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718 CAYMAN Sound engineering

RACING AT SPA A weekend with Jaz


924 CARRERA GTR Veteran race car resurfaces

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Porsche exhibited the latest Panamera at the Paris motor show in September, and the overwhelming consensus has been positive. In company with many others, I was lucky to see the car at the Goodwood Revival, and the revised profile of the car is, in my view, a stunning piece of automotive design. We hope to road-test the so-called G2 Panamera in due course, and naturally report our findings here in Porsche Post. The Panamera family has certainly had its fair share of press coverage in recent weeks. Some of those column inches focused on a high-profile parade of the Panamera E-Hybrid through central London, behind Porsche’s LMP1 car driven by Mark Webber. It was a subtle but effective way to draw parallels between the two cars, and show how racetrack technology is being transferred to the road. With new Porsches still firmly in mind, we are delighted to be able to bring you a road-test of a brand-new 718 Cayman in this month’s edition. Club member John Hunter – himself an owner of a 987 Cayman – enjoyed his stint in the four-cylinder variant, and his views are echoed by our long-time contributor Chris Horton, who was able to drive the car in a more spirited manner at the Porsche Experience Centre. Elsewhere in this month’s magazine, Roy Smith has a closer look at another fascinating 924 race car resurrection, while Jayson Fong takes us behind the scenes at the famous Spa six-hour Classic race. These notes are being written just a couple of days before the second annual Silverstone Auctions Porsche Sale. With over 60 cars consigned, and a range of interesting automobilia on offer, it is shaping up to be

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another great weekend at the home of British motorsport. On the eve of the sale Porsche Club is hosting an evening with five-times Le Mans Derek Bell, MBE, an honorary Club member. I understand that Derek recently celebrated a significant birthday, so everyone here at the Clubhouse sends our warmest wishes. The NEC Classic Car Show takes place in mid-November, and the Club will once again be out in force. Find us on stand 1-100, where a warm welcome and complimentary coffee await all members. At the show we shall be trialling a new technical area which will be manned by marque experts and gives members the opportunity to pose any queries they may have about their particular model of Porsche. We hope it will become another benefit of Porsche Club membership, so please do make use of it. Looking a little further ahead, the final event of the year will be the traditional Christmas open day, which will take place at the Clubhouse on Sunday, 4th December. This free-to-attend gathering has grown hugely in popularity in recent years, so if you plan to attend do please let us know by e-mailing Jessica Sutch at the Clubhouse on 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


The brand new Panamera E-Hybrid darts through London’s streets on a cool September morning. One of two petrolelectric hybrid models planned to join the new Panamera line-up, the new, 455bhp four-wheel-drive Panamera 4 E-Hybrid will open for UK sales in April next year.

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Back to basics Many teams involved in historic motorsport are arriving at circuits with increasingly professional setups. But a trip with Jaz Porsche to Spa, together with their pair of short-wheelbase 911s in simple trailers, shows that all you really need for a successful race weekend are some very basic ingredients




Lost & found A rare 924 GTR race car, a veteran of Dayton, Sebring and Watkins Glen, has resurfaced after no fewer than 25 years’ storage here in Britain


A quiet revolution The thing everyone wants to know about the 718s is not just how they drive, but what they sound like. A day in a new base-model Cayman leaves John R Hunter pleasantly surprised – while Chris Horton, who has driven both a similar Cayman and a Boxster ‘S’ with PDK, is well, slightly bemused


Driving the dream Region 18’s fascinating trip to Ernst Piëch’s remarkable new motor museum near Salzburg, Austria. Put it on your group’s to-do list!

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New 911 GT3 Cup with ultra-modern drive

Boasting a completely redeveloped drive, the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup will take to the starting line on the world’s race tracks from 2017. The rear of the world’s most-produced GT racing car now houses a 4-litre, six-cylinder flat engine for even more drive. Thanks to thoroughbred motorsport technology, the compact engine with direct fuel injection delivers peak performance of 485 hp. A range of innovative details also improve efficiency in addition to engine performance, ensuring even better durability of the naturally aspirated engine in racing mode and reduced maintenance costs. A valve drive with rigidly mounted rocker arms and a central oil feed is being used for the very first time. What’s more, an integrated oil centrifuge is used to optimise oil defoaming in the engine.

A crankshaft with significantly increased rigidity has also been installed. Porsche manufactures the 911 GT3 Cup on the same production line as the 911 road car in its main plant in Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen. The basic race tuning is performed at the Weissach motorsport centre, where vehicles are also thoroughly tested by a professional race driver prior to delivery to the customer. Some 3031 units of the 911 GT3 Cup have been built in the 996, 997 and 991 model lines since 1998. This makes the brand cup racing car from Stuttgart the most-produced and most-sold GT racing car in the world. The new 911 GT3 Cup will be used in the 2017 race season, initially exclusively in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup, which is held alongside the Formula 1 races, and in the 6

Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland, as well as in North America. As of 2018, the car will also be available for the other brand cups. In total, Porsche is organising 20 of these race series for customer teams around the world, with the 911 GT3 Cup being used exclusively.

Porsche Update In his regular column, Porsche Cars GB General Manager, Marketing, Ragnar Schulte provides Porsche Post with the manufacturer’s latest news and views

Since the very origins of the Porsche company, we have been true to our guiding principles of building lightweight, efficient sportscars yet at the same time brave enough to follow an independent path to remain relevant in changing times. Our commitment to this ethos was made very clear recently, with the annual historic motorsport spectacle at the Goodwood Revival in September, and a ground-breaking initiative that brought the 919 Hybrid to the streets of London. At Goodwood, once more it was heartwarming to see many Club members celebrating their love of Porsche and travelling to Sussex in their cherished early 356 and 911. And if you could be drawn away from the stunning arrays of classics in the public car parks, the few Porsche race cars of this period always impress with their physics defying performances. Providing some shelter from the autumnal showers, was a very special display in the Earl’s Court Motor Show area – here we exhibited for the first time in the UK the four-seat ‘Type 915’ 911 from 1970, and the 989 4-door concept study from 1989. These gems from our Museum were joined by the all-new Panamera Gran Tourismo, and together they underlined the courage Porsche shows in exploring new market segments.

The Club also put on a good show at the Revival, and the event coincided with you reaching the milestone of 16,000 members. Well done! The Club has been going from strength to strength, and this membership is a great achievement. Goodwood always provides historical hints to that other primary Porsche philosophy, namely race track to road technology transfer – and on 27th September this was brought bang up to date when the Le Mans-winning 919 Hybrid drove through London, alongside the new Panamera 4 E-Hybrid. Both cars share the same technical principles of Porsche E-Performance: an e-motor and lithiumion battery are first and foremost used to add power. The Panamera features a 330 hp twin-turbocharged V6 engine with a 136 hp e-motor. Combined, this makes the car around one second quicker from 0-62 mph – now 4.6 secs. True sports car performance. At the same time, just as the 8MJ 919 Hybrid exploits its fuel efficiency to minimise time lost pit stop refuelling on the race track, so the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid offers significant running cost benefits – particularly 56 g/km CO2. We are proud to have organised such a phenomenal entrance for this car to Great Britain, starting at 6am and driving from Park Lane to

Westminster. The organisation and filming of the 919 Hybrid and the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid flanked by eight Metropolitan Police motorcycles and captured by more than 15 cameras at different points along the route - was genuinely one of those magic moments where we realise what a great honour and privilege it is to be working with a brand like Porsche. And the enthusiastic reaction of the early morning commuters upon seeing the 919 Hybrid, and then meeting Mark afterwards, was a further example of our rare brand quality which can unite both Porsche enthusiasts and the casual passer-by. It also shows what separates us from the mainstream, and how we can courageously follow our own instincts. In this connected world, things we do together with and around Porsche increasingly have international visibility. If you go to the Museum in Zuffenhausen, take another look at the sculpture on the Porsche Platz, which was inspired by the centrepiece of the 50 Years of 911 celebrations at Goodwood in 2013. And, wherever you might be, you can catch the Porsche E-Performance film from the London drive on the Porsche YouTube channel – the perfect excuse to stay indoors as winter draws on! Ragnar Schulte

Driven by MarkWebber, Porsche factory race driver and 2015 FIA World Endurance Champion, the Porsche 919 Hybrid brought the spectacle of Le Mans to London, passing through the city from Park Lane to the south bank of the River Thames. Webber navigated the capital’s streets via Hyde Park Corner, Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square and Parliament Square to arrive at the distinctive London County Hall Hotel, next to the famous London Eye


Christmas open day A pioneering first for motor insurance The PCGB Insurance Scheme policy has introduced ‘Diminution in Value’ as an optional extra for your classic Porsche. This is a first not only for the Scheme but also for motor policies as a whole.

The Club’s Christmas open day will take place on Sunday, 4th December. This free-to-attend and popular event, which always attracts an enthusiastic turnout, will once again be supported by some of the Club’s main business partners. Complimentary refreshments will be available throughout, and the day gets under way from around 10.30am. Numbers are limited to 300 enthusiasts so if you are wishing to attend please email so we are able to gauge members and plan accordingly.

Oulton Park trackday The Club’s November Oulton Park trackday is filling quickly, with just five 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 or emailing

Your classic Porsche is a work of art – so why not treat it like one! Previously, this type of cover has only been available, under your contents insurance, for possessions such as art, antiques and wine. However, perhaps because of the recent steep – sometimes eye-wateringly steep – rise in the value of classic Porches and other marques, there is a strong demand for this type of cover to be extended to classic cars. So the PCGB Scheme now offers ‘Diminution in Value’ cover as an optional extra for your Porsche if it is more than 15 years old. This means that after an accident, in addition to the repair costs, the new cover will also pay the difference between your treasured car’s market value before and after the repair with generous limits – up to 100% of the repair cost to a maximum of £250,000 or 20% of the car’s agreed value. The only stipulation is that your car was valued or purchased within the two years before the claim. An example of how this would work in practice A club member’s 1969 2.2S Targa is insured at an agreed value of £190,000. It is damaged in an accident, leading to £76,700 of repair work. Under the terms of the PCGB Scheme policy the member chooses his own trusted specialist garage for the repair. The garage does a superb restoration job, but unfortunately, because of lack of availability, it is forced to use some non-original parts. As a result – although the job is first-class – the value of the car is affected. An independent engineer, appointed by the Scheme, estimates that its market value has fallen by £15,000 to £175,000. The member has no intention of selling the car, but if he did the sale value is likely to be reduced. In these circumstances the Scheme would pay for the repair (£76,700) and would also pay a further £15,000 under Diminution in Value. You can’t say fairer than that! For market-leading accident cover why not give Lockton, the Scheme’s brokers, a call on the Scheme’s new number 0330 123 4317 and ask for a free quote.

Porsche Club at the 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 8

visiting Complimentary refreshments will be on offer for members throughout, and served from Chris Pruden’s increasingly popular 356 Speedster coffee machine! Meanwhile, we’ll have a new 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!

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Eastwood takes maiden victory, Cammish sets a new record After rounds 13 and 14, Dan Cammish (Redline Racing) became only the third driver in Porsche Carrera Cup GB history to secure back-to-back championships. At Brands Hatch after rounds 15 and 16, he became the first ever driver to win 12 races in a season, a win in round 16 a fitting way to end his year and establish a dominant legacy. Looking to begin his own chapter in the

history of the championship was Charlie Eastwood (Redline Racing), the 2016 Rookie champion tasting the champagne of victory for the first time and underlining a strong debut season. The final championship of the 2016 was won in the last race, fifth in round 16 proving enough to secure Tautvydas Barstys (Juta Racing) the Pro-Am2 title.

Mike Travers It is with great sadness we have to convey the tragic news of Michael Travers’ passing away in the early hours of Thursday, 8th September. Mike joined Region 5 four years ago and quickly became a popular member and more importantly a dear friend. A larger than life character, Mike was always happy

and full of enthusiasm, encouraging those around him to live life to the full. Seeing the funny side of most situations, he always brightened up the meetings and I’m sure those who knew him will have fond memories and amusing stories to share. Mike’s first Porsche came after 10 years of 911 talk while continuing to build up his successful business. Fast Fords and then a succession of Toyota 4X4s were a priority for the family before finally buying a 997 Carrera S in 2012. This was his dream car and he spent a lot of time washing it, admiring it and would even leave his garage door open with the lights on so he could look at it from his lounge before locking it away for the night. Early this year Mike bought the 991 Carrera S after quietly admitting that PDK was the future after all. In February their first outing in the new car saw them looking rather cool in front of the Portmeirion Hotel. This was the fourth year for them on the Wales trip and even more exciting in a 991 complete with sports exhaust. Our thoughts go out to his wife Julie, daughter Laura and son Josh. 11

It’s been another incredibly busy year for the team at Silverstone Auctions, with new competition car sales and our first international sale, and amazingly we’re now gearing up for our final auction of the year. Next month we return to the NEC Classic Motor Show for an exciting two-day sale on the 12th and 13th of November at the UK’s biggest and best attended classic motoring event. With more than 70,000 visitors set to attend, the show really is one of the highlights of our calendar. It’s always a fantastic show and is getting bigger and better every year so I hope to see as many of you there as possible. Club members will be pleased to know that there are some fantastic Porsches for sale at the auction. Some of the highlights on offer include a 1989 Porsche 911 (930) Turbo ‘Flachbau’, estimated at between £130,000 and £150,000. We’ve seen incredible interest in these cars over the last 12 months and this example is well cared for from a significant private collection. Fans of the 993 will no doubt be tempted by a 1998 Porsche 911 993 Turbo with the desirable X50 pack, estimated at between £100,000 and £120,000. As you’ll know 2016 marks 40 years of transaxle Porsches, so those looking for a highly collectible example could go home with a 1988 Porsche 928 S4, estimated at between £40,000 and £45,000. As always if you can’t be at the sale in person you’ll be able to bid by commission, online or over the phone. We’re open for viewing on Friday 11th November from 10.30am until 6pm, with the sales taking place from 12 noon on Saturday, 12th and Sunday, 13th November. If you’ve got any questions on the cars for sale please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us and we’ll see you at the NEC! Nick Whale, Managing Director Silverstone Auctions



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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.

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

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 in finding out more, please contact Rob Kellock by emailing 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 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

Please note, in order to apply for a role as a Porsche Club Director you must have been a Club member for three years. 14

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London, 27th September Two of Porsche’s most technologically advanced cars took to London’s streets to demonstrate how the manufacturer is translating its race-winning Hybrid technology from the track to the road. Driven by Mark Webber, Porsche factory race driver and 2015 FIA World Endurance Champion, the 919 Hybrid brought the spectacle of Le Mans to London, passing through the city from Park Lane to the south bank of the River Thames. Webber navigated the capital’s streets via Hyde Park Corner, Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square and Parliament Square to arrive at the distinctive London County Hall Hotel, next to the famous London Eye. Porsche has a proud tradition of proving innovative technology on the race circuit prior to developing it for its renowned sports cars. Underlining this track-to-road philosophy was the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid, making its global debut alongside the 919 Hybrid. Like the race car, the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid is powered by a petrol engine and also an electric motor charged by lithium-ion batteries.


The Porsche month in pictures


Ace Café, London, 26th September

Photo by Nick Pike

John Fitzpatrick (left) talks with Simon Taylor at September’s Ace Café Porsche night, which once again attracted an enthusiastic attendance to the popular west London venue. One of the best Porsche drivers of his era, Fitzpatrick enjoyed victories in Europe and the United States, successfully claiming the prestigious Porsche Cup three times during his racing career. His Ace Café evening was followed by an appearance at Porsche Design and a night with the Club’s North West Region.

Lausitzring, 7th October Representing Porsche Carrera Cup Great Britain, 23-year-old Dino Zamparelli took on 8 talented, young race drivers from Porsche’s worldwide one-make race series for a coveted place on the Porsche Motorsport Junior programme. The Porsche young driver concept began in 1997; a successful model, with five current Porsche works drivers having progressed through the programme. In addition to receiving 200,000 euros from Porsche towards a Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup campaign in 2017, the successful candidate also receives support in the fields of fitness, psychological training, media relations and driver coaching.

Moody skies and the odd rain shower weren’t enough to dampen the spirits for the ninth running of the Porsche Club GB London Landmarks run. With the sun breaking through the clouds, the scenic route took participants through the heart of London with the Club’s 356 leading the way. A well-deserved stop for breakfast was a reward worth waiting for at the now renamed ‘Porschebello Road’ Electric Diner.

Photo by Ed Pike

China, September


The third Classic Rallye, staged by Auto Motor Sport and Motor Klassik China, proved successful for Porsche with an entry from the manufacturer’s museum claiming victory. A 1964 2.0-litre 911 (pictured) as well as a 993 Carrera from 1998 were campaigned, with the former taking overall victory. The Classic Rallye covers more than 1000km (620 miles) over two weekends in the cities of Beijing and Shanghai. Due to import regulations classic cars are rarely seen on Chinese roads.

Photo by Porsche AG

London, 25th September

The Porsche month in pictures

Stuttgart, 13th October At the end of the 2016 FIA World Endurance Championship season Mark Webber (pictured) will conclude his professional racing career. The nine time F1 GP race winner will become a Porsche brand ambassador representing the marque at global events as well as contributing to Porsche’s motorsport programmes.

Castle Combe Autumn Classic, 1st October

Photo by George Woodward

Club members were able to enjoy infield parking and discounted tickets for October’s Castle Combe Autumn Classic. Despite poor weather, the event attracted a strong turnout from members, and the Club’s efforts were rewarded with the best infield display award. It was the Club’s first time as part of the event and sincere thanks must go to Ted Walker and Martin Broadribb for assisting with the Porsche Club presence.

Goodwood, 3rd October

Photo by George Woodward

The Club’s final Goodwood trackday of the year attracted a capacity turnout and a broad selection of Porsches – including this Martini-liveried Cayman GT4. Over 25 Porsches were part of the day in West Sussex which was blessed with favourable conditions from the outset. At the time of writing there is limited availability remaining at the Club’s final trackday of the year at Oulton Park in November. Meanwhile, work has already started on the 2017 trackday calendar and once it is complete full details will be published within the news pages of Porsche Post.


Barber secures 2016 Speed Championship Prescott, Saturday, 1st October 2016

We entered the final round at Prescott with the Championship still undecided and the final positions still to play for, writes Paul Grainger. It was an inauspicious start to the competition, however, with a mix of drizzle and heavy rain throughout the practice sessions as the drivers cautiously completed the first two runs on a very wet and slippery track. As with last year, there was a strong turnout of Porsches at this event, with 18 drivers from the Speed Championship along with the National Hill Climb Championship taking their final runs of the season at Prescott. In Class P4 Donald Peach (924S) steadily cut his times down over the day to finish in second place in Class P4 with a time of 64.16. This result left him in fourth place in Class P4. Taking first place in P4 was Stuart Maclean (924) with a time of 59.62. His long-term Speed Championship experience also left him in third place in Class P4 overall. As in P4, just two drivers competed in Class P3 at Prescott with just 0.04 seconds between them at the end of play. Ross Macdonald’s (911SC/RS) fastest time was 57.08 for second place at Prescott and in P3 class position while Wayne Eason (Boxster) put in some remarkably consistent runs to finish in first with 57.04. Wayne’s consistency throughout the season left him in fourth place overall in the Championship as well as being the class champion. Class P2, the largest class of recent years in the Championship, saw nine drivers running at Prescott. Despite a spin on his first timed run - an unusual occurrence for this experienced driver - Ian Wadsworth (911 Carrera) still put in a great final run to take third place in 54.41. His final run also secured him points for fourth place class position in P2. This season’s current champion


Geraint Evans (911 3.2 Carrera) struggled with mechanical issues at the beginning of the year and only really found his pace in the later rounds. His time of 53.36 secured second place in P2 at Prescott and he finished fifth place overall in the championship. Taking first place at Prescott after utilising his impressive wet weather driving skills in the atrocious conditions was Adrian Rowlands (911SC). Adrian finished the day with a time of 52.44 and, had it not been for bad luck and missed opportunities, he might have secured overall champion. Despite the win at Prescott he finished second place overall with 163.24 points – a notable score achieved in a highly competitive championship. Five drivers competed in Class P1 with Martin Leach (964) also employing some impressive skills in the wet weather to finish in third place in 53.18. Creating a margin of just 0.42 seconds over Martin’s time, David Hilton (996 GT3RS) was characteristically quick, as he has been throughout the season, and finished in second place in 52.76. After putting in two superbly quick runs at Prescott Tim Barber (996 GT3RS) comfortably took the class win, along with the championship FTD of 51.46 – a stunning time given the slippery conditions. This final result also secured Tim the overall champion position after accumulating a point total of 163.56, just 0.32 more than Adrian Rowlands, his nearest rival. Thank you to all the drivers for an exciting season that went down to the wire and, of course, congratulations to Tim on a welldeserved win. Tim prevailed in a class that included two previous overall speed champions in David Hilton and Graham Rose, and he won every hill climb event this season as well as being one of the fastest three at each circuit he competed at – a consistently impressive set of results making him a worthy overall champion. 20

CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS Competitors’ 8 best scores Tim Barber Adrian Rowlands Justin Mather Wayne Eason Geraint Evans Graham Rose Andy Fagan David Hilton Ian Wadsworth Stephen Jory Ross McDonald Martin Leach Karl Lupton Tom Fisher Stuart Maclean Nicholas Wadsworth Donald Peach Darren Slater Simon Parkin Mick Brown Jonny Mear Jake Cartwright Gordon Weston Tony Claringbould Charles Wardle Melvin Spear Justin Mather Michael Burtt Peter Finch Laura Wardle Ian Cristol Kevin Bryant

163.56 163.24 163.20 161.50 160.28 159.83 157.03 157.01 156.04 155.62 148.65 133.45 133.32 127.11 120.53 117.32 115.64 105.17 87.00 69.55 64.50 49.89 45.87 44.11 42.23 37.26 36.27 26.34 24.70 13.38 11.86 5.98

2016 Porsche Club Speed Championship winner Tim Barber (right) is see here with Porsche Club Motorsport’s Paul Grainger at the final round of the season at Prescott

The Porsche Club National Hillclimb Championship continues to grow and was won this year by longtime Club member Paul Howells (left)

Another Classic Up-Hill Year Porsche Club National Hillclimb Championship This year saw the second running of the Porsche Club National Hillclimb Championship, writes Motorsport Manager Steve Kevlin. A new venture in 2015, the number of participants is still growing, but the competitive nature of the championship will surely see numbers increase further in 2017. Intended to cater for those competitors who want to compete in Hillclimb events at the highest level, the Championship takes in six of England’s finest Hillclimb venues, with two hills being visited twice. All but one of the events has been a two-day meeting run at National A level. This means they are primarily for experienced Hillclimb competitors. The exception to the two-day ruling is the final Championship round at Prescott, which is a one-day meeting, running in parallel with the Porsche Club Speed Championship with Pirelli, where over 30 Porsches were entered. The Championship is divided into two classes. Class 1 is for modified cars competing on slick tyres. Class 2 is for road-going cars competing on road tyres. Like the Club’s Speed Championship, the Hillclimb Championship can be competed in using standard road cars. A standard road car may not be the most competitive within its class, but it is an ideal opportunity to learn the courses and get a feel for what Hillclimbing is about. Current regulations limit the options for total


novices to join the Championship, but these may be reviewed. At the end of the season, each Competitor’s final Championship points positions are based on their best six scores. The 2016 Championship started with a round at Shelsley Walsh in Worcestershire. This famous hill saw a bumper entry of 12 competitors, covering the range of 997 GT3 Cup car in Class 1 to a 997 GT2 in Class 2, with much variety between. This season has been very closely fought and the first round set the scene for what would turn out to be a fight down to the wire. Many of the competitors know each other from past seasons of competing in the Club’s Speed Championship, so there is a strong sense of camaraderie, but that makes the competition no less intense. Throughout this season, Class 1 has seen Paul Howells competing with his 1973 Carrera 3.0ltr RSR, against the Supercharged 3.3ltr 911 Carrera of Andy Norris the 3.2ltr 1972 911 of Jonathan Williamson and the 964 Cup car of Mel Spear. The only Class 1 competitor who beat Paul Howells at any of this year’s events was Peter Turnbull with his 997 GT3 Cup car. Peter took a class win at the first visit to Gurston Down in May and scored a joint fastest time at Wiscome Park in July. Class 2 has seen an equally wide range of vehicles, from the eventual class-winning 997 21

GT2 Club Sport of Robert Lancaster-Gaye, through the 996 GT3 Club Sport of Simon Tarling, David Bennett and Terry Clifford’s Cayman S models, the 2.4 911T of David Strange and the Cayman GT4 of Christian Ayres. Come the season’s end, the winners of each of the classes had taken seven wins apiece. The scoring system is designed to award additional points where there are more competitors in the class. Despite ending the season with the same number of wins, Paul Howells beat 2016 Champion Robert Lancaster-Gaye by 1.1pts to become Porsche Club National Hillclimb Champion 2016. Dates for the 2017 Championship will be published in Porsche Post as soon as they are confirmed. They will also be posted on the Club’s Motorsport site (porscheclubmotorsport., where all results and points are uploaded and there are galleries of photos for each event. You can also register your interest to be informed of what is going on with all of the Club’s Motorsport activities, by submitting your email address via the site. Our congratulations go to all competitors who took part in what has been a very friendly but competitive season. In particular we congratulate Paul Howells on taking the Championship title in 2016. Also thanks also go to Terry Davison, past Club Chairman, who has co-ordinated the Championship for these past two seasons.


Increasingly, teams involved in historic motorsport are arriving at circuits with professional set-ups including multi-car transports and accompanying motorhomes. But a trip with the team from Jaz Porsche to the Spa Six Hours, together with their pair of shortwheelbase 911s, in trailers, reveals that all you really need for a successful race weekend are some very simple ingredients âž? Words and Photos: Jayson Fong



oday the paddocks at most historic racing meetings are defined by lines of multi-car race transports and motorhomes. It’s a reflection of the growing professionalism of the teams taking part in the sport. But bigger isn’t always better, and for a majority of smaller teams, like Jaz Porsche from St Albans, it’s the simple things that count. Coincidentally, the Spa Six Hours happens to be the perfect event at which to exercise this approach. It’s one of the world’s best historic motorsport weekends, where cars and teams are pushed to their limits and take part in a six-hour marathon – flat out. With a pair of early 911s, three drivers per car, and two-hour driving stints apiece, it is a true team effort to get the cars to the finish line, one that requires first-class organisation and preparation. It’s around eight hours since we left the workshop in St Albans, headed for the legendary Spa-Francorchamps circuit in Belgium’s Ardennes region. Travelling as a team, we finally arrive on the old circuit roads surrounding the modern track in bright sunshine. When we stop momentarily to refuel the race cars, the trailers are opened up revealing the two pristine 911s. Owned by Porsche Club GB member Simon Bowrey, and Jaz Porsche proprietor Steve Winter, the cars are both from 1965, built to race specification by the engineers at Jaz. Although complete with showroom looks and matching SWB 911 registration plates, a glance at their

JAZ PORSCHE Since the early 1990s, Jaz Porsche has been an independent Porsche specialist garage working on everything from the most iconic classic Porsches to the latest models, with the goal of making them perform the way they should, giving drivers the complete Porsche experience. Located in St Albans, they are a team of highly specialised technicians headed by Steve Winter. Fanatical in their attention to detail, with more than 50 years of experience between them, they look after all ages of Porsche, handling everything from MOTs, Porsche factory set servicing and bodywork repairs to restoration and guaranteed engine and transmission rebuilds, including 356 gearbox/transaxles and GT3 sequential units. Jaz Porsche also prepares a range of cars for use in motorsport and track days at events like Spa Six Hours and Le Mans Classic. The attention to detail that is demanded from racing is reflected in the care taken to look after every car at the company’s garage. All Jaz Porsche’s staff are involved in motorsport in some form. The company races its two 1956 911s at most UK circuits, as well as the Le Mans Classic and Spa events.

interiors suggests that, as in any seriously quick and competent car, function is more important than form. Prior to race day, garage number 43 in the historic Spa pitlane is alive with activity. With the bulk of preparation having been completed over the last few weeks during testing, 35 years of Porsche knowledge from Jaz is put to work. Headed by Steve Winter himself and Chris Monk, the team bring out spanners for final adjustments, while tactics are discussed in whispers. Time spent here on what may seem like minor decisions is critical to determining the seconds and minutes gained on the racetrack. After a day reacquainting drivers with the cars and making final tweaks, the team begins to cohese. Testimony to the almost identical setups on the cars, the Jaz Porsches manage to qualify within 0.1 second of one another, and will start from 72nd and 73rd on the grid, up 10 places from 2015. Although far from the times of the front-running GT40s, the team heads towards race day in high spirits, confident the cars are up to the task of taking on the gruelling six hours ahead and, most importantly, making it all the way to the finish. Before we know it, race day is upon us and while standing in the historic pitlane I soak up the electric atmosphere. It’s a truly stunning sight, with some of the most iconic classic cars lined up. Above, the large crowd look down from the pit complex and from across the straight in the grandstands. The two 911s among the traffic look right at home with the team wishing luck to the first drivers at the wheel. ➝

Top left: Simon Bowrey begins the descent towards Rivage in #41 Bottom left: #95 using every inch of the circuit at Pouhon Right: Rob Williams focuses on the the job ahead


‘A glance at their interiors suggests that, as in any seriously quick and competent car, function is more important than form’


Standing at the summit of Raidillon to watch the opening moments of the Spa Six Hours, I keep an eye out for the 911s as the sound of 105 cars on full throttle echoes through the valley, before a seemingly endless stream of metal makes its way down towards Eau Rouge. It’s the red car that appears first, Steve at the wheel and heading fast down from La Source, side by side with a Morgan, a few places behind, John Allen in the white car appearing in the slipstream of a Lotus Elan. Although the 911s cannot claim to be the fastest in a straight line, they are certainly one of the most exciting cars to watch. Impressively battling it out against the mighty GT40s, Jaguar E-types, Ford Mustangs, Lotus Elans and MGBs, the 911s carry their speed into the corners, balancing on the limit, weighty rears swinging from side to side as drivers’ arms move in all directions to steady the course. Three hours in and the sun begins to set. So far, it has been an incident-free race for the Jaz Porsches, which continue to make their way around the seven-kilometre course. Now with Scott Reading and Simon Bowrey steering, and halfway through the race, pressure mounts on getting the cars to the finish line. Although much of the race traffic has begun to subside due to retirements, the darkness naturally brings the potential for trouble. Regardless, the 911s push on toward the six-hour mark, easy to spot with their

JAZ AT SPA CAR #165 PORSCHE 911 Class: GTS11 Drivers: Winter/Williams/ Redding Qualifying Fastest lap: 3.11.531 Avg Km/H: 131.647 Pos: 72 Race Overall pos: 47 Class pos: 11 Porsche pos: 5 Race time: 5:26:52:103 Laps: 86 Gap: 4:02:510 Avg Km/H: 110,566 Fastest lap: 3:12.414 CAR #41 PORSCHE 911 Class: GTS11 Drivers: Allen/Bowrey/Turral Qualifying Fastest lap: 3:11:624 Avg Km/H: 131.583 Pos: 73 Race Overall pos: 29 Class pos: 4 Porsche pos: 1 Race time: 5:28:11:095 Laps: 88 Gap: 2:24.915 Avg Km/H112.684 Fastest lap: 3:16.311

Above: The Spa Six Hours tests the limits for a diverse range of historic machines and drivers Above right: The Jaz Porsches in front of motorsport’s most iconic corner Bottom right: A breathtaking sight – brakes glow into the night


dazzling identification lights and glowing brake discs. Team Jaz’s excitement becomes increasingly evident as the finish line comes into view for the cars. Finally, at 10pm, the chequered flag appears, and it’s a brilliant finish for the team with the white car crossing as the first Porsche in the grid home, 29th overall and fourth in class. The red car follows at 47th, only hampered in its progress up the grid by a pair of timeconsuming fuel stops. As Chris Monk guides the duo of Geoff Turral and Rob Williams to the garage, the team spirit and enthusiasm that is rarely seen in larger organisations comes to the fore with much laughter, storytelling and embracing. It’s a memorable moment as both preparer and customer share a unique moment that can only be seen at a true endurance racing event like the Spa Six Hours. As we begin our journey home, passing the large line of car transporters, I wonder if it would be possible for large teams to have such a personal experience as ours. After spending a race weekend in Belgium with the small team from Jaz, it became clear for me that it might not always be necessary to have the largest transporter and the most equipment to have a successful race weekend. Perhaps the most important ingredients are a well-prepared car, a good team, and knowledge to back it all up – after all, that’s all that any race team had back in the old days. PP

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orty years ago the front-engined, water-cooled 924 saved the day at Porsche. Without it, the company would almost certainly have gone bankrupt. Three years later, at the 1979 Frankfurt motor show, Porsche exhibited a competition-orientated 924 that looked similar but at the same time competely different to the cars being sold at the time in the UK and USA: the 924 Carrera GT. Porsche designer Tony Lapine told Mike Cotton (then PR manager at Porsche Cars GB, which in 1977 had run a promotional race championship for 924s): ‘We are going to build

three cars for Le Mans in 1980, one in German race colours, one in American livery, and one in British decals.’ The three cars, 924 Carrera GTPs as they were known, did indeed race at Le Mans that year. Jürgen Barth and Manfred Schürti in the German-decaled car won their class and finished sixth overall. The two others sadly suffered engine problems, but still finished the race. The British-liveried Carrera GTP, whose driver line-up was arranged by Mike Cotton, is the only one of the three to survive as it was when raced, and has recently been the subject of a complete restoration. Drivers Tony Dron and Andy Rouse, along with Derek Bell and Jürgen Barth, were at Silverstone last June to see it run again. A short time after that, I received a phone call from one Richard Kwolek who said: ‘I have a 924 GTR. Would you like to see it?’ 30

‘It was in 1988 that Richard Kwolek, a car enthusiast and dealer from the UK, went looking for a 924 Carrera GTR to bring over and sell here in Britain’

Clockwise, from far left: the prototype Carrera GT at the Frankfurt show in 1979 (Porsche); Paul Miller ahead of the 924 GTR of Bruce Leven at Laguna Seca in 1981 (Paul Miller); the second GTR, acquired by Richard Kwolek in 1988, was later modified with a tubular spaceframe inside the bodywork (Richard Kwolek); the White Hall Motorsports workshops in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. The car in the centre has been confirmed by the current owner to be the ex-Paul Miller and Peter Dawe-modified but still Audi-engined 924 GTR (Tom Winters)

Absolutely! These cars are very rare, so I was fairly sceptical, but if it was a GTR then it would be a very special car, indeed. When I arrived, my goodness – there it was! An original 924 Carrera GTR that had been hidden away in a lock-up garage since 1991. Close inspection confirmed that it was indeed the real thing – but which one? Only 17 GTR versions were built by Porsche for racing customers in 1981. In the UK, Richard Lloyd Racing bought one. But it was to the USA that most of the cars went. Porsche and Audi North America motorsports manager Jo Hoppen was the man tasked with introducing the 924 GTR to customers to race, with the sole purpose, of course, of promoting sales of the 924 road cars. Herman Miller Porsche in New Jersey was one of the first teams to get one. Now retired, former team owner Paul Miller told me: ‘You know, the customer GTR cars were pretty much like road cars, modified to the hilt to be racers. They handled pretty well, but in reality were not all that fast.’ The deal arranged through Porsche and Audi was designed to see Paul Miller, Pat Bedard (from Car and Driver

magazine) and Johnny Rutherford (the Indycar legend) drive it in the 1981 Daytona 24 Hours. Come race day all those years ago, Skeeter McKitterick replaced Rutherford in the number 36 car. But Miller, Bedard and McKitterick drove well and, having worked the car up to 15th at one point, finished the race 22nd overall, after spending quite a bit of time in the pits due to cooling-system problems. They would later finish seventh in the IMSA GTO class, with 515 laps completed. The Carrera GTR’s next outing was in March 1981 at the Sebring 12 Hours, round two of the World Manufacturers’ Championship. Al Holbert’s regular driver, Doc Bundy, was down to share the driving with Paul Miller in the number 36 Herman Miller car, but they did not make it to the grid due to an accident during practice. Shortly afterwards, Paul Miller acquired a new Al Holbert-created 924 GTR and decided to sell the original machine. (For the record, the Holbert car still exists, and is known to the author.) The Miller original raced at Daytona was sold to Tom Winters of White Hall Motorsports in May 1981, where chassis designer, race car engineer and himself a racer 31

Peter Dawe carried out a number of modifications to create still lighter ‘super’ 924 GTR to race in the IMSA GTU series. He changed the bulkhead area and removed the chassis plate and carried out various modifications to the cockpit. It is believed that he altered the floorpan, too, but kept the main part of the body in order to meet the regulations. More minor changes were made as racing took its toll, most of the work being done at White Hall Motorsports and then by Peter Dawe’s workshops until, in January 1986, according to a bill of sale bearing that date, Tom Winters sold the car to racing enthusiast Alex S Tradd II in Austin, Texas. It is not known precisely what work he had done on the car, although he did have it repainted. It was in 1988 that Richard Kwolek, a car enthusiast and dealer from the UK, went looking for a 924 Carrera GTR to bring over and sell here in Britain. Kwolek and his business partner, Bill Harding, also bought several other cars, including another Porsche 924 GTR. This was acquired from Creative Leasing in Colorado Springs. When later selling the number 36 car to Richard Kwolek, Tradd noted on the invoice for payment: ‘To supplying one Porsche 924 GTR racing car, serial No 006. Car supplied for competition ➝

Clockwise from top left: the switch panel is surprisingly complex for such a now relatively old and low-tech race car (Roy Smith); steering wheel is unlikely to be the original item (Roy Smith); recently rebuilt engine is now installed and awaiting a new turbo and intercoolers, after the originals were stolen while car was in storage (Richard Kwolek); autumn 2015, and the car could almost be blinking in the bright sunshine (Richard Kwolek); fuel and oil systems are fearsome in their apparent complexity (Richard Kwolek)

use only – not for street use.’ That second GTR, for the record, was a tube-frame machine built by Peter Dawe out of the first 924 GTR that Tom Winters raced with Bob Bergstrom in 1981. It also had links to Alex Tradd. When it came to the UK it was subsequently sold to well-known Porsche man Nick Faure. Some time after that it went to Steve Wellings before being sold in 2011 to an American buyer who had the car restored in Germany by Reinner Telekamp. The deals with Tradd took time to complete, but eventually, according to the documents, in late 1989 the cars came to the UK. The red one, the subject of our story, was brought into the garage of Kwolek and Harding. Richard Kwolek told me: ‘Bill suggested we should race it, so we sent it to Neil Bainbridge to be sorted. I can’t remember what they did, but it came back in a container and we wheeled it out and fired it up. It sounded great. We approached Porsche Club GB to see if we could get Willie Green to race it at Oulton Park on 15th September 1990 and on 23rd August we received a letter back confirming it would be OK. It proved to be very quick, and it made all

the 934s and RSRs and whatever else was around at the time look rather silly.’ (The time sheets for practice show Willie Green to be on the front row, second fastest, ahead of the 935 of John Greasley.) Kwolek thinks it finished second in the race. ‘Willie drove it once more, although I can’t remember where. It took a huge amount of money to keep it running, and we had to do lots of modifications to the fuel system because it had been set up to run on the stuff they used in IMSA, totally different to what we had over here at the time. ‘Then I thought we had got lucky when the now well-known Morgan man, Bill Wykeham, came along and paid us £1000 to drive it, but in the end that didn’t cover even half the costs of the day out. Unfortunately Bill wasn’t as quick as Willie, either. We were wondering what to do next with it because there were loads of spares that had come over. We thought now it’s in race trim we would sell it – this would have been around mid-1991. But immediately we thought of that, the old-car business went over a cliff. We were also having to run it on a mixture of aeroplane fuel and toluene, which was damned expensive, so when no one wanted to buy it we put it in a lock-up. 32

That would have been at the end of 1991.’ Since then the car has been untouched. Kwolek and Harding had an enquiry in 2008, but nothing came of it and so it remained in hibernation until the autumn of 2015, when it was decided to get it running again. Sadly, it was found that someone had broken into the lock-up and stolen the turbo and the intercoolers, but, undaunted, the pair had the car taken to a nearby garage, where it now rests following a recent restoration of the engine and transmission. Currently Kwolek is on the look-out for a turbocharger and has in hand the construction of a set of intercoolers. It is hoped either to race the car again or to sell it, if an interested party comes along. Fortunately the storage was dry and the car is in remarkable condition, although it will need a thorough check before it can take to the track again. But, whatever happens, here is another original and very rare Carrera 924 GTR, almost complete, that has had some interesting people’s hands on it. First delivered to Paul Miller in 1981, sold to Tom Winters in 1982, raced by White Hall Promotions team with work by US racing chassis legend Peter Dawe and then driven by our own Willie Green in the UK. A car with a serious racing history going all the way back to the Daytona 24 Hours of 1981. PP


REVOL There is a popular misconception that for a sports car to be not just fast but also fun it has to be noisy, too – but the new 2.0-litre Cayman 718 is both whisper-quiet and packs the kind of punch once reserved for the genuine supercars among the Porsche range � Words: John R Hunter Photos: Kevin Emslie





have read many reviews of the new 718-model Porsches, and since car journalists tend to play ‘follow my leader’ they have all been depressingly alike. The gist is invariably this: pretty cars, very fast, great handling, but they make a horrid noise like a Subaru, and Porsche has lost the plot by ditching the flat-six. The final verdict is invariably a sort of grudging faint praise. I beg to differ. I have just driven the new base-model Cayman, and I think it is the best sports car in the Porsche range, and certainly the most relevant one for real-world road use. In the 10 years since I bought my original 987-model Cayman 2.7 I have driven pretty much everything Porsche has made, but this latest iteration of the species is genuinely the first car in a decade that makes me want to put my hand in my pocket. From a Scotsman, this is the ultimate praise!

I know I have now committed the cardinal sin of motoring journalism by revealing my verdict first, but bear with me: this car is worthy of some rather more thoughtful analysis than the motoring press has thus far dished out. Let us begin with the principal bête noir, the dreaded exhaust note. I start the engine and am momentarily taken aback as the revs flare and there is a distinct guttural bark from the exhaust, which quickly settles into a deep, thrummy idle. Three hours and many miles later, when I hand the car back to Porsche Centre Aberdeen – and to which, of course, I must offer my sincere thanks for the opportunity to drive it – it strikes me that I have barely given the exhaust note a second thought. At cruising speed it simply isn’t an issue, and when you summon up some grunt it emits a deep and quite cultured bark. It sounds quite unlike a flat-six, certainly, but to my ears at least it is not objectionable – simply different, and part of


the unique character of the car. Please note that this was a lightly specced car without the sports exhaust, and all the better for it in my opinion. I am becoming rather irritated by some of these rather juvenile, shouty exhaust systems, and I suspect the 718 would sound quite different with one, so my advice would be to listen to one before you tick that particular option box. So, what about the argument that Porsche has somehow downgraded the car by fitting a flat-four? The truth, of course, is that the company was founded on the 356 and a flat-four engine, long before the 911 came along. Even then the 912 and the 914 offered a four-cylinder engine as an affordable entry to the sports-car range. For two decades from the 1970s to the 1990s, the four-cylinder transaxle cars, the 924, 944 and 968, kept the good ship Porsche afloat financially long enough for the water-cooled revolution to save its bacon. I would not be surprised if to date the company has actually

made more four-cylinder engines than sixes. Then came the 1990s, Wendelin Wiedikin and the water-cooled cars, when two distinct ranges (Carrera and Boxster) were spun out of one chassis by so-called ‘platform sharing’. This cost saving also extended to the engines, all flat-sixes with essentially identical architecture, merely differing in capacity. A cost saving master stroke, but one which I would speculate has irritated the product planners ever since, because it blurred the lines between the two ranges, making it harder to justify the Carrera as the premium car. But a lot has changed in those 20 years, engine management systems have improved, turbochargers are now commonlace, and engine size is no longer correlated directly to power, so the new small-turbo 718 engines are by no means the poor relation. Twenty years on, the product planners have finally won out, and with the coming of the 718 the mighty 911 is

left alone to bask in its flat-six glory and the product hierarchy has been re-established as was probably intended decades ago. So I am coming at this from a different angle, not seeing the new four as a downgrade, just a logical reassessment of the sports car range, and Porsche now has a four-cylinder entry-level range like it has done from the beginning. Makes perfect sense to me! All the good stuff you have read about the 718 Cayman is true. This is one handsome car, in particular the treatment of the nose is superb, chiselled and sharp, and the detailing follows through the rest of the car, too. I am not too keen on the black badge strip below the rear spoiler, but I guess it’s not a deal-breaker. Mercifully the car has not put on weight and become bloated like so many others, and it remains a handy size on the road. To my eye it is the most handsome iteration of the Cayman since the original rather more rounded ➝

‘All the good stuff you have read about the 718 Cayman is true. This is one handsome car’


THE ELEPHANT IN THE (ENGINE) ROOM? Be honest. What you really want to know is what the new Boxsters and Caymans sound like writes Chris Horton. I know I did, however cool I might have played it beforehand, and so I jumped at a last-minute opportunity to take part in a 718 driving exercise at the Porsche Experience Centre at Silverstone in mid-October. First impressions of the 718s, then, peering and listening through the chain-link fence in the overflow car park, while awaiting my turn at the wheel, was that, however you choose to word it, there is a fair degree of Subaru Impreza-style stuff going on here. Both models are a little more refined than your average Scooby, sure, but rougher and more vocal than the urbane hum you get from a Porsche flat-six. It was the same story later, driving first a Boxster ‘S’ with PDK, and then a six-speed manual Cayman: no complaints at all about the overall smoothness, driveability and certainly handling of the car Ah, yes, the power. Or more specifically the torque, which is what really does the work when it comes to pushing you down the road. Neville, my instructor for the afternoon, directed me, in the PDK Boxster ‘S’, to the ‘straights’, which I had earlier observed through the fence. ‘We don’t have Launch Control in this car,’ he said, ‘but it will prove the point well enough without it. I want you to floor the throttle from rest, and keep it hard down until I tell you to do an all-out emergency stop.’ What could be easier that that? Quite a lot, actually. OK, so it is a little while since I have been in any seriously quick cars, and you do get out of practice, but the unexpected rush of acceleration was genuinely terrifying, such that I lifted long before Neville told me to. My second run, knowing what was to come – and trusting Neville implicitly – was more adventurous (and the brakes are predictably good), but there is no doubt that both cars have every single brake horsepower and Newtwon metre claimed for them, and that as a result – and with their innate balance, and equally good steering and suspension – they are going to be formidable road and circuit cars. But that soundtrack… I guess we’ll all get used to it, the way we did water-cooling two decades ago, but it’s not going to be that easy.

CHEAP AT TWICE THE PRICE? In my garage, as well as my 2006 Cayman, I have a 1981 924 Lux. The 924 was the entry-level Porsche coupé of its day, still a very usable car even now, and also just happens to have four cylinders and 2.0 litres. I did a bit of digging in my library to see just how much things have changed in the years I have been driving. My 924 Lux would have cost about £9600 (equivalent to £37,250 today), and when new had 125bhp, did 0–62mph in 8.5 seconds and was capable of a maximum of 125mph. The flagship model of the day, the 3.0-litre 911 Turbo cost £27,950 (equivalent to £108,500 today), had 260bhp, did 0–62mph in 5.5 seconds and could reach a maximum of 158mph. Yet the basic 718 Cayman costs £39,878 today, has 300bhp, does 0–62 in 5.1 seconds and does 170mph, not to mention safety systems and infotainment options that would have been considered science fiction in 1981. So the upshot is that, compared to 35 years ago, the real-world cost of a basic, entry-level Porsche coupé has barely changed, yet the entry-level car is now faster than the supercar – and hugely safer, to boot. Rather makes you think, doesn’t it?

design, although parked side by side with mine, I am reminded what a timeless piece of design the first series is. How long until it acquires modern-classic status, I wonder? The interior is a variant of generic Porsche, but none the worse for that. It is clear, logical, superbly built and very comfortable. What more could you ask for? There is a complex array of ‘infotainment’ options to tempt you and drain your wallet, but this is of no huge interest to me right now, because this is an entry-level sports car and I like it simple. Mercifully, my test car has been fairly lightly specified with a manual gearbox, only the 19-inch wheel upgrade instead of the 20-inch rims, and it is all the better for it. It means I can assess the car, not the toys. Perhaps the first thing I notice is how spectacularly good the ride is. I am presuming the car is on standard suspension, and it is undeniably firm with little body roll, but there is none of that brittle, low-speed jarring that you associate with firm suspension. It adds greatly to the comfort level, which even in a sports car is important. Next I notice how pin-sharp the steering is, but with no twitchiness at all; quite sublime. Of course, it is electrically assisted, which as I recall was treated as the work of the devil when it first

came out, yet rarely mentioned now. What short memories our motoring commentators have! As ever, the control weightings of the pedals are perfect, and the gear-change action among be the best I’ve encountered. This may be a scalpel of a car, a deliciously precise driving tool, but it is also comfortable, practical with good visibility, and easy to drive in town. These attributes do not always go together, and all of this helps to give the Cayman a very attractive dual personality. The last of the six-cylinder Caymans also have a dual personality, but one I can find annoying. The combination of very revvy engines with the powerband at the top end of the range, combined with exceptionally long gearing, means that to get the car ‘on the plane’, as it were, you are almost by definition having to reach highly illegal speeds. Either that or you have to drive everywhere in third gear, which is a nonsense. Drop down to sensible speeds and the engines, although flexible, are so far off the cam that they feel as though they are asleep. I recall a 981-model Cayman 2.7 PDK I was lent while mine was in for work which was an utter somnambulist at the legal limit on an ‘A’-class road. I hated it, and this from a Cayman fan, too. Not so the 718. It too has a revvy engine and the obligatory long gearing, but it has an ace up 38

its sleeve: torque, and lots of it. Within reason, you can pretty much press the throttle in any gear at any speed and the car responds. Turbo lag is remarkably absent unless you really go looking for it, and all this combines to give the car a bright, eager feeling which is only ever a toe prod away, yet otherwise it cruises efficiently and quietly. This is the real key difference of the 718, the key to its dual personality, and it is a sensation I have not really associated with Porsche’s sports cars before. If you like your Porsches to be all sturm und drang (‘storm and stress’) you may not like this, indeed you may hate it, but on today’s crowded and speed controlled roads it brings a little bit of sparkle to the daily grind. Indeed, it reminds me a lot of the AMG GT I drove last year, the full-fat, four-litre job with 500bhp from its twin-turbo V8. It was probably the first car I ever drove which could morph from suave city gent to snarling hooligan with the flick of your right foot, and I loved it. Not just because it was scaldingly fast, but because it was civilised at lower speeds, as

well, and didn’t seem always to be goading me to drive like a hooligan. It may seem an odd parallel to draw, but the 718 Cayman feels like its little brother, and I mean that as high praise. So the 718 makes a comfortable and lively cruiser, but please don’t think that that this is the whole story, because this is also a very fast car, as the brochure figures suggest (0–62mph in 5.1 seconds and a top speed of 170mph). In fact, I would venture to suggest that the 0–62mph figure may be conservative. At one point I overtook a car towing a caravan. There was ample space for the manoeuvre so I didn’t bother to change down and gun it; I just pressed the loud pedal. I was genuinely gobsmacked by the speed with which the car gathered pace, and all the more so because it was done with a degree of civility, rather than much revving and shouting. I was past and back on my side of the road way sooner than I had expected, very impressive for a two-litre engine, and it rather caused me to recalibrate my expectations of this car. This mixture of smoothness and speed, and


the seamless ability to transform from one to the other, is very beguiling, in my experience something quite new to the Porsche sports-car repertoire, and I like it. I did not get much opportunity to press on, but the combination of brilliant brakes, steering and handling, mixed with this fantastic new engine, means that as and when you do get the chance you will realise that this is what a modern sports car is meant to be. More to the point, in my opinion at least, this is what a Porsche is meant to be. Porsche built its reputation by beating the opposition using intelligent engineering, lightness and precision, rather than huge power. Sadly, it has followed fashion by building ever larger, ever more powerful and ever more luxurious cars, because that is what the market demands, it is where the profit margins are, and it has shareholders to appease. I would argue that this entry-level Cayman, especially with a simple specification, has more of the original spirit of the brand, more proper Porsche DNA, than anything else it presently builds. Exhaust note? What exhaust note?!! PP


VINTAGE VIEW Evocative images from the Porsche Archive

Club member David Parkes has responded to our VV archive photo in the July 2016 issue of Porsche Post with another archive picture. And, since it is a very appealing image that by coincidence we were planning to use at some point soon anyway, what better opportunity than this? In truth, it sheds no light on any of the questions posed by that first image, both the 911 in the foreground and the late-model 356s behind suggesting that it must have been taken several years afterwards, probably in 1964 or even 1965. What is interesting, though, suggests David, is the repetition of the 356B’s registration number: S-CU 902. Not that there is anything remotely sinister in that: back in those days registration numbers in what was then West Germany were assigned to a car’s owner rather than to the vehicle itself, and so it would be quite feasible that, over a period of years, any company – and especially one which actually 41

manufactured cars – would effectively transfer the same ‘mark’ many times. No less interesting or historically relevant is the attractive young lady in the 911: none other than the late Thora Hornung, who we showed at the wheel of a 356C coupé in the February 2016 edition of the magazine. She worked, you will remember, for then press and PR man Huschke von Hanstein, before eventually becoming a journalist. If you would like to find out more about what seems to have become the fearsomely complicated history of German registration numbers, by the way, there is what appears to be an authoritative explanation on Wikipedia. Just search ‘German car registration plates’ on Google, and navigate past all the sites offering Mark 3 Golf owners those tragically sad UK plates made to look like German ones – and which are, of course, completely illegal for road use here. PP



n August this year Region 18 was due to visit Salzburg in Austria. On seeing this on social media, a very old friend of mine recommended that we pay a visit to Ernst Piech’s incredible new motor museum, Fahr(T)raum. Ernst is the older brother of Ferdinand Piech of VW/Audi fame and, of course, the grandson of Ferdinand Porsche. Needless to say he has petrol coursing through his veins and an obvious passion for the motor car. Little did I know that my friend had, until recently, worked for Piech. She told me that Fahr(T)raum, which means ‘Driving Room’ – the addition of the T alters it to ‘Driving Dream’ – lies around 20km north of Salzburg at Mattsee. We promptly decided to take a slight detour on our journey to Munich, and we’re very glad we did.

Fahr(T)raum is a tribute to Ferdinand Porsche and the role he played in the development of vehicular transport. It is full of modern and historical vehicles, including models from the early 1900s, historical racing cars and rare motor cars. It’s one of the finest museums I’ve visited, with quality in abundance throughout.

Many of the exhibits are accompanied by touchscreens, complete with video, photographs and technical data in English. In some of these videos a young Ernst is seen driving the various exhibits around the beautiful Austrian countryside that surrounds Mattsee, while audio speakers playing ‘real’ engine noise bring the cars to life.



Inside, Fahr(T)raum is exceptionally well laid out, clean, bright and airy. The many rare exhibits are fascinating and easily accessible and there are a number of interactive displays that demonstrate, in a simple way, the technical innovations and engineering foresight of the Porsche family through the ages. Among the rare vehicles on display is the Austro Daimler Prinz Heinrich – one of the very first purpose-built sports cars produced.

A highlight for Porsche fans are the numerous tractors displayed in the building’s basement. The room illustrates the mechanisation of agriculture and how it changed rural life in the 1950s and ‘60s. Ferdinand Porsche, of course, played a vital role in this development and this display is an absolute must for anyone interested in the history of Porsche tractors – there are many superb examples. PP


FAHR(T)RAUM Location: The village of Mattsee sits on the edge of Mattsee Lake, and is a beautiful place to visit. It’s only a 20-minute drive from the outskirts of Salzburg. Nearby: Following our visit to the museum we took a very agreeable lunch on the terrace of Schloss Mattsee, overlooking the lake. Also on site: The museum has a great book store which has a relaxed atmosphere and contains a number of excellent and interesting items. Experience: Experience what it’s like driving the museum’s classic cars with a state-of-theart race simulator. More details: 43

One of the most outstanding locations in the Basque Country... Loizaga Tower is one of the most outstanding locations in the Basque Country. This 14th century castle stronghold hosts Europe’s largest Rolls- Royce private collection of 45 models blending marvelously with other prestigious brands in the automobile world, both classic and modern, such as Lamborghini, Ferrari, Jaguar, etc., and vintage luxury names such as Hispano-Suiza, Isotta Fraschini, Lancia.. This remarkable collection stretching back from the dawn of the automobile era to the current day, tells us about the history of each model, each car, their previous owners, their past lives, their origins and when and how they came to be in the CMV Museum (Miguel de la Vía Collection) The LOIZAGA TOWER is more than a Rolls-Royce Museum for auto clubs and car enthusiasts. Nestled in an enchanting setting surrounded by venerable oaks and centennial olive trees amidst forests of lush natural landscape and neighboring the “txakoli” vineyards, it is the perfect spot from which to experience the culture, history, architecture and cuisine of the remarkable region of the “Encartaciones”. Our services include local food and wine tasting, a cultural tour of the medieval tower and a guided visit of the Museum. Loizaga Castle lies in a region especially well known for its medieval towers and fortresses, its wonderful mountain ranges, forests and valleys, scenes of a great many feudal battles in the Middle Ages. This “Encartaciones” area is just 25 minutes from Bilbao. Tel. 649 412 001 |

Regions Regional Director’s report The Club hosts its annual officials’ conference on November 5 and I am looking forward to welcoming all of our Regional Organisers who will be present to learn about the Club’s latest news and plans together with a prospective calendar of events for 2017. There is no rest for the Clubhouse team and while the peak of the summer shows may be behind us, as I type, arrangements are underway for the Silverstone Auction Porsche sale, the NEC Classic Car show, the Club’s own conference as above and the December Clubhouse open day: the list goes on and on. Now is a great time of the year to get down to your local Regional meeting as many regions are

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planning their events for 2017. I know some Regional Organisers are particularly keen to receive feedback from members as to the types of events that they enjoy attending or even those they would be keen to help with and help to host. With record numbers of new members, 2017 is likely to be busier than ever and the Club always welcomes assistance from its volunteers. In that regard, feedback has been impressive to the “Striving for Excellence” articles we have been running in Porsche Post. If you have been a Club member for three years or more and believe that you have the necessary skills and background to make a positive impact on running the Club, I would be pleased to hear from you. The Club’s constitution means that at least one of the roles on the Board of Directors will be subject to reselection at the Club’s AGM in April and as part of the Club’s strategic plans, the current Board is

keen to try and ensure that the most appropriate candidate(s) are able to put themselves forward for approval by the members. I am delighted to welcome Jess Sutch to the team at the Clubhouse. Jess has taken on an admin role with various areas of responsibility, one of which will be making sure that your Christmas orders from the Club shop are processed efficiently so please have a look online and treat yourself or give Jess a call and let her guide you through some of our latest offers. If you have not looked recently we have some great new product lines including some fabulous prints that are a must for any Porsche fan! Enjoy your cars and your Club. Rob Kellock Chairman & Regional Director

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Regional Organiser Donald Hossack 07968 724441 – Assistant Regional Organiser Scott Laurie 07803 260417 Hello everyone. We are certainly marching towards the festive season at an increased pace with the darker nights and cooler mornings becoming quite noticeable. However, I still believe there will be a few opportunities in the shape of dry and bright days to get the car out for a blast, that’s the kiss of death then, just watch out for the dreaded salt on the roads. We held a few events in September and there will be a few more between now and the end of the year, although things are quietening down somewhat. I’m away at the Officials’ Conference on November 5 – a one-day event as opposed to the two-day event earlier in the year. If anyone would like me to bring up an issue for discussion or make any comment regarding the Club or Scotland South Region, please let me know. Please remember, if you have any questions or comments relating to all things Porsche, the Club or the Region, don’t hesitate to contact either myself or Scott and we will try our best to help. Failing that we will put you in touch with someone who can. As ever, my emails on event updates as well as our events page on the PCGB website hold all the relevant information on upcoming events. Please also note date changes in diary dates below.

R1 Scotland South p45 R2 Scotland North p46 R3 North East p48 R4 Lincolnshire & Humberside p50 R5 North West p53 R6 North Wales p55 R7 Yorkshire p56 R8 East Midlands p58 R9 West Midlands p60 R10 Milton Keynes & Northamptonshire p62

R11 Essex p62 R12 Norfolk & Suffolk p65 R13 Herefordshire, Worcestershire & Shropshire p66 R14 South Wales p69 R15 South West p70 R16 Gloucestershire p70 R17 Southern p71 R18 Lancashire & Cumbria p73 R19 Thames Valley p74 R20 London p76

I very much look forward to meeting up with you in the near future.

R21 Chiltern p77 R23 Sussex p78 R24 Cambridgeshire & Bedfordshire p80 R25 Kent p81 R26 Dorset p82 R27 Ireland p85 R28G Guernsey p85 R28J Jersey p87 R29 Surrey p87 R30 Isle of Man p89 R31 Cotswold p90

then anti-clockwise with good spirited runs both ways. Not sure why, but by the time we returned to the hotel I was ready for a glass of something strong.

RECENT EVENTS September 3-4 Fort William/Mallaig weekend Organised by Mark Ryan, this is an annual couple of days away. As well as his group of friends who came along in their Astons, Ferraris, Jaguars and Audis it was also great to see some Club members attend in their Porsches. We met at Broxden just outside Perth on the Saturday morning and drove across to The Green Welly Stop, Tyndrum for lunch. It was then up through stunning Glencoe to Ballachulish and the very comfortable Isles of Glencoe Hotel. After checking in, as the ladies settled down with some fizz, someone suggested the guys go for a blast round Loch Leven. So that’s exactly what we did – not only clockwise but 45

Cars parked outside The Green Welly

After a freshen-up and a quick change into our glad rags, a three-course meal with complimentary Bucks Fizz was taken in the restaurant with lovely views of the loch. This was followed by live music that went on late into the night.

I had organised soup and a sandwich and this was taken in the main restaurant overlooking the River Tay. After we finished the very nice spread with tea and coffee some decided on walking the local area as others headed off. It was nice to see several new faces and different Porsches come along. Many thanks to all that attended.

View from the dining room at Isles of Glencoe Hotel

Sunday morning took us to Fort William where we regrouped and received an escort out of the town by the local police. The scenery and driving roads in this part of Scotland are fantastic and we continued round Loch Eil, past Arisaig and on to Mallaig where the cars lined up opposite the harbour. After some free time in Mallaig, we returned to the Ben Nevis Hotel for soup and sandwiches before making our own way homeward at our own pace. Many thanks go to Mark for organising a great couple of days. Hopefully more Club members can join us next year.

September 18 Detailing event/BBQ A very good turnout saw us attend Ultimate Shine Autos Ltd in Stirling where we were met with tea, coffee and cakes. It was immediately obvious that Trevor Smith and his expert team of Clive, Roy and Scott were passionate about the service they provide. The morning started with a demonstration of a ‘safe wash’ using various products and techniques that ensure the car is cleaned without causing any damage, such as swirls to the paintwork. This was followed by a Q and A session on the many products and accessories Ultimate Shine use in the meticulous cleaning of a car. Next was a very informative talk and practical example on how to carry out various stages of polishing on the paintwork of a well-used daily driver with each stage enhancing the shine as well as eliminating blemishes. Other processes and protections were discussed and demonstrated before we rounded off the day being treated to a lovely BBQ and soft drinks with several members taking advantage of the facilities to wash their own cars. Many thanks to Trevor and team for hosting the event and we look forward to visiting you again next year.

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. NOVEMBER 24 Queensferry Lifeboat station visit **Note: replaces regular East Coast Club night** DECEMBER 3 PC Edinburgh, drive day and car clinic DECEMBER 6 West Coast Christmas dinner Details to follow. **Note: replaces regular West Coast Club night** DECEMBER 15 East Coast Christmas dinner Details to follow. **Note: replaces December 29 East Coast Club night** JANUARY 2 New Year breakfast South Queensferry

Scotland North Regional Organiser Steve Rose 01224 868052 – Assistant Regional Organiser Gillian Gardiner 01382 778923 Writing this at the end of September, with the leaves starting to turn and the central heating needing to be switched back on, I’m reminded to mention winter tyres once again. I changed my daily driver this year and have managed to get a good set of wheels with winter tyres from a Club member (thanks Neil!), so don’t forget to check the Trading Post pages on the website – you can place ‘items wanted’ ads as well as ‘items for sale’ there.

September 11 Porsche run Around a dozen cars and 23 of us met up at Dobbies, Stirling for the run to Kenmore. We set off on a dull but dry and mild morning up through Doune passing Lochearnhead and over Glen Ogle on the A85 before turning right at Lix Toll and into Killin. We passed the stunning Falls of Dochart then drove along the side of Loch Tay to the Kenmore Hotel for lunch. We had encountered quite a few slow moving camper vans en route but all got past safely. Detailing event at Ultimate Shine Autos

New members A very warm welcome goes to the nine new Scotland South members that joined us in September. I look forward to meeting up with you very soon. Outside the Kenmore Hotel


Regards Donald and Scott

RECENT EVENTS North East Scotland Classic Car Show At the end of July we were invited to the North East Scotland Classic Car Show at the Grampian Transport Museum, Alford, which was organised by the Ford Capri Club. As well as the very sociable gathering around the display cars, we were able to view the museum’s interesting collection and take the cars on track for some parade laps and autotests. I was

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DIARY DATES NOVEMBER 3 Club night Lairhillock 8pm NOVEMBER 17 Club night Milton Inn Monifieth 8pm DECEMBER 1 Club night Lairhillock 8pm DECEMBER 16 Christmas party Maryculter House Hotel.

North East R2 at the Grampian Transport Museum

very pleased with the way my 944 can weave between the cones, and Nick Croan progressed to go up against a hot Mini in his 996 C4. All great fun! Grantown MotorMania The first weekend of September brought this year’s Grantown MotorMania, the last of the year’s static display events. We had a good turnout of around a dozen cars and, although there were some initial issues with where we were located, we did all get parked together. As the weather brightened it turned into a really good day. As ever, there were lots of interesting things to see with music and dance as well as the huge variety of vehicles. If you’ve never been, bear it in mind for next year! Meeting up for Grantown

Regional Organiser Greg Harm 07932 746152 Yet again we’ve had a fun-filled month, the highlight being our WOTY. Mark Duffy enjoyed the weekend so much he kindly offered to write the report: A fling in the Trossachs – an R3 Scottish Adventure The August Bank Holiday weekend saw R3 in Scotland for our WOTY. This year we really pushed the boat out and hired our very own castle – Broomhall Castle near Stirling in the heart of the Trossachs all to ourselves! Beautiful blue skies and warm sunshine greeted the gang for an early Saturday start from Dobbies car park in Ponteland. One by one the Porsches arrived with a real buzz and excitement from all. With a lot to pack in on the first day, we had a quick chat, a couple of group photos and 15 Porsches headed out. We have some of the country’s best driving roads in the North East, however, these can quickly become a little bit of a pain if you are behind several caravans or, in our case, a very large hay truck that we were stuck behind all the way to Jedburgh. Ask Dave and Amy Carnaffin, they are still picking hay out of their 944 Turbo Cabriolet.

boatlift, connecting the Forth and Clyde Canal with the Union Canal. It had just finished rotating as we arrived, so we grabbed some lunch and waited patiently for it to spin again. With the sun beating down, and what seemed an age for the boats to get in to place, the spectacle began. It doesn’t take long for the wheel to turn but it’s well worth the wait. With time cracking on we needed to head to our accommodation for the next two nights and then on to our whisky tour at the Deanston Distillery. After checking in to Broomhall Castle, the coach arrived to take us on the whisky tour. It was fascinating and our guide’s knowledge of the site’s history and the distilling process was second to none. After the tour we were taken to the restaurant where we were treated to some tasting. I’m not a great whisky drinker by any means but after the tasting I was converted. After all purchasing our whisky from the distillery shop it was back on the bus. If you were sitting at the back you were treated to some very nice whisky from Kenny’s new horn tumbler, which the distillery staff kindly filled to the brim. Back at Broomhall Castle, a quick freshen up and we were then treated to a superb meal with some great entertainment. Peter Kirton from R14 joined us and won our ‘alternative’ raffle.

Ready for dinner at Broomhall Castle

R3 at the Kelpies

Broomhall Castle

Photos by Colin Morsley

Grantown MotorMania

Grantown MotorMania

FORTHCOMING EVENTS December 16 Christmas party We are bringing our party to 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. Steve Rose and Gill Gardiner

After a brief stop in Jedburgh we headed to our first proper stop of the day – the fantastic Kelpies in Falkirk. These are two huge metal sculptures of horse heads towering over the Forth and Clyde Canal. The Kelpies were shape-changing aquatic spirits of Scottish legend and not too pleasant to the unwary. Deb and Greg had arranged a guided tour complete with private parking. The tour was superb; our guide went through the history of the site and the inspiration behind the project. We were also lucky enough to get inside one of the heads; you only get this view on the tour so it’s worthwhile doing. Next we were off to the Falkirk Wheel just up the road. This marvel of modern engineering is a rotating

Our coach driver to Deanston Distillery even displayed one of our ‘Fling in the Trossachs’ plaques


We awoke to overcast skies on Sunday, but it was dry and everybody was looking forward to the day ahead. The skies got bluer the closer we got to Loch Lomond. After a quick coffee at one of the most picturesque services I have ever been to, we headed towards Luss, a Unesco World Heritage site, on the shores of Loch Lomond. It has it all, coffee shops, restaurants, a great pub and its very own beach; a stunning place. Once we were fed and watered, most of us split up with some deciding to drive the Trossachs Trail, taking in the Duke’s Pass. Wendy and I had done the trail numerous times before, but never in a Porsche. The great thing about the end of the trail is you come out on the outskirts of Callander, which has a pub called The Laid Inn. Well it would be rude not to, so we stopped for an hour. They were kind enough to open their beer shop where much beer was bought. Back at the hotel it was our final evening. Before dining everybody congregated in the bar sharing stories of their various drives after Loch Lomond and to talk about the poems they had or had not written. Yes, you read that right, an R3 poetry competition! After another superb meal, it was time to hear what R3’s budding poets had written. Let’s just say a number of them won’t be repeated here, however Kenny’s rendition of

‘roses are red, Porsches are blue’ was quite beautiful. Undoubtedly the stars of the night were Dave Redfern and Moira Ford’s Scottish-inspired poems of beauty: On the banks of Loch Lomond By Moira Ford On the banks of Loch Lomond och aye the noo, stood a braw brict handsome highland coo His horns were long his coat was shaggy and he gazed at yon mountains so tall and craggy Just then round the corner came a wondrous sight a convoy of Porsches all shiny and bright He counted them round, was there two, eight or 10? One thing was certain they were handsome young men! He counted again jings there was nearly 20 and there in fourth place was the Sassenach, wor Kenny! The coo said I know that’s a load of old Bullock cos you were robbed of a place by that bloody Rob Kellock! A Sad Wee Tale By Dave Redfern On yonder hill I spied a lassie, she was petite and neat with a ‘curvy chassis’ Now this wee lass I just had to meet – And started thinking on ma feet – Now me being kinda smooth went over and made ma move “My name’s Tam and I think you’re really great – Any chance we can have a date?” Now she looked at me in a peculiar fashion – And in that instant I knew there’d be no passion She said, “Now Tam, you’re quite divine But your invitation I’ll have to decline – You’ve made an error on this occasion, Cos I’m a lassie of the other persuasion!’’ Now this ‘shock’ news gave me the blues But I really knew I’d made a great gaffe So I kindly nodded – and buggered aff!! Unfortunately there can be only one winner and that honour went to Dave, his delivery in tartan had the room in uproar. Well done Dave, surely a career as poet laureate awaits; move over Carol Ann Duffy. Next up for three brave couples was the ‘not so classic ’70/’80s game show, ‘Mr and Mrs’, with an R3 twist. The stars of the show were Deb and Greg, Dave and Amy and finally Chris and Lynn. Let’s just say, much laughter ensued. Monday morning saw an early rise and checkout of the hotel before heading to Knockhill Racing Circuit, which had been kind enough to offer us seven laps. We weren’t going to be going full tilt but it was a great opportunity to get a feel of what our cars felt like on track and get some ‘GoPro’ action. We managed to get some good speed up and attack a few corners. It was great following three 911s and a Boxster ducking and diving around the track. Darren and Julie’s 993 Carrera

Some of our cars at the National Museum of Flight at East Fortune

4 looked superb as I followed it around for seven laps. Alas, it was all over too quickly but we all parked up and jumped out of our cars with huge smiles on our faces. Let’s just say a lot more of R3 will be doing Club trackdays next year. Before leaving we had to have a photo opportunity at the entrance. Last but not least, on the drive back to England, we visited East Fortune, one of the best-preserved wartime airfields in the UK, home to Concorde and other legendary historic aircraft and a great place to visit for anybody with an interest in aviation. We all arrived in dribs and drabs having been split up in traffic on the Forth Road Bridge but managed another photo opportunity in front of one of the many aircraft. After around three hours of exploring the site various members started to head home, hoping not to be caught in bank holiday traffic. All in all a fabulous weekend and one that will live long in the memory of all the R3 members that made the trip. Roll on next year’s WOTY adventure! Mark had such a good time it inspired him to organise a European WOTY for 2017 to Le Mans. Mark and his wife Wendy lived there for several years so they have some insider knowledge of the area. Check out the Forum for details. Gmund Cars Open Day Not long back from Stirling we were out in our cars again, this time for an open day at Gmund Cars in Knaresborough. A great time was had browsing their stock and enjoying their hospitality. Grande Tyres Fastfix BBQ Our annual BBQ at Grande Tyres Fastfix was a really busy afternoon, with some members staying late into the evening. Some members took advantage of getting their cars on the ramp to get a look at the underside. Thanks to all who attended, brought food and helped with the cooking and washing up. Most of all, thanks for your donations to the Great North Air Ambulance Service – £335 was raised. Make sure you keep an eye on the Forum and your monthly newsletter for upcoming events. If you are not receiving your newsletter emails please let me know at so that you don’t miss out. Greg Harm

Lincolnshire & Humberside Regional Organiser Richard Watkinson 01472 220185 – Assistant Regional Organiser Gavin Marshall 01472 826334 Someone else’s turn As you read this it will become clear that, after eight years as the RO for the Lincolnshire and Humberside Region, I have decided to stand down. I have thoroughly enjoyed the experience, which can be very rewarding at times, but frustrating when members think events just happen! However, the majority of the hardcore members have stepped forward and done their bit for the Region, if I have asked for volunteers to help me out. This, of course, has made the Region a very social one with plenty of comradeship and humour. Our membership of one of the largest Regions within the PCGB has steadily grown to its present number of 202, which is not bad for a low population area. I think this increase is partly thanks to our local group who make new members very welcome at their first event, and I am very proud of this. Several successful events that I have organised or overseen are the Wolds Tour, Blyton Novice trackday, East Kirkby Props and Pistons, Scampton Families Day, Doddington Hall, several WOTYs and the popular pub drive outs in the summer evenings. I have managed to attract sponsorship with Robert Gant of Gantspeed Engineering helping out with the Wolds tours and AW Repairs who sponsor the May Blyton trackday and, from this year, the Wolds Tour (Jade has been a great help in this). Ben, at Rennspeed, sponsors our September Blyton trackday and, finally, Dave Ashford, from PC Nottingham, attends three of our events with a new car for display. Thank you all for your support and may it continue with the Region. Over the past season I have delegated some events to be overseen and run by ARO Rod Stormes with the intention of passing the post over to him in November, thus making a smooth transition ready for 2017. Along with Gavin Marshall, I shall be staying on as one of his assistants for a short period. Gavin has been an ARO for the last five years and has been most helpful in supporting the Region over the years. So, thank you Gavin, I hope you will continue to support Rod in his new post and assist in any new ideas Rod will bring to the Region. Finally, Pamela and I will still attend lots of events throughout the coming seasons; we will just have no regional gear in the car! So thank you members for your support and for making my ‘job’ a pleasure. Richard RECENT EVENTS East Kirkby Props and Pistons Once again we were kindly invited to this event organised by Ben Bush of Bush Tyres and in aid of

R3 at Knockhill Race Circuit


Our kind hostess was thanked and presented with a bouquet of flowers.

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Bloodwise. For the past two years we have had to cope with strong winds and rain, but this year we enjoyed dry, warm, sunny weather for most of the day. The fine weather attracted a record number of visitors and extra parking in the adjacent fields had to be opened up. The advertising flyer for the event promised over 220 exotic cars. Our 32 Porsches made a superb display and several other Porsches could be found elsewhere on site – all in mint condition and perfectly turned out. There were also many more other marques including the usual Ferraris, Lamborghinis, Corvettes, Bentleys, Jaguars, MGs – all loved by their proud owners. The glorious weather meant that the air displays from the Spitfire, and Mustangs could all go ahead with the crowds enjoying every minute. When eyes were not skywards, to entertain us there were plenty of stalls, competitions, 1940s music, food and drink, and even a retro Coca-Cola lorry and American police car to climb into. We sincerely thank Bush Tyres for putting on an excellent event with fantastic hospitality and were proud to present £845 to Ben for Bloodwise.

Photo by Ken Wilson


Families day at RAF Scampton Presentation of Bloodwise charity cheque – Richard (RO), Ben and Tom Bush, Pam Watkinson

Porsche picnic Due to a forecast of rain there was the possibility of cancelling this event. But, it was decided to take the risk as our members are very hardy and have kept smiling through rain showers many times. It turned out to be the right decision; the rain did appear around 3pm but we all managed to squeeze under the two shelters and enjoy the rest of the afternoon. Twenty-eight members brought their picnic baskets, chairs and small tables, and Paul supplied the outdoor games. The highlight was the delicious selection of eight puddings brought by our ladies, which were all heartily tasted. Thank you to all who offered these items.

Desserts – what more can you say?

Can we line up Porsches like this?

RECENT EVENTS September 3 Oulton Park The final two races in the 2016 Porsche Club Championship took place in very wet conditions. Mike Johnson mastered these to claim two outright victories in his 996, whilst Manchester’s Steve Cheetham won Class 2 in both races with his Boxster S. Although the day belonged to Mike Johnson, the Boxster S of Andy Toon won the Championship. Andy took third in class in the final race, which was enough to secure the overall crown – congratulations Andy.

Photo by Steve Todd

A very busy day

Committee Contact Allan Crosby 01744 894500 –

September 1 RAF Scampton Families Day On a beautiful and sunny Lincolnshire morning 18 cars gathered at the Lincolnshire showground for our short convoy to the event, which is closed to the public, but which we have been fortunate to attend for the last five years. This was to be the final year of this event at Scampton. From 2017 it will hold a massive RAF event, replacing Waddington Air Show. A good selection of cars turned up as planned, mostly from R4, but a few of our friends from R4’s Humberside North Bank also accepted the invitation. The oldest Porsche present was an immaculate 52-year-old 356, the newest a four-hour-old 991 C4S; yes he collected it just in time to get to RAF Scampton. Apologies to the Bomber County Mini Club for parking our two rows of Porsches in front of yours, I guess we did spoil your photo opportunity. Fabulous weather and no cloud below 40,000 feet made for excellent display flying. Having no crowds to contend with our members had front row viewing at the very minimum permitted distances. The Falcons dropped in just a few yards from the tape and the Spitfire was so graceful and elegant with its sonorous sounding engine. Next the Blades (all ex-Red Arrow pilots) gave a stunning performance before giving way to the thunderous ear-splitting roar of the Typhoon beating up the airfield. Finally, and most eagerly awaited, the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team ‘The Red Arrows’ took to the sky to give a faultless display whilst painting the sky red, white and blue with their smoke. It was a superb atmosphere with lots of visitors to the cars including lots of my old friends from the Reds and Blades (being ex-RAFAT). We even managed to enlist a couple of new members to R4.

September 14 Treasure Hunt Phil Graham reports: “A fine early autumn evening provided ideal conditions for R5’s annual Treasure Hunt. Eight cars set off, but only five completed the route and submitted their entry sheets – the diminishing daylight making it extremely challenging for the tail-enders. “The clues were not too difficult for our keenly observant members with only one cryptic clue, which evened out the scores. The mileage penalty for exceeding the set distance helped to separate the top scorers, but we still ended up with joint winners. Lawrence and Sandra Edwards shared first place with Jemma and Sophie Davis. Parents Martin and Angela Davis were not competitive enough and finished just one point behind, with new members Simon and Lorraine Hardwick just missing out on the prizes. “Maybe Jemma and Sophie should have been penalised for driving a Mini (and for arguing the interpretation of the questions), but even their youthful charm and beauty could not sway the judging. Is it possible they reduced the mileage penalty by driving across the fields? “Many thanks to Roy and Cheryl Forster for producing a very enjoyable Treasure Hunt. Winners don’t forget – you have to put together one for next year. “It was a successful fun evening and really nice to see the younger people taking part and beating us. Those not wishing to enter enjoyed a meal at the Deanwater before welcoming the cars back to the pub where we finished the evening with a lively social meeting.” Jemma and Sophie keeping well ahead of the field

Gavin DIARY DATES NOVEMBER 20 Talk by Albert Walsh Dunholme old school centre, near Lincoln. Starts 11am with lunch to follow at the Farmers in Welton. Bookings required. DECEMBER 18 Christmas luncheon at the Branston Hall Hotel Places are going fast so book now. Details on the website. JANUARY 15 Bowling at Lincoln Bowl FEBRUARY 12 Valentine’s lunch at The Pier, Cleethorpes (TBC)


September 18 Lake District run Dave Trafford reports: “After a very misty start to the day, by the time most had gathered at Lancaster Services for the Lakes run, the sun had broken through and we were looking forward to an excellent day with great weather to enjoy the views. “The group consisted of 36 members and partners from R5 plus a number from surrounding Regions including Lancashire and North Wales. It also included some members on their first event with the Club and

R5. As we gathered for coffee and plenty of banter we enjoyed the sunshine and a wander around a car park full of all varieties of classic and modern Porsches. We nearly managed to rope in another couple in their new Cayman that had stopped at the services en route to Scotland; they promised to join PCGB on return and join us for the next run. “We set off just after 10.30am on the first leg of the route, which had been excellently designed by Michael Williams to include some great Porsche driving roads and great scenery, all at a pleasant pace. Inevitably a few got split up due to traffic and missing a turning but mostly the group followed the designated route. We created quite a stir in a few places, especially Bowness where a group of Japanese tourists took what seemed to be hundreds of photos of us as we passed through town. On leaving town we had the fortune of reuniting with one of our party who had missed a turning. We arrived at the same roundabout at the same time, albeit from completely different directions! We regrouped briefly at the top of Kirkstone Pass, many taking the opportunity to enjoy what they could of the view through the mist at that point as well as the facilities at the inn! “The remainder of the route was followed by all, at varying paces, everyone enjoying the views and the roads, which, apart from a few camper vans and cyclists, provided everything a Porsche driver could hope for. “On arrival at the Lodore Falls Hotel the staff were there to greet us and managed our parking excellently, with the first few able to park in front of this stunning hotel and the rest allocated.”

with many skills and a great deal of knowledge for all of us to share. As members, we all contribute to helping, advising and looking out for each other. This month has proved what a powerful bond there is within PCGB and especially our Region.”

DIARY DATES NOVEMBER 2 Club night at PC Wilmslow Annual visit to R5’s local Porsche Centre – with food, drinks and competitions etc. **Please note: This is on the first Wednesday of the month. There will be no Club night at the Deanwater on Wednesday, November 9** NOVEMBER 11 Porsche Club trackday at Oulton Park DECEMBER 14 Club night at the Deanwater Informal pre-Christmas evening with a quiz and complimentary coffee and mince pies.

North Wales Regional Organisers Sue Taylor 01928 735357 (01766 890844 Weekends) Welcome We extend a very warm welcome to Roger Bracewell who came to our September meeting. We look forward to seeing him again at future meetings and events.

Dedicated parking in front of the Lodore Falls Hotel

Mike Travers

R6 on Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge

Chris Clark

September planning meeting Our meeting this month was a quiet affair but we managed to gather lots of ideas for monthly drives and visits. We are a bit light on speakers and visits for our monthly meetings, so please try and think of some ideas.

Mike Travers 1956-2016 Phil Graham reports on the sad passing of Mike Travers: “The passing of Mike on September 8 was a huge loss to his family and also felt by his numerous friends within the Porsche Club. “After only four years as a member, Mike had become a popular and much loved character in our Region, always friendly, amusing, and never short of a story to tell. The phone calls and emails with heart-warming messages have poured in from those who had the pleasure of knowing him, with many attending the funeral. The help and support has been greatly appreciated by Mike’s family. “For me it has brought home the importance of the Club and its members. We all benefit from the opportunities to meet like-minded people, to make new friends, get involved, learn from others and above all have some fun. The Club is full of interesting people

Going back again was a piece of cake even though Paul, unbeknown to Jo, did some secret jumping to make the bridge wobble, adding a bit more spice to the crossing!

After this excitement we headed off to our next hotel in Coleraine. Angela couldn’t take time off work so flew out that evening to join us for the weekend. Tony headed off to the airport to pick her up and we all stayed up late so we could greet her. However, both were shattered and went straight to bed so we’d all stayed up drinking, for nothing! On Saturday we went to the Giant’s Causeway. Our tour guide was brilliant and gave us a geological tour as well as the rubbish about giants. We met back at the café just as the heavens opened. Once the rain had gone we were back in the cars and off to the Bushmills Distillery. Having not done too much driving that day we then headed off towards Limavady. We all got lost on the way back but discovered an amazing driving road that popped us out less than half a mile away from our hotel. Heading down from our room for a cheeky one in the bar (Dawn insisted), Gill1 and I got stuck between floors in the lift. The lift was turned off and on again but didn’t reset. With no butch firemen in uniform to save us, the hotel staff eventually helped us down. We still don’t know what code F5 means in terms of lift failure but it wasn’t fixed by the time we left the next day. Dylan took the opportunity to christen us the ‘voodoo dolls’ and refused to come in any lifts with us.

**Please note: 2017 meetings will be the third Thursday of the month. Hopefully this will mean fewer clashes with the football** 2016 WOTY Our WOTY took place in Ireland on the Causeway Coastal Route, one of the world’s great road journeys. We booked through Scenic & Continental Car Tours and Kieran, the Car Club and Group Relationship Manager, was excellent – nothing was too much trouble and all the arrangements worked perfectly. Top team on board were: Laurie and Sue2; Alon and May; Malcolm and Gill2; Tony and Angela; Dylan and Dawn; Al and Debbie; Paul and Jo; and Gill1 and me. We docked in Dublin on Thursday afternoon and had limited time to get to our hotel in Belfast, so took the direct, rather than scenic, route. Arriving at a tollbooth within minutes, Tony was delayed behind someone who couldn’t pay (not one of ours) and was never going to catch up! Driving through torrential rain, we finally hit Belfast. There were Porsches everywhere as we tried to navigate multi-lane motorways. Laurie and Sue2 and Al and Debbie made many attempts to exit the correct motorway at the correct junction. Although we were following, Gill1 and I left them to their own devices and dodgy sat navs and shot off. Eventually though, we all arrived at the hotel and calmness resumed. The next day saw us driving the very scenic Coastal Route and passing many places of interest but did not have time to stop. The day ended at the Carrick-aRede Rope Bridge, which was a bit scary as we crossed the 30-metre chasm on a few bits of rope and wood. 55

R6 experiencing the delights of Bushmills Distillery

As in all drives, it is difficult to keep everyone together all the time. Seven cars managed OK, but Malc and Gill2 seemed to excel in finding their own routes – it was always a bonus and relief when they arrived in the same place as the rest of us. On Sunday we returned to Belfast to meet up with the Irish Club and organisers Ken, Ruth and John. Their members could not have been more welcoming. We very much hope they will visit North Wales so we can show them the delights of our Region. We signed the R27 banner and very gratefully accepted a signed book of aerial views of Ireland. After coffee and a chat with our new friends, we set off for a scenic tour and arrived at Dundrod Circuit – home to the fastest road race in the world. On race days the bikes hit 180mph but we took around 10 minutes, as we had to watch national speed limits. Then, it was on to Belfast driving past the very impressive City Hall, through a hailstorm - our destination the impressive Titanic Quarter.

Dundrod Circuit – home to the fastest road race in the world

Monday arrived and we had to head home. We split up and some did a route involving a small ‘RORO’ ferry. Eventually, we boarded the big ferry home, but not without incident. An artic with attitude nearly wiped out Alon and May. Laurie and Sue2 broke down at the ferry ticket booth and had to be towed onto the ferry. At time of going to print, we don’t know if they ever made it home! As ever, the WOTY was a fantastic few days away and firm friendships were formed. We never seemed to stop laughing while we were together. It is what the Club is all about. 993 restoration My fat bottomed girl has been primed and now has 15 coats of paint and three coats of lacquer. She looks amazing! The seats have been restored and the carpets cleaned. Rob and team have started to put her all back together again. Unfortunately, she wasn’t ready in time for the WOTY so Andy from Ninemeister very kindly lent me his 996. What a lovely car that was!

Yorkshire Regional Organisers Mark and Carol Jessop 07981 412895 – Wow, what a month September has been – the hottest since 1911 and the weather has been stunning. This meant the myriad of events to choose from has been blessed with the perfect driving weather. Well, all apart from one, but we don’t let a little rain spoil a good day out. 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. RECENT EVENTS

993 windscreen going in

September was a bit of a bumper month with a last minute entry to the annual Bradford to Morecambe Historic Run (including afternoon tea at the Midland Hotel), a Club night where we managed to sit outside all evening, a slightly soggy Register Rendezvous at Kedleston Hall near Derby, Sunday Service in baking sunshine, the R7 annual WOTY alongside the Bridlington Motor Weekend and Cars in the Park! Phew, Club membership doesn’t get much better than this.

DIARY DATES Please see website for more info about the events we have in plan. NOVEMBER 16 Meeting at The Plough Quiz and supper. NOVEMBER 20 Drive and lunch DECEMBER 4 Portmeirion Christmas Fair and lunch in the hotel JANUARY 19 Meeting at The Plough Guest speaker – Robin Darlington. JANUARY 14 Post Christmas dinner and catch up Venue TBC (local hotel).

R7 Sunday Service #5 September saw us heading out to the Living Sea Centre in Flamborough, which sits in a nice quiet car park above the beach and lifeboat station. Thirty-two cars enjoyed a fun Sunday morning drive across the top of the Yorkshire Wolds to the coast to munch on another 47 bacon butties in glorious hot sunshine. Sun tan lotion would have been a smart option! The car park provides quick access to some great walks around the coast, with the Flamborough Head Lighthouse a good hour’s walk; just spot on for walking off the bacon.


WOTY 2016 This year we headed up into the Northumbria National Park with an overnight stay at the Battlesteads Hotel in Wark. Sixteen cars met up on the Saturday morning ready to enjoy the best driving roads the UK has to offer. The first half of the day takes us to lunch at The Charles Bathurst Inn in Arkengarthdale. We drive along familiar roads via the A61 to Ripon, which can be great fun, or just plain tedious, depending on the traffic. From here it’s on to Masham and Leyburn along good roads that can also be fast. But, it’s after this where the fun really starts as we head onto the ‘Tank Road’, so named as we pass through the tank training and firing range. This road has to be one of the country’s most demanding and rewarding to drive fast, with its series of blind crests and steep hidden dips that veer sharply left and right combined with hairpins. The most breath-taking scenery just opens up as you top a crest about a third of the way along and simply serves to distract you from the extreme concentration demanded by the road. Handily the road ends at lunch and a welcome stop. Refreshed and raring to go, we head back out knowing that yet more driving lay ahead of us. At the other side of Barnard Castle we get onto the B6278 through Weardale, which unbelievably always seems to be devoid of traffic. This is real driving country, with wide sweeping roads marked out by snow poles and perfect sight lines through the bends, that really allows you to properly enjoy everything that owning a Porsche offers. The road drops down into Stanhope before climbing back up again and providing yet more of the same. It’s in these moments that you find yourself grinning like an idiot and discover that you are not alone; this is what Club membership is all about. At the end of this run we come across a traction engine club out on a similar jolly but, luckily for us, they have pulled over for lunch. From here to our overnight stop the roads are less dramatic, but still good fun. Amusingly, as we join the A68 a large sign warns of crests and sharp bends ahead. Oh goody you think, only to discover that the sign-writer hasn’t been where you have! Afternoon drinks accompany driving tales, which leads to dinner. What a rowdy bunch Yorkshire men and women are at the end of a great day on the road. The food and accommodation at the Battlesteads was spot-on and very reasonable – it is certainly somewhere we will be returning to. A hearty breakfast on Sunday morning leads to more driving. The group shrinks as some head in different directions, but there are enough left to still have fun. A short trip takes us to Keilder Water for coffee and biscuits at the lakeside, before we hit the road again. We are not finished yet.

The return journey sees us taking an alternate route back through Weardale past the derelict lead mines on roads that are just as much fun as Saturday’s but maybe not quite so smooth. We drop down into Middleton-in-Teasdale for a late lunch enjoyed outside in the afternoon sun. From here we are soon back on familiar roads as we reverse our route down the ‘Tank Road’ and, one by one, our group dwindles as we go our separate ways. Thank you to everyone who came on this year’s WOTY and helped put the weekend together; you are simply the best. R7 2016 WOTY ready

Karl’s Porsche knowledge is extensive and his engine and gearbox work is first rate resulting in much success in our sprint series. He carries out all types of garage work to meet client needs and a more friendly and helpful couple you could not hope to meet. Why not contact them (01526 320333) to discuss your requirements? They’re highly recommended.

Mitesh and Jayna Chauhan’s 993

We welcomed the following on their first visit; Mitesh and Jayna Chauhan, Simon Lomas, Michael Moody, Mike Bailey, Kris and Nikki Sharrat, Bhavesh Mistry and Shaun Mistry. We hope to see you again. Also in attendance was Michael Tennyson’s 944 S2, freshly restored to an amazing standard! This total body shell reconstruction was completed in six months of evening and weekend work on the drive at the side of his house. After stripping and welding etc. the shell was taken away for painting and returned for reassembly.

Michael Tennyson’s freshly rebuilt 944 S2

Yorkshire, best driving roads in the World!

Traction engine WOTY?

Kedleston Hall Register event This was a National Event in our area and there should be an article elsewhere. The success of the day lay partly with our Region’s volunteers – you did us proud setting up on the Friday before and making up the substantial crew parking the cars in the rain on Saturday. I have received a very nice thank you from Chris Seaward thanking our Region on the impressive turnout of volunteers and I wish to convey my thanks for your excellent enthusiasm and perseverance too.

Front engine cars There has been a little confusion recently about this column. Just to verify, Mike Pollock, a stalwart for the 944 model and prolific photographer, kindly agreed to assist me by adding copy based on his month’s experiences where they differ from mine, adding relevant photos and dispatching the finished article to Cornbury House. Some members presumed I had added a 944 to the fleet. Coincidently, I had been considering a front engine car for some gentle classic rallying. Having viewed a few unsuitable cars I mentioned my needs to Mike at Zentrum and, would you believe it, a customer had just brought in a very smart 924 S in for some work and was considering selling. Following a viewing, it has been purchased and luckily it was built in December 1985 so just fits nicely into the class. I have never owned a front engine Porsche so I will keep you informed on how we get on together. Mike’s Mumblings I unfortunately couldn’t get to Kedleston Hall, so no pictures from there but, as the British GTs were at Donington the following day, I took the opportunity for a short run there. I was hoping for some good racing and got plenty. However, the only Porsche out was a Cayman GT4 Clubsport, looking very smart and running for Team Parker.


DIARY DATES We’re just about at the end of the year for events, but keep an eye on the Forum and the website for those that pop up at short notice. DECEMBER 7 Club night Annual end of year quiz.

East Midlands Regional Organiser Tom Fisher 07768 317346 – RECENT EVENTS Club night at The Coopers It was another busy gathering, most probably because everyone wanted to take advantage of what might be the last sunny evening of the year.

December 5 Christmas meal at The Coopers Arms Starting at 7pm for 7.30pm sit down, as usual this promises to be lots of fun with a free raffle with fab prizes and the annual awards etc. I will need a deposit to ensure a seat, as we are usually oversubscribed. There will be the usual photograph competition; the theme is ‘Porsche Portrait’ so get thinking of a Porsche posing in an interesting or wonderful setting. OTHER NEWS Karline Garage Services Last month I mentioned Stephen Jory and his damaged car, this month I wish to let you know about Karl Lupton, another competitor in the Porsche Club Championship, contending in his very rapid supercharged 968-engined 944. Karl is always the first person to jump to anyone’s assistance (including mine) when we have any sort of car problem. So, when Stephen had his crash, Karl was immediately there to help him and the car was taken directly to Karline Garage, his business at Metheringham, which is in the middle of the Newark, Grantham and Lincoln triangle. Following initial remedial work and assessment, Stephen’s 944 was due to be moved so I went along to Karl and his wife Caroline’s garage and a very spacious and spotlessly clean place it is too. As well as four Porsches in for various types of work, some lovely classics were present. 58

Team Parker Cayman GT4 Clubsport at Donington

I also went to a local classic and sports car meeting and met up with Michael Tennyson in his 944 S2 and a recently recommissioned 1983 944. This one-owner car has an original 10,000 miles on it, has been dry stored for over 25 years and required only a major service and a bit of rodent damage repair!

1983 944 one owner and 10,000 miles!

DIARY DATES DECEMBER 5 Christmas meal The Coopers Arms (details above).


West Midlands Regional Organiser Kim and Mandy Sutch 07811 114646 – David Jones 01455 220081 – 07836 374295 RECENT EVENTS Register Rendezvous On a damp, miserable Saturday morning, I met up with Anji and Trevor in their newly acquired Cayman S, which looked superb, despite the weather. We then made our way together to the Register Rendezvous at Kedleston Hall in Derbyshire. Thanks to the marshals on site, Trevor parked up in the Cayman Register parking and I was directed to the ‘show and shine’ display in front of the hall. We set about trying to clean my car but, because of the continual drizzle, it proved to be a waste of time. We then decided to go into the café for a cup of tea, and bacon butty, which was very nice too. A little later the drizzle stopped, so we had another go at cleaning and drying my car. Just as we had finished it started raining again, so, at that point, we gave up! The judging was done and the results were announced at 2.30pm. Congratulations to the winners. With the weather as it was, the numbers were probably down on what was expected, but there were still plenty of great cars on display. Anji and Trevor went on a tour of the hall and remarked how fantastic it was. Due to the inclement weather, we decided to make our way home around 3.30pm. I would like to say a big thank you to all the marshals and organisers of the event who helped to make the day as enjoyable as possible, despite the weather. Dave Trevor’s Cayman

Club night On September 15 Mandy received a call from Dan, the manager of The Bear, who explained that the pub would be closed on September 20 as they were having refurbishment work done and it would not be completed in time for our usual Club night. After a few calls between Kim, Mandy and Dave we asked if we could change the day to Thursday, September 22. We didn’t want to let members down by cancelling completely, especially after the fantastic turnouts R9 has been getting throughout the summer months. Thursday was possible, although the kitchen still wouldn’t be open so dinner that evening would have to be sought elsewhere. The bar and our room would be available for the teas, coffees and biscuits though. We then had the task of letting everyone know about the change. An email was drafted and sent out immediately, our Facebook page was updated and, for those who are not into the world of social media, we sent texts out. Apologies go to anyone who did not receive the message. Please contact us if you missed out on any of the above methods and let us know the best way to reach you. Our messages seemed to have got through, however, as we had a great turnout of 39 cars. Thank you to all who came – it was lovely to see you. With the nights drawing in many people opted to have a look around the cars and then head upstairs for drinks and biscuits – they were also treated to birthday cake courtesy of Costa, thanks Costa and Happy Birthday! A few announcements were made with the main one being about this year’s Christmas event. A number of members wanted a repeat of last year with a night at a hotel and overnight stay but with a private room rather than being with other groups. After making numerous calls at different venues it became apparent that to do this would increase the costs considerably. We spoke to Dan, the manager, and he agreed we could take a large area of the ground floor on Tuesday, December 6 for an evening Christmas meal for 50 people. There will be an option of a two-course meal for £17.99 or three-course for £20.99. Deposits of £3pp will be required; please contact us to reserve your place as soon as possible as 50 is our maximum and this will fill up quickly. Mandy’s holiday Writing for the magazine doesn’t usually fall to me but, as I am lazing around in a Dutch hotel, moving from the gym to the spa whilst Kim is busy at the Assen race track with the British Superbike team he works for, it was decided I should write a short piece. It’s a standing joke with many of the teams, and also friends at home, that Kim and I don’t do holidays


but when we do Kim brings me to Assen. We are busy throughout the year with the Club – both the main Club, R9 and also the BSB, which we enjoy immensely. When we do go away we are always on Porsche watch and the pictures below are of our journey from the Hook of Holland to Assen. Not as many were seen as we would have liked but a couple are better than nothing. Hopefully we will see a few more Dutch Club members on the way home.

Porsche watch in the Netherlands

Plans for 2017 We hope you have had a great summer with your cars, we will be planning for next year’s events in the coming months and all suggestions are most welcome. If you would like to arrange something yourself, please let us know and we will be happy to help by sending emails to members and coming along to. Dave, Kim and Mandy JROs DIARY DATES OCTOBER 23 R9 at Coventry Transport Museum NOVEMBER 15 Club night at The Bear, Berkswell DECEMBER 6 Christmas meal at The Bear, Berkswell DECEMBER 20 Club night at The Bear, Berkswell DECEMBER 26 Drive to Ace Cafe (Weather dependent.)

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R10 Christmas lunch This year’s Christmas lunch will be held at VesuviO’s Restaurant at The Sharnbrook Hotel (surprise, surprise), on December 3 for 1pm and will coincide with our monthly meeting. At £15pp it’s great value (please see the MondayFriday menu on hotel’s website). It’s essential you book this direct yourselves, so please call the hotel (01234 783142), giving your full name and stating Porsche Club R10 Christmas lunch (for 1pm). They will take a non-refundable deposit of £5 at that time. I look forward to seeing you all there – meeting as usual beforehand, then lunch for 1pm!

Regional Organiser Paul Ebbs 01234 363358 (7pm–9pm) 07769 805594 (daytime) – As I write this report, we’ve been fortunate to have some very good weather for the end of September, so I hope you’ve all been taking advantage of this and getting out and about in your prized Porsches! RECENT EVENTS RoSPA advanced driving Region member Michael Calvert kindly arranged for RoSPA’s Northampton region training officer, Brendan d’Arcy, to give us a brief introduction to their advanced driving courses. Informal drives are taken with volunteer tutors, with a view to you greatly improving your ‘road craft’ and taking your advanced test. Many thanks to Brendan for an enlightening presentation and I trust several members will take advantage of this opportunity in the future.

Advanced driving introduction

Stuttgart factory visit Manjit Aujla, Russ Garlick, Barry Barton and I have recently returned from the September Porsche Museum and Factory visit, a truly marvellous experience. Covering 1,380 miles over five days, while driving in Russ’ Boxster and my 993, our itinerary was arranged as an official Club visit, which has been organised for many years by Richard Watling (Vice Chairman and Commercial Director). We made the 470 miles trip down to Stuttgart from Calais in one day, having started across the Channel from Folkestone at 4.30am, arriving for a welcome reception and meal at our smashing hotel in Asperg. The next day saw a relaxed cross-country drive to Langenburg Castle. After lunch in the Rösegarten with its fantastic views over the valley, we had a guided tour before visiting the small car museum onsite. Then it was back to Asperg for supper at the top of the hill. Friday saw us drive the short distance to the Porsche museum where we were shown around the displays, majoring on ‘Die Transaxle Ära’ (924, 944, 928, 968…) and a good deal more! After lunch at the museum, we spent almost three hours on an eye-opening guided tour of the factory, with us all fully appreciating the process involved in making lovely new Porsches!

autumn car exhibition. See some more of you from R10 there, maybe?

While many of the participants were to carry on to Austria (on the ‘full’ distance tour), we spent another 24 hours in Stuttgart, as we were to return home on the Sunday in readiness for work on the Monday. We had another great day on Saturday, including a visit to ‘Motorworld’, which had many classic cars (including many very rare Porsches for sale) under one roof, before heading on to the Mercedes Benz Museum. This museum was on a different level, mainly by virtue of size, heritage (they produced the first motorised vehicle, of course) and displays, which were linked to pivotal world events, giving an informed relevance to the background of vehicle development over the years. If you ever get the slightest chance of being able to go on the PCGB factory visit, make sure you do so, as I would heartily recommend it for any true Porsche and/ or car enthusiast. It is extremely good value for money, you will definitely always have fine food/ accommodation and, of course, the company of fellow Porsche owners. Make sure you book well in advance, though, as this trip is understandably quickly subscribed to. Our sincere thanks go to Richard Watling for his meticulous organisation. It was good to meet others on the trip but, most of all, it was nice to have had a really fun trip with Manjit, Barry and Russ and to enjoy our shared passion, while driving our cars as Porsche intended – may there be many more times like this!

If you need any more information on any of the above events and more, please contact me and I’ll be glad to help if I can.

Roy’s RS60 ‘tribute’ Roy Smith writes: “It’s a GP Spyder – tribute car to the RS 60 – model 718RSK of 1960. Built in the 1980s on a 1968 VW-based chassis. Formerly owned by R10 member Ed McDonough, it’s undergone a tidy up and now only needs its engine sorting. A hell of a lot of fun and it didn’t cost the three million quid a real one costs!” Roy tells me he has recently sourced a correct year Porsche engine for this car, so we look forward to seeing it ‘in the metal’ soon.

Club night Our September Club night was a ‘bring your other car’ evening and what a fine selection we had. The cars included a 1934 Rolls-Royce 20/25, a Morgan Plus 8, a 1950s Bentley, an Aston Martin and VW Campervan, and many more. The evening brought out several new members who we were very pleased to see and they were most welcome. Richard Eniffer, Sales Manager at PC Colchester, made presentations to the Concours winners, the prizes being kindly donated by PC Colchester, for which we are most grateful.

Hope to see you all soon – enjoy your Porsche! Paul

DIARY DATES NOVEMBER 12 Monthly meet NOVEMBER 13 NEC Classic Car Show DECEMBER 3 Monthly meet and Christmas lunch

Essex Regional Organiser Martyn Molyneaux 01245 222937 (7pm-9pm) Assistant Regional Organiser Greg Thompson 01376 573445 – RECENT EVENTS

Roy’s RS60 ‘tribute’

Mark French receiving his award for modern water-cooled cars

L-R: Manjit, Russ, Barry, Paul

FORTHCOMING EVENTS NEC Classic Car Show The Classic Car Show at the NEC in Birmingham is on November 11-13. I hope to be among other regular volunteers on the Sunday, supporting this great 62

Graham Shepherd receiving his award from Richard Eniffer for pre-1997 water-cooled cars

test our cars on the Autobahn and to enjoy the wonderful, smooth roads that abound in Germany. On this latter point, I think that is where most of the Porsche testing must be done, since the road noise that is experienced with the newer Porsches is not found with the German road surfaces. A fuller write-up will appear in a later edition of PP. Happy motoring Martyn Lee Knierem winner of the air-cooled class


Selection of cars at Club night

NOVEMBER 5 Oicials’ Conference NOVEMBER 8 Club night Talk by Peter Bickers on one of Britain’s most iconic aircraft, the Spitfire. DECEMBER 13 Christmas dinner at Pontlands Park A reservation has been made for the conservatory. 7.30pm start with Bucks Fizz or orange juice followed by a three-course meal, ending with coffee and chocolates. £33 including service charge and VAT. To avoid disappointment, those wishing to attend please let me know as soon as possible for this popular event.

Norfolk & Suffolk Regional Organisers Tony and Colleen Wickins 01379 676251 – RECENT EVENTS

Selection of cars at Club night

WOTY Members in 15 models of Porsche attended our WOTY this year to Cochem, western Germany, where we stayed at the Hotel Kessler-Meyer, on a site overlooking the Mosel. The hotel, a 20-minute walk into town, was clean and well appointed. The organisers Greg and Kay arranged a trip to watch touring car racing at the Nürburgring on one of the days and a drive with a picnic on another. Several members went on a boat trip on the Mosel to get a different perspective of the castle overlooking the town and marvel at the steeply inclined vineyards. We had glorious weather with the chance to

R12 Tour to Germany We will give a presentation of our trip at November’s Club night and we also aim to submit a more detailed description of the tour with photographs in a future edition of PP when space allows, so just a brief report below. Tony began planning this trip a year ago, liaising with Kieran at Scenic Car Tours, who proved extremely helpful in booking rooms at some really good hotels, as well as providing a super rally plaque for our windscreens listing all our destinations (in case any of us forgot where we were going) and a bumper information pack on places to visit along the way. Nine cars and 17 people met up in the Gulliver Hotel at Bascharage in Luxembourg on Tuesday, September 13 to begin our tour. We had made our way there, by ferry


and Eurotunnel, in beautiful sunshine with temperatures touching 33°C and the first thing to do was have a cold beer and shower (in that order) before dinner. The next morning we set off reasonably early for France to make our way to the Domaine Du Moulin Hotel in Ensisheim, near the German border. Several of us decided to drive the Alsace Wine Route and take lunch in the pretty town of Colmar, very similar to Bruges with its cobbled streets, colourful half-timbered houses, geraniumdecked balconies and interweaving canals. After lunch we continued on our way to our overnight stop at Domaine Du Moulin. Thursday morning dawned and we were off to visit the Cite de L’Automobile and The Schlumpf Collection with Bugatti, Rolls-Royce, Mercedes and other glamorous marques on display. After learning the extraordinary history of the Schlumpf brothers and viewing their astonishing collection we made our way to Sindelfingen near Stuttgart for a four-night stay at the Marriott Hotel. We decided to drive the top half of the Schwarzwaldhochstrase, a ‘Route 500’ scenic road through the Black Forest with amazing views. At one point we were stopped by two young police officers as the road ahead was closed and we had missed the sign. They were very helpful and put us on the right track to continue our journey. So began our four night stay in Germany, with visits to the Porsche Museum and a factory tour lined up for the following day. More than 80 vehicles and many small exhibits are on display at the Porsche Museum, which also houses some of the outstanding technical achievements of Professor Ferdinand Porsche. After being greeted by museum staff we were allowed to park in front of the museum under the canopy, which was great for group photographs. A charming young lady called Nicola took us on a tour, after which we had lunch. Several of the group then enjoyed a factory tour while Colleen, Rosemary, Rhian and Theresa took a taxi into Stuttgart for a couple of hours of retail therapy! When we returned everyone was enthusing about the factory and how amazing it was. (Unfortunately, no photographs were allowed inside the factory so come along to our November Club night to hear more about this!) Saturday was a free day for individual exploration – we decided to visit Rothenburg (a two-hour drive from Stuttgart) where, again, the old part of the town had been preserved with beautiful buildings and a rich history to discover with the aid of an English-speaking guide. After our tour Tony noticed a 968 Cabriolet in a deeper blue than ours coming out of a car park with 13 more 968s following behind. Tony wandered over to the driver and said: “Good choice, we’ve got one of those and it’s the blue one over there.” At this point the driver immediately got out of his car, shook hands and told us they were the Porsche 968

Club of Germany and had put their card under our windscreen. We gave them our contact details and agreed to contact them on our return home (which we have done and hope to meet up for a joint event in the future). It just goes to show you never know who you’re going to meet when driving a Porsche!

Our journey clocked up 1,889 driving miles in our 968 and she went like a dream. Would we do it again? You bet we would! FORTHCOMING EVENTS At our recent committee meeting, we had a brainstorming session with Brian, Rosemary, Yvonne, Alan, Stephen and came up with a variety of events for next year including: a gliding day at Tibenham Airfield, visit to Hardwick War Birds collection, a ride on the Poppy Line Steam Railway, fish and chip supper at the coast, visit to Caistor Castle and Car Museum plus, hopefully, return visits to Historika and Andy Prill.

Colleen alongside the 1929 Bugatti Royal Coupe, part of the Schlumpf collection at Mulhouse

Colleen at Rothenburg town square prior to our guided walking tour in English

Sunday dawned quite wet and cloudy, although it didn’t really matter as were spent the day at the Sinsheim Auto and Technik Museum which was mostly under cover. Another amazing museum housing every kind of transport known to man, including an Air France Concorde and its Russian equivalent, a Tupolev TU-144, both of which were located on the museum roof! The exhibition halls house hundreds of classic cars and motorcycles from all eras along with huge steam engines, Formula 1 legends, classy sports cars, farming machines and speed record-breaking vehicles such as the Blue Flame – the list goes on! We also visited the IMAX 3D movie theatre which features various 3D films, (although we did have forty winks during the show!). Monday morning and we said farewell to the Marriott Hotel that had looked after us so well and made our way to The Gulliver Hotel in Bascharage for the final night. As we were making good time, we stopped off at the beautiful town of Namur for a couple of hours. Namur is the capital of southern Belgium and its attractions include The Citadel, a fortified centre overlooking the town and the river Meuse. Then, onwards to Dunkirk for our ferry home. We reflected on a fabulous week with great scenery, brilliant museums, pretty villages, good hotels and, best of all, top-notch company!

November 15 Club night Includes our presentation of R12’s tour to Germany; join us and see what we really got up to!

2017 WOTY **Now booking** Commencing Thursday, June 15 for four nights at The Metropole Hotel and Spa in Llandrindod Wells, mid-Wales. Four nights dinner bed and breakfast in a classic double room; £560 per couple and £600 per couple for a superior double room. Single accommodation available on request. Telephone the hotel direct on 01597 823 700 and quote: ‘Mrs Wickins, PCGB.’ £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. DIARY DATES Club nights are from 7.30pm at The Bird in Hand, Wreningham, NR16 1BJ on the third Tuesday of the month (not January and August). JANUARY 29 POTM The Ram, Tivetshall St Mary, Norfolk. Details to follow. FEBRUARY 21 Club night Guest speaker to be confirmed.

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

The Region 12 tour group at the Domaine Du Moulin

Stunning views all along the NC 500

December 13 Christmas Club night With buffet, charity raffle and auction. £14.95pp for the buffet. Book with Colleen and Tony on Cheques made payable to ‘Bird in Hand’ and sent to us at 2 Chapel Close, Pulham Market, Diss, Norfolk. IP21 4SS to reach us no later than November 30 please. No booking is necessary for Club nights unless specifically stated below. R12 events calendar and booking details are regularly updated on the Club website. If you wish to receive our local monthly email update, please request this by emailing

Herefordshire, Worcestershire & Shropshire Part of the American 1950-60s cars and stars display at the Auto and Technik Museum at Sinsheim

which he describes in detail below: “It was decided to have the trip in September to miss the busiest holiday period but still enjoy some good weather. It was also decided to do the trip counterclockwise, after finding out that most people did it clockwise. This way we hoped to minimise having to follow slower vehicles such as campervans, preferring to meet them head on and make use of the numerous passing places where necessary.

Driving the North Coast 500 Ian Crosskell organised a road trip in early September to drive the increasingly popular Scottish North Coast 500, 66

Empty beaches and quiet roads – perfect

“Starting in Warkworth in Northumberland, our group comprised eight cars, including a 991 GT3, 997, Cayman R, several 996s, a 968 and a couple of Boxsters. “We had decided take four days for the actual NC 500 route, travelling just the east, north and west legs of the journey, leaving drivers free to choose to return to Inverness to complete the route, go to Skye for a couple of days, or drive home. Overnight stops were arranged at Castletown, Lochinver and Gairloch before finishing at the Kyle of Lochalsh. Hotels were chosen on the basis of reasonable cost, en-suite accommodation, adequate car parking and sufficient room for eight couples. The distances between each venue proved about right for the road conditions encountered, with sufficient time for visiting and exploring points of interest. “The intent each day was to travel individually, each at their own preferred pace and stopping according to individual need, rather than form a convoy and potentially annoy locals wanting to get somewhere in a hurry! “The first day of the NC 500 proper was from the Smithton Hotel in Inverness to the Castletown Hotel in Castletown. This was mostly along the A9, notoriously covered along its length by average speed cameras. These enforced a relaxed pace which suited the nature of the drive; if high speed driving is your thing, the NC 500 won’t be for you. Most of us took the opportunity afforded by an abundance of distilleries to visit one, each distillery providing a small bottle of their whisky to be sampled later by those driving. Even with the distillery tour, we all reached Wick in good time for a coffee and sandwich. Wick, unfortunately, has a downbeat air to it, a newish out-of-town shopping development seeming to have the sucked life out of the town centre. After Wick some lingered at John o’Groats, others progressed instead to the Castle of Mey with its splendid gardens created by the late Queen Mother when she had the castle renovated in the ‘50s.

“The hotel in Castletown does not have the most appealing appearance, the local stone being a dingy grey colour, but it was comfortable inside and provided enjoyable meals. Castletown also has a short and interesting walk to a small harbour which had earlier served a flourishing local limestone slab industry. “The journey along the north coast provided easy, relaxed driving, with sunshine allowing top-down motoring for those with cabriolets – indeed, top-down driving was achieved for most of the journeys on each day. This part of the route provided several opportunities to stretch legs, particularly Ceannabeinne Beach and Smoo Cave, near Durness and the Coco Mountain, which supplies truly delicious hot chocolate. “High octane petrol was less available as we progressed beyond Thurso but the local ‘Gleaner’ stations sometimes provided it, so are worth looking out for. “After Durness and the turn-off beyond Unapool, the road quality deteriorates just as the scenery improves and we enter the Sutherland highlands. Keeping an eye on the road and view is something of a challenge, but very rewarding. Lochinver was reached in good time for an amble on foot followed by a good meal at the Culag Hotel. “Leaving Lochinver the road became single track, slowing progress as each blind turn or crest could hide sheep, cattle or a campervan! At this point, the scenery had to play second fiddle but there were enough clear stretches of open road to enjoy the views on occasion. A good leg-stretcher on this section is provided by visiting the Corrieshalloch Gorge, just after the turning onto A832. For a respite from the twisty road, some of us visited the Perfume Studio, near Mellon Charles. Another good break is provided by the gardens at Inverewe where the house there has recently been opened to the public as well. “The roads really hold your attention after Gairloch, the section after the A896 being particularly twisty. Applecross has public toilets and a refreshment stop, before tackling the Pass of the Cattle, where the breathtaking driving is surpassed only by astonishment at the several cyclists determined to traverse it. Care is needed on this pass, as even the passing places are narrow and the road edges form an abrupt drop which threatens to damage wheels or sills if dropped over. “The final hotel, the Tingle Creek at the Kyle of Lochalsh was not on the official route, but was the best hotel of them all, with a particularly obliging proprietor. The bridge to Skye was just down the road and regaining the NC 500 proper only a short backtrack.” September 27 Regional meeting Our September meeting at The Manor House enabled us to discuss our plans for 2017, with a number of suggestions contained in a questionnaire. Our thanks to all members that have contributed so far, all suggestions are welcome. If you haven’t yet received the

questionnaire, please let Steve or Phil know and we will supply one. FORTHCOMING EVENTS December 11 Christmas lunch This year’s Christmas lunch is at Hogarths Stone Manor, in Stone near Kidderminster, (DY10 4PJ) on Sunday, December 11. Arrive from 12noon for 12.45pm sit down for a three-course meal including coffee for £27pp. We will be in a private room and will benefit from allocated parking. Please note we need payment in full and menu choices by Friday, November 11, so please let Steve or Phil know as soon as possible if you would like to join us. Contact Steve or Phil for a menu or view it on the Club Forum under our Region’s section. February 9 Visit to Aston Martin factory A visit to the production facility at Gaydon. The event is fully booked but we do have a reserve list, so please contact Steve or Philip to go on the list should some people drop out. See October PP for more details and visit: visiting-gaydon DIARY DATES Unless otherwise stated, Club nights are on the last Tuesday in the month, 7.30pm 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. OCTOBER 25 Club night NOVEMBER 29 Club night DECEMBER 11 Our Region’s Christmas lunch At Hogarths Stone Manor (DY10 4PJ). Details above. JANUARY 31 Club night Details to follow. FEBRUARY 9 Tour of Aston Martin production facility at Gaydon

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August Bank Holiday drive On a sunny August Bank Holiday Monday, 28 cars and 44 members turned up for our summer drive through mid-Wales. We met at Cardiff West Services and proceeded in four groups through the valleys towards Senny Bridge and Llandovery, where we picked up some members who had travelled up from West Wales. A break to admire the beautiful scenery on the A4061 Rhigos Road.

From Llandovery we proceeded towards Builth Wells along B roads towards Hereford and the Greenman Inn, Fownhope for late lunch, where we had our own reserved dining room. It was a pleasure to meet some new Club members who were experiencing their first drive as Club members. With the positive comments I have received, they seemed to have enjoyed themselves. September 4 F1 Italian Grand Prix A good turnout for this event, and the special ladies fashion show arranged by Sahara Jane of John Lewis Cardiff with some of the Club members’ wives as models. Staff of PC Cardiff provided the buffet luncheon, and I would especially like to thank Alison Owen and Tina Wheeler for providing this.

A rare 991R greeting Club members at PC Cardiff entrance

Big Welsh Car Show A lovely setting at Margam Park for the Big Welsh Car Show in conjunction with Bloodwise Wales. Twelve members’ cars were present at our Region patch at the car show. Luckily, the weather stayed dry and hopefully most members enjoyed the social gathering. Members’ cars at the event

News Since the last PP it has been a busy period for the Region starting with the August Monday bank holiday drive which was well attended.

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R13 on tour and visiting the Glen Morangie distillery


November 22 Region 14 planning meeting for 2017 events At Ty Risha Bridgend. Please come along with suggested events and ideas you would like to plan for

our 2017 calendar. The meeting is intended to start about 7pm-7.30pm to give ample time to those members wishing to have a bar meal beforehand.

last year, we were presented with vouchers for the Ashburton Cookery School. We finally got around to booking a full day on the ‘Fresh Bistro’ course and, on August Bank Holiday, we spent a very enjoyable day learning how to prepare and cook some of the French classics, ranging from baguettes to moules mariniere, along with bouillabaisse and, finally, a tarte tatin, which came out even better than Chef’s! “We would like to thank all the members once again for the gift!”

November 27 Sunday luncheon at The Plough Inn. This is proving to be a popular event with 36 members already booked. Please note, there is no deposit required for this event. This has now been rescheduled for 2pm instead of the earlier time. Thank you Carol Owen, for your assistance in this. 2017 Region weekend I know it is a long way off, but I have provisionally booked the Metropole Hotel, Llandrindod Wells for the weekend of June 23-25 for our R14 WOTY. Details and prices can be found in October PP. Please let me know who is interested as the event is limited to 20 cars. Reservation on a first-come-first-served basis.

Autumn drive In the absence of our JROs (both taking separate holidays), Jean and David were drafted in to assist Andy Moss in looking after this event. On a lovely sunny Sunday morning in September, 15 members’ cars from across the Region departed Exeter M5 services for a scenic drive through the Devon countryside to our lunch stop at Lakeview Manor, Dunkeswell. Approaching dark clouds promised heavy showers, but we managed to dodge these, allowing those with soft tops to enjoy some autumn sunshine. The route left Exeter, heading out towards Stoke Canon and then on to Tiverton where we were joined by the Humphreys. The route continued up through and towards South Molton and then back along the old Devon link road before returning to Tiverton. From here we crossed out towards Hemyock and around Dunkeswell Airfield on to our lunch stop where we were joined by the Woodbridge-Smiths. A pleasant lunch was had by all and, in two groups, we departed Lakeview Manor for the return drive which took us around more of East Devon. We finally ended up at Darts Farm, near Topsham, for afternoon tea and, even though we arrived at the specified time according to our route notes, we found that they were taking last orders. With a little bit of gentle persuasion however, we all managed to have tea and cake! Thanks to Alan for another enjoyable drive.

DIARY DATES OCTOBER 29 Sunderland Trust visit There will be further notes on this event which I will send out earlier part of October. NOVEMBER 6 East Wales drive This is now in the final planning stage. NOVEMBER 22 R14 planning meeting At Ty Risha Bridgend. NOVEMBER 27 Sunday luncheon

South West Joint Regional Organisers Keith Young and Alan Stoneham 07769 320379 (Keith) 07803 237610 (Alan)

The glades of Devon


A thank you Firstly, a thank you from Jean and David Lloyd: “On our retirement as R15 JROs at the end of

Monthly meeting From November until March, excluding December, meetings will be held on Sundays from 12 noon at the Lord Haldon Hotel, Dunchideock. We have a separate Club room for the gathering and a good choice of meals and drinks will be available for those wanting lunch. 2017 WOTY We thought it was about time that R15 had another serious, long Weekend of the Year and Alan Stoneham has been busy spending his valuable time planning for June 23-26. The weekend is based around Ruthin in North Wales, staying at Ruthin Castle, a renowned motoring hostelry and running out to some great locations in North Wales, including Portmeirion, Snowdonia, Conwy and Caernarfon, along the fabled driving roads of the ‘evo triangle’. The three-day hotel stay has been negotiated at a special rate with dedicated parking and a drinks reception on Friday night. All the details, with pictures and a PowerPoint slideshow are available on our webpage, so, please do have a look and plan your calendar dates. Spaces are limited and bookings can be secured with a deposit with the hotel. DIARY DATES NOVEMBER 13 Lunchtime meeting Lord Haldon Hotel. DECEMBER 10 R15 Christmas dinner dance Saunton Sands Hotel. DECEMBER 11 Club monthly meeting Saunton Sands Hotel 11am.

Gloucestershire Photos by Jean Ackford

It has been a great summer in the South West Region and we have had some monster turn-outs for PCGB events, locally and nationally. There has also been a record-sized collection for our Regional charity due to members’ kind contributions. We love to see so many amazing, beautifully kept Porsches out at these events and the variety of models widens each month, it is difficult to keep up with who’s driving just what!

Lunch at Lakeview

Pit stop for R15

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Please read below a write-up of our planned event for June 2017 from Nick Paul. At our next Monthly social evening, November 16, we will be discussing this in detail with the various options.

event. Please communicate your interest to Stuart or Elaine R16 and we will keep you informed.”

Grand Prix de l’Age d’Or “he Grand Prix of the Golden Age, to give its English name, takes place annually at Dijon-Prenois, usually around the first weekend in June. Dijon-Prenois is a 3.8 km motor racing circuit noted for its fast, sweeping bends and undulating track. Opened in 1972, DijonPrenois hosted the F1 French Grand Prix five times and the Swiss Grand Prix in 1982. “he French Grand Prix alternated between Circuit Paul Ricard and Dijon, until the last F1 race at Dijon in 1984. hat race was won by McLaren’s Niki Lauda, who would win his third and final World Championship that year. he fastest lap of the race was set by Lauda’s teammate Alain Prost (1.05.257) at an average speed of 214 km/h (133 mph). “Although Formula One has not returned to Dijon since 1984, the circuit continues to be used today for many, mostly local, races. hese include club level events, as well as Porsche Carrera Cup and trackdays and motorcycle racing. he track was renovated in 2001 and, in 2006, Prenois hosted the first Grand Prix de l’Age d’Or. “I first attended this event four years ago and have been a regular ever since. It helps, of course, that our second home is located only about 40 minutes away in Bligny sur Ouche – a tranquil village in the famous wine producing area in the Burgundy Cote d’Or. he Grand Prix de l’Age d’Or is perhaps little known in the UK but it hosts many of the cars and drivers that compete in Silverstone, Oulton Park, Donington, Spa and Le Mans Classics. However, there are a couple of big differences; first, the weather is usually blue skies and temperatures often over 25°C. Second, the price. Last year, the full three days of this fabulous event could be attended for just €25! “Of course, you have to get there first but in terms of fun per € (or £) it takes some beating. As I have been ‘banging on’ about this event for some time Region 16 is intending to run a trip in 2017. he idea is not to organise it, as such, but to suggest a number of possibilities that hopefully will appeal to PCGB members and could make it into a bit of a holiday as well. he concept is to provide several possible road routes (both short and long), places of interest en route, accommodation and camping (note that camping is free at the Prenois circuit). “hings to do in the area include wine tasting, museums, shopping and walks, etc. alongside the all-important eating and drinking establishments. hen, using a ‘pick and mix’, each participant can choose what best suits them as individuals or as a group. While it is intended to have a least one organised restaurant gathering it will be very much down to those going as to what they would like to do. My wife Stella and I will be happy to help with advice, as required, but actual hotel bookings and similar will be the responsibility of the individuals concerned. It is hoped that this trip will appeal to both petrolheads and more ‘normal’ people who may just love to sample the best that Burgundy has to offer. Provided there are a reasonable number interested in the above, it should also be possible to arrange ‘Club’ parking while at Prenois (VIP parking for Porsche cars is free anyway). he ticket organisers, Peter Auto, appear to be very accommodating and can also supply daily picnic hampers, VIP hospitality and track time during the lunchtime periods (a really great opportunity). We hope you will be able to join with us in 2017 (probably the first or second weekend in June) and make the Grand Prix of the Golden Age a memorable

A few of our members have been to this event and they all say how amazing it is, the fact that you can get close up to the cars in the pits, the atmosphere and the reasonable cost. As there is so much more to do in the area we thought it would be good to put together some ideas and recommendations to extend the weekend into a longer vacation. If you are interested please drop us an email at and we will send you the full details. Given the options of channel crossings and direct or indirect routes to Dijon we are leaving this to individual choice. We will actively sort out who wants to do what and keep them in contact with each other and there is a thread on the R16 Forum where you can join in.

Nick Paul

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Cars for testing

RECENT EVENTS Williams Automobiles hanks to David Beddow for suggesting a visit to Williams Automobiles of Chipping Sodbury, located in our area but largely unheard of within our Region. hey are a family-run dealership for Morgan, Lotus and Caterham. One of our other events was cancelled so we decided to put this on, but only had a few weeks to get the arrangements ironed out and the event published. he take-up was a bit slow to start but we actually had 24 on the day. Well, you just never know how a day is going to turn out and this was one of those days. We all turned up to find beautifully converted barns around a pristine courtyard with a small fountain in the middle. Everywhere you looked there were Morgans, Lotus and Caterhams (and now, of course, Porsches). In one corner of the courtyard a BBQ was cooking breakfast and tea and coffee was freely offered. We were introduced to the Williams family and team, told to have a look anywhere in the workshops and garages and shown the cars available for testing. he most popular turned out to be the Lotus Evora 400 closely followed by the Exige 350 Sport (delivered the day before). Again, take-up was slow until it turned out they virtually had a private test track – a very quiet road across a common with a kink and a bit of a hump. Lots of smiling faces later and well into the afternoon it was time to depart but one of our members kept going back for more. Tucked away in one of the converted barns was a Lotus Evora 400 in Gulf livery and special trim, one of 20 and only two in the UK. It looked stunning and almost everyone wanted it, I certainly did and Mo Williams (no relation), congratulations on your beautiful purchase that we will look forward to seeing at a Club night soon. Did I mention it was raining, not sure anyone noticed that bit, anyway keep an eye out for the same again next year. Please visit our pages on the PCGB website and Forum for all up to date information.

Kind regards Elaine and Stuart

DIARY DATES NOVEMBER 16 Monthly social evening At the Huntsman Inn. Discussing details of Grand Prix de l’Age d’Or. DECEMBER 4 Cornbury House Christmas Open Day A very popular day with all members. DECEMBER 10 R15 Christmas dinner and dance DECEMBER 21 Christmas social evening Sit down meal at the Huntsman. Booking essential, please ask for a menu.

Southern Regional Organiser Charlie McLaughlin 02380 694081 M: 07966 126464 RECENT EVENTS Our Club nights continue to grow in numbers and we might need to look at a different venue soon. No seriously, we are always looking at improving what we offer the Region members and, while the current venue gives us the room for free, the detachment of the car park has always hindered our need to enjoy the cars on the evening as well. So, if any members have any ideas of large pubs with attached parking, close to motorway links, etc. then please let me know. I would like to thank some of the members for turning up to support Macmillan Cancer Research at the first PC Portsmouth ‘show and shine’. I know that Phil Brine was full of praise for the great turnout and the general standard of Porsches, from a very rare, 1968 912 ‘soft window’ Targa from the Isle of Wight, to a four-day-old 991 GT3 RS, with 30 miles on the clock. I believe we raised nearly £1,000 for the charity. September 11 Concorde Classic Car Show Following on from the Portsmouth show, we had another charity day the following Sunday. With thanks to Tony Bull’s efforts we got allocated space for seven cars at this annual local event. We tried to show the lineage of 911s but got interrupted with a 928 imposter in the middle. he organisers did well however, and

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raised £15,000 for Naomi House. This was a new record, so thanks to the members for showing their cars and to the others who came and feasted on all the classic metal on show. Cambridge WOTY Firstly, sorry to everyone for choosing Cambridge for the WOTY, I understand it was a difficult journey to make on a Friday, with some members not even getting away from home until 6pm. Still, the hotel was very flexible in their evening dining times. Kathryn and I arrived the next morning, directly to Duxford, taking only two hours to make the early morning journey. So Saturday arrived, with Kathryn and me eagerly waiting at Duxford at 9.30am for the Region 17 posse to arrive. Needless to say, they were still having a leisurely breakfast at the hotel and didn’t arrive until about 11am. The Imperial War Museum put out the red carpet and allowed us special access to some VIP parking, as part of the site’s exhibits. Very nice and thank you. From our privileged parking, we ‘bomb bursted’ to the eight hangars showing all types of military and civilian aircraft from around the world over the last 100 years. The early aircraft, the B-52 and Stealth Bomber (F17) were my particular favourites. I think the stories to accompany the planes’ facts were particularly touching and made for quite a poignant day. I was one of the last to leave at about 4.30pm, having spent the best part of seven hours, captivated by aeroplanes, not my normal interest. Dinner on Saturday night was to a good standard from the Marriott Hotel and afterwards all the ladies sat down together at the large table, men were banned, none of us were brave enough to try to sit down there, so we propped up the bar until the late hours. On Sunday, we had organised a two hour ‘walking tour’ of Cambridge, having to meet our guide at 11am outside the ‘Fudge Kitchen’, so we all left the hotel early and parked in the Cambridge park and ride, using our collective intelligence to work out the bus and parking machines. Our guide turned out to be a former student, who, despite her young years, kept us in check for over two hours, while she imparted knowledge and local anecdotes about Cambridge colleges and past students.

After the visit, most of the guys then made their way home, with about 20 of us deciding to stay on another night. We had a quieter dinner that night. So thanks to the 49 members who took part, I hope you enjoyed Cambridgeshire and are looking forward to our spring European trip next year. Two iconic examples of engineering and style: Porsche and Supermarine Spitfire

Regional Organiser David Baker 01772 451970 – To paraphrase from Mark Twain, “The reports of my resignation have been greatly exaggerated”. I am delighted to let you know that long time Regional member Fred Hindle, after spending some 20 weeks in hospital, has now transferred to a convalescent home for a few weeks until he can return home. I had visited Fred a couple of weeks ago, on the day he transferred. He was very positive about the future and sends his thanks to everyone who sent cards and visited him. We look forward to him joining us at future R18 events. I also spoke to Register Director Albert Walsh following his unplanned visit to Blackburn Royal Hospital. He will be taking things a little easier in the future but will, by the time you read this, be back in action and working hard for R18 and PCGB. RECENT EVENTS

FORTHCOMING EVENTS Casino night So, back to future events; firstly, we are taking names for our casino night experience at the Grosvenor Casino in Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth, this time on Saturday evening, November 19. The cost is £15pp and includes a good bar meal, a drink (one pint) and a £5 betting token. Numbers for this event are tight so, to avoid disappointment, please let me know soonest. Dinner dance Secondly, I make no apologies for mentioning the dinner dance in January, as 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, £35pp for dinner and rooms available for £75 per room. Please register your interest and let me know by email, text or phone call.

The frequency of events in the Region was hectic in July but slowed down a little in August and September. August 28 Blackpool Vehicle Preservation Group’s Classic Car Show Tony Bolton reports: “A group of 10 cars attended this event on Bank Holiday Sunday in Stanley Park’s beautiful Italian gardens with its many flowerbeds and central fountain. It’s always a packed show with lots of interesting cars, good music and an Art Deco café with reasonable prices.” Stanley Park Classic Car Show

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August 28 Oulton Park Gold Cup meeting A large number of R18 members joined R5 at Oulton Park’s Gold Cup meeting. A full report can be found in the R5 area and a short video is available on the MailChimp newsletter and Facebook page. September 4 Cars and Cofee, Liverpool Norman Jones reports: “The monthly Cars and Coffee on Liverpool’s waterfront is getting bigger by the month. “There must have been over 350 cars attending, ranging from the latest supercars to 1996 Austin A35s. I even saw a Gamballa-modified Porsche 911 that was almost unrecognisable as a 911. “The ‘trade’ also seem to have taken notice, as there was a BMW i8 on display and Land Rover had taken up a sizable space with a proving ground taking people, three at a time, round a very steep man-made obstacle course. “You now need to get there early to get on the main car park – soon they will need a bigger venue. “See Cars and Coffee website and Facebook page for a short video.” September 4 Supercar Sunday – last of the year As usual, at the last meeting cars left Mitton Hall at 11am and drove to a sister establishment, The Falcon Manor in Settle. As we’d had a late night on the Saturday we went straight to the Falcon, where an excellent BBQ was available. The organisers asked entrants to dress up in period with their cars. Previously we have seen Batman and Batwoman, but there was nothing out of the

A windy Fairhaven Lake Classic Car Show

always, I gave away old editions of PP and membership application forms, which I hope will lead to new members joining us in the future. Thanks to Tony Bolton for organising our presence at Stanley Park and Fairhaven car shows. September 21 Monthly meeting at Garstang GC As Judy and I were on holiday, Sue and Mac organised the entertainment – a music quiz, which Dean’s team won. I hope the seven new members present found the evening interesting, were made welcome and will return to future events. Judy and I were in the New Forest and visited Beaulieu Motor Museum for a couple of days, and were treated to around 10 Stanley steam cars, which were visiting. We noted that there had been a ‘Porsche Day’ at the venue, so I will see if that is running again in 2017, as it would be a good venue for a R18 WOTY. Stanley steam cars at Beaulieu

Best dressed person and car winner at Mitton Hall and Falcon Manor

Keith and Debra with some flowerpot people at the Falcon Manor

ordinary this time. The organisers chose the best car and the best dressed person and I surprisingly I won the ‘best dressed person award’ even though I wasn’t wearing my usual purple pants to match my car. September 10 Register Rendezvous On the following weekend a number of R18 members attended the Register Rendezvous meeting at Kedleston Hall, near Derby. A full report will be found elsewhere in PP. September 11 BVPG Show About 10 R18 members enjoyed a relaxed show at Fairhaven Lake, but in very windy weather. Good job we took our events shelter along – thanks to everyone who helped erect it and kept it from flying away during the afternoon. There are always a large variety of classic cars and bikes with a good spectator presence. As

2017 calendar I am starting to put together the events calendar for next year and already have some dates confirmed (see below). Other activities planned are a trip to the distillery in Cumbria, a visit to Bowker Ribble Valley (who, as well as being the north-west Maserati dealership, sell pre-owned Porsches), a drive and lunch into West Yorkshire (organised by Gareth Patterson) and a trip to the Lord Leverhulme Museum and Port Sunlight (organised by Norman Jones). I am also organising some speakers and Swissvax is already booked. We have been invited to the classic car breakfasts by Preston Sports and Supercar Club at the Phantom Winger, Supercar Sundays at Mitton Hall, breakfasts at the Corner House and Cars and Coffee at Liverpool. We have also been invited to Kirkby Lonsdale Motor Club car park Concours on Wednesday August 16, always a great opportunity for members from both Lancashire and Cumbria to meet up. We will also be attending Silverstone Classic race meeting in late July and, possibly, the classic race meeting at Donnington, dependent on the date. Once the questionnaire has been circulated and answers returned, I’ll put together an events calendar that R18 members want. Members are the ‘customers’ of R18 and PCGB, and far more important than the RO. It is good practice to see what customers actually want. I hope you are all receiving the regular newsletter I send out via MailChimp. If not, please confirm your email 74

address with Club Office to make sure your details are correct on the database. New members Welcome to George Sharp, Paul Ibbotson, Ian Dixon and Stephen McKenna. I hope you will be able to come along to some of our meetings where I hope to meet you personally. DIARY DATES NOVEMBER 1 Social meeting Stoneybeck Inn, Penrith. NOVEMBER 9 R5 Club night at PC Wilmslow Contact Allan Crosby (R5’s RO) direct to book a ticket. NOVEMBER 16 Monthly meeting Garstang Golf Club. NOVEMBER 20 Preston Sports and Supercar breakfast meeting Phantom Winger/Hungry Horse, Fulwood, Preston. 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 Golf Club (contact Sue and Mac McLeod to book). DECEMBER 21 Monthly meeting Garstang Golf Club. Judy’s fun Christmas quiz. JANUARY 1 Classic car breakfast meeting TBC.

Thames Valley Regional Organiser John Barnatt 01628 471985 – 07890 181495 RECENT EVENTS R19 BBQ On the first Sunday of September Region 19 had its yearly Regional BBQ for its members’ pleasure. Everybody who comes brings their preferred choice of meat or vegetable patties and I cook. I even set up a separate BBQ with a second pair of tongs so that members with vegetarian tastes are catered for. I don’t know, does that make me bi-tongular? (ambitongulous? – Ed.) I take pride in renewing my food hygiene certificate every three years and take the recommended precautions at home when preparing side dishes such as potato salad; every consumable is thoroughly washed and scrubbed clean. At home, everything is stored below the 8°C minimum and it is as fresh as humanly possible, given the constraints of preparing in a domestic environment. I wanted to get

this information out to the members just in case the traditional image of burnt on the outside, raw in the middle sausages and burgers put members off – R19’s BBQs are nothing like that. Wet weather should not be a discouragement either. After coming to a financial agreement to offset the loss of potential food sales, we would have had the use of the conservatory had it rained and the Region’s ample event shelter would have meant that only I would be getting wet. Setting up at our regular meeting place has advantages compared to the usual hiring of a BBQ hearth in the New Forest. It means no one has to remember padlock combinations (oh, how we laughed last year!) and the BBQ can be on a Sunday, without having to try getting onto the M3 from the M27 – always a bore. Everybody knows where the meeting place is and regulars are familiar with the venue. Furthermore, building on that familiarity as a Region, we know it is not heavily subscribed when we attend so, with the exception of half-a-dozen or thereabouts, we have the place pretty much to ourselves. It does beg the question however, does the general public stay away because we fill the place up? I’m sure the landlord would speak up if we were unwelcome. On the day, 17 members turned up to eat. I had set up the Region’s nine-year-old drum-style BBQ and a small, circular BBQ that was the bargain of the century from Wickes last year, a personal purchase to the tune of £2.95. Sixteen kg of charcoal was purchased and I raided my own personal stash for some large lumps to extend cooking time. Large lumps are a challenge to get going, but great for extending the cooking window. Arun, our friendly landlord, kindly offered us the use of a long table, including a tablecloth. If you have never cooked, cooled and peeled six kg of new potatoes for a potato salad you have never lived. We set out the salad offerings, of which there was much, along with the food to be cooked, on this table. It is not dangerous to leave pre-packed burgers and sausages at ambient temperature for a few minutes as their core temperature will not rise much but, had it been sunny, they could have been stored in a cool box. The cool box was pre-cooled for a day and, after the event, my emergency ration of Fosters was still very cold to the touch. Region 19’s chef de cuisine is ever prepared. Cooking started off slowly because the BBQ had been lit in two stages, 20 minutes apart, with veggie burgers hogging the space on the other BBQ. Once a certain person’s veggie burgers had cleared the deck and been surrounded well – nearly surrounded – by a brown roll, the meat onslaught began; at one time there were 15 sausages, (three waiting to be ‘blackened’ by request), five burgers and some onions in a frying pan, all on the go at the same time. You’d think a burger is a

burger is a burger, but no. You’d be surprised at the variation in size, shape and, indeed, colour between the packs of Co-op, Waitrose and local butcher’s hand-made burgers and sausages, both pre and post-cooking. If anyone has the answer to the burning (get it?) question of why perfectly circular burgers go oval once cooked then the Region would be happy to include your explanation in a future Regional report. Obviously, post-Brexit, some members were still affluent enough to bring steak, and who could resist the taste of a perfectly cooked rib-eye steak smothered in spreadable cheese and topped with smokey bacon strips? Well, me for one, but each to their own. I suppose the highlight of the day was the ‘Wonder Wheels’ spray bottle and its contents. As demonstrated by yours truly, there was not a vestige of foam left in the spray, but it didn’t stop the odd witty comment like Jason’s: “Can I have some more acid on my veggie burger JB, it’s a bit dry?” To which I replied: “Sorry to disappoint but it’s actually a mixture of Wonder Wheels and Gaviscon so they cancel each other out.” In reality, the bottle and spray were thoroughly flushed out several times using warm water, sprayed through then finally flushed with cold water. In any case, it was sprayed underneath the food, onto the flames from the coals. Our very own James Mahoney’s palms were not crossed with 12 pieces of silver but with the surprise delicacy of the day: two pieces of kidney and he kindly offered to act as sous-chef to oversee the final cooking of the last few ‘bangers’. That’s the thing isn’t it? Everybody tends to forget about when and what the ‘barbecueist’ is going to eat, don’t they? Finely cooked BBQ drew plenty of R19 members

I have written this report in the hope that more members will enjoy our BBQs in future. Region 19 does not do BBQ by half. Next time you see a Regional BBQ advertised please come and bring your family along. With some good camaraderie and banter it is an enjoyable way to spend two or three hours. In fact, if Carlsberg did BBQs... PCGB you know it makes sense. John Barnatt

London Regional Organisers Nick and Ed Pike 01189 473925 – Twitter: @PCGB_London Opening words As the nights close in and leaves turn and fall, we are looking forward to our 2017 calendar. All the things you love are there: the drives, the weekends away, Le Mans 24-hr, the R20 trackday and the casual ‘bring your Porsche’ meets. The Club will return to the London Classic Car Show in February, an event that is establishing itself as a fixture on the classic car calendar and is well worth a visit. Look out for an ‘icebreaker’ run in early January, which will be weather dependent, and a longer trip returning to the Swiss Alps to drive the best passes that Switzerland and Austria has to offer, along with a visit to the museum in Stuttgart in late summer. As I write this the group who headed to the North Coast 500 are on their way home, with stories to tell and pictures to share, and the group heading to France getting ready to go. Lots happening for you to take part in. A reminder if you are planning on joining us at our Smithfield ‘Meat’. We have moved to the north side of the market, nearest to the cafes and restaurants. We are there from 2pm onwards. There is plenty of space to park in the loading bays. See you there! RECENT EVENTS R20 at the Register Rendevous Great to see so many friendly faces at the Register Rendezvous at Kedleston Hall, braving the early rain to enjoy a day in great company with the stunning backdrop of the hall. The surrounding B-roads left us thinking we should come back and drive them.

Steak and sausage feast for R19 (fried onions for the vegetarians?)


R20 Sunday escape – London landmarks VIII and IX So good we did it twice, again. There is something magic

about driving through London as the sun rises early on a Sunday morning. Some old favourites mixed into a new route, passing over 45 landmarks on the way. A chance for some great pictures with the sunrise in the background. The Club 356 took pride of place leading the second run, to the delight of those that were there and the passers-by. We built up quite an appetite by the time we reached our breakfast stop at the Electric Diner on Portobello, now renamed ‘Porschebello Road’. Fantastic. We smiled to see that Porsche copied us the morning after our second run with a 919 Hybrid, Panamera E-Hybrid and a police escort. Our pictures and route were much better! 356 London skyline

Smithfield ‘Meat’ The variety of Porsches which attend our meets never ceases to amaze us., from a camouflaged Cayman GT4, one of a handful of 996 GT2s, GT3s and more, along with well-loved Boxsters, 996s and 997s. Much planning for the upcoming trips to Scotland and France. Many drives and weekends away happen after a casual conversation at these meets, well worth a visit to make the most of your membership. Ace Cafe An evening of surprises. Having spent the Sunday before leading the sunrise drive around London, the Club 356 took pride of place at Ace Cafe attracting a lot of admiring looks. The car park filled steadily as the sun set and the attention turned indoors for the special event: John Fitzpatrick, acclaimed Porsche racer and team boss from the 1970s and ‘80s. ‘Fitz’ regaled us with stories of his racing, from his experiences of endurance racing and Le Mans. Having raced the Carrera RSR, 935 and the 956 in anger, the audience was rapt. A special treat at Ace Cafe.

January 8 R20 Sunday Escape ‘Icebreaker’ A new entry on the schedule, very much weather dependent. A chance to blow away the Christmas and New Year cobwebs. Ed and Nick

DIARY DATES OCTOBER 31 Ace Cafe London meet Halloween 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). NOVEMBER 6 R20 Sunday Escape Ups and Downs A return to one of our favourite playgrounds: the South Downs with its sweeping undulating roads. One not to miss. NOVEMBER 19 East London Smithfield ‘Meat’ Join us on the North side of Smithfield Market (Charterhouse Street, London, EC1M 6HL), from 2pm onwards (third Saturday of each month). NOVEMBER 28 Ace Cafe London meet

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FORTHCOMING EVENTS 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 firm favourite.

356 in historic London

Club nights Club night on November 8 will be a social get-together at the usual venue: The Black Horse, the Vale, Chesham. Club night on December 6 will be the free Christmas buffet with the additional bonus of a fun quiz with an eclectic mix of general knowledge and motoringrelated trivia. September 25 breakfast meet About 20 cars turned out for the last R21 breakfast meet of the year which was held at the Crew Room,

Cars at the Denham breakfast meet


Denham Airfield. There was an interesting collection of Porsches in attendance ranging from a 356 Cabriolet to a 991 Carrera S. We will return to this popular venue in 2017 for more breakfast meets. Damon Hill in the Chilterns R21 committee member Jason Melhuish recently attended an evening with Damon Hill and this is his report: “The Chiltern bookshop recently organised an evening with Damon Hill to publicise his autobiography ‘Watching the Wheels’. I arrived early and the room was already filling up fast and, by the time Damon appeared, there was standing room only. “Damon opened by talking about his early days, which predominantly revolved around the death of his father, Graham Hill, and how his life subsequently changed when he was only 15. He spoke about his decision to go into motorcycle racing while doing his day job as a dispatch rider. Damon candidly told us that his long-term career prospects were not good as either motorcycle racer or dispatch rider. A family friend got him a drive in motor racing, which didn’t go well at first but he persevered. Even though he hadn’t entered the sport via the usual route of karting he found that he was good enough to pursue a career as a motor racer. Damon discussed the need for, and difficulties of, securing sponsorship, even with the benefit of his family name. He spoke about his Formula One racing career, his friendship with Ayrton Senna, the huge competition between himself and Michael Schumacher and, finally, how he emerged victorious as World Champion in 1996. What is perhaps not so widely known is that Damon battled with depression after leaving F1 and sought psychiatric help. “An interesting and enjoyable evening thanks to the Chiltern bookshop.”

Damon Hill on stage

Kop Hill climb Robin and Jo Walker report: “The uphill road known as Kop Hill, near Princes Risborough in Bucks, was first used as a motorsport speed hill climb in 1910 and intermittently up to 1925. It was restarted as a two day, non-competitive hill climb event in 2009, which is when we first attended. In 2011, I arranged for us to have a Regional stand within the paddock and we have been attending the event ever since. “In previous years we have had early arriving members help us with setting out the Regional gazebo and flags, which is where we met Samantha Gardinier who was running the PC Reading display. From that meeting she arranged with the organisers for PCGB to have part of their display area at this year’s event. Always wanting to be more professional with our stand, I discussed our needs with Club Office who, I am pleased to say, supported the event bringing a much better looking PCGB display right next to the Porsche Cars mobile display unit. “Saturday dawned overcast but dry for the most part and the hill climb was opened by Mary Berry and Paddy Hopkirk and the ‘demonstration’ hill climb drives went ahead, starting with the pre-WW1 cars and motorbikes. The oldest car being a 1906 Edwardian 7.4-litre Bianchi. Just before the lunch was Neil Bainbridge’s awesome 1972 Porsche 2.8 RSR; if you didn’t see it you certainly heard it drive the hill! “Thanks to PC Reading, we had been offered four

places to drive the hill during the sponsor runs and these I gave to members who had paid to attend on both days. Saturday lunchtime saw hill drives from Mary Sanders and Bex, driving her yellow 1972 911 E and John Williams in his rally-prepared green 911 ST replica. They also drove again on Sunday, when the weather was sunny and dry, in front of huge crowds of spectators. These also saw a run from Howard Marles enthusiastically co-driven by Gayle in their 1989 Carrera 3.2 Targa Sport. It also saw the debut of our Sky Blue, 1964 Porsche 356C Coupe being run-in with a gentle drive up the hill to celebrate being back on the road after 16 years. “I was amazed by the number of spectators who filled every vantage point along the course and urged everyone to drive faster during their demonstration. The Club marquee was manned on Saturday by Mandy and Jess Sutch who did a great job in welcoming members and, with Chris and Anne James on Sunday, they signed up 10 new members. My thanks to them and all who we met in the Regional marquee. Special thanks go to Samantha Gardinier, Mandy Sutch, Jess Sutch and Chris Seward for his behind the scenes help and not forgetting George Woodward.”

Jonathan collecting his new GT4

Jonathan’s new car R21 member, Jonathan Baker, recently collected his new car from the PC Hatfield. When collecting his 66 plate GT4 Jonathan said “Having sold my 991 GT3 I was concerned how the GT4 might be in comparison... I needn’t have worried, what a brilliant car!” Terry Perry DIARY DATES NOVEMBER 8 Club night The Black Horse, The Vale, Chesham. DECEMBER 4 Convoy run to Cornbury House DECEMBER 6 Christmas Quiz and Bufet At The Black Horse. JANUARY 7 R21 New Year Dinner At The Noke, St Albans.

R21 at Kop Hill

Sussex December 4 Convoy run to Cornbury House We plan to meet up and drive in convoy to the PCGB Cornbury House Christmas Open Day on Sunday, December 4. We will confirm a meeting point in the Aylesbury area, before driving on to PCGB Clubhouse. If you would like to join us please drop me an email or sign up on the R21 Forum. January 7 New Year dinner See October PP for details. Please book rooms direct with The Noke Hotel 01727 854252 and quote PCGB or PORS070117 when booking. Any questions please phone Jo on 01296 688760 or 07791 732133 or email R21 2017 WOTY I am pleased to advise that we have made arrangements to visit the mid-Wales area for the 2017 WOTY. We will be staying at the Metropole Hotel in Llandrindod Wells on May 5-7. The hotel is a popular location for car clubs and has been used by other PCGB Regions and Registers previously. The plan is: •Friday – meet for drinks and dinner. •Saturday – drive some of the wonderful roads in the area, including a visit to the dams and reservoirs of the Elan Valley. •Sunday - for those staying on the Sunday evening, a visit to the Vale of Rheidol Railway which runs from Devils Bridge to Aberystwyth. To book contact the Metropole reservations department on 01597 823700 and quote Porsche Club WOTY May 5-7. The rate is £70pp per night including bed, breakfast and evening meal plus use of the leisure facilities. A £20pp, non-refundable deposit will be required when booking. Please email to let me know that you have booked. We have reserved 15 rooms but they cannot be held for too long so please book as soon as possible. If you have any questions about the WOTY please phone me on 07748 555333 or email me at the address above. 78

Regional Organisers Chris and Martin Woolger 07720 849982 or 07802 409272 or This month, in addition to our regular monthly meeting at The Bolney Stage on Tuesday, September 6 at which we again welcomed new members, we held a Sunday breakfast meeting on September 25 at popular Regional venue The Beach Deck, on the seafront in Eastbourne. This venue is always well supported by our members, with regulars and new faces. The views out to sea are always changing, the breakfasts are superb, there is a very large car park to display the cars and the staff are always pleased to cater for our numbers.

Member cars at The Beach Deck

After breakfast the weather did not look promising for the drive we had organised but, nevertheless, we all set off along the Eastbourne seafront and those cars that could had their roofs down. We drove towards Beachy Head and Birling Gap but, unfortunately, the road across the top of Beachy Head was shut. This did not spoil the drive as we picked up the route again at East Dean, turning right in Friston through Jevington to Polgate. After a short stretch of the A27 we then turned left past the Long Man of Wilmington and the White Horse of Litlington with some stunning views of the South Downs National Park.

November Offers Porsche Cayenne 25555VR18 Pirelli Scorpion Zero N0 £136.95 29535ZR21 Pirelli PZero N1 £228.95 Porsche Cayman Boxster 23535Z19 Pirelli Pzero N2 £162.95 26535Z19 Pirelli Pzero N2 £206.95 911 991 24535Z20 Pzero N0 £206.95 30530Z20 PZERO N0 £268.95 911 993 20550ZR17 Pirelli Pzero Rosso N3 £131.95 25540ZR17 Pirelli Pzero Rosso N3 £160.95 911 996 22540ZR18 Pirelli Pzero Rosso N4 £125.95 26535ZR18 Pirelli Pzero Rosso N4 £165.95

The Long Man of Wilmington

White Horse of Litlington

The drive finished after about an hour in the Seven Sisters Country Park and, as we were saying our goodbyes, the heavens opened, everyone ran to their cars and some put the roofs up very quickly. Our next breakfast morning will be at Goodwood Circuit on Sunday, October 30, not Sunday 23, as previously listed. Please email if you wish to attend this event as numbers are required for catering and car parking.

DIARY DATES OCTOBER 30 Breakfast at The Old Control Tower **note date change** Goodwood Motor Circuit. NOVEMBER 1 Monthly meeting NOVEMBER 20 Breakfast meeting At Shoreham Airport (BN43 5FF) for 8.30am. Please email if you wish to attend this event as we now have to book in advance. DECEMBER 4 Open Day at PCGB Clubhouse If enough people are interested will arrange to meet and drive there together. Please email if you wish to attend this event so we can arrange a meeting place and time and advise Cornbury House of numbers attending. DECEMBER 6 Monthly meeting DECEMBER 7 Christmas social at PC Mid-Sussex Innovation Drive, York Road, Burgess Hill, West Sussex, RH15 9TW. JULY 23-29 R23 Tour to France, Germany and Belgium

Cambridgeshire & Bedfordshire

Events in 2017 As our first year as ROs is drawing to a close we are already compiling a program for 2017. We do have a few ideas and venues in mind already but if anyone has any ideas or suggestions for meetings or events that they would like us to organise then please email us or tell us at the next meeting.

Regional Organiser John Dunn 01954 789764 –

TOTY Our Tour of the Year on July 23 -29 next year to Champagne, Alsace, The Rhine, Porsche Museum and Belgium is now over 50% booked and is strictly limited to 12 cars. This will be a great fun trip, with some beautiful scenery and great driving roads. If you are thinking about joining us on this trip, bookings are on a first-come-first-served basis – please call or email us if you have any questions.

Club night September The last of the summer Club nights had a great turnout of cars and, as ever, it was good to welcome new members to Club night and we hope you will join us at events. The raffle continues to provide extra funds for events. Thank you to all who continue to bring prizes and support the raffle by purchasing tickets. Please note, as reported last month, the dedicated Porsche parking area at Club nights will not open again until March next year.

Happy and safe motoring. Christine and Martin

Drive and dine New committee member Wayne Helme organised a mystery drive and dine event. We met on a bright Sunday morning and Wayne handed out detailed route maps and split the group into two convoys. Wayne had promised a mystery drive on back roads and it was just that. Winding our way through little villages on mainly B-roads to our destination, the Fox and Hounds at Wittlebury, which is very close to Silverstone. Several

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times en route the lead convoy found itself behind following the second convoy as the odd map-reading error meant a dozen cars turning around on a sixpence. Wayne and Maggie found the pub while out on a drive and, as promised, the food was exceptional. Congratulations Wayne on organising your first event, as can be seen in the photo. It was all Wayne’s own work, including the ‘selfie’ in front of his Cayman S. Well done!

Drive and dine organiser Wayne Helme and friends

Drive and dine organiser Wayne Helme and friends

Supercar Sunday Supercar Sunday goes from strength to strength drawing in more cars every year from a wide area. As usual, the Kensington area of London was emptied as some of the residents made their way north on the A6 toward the Sharnbrook Hotel. A vast number of Italian supercars in a variety of colours: anything to try and make the car stand out from the norm. Since this event draws a bigger crowd each year members were advised to arrive early and space near the newly erected wall quickly filled up with a great variety of Porsche models. As usual, tables of ten were reserved for lunch whilst watching the Italian F1 GP. Just my opinion, but F1 has been a pretty poor viewing for a while now. A poor getaway by Lewis left Rosberg leading the field around like a train in a race with few incidents that was far less entertaining than the Porsche chat at our table. The drive out after lunch continues to bring crowds of spectators to watch owners slither down the A6 when exiting the hotel. Not for the faint of heart but plenty of views of this can be found be found on YouTube. Nice variety of marques and makes at Supercar Sunday

REGIONAL EVENTS November 9 Club night Come along and join us for November Club night. If you are bringing a Porsche please note that there is no dedicated parking area. However, we look forward seeing you all at the Ferryboat Holywell. December 14 Club night More on December Club night in next month’s PP. 2017 R24 WOTY I am pleased to announce we have now arranged the Regional WOTY for next year. Our destination is Honfleur in France and our base is the Mercure Honfleur Hotel in the centre of town. Dates are August 18-21. Cost, including ferry crossing and bed and breakfast for three nights, is £299pp. At this point in time we are only taking bookings from R24 members. I will start a reserve list for other than R24 members so if you would like to join us please let me know by email. If you wish to upgrade your room, or extend your stay, please mention this when booking. Please email me at for flyers and details. Please note: we have only 20 spaces and we already have bookings into double figures. A £100 deposit will secure you a space. January 2017 Club night There will be no official January Club night, however, many find they cannot stay away and continue to turn up for a pie and pint. Your committee will be meeting to put the final touches to the 2017 calendar of events. January 22 Post-Christmas lunch We are pleased to announce a new venue for post-Christmas lunch. This will be held on Sunday, January 22. Our venue is the Barns Hotel at Bedford and we have the exclusive use of the Tithe Barn for our event. More details can be found on the hotel at The cost is £20pp and this is subsidised by the R24 raffle fund for Regional members only. The cost for non-members of R24 is £23pp. Limited to 90 on a first-come-first-served basis, so I suggest you book now. I have menus and you will need to pay for the meal and make your menu choice in advance. Get along to Club night or email me for details.

Other news Last month I featured the Regional Concours. Due to space restrictions I failed to bring you a photo of the overall winning car. This has been rectified with a photo of Cliff and Tracy Wilkin’s Cayman R (left). Don Betts’ 356A Last month I also brought you the sad news of the passing of Don Betts. What I failed to add was that Don’s black 356A has been passed on to his son Christopher. Christopher has joined our Club and lives in the Essex Region. So, if you see a lovely black 356A it may belong to Christopher and it would be good to see it make an appearance at one of our Regional events. Welcome new members New members are always welcome at both Club nights and events. We look forward to seeing you. Enjoy your cars and Club and events.

Sunshine and R25 Porsches at Passford House Hotel


John Dunn

Kent Regional Organisers Phil and Pearl Sharland 01797 344121 – Hello everyone. RECENT EVENTS We are amazed at how popular the breakfast club has been and September’s meeting showed no signs of diminishing its appeal with 32 people and an assortment of Porsches joining us at Quex Barn. As usual, conversation flowed as we tucked in to the excellent food. It is also worth mentioning the farm shop with its fresh meat, fish and deli counters, all well stocked and looking very appetising.

Members enjoying breakfast at Quex Barn

Cliff and Tracy Wilkins’ overall R24 Concours winning Cayman R

near Lymington. This is a lovely hotel and the perfect place to use as a base for our weekend. There are, of course, many places of interest in the area and our members found plenty to do. Highcliffe Castle (home of the real-life ‘Mr Selfridge’) in nearby Dorset and Montisfont Abbey in Romsey were just a couple of the places visited. Mick Dennis provided a detailed route for a driving tour around the New Forest, including refreshment stops and various places of interest along the way. This proved to be a good opportunity to see some of the smaller villages and, although some of the roads were a little challenging, it was a great day out.

WOTY Our WOTY this year was at the peaceful Passford House Hotel situated on the edge of the New Forest,


Kent Breakfast Club at Coast to Coast American Diner Please note that, due to popular demand, we have changed our drive and Sunday lunch to an extra breakfast meeting on November 20. This may be the last chance to get the Porsche out before winter sets in so come along from 9am and enjoy a chat with other members while enjoying breakfast. Medway Valley Leisure Park, Chariot Way, Rochester, ME2 2SS. 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 21 Post-Christmas party night at Hadlow Manor Hotel Details of this event can be found in October PP and the Kent Region section of the Club website. Please ask for a reservation code and details when booking. Menu choices and final payment will be required by December 31, at the latest. Events in 2017 We are currently working on our calendar of events for 2017 so if you have any suggestions for an event now is the time to let us know. The calendar should be ready to send to all members early in the New Year. 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. 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

Monthly meetings Our monthly meetings take place on the second Wednesday of each month from 7.30pm at The Kentagon in Brands Hatch, accessed via the main gate on the A20. Our meetings 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 sweatshirts worn by us and our committee members. We are there to introduce you to other members and make you feel at home.

The monthly meeting and AGM Well, by our usual standards, the AGM was a timeconsuming affair – seven minutes! With some changes to the committee and ROs, it was perhaps inevitable. I would like to think that we are getting it right when all motions were carried unanimously without objections or abstentions. The result is that we will keep meeting at the same venue and Geoff Fields stands down as JRO, to be replaced by Karl Wells. Geoff remains as Treasurer and continues to look after IT. We are also pleased to welcome Maria Ploug and Robin Kisbee onto the committee – both have plenty of experience of the workings of Region and Club and already make such a contribution that it was really a formality to officially include them on the committee. Of course, this is really true of many of our other members. We took the opportunity to thank Geoff for all his efforts as RO, with the presentation of a framed picture of his car – in fact, Geoff is one of the members who doesn’t need to be reminded of what his car looks like – he does use it regularly! We were also very pleased to present Paul Butcher with a picture courtesy of PC Bournemouth. Don’t tell the editor, but we set the challenge and promised a prize to the first person to get their car on the cover of PP and Paul Butcher was that person. Congratulations Paul – although I suspect that getting your car on the cover was probably reward enough!

Happy and safe motoring. We wish you smooth and empty roads. Phil and Pearl

DIARY DATES NOVEMBER 9 Club night At Brands Hatch. NOVEMBER 20 Kent breakfast club At Coast to Coast American Diner. DECEMBER 14 Club night at PC Tonbridge **Please note** no Club night in January as Brands Hatch is closed. JANUARY 21 Post-Christmas party night At Hadlow Manor Hotel. FEBRUARY 8 Club night At Brands Hatch.

Joint Regional Organisers Trefor Willingham and Geoff Fields 01747 838158 RECENT EVENTS

Presentation to Paul Butcher

Photos by Lucy Warman

Marque 21 Once again Marque 21 not only opened their doors to our members, but fed them too! It was great to see the variety of projects they are working on, but also Tim’s own personal project – which does appear to take a back-seat compared to our members’ cars. It is good to see that Marque 21 seemingly hoard ‘might come in handy’ parts just like some of our members – these very parts are frequently the difference between a historic project returning to the road or not. It was interesting to hear how some of the Porsche Classic developments and other technologies are filtering through to enhance the services that Marque 21 can provide for those who might prefer independent specialists over main dealers.

A happy crowd after a great meal

Presentation to Geoff


Well, you have probably noticed the improvement in Dorset Region’s PP column the last couple of months. Leading up to formalising at our AGM, Chris has taken over writing up the month’s events, hopefully leaving me more time for other organisers stuff! This month he is on holiday and so it is back to me and what a month it has been! It started off with Canford Classics Open Day and I believe Chris is going to write up a separate article on this fantastic event. The rest of the Dorset events you can read about below, with one other exception: Claire Willingham’s 924 Turbo Cabriolet – we don’t have room in the Dorset column, so hopefully you can read all about its trip to PC Bournemouth in the 924 Register section.

area, I would recommend it as the views over Chesil Beach are fantastic. From here Kevin Bush, foreman at the quarry, led us to the workshop. Kevin explained a little about the stone itself and how it was worked, before showing some of the new machinery, not only used to cut the stone, but also to deal with the waste. We admired the finishing techniques and were left in awe at the hand-carving carried out on some items. Arrival at the Jailhouse café included one of the more bizarre activities I have seen in the Region – car sniffing! Does this car smell right? It was a very serious activity, using smell to determine the health of said car, but of course, that didn’t stand in the way of humour… I’ll be interested to see if Geoff can somehow make a quiz out of that one – odour of burnt clutch or is it the smell of fried brakes!? The staff looked after us very well and there was certainly plenty of food! The views across to Weymouth were simply stunning and even local members had not necessarily appreciated the views previously.

PC Bournemouth restoration classic unveiling, On September 22 we were invited to PC Bournemouth to look view their restoration project and some of the other delights of the Centre. A real surprise for me was to also see the 924 GTP Project – a proper Le Mans race car in Dorset! This was the Classic Restoration Project undertaken by four other dealerships, with the base material coming from the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart – hidden away it would seem, out of shame for the state that it was in! No such worries now, but it speaks volumes that this was the work of four Porsche Centres, whereas the PC Bournemouth project was not just one dealership, but pretty much the work of one man! It still has four wheels but Bournemouth’s car has an interior that took a lot of work too! Apart from feeding us and quenching our thirst, we also had the opportunity to see some other developments at PC Bournemouth; the configuration centre has been totally revamped – very nice it is too – great to see, as those of us who derive their pleasure from Classic Porsches are very unlikely to experience it first-hand otherwise! Indeed, the evening was a great opportunity to ‘see the other side’ – whichever side you are on! It was also great to meet some of Bournemouth’s customers, who have not previously come into contact with the Club. A little piece of Le Mans history in Dorset

Presentation to Tam and Lou

Following the formalities the evening continued with one of Geoff’s formidable quizzes. A music quiz this year, and we had an outstanding result by two of our members – the team of Tam and Lucy Warman who dropped only two points from top marks! Congratulations! Stone Firm tour and Jailhouse café It was apparently seven years since we last visited Stone Firms Ltd workshops and the Jailhouse café was a new and interesting addition to the day. We met at the Portland Heights hotel. A few of us were early enough to be able to enjoy coffee and cake and, if you are in the 82

DIARY DATES NOVEMBER 17 Monthly meet DECEMBER 15 Monthly meet DECEMBER 16 Christmas celebration and dinner Hunter’s Moon, Sherborne, DT9 5QN.


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Early arrivals for the cinema night – Stephen and Tricia Ogle

R6 visit One of the many benefits of being a member of PCGB is the chance to meet with other members, locally and nationally. This month we were delighted to do just that when we welcomed Sue Taylor and some members from Region 6 in North Wales. Sue had decided to cross the ‘pond’ for the Region WOTY. After juggling a few dates we were able to host R6 for part of their stay. Meeting at one of our usual haunts, Junction One at Antrim and, after taking some time to say hello over a coffee, we headed off on a short drive to Dundrod. The international motorcycle road race circuit is the home of the Ulster Grand Prix. The public road also offers great views over Belfast and best seen while driving well within the speed limits. Fortunately, the weather stayed fine for us during the ‘taster lap’ and souvenir ‘snap’ at the start and finish line. Back on the road again we headed toward Belfast on our way to Titanic Quarter. To say the weather turned for the worst would be a gross understatement! Just as we passed the iconic Europa Hotel and the close-by Belfast City Hall, the heavens opened! Wipers on full speed and front and rear fogs blazing we dragged our way through the downpour. As luck would have it, the weather cleared up as we arrived at our destination, the White Star vessel ‘Nomadic’ where, with more than a little help from those in the know, we had been granted the privilege of parking alongside. With our 20 cars parked, it was time for our visitors to soak up a bit of Belfast history with a visit to the Titanic Exhibition Centre that, this year, was voted Europe’s best visitor attraction. After a relaxed afternoon in the shadows of what was once one of the biggest shipyards in the world, it was time to bid farewell to our Cymry guests. To Sue and her party, we say thank-you for visiting and spending the day with us, and we hope to see you and other PCGB members back very soon.

NOVEMBER 9 Region night at Shannon’s Jewellers 2-4 Market Square, Lisburn, BT28 1XB. 7pm DECEMBER 11 Pre-Christmas tea and mince pies

Channel Islands, Guernsey

REGION 27 – CELEBRATING 30 YEARS September Round-Up Nine-twelfths of the way into our 30th Anniversary year and our first event in September saw members return to the Tudor Cinema in Comber for our annual cinema night. This year, the Steve McQueen classic Bullitt was top of the bill. With one of the most iconic car chases in cinema history to look forward to, members settled into their seats in the privately operated cinema to watch McQueen as San Francisco Police Inspector Frank Bullitt. Behind the wheel of his 1968 Mustang he takes on a Dodge Charger but, just in case you may not have seen the movie, I’ll say no more! A big thank-you to everyone who supported the night.


R27 and R6 at the Titanic Centre in Belfast

Regional Organisers Ian and Angela Banneville 01481 715678 – Twitter: @PCGB_Guernsey RECENT EVENTS

Sue Taylor (R6) signs-in with R27, Ken Mack (L) and John Hilditch

Porsche approved warranties Now, for PC Belfast’s ‘top tip’ and great news about what is already recognised as one of the best approved warranties available. PC Belfast has announced that the ‘Porsche Approved Warranty’ and ‘Porsche Assistance’ insurance products are now available for cars aged up to 15 years old. Previously, they had only been available for cars up to the age of 10 years. Extending the cover period, Porsche Approved Warranty and Porsche Assistance insurance policies now offer peace of mind for owners of a far wider range of Porsche cars. The Porsche Approved Warranty policy or a Porsche Assistance policy is available for vehicles less than 14 years old for a one-year policy or less than 13 years old for a 24-month policy. Vehicles must have less than 125,000 miles and have undergone a 111-point vehicle condition check. Full details, along with terms and conditions, are a phone call away. Contact Paul McConaghy, PC Belfast Aftersales Manager, on 028 9038 9999 or, better still, call in for a chat at PC Belfast, 1 Boucher Way, Belfast, BT12 6RE. Shannon’s Last month we announced that Mervyn Shannon, proprietor of Shannon’s Jewellers, one of Northern Irelands leading jewellers, has invited the Region to an exclusive reception in their Lisburn premises just in time for Christmas! Over the next few months we are offering members a chance to win a TAG gents watch (model reference: TAG WAZ1110.BA0875) with a retail value of £900 (or ladies’ equivalent), sponsored by Shannon’s. Tickets will be strictly limited to a maximum of 100 and cost just £10. They are on sale at our monthly meetings and are also available by post (just give me a call to arrange). Text alerts Before signing off this month, I would like to remind members that we provide a free text alert service for events. To receive a text reminder just give me a call and I’ll add you to the growing number of members taking advantage of it. That’s about it for this month, as always, keep an eye on the R27 section of the PCGB website for dates of upcoming events. Also follow your Region on Facebook – @PCGB.R27

September joint meeting with Guernsey Classic Vehicle Club I was delighted that we were able to field one of our best turnouts of the year for the joint meeting with the GCVC. I was also delighted that two of our newest members came along to join some of our regulars. The GCVC organise the annual classic vehicle show which has long been a feature of our calendar, our contact now extended to a Sunday afternoon joint meeting with them at the end of the summer. This year our meeting coincided with the visit of an MG car club from the UK. What a fascinating contrast it made to park some of the latest Porsches next to MGs from the 1920s. One owner told me that he had owned his since the 1960s and that he also had a Lagonda, which had done over 400,000 miles. Another had commissioned a custom cut glass radiator ornament; not even Porsche Exclusive offer this (as far as I know...). Although impressed by the old machinery I tend to be able to relate to more modern classics. I was particularly taken by the Lancia Beta Spyder and, being an anorak wearing hoarder (first class), I realised that I still have the sales brochure from the 1970s in my collection. This example has done very well to survive in the salty atmosphere in Guernsey. I also met up with a school friend of mine with a showroom fresh 80s BMW 325i. He has just left the police after 30 years’ service. The BMW is in better shape than either of us. We made an extremely eclectic convoy (sorry, an organised, loose assembly of vehicles that happened, by coincidence, to be travelling to the same destination) to Guernsey Pearl on the other side of the island for coffee and ice creams. We have to admit to leaving a rather large gap between the Club contingent and the collection of Morris Minors in front as we approached our national hill climb course. Sitting outside meant that we had the time to appreciate the cars of newcomers Ian Chatting-Tonks and Bob Lee. Ian has a LHD 997 (very useful as it will spend a lot of time on the Continent), with the unusual and excellent combination of Silver with a terracotta leather interior (like the original Boxster concept). This is set off by dark grey painted wheels; an unusual but really effective combination. Bob’s 911T Targa is a first generation 73 model featuring a 2.4-litre motor with Weber twin choke carbs. It was ordered with the then optional ‘Lux Pack’ which was a generous package of many upgrades fitted at the

911T Targa, 996 GT3, 997, 996... and a Subaru Forester

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Club member Peter ‘The Tractor Man’ Bradley had, on my suggestion, arranged a visit to Jersey to enjoy the annual air show and was planning to stay at the Radisson Blu, a perfect location to watch the display. Therefore, it seemed an appropriate venue at which to hold the traditional Region 28J air show lunch. I met with Peter and his carer Sylvia at The Waterfront on the evening before the show when we sat on the terrace on a balmy evening. This turned out to be a most fortunate rendezvous as there had been some confusion of the arrangements for viewing the air display but, as Peter had already achieved the status of ‘honoured guest’, I was able to arrange with Waterfront Bar Manager Chris a prime position on the VIP terrace for PCGB members to watch the flying displays on the Thursday. The day arrived sunny and bright but with a sharp wind early in the afternoon that, when it abated, left us to enjoy very pleasant conditions later in the day. Club members Goetz Eggelhoefer, Mark Wales and David Sass joined the party on the terrace with David bringing along a couple of his work colleagues. Goetz, who had turned up in his superb Silver 964 Celebration model, kindly treated the group to a bottle of fizz to celebrate Peter being with us! The stars of the show were the outrageous Patrouille de France and the immaculate Red Arrows with the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight bringing nostalgia to the occasion. The Saab Viggen and SK35 Draken were impressive with the Draken easily achieving the most noise over the St Aubins Bay! Our thanks to Chris for organising and reserving the superb viewing area for us.

Lancia Beta Spyder

factory. Apparently it is one of only 37 RHD models built to this spec in 1973. This was the perfect ‘Club exhibit’ for this joint meeting – except perhaps for his 1964 356 SC which we very much look forward to seeing on a future occasion!

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

Photo by Sylvia Rogers

FORTHCOMING EVENTS November 27 Abu Dhabi Do Lunch at the Red Onion while watching the finale to the 2016 F1 Championship which, as I write, is still an open fight between Lewis and Nico! Knowing what a fan Mike Jehan is of Hamilton I am sure he will be cheering the other Mercedes on!

Peter Bradley enjoys the air show with Jersey members.

DIARY DATES NOVEMBER 27 Abu Dhabi Do DECEMBER 18 Christmas meal

Channel Islands, Jersey

The Red Arrows over St Aubins Bay

Roger Theaker Regional Organiser Roger Theaker 07979 652525 – The Jersey International Air Show As reported in the September issue of PP, long-time

DIARY DATES DECEMBER 18 Christmas Lunch at The Radisson Waterfront


Surrey Committee Chairman Mike Lucas Regional Contact Keith Morgan 07833 206078 (before 9pm) The long summer evenings will soon be a distant memory as the months move on relentlessly towards the year’s end. However, all is not lost and we still have some social activities to look forward to in the meantime. One of these is Christmas dinner at our Club night venue, Silvermere Golf and Leisure. We had originally been limited to 50 members, but we have now managed to secure an increase to 70. If you would like to join us for some good food, drink and great company, please let me know as soon as possible and I’m sure you won’t be disappointed. RECENT EVENTS

Photo by Jersey Aviation Images 2016

1928 MG in the same ownership for 60 years

September meeting By the time Linda and I arrived at 8pm daylight was beginning to fade, but it certainly wasn’t cold and there were a number of members sitting outside on the patio at the side of the lake taking in the last of the evening sunshine. Everyone eventually gravitated into our meeting room and continued their discussions on cars and the meaning of life. It was good to see that the novelty of our ‘new’ venue hasn’t worn off and we are still attracting new members to our meetings, so a very warm welcome to them from the Surrey Region. This meeting was one of our raffle nights and the ladies did a sterling job in persuading members to part with their hard-earned cash for the opportunity of becoming one of a select band of prize winners. Thanks also to Mike Lucas for acting as chief ticket caller and for his patience in dealing with members who were either hard of hearing or couldn’t remember where they had put their tickets for safe-keeping! Dunsfold Wings and Wheels This is the third year we have attended this show and we had 13 cars on display on the Sunday on our allocated pitch on the front line, giving us an excellent view of the runway area. We were advised to get to the airfield early in order to miss the rush and get set up before the public arrived. A number of willing volunteers arrived at the same time as I did and made the task of erecting the gazebo quite straightforward. By 9am we were well on the way to some semblance of normality and Peter Keel,

Isle of Man

Our pitch at Wings and Wheels

our Region’s car parking guru, then added his input to the process making sure that our cars looked as though they had been parked with a plan in mind, rather than just appearing to be abandoned where they stopped! Once parking had been completed most of us headed off to one of the numerous coffee and food stalls to partake of some sustenance for the day ahead. Sunday was a day of mixed weather, mostly dry but with the occasional shower that made our gazebo the centre of attraction. There were a number of ‘zoned’ areas, including the area in which we were placed called the ‘Wheels Zone’, as well as a ‘Wings Zone’, a ‘Military Zone’, a ‘Stunt Zone’, a ‘Monster Zone’ and a ‘Motoring Paddock’, each containing exhibits and relevant demonstrations. The show started with the noise of the VC10 as it thundered down the runway then, immediately after, military vehicles went on parade along the front of the crowd line. This was followed by a fantastic array of cars and bikes, both old and modern, hammering down the runway as part of the motoring demonstration. The flying display kicked off with the arrival of the Red Arrows and, I’m happy to report, the new CAA air show regulations didn’t seem to have had any adverse effect on the superb display put on by the team. There followed a host of other flying legends, including a B-25 Mitchell bomber, the B-17 Flying Fortress ‘Sally B’ and the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Spitfire and Hurricane. We were also treated to other excellent flying displays, among them the Eurofighter Typhoon, the Royal Navy Lynx helicopter display team and The Blades display team in their Extra EA-300 aircraft. Fortunately the showers, which seemed to come in bands throughout the day, didn’t disrupt the flying or motoring displays and, instead, provided a good excuse to sit down with a cup of tea or coffee inside the gazebo. While all the activity was going on around the airfield there were, of course, plenty of other static cars and aircraft displays to view at leisure. If cars and aeroplanes weren’t the number one priority there were a multitude of stands and craft stalls selling everything that one could possibly need in this world. To keep the younger visitors happy there was a funfair with all the usual fairground attractions, but none of us felt competent enough to have a go on the dodgems as we would probably have been shown up by the youngsters! All in all it was a good day out and I think everyone enjoyed themselves. Many thanks to all those who helped in erecting and dismantling the gazebo and I think we’ve now almost got it to the stage where we could do it in our sleep. If we were told to get there any earlier, we might have to!

Jim and Mike keeping a weather eye on the air displays and possible rain

Regional Organiser Julian Chappell 01624 816563 (evenings) Assistant Steve Morrow 07624 433268 RECENT EVENTS VMCC meeting at Jurby with parking for non-classic cars was outside the Isle of Man Motor Museum. It was great to see Tim turn up in his 356 which has undergone extensive restoration after being found in a sorry state i.e. it was hand-painted! It apparently is the oldest 356 on the Island and it was nice to see how much attention the car attracted. Lots to see including the Battle of Britain flying past. Good turnout from our Club members. Looking forward to next year’s event.

The Red Arrows doing their stuff!

Porsches made up the largest display of one-make vehicles

B-17 Flying Fortress Sally B

FORTHCOMING EVENTS Afternoon tea at The Old Railway Station in Petworth A pleasant afternoon drive out with tea and scones served in the old station booking hall. The event is on November 20 and details regarding the meeting place and time for this event will follow in due course. December 9 Christmas dinner at Silvermere Golf Club We have been given a larger area in which to indulge our passion for food so there are still places available if you would like to join us. 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. For up-to-date information on these and other events, please see the Surrey Region area of the Club’s website. Keith Morgan DIARY DATES NOVEMBER 8 Club night Silvermere Golf Club and Leisure, with Peter’s quiz. NOVEMBER 20 Afternoon tea at The Old Railway Station, Petworth DECEMBER 9 Christmas dinner Silvermere Golf Club and Leisure. DECEMBER 13 Club night Silvermere Golf Club and Leisure, with Kelvin and his Porsche ‘goodies.’ DECEMBER 17 Christmas Carols at the Royal Albert Hall **event fully booked** 89

Tim’s 356 restoration project

Entrance to the Isle of Man Motor Museum

R18 visit I had been contacted by Tony Bolton from R18 who arranged to bring eight cars over to the Island for five days. Arrangements made to meet on the Sunday morning at the Ramsey Park Hotel. After introductions, we set off heading over the mountain course to the TT grandstand for photos and walk around the pit lane. Next destination was the Sound Café in Cregneash. The route took us over to Foxdale for some of the best views and driving roads on the IOM which all our visitors agreed. Time to take in the scenery, have coffee and cake and more of a chat before heading our separate ways. Thanks to all for a great day and good company. Hope we can arrange a visit to Region 18 sometime. FORTHCOMING EVENTS Christmas get together plans are underway for a meal out. Once details have been decided we will advise members of the venue and date information.

at a reasonable pace with the occasional straight to test performance potential. There were a few who deviated from the group (not intentionally) but we all managed to drive the last 10 miles of wonderful, twisting road together with the up and down mountain roads really testing the cars and drivers – what fun! “After a convivial night at the hotel we set off as the sun was breaking through the clouds to drive the A4069 ‘Top Gear’ road. The road was reasonably empty but with all our varying exhaust notes you couldn’t say it was a quiet drive. We had a really enjoyable weekend and would encourage others to join in the fun.”

Club nights November 1 at the Liverpool Arms from 7.30pm. December 6 at the Liverpool Arms from 7.30pm.

Cotswold Regional Organisers Alan and Fiona Bartlett 07785 928687 – @PCGB_R31

I can see your house from here

RECENT EVENTS Summer Tea Bun Run The month kicked off with one of the Region’s most popular events, the Tea Bun Run. Practically an institution now, the event usually attracts a strong turnout, and September’s event was no exception. This time however, we were able to use the facilities at Cornbury House, our starting point. This was facilitated by Chris Sweeting who selflessly gave up his time allowing participants to enjoy refreshments before setting off for our drive through the Cotswolds. Our sincere thanks Chris. To avoid unexpectedly heavy traffic in Stow, we made a last-minute decision to go through Chipping Norton and Burford. This provided residents and visitors with a fine display of Porsches as, amazingly, we were able to keep together in a contiguous convoy all the way. In contrast to the torrential rain of the previous day, we were blessed with fine weather allowing those with cabriolets, targas and sunroofs to enjoy an al fresco driving experience all the way to our destination, Aston Pottery. In Aston Pottery’s Country Café everyone enjoyed the scrumptious cakes and speciality teas, and had a good look around their interesting shop.

Fiennes Restorations visit On a bright Saturday morning, 15 members visited Fiennes Restoration in Filkins, near Lechlade, for a tour of this world-renowned vehicle restoration company. Known primarily for its restoration, engineering and coach-building expertise for pre-war Rolls-Royces and Bentleys, the company also undertakes work on many other historic marques. We were lucky enough to be welcomed and shown around Fiennes’ extensive facilities by Dr Will Fiennes, the company founder. Will introduced us to some of the 53-strong workforce and took us through the main restoration area, the coachbuilding and engineering workshops and manufacturing facility where workmanship of the highest order was on display. While the company works with historic vehicles and employs traditional artisan skills, it also utilises the latest state-of-the-art computer-controlled CNC machines. These are used to produce a wide range of high-quality parts for early Rolls-Royces and Bentleys, including all-alloy cylinder heads made to the original factory specification, which are shipped to restoration companies, car collections and enthusiast owners all over the world. Our tour concluded with a visit to Fiennes’ vehicle storage facility, giving us the chance to see a selection of the many classic and historic vehicles stored there.

Members gather at Cornbury House at the start of the Tea Bun Run

Some of the members who took part in the Fiennes visit

Sunday Cofee Cruise September’s get-together was another very well-attended gathering, with the Gateway Hotel’s car park packed with gleaming Porsches. A fine morning made the drive over to Burford through empty Cotswold roads particularly pleasant. Our get-together was made extra special as we were able to celebrate Barry Allen’s birthday, with Barry kindly sharing a magnificent, home-made Guinness cake which proved a big hit with the assembled throng. If you’ve never been to a Coffee Cruise before, the format is simple: an early morning drive to Burford; order your favourite coffee at the bar; walk over and join the throng. One of us will make ourselves known to you and introduce you to other members – do come and join us; you’ll be most welcome. FORTHCOMING EVENTS By the time you read this we’ll be preparing to attend the Officials’ Conference on November 5. If there’s anything you’d like us to raise with the Club’s executive team, please email us before then. Karting and Christmas lunch We’ve a karting event taking place in Swindon on Saturday, November 19. If you’re interested in taking part you’ll need to let us know soonest. Finally, Christmas is just a few weeks away, so if you’d like to go to the Region’s Christmas lunch on December 11, you’ll need to book places urgently. Details of these and all our events can be found in the Cotswold (R31) Events area on the Club website and our Twitter feed (@PCGB_R31) or Facebook page ( Drive carefully and see you soon. Alan and Fiona

Monthly meeting September’s meeting took place at the Carpenter’s Arms in Fulbrook. There was an especially good turnout with all seats taken in the garden room area. The pub has earned a reputation for its high quality food and almost all members succumbed to the temptation. As well as regular attendees, we were very pleased to welcome two new members to this regular monthly evening gathering. John shows members a hand-crafted dashboard with sterling silver inlay

Photos by Alan Bartlett

Brecon Beacons weekender Several members participated in a weekend trip to Wales that was kindly organised by Paul DaCosta. Sadly, we couldn’t participate but, from what we heard, it was a real blast. Ruth Butterworth reports: “We couldn’t have picked a better weekend for the weather, as the majority of us were driving soft-top Porsches and managed to have the tops down for the whole two glorious days. Our group comprised eight Porsches and three other marques sneaking in to join the party. “The roads weren’t too busy and we meandered our way through the Black Mountains and Brecon Beacons


The only surviving 1907 Diatto A Clément awaits restoration work


NOVEMBER 9 Monthly Regional meeting At The Carpenters Arms, Fulbrook. NOVEMBER 19 Karting event At Swindon Karting Arena, Wroughton, Swindon. NOVEMBER 27 Sunday Cofee Cruise At the Cotswold Gateway Hotel, Burford. DECEMBER 4 Christmas Cruise to Cornbury House DECEMBER 11 R31 Christmas lunch Mill House Hotel, Kingham. JANUARY 8 12th Sunday Brunch Scramble Bicester Heritage Centre. JANUARY 11 Monthly Regional meeting At The Carpenters Arms. JANUARY 22 Sunday Cofee Cruise Cotswold Gateway Hotel. FEBRUARY 8 Monthly Regional meeting At The Red Lion, Long Compton. FEBRUARY 26 Sunday Cofee Cruise At the Cotswold Gateway Hotel.

REGISTERS Register Director’s report I would first of all like to thank all the members and friends for their good wishes following my recent stay in the Coronary Care Unit at Royal Blackburn Hospital. Thankfully nothing requiring surgery was found and I am recovering well and awaiting a scan to determine what went wrong. Apparently it appears to be ‘electrical’ rather than

the mechanical bits of my heart at fault – I have a set of jump leads in my boot now just in case! On a more serious note, I am taking things a little easier now! Thanks to all the Register Secretaries for again producing some excellent articles – I’m sure members appreciate reading about the various issues etc. being discussed. Please keep them coming. Despite the damp weather at the recent Register Rendezvous in Derbyshire over 200 Porsches made the event a great success, let’s do it again next year. Upcoming events include the Officials’ Conference at the Clubhouse in November where I hope to meet as many of you as possible. This will be closely followed

by the annual Classic Car Show at the NEC, I will of course be in attendance on our stand, so please get down and visit – this is always a tremendous event and I’m sure one not to miss. Apologies for this brief report, normal service will be resumed as soon as possible. Enjoy your cars and Club. Albert Walsh Register Director 01282 456371 (evenings)

356 Register Secretary Fred Hampton 020 7262 8695 – 356 Register Day The 356 Register Day at Old Warden on Sunday, October 2 saw a respectable number of cars, including the Club 356, for what was an enjoyable get together on a thankfully dry, bright, sunny day – luckily the best of the weekend as Saturday had been notably wet. The turnout complied with the usual Register statistic – 250 owners on the Register and 25 usual active suspects present (with a few new faces who we are always happy to welcome). This was the airfield’s last ‘Flying Day’ of the season and featured the racing planes of the 1930s as well as access to the hangars, steam cars, vintage motorcars and bikes. The diversity of 356 models present, as the photos show, included an eye-catching 1952 pre-A brought by

356 Register Day at Old Warden

Shuttleworth clairvoyance?

Robert Gant, Simon Bowrey’s ubiquitous 356A Carrera GT, Mike Smith’s very rare RHD Karmann Notchback Coupe, David Foster’s B Roadster (now restored from blue to original light ivory) and the RHD AFN A Coupe, which Ian Ellis acquired via a local newspaper advert in Skegness from an octogenarian owner. Annual Schorndorf Swap meet This year the Annual Schorndorf Swap meet is under new management but will be presented in the same hall as last year. For the intrepid, this takes place on Saturday, November 19. Schorndorf, a short drive 92

east of Stuttgart, is notable for being the birthplace of Gottleib Daimler. The parts and ephemera sale is well attended and supported by buyers and sellers from all over Europe. Activity is frantic before midday but relatively calm in the afternoon, so you can slope off to either the Porsche or Mercedes museum if you have not yet visited either. Speaking of ephemera, I have a list of the remaining items from the cache of Eric Studer’s workshop manuals, hand books etc. This is available on request. Good to see ‘Porsche Classic AG’ educating the general public with their demonstration of a running four-cam engine on their Goodwood Revival pitch. It was also good to see Sarah Porter’s recently acquired 356 A Coupe. Ray Wright’s long ago design for the Register Sticker (circa 1980s)

Porsche Classic four-cam demo at Goodwood Revival

356 Day at Beaulieu 2004


912 Register Secretary Rowena Purdy 01472 399381 – Assistant Register Secretary Vacancy Finals 27 greens On September 1 I was fortunate to join the annual R4 visit to RAF Scampton for the final ‘Families Day’ and watch the Red Arrows Aerobatic Team display. Next year, RAF Waddington Air Show, organised by the team that does such a magnificent job at Fairford, will be moving to Scampton. Excellent weather meant that this final display could be carried out as a ‘high level’ display rather than in the previous two years when the cloud base was too low to allow anything more than the team’s low (ish) level display. Aviators among you will (should) work out the meaning of my subtitle. For those who are not ‘in the club’, a pilot in an aircraft with a tricycle undercarriage will always call ‘finals, three greens’ to signify to air traffic control that his ‘gear’ is down and locked. (Hawks thus have 27 green lights between them!) Register Rendezvous – an apology “The best laid plans of mice and men are oft tae gang aglay” – a quotation from Robbie Burns I believe, but I’m sure someone in R1 or R2 will put me right if not! On the Friday afternoon before the Rendezvous I made time to have another go at fixing my indicators. I’d located a spare flasher unit (part no. 64461334210) through PC Nottingham and, as it seemed an easy task, decided to fit it – remove plastic relay and slot the flasher unit into the mounting connector. That was until I found a red wire, which had been taped to the side of the relay and terminated with a Leucar connector. Coming out of the wiring loom was another length of red wire terminated with a piece of sticky insulating tape. There followed a quick trip upstairs to my computer to check the wiring diagram to find the purpose of this wire (it goes to the hazard relay under the foot board). Not a problem, it needed reconnecting – simple! A spade terminal was fitted to the wire end, the two pieces reconnected and the flasher unit replaced in the block. Check the indicators and – they worked, although the right hand side was very weak (earth problem?). But, when touched, the flasher unit was too hot to hold! Not a brilliant situation to be in! Removed, very quickly. Somewhere there had to be a short in the circuit – probably in the connecting block, as the terminals were very loose as one corner of the block had been broken. A quick decision was taken to remove the block and have a look at it away from the car. Another good plan goes wrong – the sides and insides of the block were more damaged than I thought and chunks of Bakelite came away as I tried (unsuccessfully) to undo the screw that fixes the units to the base of the luggage compartment floor beside the fuse box. So now I still have no indicators and the run to Kedleston looked a wee bit dodgy. Should I risk a journey minus indicators? Decision delayed until Saturday morning and weather dependent. Saturday’s forecast did not look too good at 5.30am, so I decided to have an early breakfast, send off a couple of emails to let people know I was not coming (sorry Chris), and then have another look at the problem with no pressure. 93

The indicator saga continues Armed with multimeter and circuit diagram I had a dig around the flasher unit and its environs to find nothing electrically problematic, but still a difficulty in releasing the screw holding everything in place. It also became very evident that the mounting block (part no. 64463110703) was going to have to be replaced as it was too damaged for any further use. (912 back in garage until issue sorted!) Monday morning I was away, so any plans had to be put on hold until Tuesday when time was spent on telephone calls and the internet trying to locate this rather essential part. And there I drew a blank. ‘No longer available.’ Try Plan B? To take the three wires out of the loom, solder on the relevant terminals and stick them directly onto the flasher unit before mounting the unit onto the bulkhead somewhere convenient. Or try the USA? The latter proved successful and an order was placed with Pelican Parts for not one, but two, replacement items, to be sent to my son-in-law who just happens to be based in Washington and was happy to oblige. I now wait for the delivery – either through US postal services or through the BFPO system. And then all will start again. The saga will unfold next month – I hope. Random motoring thoughts Re-reading that story reminded me of the first car I bought as an RAF cadet – a 1936 Wolseley 12 that had a propensity for blowing its head gasket every time I drove it, which meant I carried a couple of spares with me at all times. I managed to teach myself to whip the head off, renew the gasket, replace the head and then get back on the road all within 10 minutes. A Morris van followed that required an engine rebuild, which taught me a bit more than head gasket changes and required such wonderful tools as a valve grinder and paste and a piston ring compressor… and eventually caused me to be stopped by the local (Yorkshire) Constabulary one Friday night as I drove up north on the A1. My misdemeanour? I was driving my van at more than 40mph! The joys of old cars – and I still seem not to have learnt the lesson! October 23 Vulcan Experience Unfortunately I shall be flat on my back quaffing quantities of liquids, but no solids, in Brighton under the care of the Nuffield Brighton Hospital and a very competent consultant surgeon, while recovering from major surgery the previous Friday. Please would someone write a short report for next month’s issue, as I’m not going to have too much copy with which to bore my reader? Another 912 located Welcome to a UK registered 1968 912, which currently resides in the lovely County Donegal and is about to get its Irish plates and start to be driven. Imported from America in December 1999, it has been garaged ever since. Welcome Adam and father. Note to self, I must try harder to visit Ireland and remind myself of what a lovely country it is – and so friendly. (Next year?) Officials’ Conference and other future events Unfortunately I have had to pass on my regrets for my absence from this conference as I shall still be ‘under house arrest’ and likely to remain so until the end of November. However, R4 has a visitation from our Register Director towards the end of November so, if I can scrounge a lift there, I shall try to attend. (Welcome Albert.)

Cayenne S 2004 Model Grey £11,995

Cayenne S 2008 Model Black £18,995

996 Carrera 4 Cabriolet Tiptronic. Grey £17,995

My first post-op public appearance is likely to be R4’s Christmas lunch in mid-December to which I am looking forward immensely.

RS race car parts

Christmas greetings While I write this in late September as the rain teems down over the Lincolnshire Wolds, it seems way too early to wish you all a merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous 2017. I hope that all you wish for comes to fruition and you can look back on 2016 and be satisfied with all that you have achieved. Happy Christmas

911 2.7 Carrera & 3.0

Rowena Purdy

Early 911 (2.0,2.2 &2.4)

Register Secretary Guy White 01493 750278 Technical Assistant Tony Ruggles 01992 892333

Register Secretary Ian McLeod 07810 493287

911 Sportomatic

911 SC

Register Secretary Peter Cook 01789 400832

Register Secretary Paul Thompson 01531 822 305 Mobile: 07836 261 365 Technical Advisor David Sewell

911 Carrera RS Register Secretary Fred Hampton 020 7262 8695 Assistant Mike Chadwick 01454 232232 – Mike Chadwick informs me that ‘our’ RS M471 1528 has been sold to a new owner by Lovetts. The Gulf Blue RS M471 397 is currently being offered for sale by DK Engineering. All in the detail – RS Carrera side stripe decals Looking at a number of real and replica RS cars it is clear that some aftermarket side stripe decals appear to be dimensionally incorrect because they have not been accurately copied from factory originals. The decal on the Gulf Blue car has been, and the three other pictures show the correct placement of the side stripes in relation to the door-opening scenario. To highlight two other common errors, which restorers should take note of – firstly the blue wheels on a GPW/Blue Carrera are not the same colour as

Detail of correct placement of side stripes

the side stripes and, secondly, the fixing screws in rear light lenses of the KG RS Carrera were chrome/ silver and not black japanned as in the 74 Carrera. Very few Register members have bothered to respond to my request for the chassis numbers of their cars. However, amongst the few who have, I have been able to help with information about previous owners from records I have kept dating back to the mid-1980s. Race car parts This picture came to me via the RS email. These parts are from the car with the registration mark in the pic when it was raced in period. The owner would like to dispose of them to the current owner of SKM 293M, if they are of historic interest. He has indicated that he is not looking to ‘get rich’. Fred

Gulf Blue RS showing correct side stripe decals


I have been out of circulation since Silverstone as my wife has three months’ enforced rest since breaking her leg, so the poor old SC has not turned a wheel. After 10 years writing technical articles for an MG magazine, the editor has retired and I also decided it was time for me to step down too, so I now have more time now for PP. With more time on my hands, my first attempt at deep research into the SC, following an email from Julian Colclough who is having difficulty finding the correct rear spoiler for his SC, was frustrating to say the least. The more I researched, the more I became confused! In the UK only the SC Sport and the Weissach Special Edition had front and rear spoilers as standard, in addition to Fuchs alloy wheels (colour-coded on the Weissach) plus different shock absorbers and sports seats, and I believe the UK was the only country to have a sport version. During the life of the SC, four different rear spoilers were available from Porsche but to confuse things further, at the same time the Turbo also had two different rear spoilers! This is where I am hoping for some help from you all – I have pictures of the four different rear spoilers of the era. Picture one is the all black rubber fitted to my car, which has been on since it was new in 1978, so I am certain that it was the one fitted to the early SC Sport. Spoiler number two is, I believe, the one fitted to the later SC Sport from about 1980. Number three is the popular ‘T’ tray spoiler – the raised version is the one fitted to the Turbo to clear the intercooler and the lower one was fitted to the 3.2 Carrera, but I believe it was also fitted to the last of the SCs. Last we have number four; this, I thought, was from the

early 3-litre Turbo without an intercooler, but it is also used on racing versions, the extra grill obviously allowing more air into the engine bay – was it ever fitted to the SC? You can now help by telling me which spoiler your car has, the year of manufacture and if it is an original fitment. Perhaps, with help from you all, we can produce a definitive guide to the spoilers fitted each year to the SC in the UK? Spoiler one

Finally, why did a 911 need a spoiler? The first 911s were slightly unstable at high speeds (over 100 mph). At the time the thinking was that with so much weight over the back wheels the front of the car was lifting at high speed so weights were put in the front bumper, which made little difference. By lengthening the rear trailing arms the wheelbase was then extended, which helped but did not totally cure the problem. The problem was finally solved when a 911 was put in a wind tunnel. To everyone’s amazement the 911 shape generated considerable rear-end lift – the opposite to everyone’s thoughts. The first spoiler was the ducktail fitted to the 2.7 RS, which, despite its small size, was very effective. The later spoilers were so effective that a lip spoiler was fitted to the front to balance the car, giving a very stable car at any speed. I can confirm this as travelling flat out down the German Autobahn my SC felt very stable – unlike me, I was terrified at 2.5 miles per minute! Paul

Spoiler two

911 Carrera 3.2 Register Secretary Steve and Sue Edwards 020 8366 7770 Technical Advisor Charles Marsland 01732 848323

Spoiler three

Things disappearing down the vent Don’t you just hate it when... I was replacing the plastic fixing arm for the sunroof wind deflector some time ago, when a bolt slipped from my fingers. It ran down the dash, rolled into the corner and then down the windscreen vent into the hot air blower behind the wheel arch carpet panel. Guess what, it’s happened again! I picked my sunglasses up off the dash and the plastic arm end came away and disappeared down the vent. It’s a pet hate of mine, having to remove the wheel arch panel to get to the hot air fan behind as, on refitting, I find the bottom screw so awkward to replace. This time, however, I deployed a new tactic. Of the three screws, I put the bottom one in first and, while looking over the top of the panel to line up the tip of the screw with its fixing hole, I screwed it in as I peered down through the gap before moving on to the other two screws by the door hinge. I found this much better than trying to locate the bottom screw hole blind and

Spoiler four


should have done it this way before. Having removed the heat ducting, I lifted out the motor only to discover that, unlike the earlier bolt, the sunglasses part was nowhere to be found! I have to assume it had re-routed to the middle and gone out under the car through the drain hole in the fresh air blower, past those larger fan blade gaps in there. Sort of following on from the above dilemma, while holidaying in the mountain lakes of northern Spain a few months ago, we were approached by a rather unassuming chap in modern walking attire who greeted us and then admired our car. He appeared to be shy about continuing to speak to us as he said his English wasn’t fluent enough, but I insisted it was fine and continued in conversation with him. How glad I was as it turned out he worked for Porsche and was responsible for designing the screen de-mister vent panel at the bottom of the windscreen. He said it was originally planned to be made in plastic, but was changed to metal to be more durable. For me, it’s a shame it didn’t incorporate a mesh to stop me dropping things down it! He said his most recent job had been working on the 991’s aluminium suspension assembly that carries the engine and gearbox… Wow! After thanking him and shaking his hand, he and his walking companion got into their VW camper and set off down the mountain. What a shame we can’t meet people like this more often, as they would have many interesting stories to tell. It made my day. Travelling with international road rallies For the first time in eight years of holidaying with the 3.2 in Europe, and bearing in mind we like doing two trips per year, one thing we didn’t experience in June was coming across an international road rally. Previously, we have always ended up travelling with various other historic marques at some point and, having done so many miles, it was quite a surprise not to see one. The most memorable for me a few years ago was when we were travelling west on the A8 in Germany along with vintage and veteran Rolls-Royces on the Peking to Paris rally. What dedication the crews have as some were in open-sided cars and were travelling in heavy rain and quite cold conditions at the time. However, normality was resumed on our September trip when, on our first day, we shared our Eurotunnel train and, unintentionally, also most of our afternoon’s motoring with an organised rally that included several Porsches. Oil Well it is the second most important part of the car after the fan belt (mentioned here back in July 2016)… Okay, so they are both as important as one another. After we returned from Spain in June I added a little too much oil for my liking – the level was a little higher than usual. Nothing to worry about but I personally like the needles to match on their respective scales. No it isn’t feng shui, what I mean is that, if I fill by the right amount, my two gauge needles will rise equal to one another. Doing it this way, I know the oil isn’t going to get too high and cause problems with the oil temperature rising and the oil correspondingly expanding with the increasing heat. In September, we took the 3.2 on its second trip abroad this year, visiting France’s Champagne region, (only one box bought!), Besançon (near to the Swiss border), before returning via Bourges and finishing with stops south of Le Mans and a north Normandy coastal town. The car ran well over the 1,280 miles covered and didn’t need any oil this time. I suppose this is due to the oil level starting out a bit above my preferred level and still remaining in range. It’s now

due for a service before winter and because of this, the level will be left as is until then. Looking at the car’s maintenance schedule, I will need to change the gearbox oil next year; it is surprising how quickly almost 48,000 miles comes around. It is something that can be easily overlooked because it isn’t every year that it needs changing. When it comes to replacing the gearbox oil it looks like synthetic oil will be best. From what I understand, the Swepco oil seems a good option for the Carrera 3.2 ‘83 to ‘86 915 gearbox, but I believe it isn’t recommended for the G50. I’ve got the winter months to look into what might be most suitable to use. Steve and Sue

911 Carrera Club Sport Register Secretary Alan Cordery 01798 344481

964 Register Secretary David Bladon 07771 194507 – Register Assistant David Moulton-Bark 07775 821715

964 Carrera RS Register Secretary Melvin Spear 07860 595355 –

993 Register Secretary Maurice Piper Register Assistant Christian Sanger 07968503385 993 Stealth speaker update The following is a first part of a report on updating front and rear speakers in a 993. The second part, ‘the method’, will appear in next month’s PP. Objective: Update front and rear speakers on my non-hi-fi 993 to achieve a noticeable improvement in sound quality, without any modifications to wires, fittings, covers, etc. Must be entirely reversible and preserve original parts – oh, and don’t break the bank in the process. Background: I’d looked at a number of upgrade recommendations, most notably those from the PCGB Forum, 911UK and Rennlist who mostly suggested an upgrade route using JBL GTO508C at the front and JBL GTO6428 at

the rear (the latter are now a revised model, but more on that later). While these achieved a ‘mostly’ drop-in upgrade, I could see there was some modification to fittings, adaptation of wires and a socking great JBL crossover unit to hide in the door pocket. I wanted to avoid all of this if at all possible. Eventually I came across this post, which helped a lot: (scroll down to find the entry by Trap 125). This owner describes an approach of cannibalising the original Porsche front mid-range speakers by removing the speaker’s plastic surround and attaching these to the upgrade speakers so that, once complete, the original grills could be refitted to hide the modifications. He also describes the approach of replacing the small tweeter with the unit from the GTO508C kit by using the original Porsche housing. Finally, he modifies the base plates in the rear and manages to fit the GTO6428s beneath the original grills. All good and I think this is a great job. For my own car, I’ve taken this approach and modified it slightly on the basis of the following: 1. I’ve purchased a full set of Porsche OEM front speakers and rear base plates and cannibalised these, rather than my car’s original parts. This has allowed me to retain all of the original parts, in case I ever want to restore to total originality. Cost isn’t high and I also came to this approach because I first tried just replacing the speakers with stock new ones, to see if age had made them deteriorate (it made very little difference). 2. I fitted an Audison AP1 tweeter and the associate micro-crossover, rather than the JBL tweeter because the AP1 is a higher quality unit and the crossover is tiny and easily fits under the front woofer, rather than having to modify the door panel to house the large JBL crossover. 3. I used a set of Kicker 40CS464 at the rear because the updated JBL units now have a deep plastic surround rather than a metal one and will not fit below the original grills. The Kickers are much more like the original 6428 dimensions and easily fit once the base plates are buffed out a bit. They also do not protrude beyond the mounting level, which is a requirement to be able to refit the original grills. 4. I identified the equivalent VW connectors, which match the original Porsche Nokia speaker connectors and, with further cannibalisation of the replacement OEM speakers, this allowed me to achieve a plug-in upgrade without any modifications to the original wiring in the vehicle. 5. My car came with an ugly Sony header unit, which was probably period, but I have replaced with a period Becker Cascade which looks very in-keeping and offers some notable advantages, summarised at the end of this installation. I picked this up on eBay, but it sure wasn’t cheap. Overall the audio results are a substantial improvement; there are zero visible modifications and all changes would simply unscrew, unplug and the original parts refitted if required. Full description below, hope it’s some use to someone. Parts list: 2 x Porsche tweeters (993 645 502 00) – supplied from Porsche Centre with replacement wires, which run between the tweeter and the woofer and are needed to modify the crossover, so make sure you get them. 2 x Porsche woofer/midrange (993 645 505 00) 2 x Porsche rear speaker base plates; aka space frames (993 555 769 00) – these were on back order so took a while to obtain from Porsche Centre and were only £2.21 each. JBL GTO508C front speakers set. 99

Audisson AP1 tweeter set (make sure it’s the set with micro-crossovers). Kicker rear set 40C464. 4 x VW speaker connector (1HO-906-712). 4 x VW repair wire (000-979-129). Gap filling glue – I used Araldite. Black Tack. Heat shrink (sized to fit speaker wires). Tools: General hand tools. Plastic pry tools to remove the speaker grill without breaking them. Dremmel, or similar, hand cutting/grinding tool. Soldering iron. Part two – ‘the method’ – to follow next month. Maurice

993 Carrera RS Register Secretary Paul Howells 01594 833238

996 Register Secretary Andy Willis 07775 138527 Galvanic corrosion Recently there have been a few articles in the motoring press (911 & Porsche World) and on various forums on the above subject. Galvanic corrosion on our 996s mainly affects the aluminium ferrules on the hydraulic steering pipes, causing them to split then open up. Most people say there is no real danger of

Corroded ferrules


996s at Kedleston Hall

NOVEMBER 5 Oicials’ Conference NOVEMBER 11-13 NEC Classic Motor Show DECEMBER 4 Christmas Open Day at Cornbury House

997 Register Secretary Clive Wratten Register Assistant Jonathan Lennard RECENT EVENTS

fluid loss but this cannot be ruled out. Why has this not been picked up sooner you may ask? Well the annual MOT test is restricted to those items that can be seen without any dismantling and most of these components are tucked away beneath the undertrays, hence they’re not being picked up on an advisory for attention. Have a look inside the front driver side wheel arch and you will just be able to see one of these ferrules. I would strongly suggest that you also take off the front undertray and have a good look at all the hydraulic hose connections. There is a number of good wax sealing products on the market to help prevent this corrosion or halt any further deterioration if it’s already started. If you are unable to do it yourself, then mention it to your garage and get them to check it out for you. Lockton Register Rendezvous It was a very wet 80-mile trip to Kedleston Hall in early September for the Register Rendezvous and, considering the conditions, a very well attended event. The weather did not dampen people’s spirits but it did make the ‘show and shine’ competition a bit more of a challenge. As for the hall itself – what a stunning property, it was very impressive. For anyone who is remotely interested in stately homes then this is a must view property and I cannot recommend it highly enough. November 5 Oicials’ Conference This is the last call for any suggestions or questions you would like me to put to the board on your behalf. If you have any, then please contact me by phone or email and I will gladly do so for you.

Matt Staines’ C4

New members A very warm welcome to all new members. 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 through via phone or email to Gary Sorrell ( or me. You can also use the Forum to contact Richard Hamilton. Enjoy your 996… Andy 997 Register members enjoyed great food and a chance to share their experiences at the PEC Silverstone

Register members in print Only one member has contacted me this month with a photo of their car to be included in this month’s column. Matt Staines “It’s my first ever red car, but was bought more due to its condition and history rather than colour, as I still have a soft spot for the metallic grey 996! “I sourced a black 996 C2 for a friend at the start of the year, flew up to Aberdeen and drove it 400 miles back to Manchester the same day. After that I was pretty much hooked, so found the red one a few weeks later down in Kettering. Weirdly, like the black one, it was from PC Glasgow and had spent most of its life in Glasgow and Aberdeen!” I wish Matt all the best on his 996 ownership and hope he enjoys the ride. 101

September 19 Honing your driving skills (second session) This was a fully subscribed event, the second that the 997 Register have organised. There were a total of 20 participants from the 997 Register and it was great to see the car park at Porsche Experience Centre (PEC), Silverstone full of lovely 997s. With UK roads becoming ever more congested and opportunities to explore the capabilities of our cars limited, the PEC day was a chance to flex the muscles of our cars under controlled conditions. Register members received bespoke and exclusive one-to-one driving instruction from the Centre’s professional driving experts. The specially designed track and facilities incorporate five elements – handling circuit, straights, kick plate, ice hill, and low friction – which we enjoyed while learning more about the characteristics of our 997s and improving our driving skills. The day was a fantastic success! One of the highlights was a superb lunch, with all the 997 members sitting together at two reserved tables. The food and service is very good at the PEC, and it was great to see 997 Register members enjoying the food and banter. If anyone is interested in attending a future PEC ‘honing your driving skills event’, the current cost is £195 and £30 for lunch. Please register an interest and we will see if we can organise a third session.

speed cameras with three in less than one mile in the village of Waterhouses. The big turnout at Kedleston was surprising considering such gloomy weather and it was really nice to see so many familiar faces and we were never short of someone to chat to. A good show of cars in the grounds of this magnificent country house was complemented by a tour of the hall and lunch in the restaurant. We were too late for the ‘show and shine’ but quite relieved, as the car was well decorated by the numerous sheep roaming the wet roads of the estate. Choosing a different route through Buxton for the return journey proved just as frustrating with a 50mph limit all the way to Macclesfield. This was my first visit to Kedleston Hall and I will certainly make the most of the 2017 Register Rendezvous.

More 997 Register members enjoying PEC Silverstone hospitality

FORTHCOMING EVENTS 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 production facility. This event is hugely oversubscribed. Apologies, therefore, to members who could not be allocated a place this time; hopefully it will be possible to organise another. December 3 Christmas party As I mentioned last month, 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. May 5-7 Spring Tour Reminder of a date for your diaries! While it feels a long way off, planning is already underway for our 997 Register Spring Tour in early May next year. The location will be the Southwest 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.

Full details of upcoming events are available on the 997 Register events section of the PCGB website. Safe motoring and enjoy your 997s. Clive

DIARY DATES NOVEMBER 2 Aston Martin factory tour DECEMBER 3 Register Christmas party DECEMBER 4 Drive to Cornbury House for Christmas Open Day MAY 5-7 Spring Tour Devon and Cornwall.


September 24 Wilmslow Motor Show This is a great event for the town with a host of car dealerships on display and a lunchtime parade through the town centre with a police escort. A huge variety of supercars plus all kinds of classics took part and a light tank joined in the procession along the closed off roads. Unfortunately the antics of some of last year’s drivers restricted the speed to a very slow crawl, but this was a necessary safety precaution as the streets were lined with thousands of spectators. The huge police presence resulted in a few penalties but having disregarded the advice that ‘blue cars don’t require front number plates’ the RS was by then completely legal. PC Wilmslow displayed a Lava Orange Boxster S along with my RS on the main pedestrian street. With a colourful stand, this attracted a great deal of interest and we hopefully enticed a few more Porsche owners to join the Club. The 50th Anniversary was on display amongst the parade cars waiting for the drive through and, having

Register Secretary Phil Graham 01625 524596 RECENT EVENTS September 10 Register Rendezvous at Kedleston Hall A last minute decision saw us heading towards Derby on a damp late summer’s day, speeding along excellent roads whenever the 50mph speed limit allowed. The A523 is notorious for the number of

No sinking feeling this time but still keeping well away from the blue lights!

View from the curved gallery

Members’ cars If you would like your pride and joy featured in PP send me a good quality photograph and I will include it in a future edition.

Darren Andrew’s Carrera 2 – a beautiful Concours condition example


arrived early on the Saturday morning, I had the pleasure of leading the other cars around the town following a police motor cyclist who spent most of the time wobbling in front of us at 4mph! It was all good fun and a relaxing day with people sitting outside the street cafés either side of the show cars on this warm sunny day. Phil DIARY DATES NOVEMBER 2 Region 5 Club night at PC Wilmslow Please email me if you would like to come along. NOVEMBER 5 Oicials’ Conference at Cornbury House If you would like me to raise any items on your behalf please email the details no later than November 2. NOVEMBER 11 Oulton Park Porsche Club Trackday I will be there with my son in his Cayman and, weather permitting, hope to put in a few laps in the RS. NOVEMBER 11-13 NEC Classic Motor Show Saturday is probably the day for me, so I hope to see some of you there.

930 (911 Turbo) Register Secretary John Ward 01844 237508 930 values I’ve been asked about 930 values recently, and I’ve had to say that they are all over the place – again. Some 930s have sold (rather than been advertised) for well into six figures, whilst it is still possible (with luck) to find one for £50k or less. Clearly there is a distinction between the cars and the buyers at either end of that divide. The six-figure cars have tended to be matching numbers, near Concours quality, low mileage 930s, although higher mileage cars with a full history file do not lag far behind. Some of these cars will have been fully restored both bodily and mechanically, while for other owners (collectors in particular), the Holy Grail is a completely original car that does not require restoration... few and far between in the UK! The cars that can still be found around the lower figure tend to be perceived as deficient in some respect... too high a mileage, too many owners, in need of mechanical restoration or in need of body restoration. The biggest ‘no no’ seems to be non-matching numbers, primarily because everyone knows that a serious collector will not even contemplate buying a car in that category, as its value will always be compromised, even if perfectly restored. However, I was talking with a friend the other day who is both a collector and, to a lesser extent, a dealer in classic cars. He made me aware of another dampener on prices at the top end of the market – just look at what else you could buy with that amount of money. Within the Porsche 911 Turbo league alone, there are some very nice 993 Turbos available for under £100k and 996 Turbos still appear to be positive bargains at around the £40k mark. I’m a little

confused by some of the prices being asked for the once unwanted 964 Turbos – 3.6 prices have always been high due to scarcity, but now, even the best 3.3s are pushing six figures. Don’t get me wrong – I like the 964 Turbo, but this reversal of fortune is surprising. When you move outside the Porsche marque, the list of potential acquisitions is near endless! I’m looking forward to seeing the results of the Porsche auction at Silverstone. They surprised me last time and, this time around, it will be interesting to see what is actually achieved. Until next time… John


group picnic, setting up tables and enjoying each other’s company while savouring and sharing the food that was brought along! Dessert was mousse followed by a slice of cake specially baked for the event by David Stowers. Afterwards, we enjoyed what the house had to offer. New 914 owner Quin Jessop, on his first outing in his Saturn Yellow Metallic ‘73 2.0, was getting to know the other 914 owners. To his surprise, he was awarded one of the ‘Top Six Porsche Trophies’ awards of the day. Congratulations Quin, a very nice way to start your 914 ownership. The organisers appreciated your lovely AFN sold 914 that, until your ownership, hadn’t been seen at a Porsche event before. On leaving, we took the opportunity to have a bit of a tour along the back lanes, crossing the River Thames via the Whitchurch-on-Thames toll bridge before we made our separate ways home.

Register Secretary Kevin Clarke 07946 080454 – Assistant Rob Taylor 07900 164546 – International Events Co-ordinator Bruce Manning 07887 380914 Mapledurham House picnic Back in September the 914 Register attended the ‘Classic Porsche’ and ‘911 & Porsche World’ picnic at Mapledurham House in Berkshire. Eight 914s attended and parked up together overlooking the house. At midday the 914 group got ready for a

Crossing the River Thames via Whitchurch toll bridge

Happy Fourteening… Kevin

Line up of 914s at Mapledurham House

Quin Jessop’s ‘73 2.0 wins a trophy at the ‘Classic Porsche’ picnic



924 engine in the front 356 engine in the rear

JUNE 9-11 2017 International 914 meeting, Zeeland, The Netherlands Please make a note of the date. Bookings will open later in the year. (

Register Secretary Paul Hedges 07940 441452 (6-10pm) This month marks the 41st birthday on the 924. My car HTT has been used semi-regularly over the last few months and has performed well. There is the usual myriad of jobs to think about – I have ordered a new sill from Brickwerks (SJ Baxter Ltd) for £37.22 including delivery. The latest is that I have just started to experience some uneven front braking performance, which needs investigating; the list goes on. I have a store of eight spoke 924 wheels in my garage, which I intend getting restored in time. I decided to take a closer look at them as I wasn’t sure if there was any difference between them. One detail I did notice was a date stamp on each wheel of either ‘78, ‘81 and ‘83 and another corresponding mark of I, II or III, which I assume means first, second and third production run? 92Forty celebration Robert Finegan reports: “On Saturday, May 21 the Porsche Experience Centre hosted a celebration for 40 years of the 924. The event was the 924 Owners Club National Rally, but PCGB 924 Register members and enthusiasts from all over Europe also attended. The furthest travelled from Greece. “There were over 100 cars exhibited covering the full 924 range from 1976 onwards, a beautiful ‘76 N/A being the oldest. N/As and Turbos were in abundance and all limited editions including Martini, Le Mans, Le Mans S and even a Sport S from Japan were represented.

Photo by Robin Walker

924 except GT

“The main display in the Centre was two Carrera GTS models kindly loaned by Messrs Bell and Caesar. Also displayed was a stunning Carrera GTR currently being prepared for auction. “The Porsche Experience Centre facilitated supervised track sessions, which proved popular all day and, as usual, the menu at lunch was superb. My biggest surprise was being presented with the award for the best 924 S of the Rally. “Slight panic! When preparing for the weekend I planned a run out to the May open evening at Jasmine Motorsport arranged by R18. However, I soon realised that, with two days remaining, I had a front brake caliper seized! “Having made alternative transport arrangements the evening was most enjoyable and well attended. “After meeting with our Register Director and a quick phone call, my car was booked in for repair the following day. There was a slight hitch with the wrong part being delivered, but I was able to drive away on Friday, just in time for a quick rinse and polish before an early start on Saturday morning for Silverstone. “Thanks to Chris, Albert and all the guys at Loe Bank Motors, Edenfield for looking after me... again!”

“The engine for our 356 C needed to be collected following its rebuild by Charles Marsland. We required something into which the engine could be lowered into and lifted up vertically – something like a pick-up truck. The solution was, on a dry day, to remove the rear window of our 924, drive to Charles’ workshop, collect the engine, drive home round the M25, reverse the car into my garage, lift the engine out with a block and tackle, push the 924 away and lower the engine onto its trolley before finally replacing the rear window, job done, and thank you 924. We did get a toot from a VW bus as we overtook him on the M25; they were the only ones who probably recognised the engine sitting in the back of the 924.”

(Temporary) 924 pick-up conversion! By Robin Walker: “I thought you might like to see my 924 used as a pick-up truck.

Front seat cover right: 91152136002 - 911 (1974-1986), 924 (1976-1988), 928 (1978-1986), 944 (1982-1985) Brake disc front axle: 477405083D – 911 (1970-1983), 914-6 (1970-1972), 924 Turbo (1976-1988), 944/944 S (1982-1988) Floating frame: 94435142900 (left) 94435143000 (right) – 924 S (1986-1988), 944 (1984-1989)

Remanufactured Parts #3 Each month I will feature a part that is featured for each model of 924 (as well as other models they apply to). Its inclusion here is not a guarantee of availability or suitability for your car. Your local Porsche Centre will be able to guide you in these respects. Remember you can find the full list on the PCGB 924 Forum and don’t forget to have your membership card handy and ask for PCGB discount!


930 Turbo SE

Photo by Robert Finegan

Register Secretary Robert Day 07786 396925 (evenings)

924 Carrera GT Register Secretary Ricky Caesar 07796 935550

924 Owners Club display


928 Register Secretary David Hemmings 07768 983743 Assistant Register Secretary Andrew Brierley 01204 491573 Joining the 928 Register The Register has now passed 825 cars since inception in 1992-3, each one a different chassis/VIN. We know that Porsche Cars GB imported approximately 4,500 cars from Stuttgart during the 18 years of production. Unlike some of today’s models, full assembly and engines were all completed at the factory. The DVLA provide ‘on the road’ and ‘SORN’ estimates suggesting that approximately 2,200 are still roadworthy, so let’s say that around half of the 4,500 are still around. This all helps to explain the recent rise in prices although, with bank rates at less than 1%, it’s quite possible that many recent ‘new’ owners have invested some of their savings into a 928, no doubt happy in the knowledge that at least they can enjoy a gently appreciating asset. This column presided over many an end-of-year article bemoaning the further depreciation of the car. Times have changed for the better. As we now look back on 2016 we can see a positive upward trend in 928 values for all those

owners with good condition cars, but they do have to be in good condition. We know that there are GTS models that have sold in excess of £40,000 and we believe it’s not fantasy that some cars in the London area have exceeded £50,000. The UK is not immune to high prices with USA websites claiming even higher prices. On the early cars (1977-8 – 1980) I have recently been informed of a 1978 928 being sold in the UK for £27,000 with less than 30,000 miles, truly exceptional. If you haven’t joined the Register when joining the Club you have not seen the 250-page ‘The 928 Register Handbook’. Do consider it now by emailing me at or look at the Register on the Club website where you will find more information on the handbook and previous 928 events. One future event is Brooklands in May 2017. Register meeting at Kedleston Hall near Derby The 928 presence was just a little sparse. I only counted six cars and two of those had entered into the Concours, with one of them, Paul Seagrave, winning best in class with his recently purchased 1989 S4 in white. He mentioned to me that when he bought the car he knew that the air conditioning pump needed replacing, so he has spent the obligatory £1,000-plus that includes the water pump. This prompts me to pass on a tip about the conditioning unit. When testing a car to see if the air is chilled cold, it is not enough to run for five minutes but should be switched on for the full 20 minutes of a test drive to ensure that it doesn’t run out of chilled air pressure and revert to only cold air.

Short holiday in France I am now spending a few days away in France so I apologise that this article will be shorter than usual, however I am really taking some of that time at the Paris Motor Show, so that I can take in the latest details on the new Panamera on the Porsche stand. So it’s still a sort of busman’s holiday I guess! Last date in the diary for 2016 On November 26 the 928 UK Anniversary Meet, now in its 17th year, is at The Merry Miller at Cothill near Oxford ( 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 onwards and finish around 3pm. Anyone with a 928 is welcome. A small prize is 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 after November 1. When 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. David

944 Register Secretary Paul McNulty 07971 832780 Assistant Register Secretary Andy Watson 07920 589750 (6pm-9pm Mon-Fri and 9am-6pm weekends) Technical Advisor Jon Mitchell 01202 488800 (during normal working hours) John D Stratford has supplied me with some more updates on the continuing improvements he’s making to his 2.7-litre 944. His comments on the telephone system reminded me just how much I hate the old aerial on my own rear hatch, so will be looking at that myself. I disagree slightly over the old-style optional rear diffuser though. I quite like the ‘toast-rack’ Porsche offered before the introduction of the more stylish version on the Turbo, but I agree that the cars look somehow wrong without any diffuser fitted and this is an easy way to improve the looks. I fitted new front speakers to my car this month, as the originals had crumbled to nothing and the sound was terrible. Audio is one area where the cars do need updating if you spend any time driving them! Rear diffuser, old telephone, new stereo John D Stratford reports: “One of the few things I don’t like about the standard 924/944 range is the look of the rear area below the bumper – it looks unfinished to me. I therefore decided to add a Turbo/S2 rear diffuser to my 2.7. This is an OEM one, as opposed to the so-called ‘toast-rack’ rear under-bumper cover, which is, I believe, an aftermarket option. Having a Guards Red 944 made finding a second hand diffuser fairly easy. This was supplied by Cotswold Porsche (01242 620180) who arranged for it to be fitted during the repainting work I mentioned in a previous article. Strictly speaking, I should have changed the rear

Kedleston Hall with Paul Seagrave’s white 1989 S4 in the foreground

Cars displayed outside the stunning Kedleston Hall


bumper as well, because the towing point is higher up in the rubber strip, as opposed to below in non-diffuser models, but I couldn’t find one in time so left it. I am delighted with the diffuser, which doesn’t actually add anything to the performance but does, in my opinion, ‘finish’ off the back of the car rather nicely. “In the early 1990s owner number two had added what was, I have no doubt at the time, a state-ofthe-art mobile phone system. Unfortunately, this involved a rather large box being screwed into the rear wheel storage bin, an aerial glued onto the top of the hatch and, most annoyingly, holes drilled in the lower section of the dashboard to fit the phone holder. This was a Panasonic analogue system, so not OEM Porsche and hence not worth keeping as a period piece. I removed the dashboard-mounted phone holder and was pleased to see that there were only a couple of holes, which I filled with some white plastic filler to match the dash. I removed all the wiring throughout the car quite easily (mostly tucked into the trim), including the power wires connected directly onto the battery – not via the fuse box – how lazy some fitters were! I was slightly nervous about removing the glued aerial in case I cracked the rear hatch, and asked the advice of a chap who works on vehicles. He had a plastic tool kit designed to work on car trim, and was able to prise the aerial off quickly without any damage to the glass. Quite a pile of ugly obsolete equipment has now been removed.

Significant weight loss to John D Stratford’s 944 with the removal of the old telephone system

“Finally, despite my desire for originality, I couldn’t stand the originally fitted Panasonic CQ-F35 radio cassette player any longer. It just about worked on short local trips but was completely useless on longer journeys and required continual retuning as we moved between FM signals – all accompanied by crackles, hiss and horrible distortion. I investigated the Porsche Classic Stereo replacement (with sat nav), which looked really good but, at around £900, was hideously expensive. However, what completely ruled it out for me was the lack of DAB radio and separate mounting for the USB connectors – really Porsche, in 2016? In the end I choose a Kenwood unit, which was £140 and included FM/AM, DAB, CD, USB, AUX, iPhone direct connect/control and hands free Bluetooth. I already have sat nav for the rare occasions that I need it. The difference it makes is significant and shows how much radio technology has moved on in 27 years. I now have crisp, clear music from a number of sources (my iPhone has 4,000 songs on it) using the original speakers, as well as the hands-free phone. I have boxed up the original radio and added it to the original steering wheel, cassette holder divider and some other parts I updated, just in case at some point someone wants to return my 944 back to how it was originally.”

968 Register Secretary Ken Coad 01923 262960 Assistant Register Secretary Richard Warburton Technical Advisor Alex Eacock 01213 282225 Hello Register members Finding something to write about on a regular basis is quite difficult as, although it’s not my daily driver, I use my 968 most of the time. Recommended oil Recently I bought some more oil from Millers, it’s not cheap but PCGB gets a discount (see Porsche File). I buy Millers engine and gearbox oil and have an oil change once a year, which my local Porsche specialist sorts out for me. Work leads to more work Whenever I fix an appointment I seem to find something else that needs doing. When the steering rack was replaced it was suggested the high-pressure hose from the pump to the rack should be replaced too, but that was another £200 and I opted not to bother. The groaning almost over, if I had the hose replaced the noise should be solved. So eventually I went for it, and noticed the front offside disc was binding occasionally (as electrolytic corrosion occurs with different metals in and around the caliper causing the pads being restricted in movement). I remember having this issue when I first bought the car and my godson completely dismantled the calipers remarking what a time-consuming job it was. My local garage bead-blasted the components, rebuilt the front calipers and also fitted a pair of second hand discs, which had been gathering dust in my garage. When I bought the car I used to visit second-hand Porsche part sites and car boot sales buying anything I reckoned might be useful – you don’t hear of these events nowadays and most of my items have sold through eBay. I found a nearside headlight in a box, which I should move on, plus a spare pair of front black Brembo calipers. They are worth a good £300 of anyone’s money but need reconditioning. I’m thinking of buying soundproofing material for the boot floor and saw some at a recent event I attended. A company called NKK Group from Oldham supplies this. As a last word on the subject, the steering noises appear to have been eliminated! Terrific… New paint job My 968 refresh paint job has temporarily been put on the back burner as I need the car for a couple of events and it would mean being off the road for a month. I enjoy driving the 968 – the performance after re-chipping and a top-end engine overhaul gives so much more oomph! What a great car it is now. Spending money on appearance does not come easily, especially compared to mechanics; I like to think my car is mechanically brilliant and performance justifies the financial input. 108

Checking out the Boxster S Already the silly season (when the weather usually turns colder and we start buying presents) is being talked of. I am temporarily driving a Boxster S to evaluate comfort etc. It goes well, but is very limited for space and it takes a bit of working out how you get to the engine. Was toying with the idea of buying an early one, but the engine issues are a problem and you can easily spend out what you paid for the car on a rebuild. I’ll give it a few runs and evaluate but my six foot three inches feel cramped so it’s not ticking all the boxes yet. Remember, whichever model 968 you drive they are all basically the same so we should all enjoy these fine cars that 968s are. 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) Let the celebrations begin On Saturday, September 10 we kicked off the Boxster 20th Anniversary celebrations with the Register Rendezvous at Kedleston Hall. We were expecting 113 cars but, late on Friday evening, rain began to fall and carried on through the night into Saturday morning. On leaving our B&B we drove through the thick mud and puddles of local country lanes and, on arriving at Kedleston Hall, were amazed to see two rows of Boxsters already parked up. The stewards were soaked through but still had a cheery smile for everyone and did a sterling job in parking the cars. With the rain not letting up many members said their quick hellos as Maggie and Dick Powell and I handed them their refreshment tickets. Everyone then made a dash for the welcoming and dry main Club marquee. To my utter amazement the cars just kept arriving for well over two hours and, as they snaked along the grand drive, it was a sight to behold. As soon as the rain gave us a short reprieve I had a quick count up – 98 Boxsters on site including every model ever manufactured; from a 1996 986 to a couple of 550s, RS60s, 987 and 981 Spyders, a couple of 718s, a race car and even four Boxsters that had been entered into the ‘show and shine’ competition in front of the house. We had planned to hold a meet among the cars at midday – the idea being to let Boxster members catch up with each other, look around the cars and enjoy the refreshments. However, as the weather was so wet, we moved everything into the marquee where at least the cakes stayed dry and people chatted happily. It was really lovely as we served the refreshments to have members introduce themselves and I was able to put so many names to faces. With the refreshments devoured and the skies finally brightening up we were asked to attend the prize giving for the ‘show and shine’. Despite the inclement weather, the cars entered in the competition still looked amazing and all of the Boxster entries were immaculate – all winners in my eyes.

Boxsters at the Hall

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The awards were presented and it was fabulous that Dave Keeling was announced as overall winner with his beautiful 987 Spyder – another great result for the Boxster Register. Just when we thought the presentations were over it was announced that Locktons Insurance would be presenting a special award. It was a real shock to hear that we had won the award for our efforts on the day. Cliff and I were so chuffed but felt that, without the support from the Boxster members who braved the weather, we wouldn’t have had such an impressive display. So, thank you to all who came along. We very much appreciate it.

As the day came to a close people said their goodbyes and started to make their way home. Some had not too far to travel while others had very long journeys ahead. Although it had been a very unusual day, we left Kedleston Hall having met more Boxster members than ever before at one event and I hope, like us, you had a thoroughly enjoyable day. Here’s to the next 20 years.

Question: I am a PCGB member and have enjoyed a Porsche Boxster experience for over three years now – initially a 2.7 6-speed and now a 3.4 S, both 2007 models. My 3.4 S does, however, use oil at the rate of about 0.5-litres per 500 miles. The engine has completed 65,000 miles and there were no identified issues via an inspection report (which I had organised as I was buying the car from a general car dealer) when I collected the car in December. I have been into the local specialist and the first thought was to try an oil change, just to make sure viscosity etc. was okay. However, I continue to burn oil at the same rate. Before I go back to try something else, do you have any thoughts/suggestions? Steve’s reply: Firstly what spec oil did you have fitted? I suspect it will be 0w40 but we would maybe go for a 5w40 considering its mileage. Also, I would check the air/oil separator. This controls the oil breathing system and when they give problems oil can get into the intake manifold and thus burn through the engine. It may only be a little so not enough for you to see while driving. If you’re worried then try the different viscosity oil. Happy Boxstering. Tracy DIARY DATES DECEMBER 4 Christmas Open Day – Cornbury House JUNE 2-4 Boxster 20th Anniversary WOTY The Cotswolds (one room remaining).

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Cayman Register Secretary Kevan Sutherns 07733 318671 Register Rendezvous As I am writing it is now two weeks since the Register Rendezvous at Kedleston Hall where, despite a wet morning, we had a good turnout. Several members of R8 East Midlands assisted with parking and their efforts were well appreciated by the organisers who were also working most of the day. It dried out to some degree in the afternoon, which encouraged some local classic owners to turn up – one in a nicely prepared 928 and another in a 356 drophead joined a very nice 356 Coupe, which had arrived while it was just beginning to dry out. Also lined up were some 944s, 968s, early 911s and not forgetting a lot of Boxster – the model that is 20 years old this year. A 986 is still a nice car to drive and early models change hands for very low money enabling some to convert them to track cars for an affordable cost. The Cayman Register had a good number – about 17 Caymans in the Register parking area plus three 981s, which were in the show and shine. It shows that not everyone knows their own cars as two 911 Turbos parked in the back row of our parking area! Two of the three 981s in the show and shine took the second and third prizes but maybe the judges thought better of allowing us to monopolise the prizes. Officials’ Conference At the beginning of November we have the Officials’ Conference, which will be the first for Rob Kellock since he took over the role as Chairman earlier in the year. Rob is a keen Porsche fanatic and was until recently a member of our Register but 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. Register membership In checking the membership list of the Register today, I find that we now number 611 – a significant step up from only a month ago when we numbered 593. No doubt it will have increased further by the time you read this and we will continue the trend, not only with the new car owners coming in their 718s, but also the many new members who are buying 987 Gen 1s (both standard and S models), which have a huge international following. It’s a pity for many of us when passing on good cars whose values, due in the main to some exaggerated bad press, have become deflated. But I hope that those buying into these cars have many miles of happy driving.

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Register Secretary Geoff Budd 01305 889280 On the up... It is very pleasing to announce a considerable increase in the total number of members joining our Register. Many of those who have recently been added are already PCGB members who have either added a Cayenne to their stable or exchanged vehicles within the marque. There are, of course, many ‘first-time’ buyers joining us with their new and pre-owned cars. This increase also reflects the general positive upward trend in PCGB membership. However, it is difficult to give a precise number of who own/run a Cayenne within our Club, as some prefer to exercise their right in not becoming a recorded Register member but remain most welcome to be considered all the same. Following on from last month’s PP comments on possible new vehicle purchases and the negotiated attractive discounts for some models being available, a general query has surfaced regarding the trading of second-hand Porsches – both purchases and exchanges – but within the auspices of our Club. This is under serious consideration and, I understand, at an advanced stage. There is a new trading facility


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Extra power from a 996 Those members looking for extra power from their 996 models might be interested in a link to an interesting website Des came across recently: It would seem there are big power gains and more efficient power delivery to be achieved from these fairly easy modifications, which, with an appropriate remap, can give in some instances a gain of up to 360bhp from the original 300bhp and much greater torque. I would like Register members to continue sharing the steps and tweaks they are making. Please feel free to post on the Forum. Windscreen stickers Register stickers are now available so please email me with your details. It’s bye for now from the Modified team and look forward to seeing you at an event or track day soon. Happy Modifying… Des, Ralph and Ian.

Display Register Secretary Mac and Sue McLeod 01253 592755 – Isle of Man trip Not much to report this month… …However, some of us from Region 18 went on a trip to the Isle of Man. All of us were, by coincidence, members of the Display Register. We met up with some of Region 30 and Julian led us around the TT course – needless to say we damaged some tarmac/ tyres. We then visited the Motor Museum; if you get the chance to go yourself, do so it is really a treat. The picture, taken by Mike Plank, is all eight cars at the museum in, what appears to be, our own special parking place – we will leave you to decide. It was a great weekend, which we hope will be featured at another time in this magazine.

A magnificent display at the Isle of Man Motor Museum

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Faster track cornering How much camber do you need for faster cornering on track? Suspension guru Chris Franklin reckons that 2.5 degrees negative camber evaporates to zero at 1.5 degrees of roll. The car below has 2.6 degrees front negative camber and a near vertical loaded inside front wheel rounding Castle Combe’s Camp Corner at around 80mph. If the car had been on Michelin Cup 2 rather than the more road-orientated Pilot Super Sport, a higher corner speed might be achieved – thus requiring more front camber. The roll looks more than 1.5 degrees, despite having stiffer than stock front and rear roll bars and running PASM at the harder setting. To reduce roll, the bars could be adjusted from the middle to the stiffest of the three positions, but then that would affect front/rear balance, requiring a similar change to the rear roll bar. Having a custom suspension fitted seems to be the easy part, getting the settings refined to achieve a driver’s favoured balance (neutral, under/over steer), stability under braking and power with acceptable tyre life is the more challenging and interesting part.

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Macan Register Secretary Mike Allen 07976697070 2017 Register visit to the Champagne region As I write this I’ve just returned from a four-day, 1600-mile visit to the Épernay area of France to recce the planned trip for next summer. Fellow Macan owner Adrian Robson kindly joined me for a whistle-stop tour of a few of the many Champagne houses together with a flying visit down to GudmontVilliers along some brilliant roads into the Vosges. At this stage we are looking for the names of members interested in participating in, what will be, a two-centre event held over a six-day period at the end of June 2017. Please email as soon as possible to express your interest and reserve a place. It’s a first-come basis for a maximum of 10 cars. We have managed to secure a visit to Champagne Jeeper at Faverolles et Coërny – so named by its founder, Armand Goutorbe, in 1949 for the Jeep bestowed upon him by the local authorities to help him ascend the vineyard slopes with ease. We hope to follow in his wheel tracks with permission to drive our Macans around the vineyards seeing the vines at first hand. There will also be Champagne tasting and the opportunity to purchase, if so desired. Four-star accommodation has been duly tried and tested and provisional bookings have been made, subject to the confirmation of an exclusive visit to one of the top Champagne houses in the area. More information will be on the Forum and in these pages as soon as details are firmed up. Other surprise outings are also planned so be sure to email me your interest. 112

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My Macan Just before setting off to France, on came the AdBlue light, shortly followed by the oil change reminder. The AdBlue I could DIY – the oil change has had to wait. Anyway, the car has now done 20,000 miles in 11 months, averaging 34mpg and required one full set of 21-inch tyres at 16,000 miles, which was, frankly, quite disappointing, bearing in mind the previous car went nearly 24,000 miles on its 20-inch All-Season tyres. The recent trip to France, which included a 600km one-day excursion made me appreciate, in particular, the comfort of the 18-way sports seats. It really is a brilliant vehicle! New member Welcome to Gary Humphries who writes: “After a 14-month wait I took delivery of the Macan in May 2015. “I have been fortunate enough to own numerous mainstream premium brand cars, but I constantly desired to own a Porsche. I spend the majority of my working week on the motorway so I wanted a car to be not only a head-turner but comfortable, refined and stylish. The Macan is all of these. For the weekend, I needed a car to be fun, flexible and to be compatible with my lifestyle. The car is an automotive chameleon and never fails to impress me every time I see it or drive it.”

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Race Car Register Secretary Paul Ward 07894 877802 (before 9pm) Lightweight kettle I took ‘Custard’, the 968 Clubsport, to the Silverstone Classic. This was a fabulous event and, as a confirmed petrolhead, all the better for sharing the event with other car clubs and the classic racing fraternity. There was a handful of 968 Clubsports on show, including the ones in the restoration competition. I am driving the CS regularly and the drive to Silverstone was without issue. The reception for this rare car was better than anticipated and I had lots of conversations with fellow owners. Recently, I experienced a broken plastic union to the top of the coolant radiator. The cost was less than £3, from Porsche, and fitting it fixed the coolant leak and pressurisation issue.

Chatting with a fellow 968 CS owner at Silverstone

C’était un rendez-vous Kermit, the 964 Cup car, passed its MOT test with no advisories and was proudly on show outside Kedleston Hall for the Register Rendezvous. The show was free entry and is a must for all northernbased Porsche-ophiles. There were over 200 cars in attendance so a well done to Ken Coad and all the brave souls who endured the showers to attend. Fritz’s racing circus As seen at this year’s Techno-Classica Essen was this Volkswagen T1 race car transporter with a Formula Vee Formcar. This 1962 T1 transporter is also known to have transported a 906 back in 1963. The first Formula Vee generation was sanctioned by the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) and was ready to hit the racetrack in 1963 and embarked on an impressive, triumphal march taking in the whole of the country. From then on, the crowds in Daytona, Sebring and elsewhere in the USA were able to marvel at those magnificent machines as they battled it out for substantial prize money and points towards the Brundage Trophy. This, the cheapest 114

form of motorsport, then became an integral part of the line-up at all the major motorsport events in the USA when the first official Formula Vee Championship was announced. With a purchase price of less than US $2,500, the Formula Vee developed into the most successful racing car type in the USA with up to 80 vehicles per race! Then, in 1964, the Volkswagen drivers came to the attention of Dr Ferry Porsche and his Chief of Racing Fritz Huschke von Hanstein, during his visit to Daytona and a test drive in a Formcar factory car. The German delegation spontaneously decided to have 12 assembly kits shipped to Stuttgart. “We want to something for the next generation of German racing drivers, so we’re giving them the Formula Vee as an inexpensive alternative entry route to motorsport,” announced von Hanstein in a press statement at the time. Porsche mechanics assembled six kits for the first Formula Vee demonstration drives at the Eberbach and Rossfeld hill climbs in Germany in the spring of 1965. These were then followed by the Formula Vee’s official German and European racing premiers at Nuremburg’s Norisring in front of a crowd of 50,000 on the first weekend of July 1965. At the end of 10 laps of high-octane and turbulent racing, Günter Schmitt of Würzburg came through as the winner. His average speed over the fastest lap was 115 km/h. Fritz Huschke von Hanstein’s ‘Porsche Formula Vee wandering circus’ toured the length and breadth of Germany with a pool of drivers, some of them familiar faces and some of them less well known.

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Porsche excellence since 1985

Two top Porsche specialists team up to give insurance and best service on your Porsche

We provide a personal, high quality, guaranteed service. Servicing and repairs Free summer check Free PPI and pre MOT checks Upgrades and modifications Engine and gearbox rebuilds Restoration and special projects

01234 210 012 24 College Street Kempston, Bedford MK42 8LU


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911 UNDERBODY PROTECTION To suit standard 911 lever, £85 alloy lever assy complete replacement...................................£230

Front tank/under bodyguard in aluminium full width, fits from front bumper back rear of front wheel. Complete with fitting kit (welding required) .........................................£290 Rear engine/transmission guard, full width covering heat exchangers level with rear shock absorbers, cover rear exhaust silencer going forward to centre tuned at gear linkage point. Complete with fitting kit (welding required) .........................................£420

Scrutineer compliant handbrake cable kit ...£120

Weld-in 911 Full spec - CDS .............................................£690 Full spec - T45T ...........................................£1200 Fitting prices to a stripped shell - CDS .............£750 T45..................................................................£750 TIG WELDED - Add £350

Designed to bolt directly onto an SC front hub and SC rear alloy arm.

SD 911 bolt-in multi-point cage .........................£670 door bars .................................................£46 each 993 bolt-in multi-point cage .........................£690 door bars .................................................£46 each 996 bolt-in multi-point cage .........................£600 door bars .................................................£90 each

Front kit consists of: 2 Porsche 4 pot turbo callipers, 2 cross drilled discs, adaptor alloy bell to bolt to SC hub, all bolts/fixings etc ...£2600/set Rear kit consists of: 2 Porsche 4 pot turbo callipers, 2 cross drilled rear discs, adaptor bracket to fit directly onto an SC rear arm - no mods. All bolts/fixings etc .....................£2600/set Race pads for front/rear ...........................£148/set

Complete with cylinders - £880 exchange, dash adjuster with machined alloy turn ..................£45

Front coil over including spring etc (choice of rates) complete uses original top mount £400 pair exchange Rear coil over - conversion inc threaded tube, spring seats, spring top and choice of spring rates ....................................................... £200pair Complete front Bilstein leg & inset - new...................................£550 each Rear Bilstein - 911 ................................£140 each Strengthening mods for front leg ................................................. RING FOR DETAILS


RSR rear turrets, accurate reproduction of the original, necessary for FIA use, manufactured by ourselves, in stock. .................£300 per pair

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To advertise here telephone us on 01603 772547 Porsche Specialists since 1971 • WORKSHOP FACILITIES Servicing, repairs, diagnostics, inspection engine & gearbox rebuilds, MOT work

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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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Hale Garage, Hale Road, Liverpool L24 5RB. T: 0151 4255 911 E:

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

Suffolk wealth of knowledge and expertise.

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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PP: Most memorable race moment? JF: My favourite moment racing with Porsche was winning the 1,000km race at Brands Hatch, in my own car, with Derek Warwick. It was a great moment, and we beat the Rothmans Porsche cars fair and square. PP: Favourite Porsche to race? JF: The ultimate Porsche race car for me was the 956, which had amazing downforce and a lot of power.

Q A PP talks to acclaimed Porsche racer and motorsport legend John Fitzpatrick about his early days, favourite Porsches and team management

PP: How did you transition from racing to managing your own team? JF: The team that I was racing for at the time in the US ran into financial problems and, at the same time, I saw the opportunity to be able to do my own thing. What did I learn from it? That it is very expensive to run a race team! PP: Thoughts on the 956 and 962? JF: They were the ultimate race car – a challenge to drive and race, but very satisfying as a driver and as a manager. PP: What makes Porsche special? JF: Being a part of Porsche is like belonging to a big family. PP: What’s your dream Porsche? JF: They continue to improve with every new model, but for me my favourite remains the original turbo rad car. PP: One Porsche you’d love to race? JF: The 917, without a doubt. Sadly it was a little before my time.

PP: Earliest Porsche memory? JF: A friend of my father had a 356 when I was about 12 years old. I didn’t know exactly what it was, but it was certainly very unusual! PP: What got you into motorsport? JF: My father bought me a Mini when I was 17 and I joined the local Shenstone and District Motor Club with some friends, who also had cars. We entered into various sprints and rallies, and soon started to modify our cars. PP: Is that where the racing bug began? JF: It was actually when I went to Silverstone to watch the British Grand Prix and saw drivers like Stirling Moss and Jack Brabham racing. PP: Lessons from your early years? JF: It gave me the instinct to win and want to win, not just settle with being an also-ran. PP: And how did you become involved with racing Porsches? JF: My first ever Porsche drive was with a 911 at the Nürburgring in 1967 with Ben Pon. PP: How did you feel after your first drive in the 911 RSR? JF: The RSR was a big step up from the 911s that I had been used to driving previously. 138

THE GARAGE 1967 911 “My first Porsche drive and a lot different to my previous cars. Quite oversteery and a left hand drive, which was new to me.” 1974/75 3.0 RSR (KREMER AND LOOS) “Further development in terms of aero and suspension.” 1977 935 K2 (KREMER) “My first turbo-charged car – single turbo with big delay. Quite tricky to drive, particularly in the wet.” 1978/79 TURBO 935 (LOOS) “Twin turbos, very little lag, easier to drive and a very fast, powerful car.” 1980/81/82 K3 (KREMER) “A big step up with better aero and air/air intercooler. The car in which I won the IMSA Championship.” 1982 935 2.6 ‘MOBY DICK’ “Built by Joest for Le Mans. Very good longtail aero and a high top speed (345kph). Finished fourth behind the works Rothmans cars.” 1983/84/85/86 956 & 962 “My last Porsche race cars. Amazing downforce with underbody tunnels, four-valve, twin overhead cam engines (2.6). Amazing roadholding and grip.”

Porsche Post November 2016  

718 Cayman - Sound engineering, Racing at Spa - A weekend with Jaz, 924 Carrera GTR - Veteran race car resurfaces

Porsche Post November 2016  

718 Cayman - Sound engineering, Racing at Spa - A weekend with Jaz, 924 Carrera GTR - Veteran race car resurfaces