season the 919 has won four races, including the Le Mans 24-Hours. For Bernhard, Hartley and Webber it is their sixth WEC success. Porsche now leads the manufacturers’ standings with 201 points ahead of Audi and Toyota. Dumas, Jani and Lieb lead the drivers’ standings by 41 points.

Jess Sutch joins the team A new employee has joined the Clubhouse team, with Jess Sutch now working full time for Porsche Club. Jess, who is 24, is the daughter of the Club’s Events Manager, Mandy, and will already be familiar to some members, having worked with the Club over the Silverstone Classic weekend in July. She can be contacted by emailing, or phoning the Clubhouse on 01608 652911. 10

Porscheshop Manx Tour

Five things you should do if you have an accident Sooner or later we’re all likely to be involved in an accident. It may be very upsetting or it may just be infuriating, but it’s important to stay calm. Here are five things you should always do. 1 – Stop! And secure the accident area Turn off the engine and put on your hazard lights to alert other road users. Whether or not the accident is your fault, it is a criminal offence if you don’t stop when: • someone is injured • a vehicle or property is damaged • An animal is injured – whether on the road or in another vehicle 2 – Check that everyone is OK If anyone is injured, or the accident is a danger to other road users, or a driver leaves the scene without exchanging details call 999 (or 112) immediately. Call 111 if you need medical help but it’s not an emergency. If none of the above apply, it is still worth reporting the accident to the police within 24 hours. Call 101 to talk to the local police. 3 – Exchange details Once you know everyone is safe or receiving medical attention … The law requires that drivers exchange details at the scene of an accident. Note down the other driver’s full name, vehicle registration number and insurance details. Ideally they should also give you their address and home and mobile telephone numbers. If the driver doesn’t own the vehicle, ask for the owner’s name and address as well. In addition, take down the names and contact details of witnesses. Since the full facts may not be clear, do not admit blame at the scene of the accident.

Back in 1999 while setting up the first Manx Tour, I remember saying ‘Ideally I would like to do five of these events’ writes Geoff Ives, and in May this year we held my 17th Manx Tour. Over the years the event has changed dramatically. For the 2000 and 2001 Tours we had an enormous amount of financial support from the Manx Department of Tourism and in 2000 we took 243 cars over including a 917. We ‘blocked out’ seven hotels. Times change and by 2003 we had one hotel, The Mount Murray with 80 rooms and relied on sponsorship, firstly by Carole Nash Insurance and since 2005 from Porscheshop. In 2012 disaster, our hotel burned down. So for two years the event didn’t happen. In 2014 we found a new home, the Ramsey Park Hotel. This has ‘ticked all the boxes’ except one, size, with only 30 rooms the event has become much smaller and, maybe, even friendlier. This year, as last year, all the rooms were booked and, judging by the interest shown, could have been booked twice over. Most Members arrived on the late morning sailing

from Douglas getting to the hotel by 2.30pm on the Friday. On Saturday morning we held the first of two ‘Dawn Raids. The name comes from the years that we held the event in September and 6.30am was dawn but these days as we hold them in May dawn is a couple of hours earlier. There was mist and fine rain on the Mountain but it was still driveable. At Creg-ny-Baa, our stopping point, a decision was made to continue and complete the lap. From that point the weather was fine. The remainder of Saturday was a free day to explore the Island. Sunday was the busy day starting with another ‘Dawn Raid’ this time it was fine all the way. In the afternoon Julian Chappell had organised a visit to the Manx Motor Museum situated on the Jurby airfield/race circuit. This is a fine example of one man’s passion and is up to the standard of any museum that I have visited. On Sunday evening we held our Gala Dinner and again the hotel did us proud. Thanks go to our Sponsor, Porscheshop, without whose help and financial support it wouldn’t have been possible to run the event. To Julian Chappell and Region 30 who marshalled the event and arranged the visit and discount entry to the Manx Motor Museum. The Manx Constabulary for their support, to The Isle of Man Steam Packet Company for putting the deal together and especially to the Ramsey Park Hotel and their General Manager James O’Neill for doing that bit extra to ensure we had a great time. Next year’s event will take place from 19th to 22nd May and members interested in taking part should contact Geoff Ives by emailing or phoning 01865 880626.

4 – Take photos and make notes Record the key details. First, the basic facts: date, time, road layout, street names and position of the vehicles. Make a sketch of the accident scene while it is fresh in your mind. Plus note details of the vehicles involved and number of passengers. Then, the circumstances of the accident: for example, your and the other driver’s directions of travel and estimated speeds; collision points on the vehicles; skid marks on the road; any unusual things, e.g. alcohol, use of mobile phones when driving, etc. 5 – If you’re a member of the PCGB Insurance Scheme call us Call us on 0800 018 0678 (+44 20 7031 3905 if you are outside the UK or on a mobile) with the details as soon as possible after the accident, regardless of who is to blame or whether you intend to make a claim. We will help get you back on the road and make the claim process as easy, fast and fair as possible. This includes getting your car repaired at the garage of your choice.

Oulton Park trackday The Club’s November Oulton Park trackday is filling quickly, with just 15 spaces remaining at the time of writing. The Club’s final trackday of the year takes place at the popular Cheshire circuit on Friday, 11th November, and places can be booked by calling the Club’s motorsport team on 01608 652917. 12



ecent years have seen Porsche Club GB enjoy strong growth, financial stability, superb relations with Porsche and excellent commercial partnerships. It is the job of the Club’s Board of Directors to continue this upward trajectory, to present and deliver a strong strategic vision for the Club and to ensure that success carries on into the future. This piece in last month’s edition of Porsche Post stimulated some high quality responses. So, if becoming a Club Director is something that interests you please contact Chris Seaward using the details at the end of the opposite column.

Do you have what it takes to join the Club’s Board of Directors? We are seeking to build a bank of talent and attract people with the necessary skills to drive the organisation forward

candidates at any time between August and December. Any Director temporarily co-opted on to the Board must put themselves forward for election at the AGM and may be voted out by members. A Director must step down after a second two-year term and cannot put themselves forward for re-election again for at least a year.

Harnessing talent When a vacancy arises, subject to basic requirements, most Club members can put themselves forward for election to the Board. Therefore we are looking for members who are interested and feel they have what it takes to introduce themselves now so we can build a talent pool for the foreseeable future. We invite all interested members to visit the Clubhouse and meet the team. By spending time with us you can learn what is likely to be expected of you as a Director of the Club and we can understand what you have to offer. Candidates who go through this process will then be able to demonstrate their experience to other members when standing for office. The Club’s rules are not changing. Any member can still put themselves forward when a vacancy arises. However, those who have participated in this scheme may be able to offer other members an informed choice for positions on the Board. We continue to strive for excellence for the Club and its future, and by finding the very best people this can be assured. This is your opportunity to give something back to the Club and help us shape the future direction of the organisation. If you are interested please email Chris Seaward at or call 01608 652930. PP

Ways of working The role of Director has changed. The Club’s day-to-day activities are managed by Chris Seaward and his excellent team at the Clubhouse. This allows the team of seven Board members to focus on delivering its strategy. The Club – which operates as a limited company and, including the wholly owned subsidiary, Porsche Club Motorsport – has an annual turnover in excess of £2 million, more than £1 million in assets and no debt. The Club operates in accordance with Company law and its own constitution, which sets rules as to how Directors are appointed. Under these rules Directors are appointed for a two-year term, with appointments taking place at the Club’s Annual General Meeting in April each year. If, after this time, they wish to stand again they can but that appointment may be contested and must be approved by members. The Board has the power to co-opt suitable 14


The Porsche month in pictures

In spite of the poor weather, the Lockton Register Rendezvous attracted a 250-car turnout to Kedleston Hall with a broad range of Porsches on show. More than 90 Boxsters were in attendance as the Club once again marked the 20th anniversary of the car. Members enjoyed a free tour of the hall itself and also a pride of ownership competition, which assumed centre stage in front of the beautiful 18th-century building. Sincere thanks go to all the volunteers who worked so hard to ensure the day was a success. More images are available to view online at


Photo by Ed Pike

Kedleston Hall, 10th September

Goodwood Revival, 9-11th September

Photo by Chris Seaward

For the first time in many years Porsche Club was part of the Goodwood Revival meeting which, as ever, attracted thousands of enthusiasts to the picturesque West Sussex circuit. Four beautifully presented early Porsches were shown on the Club’s stand, where members could enjoy coffee and a chat with fellow enthusiasts. Derek Bell, MBE, and John Fitzpatrick made popular appearances on the Club’s stand over the weekend, with the former on hand to sign autographs.

Old Timer GP, 12-14th August Germany’s famous Nürburgring once again played host to the perennially popular Old Timer Grand Prix. For Porsche it was another opportunity to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the transaxle cars, with a track parade taking place on the Friday of the event. Derek Bell, MBE, led the parade by driving the recently restored 924 Carrera GTP which was on show at July’s Silverstone Classic. Members interested in securing hospitality passes for next year’s event should contact Steve Kevlin by emailing

Photo by Chris Seaward

Curborough, 27th August After two rounds blessed with warm, dry weather it was perhaps inevitable that the Porsche Club Speed Championship would get some rain at the 10th Championship outing at Curborough Sprint. The competitors were fortunate, however, to get at least one timed run in the dry to provide some quick times, including a few class records on Curborough’s figure-of-eight layout. Twenty drivers entered this sprint – an event made a little more special because the trophies were dedicated to the memory of the late Kerry Fisher, this being one of her favourite sprint venues.

Oulton Park, 27-29th August

Photo by Phil Graham

The Club’s North-West Region was in attendance for all three days of this year’s Oulton Park Gold Cup, and attracted an impressive display of Porsches. Members were able to take advantage of a great ticket offer, and those who did were rewarded with stunning weather on all three days. Porsche Centre Wilmslow supported the event by bringing along the Porsche Mobile exhibition unit and providing facilities for members to enjoy complimentary refreshments.


The Porsche month in pictures

Spa, 28th August Porsche Junior Mathieu Jaminet took victory in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup round at SpaFrancorchamps. The victory was the 21-year-old Frenchman’s first in his rookie season of Supercup. The German Porsche Junior Sven Müller came home in second place, followed in third place by Porsche Junior Matteo Cairoli from Italy. Dr Michael Steiner, Member of the Executive Board for Research and Development, handed the winners their trophies at the podium ceremony.

Photo by Porsche AG

Ennstal Classic, August The Porsche Museum gave a touch of prestige to the starting grid at the Ennstal Classic in Austria with some prize sports cars. The line-up included some distinctive milestones in the company’s history, from a 356 Coupé with its distinctive ‘V’-shaped windscreen and the 356 Speedster, right up to the 356 B GS Carrera GTL Abarth, 550 Spyder and 718 RS 60 Spyder racing cars. The cars had topclass drivers to match, led by Chairman of the Supervisory Board Dr Wolfgang Porsche and LMP1 Project Manager Fritz Enzinger.

Photo by Porsche AG

Photo by Paul Grainger

Stuttgart, September


Porsche is raising the bar once again with an enhanced Macan Turbo Performance Package which will see the twin-turbocharged 3.6-litre V6 petrol engine deliver 440bhp. With 40hp more than the Macan Turbo the car now accelerates from standstill to 62mph in just 4.4 seconds, and achieves a new top speed of 169mph. The engine’s maximum torque has also risen to 600Nm and is available across a broad rev range between 1500 and 4500rpm.

Rose sets the pace at glorious Goodwood Porsche Club Speed Championship – Goodwood, 6th August 2016 he Porsche Club Speed Championship was blessed with more warm, dry weather for the ninth round of the season at Goodwood writes Paul Grainger. A 22 competitor field enjoyed a day of close, exciting competition. It was the largest gathering of Class P1 cars we’ve seen this year, with nine drivers completing two practice and two timed runs. Perhaps unsurprisingly, it was very close between David Hilton and Tim Barber in their shared 996 GT3RS as they battled for second and third position. In the end, a tenth of a second separated them when David finished the day in third place with 92.91 and Tim got the better of him with a final time of 92.81. Creating a margin of 1.79 seconds over Tim’s time, Graham Rose took his supercharged 924S to a 91.02 finish taking the class win. Class P2 also attracted a large eight driver


entry with the fastest three, incredibly, all within 0.27 seconds of each other. Adrian Rowlands (911SC) had an excellent first timed run of 95.89 which secured third place. Fastest of the Boxsters at Goodwood was Andy Fagan who put in a series of ever improving times over the day in his Boxster S. Always quick, Andy finished with a time of 95.86 for second place, just 0.03 seconds faster than Adrian. For a driver who often puts down a fastest time in practice, Geraint Evans (911 3.2) saved his best for the last run of the day and created a new P2 class record in 95.62 for the class win. Without Wayne Eason, his fellow Class P3 competitor Ross McDonald was sole entrant at Goodwood and Ross took his ’73 RS recreation to a final time of 104.05. Four drivers entered Class P4 at Goodwood with Donald Peach not quite able to match his best time in the practice sessions but still taking third place in his 924S with a fastest time of 20

108.49. Despite a disastrous ‘off’ at Woodcut during his final run and bending his 944, Stephen Jory had done enough to secure second place in his first run with a 99.20 finish. Just 0.72 ahead of Stephen was Justin Mather (924S) who put in a series of fast runs from the off and finished the day in 98.48, enough to beat his own P4 record at Goodwood.

Toon takes title in Porsche showdown ndy Toon was declared winner of the Sylatech Porsche Club Championship with Pirelli at Oulton Park on Saturday, 3rd September. Third in class, in the final race of the season, was enough to give him the overall title by just three points over Class 1 leader Mark McAleer. In qualifying, Pete Morris was quickest on a dry track, almost four-tenths ahead of Michael Price who finished his debut race season with a front-row start. In Class 2 Jake McAleer was on pole in his RVR Racing Boxster until a few minutes to go in the session, when he was leap-frogged in similar cars by Steve Cheetham and then Toon. At the start of race one, on a streaming wet track, Mike Johnson drove round the outside of


the front-row starters to take the lead ahead of Morris. From sixth on the grid Chris Dyer had a great start, emerging third as they exited Old Hall. The front three finished lap one just clear of Mark McAleer who, in the following laps, had Ellis closing in and looking to challenge for fourth. Morris and Johnson traded fastest race laps in the first half of the race, the leader not giving Morris any sort of opportunity to challenge for the lead. Johnson took his third win of the season with Morris second, Dyer in third and for his first podium of 2016. McAleer held off Ellis to hold onto fourth, with Price sixth. In Class 2 Toon led the early laps, but his vision and lead disappeared because of a misty screen. Cheetham – his heated windscreen working fine – took the lead going into Cascades. From then on Cheetham eased away

Andy Toon, left, is the 2016 Porsche Club Motorsport Champion and is seen here with the Chairman of Porsche Club Motorsport, Brendan Daly


CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL POINTS 2016 Sylatech Porsche Club Championship with Pirelli drivers’ Championship Final Points Class 1 1 Mark McAleer 2 Pete Morris 3 Mike Johnson 4 Kevin Harrison

368 351 345 291

Class 2 1 Andy Toon 2 Steve Cheetham 3 Jake McAleer 4 Paul Seagrave

371 291 286 266

to take the win, despite his Boxster stuttering out of some corners. Toon was a secure second, with Jake McAleer taking third in class, a hard-driving Ross Morris – coming through after a poor race start – just failing to catch him at the end. That left Toon with a small advantage once dropped scores were taken into account going into the final round. Morris got away well in race two, Johnson slid into second taking the lead on Clay Hill during lap two while Mark McAleer took third. Johnson pushed hard, setting a series of fastest race laps while McAleer, knowing his championship hopes rested on scoring as many points as possible in the final race of the season, was looking for a way past Morris. He was into second by lap five but, by this time, Johnson had a three second advantage and McAleer was having to watch his mirrors for the remainder of the race as Morris sought a way past. The top three finished in that order, while the battle for fourth was a thriller with Dyer holding off Ellis and Price for the entire race. “It’s nice to finish on a high,” said Johnson, “again, I started well but I settled in behind Pete Morris and the car was better on turn in this race and I got past. Halfway through the tyres were getting hot and the grip was going, then I saw Mark McAleer was second and I knew one lapse of concentration and they would be with me.” Toon led Class Two but was passed by Cheetham at the start of the second lap. He then came under pressure from hard-charging Ross Morris, who was with him by lap four and past a lap later at Old Hall. For a while it looked like Toon’s third place would be under threat from the closing Jake McAleer, but he stayed well clear and third was enough to seal his title. “We got there!” declared Toon after the final race. “There has been a lot of hard work from everyone, team and family, and the car was brilliant… I can’t wait to have the number one on my car next year!” The baton has been handed over from Pete to Andy within Team Strasse and Morris signed off on a great season: “This has been so close – the Championship should be cracking next season!”

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Renowned Porsche tuner, engineer and specialist manufacturer RUF is coming to the UK. Here, Porsche Post is the first to talk to the team behind RUF Automobile UK to see what lies ahead âž? Words: Simon Charlesworth Photos: Lyndon McNeil


THE YELLOWBIRD’S LAP In 1989, Stefan Roser drove around the Nürburgring for the video Faszination on the Nürburgring. Roser set a record time of

8MIN 5SECS – it took a Bugatti EB110 to beat it The Nürburgring Nordschleife is miles long, but there isn’t a definite answer as to how many corners it has. Answers include:


73, 105, 154 AND 170 The CTR Yellowbird was rated at

469BHP 500BHP but most CTRs have closer to

It could hit 0-60mph in secs and reach a top speed of


210MPH Yet it only weighed CTR 2535LBS The is based the (1150KG). on 1987 911 Carrera 3.2 but is 441lb



mongst premium marques, the fortunate ones attract the attentions of specialist tuners with enviable talent. BMW has Alpina, Mercedes-Benz has Brabus; the list goes on. Then there is RUF, a name that sends a fizz down the spines of Porsche enthusiasts. A German company that goes beyond being a mere tuner and engineer, for if it really must be pigeon-holed, it is a specialist manufacturer of machines with astounding performance. Today we’re meeting the father and son team behind the establishment of RUF’s first official UK concessionaire, Richard and Mark Sekula to discuss how and why this exciting news has happened. Indeed, it’s news that is so recent, free from tarnish and fingerprints that we are meeting them in the comfortable surroundings of

It rides on

Tunbridge Wells’ One Warwick Park, a hotel that is acting as a substitute meeting venue for clients of RUF Automobile UK until the company’s new premises are ready. Initial talk is about the parent company. RUF Automobile GmbH can trace its roots back to 1939, when Alois Ruf Senior founded Auto RUF – a general automotive mechanical repair garage – in Pfaffenhausen. In 1963, the company became a representative for BMW and Alois continued to nurture the company. Meanwhile his son, Alois Junior, developed a passion for sports cars and, in 1975, built his first car based on a Porsche 911 Carrera RS 3.0. In 1982 the Federal Motor Transport Office of Germany recognised RUF as a vehicle manufacturer and, in 1983, the first car to bear a RUF chassis number – the BTR – a handbuilt machine with a 316bhp 3.4-litre RUF turbo 24

17IN RUF ALLOY wheels and has 13in diameter Brembo brakes The CTR’s redline is at

6800RPM Standing quarter mile time:


AT 133.5MPH

engine and a RUF five-speed manual gearbox was launched. The BTR could be specified in either 930 wide-body or Carrera narrow-body form. Body and powertrain re-engineering was followed by a range of RUF Speedline alloy wheels and a close relationship with Dunlop tyres in 1983. It wouldn’t be until 1987 though, that the name RUF and its CTR model would make a big impact by setting new benchmarks in performance tests. A lightweight, narrow, aerodynamically tuned body powered by a twin-turbo 469bhp 3.4-litre flat-six, the CTR was capable of hitting 213mph and embarrassing Ferrari F40s. Whilst a video of the CTR’s epic lap of the Nordschleife at the hands of test-driver Stefan Roser stunned the motoring world, its eye-catching colour would earn it the nickname ‘Yellowbird’ from Car & Driver photographer John Lamm. With the advent of YouTube this petrolhead classic would enjoy a viral renaissance. Now, after the launch of the SCR 4.2 sports coupé at the 2016 Geneva International Motor Show, RUF has arguably its most comprehensive range to date. So from this perspective, how has the news been received? ‘Fantastically...’ says Richard. ‘The day the official press release went out, it really was astonishing. It went way beyond our expectations. A lot of the heavyweight media just stepped forward and said they wanted to know more about what was happening. Top Gear, Evo, Pistonheads – straight away they were putting out announcements. We couldn’t have asked for more.’ Mark adds: ‘The amount of emails and CVs we’ve had from people asking for a job...’ It’s little wonder the two of them are primed for action. The Sekulas’ first foray into the car business was in the late 1990s with one of the first online car brokerage businesses called TheCarSpy.Net. It started as a hobby and utilised Richard’s skills from his corporate background in IT and marketing consultancy. ‘I was involved in a lot of start-ups, especially in the early days of .com – I saw the whole thing explode.’ Richard explains the TheCarSpy’s evolution – a new way of trading cars that went from part-time to full-time viability, then to a concierge service that withstood and thrived in the tough waters of the recession. ‘We had a lot of clients who were City professionals (dealers, brokers, etc). Initially we had a couple of them come to us and say ‘look I’m interested in a Porsche Turbo can you find me one?’. That was when the sourcing side of the business started to grow and then those people were referring us to other colleagues they worked with – all were proper car guys. Then it turned into sourcing new cars because some hated the idea of going into showrooms as they felt it had become an unpleasant buying experience that was too corporate, too much processing and too time-consuming. So we now do that for them and we currently have a client database containing high net-worth individuals, footballers, musicians and celebrities. It’s all about relationships.’ For those wondering whether the establishment of RUF Automobile UK is part of a global expansion of RUF Automobile GmbH, Richard adds: ‘We met the Ruf family because we were doing some business and one particular client was

interested in RUF as a brand. We introduced him to RUF in Germany and brokered the deal. We also met the Ruf family quite often at the Geneva Motor Show. If they needed a right-hand-drive car for a conversion they used to ask us to source a UK car and ship it to Germany (it might be a 964 for an RCT Evo for instance). So, as the years rolled by, we naturally built up this friendship and business relationship with them. We had some thoughts about what RUF was doing here officially in the UK and, frankly, we thought we could seriously improve its market presence. At the last Geneva show they had their carbon fibre projects on show and everybody was blown away. We then put together a business proposal for the UK and to cut a long story short, they said

yes, gave us the thumbs up and said let’s go for it. ‘As RUF UK is a separate business from TheCarSpy, we are pretty much an extension of the German car operation. We are not like a dealership which has an arrangement with RUF. There is a lot more to it than that, which is why we have a dedicated Facebook page, Instagram account and the website to give a proper UK presence.’ ‘RUF has a presence in several territories across the world and in several continents,’ adds Mark. ‘Singapore, Japan, Canada, Taiwan, Chile, Thailand... We helped set up the Thai presence because I was having a conversation with a business contact – I’m 32 and he’s in his mid 30s – who was talking about adding a boutique car ➝

‘We’re trying to make ownership as smooth as possible... It’s almost a comfort factor for UK RUF owners’

Top: Interior of the electric 270kW eRUF Greenster, a car that demonstrates RUF’s ability to innovate. Above: Richard and Mark Sekula are optimistic about the future of RUF in the UK


CLASSIC RUF MODEL TIMELINE 1983 The RUF BTR (Gruppe B Turbo RUF) is the first sports car with a RUF VIN plate. It hits 186mph during Road & Track magazine’s 1984 ‘World’s Fastest Cars’ test. Its 3.4-litre turbocharged engine produces 374bhp at 6000rpm with 350lbf.ft at 4800rpm and reaches 0-60mph in 4.7secs. 1987 The RUF CTR (Gruppe C Turbo RUF) ‘Yellowbird’ is born. It breaks the Nardò Ring lap record powered by a twin turbocharged 469bhp engine, the lowest figure produced by a CTR engine – the average was nearer 500bhp. It hits 0-60mph in 3.7secs and has a top speed of 210mph.

manufacturer to their portfolio of companies. He actually suggested 9FF and I suggested RUF, to which he said, ‘They’re the company in Gran Turismo. ‘Guys my age grew up with PlayStations and that game, so because Sony didn’t have a licence to use the Porsche name, they featured RUF instead. These young players, as they grow up, remember the cars and want to check one of them out because they are really interested in buying one. In Thailand they had to educate the market, explain what RUF is about – what they can do, what they offer. That is exactly what we’re going to do here.’ One of the foremost roles for RUF UK is a blend of brand evangelising and education, and the announcement has led to a great deal of enquiries from Porsche customers. Some are understanding, others less so, regarding RUF’s handbuilt bespoke pricetags that are attached to its models. Networking though is vital – both in the flesh and online – and foundations are already being laid for a RUF UK club. The aim is to have a database of RUF cars in the UK, not for public

1993 The 370bhp RCT (RUF Carrera Turbo) is unveiled and, in 1994, is joined by the 425bhp RCT Evo. 1996 The CTR2, based on the new 993, succeeds the Yellowbird. Its engine is based on the 520bhp Porsche 962 unit and is capable of 0-60mph in 3.5secs and a top speed of 217mph. It comes with its own integrated roll-cage and is the last of the air-cooled RUFs. Only the McLaren F1 is faster.

‘The CTR was capable of hitting 213mph and embarrassing Ferrari F40s’

Top: The unmistakable Yellowbird Middle: The first RT12S to be built Bottom: The electric 270kW eRUF Greenster


consumption, but to understand who owns what and where. Therefore the Sekulas are keen for existing owners to introduce themselves. ‘We feel it’s a good way of building relationships,’ says Mark. Richard adds: ‘Yes, in terms of disseminating information to everybody. RUF not only builds the cars but there is an aftermarket for add-ons and, at the moment, that facility doesn’t exist in the UK. We’ve taken all the elements of RUF’s German website and put it together in a structured way that we’re happy with. You can go to a model and get statistics straight away. Mark is building the online store right now, it’s going to be very simple and will include things like RUF alloy wheels, carbon fibre trim. There’s even a RUF watch made by Oris that we didn’t know about until we were out in Germany! As part of the brand-building over here, we will only put certain high quality items in the shop that have a specific relevance and appeal to fans of the RUF brand.’ So, how do they envisage RUF UK developing? ‘It is very early days and inevitably people have

asked where our Tunbridge Wells showroom is, but it’s not going to work like that. We’re not saying we’re never going to have a showroom. Initially we have to understand what this market requires in terms of support. Quite likely in the beginning it would be at a post-sales level in terms of RUF servicing and maintenance. We have talked to Porsche specialists locally who would be more than happy to service a customer’s RUF – but there will come a point where there are RUF-specific components in the engine and if they need replacing they will need a RUF engineer,’ says Richard. ‘Rather than owners just assuming that is what needs to happen, they now have a contact with RUF in the UK and we can make those initial decisions,’ he adds. ‘We’re trying to make ownership as smooth as possible, so there is a lot more handholding. It’s almost a comfort factor for UK RUF owners.” Premises will come but, initially, the plan is to build around an online presence. The Sekulas make reference to the UK base that Pagani has established with its Park Royal workshop

facility as a possible template for RUF to follow in the future. ‘RUF is a boutique manufacturer and if you were having a very expensive suit made in Savile Row, you wouldn’t expect to be walking through a huge showroom. It is the artisans you talk to and the guys at RUF who really know what they are talking about. Of course, it’s still led by Alois who has this legendary status within the Porsche world. We’re not here to start building a volume business; the last thing we should do is to hit RUF with an order for 10 cars,’ laughs Richard. ‘People ask us why RUF is so much more expensive. The perception among some people, which is understandable, is that RUF is just a bolton tuner – it’s not. It is the only company in the world that buys bodies in white from Porsche without VINs – RUF uses its own VINs, which start W09. That’s how you know it’s a genuine ‘built from scratch RUF’ rather than a conversion. The thing is, not everyone understands that. When this is explained to them, it starts to make sense – why they are paying, say €300,000 plus tax – for a RUF car. That car has been built for


the customer, it has been built for them, they specified it and it is theirs.” This, though, has not stopped the imminent arrival of a RUF UK demonstrator. Despite the company’s understandable reluctance to build dead stock, a right-hand-drive RTR is heading its way toward Kent. However, test drives will not be offered willy-nilly in a tailored supercar packing 800bhp. Interview over and as ever when a group of car blokes are talking, we go off on different tangents as the conversation fishtails on. There is much enthusiasm, frankness and insight about dealing with high net-worth individuals and we recollect memorable experiences of demonstration rides with Stefan Roser and Alois Ruf Jr’s own RCT Evo. Personal RUF preferences are aired – for Richard it’s an RCT Evo, for Mark a CTR2. We also veer into the state of the booming pre-owned and classic market. Indeed, given the high prices stated for some of Porsche’s most recent limitededition models, one can’t help but think that RUF Automobile UK could not have got its timing better. PP


bodies have collector appeal and the Turbo’s looks, but if you are looking for 993 value, look at the regular cars. The Turbo is the most accomplished air-cooled 911 Turbo of them all. It can be as docile as a Carrera in town and stunningly quick point to point. With the RS, we are moving into a 993 that is as at home on track as on the road. This is a weekend 911 and while not as focused as some of the earlier faster 911s, it has taken on a life of its own in the collectible marketplace. The same can be said for the ultra rare, race focused GT2.

Nearly two decades after it was replaced by the water-cooled 996 Carreras, the 993 is still as sought afteras ever. Peter Morgan tackles some of the basic issues facing would-be purchasers Words: Peter Morgan

Which one should I get?

What’s it like?

The 993 reinvented the concept and philosophy of the 911. Always an interim model while the ‘new generation’ Boxster and 996 models were in development, the 993 nonetheless succeeded beyond Porsche’s wildest dreams. Success came as a result of its curvaceous

good looks, new rear suspension and remarkable build quality (which subsequent 911 types were quite unable to match). Decades on, the appeal of the 993 is also boosted because it represents the last 911 series to be powered by an air-cooled flat-6 – the seemingly bullet proof Mezger Motor (after the design engineer who laid out the original power unit back in 1963). Unlike a modern sports car, this is a classic that makes you adapt to it. The right-hand-drive cars have slightly offset pedals and the layout of the switches and stalks appears quite random. But it is a layout you soon learn to accept. To drive a 993 is a relative step back from an over smoothed 996 or 997 and, despite the power steering and brakes, it is a physical car to drive. You really only note the performance focus when on the move, and then you will discover a lively throttle and an agility that the later cars simply don’t have. By any measure this is a thoroughbred sports car. Enthusiasts will look for a good Coupe, but the electrically operated roof of the Cabriolet is a joy for leisurely touring. Many chase after the Varioram models (’96-’98), but the secret is to keep your search to all the 993s with condition as the most important parameter. A pre-Varioram car might not have the ultimate snap overtaking mid-range thrust of the later model, but in most other ways, there is little difference. The same largely applies to the choice between a Carrera or Carrera 4. The rear-wheel-drive car is more agile, but the C4 has it in terms of overall confidence in poor weather. The Carreras are fine for everyday use and particularly for long distance tours. The wide


The 993 fills the gap between modern and classic Porsche motoring nicely. It’s by no means a pushover to drive, indeed it needs to be coaxed to life, but the rewards once mastered are extremely satisfying. Its outward beauty seems never to diminish, in fact in a modern world of big and bland, improves year on year. Built like a tank, wonderfully engaging to drive, very useable, and elegantly beautiful, without doubt one of the best generations of 911.


Driving a 993 is not difficult, but if you are used to a conventional premium saloon, initially you will find it either hard work or even plain uncomfortable. We paint this slightly negative image because the 993 is arguably the last in the line of Porsches that were designed by engineers for sports car drivers – with little compromise. Of course, that is the magic of the air-cooled 911 and, once converted, the 993 is an unmatched driver’s car. All the models have the revolutionary multi link rear suspension, which transformed the handling and,


Remember that a 20-plusyear car is always going to need things fixing. It’s a Porsche, so that’s not going to be cheap in comparison to other cars. It’s not uncommon to be spending £2K per year or more if you are using the car. Many owners enjoy working on the cars themselves, which of course can save labour costs. Ask yourself whether you have the time, skills and facilities to do this.

cake. In period, black interiors were very popular (because they didn’t show the grime so much), but today, a freshly restored Classic Grey takes some beating. Buy a cabrio if you want open topped driving, but be ready for a murky cabin with the roof up, a fragile plastic window and restricted rear view with the roof down. The majority of Carreras have manual gearboxes. The Tiptronic is an easy two-pedal driver, but the torque converter does take a slight edge off the performance. What are the running costs?

with ever better tyree technology, ries ies that the binned the old theories 911 is tail happy. The regular Carrera or 4 are great cars whether Varioram or not, and this is not a car where appeal is driven by the extent of its factory option list (which is fairly limited). The popular colours are the conservative dark metallics and silvers, with the solid colours being less sought after. However, we repeat it is condition that is the most important factor for a 993 – colour should be the icing on the

The key to acceptable running costs with a 993 comes down to the maintenance history. It is one (good) thing to have fluids like the engine oil and brake fluid changed at the prescribed intervals, but quite another if the car hasn’t received proper maintenance to cope with wear and tear. Like many older models, the 993 thrives on being driven and there have been several cars that have gone to 200K miles before any major engine work has become necessary. But cars that are stored or do very low mileages usually develop fluid leaks and can develop damaging corrosion in the suspension and

engine ancillaries. Tyres tend not to wear out on cherished cars that do little mileage, but perishing and ageing can occur. Consequently expect to be changing tyres (£750 + VAT) every 10 years or so and a similar interval for little used brakes (£1-1.2K +VAT). Clutches last a long time (perhaps 70K miles typically), while a replacement might cost £750-1K + VAT). While they all have a problem with it, cars with aircon will need perhaps £750-1K + VAT to get Other stored car this his working. Ot O switches issues include faulty fa

OWNER’S VIEW Values on the 993 have risen, many owners use them less and less to preserve condition and control miles. Ask yourself how you want to use the car and why you are buying it. There’s always emotion in buying a car like this, but does a classic Porsche fit enough of your needs?


(£varies), fixing oil leaks from lower cam covers (£20 + VAT each but perhaps £500 + VAT labour), replacing the double distributors and leads (£500 + VAT) and replacing a broken driver’s door check strap (about £5-600 + VAT). The latter is often welded cheaply, but this is a short-term fix that usually breaks again. The front lower control arm bushes wear out at 70-100K miles. These can be rebushed, but replacement arms cost £375 +VAT each. Similarly shock absorbers are well past their best after 15 years and a replacement set might cost £1K + VAT. All costs given are a guide only, dated 2016. What should I look for?

A good 993 can often be identified by not having any creaks or rattles when driving (meaning it hasn’t been dismantled). There shouldn’t be signs of visible corrosion, particularly around the front and rear screen rims, rear bumper supports and damage caused by stone chipping. These can all be resolved, but can work out expensive sometimes. The doors should close without

MODEL HISTORY/ TIMELINE The auto industry model year (MY) runs from 1st August to 31st July, so a 1998 model could have been produced between 1st August 1997 and 31st July 1998.

1994MY: 80% new Type 993 Carrera (rear wheel drive only) launched with 272bhp, 3.6-litre, air cooled, flat-6 engine with 6-speed manual gearbox. Features include multi-link rear suspension and British stylist Tony Hatter designed new look. Cabriolet version follows in March.

1995MY: Carrera 4 (all wheel drive) released. New Carrera option is 4-speed Tiptronic automatic gearbox. From Feb '95, Carrera RS with 300bhp 3.8-litre engine. 911 Turbo (993) with 408bhp twin turbo 3.6-litre engine. 430bhp 993 GT2 limited edition (57 units, of which 7 in RHD).

1996MY: 3.6-litre Carreras uprated to 285bhp and featuring Varioram inlet ducting. 911 Targa introduced with panoramic glass sliding roof. Carrera 4S features Carrera engine in Turbo bodyshell (including suspension and brakes) and special trims.

1997MY: Carrera S has wide body look but without Turbo brakes and suspension. 21 units of the upgraded 450bhp GT2 Evo built.

1998MY: Carrera and 4 production discontinued. Carrera S, 4S and Turbo (and including new 430bhp Turbo S) continue until mid-1998.

effort and open without the crack of a broken check strap. The most obvious sign of damage repair will be uneven panel gaps, particularly the bonnet and doors. Nevertheless, assessing repair status and quality is an expert job (and can affect the value significantly). The flat-6 has a strong reputation and doesn’t normally suffer from earlier issues such as broken cylinder head studs, defective flywheels or major oil leaks. It has become a routine fix to have to change out the lower cam cover gaskets, however, as these shrink over time and allow moderate oil leakage. As discussed earlier, stored and little used cars show a unique list of issues and while a relatively low mileage may be attractive, it’s important to make sure everything works and that mechanically, the car is VOSA (MoT) test ready. Whether you choose a Coupé (stiffer) or a Cabrio is down to

personal preference, but Cabrios tend to be less well cared for than the closed cars. Cabriolet roofs need careful assessment as the mechanism can go out of adjustment (besides the roof material degrading and the window fogging or splitting). The Targa has special appeal, but it’s very important to make sure the roof mechanism works faultlessly


before buying. Repair can be expensive. Check behind the door seals at the roof rail attachments to the windscreen for hidden rust. The appeal of the Tiptronic is effortless two-pedal driving, but while the transmission has been reliable, a noisy torque converter can spell trouble. The S models offer the wide body look, although many forget that the Carrera S doesn’t have the Turbo’s brakes and suspension like the 4S. The S was a cheaper car when new. These cars should be absolutely original, with no aftermarket bodykits. The 993 has no shortage of faster models. The 993 Turbo has become the air-cooled Turbo everybody wants, but selection requires great care as there are many cheaply restored examples about. The GT2 and RS models are rare specials that will appeal to collectors only. Authenticity and originality are vital for highest value, and technical assessment requires an in-depth understanding of both models. Always try to drive the car before you buy. These are high performance cars and the ride, handling and performance may not suit you for various reasons. If you don’t have the experience to check the car out yourself, get a pre-purchase inspection expert to look at the car. They will advise on all aspects of the car’s condition, what needs replacing now and in the short term and whether the car is valued correctly. PP







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The fuel injectors in your Motronic-managed Porsche engine will usually give uncomplaining and reliable service for well over 100,000 miles, but at that stage they deserve some simple and cost-effective maintenance – or even, thanks to an innovative British specialist, what amounts to a complete heart transplant Words: Chris Horton Photos: Peter Robain and the author 34


t is a sad but inescapable truth that the older your car the harder it can be to find spare parts for it. Porsche owners are more fortunate in that respect than most, but ultimately even we can hit a metaphorical but also impenetrable brick wall. Did you know, for instance, that the Bosch electronic fuel injectors in your 911 Carrera 3.2, your 944, 968 or 928, or even your 964 or 993, as well as many VWs, Audis and BMWs of the same period, are now obsolete? No longer available new, in other words, and as a result increasingly scarce and expensive on the second-hand market, too. It is a problem long recognised – but fortunately now largely solved – by Bushey, Hertfordshire-based ASNU. Founded in the 1980s by managing director Philip Ellisdon, the company began by marketing and developing an Australian-designed system for both testing and ultrasonically cleaning the Bosch injectors then favoured by a broad spectrum of engine manufacturers – and which were largely ignored when it came to any other form of routine maintenance. From this came the expertise partially to strip the same units for overhaul, repair and checking their calibration, and ultimately – primarily for the performance-tuning market – the motivation to source a modern generic ‘core’ injector valve that could be tailored to offer a broad spectrum of flow rates and spray patterns, and installed in a variety of outer shells. And from there, of course, it was but a short step to fitting essentially the same core components in order simply to replicate the characteristics and behaviour of an entirely standard injector. More on this genuinely exciting development in a moment, but first a (short!) physics lesson. Roger Friend, the now partly retired but still hugely enthusiastic global sales manager at ASNU, has a simple but graphic way of explaining the importance of an efficient electronic fuel injector. (And, although not relevant to this particular story, the purely hydro-mechanical devices in, say, your 2.4-litre 911S must necessarily behave in much the same way for optimum effect.) ‘Think of an ordinary, common-or-garden jam jar,’ he suggests, ‘and then imagine that you are trying to fill it with golf balls. You will be lucky to get two in, or maybe three at the very most. Now fill it with imaginary marbles. See what I mean? There must be two or even three dozen in there, and there is much less space between them.’ The point he is so elegantly making is that for optimum combustion efficiency – power, torque, driveability, and now most importantly the great god of exhaust emissions, in other words – small and evenly spaced droplets of fuel, aimed at precisely the right spots, fill a given space far more effectively than larger ones shoved in at random. And the more completely, and accurately, your engine’s combustion chambers are packed with those droplets of life-giving gasoline, so the bigger the bang when they ignite, and the more convincingly you should be able to outpace the chap behind you in that annoyingly quick BMW. Or, should you choose not to use all of the

available performance, the less petrol you will use, and thereby help to save the planet from its widely predicted fiery death. There is, of course, a little more science to the scenario than that. Overall flow rate, for a start – the number of marbles you can squeeze into that notional jam jar during any given period, in other words – and not least the spray pattern of said marbles – sorry, fuel droplets – as they are squirted into the cylinders under high pressure. But basically that is it. This writer’s first encounter with ASNU was back in the early 2000s, for a story in 911 & Porsche World. In those days the company’s primary activity was the manufacture and subsequent development of the aforementioned test-rig and cleaning machine, each one about the size and weight of an old-fashioned analogue TV set. Inside was – is – an ordinary domestic mains supply (reduced in part to the 12, 90 or even 170 volts required by modern injectors), a specially selected high-pressure pump, and not least a necessarily rather clever electronic switching and control system. Between them these equate to the vehicle’s own fuel-delivery set-up and ECU, and allow it to replicate, or if necessary even comfortably to exceed, the conditions found within the engine itself in terms of both supply pressure and the speed at which the injectors open and close. ‘The only things we can’t duplicate are the heat and the relatively high pressure inside the combustion chambers,’ says Roger Friend, ‘but that’s not really an issue given what we are trying to achieve.’ Crucially, a plastic window allows the injectors – up to eight at a time, mounted side by side in the machine in a special quick-connection holder – clearly to display their spray patterns. (For no less obvious reasons the liquid that passes through them during this entire process is a specially formulated cleaning fluid, rather than highly flammable petrol.) By easily and quickly moving the holder down to the next ‘level’ on the machine the operator can then accurately measure the quantity of fluid passing through each injector nozzle during a given period – normally 60 seconds – into a row of calibrated glass tubes. For both of these tests each injector’s solenoidcontrolled internal valve is routinely held in the fully open position, but the machine’s own circuitry also allows them to be pulsed on and off at varying speeds, just as they would be when fitted to a running engine. There is much that can be learned from the test results by a skilled and experienced operator, if necessary with reference to the injector manufacturer’s own published data. In a way, though, it is a straightforward and pleasingly unscientific visual comparison between the units’ performance that is the key to the effectiveness of the machines’, and thus their popularity. (To date around 8000 have been sold around the world, hand-built either in Sydney or, since the year 2000, in Bushey, and inevitably there are a growing number of cheap Far Eastern copies, or even outright fakes. Today ASNU also makes several different machines for carrying out much the same testing procedure on GDI, or Gasoline ➝ 35






Three of the four injectors from the author’s 944 were working more or less normally after several years of enforced inactivity, but one – from cylinder number three – appeared to be completely dead. Initial testing on ASNU’s machine suggested that it was simply blocked. Special cleaning fluid soon had the desired effect, though, and in fact its spray pattern turned out to be one of the best of the bunch, but overall flow rates of the four (see photo 4, and also 6 on the next page) varied widely. They all needed treatment, basically







Direct Injection units, as found in Gen II 997s and the like.) You can instantly see, in other words, if one or more injector is delivering a narrow and perhaps rather erratic jet, rather than a nice, broad cone of fuel mist. Or whether, over the course of that selected period flow test, one delivers significantly less fuel than its neighbours – or even, of course, significantly more. No less importantly, you might also see the engine-off leakage that can cause hot-starting problems and bore wash, the latter often leading to excessive cylinder-wall wear. Any offending injector might well be worn or damaged beyond repair (see sidebar opposite), but the chances are that all but the most seriously neglected and/or abused will respond to thorough cleaning. (Sediment from a poorly performing fuel filter is the single biggest killer, says Philip.) Hence, over on the left-hand side of the machine, a special detergent-filled ultrasonic bath, which by once again pulsing the injectors open and shut, at the same time as subjecting them to very high-frequency vibrations, can extract truly amazing amounts of contamination from deep within the often microscopically small internal drillings. (Use anything other than top-brand fuel in your Porsche, or any other fuel-injected car, at your peril, says Philip. You have no idea what may – or may not – be in it.) And if even that cleaning process fails significantly to improve matters, then the injector can with the correct ASNU-developed tools be partially dismantled for the fitting of certain vital new components – notably the top and bottom seals, and the tiny filter ‘basket’. So far, so simple – and deservedly so successful, too. By about 2008, though, and no doubt inspired and encouraged by days and even weeks at a time travelling to automotive trade shows literally all over the world to exhibit his machines, Philip Ellisdon had come to realise that, while most mass-produced injectors did – and remarkably still do – a pretty reasonable job in standard, run-of-the-mill engines, there was a growing market for something capable of delivering just that little bit extra in terms of flow

rate and spray pattern. Back to our jam jars, golf balls and marbles. The key, he soon realised, would be finding that single ‘core’ mechanism that could with the minimum of work and thus expense be made to suit as many different applications as possible. And which also, of course, could be adapted for completely standard applications for which original spare injectors were no longer available. ‘Fortunately, we have long had an excellent working relationship with Bosch in Germany,’ says Philip. ‘In fact, we even supply them with our diagnostic machines. To cut a long story short, we looked at their entire range of injectors, and decided that what they call the EV14 would do the job perfectly. EV stands for nothing more esoteric than electronic valve, by the way. We could cut off the top and/or the bottom ends, as necessary, and then replace those with a range of special adaptors that would between them work with the vast majority of engines that owners might realistically want to modify or simply restore. Actually, Bosch now supplies those core injectors to us without any lower end-caps fitted at all, ready for us to add whatever adaptors we deem suitable for the application and the customer’s requirements. It was a real endorsement for what we are doing, I think. ‘But that was just the start of it. Next, we had to come up with a range of orifice plates that would give us the required combinations of both the spray patterns we needed – with typically 10-, 20- and 30-degree cones – and then the various flow rates, as well. To give you an idea of the huge scale of the task, but also the inherent versatility of our system, the original Bosch EV1 injector – the sort of thing you will find in many Porsches from the early 1980s right through to ➝ 36

ASNU’s Phil Ellisdon quickly removed each injector’s sealing washers, pintle cap and filter basket, before hooking the devices up to the machine for cleaning in the special ultrasonic bath. Rebuilt with new filters and washers, all four of the now cleaned injectors had consistent flow rates and spray patterns, but two had developed a massive leak from between the injector nozzle and outer body (photo 16) and would have to be scrapped. Luckily, Horton had two spares that, when given the same treatment, did the job perfectly (17 and 18)









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I knew, as soon as my 1985 944 finally burst into life again this summer, that I had a problem. Essentially one of its four fuel injectors appeared to be completely blocked. What to do about it, though? I had three spares, but they might have been no better. Best have the original ones cleaned and overhauled, then. If that didn’t work I could use one of my spares, and hope that it either worked as it was, or else responded to the same treatment. At least the next part of the question – where to go – was easily answered. I had first encountered Bushey, Hertfordshirebased ASNU in 2002, and even then quickly realised they knew more about this fascinating aspect of engine performance than I could ever hope to. Phil Ellisdon kindly agreed to run all four injectors through his standard test routine, and my ‘diagnosis’ was proved correct: there was no fuel squirting out of number three. Interestingly, though, within a few seconds it began to work, no doubt as a result of the cleaning fluid passing through it, but all four spray patterns were all over the place, and the total fuel delivery ranged from 50ml per minute (number two) to just over 70ml (number four). In the event even number three finally managed 65ml. Phil removed first the upper and lower ‘O’-rings, and then the tiny filter basket at the upper end of each injector. These were followed by the pintle caps and insulating washers. Next step was to connect the units to the same flying leads that had enabled them to be pulsed open and shut during that spray-pattern and flow test, place them in some clean fluid in the ultrasonic tank, and let the machine get on with the job. Within a few minutes we could see the tell-tale foaming inside the inlet port of each injector, and by the time the machine had switched itself off the fluid was brown and opaque. Phil fitted new pintle caps, filter baskets and ‘O’-rings (the insulating washers could be used again), and then it was back to the test-rig to see how the injectors behaved now. All four of spray patterns were now pretty much identical, and likewise the total flow. But two of the injectors – numbers one and four – now had catastrophic leaks from somewhere between the nozzle body and the outer casing. ‘That’s remarkable,’ said Phil. ‘I have been working with these units for 30 years, and I have never seen that before. These injectors cannot be used again.’ Fortunately I had taken with me those three spare injectors – of largely unknown history and provenance – and two of those, stripped, cleaned and rebuilt, made perfect substitutes. Back on the rig, all four flowed and sprayed just as they are meant to, and back on the car they are now delivering the instant starting, quick throttle response, and metronome-like tickover, that before I could only dream about.

the mid-1990s – was available with maximum flow rates of between 300cc and 1050cc per minute, rising in 50cc increments. We have simplified that with our version of the EV14, which at the standard 3.0 bar working pressure can potentially deliver between 1200cc and 1800cc in 200cc increments, 2000cc at 4.0 bar, or as much as 2300cc at 5.0 bar. Even so, it still meant first designing and then manufacturing quite a lot of tiny and necessarily extremely precise prototype components.’ Chief among those, not surprisingly, are the orifice plates Philip talks about. ‘Bosch were originally using the long-established process of spark erosion to create the microscopically tiny apertures,’ he says, ‘but we needed something that could be even more accurate, and which if necessary could make even smaller holes. I came up with the idea of using laser technology, but then we had to find someone capable of doing it – and at the right price. For obvious commercial reasons I can tell you no more than that, but suffice it to say that it is a European company, and they have to work to genuinely mindbogglingly small tolerances.’ Part of the original plan, adds Philip, had been to offer even end-users the option of self-assembly injectors for those who required it, but perhaps not surprisingly that was fairly quickly abandoned, and now units leave the factory with flow rates and spray patterns calibrated with reference to the original Bosch and/or Porsche data, or else to the customer’s stated requirements. Ready to plug and play, basically. ‘We realised that it could be fraught with technical difficulties, if not even danger, if people got it wrong when they put the parts together,’ says Philip. So now, he continues, the upper adaptor, where the fuel enters the device, is still essentially simply trapped between the top of the injector and the

fuel rail, with ‘O’-ring seals to keep the fuel in its rightful place. But the lower cap, which has no fewer than three internal seals, is both pinned and glued into position, either at ASNU’s Bushey premises, or else by those API distributors – such as Neil Bainbridge at BS Motorsport in Westcott, Buckinghamshire – with the relevant expertise and facilities to select the correct orifice plates. And at this point it is worth noting that Neil is not only an enthusiastic proponent of this new ‘system’, but has also conclusively proved its performance credentials on his famously accurate engine dynamometer. Using a customer’s 3.6-litre RSR engine, and having chosen and then fitted the relevant orifice plates from his now extensive stocks, he raised peak power from 298.4bhp at 6800rpm to no less than 308bhp, and peak torque from 230.4Nm at roughly 5700rpm to 237.8Nm. If that sounds good – and it certainly should – then you will be even more impressed by the likely cost of such gains, albeit likely to be commensurately lower on less exotic engines. A basic overhaul of a typical standard Motronicperiod Bosch injector – stripping, ultrasonic cleaning, new filter basket and seals – costs from £20 plus VAT and, if necessary, return postage. (See the sidebar, right, for details of ASNU agents around the UK.) But even a full injector ‘heart transplant’ – essentially a brand-new modern Bosch valve inside each of your model’s injector shells, and thus ready to slot straight back into the fuel rail – costs from only around £120 a time plus VAT. And at that price there is surely not a single classic Porsche out there that doesn’t warrant a set. My own 944’s injectors ultimately responded remarkably well to a quick wash and brush-up, but any more trouble from them and I shall have them updated – and potentially future-proofed. It is a comforting thought. PP

THE KNOWLEDGE ASNU Corporation Europe Ltd is at 65–67 Glencoe Road, Bushey, Hertfordshire WD23 3DP; tel: 020 8420 4494; – and that website will give you much extra information and detail that we don’t have the space for here. A number of established independent Porsche specialists have the company’s diagnostic machines, and can as a result service older-style Bosch injectors, as well as supply and fit APIs. These include BS Motorsport near Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire (01296 658422), Tognola Engineering in Datchet, Berkshire (01753 545053); JZM in Kings Langley, Hertfordshire (01923 269788); and Jaz in St Albans, Hertfordshire (01727 866075). Other UK distributors and servicing centres include Mr Injector in Stevenage, Hertfordshire (07860 350390); EPS in Northampton (01604 726437); Hypertech in Falkirk, Scotland (01324 812212); and Auto Extreme in South Croydon (08450 095641). Most mid-period Porsches with electronic fuel injection (and Motronic engine management) will be suitable to have modern valves fitted to their injectors. The only requirement – unlikely to be an issue in this context – is that the ECU is sequential in operation, and ideally fully mappable in order to take full advantage of the potential gains in combustion efficiency. Adaptors are now available even for those Porsche engines that have been fitted with Jenvey throttle bodies; details on request.

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VINTAGE VIEW Evocative images from the Porsche Archive

This is one of those rare photos that genuinely needs little or no explanation as to the dramatis personae. On the far left, Ferry Porsche – or, to give him his full name, Ferdinand Anton Ernst Porsche. On the right, his son, Ferdinand Alexander, better known as Butzi. Between them is what looks like a very early example of the car that began the modern Porsche legend (it appears to be on some kind of ‘trade’ registration number), and whose overall appearance was largely the work of Butzi. He, born in 1935, would then have been in his late twenties or early thirties. Sadly he died in 2012, at the relatively young age of 76, only around 14 years after his father, then aged 88. Supporting the car is a massive trolley jack that would look more at home under a lorry – perhaps it had been borrowed from the transport department for what was no doubt a carefully stage-managed publicity shot – but clearly demonstrating that, provided you know what you are doing, it is perfectly 41

acceptable to raise the rear of an air-cooled 911 to that considerable height by lifting it under the engine. Look more closely, though, and there is what appears to be a mechanic’s hand grasping the saddle of the jack from beneath the car, so although there were no Europe-wide health-and-safety laws in force at the time one can only assume that a couple of strategically positioned axle-stands would have saved the day had the jack given way. As for what Ferry might be saying to Butzi, only that mechanic, himself possibly long dead, would be able to answer that tantalising question. But it would be a hard man who could today resist making a few perhaps obvious suggestions. ‘OK, son, so you thought it would be a good idea to put the engine at this end because…?’ Or maybe, pre-dating Michael Caine’s immortal line from The Italian Job a few years later, ‘You were only supposed to blow the bloody doors off!’ PP


Region 20’s 2016 tour to the world-famous New Forest in Hampshire offered a wide and varied diet of weather, landscape, great food and great company, plenty of interesting wildlife – and not least some fantastic roads Words and photos: Ed and Nick Pike 42


DIRECTORY The Earl of March Lavant Road, Chichester, West Sussex PO18 0BQ Tel: 01243 533993 Great food, relaxed atmosphere and very welcoming The Running Horse 88 Main Road, Littleton, Winchester, Hampshire SO22 6QS Tel: 01962 880218 Casual and friendly gastro pub, well worth a visit The Master Builder’s Buckler’s Hard, Beaulieu Estate, Hampshire SO42 7XB Tel: 01590 616253 The hotel has been undergoing refurbishment, book one of the renovated rooms for the best possible experience The Bell The Square, Ramsbury, Marlborough, Wiltshire SN8 2PE Tel: 01672 520230 Regularly changing menu and amazing Sunday lunches, this is a great place to eat

he sky was heavy with black storm clouds and torrential rain as we pulled in to our start point near Wisley in Surrey, just outside the M25. By the time we had finished our bacon sandwiches the sky had turned to bright blue with sunshine. This was the last we would see of the April showers on the R20 Spring Break, otherwise known as Porsches and Ponies. We are a mixed bunch of classics and moderns for our first foray into the New Forest. Leaving the start point in convoy we kept off the main roads as we wove our way through the Surrey Hills and picturepostcard villages with immaculately tended greens. The woodlands sported their spring colours and were carpeted with drifts of bluebells. A glorious sight to see. The Surrey Hills turned into the South Downs and the roads changed from twisty to sweeping bends and undulations. Less woodland and more open hills, this is one of our favourite playgrounds. A line of colourful Porsches snaking through the countryside is a glorious sight to see. Time for a coffee at The Earl of March pub near Goodwood, a regular R20 stop known for its warm and casual welcome. We sat outside in the early spring sunshine catching up on news and enjoying each other’s company while our cars took a rest. Soon we were heading west on more of our favourite South Downs roads, and onward to our lunch stop just north of Winchester at The Running Horse, Littleton, a new find for us. This gastro pub is a gem, with an ever-changing daily menu. With an enjoyable morning’s drive under our belts, we were hungry and this was a perfect stop. The pub has a casual and relaxed feel, and it was tough to tear ourselves away and head back onto the road again. Our route took us due south following the River Test on some superb roads less travelled, through the delights of Kimbridge, a Venice-like network of canals, rivers and quaint traditional cottages. Our New Forest arrival was announced as we crossed the first of many cattle grids as we snuck in through one of the less well-known entrances, keeping off the main route. The rattle of wheels on grid was to become a familiar sound over the next 24 hours. A reminder from the drivers’ briefing at the start of the day: expect the unexpected. Ponies, donkeys, cattle, cyclists, walkers and more are likely to be in the roadway. The wildlife has no fear of cars and expects you to stay out of its way. Moors’ rules apply: drive as quickly as allowed by the distance in which you might need to stop. Expect every bush or tree to have a pony hiding behind it. As if by magic, over the first rise was our first sight of the famous New Forest ponies: stocky little animals with their shaggy coats, happily munching the fresh grass at the side of the road, and lazily wandering from side to side with no cares in the world. The New Forest was originally a hunting ground for royalty, and commoners were required to keep the land ‘open access’ to allow the game to run freely. These byelaws remain today, with large areas dedicated to free roaming. Animals are 43

not ‘wild’, but owned by the commoners, and each is marked accordingly. The once heavily wooded area was also known for its shipbuilding, especially wooden warships. The ‘new’ forest was planted to provide the materials needed to build them. The New Forest landscape varies from ancient woodland, open moors, quaint villages with idyllic streams and more. Surrounded by the industry that comes from big ports such as Southampton, it is an oasis of calm. Having turned heads in the ‘capital’ of the New Forest, Lyndhurst, we headed further south across the moorland. These, despite a blanket 40mph speed limit on unfenced forest roads, are the kind of roads our Porsches love: sweeping and undulating, on good Tarmac, with amazing views, and not another car in sight. The open heathland, giving views as far as the eye can see, with trees populating the horizon in the distance. Wonderful! The Master Builder’s hotel is in the protected area of Buckler’s Hard, the historic shipbuilding hamlet, and is our overnight stop. The buildings of Buckler’s Hard have been preserved much as they were when ships were still being built. The Hard, under the control of master shipbuilder, Henry Adams, was responsible for building many famous ships during the late 18th and early 19th centuries, including three that fought at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805 under Admiral Nelson. The slipways can still be seen. It remains a popular destination for yachts of all shapes and sizes, which make their way up the winding Beaulieu River. Time to rest after a full day’s driving and take in a river tour in the late afternoon sunshine to learn the history of the area, and imagine what it would be like to live in one of the many mansion houses with their manicured lawns and boathouses. Sundowners in the bar, followed by a gourmet dinner in the restaurant made a perfect end to a long but very enjoyable day. We woke to bright sunshine streaming in through the window. The New Forest was our playground for the morning with a classic Drive to Nowhere; a circuitous route that took in all the different environments from scenic arboretum drives with tall fir trees reaching to the sky to open moorlands and quaint villages. A stop on the open moor gave us the chance to take pictures and stretch our legs before we left the New Forest and started our route home, taking some great memories with us. Heading north, we enjoyed the undulating countryside of Salisbury Plain and the more dramatic Wiltshire hills with views across the verdant valleys. Our final stop was at The Bell in Ramsbury for a late Sunday lunch. A treat, this is one of the best Sunday lunches, and is very popular. The team there go out of their way to ensure you are happy, whether that is an extra Yorkshire pudding, or gravy. You will not be disappointed. We try to work out how we can factor The Bell into one of our regular Sunday Escapes as we tuck in to our lunch! Spring is a wonderful time to be out in our Porsches, with empty roads and the countryside coming to life after the winter: green leaves, drifts of bluebells, and awaking villages. If you are interested in following a similar tour, many of our route maps can be found on our regional resources page. PP

Regions Regional Director’s report I type this having just returned from a watersoaked Register Rendezvous at Kedleston Hall which went to prove that persistent rain cannot dampen the enthusiasm of PCGB in 2016. This event was yet another example of the Clubhouse team coming out to the regions, adding a national presence and it never ceases to amaze me how many new members sign up at an event promoted through the Club to its existing members. It has been part of the Club’s strategy for some time now that it reaches out and adds value to more events across the country and the marquee set up by the Clubhouse team was certainly a very welcome shelter from the persistent contents of the Derbyshire skies.

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It is the bold moves that get noticed and I was interested this month to see how the historically cynical motoring press are slowly warming to the new four-cylinder 718 Cayman. In this month’s car magazine, in comparison to the latest Audi TT RS, the magazine noted “what sets these two cars apart conceptually is one simple fact: the Porsche is a sports car, the Audi is a very sporty car” going on to conclude “The 718 Cayman S is a more complete car to last year’s GTS, and it ticks all the critical boxes, moving one step closer to the iconic 911. Despite the paradigm shift towards the turbocharged flat-four, it is still the more emotional choice, the more engaging drive and the sole proper sports car”. With the Club’s fabulous 356 employing a flat four cylinder engine, one cannot help but feel that a simile has been missing from the motoring press and that what comes around goes around. Whilst Porsche imposes bold moves on its customers, the directors are currently keen to

discover what our instructed architects propose in order to improve the facilites at the Clubhouse for members and the team alike. Quantity Surveyors are already instructed to add financial detail and we hope to be in a position to set out our future vision at the November conference which in itself has had a radical overhaul in repsect of format with a view to better engaging with all of the Club’s officials. To those of you who are reading this column for the first time, hello and welcome, You have joined the Club at an exciting time as we go from strength to strength and I hope that the following pages will have something of interest for you in your new Region. Enjoy your cars and your Club. Rob Kellock Chairman & Regional Director

Regions Index Your Regional reports at a glance

Regional Organiser Donald Hossack 07968 724441 – Assistant Regional Organiser Scott Laurie 07803 260417 Hello everyone. Welcome to this month’s edition of PP. August was kinder to us on the weather front and we got the chance to enjoy some great events not standing under a brolly. With October looming, I’m conscious that many of you tuck up your car for the winter months but, as much as the Club events are tailing off somewhat towards the end of the year, please feel free to attend any events we do have over winter in your ‘every day’ car. As ever, please look out for my emails on event updates as well as our events page on the PCGB website for all upcoming events. Many thanks go to all those who attended August events. I look forward to welcoming you along in the not too distant future. RECENT EVENTS August 4-5 Spa trackdays Securing last-minute track time I joined the guys at the ferry on Tuesday, August 2 for the six day trip in my 911 Turbo. There was Gordon (Cup Car), Greig (Caterham), Lindsay (Westfield), Des (911 Turbo), Richard (GT3) and Steve (Radical). Michael jumped in my car to share the driving there and back and on track.

R1 Scotland South p45 R2 Scotland North p46 R3 North East p48 R4 Lincolnshire & Humberside p50 R5 North West p50 R6 North Wales p53 R7 Yorkshire p55 R8 East Midlands p56 R9 West Midlands p58 R10 Milton Keynes & Northamptonshire p58

R11 Essex p60 R12 Norfolk & Suffolk p62 R13 Herefordshire, Worcestershire & Shropshire p65 R14 South Wales p65 R15 South West p66 R16 Gloucestershire p69 R17 Southern p69 R18 Lancashire & Cumbria p70 R19 Thames Valley p71 R20 London p73

R21 Chiltern p75 R23 Sussex p76 R24 Cambridgeshire & Bedfordshire p76 R25 Kent p78 R26 Dorset p80 R27 Ireland p81 R28G Guernsey p82 R28J Jersey p85 R29 Surrey p85 R30 Isle of Man p89 R31 Cotswold p89

Some of the guys at Spa

The weather was horrible travelling from Rotterdam to Spa on the Wednesday, but mainly sunshine with the odd shower at the track on the Thursday and Friday. Trackdays always attract a wide variety of cars and this was no exception with RSs, Turbos, GT4s, 911 Cup Cars, Ferraris and every conceivable ‘hot hatch’ you can think off. 45

All of our cars performed well and without incident with Gordon, Greig, Lindsay and Steve amongst some of the quickest. Michael and I caught the late ferry on Friday leaving everyone else to enjoy the last night in Spa. (This part of the trip not reported on for obvious reasons). Spa is a terrific circuit and if you fancy giving it a go I’m sure there will be another trip out there next year.

August 5-7 Ignition Festival of Motoring Scott reports: “A first for Glasgow, or possibly even Scotland, having a dynamic car show as opposed to the usual static displays. I attended as I was helping Tom Fitzsimmons on the Border Reivers stand, which had an excellent display of Porsches. The static display was not as large as I expected but the driving displays were excellent and some of our PCGB members were taking part in their own Porsches. “Apologies if I miss someone out here, but Sean Grant (early 2.4 Turbo bodied 911), Raymond Boyd (996 GT3 RS), Alan Laing (996 GT2) and Susan Laing (964 Speedster) all took part in the driving displays. Well done and thanks for your commitment over the weekend. There were certainly a few driving legends presenting including Mark Webber, David Coultard, Shane Lynch, Gordon Shedden and the Stig – I wonder if there is more than one? “I understand the 2017 event is already in the planning and hopefully PCGB can host a stand or display.” August 7 Cars and Cofee Eleven cars and 24 people came along to the stunning Dalhousie Castle near Dalkeith for an afternoon catch up with tea, coffee, juice, scones and shortbread. We met up around 2.30pm and, after chatting over the cars, went inside for refreshments. This was a small treat from me for R1 members with the cost coming from my modest yearly budget. The staff looked after us very well – the scones with jam and clotted cream, tea and coffee kept coming. Further socialising and photographs in front of the castle followed with some taking in the grounds and incredible falconry display. Many thanks go to Dalhousie for hosting the event.

I went through to Dakota on the Sunday morning to meet up with all those going on the run and although it was an overcast morning and an 8.30am start everyone was keen to get going. The route passed through Carnwath, along the A721 towards Peebles, then on to the A72 and A701 to Moffat where a few more local members met the group at the Moffat House Hotel. Robin reports that the run went well and everyone enjoyed the breakfast. Thanks again Robin for standing in.

New members A very warm welcome goes to the 17 new members that joined us in August. Club membership across the board is going from strength to strength and I look forward to meeting up with members new and old in the near future. Waiting for the off at Dakota

August 21 Scottish Retro and Classic Car Show Organised by young student Alistair Barr and held at Driftland, Lochgelly in Fife, this event was apparently the first of its kind in Scotland. I had committed to supporting Alistair some months earlier when he approached PCGB looking for Porsches to attend. After seeing off the run from Dakota, I headed to Lochgelly and joined the display of many varied classic and modern cars. It was very evident that some had spent a lot of money and time restoring and modifying their cars and they looked quite stunning. There were displays of drifting, with prizes for the best, and trade stands selling car care products. Whilst this event might not appeal to everyone, for the first of its kind it was well attended and Alistair did a great job of organising and running it. I’m sure he will Drifting at the Scottish Retro and Classic Car Show

Cars and Coffee, Dalhousie Castle

August 21 Breakfast run Twelve cars and around 20 people booked on the run from Dakota Euro Central to Moffat. Long-standing member Robin Mears kindly stood in as coordinator and led the run off as I had previously committed to the Scottish Retro and Classic Car Show and, at the last minute, Scott found he too had a commitment.

“I have attended the last three and, as well as the weather always being kind, it’s well organised, providing an excellent venue to view the full range of early to new Porsches. “This year we had a very special entrant in that Dario Franchitti MBE in his rather nice red 991 GT3 RS was attending. A true gentleman and petrolhead, it was nice to see Dario again and, more importantly, have a close look at his car. “Thanks go to all members for attending and representing the Club. If you look for Porscheintheglen on Facebook there are hundreds of excellent photos.”

have some good ideas on how to improve things for next year. August 28 Porsche in the Glen Scott reports: “I love this event and have to thank Brian Wood for his continual commitment in organising and managing it.

Regards Donald and Scott

DIARY DATES FIRST TUESDAY of month West Coast Club night Sherbrooke Castle Hotel, Glasgow, G41 4PG. 8pm. LAST THURSDAY of month East Coast Club night Dakota Hotel, South Queensferry, EH30 9QZ. 7.30pm. OCTOBER 30 McLaren/Bentley breakfast meet

Scotland North Regional Organiser Steve Rose 01224 868052 – Assistant Regional Organiser Gillian Gardiner 01382 778923 With all the Sunday run events, as well as the usual display days, it’s been quite a busy year and I’ve grown used to my 944 behaving itself. However, getting it out of the garage at the beginning of August to give it a clean prior to the Ballater Parade revealed some puddles on the garage floor. With the bonnet up I could see where hot coolant had been spraying about, but no sign of a continuing leak. To cut a longer story short, PC Aberdeen took it in ‘for a look’ that afternoon, and returned it the next day with a new heater valve, parts

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R2 Ballater display

Photo by Colin Morsley

RECENT EVENTS July Sunday Run The Sunday Run at the end of July was a visit to Aviemore, with lunch on the Strathspey Railway. On the steam-hauled service to Boat of Garten, Broomhill and return we had a compartment to ourselves with tea, coffee, soup and heaps of sandwiches included. At Broomhill the train waited for about 25 minutes before heading back, giving an opportunity to see the engine and footplate crew and to take pictures. Unfortunately, back at Aviemore, our planned visit to the engine sheds was curtailed due to a communications failure – the engineers didn’t expect us and were busy with essential and non-visitor-friendly maintenance tasks, but we enjoyed the walk up to the sheds anyway.

FORTHCOMING EVENTS December 16 Christmas party We are bringing our party to a party at Maryculter House Hotel again this year. You should have booked by now, but if not, get in touch and we’ll try to squeeze you in! Don’t forget to check the Region 2 events page on the website for up-to-the-minute news on coming events including Sunday runs.

Photo by Pauline Dow

Steve Rose and Gill Gardiner


R2 at Aviemore station

Strathspey Railway loco

North East

Photo by Pauline Dow

Regional Organiser Greg Harm 07932 746152

Lots of Porsches on the Retro Run from Silverstone Classic to the British Motor Museum


Ballater Victoria Week Parade Thanks to all who turned out at Ballater for the annual Victoria Week Parade. It was a pleasant day, although very windy – we seemed to spend a good deal of the time putting on and then taking off the gazebo cover and at one point I had visions of it sailing away over Craigendarroch with two or three Club members still attached! The drive out to Balmoral and back along the South Deeside Road was great fun, despite frequent stops to clear fallen bits of tree from the road! A good turnout though, and I thought our circular display worked a treat. Thanks to Phil Tosh and son, local Nissan Z car owners, who led the parade run out and did most of the debris clearance. Parade ‘grid’ at Ballater

Photo by Phil Tosh

OCTOBER 6 Club night, Lairhillock 8pm OCTOBER 20 Club night, Milton Inn, Monifieth 8pm DECEMBER 16 Christmas party

moving from one grandstand to another (including PCGB’s members-only grandstand) interspersed with walks through 800 acres of car club displays, the open pits (where you can get up close and personal with cars and teams), the Porsche driving centre and generally eating, drinking and taking in the sounds and smells of a bygone era of racing – all done with like-minded enthusiasts from around the country. PCGB welcomed 1,500 cars with infield parking available – quite a sight on its own. We had such a great weekend and I don’t think I can to do it justice here. After three full days we are tired but looking forward to doing it all again next year. “Thank you to the whole PCGB team for organising the event, Silverstone for putting on such a fantastic show and last, but definitely not least, our ROs, Deb and Greg, for guiding us on a weekend which was really their getaway too.”

Silverstone Classic We ended our non-stop outings of July on a high, with our trip to the Silverstone Classic. This was my sixth visit but, for many of our members, it was their first so, to give a fresh viewpoint, I asked for a volunteer to report on it. Over to Chris Mettham: “We’ve been PCGB members for almost six years now. In that time Lynn and I have never attended a National Event – we promised ourselves every year but never seemed to get there. This year, however, we broke that mould and, with a large group of R3 members, we attended Silverstone Classic, Europe’s largest classic car event and also PCGB’s National Event. It was three days of classic car racing combined with the largest display of classic cars imaginable, a fairground for the kids and topped off with live music in the evenings – classic car nerd nirvana. “Our weekend started with a flyer from work on Thursday afternoon heading for Silverstone in our 930. Arriving late afternoon at a cottage where a group of us were staying we immediately headed for the pub for a few pints, good food and the start of the weekend’s banter. “The event started with a quick set-up of the car with the Register parking and then into the very well run PCGB marquee for a coffee and some shopping before the real fun of watching some amazing metal being driven as it should be on track – my highlight being one of Senna’s F1 cars. We also watched some friends on track in the 944, Boxster and Retro Run parades driving at a more sedate pace. We spent the whole weekend 48

A few of R3 waiting for the evening’s live music to begin at Silverstone

Witton Castle Regional show Next on the calendar was our own annual event. Deb and I were relieved to wake up to a lovely morning, which is always a deciding factor to the success of a Club show. We arrived at Witton around 7.45am to find we weren’t the first; eager faces awaited with offers of help. I would like to thank everyone who attended – every one of you helped make our Regional show a success. Just by coming along and parking your Porsche made our show a success and a much more interesting and varied display of the marque for everyone to enjoy. We had lots of visitors from other Regions – some from as far as Scotland and Cheshire – as well as friends and neighbours from Lancashire , Cumbria and Yorkshire. I think it’s safe to say that Yorkshire, with their huge picnic complete with silver candelabra, outshone everyone (thank you R7 for the large ‘doggie bag’ you donated to our R3 helpers). We were extremely privileged to have Chris Roberts bring the 918 Spyder, which of course attracted a huge amount of interest in front of our Club stand. I would like to congratulate all Concours competition entrants for owning some amazing, well turned out cars.

Unfortunately not everyone could win, but we thank you all for entering into the spirit of the event and giving up your time to prepare and show your cars.

1st 2nd 3rd

Paul Donkin (944 S2) Steve Richardson (Boxster) Mark Duffy (Boxster)

Visitor awards: 1st 2nd 3rd

Mike Trotter (Boxster) Steve Staiano (Boxster) Gilbert Cairns (911 996)

R3 awards:

The 918 Spyder at Witton Castle

Congratulations to R3 Concours winner Paul Donkin

Our thanks also go to John Hawkins and his team from Specialist Cars of Malton. Although John couldn’t be there, he ensured his staff members were well drilled, versed and instructed. The guys very kindly supported us by not only judging the Concours but by also providing our Regional awards and a raffle prize. It’s always a real pleasure to have them along with their lovely display examples. The support they offer to our Region and the Club each year is second to none and, for this, we are extremely grateful. I would like to also thank Chris Sweeting, Club Membership Secretary, for joining us, supporting the show with items from Cornbury House and chatting to new members. Welcome to R3 if you signed up that day. Albert Walsh our Register Director also joined us and was kind enough to award our visitor class trophies, thank you Albert. My biggest thanks go to our volunteers who arrived early to help set up, marshal cars, sell raffle tickets and were still on their feet when it was time to pack up again. Those workers were rewarded with one of Dave Urwin’s now famous chillis. It was a welcome sit down, a chance to relax, reflect on a busy day and enjoy the great R3 craic. We were pleased Chris Sweeting could stay and see at first hand the true R3 spirit and banter, which we think he enjoyed being part of (though not as much as he enjoyed the ride in the 918!). It was an extremely successful day, I only wish I’d had more time to chat with members. We raised £260 for the Great North Air Ambulance Service. Thank you to everyone who kindly donated the super raffle prizes. Forty of us will soon be heading off to Scotland for our WOTY. Keep an eye out for that report next month. Greg Harm

Lincolnshire & Humberside Regional Organiser Richard Watkinson 01472 220185 – Assistant Regional Organiser Gavin Marshall 01472 826334 RECENT EVENTS Silverstone Classic The three days Pam and I spent at the National Event formed a weekend to remember. There was so much to do and see to keep everyone interested and happy, and the turnout was very pleasing. I appreciate that members of the Board will be writing a full report, so I will just mention the highlights; the welcome in the Porsche GB area, the on-track parades, the cars on display at Silverstone Auctions, the grandstand seats to watch the various exciting races, the walk round the pits area... and, of course, the continuous availability to drink coffee in the PCGB marquee! It was clear that all the staff and volunteers had been working extremely hard to put on such an event and, indeed, they continued the hard work throughout the weekend. Well done everyone. It was a great success. Gliding club visit At the request of several gliding enthusiasts, we had the annual meet up at Kirton Lindsey Gliding Club. At first there were very few thermals on the cloudy but warm afternoon, which meant that the gliders could not stay airborne for many minutes. But, as the afternoon progressed the sun came out and the chances of a longer session increased. In fact, John Payne stayed airborne for 30 minutes in a performance-built glider, much to the envy of the rest of the group. It was his first time and he thoroughly enjoyed the experience, learning about the techniques from a very qualified instructor. The other five members who went up also enjoyed themselves. Rowena is, in fact, considering joining the gliding club to enhance her skills even further. Excitement of waiting your turn!

Note: MailChimp notifications are sent out quite regularly during the season. If you are not receiving the Region’s event information, make sure you check your personal profile within the web pages and tick the Regional request. If you are still having problems, then please contact George Woodward at head office ( who will endeavour to sort out any issues. FORTHCOMING EVENTS December 18 Christmas luncheon This year we are going to Branston Hall Hotel. The hotel is situated just three miles south of Lincoln (LN4 1PD). We will have our own room in an annex, a bar and even our own car park! It will be our first visit, as a group, so I hope our numbers will exceed 50. If you wish to invite a guest – family member, non-PCGB member or young adults over 12 years of age – they will be very welcome. Arrival will be 11-11.30am and there will be our usual annual raffle, entertainment and quizzes to make the last event of 2016 an enjoyable occasion. The price is £25.95pp and the hotel is asking for deposits, or payment, in full from now. We know it’s very early but this is in line with hotel policy and to hold the room for our party. To help us on this matter can you please book as soon as you can? To book please call the hotel on 01522 793305 and ask for the events coordinator Nicola Wallis and quote Porsche Club Christmas lunch. She will require your meal choice, available from me via email, and you can either pay in full or a deposit of £10pp, with balance due by November 30. Please also confirm your booking and meal choices with me by emailing DIARY DATES OCTOBER 7-9 WOTY Sedgewick Hall Hotel, County Durham. OCTOBER 23 Vulcan Experience Email NOVEMBER 20 Talk by Register Director Albert Walsh The theme is his life experiences with his cars. Venue TBC on the website. DECEMBER 18 Christmas luncheon See above for full details.

North West Committee Contact Allan Crosby 01744 894500 – The afternoon finished with an excellent meal at the Red Lion in Redbourne, to the delight of Jill who was very tempted by the puddings on offer. To avoid putting on any excess weight, she decided to have three spoonfuls of Stuart’s cheesecake, instead of eating a whole one herself! Many thanks go to Mark, the club manager, who is always accommodating and helpful to PCGB members. Pub drive out to the North Bank Our annual visit to the Country Park Inn in Hessle to meet up with R7 members was well attended. In total there were 16 Porsches parked under the Humber Bridge on a windy evening. The service and meals at the pub were very good, the restaurant and bars had been refurbished and the pub was under new management. The members of staff were very friendly and various recent events were discussed over the meal. 50

RECENT EVENTS August 10 Karting at Three Sisters Dave Trafford reports: “Nineteen members and a number of spectators braved the midsummer weather for an enjoyable night at the Three Sisters Racing School karting circuit. It was soon declared a ‘wet race’ and the rain continued throughout the evening – so much for summer in the North West! “Participating racers were split into two groups and each had a warm up session (a real warm up was required afterwards!) followed by two timed races to confirm placings for the A and B finals. There was a lot of very spirited driving as everyone tried to work out how much grip there was (the answer being NONE!). Most spun at least once during each race, creating fun and games for the organisers as they tried to work out the Lakeside Classics ltd Allfield Court Condover Shrewsbury Shropshire SY5 7AP

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race order. There were some agonising finishes as leaders spun on the last corner and dropped several places by the time they got going again. “All had a lot of fun and a good degree of banter could be heard in the pits in between races (including one comment about the very last hairpin when one racer described how “…it had swallowed him up last time”). Despite getting very wet, the racing was close and some good times were set, although the time to dry off afterwards was somewhat longer! Medals were awarded to the top three in both finals, with James Renshaw winning the A final and Jon Kenwell winning the B final. For his sins Jon also had to join the A final (just to make sure he got even wetter) in which he managed a very respectable fifth. “Some were sensible enough to have brought spare clothes to change into, while others had to make do with Porsche heated seats to dry out on the way home!”

PC Wilmslow on November 2. Good feedback has been received from members, which makes the hard work put in by the Regional committee worthwhile. So it is anticipated that the Gold Cup will remain the R5 ‘highlight event’ for next year (maybe with even more cars...). Thank you once again to everyone who participated in whatever way, on behalf of both PCGB and the North West Region.”

North Wales Regional Organisers Sue Taylor 01928 735357 (01766 890844 Weekends) RECENT EVENTS

Region 5 at the Oulton Park Gold Cup

Karting winners – First James Renshaw, second Tom Jones, third Seb Graham

Region 5 at the Oulton Park Gold Cup

Bodelwyddan Classic Car show We attended our local classic car show for the second year and were again allocated the best pitch right in front of the castle. Diana and Gwyn arrived early to stake out our patch. They did a great job of chasing off the pesky MGs who wanted to park alongside us as they had last year – they had to make do with a space behind the Mercedes stand instead. The weather was kind to us and 10 cars came out for the day. The show was bigger than last year with a huge variety of cars and bikes and even a bloke on a bicycle with budgies in a box on the front. There were plenty of opportunities to look at the type of cars we’d all owned in the past with thoughts of ‘If only I’d hung on to it…’ It was fascinating to look at the simplicity of the earlier cars compared to the mass of electronics that make up modern cars.

FORTHCOMING EVENTS August 27-29 Oulton Park Gold Cup Allan Crosby reports: “MSV once again hosted R5’s ‘highlight event of the year’ at their Oulton Park Gold Cup meeting over the August Bank Holiday weekend. The HSCC Gold Cup race meeting is a great mixture of Historic Grand Prix racing plus numerous Formula Ford, Saloon Cars, Super Touring Cars and Classic Jaguar races throughout the weekend. MSV did a great job in sending tickets to everyone (with only a couple of hiccups) and PC Wilmslow were once again prominent with the Porsche exhibition stand. “There was a total of 165 applications for tickets from members, including many from neighbouring and far-flung Regions. The best attended day was Monday with 107 cars (40 more than last year) and the weather was glorious throughout, thus improving the sales of hats from the shop! “Talking of which, the Region enjoyed great support from Mandy Sutch and Chris Seaward from HQ, bringing along PCGB merchandise and the membership stand as an added attraction. Thanks to both for their help for making the Porsche presence more professional and even better this year – with the added bonus of 21 new members, four renewals and healthy sales from the shop. “There was also good support from the Club’s management, with both Rob Kellock (Chairman and Regional Director) and Albert Walsh (Register Director) present with their cars. Albert also lent a hand with setting up and dismantling the stand. This links nicely with the next big thank you to the huge band of helpers who turned up on the Friday to give much appreciated assistance in setting up the pitch – maybe enticed by the added benefit of lunch! “Thanks must also go to MSV for managing the event ticketing, to PC Wilmslow for sponsoring the Porsche Exhibition stand and, last but by no means least, to all members who turned up in a great variety of cars over the several days of the event – this is the level of support that turns events into great successes. “All that remains now is to count the votes given to the favourite cars, so that the top three owners can be presented with their prizes on Club night at

October 9 Sunday Run to Nutters Restaurant Before setting off for our annual Sunday drive and lunch at Nutters Restaurant, we will meet at the Three Pigeons pub, 818 Wigan Road, Bolton (on the A58), where coffee will be available from 9.30am. Please patronise the pub, as they are providing the start facilities. Departure is at 11.15am for the one-hour drive to Nutters, where lunch will be at 12.30pm for 1pm. Cost is £25pp, bookings to Adrian Stuart, 128 Broadway, New Moston, Manchester M40 3WQ by September 25. October 12 Talk by John Fitzpatrick October’s Club night at The Deanwater Hotel will feature a talk by racing icon John Fitzpatrick, followed by a Q and A session. John began his racing career driving Touring Cars in the 1960s, moving (via BMW) to Porsche where he became one of their best drivers during the 1970s. Relocation to the US in 1980 saw him continue with Porsche, as a driver and later as a team owner. This talk will form part of the annual ‘new members’ night’, at which a hotpot supper will be served. Chris Clark

DIARY DATES OCTOBER 9 Sunday run to Nutters Restaurant See ‘Forthcoming Events’. OCTOBER 12 Club night at The Deanwater Hotel See ‘Forthcoming Events’. NOVEMBER 2 Club night at PC Wilmslow Annual visit to our local Centre, with food, drinks, competitions, etc. Please note this is on the first Wednesday of the month, and that there will be no Club night at The Deanwater Hotel on November 9. NOVEMBER 11 Porsche Club trackday at Oulton Park DECEMBER 14 Club night at The Deanwater Hotel Informal pre-Christmas evening with quiz and complimentary coffee and mince pies. 53

R6 at Bodelwyddan Classic Car show

R6 at Bodelwyddan Classic Car show

Silverstone Classic and PCGB National Event A good number of R6 members travelled to Silverstone. Tim Little reports: “Decided to go down on the Saturday which meant a 5am start! But a non-stop drive down to Silverstone meant I could get into the circuit just gone 8am so no queues and straight through Copse tunnel to be directed by some very helpful Porsche people to the Register area alongside Wellington Straight. “Was lucky enough to obtain a space on the 3.2 Register stand along with seven others, which was great for leaving the gear in the car for the day, especially as the Club marquee, which served great frothy coffee all day, the Porsche display and membersonly Wellington Straight grandstand were only a short walk away. “Also met up with Nigel and Malcolm from the Club who had varied fortunes in getting there. “Very well organised Club layout with lots of seating and also Jürgen Barth autographs. Porsche had a lot of 924, 944 and 928s on display plus past Le Mans racers

and the awe-inspiring 917/30 Can Am car; 1,500 bhp from a five-litre flat 12 with twin turbos – what a car! “The weather was kind all day with temperatures in the low 20s and the racing was full on from 9am to 9pm with very closely contested stuff from the Masters F1, GT and Can Am races. There were very full grids for the entire programme, with an hour’s break for the 944, 928, Boxster and Cayman guys to do a parade lap with other lesser marques (Vipers and Lamborghinis). “I took the open topped bus to the posh paddock where the majority of entries were housed. With great access to all the garages it was difficult to stop tripping over with one’s tongue hanging out at the sight of some fantastic racers, especially the Can Am cars. The preparation of all cars was exceptional. “Whilst there I also had a look at the auction cars; a very mixed bunch, from barn finds to Concours. I had a chat with one of the guys preparing his 964 for the Porsche Concours event – the details they go into; even taking a toothbrush to the tyre treads. “As ever, with the Classic there’s always such a lot to see; from some great book, model and art shops to many varied food outlets and a great funfair for the kids – plus a terrific turnout by all the car clubs attending. “As the sun was setting at 8.30pm I went to the music area where the live band just starting up was in competition in the noise stakes with the Group C cars, which were in the last race with the lights on. What a great finish to the day. “After a stop-over in Northampton I decided to make the drive home (again non-stop) in the morning, rather than returning to the circuit, as I was all raced out – 330 miles no problem. Not too bad for an old car.” Visit to Tesla We were invited to visit Tesla’s Knutsford showrooms to learn more about these stylish cars. Tesla’s David, Matt, Cliff, John, Daley and Chris could not have been more welcoming. The store is very minimalist and stylish and had just a chassis and two cars on display. After looking round and helping ourselves to drinks and sandwiches, we were given a presentation explaining how these cars came into being. The cars consist of a chassis, which is a huge lithium battery, with a wheel on each corner. There are only 18 moving parts and five of those are wheels. As the weight is evenly distributed close to the ground, the road holding and stability is second to none. With acceleration speeds of 0-60 in 2.8 seconds, the test drives were awesome. Based on a Lotus, the Speedster was launched as a high cost, concept car. This was followed by the saloon at just over £100k. We were shown the latest seven-seat falcon wing vehicle – the wings are bi-fold and only need one foot either side of the car to open.

The next car to be launched, at around £30k, will target the mass market and already has a waiting list of over half a million people with deposits paid. Completely electronic and constantly sending info back to HQ, the cars know they have a problem before the owner does. Fixes are applied over the airways. All a bit big brotherish, but these cars are a completely different concept to anything else on the market. Well worth having a look if you didn’t manage to make the evening. The Tesla falcon wing

DIARY DATES Please see website for more info about the events we have in plan. OCTOBER 19 Meeting at The Plough Guest speaker. OCTOBER 23 Drive and lunch on Anglesey Oyster Catcher restaurant. NOVEMBER 16 Meeting at The Plough Quiz and chilli supper. NOVEMBER 20 Drive and lunch DECEMBER 4 Portmeirion Christmas fair and lunch in the hotel.

Yorkshire Regional Organisers Mark and Carol Jessop 07981 412895 – Typically, August followed on from July with some great times together, leading nicely into our summer holiday. September looks as though it will have been another busy month, with more events than weekends, before things quieten down in October. But I am sure that we can find something else to slot in before the driving ends for the season. Yikes, where does the time go?

Tesla saloon

993 restoration My pride and joy has had its first coat of primer. Now waiting for the paint to settle before it is prepped for the next primer coats. Still a way to go!

Club nights Our Club nights are held on the first Wednesday of the month at the Woodlands Hotel, Leeds, which can be found just up the A62 from the Porsche Centre and just off J27 of the M62, post code LS27 7LY. We aim to kick the night off around 8pm. Club website We’re making greater use of the Club’s website, so if you haven’t visited it yet, pay our Region’s section a visit. Alongside the events for the year you will also find our picture gallery and other useful resources, such as routes from our runs. RECENT EVENTS

993 restoration first coat of primer


August Club night As we were away for Le Mans Classic, our annual BBQ was moved from July to August. It meant that the evening got a little darker just that bit earlier, but it was still warm until the end of the night. Somehow we managed to pack 40 people in the garden and get them all fed and watered in a reasonable time. Thank you to everyone who came along and made it a great night.

R7 Sunday Service No. 4 August’s Sunday Service had a slightly different format as we swapped bacon butties for a bring and share picnic and, rather than a car park somewhere in the Region, we travelled up to Witton Castle for the North East Region’s annual show. The weather was just about perfect, very warm but cloudy enough to make it comfortable and not a breath of wind. We managed to gather 25 cars for the trip north and between us put together quite an impressive picnic. Certainly, no one went home hungry and I suspect we could have fed the whole event.


Enjoying the route of the TOTEM

Club night at The Coopers Arms Inclement weather encouraged everyone inside for another very busy and enjoyable Club evening. Goodwood Sprint The full day of wonderful sunny weather gave us an excellent day’s racing. Our local Region 8 team had mixed success; unfortunately Stephen Jory had a big ‘off’ on the very fast final bend – and bend his car he did! Presently we are not sure about the car’s future. Stephen is fine though and he put up a fast enough previous lap to achieve a second in class. Stephen and his 944 at Curborough Sprint track last year

Food venues and the route have all received terrific feedback from participants on the Forum. I hope a full descriptive article will appear soon in the magazine. Thank you to everyone for making it such a memorable tour. Looking forward to next year already, we are just waiting for some National Event date announcements before TOTEM can be fixed for 2017.

R7 picnic at Witton Castle

FORTHCOMING EVENTS Pub meet with R4 August has certainly been a ‘meet the neighbours’ month, as we also held our annual get-together in the shadow of the Humber Bridge with our Lincolnshire friends. The afternoon was beautifully warm and sunny making a perfect evening for a run out, which also gave us a good turn out. The Country Park Inn did a great job of feeding us all pretty promptly and very tasty it was too. Thanks to Richard Watkinson the Lincolnshire RO for organising. See you next year. DIARY DATES Diary dates contain events coming up in the near future. Check online with the website and forum for up to date details. OCTOBER 5 Club night The Woodlands Hotel from 8pm. OCTOBER 23 R7 Sunday Service – Sutton Bank The last Sunday Service of the year sees us visit the car park at the top of Sutton Bank (YO7 2EH) – hopefully in late autumn sunshine.

Stephen has had three offers to share a car for the remaining events (we do trust him) and has taken the opportunity to share a similar 944 with Don Peach. Again, local hero Graham Rose in his Supercharged 968 engined 944 took class one with fastest time of the day. Well-done Graham. Tour Of The East Midlands In its sixth year Adrian Ancliffe and his team as usual put on a superb event. David and I helped out a little on the day, but we were still able to enjoy a large part of the route with David doing an excellent job on the maps, roof down in wonderful sunshine. Special thanks go to PC Leicester for hosting the start of 54 cars and for again offering sponsorship to keep the event very affordable. Mike ‘the camera’ Pollock kept popping up en route taking photos so these will be passed on soon.

October 8-9 WOTY Based at The Metropole Hotel, Llandrindod Wells, Powys, there’ll be some wonderful roads to experience. As usual it will be quite informal and you can do your own thing with route suggestions from the organisers, good food and great company guaranteed. Details for booking are on the Forum or contact me. Club night at The Coopers Arms

Enjoying the route of the TOTEM

All new and old members are made very welcome at our monthly meetings at the wonderful Coopers Arms in Weston on Trent. We meet upstairs at 8pm but during the summer we ‘tyre kick’ in the car park from about 7pm.

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DIARY DATES Regional Organiser Tom Fisher 07768 317346 –

Some more pictures can be found by following the link on Region 8’s page on the website.


OCTOBER 8-9 WOTY Llandrindod Wells, Powys.

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Concours line-up

Concours results 1st Gary Turner (911 Carrera) 2nd Jonny and Stephen Mear (997 Turbo) 3rd Darren Andrew (997 Carrera S) Visitor class Michael Hart (987 Boxster) Take home car David Miller (Boxster GTS) Spirit of the Concours Tom Downes and Darren Andrew (presented by Baz Barnett in memory of his brother Ted)

Regional Organiser Kim and Mandy Sutch 07811 114646 – David Jones 01455 220081 – 07836 374295 RECENT EVENTS July 29-31 Silverstone Classic I’d booked all three days and wasn’t disappointed with everything the Club and Silverstone, had to offer. Our daughter, Jess, was also there all three days helping Mandy and the rest of the PCGB team, but on the Saturday I took her over to the Porsche Experience Centre to have a drive in a new 991 Targa. When she’d finished the grin on her face said it all. “I want one” was all she kept saying. With a fantastic mix of cars from all the different clubs attending and the constant roar of superb old racing cars giving it everything on track, this is possibly one of the best events on the calendar. On the Saturday night we had a BBQ at PEC and then, back at the hotel, a few of us R9ers shared drinks with the Club’s guest of the weekend Jürgen Barth. He’s a funny man. Dave and I had put our cars on the Turbo display and we were both really pleased with each receiving an award. It makes the weekend even better when you get some silverware for all your efforts. I’d also taken my 944 S2 down and, with several other frontrunners, taken it round the track for a display. I knew before the event that I couldn’t drive two cars home so I added Jess to the 944 insurance policy and she was over the moon to be driving it home. I was just as pleased as it’s only half an hour away. Thanks Jess. Club night For once both Mandy and I turned up at The Bear for August Club night. Normally we have a table booked for six but, after a few phone calls, Mandy had to book three tables for 23 members for our evening meal. Another massive turnout of 72 cars filled the car park. David and Kerryann bought a birthday cake to celebrate his birthday. Thanks David and happy birthday. Once again we were overwhelmed with the support from our members with their fantastic cars. Long may it continue and happy motoring everyone. Kim R9 Concours at Fairfield Lake and Smite Brook Railway On the Saturday before our Concours event Mandy, Kim, Jess and myself arrived at Fairfield Lake and Smite Brook Railway to set up for Sunday’s event. We set about the task at hand, and got the shelters and tables up, banners and flags erected and spacing for the cars in the Concours set out. Sunday’s weather was dull but warm.

R9 Concours

The winners and their cars

Winners – from left Darren (third), Gary (first), Jonny (second)

Darren and Tom – Spirit of the Concours

R9 cars and steam launch

Many thanks to Barbara, Darren, Ian, Carol, Tom and Jess for their help on the Sunday. Thanks also to Darren for donating the bottle of whisky won by David Miller. The venue is fantastic and thank you to Peter and his team for allowing us to use this wonderful facility. Last of all a big thank you to all the members who continue to support us and make R9 a pleasure to be a JRO of. Dave Please see website for full details of coming events and catch up on the things we have been doing in the gallery and news sections. We are already thinking of events for 2017. If you have any ideas, or would like to arrange anything with a group, please let us know and we will add it to our list to discuss with members. Dave, Kim and Mandy JROs DIARY DATES Please see website for full details. OCTOBER 18 Club night at The Bear, Berkswell OCTOBER 23 R9 at Coventry Transport Museum NOVEMBER 15 Club night at The Bear, Berkswell DECEMBER 20 Club night at The Bear, Berkswell

Arriving early for their briefing, our marshals for the day were: Barb and Jess on the road directing people into the venue, Carol on gate duty (making sure the dogs didn’t escape) handing out voting forms to everyone, Mandy and Kim welcoming members, Tom and myself directing to either the Concours or general parking and Darren organising the Concours display. As the first cars started arriving at 10.15am the team swung into action and the cars, about 40 in all with the last arriving by 12noon, were set out ready for the Concours. All members enjoyed the steam and electric trains and boat rides, which took some back to their childhood days. The buffet lunch, supplied by Applebees Catering, was a big hit with members. After lunch, when our independent judge Ian had counted all of the votes, the Concours winners were announced.

All aboard! R9 at Fairfield Lake and Smite Brook Railway


Milton Keynes & Northamptonshire Regional Organiser Paul Ebbs 01234 363358 (7pm–9pm) 07769 805594 (daytime) – Hope you are all out and about enjoying your Porsche fully in the good weather we’ve been having lately. I’m getting my 924 S much more sorted now; looking good and driving exceptionally well. My trusty 993 will be having a welcome visit to Stuttgart later in September for a factory and museum visit with fellow R10 friends. RECENT EVENTS Silverstone Classic As widely reported already elsewhere, through the Forum and throughout the Club, what a resounding success for the National Event at Silverstone Classic – with a fantastic celebration of transaxle Porsche, a large infield parking area for members (at times filled to overflowing), special Register displays and not forgetting the dedicated grandstand especially for PCGB; a marvellous idea. Many Club members enjoyed the stimulating ‘petrolhead’ atmosphere of the Classic, with PCGB at the forefront winning a Silverstone award for their efforts! We all had a great time, whether it was helping direct people or performing any other essential roles

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993 RS beauties at the Classic

as volunteers across the weekend. Many thanks for all the superlative efforts of the Club team for making this work so well and to all in R10 who assisted in any shape or form. I’m very keen to keep this standard of presentation and display maintained over the coming years (albeit slightly less in size than a National Event, perhaps) as R10 and its members will want to continue to be central to the Club presence at Silverstone Classic, an important, essential Regional team event for PCGB.

operation, CSR projects, geometry setups and engine builds. There will be a selection of sales and customer cars on show, including a 997 CSR. Relevant questions relating to specific models will be fielded by Ollie, the Technical Director, in a Q&A session. If you need any more information on any of these events and more, please contact me and I’ll be glad to help if I can.

but he kindly requested that awards go, instead, to the next two places. As a result, third went to David Housden, second went to Ray Chapman and his Cayman GTS – a great surprise for Ray since he had simply washed it and not done any preparation for the Concours. The winner of the post-1997 class was Mark French, also with a Cayman GTS. In the pre-1997 water-cooled category, second place went to Peter Bickers, narrowly beating Derek Price, both with 944s, and first place went to Graham Shepherd and his very nice 928. The air-cooled class was also tightly marked with Gordon Levett coming third with his 911 Carrera 3 Sport, Ant Smith and his 3.2 Carrera came second and Lee Knieriem in first place with his 914. Awards for the first and second in each class will be given at our September Club night, so it is hoped that those receiving an award will attend.

Hope to see you all soon – enjoy your Porsche! Garth Park Several R10 and R31 members visited Garth Park in Bicester, for this inaugural event. A cosy, friendly collection of many different lovely Porsches was present and all had a good time. Thanks to all who made this happen – maybe next time more of us will be there. FORTHCOMING EVENTS October 8 R10 meet, Sharnbrook Our usual monthly meeting with further meets organised for November 12 and December 3. It may be possible to coincide our popular Christmas lunch with the December 3 meeting – I am looking into this and will inform you all ASAP. As always, I hope to see many of you whenever you can make it along. October 22 Visit to RPM Technik R10 is having a joint morning visit with R24 and the 997 Register to RPM Technik on October 22. We anticipate this to run from approximately 9.30am-12.30pm. Throughout the morning refreshments, including bacon rolls, will be available. I would appreciate it if you could indicate your interest by email to me at stating your FULL name and Porsche model by October 1, as we have an allocation of a maximum of 35 cars for our Region. Although a ‘free’ event, a donation box will be on reception, purely down to the individual (all proceeds will form part of RPM’s donation to charities, which are especially in need at Christmas). The directors and some of the technicians will hold a series of short presentations at various points within the facility. This will include such topics as the sales


DIARY DATES The ‘modern’ Porsches at R11 Concours

OCTOBER 8 Monthly meet OCTOBER 22 Visit to RPM Technik NOVEMBER 12 Monthly meet DECEMBER 3 Monthly meet

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The air-cooled cars

RECENT EVENTS Concours Our Concours at August Club night attracted 40 Porsches as around 70 members and guests joined in the marking for our Concours event, as well as enjoying a meal at Rivenhall Oaks Golf Club. There were three Concours classes, namely; ‘1997-2016 water-cooled’, ‘pre-1997 water-cooled’, and ‘air-cooled’. In the 1997-2016 water-cooled category the runaway winner was Tony’s four-week-old 911 R


The early water-cooled cars

Robert Lewis’ Churt charity car show Only four cars from Essex Region attended this fantastic event held at the home of Robert and Tanya Lewis at Churt near Farnham. There were nearly 1,000 cars in attendance, with marques including Ferrari, Aston Martin, McLaren, Porsche, Morgan and Ariel Atom; in fact, just about every marque imaginable. The

cars in attendance were all worth viewing, but what made this event so special were the cars of Robert Lewis, ranging from a D-Type Jaguar, an early Aston Martin to a Mark I Lotus Cortina. Robert has an amazing car collection as well as an enormous amount of motoring memorabilia including an AA box from Maldon and an AA motorbike and sidecar combination. During the day there were various presentations of items in the collection. There were also numerous food and drinks stalls with all of the proceeds going to ‘Help for Heroes’. Indeed, in the afternoon an auction was held where it was expected to raise about £60,000 for the charity. Combined with a glorious sunny day, this was an event that was too good to miss and members are recommended to mark it in their diary for next year. Original Maldon AA box in Robert Lewis’ collection

DIARY DATES SEPTEMBER 22-26 WOTY to Moselle SEPTEMBER 25 Warren Golf Club Classic Car Show We will not have an R11 stand owing to us being in Germany. OCTOBER 2 Sunday Drive OCTOBER 8 Service Clinic at PC Colchester PC Colchester’s Service Centre, 3 Wyncolls Road, Colchester. See previous PP for more details. Please book with Heather Morris on 01206 855500 or email DECEMBER 13 Christmas dinner at Pontlands Park A reservation has been made for the conservatory at Pontlands Park. We will start at 7.30pm with Buck’s Fizz or orange juice followed by a threecourse meal, ending with coffee and chocolates, all for £33pp including service charge and VAT. To avoid disappointment please let me know as soon as possible if you wish to attend this popular event.

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Porsches who turned up were easily accommodated along with our gazebo. It seems as if every car enthusiast for miles around had decided to come to Helmingham; the show seemed bigger than ever and the various club stands had over 500 cars on display. We are pleased to report that Region 12 had the largest! Well done everyone. We had a great day, there were some wonderful cars to view and we hope everyone had an enjoyable time. The weather was very kind once again and our thanks to those willing hands who helped us erect and dismantle the gazebo. We did have 50 Porsches on our booking list two days prior to the event which had Colleen jumping for joy. Unfortunately, some members were unable to join us on the day so we’ll try for 50 again next year. The organisers have since promised they will look at easing the entrance problems for 2017, plus provide more loos!

Interesting and varied Porsches at Helmingham

Regional Organisers Tony and Colleen Wickins 01379 676251 – Hyde Hall Eighteen cars attended the first car show at RHS Hyde Hall. We were given free tickets to the gardens and 20% off food and drink as an inducement to display our cars. The event was dominated by the Jaguar Enthusiasts’ Club and the Jaguar Drivers’ Club with the Morgan Car Club and Austin 7 Car Club also in attendance. Overall, there were just over 100 cars displayed on a hot and sunny day, with some members actually getting a touch of sunstroke. Thank you to all those who attended and particularly thank you to those who helped erect a canopy and an R11 flagpole, which fluttered merrily in the strong breeze. The local organiser of JDC made Eddie Watson’s 9974S his ‘Car of the Show’. Hyde Hall were extremely pleased with the positive comments they received from members of the public who attended the gardens and car show, and have said that they would like to make it a larger event next year, so it would be good if we have another fine turnout.

Like a WW2 reenactment, R11 members battled for the hill and erected a flag

Region round-up July ended with the National Event at Silverstone Classic and we were really pleased to see a good turnout of R12 members over the weekend. We cadged bed and breakfast with some friends who live in Northampton, so enjoyed spending the evenings with them. Our 968 took to the track on the Saturday as part of the track parade celebrating the 40th anniversary of the 924 and the launch of Porsche’s transaxle models. It took us a while to get clearance to enter onto the circuit, but once through the gates we thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Our congratulations to PCGB for organising another fabulous event. August was pretty busy, we enjoyed good weather for the most part and, by the time you read this, we should have just returned from R12’s trip to Germany – a full report will follow and we hope to give a presentation of our tour at November’s Club night (if Tony can sort out all the photographs we hope to take in time for that!). Our Committee met up at the beginning of September to begin thinking about 2017. We have several ideas up our sleeves – it’s always tricky trying to think of new places to visit and any suggestions from members are always welcome. The Christmas party night at The Ufford Hotel on November 26 is now fully booked with 24 of us heading to Woodbridge and next year’s WOTY in LLandrindod Wells has also proved very popular. We have recently added more rooms to our allocation, so we suggest you don’t delay too long if you wish to join us in beautiful Wales next June. Full details of how to book to follow. RECENT EVENTS

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August 7 Helmingham Classic Car Show The run up to Helmingham was a bit manic with people booking in at the last minute, but we were very pleased to welcome many new members who were attending their first Club event. Several of us met up in the lay-by by Mendlesham Mast as usual and made our way to the Hall. A Jaguar had caught fire en route, which led to queues building up around the Hall, but the stewards finally waved us in and we parked up on our pitch which was larger than last year at our request and the 43 62

R12 made up largest Club presence

Not enough loos but plenty of Porsche interest!

August 16 Club night We were very pleased to welcome Peter and Allison Coates, who had recently taken their Lotus Elan on another adventure taking in ‘The Arctic Highway Challenge’ and ‘The Land of the Midnight Sun’. As usual, we had a really good turnout, including several new members. We were also pleased to meet Tony and Gloria from R25 (who were on holiday in the area) and had decided to come and join us. As usual, Peter had prepared an excellent presentation with great pictures and both he and Allison kept us entertained with details of their journey, which, for the most part, they travelled on their own, being joined by a Jaguar for part of the trip. Their highlights included a trip on a Viking ship, lots of waterfalls with beautiful scenery, reindeer, and a ‘Santa village’ where you can see Santa for 365 days a year! Rather than give you more information here, we suggest you log on to their website for full details of their journey and others they have taken over the years. Their next rally will be in October through Turkey – we look forward to hearing about that one! Safe journey guys. FORTHCOMING EVENTS 2017 WOTY Now booking. Commencing Thursday, June 15 for four nights at The Metropole Hotel and Spa in Llandrindod Wells, Mid-Wales. Cost for four nights’ dinner, bed and breakfast in a classic double room is £560 per couple and £600 per couple for a superior double room. Single accommodation available on request.

To book telephone the hotel direct on 01597 823 700 and quote ‘Mrs Wickins, Porsche Club’. A £20pp deposit required to secure your room. Final balance is due during your stay. Please let us know once you have booked and which type of accommodation so we can keep an eye on numbers. Club nights Are from 7.30pm at The Bird in Hand, Wreningham NR16 1BJ on the third Tuesday of the month (except for January and August when there are no Club nights). No booking is necessary for Club nights unless specifically stated. Our events calendar is regularly updated on the R12 Club Forum at including links to full details of each event and how to book. If you wish to receive our local monthly email update, please email requesting this. DIARY DATES OCTOBER 18 Club night Gary Sorrell, After Sales Manager at PC Colchester, and his wife Carol, will be our guests this evening. NOVEMBER 15 Club night To be confirmed but we hope to give a presentation of R12’s recent tour to Germany – join us and see what we got up to! DECEMBER 13 Christmas Club night With buffet, charity raffle and auction. More details to follow next month. JANUARY 2017 No Club night this month, but we hope to arrange a Sunday lunch for late January, details to follow.

gone after announcing the tour on the Forum but we do have a reserve list, so please contact Steve or Philip if you would like to be in reserve should some people drop out. Striking 2016 911 GT3 RS at Malvern Hills

Many members brought their partners and enjoyed a bar meal with beer-battered cod and chips proving a big success (big portions too!). It was great to see such a good turnout and we will be planning some events in the south of the Region in 2017.

DIARY DATES August 16 additional meeting At the request of some members who live in the Shrewsbury area, an additional evening meeting was arranged at a general car club night at The Fox and Hounds in Shrawbury, north-east of Shrewsbury, just off the A53. The evening was well supported, with many members from further south in the Region helping to make up a display of over 30 Porsches, joined by two Aston Martin Vanquish, a couple of Lamborghinis, a pair of Jaguar sports cars, an Alfa 4C, Mitsubishi rally car, several BMWs, a Maserati and a Ferrari. Also of interest was a 1951 Ford pickup truck. With good car parking this is a venue that we may well visit again.

OCTOBER 25 Club night NOVEMBER 29 Club night DECEMBER 11 Christmas lunch Provisional date for Region 13 Christmas lunch. Details to follow. JANUARY 31 Club night Details to follow. FEBRUARY 9 Tour of Aston Martin production facility at Gaydon See details above.

South Wales Regional Organiser Huw Jones 07799 532661 –

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997 Sport Classic and 991 GT3 at Fox and Hounds

Regional Organiser Steve Cutler 01384 370038 – Assistant Regional Organiser Philip Sloper 01562 885740 –

Unless otherwise stated, Club nights are on the last Tuesday in the month, 7.30 for an 8pm start, at The Manor House of Whittington, on the A449 near Kinver, DY7 6NY. As well as being shown in PP, our events calendar is regularly updated on the R13 section of the Club Forum.

News Following on from our Region Concours reported in the September issue of PP, congratulations to Mark Thomas for winning the overall first prize at the PCGB National Event Concours at Silverstone. This is in addition to winning at last year’s National Event at Althorp.

Superb turnout for south of Region 13

RECENT EVENTS August 30 Regional meeting As has become the custom, our August meeting was held in the south of our Region, at the Malvern Hills Hotel, which is located in the Malvern Hills at Wynds Point on the A449 between Ledbury and Little Malvern. After an awful rainy night last year, this time we were blessed with a lovely summer evening, allowing us to congregate on the patio with a great view of the cars arriving. We were rewarded with over 25 Porsches and a few other exotics, including Chris and Robbie’s beautiful Ferrari Dino 246 in stunning Giallo Fly paintwork, a red Ferrari 430 and a beautiful red Jaguar E-Type. Beautifully polished 964 Cabriolet at Malvern Hills

Mark preparing his 944 for judging

Nice variety of desirable cars on display

FORTHCOMING EVENTS February 9 2017 visit to Aston Martin factory **reserve places only** This is a visit to the production facility at Gaydon, located near junctions 12 and 13 on the M40. We have arranged two tours, starting at 10am and 2pm and each lasting approximately two hours. Our guide will be with us throughout to explain each step of the production process and will be happy to answer questions on any aspect of Aston Martin. At the conclusion of the tour we will return to the VIP reception and customer atrium where we will be able to acquaint ourselves with a selection of their current model range and experience for ourselves the unique Aston Martin ambience. The cost is £40 and we are limited to 30 people. At the moment all the places are 65

Mark receiving first prize from Jürgen Barth

PC Cardiff Sports Car Clinic Fifteen of our Region members attended the clinic, with one member travelling from as far as Aberystwyth. Comments from those who attended were full of praise. The event gave members the opportunity to meet the staff they had not met previously at the centre and personally discuss their

cars. It also gave me the opportunity to meet members I have not seen previously. Thank you to Martin Wright, After Sales Manager, for organising the event and thanks also to Allison Owen and Tina Wheeler for providing ample refreshments at lunchtime.

Some of the members with Martin Wright and Tina Wheeler from PC Cardiff

Just drive it I received the following personal story from Region member Mark Edwards. Mark writes: “I read an interesting article in Porsche World magazine entitled ‘It’s a Mad World’ and I wanted to share this short story. “On May 7, 2016, after much searching, I found my dream car, a 2006 997 C4S with just 15,000 documented miles on the clock. It was bought after a long discussion with my wife as part investment, part enjoyment. I figured I could use it for, say, 5,000 miles a year and, if I kept it really clean and maintained well, it should retain its value or maybe even go up over time, just like the investors had planned in the Porsche World article. “Well, the garage was cleaned out and a nice, new floor laid ready to cosset the car to the highest degree. And then everything changed. “On May 27, after a routine mammogram, my wife was diagnosed with ‘type 3 aggressive’ breast cancer and, seven days later, on June 3, she had a mastectomy. “Why am I telling you this? It’s simple really: suddenly our lives have changed; I took Mandy to the hospital in the Porsche to make her feel special, because in that week leading up to the operation I decided I don’t want to be ‘the guy in the graveyard with lowest mileage, most valuable Porsche’. No, when I arrive at the pearly gates and St Peter puts his arm around me and whispers in my ear, “So Mark, how do they drive?” I want to be able to tell lots of stories of road trips, which I intend to share with my wife, my brave, strong and inspirational lady, without whose support I would have not been able to afford the car in the first place. “SER3N is already a part of our family, in just a few weeks we’ve shared happiness and tears. I now know

that these cars were built by superb engineers as drivers’ cars and not using them would be a waste. They were built to be enjoyed behind the wheel and they have a soul and character you will not experience unless they are driven. The bonus is they look beautiful too. “So, if you want to watch your Porsche sit in its heated storage facility, visible on your laptop or smart phone while counting the pounds as it rises in value, fine, you just crack on. We, however, are going to watch ours through its fly-splattered windscreen with the speedo having seen triple figures (whenever the law allows, of course!) and get out as much pleasure from this fantastic car as we can in what life we have left. “We have used our car nearly every day now since Mandy’s diagnosis, a situation that is a full 180 degrees away from my original plan and I feel a hell of a lot better for it. My wife and I have already shared some great miles and are filling our memories with special moments. “Our Porsche was just the right, special car to help a very special lady recover.” Postscript from Mark: “Since her diagnosis and operation, inspirational Amanda has also had her head shaved and organised a charity event to raise money for the cancer ward at the Royal Glamorgan Hospital.”

accommodation, breakfast and evening meals, a three course choice menu with tea and coffee for the Friday and Saturday night and leaving after breakfast on June 25. Some of the rooms have already been booked by members. The price is £70pp per night shared occupancy for a classic double or twin or for a superior double or twin it is £75pp. We will have our own reserved parking area. Members can book directly by telephoning the hotel with a £40, non-refundable deposit. The plan is to have an organised drive on Saturday (route to be confirmed – I’m open to suggestions). Those who don’t want to join the drive, can relax at the hotel spa or explore the area. For your information, there are still rooms available for this although they are going quickly. DIARY DATES SEPTEMBER 24 Pirelli tyre talk At Protyre Cardiff, Clive Street, CF11 6NR. OCTOBER 29 Sunderland Trust visit NOVEMBER 6 East Wales drive NOVEMBER 22 R14 social evening Including a planning meeting for 2017 events. At Ty Risha, Bridgend. NOVEMBER 27 Sunday luncheon At the Plough Inn Rhosmaen, Llandilo SA19 6NP.

Amanda with son Jake by SER 3N just one week after her operation

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FORTHCOMING EVENTS Sunday luncheon To replace the cancelled Christmas party, a Sunday luncheon has been arranged at The Plough Inn, Rhosmaen, Llandeilo, SA19 6NP on November 27 at 12.30pm. This seems a popular event, with 36 bookings already confirmed. 2017 WOTY The Metrepole Hotel Llandrindod, Wells has been booked for the weekend of June 23-25 for our R14 WOTY next year. 20 rooms have been reserved for the Friday and Saturday night. The package is

Apart from the odd wet spell, the weather in the South West Region has been very reasonable for Porsche motoring this summer, so members have been out in strength at our events. I think we have crammed a lot into this year, with the prospect of several more events to come.

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August drive and dine to the Lord Haldon Hotel The R15 August Club meeting continued the theme of last year with an interesting evening drive, roof up or roof down, along the River Exe. We drove by the seaside towns with their interesting residents and finally across Haldon Hill to the Lord Haldon Hotel, discretely tucked away on the eastern elevation of the foothills southwest of Exeter. While this is a popular wedding and conference venue, it remained undiscovered by us – until now – and it offers an interesting alternative to our regular jaunts. A 30-strong group converged on the elevated car park with distant views of the city and the Exe estuary in complete tranquillity. We pretty much filled the bar, perhaps to the surprise of some of the residents and spilled into the garden room for a hearty supper with good service and friendly staff in attendance. There are other meeting spaces and simpler bar-style meals also available, so we may be back there in the future. Fitting luggage Faced with the prospect of a ferry trip to Bilbao for a two-week stay in the Algarve and return via Porto and Santander, what does one do about suitable, optimal touring luggage that fits a new Boxster S? All of our existing large soft bags were slightly too long and the smaller ‘wheelies’ were really too small. I researched online and found a suitable set of soft bags from – I can report straightforward ordering, swift dispatch and free, fast, DPD delivery in effectively three days, from Krakow in Poland! There’s a three year warranty and it all seems to fit with a bit of headspace to spare in the front. Mind you, one of us will have to be very selective in the outfit department! I will be road testing the luggage at the same time that this column is published. October 9 Visit to the RNAS Yeovilton Our first thought for this event was to obtain special permission from our contacts in the Fleet Air Arm to undertake high-speed runs down the main runway at RNAS Yeovilton – for a suitable donation to charity. However, the Royal Navy politely declined our request (for all the right reasons) and suggested that we might instead enjoy a privileged visit to the Royal Navy Historic Flight based at the Air Station. So we have an opportunity to take part in a day’s outing to RNAS Yeovilton for coffee, visit RNHF and the museum and have lunch. Join the group on October 9 for an exclusive and interesting day. Security requires that attendee details and car details are needed in advance and photo ID will be required on the day. See the R15 webpage for exact timings.

Christmas Looks like it will be a grand Christmas bash, with serious raffle prizes and awards, as usual. For last-minute bookings ring the Saunton Sands Hotel 01271 890212 See the Region 15 webpage on PCGB website for more details of events. Keith

DIARY DATES SEPTEMBER 25 Scenic drive OCTOBER 9 Visit to RNAS Yeovilton and the Historic Naval Flight OCTOBER 12 Club night Including a special quiz. Exminster. NOVEMBER 13 Sunday lunch Club meeting DECEMBER 10 Region 15 grand Christmas dinner dance

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Drive and BBQ Our well attended drive and BBQ finally arrived and more than 20 gleaming cars met in the local Tesco car park, to await the route card derived from Jon Fisher’s infamous knowledge of B roads. I was last to leave the car park and was rewarded by seeing a long line of Porsches heading up the A34 for a short while before we tackled more scenic roads, with over 40 miles added before our coffee stop. We drove around Highclere, Burghclere and the hills surrounding Newbury, giving us a great view on a sunny Sunday morning, all the better in my 3.2 Cabriolet. Donnington Grove Golf and Country Club was the ‘halfway’ house, and all the golfers must have been impressed when 20 nice cars popped up in front of the clubhouse, especially when we had to drive between two holes of the golf course to get there. Coffee, French pastries and a toilet stop later, it was back to the cars for another 90 minutes of chasing Porsches around northern Hampshire until finally arriving at our BBQ stop of the Elvetham Hotel near Hartley Witney. The hotel did us proud, with a fantastic BBQ for 46 people, so good in fact, that I didn’t get any apple pie and clotted cream, as most of the others chose that from the list of available puddings. I need to organise it better next time.

Southern Regional Organiser Charlie McLaughlin 02380 694081 M: 07966 126464 RECENT EVENTS August Club night We had lovely summer weather for our August Club night, so some of us stayed outside and looked at cars for a change. We were rewarded by the first sighting of a member’s new 991 – a Turbo S – officially, the fastest 911 that Porsche produce. GT Silver, Active Aero and a top speed of 205mph, what’s not to like? Firstly, apologies for not holding the Salisbury racing night, it was an attempt to broaden our activities, but it obviously didn’t hit the spot, as we only had a few takers. I think it was something to do with the time of year, not the choice of activity, so we may try again in the spring.

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Porsches parked up for BBQ

Our display skills need sharpening up, as we all seemed to park a bit haphazardly on the grass, but it was a good looking display of 23 Porsches from 50 years old to just two weeks old. So, the recipe for a good day in the Porsche is as follows: great roads, great food (cooked by somebody else), very good company and beautiful weather. Our best driving event this year, thanks to Jon Fisher for the route card and everyone else for their company. CarFest South Over the August Bank Holiday weekend Region 17 flew the Porsche flag, as the sole Porsche attendees at the CarFest South Children in Need extravaganza. This was our fourth visit and you can see that the original emphasis has changed to a more professional feel, with lots of corporate sponsors for example. However, with the food, cars and top music, it still attracts

40,000 over the weekend. Our deal allowed 15 cars and 30 members the chance to take part over the three days. All enjoyed it, as the weather was great.

Red Arrow display at CarFest South

WOTY Hopefully, our September WOTY to Cambridge will be in full swing by the time you read this edition of PP. We will have 50 people taking part – is that a record for a WOTY? I don’t know, but I do know we will enjoy ourselves. Dinner dance I make no apologies for mentioning the dinner dance in January, but now is the time to get your names down. Last year we had to turn people away, as we can only cater for about 90-100. Final costings are now agreed, it’s the same as last year at £35pp for dinner and accommodation available at £75 per room. Please register your interest and let me know by email, text or phone call.

and, having driven down from Gretna, Martin Mackay and Mike and Tim spent all day Saturday and Sunday morning cleaning off the effects of the long drive down. Martin was rewarded by winning the ‘over 10 years old’ class with Mike Trotter picking up second place in the ‘under 10 years class’. Jeremy Heney was also rewarded with the prize for the ‘Best Turbo’ from that display. To complete Jeremy’s weekend we helped him celebrate his 50th birthday, with Judy providing a Superman cake. Miller Park Classic Car Show A small group of us attended the Classic Car Show in Miller Park, Preston. This event has been running for three years and is organised by Canon Timothy Lipsomb, Vicar of Preston Minster. Timothy is a classic car fan and owns several vehicles himself. The event was free to enter and each car was also given a lunch ticket for two people. There was a large variety of classic cars spread throughout the park. When it was time for lunch we expected a simple selection of sandwiches but were surprised at the quantity and variety of food actually provided. Even Dean was struggling to finish his plateful. There was so much food provided by Timothy (at his expense) that members of the public were also offered the buffet. I asked about a donation to the church or charity to help offset the cost and all Timothy would say is “as you are so close to Preston City, go into town and treat yourself”. We look forward to attending this event next year in larger numbers.

Greg Harm (L) Mike Trotter and Chris Sweeting (R) at Witton Castle

Concours The month seems to have been dominated by Concours events. As usual, we joined Kirkby Lonsdale Motor Club for their annual ‘Car Park Concours’ at Heaves Hotel in Levens, near Kendal. A wide variety of about 60 cars were present and each entrant judged the other Concours competitors’ cars in a number of classes. We had about 18-20 Porsches present and Martin Mackay’s 964 Anniversary again won the ‘Best Porsche’ trophy that we provided. There was a wide selection of cars ranging from a Jaguar D-Type replica, which regularly takes part in hill climbs, through to a selection of immaculate Fords and a VW campervan which won the ‘Most Faithful Servant’ award. Jaguar D-Type

Preston built Bond Mini car at Miller Park Car Show

Lastly, most importantly, don’t forget our October meeting will be held at PC Portsmouth not the normal venue. Charlie McLaughlin DIARY DATES OCTOBER 11 Club night PC Portsmouth starting at 7pm. NOVEMBER 19 Casino night Gunwharf Quays.

Lancashire & Cumbria Regional Organiser David Baker 01772 451970 – RECENT EVENTS Silverstone Classic R18 was well represented in the PCGB National Concours with Mike Trotter, Tim Roelich and Martin Mackay entered. After many months of preparation

Jeremy Heney double celebration at Silverstone, not only winning best Turbo but a big birthday

Witton Castle A number of R18 members joined R3 and R7 at Witton Castle. Mike Trotter reports on the event: “A great Regional show hosted by R3 at Witton Castle, Bishop Aukland with R18 and R7 both attending the event. The show had a great selection of cars, including a 918 on display in front of the Club marquee. There was also PCGB’s Membership Secretary Chris Sweeting on hand to assist members and promote the Club. “Specialists Cars of Malton and Porsche approved repairers Lloyds Bodyshop Newcastle were on hand to chat to members. Both businesses donated very nice prizes for the raffle. Yours truly walked away with the ‘visitor’ Concours award for R18 with my Boxster S. A great show and great hospitality provided by R3 – we hope to return next year.”

Stanley Park Over the bank holiday weekend R18 members had the choice of attending the BVPG Classic Car Show at Stanley Park as well as the Gold Cup meeting at Oulton Park. Tony Bolton briefly reports below on Stanley Park: “A group of 10 cars attended the Blackpool Classic Car Show on Bank Holiday Sunday in Stanley Park’s beautiful Italian Gardens, complete with fountains. Always a packed show with lots of interesting cars, good music and an Art Deco café with reasonable prices.” Photographic competition By the time you receive this edition of PP it will almost be the closing date for entries for the R18 photographic competition. Please email your submission to Sean Conboy before September 30, including your name, where and when the photo was taken. It should have been taken at a Porsche event in 2016 and include a picture of a Porsche. Entries to Sean will choose the best 12 to make into a R18 calendar for sale to members. Thank you to sponsors Thanks to Sue McLeod for writing the article about Porkers. Unfortunately, some of the sponsors were missed from the article including John Harrison Sports, Leyland, for supplying the trophies, Ad-Options, Leyland for supplying the ‘Porker’ pens, both at heavily subsidised prices. We hope to attract them again in 2017. At Silverstone Classic I also met with Jet petrol staff and negotiated some sponsorship for Porkers VIII.

Sue, Mike and Mac at Witton Castle


2017 I am already planning events for 2017. I am meeting the organisers of the Elite Sports and Performance Car Club Show in Kendal about how much space we

can have. PC Kendal will also be supporting this event and R13 will be coming over too. This will take place on May 14 in Kendal. At Oulton Park we discussed possibilities for 2017 events. As some members feel they need more than the two Club nights, as well as meeting at the Phantom Winger, Mitton Hall and Cars and Coffee we thought we could also organise a ‘Pub of the Month’. As we cover a large area, and have pockets of members in the south and east of the Region we thought we could move these round to areas such as Bolton, Rossendale and Lancaster. If you know of any good pubs with safe parking in these areas, and which aren’t having a quiz night or karaoke on a Thursday or Friday night please let me know and we can check them out. It was also suggested that we meet for an occasional Friday lunch, and we are checking out The Italian Orchard at Broughton, Preston at the moment. If you can suggest other venues it would be appreciated. I would also like volunteers to organise drives and lunches. Some members have complained about events in the past so this is your opportunity to show us what a perfect event would be, as I am keen to continuously improve the event for the Region, and I am always keen to learn where I have been going wrong. Other events in the planning stages are a distillery visit and meal, a visit to Lord Leverhulme Museum and Art Gallery, Ellesmere Port and lunch. I am planning to carry out a survey as to what events R18 members want for 2017. Watch out for the link in the MailChimp newsletters and please respond accordingly. Finally, there are over 80 members still not receiving MailChimps or their emails are returned as ‘undeliverable’. If you have not been receiving anything please contact Club Office and check that they have your correct email address. New members Welcome to new members Philip Stead, Joe Taylor, Peter Walters, Neil Moffat, Mark and Sally Longstaff, Simon Frost, Stephen and Julia Anderson, David Cartmell, Richard Clark,Calum McHale and Anthony Grime. I look forward to meeting you at some of our events. DIARY DATES As always check the venue website for any last minute information before the event. OCTOBER 2 Sunday Classic Car breakfast meet The Corner House, Wrightington 9am-12noon. OCTOBER 4 Social meeting Greenhills Hotel, Wigton.

OCTOBER 19 Monthly meeting PC Bolton 6.30pm (no meeting at Garstang GC). Please contact me to book a ticket if you will be attending so we can arrange enough catering with PC Bolton. OCTOBER 23 Preston Sports and Supercar breakfast meeting Phantom Winger/Hungry Horse Fulwood, Preston 8.30am. NOVEMBER 1 Social meeting Stoneybeck Inn, Penrith. NOVEMBER 9 Region 5 Club night at PC Wilmslow You need to contact Allan Crosby (R5 RO) to book a ticket. NOVEMBER 16 Monthly meeting Garstang GC NOVEMBER 20 Preston Sports and Supercar breakfast meeting Phantom Winger 9.30am. DECEMBER 4 Christmas lunch Armathwaite Hall Hotel, Bassenthwaite. Contact Mike Trotter to book. DECEMBER 6 Social meeting Horse and Farrier, Threlkeld. DECEMBER 18 Christmas lunch Garstang GC. Contact Sue and Mac McLeod to book. DECEMBER 21 Monthly meeting Garstang GC. Fun Christmas quiz.

Thames Valley Regional Organiser John Barnatt 01628 471985 – 07890 181495 Le Mans Classic 2018 I would like to open this month’s report with a short footnote about our recent trip to the Le Mans Classic. Such was the success of the combination of people and weather that two Regional reports later and eight weeks on, people are still talking about it and are starting to make plans for a return in 2018. We are already making lists of what to take and even bigger lists of what not to. Everybody who went is keen to go again, so I would like to wish us all good luck for good weather and an incident-free journey next time. I’d like to think that the idea to travel down on Thursday was a key contributor to the feel-good factor; good suggestion James.


Castle Combe With the weather forecast being overcast, Region 19 members met at Reading Services for an 8.30am departure for Castle Combe circuit for the bank holiday race meeting. At Reading the weather was as overcast as it was going to get and, by the time Graham joined the convoy, we were ambling along in the inside lane (traffic permitting) of the M4 in bright sunshine. Ian joined the eight car snake as we turned off the motorway and nine assorted Porsches made their way to the circuit which is only about 10 miles away. A slight hiccup with the satnav led to a minor detour but at least it gave the lead driver a chance to wave to everybody as they followed him down to the roundabout. We arrived at the circuit a few minutes later and took the usual circumnavigatory route around the outside of the circuit to get to the best parking and vantage point at ‘Camp’. Our Porsches looked simply superb in the morning sun, each one gleaming and sparkling with the high level of polishing; clearly a lot of people had made an effort. First order of the day was to get the flags up; these Flex-lite flags go up in a jiffy, and are a real boon to the Region. Not only do they look good and create a professional backdrop for any Club gathering, they are a useful focal point for anyone who goes off, say, to the paddock and wants to make a beeline back to where we are seated. By the time we finished our first round of tea and pies (fruit pies for all courtesy of about £7 of Regional budget) the first and only race before lunch was ready to start. In a break from the norm this was going to be the first of three go-kart races. Straight away there was a rather big pile-up and that rather set the tone for the day. In brilliant sunshine we sat through interminable race stoppages as red flag after red flag bought the racing to a halt. At least we had a good supply of water to make tea. After the first race it was an early lunch break, so many members decided to walk to the paddock because our advanced ticket booking entitled us all to a free paddock pass, and everybody wanted to take advantage of them. One of us had to stay behind and I was not that worried about going to the paddock so I just ate my packed lunch and had another cup of tea. Within the Region now there is a great spirit of pitching in, so we have to thank Max for supplying the water, 12 litres of Thames Water’s finest. The drivers did, in the main, try to take full advantage of the great weather and it was just an unfortunate set of occurrences that led to reduced race time, because of the need to repair tyre walls and Armco barriers. Nobody wants to see people get hurt after all. It was a bit of a disappointment for the spectators but equally as disappointing for the drivers who, in the middle of a year-long championship, find that their 20-lap race has been cut to 10, but that’s motorsport for you. To

be honest, over the years we have been going to Castle Combe, this was unusual and we have seen some very exciting racing sometimes, none more so than in the Porsche Club Championship when a 968 rolled and bits of suspension sprayed into the infield with one errant wheel travelling several hundred yards. By about 5pm we had seen the best of the action as, with time running out, the shortness of the remaining races had sucked all the excitement out of the race card, so we packed things away and made our way out of the circuit to return home. We should close this chapter of the report about Castle Combe by giving thanks to the many support staff who volunteer to man the marshal posts and man the many support vehicles that are necessary to make a race day a success. We thank you all; without you there would be no racing.

Great weather and a great location at Castle Combe

I would like to appeal for a little bit of help from members from the western end of the Region, let’s say from Streatly, going west, for suggestions for a place where we can hold a meeting closer to you. It is about time the Region got to know members in the area for whom Knowl Hill is too far to travel on a Sunday. Email any suggestions please. Any venue needs to have a car park big enough to take 40 cars, because we regularly get 24 cars ourselves and, of course, it needs to be able to cater for that many people to eat. Ideally, I would like to keep to the same day, Sunday, but it can’t be the first Sunday because that’s when we have our normal meeting.

Club meetings The Novello (SL6 3RX). First Sunday of the month from 12noon onwards.

round and you are very welcome to join us on the last Monday of the month. RECENT EVENTS

London PCGB you know it makes sense. John Barnatt Regional Organisers Nick and Ed Pike 01189 473925 – Twitter: @PCGB_London Opening words The leaves are turning and the nights are getting longer as autumn settles in. Our final run of the season; ‘Ups and Downs’ uses the South Downs as our playground. With roads that snake over and along the hills this drive is sure to delight. As you read this, an intrepid group of Region members is looking forward to our autumn break in deepest Normandy. With picturesque towns and fantastic driving roads it is the perfect antidote to London as the winter starts setting in. Look out for the pictures in our gallery and a write-up in a future PP. If you have ventured to our Smithfield ‘Meat’ recently you will have noticed that we have moved to the north side of the market, nearer to the cafés and restaurants. We are there from 2pm onwards and we use the empty loading bays which gives us plenty of space to park. Ace Cafe remains a firm favourite, with some surprises in store over the autumn. We meet all year

R20 at Silverstone Classic A regular event in the R20 calendar; Silverstone Classic was even more special with the Club’s increased presence. Great to see so many of you enjoy the Club grandstand and chatting on the benches in the sunshine. The parade lap on Saturday put a big smile on many of your faces. We will be back next year. R20 on tour ‘Summer Cruise’ A beautiful summer evening with clear skies and long shadows as the sun headed for the horizon. Taking the roads less travelled, we headed south to enjoy the great B roads on the Surrey/Kent border. Twisty with great tarmac and empty at this time of the evening we could appreciate the rolling countryside, stately homes and views from the top of the hills across the end of the Downs. Finally, we stopped at an R20 favourite for a late supper; The Crown Inn at Groombridge made us feel very welcome. Waiting at the lights

Making the most of the South Downs

Smithfield ‘Meat’ This month’s event felt like an R20 ‘speakeasy’ where you needed a special map to find us. We were back on the north side, where the parking is easier, but the main access route was blocked for the first hour or so while a crane was moved. You could see us, but it was a convoluted route to get to us. What a joy when you did;

John Barnatt

Region 19 line up at Castle Combe Circuit


Classic Smithfield

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Smithfield sunshine

Eating time at the BBQ

Members’ cars at the BBQ

OCTOBER 15 East London – Smithfield ‘Meat’ Join us on the north side of Smithfield Market (Charterhouse Street, EC1M 6HL), from 2pm onwards (third Saturday of each month). OCTOBER 31 Ace Cafe London meet

Reflections at Smithfield

from Chris’ brand new 991 GT3 RS in white to Tony’s gorgeous 1951 356 split screen coupe, which was immaculate and plenty in between. An off-white 912 popped in before heading to its new home in France. With great conversations and so many great Porsches to look at it was late by the time we headed home. Ace Cafe Yes, the Ace Cafe meet still happens on a bank holiday. What better chance to visit this iconic location, especially if you normally struggle to get there on a ‘work’ night. With our ‘Home Guard’ and ‘The Firm’ on duty there were plenty of people to chat to with over 70 Porsches filling the car park and surrounding road. Nick and I joined in spirit with a visit to Ace Corner, one of the café’s outposts, in deepest Finland, next door to the motorcycle museum in Lahti. FORTHCOMING EVENTS November 6 – R20 Sunday Escape – Ups and Downs Our last run of the season, we will be heading to the South Downs for a scenic route on some of our favourite roads. December 6 – R20 ‘On Tour’ – Christmas Curry The R20 twist on the seasonal celebrations. We head to an ‘off’ Brick Lane curry house for a very entertaining meal, a London favourite. Ed and Nick

DIARY DATES SEPTEMBER 26 Ace Cafe London meet The regular monthly Porsche-only meet at Ace Cafe on the North Circular Road, Stonebridge, London, NW10 7UD, from 6pm. (Last Monday of the month). OCTOBER 5 R20 Sunday Escape – Steak night ‘Posh’ steak in a great Mayfair location, a treat. OCTOBER 7-9 Autumn Break – ‘Moules and More’ A longer weekend exploring the delights of Normandy.

Chiltern Members’ cars at the BBQ

Regional Organisers Terry Perry 07748 555333

confirming that, despite the weather, the BBQ would go ahead. Unfortunately, the rain continued for much of the evening and, with a limited amount of indoor space at the Black Horse, it could have been difficult but, luckily, a new Club nights covered outdoor seating area proved just dry enough for For the October Club night on Tuesday, October 4 we will us to use and everyone managed to find somewhere to return to the Black Horse, Chesham (HP5 3NS) for our eat their food. I needn’t have worried about the turnout meeting venue. The Black Horse has recently been either, more and more cars arrived into the car park and all refurbished and is now under new management with 60 BBQ meals were sold. In fact, when I went inside after improved kitchen facilities and a resurfaced, larger car park. organising the car parking, I was told all 60 meals had They catered very well for the BBQ we held there and a been sold so I could only eat from the normal pub menu! number of people suggested that we return for regular Fortunately, one of the chefs took pity on me and found Club nights, so we are going to give it a try. me a burger and sausage. I hope to see as many of you as possible from Overall, despite the weather and the rather crowded 7pm onwards. accommodation, it turned out to be a very successful evening so thank you to everyone involved and to R21 R21 August BBQ members for supporting the event. During the course It is every BBQ organiser’s worst nightmare – rain forecast of the evening we presented Steve Winter with his for the day of the event! The Black Horse, which had only Concours award for ‘Best Bodywork’ which, because of just reopened after a refurbishment programme, had an administrative error, had not been presented at the agreed to do the BBQ but needed a clear idea of numbers R21 Concours evening. with a financial penalty if we did not hit a certain level. After much discussion amongst committee members we FORTHCOMING EVENTS agreed on catering for 60 BBQ meals with a minimum of 50, below which we would be charged. In 2015 we had over January 7 R21 New Year dinner 70 people in attendance but it was fine sunny evening and It may seem as if Christmas and the New Year are a long we were not sure what 2016 would bring. way off but, in fact, they are rapidly approaching, so now is As we got closer to the evening the rain continued and I the time to book for our New Year dinner. hurriedly put out a MailChimp bulletin to all R21 members Following the success of the 2016 event we will be returning to the same venue – The Mercure St Albans Noke Hotel, Watford Road, St Albans (AL2 3DS). The event includes a three-course dinner, wine, a disco and festive novelties all for only £29pp or, if you book and pay before November 30, the Chiltern Region will subsidise the cost to £24. Please book as soon as possible by making cheques payable to ‘PCGB’ and posting them to the organiser: Jo Walker at 16 Ridgeway, Wing, Leighton Buzzard, LU7 0TH. Special rates are available for those wanting overnight accommodation, details as follows; £80 standard double or twin room (£70 single occupancy), £100 superior double or twin room (£90 single occupancy). The above Terry presents Steve Winter rates include full English breakfast, service and VAT. Please with his Concours award book rooms direct with The Noke Hotel 01727 854252 75

and quote ‘Porsche Club Great Britain’ or ‘PORS070117’ when booking. If you have any question please phone Jo on 01296688760 or 07791732133 or email September 25 R21 Breakfast meet We are pleased to advise that we will be holding another breakfast meet at Denham Aerodrome on Sunday, September 25 from 10am-12noon. This is a great opportunity to give the Porsche a run and meet up with like-minded individuals for a chat over coffee and bacon sandwiches. Hopefully the weather will be kind so that we can spend some time in the car park looking at the cars. There is usually some flying activity at the airfield so there is something for all the family. I hope to see you there.

R23’s visit to Crosthwaite and Gardiner coincided with great weather

Bugatti on display at Crosthwaite and Gardiner

Art Deco entrance to Shoreham Airport

September 25 Coventry Transport Museum visit **event cancelled** The trip to the Coventry Transport Museum has been cancelled because of very low take-up. Apologies to those people looking forward to the trip but we did not have enough cars to make it viable. Future activities We are always looking for new activities or trips for the Region so if there is anything you would like to do or organise, please give me a call or drop me an email at – all suggestions welcome. Terry Perry DIARY DATES SEPTEMBER 25 Breakfast meet at Denham Aerodrome OCTOBER 4 Club night At the Black Horse, The Vale, Chesham. NOVEMBER 8 Club night The Black Horse. JANUARY 7 R21 New Year dinner At The Noke, St Albans.

After this very welcome start, staff at Crosthwaite and Gardiner gave our group a fascinating and informative tour of their factory. Suffice to say everyone was stunned by the work that is undertaken. Blending a mix of traditional craftsmanship with modern CNC manufacturing methods, the company produces thousands of individual stock lines. On top of manufacturing unique, individual parts Crosthwaite and Gardiner also builds brand new race engines and gearboxes and rebuilds entire cars and engines as well as engineering one-off, bespoke projects. After our tour we regrouped on the lawn to enjoy a BBQ with all the trimmings under blue skies and in warm temperatures. As an added bonus it was the day of the Hungarian F1 Grand Prix and a large TV was provided with the cherry on top being Lewis Hamilton’s record-breaking fifth victory at Hungaroring. Thank you to Dick Crosthwaite and his staff for their time and giving us all a very memorable day.

Sussex Regional Organisers Chris and Martin Woolger 07720 849982 or 07802 409272 or Crosthwaite and Gardiner On Sunday, July 24 R23 had a great day being treated to a visit at Crosthwaite and Gardiner. Crosthwaite and Gardiner is one of the world’s leading manufacturers and suppliers of parts to the historic motor racing industry. Established in 1969, the company is built on a wealth of knowledge and experience gained through over 40 years of producing parts for some of the most famous and important racing cars the world has ever seen. From a finely crafted nut and bolt set for a Bugatti 35 to a world-beating Auto Union Grand Prix car, Crosthwaite and Gardiner manufactures the finest products for the finest cars in the world. Our visit started at 10am with a marvellous selection of Porsches arriving and parking on the lawn in front of Crosthwaite and Gardiner’s offices. Cars attending ranged from a beautiful 356 to a stunning GT3 RS with various versions of Boxsters and 911s in between. After the inevitable discussions of the magnificent group before us, coffee and pastries were served.

August 21 Sunday breakfast meeting at Shoreham Airport Our breakfast meeting in August was the biggest yet with 20 cars and 36 people. It was good to see both regulars and first timers attending this popular event. A Region favourite, the beautiful Art Deco Shoreham Airport forms a great backdrop for any photograph as well as being a location for many TV period dramas. Due to our numbers we were looked after by the staff of the Hummingbird restaurant in the Pashley room that, again, is very Art Deco. The 1930s Glen Miller music really added to the atmosphere and anyone going to the Goodwood Revival would certainly be getting ‘In the Mood’ if they came here first. The view from South Downs National Park


After our feast of a breakfast the group inevitably moved into the car park to admire and discuss the gathering of Porsches of all ages from a 956 to GT3 RS. Thirteen cars then departed on a short run to enjoy the Sussex Countryside and South Downs National Park. The weather was kind, dry and warm, albeit overcast, enabling anyone who could, to go ‘topless’. We ended up at Devil’s Dyke on the top of the South Downs where the views are breath-taking. We all departed with most members asking; “when and where is the next meeting?”

Cambridgeshire & Bedfordshire Regional Organiser John Dunn 01954 789764 – RECENT EVENTS June Club night As always, it’s great to welcome new members to Club night who we hope will join us at events. The raffle continues to provide extra funds for events – mainly ‘bubbly’ this month! Thank you to all who

continue to bring prizes and support the raffle by purchasing tickets. I am pleased to be able to report that the new car parking arrangements at the Ferryboat seem to be working well. This area for Porsche parking only will operate from March through to September and will not operate during the winter months. Regional Concours The R24 Concours was hosted this year by PC Cambridge. In preparation for the event both the forecourt and showroom had been cleared of the dealer’s cars. Members’ cars were then neatly parked on arrival ready for the afternoon drivethrough Concours. Members were greeted with tea, coffee and pastries and Adrian Gibbins (our new Service Manager) then gave a welcome briefing and outlined the busy day ahead. And it was certainly a busy morning, a last-minute polish for the car, two quizzes on offer, one being a Macan and a quiz to find the extras and another general knowledge quiz. A workshop tour with Andy Matthews, with the addition of spot prizes proved very popular. Then it was onto lunch, a hog roast with salad followed by a variety of cakes. All this was washed down with numerous bottles of ‘bubbly’ and other fizzy, non-alcoholic drinks for the drivers, i.e. mainly the men. The afternoon soon came around and then onto the main event of the day; the Concours. Contestants’ cars were driven from the forecourt into the showroom and brought to a halt. A quick introduction then each member was invited to say a few words about the car. Having done this, all the other competitors then held up their marks for the car ‘Strictly’ style! These were swiftly totalled up (thanks to Dan and committee members) and the car was driven through the exit of the showroom and the next car entered via the forecourt. This process went on until the last car had passed through the showroom. So, the winners you voted for were as follows:

Visitors Class Steve Edward and 3.2 Carrera The Young Ones 2006-2016 Class 1st: Peter Lamb and Cayman 2nd: Steve Gillings and Boxster 3rd: Colin Fox and Gen2 997 The Middle Years 2005-1995 1st: Phil Swain and 996 Turbo 2nd: Steve Winstone and GT3RS 3rd: Brad Bradshaw and 996 C4S The Early Years Pre-1995 1st: Sean Plumpton and 912 2nd: John Hilbery and 356B 3rd: Tracy Core and 3.2 Supersport Overall winner 2016 R24 Concours The car of the show and overall winner of the Jeremy Burchall Trophy, as chosen by PC Cambridge, was Cliff and Tracy Wilkins with their ‘Peridot Green’ Cayman R.

A final round of drinks and speeches and our appreciation for all the staff at PC Cambridge who had made this such an enjoyable event ended the evening. A special thanks to Adrian, well done, and thank you again.

bacon rolls. Includes guided tours and meeting the staff at RPM Technik. This is a joint visit along with Region 10 and the 997 Register. You will need to register for the event so please email me if you would like to join us. If we have sufficient numbers it is hoped to organise a short drive for lunch following the visit. OTHER NEWS Don Betts It is with great sadness that I bring you the news that Donald (Don) Edward Betts, Retired Royal Air Force, has passed away aged 84. Don, an honorary member of PCGB joined the Club some 45 years ago. During this period Don owned three 356 Porsches and could be seen at events around the country. During his career in the RAF Don flew many of the early ‘V’ jets, including the Venom and Vampire. However, always a keen pilot, Don’s favourite seat was in the Canberra jet. Don was also a keen sportsman and had many trophies for track and field. Don also loved Alpine skiing and could still be found on the slopes into his 70s. Don’s funeral took place at Cambridge Crematorium and it was good to share stories of Don’s life in the skies and cars with fellow friends of both his family and the Club at the Dolphin Hotel in St Ives. Above all, my memory of Don is of a true gentleman who always had a kind word for everyone. Don is pictured at the last event I recall him attending, The Kimbolton Classic. Our thoughts are with Jose and family.


Don Betts

October 12 Club night Come along and join us for October Club night. If you are bringing a Porsche please note that there is no dedicated parking area. However, we look forward to seeing you all at the Ferryboat, Holywell. October 22 RPM Technik visit Kindly organised by Steve Gillings for a visit to his place of work. Arrive on Saturday, October 22 for tea, coffee and

Winter Club nights We are also looking for guest speakers for our 2016-2017 winter Club nights. If you know of someone who would like to come along and keep us entertained (this does not have to be motoring related) we would be pleased to hear from you. Enjoy your cars and Club and events R24 Concours winners

John Dunn


Kent Regional Organisers Phil and Pearl Sharland 01797 344121 – Hello everyone! RECENT EVENTS Kent sortie Mick and Sue Dennis report: “On a cool and blustery morning in August, 26 members gathered at Lydd Airport, south of Ashford, for the start of this year’s sortie. With no route to follow, the challenge was for each team to select and visit any five of eight given locations and arrive at Wingham Wildlife Park, east of Canterbury, having covered the shortest distance. “It was good to see some new participants as well as the hardy regulars who were rewarded at the finish with warm sunshine, refreshments and time to relax, enjoy the company and have a picnic. “Hearty congratulations to Julia and Mick Kostiw for an amazing performance, beating the competitive duo of Kane and Tiff Mayhook by an unprecedented four miles. For some, however, the competitive element wasn’t so important and they were merely happy just to drive and discover unfamiliar roads and villages that they wouldn’t normally have travelled through.”

Members at the finish of the Kent sortie

A Grand Night Out Mick and Sue Dennis report: “After requests from some members to do something different, we set about doing just that. An evening of dinner, entertainment and dancing was planned. The comments from all those who attended indicate that the evening was considered a great success. It gave us the opportunity to ‘strut our stuff’ and be entertained by the amazing multi-talented vocal skills of Paul Cantara. Thanks to him and the staff at the Mercure Tunbridge Wells Hotel for providing the buffet, bar and facilities, everyone left at midnight having enjoyed themselves and expressing gratitude for ‘A Grand Night Out’.” We extend our thanks to Mick and Sue for organising this event for our members and providing the reports here. Elvis and friend at A Grand Night Out

R25 members ‘strut their stuff’ at A Grand Night Out

FORTHCOMING EVENTS October 5 Club night at Brands Hatch Please note change of date from our usual second Wednesday.

October 22 Winter health check at PC Tonbridge Bookings are now being taken for the winter health check at PC Tonbridge. Places are very limited so please apply soon if you would like to take advantage of this offer. Bookings will be accepted by email only, please include your membership number, model, year and registration number. Please note priority will be given to new members and those that have not attended a health check recently. January 21 post-Christmas party night At Hadlow Manor Hotel, Maidstone Road, Tonbridge, TN11 0JH where we can dispel the winter blues and party the night away 7.30pm-12.30am. Dress code is optional black tie. Three-course dinner (choice of menu) plus coffee and mints followed by a DJ and disco for £22pp. Menu available now. A nonrefundable deposit of £10pp will secure your booking. A limited number of discounted rooms are available at £90 per double room including breakfast. Please ask for a reservation code and details when booking. If you have not registered your email address with the Club, please do so soon so that we can send you our regular updates on all our events. Our monthly meetings take place on the second Wednesday of each month at The Kentagon at Brands Hatch, near West Kingsdown (main gate on the A20) from 7.30pm and are always very informal and give an opportunity to meet new people and make new friends. Whatever Porsche you drive you will always find someone with a similar interest. If you are a new member attending one of our Club nights then look out for the yellow T-shirts and sweat shirts worn by us and our committee members. We are there to introduce you to other members and generally make you feel at home. Don’t forget – if you want to come along to any of the events advertised then please make sure you let us know in advance. Telephone 01797 344121 or email Happy and safe motoring We wish you smooth and empty roads Phil and Pearl

Kent Sortie winners Julia and Mick Kostiw

October 16 Drive and Sunday lunch at West Malling Golf Club We will meet at 10.30am for coffee at The George, Heavercourt Road, Singlewell, DA12 5UQ. This will be followed by our customary drive of around 25-30 miles to West Malling in time for lunch at 1pm. The cost of the three-course carvery lunch is £20pp, including tea or coffee. We will need bookings and payment in advance by October 2 latest, please.


DIARY DATES OCTOBER 5 Club night at Brands Hatch OCTOBER 16 Drive and Sunday lunch at West Malling Golf Club OCTOBER 22 Winter health check at PC Tonbridge

Silverstone traffic and parking issues. There were so many Porsches in the infield that, to a casual onlooker, it might have appeared to be a PCGB show! Something that does deserve a special mention though, is PC Bournemouth’s entry in this year’s restoration competition run by Porsche Cars GB. This is an annual competition whereby Porsche Centres source and restore Porsches. For 2016 the theme was ’40 years at the front’ to celebrate 40 years since the launch of the 924. Nick Perry, PC Bournemouth technician, fount of all classic Porsche knowledge and a regular at R26 meetings, carried out the lion’s share of the restoration of a 924 Turbo and, although they didn’t win, he and the car attracted some very favourable comments, both at the event and on Twitter! R26 followed the restoration every step of the way starting with an early visit to Poole Accident Repair to see the body rebuild. Tref was particularly proud of the car as he had supplied a few components from his own collection of scrap – sorry, I mean parts. And no, this didn’t include polish or a dent-puller!

Dorset Joint Regional Organisers Trefor Willingham and Geoff Fields 01747 838158 Report compiled and presented by Chris Hak.

R14 Concours Nick Hyde once again picked up the gauntlet to represent Dorset Region at his favourite event, the R14 (South Wales) Concours. Despite a damp start, the journey to the event was as enjoyable as ever with the drive across the bridge to Wales providing stunning views. On arrival, after the usual warm welcome from R14 members, he was cracking on with the job of removing 130 miles’ worth of dirt and grime from his usually pristine 996 C4S. With unstinting support from PC Cardiff, the event was another success and the icing on the cake for Nick was the award of a second place trophy in the ‘Visitors Class’. Hopefully, the result made the drive home in nightmare weather a little more bearable!

Photo by Trefor Willingham

Monthly meeting Proving we can work to a tight schedule in Dorset, Geoff ushered everybody out of the bar and into the meeting room for an 8pm(ish) start and Tref soon had the ear of his audience as he laid out plans for the R26 AGM in September. By the time you read this it should all be over but it will have proved to be more significant than usual as Geoff has decided it’s time to stand down as JRO. Tref outlined the proposals for the future which hopefully will have been ratified at the AGM.

Photo by Trefor Willingham


“While normally held in the New Forest, this year’s venue was… someone’s back garden! A TIPEC member’s parent stepped in to save the day and a special ‘thanks mum’ was heartily supported by all present. As well as the excellent BBQ, there was the ‘best car of the day’ competition, as judged by everyone attending. First, second and third prizes were awarded, which made the selection of the winner a little more complicated for all. “It was good to meet up with friends old and new, some of whom we don’t get to see as often as we’d like – one day we will convert them all to being PCGB Dorset members but, in the meantime, it is great to catch up with them at this annual event. Then, of course, there’s the raffle – the quality of the prizes for the event is legendary and, sure enough, they didn’t disappoint. I was particularly pleased to be the recipient of one of their star prizes, a new Karcher pressure washer – a timely prize for me as less than a week later it turns out that I would be taking the gearbox out of my car for, what I believe to be, the first time in 26 years! Other members of Dorset Region also did very well from the raffle but, since it was for a charity close to our heart, indeed, our own charity of choice, the Dorset Air Ambulance, our members were happy to put their hands in their pockets… some of them even took them out again to buy tickets! “All too soon it was time to go home – as with most of our events, the time absolutely flew by and yet it still managed to be a lovely relaxed day. We look forward to joining our friends again next year.” OTHER EVENTS AND NEWS

Stunning 924 Turbo was PC Bournemouth’s entry in 2016 restoration competition

PCGB Club Championship With Sharon and I staying with Sharon’s mum in Essex for an extended period of dog-sitting (don’t ask!), I was ideally placed to take up Chris Daly’s kind offer of attending the Porsche Club Championship’s Brands

PC Bournemouth’s Nick Perry has every right to look proud

TIPEC BBQ Tref Willingham reports: “I am ashamed to say I haven’t been to the TIPEC BBQ for a couple of years, as it clashed with other PCGB events, but it is always popular with our members – of course it is, it involves food!

PCGB Club Championship competitors exiting Clark Curve on the first lap

Photo by Chris Hak

NOVEMBER 9 Club night at Brands Hatch DECEMBER 14 Club night at PC Tonbridge As Brands Hatch will be closed to car clubs in December, PC Tonbridge have invited us to visit them from 7pm and enjoy a festive evening in their showroom. JANUARY Club night There will be no Club night in January as Brands Hatch is closed. JANUARY 21 post-Christmas party night

Nick Hyde’s 911 at R14 Concours. The C4S is looking remarkably clean – bring on the judges!

Photo by Trefor Willingham

Photo by Nick Hyde

R26 members at TIPEC BBQ

PCGB National Event at Silverstone Classic Much will be written in the main body of PP about the 2016 National Event, so it is unnecessary to repeat it here except to say that both Tref and Robin agreed that it was an exceptional event, despite the usual 80

Hatch round as a guest of PCGB motorsport’s transport contractor, Prestige Logistics. In stark contrast to a recent visit to Brands Hatch (a very wet track evening) it was a gloriously sunny day throughout, perfect conditions for some very entertaining racing. Alongside competitors, series sponsors Sylatech and Pirelli were present in the paddock with everything revolving around the PCGB race centre. The race centre was set up as a social and canteen area, offering hospitality and a welcome respite for guests from the heat. In addition to our Club races, there were several other race series present including the Monoposto Championship, the VAG Trophy and the Classic Sports Car Club series for 1970s-1980s Future Classics. The racing was competitive throughout this MSV organised event and, despite the unusual number of heavy shunts leading to numerous stoppages, it was a most enjoyable day. If you haven’t been before, I can thoroughly recommend spectating at a Porsche Club Championship round and I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Chris, Brendan Daly and Steve Kevlin for their kind hospitality. FORTHCOMING EVENTS October 6 VIP ‘behind the scenes visit’ to Beaulieu Booking is now closed but, if you are still interested, please give Karl your name and he’ll add you to his reserve list. Visit to the Mike Hawthorn Museum Lorne Campbell announced at the monthly meeting that ‘a friend of a friend’ has a private museum in memory of Britain’s first Formula 1 World Champion, Mike Hawthorn and he would be happy to arrange a visit for R26 in the future. A show of hands confirmed that this would be a very popular event. If you are interested, please look out for further updates at future meetings and in these reports.

more. Colin has kindly offered a behind the scenes look at this family owned, ultra-modern, crash repair centre. Back to matters in hand and, as promised, a follow-up to our visit to PCGB National Event at the Silverstone Classic. It was truly an international event for Region 27. We had 11 members in five cars make the trip, crossing four countries by sea and air. The main party took their cars on the overnight sailing from Belfast to Birkenhead and then drove the couple of hours onto Silverstone. One couple decided to fly and join us on site. So it really was land, sea and air! After a bit of a false start, when a certain 944 decided to display an oil warning light (for the first time in its 32-year life!) the fault was quickly traced to a lazy sensor with help from the friendly folk at PC Silverstone. After the obligatory visit to the jet wash under the close supervision of Desi Stewart, we rolled up at the gates of the home of British motorsport for a fantastic weekend. All the effort was well worth it. The range of cars on display, the almost around the clock entertainment and the PCGB display were all outstanding. The Club grandstand offered unrivalled viewing for the many classic races and parade laps that punctuated the weekend. The facilities really were outstanding with complimentary tea and coffee thrown in for good measure. One of the highlights of the weekend was our visit to the Porsche Experience Centre (PEC) where we took full advantage of the ‘taster’ session behind the wheel of factory fresh 911s on the exclusive track facilities. Later the same day it was BBQ time and onto PEC’s outdoor viewing gallery to watch the evening ‘classic’ race programme. Don’t miss the full report in the pages of PP but, be warned, if you haven’t been to the Silverstone Classic yet – you will want to go! The return journey took us back across ‘the pond’ into Dublin, albeit a little later than was planned by some (but that’s another story!) so international it was! Thanks to everyone who supported the weekend

DIARY DATES OCTOBER 20 Monthly meet NOVEMBER 17 Monthly meet DECEMBER 15 Monthly meet DECEMBER 16 Christmas celebration and dinner Hunters Moon, Sherborne, DT9 5QN.


On track at Silverstone

Regional Organiser Ken Mack 07860 850444 – Assistant Regional Organiser John Hilditch 07907 437303 REGION 27 – CELEBRATING 30 YEARS August round-up As I write, with August coming to a close, it is time to remind members that our last drive of the season is fast approaching. So, if you have not joined us on one of our monthly ‘jaunts’ this season, it is not too late to put that right! So, don’t miss our October drive when we will be accepting an invitation from Region 27 member Colin Porter to visit Porter’s Bodyshop in Portadown. With over 44 years in the crash repair industry the company now offers a range of services including bodywork restoration, alloy wheel repairs, detailing and much

August drive lunch stop at The Coach House


New member Ivan Bickerstaff

and thanks to the Clubhouse and the team for their outstanding efforts. Meanwhile, back in Region 27 two events kept members occupied in August. The first was our monthly meeting and a welcome return to the Ulster Transport Club in Newtownabbey. Talk was about recent and forthcoming events relaxing over a cup of coffee. Our August drive took us to the North Coast via Portglenone, Coleraine, Downhill and then on to Limavady for lunch at The Coach House at the Roe Valley Resort. Car care advice As the weather turns cooler, a ‘top tip’ from PC Belfast: Clinging on to the final embers of summer, quite a few members reduce their driving pattern or even put their cars into ‘hibernation’ for the winter. Easily the issue seen most at PC Belfast during the winter months is battery related, often due to vehicles not being used. Porsche cars are complicated and very technical pieces of machinery which, even when locked up, still require a source of power to maintain control units and other essential functions. The battery of a parked vehicle, especially in cold weather, can go flat in less than two weeks. In PC Belfast the batteries of the cars in the showroom are charged on a regular cycle, to avoid such issues. Many owners may already have the facility to trickle charge their cars, but for those who drive their

water-cooled cars regularly, but less so during the winter, Porsche have devised a simple and convenient method to condition the battery. The Porsche, mains powered, ‘Charge-O-Mat’ plugs directly into the cigar lighter and provides a constant voltage to maintain the battery in top condition. Simply plug it in and forget about it, as it automatically stops charging and restarts as necessary. The unit normally costs £94.99 but, until the end of October, it’s on offer to PCGB members for just £87 (including VAT). For more details, contact Paul McConaghy or George Straghan at PC Belfast on 028 90389 9999. Shannon’s Jewellers in Lisburn Before signing off for this month I have news of a very special event and competition for R27 members and their spouses. Mervyn Shannon, proprietor of one of Northern Ireland’s leading jewellers, Shannon’s, has invited the Region to an exclusive reception in their Lisburn premises (2-4 Market Square, BT28 1XB) just in time for Christmas! And that’s not all, over the next few months we will be offering members a chance to win a TAG gent’s watch, or a lady’s equivalent, with a retail value of £900, sponsored by Shannon’s. Tickets will be strictly limited to a maximum of 100 costing just £10 and will be on sale at our monthly meetings and drives. That’s about it for this month, don’t miss our final drive of the season in October and, as always, keep an eye on the R27 section of the PCGB website for dates of upcoming events. Don’t forget also that you can follow your Region on facebook – @PCGB.R27 Ken Mack DIARY DATES OCTOBER 12 Monthly meeting Gowdy’s of Down Royal, 60 Gravelhill Road, Maze, Lisburn, BT27 5RW. 7.30pm for 8pm – the ‘Early Bird’ menu is only available until 6.30pm. Evening includes a review of the 2016 season with an opportunity to comment on our events programme and ideas for 2107. OCTOBER 15 Last drive of the season Meeting at Sprucefield in McDonalds car park for 9.30am. Visit to Porter’s Bodyshop in Portadown and drive to Armagh for lunch. NOVEMBER 9 Region night at Shannon’s Jewellers See above for details.

calendar each year although circumstance has meant that I’ve not taken a Porsche on this event for some time. Where better for co-owner David Sass and me to take the GT4 to make its track debut? We arrived early and joined some UK Club members before the formal events started. For reasons too complicated to go into, our friends had brought an Aston Martin Vantage N400 and a Vauxhall VX 220, the latter having only been acquired the week before in true ‘Top Gear’ challenge style. The little, lightweight Vauxhall had been modified with a supercharger, and proved to be hugely entertaining (all of our party got to drive it over the weekend). It continued to live up to its ‘Top Gear’ billing by becoming more lightweight over the course of the trip by shedding various bits, and decided at one point that it would not start which resulted in us running over one of our friends as we push started it... proving it to be a hilarious car in every sense of the word. We warmed up for the track action with some karting on the Alain Prost Circuit followed by a country drive to the Hotel de Paris in Chartres sur la Loire for lunch. This has a long association with the 24-hour race and was a traditional venue for drivers to stay, as evidenced by evocative photos in the bar. The Aston Martin team in 2015 actually drove the race cars to the circuit from this hotel. By coincidence, there was a large classic car show that afternoon in nearby Macon, but in the mid-30s temperatures and after the large lunch we struggled to make the most of the numerous exhibits and autojumble. There were large contingents from Jersey and Guernsey on the trackday itself. Exotica is always attracted to this event and this year highlights included an Aston Martin GT12, Ferrari F 12 and a McLaren 675LT. Porsches were well represented too. The GT4 was a popular weapon of choice with five on track, but GT3s of all generations were present (not least three 991 GT3 RSs), along with various Caymans, 911s from 964 onwards and an RSR replica based on a 3.2. There were also a couple of Boxsters converted solely for track use and the 991 Turbo S of our ‘member overseas’ Mike Balston.

991 GT3 RS

Having decided to retire his 964 Turbo Cabriolet from track work, and his Turbo Boxster still in the workshop, Clive Maides decided to take his wife’s shopping car but nonetheless had a great couple of days! The GT4 proved to be everything we had hoped for on track. Although we had been warned by other owners of excessive understeer on standard anti-roll bar and camber settings (which I do not recall from any of the road or track tests I have read) this did not manifest itself although as it was such a hot day we did need to drop the tyre pressures to save destroying our Dunlops. The GT4 created a lot of interest and at one point David and I were taking passengers out in relays. It proved to be hugely exciting, adjustable, involving and predictable (mostly! – David) We would have loved to have stayed for the second day on the Maison Blanche circuit (which was a Lions Club charity event) but, unfortunately, I had to leave early to go back to work, to daydream of the next time we can get back on track. Many thanks to Delta Racing for another great event. FORTHCOMING EVENTS September 25 Joint meeting with Classic Vehicle Club There is usually an interesting variety of machines at this joint meeting with the Guernsey Classic Vehicle Club which makes for a worthwhile afternoon. Meet on the Albert Pier from 2pm (with Salerie car park as a back-up venue), then on for coffee at a venue to be decided on the day.

Mike Balston on track

We look forward to seeing you soon Ian, Angela, Jean-Marc and Sebastian DIARY DATES

Channel Islands, Guernsey

OCTOBER Tennerfest meal Details to follow by email. NOVEMBER 27 Abu Dhabi Do DECEMBER 18 Christmas meal

Regional Organisers Ian and Angela Banneville 01481 715678 – Twitter: @PCGB_Guernsey August – Herm meal Unfortunately, we had to cancel our evening in Herm due to lack of interest. However, on the basis that the weather had turned fully November with strong winds and heavy rain by the evening, the boat was cancelled. Maybe you all have a more reliable long-range weather forecast than mine. Nonetheless, thanks to those of you who got in contact to say you would like to come along... both of you! This means that I have no option but to share my holiday photos with you this month – you have only got yourselves to blame. Delta Racing trackday at Bugatti circuit Le Mans This event has become a firm fixture in our car event

Taking in a lap of the 24-hour circuit


Channel Islands, Jersey Regional Organiser Roger Theaker 07979 652525 – Delta Racing track event at Le Mans David Sass recently teamed up with co-owner Ian Banneville to explore the performance envelope of their GT4 at the Le Mans circuit organised by Delta Racing. David reports; “This would be a first on a number of levels, the first time my co-owner and I had driven the GT4 on a track and, personally, the first time I had been a ‘Goliath’ on the track. What I mean is that past trackdays were enjoyed as a relative underdog. In South Africa I had enjoyed trackdays in my daily driver, pre-’74 911 when the Goliaths back then were RS replicas and the 964 and 993 RS. In Europe, I have enjoyed trackdays in my daily driver 993 and, latterly, a 3.2 Carrera. I did enjoy trackdays at Le Mans in Ian’s 996 GT3 RS and in my Ferrari 550. The former was not mine and it poured with rain. The latter was too much of a Goliath, being too big and heavy for a serious trackday car. Still, I had fun blasting past a 993 Turbo down the straight in the 550. In the dry and later in the wet! “The GT4 would be different, no more the underdog with nothing expected and thus little pressure. This time, the weight of responsibility, from being in a factory hot-rod tailored for the track, would be felt. I did not know that so much fun could be had with such responsibility! “It started one hot sunny Saturday when I took the ferry from Jersey to St Malo. This gave me six hours to kill while waiting for Ian and the GT4 to arrive from Guernsey. A lovely afternoon spent on the beach followed by a late lunch. When Ian texted me to say his ferry had been delayed, I enjoyed some more local cider, happy in the knowledge that I had a designated driver to get me to Le Mans that evening. “The GT4 has turned out to be a brilliant way for Ian and I to see more of each other and we caught up as the GT4 purred along the Peage. It makes for a rather good GT! “That evening we caught up with good mates who had driven down from the UK. A Sunday followed, spent go-karting, lunch at Hotel De France and taking in a classic car show nearby. “Monday morning, bright and sunny and an early start for the track. Once again drivers were courteous and followed briefing instructions to let faster cars through sooner rather than later. Ian took the wheel for

the initial session and I relearned the track as Ian smoothly piloted the GT4 on terrific lines. Ian let a Lotus 11 through and then kept it company no problem. Ian and the GT4 both smooth and quick! “Later I took to the track. We agreed to go out for relatively short sessions and to give the GT4 a 20-30 minute rest between sessions. We also turned off traction and stability, the idea being to learn the limits in the real world rather than being lulled into a false sense of security. A good idea as the GT4 has a fabulous chassis full of feedback. It is still a Porsche though and I made a fundamental error of lifting in a bend and not coming back onto the power soon enough. A 720º spin ensued, happily in its own length on the track. Right. Lesson learnt, drive smoothly, listen to the very talkative chassis and don’t over drive. From there it just got better and better and we carried more speed. “We kept an eye on the front tyres having heard of reports of excessive front tyre wear and understeer. We found the chassis to be very neutral. However, Ian quite rightly did drop tyre pressures as the tyres heated up a lot on this 30-degree plus day. Ian measured tyre wear back in Guernsey and, all perfectly acceptable, I am happy to say. “In summary, the GT4 is an epic track car, nay weapon. It flattered this driver while being a thrilling car to drive. The engine note is wonderful, the motor comes on cam at 4,000 rpm and then gets a second Blue on blue at Le Mans circuit

GT4 on the bend and its natural home


wind at 6,000 rpm. The ceramic brakes showed no sign of fade although there is a bit more pedal travel than I am used to. The handling is fantastic and the steering weighing up nicely when pushing on. We got it to under 10mpg, we really did try! After eight sessions on a hot day on the track, the GT4 took it all in stride. What a Porsche!” Roger Theaker DIARY DATES OCTOBER 15 Silverstone Auctions Porsche Sale OCTOBER 23 Coffee Morning and Sunday lunch at The Radisson Waterfront

Surrey Committee Chairman Mike Lucas Regional Contact Keith Morgan 07833 206078 (before 9pm) RECENT EVENTS Robert and Tanya Lewis Classic Car Collection Through our R29 committee chairman, Mike Lucas, the Region was invited by Sandown Mercedes to attend an event staged by Robert and Tanya Lewis in aid of the Help for Heroes charity at their car collection in Churt, near Farnham. From small beginnings several years ago this event, when it was last run in 2014, had an attendance of 1,400 people helping to raise in excess of £50,000 for Help for Heroes. This year they hoped to top that figure. It was a lovely sunny Saturday morning, ideal for a drive out in the Surrey countryside, and a number of us met for a drink and a chat at the Bel and The Dragon, a very short distance from the museum. We left the pub in a small convoy and managed to stay together for our short drive. Leaving the main road and driving past other houses gave no hint of what was in store until we arrived at the ‘forecourt’ area by the garages and had our car models announced as we drove past the assembled crowd up to the parking area in the fields beyond. Having parked our cars the first item on the agenda was food as it was now lunchtime, so we took advantage of the hot dog and burger stall to satisfy our hunger pangs before venturing into the world of classic cars.

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Robert and Tanya Lewis have gathered together a superb collection of around 50 classic cars, all in pristine condition and most taxed ready for the road, some even raced. There are three principal garages and the main one had a Mercedes Benz Gullwing together with a Lamborghini Miura and Mansell’s 1992 F1 Williams-Renault, among many others. A door at the back led into another collection of classics, with my particular favourite being a pristine, 1939 4.5-litre Lagonda V12 Le Mans. This car was not long back from taking part in the Classic Le Mans in July. Across the yard was another garage full of beauties, including C-Type, D-type, SS100, Mk 2, XK120 and E-Type Jaguars, MGs of all models up to the MGB and a Mk 1 Lotus Cortina (a boyhood dream of mine!). The last building houses an impressive workshop with a resident mechanic, enabling on-site restoration. The cars are beautifully displayed, in a condition that looks as if they have just come out of the showroom and the museum exhibits are complemented by period automobilia such as garage signage, a large collection of petrol pump ‘globes’ and a selection of framed period photographs for good measure. Robert, apparently, has the largest collection of petrol pumps and illuminated globes in the country!

It’s difficult to know what to look at first!

Our visitor car parking area had a huge number of cars ranging from our own Porsches to Aston Martin, Morgan, Alvis, MG, Jaguar and Ferrari, to name but a few. Just walking around here was enough to set the pulses racing! If more excitement was needed, in a field to one side one could take the opportunity to have a short helicopter ride to experience the area from above. Our thanks go to Robert and Tanya Lewis for giving us an opportunity to sample their selection of automotive excellence. Capel Classic Car and Bike Show This event is one that we have been attending every year for as long as I can remember and it just gets better every time. Unfortunately, there was a slight hiccup this year as the weather decided to show us that summer doesn’t necessarily mean that we can escape the rain and the heavens opened on the way to the show. All that cleaning and preparation gone in the blink of an eye! However, by the time we got onto the field the weather started to take a turn for the better and our willing Club members managed to get the gazebo erected in our allocated area without too much bother, despite the rather breezy conditions that followed the rain. We had 14 cars in our line-up and most of us had brought along our partners to share in the joys of

An eye-catching Lagonda V12

The ‘visitors’ car park at the museum

All smiles from the ladies at Capel!


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Our line of Porsches at Capel

old cars and motorbikes. Although it was noted that a number of the ladies preferred to wander amongst the numerous stalls selling all sorts of domestic goodies rather than fantasise about the cars and bikes we used to own over the years and wishing that we had kept rather than sell for a pittance as we moved on to the next ‘must have’ motoring acquisition. We had a really good day meandering through the lines of cars and motorbikes on display and the lunchtime picnic session in the gazebo enhanced the experience, with Chris and Feliza providing two excellent examples of baking that one would normally only enjoy if nobody was looking at the calories! Marian finished us all off with a tray of ‘sweet pastries!’ A good day out and one we’ll look forward to again next year. FORTHCOMING EVENTS October 9 Visit to Bombay Sapphire Gin Distillery No decision has been made about a meeting place but this will be communicated through the magazine and the PCGB website in due course. November 20 Afternoon tea at the Old Railway Station, Petworth This is a nice afternoon drive out with tea and scones served in the old station booking hall. Meeting place and time for this event to follow in due course. December 9 Christmas Party at Silvermere Golf Club This event has now reached its maximum number so we are unable to take any more bookings, unfortunately.

OCTOBER 11 Club night NOVEMBER 8 Club night With Peter’s quiz. NOVEMBER 20 Afternoon tea at The Old Railway Station, Petworth DECEMBER 9 Christmas dinner at Silvermere Golf Club **fully booked** DECEMBER 13 Club night With Kelvin and his ‘goodies’. DECEMBER 17 Christmas Carols at the Royal Albert Hall **fully booked**

Monthly round-up August started with a relaxing break in Cornwall for us. However, six hours after returning home we were busy preparing for the first event of the month. The event preparation ritual consists of cleaning the car (well, we can’t let the side down can we?), loading display material and literature, first aid kit, essential tools, emergency rations, and, as we live in the UK, packing a diverse range of clothing to cover everything from Saharan sand-storms to tropical monsoons to Arctic blizzards. Conscious that it was five o’clock on a Sunday morning, and of the need to avoid waking our slumbering neighbours, we carefully and silently set about cleaning and loading up the Boxster. Sadly, our best efforts were dashed in a moment of carelessness by dropping a bag into the Boxster’s cabin with the alarm armed. Not a great start waking up our neighbours so early, but at least the car was clean. 10th Bicester Heritage Sunday Brunch Scramble Heading over to Bicester to set up for the 10th Sunday Brunch Scramble, almost every car on the drive up was a classic of some kind, seemingly also destined for Bicester. Even the Tiger Moth that flew over us as we drove along the A34 was apparently heading there too.

Isle of Man Regional Organiser Julian Chappell 01624 816563 (evenings) Assistant Steve Morrow 07624 433268

Rhapsody in red – Trabant 601 Limousine ‘rapid response’ feuerwehrauto

For up-to-date information on these and brief details of other events, please see the Surrey Region area of the Club’s website.

Keith Morgan DIARY DATES OCTOBER 9 Visit to Bombay Sapphire Gin Distillery

Porsche Avenue starts to fill up


Photos by Alan Bartlett

Club nights Meetings are held on the second Tuesday of the month at the Inn on the Lake, Silvermere Golf Club, Redhill Road, Cobham, Surrey, KT11 1EF, starting at 8pm.

Rhapsody in blue – 993

Monthly meeting We held our August meeting at The Red Lion, and what a great turnout we had. We managed to fill every seat in the back dining room and just about half of the car park with Porsches, making it the best attended mid-week meeting we’ve had in the last two and a half years. A decent summer evening certainly helped tempt members out, including some new ones, and we all shared an enjoyable evening with good company. As a bonus, we all enjoyed a pleasant drive through almost empty Cotswold roads to get there and back too, even if it did mean getting the front of the car plastered with a huge number of deceased invertebrates.

The Garth Charity Classic and Performance Porsche Show In response to a suggestion to raise funds for a local authority centre providing daytime support for adults with learning disabilities in the Bicester area, R31 member Wayne Singleton organised this brilliant fun family event that centred around a display of 30 Porsches. Against the backdrop of Garth House, a former 19th-century hunting lodge set in nine acres of parkland and formal gardens, Porsches of all ages and models were on display. As well as Cotswold members, R10, R14 and R16 also took part, with two members travelling from South Wales. The day’s programme featured live music, trade exhibits, a BBQ, an extensive play area and café, raffle and a tombola. Combined with free entry, a perfect setting and sunshine, everyone who attended had a superb day out. Our grateful thanks to Wayne for organising the event, and Bicester Town Council’s Chris Johnson and his team for all their enthusiasm, effort and energy in ensuring the venue was so immaculately presented and managed. Based on the highly positive feedback, we’ve already committed to holding another show at The Garth next August. The event managed to raise over £350 for the Garth House Centre. Cofee Cruise Our regular Sunday morning get-together at the Cotswold Gateway Hotel in Burford is probably the Region’s most popular event. Even though several regular members were away, we saw another exceptional turnout with around 30 people in attendance. Most newsworthy was that six of those who came along were new members and another two were non-members keen to review the Club’s social activities as a prelude to signing up.

FORTHCOMING EVENTS October begins with another Sunday Brunch Scramble at Bicester on October 2. Although Christmas seems a long way off, if you’d like to go to the Region’s Christmas lunch on December 11, you’ll need to book soon. Details of these and all our events can be found in the Cotswold (R31) events area on the Club website. Please always check the R31 Forum area and our Twitter feed (@PCGB_R31) for any last-minute changes or cancellations before you set off. And don’t forget we also have a Facebook page ( that you can follow. Drive carefully and see you soon Alan and Fiona

DIARY DATES OCTOBER 2 11th Sunday Brunch Scramble Bicester Heritage Centre. OCTOBER 12 Monthly Regional meeting At The Red Lion, Long Compton. OCTOBER 23 Cofee Cruise meet Cotswold Gateway Hotel, Burford. NOVEMBER 9 Monthly Regional meeting At The Carpenters Arms, Fulbrook. NOVEMBER 19 Karting event At Swindon Karting Arena, Wroughton, Swindon. NOVEMBER 27 Cofee Cruise Cotswold Gateway Hotel, Burford. DECEMBER 4 Christmas Cruise to Cornbury House DECEMBER 11 Region’s Christmas lunch Mill House Hotel, Kingham. JANUARY 8 12th Sunday Brunch Scramble Bicester Heritage Centre.

Photos by Alan Bartlett

All types and ages of Porsches were represented at Bicester, with owners bringing their cars from all over the UK, some staying overnight in local hotels, while others set out at the crack of dawn to drive from London, Chester, Lincoln and the South Coast. We counted 71 Porches on display but three more were parked in Hagerty International’s area for appraisal by Hagerty’s valuation team. Many vehicle specialists are now based at Bicester Heritage. Visitors were therefore able to see inside the workshops, showrooms and buildings and catch a glimpse of the latest projects, restorations and stock. Members of the R31 events team, Stuart Bennett and Wayne Singleton, undertook traffic management duties with their customary competence, diligence and meticulousness. Their sterling efforts to line up the Porsches either side of ‘Porsche Avenue’ with air-cooled models on one side and water-cooled on the other, ensured the Porsche display was the best organised single marque display at the event. Thanks guys. In all, it was a brilliant event, enthusiastically supported by Club members from across the UK. If you missed this one, the next Scramble takes place on October 2.

Fine display at Garth Charity Classic and Performance Porsche Show

R31 the Garth Charity Classic


REGISTERS Register Director’s report I am continually impressed by the content now being published in the Register section of PP. I hope you, as members, find the reports useful, entertaining and valuable – hopefully you may consider contributing yourselves by writing about issues or ideas which could benefit other members; I’m sure your Register Secretary will be pleased to hear from you. Those autumn jobs Sadly, autumn is now upon us, and I know it is that time of the year where you carry out all those little (and large!) remedial tasks that were not possible during our hectic summer schedule. I personally have a rear wheel bearing that is making its presence known; also a service is due.

356 Register Secretary Fred Hampton 020 7262 8695 –

Register Rendezvous As I write this, I am preparing for our presence at Kedleston Hall for the Register Rendezvous, organised by Ken Coad of the 968 Register. We are expecting more than 450 cars and the Club will be in attendance. The weather looks promising, so I hope I get to meet a great many of you. At Oulton Park Last weekend I attended the final round of the Porsche Championship race at Oulton Park. Even though the day started very wet, there was still some very spirited racing. With the afternoon clearing slightly to a ‘moist’ track, there was, again, some exciting racing from all the competitors. The Championship was decided at this the last race of the season, and it was very close. My thanks to all the competitors and organisers, especially Steve Kevlin our Motorsport Manager, who just seems to organise the competitors, races

Aerodrome, Old Warden in Bedfordshire. It is one of the most prestigious in the world due to the variety of old and well preserved aircraft.” (Wikipedia) If you arrive early, there is plenty to see in the hangars, and breakfast can be had in the café. Flying starts in the afternoon. Fred

October 2 Last call – 356 Register at Old Warden On the first Sunday of October there is a last-minute end of season get-together for the 356 Register, in which we gather at Old Warden (the Shuttleworth Collection) for the final flying day of the season (featuring ‘racing planes’). This event is inspired by the late Don Betts, who brought the Register to the ‘flying days’ many, many, years ago. It is not too late to attend. You can buy tickets online (; Shuttleworth will email the ticket(s) to you. When you have booked your tickets, can you let me know, by email, that you will be attending because there is a need to confirm the number of spaces required in the dedicated parking area. “The Shuttleworth Collection is an aeronautical and automotive museum located at the Old Warden At Old Warden

912 Register Secretary Rowena Purdy 01472 399381 – Assistant Register Secretary Vacancy Another month has passed and it is time for me to leave the garden, where I’ve been hacking down overgrown privet in a very cool, summery sunshine. Would that it were always thus; but the nights are drawing in, leaving even less time to get in the garden and repair the damage of the past two years! LOOKING OVER THE PAST MOTNH Gliding The month started out with the final days of the Silverstone Classic, about which I reported on last month, so that’s all over, including the shouting. My first Porsche event was with Region 4 at the Trent Valley Gliding Club – I went up twice. The first trip lasted only four minutes because there was no lift, although one glider had found a bubble and was climbing quite nicely; we tried to get under him, but to 92

and results without breaking into a sweat. Please try and get to these races next year (or better still, take part!). The previous weekend we had the Oulton Park Gold Cup Meeting where, again, PCGB had a major presence, far out-pacing every other car club by miles. Thanks to Region 5 for erecting a large marquee, which housed the PCGB shop, manned by Mandy Sutch and Chris Seaward, who greeted a great number of members and non-members to our stand. A grateful thanks go to everyone involved. Please make a date to get there next year when I’m assured it will be bigger and better! Please continue to enjoy your Club and your Porsches. Albert Walsh Register Director 01282 456371 (evenings)

no avail, so we landed very quickly. However, I stayed until the end and managed the last flight of the day. We found a column of lift and climbed up to 3,000 feet, at which point the instructor in the back gave me the controls to follow him through some ‘simple’ manoeuvres such as climbing and descending and turning. After which, he let me ‘have a go’ allowing me to attempt the same, getting more difficult as the flight went on. After 25 minutes airborne, it was time to return, so I was instructed to head for the airfield, join the circuit down wind and then turn for ‘finals’ – this is when he dropped the bombshell that I had been flying the glider whilst he had his arms folded. However, he did take over for the landing on a very bumpy grass strip! That was fun. Will I do it again? You bet. We then all repaired to a nearby hostelry for a welcome meal and refreshments – except that as I drove away I realised I’d gone off without paying for my flight! So it was a quick return to pay the bill before re-joining the R4 flyers for dinner – to be greeted with the usual banter about age and forgetting to pay. Props and Pistons August Bank Holiday Monday saw the Props and Pistons day at East Kirby. Around 40 Porsches of varying models and colours were there. Paul and I managed to have our two 912s parked beside each other in the prime spot, which attracted many interested viewers, including one young lady who had driven up from near Stansted Airport to come to the show. When she realised that there were two 912s, with owners alongside, she started asking some very knowledgeable questions about the cars and admitted that she had done a lot of research into the 912 because she had decided to go ahead and buy

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911 Carrera RS

110 pistons on display – one Lancaster (4x24), two 912s (2x4) and a Boxster

one as a birthday present to herself. So we suggested she sit in both cars and get a feel for them. Then we discovered that she owned a Cayman S, which she was going to sell in order to buy the 912 – what a sensible girl! Not being a Club member, she left clutching a membership folder and application form; so by now, hopefully, she should be a member of the Club. This year, for a change, it was wall-to-wall sunshine, which allowed for a short air display by a Mustang, Hurricane and Spitfire – the last two being from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight just down the road at Coningsby. The day finished with a photoshoot in front of the Lancaster, whilst Richard Watkinson, R4’s RO, presented the event organisers with a cheque from the Region’s members. All had a great day.

What’s ahead? Towards the end of September, R4 is holding its second Blyton trackday, but it’s too late to sign on! The Officials’ Conference will be held at the beginning of November, but unfortunately I have had to pull out, as I shall be recuperating from major surgery and unable to travel. The R4 RO has agreed to hold my brief.

October 23 Vulcan Experience To continue the aviation bias, I also managed to spend a couple of days at Robin Hood Airport to continue my volunteer training for the Vulcan tours, which includes helping with the teas and coffees and the book store! Whilst there I managed to finalise the arrangements for our Vulcan visit on October 23 – even though, as you will know from a recent MailChimp, I shall be unable to be with you. The presentation will start at 11am and last until 1pm, so the staff have asked that you arrive around 10.30am in order to park your valuable assets within the barrier. The presentation starts with tea/coffee and a health and safety brief, which is then followed by a 90-minute presentation about the Vulcan given by a volunteer guide. You will be able to ask questions during the presentation, and you may be given a guided walk around the jet. Afterwards, you will be able to have a wander around the hangar and jet, taking as many photographs as you wish, before departing through the bookstore by 1pm, when the next presentation will begin. Access to the hangar from the road is not signposted. As you turn into the airport you need to go straight over two roundabouts, take the first tuning at the third and straight over the fourth. After about 600 yards, turn right into Second Avenue, then right at the first crossroads. Keep the hangars to your left until you come to an open car park just before a right bend. Turn left past this car park and through the gated barrier. You can be seen from reception, who will lift the barrier for you. Unfortunately, I shall be able to attend, being flat on my back in Brighton under the care of the Nuffield Brighton Hospital recovering from major surgery. It will be about two months before I can drive again. Then it’s winter wheels for the 912 and Christmas lunch with R4 – it’s all go!

Register Secretary Ian McLeod 07810 493287

Till next month, drive safely and enjoy your 912 motoring. Rowena

Early 911 (2.0,2.2 &2.4)

911 Sportomatic Register Secretary Peter Cook 01789 400832 Miscellaneous bits… In the past couple of months I have had a number of Sporto owners contact me from as far afield as Australia (the power of the net), asking questions about their cars – it seems that quite a few cars were exported from the UK to Australia in the early 1970s. I have also had an ex-owner, who sold his car a few years ago and wished he hadn’t; he is now seriously looking for an excellent condition pre-impact bumper Sporto. He knows what such a car would cost, and for the right car he is prepared to pay the right price. Talking of values, it seems the ‘expert’ view is that they are static, or potentially falling a little, so it will be interesting to see the results of the Porsche Only Silverstone Auction to be held on October 15. If you have a Sporto and want to register it, or find out if it has been registered, please make contact – see your Porschefile, or the Club website, for contact details. For pre-impact cars, the Archive has the official Porsche Cars log book of cars that were imported, so 93

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911 2.7 Carrera & 3.0 Register Secretary Guy White 01493 750278 Technical Assistant Tony Ruggles 01992 892333 Matching numbers The term ‘matching numbers’ is used to describe a car that, as a minimum, retains the same numbered engine that it left the factory with. In some cases this can be extended to include the transmission, but not all Porsche records seem to record this and, due to the location of the gearbox number on the lowest point, in most cases this has been obscured by road contact or use of a jack. However, I have noticed a trend in cars for sale that are described as ‘matching numbers’, which, on closer inspection, reveal that the original engine has in fact been replaced; all be it with one of the correct type rather than say a 911 SC engine in a Carrera 3. For a modified, track car or ‘hot-rod’ this probably does not make much difference, but for a top original car this would normally decrease its value by something in the order of 10%. The accompanying photograph shows the position of the engine number (bottom) and type number (930/02 denotes an engine for a Carrera 3.0 with Position of engine number

Cayenne S Grey £11,995

Cayenne S 2008 Model Black £18,995

996 Carrera 4 Cabriolet Tiptronic. Grey £18,995

manual transmission). The way to check whether your car has matching numbers is to obtain a Certificate of Authenticity from Porsche (free of charge to PCGB members), which shows the original engine number and, in some cases, also the transmission number. I would therefore urge anyone who has not obtained one to take advantage of this membership benefit; it could increase the value of your car if you come to sell it. Guy

911 SC Register Secretary Paul Thompson 01531 822 305 Mobile: 07836 261 365 Technical Advisor David Sewell Our Club did a great job organising Silverstone – thank you all. However, I was disappointed that, for some reason, the BRDC decided to split the Porsche display in half. I was also disappointed by the lack of SCs in our display parking area. I tried to check for SCs in the general Porsche parking area but, as this was so far away from the SC display area, I missed a few of you as you arrived, thus proving I am not good at being in two places at once! I was around Friday and Saturday but had to miss Sunday as my wife broke her leg. Fortunately it happened when I was at home so, instead of being in Silverstone, I spent the day in Gloucester Royal Hospital. With very expensive food and parking both have much in common! The run from my house at the north end of the Forest of Dean to Silverstone over the Cotswolds is the perfect Porsche driving ground – lots of hills and corners and short straights. Life is a little frantic so I am afraid that is all this month! Paul

911 Carrera 3.2 Register Secretary Steve and Sue Edwards 020 8366 7770 Technical Advisor Charles Marsland 01732 848323 In early July, R21 held its annual Concours at PC Hatfield. Upon arrival, cars were entered into the three judging categories – air-cooled, water-cooled and front-engined. There was a good turnout of 88 cars judged on the night, with more continuing to turn up after the cut-off of 8pm. To my surprise, our car won the air-cooled class. I wasn’t expecting to score so well considering the car is showing many campaign scars from over 90,000 miles of enjoyment. It just goes to show that an original car is worth many marks and it’s not essential to have resprays and spend many hours polishing to achieve a trophy. At the time of the Concours, we’d not long been home from our Spanish touring holiday so I hadn’t waxed the car before entering, but the wheel

arches, bodywork and glass were all as clean as I could make them. During the evening of judging I managed to speak to four Carrera 3.2 owners – apologies if you were there and I missed you. I know at least another two of our models were there. Please, please come and introduce yourself if you see us anywhere (we’re normally wearing our Club Officials’ Carrera 3.2 badge). I’m never too busy to have a chat about another Carrera 3.2 and its custodian! After having recently attended a wonderfully successful R8 TOTEM for the second year, we were on our way home when I put the headlights on and found them to be flickering. I installed headlight relays a couple of years ago and they have performed faultlessly. Luckily, we managed to get home just before lighting up time, but it meant the fuel fill-up we had planned was skipped to save time. I found that the dip wire from the beam headlight stalk had dropped out from under the screw in the fuse box and the flashing was caused by road surface bumps vibrating the wire tip against the connecting block. I hadn’t had any earlier symptoms, so I guess the screw must have slackened off and then quickly undone during the 300 miles of the TOTEM. This one screw needed to be completely wound back in, so I’ll need to keep a regular check, and thus add it to my general car checks. Is there anything you have as an unusual maintenance check we could all benefit from? Whilst attending some other PCGB events over the past few months, the car returned 36mpg over 337 miles. The main journeys were from our north London home to Kimbolton in Cambridgeshire and then off to Porsches on the Prom in Weymouth (ably arranged by Register member Paul Butcher) and back. I’ve never had this kind of economy from the car and can only put it down to the fact that we were not in a hurry to get to either event so kept the speed to around 65mph. This was achieved even after lots of stationary moments and slow heavy traffic down to Weymouth (over four hours to drive 160 miles with the satnav set on the fastest route). I must remember to avoid Ringwood and the A31 in the future but the A350 and A303 were a good drive home. I’m sure this kind of economy won’t be achieved again in the near future. I can’t believe we’ve now notched up nine years of ownership. What I do know is these cars quickly become part of the family and loved dearly. On many occasions, owners have told me that they will not be parting with theirs, as the car will be passed on to the next generation of the family. With all the Porschering we have been doing this year, I could see we would be passing the 5,000-mile limit on our Lockton insurance cover ahead of renewal. I gave them a call and they contacted the underwriter, Chubb, to see if we could extend the limit a little rather than go to the next step of a 7,500-mile policy. The response back was good news; Lockton explained that, as I had been a customer for a number of years, they would offer a small buffer to see me through to renewal. When contacting them I had budgeted for attending the R21 Concours, Kimbolton County Fair with R24 and Weymouth Porsches on the Prom with R26. I can’t complain, as we have been to France, Spain and a number of enjoyable PCGB events over the 12 months of cover. Having been a customer of Lockton since they became PCGB’s ‘membership benefits’ insurance scheme broker a number of years ago, we have been pleased with their extensive policy cover and professionalism. This year’s renewal cost was unchanged from last year except for the increase in government tax and a slight rise to cover the car’s increased valuation. Steve and Sue 95

911 Carrera Club Sport Register Secretary Alan Cordery 01798 344481

964 Register Secretary David Bladon 07771 194507 – Register Assistant David Moulton-Bark 07775 821715 I hope that, with all the fine weather, those 964 beauties you all own are being driven to the many events being held. Admittedly, I’ve done much less than normal because of house moves, so I’m going to share a couple of places I’ve managed to get to this summer. RECENT EVENTS Curborough Sprint track For those of us who live in the Midlands, Curborough Sprint Circuit, a tiny venue very close to Lichfield, is a regular place to visit. For the princely sum of £35 R13 allowed each driver about eight laps of the circuit plus an all-inclusive breakfast, lunch, drinks and afternoon cakes and biscuits, and we still managed a donation to the Air Ambulance Service. The other good thing is that there is only one car on the circuit at any one time, so nervous newcomers find it a great, very safe way of dipping their toes into the trackday field of extra-curricular activities, with wives and girlfriends venturing out too. There is no racing so you can drive as fast as you feel comfortable. It has become an annual event with as much enjoyment with the wisecracking and banter in the queue as there is when driving the circuit. The circuit is only about 0.6 miles long and well maintained with improvements made each year. Last year it was altered to allow a figure of eight pattern for added enjoyment. It is also one of the places the Club holds its Speed Championship. Curborough Sprint Circuit

R4 hold a similar event at Blyton Park in southwest Yorkshire – a slightly larger circuit but still a very worthwhile venue to try out your skills in a safe environment. Silverstone Classic The Silverstone Classic was very well attended and enjoyed by large numbers of enthusiasts. I went on Saturday and spent half a day meeting fellow 964 owners at the Register display area where I bumped

Prize for furthest travelled – Jon Kent’s Luxembourg café

So many 964s at Silverstone. A couple even had to park opposite the main group

Saturday line-up featuring Christian’s S plus Fuchs

964 Carrera RS Register Secretary Melvin Spear 07860 595355 –


Clive’s rare 964 Turbo Cabriolet

into a very rare beast – a 964 Turbo Cabriolet, one of only six produced; three LHD and three RHD. I walked over to reprimand the owner for parking with some turbos instead of within my Register, but Clive, who’s owned the car for many years, was very affable and enjoying the attention his car generated. We had a good turn-out with up to 10 964s, including an RS and a Cup car. It was a pity, though, that the parking layout hadn’t put the cars in year order so that the progression of the 911s could have been seen. I’m now looking forward to the end of season meets especially the last of the Speed Championships held at Prescott Hill on Saturday, October 1, which is always a big fun event.

Richard Watling’s lovely Aerokit S complete with rear wing vent option and vigilant security men

Register Secretary Maurice Piper Register Assistant Christian Sanger 07968503385 Silverstone Classic Gallery A selection of 993 Register cars at the Silverstone Classic: 993 line-up on the Friday

Michael Taverner’s immaculate ’98 4S

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Register Secretary Paul Howells 01594 833238 First, I hope the Silverstone event was enjoyable for you. The photos I have seen of the small number of cars look great, with Steve’s shining brightly, and it was good to see Peter’s Clubsport out. All Things RS A few others and I are looking to promote and create an ‘All Things RS’ event, hopefully with the support of Porsche and Porsche Classic. The idea is to invite any RS owners of all models and years, and any factory race derived cars of all periods (i.e. ST, R, RSR, Clubsports) and, of course, all the homage cars of all periods. The view is to, maybe, have it at the Silverstone circuit (Porsche), where we get to exercise the cars, and have a guest speaker. The vision is to run it in the alternate years to Classics at the Castle. 96

In praise of the 2.8 RSR The picture below shows two rare engines, 25 years apart in production, and not a lot gained in this period as regards power to weight ratios. The 2.8 RSR engine develops 300bhp, and is approx. 1,000kg. The 3.8 RSR engine develops 360bhp and is 1,170kg. Do the maths, and you will see how good the 2.8 RSR was 43 years ago, and still is of course.

Garth Park Bicester

2.8 RSR and 3.8 RSR

Expensive original parts This winter I plan to reunite the 3.8 RSR engine with the 993 RSR, especially after my sad occasion at Spa back in 2009, when the engine let loose just before the braking point of Kemmel – the shift light came on in sixth with no seventh gear – so it was flat out in a fairly fresh engine when the con rod failed! The 3.8 RSR engine is a great ‘trick’ engine with some nice but expensive touches, such as titanium valves, very light rockers and individual throttle bodies for a faster response to your right foot input. But it’s nothing like as expensive as the 2.8 RSR original parts; such as the injection pump which is now selling for approx. £20k, twin spark dizzy £7-10k, throttle bodies £10k, original mag. engine cases £30-50k. It goes on and on. To build such an engine with no parts available, you need to start with a budget of £100k, and then you won’t be disappointed. Paul

996 Register Secretary Andy Willis 07775 138527 RECENT EVENTS

August 21 Garth Park charity car show A chance to join fellow members from R31 (Cotswold) at the small, but intimate, venue of Garth Park in Bicester. This was the first event held at the venue in aid of a local charity and approximately 25 cars turned up. We were entertained with live music and a BBQ throughout the afternoon. The organisers aim to make an annual event, so please look out for it next year – it’s a great event for a good cause.

of him living in such a scenic area where the roads are far less congested than down here in the Midlands.

FORTHCOMING EVENTS November 5 Officials’ Conference Are there any suggestions or questions you would like me to put to the Board on your behalf? If so, then please contact me by phone or email and I will gladly do so for you. Register members in print Two members have contacted me this month asking for a photo of their cars to be included in this month’s column. Clinton Everard Clinton, an ex Club Sport owner, recently sent me a photo of his aerokitted Turbo S in stunning Cobalt Blue. Taken at Spa last year, in his words “The Turbo never fails to excite, it really is an every day super car with the ability to tootle around without fuss. But when you open the ‘taps’, my word, it assaults all your senses. I never tire of it and would really struggle to know what to replace it with if I did.”

Silverstone Classic Well what a great event. I thought Porsche GB and the Club excelled themselves with a fantastic display of cars and the hospitality was second to none. I would personally like to thank all the owners who displayed their 996s for the Register. It was especially nice to meet up with Gary and Carol Sorrell again (see photo with my car) as, this November, it’s 10 years since I purchased my car from Gary and I’m glad to say it passed Gary’s inspection with flying colours. I still love the car and have no intention of parting with her.

A very warm welcome to all new members and, please remember, if you would like an image of your 996 (preferably yourself with it) published in this column, then just email me a photo together with a few words if you wish, for inclusion. 996 technical issues Please keep your 996 technical questions coming via phone or email to Gary Sorrell ( or me. You can also use the Forum to contact Richard Hamilton. Enjoy your 996… Andy DIARY DATES OCTOBER 15 Porsche Sale Silverstone Auctions NOVEMBER 5 Officials’ Conference

997 Register Secretary Clive Wratten Register Assistant Jonathan Lennard

Clinton Everard’s Turbo S

Gary and Carol Sorrell with Andy’s 996

Scott Allan’s C4S

Scott Frances Allan Scott purchased his 2002 C4S in May last year and, as you can see, it has 19” 997 wheels, which were on the car when Scott bought it. Scott is from R1 (Scotland South) and, I must admit, I’m very envious 97

It is always a pleasure to meet Register members and share a common passion for our cars. At the time of writing Jonathan and I were looking forward to seeing more of you at the Porsche Experience Centre, Silverstone on September 19. In addition to the bespoke and exclusive driving tuition, members will have enjoyed a Register lunch table where we will hopefully have had the opportunity to share anecdotes from our experiences and get to know each other.


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Paul Herbert’s C4S – a stunning Gen 2 car in Aqua Blue

OCTOBER 22 RPM Technik visit NOVEMBER 2 Aston Martin factory tour DECEMBER 3 Register Christmas party DECEMBER 4 Drive to Cornbury House for Christmas Open Day

991 Register Secretary Phil Graham 01625 524596

Mark and Luke Daniel’s C4S with factory aerokit – father and son enthusiasts!

FORTHCOMING EVENTS October 22 RPM Technik visit This will be a morning visit to RPM Technik in Hertfordshire in conjunction with R24 and R10. At various points within the facility, the RPM Technik directors and some of the technicians will give a series of short presentations. An interesting selection of sales and customer cars will be on show including, of most interest to many Register members, a 997 CSR. The RPM Technical Director will field relevant questions relating to specific models in a Q&A session. November 2 Aston Martin factory tour This will be a full day event comprising a morning meet, a group drive to Aston Martin’s Gaydon based headquarters and production facility, followed by a factory tour and demonstration runs in the latest Aston Martin models with professional drivers. Lunch will be provided at the Aston Martin production facility. The level of member interest in this event has overwhelmed us and is hugely oversubscribed. Apologies therefore to members who could not be allocated a place this time.

May 5-7 2017 Spring Tour A date for your diaries! Whilst it feels a long way off, I wanted to advise that the 997 Register will hold a Spring Tour in early May next year. The location will be the south west where we will enjoy some of the best driving roads Devon and Cornwall have to offer along with a comfortable hotel, good food and plenty of camaraderie and banter. Pencil the date in your diary if you are interested in joining us. Members’ cars Full details of upcoming events are available on the 997 Register events section of the Club website. Safe motoring and enjoy your 997s. Clive

December 3 Christmas party The Register Christmas party will be held at the award-winning four-star Wroxall Abbey Hotel in Warwickshire. Whilst the event is now fully booked a reserve list is in operation, so it is still worth enquiring if you are interested in attending. In addition to the party itself, on Saturday there will be a drive to Sulgrave Manor for a Tudor-themed Christmas tour. The hotel is offering a special deal for those wishing to extend their stay to include the Friday night as well.

August is now over and there is really not much to report for the 991 Register. Earlier in the month, for the benefit of myself and two of the R5 committee members, George Woodward kindly came up north to host a training session for the website and MailChimp. This proved to be a very useful exercise and now, between the three of us, we have enough expertise to make full use of the Digital Media Platform without having to rely on one individual. The website is being continuously upgraded and the more we all use it the better it will become. Maybe I’m a bit nerdy because I really enjoy the power of communication! The RS has been out on numerous sorties with dozens of requests from friends and relatives. The local car spotters have had a field day and on one occasion, when I stopped to pick up some milk in Alderley Edge, I was surrounded by a group of them, amusing but also quite embarrassing. These guys are very keen and you can usually find your car featured on YouTube later that day. Spotted out and about - the RS

RECENT EVENTS August 27-29 Oulton Park Gold Cup The Gold Cup event at Oulton Park was a huge success and, on each race day, attracted more than

Mike and Julie Travers arriving in their Carrera S


914 Register Secretary Kevin Clarke 07946 080454 – Assistant Rob Taylor 07900 164546 – International Events Co-ordinator Bruce Manning 07887 380914

Sunday’s display was complemented by a White 981 Spyder, a Guards Red Cayman GT4 and a classic 993 RSR in Riviera Blue

100 cars, with 991s accounting for over 10% of the numbers. PC Wilmslow kindly provided the Porsche Display Unit but healthy sales meant a shortage of cars, so my RS and 50th Anniversary were there to complement a new Gen 2 Carrera S Coupe in black and a new 2.5-litre Boxster S in Lava Orange. With the free coffees in great demand, this was the most popular place to be. The PCGB team was there to support us with Chris Seaward and Mandy Sutch bringing along the Club shop and membership stand and contributing greatly to a very professional looking Club area – undeniably the best representation of all the marques. Healthy shop sales, 21 new memberships and four renewals made it a worthwhile addition. It was an excellent team effort and a huge feelgood factor for those involved. A massive thanks goes to all who assisted in making it a mini ‘Silverstone Classic’ with the beautiful Cheshire countryside as a backdrop.

With light rain only on the Saturday practice day, the Sunday and Monday were perfect summer days making it a really enjoyable Gold Cup for all.

At the beginning of August a group of 914s attended the North’s premier VW show ‘VWNW at Tatton Park’ near Knutsford in Cheshire. The colourful line-up got a lot of attention from attendees at this popular show, which includes a wide variety of VAG vehicles in the display. In the Concours, one 914 was displayed in the Porsche class line-up and achieved class winner!

Galleries Please send the favourite shot of your 991 (not less than 1Mb) to include in the galleries. The slideshow viewer has now been improved making it far easier to use. DIARY DATES DECEMBER 3 997/991 Register Christmas party Quite a few 991 members are going so it will be a great chance to catch up, meet new people and finish off the calendar on a high. Fully subscribed. DECEMBER 4 Drive to Cornbury House for Christmas Open Day A nice opportunity to share the Christmas spirit with directors and staff.

Mandy and Chris giving it the hard sell!


930 (911 Turbo) Register Secretary John Ward 01844 237508

VWNW Tatton Park line-up

The October issue of Classic and Sports Car Magazine (out now till the end of September) has a feature report on the 914 and 914-6. Darren Collins’ 914 2.0 and my 914-6 were used to illustrate the article along with an interview of our experience of ownership and restoring the 914. The magazine drove both 914s and reported on what they thought of them! It just so happened that the date of the photo shoot was my 50th birthday, which made an interesting day out to West Sussex. In the evening, on my return to the Surrey area of South London, a group of 914 owners took me out for a celebration meal. David Stowers had baked a birthday cake especially with a 914 parked on it! Many thanks to all for a fun evening. The August run took the 914s to the Capel Classic Car and Bike Show, part of the Capel Show in Surrey.

Darren Collins and Kevin Clarke pose with their 914s for C&SC magazine

There were 13 races over the weekend but I only managed to watch one – the 60/70s Sports Cars with a Datsun 240Z, a Lotus Europa and a Morgan Plus 8 battling for position and changing each lap before the Europa crossed the finish line to take first place.

An enjoyable Oulton Park Gold Cup


914 Register group at Capel Show

ones; no drilling is required as you can use the existing holes at the front and rear. The part number is PCG 701 201 00 and they are about £10 each. Another product that deserves a mention is the newly produced colourful period replacement Drivers Manual Maintenance Record and Owners Manual – although at £58 it isn’t cheap. Paul

930 Turbo SE Register Secretary Robert Day 07786 396925 (evenings)

924 Carrera GT The weather forecast for the day didn’t look great, but I’m happy to report that, after a heavy downpour at 10am, the day cleared up and stayed quite dry. We met for the run in Walton on the Hill. David Keller was last to arrive and surprised the group with his freshly painted 914 in its original Berber Yellow. Secretly, a couple of us had been helping him strip and put it back together in readiness for the day. It really surprised everyone that David’s old 914 he called ‘the Banger’ was now a striking example. I had plotted a run to the venue through back lanes avoiding the main A roads and we arrived at Capel together enabling us to park up together as a display line-up. We all had an enjoyable time looking round the village show as well as the classic cars and enjoying a group picnic together. At the end of the show we toured back together towards the outskirts of London and, as the journey went on, the 914 convoy got thinner and thinner! I hope you can join us for the 914 October tour to Arundel in West Sussex.

924 except GT Register Secretary Paul Hedges 07940 441452 (6-10pm) Porsche Classic Restoration Competition 2016 As an addition to last month’s report, I now list the Porsche Centres that entered restorations of a 924: PC Bristol 924 2.0 (1982); PC Swindon 924 S Le Mans (1988); PC Colchester 924 S Le Mans (1988); PC Silverstone 924 Martini (1977); PC Bournemouth 924 Turbo (1980); PC Wilmslow 924 S (1986); PC Tonbridge 924 S (1988). Porsche Classic Products I bought some Porsche Classic number plate surrounds and fitted them onto my car and they update the looks of the car a little – they were used on all the restored cars on the Porsche Cars display. I have had a spare pair of number plates in the car for some years and they have replaced the wonky old

Register Secretary Ricky Caesar 07796 935550 Updates Following on from last month’s piece in this column, I was informed that the ‘Red Dragon’ (GTR) is staying in the UK, so if any of you see it please can you let me know. The Bolton boys, who restored the Black Carrera GT, have been in touch to say that, although they have had an offer close to £100,000, they plan to keep the car for possible display purposes. It is good to see that these cars are realising their true value because they are the only front-engined, transaxle cars that were given the name ‘Carrera’. Keeping the Register alive As winter approaches, the monthly reports in this column become scarce, so if any of you have a story to tell about your Carrera GT – good or bad – please would you consider forwarding it to me to keep the Register alive. That’s all for now, but please keep in touch. Ricky

914 line-up at the Capel Show

Happy Fourteening… Kevin

SEPTEMBER 25 Classic Porsche and 911 Porsche World Magazine Picnic Mapledurham House near Reading. OCTOBER 16 Run to Arundel Meet at 9.14am at Ockham Wood café by Junction 10 of the M25 on the slip road to the southbound A3 to Guildford. For those 914 owners living in the Portsmouth area, there will also be a second meeting point around Petersfield. Contact Kevin for more details.

924s at Silverstone


Photo by Trefor Willingham



And no self-respecting mouse would be without the very best of autumn’s leaves

Register Secretary David Hemmings 07768 983743 Assistant Register Secretary Andrew Brierley 01204 491573

Under attack The attached two pictures confirm that I care for wildlife and I give them a warm home in winter so they can stay protected from winter draughts and temperature extremes. If you believe in all the eco-friendly stories in the press then you are unlikely to be driving a 928 but, in fact, it makes my car eco-friendly and very green! The damage shows what my local specialist, Loe Bank Motors, recently discovered, but they did fail to find the culprit who was long gone. I did complain that they should track him or her down so that I could



obtain restitution, but the reply from Chris Sanderson was lost in the crackle on the line, or perhaps it was the steam coming out of his ears that I could hear! “Chris, do I need to set out mousetraps in the summer as well?” I said. “Just use the car” was his reply. FORTHCOMING EVENTS October 1 Barley Mow at Tilford We are expecting the usual large turnout of 928s for this event near Farnham in Surrey, therefore it is important to let Stewart Wren know you are attending. Please contact Stewart on 01428 604857 (evenings) or **Please note: change of email address** The event will start around 11.30am. Please note you must mount the village green at the top end via the drop kerb and follow the directions into position. November 26 (TBC) The Merry Miller at Cothill near Oxford Now in its 17th year, this is the 928 UK Anniversary meet. If you have not been before then you have missed the opportunity for a good quality lunch coupled with serious 928 chatting! We start arriving from 11am and finish around 3pm and anyone with a 928 is welcome. A small prize will be awarded to the furthest travelled by car on the day, so make a note of your mileage. Last year it was Preston – over 250 miles! Let Andrew Brierley know if are attending. When

Register Secretary Paul McNulty 07971 832780 Assistant Register Secretary Andy Watson 07920 589750 (6-9pm Mon-Fri and 9am-6pm weekends) Technical Advisor Jon Mitchell 01202 488800 (during normal working hours) Campaigning a Porsche 944 S2 There has been an increase in the number of 944s seen on track in the 12 or so years that I’ve owned my cars. From the casual trackday through to the PCGB championships, the cars continue to show how capable they are when set free of the confining UK roads. Gerry Simpson’s S2 is well known, as he’s been competing in the car, with his son Tom, for several years. This is the story of one very reliable 944, and the pleasure it’s brought the pair. “Graduating from Caterhams in 2011, I was looking for affordable motorsport I could enjoy with my son Tom. I was already a PCGB member with a 964 Carrera 2 road car, having come up through the ranks of 944 S2 and 968 CS ownership, so the obvious choice was to buy a Porsche transaxle and race it in the CSCC Future Classics series. We could share the car in their ’40-minute with pit stop/driver change’ format, and be assured of fast, close racing, at a modest cost.

Gerry and Tom Simpson’s 944 S2

Photo by David Stallard Photography

Windscreen replacement warning A member has recently advised me that he needed a third replacement screen and preferred to go down the Porsche Classic genuine parts route. The car is a 1989 S4 and this would be his third windscreen, each due to stone damage, in as many years. The first time the location meant he had to use a national specialist whereas the second time he had time to find a local high performance glass specialist. The third time he was determined to use the Porsche Centre, and they duly fitted the screen. However, when checking the installation when he got home he found a wire trailing from the lower edge of the screen and the same wire embedded in a pattern in the glass. A radio aerial version had been installed, which would only be relevant for 1988 cars or earlier. It now transpires that Porsche Classic can only offer this type of windscreen for all 928s, according to the local Porsche Centre. Of course, the point of this story is only to offer good advice but do check when you need a new screen with the Porsche Centre and with a glass specialist, just in case! What you can do on the hard shoulder of a motorway suggests you can only take what’s on offer!

the car park is full (with 30-plus cars) there is another on the opposite side of the road. There is a 30mph speed limit in the village. See

Air filters make for comfortable bedding


“Pistonheads had a number of cars on offer, but one caught my eye in particular: a 1989 S2 that was offered as a road car, but that had been recently fitted with full cage and KW3 coil-over suspension. A short discussion with the owner revealed that the car had not been raced, or even properly ‘trackdayed’. It had a year’s MOT, the seats were standard with normal seat belts, and there was no fire extinguisher or electric cutout installed. The KW3 coil-overs were only six weeks old! He had intended to make a trackday special out of it, but got distracted and lost interest. We agreed a deal just under the £3,900 asking price. “We fitted the car with FIA race seats, six-point harnesses and a Momo steering wheel. It took a weekend to fit the necessary plumbed-in fire extinguisher and electric cutout, we changed the brake pads and were ready to go racing. We presented the car at Brands Hatch where the scrutineer gave us some useful pointers, but passed the car fit to race. We had only owned it 10 days! “We booked a test session prior to the meeting starting, just to settle it in. The car had good Eagle NCT tyres on it, but it was a dry, hot day and, five laps later, we no longer had good Eagle NCT tyres! Fortunately the paddock tyre stall had Toyo R888s for sale so we treated ourselves to a set. The superb balance of the 944 enables the driver to take enormous liberties with cornering speed; mid-corner corrections of speed and line are done without drama. Whilst they were not necessarily the quickest way round a race circuit, the car gives you the confidence to push hard and experiment. “In the intervening five years we have made many modest changes, including improved handling via anti-roll bar stiffening and poly bushes on all joints, and better braking compounds. We re-indexed the rear torsion bars, and increased front brake cooling via vents fitted through the light clusters. We have taken quite a lot of weight out of the car: GRP wings, bonnet, badge panel, and polycarbonate windows and rear hatch. The battery has been relocated into the passenger foot well and reduced in size. “More interesting is that the engine has not been touched, other than replacing belts and the cam-chain. The gearbox is untouched, and the rear drive all standard. The car now has 178,000 miles on the clock, still starts on the button and has only modest oil consumption. A testament to the design and strength of these wonderful cars is that it recently won its class at Spa Francorchamps.”

Callipers I have been researching brake callipers for 968s, concentrating on the fronts. Standard new black callipers cost over £700 each. Alternatively you can have the Bemba callipers completely rebuilt, at a cost of £500 for the pair. Callipers suffer from mild corrosion, which builds up around the lower part of the pads and can prevent the pads working efficiently – I believe it’s called electrolysis. 928 standard front black callipers can fit quite easily, and with slightly larger pads, are ideal for trackdays, giving you extra ‘bite’ on a circuit where braking is more critical. Then there are the red callipers – you pays your money– which are a bit over the top for road use. My recommendation is use standard callipers – Mintex 1147 pads are slightly harder, work well, especially at speed when a quick slowing up is necessary, but they squeal and that can be irritating. I can’t deny that for normal road use, standard is best. However, if your car is modified, and supercharged, improved brakes should be on the agenda. Finally, I might have a pair of standard front Brembo 968 black callipers, which are in need of reconditioning, for sale – sorry, I can’t afford to give them away. Out and about in my car I am still putting on the miles. Within a week we had the 968 Goodwood Register meet (fabulous weather but I only counted five cars). We chatted about 968s, compared notes and watched the Brighton and Hove Sprint, which was another reason for choosing the venue – so much going on. My milometer is now reading 167,000; it must almost be time for another engine and gearbox oil change, using the famous Millers oils, which I recommend. Would you believe it, the steering ‘groan’ has not yet entirely disappeared – a last item that has not yet been replaced, is the high-pressure hose from the steering pump to the rack. That will be sorted and, hopefully,

I won’t need to write another word on the subject. I seem to be using the car so much these days, especially after clocking 700 miles on my French trip in July. The time has not quite arrived when the car will need to receive another coat of paint. The preparation will take time, the front wing tops have a few minor indentations, and there are lots of stone chips at the front. You tend not to notice these imperfections until you clean the paintwork thoroughly. Let’s not forget, my 968 is 22 years old and still on the original paint, well mostly, anyway. I am expecting the car to be off the road for a month, so maybe someone else might like to write a few paragraphs for this column. Ken

Boxster Register Secretary Tracy Wilkins 01992 450740 Assistant Secretary Cliff Wilkins Contact details as above Technical Advisor Steve Winter Nick Pike 01189 473925 (evenings and weekends) Silverstone Classic After more than six months of collating the Boxsters for Silverstone Classic, the weekend finally arrived - and what a weekend it was. Arriving at 7.30am on

968 Register Secretary Ken Coad 01923 262960 Assistant Register Secretary Richard Warburton Technical Advisor Alex Eacock 01213 282225 Restoration success What fantastic support we had for the Silverstone Classic weekend. Thirty-five 968s were counted on the Saturday, which proved to be quite a triumph for the 968 (and the Register), especially as the Premier Body Skills restored 968 CS was judged the overall winner of the Restoration competition. The competition was organised by Porsche UK and was a total success. Nice to see ‘brand spanking’ 924s, 944s, 928s and 968s sparkling better than new.

Evolution display


Nick Jones’ 986

Friday and presented with a hi vis jacket we were soon welcoming a stream of gleaming Boxsters. Allocated the area directly opposite the Club marquee for our Register parking some precise manoeuvres were called for. I would like to thank everyone for your patience in getting you all parked up. Along with Nick Jones’ immaculate 986 on the plinth, the Boxster Evolution Display was situated along the front of the marquee and made a fabulous backdrop to visitors of the Club stand. I would like to thank Brad Ellerton (RS60 Spyder), Dave Keeling, Brian Wood and Mike Runnells (three exceptional red 987 Spyders), Bernard Thomas (981 S), Andy Kerr (981 GTS), John Dunn (981 Spyder) and PC Cambridge for the loan of the 718S. I would especially like to thank Steve James for saving the day. With a couple of days to go before the event the owner of the 986 was no longer able to attend and, despite my efforts, a 986 in silver could not be sourced so the display was looking incomplete. At 8am on Friday a silver 986 was wrongly directed to our area and, after chasing it back to the general Porsche parking area, I caught up with the car and owner to discover that Steve was attending all three days and would be more than happy to display his car. I’m not sure if it was a case of right place at the right time or if ‘someone up there’ was looking after me but the display was complete and Cliff and I could now start to enjoy the weekend. There was so much to see and do and so many members to meet that we drove back to our hotel that evening wondering if the weekend could possibly get any better than the brilliant day we’d had. The answer was yes it could. On Saturday morning the cars arrived and, with the Evolution Display and most Register attendees now knowing the parking drill, everything ran like clockwork. At midday we were lined up ready for our parade lap and I wondered if the 75 cars that I had sourced would all make it onto the track along with the transaxle Register cars. Cars were everywhere and, after a short delay, we were off. We were parading the Silverstone circuit! After only ever being a passenger on this track I was

Boxster Register parking


enthralled at how wide it actually was when driving. On each bend you could see the stream of Boxsters ahead. Magic! The lap was over too soon and the efficiency of getting us off the track and back to our display area was astounding. After watching some racing from PCGB’s private grandstand we took a short break back at our accommodation before returning for the PEC BBQ. Porsche really did us proud; with fabulous hospitality and a fantastic bird’s eye view of the racing still taking place. They sent along Claudia Schäffner with 1977 Le Mans winner Jürgen Barth to give a presentation to the Club, and it was a total and emotional surprise that I was rewarded for the work that had been done for the Register and the Silverstone display. To say I was speechless was an understatement, and those that know me will know that is no mean feat! I received a 918 Spyder USB and beautiful Porsche jewellery box, which I will always treasure. Thank you so much to Porsche and PCGB for your support. Tired but elated, Cliff and I made our way back from the circuit knowing that we had to do it all again on Sunday and we couldn’t wait. After a small lie in on Sunday we arrived at the circuit around 8.30am to see most of our displays in place. We were very impressed - thanks guys for taking the initiative. It was a much more relaxed day and was lovely to see that three-day

attendees were still enjoying themselves as much as those only attending for one or two. he Club marquee was still buzzing and, despite the shop and coffee stand being constantly busy, everyone had a smile on his or her face. Like myself they didn’t want the weekend to end. Late on Sunday afternoon the Concours d’Elegance winners were announced - it was great to see so many Boxsters entered and the cars really were exceptional. Every Boxster was a winner in my book but there have to be winners and runners up. It was great to see Mike Trotter taking second place with his 2007 987 S and David Funnell taking third place in the New Generation class with his 987 Spyder. Well done to you both. hanks go to John Dunn and the Concours committee for awarding Cliff and I yet another award for our Evolution Display. With all our awards collected over the weekend it’s lucky our Boxster has two boots. Finally, as the weekend was drawing to a close and the marquee and event area was being dismantled, I looked around thinking “this was PCGB at its best”; with enthusiastic members, hard working staff and volunteers and, most of all, the best cars from a German thoroughbred. hank you all for making this one special. TECHNICAL Q & A Here is this month’s technical Q & A from our technical adviser Steve Winter. Question: I have just bought a 2006 Boxster S 3.4. he car only has one key and I would like to have two. I have been quoted £120 plus VAT (one hour) labour plus £150-200 for a new key. Do you have any alternative suggestions for where I might get a key? Steve’s reply: A new remote handset can be sourced for £80-£120, depending on model year. If you require a metal key blade as well, then there are two options. Firstly you can buy an emergency key blade to lock for circa £40 plus VAT, or if you want a full key blade that fits into the new handset the cost is circa £99 plus VAT. To programme the handset usually costs circa £40 plus VAT. Don’t forget to look at the Boxster section of the website where there are more pictures of the Silverstone weekend ( Happy Boxstering Tracy DIARY DATES DECEMBER 4 Christmas Open Day - Cornbury House

Cayman Register Secretary Kevan Sutherns 07733 318671 EVENTS Past he Register had a good turn out at Chatsworth and the Silverstone Classic, both of which were a great success. Even though I didn’t attend the National

Event, I was involved in the planning and setting up the lists of those doing the parade laps. I hope that everyone attending had a good weekend. Coming As I write this we are two weeks away from the Register Rendezvous at Kedleston Hall. I am hoping for another good showing by the Register. In the next edition of PP, I will be able to report on this. Since the event happens in Derbyshire, close to the city of Derby, it falls within the area of Region 8 (my home Region), so helpers from that Region will no doubt be in attendance directing cars and the like. In November we have the Officials’ Conference, which will be the first for Rob Kellock as Chairman since he took over the role earlier in the year. Rob is a keen Porsche fanatic and was, until recently, a member of our Register. He has now gone to the dark side and the rear engine, I’m sure that he will return at some point – he will certainly miss the handling of his Cayman S. On the way up On checking the membership list of the Register today I find that we now number 593, which is a satisfying increase over the year so far. No doubt it will continue growing, not only with the new car owners coming in their 718s, but also with many of our new members who are buying the earlier cars. Enjoy your Caymans… Kevan

I am sure that the factory is squeezing every bit from the current platform but realistically unless they shave off a few hundred kilograms, drop in a 550bhp engine, and probably relocate the centre of balance, I doubt we will see the all-conquering racetrack GT3s that we expect and that we saw when they first came out. We will see how the factory rises to the challenge. With all the small engine turbo and hybrid investment I am sure a power plant is already on the drawing board. I am not so sure about a revised platform – we shall see. Meanwhile I continue to enjoy my Mk1 Clubsport knowing that, whilst other cars are faster, mine still can scare the driver and retains a lighter feel – still the lightest GT3 model built. With only the ABS to help, it’s a handful if you shove the noisy pedal down fast – glorious! I hope your summer has gone well. Happy GT3ing! Alex

Speedster Register Secretary James Kirk 01252 710479/715185


Panamera Register Secretary Steve McPherson 07831 346060

GT3 Register Secretary Alex Drobik 01628 620702 I’m just back from holiday where I was messing around with a boat rather than the cars for a change. Whilst I was away, the one Porsche item that caught my eye was that the new Panamera Turbo set a lap record of 7 minutes 38 seconds for production cars at the Nürburgring - faster than a 997 GT3 the press release states. Even the rumoured 2017 GT3 will struggle to get to that. he new Turbo 911 is also faster than the 991 GT3 - on track! I always held that the GT3 was the track car you could take on the road, the fastest race-like car you could get outside of €1 million exotica from the factory. he car being based on the race cars that would look like the endurance races class wining cars. Alas, all this seems wrong - the GT3s are not competitive with the Ferraris, Astons etc. and now civilised four-seaters are giving it a near run for its money. Will we see a Panamera go to Le Mans? I doubt that, but would a stripped-out one be quicker than the race GT3s? 108

Register Secretary Geoff Budd 01305 889280 Anticipating 2018 It is usual at this time of year to peruse the proposed updates/upgrades and model variations for the forthcoming year. he new model year for Cayenne in 2017 sees but minor adjustments to the current features within the range. he major changes, I understand, will be introduced into the new 2018 production models – one year later – and for which the details have yet to be confirmed. But I foretell of significant changes; genuine ‘new’ models are anticipated, not merely upgrades! Buying now However there is much brighter news for prospective purchasers wishing to change their vehicle earlier. Many Porsche Centres are currently able to offer attractive financial incentives to consider for models that are already held within their stock. his is for both petrol and diesel variants. I believe, though, that this can limit the optimum preferences for specific personal choices regarding colour, interior trim and equipment – with only minor local adjustments possible (e.g. wheel size and style). Paul Leggett was one such lucky purchaser, receiving a transaction that ‘could not be refused’ in his recent deal. His new Cayenne 4.2 SD joins another SUV (a Macan) in his family. his is not his first Cayenne. Naturally the dealerships safeguard their sensitive financial arrangements, but it is sufficient to learn that Paul negotiated a very substantial discount. here are bargains out there.

Off/online Should anyone be anticipating a reply to an August email, apologies. A technical fault at BT locked out my PCGB link, which proved to be a considerable challenge for them to rectify. Please contact me again, if necessary – as all should be up and running now. Geoff

Porsche Tractor Register Secretary John Hearn 01206 210553 or 01206 793536 (W)

Modified Register Secretary Desmond Sturdee 07768 814264 (9am-9pm) Technical Advisor Ian Heward Register Assistant Ralph Forster Hi Modifiers… It was great to see and meet with many enthusiastic modifiers at Silverstone - thank you to everyone who displayed their modified Porsche. This month Terence Ward (iSysman) continues the story of upgrading his 997 Turbo, which, as described in previous articles, has been fitted with centre lock wheels and power upgrades. Terence writes: “Whilst the car was in hibernation over last winter I thought it would be a good time to do some of the interior changes I’d been thinking about. Once I started to convert my car I knew I’d have to do it properly, so I quickly decided the interior would have to match the RS – otherwise, once completed, I would have a car that looked like a GT2 RS on the outside but the interior

would be that of a Turbo. I wanted to have the full experience of owning such a car, so I decided to do a full interior change starting with removing the rear seats. As it stood, my car had the rear mini seats and all the peripherals that go with them: seat belts, quarter panels with seat fixing holes cut into them, ‘B’ pillars with holes for seat belts and a huge Bose subwoofer sat neatly behind the seat backs. All this would be coming out. “It’s not just a case of removing the seats, as it first seems, if you want to do it properly it requires quite a bit more; rear interior quarter trim panels, seatbelt strap deletes and three new pieces of carpet - I was all at sea when pricing up the parts so my first contact was PC Wilmslow. The carpets were just over £700 and would have to be made to order, which would take about a month. I had looked online for some used carpets but they are thin on the ground and also might not be in very good condition, so I opted to buy them from Porsche. Unfortunately, as it was just before Christmas, there may be a delay, but I wasn’t too worried. Next, the quarter panel ‘lining’ as Porsche calls it - the trim panel on the Turbo that has holes cut into it for the bracket that holds the seat back in place. From Porsche these parts were approximately £1,800 for the pair so, as with each part, I tried to find some used ones. I was lucky that I came across a set, in black, from a GT3, on German eBay. I made a best offer, which, after some haggling and counter offers, was accepted and the parts were mine. The last part I’d need was the ‘A’ pillar trim that holds the seat belt deletes and houses the seat belt mechanism behind them. I found a set of these on Canadian eBay and, again, made a best offer, which made them mine. As I was not home for another month or so the parts would be waiting for me on my return. “My intention was to fit the rear carpets over the winter, just because it was a job I could do myself. The original plan was to do the interior only after the exterior was finished, however, like with life, things don’t always work out how you think they will. Once I started the interior refit I started seeing things online, such as carbon trim and Alcantara gear levers, and purchased them immediately! Some of the parts in the car, such as door cards, lower dash/glove box trim and the handbrake lever, would be re-trimmed by LS Design in London. The finish looked OEM, so I was very happy. The single biggest and most expensive purchase for the interior was the folding carbon bucket seats - extremely hard to find and expensive when they surface but luckily I secured a set, although I bought new cushion covers

for Alcantara ones. When the parts returned from re-trimming I added the RS door pulls to the door cards - bought as a kit from PC Wilmslow they are a pain to install as the original trim parts are plastic welded to the door card and need to be drilled out. “When stripping the interior there was a moment when I just looked at the mess I had created and thought ‘I have destroyed my car!’ as all I could see were wires, bare metal and foam where seats and carpets should be. However, when it started going back together it started to look like a car again. “The interior parts came out and went in without too many problems and were surprisingly straightforward. However, that would all change with the biggest alteration inside the car to date. A group of us had been working on a way to install PCM 3 into an older car along with the AC controller and PSM switch panel from the facelift car. We had worked out all the wiring and physical changes needed but, without the activation codes, it wouldn’t work. Each car has codes for the PCM, which are created from the VIN number so no code can be used on another car. Even if you install a PCM from another car, it searches for the VIN and once it doesn’t find it, features start to turn off. Porsche won’t supply them as you are informed the car is ‘not compatible’. “Eventually we found a company offering codes based on the VIN on our cars and so we started the process. The conversion involved replacing the PCM and amplifier from a Gen 2 car and requiring everything to make it work. Once fitted it needed to go to Porsche to have the codes entered and maps updated. Also iPod wiring was installed in the now carbon centre console. Surprisingly, the hardest job was getting the AC controller to activate the compressor. This took a year to master. Eventually it was discovered the only unit that would work was one from a 2009 Turbo and programming changes made in PIWIS. “The last changes were GT2-style dial covers and yellow needles fitted into the instrument binnacle and a black Sport clock on the dash. Red seat belts and an Alcantara console lid were also added. “All these changes took about a year as work always gets in the way and finding the right parts is sometimes difficult. Many parts for the conversion came new from Porsche but sometimes, as they are so extraordinarily expensive, I had to get them from other sources. “On completion the interior looked fantastic (see picture) and climbing into the bucket seats made it feel special, like getting into a racing car. The upgraded PCM makes the car feel newer - I couldn’t be happier. Now it’s complete I can continue to concentrate on completing the exterior, which is coming along very nicely... and that is for another edition of PP.” Happy Modifying… Des, Ralph and Ian

Display Register Secretary Mac and Sue McLeod 01253 592755 – Apologies for non-appearance last month… …I had a big problem with a failed immobiliser after Silverstone and got stuck 160 miles away from home. I got back eventually, courtesy of RAC Relay. If you have never had such an experience, try to avoid it at all costs. Not only was the cab of the recovery vehicle very cramped, the recovery journey took a long, long time and the dreaded M6 played its part beautifully. We have 109

never been in a vehicle and been overtaken by an Eddie Stobart articulated. By the time we got sorted we had forgotten about our report and missed the deadline. Register news We did have a few requests for cars. For one particular request we were not able to find a very early 924 for the 911 and Porsche World magazine. The notice was a bit short but, happily, they found one elsewhere. The upside was that during the search we got to speak with John Lord, a good mate and stalwart of the Club for many years. He was a Regional Organiser for many years. His lovely 924 was resting in SORN. Donald, of Region 1, asked us if we could help with an event in Glasgow, but we could not shake the cars out of the woodwork. He needed a GT Carrera and a 918. It was for a three-day event. We do need these particular cars in our Register, but we can only live in hope. I still don’t know if he managed to get them. Below is our newest member David’s Targa Supersport, one of the 14 RHD models. He has just had a ‘glass out’ respray. One day we will get all 14 of these together and, hopefully, the three with the earlier 915 gearbox.

Macan Register Secretary Mike Allen 07976697070 DIY AdBlue – I stand corrected! James Wrigglesworth emailed me, having read my article a couple of months ago. “As a haulage company we have used AdBlue for nine years now and I have always been told there must be no contamination of the product. Your use of a petrol filler pipe goes against all the professional advice we have been given. “The administration equipment in the exhaust will not tolerate dirty AdBlue. “Having kept our supplies and dispensing equipment clean for nine years, we haven’t had any failures, I just thought I’d bring this to your attention.” Many thanks, James – point taken! The moral of the story is; you either purchase the 10-litre AdBlue containers with the throwaway spouts or have a dedicated spout just for that specific purpose and ensure it’s kept clean. New members Welcome to our recent new members, from whom we’ll be hearing in future Register columns; namely Peter Standbridge and Gary Humphries. However, Frank Baldry recently took his purchase of a Macan S Diesel from PC Silverstone straight off on a three-week European trip, so more about that in a later report.

Newest member’s Targa Supersport

Exporting advice Whilst we were at the aforementioned Silverstone Classic, scoring the Concours, we were approached by a gentleman from Sweden’s Porsche Club. There are 5,000 members, and he wanted some advice on running a Concours so that he could update the way they ran and marked their own – it would appear that they are still doing what they set up in 1980. We were able to help him out, and we believe that he is going to join PCGB – a membership that could open up some avenues.

Frank Baldry’s new Macan S Diesel off on his European trip

Meanwhile, delighted Macan GTS owner Mike Watson writes: “This is my second Macan – after previously owning a SD – but I always hankered after a GTS and, after a 10-month wait, it has finally arrived. Just in time for the September factory visit with the Club. I have only covered 125 miles so far and already the decision to change has been vindicated. To date, the sports exhaust has been the most impressive option (especially after a diesel) and I can detect the improved suspension settings. It will take a few more miles before I can really open her up!” I’m delighted to say there has been a flurry of new members joining the Register. We are now into the 30-plus numbers and counting. Porsche announces power boost for Macan Turbo If you want a 4x4 that is faster than a 911 – look no further. The Macan Turbo can now be ordered with a power boost up from 400hp to 440hp cutting 0.4 seconds from the 0-62mph time to 4.4 seconds (0.2 seconds quicker than a 991 Carrera) yet still cutting the mustard off-road, should you so desire! Economy is quoted as being up to 30mph but, in the real world, I think you’d be lucky to get low 20s! The power boost bumps the price up by over £5,700 over the cooking Turbo – still jolly good value against a 991 Carrera! RECENT EVENTS Birthday boy attends Brecon BBQ During our annual BBQ at members Alec and Monica Batenero’s farm near Brecon, Macan owner Brian Jackson received a birthday treat from his wife in the shape of a Macan cake. The cake was enjoyed with afternoon tea following an action-packed day in the stunning surroundings of the Brecon Beacons. Baked by a friend of Jenny’s, it was a brilliant replica of Brian’s Macan complete with bonnet badge and his personalised number plate. The day began with a BBQ, undercover in one of the barns as we dodged the rain. By the time the puddings had been finished out came the sun and we set off in a convoy of five Macans to traverse the four-mile-long old toll road, heading towards Monmouth before making a U-turn at the site of the ruins of the toll house and returning to the farm across the fields. Thanks go to Alec and Monica for hosting the event and to all who supplied the puddings and cakes

Register at Witton Castle We went to Region 3’s main event at Witton Castle. It was a great day out, and quite motivating for us to see plenty of Display Register windscreen stickers, especially the one on Mike Trotter’s winning Boxster – he won the visitors’ class. Our cars Supersport – Immobiliser removed. A new device will be fitted, but certainly not the same Porsche type as before. 944 Cabriolet – Just had new belts and a fuel regulator. The warm start had become a bit erratic. White 944 Lux – Next for a belt change. Gold 944 – Has had a new side light, and a leak from a banjo joint on the power steering sorted, with a bit of the paintwork and sill’s stone protection renewed.

Mike Watson’s new GTS resplendent in Night Blue Metallic

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Windscreen stickers If you haven’t got a Macan Register sticker yet, email me your address and I’ll post one to you. FORTHCOMING EVENTS Later in September fellow Macan owner Adrian Robson and I will be setting off to recce the Champagne region trip we are planning for late June/ early July 2017. Some members have already indicated an interest in attending this trip, so please let me know if you would like to join us. More details and firm dates will be available, hopefully during October, when I will contact those who I know are interested and will add a thread on the Forum. PC Solihull The Centre is up for another workshop visit later this year or next spring, depending on interest. Let me know if this appeals or we could maybe try to arrange a similar event at a Centre near you – again, get in touch and I can see what can be arranged.

years but this 993 GT2 Evo remains as it was for the 1998 Le Mans and it still conforms to BPR regulations. With even better performance than the 993 3.8 RSR, the GT2 Evo combines the best points of the two models with its 510bhp and 1,150kg weight. It has a six-speed G50 gearbox but with a strengthened clutch, special ratios and an 80% locking differential. The engine has been tuned to optimise power, torque and reliability, with mechanical rocker arms, special camshafts, KKK K24 Turbos, intercooler and TAGtronic electronics, which adjust to varying engine revs. These engines can develop up to 650bhp, however this car is tuned to achieve 510bhp at 6,750rpm and 650 Nm torque at 5,000rpm. The bodywork has been modified and the wings have been flared to accommodate wider tyres - 245mm width at the front and 305mm at the rear. The car has a number of aerodynamic aids as well as elements in fibreglass and carbon-fibre. The roll cage is welded to the suspension turrets as well as the chassis in order to maximise rigidity. The front brakes have 380mm diameter rotors and four-pot callipers and the rear are 322mm in diameter.

Happy Macan-ing. 993 GT2 Evo in livery as raced at Le Mans 1998


Race Car Brian’s birthday cake

– notably Lottie and Molly Anning, whose Porsche cupcakes won much praise for the delicate way they had cut out the iced letters with a scalpel! It was great to see 16 attendees and six cars – one of which returned home clean, whereas the remainders most certainly needed a good power wash on Bank Holiday Monday. Out on the old toll road

Register Secretary Paul Ward 07894 877802 (before 9pm) 993 GT2 Evo Le Mans racer Spotted at the 2016 Techno Classica Show, Essen. This 993 GT2 Evo ran in the Le Mans 24-hour endurance races in 1998 and 1999, as entered by the Estoril Racing Communication team in the GT2 category. It was driven by father and son Manuel and Michel Monteiro and the professional driver, Michel Maisonneuve. As a matter of interest, this car was one of the last to run when a privateer could enter Le Mans and compete effectively. In 1998, whilst running fourth in its category, the car had to retire after 23 hours (!) when the engine blew up. In the following year it was retired as the result of an accident after 12 hours. Normally racing cars are modified over the Comparing rear wings. 2016 GT3 RS on left

One of the reasons for the need a power wash


Cheek-to-cheek Also spotted at the 2016 Techno Classica Show, Essen, the 2016 991 GT3 RS 4.0 pictured here was back-to-back with a 2002 996 GT3 3.6 race car. Comparing the rear wings, we can see that they are a similar size. It’s interesting that what once appeared outrageous in 2002 on a race car is acceptable on the road 14 years later. CheeRS racers… Paul

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Preston Sports and Supercars at Phantom Winger (R18) WOTY to Moselle (R11) WOTY Ireland Causeway coastal route (R6) WOTY Cambridge (R17) Blyton Park trackday (R4) (912) Bridlington Motor Weekend Shelsley Hillclimb (R16) Visit to Fiennes Restorations (R31) WOTY Northumbria National Park (R7) Visit to Coventry Motor Museum (R21) Warren Golf Club Classic Car Show (R11) Breakfast at the Beach Deck (R23)

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Meeting with Classic Vehicle Club (R28G) Scenic drive (R15) Classic Porsche and 911 Porsche World Magazine Picnic (914) Breakfast meet at Denham Aerodrome (R21) Register BBQ and Off-road drive, Brecon Beacons (Macan) VW-Porsche 914 Club Westfalen e.V. 30year Anniversary Meeting (914)

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Prescott Autumn Classic (R16) Castle Combe Autumn Classic (R16)


Sunday Brunch Scramble (R31) Breakfast Classic Car meeting, Wrightington (R18) Wine tour (R13) Visit to Shorelands Wildlife Gardens (R12) Sunday Drive (R11) Broadfield Court tour (R13) Visit to Bombay Sapphire Gin Distillery (R29) Trackday, Goodwood R20 ‘On Tour’ – Steak Night (R20) WOTY Sedgefield (R4) Autumn break to Normandy (R20) Service Clinic at PC Colchester (R11, R12) WOTY (R8) Bombay Sapphire Gin Distillery (R29) RNAS Yeovilton and Historic Naval Flight (R15)

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Sunday run – Nutters restaurant (R5) Bridlington Motor Weekend (R7) Silverstone Auctions Porsche Sale Goodwood Charity trackday Last drive of the season (R27) Run to Arundel (914) Preston Sports and Supercars at Phantom Winger (R18) Drive and Sunday lunch (R25) Visit to Shorelands Wildlife Gardens (R12) Visit to Beaulieu Motor Museum (R26) Winter health check PC Tonbridge (R25) RPM Technik visit (997) (R10) Sunday Service – Sutton Bank (R7) Coffee morning and lunch at The Radisson Waterfront (R28J) Drive and lunch on Anglesey (R6) Preston Sports and Supercar breakfast meeting (R18) Coventry Transport Museum (R9) Breakfast at the Black Rabbit (R23) Vulcan Experience (912) (R4) Trackday, Castle Combe Sunderland Trust visit (R14) McLaren/Bentley breakfast meet (R1)

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Aston Martin factory tour (997) Officials’ Conference Breakfast Classic Car meeting, Wrightington (R18) R20 Sunday Escape – Ups and Downs (R20) East Wales drive (R14) Shannon’s Jewellers (R27)

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Oulton Park Porsche Club trackday NEC Classic Motor Show Karting event (R31) Casino night (R17) Talk by Register Director Albert Walsh (R4) Preston Sports and Supercars at Phantom Winger (R18) Breakfast meeting at Shoreham Airport (R23) Drive and lunch (R6) Afternoon tea in Petworth (R29) Sunday luncheon (R14) Christmas Party (R12) Abu Dhabi Do (R28G)

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Register Christmas Party (997) (991) Christmas Open Day Christmas lunch Armathwaite Hall Hotel (R18) Portmeirion Christmas fair and lunch (R6) R20 ‘On Tour’ – 10th Annual Christmas Curry Tayyab’s (R20) Christmas social at PC Mid-Sussex (R23) Christmas Dinner Bear Hotel Cowbridge (R14) Christmas dinner dance (R15) Christmas lunch (R13) Christmas dinner (R11)

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Christmas party (R2) Christmas party (R2) Christmas dinner (R26) Christmas luncheon (R4) Christmas luncheon (R4) Christmas dinner (R28G) Preston Sports and Supercars at Phantom Winger (R18) Christmas lunch Garstang Golf Club (R18)

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Classic car breakfast meeting (R18) New Year dinner (R21) Post-Christmas party at Hadlow Manor Hotel (R25)

Aston Martin factory visit and tour (R13)

Porkers in the Trough VIII (R18)


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993 993 Targa Tiptronic “S” 1997, Ocean Blue metallic with Night Blue Marble leather. Full service history, OPC for 15 years, Porsche specialist thereafter. £3,500 just spent at a Porsche Centre on servicing and minor rectifications to bring this vehicle to its now fantastic condition. 68,000 miles only. MOT until September 2016. £65,993 ono. Call for further details on 07540 786240. No dealers/canvassers. 993 Carrera 2 Targa manual for sale. £45,000 ono. Polar Silver/Grey leather, 70,000 miles, Porsche service history. All invoices/MOTs available. Refurbished wheels. Immaculate condition. Tel: 07713 600075 E-mail: 993 Carrera 2. 1996. Metallic Ocean Blue. Tan leather. 63,000 miles. Two previous owners. MOT August 2017, tracker, VarioRam engine. VGC. Based in East Anglia. £46,000. Tel: 07767 207515 E-mail:

924 924, 1984, Gunmetal Grey metallic. Turbo wheels, glass and steel sunroof, black interior, fantastic original condition. Only 54K miles, new MOT £6,500. Tel 07836 261171

996, 2001 C2 3.4, six-speed manual in Arctic Silver/black leather. 49,000 miles. Factory fitted GT3 body kit. Service History with OPC and independent specialists. MOT until May 2017. Rear main seal and intermediate bearing (IMS) replaced. Garaged throughout year and not driven during the winter months. PCGB Member. This is a well looked after and really nice car to drive. £18,995 ono. Photos available. No dealers. Tel Paul Bennett: 07760 786475 or e-mail: 996, GT3 MKII 04/04 Speed Yellow. 21,000 miles only. Comfort spec, bucket seats, ceramic brakes, full black leather, climate, cruise, litronic lights with headlamp wash, FMDPSH. Two owners from new, the last owner for more than 11 years. Not been tracked. This vehicle is truly immaculate. £99,996 ono. Please tel: 07540 786240. No dealers/canvassers.

944 944 Lux, 1983. Black, pinstripe seats, no tears, linen carpets. MOT June 2017. Comprehensive history. Original sills, in good condition, mechanically sound. £2,850 ovno. Tel: 07780 507197 7pm onwards. NOTICE TO PCGB MEMBERS / VENDORS Before giving out ANY information regarding cars, or any other items for sale, please satisfy yourself that any potential purchaser is bona fide.


986 986 2004, 2.7 87,000 miles. Guards Red, black leather, 17” wheels, electric seats, air con, sat nav, PSM, BOSE upgrade. FSH. MOT August 2017. Fantastic example £8,495. Tel: 07510 774724


Porsche Boxster S, 3.2 2002 (51 plate) Lapis Blue. 17,516 miles, one owner and service history. Full leather interior, soft leather seats, air conditioning, alloy coloured roll bar, wind deflector, cruise control, tracker system, stainless steel door entry guards. Immaculate. OIRO £10,000. E-mail: 987 Boxster, 2.7, Slate Grey. Registered Oct 2006. Low mileage 30K. Lovely condition. Full dealer service history. BOSE sound, black leather, Xenons, six-speed manual. Contact: 07778 310347 or e-mail:

Cars for sale Boxster Boxster 986, 2.7 PDK Tiptronic, 2001 model, Seal Grey, Grey leather interior, only 79k miles, recent tyres and battery, service at 78k miles, new MoT, comprehensive history, lots of bills. 17” S wheels, wind deflector, climate control etc. Porsche certificate, private plate included. £6,750. Tel: Geoff 01525 715868 or 07852 154481

Cayman Cayman 3.4S, Atlas Grey (metallic), 2006. 54K miles. FSH. Chronograph and short shift gear, 19” wheels with Michelin Pilots, immaculate condition reflected in price. £16,500. Tel: 07860 328609

Panamera Panamera Turbo, 2010, GT Silver, black leather, PDK, 27,000 miles, full options, FPH recent six-year service, new Michelin tyres, OPC warranty and VTS until 2017. £54,475. Tel: 07796 957111 (Herts.)


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Indoor cover for 997 GT3 RS White with large Porsche crest. Perfect fit on the Gen1 large rear wing, but will fit other models also, originally designed for the Cup. Small hole over filler cap for battery lead. £150. E-mail: Front section roll cage for 997 GT3 RS Gen1. Genuine Porsche, very rare, bolt in with all fixings etc. Orange, Inc. adapted front mats. £1,500. E-mail: Set of 4 wheels for 997 GT3RS Gen1. Genuine Porsche. Immaculate, little use. 8.5 J 19. Et53 and 12 J 19. Et51. Black with centre caps and Good MPS Tyres. £3,000 ono. E-mail: Two Cookie cutter 15” wheels with 185/70VR15 tyres age unknown – make me an offer. One 928 15 inch wheel with no tyre – make me an offer. Two steering wheels, three-spoke for 911 – £50 each. One Sparco competition seat as new – £75 Contact: Terry Davison 07785 366764 or e-mail:

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Cars for sale Miscellaneous Chistophorus magazines. Is anyone interested in acquiring about 20-30 magazines from c.1981 to 1992? Offers considered. Tel: 07761 251081 (be patient – poor signal here!) Pair of early 911 Wings, slight damage, £300. Pair of grey leather seats for SC £400. Pair of Fog Lights for SC £60. Tel: 07860 328609 Porsche crested cufflinks, brand new, boxed and unused. An unwanted gift. £65 ono. Tel: 07540 786240 944 front bumper, 1986, good condition, £190. Tel: 07909 882947 or 0208 650 2365

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A set of Lobster claw wheels to fit a 997 S2. Wheels are unmarked with Pirelli N2 P Zero tyres with 8mm tread. 235/35/ZR19 295/30/ZR19. Price £1,500 E-mail:

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Everything about this car suggests that it has been cherished by its 2 previous owners as it comes with a fully stamped service book containing 9 service stamps from the main dealer in Singapore where it was originally supplied. Since returning to the UK in 1998 it has had just one owner and further stamps from Lancaster Porsche in Ipswich together with numerous servicing invoices totalling almost £18,000. The car certainly drives as though it has been correctly maintained throughout and also included in the file are 10 previous Mot certificates. The C4 is without doubt the most sought after model of this period with the exception of the “RS” which is of course is in an entirely different price bracket. Powered by the 3.6 litre flat six driving through a 5 speed manual gearbox, this Porsche is a joy to drive and clings to the road like Superglue. It is fitted with 5 spoke alloy wheels, electric sun roof and will be supplied with a fresh Mot certificate prior to delivery. This model is now proving to be a good investment and this one is realistically priced at £44,950.

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INDEPENDENT PORSCHE SPECIALISTS Avon Advanced Car Care Unit 3, Fairways Ind. Est. Filton, Bristol, BS34 7QS T: 0870 765 5911/0117 944 1944 E: A progressively high tech, fully equipped Porsche servicing facility based in Bristol. The professional personalised care for you and your car is what makes us so unique. We pride ourselves on our integrity, flexibility and understanding of each client’s specific needs. Our friendly and professional staff believe that our best customer is an educated customer. We will take as much time as is necessary to explain what needs to be done to your ‘pride and joy’ and how we will go about doing this. No matter what your needs or desires, if it’s quality main dealer standards you need, we do it here. We don’t cut corners and we don’t rush jobs. At Advanced Car Care we take the time to do it right, first time! Call us for a free estimate, or pop into our Bristolbased premises. Which trusted trader.


Located in Cambridge, Barr-Tech have been established for more than 20 years, specialising in Porsche servicing, body repairs, diagnostics, engine rebuilds and now used Porsche sales in our new showroom. With a vast knowledge and enthusiasm, we genuinely believe that our experience and dedication will result in a better service at a reasonable price. TWG Motorsport Thorpe Road, Longthorpe, Peterborough, PE3 6LU. T: 01733 332911 E: Since 1982, TWH Motorsport has been dedicated to providing you with quality and dependable care of your Porsche. Expert mechanical repair and maintenance are the cornerstones of our business and, combined with our quality control scheme, give our customers 100% satisfaction. We offer a complete service from minor to major repairs for your car. To find out more about how are comprehensive service and repair can help you with all of your Porsche needs, we invite you to experience first-hand our quality service, staff and technicians.

Export 56 LTD

Export 56 LTD

Unit 9, Blundells Drive, Bradville Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire MK13 7HA T: 01908 216661 E:

Unit 9, Blundells Drive, Bradville Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire MK13 7HA T: 01908 216661 E:

Berkshire RSJ Sports Cars 3rd Floor STS House, Bristol Way, Slough, Berkshire, SL1 3QE T: 01753 553969 E: RSJ have been established since 1998 as a Porsche dealer and we are focused on the sales of used Porsche cars and the servicing and repair of used Porsche cars. As a Porsche dealer RSJ aims to be the next best alternative to a main dealer. We prepare our cars for sale to a main Porsche dealer standard. Our used Porsche cars have all cosmetic and mechanical refurbishment carried out to the same level as our staff did when they worked at a main Porsche dealer. Our aim is to make your life-long dream come true to buy that used Porsche 911 and have a good experience while owning it. Please call to come and view more than 25 used Porsches in our indoor 6,000 sq foot showroom.

Buckinghamshire Export 56 LTD Unit 9, Blundells Drive, Bradville Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire MK13 7HA T: 01908 216661 E: Proprietor, Mick Pacey is an enthusiastic and passionate owner and racer of Classic Porsche cars as well as an independent Porsche specialist which helps in his understanding of your requirements, as enthusiasts, running air cooled Porsches. With over 25 years experience Export 56 is dedicated to fine quality restoration and can list a number of rare road and race Porsche cars completed in our workshops. The Export 56 Service Centre is the newest addition to our Classic Porsche facilities in North Bucks. Conveniently located in Central Milton Keynes and provides an exceptional offering to Air Cooled Porsche clients for all aspects of servicing, repair and maintenance. Our experience and enthusiasm gives us a sound understanding of what is required to provide the highest levels of service to you our existing customers and hopefully to you our prospective customers too.

Cambridgeshire Barr-Tech Specialist Cars Ltd 90-92 Cowley Road, Cambridge, CB4 0DL. T: 01223 425300 E:

Cheshire Ninemeister 12 Chesford Grange, Woolston, Warrington, Cheshire, WA1 4RE T: 01925 242342 E: The new 19,000sqft Ninemeister Customer service centre is perfectly located near M6 Jn21 offering ease of access via M6, M62 & M56 for customers across Manchester, Liverpool, Cheshire, Lancashire, Yorkshire, Staffordshire & the Wirral and just 20 minutes from Manchester & Liverpool airports. Our services include OPC quality fixed price servicing & repairs, Hunter 4 wheel chassis alignment & performance tyre service with Hunter Road Force wheel balancing; extensive engine rebuild facility for all 911, 964, 993, 996, 997, Boxster & Cayman; insurance approved repair facility, full body restoration, repair & paint. Performance upgrades include: Klein Innovation UK dealer; KW Suspension fitting centre; Motec engine management dealer; 9m Racing air-cooled fast road & race engines & parts. Please call or refer to website for more details. Unit Eleven Porsche Specialists 10/11 Aston Court, Kingsland Grange, Warrington, WA1 4SG T: 01925 852 000 Specialising in Air Cooled and Water cooled cars, experts at geometry setup, offering regular maintenance services to full restoration services. Tech9 Motorsport Ltd Hale Garage, Hale Road, Liverpool L24 5RB. T: 0151 4255 911 E: Engineering dealer since 1993, Tech9 has been providing a high-quality service for the repair, restoration and servicing of all Porsche models. Equipped with the official Porsche PIWIS diagnostic system, our services extend to cover engine and gearbox rebuilding, performance tyre supply and fitting, and we have an on-vehicle brake disc lathe. Highly experienced with R/RS/RSR, GT2 and GT3 variants. Specialising in geometry setting for road/track day or full motorsport use, using our Beissbarth alignment system. Sole UK distributor for TECHART tuning products for all the latest Porsche models. Discount available to Porsche Club members. Location close to Liverpool Airport.

Cornwall Williams Crawford Ltd 911 Forge Lane, Moorlands Trading Estate, Saltash, Cornwall, PL12 6LX T: 01752 840307 E: Williams Crawford Ltd has been in business for almost 25 years, representing Cornwall dealing in classic and modern Porsche. We service and repair all Porsche models in our modern well-equipped workshops backed up by our highly skilled, dedicated and friendly team. Also on offer is our popular prestige brokerage service designed to take all of the hardship out of selling your valuable Porsche. Call Adrian or Richard to learn how our personal approach is different and can benefit you. CavendishPorscha Ltd Units 6 & 7, Gainsborough Close, Long Eaton, Nottingham, NG10 1PX T: 0115 972 2001 E:

Devon Braunton Engineering Braunton Garage, Exeter Road, Braunton, Devon, EX33 2JP T: 01271 814144 E: South West specialist dedicated to Porsche owners. MOT testing station. Bosch car service garage. All Porsches welcome. Diagnostics, service/repair, AC, geometry, restoration, bodywork. Oak Tree Garage Newton Popplefield, Sidmouth, Devon, EX10 0ER. T: 01395 568498 Mobile: 07973 550911 Specialising in Porsche since 1974. Full Porsche diagnostics. Mechanical repairs and servicing. Four-wheel alignment. In-house MOT. Air conditioning. Free loan cars. Contact Crispin. SCSPORSCHE Honiton, Devon, EX14 3AW T: 01404 549921 Mobile: 07762 244477/ 07770 933054 E: Independent purely Porsche specialists, factory-trained technicians from 1987 to present. Porsche diagnostic equipment for all your Porsche needs, from fixedprice servicing to full rebuilds, with free loan cars. Collection and delivery service available.

Dorset JMG Porsche 98 Cobham Road, Ferndown Industrial Estate, Wimborne, Dorset, BH21 7RE T: 01202 488800 E: At JMG we are dedicated to helping you get the best experience from your Porsche. We service, diagnose, repair and improve Porsche vehicles in our south of England workshops. Marque 21 Unit 20 Dreadnought Trading Estate, Bridport, Dorset, DT6 5BU T: 01308 459106 E: We are an experienced, enthusiastic team offering servicing, repairs, restoration, engine rebuilds, Porsche diagnostics and computerised full wheel alignment for all Porsche models from 1950 to 2010.

Essex Lancaster Volkswagen Loughton / Porsche Specialists Specialist Body Repair Centre, Langston Road, Loughton, Essex IG10 3TQ T: 020 8532 5555. Contact Chris Toumazos or Andrew Lester E: Covering Essex and London postcodes. We provide the highest levels of quality and expertise with Porsche trained technicians. Using the very latest technology when repairing, restoring or enhancing your Porsche. For full details on the services we offer as a Porsche Specialist Body repairers please give us a call.


PIE Performance Independent Porsche Specialist Unit 9, Hill Farm, Lavenham Road Brent Eleigh, CO10 9PB T: 01473 827927, 07789 908303, 07788 410375, 07557 773642 or 07740352488 E: Howard Watts Group inc. Riddelsdell Bros Ltd - Est 1900 Ellis Street, Boxford CO10 5HH T: 01787 210318 E: W: A second generation family owned business in the heart of the Suffolk countryside. Our combined passion in Porsche and classic cars has brought together a team able to tackle any of your Porsche requirements, from 356’s to the very latest Porsche cars. Please pop and see us for a chat and a coffee. . Gloucester Peter Chambers Automotive Ltd Unit 5, 4,200 Oakfield Close, Tewkesbury Business Park, Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, GL20 8PF T. 01684 274168 E. We are a well-established specialist workshop offering a full servicing, repairs and preparation on any Porsche, be it everyday road car or track day car, right up to full race peparation. Competitive rates and efficient, friendly service. . Greater


Hartech Firwood Industrial Estate off Thicketford Road, Bolton, BL2 3TR T: 01204 302809 E: Ninemeister 12 Chesford Grange, Woolston, Warrington, Cheshire, WA1 4RE T: 01925 242342 E: The new 19,000sqft Ninemeister Customer service centre is perfectly located near M6 Jn21 offering ease of access via M6, M62 & M56 for customers across Manchester, Liverpool, Cheshire, Lancashire, Yorkshire, Staffordshire & the Wirral and just 20 minutes from Manchester & Liverpool

Hampshire airports. David Newton: Keylink SAS Ltd Units 15/16 The Calvert Centre, Woodmancott, Winchester, SO21 3BN T: 01256 397150 E: Sharing one man’s passion. Specialising in precision servicing of Porsche at highly competitive pricing. Collection, courtesy cars and delivery service available. David Newton: Sandydown Bodyworks Ltd Heath House Estate, Stockbridge, Hampshire, SO20 6BY T: 01264 810757 E: Share one man’s passion. Independent Porsche specialists in paint restoration, bodywork repairs. Fully VBRA and insurance company approved. Modern low-bake ovens. Paint mixing scheme. Full valeting. Independent Garage Services Unit 5, Stanstead Road, Boyatt Wood Industrial Estate, Eastleigh, Southampton, SO50 4RZ T: 023 8062 9606 E: enquiries@independent Independent Porsche specialists. Factory-trained technicians. Laserline geometry equipment service available.

M.R Performance Cars A36 Warminster Road, South Newton, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP2 0QW T: 01722 741247 Established for 33 years Mike and Richard have a real passion for Porsches. We offer sales, servicing, repairs, engine and gearbox rebuilds for all models of Porsches from 1960s to current models. With 45 years’ relevant experience and a customer service of the highest standard, we are an ideal choice for all Porsche owners.

15. Hertfordshire Kent La Rose Porsche Unit F3, Chaucer Business Park, Watery Lane, Kemsing, Sevenoaks, Kent, TN15 6PL T: 01732 763333 E: We are a well-established Porsche specialist with more than 30 years’ experience. Our fully equipped workshop, factory-trained technicians and the latest Porsche diagnostic equipment enable us to service and repair your early Carrera or current generation of Porsche.

Lancashire Hartech Firwood Industrial Estate off Thicketford Road, Bolton, BL2 3TR T: 01204 302809 E: Cavendish Porsche Units 6 & 7, Gainsborough Close Long Eaton, Nottingham, NG10 1PX T: 0115 972 2001 E:

Lincolnshire Gantspeed Engineering Ltd Chapel Lane, Mareham-Le-Fen, Boston, Lincolnshire, PE22 7PZ T: 01507 568474 E: Gantspeed has earned its name as a leading independent Porsche specialist since its formation by proprietor Robert Gant in 1975. We are totally committed toLondon all things Porsche. Charles Ivey 160 Hurlingham Road, London, SW6 3NG. T: 020 7731 3612 E: London’s premier Porsche specialist since 1970. Charles Ivey (Specialist Cars) Limited has been selling and servicing Porsches in London since 1970 and we have been at our present site for the past 35 years. We have a team of dedicated people who are committed to maintaining the very high standards that have, over the years, made us London’s leading Porsche specialist. Chelsea Carrera Ltd 203 Seagrave Road, London, SW6 1ST. T: 020 7610 2326 E: High-class Porsche service and mechanical work in Central London. Full engine diagnostic service available. Fourwheel alignment equipment for perfect results. Competitively priced. Collection and delivery service available. Premises outside the congestion charge area. Parr 5 Faraday Centre, Faraday Road, Crawley, RH10 9PX T: 01293 537911 E: With 30 years’ experience Parr is the leading Porsche specialist in the UK, covering all areas of Porsche maintenance, preparation, tuning (Cargraphic UK importer), motorsport and sales. Whether it is a routine service or part through to a full restoration or engine build, Parr has the skills, experience and facilities to deliver the highest levels of customer care and service. To find out the full range of services, and to explore what Parr can offer you, please visit our website.

Porsche Torque Unit C2, Arun Buildings, Arundel Road, Uxbridge, UB8 2RP T: 01895 814446 E: Service and repair on all Porsches, any year. 30 years’ Porsche experience. Discount given to PCGB members, please mention Porsche Post. Ex AFN & OPC technicians. Xavier Auto Clinic 166-167 Stamford Brook Arches, Hammersmith, London, W6 0TQ T: 020 8741 2251 E: Xavier Auto Clinic is an independent Porsche specialist based in West London that can offer a full range of service on all Porsche models. Established in 2002, 5-star Good Garage Scheme member. Air-conditioning service and repair. Manufacturer-scheduled service keeping manufacturer warranty intact under block exemption. Customised servicing for three-plus years. Vehicle diagnostics and engine rebuilds.

Manchester Hartech Firwood Industrial Estate off Thicketford Road, Bolton, BL2 3TR T: 01204 302809 E: 986/996/997 and Cayman engine repair/rebuild specialist addressing failed IMS bearings, scored bores, “D” chunk failures, etc. We carry out engine work for many of the UK’s leading specialists and worldwide. Porsche servicing, repairs and maintenance, sales, re-manufactured spares, monthly paid “Lifetime Maintenance Plan” (free labour

Merseyside and services). Tech9 Motorsport Ltd Hale Garage, Hale Road, Liverpool L24 5RB. T: 0151 4255 911 E:


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The Street, Ewhurst, Surrey, GU6 7QY T: 01483 273302 E: has been established as an independent Porsche specialist for both sales and servicing. We pride ourselves on offering extremely well prepared and presented cars and we are able to provide the best all round servicing options for your Porsche. Talk directly to our service manager who has been servicing and preparing Porsche road and racecars for 40 years, he will be happy to discuss your requirements from a simple MOT to a full engine rebuild. We look forward to hearing from you.

Oxfordshire Autofarm Oddington Grange, Weston on the Green, Bicester, Oxfordshire, OX25 3QW T: 01865 331234 Autofarm has more than 40 years’ experience of maintaining, preparing, racing, restoring and selling Porsches of all ages. The Oxfordshire-based workshop offers servicing using accredited diagnostics equipment, sales, parts, race preparation, restoration and engine build capability. Its extensive road and race engine experience led the company to develop Silsleeve, an innovative and cost-effective method of repairing modern Porsche cylinder blocks. It also offers bespoke builds through its Autofarm 911 programme. Hillcrest Specialist Cars Whitehouse Garage, High Street, Nettlebed, Henley-on-Thames, Oxon, RG9 5DB. T: 01491 642911 E: Hillcrest Specialist Cars is a leading independent Porsche specialist based in Henley-on-Thames. We offer a highly professional service at competitive prices. We pride ourselves on our high quality and standard of service Wrightune Ltd The Croft, WhiTy Road, Hithercroft Industrial Estate, Wallingford, Oxon, OX10 9RG T: 01491 826911 E: Wrightune was founded by Tony Wright, well known and respected in the Porsche world. 30+ years of continuous experience with Porsche cars results in a

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STR Porsche & Mercedes Specialists

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10 Garden St, Norwich, Norfolk, NR1 1QU T: 01603 626668 E: STR have provided Porsche servicing, diagnostics, engine and gearbox rebuilds, four-wheel alignment and bodywork repairs for more than 12 years. We cater for everyday road cars, track day and race cars, and also provide track day and race licence training through our motorsport division. We pride ourselves on ensuring you – and your car – receive the very highest level of care and service.

Potash Farm, Thorpe Morieux, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP30 0NG T: 01284 827427 Mobile: 07831 444100 E: Finlay Gorham specialises in Porsche and performance cars, and has done for 38 years. We offer full aftersales care backup and servicing, and warrant all our cars. We have full diagnostics and servicing facilities.

Nottinghamshire Cavendish Porsche Units 6 & 7, Gainsborough Close, Long Eaton, Nottingham, NG10 1PX T: 0115 972 2001 E: We are a Porsche Specialist based in Long Eaton, Nottingham. Our technicians have more than 21 years of Porsche main dealer experience and seven years’ independent experience, so we are more than confident that our work is of the highest standard. From servicing to full engine rebuilds, your beloved Porsche is in very safe hands. We use the very latest PIWIS official Porsche diagnostic systems and can offer you the same workshop facilities that you would find at any official Porsche Centre, but at independent prices. We hope to see you in the near future.

Northamptonshire Export 56 LTD Unit 9, Blundells Drive, Bradville Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire MK13 7HA T: 01908 216661 E:


PIE Performance Independent Porsche Specialist Unit 9, Hill Farm, Lavenham Road Brent Eleigh, CO10 9PB T: 01473 827927, 07789 908303, 07788 410375, 07557 773642 or 07740352488 E: PIE Performance is a family-run independent Porsche specialist in East Anglia. We offer all workshop facilities for servicing and repair, supply new and used parts, vehicle restoration to include back dating, Porsche car sales and many other services needed to support running a Porsche. Howard Watts Group inc. Riddelsdell Bros Ltd - Est 1900 Ellis Street, Boxford CO10 5HH T: 01787 210318 E: W: A second generation family owned business in the heart of the Suffolk countryside. Our combined passion in Porsche and classic cars has brought together a team able to tackle any of your Porsche requirements, from 356’s to the very latest Porsche cars. Please pop and see us for a chat and a coffee.

Parr 5 Faraday Centre, Faraday Road, Crawley, RH10 9PX. T: 01293 537911 E: With 30 years’ experience Parr is the leading Porsche specialist in the UK, covering all areas of Porsche maintenance, preparation, tuning (Cargraphic UK importer), motorsport and sales. Whether it is a routine service or part through to a full restoration or engine build Parr has the skills, experience and facilities to deliver the highest levels of customer care and service. To find out the full range of services, and to explore what Parr can offer you, please visit our website.

Sussex (East) Paragon Five Ashes, East Sussex, TN20 6HY T: 01825 830424 (open 7 days) E: Located in the heart of East Sussex, we offer an outstanding selection of high-quality and expertly prepared used Porsches for sale. Our in-house workshops and parts department are fully equipped and offer a vast depth of knowledge and enthusiasm that enables us to provide complete long-term care for your modern or classic Porsche. Parr 5 Faraday Centre, Faraday Road, Crawley, RH10 9PX T: 01293 537911 E: With 30 years’ experience Parr is the leading Porsche specialist in the UK, covering all areas of Porsche maintenance, preparation, tuning (Cargraphic UK importer), motorsport and sales. Whether it is a routine service or part through to a full restoration or engine build, Parr has the skills, experience and facilities to deliver the highest levels of customer care and service. To find out the full range of services, and to explore what Parr can offer you, please visit our website. Precision Porsche Unit B1/B2, Bluebell Industrial Estate, Sheffied Park, Uckfield, Sussex TN22 3HQ. T: 01825 721205 E: We specialise in Porsche maintenance and bodywork repairs – from regular care through to full restorations. We have new dedicated workshops all on one site including the latest Porsche diagnostic equipment and body shop services. Our premises are light, spacious and customer friendly located in Mid Sussex.

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Parr 5 Faraday Centre, Faraday Road, Crawley, RH10 9PX. T: 01293 537911 E: With 30 years’ experience Parr is the leading Porsche specialist in the UK, covering all areas of Porsche maintenance, preparation, tuning (Cargraphic UK importer), motorsport and sales. Whether it is a routine service or part through to a full restoration or engine build, Parr has the skills, experience and facilities to deliver the highest levels of customer care and service. To find out the full range of services, and to explore what Parr can offer you, please visit our website. Philip Raby Porsche Porsche sales and service Clovelly Road, Southbourne, West Sussex PO10 8PF. T: 01243 780389 Contact Philip Raby, Andrew Windsor E: Friendly and affordable help on buying, selling and running Porsches. We sell top-quality Porsches at sensible prices with great aftersales service. We also offer full service, repair and restoration services for all Porsches, classic and modern. Visit our website for more details or please ring for an appointment. We’ll be happy to chat with you.

Vale of Glamorgan Welsh Porsche Specialists The Old Stables, Railway Terrace, Penarth, CF64 2TT. T: 02920 706944 Welsh Porsche are the oldest established independent Porsche specialists in Cardiff and south Wales, ideally located in Penarth. We specialise in: 996 / 997 / Boxster / Cayman and Cayenne engines. Tiptronic and Manual gearbox’s. Service and MOT. Diagnostics. Accident damage. Renovations. Fuel injection / mechanical / K and L jetronic all Bosch types. Our highly trained staff will resolve any problem presented from a Porsche tractor through to 991. Our dealer level diagnostic equipment and vast experience can overcome any situation. Please contact Paul Welsh for an informal chat regarding your requirements. D9 Autotech South Wales Porsche Specialists Unit 22 & 23 South Cornelly Trading Estate, Bridgend,Vale of Glamorgan CF33 4RE. Junction 37 M4 T: 01656 740991 Mobile 07966 166763 E: Perfectly located on M4 half way between Cardiff & Swansea, serving South, East, & West! Wales leading specialists in 996/997/Boxster/Cayman & Cayenne engine rebuilds & rebores at the best rates in the country. Ceramic Ims bearing upgrades. In house recovery at cost price only any where Wales/UK, free with any engine rebuild 200 mile radius! Full state of the art Porsche diagnostics by Autologic, covering ecu & key programming etc. Air cooled engine/gearbox rebuilds with 30 years experience! Vast stock of new & used spares at unbeatable prices! Full restoration pre 90’s 911 & panel repairs & specialist paint to highest standards! Servicing all models with free special offer add ons always available! In house MOT station, lazer suspension alignment, air conditioning. Vast knowledge & experience second to none in the area. Please contact Neil Cooper or Anthony Nicholas to discuss your Porsche requirements with confidence

Wiltshire anytime! Fast friendly Service! M.R Performance Cars A36 Warminster Road, South Newton, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP2 0QW T: 01722 741247 Established for 33 years Mike and Richard have a real passion for Porsches. We offer sales, servicing, repairs, engine and gearbox rebuilds for all models of Porsches from 1960s to current models. With 45 years’ relevant experience and a customer service of the highest standard, we are an ideal choice for all Porsche owners.

Worcestershire Peter Chambers Automotive Ltd Unit 5, 4,200 Oakfield Close, Tewkesbury Business Park, Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, GL20 8PF T. 01684 274168 E. Auto Servicing Bromsgrove RSR Auto Services Unit 18 Silver Birches Business Park Aston Road, Bromsgrove B60 3EU E: T: 07494 450316 / 01527 872656 Find us on Facebook and Twitter 21 year Porsche dealer trained, we offer Porsche servicing and repairs to the surrounding Worcestershire areas including, Redditch, Droitwich and Worcester. Our Service Centre in Bromsgrove, Worcestershire is conveniently situated allowing easy access to motorways and public transport. We provide full servicing including cambelts, fault diagnosis, ECU remapping, mechanical repairs, electrical faults, air-conditioning, MOTs and more Call for a free Quotation

Yorkshire Car-Tech & Care Unit 10, Station Road, Industrial Park, Station Road, Brompton on Swale, North Yorkshire, DL10 7SN T: 01748 810788 E: Car-Tech & Care is a Porsche specialist situated south of Scotch Corner just off the A1. Proprietor David Raper has more than 17 years’ Porsche experience. Offering friendly, value-for-money



Border Reivers T: 01360 870103 M: 07951 112581 Scotland’s Largest independent Porsche Dealer Specialising in the Sale, Restoration & Preservation of Porsche cars Based in the beautiful Loch Lomond and Trossachs national park on the shores of Loch Lomond Conveniently based between Glasgow & Edinburgh Free insurance valuations to Porsche Club Members.

Carrera Performance Unit A, Monks Gate Garage, Brighton Road, Monks Gate, Horsham, West Sussex, RH13 6JD. T: 01403 891911 E: We offer a complete range of services for all Porsches including engine and gearbox rebuilds and upgrades. Servicing, race and rally prep including four-wheel alignment and corner weighting, suspension upgrades, rolling road service. We also have an in-house machine shop to make those hard-to-get parts.


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presentation was stunning, our own private grandstand for members, the Club shop was on-site and Jürgen Barth was signing fabulous Le Mans prints for members, with Richard Atwood due to join him later. The atmosphere was smart and professional – I was very proud of the Club. PP: What makes PCGB unique? RK: The people. We’re a diverse group from a wide range of backgrounds, joined by our love of Porsche. Being recognised as the best in the world at what we do is the icing on the cake!

Q A PP talks to Club Chairman and Regional Director, Rob Kellock, about his role at the Club, dream Porsches and lunch with Dr Wolfgang Porsche

PP: What’s your dream Porsche? RK: If I have to choose just one, a 997GT3RS in dark grey with red decals and wheels. But in my dream there’d be room in the garage for some siblings! The Club’s 356 is the polar opposite, but a joy to drive and – space and funds permitting – I’d dearly love to reacquire my old 987 Boxster Spyder. PP: Most exciting aspect of the brand? RK: Glamour, history, Le Mans, the racing cars, Steve McQueen, halo cars such as the 918 Spyder or GT3RS. Perhaps, the sheer relentless quality of every product – there’s no such thing as a bad Porsche. PP: Words of wisdom? RK: Having lunch with Dr Wolfgang Porsche he observed that, although concours cars are very beautiful, Porsches are designed to be driven and used – he liked to see a little patina, as it meant the car had been enjoyed. Use and enjoy your Porsches. For me, the great pleasure of ownership lies in the opportunity to create great memories.

PP: Earliest Porsche memory? RK: Around 1980, I had a Martini Racing liveried 911 Scalextric race car that, for some reason, was faster than all the others. I spent hours racing it around my version of Brands Hatch in our spare bedroom at home! PP: What’s a ‘typical’ club day like? RK: There’s no such thing – which makes it so enjoyable. Typically, a day at the Clubhouse involves the hard-working team dealing with member requests, taking deliveries, processing shop orders, planning events, processing membership applications, hosting meetings, compiling PP and creating our digital output. PP: Why become Chairman? RK: I’d been Vice Chairman for 16 months, so it was a natural progression. I really wanted to do all I could to maintain both the stability and the remarkable progress and momentum that the Club has made since I joined the Board in April 2014. It’s a total team effort though – a number of great people have played very key roles in the Club's recent achievements. PP: Highlight of time as Chairman? RK: Walking into the Club’s marquee at the Silverstone Classic, which was a culmination of the strategies we’d been aiming for. The 138

THE GARAGE 944 2.5 LUX “My first Porsche – great fun and very reliable. It remains my wife’s favourite Porsche. Sold to a PCGB member following the arrival of...” 996.2 CARRERA 4 “I’d decided that I definitely wanted a 996 and ended up buying this one from a R18 member. An astonishingly capable all-weather car.” 987 BOXSTER SPYDER “Love at first sight! Porsche Centre Bolton cruelly positioned one between the desk and the door when my 996 went in for a service. The result? My five years of 996 ownership came to an end.” 981 CAYMAN S “After four joyful years with the Spyder, my new role on at PCGB meant a 158-mile journey to and from the Clubhouse. Sadly, it wasn’t the car for the job but this was. It was good looking and fast, had room for luggage and was efficient – it averaged some 35mpg over almost 25,000 miles and two years.” 997GTS “It gives the thrills of the Spyder with the practical coupé roof of the Cayman. My favourite Porsche to date. I love everything about it and can’t rate it highly enough.”

993 buyers’ guide | Fuel injectors updated | Porsches to the New Forest


No. 352 | October 2016

Porsche Club Great Britain

Porsche Post October 2016  

993 Buyers' Guide - How to find a good one, A family affair - RUF lands in the UK, Clean Sweep - Fuel injectors future-proofed

Porsche Post October 2016  

993 Buyers' Guide - How to find a good one, A family affair - RUF lands in the UK, Clean Sweep - Fuel injectors future-proofed