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The news pages of this month’s Porsche Post are, even more so than usual, ﬁlled with events for you to enjoy in the coming months. That, for me, is one of the best things about Porsche Club GB, and clearly shows both members’ enthusiasm for getting the most out their cars and the wide variety of activities through which they achieve that. The response to the Club’s 2017 trackday calendar, for instance, is impressive, to say the least, with many events already near to capacity. The Club’s Anglesey day, for example, currently has 43 members booked, with a maximum of 60 spaces available, so I really would suggest booking now to secure your place. If you are keen to experience two of Europe’s most famous circuits, then Sean Libbey’s piece on Ron Simons Racing on page 31 of this month’s edition is sure to whet the appetite. The multi-day programmes at Spa and the Nürburgring offer lots of fun both on and off the track if you fancy journeying a little further aﬁeld. The Club’s Members’ Collection continues to expand, with Piloti shoes and Arai helmets now available to buy online, with the former offering a 10 per cent discount for members. These two brands join adidas, Swissvax, Porsche Driver’s Selection and Hamilton Classic in what is becoming a very comprehensive range of products for members. The Clubhouse’s retail area is currently being renovated and a new shop will be available for you to enjoy at March’s open day. These notes are being written just a few days before the London Classic Car Show and the Club’s evening with six-times Le Mans winner Jacky Ickx. Just 250 spaces were available for our event with the famous Belgian driver and such was the demand that they were snapped
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up in just 40 minutes. We are grateful to Jacky – himself a Porsche Club GB honorary member – for enthusiastically embracing the members’ evening and with a plan in place to ﬁlm the event, we are hopeful those of you aren’t able to attend will be able to enjoy the night from the comfort your own homes. The brand new mid-engined 911 RSR had its ﬁrst competitive outing at the Daytona 24 Hours in January and ﬁnished second in class. Porsche will be out in full force at the opening round of the World Endurance Championship at Silverstone in April and the Club’s £50 two-for-one weekend ticket offer expires at the end of March. As mentioned last month, we will once again be linking up with the Porsche Experience Centre on the Saturday, with a complimentary shuttle service transporting members to the impressive facility. I hope to see many of you at the Club’s ﬁrst open day of the year, which takes place at the Clubhouse on Sunday, 12th March. These relaxed gatherings offer a chance to meet with like-minded enthusiasts, and there is always plenty of car parking and coffee available. Things will get under way at about 10.30am, and if you are planning to attended please do let us know by emailing email@example.com. 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 e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Chris Seaward General Manager
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Road racer Targa Florio winner, turbo testbed, privateer stalwart: the original 911 RSR left very big shoes for the all-new 2017 car to ﬁll. James Page recalls an often told but none the less fascinating story
Our kind of Spa weekend Nürburgring on your bucket list? Whether you are a track novice or a seasoned campaigner, says Sean Libbey, RSR’s multi-day programmes oﬀer lots of fun on and oﬀ the track
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What’s going on within Porsche Club GB and the wider world of Porsche
New 911 RSR takes second place at race debut Porsche’s new mid-engined 911 RSR secured second place in the GTLM class at the 55th running of the Daytona 24-hour race in late January. A last-minute charge through the ﬁeld saw Porsche factory drivers Patrick Pilet, Dirk Werner and Frédéric Makowiecki ﬁnish second in the GTLM class for the Porsche GT Team factory squad. After 634 laps on the demanding Daytona International Speedway, they were
just 2.988 seconds shy of claiming victory. Meanwhile, a win at the season-opening round of the IMSA SportsCar Championship was celebrated by the Porsche customer team Alegra Motorsports. With the 911 GT3 R and supported by Porsche factory pilot Michael Christensen, the squad won the GTD class. For the manufacturer, this was its 77th class victory at the world-famous long-distance classic in Florida.
WEC Silverstone tickets A reminder that members have until 12pm on 31st March to secure two Silverstone World Endurance Championship tickets for £50. The Club will have a sizeable presence at the event, with a link-up now confirmed with the Porsche Experience Centre. Buy tickets online by visiting www.porscheclubgb.com/ members.
Porsche Update In his his regular regularcolumn, column, In Porsche CarsGB GB Porsche Cars General Manager, General Manager, Marketing, Ragnar Marketing, Ragnar Schulte, provides Schulte, provides Porsche Post with Porsche Post with the manufacturer’s the manufacturer’s latest news and views latest news and views
Exclusive Fairford RIAT ticket offer for members Porsche Club members are being offered an attractive ticket offer for the Fairford Royal International Air Tattoo, which takes place from Friday, 14th to Sunday, 16th July. Club members have the opportunity to be part of the Autodrome exhibition and can buy tickets at a discounted rate which includes a central Porsche Club car-parking area, and easier access through a designated entry route.
A three-day pass for a Club member is priced at £49, with two- and one-day passes also available. The Club’s race centre will be in attendance at the event, offering shelter and complimentary refreshments for members. Tickets are available to book now through the Porsche Club website, and more details can be found at porscheclubgb.com/members.
THE Cotswold Rally 2017 Booking is now open for the Cotswold Rally, which will take place on Sunday, 14th May. This popular members-only road-run makes a welcome return this spring, and will begin at the Club’s headquarters in Moreton-in-Marsh, before weaving a scenic 60-mile route through beautiful Cotswold countryside. The destination for the 2017 event is Upton House, a striking 16th-century National Trust property seven miles north-west of Banbury, where members will be able to enjoy access to the house and gardens. The venue will be familiar to some
members, having hosted a successful Register Rendezvous event in 2014. All being well, members will have the opportunity to park their Porsches on the drive leading up to the house itself. The event is priced at £25 per Porsche, which includes entry to Upton House, a rally plaque, and morning coffee at the Clubhouse. Book your place securely online by navigating to www.porscheclub.com/members. The event is strictly limited to 125 spaces and, with interest already high, members are encouraged to book early to avoid disappointment. 7 porscheclubgb.com
What a start to the year it has been! The The Porsche family is scored never more at home all-new 911 RSR has a second-place than when at agruelling race circuit, and 24 it ﬁnish on itsgathered debut in the Daytona was a pleasure welcome many Hours in Florida,toand has setsothe scene for a Porsche Club members the Porsche particularly exciting year to in IMSA in America, Experience Silverstone when the and also theCentre WEC, at where the innovative 911 World Endurance Championship GT factory race car will compete.visited the Northamptonshire circuit in April. It is Closer to home, for any motor sport always see so many fan theimpressive Autosport to International Show members bringing their carsand intoonce the inﬁeld. literally revs up in January There we were thanstall last at year, is a more setmore out our theand NECit in unique phenomenon get suchCarrera wonderful Birmingham for the to upcoming Cup support not only in the Porsche world, of butour GB season. 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Another Carrera Cup the race in the pit garage and it was graduate to Supercup is Tom Sharp. While heart-warming to see how the team stuck we are sad to see Tom leave our together and kept spirits high and cheered Championship, he enjoyed two great years up Brendon Hartley after his unfortunate with us and we will certainly follow his retirement. After all, Porsche is a big family progress with great interest. and we motorsport win togetheris and lose together. Club a key element of the Barely one week after Silverstone, the Porsche Motorsport Pyramid, and it is 718 Cayman coupé was announced always great to also see the Club’s to join the 718 Boxster roadsteratinthe theAutosport range – motorsport preparations these new sports the downsizing International Showcars and take the evident passion philosophy of the 919 Hybrid LMP1 to the both for Porsche and track driving. road, with four in cylinder turbocharged With so amuch the Porsche story that is engine. Though of course the road we cars, evolutionary balanced with inrevolution, are we offer hard the charismatic ‘boxer’ engine in a working to remind customers, ﬂat-four layout! has been enthusiasts andThe theCayman wider public of thea real personal favourite of mine ever since its substance behind our fascinating brand. launch a decade ago. The with To reach people outside ofCayman PorscheSCentres in particular, have developed the ‘Porsche 350 hp and awe manual gearbox achieves a LIFE’ storeinconcept. 0-60 pop-up mph sprint 4.4 seconds and is in The Victoria in Leeds hosts S the fact faster nowGate thanmall the 997.II Carrera ﬁrst LIFE store, is open until 16 with Porsche 385 hp from 2008.and Wow. March. It thenistours the country 10 A Porsche the sports car of around its further locations introduce people to segment, and thetosports car among thea fresh atCayenne. Porsche.The I invite to pay us a SUVs look is the newyou Cayenne visit. 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Mark Webber does the full Monte Be part of Beaulieu’s Supercar Showdown this August Porsche Club GB has supported this popular event for several years, writes Clive White, and now we have been invited back by the organisers of the 2017 Supercar Showdown at the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu. It is a great opportunity for members to showcase their 997 and 991 models to the wider public, and is a really sociable weekend. The show revolves around a supercars static display, together with various live attractions, sideshows and an ongoing commentary. There are undoubtedly some spectacular vehicles to be
seen here including Bugatti, McLaren, Zonda, Ferrari, Mercedes, Porsche, Maserati and Lotus. Some owners are invited to provide a moving demonstration during each day with a sprint along the Campbell Straight – invariably to the rapturous applause of spectators lining the track! Club members with 997- and 991-model 911s are encouraged to contact Phil Graham at email@example.com or me, Clive White, at firstname.lastname@example.org for information on how to apply.
Clubhouse Pirelli barbecue For a fourth year in a row Porsche Club will be staging the Pirelli-sponsored barbecue at the Clubhouse, this time on Sunday, 4th June. Pirelli’s popular F1 simulator will be available for members to enjoy, and food will be served from around 12pm onwards. In a change to previous years the Club will be making a £10 per head charge for the barbecue. This is to ensure we can maintain a high standard of food, and also allows for the race centre awning to be erected to offer more shelter if the weather is inclement. The capacity of the event is 350 members, and tickets are now available to buy online at www.porscheclubgb.com/members. 9 porscheclubgb.com
Although he actually lives in a small village in Buckinghamshire in the UK, Mark Webber is well familiar with the glamour of Monaco. The recently retired former F1 and Porsche LMP1 Le Mans driver won the most famous grand prix of the season twice, in 2010 and 2012, making history on each occasion. But one thing Mark had never experienced before in all his 12 visits to the Monaco Grand Prix was snow and ice. These aren’t conditions normally associated with the sunkissed Principality, but they’re absolutely the norm for the Monte Carlo Rally: the oldest and most famous rally of them all, dating back to 1911. This year, Mark was a visitor to the event for the ﬁrst time – and of course he used a Porsche to drive through some of the stages in order to get a ﬂavour of what it’s like to experience the unique conditions. His transport of choice was a bright red 911 equipped with winter tyres: essential to stand any chance of getting through the stages unscathed. Porsche actually won the Monte Carlo Rally back in 1978: a year that was affected by particularly wintry conditions, but that’s another story… A typical Monte Carlo Rally stage will contain snow, ice, black ice, damp patches and dry asphalt – but more often than not a combination of all of them. And the remarkable thing about these stages is that they’re not designed or adapted for competition: they are just ordinary roads that people drive on all the time, albeit at much slower speeds than your average rally star. “To be honest, I don’t know how they do it,” points out Mark. “The grip is changing all the time and there are so many decisions to take in just split seconds. I really can’t imagine what it would be like to drive through these roads at competitive rally pace. Hats off to those guys.” What’s essential, of course, is to have the right tyre for the job: and that applies as much to everyday road use as competition. Pirelli produces a number of N-rated winter tyres for Porsche, including the famous Sottozero: a brand that previously won the Monte Carlo Rally in the hands of nine-time champion Sebastien Loeb.
Tractors wanted for 2017 Yorkshire Porsche Festival Donington Historic – discount code now available Porsche Club is planning a large presence at this year’s Donington Historic, and the relevant code to allow members to secure discount tickets is now available. The event takes place from Friday, 28th to Sunday, 30th April and members will once again be able to park infield. The Club will have a large
marquee on site with coffee available for members from the outset. The Porsche Club booking code is 17PCGB, and is available for use until Sunday, 23rd April. Tickets can be booked via the event website and doningtonhistoric.com, or by calling 0855 873 7355.
The Club’s Region 7, in conjunction with independent Porsche specialist Strasse, will once again be staging the Yorkshire Porsche Festival at Lotherton Hall on Sunday, 23rd July. Tickets for the event will in due course be available to buy through the Porsche Club website. Meanwhile the organisers are appealing for help from Porsche tractor owners in the north of England. If you are lucky enough to own one of these charismatic machines and are interested in displaying your tractor at the event, then please email Mark and Carol Jessop at R7@porscheclubgb.com.
Cumbria International Motor Show Watch Le Mans at the Clubhouse! The Club is adding a new event to the calendar in 2017 and will be showing large parts of the Le Mans 24-Hour race at the Clubhouse. Plans are still being formalised, but it is anticipated the Clubhouse will be open from 12pm on Saturday, 17th June until late evening, and then re-open on Sunday so members can watch the conclusion of the race. Unsurprisingly, the viability of the event depends on how many members will be interested in attending, so if it’s something which sounds appealing then please do let us know sending an email to email@example.com. 10 porscheclubgb.com
The Club’s Lancashire and Cumbria Region is planning a large presence at the Cumbria International Motor Show on Sunday, 14th May. Now in its sixth consecutive year, the event presents the finest automotive and luxury brands, all of which will be displayed on the Westmorland Show Ground. Members can register for the event by visiting http://www.espcarclub.co.uk/register/ and quoting PCGB in the comments section. Please direct any questions about registration to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Drive with Dino Zamparelli Bristol based Carrera Cup driver Dino Zamparelli is offering Club members the opportunity to join him on a driving adventure! It will run over three nights in March 2017, starting from the home of British Racing, Silverstone, heading on to Bristol, and then on to explore the glorious Cotswolds and South Coast of the UK, through Devon and into Cornwall.
This is the ﬁrst Tour event designed by Dino Zamparelli and will take participants on a journey with the best local hotels, an exclusive experience with his own team, Porsche, exquisite cuisine cooked by Michelin star chef Ben Tunnicliffe, ﬁne wines by award-winning Polgoon, and wonderful company. All of these factors combine to make this an exciting and exclusive event, with a limited number of spaces available.
Crews of any experience level, expert or novice, may count on the dedicated support available throughout the tour. You will require no special equipment, just great navigation skills. The main focus will be on enjoyment, with relaxed schedules, safe speeds, socialising, and the chance to show off your stunning road car. To ﬁnd out more, email DinoZamparelli@live.co.uk.
Robin Hansen Robin Hansen, who has died aged 96, became the ﬁrst editor of Porsche Club GB’s magazine in 1961 by volunteering to do so at the ﬁrst Club meeting at Chateau Impney in October of that year. He retained the position – while also serving in the US Air Force at Ruislip in Middlesex – for three years. He also organised one of the ﬁrst technical meetings for Porsche Club GB, which took place at the Auto Hobby Shop on the airbase. Robin later returned to his native United States, and led the kind of life you read about in novels or see in movies, but seldom witness in person. He had been a WWII ﬁghter pilot ﬂying P-38 Mustangs in North Africa and the Mediterranean, and earned the Distinguished
Flying Cross. He was also a world-class mountain climber, making several ﬁrst ascents in the Sierras and Yosemite Valley, and in the 1940s wrote articles for the Sierra Club and the Saturday Evening Post. He had a distinguished career after the war in the US Air Force, eventually ﬂying aircraft ranging from his ﬁrst open-cockpit biplane trainer all the way up to supersonic jets. He retired as a full Colonel. His Porsche life started when in 1960, and stationed here in Britain, he took delivery of his 356B Super Cabriolet from the factory. He kept and drove the car regularly, doing most of the maintenance work himself, and the vehicle is still in the family, with his grandson, Chris. 12 porscheclubgb.com
His contributions to the 356 Registry in the USA have been substantial. He was the catalyst who organised and created the ﬁrst 356 Registry website in the mid-1990s – before it was a given that everyone needs a website. The US 356Talk e-mail list – which was the predecessor to the 356Talk Forum, and was a valuable communication conduit for the Registry – was his brainchild, too. Robin was made an Honorary Member of Porsche Club GB in 1998, and of the 356 Registry Hall of Fame in 2005. His passion and camaraderie for his fellow man were unbending. He was a remarkable man, and he will be greatly missed by the Porsche community who were fortunate to have had him in the fold.
GMÜND HERITAGE LIMITED ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING NOTICE IS HEREBY given that the 35th Annual General Meeting of Gmünd Heritage Limited trading as Porsche Club Great Britain will be held at 12.30pm on Sunday 23rd April 2017 at Cornbury House, Cotswold Business Village, London Road, Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire GL56 0JQ, to consider the following business: 1. Apologies for Absence 2. Approval of the minutes from the 2016 Annual General Meeting 3. Approval and adoption of the Directors’ Report and Financial Statements for the year ended 31st December 2016 4. Reappointment of the Auditors 5. Election of Communications & Strategy Director 6. Election of Finance Director 7. Election of Regional Director 8. Election of Register Director 9. Questions from the Membership 10. Any Other Business By Order of the Board Sue Taberner Company Secretary
In accordance with the Companies Act 2006 s.324, a Member entitled to attend and vote at the meeting convened by the notice set out above is entitled to appoint another person as his proxy to attend, speak and vote in his place. In order for a proxy to be valid, a fully completed original Proxy Form must be received at Cornbury House, Cotswold Business Village, London Road, Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire, GLW56 0JQ, by 11am on Thursday 20th April 2017. The Proxy Form can be obtained by any of the following methods:
1. It is included as an insert with this edition of Porsche Post. 2. By contacting the aforesaid company, either by telephone on 01608 652911, email at clubofﬁce@porscheclubgb.com, by fax on 01608 652944, or in writing, at the aforesaid address of Cornbury House, requesting a Proxy Form. 3. The Proxy is available to download from the Porsche Club GB website at www.porscheclubgb.com/agm. Any Porsche Club GB member wishing to raise a relevant question at this meeting should write to Sue Taberner, Company Secretary, at Cornbury House, address as above. The closing date for written requests is Thursday 23 March 2017.
Choosing the right insurance involves more than just comparing prices The only time this promise is truly tested, is when you make the claim. But here’s the thing, by then it is too late if you’ve chosen a policy that doesn’t quite cover what you thought it did. You’re left powerless. All you can do is fume and put your hand in your pocket to pay the difference – often a very signiﬁcant amount. Like most things in life, there are good and bad insurance policies. What differentiates ‘good’ from ‘bad’ is not always the intent of the insurer, but rather their understanding of what you require. If you own a performance or classic car, like your treasured Porsche, you will have a different set of requirements to someone who owns an average family hatchback. Yet most motor insurance is based on a one-size-ﬁts-all policy that is geared to the mass market of the family hatchback. It’s a market where price counts for all, and value tends to be ignored. And, as we all know, there is absolutely nothing that you can’t make a little worse in order to make it a little cheaper. As a Porsche enthusiast, it’s wise to check that your insurer really does understand your needs. Here are ﬁve covers your policy should always offer: • Agreed value for your Porsche, whatever its age • Your choice of repairer • Up to four or ﬁve named drivers • Europe-wide travel and breakdown cover • Track Day cover
PORSCHE CLUB GB MOTORSPORT LIMITED ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING NOTICE IS HEREBY given that the 14th Annual General Meeting of Porsche Club GB Motorsport Limited will be held at Cornbury House, Cotswold Business Village, London Road, Moretonin-Marsh, Gloucestershire GL56 0JQ on Sunday 23rd April 2017 commencing immediately after the conclusion of the main Porsche Club AGM to consider the following business: 1. Apologies for Absence 2. Approval of the minutes from the 2016 Annual General Meeting 3. Approval and adoption of the Directors’ Report and Financial Statements for the year ended 31st December 2016 4. Reappointment of the Auditors 5. Questions 6. Any Other Business Any Porsche Club GB member wishing to raise a relevant question at this meeting should write to Sue Taberner, Company Secretary, at Cornbury House, address as above. The closing date for written requests is Thursday 23rd March 2017. By Order of the Board Sue Taberner Company Secretary 13 porscheclubgb.com
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What was then Chris Cadman's 1972 911E, photographed at a Porsche Club GB meeting in June 1989. The car now belongs to Geoff Wilcox – a former Club member, and now, thanks to Chris's letter, back among us. See if the Club has details of your car’s history by emailing email@example.com
Completing the circle Back in the last century I was a Porsche Club GB member, when I owned a 1972 911E. Its registration number was NLX 97L, and the chassis number 9112201077. When I sold the car to a local Porsche specialist in 1989, he did not receive the original sales advertisement, purchase invoice, detailed notes and many photographs that I had kept relating to the car, and I still have them. I am not getting any younger, and unfortunately I can see that one day this information will end up in the recycling bin, so I was hoping that you might be able to help locate the current owner – if he or she happens to be a Club member – and pass this information on to them. I am sure the current owner is
an enthusiast and would be delighted to receive this fragment of the car’s history, so if you can help I would be most grateful. Chris Cadman, Dumfries and Galloway Membership Secretary, Chris Sweeting, replies: Sadly, most requests like this draw a blank. Luckily, however, we found this particular vehicle’s details in the Club’s database – the 911E was owned by Geoff Wilcox who was a member in 2013–2014. I was able to contact Geoff, who was naturally delighted, and subsequently sent photographs of the car currently being restored. As a result I even persuaded him to rejoin the Club! Chris Cadman and Geoff are now in touch, so it’s a great outcome, and shows how members adding vehicle details to their membership account can be so important.
Back to front? The wonderfully atmospheric picture of a 911 Targa police car in the February issue of Porsche Post (Vintage View, pages 46–47) is fascinating. How on earth was the photograph taken? The clarity of the image suggests that it was not shot through the rear window of a vehicle in front. It’s quite a low-angle image, too, so not from the back of a pickup truck. By someone sitting backwards on the back of a motorcycle, perhaps, like the way they now ﬁlm bicycle races? I have managed to track down another photograph of the same car, which is featured on page 83 of Brian Long’s Porsche 911, The Definitive History 1963 to 1971. I am sure that many Porsche Club members will be familiar with this book. That picture shows the car from the side, parked next to a police helicopter. The car is ﬁtted
with steel wheels and chrome hub caps. The author says that the car was delivered new to the Düsseldorf police in 1967 (possibly conﬁrmed by the ‘D’-preﬁx in the registration number), and he also states that it is, indeed, an early 911S – as your own correspondent surmised in the covering article. The helicopter would explain the large numbers painted on the front of the car to help identify it from the air. Looking at the condition of the car in the photo in Porsche Post, it appears to me to be ‘well used’, with visible stone damage to the paintwork and ‘Polizei’ decal, as well as to the number plate and front valance under the bumper. Peter Settle, Cumbria Chris Seaward replies: Thanks for your comments and suggestions, Peter. We have no way of knowing what the camera vehicle might have been, but the fact is that these so-called tracking
So just how might last month’s Vintage View photo (below) have been taken? Most likely from the back of an estate car with the tailgate open – that’s how it’s most often done these days, albeit using a big 4x4. And on a private test-track, of course...
shots have been a staple of car photographers for many, many years. You would probably be amazed by the tricks of the trade they sometimes use in order to get the most dramatic views possible. On a private track, of course. One of our contributors has even seen a photographer – of suitably modest proportions – crouched in the front compartment of a 996, with the lid held partially down with a length of rope, so that he could get a good low view of a moving car from directly behind. Don’t try that at home, as they say. Or anywhere else, for that matter.
Key question I recently had a problem with the remote key fob for my 2003-model 986 Boxster, when the buttons suddenly stopped working. My ﬁrst reaction was simply to change the battery, but that didn’t work, and so further investigation was necessary. We have all heard stories of massively expensive replacement keys, but is it really necessary to go down that route? Certainly a brand new key from a Porsche Centre would cost in the region of £300 including VAT, or perhaps around £50–£60 less at an independent specialist, so I decided to do a little homework to see what was really needed. One option is to buy a replacement key on the internet. This will then need to be cut to match your original – at a cost, of course – and then programmed at
either a Porsche Centre or a good independent specialist, all at further cost. After a little investigation, however, I was able to get to the root of the problem and resolve the issue remarkably inexpensively. Keys for Porsches of this period are in three parts: the circuit board with the three microswitches (or the buttons, as we know them), an immobiliser chip and, of course, the key blade itself. Unless you have lost a complete key, in most cases it is unnecessary to replace the key – it can usually be repaired. During my investigations I found a company called Remote Key Repairs, which does just that. The repair includes a new outer cover to replace those worn buttons, new microswitches, and a check on the circuit-board wiring – and, of course, a new battery. The cost came to £37.50 plus postage per key. All I had to do when I got the key back was insert it in the door lock and click the key to the left, remove it and then operate as normal. The price quoted covers keys for the 986 and 996 models. Similar repairs for 987 and 997 models cost between £29.99 and £49.99. Turnaround time in my case was ﬁve days door to door, which I was extremely happy with. I made further contact with the company, with this report in mind, and asked for some additional information. This is what they came back with: ‘Remote Key Repairs has been around for 10 years and has successfully repaired thousands of keys in this time. We were the ﬁrst
in the UK to offer this service, after realising that it was possible to repair rather than replace. The company was renamed 12 months ago when we had a full rebrand to take us to the next level. Our website – www.remotekeyrepairs.com – has been live for three years, and is very successful. We do save customers a huge amount of money compared to going to main dealers for a new key, which can cost upwards of £300. We started repairing Porsche keys three years ago, and we immediately had a great response from customers. We have repaired more than 2,000 Porsche keys, and this ﬁgure is growing. It really does satisfy us when we receive such positive feedback from our customers.’ They certainly provided great service to me, and saved me a considerable sum at the same time. So make a note of that web address. You never know when you might need it, too! Alan Armstrong, Wiltshire Chris Seaward replies: Thanks for that useful information, Alan. I am sure it will be of beneﬁt to a signiﬁcant number of Club members – if not immediately, then certainly at some point during their ownership of their Porsches.
A beautiful Porsche – a beautiful green Porsche I never thought there was such a thing as a beautiful Porsche. There are many striking, handsome and purposeful Porsches, but beautiful? No, surely that is the domain of Ferrari and Aston Martin. Lamborghini? Forget it. The last thing of beauty they produced was the breathtaking
Miura before the descent into comic-strip Batmobile parodies. I am still relatively new to Porsche ownership. My ﬁrst was a 2009-model Gen 2 Cayman, which I bought at the beginning of last year. I always intended to buy a 981 ‘S’ if I liked and got on with the car. Needless to say I did! So there I was on the hunt for a 2014-ish 981 Cayman ‘S’. Then I saw this one (below). A 2010-model Gen 2 Cayman ‘S’ in green. Yes, green. Malachite Green, apparently. Without a doubt a beautiful Porsche. I had always thought the Gen 2 was a very curvy and sexy car and that was one of the things that had put me off the 981 and the new 718. My ﬁrst Cayman was Basalt Black, which is a popular colour, but I feel that this obscures the curves a little. But that colour – surely more Aston Martin colour than Porsche? With me being in Essex and the car in Yorkshire a viewing would be a bit tricky. So I had the dealer take some fresh pictures of the car in natural light. Luckily he managed to time it just as the sun was actually out in what has been a pretty miserable winter. In that green, in that light, all those curves were revealed. And that, as they say, was it. I was smitten! So much so that after a few e-mails and phone calls I found myself buying a car I had never seen in the ﬂesh. I’m not going to do a comparison between the ‘S’ and the non-‘S’ as that’s not what I’m writing about. I’m not judging or grading every other Porsche ever produced or owned on their looks – particularly as I’m a Porsche novice. All I am saying is that my green machine is truly a thing of beauty and I love it every time I look at it. Ray Morley, Essex
Green wouldn't be everyone's choice for a Porsche – or these days for any other car, come to that – but for Ray Morley this Malachite Green Cayman hit the spot immediately
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The Porsche month in pictures
Porsche customer teams achieved excellent results on the spectacular Mount Panorama Circuit. At the wheel of the 911 GT3 R fielded by Competition Motorsports, Porsche works driver Patrick Long, Porsche Junior Matt Campbell and Marc Lieb and David Calvert-Jones (Australia) finished second overall and won the Class A-GT3 Pro-Am after a spirited chase through the field. Other class victories at the race, which was contested by 14 manufacturers, went to the 911 GT3 R of Walkinshaw GT3, the 911 GT3 Cup of Steve Richards Motorsport and the Cayman of PROsport Performance. The picturesque Mount Panorama Circuit is located in Bathurst, New South Wales. It is situated on a hill with the dual official names of Mount Panorama and Wahluu, and is best known as the home of the Bathurst 1000 motor race held each October and the Bathurst 12 Hour event held each February. The four-mile track is technically a street circuit and is a public road with normal speed restrictions when no racing events are being run. There are many residences which can be accessed only from the circuit.
Photo by Porsche AG
Bathhurst, Australia, January
Autosport International, January
Photo by Jakob Ebrey
Renowned Porsche racer John Fitzpatrick was a popular addition to the Club’s stand at the Autosport International show in January. ‘Fitz’ was on hand to sign copies of his book which, due to strong worldwide demand, is now in its second edition. The Club plans further engagement with John later this year, so there will be more opportunities for members to meet him.
Following the success of the ‘Sound of Porsche’, touring major cities including New York, London and Shanghai during 2014, the concept of introducing Porsche to new fans in imaginative ways is well proven. And now the philosophy is being extended to more locations in the UK – the ﬁrst being Leeds, at the Victoria Gate shopping centre. The overall intention is to present Porsche in a different way to the expected manner. But in the typical Porsche style, existing owners and enthusiasts will also ﬁnd much to entertain and fascinate them in the novel setting. The event in Leeds runs until Thursday, 16th March.
Photo by Jakob Ebrey
Strathdon, February A group of members from Region 2, North Scotland, enjoy a mid-week drive which started just south of Aberdeen and took participants to Alford, Strathdon, Crathie and Ballater. The 106-mile route included a stop at Corgarff where refreshments were taken. The route itself can be viewed on Club member Paul Barlow’s website at www.barlow.org.uk.
Bicester Heritage, January
Photo by Roy Smith
The ﬁrst Bicester Heritage Scramble of 2017 attracted a large Porsche Club GB turnout, ably overseen by the Club’s Cotswold Region. Despite the dank conditions, a wide range of over 100 Porsche models made the journey to Oxfordshire to be part of the event, with some members travelling from as far aﬁeld as Kent and Lincolnshire. The next Scramble is scheduled to take place on Sunday, 23rd April and is traditionally the largest of the year.
The Porsche month in pictures
Daytona International Speedway, January
Photo by Jakob Ebrey
Members of Porsche Club America were out in force at the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona in late January. With plenty of Porsche action to enjoy – including the race debut of the new 911 RSR – the car park proved as interesting as the track action! A variety of members’ cars were on show as the American Porsche community once again showed why, along with Porsche Club GB, it is one of the most active in the world.
Autosport International, January Silverstone Auctions, February This 1973 911E 2.4 will go under the hammer at Silverstone Auctions’ Race Retro sale in late February. The car was supplied new by Concours Porsche-Audi, Inc, of St Louis, Missouri, to state resident Melvin Walker of Florissant. Finished in Silver Metallic with a black leatherette and basketweave interior, the car came with options including; sports seats, tinted windows and a leather steering wheel. With an MOT until January 2018 the car is guide-priced between £65,000 and £75,000.
The Club showcased the motorsport opportunities it provides by displaying six Porsches at January’s Autosport International in Birmingham. The four-day show proved to be a successful one for the Club, and the event once again demonstrated the Club’s extraordinary diversity, with Gordon Weston’s 924 Speed Championship car positioned alongside the ex-Gérard Larrousse 1970 911 ST – the lightest factory 911 ever built. Members interested in getting more involved with the Club’s motorsport activities are encouraged to email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Planning your Por Thanks to an everexpanding membership the Club is now able to present two ﬂagship National Events in 2017. The ﬁrst takes place as part of the popular Silverstone Classic weekend in late July while the second will see the Club stage a standalone national Concours d’Elégance at Ragley Hall
Silverstone Classic Friday 28th – Sunday 30th July The Silverstone Classic has once again been designated as a Porsche Club National Event and the necessary discount codes to allow members to secure the 2017 car club display packages are now available. The showpiece gathering will take place from Friday 28th to Sunday 30th July 2017 at the home of British Motorsport. What does the ticket package include?
Two event tickets and one infield vehicle display pass for your Porsche. Booking codes:
Use booking code 17002SCC for 2000 and later model year Porsches. Use booking code 17003SCC for pre-2000 model year Porsches. Tickets will need to be booked directly at www.silverstoneclassic.com or by calling 0871 231 0849 (calls cost 13p per minute plus network extras). Please enter the Club code at the start of your booking. The Club is acutely aware that, at this stage, it won’t be possible for some members to know which model of Porsche they will be bringing to the event. There will, however, be the opportunity up until 31st May to change the car which you have booked into the event, the process for which will be explained in your booking confirmation email. If you have any questions about the ticket purchasing process, please email email@example.com.
What will be different in 2017?
There will be 1,000 infield spaces available each day for Club members.
A designated parking area for classic Porsches will be created and located closer to the Club’s hub. Toilet blocks, exclusively for Porsche Club members will be positioned behind the Club’s marquee. The National Concours now won’t take place at Silverstone Classic and moves to Ragley Hall on Saturday 23rd September.
Hospitality, as ever, will be available from the Porsche Club marquee which will be a similar size as the 2016 offering. Grandstand
The Club is working closely with the organisers to ensure members once again have access to the Wellington Straight grandstand which proved so popular in 2016. Porsche Experience Centre
It is anticipated that the Club will once again interact with the Porsche Experience Centre over the Silverstone Classic weekend. Details about driving experiences and the Saturday night barbecue will be released in due course. 22 porscheclubgb.com
Rooms have been held for Club members at the Hellidon Lakes hotel near Daventry. To secure your room please phone the hotel directly on 01327 262550 and quote ‘Porsche Club’. Rooms have also been reserved at the Best Western Buckingham and can be booked, once again, by calling 01280 822622 and quoting ‘Porsche Club’. If you have any further questions contact the Clubhouse on 01608 652911.
sche Club summer Porsche Club Awards and National Concours d’Elégance Friday 22nd and Saturday 23rd September In 2017 Porsche Club will stage a stand-alone National Concours d’Elégance at Ragley Hall, close to Stratford-upon-Avon. The Concours will form part of a weekend which begins on Friday evening at the Welcombe Hotel where the Club will come together to celebrate some of its hardest working and longest standing members.
Porsche Club Awards, Friday 22nd September
The black tie dinner will have a capacity of 120 guests and a high-proﬁle guest speaker. The evening includes a three-course meal, table wine and a welcome drink. Priced at £45 per head tickets can be purchased via the Porsche Club website.
Tickets are priced at £12 per car and include access to Ragley Hall itself. This represents a signiﬁcant saving on the day rate and members are strongly encouraged to purchase their tickets prior to the event. The relevant passes can be purchased via the Porsche Club website.
Concours d’Elégance, Saturday 23rd September
The beautiful grounds of Ragley Hall will play host to the 2017 Porsche Club Concours d’Elégance. This will be a relaxed event with relatively little commercial inﬂuence and members shouldn’t expect the same kind of activities on offer at Silverstone Classic. Instead, the Ragley gathering will be a chance to celebrate beautiful Porsches in stunning surroundings. There will be a Club marquee with hospitality and ample parking for Club members.
A number of rooms have been secured for members at the Welcombe Hotel. Please call 01789 413822 and quote Porsche Club to secure your booking. If you have any questions relating to the Silverstone or Ragley Hall events then please don’t hesitate to contact Mandy Sutch at the Clubhouse by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 01608 652911.
Ragley Hall is located south of Alcester, Warwickshire, eight miles west of Stratford-upon-Avon. It is the ancestral seat of the Marquess of Hertford and is one of the stately homes of England. The house, which was designed by Dr Robert Hooke, was built for Edward Conway, 1st Earl of Conway, and completed in 1680
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Below: Great countryside and spectators lining the road – a typical Targa scene – with the winning RSR about to devour a private 914. Right: In full-on Group 5 prototype form, the RSR sprouted a huge rear wing and vast tyres. This is the works 1974 turbo
PERFECT PAIRING Throughout 1973 and ’74, the RSR’s competition outings were led by the factory pairing of Gijs van Lennep and Herbert Müller. Only once in the car’s debut year did they fail to ﬁnish, at the Monza 1000km due to engine failure, and as well as the Targa victory they were fourth overall at Le Mans. The following year they ﬁnished second in the 24 Hours, splitting two full-on Matra prototypes. Both men had stellar careers with Porsche – Dutchman van Lennep twice winning at Le Mans. In 1971, he and Helmut Marko covered 3315 miles aboard their 917 – a distance record that would stand until 2010. Van Lennep followed that up with another win in 1976, this time sharing a 936 with Jacky Ickx, before retiring from the sport. Swiss ace Müller was runner-up to van Lennep and Marko at Le Mans in 1971, but he nonetheless posted two Targa Florio wins and numerous Interserie successes throughout the 1970s. The former European hillclimb champion died when he crashed his Porsche 908/3 during the 1981 Nürburgring 1000km.
alling between the era-deﬁning 917 and 956, the RSR could easily be overlooked when compiling Porsche’s greatest sporting hits. And yet it delivered a number of giant-killing performances, both for the factory and a ﬂeet of privateers, and played a vital role in the company’s development of turbocharging. To fully appreciate its place in history, it’s important to remember that sportscar racing has followed a predictable pattern over the years. First, the regulations get changed in an attempt to reduce speeds and/or attract more manufacturers. Then everyone joins in and plays nicely until one of them ﬁnds a fresh ‘interpretation’ of the rules, pushing development into a new realm. The others either withdraw or are forced to follow suit, costs go through the roof and the whole thing comes crashing down. Between such scenarios, the series often reverts to a default setting that involves constant – and confusing – tweaking in an attempt to hit upon an attractive formula. It was going through just such an identity crisis in 1973, when Porsche launched its ﬁrst RSR. At the end of 1971, the 5-litre Group 5 titans – led by the spectacular 917 and Ferrari 512 – had been banned. Henceforth, Group 5 would be for the 3-litre Sports-Prototypes that had previously run in the now-defunct Group 6 – in effect, Grand Prix machines beneath sportscar bodywork. In ’73, this would be contested primarily between Matra, Ferrari, Alfa Romeo and Mirage. Group 4, meanwhile, would be for 26 porscheclubgb.com
GT cars of which at least 500 had to be built over a 12-month period, and it was this category to which Porsche had shifted its attention. The model that enabled the RSR to be homologated was, of course, the sublime Carrera 2.7 RS, with 1,580 being made during 1972-73. Of those, 55 were plucked from the line and turned into the competition-ready RSR. The Nikasil-lined bores were enlarged by 2mm to 92mm, while the stroke remained at 70.4mm to give a capacity of 2808cc. That was a relatively modest increase over the RS’s 2687cc, but the compression ratio was raised to 10.5:1, bigger ports and valves were used and hotter camshafts ﬁtted – all of which added up to a power hike of nearly 100bhp, from 210bhp to 308bhp. The ride height was reduced, stiffer torsion bars and dampers ﬁtted, 917-type brakes were used and all RSRs featured a ﬁve-speed gearbox. Wider tyres appeared, too, beneath extended arches, and an oil cooler was positioned in the middle of an enlarged front air dam. Legendary Motor Sport correspondent and Porsche enthusiast, Denis ‘Jenks’ Jenkinson referenced the RSR during his road test of the 2.7 RS – a car he described as the personiﬁcation of GT motoring and race breeding. At the end of his report, he wrote: ‘It is an open secret that the CSI are looking for a new formula for sportscar racing, to try and return the end product back to something useful and reasonable. The present trend is a rather unhealthy offshoot of Formula 1 racing that is heading into oblivion. An equal secret is that Porsche and Ford are trying to sway the trend towards cars with some basic resemblance to a usable end product, and the competition version of the Carrera RS… is the way they want to go with long-distance endurance racing, otherwise the sportscar scene will degenerate into two-hour sprint races, with too much time left over for arguing and wrangling.’ The RSR certainly made an instant impact at the 1973 Daytona 24 Hours on 3-4 February. Ferrari and Alfa Romeo stayed away from the ﬁrst round of the World Championship for Makes, a decision that led to Motor Sport high-handedly dismissing it as little more than an American club race. Even so, Matra had an MS670 for François Cevert, Henri Pescarolo and Jean-Pierre Beltoise, while there were two Mirages for Derek Bell and Howden Ganley plus John Watson and Mike Hailwood. There were four NART Ferrari 365GTB4s, too, against which Roger Penske ran an RSR for Mark Donohue and George Follmer, while Brumos ran another for Peter Gregg and Hurley Haywood. Both cars competed as prototypes because their Group 4 homologation didn’t become ofﬁcial until 1st March, but when the Matra and Mirages retired the two Porsches were at the head of the ﬁeld. The Penske car dropped out with piston trouble on Sunday morning, by which point the Brumos entry had a 22-lap advantage over the Milt Minter/François Migault Ferrari. The Daytona success was followed by victory at the non-championship Sebring 12 Hours for Gregg and Haywood, who shared an RSR with Dr Dave Helmick. After competing at the Vallelunga Six Hours on 25th March with a pair of the now
‘Once the roads were closed, Müller was immediately on it, three-wheeling the RSR around the bumpy course’
homologated Group 4 2.8-litre RSRs, Porsche showed up at the following week’s Le Mans Test Weekend with two cars that boasted 3-litre powerplants. One was in full Martini livery and was to ‘wide body’ spec; the other was plain silver and had narrow wheels and tyres. Gijs van Lennep tried both, returning near-identical times, Jenks noting that they were being impressively fast and making the GT Ferrari Daytonas look awfully slow. This latest RSR was, in fact, 10 seconds per lap faster than its Maranello rival. While the 2.8-litre Group 4 RSR was dominating the likes of the European GT Championship in the hands of privateers – being beaten only three times in that series all year – the works Porsche team would run the 3-litre car for the rest of World Championship season, exploiting its Group 5 prototype status by modifying the rear suspension and running a full-width rear spoiler. Arguably its most famous victory came in May’s Targa Florio, the increasingly dangerous and anachronistic road race. Van Lennep and Herbie Müller were once again in a 3-litre RSR, and they were joined in the Prototype class by another for Claude Haldi, who would share duties with circuit record-holder Leo Kinnunen. Giulio Pucci was supposed to be running a 2.8-litre RSR in the GT category, but he managed to wrap it around a tree in
Campofelice during practice. Instead, he took the start in a third prototype 3-litre alongside Gunther Steckkonig. As far as the spectators were concerned, however, only two teams really mattered. Ferrari had two of its gorgeous 312PBs for Brian Redman and Jacky Ickx – surprisingly, this was the Belgian ace’s ﬁrst Targa – plus Arturo Merzario and Sicilian favourite Nino Vaccarella. Alfa Romeo, meanwhile, entered a brace of 33TT12s for Rolf Stommelen/Andrea de Adamich and Clay Regazzoni/Carlo Facetti. Only the former would make the start, though – Regazzoni having what one contemporary report described as the mother and father of all shunts during practice. The Swiss lost control near Polizzi, ﬂipping the car end-over-end and landing in a ﬁeld. Miraculously, he emerged unscathed. The Targa was not an event for the faint of heart. Ofﬁcial practice took place on the Friday, but teams would run on the open roads for the two days leading up to that. Van Lennep almost collected a lorry, while Ickx only narrowly avoided a bus. Once the twisting country roads were closed, Müller was immediately on it, three-wheeling the RSR around the bumpy Piccolo Madonie course; he and van Lennep set the ﬁfth-fastest time – 36 mins 52.1 secs for the 42-mile lap. The Merzario/Vaccarella Ferrari was at the head of the ﬁeld with a scintillating best of 33 mins 38.5 secs. ➝
It was therefore ‘Little Art’ who blasted away from the startline ﬁrst, competitors being released at set intervals, TT-style. To the frustration of the Maranello team, he picked up a puncture within a few miles but unfathomably elected to ignore the service crew who were waiting for him with a fresh tyre at Campofelice. Instead, he limped around the entire lap before stopping, which let Stommelen into the lead, with Ickx second and Müller’s RSR third; Merzario would attempt a ﬁghtback before the Ferrari’s transmission failed. Ickx then crashed just before Collesano, to the relief of his co-driver Redman – like many others, the Lancastrian doubted the wisdom of running full-on prototypes on these roads. That left the lead RSR in second as van Lennep took over from Müller. Sandro Munari and Jean-Claude Andruet were third in a prototype Lancia Stratos, and both were running just ahead of a Lola T290 and Chevron B19. It
looked as if neither would be able to do anything about de Adamich, but fate lent a hand when he went to lap a local driver in a Lancia Fulvia. The napping backmarker moved across, damaging the Alfa’s suspension and leaving de Adamich with a long walk home. The van Lennep Porsche therefore took over in the lead, three minutes ahead of the Stratos, and the Kinnunen/Haldi RSR fought its way up to third – an unscheduled stop to hammer out a wheelarch and stop it scufﬁng the tyre left the Lancia secure in second and ended hopes of a Porsche one-two. After a second stint by Müller, van Lennep took over at the end of lap nine and the car ran like clockwork to the ﬁnish. The RSR had outlasted the faster but more fragile prototypes to complete the 11 laps in just under seven hours, giving Müller his second Targa win after his 1966 success aboard a Carrera 6. The victory moved Porsche to within 13 points of Ferrari in the World Championship for
‘It’s difficult to overstate the significance of the original RSR, and the cars descended from it, to this era of racing’
Left: Schurti/Koinigg rushing past the Nürburgring pits during the 1974 1000km. Top: The Müller/van Lennep RSR turbo about to leave the pits at the 1974 Nürburgring 1000km. Bottom: By 1974, the 3-litre RSR was available to privateers. This is the Porsche Club Romand car of Swiss driver Peter Zbinden at the Le Mans Test Weekend
Makes. ‘Not bad for what basically started off as a road coupe,’ observed the Motoring News correspondent. ‘And what happens if Porsche get fed up with GT homologation and really decide to give the Carrera RS its prototype head?’ There would be some indication of the latter point in 1974, when the 3-litre RSR was homologated for Group 4 – it would dominate that category for the next two years in privateer hands. The works outﬁt, meanwhile, had already moved on by adopting turbocharging for its own RSRs, a move that kept them in the prototype division but which would pay dividends in the coming years. To stay within the 3-litre limit when the equivalency factor of 1.4 was applied, the capacity of the turbocharged variant was dropped to 2142cc, but there was now up to 500bhp on offer. After early teething troubles the concept was proven when Müller and van Lennep ﬁnished second at Le Mans, a result they repeated at the following month’s Watkins Glen Six Hours. In the wake of the turbocharged RSR’s success came the 934 and 935, which would be mainstays of the sportscar championship for the rest of the decade. And for independent teams, the naturally aspirated RSR became the weapon of choice – no fewer than 15 3-litre examples were entered for Le Mans in 1974, as well as the two factory turbos. It’s difﬁcult to overstate the signiﬁcance of the original RSR, and the cars 29 porscheclubgb.com
descended from it, to this era: remove the Porsches from any top-level sportscar ﬁeld of the mid-to-late 1970s and you would be left with very slim pickings indeed. Throughout the 1980s, the popularity of Group C meant that GTs were sidelined – Porsche, in particular, was by then focusing on prototypes in the shape of the benchmark 956 followed by ubiquitous 962 – but with that formula’s demise came a return to cars that bore a closer resemblance to roadgoing models. In 1993, the RSR name returned to Le Mans with the 3.8-litre 964, winning the GT class courtesy of Jürgen Barth, Dominique Dupuy and Joël Gouhier. In subsequent years there would be 996, 997 and 991 variants as GT racing once again ﬂourished. For 2017, the tradition continues with the latest RSR, an ambitious all-new design that features a 510bhp, 4-litre ﬂat-six positioned ahead of the rear-axle line. Two works cars will tackle a full World Endurance Championship campaign, which kicks off at Silverstone on 16th April, as well as the American IMSA series. At the time of writing, they were about to make their debut in the Daytona 24 Hours, the same venue at which Gregg and Haywood made history in 1973. Only time will tell whether or not they live up to the fabled name, the impact of which continues to resonate more than 40 years after it ﬁrst appeared on the world’s race tracks. PP
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OUR KIND OF SPA WEEKEND Do you have visits to Spa Francorchamps and the ’Ring on your bucket list? Whether you’re a track novice or a seasoned campaigner, RSR’s multi-day programmes offer plenty of fun on and off the track ➝ Words: Sean Libbey Photos: RSR
t’s a widely acknowledged aphorism that your Porsche sports car was built for the track. Fortunately, members have plenty of choice for tracks in the UK, the best of which are available via the Club’s extensive 2017 trackday programme. Venture further aﬁeld to mainland Europe, however, and you’ll ﬁnd an even greater number of circuits to explore – with two in particular ranking among the elite band of tracks gracing our planet, and therefore well worth a visit. The Nürburgring and SpaFrancorchamps circuits are separated by a mere 95km, the
drive between them taking just an hour and a half over the border of Belgium and Germany. Both venues are approaching 100 years of existence (the ’Ring was drawn up in 1925, while Spa was founded in 1920) and are steeped in history – yet their experiences are starkly different. Spa offers a top-spec, FIAapproved racing venue ﬁt for the prestigious Formula 1 calendar, whereas the Nürburgring Nordschleife is quite simply the world’s toughest toll road where the weather can be as varied as the type of trafﬁc sharing the tarmac with you. Tackling either of these potentially demonic circuits can
present a tricky task for both car and driver, however, help is at hand from a business specialising in delivering the very best Porsche experience at Spa and the ’Ring. Step forward RSR. Based at both the Nürburgring and Spa, Porsche enthusiasts will instantly identify with its abbreviated business name, though here it stands for Ron Simons Racing, rather than Rennsport Rennen. Mr Simons’ eponymous business was founded in 1995, initially to help develop suspension systems for race cars before becoming the ultimate destination for high-octane endeavours at the Nürburgring. From a Porsche perspective, this
entails private trackdays and driver coaching in your own vehicle, with vehicle hire available for both the Nürburgring’s ‘Touristfahrten’ (public driving) days as well as road tours on the magniﬁcent routes around the Adenauer Forest. As you’d expect, the calibre of Porsche cars available for hire at RSR is beﬁtting of their name, the list including blue chip GT cars such as the 911 GT3 RS, GT3 and Cayman GT4. “If you’re going to drive on one of the best circuits in the world, you might as well do it in one of the best cars on the planet. It is our pleasure to be able to offer that opportunity to Porsche fans,” Ron tells us via
‘If you’re going to drive on one of the world’s best circuits, you might as well do it in one of the best cars on the planet’ telephone from his RSRNürburg headquarters near the Nordschleife’s Dottinger Höhe. Success in Germany’s Rhineland prompted the opening of RSRSpa in 2009, offering a broadly similar array of experiences at Belgium’s historic circuit, including the all-new ‘Standard versus Modiﬁed’
programme that sees customers take to the wheel of a new 911 GT3 before sampling a sister car with a raft of aftermarket upgrades. “The Standard versus Modiﬁed programme is born out of a simple idea,” says Ron, “Have you ever wondered just how much difference a set of good quality
coilovers would make to the suspension of your car? Or lightweight alloy wheels with semi slick tyres? Or just how good a proper exhaust system sounds? Our new initiative allows customers to experience this for themselves with back to back tests with cars on road, track, or both. Track tests come with lap times and video data for the technically minded, and both road and track comparisons come complete with expert instructors to ensure driver safety and peace of mind.” You might think that a company operating from the ’Ring and Spa, hiring out sought-after Porsche GT vehicles, means RSR only appeals to those with considerable driving
experience. However, you’d be wrong, for RSR is unique in providing memorable encounters for drivers of all talents. “Our mission statement is to provide customers from all over the world with affordable, all-inclusive track and racing experiences with the highest-quality driver instruction, providing a wide range of cars to choose from on racetracks all over the world,” Ron says proudly. He’s prepared to back that statement up too, which is why, only days after our telephone call, we’ve made the quick hop from the UK via the channel tunnel to join Ron and his team for an exclusive trackday at Spa. An RSR trackday at either the ➝
Nürburgring or Spa always guarantees a glittering array of sports and supercars in attendance, and of course the Porsche presence is high. We’ve made the journey in our own Porsche, but hiring a 911 GT3 for the trackday – with insurance included in the cost – means we can park our car for the entire event, free from the stresses of piloting our own pride and joy on one of the world’s most daunting tracks. It is even better that Ron himself is to be our instructor for the day, since this is going to be our Spa debut. As is usual protocol at RSR trackdays, the morning starts with a track walk, a helpful exercise to familiarise ourselves with the circuit’s numerous peaks and dips while checking conditions of the surface. Located in the Ardennes forest and pitched some 470m above sea level at its highest point, the weather can be decidedly changeable over much of the track’s 7km, and a track walk can enlighten you as to the contrasting conditions at different points. Soon the cars are let out on track, and the RSR team begins by warming our car up and checking tyre pressures before, on invitation, Ron jumps behind the wheel ﬁrst to show us the racing line around this picturesque circuit. It is here where Ron’s past racing prowess comes to the fore. He’s coy about it, but plenty of probing (and a good oldfashioned internet search that evening) reveals a racing career at the wheel of GTV6s and gulf-liveried Ferrari 308 GTBs, as well as a cluster of 911 Rennsports and RSRs, before a stint instructing for both Porsche and Ferrari. There’s surely nobody better to learn from, then! True to form, Ron wastes little time in showing us how to dance a 911 GT3. The car appears to make light work of what will prove a demanding circuit, and before long he’s pulling back into the pits to hand over to us. No pressure. As we buckle in using the GT3’s factory ﬁve-point harness (this is a Clubsport model), the ﬁrst thing to note is just how good a condition the car appears to be in. “We take good care of all our cars and when they reach a certain mileage we exchange them
for another example,” Ron tells us over the low chatter of our GT3’s ﬂat six engine on idle. We amble along the pit exit lane and rejoin the circuit just past the La Source hairpin. Ahead of us is a long descent down past the old grandstands, Eau Rouge and Raidillon’s steep rise in the distance. We build speed quickly, the GT3’s instant throttle response awakening the 450hp ﬂat six into a high pitched shriek en route to its 9,000rpm redline. “Stay right until I say,” Ron calmly instructs as our speed shoots into three ﬁgures towards Eau Rouge. “Come left, and, IN! Hold it, don’t lift…” We’re barreling up Raidillon now, its 17% gradient seemingly felt more now we’re piloting the car. The line is tricky to get right at ﬁrst and we’re glad for Ron’s guidance, who encourages us to use the kerbs for a quick sprint up and over. A succession of laps ﬂy by, before Ron suggests a quick pit stop. “You’re doing great, and your inputs are very smooth,” he encourages, which helps us settle. He then gives some useful advice to help us extract more from the car, before we return to the circuit for more. In many ways the GT3 is the perfect car for such a track: its PDK transmission in automatic mode allows the novice to focus on his or her lines, though the more accomplished among us could utilise some left foot braking and the GT3’s lightningquick paddle shift to really attack the track’s 20 corners. A hearty buffet lunch allows an exchange of stories from excited drivers all keen to share their experiences, before the commencement of the afternoon session. By 3 o’clock we’ve really found our rhythm around Spa, leaving Ron in the pitlane as we go it alone with the astounding GT3. All too soon, the trackday is at an end, and we’re reluctant to hand RSR their car back. Can we come back again soon? “If you think the 991 GT3 is good now, you should try the Standard vs Modiﬁed programme to see what can really be achieved with the car,” Ron says, the glint in his eye stirring genuine intrigue to ﬁnd out. We’ll be back for more with RSR, though with Spa ticked off the ‘bucket list’, we’ve a feeling next time it’ll be 120km east to tackle that loop around Nürburg. PP
‘True to form, Ron wastes little time in showing us how to dance a GT3’
Whether you’re at Spa or the Nürburgring, RSR will always boast the latest blue chip Porsches available for hire, allowing you to experience the best tracks in the best sports cars
968 BUYERS’ GUIDE
The 968 is one of the most soughtafter modern Porsche classics. Despite somewhat derivative looks, the blend of superbly balanced handling, advanced engine, reliability and quality gives it standout appeal. Here’s how to ﬁnd a good one… Words: Peter Morgan What’s it like?
In relative terms, even by Porsche standards, very few 968s were built. While that underlined at the time the failure of the model in the marketplace, today, as a classic Porsche it means the 968 has both rarity and notable build quality. It is arguably the best built Porsche of them all. Despite strongly derivative looks from the earlier 924 and 944,
Porsche claimed the 968 was 83% new. The fact that all the changes were largely internal was a typical contemporary feature of a car sold on its engineering excellence, rather than instant kerb appeal. The biggest change was a brand new, all aluminium, 250bhp four-cylinder engine that came with variable valve timing on the twin camshaft cylinder head. Motronic ignition controlled the VarioCam adjustment system. The camshaft proﬁles were designed for maximum power, and the timing could be advanced for better torque when the rpm fell below a set point. Fuel consumption and exhaust emissions were improved. The new engine, combined with a very full list of other overall improvements not only made the 968 quick as a sports car, but ﬂexible enough to be an easy everyday driver. Expect around 30mpg in mixed cycle use. Combine this with the previous astonishing load ﬂexibility plus real performance on the roads, and the 968 is an excellent, all-round sports car that rightly has taken its place among the best of classic Porsches. Which one should I get?
Only 12,776 968s were built for worldwide markets between
August 1991 and the end of production in July 1995. And as it didn’t sell at all well in the UK, there aren’t many models to choose from. The basic product mix was the Coupé and Cabriolet, of which some one-third were Cabrios. For everyday driving, including the daily commute and longer distance touring, the Coupé offers a more comfortable experience and greater versatility. If you have young children, the Coupé offers fairly practical rear seats and the opening tailgate permits a huge amount of family clutter when on tour. The original 968 offers a fully trimmed and quiet car with a good option list (although not many took advantage of it). Air conditioning was rare on UK cars in the early 1990s, but today and suitably updated, it is a selling feature. The Cabriolet is more of a two-seat indulgence – one to cruise the Highlands on a crisp Autumn day. With the electrically operated top up all round driving visibility isn’t anything to shout about, but with it down it’s good. You do lose that large rear storage capacity (the Cabrio has a shallow rear luggage area) and the rear seats are more cramped. But as with the later Boxster, the top-down facility yells that this is a fun sports car. Tiptronic offers two-pedal driving, but at some loss to the
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The 968 is renowned for superb handling. The 240bhp 3-litre twin cam four cylinder engine and rear mounted gearbox is a package virtually unbeatable and a delight to drive even to this day. The lighter weight Club Sport devoid of luxuries when new was the lowest priced 968, and acclaimed by Autocar as the best handling sports car of 1993. Today, after numerous race successes, both can still be seen competing on the track. At classic auctions they are considered one of the best Porsche transaxle models and are becoming a serious appreciating classic.
performance. The sporty 968s don’t offer more power, but are more agile from being lighter. The Club Sport (from Spring ’93 in UK) is stiffer and has all the unnecessary trim stripped out (including no rear seats and a tailgate that can only be opened from behind the passenger seat on RHD cars). But it’s great for trackdays and despite selling new for 17% less than the full 968, is now the most sought-after 968 model!
Consensus today suggests there were 179 examples sold in the UK. The UK only 968 Sport falls halfway between the two extremes and offers a simpler driving experience with the agility of the CS. 306 UK Sports were sold during 1994-5 (when only 40 968 Coupés and 71 Cabrios sold in the same period!). The Sport could be described as the best buy. To all intents and purposes the special Turbo S and RS models are not available to the typical 968 buyer. Consensus suggests only 14 305bhp Turbo S were produced by the Motorsport department, with four race versions (Turbo RS) producing 337bhp. What are the running costs?
Whether the car is used daily or only occasionally, the most important preventative maintenance is to have an annual oil change service. Oil has a very limited ability to absorb moisture and, in the UK climate, short runs or irregular use can lead to a build up of moisture in the lubricant. Given the 968’s all aluminium engine and the high importance of good lubrication, those oil changes are the secret to long, reliable life. The service interval for the 968 is annually anyway, with plug changes suggested every 24K miles. The camshaft timing belt and balance shaft belt are scheduled every 48K miles or four years. With many other manufacturers suggesting much longer intervals for these belt changes now, it may be worth researching current opinion on these. Typical cost for a belt/idler kit is around £200 + VAT,
plus labour, although a higher mileage engine is highly likely to be subject to the mechanic’s expensive words ‘while we’re in there’ and require other costs. Brake ﬂuid is stated to be changed every two years, but again, unless you live in a particularly high humidity area, many might suggest a classic car could go four years between ﬂuid changes. Servicing prices will vary wherever you are in the country and it is well worth shopping around. An independent Porsche specialist is recommended over the local non-specialist as established independents will have the relevant experience, tools and diagnostic equipment to deal with what is a relatively complex car. The annual VOSA (MoT) test only considers tyre tread depth, but for safety reasons tyres more than 10 years old are not recommended. A set of tyres for the 968 is likely to cost around £750 + VAT. Worn out or leaky shock absorbers may also need replacement (typically from £200 + VAT each). Some aftermarket ‘sports’ suspensions can ruin the touring comfort, so care is required on a modiﬁed car. Noisy torque converters or leaky Tiptronic gearboxes should be treated with caution. Brake discs and pads ﬁtted can run to £1K + VAT per axle. Batteries last around four to ﬁve years, but less if they are allowed to drain completely. A trickle charger will greatly extend the life of a good battery. Other more long-term wear and tear includes corrosion of the
rigid brake pipes, which can cost some £1K + VAT to have completely replaced (using copper nickel replacement pipes for longevity). A 968 clutch can last a long time, usually around 60-70K miles. A replacement can cost from £750 + VAT. Another area that has affected some 968s is failure of the camshaft timing chain tensioner and the associated camshaft drive sprockets. This can be a very expensive failure, marked by increased noise from the cylinder head. For a full rebuild with new camshafts, probably new hydraulic tappets and all the associated hardware, expect little change from £2K + VAT. What should I look for?
Buying a car that is up to 25 years old requires a very comprehensive technical check. The best starting point is a car with the correct service book, a current VOSA that isn’t more than three months old and a history ﬁle that demonstrates long-term care and evidence of replacement of the items that will always wear out (clutch, brakes, tyres, belts and so on). ➝
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It’s a very practical Porsche – the rear hatch with the rear seats folding results in a large load area (enough to ﬁt a road bike!) and having the 2+2 conﬁguration is handy. The sunroof is a great option – electric slide tilt is great as ventilation for the cabin, in addition being able to remove it fully like a Targa means fresh air without buffeting. However, the sunroof can be troublesome as it is complex and should be checked. The digital clock from the 944 was changed to an analogue clock and the digital display to outside temperature gauge. The displays were troublesome thus the change – check it’s working as a replacement is expensive.
MODEL HISTORY The auto industry model year (MY) runs from 1st August to 31st July, so a 1993 model could have been produced between 1st August 1992 and 31st July 1993.
1992MY: 968 replaces all 944 models, with RHD models available from April/May. Model available in both Coupé and Cabriolet body styles, manual and Tiptronic.
1993MY: 968 Club Sport introduced in December 1992; very limited edition 968 Turbo S and Turbo RS announced in February 1993.
1994MY: 968 Sport introduced July 1994 to UK only.
1995MY: All 968 production stops July 1995.
Finding a car with a relatively low mileage will be difﬁcult, and the key to long engine life will be a disciplined oil change record throughout its life. It is important to know the belts/idlers have been changed within the past, say, three years. Many cars get stored, when mileage is negligible, but with an all-aluminium engine missing more than perhaps two to three annual changes isn’t recommended. For an engine that has had regular servicing, expect the top end to need a rebuild from 120K miles and a full rebuild from 150K miles. If the engine is smoking or noisy (particularly the cylinder head) it’s probably better to pass on it. Both symptoms may require major engine rebuilds. Issues with the Motronic (fuel and electronics) should be apparent when driving the car and will need an experienced diagnostic expert to ﬁx, while the exhaust system is a consumable item. Expect £400 + VAT for a quality stainless rear silencer. A clonking noise or front wheel shake when driving can suggest worn suspension (either lower
control arm or anti-roll bar droplinks), while ﬂoaty handling can suggest worn out shock absorbers (which may be leaking). It’s important to get under the car to assess the suspension condition as well as the brakes and brake lines. A torch is useful for this. The alloys should be damage free and it’s worth looking carefully for damage repairs or cracked rims. Tyres must be checked for tread depth, signs of perishing or simply being more than 10 years old (hardened rubber). To assess the bodyshell, a paint thickness gauge is invaluable to detect heavy ﬁller. Despite being zinc
ust can be found coated from new, rust llss (under the either in the rear wells rear carpet sides) or around the rear trailing arm bodyshell mounts. Crash damage is not unusual, particularly on Club Sport and Sport models. Signs of cheap body repairs show up as poorly matched paint, poor panel gaps and wet carpets (from water ingress around the tailgate or sunroof). Seats should be intact on a good car with no rips, cigarette burns or sagging. Most importantly, check everything works, including the air conditioning if ﬁtted. A regas may not be enough if the condenser or compressor is faulty – making an aircon rebuild expensive at possibly £750-1K. Always try to drive the car before you buy. Important issues will show up even in a short drive (ﬁve miles would be typical). If you don’t have the experience to check the car out yourself, get an independent Porsche specialist to look at the car. They will advise on all aspects of the car’s condition, what needs replacing now and in the short term and whether the car is valued correctly. PP
In 1961 Porsche introduced a limited run of not unattractive 356 variants that later came to be referred to as ‘Notchbacks’, writes Peter Settle. Initially they were based on the contemporary 356B Cabriolet and had, in effect, a hard-top permanently welded to the body. German coachbuilder Karmann was responsible for constructing those shells. In 1962 the body was revised and developed to feature a 356 coupé windscreen and, at the rear, twin cooling vents for the engine. A metal side strip was added along the full length of the car at the same height as the door handles, and the Karmann logo was attached to the front wings, low down and immediately behind the wheelarches. Early models were given the factory reference T5, while the later cars were designated T6.
The car in the photograph, with its single engine vent, and neither the Karmann logo on the front wing nor the metal side strip, would indicate a 1961 and thus T5 model. One wonders why this publicity shot was taken in a factory car park – although the fact is that photographers have long been drawn to graphic backgrounds such as that provided by the light and dark stripes on the side of the building. The female model – possibly the delightful Thora Hornung again, although in previous photos in this series she was blonde – was obviously told to turn up in her best clothes and high-heeled shoes, and was then given a wet cloth and told to stand coquettishly on one leg and wipe the back window. But then this was the early 1960s… PP
VINTAGE VIEW Evocative images from the Porsche Archive
DAY OUT Despite the damp and foggy January weather more than 80 Club Porsches, and 100 members and their friends, spent an enjoyable and thoroughly informative morning at Dove House Motor Company in Northamptonshire Words and photos: Porsche Post team
Left: Michael Frith (left), one of the members who had their cars assessed at Dove House, speaks to senior technician Phil Long. Right: Lovely Guards Red 924S was up for a strong £12,900
hanks to the internet we live in an age of unparalleled social activity, but ironically that is by its very nature something that tends physically to isolate us. Facebook and Twitter are ﬁne, if you enjoy that sort of thing, but you can’t beat a good old-fashioned get-together with like-minded people. Throw in the chance to have your pride-and-joy Porsche given a thorough health check, entirely free of charge, by one of the UK’s foremost independent specialists, and not least some expertly cooked bacon rolls, and you’ve the makings of an event that will draw genuine enthusiasts from far and wide. All of which explains both the success of Porsche Club Great Britain itself – now fully 17,000-strong, and still growing – and, despite the frankly rather uninviting winter weather, that of the mid-January, Saturday-morning open day so generously laid on by Dove House Motor Company in Rushden, Northamptonshire, in conjunction with two each of the Club’s Regions and Registers. Like any such successful gathering it needed careful planning and co-ordination – and both an
initial concept and then a date, in this case 21st January. Straightforward manpower, too. Unsurprisingly all of those derived from yet another Porsche Club-organised event, the popular Supercar Sunday at the Sharnbrook Hotel last September, and a conversation there between Club member Johnny McGirl and Dove House’s genial sales manager, Simon Lenton. Later, R24 Regional Organiser John Dunn became involved, and he helped spread the word through an announcement in Porsche Post and on the Club’s forum that culminated in wholehearted support from Paul Ebbs, Region 10’s RO, as well as from Tracy Wilkins and Andy Willis, Boxster and 996 Register Secretaries, respectively. In the end, their combined effort and enthusiasm drew in a highly creditable 81 cars: 25 and 19 from the Boxster and 996 Registers, respectively, as well as 20 from Region 10 (Milton Keynes), and 17 from R24 (Cambridgeshire & Bedfordshire). Start time was ofﬁcially 10am, but even by 9.30 Dove House’s large car park was full, and it wasn’t long before there were Porsches parked along both sides of the fortunately wide and now quiet Crown Way. Total attendance was 42 porscheclubgb.com
around 100 people, and ‘trade’ at the bacon counter so brisk that Simon Lenton had to make a quick dash to Waitrose – luckily, just down the road – for more bread rolls. The highlight of the event depended, perhaps, on one’s interests and aspirations. Free rein of the vast, almost hangar-like showroom allowed visitors to admire the many Porsches on offer, including 997s and 991s, perhaps half a dozen Boxsters, and a pair of attractive Panameras, one a 62-plate diesel for a very tempting £36,900. In one corner a smart 2009 Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen occasioned some interest – although why these undeniably competent but now frankly oldfashioned machines should still have such high residuals (£59,900) is something of a mystery – but over on the other side a Lamborghini Aventador (£254,900 to you, sir…) was for this writer completely overshadowed by a beautiful Guards Red 924S for £12,900. An easy choice for most of us, one suspects. Elsewhere, the company’s detailer, Brendon Hurn, offered a demonstration of machinepolishing, and in the light and airy workshop the ﬁve wheel-free lifts were in constant use for the
aforementioned inspections and appraisals – all entirely FOC. Most cars drew only minor comments from the technicians – all helpfully recorded for the owners to take away with them – but unluckily for them, or perhaps very fortunately, Tony and Sue Goldney from Newport Pagnell were found to have a fractured road spring in their 2006 997 Carrera ‘S’. The break was in a part of the spring that would have made the Porsche dangerous to drive away, so later a staff member drove them home, and they collected the by then fully repaired car a few days later. Meanwhile Michael Frith’s recently acquired 997, under the expert eye of senior technician Phil
‘You can’t beat a good old-fashioned get-together with like-minded people’
Long, served as a masterclass in how to look after these now increasingly affordable modern classics. He covered basics, such as making sure that the oil ﬁller cap is always secured properly, and that the fuel ﬁller cap’s seal is intact (both can have a signiﬁcant effect on running quality and exhaust emissions), and went on to explain about rusty tandem pumps. The slight weep from the crankshaft seal prompted a discussion – leave well alone until it’s dripping, suggested Phil – and it was no less interesting to hear his views about the wear that tends to occur on the inside edges of the front tyres. Unlike on most cars, whose wheels are set to toe in very slightly to aid straight-line stability, and which thus wear the outside edges of the tyres, the 997’s wheels normally toe out to improve steering response – and so abrade the normally unseen inner areas. Something well worth keeping an eye on, anyway. No less fascinating was Michael’s own justiﬁcation for the mesh grilles he has added to his car’s air intakes to prevent the radiators and air-con condensers ﬁlling with leaves and rotting – Porsche, said Phil correctly, strongly advises against any such modiﬁcation, presumably on the 43 porscheclubgb.com
grounds that it will interrupt the ﬂow of cooling air. ‘I’m not a professional aerodynamicist,’ said Michael modestly – because he plainly knows much about the subject – ‘but as a former RAF engineer I can say that any restriction such as this generates a low-pressure area behind it, and that has the effect of helping to draw more air through. Either way, better that than have the engine overheat because the radiators are jammed with leaves, or else rot away and allow the coolant to leak.’ Quite so. Proceedings drew to a close shortly after lunch, leaving a clearly delighted Simon Lenton and his team to pack up. ‘I’m not sure how many cars we inspected,’ he told Porsche Post later, ‘but it must have been well in excess of 20. We certainly weren’t looking to generate work for ourselves – although I do hope that some members we don’t yet know will consider using us – but I am naturally pleased that we spotted that broken spring for the Goldneys. Likewise we didn’t sell any cars directly as a result of the day, but again we saw a lot of interest in our stock, and the high level to which we prepare it. I’m sure we’ll see the beneﬁt sooner or later.’ We’ll second that! PP
Porsche Panamera 4.8 4S PDK 2012/12. Mileage - 33,450. Carbon Grey. Black Leather PCM 3 Touchscreen Sat Nav Bluetooth Phone Prep with Cordless Handset Sport Chrono Pack Plus Electric Seats £43,900
Porsche 911 (997) 3.8 Carrera S Convertible PDK 2010/10. Mileage - 48,150. Basalt Black. Black Leather PCM 3 - Touch Screen Sat Nav Bluetooth Phone Prep Sport Chrono Pack Plus BOSE Surround Sound System £42,900
Porsche Cayman (981) S 3.4 PDK 2013/13. Mileage - 23,800. Basalt Black. Black Leather PCM 3 Touchscreen Sat Nav Bluetooth Phone Prep Sport Chrono Pack Plus Sports Steering Wheel with Paddleshift £41,900
Porsche Cayman (981) S 3.4 PDK 2013/63. Mileage - 29,920. White. Black Leather PASM - Porsche Active Suspension Management BOSE Sound System Heated Seats Heated Steering Wheel Leather Package £39,900
Porsche Cayenne 3.0 D V6 Tiptronic 2014/63. Mileage - 20,940. Dark Blue Metallic. Luxor Beige Leather PCM - Sat Nav Heated Seats Power Tailgate Park Distance Control Front and Rear Speed Sensitive Power Steering £37,900
Porsche 911 (997) 3.6 Carrera Coupe Gen II 2009/59. Mileage - 59,350. Arctic Silver. Black Leather PCM 3 - Touchscreen Sat Nav Bluetooth Phone Prep BOSE Sound System Electric Memory Seats £34,900
Porsche Cayenne 3.0 D V6 Tiptronic 2012/12. Mileage - 45,310. Meteor Grey. Platinum Grey Leather PCM3 - Touchscreen Sat Nav Bluetooth Phone Prep Air Suspension PASM - Active Suspension Management £31,900
Porsche Boxster (981) 2.7 PDK 2012/62. Mileage - 35,000. Platinum Silver. Black Leather PCM 3 - Touchscreen Sat Nav Bluetooth Phone Prep BOSE Sound System Heated Seats Park Distance Control £29,900
Regions Regional Director’s report The Club has seen an exceptional start to the year. The Autosport show at the NEC was hugely successful with a fantastic display of cars from the ultra rare to the ultra modern. Some members travelled some distance to come and take in the show and all that is had to oﬀer, then put their feet up at out stand and enjoyed great complimentary coﬀee served with a smile. New members joined the Club in record numbers and retail sales enjoyed unprecedented demand. Demand for this year’s events is highly encouraging. It is rapidly becoming clear that if you see an event that is of interest then delay committing at your peril. Interest in the Club’s track days is at a level we have not seen before – we have already taken bookings for Oulton Park in November and it is already looking like the popular Anglesey day will need a reserve list. The Club’s Welsh weekend in May is likely to be bigger than ever this year with a strong presence from the Club’s
Regions. Llandudno may need a bigger prom! The WEC championship kick starts its season at Silverstone in April. If you have not booked your place already then act fast – 700 members’ cars are already going to be there and this is sure to be a year of Porsche dominance on track. Whilst it is always nice to get positive feedback from members (and many thanks to those of you who do get in touch with me or the Clubhouse team directly) I was more than delighted to receive an email from the Porsche Community Management Team in Zuﬀenhausen this week which recognised that the Club’s current work demonstrated a best practice example for every Porsche Club [worldwide]. I can assure you these achievements have not come around by accident and thanks very much to all the Club’s members, volunteers and team members for making this happen. I would like to take this opportunity to record thanks to a couple of long serving Club volunteers, Roger Theaker is to hand over the reigns of the Jersey Region
to Fiona and Goetz Egglehoefer in April after some 15 years as RO and I look forward to welcoming Fiona and Goetz on board. I would also like to extend sincere thanks to Paul McNulty who has devoted much of his recent life to the 944 Register and who is temporarily between Porsches as he enjoys his new life in Cornwall. Few indeed are the number of people who have committed more to the Club than Paul and I am very grateful to Mike Pollock for expressing interest in taking on the 944s. That leaves (last but not least) Jeremy Heney to be welcomed as the Club’s new Cayenne Register Secretary and many thanks indeed go to Geoﬀ Budd for his contribution to the Club in the role to date. The Club is nothing without its people – but equally, it would be nothing if we didn’t manage it prudently and as we continue to grow, I will continue to do my very best to ensure that we go from strength to strength in 2017. Rob Kellock Chairman & Regional Director firstname.lastname@example.org
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Regional Organiser Donald Hossack 07968 724441 – email@example.com Assistant Regional Organiser Scott Laurie 07803 260417 Welcome everyone to this month’s PP We are well into 2017 and I can’t quite believe it’s coming up to a year since I took over from Scott as RO. It’s been good fun carrying out the duties of RO, even though, on occasions, it can be frustrating, particularly when I don’t get a reply to enquiries on events. It’s certainly been a learning curve on many fronts. My ﬁrst year was a busy one with 28 events (and 22 Club nights) supported by you, the Club members, along with some guests. We have enhanced our relations with other car clubs and have good relationships with many varied car dealerships and event venues across R1 and beyond. Hopefully this will continue throughout 2017 but, as I said a year ago, it’s your Club and Region and would not run successfully without your support. Thank you for that support and, if I can help in any way with Porsche-related matters, please get in touch. Thanks also to my ARO, Scott, who I know, on top of helping me along the way with Regional business, has had a very busy 12 months personally. It’s been a great start to the year with January seeing two very well attended events (see to follow). At the time of writing the 2017 events calendar is taking shape and, ﬁngers crossed, you will have by now received an email with an update on an exciting
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R11 Essex p58 R12 Norfolk & Suﬀolk p60 R13 Herefordshire, Worcestershire & Shropshire p62 R14 South Wales p65 R15 South West p66 R16 Gloucestershire p69 R17 Southern p69 R18 Lancashire & Cumbria p70 R19 Thames Valley p73 R20 London p74
variety of upcoming events – with something for everyone hopefully. Remember, the Scotland South Events page on the website carries more detailed information and is constantly updated. RECENT EVENTS January 2 New Year breakfast In excess of 30 of us met at The Railbridge Bistro, South Queensferry, for a traditional Scottish breakfast on a mostly dry, if not a little cold, morning. After wishing each other a happy New Year and looking round the excellent turn-out of Porsches, we went into the warmth where I found my wife Shona had worked her magic on the management and got us all a complimentary glass of Bucks Fizz. The lovely breakfast followed with tea and toast, and everyone had a good natter before 45 porscheclubgb.com
R21 Chiltern p76 R23 Sussex p77 R24 Cambridgeshire & Bedfordshire p77 R25 Kent p80 R26 Dorset p80 R27 Ireland p82 R28G Guernsey p85 R28J Jersey p87 R29 Surrey p87 R30 Isle of Man p89 R31 Cotswold p89
we went back outside for another look over and chat about cars. Porsches arriving in South Queensferry
DIARY DATES FIRST TUESDAY OF MONTH West Coast Club night Sherbrooke Castle Hotel, Glasgow, G41 4PG. 8pm. LAST THURSDAY OF MONTH East Coast Club night Dakota Hotel, South Queensferry, EH30 9QZ. 7.30pm. MARCH 4 Secret Bunker visit followed by tea at Crail MARCH 25 West Coast breakfast run APRIL 2 Breakfast meet at Gretna with R18 APRIL 9 Detailing workshop, Paisley APRIL 22-23 Oicials’ Conference MAY Run and lunch (TBC) MAY 14 Cumbria International Car Show with R18 MAY 20 East Coast breakfast run
Congratulations to a neighbour of mine, new Club member Hugh Fraser, who came along with his recently purchased and very nice 987 Cayman.
and shortbread. It’s a lovely venue overlooking the rapids with great views of the canoeists and river rafting. Although it was quite cold on our visit, I could imagine relaxing along the riverbank on a warm evening watching others getting wet.
Scotland North Regional Organiser Steve Rose 01224 868052 – firstname.lastname@example.org Assistant Regional Organiser Gillian Gardiner 01382 778923 Russ and Karen Gould, with their growing children Eleanor and Zach, recently collected their new Macan from the factory in Leipzig. There’s a full report of their visit in the Macan Register section of this edition, but see below a picture of the happy new owners!
January 15 New Year run and lunch It was a delight to see 17 Porsches and a few other assorted cars meet up at Dobbies Stirling on a fairly mild mid-January morning. After a quick cuppa we were on our way and although a slight hiccup took us momentarily oﬀ our route we were soon back on track. It was never going to be a spirited run due to roads waterlogged from melting snow at the sides, but the scenery to Lochearnhead on to Killin and along the side of Loch Tay never disappoints. The temperature dropped considerably as we arrived on time at the Inn on the Tay where 40 of us sat down to a roast beef lunch followed by tea, coﬀee
January 26 East Coast monthly meeting Many thanks go to those that came along to discuss the 2017 events calendar. We had a dozen in attendance and that’s an encouraging increase to our normal numbers. Hopefully we can keep the momentum going. I think it’s one of the few occasions the Dakota Hotel has known we were there as we got the use of a side lounge with more privacy. There were some very good comments and suggestions, all of which I have taken on board with a view to incorporating at events. Start preparing the car for the spring – Scott and I look forward to seeing you at an event soon. Regards Donald and Scott
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A cold car park at the Inn on the Tay
New Year breakfast at The Railbridge Bistro
RECENT EVENTS January short drive/long lunch Our ﬁrst meeting of the year was, as usual, a short drive (in case of bad weather) to a leisurely lunch on a Sunday in January. This year we chose the Cowshed restaurant in Banchory as the venue and had a turnout of 28 members. Speaking to folk during and after the meal it seems to have been a hit, with several ﬁrst time visitors saying they’d be back. I had a few prize items kindly donated by Porsche Cars GB and PC Aberdeen, which we raﬄed for charity. Rather than choosing a charity beforehand, I ask the winner of the last prize drawn to select who should beneﬁt from the exercise, and this year Colin and Nancy Morsley nominated Aberdeen Cyrenians. This local charity supports homeless people in our area, and I’m pleased to say that we were able to hand over £150 to them as a result of the raﬄe. Thanks to everyone there for taking part. FORTHCOMING EVENTS We had a successful events planning meeting late in January, just before the deadline for this magazine item. Please take a look at the R2 Events page on the Club website as the resulting programme of events should be taking shape by the time you read this. If you don’t get emails from Cornbury House, with news of National events and more, check that they have your correct email address by logging on to the website and reviewing your proﬁle. Steve Rose and Gill Gardiner
DIARY DATES MARCH 2 Club night, Lairhillock 8pm MARCH 16 Club night, Milton Inn, Moniﬁeth 8pm MARCH 19 Sunday run Check website for details.
R3 ready to party
ﬁreplaces. It looked fantastic and gave a real sense of grandeur. We chose the venue for its central location yet most members still chose to stay over. Throughout the afternoon we ﬁlled the bar area and the party started – R3 at its best! With great banter among friends, the mood was set for later that evening. The meal was booked for 8pm, the food was served up quickly and was, I have to say, delicious. After the meal we had organised a disco to dance away those Christmas excesses but, before the dancing began, Deb and I had a little surprise. We felt that having such a large gathering of R3 was an ideal opportunity to thank everyone for their contributions of help and support throughout our ﬁrst year as ROs. We are grateful for the help we’ve received – even just turning up to an event you are helping to keep up the momentum of R3. Thank you. We also decided to resurrect the ‘Member of the Year Award’, and to add a few more of our own.
North East Regional Organiser Greg Harm 07932 746152 – firstname.lastname@example.org RECENT EVENTS Post Christmas knees-up The festivities are now a distant memory but our ﬁrst event was a post Christmas knees-up at Redworth Hall, a Jacobean manor house near Newton Aycliﬀe. Having our get-together in January seems to ﬁt well with members, with not so many other social events going on. We had exclusive use of the grand hall, with its own minstrels’ gallery, chandeliers and huge open
Presentations (L-R: Deb Harm, David Chapman, Kenny Robinson, Wendy Duffy, Mark Duffy, Greg Harm, Dave Urwin, Dave Carnaffin)
First oﬀ, we presented Dave Urwin with an apron emblazoned with the Club crest – he always steps up when we’re hungry! At our annual BBQ he’s always manning the grill and at our annual Regional show the volunteers are always grateful for his amazing chilli once everything has been packed up and the visitors have gone home. Next, we presented Kenny Robinson with a framed ‘Fourth Award’. Since coming fourth when representing R3 in the driving challenge at the National Show in 2015, Kenny has participated wholeheartedly in every competition yet never quite succeeded in winning anything. Kenny can now eventually say he has won something. David Chapman knows his 944 Turbo inside out and is always happy to share his technical knowledge and to oﬀer advice on where to source Porsche parts. He can often be found lending a hand to members repairing or upgrading their cars. We thought it was 47 porscheclubgb.com
time his eﬀorts were rewarded so presented him with a spanner, mounted on oak, engraved with the Club crest. Since joining the Club in 2014 Dave and Amy Carnaﬃn have enthusiastically joined in everything we do. In fact, I can’t think of anything they haven’t taken part in. They are always the ﬁrst to oﬀer help and to sign up for events (despite never being certain that their 944 will make it – and taking on the chin any banter when it doesn’t). For their enthusiasm for promoting the beneﬁts of the Club at car shows and their outstanding contribution to Club life we presented them with the ‘Spirit of R3 Award’. ‘Member of the Year 2016’ was awarded jointly to Mark and Wendy Duﬀy. They have contributed massively to the smooth running of the Region over the past year – from organising our ﬁrst static event of 2016 at Newby Hall to planning our 2017 WOTY to Le Mans. Mark is always assisting on the Forum and helping others with his IT skills. He even sorted our T-shirts for our WOTY to Stirling. Our members always appreciate Wendy’s amazing cakes too! Before the music began we had one last surprise – the return of the now ‘infamous’ R3 baird, David ‘Rabbie’ Redfearn, who, following his performance at our 2016 WOTY, had written another poem; a fantastic round-up of 2016. We danced the night away until carriages arrived to collect those heading oﬀ into the night at 12.30am. For those staying over, the party continued for quite sometime afterwards in the bar – well into the ‘wee hours’ said Rabbie. Cub night Just a few days later normality had resumed and we gathered to ﬁnalise our calendar of events for 2017. Our season will kick oﬀ on April 2 with ‘Clear Away the Cobwebs’, our ﬁrst run of the year. You can ﬁnd a list of planned events on the North East section of the Club website. Les Murray’s funeral Two days later and many of us were together again to attend Les Murray’s funeral. Gathering in the freezing cold on the North East’s ﬁrst snowy day, prior to paying our respects, we realised that, in the strangest way, this was going to be our ﬁrst run of 2017 and we had been given the honour of doing it with our mate Les, this one last time, following the hearse with an R3 convoy. The service, with standing room only, was beﬁtting of this well-loved gentle man who was a great friend and inspiration to many. As the words were read at his service all of us felt humbled by what life had thrown at him and his family over the years, but yet we still realised the impact he had made on us all attending from the Club. It is an honour that through our common interest he had, all too brieﬂy,
When you read this we will also have had our February ‘Valentines’ lunch. At the time of writing, two weeks before the event, it’s fully booked – so another good turnout. However, there is the old adage of ‘the best laid plans…’ so I am now busy organising an event for March, the one I had hoped to have not having worked out. Hopefully, if you go to our Events page on the website, full details will be there, as are all 2017 events. Do please keep checking there for updates and additions, as well as reading our MailChimp messages for details.
Resting our legs at the PCGB stand at Autosport International
DIARY DATES MARCH Please see our Events page on the Club website APRIL 2 Belton International Horse Trials APRIL 23 County Wheels, Woodhall Spa
been part of our lives, and we feel happy that he had got so much from his time with the Club. RIP Leslie Murray 1959-2017. Autosport International The following morning several of us headed to the show at the NEC. If you have never been it’s a bit of a mixed bag, with everything from suspension stalls through to modern F1 cars. Not everyone’s cup of tea, I admit, but nonetheless plenty to see and do, including the live action arena where you can watch a few stunts, see races and learn interesting facts about some of the cars on display. Of course, we made the most of a visit to the Club stand for great coﬀee and to rest our legs before tackling the crowds again. Thanks to the Cornbury House team who, as always, were working tirelessly all weekend so that members could experience a great time. We found our hotel, checked in, dropped our bags and headed out for a really good meal at a local Indian restaurant. Once back at the hotel there was just time for a nightcap before turning in. We had a great time visiting the show but it has to be said, with the friendships and camaraderie that is developing in this Region, you could stick us on a desert island and still have a great time. Now there’s a thought for next year’s WOTY… Greg Harm
Shield’, which the winner holds for a year, or the even more hotly contested ‘Perpetual Wooden Spoon’ for the lowest scorer – yes, the winner of this item keeps it as a reminder to try better next year! “Forty members jostled around the lanes, a number of which were non-players, so a total of six lanes had been booked – with six teams consisting of a varied number of team members. With all six lanes progressing at diﬀerent speeds, it was quite diﬃcult to maintain some form of record of where the various players were but, at one point, it looked as if one lady member, who had not bowled before, was showing everybody else how to do it! Unfortunately this showing fell by the wayside in round two. The 2016 champion, Cliﬀ Doe, also seemed to be having diﬃculties this time out as well. “After two hotly contested sessions we all moved to the dining area for a well-deserved lunch and some recuperation. The winner, with an averaged out score between the two rounds of 142 and the highest individual score of 184, was Keith Halliwell. He was presented with the ‘Challenge Shield’ after the post-bowling lunch by our new RO, Rod Stormes. The ‘Perpetual Wooden Spoon’ was presented to Mark Dakin with a score of… I think I’ll draw a veil over that… amid much banter and hilarity. “The organisers, Steve and Lynn (for the fourth time), received a round of applause for organising yet another excellent annual event. Roll on next year, it’s already booked!”
North West Committee Contact Allan Crosby 01744 894500 – email@example.com RECENT EVENTS January 14 New Year dinner Phil Graham reports: “Starting oﬀ 2017 on a high, 48 R5 members and their guests enjoyed a lively and friendly evening at The Deanwater hotel. The biggest party to date provided members with a great value event, with lots of raﬄe prizes purchased from the Club shop and those many little touches that make a diﬀerence. Those who remembered to bring raﬄe tickets distributed throughout 2016 had an even better chance of winning something, with additional prizes donated by PC Wilmslow. “The ‘Member of the Year Award’ is always a diﬃcult choice, but the Regional committee was unanimous in nominating Bill Keddie for adding a little extra over many years as an enthusiastic member. Congratulations to Bill, and many thanks for all your eﬀorts.
Lincolnshire & Humberside Regional Organiser Rod Stormes 07887 690716 – firstname.lastname@example.org Assistant Regional Organiser Richard Watkinson 01472 220185 Gavin Marshall 01472 826334
Our previous RO gets a strike Bill Keddie (left) receiving the ‘Member of the Year Award’ from Phil Graham
RECENT EVENTS January 15 Bowling We held our ﬁrst 2017 event in January, and had a fantastic turnout of members. Thank you to Rowena Purdy for the following report: “In mid-January R4 held its annual bowling needle match at the Lincoln Bowling Centre in Washingborough. It was attended by 40 members, all of whom would be vying for either the ‘Challenge
“Rounding oﬀ the night on a light-hearted note, Bill entertained us with a tricky quiz requiring intelligence, knowledge and speed-reading skills. “Evenings such as this, plus the regular Club meetings, provide a warm family-friendly atmosphere, which can be enjoyed by all. It’s a great opportunity to meet people, make new friends and share the Porsche experience. “So, a big thank you to all who come along to R5 events and help to make them special occasions.”
FORTHCOMING EVENTS March 8 Club night at the Deanwater A fun night is planned, with a ‘feely bag’ competition and Air Ambulance charity raﬄe. We are asking members to bring in their own item in a pillowcase or plastic bag. These will then be passed around and those present have to guess the mystery item, note it on the scoring sheet and answer a supplementary question (e.g. if the bag contained a brake pad, the question might be ‘which make/model of car would it ﬁt?’). The items need not necessarily be of an automotive nature – last year there were corner brackets for a swimming pool liner! We are also asking members to bring along a donation for the raﬄe in aid of the North West Air Ambulance. Any questions, please email Anthony Shuker: email@example.com May 19-21 Weekend in Wales The venue will be the four star St George’s Hotel in the Victorian seaside resort of Llandudno, which is under an hour away from Saturday’s Anglesey trackday and as close as you can be for Sunday’s Porsches on the Prom. Information on hotel reservation packages was given in last month’s column. Please call the hotel directly on Freephone 0808 168 6030 or the switchboard on 01492 877544 quoting 10489717 for the Porsche Club to book. For those who can make an early start on the Friday, the lunch meet at Corwen will be followed by a 72-mile drive through Snowdonia National Park including a circuit of the ‘Evo Triangle’. Details for booking the Anglesey trackday are available on the Club website. Chris Clark
DIARY DATES MARCH 8 Club night at the Deanwater See details above. MARCH 10 RS trackday at Oulton Park APRIL 12 Club night at the Deanwater Presentation by Prestige Wheels. MAY 1 Gawsworth Classic Car Show R5 will once again have a major presence at this season-opening car show. Our stand will have pride of place on the top ﬁeld. MAY 10 Club night at the Deanwater Favourite cars competition (in the hotel car park). MAY 13 Porsche Club Championship, Oulton Park MAY 20 PCGB trackday at Anglesey MAY 21 Porsches on the Prom, Llandudno MAY 28 Porsche 928 40 years celebration, Brooklands JUNE 3-4 Tatton Park Classic Car Spectacular R5 has a stand at this popular show. To include your Porsche in our display, please contact Dave Traﬀord by email: david.traﬀord1@ntlworld.com
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Ladies who don’t ‘Pie Face’
Welcome Welcome to Paul and Howard who came along to our January meeting. I would very much like to go shopping with Paul. (Why? I shall explain later). We look forward to seeing you and your better halves at future meetings and events.
In a surprise move, Graham came down for dinner in a jacket AND tie. Top trumping Tim and his jacket and the other ragamuﬃns in jumpers and just plain shirts. The ladies all looked stunning.
RECENT EVENTS Post Christmas catch up in Betws-y-Coed Only three Porsches came out for our post Christmas event. We met at Tweedmill Shopping Outlet in St Asaph and headed along the lovely Welsh roads to the Bison Farm, just outside Corwen. The weather forecast was a bit dodgy but the threatened blizzard didn’t materialise. We did see a tiny bit of snow at the edge of the road, but nothing to worry about. Big decision time at the Bison farm. Sit inside the restaurant for a hearty lunch or head round the corner to a rustic wooden shed with bench stools, a wood burner and a burger? The shed was a winner for three of us. Everyone else chose the restaurant option and stayed warm. Then disaster struck – Tim had forgotten his jacket! He was dispatched home to collect it so Annette was promoted to co-pilot in the Golf (243k miles now). It was just a short drive down to Betws where we checked into our rooms. With time to kill before dinner, some went for a whiz around, some did retail therapy, some went for a brisk walk, some used the pool and spa facilities, and some just arrived. Being a picky eater, Paul’s birthday posed a challenge, but Dawn stepped in and made an amazing gluten-free chocolate cake, with candles, for us all.
Paul’s birthday cake and balloon
The roll call for the evening: Paul and Jo; Nick and Gill; Malc and Gill; Graham and Alison; Laurie and Sue2; Tim and Annette; Al and Deb; David and Rhian; Dylan and Dawn; Geoﬀ, Tony and Angela; and Gwyn and Diana. Dave and Chris joined us for the meal but couldn’t stay overnight. 50 porscheclubgb.com
Laurie and Sue2 ‘Pie Faced’
As ever, it was just good to get together and enjoy the food and the company. At the end of the meal, we retired to the lounge area where Gill produced the ‘Pie Face’ game that involved two people pressing on a knob thing as fast as possible. The slower of the two got a blob of squirty cream ﬂicked into their face. Annette wouldn’t play – some potential problem of messing up her hair? Then we played charades, which seemed very tame in comparison. Eventually, the evening came to a close and we drifted oﬀ to bed. Following breakfast on Sunday, we all went on our separate ways. Another great weekend in the bag! January meeting Unfortunately, our guest speaker was poorly, but it gave our two new members the opportunity to tell us about themselves. Paul was on his way to Ikea to buy some shelving for the kitchen and popped in to Vanrooyen in Warrington where he just happened to pick up a 993 Cabriolet. This is why I would happily go shopping with him. Howard, who owns two 914s, one of which is upside down in his garage, told us about his long history with the Porsche marque. Most disturbingly, we heard about him leaning in and starting the engine of a 911 just to warm it up. Highly tuned and without a driver, the car took oﬀ along the drive (smashing through the gates), across the road, through a stone wall and down a ﬁeld before hitting a telegraph pole. The car was a write oﬀ with Howard suﬀering a cracked sternum as he managed to open the door just as the car came to an abrupt stop. A sad day of which the Porsche-shaped new stone area in the rebuilt wall now constantly reminds him.
FORTHCOMING EVENTS R18 will be attending the Cumbria International Motor Show on May 14 at Westmorland County Show Ground, Lane Farm, Crooklands, Milnthorpe near Kendal (LA7 7NH) and have sent an invite to our members. Tim Williams is organising the Prestatyn Classic Car Show on May 29. Entry forms can be downloaded from prestatyncarshow.blogspot.com DIARY DATES Please contact me or see website for more info about the events we have in our calendar. MARCH 16 Visit to Ninemeister in Thelwall, Warrington MARCH 19 Drive and lunch in Conwy APRIL 9 Abersoch drive and lunch at the South Caernarvonshire Yacht Club APRIL 20 Visit to Mono Cars Factory in Speke MAY 18 Visit new showroom at PC Chester MAY 21 Porsches on the Prom, Llandudno R7 Children wait for Rush to start
Yorkshire Regional Organisers Mark and Carol Jessop 07981 412895 – email@example.com We hope you are ready for a busy 2017 as we have a pretty full calendar. There are at least two options each month, either within our own Region, with our neighbour’s or nationally. This year we have kept up with the popular Sunday Services but introduced more driving opportunities. Traditionally our year kicks oﬀ with the Whitby ﬁsh and chip run, and hopefully this year will be no diﬀerent. Once we have that in place we can ﬁrm up March and April’s events around it. We look forward to seeing you all during the year and to show what a great Region Yorkshire is to our many new members. Club nights Our Club nights are held on the ﬁrst Wednesday of the month at the Woodlands Hotel, Leeds, which can be found just up the A62 from the Porsche Centre and just oﬀ J27 of the M62, post code LS27 7LY. We aim to kick the night oﬀ around 8pm.
Club website The Club’s website contains a wealth of useful information and everything you need to keep in touch with the Club and our own Region – we maintain our own Yorkshire areas within the Forum and the main website. You can ﬁnd all the event information for the year, including photos from events and route information for past drives. RECENT EVENTS New Year dinner We were a bit slow coming up with a theme for this year’s New Year dinner and only ﬁnalised plans in time for December Club night. However, we knew we had come up with something good when it sold out in about four hours! This year we squeezed 22 boisterous members (remember the cinema scene from Gremlins?) into our own private cinema at 1331 in York for a showing of Rush, a fantastic movie telling the amazing story of the 1976 Formula 1 season’s ﬁght between James Hunt and Niki Lauda. If you didn’t know this was a true story, it would be quite unbelievable. There is something wonderful about sitting in a cinema full of your friends along with the odd beer or two. After the movie our numbers grew to 36 for pre-dinner drinks, luckily in our own area, as R7 members are not the quietest bunch. Dinner was
held in a tasteful Art Deco room, and was again a somewhat noisy aﬀair. Before we knew it, it was midnight and time to move on. If we can’t go driving then these really are the best of times. Thank you to everyone who came along and made it such a great event. DIARY DATES We just about have 2017’s event calendar ready with just March and April events to be conﬁrmed once we have the famous ﬁsh and chip run in place. MAY 14 Cumbria International Car Show near Kendal Some great driving roads in a run up to Kendal to join R18 for their annual show. Cost is £5 per car all the details on the website and forum. MAY 21 Sunday Service Venue TBC. Come and join us from 11am for bacon butties at the ﬁrst Sunday Service of 2017. JUNE 4 Run out Details TBC nearer the time. JUNE 26 Sunday Service – Lady Bower Reservoir In the parking area alongside the reservoir, just oﬀ the A6013. We will be there from 11am with the butties.
East Midlands Regional Organiser Tom Fisher 07768 317346 – firstname.lastname@example.org RECENT EVENTS January 2 Club night For the ﬁrst time ever we had a problem with our Club night. On New Year’s Eve I received a phone call from the landlord at The Coopers Arms explaining that the pub was closed due to a staﬀ party! He was very apologetic. We did our best to contact everyone but, inevitably with the short notice, at least one member turned up to a deserted venue. We are very sorry and hope it will not happen in the future without good notice. Autosport Show NEC I had an enjoyable day at this event – thank goodness for Laura and Co. providing coﬀee and sanctuary on the Club’s stand. The stand displayed a fabulous array of members’ race cars but, apart from our stand helping to fuel my enthusiasm for the forthcoming year, the overall show was much the same as usual without anything particularly outstanding. What I did enjoy was the ‘oval’ race hall amongst the oval racers, which included the Autograss machines. When I competed many years ago it used to be a cheap sport relying on scrapyard parts with most cars built at home. But not anymore. Many thousands of pounds are now invested in being competitive, with cars so light and powerful that the senior classes literally rise in the air at take oﬀ! Having friends still competing, I intend to spectate at a few events during the year – we are lucky to have many race venues in our area. It is always extremely exciting to watch and very good value for money.
PCGB at Donington Historic 2016
FORTHCOMING EVENTS March 6 Club night at The Coopers Arms We hope to have a short presentation by the County Air Ambulance and a presentation of money raised from our TOTEM event. April 23 A52 Mable to Table Arrive from 8.45am for coﬀee and route guidance at PC Nottingham, which has kindly oﬀered to host the start of the run. We drive to Mablethorpe on the East Coast and then on to The Royal Oak Inn, near Louth in Lincolnshire, for a carvery meal at 1.45pm. You can decide on your own route or, if you wish to take part in the ‘road observation/quiz’, you will need to follow the A52 all the way to the sea. You will need to have a partner in the car for the competition. Numbers are limited so Tom will need a £5 deposit (refundable on the day) to secure a place. April 28-30 Donington Historic Our exclusive PCGB parking is now established in the centre of the inﬁeld with easy viewing over much of the circuit. This year I am pleased to say that the Club will provide a substantial marquee for refreshments and somewhere to sit. This is a relief for our local team because, in previous years, we had the rather precarious
job of erecting our Region’s tent in a howling gale. Booking details will appear elsewhere in the magazine. Mike’s mumblings My usual start to the motoring year is the same as Tom’s, however I like the set up days and manning the stand during most of the show at the NEC. It really isn’t hard for me to stand around and talk about the wonderful cars we manage to get to display – pride of place going to the 1970 911 S/T this year. I’m sure plenty of pictures of it will ﬁnd their way in to PP! Other highlights for me were the sight of 11 Sierra Cosworth RS500s celebrating their 30th anniversary just across the aisle from us, and the Cayman GT4 Clubsport on the Porsche stand. I’m really looking forward to another year of trying to decide where to go!
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DIARY DATES MARCH 6 Club night at The Coopers Arms Air Ambulance presentation. APRIL 23 A52 Mable to Table APRIL 28-30 Donington Historic MAY 6 Club night at The Coopers Arms JUNE 5 Club night at The Coopers Arms
West Midlands Regional Organiser Kim and Mandy Sutch 07811 114646 – email@example.com David Jones 01455 220081 – 07836 374295 Davejones996@hotmail.co.uk
tool with a small cutting disc attached. It took a while and I was careful not to damage the expensive oil tank before it ﬁnally came out and I was able to undo the two nuts holding the hoop in place. The other side was relatively straightforward and the hoop now sits, along with many other parts, in our spare bedroom. All the new parts would be coming from Design 911 as they have everything in stock and so, rather than have them delivered, Mandy and I took a trip to their shop in Essex to collect. Whilst there, Mandy decided there were more things that I would need, so we came home with a car full of parts and a gaping hole in my wallet. The front and rear screens will be taken out by a professional window ﬁtter and, all being well, the car will be oﬀ to Greg’s workshop the second week of February. More updates next month.
964 Targa update We decided the Targa needed some paint in places and, after talking with diﬀerent body shops, we made the decision to have a full body re-spray. Our ﬁrst port of call was to Graham, a friend of Dave’s, who had done such a great job painting Mandy’s Boxster a couple of years ago but, unfortunately, he was too busy to take the job on. This meant ﬁnding someone else, so I set about ringing a few people and going to some body shops. One Saturday in December we visited a couple of places and our last call took us to Southam Bodies, which is not far from us. The man in charge is Greg Howell and it turned out he owns a 964. He showed us around his workshops and some of the work he was doing – we were very impressed. So, after half an hour of talking and looking round the Targa, it was agreed that he would have the car to do the new paint job. Greg said that to help out I could, if I wanted, start to take the car apart, and I was up for the challenge. How hard could it be? Some screws and bolts came out easily but some didn’t and had to be forcibly evicted from their homes. As I took the car apart I kept all the parts in freezer bags and marked up where they had come from. I also had to order new parts – mainly all the rubber seals around the bonnet, doors and Targa top. The removal of the Targa hoop was not the easiest as it meant taking out the oil tank, which is situated within the rear wheel arch. I had to drain the oil and then undo two rubber mounted bolts. Draining the oil was easy but the bolts were a diﬀerent matter and I ended up using my Dremel
The Targa is dismantled in preparation for its February re-spray
First Club night of 2017 Club night in January was very well attended with 20 cars and 43 members, including some new to the Club. Welcome to you and thank you all for making it a great night. It was good to see Baz Barnett as he had not been able to attend the December Club night and we had a small gift for him in recognition for all his hard work and organising a drive out in 2016. Cheers Baz. After the December drive out to Cornbury House they organised proved to be so successful, Tom and Carol have decided to organise a weekend trip to the Lake District. Our resident MC, Dave, told everyone present and we have already ﬁlled the hotel, based in Grasmere. If you would like to join us on the weekend of October 6-8 you can still do so as there are other hotels and B&Bs in the area. We are meeting on the Saturday night for a meal at the hotel we are staying at, which can cater for up to 40 people. In brief, we will drive up on the Friday. During Saturday a drive out around the lakes will be followed by a meal together in the evening. On Sunday, after breakfast we will visit a National Trust property or something similar. Please get in touch if you are interested.
FORTHCOMING EVENTS As well as the events listed in Diary Dates and the calendar, we are also planning the following: Saturday/Sunday drives (TBA); a visit to Buzzard Vineyards in Tamworth, for lunch and a tour; and indoor/outdoor karting during a weekend or evening (TBA). It would be great to know if you are interested or have any ideas for trips or events you are looking to arrange that we can inform R9 members about. Please email Mandy on firstname.lastname@example.org. Happy motoring everyone Dave, Kim and Mandy JROs DIARY DATES MARCH 12 Drive to Cornbury House for the spring Open Day MARCH 21 Club night at The Bear, Berkswell APRIL 18 Club night at The Bear, Berkswell MAY 16 Club night at The Bear, Berkswell MAY 19-21 Weekend in Wales Including Anglesey trackday and Porsches on the Prom, Llandudno (R6). JUNE 20 Club night at The Bear, Berkswell JUNE 25 R9 Show and shine and summer picnic
Milton Keynes & Northamptonshire Regional Organiser Paul Ebbs 01234 363358 (7pm–9pm) 07769 805594 (daytime) – email@example.com January is drawing to a close as I write this report and the multitude of PCGB events start to grow even more. We have a lot to look forward to including a run to Cornbury House for the spring Open Day and, amongst our many other national events, a visit to the British Motor Museum at Gaydon is also on the cards. RECENT EVENTS Bicester Heritage A splendid turnout as always was assured at this ever growing event, which has PCGB members coming from further and further aﬁeld every time. Not the very best of weather again – cold but bearable – but it saw many of us enjoying the varied classics nestled
amongst the renovated (and still derelict!) buildings at Bicester. A great day out was had by one and all. Autosport at the NEC Helping out on the Club stand at the NEC for Autosport was a joy again, with another 77 new members being enrolled and a good amount of coﬀee and tea consumed at hospitality. Some ﬁne Porsche racing cars were on the stand, including the ﬂagship 924 S increasing the awareness on prostate cancer, a fantastic 911 R and a Porsche Cars GB 911 Turbo. I asked several younger visitors which car they would choose – the white 911 Turbo or the genuine 911 R. The answer was deﬁnitively the new Turbo for, as one person said to me, “it’s worth a lot”, but they were also surprised to hear that the classic 911 R is valued at around £2.5 million! ‘You learn something every day’ – they certainly did. Dove House visit R10 and R24, along with Boxtser and 996 Register members, descended on Dove House Motors for a very cold morning visit, where we enjoyed the brilliant hospitality of the Dove House team, which included bacon and sausage rolls and hot drinks to warm us up. Several members took advantage of the ﬁve ramps available for individual inspections of their Porsches, and the feedback was commendable. Many thanks go to the Dove House lads and particularly to John Dunn for overseeing the event. Quite a few members already have their cars serviced and worked on by Dove House and there will doubtless be more considering taking their car to them in the future.
gauging interest. If anyone would like to join us there, please contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and I’ll put you on the list. I can get a concession on the entry price, which will get you in for only £9, but we need an absolute minimum of 12 attendees. Generally it is £14 for adults. I think it’s worth a look and it would be nice to know if you’re interested in going. I would appreciate names only via the above email if you decide to come, please. There is a thread on the R10 Forum, so keep up with what’s happening on there if you need information, or contact me. Chris racing a GT4 R10 member Chris Valentine will again be entering the Creventic 24-hour race at Silverstone, this time in a Cayman GT4 alongside Canadian (Toronto) Fareed Ali (the car’s owner) and with his old team Newbridge Motorsport. To date, other conﬁrmed drivers are Australian Aiden Read (who has just won the Asian Le Mans series in a Nissan JSP2 in the LMP2 class) and Blancpain driver Devon Modell. The race runs from 4pm on Saturday, April 1. Chris says there are quite a few GT4s in the race, so any podium result is bound to be a great achievement. Good luck to them!
Chris will compete in this lovely GT4
FORTHCOMING EVENTS March monthly meet and Cornbury House Open Day Our Monthly meeting is on March 11 at the Sharnbrook Hotel as usual. I hope to see as many of you that can make it over for a good chat and catch up. The following day, Cornbury House (Club Headquarters) has a spring Open Day, so several of us will be meeting for a hearty breakfast at the Super Sausage (supersausagecafe.co.uk) for an early* run over there. You’re very welcome to join us... If anyone prefers to be later, it’s your choice, but we prefer an early start. * Early’ means the café opens at 7am and we will have our meal and be leaving by around 8-8.30am for (hopefully) a quiet run… Come on, you know you want to. Gaydon – British Motor Museum visit I’m hoping to arrange a visit, probably in May, to Gaydon for the British Motor Museum, which has been revamped recently. This will possibly be around Sunday, May 28 (TBC), but at this moment I’m just
Hope to see you all soon Paul DIARY DATES MARCH 11 R10 Monthly meet MARCH 12 Cornbury House spring Open Day run
Essex Regional Organiser Martyn Molyneaux 01245 222937 (7pm-9pm) email@example.com Assistant Regional Organiser Greg Thompson 01376 573445 – firstname.lastname@example.org
RECENT EVENTS January Club night We had a very good meeting at our Club night in January, during which we were pleased to welcome several new members. We discussed events for the coming year and members were thanked for their suggestions, several of which are already incorporated into the Regional diary and PCGB calendar. We also presented a cheque to Caroline Gerrard, Fundraising Manager of Peaceful Place, our charity for 2016. We are delighted to report that, during last year, we raised £1,037 for the charity.
Martyn making a cheque presentation to Caroline Gerrard of Peaceful Place
Bowling Attention is directed to our ten-pin bowling at Freeport on March 17. The cost is £16.95pp for two games and a buﬀet meal. It is requested that if you wish to take part let me know. Write me a cheque made out to M. Molyneaux and send it to Blakes, Fir Tree Lane, Little Baddow, Chelmsford, Essex, CM3 4SS by March 1 or email me so that I can send you details for a bank transfer. ‘Drive It Day’ April is certainly a month when everything seems to start. On April 23 we have PCGB’s AGM, the Kersey Mill ‘Drive It Day’ and a charity fun run organised by CCVC and CVCM. This latter run starts from Hyde Hall and sets out on a 50-mile journey across the Essex countryside to the Royal Gun Powder Mills at Waltham Abbey. The cost of the event is £18, with the charities beneﬁting from the event being Little Haven’s Hospice and CHAPS. The entry cost includes a tulip rally route map, rally plate and entry to the Powder Mills. An entry form will be available at our Club night, or one can be downloaded from ccvcuk.co.uk For details of the Kersey Mill event, please contact: email@example.com Keeping up-to-date Further events will be inserted into the PCGB calendar and R11 diary dates during the course of the year and it is also recommended that you ensure your email address is on the Club’s database to receive emailed information. You can do this by logging into the Club’s website using your member log-in details. If you have not previously done this, but you are a Forum user, the username and password are the same. If you have not got your log-in details, then please contact firstname.lastname@example.org providing your membership number.
I am grateful to Jon Dowding, who has provided a list of events he feels you, the member, may be interested in and, at which, you may be able to meet up with fellow members. However, please note that only some of the events will have an oﬃcial R11 presence. The list that Jon has provided may be found on the R11 section of the PCGB website. We look forward to meeting you at our Club evenings and events that we have organised. PC Colchester changes I have recently heard that Gary Sorrell has been promoted to another position within the Jardine Motors Group and is managing aftersales for the whole of their ‘High Luxury Division’. There will no longer be a General Aftersales Manager at Colchester responsible for all four brands and, moving forward, Peter Hurd, who is currently Service and Parts Manager, will be the Porsche Aftersales Manager reporting directly to Dan Jones, Dealer Principal. There will then be an Aftersales Manager for Bentley, Ferrari and Maserati who will report to the Bentley, Ferrari and Maserati General Manager. We welcome Peter to his new position that, with his experience and background with the marque, makes him eminently suitable for his new job. Gary will be missed by all those who appreciated his involvement with R11 and for his aftersales assistance with Porsche and other car marques at Colchester and, formerly, at Cambridge. Gary will continue providing technical assistance to the 996 Register and we give him our congratulations and wish him every success in his new position. DIARY DATES MARCH 14 Club night A talk by Andy Prill on Porsche and the lighter side of competitions. MARCH 17 Ten-pin bowling At Nanco, Freeport, Braintree, CM77 8YH. 7pm for a 7.30pm start. APRIL 1 Technical seminar for the 996 at PCGB Clubhouse APRIL 11 Club night Richard Eniﬀer, Sales Manager at PC Colchester to give an update on the world of Porsche. APRIL 22-23 Oicials’ Conference and AGM APRIL 23 Kersey Mill Drive It Day APRIL 23 CCVC and CVCM Charity Fun Run MAY 9 Club night MAY 13 Visit to Prill Porsche Classics in Halstead
R12 enjoying their starters at The Ram
10am start. To book your place and receive location details, please email Martyn at r11porscheclubgb.com MAY 28 Classic Cars on the Green and Open Gardens at Butt’s Green For details, please email Paul Newbury at email@example.com JUNE 13 Club night Fun golf evening at Rivenhall Oaks GC. To book your place, please email Martyn at r11porscheclubgb.com
Norfolk & Suffolk Regional Organisers Tony and Colleen Wickins 01379 676251 – firstname.lastname@example.org Spring is on the way and, by the time you read this, we will be looking forward to February’s ‘Pub of the Month’ as we return to an old favourite, The Orwell at Felixstowe. Our thanks to Ray and Jolanda for arranging this on our behalf. Our ﬁrst Club night of 2017 will have taken place at the Bird in Hand and you will notice there are a couple of changes to the events listed in previous PPs. Instead of a visit to Historika in March we have been invited to view Shawn Taylor Racing premises in Norwich (10 Garden Street, NR1 1QU) with lunch to follow. Please contact Colleen if you wish to come. Also, a change of plan for May, when, instead of Gressenhall Museum (which we will put back to autumn), we have the opportunity to visit Glemham Hall, near Woodbridge, followed by ﬁsh and chips at the coast. See overleaf for details. RECENT EVENTS January 29 POTM Thirty-three of us enjoyed a leisurely Sunday lunch at The Ram, Tivetshall – not far for us to go as we only live in the next village. Roger was looking forward to a special birthday (don’t worry Rog, we won’t say which one) and his wife Sebby had arranged with Paul and Julie to bring along a selection of cupcakes, complete with candles, for everyone to wish him well. It was good to meet up with everyone and several had travelled quite a distance to join us and our thanks to Yvonne and Alan for organising the lunch on behalf of the Region.
After a splendid lunch, Alan, Yvonne, Brian and Rosemary came back to our house for a committee meeting, ﬁnalising some dates and details for the forthcoming months.
April 23 Day out in North Norfolk This will include options of things to do and see. For steam railway enthusiasts, why not attend the Spring Steam Gala at Sheringham Station where visiting locomotives will be displayed alongside the home ﬂeet of trains? Unfortunately, group bookings are not permissible for travelling on the trains but, visit their website (nnrailway.co.uk) to book your own ticket if you wish as it is cheaper if you book beforehand. If you prefer all things military, the Muckleburgh Collection is nearby and worth a visit. Perhaps, you may simply enjoy a drive along the coast. Whatever your choice, please join us for afternoon tea at The Pheasant Hotel, Coast Road, Holt, NR25 7EG. Brian and Rosemary have arranged for us to have a splendid tea in The Orangery at the cost of £14.50pp. Please book with them on email@example.com May 14 Visit to Glemham Hall Major Philip Hope-Cobbold, the owner of Glemham Hall (Little Glemham, Woodbridge, IP13 OBT) will give us a personal tour of his home commencing at 2.30pm. The Hall is not open to the public but by personal invitation only and costs £16pp. The tour lasts 1.5 hours and entry to the beautiful gardens plus refreshments in the conservatory are included in the price. Please contact Colleen on firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your place – spaces are limited so it’s ﬁrst-come-ﬁrstserved! Please note a deposit of £8pp is payable when booking – cheques made payable to ‘Mrs C E Wickins’ and sent to 2 Chapel Close, Pulham Market, Norfolk, IP21 4SS. We will then ﬁnish the day in Aldeburgh for tea and early supper at a restaurant. If you wish to visit the Hall and not go onto Aldeburgh (or vice versa) that’s ﬁne, just let us know when booking.
Patiently waiting for their lunch to start
Tony, Julie, birthday boy Roger and Sebby
June 25 Visit to Caister Castle Motor Museum Entry to the museum and castle costs £14 and we suggest you arrive around 11am to allow a couple of hours to see everything. You can pay on the day. Yvonne and Alan will book somewhere for lunch around 1pm – venue TBC. Please contact them to register your interest: email@example.com WOTY Please note that this year’s WOTY in Wales is now fully booked – the response has been great with 17 couples joining us. A tour of a local stately home has been arranged for the Friday morning and we’ve booked a couple of nights at The Metropole Hotel at
the end of April to source a scenic drive for the Saturday, leaving Sunday free for members to do their own thing! Club nights Club nights are from 7.30pm at The Bird in Hand, Wreningham (NR16 1BJ) on the third Tuesday of the month (except for January and August when there are no Club nights). No booking is necessary for Club nights unless speciﬁcally stated below. Our events calendar is regularly updated on the R12 Club Forum at porscheclubgbforum.com which includes links to full details of each event, including how to book. If you wish to receive our local monthly email update, please email firstname.lastname@example.org requesting this. DIARY DATES MARCH 18 Visit to Shawn Taylor Racing MARCH 21 Club night and quiz MARCH 25 Cars and Cofee morning at PIE Performance APRIL 18 Club night with meal and Easterthemed rale APRIL 23 Day out in North Norfolk MAY 16 Club night with Peter and Alison Coates’ rally presentation JUNE 20 Club night We hope to have a dent removal demonstration and talk this evening. TBC. JUNE 24 Cars and cofee morning at PIE Performance JUNE 25 Visit to Caister Castle Motor Museum
Herefordshire, Worcestershire & Shropshire Regional Organiser Steve Cutler 01384 370038 – email@example.com Assistant Regional Organiser Philip Sloper 01562 885740 – firstname.lastname@example.org RECENT EVENTS January 31 Skittles evening Again, our annual dinner and skittles evening at The Bell in Lower Broadheath proved very popular, with a record turnout of 43 members and their partners. Numbers would have been even higher but several people dropped out due to illness and poor Jack and
FORTHCOMING EVENTS PIE Performance PIE Performance (CO10 9PB) will be hosting just three ‘cars and coﬀee’ mornings (the last Saturday in March, June and October) as they intend to have a presence at local car shows this year. For new members, PIE are East Anglia’s leading independent Porsche specialists and oﬀer great support to our Region. Their coﬀee mornings are a chance to meet the team, enjoy light refreshments and look at their workshop. They are always keen to oﬀer advice and chat to members. No need to book. April 18 Club night Will include a meal with an Easter-themed raﬄe. Please book with Colleen – a menu will be sent to you as we need to pre-order. Beware – the raﬄe will contain chocolate and rabbits!
Rob Croxford demonstrating pure bowling concentration
Club nights 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. themanorhouseofwhittington.com As well as being shown in PP our events calendar is regularly updated on the R13 section of the Club Forum. DIARY DATES
Wendy Sloper, wife of ARO Phil, won the ladies competition
Jean suﬀered a puncture that destroyed their tyre on the way and had to be recovered to their home. Oh, for the days when cars had spare wheels not just a bottle of tyre sealant! Two unexpected guests for the evening were Dave and Graham, from the organising team for the forthcoming Bromyard Speed Festival, who distributed leaﬂets about this very interesting local event (see below). After a most convivial meal, a hard-fought competition in the skittles saw Graham BeckettStevens emerge as the winner of the men’s section, with Richard Mckeown as runner-up by just one point! The ladies competition was even closer, with four equal scorers meaning that Sylvia Henson, Sandra Corner, Wendy Sloper and Vicky Deakin had to ‘bowl oﬀ’ in a tiebreak decider. In fact, two ‘bowl oﬀs’ were required before Wendy emerged as the winner with Sandra a very close second. Thanks to all our members who turned out on a rather wet and windy evening, when we get support like that it makes organising these events so worthwhile.
R13 – a very happy Region
FORTHCOMING EVENTS March 28 Club night At our normal venue, the Manor House of Whittington (DY7 6NY). A local specialist will give a talk on car protection systems, including trackers and alarm systems. 7.30pm for an 8pm start. April 2 Bromyard Speed Festival We will be supporting the Bromyard Speed Festival, with allocated car parking for around 20 cars. Please contact Steve or Phil if you are interested in displaying your car. The inaugural Bromyard Speed Festival took place on April 3, 2016. As many as 5,000 spectators watched over 140 classic cars and motorcycles drive around Bromyard town centre throughout the day. bromyardspeedfestival.co.uk April 25 Club night We have been invited along to the premises of one of our members, ADW Automotive, in Elmley Lovett,
Worcestershire. During the evening, we will be able to see how cars are prepared for sale and the detailing process they go through to achieve as near to perfection as possible. We should be able to see a very diverse range of stock in all stages of preparation; at the same time Adrian and his team will describe what help and advice they can oﬀer to us on either buying, maintaining or repairing. Arrive from 7pm. ADW Automotive, Unit C2, Ryelands Business Centre, Ryelands Lane, Elmley Lovett, WR9 0PT. adwautomotive.co.uk April 30 Secret Hills Tour Pat and Sylvia are again organising our very popular Secret Hills Tour. The start will be at the Ludlow Food Centre and the morning route of around 80 miles will take in the beautiful roads of Shropshire and Powys to arrive at The Metropole Hotel in Llandrindrod Wells for lunch. After lunch, a route of approximately 50 miles along more lovely roads will take us to The Knighton Hotel in Knighton for tea and biscuits and the prize giving. We are limited to 35 cars so if you would like to take part please contact Steve or Philip as soon as possible. June 8 Curborough trackday Our annual day on track at Curborough Sprint Course. Limited to 25 cars, it’s fantastic value at £37.50 per car including breakfast, lunch and afternoon soft drinks with cakes; £12.50 for the food package only. This is a safe place to take your car with lots of space to run oﬀ should you get it wrong and only one car at a time is allowed on the 0.7-mile circuit. Curborough is situated oﬀ the A38 trunk road between Burton on Trent and Lichﬁeld in Staﬀordshire. Please register your interest as soon as possible with either Steve or Phil. June 27 Open Club night Members, their friends and other local car clubs are all invited to bring their sports cars, classic cars and anything interesting for an informal gathering of car enthusiasts. July 8-9 Chateau Impney Hill Climb The third running of this Hill Climb, which was originally held from 1957 to 1967 and then revived in 2015. The Hill Climb is for historic and classic cars, with 200 competitors tackling the 1,000 yard course against the clock. A Concours and classic car auction will also be held over the weekend. PCGB is an associated Club and R13 will be there both days, supported by PCGB Club Oﬃce. Discounted tickets are available and we will have an allocated parking area and the opportunity to show a couple of cars next to our Club gazebo. Help will be needed on both days, so don’t be shy, if you can come and lend a hand please let Steve or Phil know. chateauimpneyhillclimb.com 65 porscheclubgb.com
MARCH 11 Tour of Chase Distillery near Hereford **Event fully booked** MARCH 28 Club night APRIL 2 Bromyard Speed Festival APRIL 25 Club night at ADW Automotive APRIL 30 Secret Hills Tour MAY 14 Annual Regional Concours event Location TBC. MAY 22-28 R13 10-car tour of Southern Ireland **Event fully booked** MAY 30 Club night social near Bridgnorth The Danery, Kidderminster Road, Quatford, Bridgnorth, WV15 6QJ. JUNE 8 Curborough Sprint Course trackday JUNE 27 Open Club night
South Wales Regional Organiser Huw Jones 07799 532661 – email@example.com FORTHCOMING EVENTS We are well into 2017 and, hopefully, this will be an enjoyable year for our Region. I hope the events planned for the year will be of interest to you and also present a chance to socialise with other members. March 26 Pembrey Race Circuit in Llanelli Pembrey trackday has now been conﬁrmed for March 26. Thank you to Brian Jones for organising this. The price for the Pembrey trackday is £140 for a full day with the cost of a second driver, sharing the same car, at an additional £40. In order to book, contact the circuit oﬃce directly on 01554 891042. Let them know that you are booking for the trackday being organised by Brian Jones and make your payment directly to Pembrey Circuit. Brian reports: “The plan for the day is to have a brieﬁng followed by two sessions of up to 18 cars in each session then go ‘open pit lane’ for the remainder of the day, as we’ve done previously. (In 2013, one individual clocked up an amazing track distance of 170 miles during the day!) “Discussions with Phil Davies, the Circuit Manager, have indicated that we will have sole use of the circuit if I get a minimum of 20 cars. If I can get the maximum numbers for the day (36) it will be on a ﬁrst-comeﬁrst-served basis. Currently, there are a number of entries, with some cars potentially being double driven. At present, most of these cars are Westﬁelds or Caterhams, as well as Porsche and some ‘tin top’ rally cars. “Everyone who attended this event previously thoroughly enjoyed themselves and there were no accidents, no one misbehaved and the drivers were looking forward to the next one. “Hoping to bolster the already conﬁrmed entries and keep costs to a minimum, this invite is oﬀered to all members of the Welsh Sprint and Hillclimb Championship, members of the Westﬁeld Sports Car Club and members of PCGB R14.
“This is an ideal opportunity for a pre-season shakedown to establish if all of those secret winter modiﬁcations will make a signiﬁcant diﬀerence. Or, perhaps, you have a new ‘steed’ for this year that you would like to try out. If your competition car is not quite ready for the new season then bring your road car along. For members of PCGB, this event will allow you to explore the capabilities of both you and your vehicle in a safe environment. “I will be having a further discussion with Phil, closer to the date, regarding circuit opening times, driving tuition and the possibility of borrowing or hiring helmets for those who do not have their own. Please note, in the meantime, that the circuit rules do not allow passengers to be carried in cars taking part. Consequently friends and family can spectate or, if you are inclined (and you trust them!), they can also drive your pride and joy. “No proﬁt is being made by me as the organiser. The cost for the use of the circuit for the day will be paid by individuals booking directly with the circuit. You are guaranteed to get more time in the seat of your chosen chariot during this day than all season in any speed series. Use this opportunity to hone your driving skills and prevent you coming second on the serious events. Remember, Pembrey is a doubleheader in four diﬀerent championships and this will be a valuable practice opportunity. If interested, contact Brian Jones on either of the following numbers: 07740 461739 or 02920 844249 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org ” Lunch at the Dragon Hotel The Sunday lunch planned for May 7 has now been booked and conﬁrmed at the Dragon Hotel, Montgomery (SY15 6PA). Prior to lunch, a visit has been scheduled to the nearby Cloverlands Model Car Museum. June 23-26 Regional weekend At the Metropole, Llandrindod Wells. On June 25 there is a visit arranged to Abbey-Cwm-Hir, followed by lunch in the village. Concours Our Region Concours has been booked at Cottrell Park again this year on July 16. Please contact me for further details and entry forms. Lunch and drive The lunch and drive on July 30 has been conﬁrmed and booked to the Wolfcastle Hotel, Haverfordwest. Prior to the lunch at 2pm, a short drive from St Brides Bay to St Davids and cross country to Wolfscatle via Letterston has been arranged by Club member Daniel Vella.
Shobdon Aerodrome On August 12 a visit has been arranged to the Shobdon Aerodrome, Leominster. Come along for the day and, if you wish, try your skills at ﬂying a plane. I know it is a long time away, but register early to secure your place.
address us with a movingly illustrated presentation at our last meeting. They reminded us about the origins and foundation of the charity as well as the kind of work done by our chosen, local hospice organisation.
DIARY DATES MARCH 7 Quiz night at Ty Risha MARCH 26 Pembrey trackday APRIL 9 Sunday drive and lunch Chris Howells and Brian Jones are in the process of arranging this. MAY 7 Sunday lunch and social At the Dragon Hotel, Montgomery (SY15 6PA). MAY 12 Morgan factory visit JUNE 16 Porsche in the Bay With meal at San Martino restaurant from 8pm. JUNE 23-26 Regional weekend
South West Joint Regional Organisers Keith Young and Alan Stoneham 07769 320379 (Keith) 07803 237610 (Alan) email@example.com RECENT EVENTS Lord Haldon Hotel – Brexit and the Trump effect Whatever the cause, world politics or reasonable weather, we were delighted with the huge turnout to our ﬁrst monthly meeting of the year. In all, we had over 50 join us to hear our speakers and enjoy a midday meal in some style. The hotel again rose to the occasion and oﬀered one, two or three courses without notice, though we did run out of space at one point and a move to a larger room resolved the squeeze. Welcome to a number of new attendees and several very new members: Jason Mills; Jon and Angie Brown (981 Boxster GTS black edition), who had joined the Club the previous day; George and Julie Rourke; and Jason Leese and Gemma Viles (996 C4 and 996 Cabriolet) who were looking forward to a forthcoming trackday at Silverstone. CHSW presentation We were very fortunate to be able to have Josh Allan and Sally Norden from Children’s Hospice South West
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Sally and Josh enjoying R15 hospitality!
They do such great work at the three centres in the South West but it does take £9.8m a year to oﬀer the unique service of near end-of-life care for young patients and essential respite for parents and siblings. We are proud to be able to oﬀer some support to them and look forward to having a family visit in the summer for what has become the annual ‘cheque donation’ day and incidental Porsche ride around the nearby countryside. Thank you Josh and Sally, it’s going to be a big cheque this year. Spring drive This spring’s scenic drive on April 23 will start at the Whiddon Down Services and wend its way south to arrive at lunch somewhere by the sea. This is a particularly scenic route, even for Devon, but the places are limited to 25 cars… and we have 18 already! Route maps and notes will be sent out to participants nearer the event. Clay shooting We still have a number of spaces available for this event on March 19. See the website for details and send us an email to reserve a place. Princess Yachts A limited number of places are available for the May 20 tour of Princess Yacht’s establishment in Plymouth. Sales staﬀ will be available to discuss your choices, answer questions and no doubt, for the fortunate few, process your orders. It should be a good day out, whether or not you like the sea. The tangy smell of teak on ﬁbreglass and the metallic aroma of powerful engines is enough for me!
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DIARY DATES MARCH 12 Lord Haldon Sunday lunch MARCH 19 Clay pigeon shooting at Ashcombe Adventure Centre APRIL 12 Dent removal At SCSPorsche, Honiton with a light buﬀet. APRIL 23 Spring drive A route to Devon’s South Hams. MAY 10 Club night Swan’s Nest with a quiz. MAY 20 Princess Yachts, Plymouth
Gloucestershire Regional Organiser Elaine Gammon 07854 868396 Stuart Ings 07942 184927 – firstname.lastname@example.org RECENT EVENTS First Club night of the year It was a fantastic start to the year for R16 with a record attendance at our January social evening. The Huntsman Inn was quite full on a cold Wednesday evening for our first monthly meet of the year. There were a few Porsches in the car park but we don’t expect everyone to get their pride and joy out with the salty and grubby roads at this time of year. It took a while to go through our events for the year, with a couple of suggestions for more, including a return visit to Williams F1, so keep an eye out for that one. It was great to see some new members, existing members that have not been able to join in for whatever reason and non-members looking at joining the Club. Everyone is welcome to come along and join in. Our evenings are held the third Wednesday of every month 7.30pm for an 8pm start at The Huntsman Inn, Bristol Road, Falfield, Gloucestershire, GL12 8DF.
AV8 group braving a chilly but sunny Sunday
Small selection of Porsches and our new Club flag
January 22 AV8 to the Huntsman Inn he ﬁrst event on our calendar was a scenic drive and lunch. We met at the AV8 for coﬀee at 10.30am and ﬁlled one half of the building. After a coﬀee we all then drove around to the Britannia where we did a photo shoot with the cars parked next to the aircraft. Stuart and I managed to erect our new Region ﬂag before the photos were taken. We then left for a scenic drive to the Huntsman Inn. he Huntsman was very accommodating, as ever, and laid on a lovely three-course lunch for £15, a deal adeptly negotiated by myself. It was great to see so many varied Porsches and lots of new faces. hanks to you all for coming and making it such a delightful event. FORTHCOMING EVENTS June 3-12 Grand Prix l’Age d’Ore in Dijon Discounted tickets are available at €20 for three days of historic practice and racing with free camping and hot showers. he racing takes place over the weekend of June 9-11 but there is a group of us booked to spend the week beforehand soaking up the splendours of Dijon. Still plenty of time to join us. 2017 events We are extremely pleased that our event attendance is high with everyone having a good time and we will endeavour to keep the momentum going.
As ever, we look forward to meeting you at some events this year. Elaine and Stuart
DIARY DATES MARCH 5 Symonds Yat and Tintern drive MARCH 15 Monthly social evening at the Huntsman Inn MARCH 24-26 Snowdonia weekend away APRIL 2 Spring forward ‘Drive and Dine’ A blast around the Cotswolds with Rennsport visit. APRIL 8 Castle Combe Spring Action Day APRIL 15 WEC Silverstone APRIL 19 Monthly social evening at the Huntsman Inn APRIL 22 Officials’ Conference and AGM Cornbury House Come along and see ﬁrst-hand how well the Club is performing.
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RECENT EVENTS January Club night As expected, the attendance at January’s Club night was lower than normal. It’s hard to go out in the dark when it’s raining but, nevertheless, many thanks to the 30 people who decided to brave the elements. It was a quiet night, with the R17 dinner dance only a few days away, so you are all excused. Let’s hope February numbers were back to normal, although it was planned to be on February 14. Dinner dance We had another wonderful dinner dance with over 80 members deciding to attend and make a weekend of it by staying overnight in the hotel. We had a very sociable Saturday afternoon, meeting up and chatting away about Christmas and the New Year. Then, suddenly at 5pm, we all disappeared to our rooms to dress up for the evening. The dinner started at 7pm, with a pre-dinner drinks reception, very kindly paid for by PC Portsmouth Centre Principal, Phil Brine, who also attended with his two senior managers and their wives and partners. Thank you to Phil and his team – it was one way of getting the average age down. The service at the wonderful Elvetham Hotel was excellent, yet again, the raﬄe raised some good funds for our 2017 charity and the disco queens danced the night away. It never ceases to amaze me how people can look so fresh in the morning at breakfast, but we were all up and fed by 10.30am and started to make our way home for another year. As declared last month, I managed to surprise the two award recipients, neither of them had a clue (I hid the cups from display), my thanks to all three of them, the spirit of the Club is alive and well. R17’s Member of the Year award goes to ARO Jon Fisher
The 2017 Hibbs Trophy winners: Pete and Lorraine Boxall with RO Charlie
Lancashire & Cumbria Regional Organiser David Baker 01772 451970 – firstname.lastname@example.org RECENT EVENTS
FORTHCOMING EVENTS WOTY I am pleased to say that our overseas WOTY is full. We have 21 cars and 40 members willing to spend a few days together with me abroad. I would ask those going to ensure if possible they have a PCGB shirt or something similar to wear on the Monday, as we wish to show the Germans how to do it properly. Drive and dine Saturday, March 25 is another date for your diary as it’s our ﬁrst ‘Drive and Dine’ of the year. Some nice convoy driving, followed by a visit and lunch at Lord Nuﬃeld’s house near Oxford. I am now taking names to aid the planning.
At our January monthly meeting at Garstang GC we had a talk by Peter Bull entitled ‘On Wings, Water and Wheels’. Peter gave us an insight into his life in the police and navy, including time at a whaling station in South Georgia in the Antarctic while serving with HMS Arrow. He acquired an unusual memento when he was there, the head of a whaling harpoon that he eventually had cleaned and powder coated. Early on in life, Peter made a few dodgy choices in cars, one of which turned out to be a ‘cut and shut’. Eventually, he saw the light and moved onto Porsche, owning a selection, including a 944, a 911 SC, a 996 Cabriolet, a 997 and a Cayman. Thanks to Peter for sharing his career and cars with us. The monthly social meeting in the Cumbria area in January was cancelled in good time in case inclement weather made travelling diﬃcult. All will be back to normal in February.
Other events in 2017 Finally, the Region’s event planner for 2017 is now on the Regional page on the Club’s website. Have a look to see, hopefully, a varied list of events for the coming year. Something new for 2017, I am planning a golf event on May 24. I do need to know numbers so, if you are a part-time golfer or a serious player, please let me know. It’s a fun event for golfers of any standard. Charlie McLaughlin DIARY DATES MARCH 14 Club night at Empress of Blandings Starting at 7pm with a conﬁrmed guest speaker. MARCH 25 Drive and lunch to Lord Nuffield’s house and estate APRIL 11 Club night at PC Portsmouth
Peter Bull with the head of a whale harpoon he acquired in the Antarctic
sending out more details in the MailChimp newsletter. We will be leaving Charnock Richard Services, M6 south, at 9.30am. If you live further south and it would be more convenient to go through the Mersey Tunnel, please contact Norman Jones (email@example.com) to arrange a suitable meeting point.
A pair of 911s from Yorkshire
Phantom Winger The regular Preston SuperCar breakfast meeting at the Phantom Winger on Sunday, January 22 was again packed to capacity. In winter, these meetings are planned to start at 10am, with an early arrival by 9.30am being suﬃcient to get a parking space. This now seems to have been moved to a 9am start by entrants, so please get there as early as possible to get a space. There were a good number of Porsche present, from R18 and R5 as well as four cars from Yorkshire R7. Cars and Coffee The following Sunday was ‘Cars and Coﬀee’ at Chung Ku restaurant on Columbus Quay, Liverpool. Again, a very large turnout of sports and supercars, as well as rally cars and some American metal. Porsche were, as usual, well represented with several 911s, Boxsters and a Panamera Turbo loaned to Phil Graham by PC Wilmslow. Phil spent considerable time demonstrating to onlookers the rear wing mechanism which is a work of art. There were many members from R18 and R5 present who enjoyed coﬀee and Char-Sui buns (BBQ pork, with hoisin sauce, in a steamed ‘Bao’ bun). Again, you need to arrive early and do have a look at the ‘Cars and Coﬀee’ Facebook page for images and details of the next events.
asked to be Santa at our Christmas lunch, and give presents to members’ kids . . . ho ho ho! “R18 is well run by David Baker and his wife Judy but, as the area covered is so large, Mike Trotter runs a section near Carlisle and a monthly meeting is held in both Garstang and Carlisle areas. “We were lucky enough, due to a cancellation, to be part of the annual ‘Porkers in the Trough’. This is a drive through the Trough of Bowland with a picnic lunch at a place of interest and Astley Hall was last year’s stop. The run is restricted to approximately 90 cars on a ﬁrst-come-ﬁrst-served basis and can be made by any member of PCGB: the proceeds go to the Club’s adopted charity, the Rosemere Cancer Foundation. I understand that in excess of £5,000 was collected.” FORTHCOMING EVENTS Lady Lever Art Gallery On Sunday, March 26, Norman Jones has organised a visit to the Lady Lever Art Gallery and museum. The visit will include lunch followed by an organised walking tour of Port Sunlight Village. Please contact me urgently if you would like to attend this event, so we can arrange suﬃcient seating for lunch. I will be
This year’s events Planning of future events is coming along well, with the R18 calendar almost full this year with guest speakers at our monthly meetings. Our main car show is the Cumbria International Car Show at The Westmorland County Showground near Kendal on Sunday, May 14. We will be having a very large Porsche presence there, with R1 and R3 indicating they will be bringing along a number of cars, along with a good turnout from R18. Also on our display area will be PC Kendal, Swissvax, Road and Race Restorations and 9-Apart, in addition to the PCGB Clubhouse crew in a marquee and serving coﬀee (bring your membership card along to get one). Club Shop will also be there, as well as the ‘Mobile Display Unit’ from Porsche Cars GB. You will need to pre-book to be able to get on the PCGB display (visit the event website: espcarclub.co.uk and select ‘Car Registration’ button and put ‘Car to display on PCGB stand’ in the message box. Costs are £5 per car by booking this way). This will also enable the organisers to allocate us as much space as we require. The website has changed a couple of times so if you are having diﬃculty please contact Mike. We are initially looking for parking for 100 Porsches. There are also a number of other attractions to sports and supercars, going on during the day for all the family, to keep them occupied. For more information, please contact Mike Trotter (ARO) on 07841 215962 or firstname.lastname@example.org Mike will also require assistance with setting up and help on the day so, if you can spare some time to volunteer, please contact Mike direct. Planning for our main event ‘Porkers in the Trough’ on July 9 is well underway with an interesting route and halfway halt. At the time of writing, we already have 35 entries. If you are interested in taking part please email me and I will send you an application form. This event is open to all Regions and we regularly have cars from Essex, Scotland, North East, Yorkshire, North West and North Wales Regions taking part. Accommodation is available at Garstang Golf Club, where we will be starting, and ﬁnishing at Jo and Allan Diamond
New members and Sean Conboy Our meeting on Wednesday, March 15 will be our annual ‘New Members Night’. I will be contacting all new members personally to invite them along to this event and meet other R18 members. Our speaker on the night will be R18 member and professional photographer, Sean Conboy, who will be telling us about the photo shoots he has done for Hyundai and Jaguar. In regard to new members, I received a brief report from Jo and Allan Diamond on their recent experience: “My wife Jo and I have been members of R18 for the last 10 months, joining just after the ‘New Members Night’ in 2016. We thought long and hard before joining due to the perception some people have that Porsche owners are ‘people full of their own importance’. However, Club members are not like that. I cannot believe the friendliness of every member at our monthly meetings. It‘s like ﬁnding a long lost brother or sister, even to the point of being 71 porscheclubgb.com
Preston Marriott Hotel, where a special PCGB deal has been organised. We also have a dinner in our own suite planned – more about this later. Judy and I would like some assistance on the day with car parking, booking in, etc., so please let us know if you can help. New members Welcome to new members David Barker, Paul Hughes, Clive and Margaret Archbold, Justin Reynar, David Astle, Wayne Merriman, Graeme Allan, Craig Timmins and Paul Lancaster. I hope you can come along to our ‘New Members’ Night’ and other events, where you will be made very welcome. DIARY DATES MARCH 7 Social meeting Dirty Harry’s cafe on the A6 near Carlisle. MARCH 15 Monthly meeting Garstang GC. Including ‘New Members’ Night’ and speaker Sean Conboy with tales from car manufacturer photoshoots. MARCH 19 Preston Sports and Supercar Club Breakfast MARCH 26 Visit to Lady Lever Art Gallery and Port Sunlight Village Including lunch and a walking tour of the village. APRIL 9 Visit to the Lakes Distillery near Bassenthwaite Lunch and distillery tour is available. APRIL 19 Monthly meeting Garstang GC. Speaker TBC. APRIL 23 Preston Sports and Supercar Club breakfast MAY 7 Drive and lunch In Wensleydale, starting at Holiday Inn Hotel, Lancaster, just oﬀ M6 J34. MAY 14 Cumbria International Classic Car Show, Kendal MAY 17 Visit to Jasmine Porschalink Open Evening Numbers required for catering purposes. MAY 19-21 WOTY with R5, Llandudno MAY 20 Anglesey trackday MAY 21 Porsches on the Prom – Llandudno
motorcycles too. It is based on one of the old airﬁelds in Bicester and it does involve a great deal of walking, but every footstep is rewarded with a glimpse of another motoring classic. There are workshops with vehicular skeletons on display, Beetles, Austin A40s, American muscle abounds, Talbot Sunbeam Lotus with 2.2-litres and twin Dellortos and MG Maestro – you name it, it’s probably there. I will be organising an oﬃcial run now that I have seen it for myself. PCGB members are able to park in a dedicated area too, so you can meet some old friends and make new ones as well. FORTHCOMING EVENTS Due to the lack of column space last month I was, simply, unable to bring you news of events and one that has passed by was the breakfast meet at Denham Airﬁeld. Strangely, thanks to the advanced nature of submitting Regional reports I ﬁnd myself telling you that it has already happened when in reality we haven’t been yet. We will repeat our regular visit to the ﬁrst round of the British Touring Car Championship. Nowadays, there are three BTCC races per meeting with plenty of support action usually from the Porsche Carrera Cup and various ‘open-wheel’ and ‘tin top’ categories. This is one of our most heavily supported events and we get upwards of 20 and, via the Region’s annual budget, we are able to provide some brilliant deals on ticket prices. Book early for £5 oﬀ the online ticket price and up to 22 members get free grandstand seating, any more than that and it will cost you £1. As a lot of members will be at the race-day meeting, I have decided that I will plan a mid-month meeting in the west of the Region, at the Pelican Inn, Froxﬁeld (SN8 3JY) on the A4 just west of Hungerford at midday on Sunday, April 16. Members from the west of the Region who have not, perhaps, made the journey to the Novello or those who have yet to meet me, this is your chance to get to know me, at least. I can’t speak for other members who may or may not attend. Last year, we had good attendance at our summer BBQ in moderate but overcast weather. We will try again this year hoping for better weather; June or July R19’s BBQ at The Novello was a popular event last year
Regional Organiser John Barnatt 01628 471985 – 07890 181495 email@example.com I am hastily putting pen to paper this month. January has been extremely busy, especially with the privilege of driving the new Panamera. James and I are working up a schedule of activities for the Region and there will be a WOTY in Kent in our usual month of September. Previous attendees of one of our WOTYs will know the format; arrive, have an activity on the Saturday and a smaller activity on the Sunday before leaving for home. I will be working a visit to the Bentley Wildfowl and Auto Museum and a visit to Hever Castle into the itinerary and picking a more or less conveniently placed hotel. Sometime in February, I will be going to have a look (as I always do) to make sure we will not be disappointed. On January 9, a few R19 members went to an event called the Bicester Scramble but the name is misleading because it is not a ‘scramble’ at all. It is a catch-all motoring display that includes 73 porscheclubgb.com
is as speciﬁc as I can be at the moment. Keep your eye on the Region’s webpage for the date. For those unfamiliar with how it works (and it works well), you bring your preferred nut cutlet, bean burger, beef burger or sausage and I will cook it to your preferred degree of blackness. Seriously though, to reassure you all, I have had 518 BBQs at home over the last three years, my Christmas chicken is done on the BBQ on a spit. It will not be black on the outside and raw in the middle. It goes without saying that I have a current food hygiene certiﬁcate and the Region has, at its disposal, refrigerated storage if it is a hot day. The Region itself will provide salad items ranging from potato salad to tomatoes and most likely some artisanal bread too. We hold it in the grounds of the Novello so there will be beer on tap at the bar so, to be fair to Arun the manager, I just have to remind you that you should not bring your own, after all, he is already missing out on food sales. l’ll be speaking to Arun to address some minor changes to our Christmas party meal. I am going to suggest that, should it be necessary to get what we want, he can raise the price to £25.90 but I will remind him that it is net of tea and coﬀee so we may still be able to keep the cost down. I will also be arranging a curry night, probably mid-May so that we don’t then have curry at our meeting on the same weekend. I will post when I have all the details sorted out. We will have other spontaneous events during the year, about three or four times James organises early morning runs to Goodwood for things like ‘Supercar Sunday’ and ‘Soft-top’ Sunday. These are sort of dyed-in-the-wool, ‘special’ events for the ultradedicated because they revolve around a pre-6am meet up in Heckﬁeld for a B road drive to Goodwood in time for parking and breakfast, obviously. Regular meetings For new members and old members alike, the Region meets on the ﬁrst Sunday of the month, every month, even if it’s January 1, from midday at the Novello (SL6 3RX). Good food, at competitive prices, is available. PCGB, you know it makes sense John Barnatt
London Regional Organisers Nick and Ed Pike 02089 607 111 – firstname.lastname@example.org Twitter: @PCGB_London Opening words A great start to the 2017 season, with an early drive to the south coast through stunning scenery and open roads. We learned a valuable lesson on our route check; have two routes ready in case of early morning ice and untreated roads. Our drives and events have been very popular. Our ‘Spring Break’ has been quickly ﬁlled with a long reserve list. Our ‘North by North West’ outing has had a second date added and, by the time you read this, both dates will be full. Don’t be dissuaded, if you are keen on joining us, then make a note of the sign-up date in your diary. We take bookings on a ﬁrst-comeﬁrst-served basis.
RECENT EVENTS Sunday Escape ‘Icebreaker’ With a short break in the frosty cold snap, we were able to run the full route, rather than the ice-friendly version. Leaving our start point near the M25, the rolling countryside beckoned with sweeping curves through roads less travelled. We took advantage of the lingering hills of the South Downs and the Ashdown Forest as we headed into deepest Kent through architectural avenues of trees without their leaves. We soon spotted our ﬁrst oast house, a great signpost for the area. Navigating the historic town of Rye and its one-way system, the coast road called us, the sea tantalisingly on the other side of the defences. Rising up from sea level to the top of the cliﬀs the roads were reminders of the New Forest; twisty, open and undulating. Parking up at our end point in Fairlight, our Porsches looked as though they had had some exercise. A good place to stretch our
legs, walk to the cliﬀtops and grab a cup of tea. Having come this far many of the group spent the afternoon in Hastings Old Town eating ﬁsh and chips and exploring the quaint streets and seafront. Bliss for an early January Sunday. Smithfield ‘Meat’ As popular as ever, even on a crisp and cold January Saturday, with Porsches as far as the eye could see along the iconic market building. Some new faces who enjoyed the casual and friendly meet, chatting to other Porsche enthusiasts, hearing what is coming up in the Region and arranging drives and outings with their new-found friends.
Heading for Kent
PCGB trackday Fancy taking your Porsche on the track? R20 will be at Brands Hatch on the evening of April 20, many of our members will have their cars on the track and a group of us will go along to support, spectate and get a casual supper afterwards. A really popular evening all round. Book your track place through PCGB Motorsport at Club Oﬃce, no need to book if you are coming to socialise and spectate.
All in a line
Ace Cafe Always a special evening, the mild but stormy evening was not enough of a deterrent to keep away the hardy London Porsche owners. The line soon ﬁlled with the Cafe as a backdrop, warm and dry inside unlike the car park. Brave souls wandered the line, catching up with friends and other Porsche fans.
Le Mans 24-hour and Lycian Events If you are thinking of joining us at Le Mans 24-hour this year, then time is running out to book with the Club partner, Lycian Events. If you have booked and would like to be located with the friendly R20 crew, please email us and we will put you in contact with our regular ‘Camp-meister’. Other news The Great Escape is creating much excitement at R20 HQ, with planning well underway. We are redesigning the Black Forest segment and have been inspired by some of the routes used by the Porsche Travel Club. More details to follow when we have them. A practical point – Nick and I have moved, and are now resident in Notting Hill. Our contact details may take a short time to catch up with us. An email to email@example.com will ﬁnd its way to us wherever we are.
After the workout
Much planning for upcoming trips away, including the 24 Hours of Le Mans and our spring break known as ‘Clogs and Curves’.
At the Cafe
RSR gate guard
FORTHCOMING EVENTS March 5 R20 Sunday escape ‘North by Northwest’ We will be heading to Oxford and beyond to ﬁnd the roads less travelled. Likely to be a slightly longer drive but one which will delight. **Both runs are full**
American Dream Drive presentation
RECENT EVENTS January 7 R21 New Year dinner This year’s dinner turned out to be another great event. A total of 67 people, members and partners, were at the Noke Hotel in St Albans for a lively and enjoyable evening. The Noke staﬀ looked after us very well and gave us unbelievable value for money. For £29pp (subsidised to £24 for early bookers) we enjoyed a three-course meal with mince pies and coﬀee, half a bottle of house wine, lots of party poppers and balloons to create a party atmosphere and a disco! We were pleased to welcome PCGB members from the Cambridge and Essex Regions and our guests of honour were Steve and Claire Winter, proprietors of Jaz, the independent Porsche specialist in St Albans. PC Hatﬁeld kindly donated some excellent items for the raﬄe which added to the signiﬁcant number of prizes that had already been collected. The raﬄe was very well supported and raised £615 for the R21 charity, Herts Air Ambulance. The dinner was organised by Jo Walker and our thanks go to her and Robin who, no doubt, assisted as well, for a really great event. Jo was presented with
April 8-9 R20 spring break ‘Clogs and Curves’ A return to the delights of Zeeland in Western Holland. Islands, bridges and some amazing driving. **Now full** April 20 R20 on tour Brands Hatch Track evening A great chance to put your car on the track for this evening at Brands Hatch, or simply come along to watch. Book your track place through Club Oﬃce. Ed and Nick
DIARY DATES FEB 27 Ace Cafe London Meet At Ace Cafe on the North Circular Road (NW10 7UD), from 6pm (last Monday of the month). MARCH 5 R20 Sunday Escape ‘North by Northwest’ MARCH 18 East London – Smithﬁeld ‘Meat’ North side of Smithﬁeld Market (EC1M 6HL), from 2pm (third Saturday of each month). MARCH 27 Ace Cafe London Meet
Kathy presents Jo Walker with a bouquet of flowers
Some of the excellent prizes in the R21 raffle
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a bouquet of ﬂowers by Kathy Perry on behalf of the Region to show our thanks. Cayman GT4 You may recall in last month’s article I was debating whether to ﬁt my winter tyres to the GT4. In the end, I decided against it and have instead ﬁtted them to our 991 C2S, which has exactly the same size tyres, albeit the wheel oﬀsets are diﬀerent so the tyres are interchangeable but the wheels are not. I have never had winter tyres before but have found them very good in the cold and wet weather that we have been experiencing. The car is noticeably more stable in the standing water that you often come across on a motorway in very wet weather. That doesn’t mean that I have not been using the GT4, it is still coming out at least once a week but I am picking the days when it is not too cold or wet! FORTHCOMING EVENTS March 7 Club night and The American Dream Drive presentation You may have read the article in the January edition of PP about Andy and Sheila Graham’s experiences on the Pan-American Friendship Rally. It’s a fascinating story that starts with a disaster with the transhipment of their 1969 911 S but goes on to recount an amazing eight-week trip across America taking in well-known drives such as Pikes Peak. Andy is a member of R21 and has kindly agreed to give us a talk on his experiences at the March Club night, which will be at our normal venue, The Black Horse (The Vale, Chesham, HP5 3NS). We meet from 7pm onwards and the presentation will commence at around 8pm. Hope to see you there. March 12 Visit to Prodrive Have you ever wondered what goes on in the Prodrive factory you see from the M40? R21 committee member Jason is organising a trip to visit the Prodrive factory on Sunday, March 12. If you would like to know more about Prodrive have a look at their website: prodrive.com The tour will begin with a look at the historic collection and then go into the factory to look at all the diﬀerent sections of the Prodrive business. This includes the area where the racing Aston Martins are built and fettled for racing around the globe. This excellent and informative tour will begin at 11am and will take approximately two hours. The cost is £20pp (please bring cash on the day) and coﬀee, tea and biscuits are served on arrival. The maximum number of people for this tour is 35. Bookings will be taken on a ﬁrst-come-ﬁrst-served basis. Please sign up on the R21 Forum or email email@example.com.
May 21 Chiltern Hills Vintage Vehicle Rally Robin and Jo Walker have kindly agreed to organise the R21 attendance at the Chiltern Hills Rally and advise as follows: “This, their 23rd event, will take place at the Weedon Park showground just north of Aylesbury on the A413 Buckingham road, (HP22 4NN). Chiltern Region will again host a display area for all models of Porsche cars and tractors. “The cost will be £6 for a car and driver plus £6 for every extra passenger. “This entry fee includes the option to drive a scenic, non-competitive road run around the Chiltern Hills countryside. This will start in Aylesbury between 8-9.30am and end at the showground where you can join the static display on our stand. There will be a trade village, autojumble and catering stands for you to see during the day. “If you would like to be included in our display please contact us, Robin and Jo Walker, on firstname.lastname@example.org and we will email you a Club entry form, or phone 07580 194789 and we will put one in the post. Fill in the form and return it with your cheque to the address shown on the bottom of the form. You will receive your windscreen pass by post in good time before the event. Note that, for cars made after 1995, you will be included in
category 1 ‘Special Entries’. Entries for the Club stand will close on March 31. See you there.” Terry Perry DIARY DATES MARCH 7 Club night and The American Dream Drive presentation At the Black Horse. MARCH 12 Visit to Prodrive APRIL 4 Club night At the Black Horse. MAY 5-7 R21 WOTY to mid-Wales MAY 21 Chiltern Hills Vintage Vehicle Rally
Sussex Regional Organisers Chris and Martin Woolger 07720 849982 or 07802 409272 email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Events in 2017 Welcome to all members of R23, new and longstanding, and sorry we have been a little quiet so far this year but we have been waiting for various organisations to reply to our emails and conﬁrm dates with us We are now in a position to publish the calendar for 2017, but dates may change and more events will be added once they have been conﬁrmed. In addition to what is on the calendar, the following are some of the events we are planning, but still waiting for conﬁrmation – Porsches on display at Borde Hill Gardens, a visit to a private motor museum, summer drive and picnic, an F1 and supercar engine manufacturer, a tour, lunch and wine-tasting at a local vineyard, as well as the usual events at PC Mid-Sussex, Paragon and Precision Porsche. Club nights Our next monthly meeting is on Tuesday, March 7 at The Bolney Stage, London Road, Bolney Village, RH17 5RL from 7pm – we look forward to seeing you. For the new members, this is just oﬀ the A23, 15 miles north of Brighton and 14 miles south of Gatwick.
DIARY DATES MARCH 7 Monthly meeting at The Bolney Stage MARCH 12 PCGB Cornbury House Open Day MARCH 18-19 75th Goodwood members meeting MARCH 19 Breakfast meeting The Beach Deck in Eastbourne for 8.30am. APRIL 1 Cofee and Cars at Precision Porsche APRIL 4 Monthly meeting at The Bolney Stage APRIL 30 Breakfast meeting Venue TBA with a drive afterwards. MAY 2 Monthly meeting at The Bolney Stage MAY 7 Breakfast at Paragon Porsche MAY 21 Breakfast meeting Shoreham Airport for 8.30am with a drive afterwards. MAY 28 928 Anniversary at Brooklands JUNE 6 Monthly meeting at The Bolney Stage JUNE 25 Breakfast meeting The Beach Deck at 8.30am with a drive afterwards.
Cambridgeshire & Bedfordshire Regional Organiser John Dunn 01954 789764 – email@example.com
The R21 Club stand at the 2016 Chiltern Rally
RECENT EVENTS January Club night Just a handful of members made the journey to the Ferryboat for the ﬁrst meeting of the year. Now known as the ‘Pie and Pint’ meeting. The committee were busy elsewhere meeting and making arrangements for the 2017 season. January 21 Dove House Motors visit On a cold but dry day in mid-January, almost 90 cars from PCGB made their way to Rushden, Northamptonshire for an open day at Dove House Motors. The groups attending were from the Boxster and 996 Registers along with R10 and R24. Almost equal numbers from each group made up the numbers. On arrival, a very welcome cuppa and bacon butty awaited us. The large showroom had a great variety of cars on show, not all Porsche but, nonetheless, something for everyone. There were cars for over £100k and also something at entry level – a 2006 Cayman S under £16k, for example. Want something more classic? How about a 1985 924 S with 66k miles at just under £13k? Also on display was the newly opened Dove House valeting and detailing operation. A demonstration was given on a 3.2 Targa of how to clean and polish the car correctly. All cars go through this 13-stage process prior to display in the showroom. See them all under one roof at Dove House. We were welcomed by Director Simon Lenton and Workshop Manager Tony Whitcombe. Tony’s team had ﬁve open ramps and members were invited to have their cars up on the ramps for a brief inspection and a ‘Q and A’ session with one of the technicians. My thanks to Tracy Wilkins, Andy Willis, Paul Ebbs and John McGirl for help in organising the event. Many thanks to Dove House for making us most welcome. More details can be found at dovehousecars.com.
January 22 Post-Christmas lunch The post-Christmas lunch held at the Tithe Barn, Bedford Barnes Hotel saw a large gathering of our Region members for our annual post-Christmas lunch. Almost 80 arrived for pre-dinner drinks and to catch up with friends. We were pleased to welcome our guests of honour Gary and Carol Sorrell. Sadly, our new After Sales Manager and contact at PC Cambridge Adrian Gibbins could not attend due to a previous engagement. However, representing PC Cambridge along with their wives were Dan Fisher and Craig Bavis. We also welcomed members from other Regions, honorary members, and previous R24 ROs Graham Howe, John McGirl and Charles and Anne Marsland. Of course, I have yet to mention the best members of the Club – you! Thank you for joining us. Lunch was served in the splendid 13th-century tithe barn. A great setting and the food was not bad either. Lunch over and it was time for a couple of short speeches. Gary brought us up to date with the Porsche world, quite how he remembers all those facts and ﬁgure I don’t know but some astonishing stats were reeled oﬀ, especially for the hybrid models. Jane Gillings delighted to win raffle prize
The raﬄe then took place. Thank you to all who brought along raﬄe prizes, I counted almost 50 prizes so I would guess most people went home with something from the raﬄe table. Great feedback from you all for the event. Now, where do we go in 2018? FORTHCOMING EVENTS The Region’s events schedule is still being worked on. Just to give you a taster, some dates are given below and others once conﬁrmed will be published on both the Club website and here in PP. As always, if you have an idea for an event that you think would appeal to members please inform me or let one of the committee members know. March 8 Club night Come along and join us on our March Club night. We hope to be able to bring you a guest speaker along with all the normal features of Club night. We should also have a further update on more of the Regional events for the 2017 calendar. Drive, dine and boat trip Following the disappointment of last year’s cancellation of the ‘drive, dine and boat trip’ we are in negotiation with the river cruise company for a date to run this event in 2017. We will, of course, be asking the company to make doubly sure that the cruise does not clash with the University Rowing Bumps event. Golf and BBQ at Kingsway Golf Centre The 2016 Golf and BBQ event saw a record turnout and we will be returning for our annual Golf pitch and putt. This will take place at Kingsway Golf Club. Date TBC, hopefully, next month. Kimbolton Castle Pencil in another date for your diary. We have been notiﬁed that Kimbolton Castle Classic Car Show and Country Fayre will take place on Sunday, July 9. World Endurance Championship at Silverstone The date for this event has now been conﬁrmed as April 14-16. For details of how to obtain your ticket see last month’s PP (p7). See last month’s Regional column for full details. Also visit: silverstone.co.uk/ events/2017-ﬁa-world-endurance-championship/ July 28-30 Silverstone Classic Advance notice of the Silverstone Classic. Now is the time to book both accommodation and tickets for this event. For more details on tickets see silverstoneclassic.com/news/silverstone-classic2017-revs-up-on-regent-street Don’t forget your Club code to get the ticket oﬀer and enable you to book that all-important inﬁeld Club parking pass.
Dove House workshop
Dove House showroom
Make the most of your membership Maybe you’re a new member or have held membership for some time and have not attended a Club night or event? Well, you are most welcome to come along and join us at either at the Ferryboat or an event. You will be made welcome and amongst other enthusiasts so make the most of your membership and come along and join us. Also keep up to date with the Region on both the website and by email. Email me your address if you wish to join the Regional email list. R24@porscheclubgb.com Enjoy your cars, Club and events. John Dunn 78 porscheclubgb.com
Kent Regional Organisers Phil and Pearl Sharland 01797 344121 – firstname.lastname@example.org RECENT EVENTS Our post-Christmas party night was held in January at Hadlow Manor Hotel and was deemed to be a resounding success. Fifty members and their partners enjoyed a great meal followed by a very good disco in lovely surroundings, all at a reasonable price. A lot of members stayed the night in the hotel. This is an event we will repeat next year.
Wednesday of each month at The Kentagon at Brands Hatch from 7.30pm. Access is via the main gate on the A20. 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 generally make you feel at home. Don’t forget – if you want to come along to any of the events advertised then please make sure you let us know in advance. Telephone 01797 344121 or email email@example.com. If you have not registered your email address with PCGB, please do so soon so that we can send you our regular updates on all our events. Our calendar of events for 2017 should be sent to you shortly. Happy and safe motoring.
FORTHCOMING EVENTS February 26 Breakfast Club at Bloomsbury’s This will be an alternative car event so you won’t have to bring the Porsche out in bad weather. The venue can be found on the A262, Sissinghurst Road, Biddenden (TN29 8DQ). Contact Mick and Sue Dennis by email: firstname.lastname@example.org. March 19 Drive and Sunday lunch at Dale Hill Hotel and Golf Club We will meet at 10am for coﬀee at West Malling Golf Club and leave around 11.30am for a drive of about 30 miles to Dane Hill Hotel and Golf Club (Ticehurst, TN5 2DQ) where lunch is booked at 12.30pm for 1pm. This will be a three-course Sunday lunch followed by coﬀee or tea in the lounge. Cost is £24pp. The menu is available by email or at Club night. We will require payment and menu choices in advance by Saturday, March 11, latest. March 25 Car detailing demonstration by ‘WOW Factors’ Further details of our visit to Motor Care Body Shop (TN2 3BQ). We’ll be arriving 9.30-10am for our welcome and coﬀee. The body shop staﬀ will be on hand to oﬀer advice on paintwork after WOW Factors give a car detailing demonstration exclusively for R25 members. This is an opportunity to see what’s involved in detailing your car and how it’s done by professionals. Light refreshments will be available during the morning. Numbers will be required for catering, so please let us know if you will be joining us. Monthly meetings Our monthly meetings take place on the second
Wishing you smooth and empty roads. Phil and Pearl
DIARY DATES FEBRUARY 26 Breakfast Club at Bloomsbury’s MARCH 8 Club night at Brands Hatch MARCH 19 Drive and Sunday lunch at Dale Hill Hotel and Golf Club MARCH 25 Car detailing demonstration by ‘WOW Factors’ APRIL 5 Club night at Brands Hatch **Please note change of date** APRIL 8 Spring health check at PC Tonbridge Bookings by email only. Please supply membership number, Porsche model, year and registration number with your request. APRIL 26 Mini Factory visit Cost £13.50pp. Two places per R25 member only. Member number required with booking. MAY 7 Show and Shine at Leeds Castle’s Motors by the Moat
Dorset Joint Regional Organisers Trefor Willingham 01747 838158 Karl Wells 07980 212056 email@example.com
Reports compiled and provided by Chris Hak: January meeting With 31 members present (including a few new faces – welcome to R26!) it was an excellent turnout for a very cold January evening and much shuﬄing of tables was required to ﬁt everybody in. Tref opened with a brief report on the Christmas meal, which seems to have been so long ago but actually took place after the December meeting – see the report in last month’s PP. So, with no other events to report on and, without further ado, we’ll move on to R26’s very full calendar. PC Bournemouth and PC Portsmouth R26 members can take great pride in the fact that PC Bournemouth was awarded the ‘2016 Oﬃcial Porsche Centre – Gold Award’ in the annual 911UK.com awards as voted for by Porsche owners and enthusiasts. In something of a coup for the group, their sister Porsche Centre, PC Portsmouth, won the ‘2016 911uk Porsche Customer Service Gold Award’, so hearty congratulations to all the management and staﬀ. FORTHCOMING EVENTS Kartability Mark Owens is organising a visit to the Kartability charity workshops and teaching rooms at Bovington. This is currently planned for March 18 at 11am and it should be a fascinating insight into what this charity is doing to ensure that disability doesn’t have to mean that kart racing is out of the question. Numbers are unlimited (within reason…) and Mark himself has been instrumental in driving this charity forward so let’s make it a good turnout from R26 in support of this admirable cause. Full steam ahead James is organising another steam railway trip for May. Full details of the date and the line we’ll visit will follow on from James’ negotiations with the two railways being considered. Check the website and PP for further information. WeyPoP and Sherborne Castle With Weymouth Porsches on the Promenade (from here on in known as ‘WeyPoP’) on Friday, July 14, it is a great opportunity for members visiting from other Regions to make a long Porsche themed weekend of it and Paul Butcher has negotiated discounts at some local hotels and restaurants to make it even more appealing. Please keep an eye on the news pages of PP and the R26 home page for updates.
March Offers Porsche Cayenne 29535ZR21 Pirelli PZero N1 £226.95 Porsche Macan 26545R20 Pzero N0 £215.95 29540R20 Pzero N0 £198.95 Porsche Cayman Boxster 23535Z19 Pirelli Pzero N2 £159.95 26535Z19 Pirelli Pzero N2 £212.95 911 991 24535Z20 Pzero N0 £201.95 30530Z20 Pzero N0 £260.95 911 997 23535Z19 Pzero N2 £159.95 30530Z19 Pzero N2 £233.95 911 996 22540ZR18 Pirelli Pzero Rosso N4 £125.95 26535ZR18 Pirelli Pzero Rosso N4 £165.95
somewhere that oﬀers safe and secure parking in addition to a good menu! After lunch, the latter part of the day usually involves a shorter ‘jaunt’ and possibly an afternoon coﬀee stop. Members then disperse and may choose to take their own best route home. Last year, we clocked up around 3,000 miles, including a visit to the PCGB National Event at Silverstone. This year is already looking to be even more varied, so I am conﬁdent there will, as they say, be something for everyone. Details of each drive will continue to be emailed to members and, for those who have asked to be included in the text service, they will receive the reminders via text and email. I would also take this opportunity to remind members of the importance of keeping the Club up to date with contact details, including email addresses – any change can be notiﬁed by phone, 01608 652911 or email: cluboﬃce@porscheclubgb.com
It has been conﬁrmed that Classics and Supercars at Sherborne Castle will be a two-day event following WeyPoP on July 15-16. After some discussion and, in light of a positive reaction from members, it was decided that we would book our usual sized plot as we are conﬁdent that we will get suﬃcient cars on display both days to make it worthwhile. Please note that this does not mean individual members have to attend on both days. Please look at the R26 pages on the PCGB website for further details. If staying overnight, don’t forget to book your hotel for this popular event on July 14 in Weymouth
January round-up The clock is ticking down to beginning the 2017 drive season! Hopefully, reminders are etched in calendars, phones are holding alerts and post-it notes are ﬁrmly attached to fridge doors declaring that our ﬁrst drive of the season is scheduled for Saturday, March 18! More about the ‘drive season’ later but, ﬁrst, a round-up of Region activity in January. Our ﬁrst meeting of the year saw us return to the Ulster Transport Bowling Club in Newtownabbey, where it was great to see that members have survived the rigours of the festive season. Discussions focused on the programme for the year ahead and, in particular, our drives. This year, I am delighted to report that the R27 committee will be helping with the drives. Each committee member will ‘captain’ a drive during the course of the year. The loose theme this year of ‘Roads Less Travelled’ will see us, as usual, visit each county across Northern Ireland and also see us explore areas west of the country. The drives will continue in their familiar form. Members will gather at a convenient, easy to ﬁnd, meeting point for a coﬀee and a brieﬁng. Depending on the ﬁnal destination the ﬁrst part of the drive will be around 60-90 minutes. There will be an opportunity for lunch and, just to enlighten our new members, the lunch stop is always planned for
New committee member Paul McAleer
DIARY DATES Change of venue After a year using the Ulster Transport and Bowling Club in Newtownabbey for some of our monthly meetings, we are on the lookout for a new location. While we are very grateful to the club for their generosity and hospitality, we generally agreed that we would like to look at an alternative location that could oﬀer hot food prior to our meeting. So, if any members have any suggestions for a fresh location around the greater North Belfast, Newtownabbey or Antrim area, then I would be pleased to hear from them.
MARCH 16 Monthly meet MARCH 18 Visit to Kartability charity workshop Bovington (time and details TBC). APRIL 20 Monthly meet MAY 7 Lunch at Bridgehouse Hotel Beaminster (DT8 3AY). JUNE 4 Beaulieu Simply Porsche at National Motor Museum JUNE 16 Monthly meet and BBQ Please note that this event is on a Friday. JUNE 29-JULY 2 Goodwood Festival of Speed
Ireland Regional Organiser Ken Mack 07860 850444 – firstname.lastname@example.org Assistant Regional Organiser John Hilditch 07907 437303
New committee member Geoff Moore
Indoor Classic Car Show Later in January, the Annual Indoor Classic Car Show in Newcastle presented an opportunity for members to gather for an informal drive to the foot of the Mourne Mountains and a visit to the Slieve Donard Hotel. As in past years, the charity event attracted a good selection of classic vehicles – Rolls-Royce, Aston Martin and a well-presented BMW 635 – just some of the cars on show. We were delighted to welcome Stanley Ballantine as our ‘newest’ new member, who
New member Stanley Ballantine with his Cayman GTS
made the trip across from Strabane to join us for the afternoon. This month’s top tip from PC Belfast With the ﬁrst few months of the year being a bit quieter ahead of the drive season, and, especially if you are pining for the open roads, here is a thought for you! Get your pulse racing again with a visit to the Porsche Experience Centre at Silverstone – for a day of driving you will never forget! For those fortunate enough to have attended already, I am sure you will agree that it is an experience not to be missed so, no time like the present. Events range from Sport Driving School tuition from £175 through to full blown GT Experiences at £750. What better way to heighten your Porsche enthusiasm and, if you have been already, then you will need no convincing to pay a return visit. For more information, contact Paul or any of the team at PC Belfast for a brochure or visit: porsche.co.uk/experience That’s about it for this month. Take care on the roads and I look forward to seeing you soon. Ken Mack
DIARY DATES MARCH 8 Meeting at Ulster Transport and Bowling Club Lynda Avenue, Newtownabbey. MARCH 18 First drive of the season and lunch at Massereene Golf Club Full details will be emailed directly to members. APRIL 12 Meeting at Gowdys at the Race Course 60 Gravelhill Road, Lisburn, BT27 5RW. APRIL 30 Monthly drive
Channel Islands, Guernsey Regional Organisers Ian and Angela Banneville 01481 715678 – email@example.com Twitter: @PCGB_Guernsey Fun Christmas project I am sure many of us spent Boxing Day perusing our
Santa sacks and maybe even starting a holiday project. As an alternative to Angela’s turkey curry recipe or my Lego Caterham build, I thought it would be sensible to turn over this month’s column to Ray Carré and his air-cooled 911 motor kit build: “While browsing the internet some time ago I came across an advert in Germany for a model Porsche ﬂat-six engine kit. I was reminded of it by the PCGB website and decided I just had to have one. Five days later and a package arrived from Germany and, for once in my life, I followed the instructions to the letter by ﬁrst reading the beautiful instruction booklet from cover to cover before proceeding with the build. “The ﬁrst 15 pages of the booklet cover the development history of the Porsche ﬂat engine in both four and six-cylinder variants and this is followed by ‘Notes and Advice’. The design of the Porsche 911, the successor of the successful 356, went hand in hand with the development of a completely new, more powerful modern engine. The result was a six-cylinder ﬂat engine with two-litre displacement and one overhead camshaft driven by one timing chain per cylinder bank. The ﬁrst vehicle to feature this new, 130bhp engine was the Porsche 901, which was presented in 1963, produced from 1964 onwards and later renamed the 911. “The ﬁrst point I noted was that references to the left or right side of the engine meant the left or right side when viewed from the fan end. Cylinders one-three are on the left side and cylinders four-six are on the right. The second was to identify the various parts by looking at the list of components and the corresponding illustrations. The third point was to use a sharp knife to trim any excess plastic from their carrier frames, and fourth to take care not to over-tighten the screws as this may permanently damage the plastic. “There is a comprehensive parts list showing part numbers and quantities, all of the plastic carriers are shown with all parts individually numbered. The ﬁrst job was to connect the connecting rods to the pistons (pistons are in two halves and press ﬁt together). When all six are assembled they are then attached to the crankshaft. After a ﬁnal check to make sure all rods rotate freely around the crankshaft, and with the crankshaft drive gear attached to the crankshaft, it was time to locate the whole assembly into the upper crankcase. The cylinder barrels are then located over the pistons (there are ribs on the middle piston barrel, which locate into slots in the upper crankcase). The crankcase rear cover is next to slot in place, followed by the lower crankcase, which is secured to the upper 85 porscheclubgb.com
crankcase with seven screws, (at this point I made sure that the whole crankcase assembly was still rotating freely). I took my time when assembling the valve guide plates and valves as there were many small ﬁddly pieces to assemble and the tiny valve springs were very delicate. “The oil cooler was next to be ﬁtted and is in two parts which clip around a T-shaped moulding on the side of the crankcase. If you intend painting this part in your own colour scheme this needs to be done prior to assembly as you will not be able to get to it or remove it later on. “The cam and rocker shaft is pretty straight forward as the cams are in three separate pieces, the hole in each cam having a ﬂat surface so the cams line up in the correct position; the right-hand side is assembled ﬁrst followed by the left side. “For correct valve and ignition timing, the crankshaft must be locked in position with the number one and number four pistons at top dead centre – timing alignment pins are supplied for this purpose. With the crankshaft locked, a valve timing tool is provided which locates the camshaft sprockets in position for the correct valve timing – the cam belt can be ﬁtted while the sprockets are held in position. The distributor drive gear bevel gears are then inserted and the large gear held in the correct position by inserting one of the timing pins. Now remove the valve timing tool and bevel gear locking pins and attach the left-hand cam belt cover and secure with three screws, repeat for the right-hand side. “The distributor is installed through the cam cover with the distributor shaft being gently pushed into the hole in the large bevel gear. The leads from the distributor are all numbered to connect to the like numbered spark plugs. Then I installed the remaining ancillaries; electric motor, manifolds, exhaust, fan housing and, ﬁnally, the support stand. “All that remained was to insert the two electrical plugs in the base, stand back and press the start button. The starter motor burst into life and the engine ran smoothly and gently revved up, the LED lights glowing red at the top of each stroke the engine running for a couple of minutes before automatically shutting oﬀ. “Two observations may assist you if you build your own motor as it may save you having to strip part of the engine once ﬁnished. On completion, the engine rotated ﬁne until I attached the small electric motor, I was fortunate I had the right tools to dismantle the motor casing as inside was a very, very, small swarf of plastic caught in the gear wheels which had seized the whole motor. I cleaned it out and reassembled and all was ﬁne.
The completed motor
“Problem two arose when I ran the engine for the ﬁrst time. As the engine rotated the two cam belts rode up over the sprockets on the camshaft gears slowing the engine almost to a stop and then the belts would drop back into the sprocket, I overcame this by lightly spraying the belts and sprockets with rubber lubricant and everything now runs very smoothly. “This was a very enjoyable build, with an excellent instruction booklet, a well-thought-out kit which you can add your own personal ﬁnish to.”
opportunity to enjoy the photographs again. Send your entries to me by email, and those with the correct answers will be placed in the hat to draw the winner who will be presented with a copy of the very desirable Porsche 911 Scrapbook.
2017 calendar Our calendar is starting to take shape and, so far, we have a number of events running from March to December, including Seafront Sunday and Tennerfest, with more events to be conﬁrmed.
Committee Chairman Mike Lucas Regional Contact Keith Morgan 07833 206078 (before 9pm) firstname.lastname@example.org
A la porschaine Ian, Angela, Jean-Marc and Sebastian DIARY DATES MARCH Cookery evening JUNE 18 Classic Car Show Sausmarez Park JULY Seafront Sunday
Channel Islands, Jersey Regional Organiser Roger Theaker 07979 652525 – email@example.com Nostalgia corner Early last year (see PP January 2016) I ran a competition to name the PCGB members who attended the inaugural meeting of R28 at Longueville Manor. Recently, on going through some past Club documents, I came across these two pictures of an early Region meeting, also held at Longueville Manor, and thought that another competition to name the attendees would be appropriate, in addition to giving members the
Well, here we are at the end of February and nearly two months of the year have passed us by already – only another 10 months to go to Christmas! However, it’s not all bad as the days are getting longer and the cold, frosty mornings will hopefully be a distant memory. It’s time to start thinking more seriously about our cars and, maybe, even getting the polishing mop out of hibernation as the Club events season starts to take shape. When you have ﬁnished the cleaning, maybe you could give some thought to joining us at one of our events and showing us the fruits of your labour! RECENT EVENTS
Clubhouse visit January was a very quiet month for our Regional activities and gave me very little to work on as far as this report is concerned, but we will catch up in February and the events will be reported in next month’s PP. However, I’m very grateful to Region member Nigel Harper for providing me with the following short summary of a recent trip he made with his wife, Penny. “At last, after nearly a year of family health issues, we ﬁnally got away to the Cotswolds this week and enjoyed a few days’ rest and recreation at Cowley Manor, located close to Cirencester. “Wednesday morning was extremely foggy, certainly not good for sightseeing and it provided me with a lightbulb moment. We needed to renew our PCGB membership so, why not drive over to the Clubhouse, renew our membership and follow this with lunch in nearby Bourton on the Water? “A quick road trip later and we were making our ﬁrst visit to Cornbury House. PCGB Membership Secretary Chris Sweeting personally made us very welcome and showed us around the Clubhouse. Chris uncovered the Club’s delightful 356B and Penny fell in love with it – now I have a potential problem. Well, not really, the bank manager would gib at such an indulgence! “Chris also showed us his own, rare 968 Coupe and the Boxster frame display model from the British International Motor Show launch of the 986. After nearly 15 years of Boxster ownership, I ﬁnally know what my engine and transmission really look like! Many thanks to Chris for his enthusiastic welcome. As he said, he has one of the best occupations in the
January Club night We had a good turnout for the ﬁrst meeting of the year and it was good to catch up with friends again after the excitement of the festive season. It’s encouraging to see that we can still manage to entice members away from the comfort of their armchairs and roaring ﬁres to brave the cold and damp atmosphere of a typical January evening! The meeting was made more enjoyable by the fact that Eve and Peter Smith brought in chocolates for us all to indulge ourselves in, no doubt at the expense of those New Year resolutions made a few days earlier. PCGB’s 356B at Cornbury House
Photos by Roger Theaker
The early Region meeting held at Longueville Manor
The early Region meeting held at Longueville Manor
A happy couple at Cowley Manor
country. The subsequent lunch was also a pleasure in a beautiful village; the pub was warm, welcoming and complete with log ﬁre. This is what cars, beautiful countryside and holidays are all about.”
Boxster frame with ‘naked’ transmission and engine
FORTHCOMING EVENTS Grandstand meet
March 4 Go-kart racing **Event fully booked** This has been arranged for Saturday, March 4 at Team Sport Go Karting (2 Invincible Road, Farnborough, GU14 7QU) and we need to arrive at 1.50pm, 40 minutes before our booked time slot of 2.30pm. The cost is £35 and we will have the track to ourselves (if we have a minimum of eight). The session involves competitive racing, together with trophy presentation at the end. March 19 Clay pigeon shooting Commencing at 10am and being held at the home of the National Riﬂe Association in Bisley, Surrey and operated by thebigshoot.co.uk where you can opt for 25 clays at £45.99 or 50 for £56.99. Then, afterwards, at The Cricketers, Horsell Birch, near Woking, for lunch, where we will be able to compare score cards! Contact Mike Lucas firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss details and late availability. Please note that this is a bookable event only. For up-to-date information on these and brief details of other events, please see the Surrey Region area of the Club’s website. 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. Keith Morgan DIARY DATES MARCH 4 Go-kart racing MARCH 14 Club night at Silvermere Golf Club MARCH 19 Clay pigeon shooting APRIL 11 Club night at Silvermere Golf Club APRIL 21-23 WOTY **Event fully booked**
Isle of Man Regional Organiser Julian Chappell 01624 816563 (evenings) email@example.com Assistant Steve Morrow 07624 433268 Steve_m2@manx.net
Parked up ready for breakfast
RECENT EVENTS Exercising the Porsche We had a great run out this morning, setting oﬀ from the Grandstand and enjoying a very roundabout route to the Guard House Cafe and Motor Museum in Jurby. We went through Willaston, Cronkbourne, Braddan Bridge, Kirkby, the Braide crossroads to St Marks and then Ballasalla. Then it was on to Colby, up the Sloc, the coast road to Peel and Kirk Michael and a left turn after Ballaugh Bridge and on to Jurby. We were able to park outside the Museum, making a nice display of diﬀerent Porsche models and types. We had a great breakfast in the cafe, with Lee showing us some of his Porsche-related Christmas presents. Nice. Amazing how many car enthusiasts you see in there. Thanks to Julian for organising the run, and to those who gave up their Sunday sleep-in to come with us. Club nights As our numbers for Club nights seem to be getting less, I thought we might try having a regular breakfast meet. You can join us at the Grandstand at 8.30am for a drive out or meet us at the Manx Motor Museum, Jurby at 10am for breakfast at the Guard House. This will be held on the ﬁrst Sunday of the month. Hopefully this might encourage a few more members to join in! DIARY DATES MARCH 5 Breakfast meet 8.30am at the Grandstand or 10am at the Museum. APRIL 2 Breakfast meet 8.30am at the Grandstand or 10am at the Museum. 89 porscheclubgb.com
Cotswold Regional Organisers Alan and Fiona Bartlett 07785 928687 – firstname.lastname@example.org @PCGB_R31 RECENT EVENTS Sunday Brunch Scramble at Bicester Heritage Most sensible people, faced with an alarm clock going oﬀ at 6am on a misty, damp and cold Sunday morning in early January would simply turn over and enjoy a lie in. Not so car club members who rise early, drive miles through fog and rain to a draughty ex-RAF wartime airbase in north Oxfordshire to join several hundred other petrol-heads to look at a couple of thousand classic and performance cars of all ages and marques, and stand around gassing to other petrol-heads in the drizzle over a bacon sandwich and a mug of tea. As it was early January, in a drizzle not much above freezing, we weren’t exactly expecting a large turnout. In the dark and fog at 7.30am, we (Wayne, Stuart and Alan) marked out the Club display area, somewhat optimistically placing the Club ﬂags at either end of ‘Porsche Avenue’ and waited for the ﬁrst arrivals. We didn’t have long to wait and, just after 8am, Ricky Caesar appeared out of the mist with his red 924 Carrera GTS. From then on, a steady stream of Porsches started to ﬁll up our display area. And, in spite of our misgivings about attendance levels, they didn’t stop arriving. By midday Porsches lined
was the ﬁrst meeting since November, there was a lot to catch up on, particularly the revived Cotswold Rally which will be taking place in May. More information covering the rally will be published on the Club’s website as details are ﬁnalised over the forthcoming weeks. Sunday Cofee Cruise Arriving at the Cotswold Gateway Hotel, it was heartening to see a lot of Porsches in the car park. Walking into the lounge area, the hotel’s new management team had set up piping hot coﬀee, biscuits and scones for us. In all, over 30 members spent the morning enjoying a coﬀee or two and a thoroughly good natter in great company. The Cotswold Rally route was a hot topic and members provided valuable input into the route planning. Pleasingly, there were several new members who had not attended one of our Sunday gettogethers before. Maddeningly, for one member, the good cheer was tainted by the discovery that someone had damaged his car as they reversed out of a space to leave the hotel’s car park. The hotel’s CCTV appears to have captured the incident and the member is pursuing a claim from the other driver.
Ricky lights up the gloom with his 924 Carrera GTS
Photos by Alan Bartlett
FORTHCOMING EVENTS Our next regular gatherings will be at The Carpenters Arms, Fulbrook on Wednesday, March 8 and at the Cotswold Gateway Hotel on Sunday, March 19. Our Tea Bun Run will be held on Sunday, March 26 and another weekend trip to Wales is planned for April 1-2. Details of all Cotswold events can be found in our events area on the Club website and on our Facebook page (facebook.com/pcgb.r31). Before setting out, please check the R31 Forum Area and/or Twitter feed (@PCGB_R31) for any last-minute updates.
116 Porsches in the PCGB display
both sides of Porsche Avenue, formed another line behind on the grass, went right around the corner and ended with a row opposite the entrance to the avenue, much to the consternation of the BMW Club who had thought they had a big display. Despite the conditions, Porsche enthusiasts came from all over the country to join us. Members who attended had driven from as far aﬁeld as Derbyshire, Lincolnshire, Kent, London, the South Coast and East and West Midlands. Goodness only knows what time they must have set oﬀ from home but we’re really glad they did and came along to support us. Once again, we constituted the largest single marque display, managing to show 116 Porsche road cars of all ages and types – almost double the previous year’s attendance. It was only a Panamera that was missing, otherwise, we’d have had the complete set. If you’ve never been to Bicester before, you’ll be amazed at the sheer diversity of vehicles on display. Visitors were also able to experience the celebration of classic motoring and aviation that this amazing historic 380-acre heritage site has to oﬀer, along with the opportunity to visit the various automotive and aeronautical businesses based on the site. If you want to read more about the Brunch Scramble event there’s a great article, Sunday Scramble: A Very British Aﬀair, by Jordan Butters on Speedhunters.com. Our thanks goes to everyone who came along, especially Wayne and Stuart who did such a brilliant job ﬁnding parking spaces for everyone. By the time you read this, tickets for the big,
13th Sunday Scramble in April will be on sale – see the Cotswold events area on the Club website for more details.
Drive carefully and we look forward to seeing you soon. Alan and Fiona
It’s not all Porsches. Rare 1980 VW FüKW TEL 80 Kombi Type-23 mobile command
Monthly meeting Our ﬁrst monthly meeting of the year was held at The Carpenters Arms, Fulbrook. Disappointingly, illness, weather and business commitments had taken its toll and meant the number of members attending was lower than usual. Nevertheless, as this 90 porscheclubgb.com
MARCH 8 Monthly Regional meeting The Carpenters Arms MARCH 19 Sunday Cofee Cruise meet at the Cotswold Gateway Hotel MARCH 26 Spring Tea Bun Run Starts at Cornbury House to drive to Aston, near Bampton. APRIL 1–2 Weekend tour in Wales APRIL 12 Monthly Regional meeting at the Red Lion, Long Compton APRIL 23 13th Sunday Brunch Scramble/Drive It Day at Bicester Heritage Centre APRIL 30 Sunday Cofee Cruise MAY 10 Monthly Regional meeting at The Carpenters Arms MAY 14 The Cotswold Rally A grand tour of the Cotswolds. Starts at Cornbury House. MAY 21 Sunday Cofee Cruise JUNE 4 Simply Porsche, Beaulieu JUNE 11 Porschettes’ Picnic in Lydiard Park, Swindon JUNE 14 Monthly Regional meeting at The Red Lion JUNE 25 Sunday Cofee Cruise
REGISTERS Register Director’s report Welcome again to this issue of PP. Hopefully amongst the pages there is something of interest to you and that you continue to enjoy the benefits that membership brings. This year we have a programme of technical seminars at the Clubhouse, and judging by the take-up for the first seminar in April, I would suspect there is going to be a great appetite for these in the future. Keep checking PP and the website for future events.
356 Register Secretary Fred Hampton 020 7262 8695 – email@example.com
912 Register Secretary Rowena Purdy 01472 399381 – firstname.lastname@example.org Assistant Register Secretary Vacancy A quiet start to the year Other than a trip to Brighton in early January, which necessitated a short period on Southern Railways, it was a very quiet month. With a journey starting in Market Rasen in Lincolnshire I was somewhat concerned that the industrial (in)action on the last stage of my journey may cause problems with making my surgeon’s appointment in time, so a quick check on the website revealed that only one service had been cancelled on the day I travelled. With a quick call to the hospital I managed to bring my appointment forward to enable me to catch the last direct service out of Brighton to Victoria. The whole trip was smooth and all trains ran on time. I have to say that the section from Victoria to Brighton (and return) was totally trouble free – and no guard in sight – but I do not have to use this service on a daily basis, so perhaps I was just lucky! The only hold up was from Kings Cross as a couple of trains ahead had ‘technical problems’, which meant a late arrival into Newark North Gate, but that wasn’t a problem as the station manager laid on a taxi to get me back to my car in Market Rasen. As last year, I ‘attended’ the annual bowling competition held in Lincoln and organised by R4
We also have virtually a full calendar of events up and down the country, which will bring the Club team to a venue near you. You can meet the team and check on all the new items being added to the range of clothing and collectible goodies already available - the poster range is exceptional! For my part, I am proud of the continuing support from the Register Secretaries for the volume of content appearing each month in the magazine. I sincerely hope you enjoy it; after all, it is your magazine. If you have an interesting item to contribute, which you feel would be of interest to fellow members, then please contact your respective Secretary or the team at the Clubhouse - we do rely on you, the members,
(thanks Steve and Lynn). Under doctor’s orders, I was advised not to throw heavy bowls down the lanes, so I acted as photographer and joined everyone for lunch. It was a great day – roll on next year. FORTHCOMING EVENTS March 12 Clubhouse spring Open Day This, the ﬁrst Cornbury House Open Day of 2017, starts at 10.30am. These are well worth attending and an excellent opportunity and venue to renew friendships and chat to Board members on a very informal basis. Unfortunately, I will be unable to attend, as I’m still not cleared to drive that far. I am now concentrating on getting ﬁt enough to drive to Cornbury House for the Oﬃcials’ Conference and AGM. April 22-23 Officials’ Conference and AGM I shall be attending both functions so if there is anything you would like me to highlight to the Board, please let me know in time and I’ll try to get a mention. April 30 Stanford Hall Classic Show This year, the organisers have targeted the Porsche 912 with the aim of attracting over 50 of our models. As last year, we have been invited along with DDK and other 912 owners. We will all have our own speciﬁed 912 display area where we will be able to chat to the general public and show oﬀ our cars. As of late January, numbers seem to be hovering around the mid-30s… I shall be there, will you? Contact and details at: ddk-online.com/phpBB2/viewtopic. php?f=16&t=58563 May 26 Blyton Park novice trackday I intend to be at this R4 event and to take the 912 around the track. As I keep noting, this is an ideal event for those who are unsure of trackday driving and would like to dip their toes in the water. It’s great fun as well as being quite a social event. (Just be aware that Blyton is an old bomber airﬁeld and the wind can be fairly strong and bitter.) 92 porscheclubgb.com
to let us know what you like to see. On a personal note, I will be presenting (yet again!) my talk on ‘My Life and Cars’ to R3 (North East) on March 8. I am slowly working my way around the country with my ‘roadshow’ and, with luck, it will still provide interest and humour. Maybe I will be appearing at a venue near you soon. If you are attending the AGM in April then please do come and say hello. Keep enjoying the Club and your Porsches. Albert Walsh Register Director email@example.com 01282 456371 (evenings)
Instructors, included in the entry fee, are all experienced racing or rally drivers and are well used to helping out the novice. Other than my usual plea for more 912s to join me, I would also like to see more ladies joining in – especially those who feel that their driving skills could be improved. Where better to practise under expert tuition? (Ladies in 912s? That would be interesting.) There is another Blyton trackday booked for September, but this will be run in a diﬀerent manner. Keep an eye on R4’s pages for details. ‘Porsches o’er t’Wolds’ Tour Last year’s organiser, Ian Birrell, has managed to sort out a new route for this year’s event, but with the same start and ﬁnish venue as last year in Grimsby. For those of you who joined R4 members last year, you will remember the welcome we received from the staﬀ at the hotel – and the excellent dinner supplied at the end of the event. More details will be forthcoming once Ian has let me have them. June 4 Pirelli BBQ at Cornbury House As long as the ‘Porsches o’er t’Wolds’ is not arranged for the same day, I shall be in attendance. It’s another excellent event and usually very well attended, so worth the visit. 28-30 July National Event at Silverstone Classic I need not go into too much detail here, as the Board and Events team will be keeping us all informed of developments. Other possibilities I am still waiting to ﬁnd out if Lotherton Hall and Porsche Classics at the Castle are being run this year. Once conﬁrmed, I shall put a few requests in to see if we can have a designated 912 area alongside the 356s. This year the Club has many events on its calendar pages and the main website. Keep an eye on these and try to get your 912 there – wherever ‘there’ may be.
Bits and bobs Disaster occurred at the beginning of January when my 912 folder decided to dump all its contents into the ether without telling me where it had all gone… and I still have not found it. Perhaps my PC is telling me something – it’s taking over. The World Rally Championship 2017 has really opened the competition with new cars under the 2017 speciﬁcation as well as the return of both Citroen and Toyota (the latter ﬁnishing well on the Monte). Seb Ogier, now driving for Ford, won the Monte with his erstwhile colleague Jari-Matti Latvala driving his new Toyota Yaris to second on the podium – straight out of the box! And lest we forget – 26th overall was the Porsche 997 GT3 RS crewed by Romain Dumas and Gilles de Turkheim – also ﬁnishing ﬁrst in the RGT class.
Trevor Keetley would like to trace the history of his car (original registration ECL 44C)
Take care and drive safely Rowena
DIARY DATES MARCH 12 Clubhouse spring Open Day See p92 for details. APRIL 22-23 Oicials’ Conference and AGM See p92 for details. APRIL 30 Stanford Hall Classic Show See p92 for details. MAY 26 Blyton Park novice trackday See p92 for details. JUNE 4 Pirelli BBQ at Cornbury House
make it look like a ’70s S with wider rear guards etc. I have no idea at what stage this was done or, in fact, who did it. Through my contacts in New Zealand I have the names of some previous owners but only from 1980 on, so I’m missing 15 years of history. New Zealand owners have been Mark Donaldson (year?), Joy Satchel (1984), Ron Steele (1994), Joy Satchel again (1996), it then went to Perth and to John Orchard in 2012.” The interior of ECL 44C
Early 911 (2.0,2.2 &2.4) Register Secretary Ian McLeod 07810 493287 – firstname.lastname@example.org Australian 911 help required Following on from the recent Australian barn ﬁnd, we have another Australian owner, Trevor Keetley, getting in contact this month. He is looking to see if any Club members can help him trace the full history of his car. This is a car already known to the Club through its previous owner, John Orchard, who restored the car in Australia a number of years ago. The car is an original AFN right hand drive model delivered to the UK in August 1965 in Polo Red. Chassis number is 302030 and original UK registration was ECL 44C. I will let Trevor give some background in his own words: “I’m writing this note, both to inform you that I have purchased #302030, and in turn to seek your assistance regarding the car. I would like to research the history and story of the car after delivery through AFN in August 1965. “First a bit of background about me. I’ve been restoring 356 and 911 cars since 1980 and have owned a few rare models including a Carrera Speedster, which I believe these days is in the UK. I still have a prototype factory 356 T6 Cabriolet. I’m an architect and this hobby has been important to me as a distraction from a design point of view. The very early cars, and particularly the 356 Speedster, best express ‘the spirit of Porsche’, but the ﬁrst 911s demonstrate enduring design at the highest level, so I am particularly pleased to have 302030. “I’m interested in tracing the history of the car from arrival in the UK to departure for New Zealand. You may know that, at one stage, the car was modiﬁed to
having already gone around the clock once (100,000 miles). In November 1976, Brian purchased the car with 29,986 on the clock (129,986 miles). He continued to use the car for the next 40 years (until 2016) doing all the maintenance himself, including a complete engine rebuild, replacement of the rear torque tube, and all regular maintenance. In 1987 the car had gone around the clock again (200,000 miles). He has ﬁnally just sold the car to a restoration company who intend to perform a full restoration on the car. In Brian’s own words: “The reason for selling it is that I am now 86 and I found that I no longer enjoy all the work on the car. I do still, however, have a 54-year-old Mini Cooper, so I shall still keep fairly busy. I so loved that car, I took it back to the factory once, and they were pretty excited about it.” Great story Brian. We salute you sir!
911 Sportomatic What we know so far is that the car was built in July 1965 and arrived in the UK on August 15, 1965. Bovey & Son sold it, with the original registration of ECL 44C, at some point between this date and the end of the year (UK registration letters used to run January 1 through to December 31 each year until 1967). What we do not know is at what point the car left the UK, but it is likely the car left in 1980 for New Zealand. Unfortunately, the DVLA will not divulge if it has information on a car unless you are the owner. As the car now resides in Australia, and therefore has no V5C, this is not possible. In addition, the DVLA was undergoing computerisation in the early 1980s, and if a car was never taxed after the cross over it got ‘lost’ from the DVLA, as prior to this the records were paper-based and resided at the local oﬃce. So, even if the DVLA would help, they may well no longer have any information on the car. It is a long time ago now, but if anybody remembers the car, or has any history on the car, then please get in touch, as it will be very much appreciated. I can pass on any information, or put you in contact directly with Trevor. In addition, if any of our New Zealand members have any extra information, it will also be great to hear from you. Long-term owners Club member Brian Teall has been in touch with a great story about Porsche ownership. The car in question was originally purchased by a Mr Bambridge in 1967, and then by a Mr Ogeturk in 1976, with the car 93 porscheclubgb.com
Register Secretary Peter Cook 01789 400832 – email@example.com
911 Carrera RS Register Secretary Fred Hampton 020 7262 8695 – firstname.lastname@example.org Assistant Mike Chadwick 01454 232232 – mvc@ﬂy7.co.uk
911 2.7 Carrera & 3.0 Register Secretary Guy White 01493 750278 email@example.com Technical Assistant Tony Ruggles 01992 892333 Historic vehicles VED exemption In the budget four years ago it was announced that the date vehicles would become exempt from paying
Vehicle Excise Duty would change to those manufactured before January 1, 1974 and was followed up by the introduction of a rolling 40-year exemption to the charge. The changeover occurs in April each year, so it’s from April 1 this year that any car built before January 1, 1977 will now qualify. This will include most of the cars covered by this Register. It should be noted that the onus is placed on the owner to apply for the car to be classiﬁed in the historic vehicle category by sending a completed V10 form and accompanying documents to the DVLA. One of the documents required is the V5C, which must show that the vehicle was made or ﬁrst registered before January 1, 1977, although they will accept ﬁrst registration ~dates up until January 7 on the assumption that the car had been manufactured in the previous year. Full details of the requirements are contained in the DVLA information sheet INF34, which is available on the internet – I will send you a copy if you email me instead. There are however two additional points to note here. Firstly, cars registered after January 7 could still qualify, as I know of vehicles built in 1976 but not registered until much later in 1977. A good example of this is the Carrera 3 Coupe owned by Paul Wilkins that was not registered until April 1, 1977 but was manufactured in October 1976. Secondly, imported vehicles (including those from Northern Ireland, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man) show a year of manufacture that in many cases is later than the actual build date. In these cases it is essential to obtain a Certiﬁcate of Authenticity from Porsche that should show a ‘Production Completion Date’, which the DVLA accepts for the purposes of historic vehicle classiﬁcation. The certiﬁcate is free of charge to PCGB members but could save you £235 at current Vehicle Excise Duty rates. I will again send you the form if you email me to request this and I wish ‘happy cheaper motoring’ to those who now qualify. Guy
911 SC Register Secretary Paul Thompson 01531 822 305 Mobile: 07836 261 365 firstname.lastname@example.org Technical Advisor David Sewell email@example.com The ‘ultimate’ Christmas present I was lucky enough to be given a copy of ‘The Ultimate Book of the Air-cooled Porsche 911’ by Brian Long – my copy is number 117 (the last three digits of my SC registration number). The book is limited to 911 copies so, while not as good an investment as an SC, in 100 years it should be valuable! The book is a huge, nicely printed, volume on glossy paper starting with the development of Porsche through the VW Beetle, the 356 and on to the 911. With a lot of interesting pictures of early versions of the 911, it ﬁnishes in 1998 with the last of the air-cooled 993s. An appendix listing every version of the air-cooled 911 follows all this. Covering 25 pages, the SC section includes the Turbo and racing cars with plenty of pictures of cars, the factory and a cut away drawing.
magazine over recent months, starting with the Boxster 986 and followed by the 911 996. There is now a Carrera 3.2 one on the website and it should be featuring in the magazine as well, I will conﬁrm when I know more. Gearbox oil It looks likely that I’ll be using a Mobil or similar synthetic 75W/90 for my next maintenance job to complete, as mentioned in a previous column. Having talked to Steve Winter of Jaz Porsche at the R21 New Year dinner, he gave me the following tip. When reﬁlling, don’t struggle in the tight space around the gearbox, but extend the oil bottle tube with a length of windscreen washer pipe. This way, with the rear wheel oﬀ, you can hold the bottle up above the ﬁller hole level outside the rear wing to let the oil run down the washer pipe reﬁlling the gearbox. Sounds good to me, so I’ll be giving this tip a try before long and will let you know how I get on. The Ultimate Book of the Air-cooled Porsche 911
It’s also full of interesting facts if you are an SC anorak! For instance, did you know that ATS cookie cutter wheels were 26% lighter than steel wheels but cost three times the price, and Fuchs alloys were 30% lighter than steel but cost seven times more? The press reports at the time make interesting reading, as everyone thought the SC to be the last 911 – it is diﬃcult to work out if the press were sad to see the 911 go or pleased to see the back of it. Comments like “superb acceleration” and “superb ﬂexibility” abound. The handling comments are fun – basically they thought it was development rather than inherent design that made the SC handle well. One commented that Porsche had raised the level of road holding to a point where very few will ever explore the ultimate handling. Another commented that the headlights were adequate for normal use but the heater was not, whereas a further comment mentioned that the SC is so good it is not worth paying extra for a turbo. An interesting comparison was made between the SC, the Maserati Merek, the Lamborghini Uraco, the Lotus Esprit Turbo and the Ferrari 308 GTB. On paper the Porsche should be outclassed but, in real life, the SC was a match for them all and overall came out on top. The rallying and racing section makes good reading with the success of the 935 ‘Moby Dick’ in 1978 coming second at Le Mans. Rallying had the privateer SC coming fourth in the WRC in 78. This was followed by sporting success after success in every year of the 911 SC’s production. Overall it’s a great book for air-cooled 911 fans – very expensive but excellent quality. Paul
911 Carrera 3.2 Register Secretary Steve and Sue Edwards 020 8366 7770 firstname.lastname@example.org Technical Advisor Charles Marsland 01732 848323 Buying guide You may have noticed the buyers’ guides on the Club’s website or read those featured in this 95 porscheclubgb.com
Impact drill (not a hammer drill!) Back to the impact drill – I think it will be really beneﬁcial for quicker and easier removal of road wheels, and therefore the cleaning and checking for ﬂint in the tread. It takes me right back to when I was a child and my grandfather would let me help de-ﬂint the tyres on his Morris 1300. I ﬁnd it satisfying, even today, unless I discover a nail or screw in there! But at least it enables me to repair the tyre, rather than being out and caught stranded somewhere. The quest is on to determine a powerful enough tool with a reasonable requisite level of quality. Also, I am considering a portable auto-booster pack battery as a purchase at some time in the future, but I’m not convinced I need it yet. This is because only just last year I put another Bosch Silver battery on the car. My previous one went on for seven years with no sign of waning. I only changed it because we would be driving through France and Spain, almost into Portugal, for our holiday and I didn’t want any hassle with an aged battery spoiling our trip. They seem so compact and aﬀordable these days; it will be only a matter of time before I carry one as a part of my spares kit. Restoration Mark Dempsey has kindly oﬀered to share his planned restoration with us over the next few months. Here is his ﬁrst installment with includes photos from the ‘before’ stage: The nearside sill’s paint bubbling
Photo by Brian Tyler Photography
beginning of the driving season for me, even though I will be driving at Oulton Park for the annual RS trackday on March 10. A ticket voucher code is on page 13 of February’s PP and allows two for one discount. Don’t forget to let me know if you’re going in your 964 on Sunday, so I can park you in the 964 area of the inﬁeld parking. This is for Sunday only.
Mark Dempsey’s pride and joy 1987 3.2 Carrera
The front offside wing’s paint has started to bubble
964 Register Secretary David Bladon 07771 194507 – email@example.com Register Assistant David Moulton-Bark 07775 821715 firstname.lastname@example.org
This year we have the Club marquee there and therefore a much larger presence than previous years though it will still be staﬀed and organised by R8 members, as it was when ﬁrst started some seven years ago.
Photo by Brian Tyler Photography
“I have dreamed of owning a 911 for as long as I can remember and, even before I had a driving licence, would spend hours and hours staring through Porsche dealers’ windows. I ﬁnally bought my 1987 3.2 Carrera in Cassis Red in June 2012, and shortly afterwards had the bodywork tidied up and a new paint job. Since then, over the years, I have had it mechanically maintained and had various repairs done, including having the entire engine studs replaced etc. “Over the last 12 months, I have been looking into having it refurbished as the paint has started to bubble on the driver’s side front wing and B posts, and the kidney bowls aren’t in great shape.
Sorry for the lack of article this month. I was promised one and, despite being promised ﬁve weeks ago that it would be here in time, it wasn’t. So, anyone wishing to help with providing an article, please do so – I’m always open to new views and experiences. Remember the guidelines, which are 1,000 words and four photos, or multiples of that if spreading over several months. The article in January about Targa roofs generated some interest and I forwarded half a dozen emails to Paul Mathews. He has been providing very detailed instructions on how to self build a roof brace.
Lastly, David Moulton-Bark has sold his 964, so the Assistant Register Secretary position is available if any of you are interested and would like to put yourselves forward.
964 Carrera RS “Following a number of conversations with other Porsche owners and obtaining various quotes, I ﬁnally decided to go ahead and have the work done with Klassiker 911 of Brighouse (performance-porsche. co.uk). I ﬁrst encountered these guys at the Yorkshire Porsche Festival in July last year and saw some of the great restoration work they had done. As I write this, we are now in mid-January, the car has only been gone 48 hours, and I am already missing it. I’m so looking forward to seeing the ﬁnished result in time for the summer weather.” Thanks Mark, I’m looking forward to the next instalment...
Register Secretary Melvin Spear 07860 595355 – email@example.com
993 This year’s 964 meet will be at Donington on Sunday, April 30. It’s the ﬁnal day of the Historic Festival and is always a fun weekend. It seems to mark the
Steve and Sue
911 Carrera Club Sport
Register Secretary Maurice Piper firstname.lastname@example.org Register Assistant Christian Sanger 07968503385 – email@example.com Birthday makeover The refresh of my car’s bodywork is proceeding apace; the photographic record of progress is very impressive indeed. It is planned and booked to make an appearance at the Oulton Park RS trackday, so ﬁngers crossed!
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ﬂywheel and clutch kit later and the car was back in good and quiet health!
Other news Although my house renovations are completed as planned, I am still unpacking boxes at a steady rate. Just when the container was nearly emptied, we decided to replace the outbuildings! So the contents will have to go into... the container! Will it ever end? I will have to ﬁnd some time for 993 activities, as it looks like a busy year with two national events, and there is an Oﬃcials’ Conference to think about in a couple months. I would like to hear from 993 S owners interested in putting their cars on a 20th anniversary display at Silverstone Classic, so drop me an email to register your interest, and get the tickets while the inﬁeld areas are available! Now it’s over to Christian for a tale of derring-do in diagnosis...
Track time I shall be attending the Oulton Park RS trackday this March and have started to think about the 993 – I’m planning a bit of a makeover for it this year. It needs to be on good form as I’m also going to take it to the historic meeting at the Circuit Dijon-Prenois in France where track time has been booked! I hope to see some of you out and about soon, but until then avoid the salty roads and get out in the car when you can. Christian
993 Carrera RS
Maurice Investigating strange noises Hello fellow 993 custodians, I hope you are all keeping well? This month’s words are a little oﬀ topic. I recently had cause to investigate a strange noise from a 996 3.6 Coupe, which was baﬄing its owner. The noise manifested itself as a harmonic vibration, which appeared to be coming from the transmission area. My gut reaction to the noise was to say it sounded like a 993 with the Clubsport solid ﬂywheel set-up from the 993 RS. Knowing that the 996 has only one dual mass ﬂywheel option and never having had one fail in this way, I started thinking about all the other things that might be causing it. After eliminating the transmission mount and the recently replaced engine mountings, and given the nature of the noise, I had ruled out the hub, bearings, drive shafts and brake assemblies along with the suspension. I concluded that it must be the clutch/ﬂywheel or the transmission itself. Wanting to be sure of the preliminary diagnosis, another road test was conducted putting the car into high gears at low speed high torque situations and even resorting to holding the car back with left foot braking to prolong the noise. It didn’t get any worse but, as I neared the garage and loaded the car up to produce the noise, the revs suddenly rose without the clutch being depressed! Neutral was quickly selected and I managed to coast the last 500 metres back. Well it was going to be easier to spot the failed component now.
The other half of the flywheel still with clutch attached
Visually, underneath all was in order, so I removed the transmission to expose the ﬂywheel and clutch. The problem became clear – the two halves of the dual mass ﬂywheel had separated resulting in complete loss of drive! I have never seen a dual mass ﬂywheel fail by shearing all of its drive pegs. The three pictures show, ﬁrstly, the ﬂywheel part still attached to the crankshaft (two bolts removed). Just around the outside of the ﬂywheel bolts are about eight drive dowels showing up as shiny round circles, clean sheared ﬂush. The second picture shows the other half of the ﬂywheel still with clutch attached, with the third showing the engine without the ﬂywheel and a slightly leaking rear crank seal. A new crank seal
Register Secretary Paul Howells 01594 833238 – email@example.com
996 Register Secretary Andy Willis 07775 138527 firstname.lastname@example.org January’s trip to Dove House Motor Company We had approximately 80 members attend this event where we were looked after very well by Simon Lenton and his very enthusiastic team. Members gave very positive feedback and I’m sure this will lead to more members using Dove House. 996 technical seminar We are now fully booked for this event, which should be a very informative day. All I ask is, if you have booked and for any reason are unable to attend, please let us know so we can reallocate your slot, as we have a large reserve list. Register members in print Three members have contacted me with photos of their cars to be included in this month’s column.
The engine without the flywheel and a slightly leaking rear crank seal
Jay Preece Jay sent me a few photos of his C4 Cabriolet taken in the early morning at Ramsgate Harbour. This is Jay’s
Jay Preece’s C4 Cabriolet
The flywheel part still attached to the crankshaft
Jay Preece’s C4 Cabriolet
ﬁrst Porsche. On taking his brother for a quick spin in it, his brother was also inspired to join the Porsche clan and purchased a Boxster S. Jason and Gemma Leese A pair of 996s are now owned by Jason and Gemma. In Jason’s words: “The C4 Coupe is my car – the picture was taken half way through a 600 mile round trip we took to collect it in the Cabriolet. I bought it to replace my 2000 Boxster S in October, have loved every moment of ownership and use it every day come rain or shine. It’s a nice spec with M030, sat nav, Bose, sports seats, litronics, OBC and cruise control. So far, all I’ve done to it is have HEL braided brake lines and a set of Pirelli N4s ready for the track season to start. “The Matt Black C4 Cabriolet is my wife’s car. It has a few subtle modiﬁcations such as H&R front and rear Anti-Roll Bars, is poly-bushed throughout, has HEL brake lines, a stainless steel sports exhaust, performance headers and a fully rebuilt engine by Marc Clowes. “We are both avid trackday attendees. The ﬁrst time she took it to Oulton Park, even though it had an oil change 4,000 miles previously, the oil had degraded too much to cope with the rigours of track use. This resulted in the big end shell bearings failing! Marc rebuilt the engine with a new (second-hand) crank and all new internal components. To make sure there weren’t any future oil issues he ﬁtted a baﬄed motorsport sump. It was on 130,000 miles and the original IMS was in perfect condition, which we feel puts the scaremonger stories to bed (?). But, a new LN engineering bearing was installed along with a new clutch. We’ve already booked them both on a trackday at Silverstone on February 26 so are looking forward to taking it on track.”
Tim Rogers’ 2000 C4 at Le Mans
Tim Rogers This is Tim’s third Porsche, his ﬁrst being a 944, then a 996 C2 Tiptronic and now this 2000 C4. The picture was taken at last year’s Le Mans Classic shortly after he purchased the car. A very warm welcome to all new members and please remember, if you would like an image of your 996 (preferably yourself with it) published in this column, then just email me a photo, together with a few words if possible, for inclusion. 996 Technical issues Please keep your 996 technical questions coming through via phone or email to Gary Sorrell (email@example.com) or me. You can also use the Forum to contact Richard Hamilton. Enjoy your 996… Andy DIARY DATES APRIL 1 996 technical seminar Cornbury House.
997 Register Secretary Clive Wratten firstname.lastname@example.org Register Assistant Jonathan Lennard
Jason and Gemma Leese’s pair of 996s
FORTHCOMING EVENTS May 5-7 Spring tour to Devon We advertised our Register spring tour in the January edition of PP and places have been ﬁlling fast. This promises to be a weekend of wonderful driving pleasure, great company and beautiful surroundings all to be enjoyed with fellow Register members and their partners/guests. Tour places are strictly limited, so if you are still thinking of joining us, get in touch fast. More information on this event can also be found on the 997 Register section of the Club website. At the time of writing the tour is fully subscribed, but please do register your interest in case there is a change of circumstances for any booked-in members. August 30 Brands Hatch evening trackday The item of news that we are really excited to tell you about is the 997 Register track evening at Brands Hatch on August 30. We will be out in force. Plenty of details are on the 997 Register section of the Club website, including the booking form. We aim to make this a fun and social event, so even if you are not participating in the event come along to watch and have a chat. 2017 calendar At the time of writing Jonathan and I are planning a number of other Register events for 2017. More details to follow in future editions of PP and on the Register’s website. We have a number of items in the pipeline dependant on feedback from you. First, we have a proposed drive to visit Rennsport with a buﬀet lunch at Cornbury House. This will likely be in June, meeting at the Cobham services on M25 with a convoy drive down to the PCGB Clubhouse. Please register your interest; further details will follow. A tour of Brooklands, the birthplace of British motorsport and aviation, and also the home of Concorde is a possibility. They oﬀer a guided tour, which is approximately two hours long for a group of 15-20 people. They also have a state of the art 3D cinema, which is extra. Take a look at the Brooklands website to see what else they have to oﬀer. It would be useful to have a feel for what would be of interest before we book. There is a possible Sunday drive over the South Downs. We would meet at Cobham Services on the M25 for the three-hour drive with optional lunch. We are looking forward to the National Event weekend at Silverstone Classic on July 28-30 as well as the National Concours at Ragley Hall on Saturday, September 23.
FORTHCOMING EVENTS April 29 RPM Technik open morning 991 Register has been oﬀered an open morning with some tasty food and a fun competition. It is still in the planning stage and would run from 9.30am-12.30pm. Maybe we could ﬁnd a local restaurant before heading home. RPM is situated between Aylesbury and Dunstable. Full details will be sent out as soon as they are ﬁnalised.
Jeremy Heney’s Turbo – taken by talented photographer wife Melanie on the Isle of Man tour
Gary and Pam Spalton’s C2 Cabriolet – overlooking the Mediterranean
Safe motoring and enjoy your 997s Clive and Jonathan
DIARY DATES MAY 5-7 Spring tour to Devon See p101 for details.
991 Register Secretary Phil Graham 01625 524596 – email@example.com No time for January blues In my opinion January is not an ideal month for 911s, but nicely timed was the arrival of my Macan GTS
coinciding with a good snowfall and cold wet conditions. It’s such a joy to challenge the elements, and what a fantastic vehicle to do it in. This gave me the idea to borrow a few Porsches from PC Wilmslow and make some comparisons between the winter-friendly vehicles. Having said my diesel days are over, I thought a back-to-back test between the GTS and the Macan S Diesel would ﬁnally conﬁrm my feelings. Pressure to reduce the oil burning workhorses also helped my decision. But, after a fair appraisal of the Macan S Diesel, the jury is still out. Also up for test was the new Panamera with a ﬂagship Turbo to compare with a 4S Diesel version – both impressive luxury saloons with incredible performance from 4-litre V8 engines. For winter driving conditions the Macan and Panamera come into their own with fantastic road holding and stopping power. Full reports will follow. The Gen 2 991 GTS was announced earlier than expected and for once I was one of the ﬁrst few to place an order. Hopefully mine will be the ﬁrst Carrera 2 GTS Cabriolet into Wilmslow and will replace the 997 4 GTS Cabriolet, which we have owned for a couple of years. January has also been a busy time for booking Porsche events, with commitments made for the Weekend in Wales, Anglesey trackday, Silverstone Classic, staying at the Hellidon Lakes Hotel, and the National Concours at Ragley Hall, staying at the Welcome Hotel for the awards dinner. I am also going to Le Mans with a group of PCGB members. It’s organised by Lycian Events and includes four nights’ camping!
Petrol or diesel
May 19-21 Weekend in Wales The venue will be the four star St George’s Hotel in the Victorian seaside resort of Llandudno, which is under an hour away from Saturday’s Anglesey trackday and as close as you can be for the Sunday’s Porsches on the Prom. Twenty rooms have been reserved for Friday and Saturday night at an attractive three-course dinner, bed and breakfast package and costs £370 for two or £260 for single occupancy. Upgrades are possible, depending on availability. Dinner on both nights will be served in the Conway Suite and details for non-resident members to join the party will be sent out nearer the event. Please call Freephone on 0808 168 6030 or the switchboard on 01492 877544 to make your reservation quoting 10489717 for the Porsche Club.
St George’s Hotel in Llandudno
Parking at St George’s is limited and it’s not possible to reserve spaces in their car park but provision has been made for exclusive use of the Victoria Shopping Centre multi-storey car park for overnight parking at a cost of £8 per night. The building will be closed to the public between 7pm and 9am and is available for all Porsche owners staying in Llandudno. The St George’s Hotel is 0.2 miles away and those attending the trackday will have access from 7am on the Saturday. For those who can make an early start on the Friday, the lunch meet at Corwen will be followed by a 72-mile drive through the Snowdonia National Park (including a circuit of the ‘Evo Triangle’). To book the Anglesey trackday please contact Steve Kevlin on: 01608 652917 (firstname.lastname@example.org). August 5-6 Beaulieu Supercar Showdown We have been invited by the organisers to provide a display at this prestigious event. It’s a great weekend and they really look after us as exhibitors. So, if you fancy showing oﬀ your pride and joy at this superb venue, please put a note in your diaries. Keep an eye on the Forum and more info will also appear here next month. Phil
DIARY DATES APRIL 29 RPM Technik open morning See above for details. MAY 19-21 Weekend in Wales See above for details. 102 porscheclubgb.com
930 (911 Turbo) Register Secretary John Ward 01844 237508 – email@example.com
914 Register Secretary Kevin Clarke 07946 080454 – firstname.lastname@example.org Assistant Rob Taylor 07900 164546 – email@example.com International Events Co-ordinator Bruce Manning 07887 380914 – firstname.lastname@example.org Great Chismill windmill
RECENT EVENTS January breakfast run On a crisp sunny morning in January, a group of four 914s met up in Cheshunt for a run to breakfast up the A10 to the Silver Ball transport café in Reed, Hertfordshire for January’s 914 monthly event. There is nothing like a great English cooked breakfast to set you up for the day! The Silver Ball cooks a great breakfast and we enjoyed our Sunday treat – many thanks to David Kelleher.
MOT surprise As part of the MOT I asked for some bodywork to be restored to the oﬀside sill, front wing and rear valence. I was told that they had discovered some ﬁller while doing the work. The truth is that, sometime before I bought the car in November 2000, this sill had received a hard knock and had been dented. Instead of getting the dent repaired it was merely ﬁlled in on the outside with ﬁller! In my time with the car I had never suspected this was the case and this must count as a quality bodge! Even so, it is heartening that this is now corrected.
DIARY DATES MARCH 11-12 VW Show Ninove Belgium Contact Kevin for more information. APRIL 30 Stanford Hall VW Show Contact me if you would like to display your 914 ASAP – few spaces left. JUNE 9-11 International 914 meeting Zeeland, The Netherlands. (porsche-914-club-holland.nl)
Birthday girl Kate Maynard
924 except GT Register Secretary Paul Hedges 07940 441452 (6-10pm) email@example.com
Out for a drive on a crisp Sunday morning near Reed
Chunky exterior filler
After leaving the café Brian McDonnell led the group for a scenic drive along the lanes through Cambridgeshire and Essex stopping for a photo opportunity at the Great Chismill windmill, which is one of only ﬁve surviving open trestle post mills in the country. This example was built in 1819. The tour headed on to Saﬀron Walden and we then travelled south to the A120 where we said our goodbyes and departed in diﬀerent directions for home. Happy Fourteening… Kevin
Correct Pagid pads?
Photo by Paul Hedges
Old metal and filler
Free car tax eligibility Following on from the article in the July 2016 issue of PP, from April 1, 2017 owners of cars manufactured before January 1, 1977 will be entitled to apply for free excise duty. There will only be a handful of you out there eligible, but prepare now for the future. It may be that, although the date of your car’s UK ﬁrst registration is 1977, the car may have been manufactured in Germany in 1976, which will make it eligible for free tax. A Certiﬁcate of Authenticity, which is free for PCGB members, will pave the way for such an application.
Photos by Paul Hedges
Following our breakfasts David Stowers surprised Kate Maynard with a birthday cake for her recent birthday and, after saying a wish, she blew the candles out in one!
Brakes The oﬀside front brake caliper has started to misbehave and is in need of attention; I will replace the pads ﬁrst and, if I experience any further problems, will take oﬀ the front brake calipers and contact Andrew Page, a local garage (MK1 1EQ telephone: 01908 372358), to send them oﬀ to a place called TRW for £72 a caliper. The brake pads I have bought are Pagid T1121 from Euro Car Parts for £30.17 including VAT and delivery. Curiously they are marked as rear pads but sold as front. I have also noted that T1072 pads have superseded them. I will be checking if they are suitable for my car.
Last month I mentioned I would write about Poole Accident Repair Centre, I will issue updates as they become available to me as regards this exciting project. Remanufactured parts #7 Each month I 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 – don’t forget to have your membership card handy and ask for PCGB discount! Auxiliary headlight: 94463140700 (left) 94463140800 (right) – 911 (1987–1989), 924 (1976–1988), 944 (1982–1989) Hubcap, platinum-metallic: 477601051G* – 924 Turbo (1980–1984)*, 924 S (1986–1988)*, 928 (1978–1991)*, 944 (1985–1991)*, 911 (1989–1994)*. The popular centre of the Porsche rim: platinum-metallic wheel hub with embossed Porsche Crest. This can be used for Porsche models 924 Turbo, 924 S, 944, 928 and 911 Carrera/Turbo, equipped with the 92836102105, 92836211501, 94436211301, 92836211701 or 94436211501 rim. The crest is produced to the highest standards using original embossing tools. The hubcap is made from forged aluminium and is perfectly coordinated with the colour tone of the associated rim. A guaranteed highlight. Upper rubber mounting: 94410615503 – 924 S (1986–1988) for ﬁxing the radiator in the engine compartment. It can be used for the Porsche 924 S from model years 1986 to 1988. Paul
930 Turbo SE Register Secretary Robert Day 07786 396925 (evenings) firstname.lastname@example.org
924 Carrera GT Register Secretary Ricky Caesar 07796 935550 – email@example.com
928 Register Secretary David Hemmings 07768 983743 – firstname.lastname@example.org Assistant Register Secretary Andrew Brierley 01204 491573 – email@example.com
top of the Porsche range was the 911 Turbo, for out and out performance faster than the Jag. The Frankfurt Motor Show then allowed the 928 to be seen by the ‘home’ market in September of that year and the Car of the Year award followed soon afterwards, ending a busy year for the 928. Prince Rainier presented that award, in Monte Carlo in January 1978, to Ernst Fuhrmann who had been the driving force behind the 928’s departure from the 911 design. With its rear-mounted air-cooled engine, it was thought to be near the end of further development. The shape of the car, that we now know so well, was ﬁxed around early 1973, so Porsche managed to get a new car, a new shape and a new V8 engine to market in time for the 1978 model year. Not bad, considering that the digital age and the internet was still undiscovered. Those of us that have visited the factory know that ‘new series’ production can start in the preceding July, but more regularly (at the time) any new model started life after the main factory holidays in August, meaning the ﬁrst model for the year 1978 came oﬀ the line from September 1977 onwards. The UK was an important export market but, understandably, the USA came ﬁrst, so production was concentrated on left hand drive cars for many months. This meant that UK cars were mostly produced as 1979 cars, with the even smaller markets of Australia and Japan getting their cars sooner than the UK. Actual 1978 UK sales were a total of 124 cars, of which 80 came with the three-speed auto gearbox. This extended rapidly to 233 in 1979 plus 71 with the ﬁve-speed manual gearbox. Subsequent manual gearbox cars averaged only 50 per year, so it is perhaps not surprising that, if you like a manual gearbox, they are hard to ﬁnd in any model year. These early cars are also hard to ﬁnd – they are the oldest after all – but until the recent upward price appreciation, they have been the victims of neglect in a big way. It’s realistic that GTS models are in better condition because the ﬁrst of those, being made in 1992, look quite young by comparison. The paradox now is that an early car from 1978/1980 has to be in really excellent condition to even get close to the values of the GTS that were still being produced until 1995! We should also not overlook the GT model because this car was introduced in 1988/9 in an attempt to boost sales and interest in the 928. It did succeed, with over 50 cars per year imported into the UK. It only lasted until 1993 though due to a combination of the 1990 recession that dramatically slowed sales in all markets and Porsche introducing the GTS as a ﬁnal model. This sounds like the tones of a funeral march but times had changed and the GTS would be succeeded by much revised 911s and other models such as the Boxster that would ensure Porsche’s future in a way the 928 could not hope to compete with. Ending on a much brighter note for those of us in current ownership, we can still enjoy the 928 to the full and beneﬁt from the almost hand-built production strengths that have kept so many on the roads 40 years later. Today even! The 928 was launched in Australia in March 1978 – note the 924 in the background
1977 – a busy year for the 928 The new 928, with its new front-engined watercooled V8, was presented to the public for the very ﬁrst time at the Geneva Motor Show in March 1977. If you liked Jaguar’s V12 engine, which could then be found in the two-door XJ-S, it was one of its near rivals at that time, or if you preferred a six-cylinder Porsche, the 911 SC had just been introduced. At the 105 porscheclubgb.com
The front of the car, with its plastic nose, was unique for the time, allowing a smoother shape moulded almost all in one piece
The rear of the car was well developed in this drawing
Winter testing the 928 – the moose test
FORTHCOMING EVENTS May 28 Brooklands Museum – our big day! Only new members can be excused for not being aware that 2017 is our 40th birthday bash at Brooklands in Surrey, although you might have seen our detailed information on the Club website – I certainly hope so. We are now into the run up to the event, writing for this month’s edition of PP and planning the advance booking arrangements at this time. The Club now has a computer programme that I am assured can handle pre-booking with ease, allowing us to accept reservations and ticket sales in advance. This should serve two main purposes – avoiding long queues at the gate and informing us how many are going to attend – pretty important when it comes to catering. Note that the entrance gate for all car entries is the rear of the museum, not the front entrance. Visit their website (brooklandsmuseum.com) to see the latest progress on their £3 million expenditure of Lottery funding, which is due to be completed just before we arrive. Join in the fun of taking your car onto the Members’ Banking for a historic picture – we hope this will be well in excess of 100 cars. General parking is free, and will be specially organised into model groups, so extra polishing is allowed this winter. Join us during this Bank Holiday weekend for our special 928 event. Admission is £11 per adult, £10 for seniors and £6 for children over six. Production of your membership card will reduce the cost by £1 each. Food will be available over lunchtime. Final details next month and updates will also be sent by MailChimp, as well to the 928 Register section of the Club’s website. See you sooner rather than later.
April 2 Bromyard Speed Festival The town of Bromyard is situated west of the M5, on the A44 midway between Worcester and Leominster. The 928 Register has an invitation from organiser Graham Jones to join their ‘closed road’ celebrations and would like us to make up a team, of say six cars, to run down the closed High Street. It’s a sort of dry run for Brooklands. If you would like to be part of this group just drop me, your Register Secretary, an email as soon as you read this article and we will get the wheels turning. Visit the festival website (bromyardspeedfestival.co.uk), which includes a video of last year’s event. David
DIARY DATES MAY 28 Brooklands Museum – our big day! See p105 for details. APRIL 2 Bromyard Speed Festival See above for details.
944 Register Secretary Paul McNulty 07971 832780 – firstname.lastname@example.org Assistant Register Secretary Andy Watson 07920 589750 (6pm-9pm Mon-Fri and 9am-6pm weekends) email@example.com Technical Advisor Jon Mitchell 01202 488800 (during normal working hours) firstname.lastname@example.org
968 Register Secretary Ken Coad 01923 262960 – email@example.com Assistant Register Secretary Richard Warburton firstname.lastname@example.org Technical Advisor Alex Eacock 01213 282225 Hello 968 drivers, how did YOU start 2017?
Back behind the wheel Day one, damp, misty, spotting with rain, and I was on the road to Brooklands. I ventured out in my new looking, straight out of the spray shop, Slate Grey 968 with two-tone wheels. It looks amazing. After a delay of two months, having been oﬀ the road since October with the only interruption a fun session hooﬁng the latest Cayman and 991 around the Porsche Experience Centre at Silverstone, it felt brilliant to be behind the wheel of my well sorted 968 and was just great to drive again. Membership milestone I realised I have been a member of PCGB for over 20 years. During that time I have owned a 1974 2.7 Carrera with the RS engine (eventually modiﬁed to 1973 spec and worth a lot of money now) followed by a 993 Carrera 4, which never quite found its limit of cornering, then a 924 S with superb handling, which I still share with my godson as a track car and which ﬁnally led me to buy my 968, with no regrets – without doubt it ticks all my boxes. If you get the suspension sorted, chip the engine and buy the best tyres (don’t compromise, go for it), your 968 will prove to be one of the best cars on the road – that’s my opinion anyway. Having driven the latest from Stuttgart, what can one say? They go indecently quickly, handle like F1 cars and make 968s seem vintage. I don’t know about you, but who needs the fastest set of wheels on the planet? Showing oﬀ in a supercar doesn’t make sense, but what does is driving and enjoying one of the best value-for-money Porsches – a 968 – and they are becoming rare. Of interest, I almost forgot to mention Ian, my godson, is planning to shoe horn an Audi TT engine into the 924 S this year. We have acquired some of the bits, but a 924 bell housing, which is beginning to look surplus to requirements, needs more ingenuity in that area – not quite there yet. Optimistically, it’s a project that should virtually double the performance, be exciting on track and outperform some of the newer Porsches. Proof? We will have to wait and see. Talking of becoming rare… …I have recently been contacted by two 968 owners looking for replacement 968 rear hatches. They don’t seem to exist – Porsche quoted £5,000 for the one and only remaining new one in the Stuttgart parts warehouse, and there are no plans for any more. Someone suggested a 944 S2 will ﬁt, and should have a similar spoiler – does anyone know the answer? Changing the subject… …I am looking for articles on your cars. How much do they cost to run? Who does your maintenance? What
mods have you found work? Whose suspension is best? Can you write a 968 article, please? Photos gratefully received. It’s your Register and I need your support. PCGB are planning some technical gettogethers, starting with 996s, at Cornbury House and I am hoping a transaxle one will be scheduled this year. FORTHCOMING EVENTS We have Silverstone coming up with a Le Mans endure-type race and Porsche will be committed. Information is available from Club Oﬃce, together with Club parking details. I will try and put some more dates and information together next month. I just noticed my 968 MOT is due, more on that next month… Enjoy your 968 Ken
Boxster Register Secretary Tracy Wilkins 01992 450740 – email@example.com Assistant Secretary Cliﬀ Wilkins Contact details as above Technical Advisor Steve Winter firstname.lastname@example.org Nick Pike 01189 473925 (evenings and weekends) Hello everyone. With the ﬁrst day of spring just around the corner, I hope that you are starting to unwrap your cars from the comfort of their garages and are getting them prepared for the coming months. I don’t think that I have ever seen a year with so many events being organised by Regions, Registers and Club Oﬃce. Cliﬀ and I certainly have a full diary for 2017 and have already booked for events in August, September and beyond. It certainly gives us something to look forward to now that the cold winter months are coming to an end. My 981 is due its ﬁrst major service at the beginning of March and I will report back next month. RECENT EVENTS Dove House Motor Company visit For those whose cars were not wrapped up for winter, Dove House provided an excellent day for Club members, of which 25 were Boxster Register members. Unfortunately, I was unable to attend, but I have it on good authority from Boxster owner Russ Garlick that Simon and his team provided a very Congregating outside Dove House premises
Ken Coad’s straight out of the spray shop, Slate Grey 968 with two-tone wheels
welcoming and informative day. Some members were lucky enough to have a free inspection carried out on their cars on one of the ﬁve ramps available. The technicians even went the extra mile by ﬁtting one member’s BMC race ﬁlters for free. Service indeed! All this, and complimentary coﬀee and bacon butties provided too. Thanks to Simon and his team for their hospitality and to Russ for the photos.
provide us with lots to see. We are just negotiating a ﬁnal date, which will hopefully be in August or September. Jamie informs me that he himself now has a Gen 1 987 as his daily drive and it has covered an impressive 143,000 miles. Describing the car, Jamie used one word “brilliant”. Paragon is based in East Sussex (paragongb.com). More details to follow. TECHNICAL Q AND A Here is this month’s Q and A from our technical adviser Steve Winter of Jaz Porsche. If you have a technical question, please do not hesitate to contact Steve at email@example.com – he is always happy to give his expert advice.
A welcoming and informative visit to Dove House
Boxster breakfast meet We have had an overwhelming response for our Boxster 20th anniversary meet at the Super Sausage café on February 26. We were given allocated parking for 25 cars and these places were soon snapped up. Depending on when you are reading this we may have already visited the cafe – a full report will appear in next month’s column. FORTHCOMING EVENTS June 2 20th anniversary WOTY As previously reported, the Boxster 20th anniversary WOTY to the Cotswolds is now fully booked but, for those of you who would still like to be part of our weekend event, we will be attending the Pirelli BBQ at Cornbury House on Sunday, June 4 and it would be great to meet up with you there. To register your interest contact Club Oﬃce at firstname.lastname@example.org. Paragon Porsche visit I have received an invite from Paragon’s Jamie Tyler to visit their newly refurbished premises. Some of you will remember that we last visited in March 2012 and received a very warm welcome. I am sure that the new larger showroom and servicing area will
Question: Hi Steve, I’m after a bit of technical advice and wonder if you can help? I have a 2003 Boxster S and recently the ‘check’ light came on for the oxygen sensors. I took it to my local ‘indy’ who looks after my cars and they changed the pre-cat sensor. After approximately 100 miles the light came on again, so I took it back and they replaced the post-cat sensor. A few days later, the light came on again! There are no leaks to the system apparently, so could it be the cat that needs replacing? The car runs perfectly. Steve’s reply: We have had similar issues but normally with cat ageing problems, so basically the cat loses its eﬃciency. An ECU remap can be done for you, which normally costs around £80 plus VAT. It’s easy to try that ﬁrst then, if it still comes on, oxygen sensor adapters can be made that raise the position of the sensor to fool the ECU – much cheaper than a new cat. Question: If the cat isn’t performing, but you raise the position of the sensors to fool the ECU will the car still pass an MOT OK? Steve’s reply: Yes it will still pass but if you have cat ageing it is only a temporary ﬁx. The big problem is new cats are £1,168 each for a 2000 model year Boxster 986. So, will we see cars being scrapped for the sake of a cat-ageing problem? Such a shame. Thanks Steve for this month’s advice. Happy Boxstering Tracy
Our previous Boxster visit to Paragon
DIARY DATES JUNE 2-4 Boxster 20th anniversary WOTY The Cotswolds. **FULLY BOOKED** JUNE 4 Club House BBQ with Pirelli Pre-bookable event. JULY 28-30 Silverstone Classic **Please note date change**
Cayman Register Secretary Kevan Sutherns 07733 318671 – email@example.com Looking forward to spring and summer As the weather warms towards what we hope will be a long hot summer we have already started looking forward to the drives of spring and summer, the evening and weekend social and track events etc. In the past I have requested suggestions for events etc. and, as a result, have received a suggestion for a Cayman get-together at the Imperial War Museum Duxford – a good venue, which is interesting for those involved or just interested in aircraft and engineering. Being close to the A1, M1 and M11 it is easily accessible for many and the suggestion was for it to be midweek in May/June. Please let me know, via email through the Club website, what support such a get-together can expect, and we will see what the level of interest is. I do not intend to visit Le Mans this coming summer but it would be ﬁne for anyone to run a group drive into post-Brexit Europe. If so, I am willing to aid in any reasonable way possible. We had a trip to Stuttgart four years ago and found it very enjoyable as we visited the Porsche Museum, where we did the factory tour and managed to get into the Museum’s preparation workshop. We also visited the Mercedes Museum and I would advise anyone doing the trip to include the Sinsheim Museum, which is about 45km from Zuﬀenhausen. When I tell you that on my visit there they had both Concorde and Concordski on the roof of one of the hangars you will realise that it is somewhat above the normal run of technical museums. For any of you who wish to make arrangements between yourselves you are quite free to use the Register by PMing each other through the Forum to arrange meetings within your own areas or even longer trips, which would be outside the auspices of the Club itself if you wish. You can start a thread on the Forum to gauge interest then go on to use PM and email, not at all diﬃcult. Do attend the Regions and get involved with the larger events in other Regions such as the North Wales Porsches on the Prom in Llandudno on Sunday, May 21, the day after the Anglesey trackday. A lot of work goes into the events and the organisers deserve success and a good turnout. Enjoy your Caymans… Kevan
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will work well, even if our cars may be a few millimetres lower. I will have used it by the time you read this and will report on it in the next PP. The hydraulic pump (and battery power source)
Now that the winter is easing out and the dreaded road salt peril is removing itself from our blackened roads, it is time to let the GT3s out again. If anyone had their cars out a lot in the ice and salt, kudos! Trackdays are beckoning and the usual checks to make sure the car is safe for that are needed – mainly a check on tyres, brakes and cooling. Normally, this would need: a) taking the car to a specialist; b) trusting to luck; or c) inspecting the car by oneself. This latter option is quite troublesome, as most of what you want to look at needs the wheels oﬀ and the means to look at the underside. Unless you are one of the small characters out of ‘Night at the Museum’, getting under the car is really diﬃcult. For that reason, I was pleased to have the following present delivered a few weeks ago – a portable car hydraulic lift. Lifting times I opted for the QuickJack rather than, as my fellow 964 RS Secretary has done, go for the Holden lift. Apart from the fact that I would need to use it outside the garage, or otherwise manoeuvre a car to the centre of the garage and avoid the central pillar where the two doors are, I liked the idea of not having lift ‘stuﬀ’ in the middle. The downside is a two-piece lift, each weighing 34kg and, despite the wheels at one end, needing some care to not drop it on your toes. See the accompanying pictures, here is the thing commissioned and sitting in a warm kitchen. The kit now needs some hose connections to be made, a ﬁlling of the hydraulic ﬂuid tank and a few other bits to be done before use. The hydraulic pump (and battery power source) I have yet to use it on the GT3 but I am sure it will work. Apart from all the measurements being checked, using examples on the QuickJack website, there was a good write-up from a 996 GT3 owner in the US doing this. So, I am fairly conﬁdent it
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Gas powered GT3? You may recall that last year I had an issue with the Channel Tunnel believing my car was ‘gas’ powered since the DVLA had the car down as ‘petrol/gas’ fuelled – I assume as a generic from the factory as ‘gas’ in the US is ‘petrol’ rather than LPG. Anyway, I had Porsche Cars UK send me a letter stating the correct manufacturer fuel type should be just ‘petrol’, sent that oﬀ to DVLA, and a week or so later (great service by the way) received the new V5 registration document – I now have a GT3 that runs exclusively on ‘petrol’. I hope this helps book a Channel Tunnel crossing without having to call, explain and then book, and have to explain again when going through check-in. Trackdays My next trackday is the RS day at Oulton Park – see you there, and hope we have a great early spring dry day! Happy GT3ing! Alex
Farewell and Auf Wiedersehen It is with much sadness that I have to relinquish my role as Cayenne Register Secretary – due to health issues. I leave as our model continues to be on the leader board for (world-wide) sales within the marque for 2016 – having (just) been overtaken at the top of the board by that other SUV version! The Cayenne’s popularity in the UK expands and attracts with each introduction of new variants in both power trains and model improvements. Perhaps the new 2018 editions, anticipated to arrive later this year, will encourage yet more devotees – and help maintain this position. Two Register features that have been noted are that, for some, the SUV is not the sole Porsche vehicle within the owners’ stable, and also many owners do combine business with their personal use. Clearly too, not all owners choose to join our Register, with most of those that do so not seeking any active or social involvement as a group. What is very pleasing, though, is the 150% increase in the number of vehicles recorded on our Register from when I ﬁrst began – long may this upward trend continue. (Credit also must go to Chris Sweeting, Member Secretary). Economics now may also allow families to enjoy the more mature model versions, with purchase prices coming within their budget limits. All are invited to formally add their details with their ‘pride and joy’ to the ranks. A tribute to the Cayenne is that, during my tenure as RS, I have received very few enquiries as to vehicular issues/niggles, except for the well-versed coolant and tailgate strut problems with the early production models, and the recent recall. In all, this must reﬂect on the top quality and build of our SUV. One highlight for me as RS was being able to represent the Cayenne and PCGB at an Auto Trader video ﬁlming day with my red 955 Turbo. Their objective was to compare various groups of second hand cars in a similar price range – inviting the readership/viewers to vote for their most desirable/ favourite vehicle from 18 entrants. A wide range of motor Club-owned enthusiasts’ cars provided some truly magniﬁcent examples (all but Concours standard), representing widely diﬀering manufacturers, on display – from classic to modern. It was an interesting day to witness static and mobile ﬁlming techniques – with cameras attached to the cars and circuits around a test track while interchanging positions. It wasn’t a racing environment but, with McLaren’s experimental, and highly disguised, development cars also in attendance and providing suitable background exhaust noise and manoeuvres with speed, it could well have seemed as such. Whilst not receiving the overall gold medal, the result was a section win and a (surprising) silver podium position! The distribution of said video and publication of articles is not clear. Suﬃce to say, no MGM follow-up (yet)!
I would wish to leave with grateful thanks to those of you who have ‘furthered my education’ in observing the characteristics of their particular model version and inviting my research for speciﬁc solutions/ answers – all part of a rich pattern in the widening of a limited Cayenne knowledge. I have enjoyed the banter and warm support of all at PCGB HQ – a sound professional team with humour – but it will be for AN Other to progress and promote the future of the Cayenne Register – whatever the direction. Enjoy your Cayenne travels as the warmer weather beckons… Best wishes Geoff
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Macan Register Secretary Mike Allen 07976697070 – firstname.lastname@example.org Macan GTS Factory Collection Collecting your new Macan from the Porsche factory Leipzig is a great experience as new owner Russell Gould explains: “Our factory collection day started at around 11am when we were treated with a very friendly welcome and briefed on what was in store for the day. First up was to spend some time on the track in a brand new Carmine Red Macan GTS. Our instructor did some hot laps to show us the track and then handed over to my wife and I. It was fun learning about the car and its features. Both our children, who came with us, were on-board and we knew from their squeals of excitement that they were enjoying themselves too! My daughter is already stating that she wants to come and pick up her Boxster when she is older! “After time on track we swapped cars to a Macan Turbo with air suspension and headed to the dedicated oﬀ-road track. This was something new to us, as, they do not have the facility for Macans at Silverstone yet. Whilst not being into oﬀ-roading you can’t fail to be impressed with what the Macan is capable of and to experience the capability of what the oﬀ-road and hill descent buttons do is worthwhile. The ﬁrst obstacle, an 80% incline and descent, needs to be seen to be believed! “Following that we were escorted to the second ﬂoor of the centre for a superb lunch overlooking the
Russell Gould and family with their new purchase in Leipzig
track. Lunch was spent watching new cars, straight oﬀ the production line, being tested around a section of the track. “Next came the exciting bit. After lunch we were presented with our new car in the delivery area where we spent plenty of time looking over our new purchase, having all the features explained to us whilst our phones and in-car Wi-Fi etc were set up. There were plenty of photo opportunities, both in the delivery area and then with the car parked at the front of the building. “The next part of the day was the factory tour, and we were lucky enough to have a tour guide just for the four of us. The tour takes you through the whole factory complex and we walked miles. Seeing Macans, Panameras and Cayennes ﬂying over your head on unmanned robotic machines that just follow paths through the factory is a sight to behold and we thoroughly enjoyed the experience. “To end our amazing day, we were guided around the museum and then left to shop in the Porsche shop for a few souvenirs. We ﬁnally drove our car oﬀ-site at 5.30pm after a long, but great, day. It was an amazing experience and one we will all remember for a long time to come. “Our journey home took ﬁve days as we explored Germany taking in sites such as Colditz, Christmas markets, the Rhine valley and, ﬁnally, a visit to the Nürburgring before heading to the Eurotunnel. “If anyone gets the chance to do this, we would thoroughly recommend it!” Russ, Karen, Eleanor and Zach. Unlocked and loaded Seen recently in the motoring section of the Sunday Times magazine was a report by a West Sussex Macan owner who thinks his car is great, but was complaining that, when his Macan went over a bump, the tailgate opened and objects fell out. Apparently, this occurred on three separate occasions when luggage prevented the tailgate closing properly. Clearly, he didn’t hear the audible warning nor did he see the ﬂashing tailgate icon on his dash before setting oﬀ! Has anyone else had this problem? Please let us know if you have. Generally, the tailgate beeps if it isn’t shut properly – it is pretty obvious if it is sticking out and not closed properly. 111 porscheclubgb.com
FORTHCOMING EVENTS Back by popular demand… April 29 Macan workshop visit to PC Solihull Please make a note in your diary to join us for the morning at PC Solihull. Staﬀ will be on hand to answer your technical questions and to treat your Macan to a free health check, valet and wash whilst you view the latest models in the Porsche range and chat to other Register members. The morning will start from 10am with bacon rolls and coﬀee etc, and will include a wander across to the nearby Ferrari dealership. For those who wish, we will round oﬀ the morning with lunch at a nearby country pub. Please email me if you wish to participate – you’re welcome to bring a friend. June 27-July 2 Champagne trip – latest news I’m delighted to report that all places have been booked but I am still making a reserve list just in case someone has to drop out. Please email if you’re interested. Adrian Robson and I are looking forward to our recce at the end of April when ﬁnishing touches to the itinerary will be ﬁnalised. Four more satisﬁed Macan owners Richard Payne dropped me a line recently: “Have had my Macan now for nearly two years and just had its ﬁrst service at 19,500 miles at the new PC Wolverhampton. I can state that the service was ﬁrst class and a pleasant experience. “Tyre wear on the Michelins has been very low and, at 19,000 miles, probably only three quarters worn (a lot of motorway work, however) so expecting well into the 20,000s before requiring replacement. “Put on winter wheels and tyres on December 1 but still waiting for winter! “Car has performed brilliantly with no issues or faults at all and will probably replace for new next year. “Performance for the diesel is all you would really want in everyday motoring and I easily get over 40mpg on a run – and even 30-ish locally.” David Mcphee writes: “I have had my Macan SD for 14 months now and am more than pleased with it. “I also have a Boxster 987 2.7, which I only drive in nice dry weather around the Highlands where the roads are still very quiet and you can enjoy driving a Porsche.
doors and bonnet, a polycarbonate windscreen to reduce weight, and two-way adjustable race suspension to improve stability and set-up. A larger rear wing improves aerodynamics and increases down force.
Phil Graham’s Graphite Grey GTS
“I have had a 1989 3.2 Targa and a 1996 993 Cabriolet – as you can tell, I enjoy open top motoring, but I really enjoy the Macan in all types of weather and especially winter weather.” Peter Standbridge wrote to say he loved his 2015-registered Macan S Diesel purchased last August so much that he’s now ordered a new one with a few extra goodies. Frank Baldry is doing likewise but is swapping his Diesel S for a new Petrol S in mid-March. And ﬁnally, 991 Register Secretary, Phil Graham, has now joined the ranks. Although he missed the slot for PTS, at New Year he took delivery of a new GTS destined for his local showroom. Although not quite to his taste it does look stunning in Graphite Grey. He will ‘make do’ with this car until he can order his ideally speciﬁed car for delivery later in the year. Happy Macan-ing Mike
DIARY DATES MARCH 12 Clubhouse Open Day, Moreton-in-Marsh Don’t forget to pre-book! APRIL 29 Workshop visit to PC Solihull See above for details. JUNE 27-JULY 2 Champagne trip Epernay/Vosges area of France.
Transmission: Six-speed Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) with optimised shift application Brake system: Aluminium six-piston racing caliper in mono-bloc design at front; aluminium four-piston racing calipers in mono-bloc design at rear Suspension: Two-way adjustable race suspension Safety: Welded-in roll-cage, FT3 safety fuel-tank, ﬁre-extinguishing system Just like its road-homologated sibling, the same 3.8-litre ﬂat-six engine powers the Cayman GT4 Clubsport. This racing variant features a Porsche double-clutch transmission with shift-paddles on the steering wheel and a mechanical rear-axle locking diﬀerential. The powerful racing brake system is ﬁtted with steel brake discs all-round, measuring 380mm in diameter. The Cayman GT4 Clubsport, delivered with a welded-in safety cage, a racing bucket seat as well as a six-point harness, is also designed with driver safety in mind. New for the Cayman GT4 Clubsport is the MR package, developed by Manthey Racing, which brings the car into full GT4 race homologation. This allows it to compete in the GT4 category of championships such as British GT. The MR GT4 homologation package includes carbon-ﬁbre
1990 Porsche 964 Cup Car down-under! Arguably, one of the ﬁnest examples of 964 Cup Cars, this race car is for sale after many years (and many fond memories) by its current owner. Number nine of the 50 built to contest the ﬁrst 911 Porsche Carrera Cup and with a mere 33,251 kilometres on the clock: the car is ready for its next owner to enjoy. From a provenance perspective, it is excellent and includes a second place at the 1990 ‘24 Hours of Nürburgring’. Its track history includes Zolder, Avus, Monza and Spa plus both Bathurst and Queensland Indy events. The engine, chassis, gearbox and DME all match the original as when the car left Porsche AG. The Matter roll-cage is in full compliance with Motorsport New Zealand regulations. The original aluminium bonnet is included, as are four sets of wheels, which include the original, and highly desirable, magnesium alloy ﬁtment. The vehicle is road legal and is currently registered for driving on New Zealand roads. Livery is as per when it raced in Europe and is in an unmolested state. Resident in New Zealand since 1996 with but two owners, the car has raced on all the major circuits in New Zealand and had been driven by notable pilots such as Jonny Reid. Full ONS-Wagenpass documentation is available. The 1990 Porsche 964 Cup Car, which is for sale
Custard on track! The 968 CS is now booked to go for our annual trackday holiday to Spa, Belgium and Zandvoort, Netherlands in June 2017. Happy days! CheeRS racers… Paul The Cayman GT4 Clubsport MR
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Go-kart racing (R29) Secret Bunker visit followed by tea at Crail (R1) Sunday Escape ‘North by Northwest’ (R20) Symonds Yat and Tintern drive (R16) Quiz night at Ty Risha Inn (R14) Ulster Transport and Bowling Club (R27) RS Trackday Oulton Park (R5) Chase Distillery tour (R13) VW Show Ninove, Belgium (914) Spring Open Day – Cornbury House Lord Haldon Sunday lunch (R15) Visit to Prodrive (R21) Visit to Ninemeister (R6) Ten-pin bowling (R11) First drive of the season (R27) Visit to Shawn Taylor Racing (R12) Visit to Kartability (R26)
19 19 19 19 19 19 24-26 25 25 25 26 26 26
75th Goodwood Members’ Meeting (R23) Clay pigeon shooting at Ashcombe (R15) Preston SuperCar meet (R18) Drive and Sunday lunch (R25) Pembrey trackday (R14) Clay pigeon shooting (R29) Sunday Coﬀee Cruise (R31) Drive and lunch in Conwy (R6) Snowdonia weekend away (R16) Lord Nuffield’s house drive and lunch (R17) Wow Factors car detailing (R25) West Coast breakfast run (R1) Pembrey trackday (R14) Spring Tea Bun Run (R31) Visit to Lord Leverhulme Museum and Port Sunlight (R18)
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Technical Seminar, Clubhouse Coﬀee and Cars at Precision Porsche (R23)
20 21-23 23 23 23 23 23 23 23 23 26 28 May 2 29 29 29
Weekend tour in Wales (R31) Breakfast meet at Gretna (R1, R18) Spring forward ‘Drive ‘n Dine’ (R16) Bromyard Speed Festival (R13) Belton International Horse Trials (R4) Spring health check (R25) Castle Combe Spring Action Day (R16) Spring Break ‘Clogs and Curves’ (R20) Detailing workshop, Paisley (R1) Drive and lunch (R14) Abersoch drive and lunch at the South Caernarvonshire Yacht Club (R6) Dent removal at SCSPorsche (R15) World Endurance Championship, Silverstone Visit to Mono Cars factory in Speke (R6) R20 on Tour, Brands Hatch (R20) WOTY to Stratford-upon-Avon (R29) Officials’ Conference & AGM, Clubhouse Sunday Brunch Scramble Drive it Day (R31) Preston SuperCar meet (R18) County Wheels, Woodhall Spa (R4) A52 Mable to Table (R8) Kersey Mill Drive It Day (R11) CCVC and CVCM charity fun run (R11) Spring drive (R15) Mini factory visit (R25)
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WOTY Belgium, Holland and Germany (R17) Paintballing IPG Cobham (R29) RPM Technik open morning (991) Macan workshop visit to PC Solihull (Macan)
Donington Historic Stanford Hall VW Show (914) Sunday Coﬀee Cruise (R31) Secret Hills Tour (R13)
May 1 5-7 5-7 7 7 7 7 7 12 13 13 14 14 14 14 17 18 19 19-21 19-21 20 20 21
22-28 24 26
Gawsworth Classic Car Show (R5) Spring Tour (997) WOTY (R21) Drive and lunch (R18) Breakfast at Paragon (R23) Show and Shine at Leeds Castle ‘Motors by the Moat’ (R25) Sunday Escape ‘Down South’ (R20) Lunch at Bridgehouse Hotel (R26) Morgan factory visit (R14) Porsche Club Championship, Oulton Park (R5) Visit to Prill Porsche Classic (R11) Cumbria International Car Show (R1, R7, R18) Cotswold Rally Regional Concours (R13) Cumbria International Classic Car Show in Kendal (R18) Visit to Jasmine Porschalink open evening (R18) Visit PC Chester (R6) Manx Tour, Isle of Man Weekend in Wales (991) WOTY Llandudno (R18) PCGB trackday at Anglesey (R5) Visit to Princess Yachts (R15) Chiltern Hills Vintage Vehicle Rally (R21) Sunday Coﬀee Cruise (R31) Porsches on the Prom, Llandudno Southern Ireland tour (R13) Porsche Design evening, Knightsbridge Blyton Park novice trackday (912)
Classic Cars on the Green and Open Gardens (R11) 928 Register Anniversary, Brooklands
JuNE 2-4 3-4 4 4 7 8 9-11 11 15 15-16 16 17 17-18 18 23 23-25 23-26 24 25 25
Boxster 20th Anniversary WOTY (Boxster) Tatton Park Classic Car Spectacular (R5) Pirelli BBQ, Clubhouse Beaulieu Simply Porsche at National Motor Museum (R26) R20 ‘On Tour’ Drive to Nowhere (R20) Curborough Sprint (R13) 2017 International 914 meeting, The Netherlands (914) Porschettes’ Picnic in Lydiard Park (R31) WOTY (R12) R20 at Le Mans 24hr (R20) Porsche in the Bay (R14) Le Mans Open Day, Clubhouse Le Mans 24 Hours Classic Car Show Sausmarez Park (R18) WOTY Llandrindod Wells (R14) WOTY (R14) WOTY (R15) Cars and Coﬀee at PIE Performance (R12) Show and shine and summer picnic (R9) Caister Castle Motor Museum (R12)
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Breakfast meeting (R23) Sunday Coﬀee Cruise (R31) Sunday Service - Lady Bower Reservoir (R7) Champagne trip (Macan) Goodwood Festival of Speed
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July 1-2 2
Cars in the Park, Lichﬁeld (R9) Chatsworth Pageant and Concours (R7, R8) Maldon Motor Show (R11) Region Concours (R26) Sunday Escape ‘The Great Western’ (R20) Pirelli BBQ at Cornbury House (912) Chateau Impney Hill Climb Porkers in the Trough Weymouth Porsches on the Prom RIAT Fairford Classics and supercars at Sherborne Castle (R26) Region Concours, Cottrell Park (R14) Summer Social at Bird in Hand (R12) Yorkshire Festival of Porsche France, Belgium and Germany tour (R23) Caister Car Museum and Castle (R12) Silverstone Classic Drive and lunch, Haverfordwest (R14)
12 13 18-21 20 20 20 24 Sept 3 26-28 28 30
Tech Seminar, Clubhouse Beaulieu Supercar Showdown (991) Helmingham Hall Classic and Sports Car Festival (R11) King’s Head Klassic, Bradwell on Sea (R11) Classic Car Show at Helmingham Hall (R12) R20 ‘On Tour’ ‘Summer Cruise’ (R20) Shobdon Aerodrome (R14) Breakfast meeting and drive (R23) WOTY in France (R24) Social Sunday Open Day, Clubhouse Hyde Hall Car Show (R11) Fish banquet, Cromer (R12) Great Escape to Switzerland and Austria (R20) Oulton Park Gold Cup Drive and lunch (R14) Brands Hatch evening trackday (997)
23-25 24 30
WOTY to Northumberland (R11) Warren Classic (R11) WOTY to Broomhall Castle, Scotland (R18)
OCTOBER 6-8 7 7-8 15 18 21 22
Weekend in the Lake District (R9) Castle Combe Autumn Classic R20 Autumn Break ‘Treasure Island’ (R20) Drive and lunch Symonds Yat (R14) Porsche Design evening Silverstone Auctions Porsche Sale Breakfast meeting at Shoreham Airport and drive (R23)
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NEC Classic Car Show Drive and lunch (R14) Sunday Escape ‘Sunday on Sea’ (R20) Breakfast meeting at The Beach Deck (R23) Christmas dinner (R14)
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Brighton Speed Trials (R23) Goodwood Revival Sunday Escape ‘London Landmarks’ (R20) Kop Hill Climb Essex Classic Vehicle Show (R11) Porsche Club Awards Ceremony National Concours (Ragley Hall)
Christmas Open Day, Clubhouse R20 On Tour ‘Christmas Curry’ (R20)
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928 928 S4 automatic, 1990. Zermatt Silver, black leather, right hand drive. 99,544 miles, properly maintained from the warm garage of a Japanese collector. Recent inspection and overhaul at 9 Excellence. Superb original, any inspection welcome, £19,500. View Kensington, London or Surrey please call James on 07977 486282
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Chelsea Carrera Ltd
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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.
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Merseyside Tech9 Motorsport Ltd Hale Garage, Hale Road, Liverpool L24 5RB. T: 0151 4255 911 E: firstname.lastname@example.org www.tech9.ms
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PP: Earliest Porsche memory? GM: I can vaguely recall sitting in the back of my dad’s car as a kid and being impressed as a 996 Turbo blasted by. My ﬁrst vivid memory is of being at school and seeing a local Guards Red 944 S2 driving around at lunchtime. I used to wonder if I’d ever have something as nice!
Q A George Mayson joined the PCGB at the age of 20. He talks to PP about a parking faux pas, and how Club members have kept him on the road
PP: What excites you about PCGB? GM: The variety of events PCGB organises, both at regional and national level, is wonderful. I’m really looking forward to going to Silverstone and Le Mans with the Club when I’m no longer a skint student and can afford the fuel bill. PP: What’s the best part of being a Club member? GM: The best thing, without a doubt, is meeting the variety of wonderful members who have so much knowledge and experience, and who are so willing to offer their help. I’ve gained a lot from the Club, from learning technical things such as jumping a defective fuel pump relay to getting advice for life after university. Our local ARO is an estate agent who can even help me with property advice! I don’t know how I would have managed owning my 944 without constantly turning to other members for advice. PP: Porsche owner’s advice? GM: Don’t wait 30-odd years to buy a Porsche. I managed to buy and run a 944 at 20 years old for signiﬁcantly less than the cost of a brand new Corsa or Fiat 500. I can’t help but laugh when I see school friends posting about picking up their new hatchback!
PP: When did you join PCGB? GM: I contacted my local Region, R2, in May last year for advice. I was only 20 and wanted to ask members about what it was like to own a classic Porsche. I made my membership ofﬁcial two months later and haven’t looked back! PP: How did your Porsche roots start? GM: Last year I started a summer job at my local garage – Pitairlie – and on my ﬁrst day I worked on a 944 Turbo. It was when I got to drive it the next day that I was hooked. I took it out to test its brakes and within 200 yards I knew I wanted one. It felt like a tailor had measured me up and built the car to suit me. It was the driving position that got me, with perhaps a little help from turbocharged lunacy! PP: What was your first Porsche and why did you want that particular model? GM: After driving the 944 Turbo at Pitairlie, I somehow convinced my parents that investing some money I’d inherited on a 924 wasn’t a bad idea. I looked at a few cars, which I decided didn’t suit me. Then when I attended my ﬁrst Club meeting, one member said that for what I wanted to spend I could have a 944 instead. My dad even agreed and within weeks I’d bought a lovely 1983 944 in Guards Red with only one owner from new. 138 porscheclubgb.com
ON PORSCHE BUILT TO LAST “I’m studying Mechanical Engineering at the University of Dundee, so I can really appreciate the clever design and incredible quality of a Porsche – whether it’s a 356 or a 991.2 Turbo S. No other 33-year-old car feels as solid as my 944.” FAVOURITE PORSCHE MEMORY “There are many – from sunset drives in the Cairngorms to trying out the PCGB Scotland Concours. The funniest has to be turning up at my summer engineering placement for my ﬁrst day in the 944 and accidentally parking in the Financial Director’s space. On the whole I managed to pull off the super-conﬁdent 1980s yuppie thing quite well!” YOUR NEXT PORSCHE “I plan to keep my 944 for a while. I’m going to sort out any last niggles such as the rear electric screen demister and power aerial. I’d also like to acquire a newer Porsche, perhaps a 986 or 996, for commuting after I graduate.” DREAM PORSCHE “Something ﬂat-6 with a howling exhaust, or from the 1980s and turbocharged. The dream pair would be a 930 and a 991 GT3. Having said that I do covet my friend Alan’s 991 Turbo S, as well as our ARO’s Cayman R, which is sublime.”
Published on Feb 20, 2017