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TIPEC (0845 602 0052) www.tipec.net All Torque is published bi-monthly by The Independent Porsche Enthusiasts Club (TIPEC). All text & images are © their authors & photographers. Front cover image: James McLauchlan’s 933 Cabriolet in the snow. All Torque is based entirely on submissions from TIPEC members. This is your magazine and we need your involvement! Send in running reports, Porsche-related stories, how-to articles … anything you think might interest other TIPEC members. Please send text and images via email, or on CD/DVD (or paper!) to the address below. Submissions for issue 80 (February) must be in before Tuesday 5th January 2009. All Torque editor & designer Tony Blow email@example.com Flat 1/1, 47 Greendyke Street, Glasgow G1 5PX Printed by The Lavenham Press Ltd, Suffolk (01787 247 436) Advertising in All Torque is managed by TIPEC club office 10 Whitecroft Gdns, Woodford Halse NN11 3PY (0845 602 0052) TIPEC Chairman Sean Smallman (07500 332 790) firstname.lastname@example.org Vice Chairman Jim Hearnden (07930 353 232) email@example.com Treasurer Brian Rowledge firstname.lastname@example.org Advertising & Club Liason Clive Gosling (07791 480 999) email@example.com Membership Secretary Dave Doherty (01423 504 086) firstname.lastname@example.org TIPEC Membership, Alexa House 26 Ripon Road, Harrogate HG1 2JJ Gruppe North Director John Oakes (01132 827 512) email@example.com Gruppe Central Director Eric Finley (07971 594 211) firstname.lastname@example.org Gruppe South Director Derek Flanagan (07767 254 820) email@example.com All Torque & TIPEC are entirely independent of Dr. Ing. H.c.F. Porsche AG, Porsche Cars GB Ltd and its dealers. All registered Trade Marks owned by Dr. Ing. H.c.F. Porsche AG, including the word ‘Porsche’, the Porsche Crest and Porsche Script are acknowledged as such and are their property. Whilst all due care is taken in the production of All Torque; neither TIPEC, its officers or the editor can accept responsibility for the advice, information or opinions expressed herein. Opinions contained in any article published herein are of the author or editor and do not reflect the official position of TIPEC, its management or membership, unless clearly stated by a club official.
Chairman’s Chat Having just attended The Classic Motor Show, I was delighted that the interest in the marque is probably stronger than ever. We answered questions all day from the minute the doors opened on Friday to them closing on Sunday. Lester Langford enthusiastically blasted the horn on his Dad’s 928 S4 at the traditional end of show finale. This brought to a close a very enjoyable three days and a fabulous display of Central Region’s cars. Thank you to all the exhibitors, helpers and to Paul Bird who coordinated the stand with Brian Rowledge. Whilst at the NEC we discussed the Le Mans 24 Hour, I am pleased to announce that we will be camping at the famous Porsche Curves in 2010. This is the first time the Club has attended the race, Travel Destinations who have been organizing camping at this location for years will take care of all the arrangements. The site has 24 hour security, with first class toilet and shower facilities. The atmosphere of the 24 Hour is very special, the drive over is an experience in itself with all manor of exotica making the annual pilgrimage over the Channel. Details of how to book and costs are in the News Section of this issue. Sticking to the subject of shows our annual event for next year (5–6th June) is taking shape and we will be having a party on Saturday with a BBQ and live band. Camping will be available on site. The Marcos Owners Club have accepted our invitation to be our guests for the weekend. More details of the show and how to book tickets will be in the February issue and on the forum. We will also be attending the Silverstone Classic 23–25 July. We have requested a pitch big enough for 40 cars and will be erecting a small marquee for members to have lunch and meet up over the weekend. The Classic is a mix of car club displays and historic racing featuring racing cars from the ’50s to the ’90s including Grand Prix and Touring Cars. There are also music concerts on the Friday and Saturday evenings, included in the club’s buy one get one free ticket offer. How to book tickets will be in the February issue and posted on the forum. I can’t believe another year has flown by, the Clubs membership and finances are in great shape and like last year we will be paying a £3 per member Regional Dividend. I would like to thank Brian for all his hard work as Treasurer and keeping the books in excellent order. Haley and I wish you and your families a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
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Le Mans 24hrs Camping at Porsche Curves 12th & 13th June 2010
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Thanks John Brenda Marginson thanks John Pye for his years of hard work as TIPEC North West’s Regional Organiser. John has been RO for the region since taking over in October 1999 which means he has done a full 10 years. He has kept the club going in the NW with his enthusiasm, his organisational skills, and not least his love of the Porsche mark and the NW Region. He has been ably supported through his 10 year stint by his wife Marie and the rest of his family. Without such support, you couldn’t do the RO’s job. Although he is giving up the RO’s job I am sure that his commitment to TIPEC will still be as much in evidence as in the past. Whether it’s a drive out or going to Le Mans, John has been with us all the way. There are
a few walkers in the Trough of Bowland who wished he wasn’t so committed as they leapt to their safety in the hedges. They should have known that roads are for cars, not walkers. Can’t say they didn’t hear us coming, all of Lancashire heard us coming! He has been known to leave bits of his exhaust on certain roads just as a reminder. I would like to thank John from all of the NW region past and present for the fantastic job he has done over the last 10 years and although he is giving up the job, he doesn’t get away that easily. I am sure he will still be around for the odd hat competition or drinking contest. Once again; thanks John, we couldn’t have had so much fun without you.
New members We’d like to wish a warm welcome to the newest members of TIPEC: Simon Ainscow, Warrington (964 Turbo) Margaret Butler, Amberley Pierre Chan, Oxford (964) Alasdair Cowan, Bonnybridge (911SC) Mike Calder, Edinburgh (944 S2) Adrian Cooksey, Peterborough (928 S2) James Cooper, Twickenham (996 C2) Antony Dixon, Buckingham (911SC) Mike Dowie, Livingston (928) Reid AJ Haddow, Leeds (Boxster) Stephen James Horridge, Dunstable (924 Turbo) Jane Lutz, Rockingham, Western Australia (911SC Targa) Gary Marsh, Witney (997 GT3 Clubsport) Jonathan May, Calne (944) Rory Paterson, Grangemouth (944) Phillip Scott, Calne (Cayman 2.7) Dawn Tumbridge, Oxford (944 Turbo) Mark Watkins, Cambridge (944 S2) Howard E Wigg, Sudbury (944 S2)
Upcoming club events 18th Apr. 2010 TIPEC AGM To be held at the Heritage Motor Centre, Gaydon. Agenda and details will be printed in the February 2010 issue of All Torque.
5–6th Jun. 2010 Our annual event: TIPEC 2010 The Porsche Show Put this date in your diaries now. To be held at the Heritage Motor Centre, Gaydon. Similar format to last year plus a Saturday night party with live band, camping on site and a Saturday drive in the Cotswolds. Advance tickets for the show just £7. More details to follow in future issues.
The Porsche Book Jürgen Barth and Gustav Büsing, David Bull Publishing, £199.99, ISBN 978-1-893618-93-0. www.bullpublishing.com Porsche driver and Le Mans winner Jurgen Barth (with co-author Gustav Busing) has written a huge three volume technical history of Porsche simply called ‘The Porsche Book’. It consists of over 1,500 pages and 2,000 photographs of all Porsche models and designs from 1948 to through to the present day including all prototypes and upgrades. In addition to full specifications, featuring chassis numbers, engine numbers and performance figures there are all the technical developments as well as a fascinating history on the company itself, from Ferdinand Porsche’s early design work in the period leading up to his formation of the company; the leadership of his son, Ferry; and biographies of all seven men who have led Porsche A.G. Volume One covers the Porsche 356 and 911, including all their production racing variants. Volume two addresses Porsche’s mid and water cooled front-engine cars (such as the 914, 924, and 944, as well as the mid engine Boxster and Cayman, plus the 4x4 Cayenne. It also offers a complete list of more than 1,300 Porsche type numbers and their design projects. Volume three comprises all of the company’s pure race cars, from the first Glöckler Porsches of the early 1950s through the Le Mans era with the 908, 917, 936, 956 and 962s to the RS Spyder of the present day.
Porsche 917 x 17 Jeff Zwart, David Bull Publishing, £99.99, ISBN 978-1-93500-704-3. www.bullpublishing.com The Porsche 917 celebrated its 40th anniversary this year but is still regarded as one of the greatest sports cars ever. Porsche 917 x 17 features the cars and drivers in studio. Renowned automotive photographer and director Jeff Zwart follows up his award-winning book, Porsche Rennsport, with exquisitely rendered images of 17 of the most beautiful and historic 917s. They include the first Porsche to win Le Mans overall, the 917K shared by Richard Attwood and Hans Hermann; the Gulf-Wyer 917K shared by Pedro Rodríguez and Jackie Oliver in 1971; and the notorious ‘Pink Pig’, a 917/20 that was raced just once by Willi Kauhsen in 1971. The photographs realize the iconic form of the cars, each 917’s distinctive characteristics and patina, and shows technical details as art form from inside the cockpit, chassis, and engine compartments. These photographs are accompanied by portraits of the 15 drivers and their recollections including Derek Bell, Vic Elford and Brian Redman describing their exhilaration and fear driving the demon 917.
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at Specialist Cars of Malton
Sunday 18th October saw the second big breakfast meet for 2009 at Specialist Cars of Malton with a turnout of around 650 car enthusiasts, this time with a theme of Italian exotica. I arrived at around nine o’clock to find that York Business Park was already absolutely packed with all manner of cars.
played by ‘The Hoff’ in his tight fitting black leather jacket and permed hair (probably a good thing I’d imagine!) Anyway, you know what they say about meeting your screen idols. (KITT that is, I hasten to add, not David Hasslehoff!)
Unfortunately, I had missed the new Panamera on the way in whilst trying to find a parking space. I would like to have had a closer look at Porsche’s latest offering although I’m still not sure about the body styling. The ‘PanAm’ may grow on everyone eventually just as the Chris Bangle styled BMW 5 series with its awkward ‘Dame Edna Everage glasses’ front end did. After finally getting parked, I headed for the detailing garage to get a bacon buttie and coffee.
Further up the road was a custom Fiat 500. The owner of this particular creation had a custom chassis made and a bike engine fitted. The garage that produced this bespoke piece of engineering had to do ‘dress fittings’ to make sure that the owner would be able to fit into the car. Needless to say, the seats have no runners so that is one car that truly is tailor made to the driver.
The proceeds from all the butties, drinks and donations made are again going to the Yorkshire Air Ambulance Service. This service needs around £7,200 a day to run of which the event managed to raise £1,750. Goody bags were being dished out to all who came through the gates. In the showroom were a green Lamborghini Murciélago, black Lamborghini Gallardo and a red Ferrari F430 Scuderia parked in a neat triangle. After butties, we all headed out into the ‘car park’ to see what else had arrived. One of my favourite ’80s TV show cars was there; KITT, the Knight Rider Pontiac Trans-Am. There was no sign of Michael Knight
Down at the Malton workshops was a stunning Volkswagen Karmann Ghia that had been fully restored. The owner had bought this car as a birthday gift for his wife around 10 years ago. This car looked truly amazing inside and out, and is a tribute to the 10 years of hard work that the owner has lavished on the car. The flick paint finished this car perfectly with virtually every colour obtainable as you walked around it.
The other masterclass of engineering goes to the owner of the Ford Escort Mk II RS 2000. The owner had obtained an Mk II Escort body shell then set about mating this to a cut down Sierra Sapphire 4WD chassis and running gear. The addition of a fully rebuilt and body colour coded Cosworth engine made this car truly spectacular. The interior was fully stripped out and rally prepared with bucket seats and a roll cage. How much has this creation cost the owner? Let’s just say you wouldn’t have much change from £40,000! It was I feel another successful breakfast meet and a good chance to catch up with various TIPEC members from different regions. Once again, gracie mille to our hosts John Hawking, Mark Mullen and all the Specialist Cars of Malton team for organizing the meet. The next one isn’t until Spring 2010 but Mark will post any news on the TIPEC forum. Specialist Cars of Malton Visit them on the web at www.specialistcarsltd.co.uk Sales & underwrites: email@example.com Sales: firstname.lastname@example.org Call (0844) 7000 997 or (0844) 7000 993. Writing & photography by Ben Rodrigues
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Curborough sprint day Paul Bird and the Central region finally got their day out on the racetrack in early September We tried to have a sprint day in 2008 but a double booking by the venue and change of date meant we didn’t really have the numbers and were forced to cancel. As it turned out the weather on the day was probably the wettest of the year so it worked out well. Having had this disappointment last year I was determined that we have a day at the circuit in 2009 and after a few phone calls we settled on Wednesday 9th September. Weekdays are significantly less costly than weekends and as we try to keep costs down for members it will always require dropping a day from work to attend. The Shenstone and District Car Club Ltd hold a lease on the Curborough circuit that is located on a former RAF airfield and has been a sprint circuit since the 1960s. The 900 yard circuit resembles a letter ‘B’ that has been flipped over backwards and the idea is that only one car at a time is out on track with the start/finish line being at the base of the ‘B’. From the start line there is a short straight that becomes a long left-hander (Paddock Bend) and then into the right hand of ‘Woodside’ before coming to the tight hairpin at ‘The Molehill’. This is the centre of the ‘B’, exiting onto a short straight towards the top of the course and then hard right into the ‘Fradley Hairpin’ and on to the ‘Shenstone Straight’, back to the start/finish. Whilst it doesn’t have the kudos of the more famous race circuits, Curborough offers some real benefits to club enthusiasts. The circuit is short and so there is no possibility of boiling brake fluid and brake fade. The other plus point is that the short runs mean concentration is in short bursts which helps eliminate error, and thus problems. The circuit is therefore ideal for track novices but still offers a real handling challenge for the more experienced driver pushing a little harder! With a few days to go before the event I started watching the weather and praying for a dry day but I needn’t have worried. The 9th was a gloriously sunny late summer day, a bit breezy but dry and we couldn’t have asked for better. Once everyone had arrived we walked around the circuit for safety purposes. Unfortunately work commitments had forced Gordon Cardew to drop out and he had been lined up to do the safety briefing, being an experienced sprinter at the circuit.
That left it down to yours truly, so I did my best to point out the key elements of the corners to everyone before they went out in their cars. The key element of this, or any other track event, is common sense. Start slowly and get used to the circuit, corners and how your car is handling before gradually increasing the speed. Take regular breaks from driving to allow the car and yourself to calm down and remember its about having fun, not breaking any records! The circuit opens for lapping at 10am and the cars were soon being put through their paces. Over the course of the day Boxsters, 924, 944, 968, 993, 911 SC and 3.2 were all put around the circuit at increasing speed. Everyone quickly got to grips with the circuit and speed increased as the day wore on. The morning session went by in a flash and the forced lunch break from 1–2pm was upon us. Most headed off to the local for a spot of lunch and those booked for the morning only made their farewells. After 2pm with the circuit open again the fun started in earnest, with the experience of the morning behind them the all day drivers were lapping like Curborough veterans and those booked in for the afternoon joined the fun. Of all those attending I think Paul Foster enjoyed it the most! Arriving for the afternoon in his newly acquired 924S he expressed some trepidation at going out on track for the first time. Fifteen minutes later he was thrashing his car around with a grin on his face that reminded me of a young child on Christmas morning and the grin lasted all day. The afternoon wore on and the gaps between laps grew as we swapped stories and handling tips. There were a few sideways moments and minor offs during the day but nothing serious and it was all over too quickly. A couple of cars limped home: a 968 with a blown water pump gasket and Grant’s 911 with a blown oil pipe, but both were things that would have failed in normal driving. A track day will just find the faults a lot quicker! I have been asked to make sure this event is in the diary for 2010 and it has even been suggested we should have two sprints each year: one in spring and one in late summer. Make sure you get your name down for the next one quickly as demand will always exceed the available places. Writing by Paul Bird & photography by Brian Rowledge
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Angouleme Circuit des Ramparts Bristol Region have developed a habit for an annual soirée to France. With no Classic Le Mans this year, we journeyed to Angouleme, an historic town in the Bordeaux region with an annual chase around the ramparts … and then some. The event, known as the Circuit des Ramparts has been going on for some 70 years, and takes place over a September weekend; comprising a rally out in the countryside on the Saturday, a concours event in the evening, then practice and racing on the Sunday, all for the bargain price of about 20 euro (excluding ferry, hotel, petrol, food, & wine!)
The town is alive with a wide range of sporting motors of all ages, about a third of which were wearing UK plates. The de-rigour for the Sunday evening is to sit with friends at a roadside table, sampling the best of the region’s vintage whilst eyeing up the four wheeled vintage on offer. The chat and laughter, however, was somewhat dampened by the weather. “C’est la vie” as they say in Bristol.
We set off like the Four Musketeers bound for adventure, wine and song (we had the women with us!) D’artagnan spent the afternoon shopping, so we met at the Portsmouth–Le Havre ferry. Paul & Sharon in their 944 Turbo, Pete & Wendy in their classic white 911, Mick & Sue in a 944S and Richard & Helen in a Boxster. A good cross-section of Tipec members’ machinery, further enhanced when we met
concours event in the evening was somewhat rain affected, with covers being thrown over expensive cars every 20 minutes. We settled for local fare in one of the many excellent restaurants in the town.
The big interest race of the day was the Bugattis; noisy, unpredictable and very competitive. Great to watch the drivers wrestling with steering wheels the size of truck wheels, leaning into corners with mud and oil spattered faces and trying not to bend their pride and joy against the city walls.
Sunday morning was practice and the racing in the afternoon followed much the same class distinction as the Le Mans Classic, except for singular classes of Bugattis, Renault Alpines, Formula Renault and three wheelers. The track itself must be the tightest street circuit in racing—90o corners in narrow streets, an almighty climb up through snaking hairpins and only a single Armco barrier between the vehicle and a local’s front door. It made for very exciting stuff, particularly on a
The last race of the day featured a Porsche 911 RSR that outpaced everything in practice, but was closely chased by a very spritely Ford Escort and a Lotus Mk1 Cortina during the race. This race was eventually abandoned because of the torrent of rain, which saw everyone back off and the only car prepared to race was some nutcase in a Lotus 7 with no roof and no windscreen to speak of. He must
dampened road with oil and sand. The drivers required some nerve!
Nick in France in his 924 (we were now the Infamous Five?) The ferry port was reminiscent of the Le Mans Classic weekend, but a little less manic. Having disembarked, we had a choice of routes. A direct route along motorways would take approximately five hours, but we had all day, so we chose the country route taking in Lisieux, Alencon, down to Le Mans where we eagerly anticipated a blast along the Mulsanne straight. This turned out to be a disappointing 40mph cruise behind a string of lorries. Ho-hum, we’ll just have to settle for the Xbox experience instead. We reached Angouleme in the late afternoon sunshine and checked into the local Campanile; basic but adequate and a popular choice for Brits. The car park was shared with MGs, ‘Frogeyes’, TVRs … we felt positively German! A word of warning for anyone contemplating next year’s event, the hotel’s prices rise steeply for this particular weekend and there is limited choice unless you book early. The only downside of the Campanile was that it was about a mile and a half outside the city with a steep walk up the ramparts to the event. Not for the faint hearted, or those without a raincoat as it turned out—Pete had developed webbed feet by the end of Friday night!
have been a French fisherman! Monday comprised a steady drive home up the motorways and some shopping for wine in the hypermarket at Le Havre. Pete’s 911 developed swine flu on the way home, coughing and spluttering over the locals and frightening the ferry staff.
The wet course proved particularly challenging for those with only three bicycle wheels, and for the Mustang, which had to handbrake turn the hairpins in order to get around them. Another great thing about the event is the ability to wander amongst the cars and drivers in the paddock during the racing; all very informal, if somewhat chaotic, and all very French! Paul’s Uncle Martin was driving his Sebring Sprite in one of the post-war class events, which gave us someone to cheer. He had a good practice, qualifying sixth, and a competitive race running fourth until the last lap when the Sprite overheated.
The long weekend was a classic. The weather dampened the racing a little, but not the spirit, and it was a good run out for members’ cars (about a 1,000 mile round trip from Bristol.) The current value of the pound means a cheap weekend in France is no longer to be had, but the atmosphere of the event, the racing, and the cars make it for a very special weekend and worth every cent. Allez Tipec!
Saturday, for those taking part in the weekend’s events, comprised a rally out in the countryside. Being non-entrants, we chose our own country route to Cognac for some local refreshment. Drivers were suitably sober and passengers suitably sleepy by the afternoons events, although Paul could keep anyone awake with his last-minute braking. The Writing & photography by Richard Fairley
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Let’s transport ourselves to Le Mans 1970 and couple it with a Central Region Club Night in October 2009. The common denominator was Richard Attwood.
An evening with
and Classic World Racing It was at Le Mans in 1970 that Porsche won their first Le Mans 24-hour endurance race. It was Richard Attwood, partnered by Hans Herrmann, who achieved that remarkable feat. A feat all the more remarkable due to the fact that they were piloting a Porsche 917K having an engine displacement of 4,494cc and up against other factory cars having 4,993cc engines. It was a race of attrition and the latter part of the race was run in heavy rain. Only seven cars were classified as finishers that year. Richard and Hans completed 343 laps of Le Mans and the second car home was five laps down on them.
So, what was the evening like? It was a potted history of a gentleman. A gentleman who was very modest about a career which began in single seated race cars, then drifted into sports cars and has now progressed back to grand prix type cars. At the event on display was Richard’s BRM P261 as well as David Piper’s Porsche 917. If that wasn’t enough the event was blessed with an eclectic mix of racecars and a Porsche Panamera. This was a club night of epic proportions with Richard Attwood at the centre of attraction. This was an event the likes of which are never likely to be repeated. This was an event at which all were transfixed, listening to a man great in stature yet modest about his achievements. This was an event at which all questions raised by those present were answered and no request for a photo call or autograph was refused.
Members travelled from all over the UK for this evening and were not disappointed. However, the prize for the most travelled member must go to Jim Hearnden. Jim left a meeting about an hours drive from Paris at lunch time to get to the event and like the rest of us was enthralled by a special man at a very special event. This event was so well attended that our hosts for the evening even went to the trouble of hiring larger premises to accommodate club members and the cars on display. In addition to this they arranged for the transportation of many cars to and from the event as well as putting on a display of suspension components they have developed and race clothing for the track and race enthusiasts amongst us.
An epic event in any club calendar made possible by our Regional Officer, Paul Bird. Special thanks also for the enormous efforts put in by our hosts, Classic World Racing. Mike Luck (MD) and Mike Ostromoff went to extraordinary lengths to make this event the resounding success it was. For those of you who are not very familiar with Classic World racing they prepare classic racecars, including Richard Attwood’s BRM P261. In addition to this they offer Intrax damper alternatives for a wide variety of Porsches as well as advanced fuel cells for those who race or take trackdays seriously. They also do high performance brake components and high quality race wear. So if you are like a few of us into track days (read about our region’s track day elsewhere in this issue) why not contact Mike Luck at CWR on 01527 521 050 or go to their website at www.classicworldracing.co.uk
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Time travellers in heaven After reading Stephen Taylor’s article on the North East Region’s trip to Stuttgart in the June issue of All Torque, I decided to arrange a similar visit for the South East Region. A group of seven TIPEC members from the South East Region went on this pilgrimage to Stuttgart for a two night stay in November. Our hotel was only 80 euro per night including breakfast and was ideally situated; only a five minute stroll to the Porsche museum and factory with a huge Porsche dealership on the corner. There was also a Bahn railway station adjacent to the museum that could take us to the centre of Stuttgart and the Mercedes Benz museum the following day at Bad Canstatt. We were already starting to feel like we were time travelers in heaven and had the bonus of clear dry autumnal weather.
iconic museum building rests on three concrete cores and appears to hover in space. Our cameras came out and started clicking and clicking and clicking. When we eventually got inside we discovered that the entry fee was only eight euro, or four euro for those of us who claim to be senior citizens. Rather than book a guided tour we decided to hire the audio guides and they were fantastic, giving us all the information we needed on every display and the flexibility to control our own pace.
After breakfast we took the stroll to the museum past some interesting Porsche factory areas en route. This stunning,
The exhibition area covers 5,600 square metres and features more than 80 cars in chronological order tracing the
development of the Porsche marque from its earliest beginnings, such as the legendary wheel hub motor of the Lohne-Porsche; the world’s first hybrid automobile built in 1900, to the present day models, plus other static and audio displays demonstrating Porsche history, pioneering and technology. There are legendary and iconic historic Porsche cars such as the Type 64 Berlin Road car of 1939, the Gmund 356 No.1 Roadster plus race and rally cars including the Moby Dick, 911 GT1s, all the Le Mans Type C cars, as well as the vast array of production cars. There were also the prototype and concept cars
(924, Boxster, four door 928, etc) plus Ferry Porsche’s 75th and 80th birthday presents: the Carrera Panamericana and the 928 Estate. Many of the race cars are still used at historic car events around the world and some displayed Goodwood Festival of Speed stickers. Visitors are guided through the museum by the history of Porsche products, conveying the Porsche idea through the characteristics such as ‘fast’, ‘Light’, ‘Clever’, ‘Powerful’, ‘Intense’ and ‘consistent’ which have enabled Porsche to retain its pioneering spirit. Walking around the museum is like travelling back in time seeing the many cars that we have idealized during our lives, such as the 904GTS which had Porsche’s first glassfibre bodywork, the 908/3 with a bodyshell that weighed only 12kg, the 959 and the famous 1982 Le Mans winning Rothmans livery 956’s that came 1st, 2nd and 3rd. This car is displayed upside down with a claim that its downforce would enable it to drive on ceilings. After three or four hours and 100s of photos taken we gathered for lunch in the Porsche Bistro Café to rest our feet and fuel our bodies before a bit of retail therapy in the Porsche Museum shop (with some memorabilia that is only available from the Museum shop) before embarking on phase two: the factory tour.
As expected with a reputation for efficiency and precision, our tour guide met us at precisely 2.00pm. As expected we were instructed not to take any photos or even show that we had a camera or mobile phone with us. Many of us had already taken the opportunity of storing our cameras and other belongings in the lockers available free of charge. Our tour guide’s name was Jeff Salut, he has worked for Porsche for 46 years in their Repair department and Sales and Brainwashing (Marketing) department before retiring and taking on the part-time role as a tour guide. Clearly Jeff had an excellent knowledge of Porsche and the cars and had a great sense of humour that kept us all captivated during a tour that was to last over two and half hours. I have been in manufacturing management for 45 years during which I studied and implemented many ‘lean manufacturing’ techniques that have been pioneered by the automotive industry. Industrial tourism was a passion of mine, and visits around car production plants always a highlight for me, so to get the opportunity of actually having a tour around my dream factory was something special. Although Dr Wendolin Weideking is no longer at Porsche, the former CEO was responsible for realizing the vision of designing and manufacturing a world class efficient automotive production
facility that is as productive and efficient as any of the world’s largest automotive manufacturers. In the early ’90s he sent a group of his engineers over to Toyota in Japan to learn about the Toyota Production System and emulate it at Stuttgart; a feat that he achieved amazingly and was essential to survive the early ’90s. Mass production automobile manufacturing techniques pioneered by Henry Ford were clearly not suitable for modern auto manufacture where shorter lead times, improved quality control and flexibility to fluctuate volumes in a mixed model production line were required to improve productivity and remain competitive. Wendolin quickly realized that this lean manufacturing process also had to be cascaded down through the supply chain with ‘just in time’ and ‘just in sequence’ deliveries and Porsche now average only six hours inventory at any time from a local supply base within 70km of the Stuttgart plant. This was the only way for Porsche to survive and prosper as an independent sports car manufacturer. His engineers spent three years in Japan being taught by Toyota, amazingly with Toyota’s full support, and upon their return totally redesigned their production plant in time for the launch of the Boxster and 996.
Writing & photography by Derek Flanagan
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The Stuttgart factory has a bodyshop, multi model engine line, interior trim area and three car lines (Boxster/911, Cayenne and Panamera), Repair and Research departments as well as a huge Logistics operation. Our tour included the engine line, interior trim area and Boxster/911 final assembly line. The body shop is on the other side of the Porschepladz road and they are transported by a conveyor system with a bridge crossing the road, three levels above. Of the 5,000 staff employed at Stuttgart only 3,500 are in Production utilizing a two shift system (around 1,600 per shift). Their current output target is approximately 160 cars per shift per day with the ability to adapt to changing demands and outputs by flexing the output from the sub-contract Boxster manufacturing plant in Finland. During our tour on the engine line the new CEO Michael Match was walking the job and walked right past us. Every Porsche on the final assembly line is made to a specific customer order with every component/assembly delivered automatically direct to the line for that specific configuration and specification. Every car on the line was different; we saw a mix of every type of Boxster and 911 model on a single mixed model line including many colours, body styles (eg. coupe, targa, cabriolet), models (eg. C2S, C4S, GT2, GT3, Turbo) and for all markets in the world(LH and RH drives), automatic and manual transmissions, 2.9, 3.4, 3.6 and 3.8L engines … thus demonstrating amazing Logistics management. All inventory is transported around the factory using remotely controlled transit systems that follow paths marked with magnetic guides built into the flooring. Throughout the tour we were reminded of the Porsche philosophy that ‘form follows function’ which seems to have been applied everywhere in the Porsche world. The degree of automation was amazing with Porsche research
and production techniques being developed and sold to other automotive manufacturers and other industries. Although we were able to see numerous Porsche cars on the streets undergoing road tests, Porsche also use road simulators to test all production cars. They have also developed a unique cold dynamo test facility for all engines which they claim is superior to hot dynamo testing. An electric motor takes the engine to maximum power eliminating the need to use fuel or cooling in the engine and thus produce zero emissions during testing. Hot dynamo testing is conducted on a sample basis. To improve productivity Porsche have developed an automatic process to pressurize the tyres between the tyre and rim rather than using the valves. Each tyre is inflated in one millisecond compared with 30 seconds using the tyre valve. The visit to the Interior trim area was rather suprising as I expected this activity to be sub-contracted but Porsche retain this activity in-house to control the quality. Using a laser cutting technology, optical technologies and computer programmes to measure the leather thickness and identify hide defects Porsche have reduced the number of cow hides used per car from 10 to four. They claim they already breed the right colour cows! After the factory tour we went across the road to the very large Porsche dealership which also had an excellent Porsche Selection shop. It was then back to the
hotel for a drink or two before an Italian meal in the adjoining restaurant. The next day we decided to take the ‘Bahn’ train to the Mercedes Benz museum in Bad Canstatt. The overall journey was under an hour and cost only 2,40 euro each way. This was another iconic building on eight floors with a spiral pathway down. Again entry was only eight euro, or four euro concession, with audio headsets provided free of charge. However they were a little more difficult to use than the Porsche audio guides. Mercedes has a longer history dating back before 1900 and again this was an amazing museum but quite different to the Porsche museum and for me appeared to have less atmosphere. Personally I preferred the Porsche museum. It’s a great pity that we don’t have automotive museums in the UK that are in the same premier league as Porsche and Mercedes Benz. I can truly say that the trip exceeded my expectations and I would highly recommend that if you get a chance, you take a trip to heaven and visit the Porsche museum and factory in Stuttgart. It’s a fantastic experience that is not to be missed and when done with a group of like minded petrolheads and TIPEC members becomes a memorable trip that will live with you forever. If any other group is interested in organising a similar visit I would be happy to provide any details on our trip. I would recommend that you keep your group small (six–10 people maximum) to optimize the factory tour experience.
Central Region WotY
Paul Bird on the region’s foray into Wales
Central Region’s inaugural Weekend of the Year took place in 2007 and was centred in the Lake District whilst 2008 saw us in the Yorkshire Dales, so another change of venue was needed in 2009. After an Easter recce to Wales, we settled for Lion Quays as a base for later in the year. With the arrangements made I forgot all about it, but the success of previous years meant the event sold out very quickly and the date of Friday 2nd October quickly rolled around on the calendar. We checked into the hotel early evening and unwound before heading to the bar to meet up with everyone and enjoyed some time meeting and greeting old friends and new over a drink before heading into dinner. The three courses passed with plenty of small talk and banter that lasted long after coffee had been served. Saturday morning and we met up after breakfast for discussion about the suggested drive. Maps and route directions were handed out and we set off from the hotel into Snowdonia. Included in the route was the so called ‘Evo triangle’, suggested by many as amongst the best driving roads in the country and with the A5 between Cerryigidrudion and Pentrefoelas forming the base of the triangle. These roads really are worth a visit and were great fun to drive with some spectacular scenery to enjoy along the way. Somehow I got slightly ahead of the group on the triangle and had to wait in a layby back on the A5 for the group to catch me up. Onwards from here to Blaenau Ffestiniog and then Porthmadog for a visit to Cob Records, the premier record shop in Wales, for a spot of vinyl shopping! Whilst we were in Portmadog the weather closed in and we were subjected to some horizontal rain for about an hour but missed most of it by grabbing a cuppa in a local café.
The route back from here included the A4212 from Trawsfynydd to Bala, a personal favourite of mine with a mix of sweeping bends and good straights to enjoy over its 13 or so miles. Along the way back the weather brightened up and a lovely late summer afternoon had developed by the time we got back to the hotel. Saturday evening was a repeat of the night before except now the conversation flowed that much easier as well as the drinks. John Osborne was celebrating his birthday and the cake came out with dimmed lights in true birthday style to round off the evening. Don’t worry John, we won’t tell anyone that you’re fifty! Sunday morning came and after a leisurely breakfast we bade farewell to those heading off home early and then took a drive up the Horseshoe Pass with a stop at the Ponderosa Café. This is very much a biker’s Mecca but our string of Porsches created a bit of added interest and the views down the Pass are stunning. A short drive back down the pass to our final destination, The Llangollen Motor Museum, and surely the most curious car collection I have ever visited. This is a personal collection that has got out of hand and includes some rare motorcycles as well as a BMW Isetta and Alfa Romeo Montreal amongst the exhibits. Well worth a visit if you’re ever close enough to pop in for a look and a nice way to end the weekend. With a full round of goodbyes sorted we all headed off for home (or a quick shopping trip in Llangollen) and the WotY was over for another year. I would say a quick thank you to everyone that came along for both the participation and the great company that make this event so special and such a highlight in the calendar. Planning for next year’s event has already started and I hope that if you enjoyed reading this brief summary you will give serious thought to joining us next year. Writing by Paul Bird, photography by Brian Rowledge & Graham Waller
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Running report: Chris Wood’s 928 Chris’ year of living dangerously in a long-searched-for 928 has paid off in smiles
Every since I was old enough to look lustfully at
Let’s just say you can’t buy a decent Mondeo for that kind of money.
a motor vehicle I have dreamed of owning one of those cars that make your jaw drop. Owning a rare and exciting car was one of those things that I was hoping for but not entirely expecting to happen.
That was in February this year (2009).
Now at the age of 40 years young I find myself in a fortunate position. I’m still not rich but I’m not starving, I have a good job a nice home and most importantly a loving and supporting wife (the supporting bit is important by the way). A few years ago we moved into a house with a garage; or ‘ManSpace’ as I like to call it. Since then I have worked my way through several motor vehicle related projects. The latest and probably most significant chapter is my 1984 Porsche 928 Auto. I spent endless weekends visiting cars for sale, it cost me a small fortune in petrol, time and pub lunches. Most of the cars I saw were either very worse for wear or were going for huge sums of money—or sometimes both. Just when I had given up, an email from a member of the 928 forum responded to an earlier post looking for a car. A few weeks later the car was on my driveway. If I told you what I paid for it, you wouldn’t believe me. Writing & photography by Chris Wood
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Since then I have been to the Nurburgring, the test track at Gaydon (TIPEC day) and around Silverstone twice! I’m not a racing driver, I just drive quite fast. My driving skills are much like my golf skills; I just hope for the best and don’t take myself too seriously. The wife says I’m the same in other aspects of our marriage. I managed to spin the car on the first lap of the Nurburgring and that scared the hell out of me. Sliding sideways on one of the most dangerous pieces of tarmac on God’s green earth makes you swallow quite hard. My co-pilot said something about the ‘wrong line’ whatever that meant. It didn’t really slow me down much. Gaydon was a mad sprint around the test track which was nice to stretch the legs of the 928 on a very hot and sunny day, as I’m sure many TIPEC members did. Silverstone was a trackday organised by one of the 928 forum members. I estimate I managed about 45 laps around the south circuit, with a few under professional instruction from a seasoned racing driver. My car was not as fast as some of the other fine automobiles, and I pretty much shredded a set of tyres, but it was worth it. You just cant drive like that on the roads. Now I’m trying to decide where I’m taking the 928 next. I would like to go touring for a couple of weeks in the summer, but a 4.7L V8 is not that gentle on the pocket! We shall just have to see.
Running report: Alan Appleby’s 944 Ian’s upgrade from an ’83 to an ’86 model 944 made him very happy indeed
I always wanted to own a Porsche, and having owned a 1983
each year thrown in to keep her in great shape.
model 944 some time ago, I wanted another and finally opted for a 1986 model.
The original Design 90 wheels were set aside in favour of a set of cup alloys that I think enhance the car’s appearance greatly. A rear splitter and new decals completed the upgrade and the hard work to get her just as I wanted.
I found the car on ebay and travelled about 50 miles to view it in Malvern. The car looked straight and there was a comprehensive history file, so a deal was struck with the gentleman and I drove the car home. I was so pleased as the car drove great and seemed a quieter and smoother ride than the earlier car. Working in the motor trade makes the repair side of the car a bit simpler and a few of the minor niggles were sorted after purchase. A dodgy heater clip meant the heater control was stuck on hot, so this had to be sorted and was an easy fix. More of an issue was a leaking steering rack, which proved to be a fairly major job … but now it’s done I can forget about it for another 20 years! The car developed a bit of a transmission whine and so I sourced a second hand gearbox from a 944 S2 for the princely sum of £250 and one of the guys at work did a swap for me. The previous owner had paid for head gasket replacement and a change of cambelt etc, so with the mechanicals sorted I turned my attention to bodywork. The car was already in good condition but in-depth cleaning and polishing with Meguiars products brought her up to current condition. She now gets plenty of polishing with a couple of clay bar treatments
Underneath the car is in good order and I have recently re-treated with Waxoyl to keep it that way. I avoid wet weather use, leaving the car safely in the garage to avoid the worst of the British weather. I have considered replacing the car with a more modern Porsche but the handling is great and I love the drive so much, even after three years of ownership. The £135 comprehensive insurance for 5,000 miles per annum is also a big factor. I love the lines of the 944 and the view in the door mirrors of those super rear arches. I’ve always wanted a Porsche and the 944 easily fits my budget, with technical help readily available through the club network. I’ve attended the last three annual shows and am looking forward to getting more involved with regional events in 2010. Writing & photography by Alan Appleby
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Unit Eleven breakfast meeting On a bright sunny Saturday morning in October Unit Eleven Porsche Specialists in Warrington opened their doors for a breakfast meeting.
Unit Eleven is located on Aston Court part of the Woolston Grange Industrial Estate, less than a mile from Junction 21 of the M6 motorway. They might not be the biggest or most well known of independent specialists but are held in high esteem in the North West of England. With over 30 years joint experience, both John Holland and Danny Fitzsimmons are passionate about the cars they work on, from 356s right up to the latest 997 model 911 they are capable of undertaking almost any job put their way, from basic servicing to full blown engine rebuilds or restoration projects. Apart from John and Danny Unit Eleven also has the help of Roger Pitchford and Mike Brain, Roger is mainly involved with the business side of Unit Eleven, whilst Mike provides an extra pair of hands whenever required. One reason for the Breakfast meeting was for a chance to see work in progress on a ’73 RSR Replica being built for a customer in Hong Kong. Painted in Viper Green and Trimmed in Black Leather, this ground up build has left no stone unturned. It started off its life as a 2.4S and was stripped back to a bare shell. The body was converted to a wide arch 911 RSR replica by Mark Darby of RS 911 in Llangurig, Wales. During that time Danny built the superb 3.6 litre engine using high compression pistons, high lift cams, Carrillo rods, Genv throttle bodies and Motek engine management, producing just over 360 bhp at the wheels, mated with a late G50 gearbox and RSR suspension including aluminium front links, trailing arms and Bilstein coil over dampers. This car is short of nothing, and because this car is destined for Hong Kong it has also been fitted with air conditioning! To date this car has cost its owner over £100k to build and is not yet completed. Compared to the cost of an original, which are priceless, this is an affordable option if you have deep pockets. Writing & photography by Stephen Taylor
Throughout the morning around fifty people turned up, many arrived in their Porsches. There was an early 912 a 914/6 a ’74 Carrera 2.7 and a bright yellow GT3, besides the regular 911s and 944s. Throughout the whole morning John’s partner Lush cooked up bacon, sausage and eggs for everyone, besides keeping everyone filled up with tea and coffee. A fabulous job too, in fact I can only remember one person getting egg down their jumper. Most of the people who turned up on the day are regular users of Unit Eleven, but quite a number had never visited before and all were all extremely impressed with the capabilities of Unit Elevens facilities. You only have to check out their website and read the testimonials from previously satisfied customers to work it out. In all a very successful morning. What more could you ask for? Porsches galore, bacon butty, mug of tea and everyone living and breathing the Marque! Thanks to John, Roger, Danny and Mike and not forgetting Lush for their hospitality on the day and giving up their Saturday morning. Unit 11 Aston Court Kingsland Grange Warrington Cheshire WA1 4SG Tel: 01925 852 000 www.uniteleven.co.uk
928 flex plate check
and re-tension guide Steve Jones on what should be an annual check for every shark! During the summer of 2007 I managed some 400 miles in my 928 since having to release the flex plate tension. The torque tube noise was dramatically reduced and it made driving a joy, although I knew in the back of my mind it would need doing again. The next weekend I noticed the torque noise started to get a little louder again and I wondered if the plate was again getting some pressure. I went out driving the next Friday in the hot sun … 25ºC and I only managed some five miles or so before the car faded out and ground to a halt. Suspecting this was a repeat of the last time, I waited 20 minutes for the engine to cool somewhat, started her up again and drove another 20 miles with no problems. Almost home though, she faded out again so I coasted down a side street, waited another 15 minutes or so, started her up again and she drove home like a dream. I put her up on the ramps the next day and as suspected the flex plate was tensioned again. The collet had moved two or three mm up the spline shaft from my paint mark, where I had left it four weeks ago. I used some Loctite on the splines this time (and on the bolt) and gave it the full 65lbs or so specified by the revised details from Porsche. She is quiet again and rides like a dream. As for checking the flex plate tension, to everyone who is about to try this; it only took me a mere 46.5 minutes from start to finish, including getting the car on the ramps and driving off. This is one of the more straightforward jobs I have done on my 928, but it seems I am having to become a dab hand at it. For future reference, anyone experiencing their shark fading in hot weather as though it has run out of petrol, or as though your petrol pump has stopped working … it may be worthwhile letting the engine cool down, seeing if the car will start and drive okay and then checking your flex plate pressure and releasing it immediately. This was definitely the fix for my problem … and easier than getting a replacement torque tube fitted! Writing & photography by Steve Jones
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Gruppe North Visit to the Morgan factory
The ash structure that underpins a Morgan
Cheshire & Staffs RO Steve Taylor 07774 912 069 (mobile) email@example.com ARO Dave Watson 07901 928 356 (mobile) firstname.lastname@example.org Meetings are held third Tuesday of every month 8pm at The Whipping Stocks, Stocks Lane, Over Peover, Knutsford, WA16 9EX. Hi Everyone. I hope you are all well. By now most of you will have put your cars away for the winter, hopefully you won’t have forgotten to complete a SORN declaration if the tax has expired! We held a couple of events back in October. Firstly Unit Eleven Porsche Specialists held an Open Morning which attracted lots of attention—see the larger article for full details. We also visited the Morgan Car Factory in Malvern. The Morgan factory really does leave you speechless. We have previously visited the Bentley Factory and more recently the Porsche Factory, but nothing prepares you for Morgan. This really is old school car building. As you walk around the factory it hard to imagine that the end result is such a beautiful car. Teams of men hand
Chershire & Staffs members visiting the Morgan factory, posing with an Aeromax bashing aluminium into panels and joiners making up the ash frames to which the car is built around … after painting the cars are trimmed and finished. Throughout the process there isn’t a single robot. Everything is done by hand. We finished the afternoon with a spot of lunch before heading back home. I have already had several shows and events to register for next year. If anyone has a particular event or show the we don’t already attend and think it would be good to try, then please drop me an email. On the subject of emails please keep an eye out over the next few months as my email address will be changing to email@example.com It just leaves me to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, and Dave Watson and myself look forward to seeing you all next year.
Lincolnshire Joint meetings with the local PCGB are held second Sunday of every month 11:30am at The Dovecote, Newark Road, Swinderby LN6 9HN. RO and ARO required, to host monthly meetings at a local pub/hotel with support from the members and attend/organise local events.
Scotland RO Stewart Gordon 01698 841 692 (evenings) 07974 808 342 (mobile) firstname.lastname@example.org ARO Alan Neilson 01324 871 543 07793 234 096 (mobile) email@example.com ARO Neil Fraser 0131 660 0143 07946 616 782 (mobile) firstname.lastname@example.org Meetings are held first Wednesday of every month 8pm for an 8:30pm start in the 007 bar at Bo’Ness Motor Museum, Bridgeness Road, Bo’Ness EH51 9JR. www.motor-museum.bo-ness.org.uk Recent months have seen an increase in memberships but there are however a few members who I am surprised have not renewed as yet. As reported at the October meeting, we are now producing club membership cards in-house, so the turn around time now has come down from 4–6 weeks to 4–6 days. What an improvement. Well done TIPEC! The attendance at our monthly meetings at Bo’Ness is still around the 18–20 mark, although as winter sets in, there is usually a slight drop in the numbers of bodies and also the number of Porsches.
PCGB curry bowl night, 21st October We were kindly invited along to a curry bowl night at Livingston Deer Park by PCGB. We certainly put in a good attendance, with the majority of those who came along being TIPEC members. After a great night we headed off for a curry at 9.30pm eventually getting home for midnight. Thanks to PCGB and Brian Wood for inviting us and putting on a great night. The winners on the night were: 1st place Raymond Brown (TIPEC), 2nd place Alan Laing (joint PCGB/TIPEC), 3rd place Stewart Gordon (TIPEC), Best ladies’ score Susan Laing, and Keith Bell won the Wee *anny award for lowest score overall! We have almost finalized the list for the Christmas Party Night in Oban on the Saturday the 12th December. 36 deposits paid, with two couples still to complete. There are some who are going on the Friday night; I will put out two meeting points for the Friday and also the Saturday for those who would like the company of the convoy. Finally, we would like to welcome our latest members to the Scottish Region. (Pardon us if we have repeated anyone from our previous report.) Fiona Morrison (911 3.2SC Carrera Sid Palmer (Boxster S) Martin Foyle (924S) Des Burns (996 Carrera) Ian McCurrach (Boxster) William Chalmers (944S2) Roy Duncan (924) Lynda Skinner (944) Rory Paterson (944) Mike Dowie (928) Alastair Cowan (911 SC)
stand at the last minute, along with the fact that the organizer didn’t want cars moving after the public started arriving. Once the stands were set up, the coffee and bacon rolls were taken care of, and the usual long grass was trampled down flat (every year we go to this show the grass starts off about eight inches high and usually wet). The sun started to warm the air up nicely as we set up the visitors choice entry box and distributed some forms to surrounding clubs. The judging this year was slightly different as we have introduced a super concours, a ‘super league’ for all previous winners of the street concours to compete for the Neil Fraser Trophy, a TIPEC trophy for 2nd place, and a new visitors choice trophy dedicated to Steph Stevenson as a memorial to a lovely lady, sponsored by Brian Miller Motors of Edinburgh. Judging was not easy, the standard of all 26 cars was extremely high. The results are as listed below. Once the presentations were over, it was time for our annual raffle. A big thank you to everyone who contributed, we raised just over £160 on the day. Members of the Year 2009/2010 Brian Miller and James McLauchlan Street Concours Winners 2009 1st place: Craig Younger (911 C4S) 2nd place: Stewart Gordon (944 S2) 3rd place: James Barnet (996 Carrera) Super Concours 2009 1st: Kevin Tocher (964 Cabbie) 2nd: Pete Weston (944) 3rd: Graham Morrison (911 Carerra 3.2)
Visitors Choice 2009 Craig Younger (911 C4S) Best Improved 2009 Stewart Gordon (944 S2) TIPEC Scottish Region also picked up 3rd place best stand award from the show organizers, a great achievement considering the large number of clubs that attended the show. Congratulations to all the winners and a big thank you from myself, Alan and Neil for making it another brilliant day out. East Fortune Extravaganza, 27th September A nice cold, bright, sharp day with 23 cars attending. Steve Taylor and his brother Paul made the long journey up from Teeside to meet us. Our location for the club stand was certainly not the best position we have ever had, stuck away at the back of the show area, but we made the best of it with about three dozen visitors to the stand and a possible three new members from the day. By the afternoon and the bbq it was turning a bit chilly from the usual easterly breeze, still we stayed on ’til the end of the show around 5pm. The highlight of the day was we a birthday celebration for the wee man; Pete Weston was 65 (ouch!) We presented him with a gift and a birthday cake which we all managed to get a slice of with our afternoon cuppa. Overall a good day with plenty of good banter from the crowd, thanks to all who made the effort to turn out for this late season event.
Selkirk Show, 20th September & TIPEC Scottish Regional Concours The day started off at the Dreghorn Services meeting point on the Edinburgh city bypass. It was cold and damp as we set off with a 23 car convoy heading down to the Selkirk Show. We met up with three other cars and all 26 of us squeezed into the show area we were allocated. It was a tight fit and unfortunately we did have to say no to some members trying to get in onto the
Gleaming in the sun at the Scottish region concours, Selkirk show
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TIPEC North East at Harewood House
North East RO Simon Poole 07759 694 059 email@example.com ARO Andy Blythe 01642 809 031 firstname.lastname@example.org
Andy’s 924 racer in action at Croft
Meetings are held first Sunday of every month 7:30pm at The Sporting Lodge, Low Lane, Stainton Village, Cleveland, TS17 9LW, just off the A19. September proved to be a busy month for our region. Four of us joined with members from other regions at the Cars in the Park Show at Harewood House. This show seemed better attended than the one at Newby Hall earlier in the year, possibly because there is more to do with a large adventure playground for the children and the bird garden to visit. There were many interesting cars sports and exotic cars on display. One particular Ferrari drew quite a crowd when it arrived in a cloud of blue smoke. There mustn’t have been too much wrong with it though as it drove out under its own power later on. Also in September we were again invited to join PCGB North East Region for their annual show at Raby Castle and for the second year in a row it was our best attended event with around a dozen TIPEC cars present. There were many nice cars on display including a rather unusual bright orange 928, which was rather difficult to miss. Specialist Cars also brought a few tasty items from the showroom including a Gulf liveried 911. Phil entered the Show ‘n’ Shine and there were a few nervous moments when the judges came around. Sadly no trophies though (told you to line those centre caps up!) Andy’s 924 race car was given it’s final outing of the season the following
Phil’s car at Raby Castle weekend. Saturday didn’t go quite to plan, hampered by a faulty electronic ignition module in practice and then by the failure of the alternator mounts causing the fan belt to snap and the car to overheat during the race. Sunday was much more successful with a personal best lap time and a second in class in one of the races. October saw another Specialist Cars at Malton ‘Big Yorkshire Breakfast’ meet and a number of our members made their way across to this very popular event. My family and I headed across fairly late on but there were still many interesting cars to see and plenty on the road leading away from Malton. It was good to see Tony & Jen Blow and Dave Doherty there too. After having a good look around we headed across to the Yorkshire Air Museum at Elvington for the ‘Thunder Day’ where a number of the jets are fired up and taxied around. Unfortunately, we missed the Victor on the runway whilst we were having lunch, but did get to see (and hear) a Buccaneer being moved from one location to another. Unfortunately, both the karting and clay pigeon shooting had to be cancelled due to lack of support which was a shame as it would have made a change from the usual car shows. I may try again next year and see if we can make a go of it second time.
Hard to miss 928 at Raby Castle Maybe challenge PCGB North East? My plan for the region for next year is to attend fewer car shows as they do not seem to have been too popular this year. Instead, I intend to do more runs out to different venues, preferably with an interesting route to get there and somewhere with good food too. I will still be receiving the Morgan’s year book which details many local car shows for each month throughout the year in case anyone is interested, and I will be more than happy advise the other members if they wish to attend as a group. Here are a few dates for you diary. Keep watching the forum and your email inbox for further details. 4th December (Friday) Christmas Meal at The Dudley Arms, Ingleby Greenhow January 2010 Curry Night, location and date to be decided (Raj Bari in Yarm anyone?) 18th April (Sunday) TIPEC AGM at Gaydon 6th June (Sunday) TIPEC National Day at Gaydon
North West RO John Pye 01706 712 491 07957 818 636 (mobile) email@example.com ARO Brenda Marginson 0125 483 1766 firstname.lastname@example.org Meetings are held first Monday of every month 8pm at The Thatch & Thistle, Chorley Road, Blackrod BL6 5LA. When this falls on a Bank Holiday, we meet on the second Monday instead. Carrera GT at the Yorkshire Big Breakfast
WotY in Wales
RO John Oakes 01132 827 512 email@example.com ARO Dave Doherty
The region had been invited to join R7’s WOTY by Paul & Brian. I joined them and took my wife along for a weekend away.
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We had a great weekend and will look forward to joining them next year. I believe that it will be in the Lake District.
Meetings are held first Tuesday of every month 7:00–7:30pm at The Windmill, Hull Road, Dunnington, York, YO19 5LP.
I won’t write any more about it as I am sure that Central region will have a full report on the weekend.
October’s meeting was attended by myself, Dave, Andrew, Steve who has sold his 944 for the time being and is hoping to have something else in the spring, and also Pete Cross (944) who has just joined the club.
I had a run up there and met up with the North East region. There were about fifteen cars on display. Weather was good for a change and a good section of cars. Dave’s words
At December’s meeting we will have a Christmas quiz with prizes and a finger buffet. If you fancy coming along for the night, please let us know. Grass Track racing I had never been to watch it before, so went along on the Saturday and met up with John and his 944. The racing was excellent with lots of bumps and crashes. You could look around the pit area at dinner time; it was interesting to see so many different cars. Minis with Hayabusa engines mounted where the back seat should be, and even a Mini with a V8 in the back driving the rear wheels—the stainless steel exhaust system was a work of art! I will arrange another visit there next year.
The Big Breakfast at Malton Our esteemed AT Editor Tony and his better half Jen (plus Riley, their dog) stayed at Alexa House on the Saturday night, and after I had cooked breakfast we all set off in mini convoy to Malton. There was a good turnout of TIPEC members, with Simon, Andy & Gary from R3, Des from R6 and Ben & Gren from Yorkshire. Ben has written a report for All Torque, so I will leave it to him to tell you all about the day.
Well the NW region have had a very successful year. We have won trophies at one of our major shows and we have had some good fun along the way. There were a variety of different shows and we had some good days out; the clay pigeon shoot being one of them, thanks too Steve and Caroline’s organisation. Must have been good, nobody got shot. Always a plus. Well done to the winners of the Bowling too. As we look forward to our ‘bit of a do’ at the Viking, we have to look forward to 2010 without the leadership of our very own John Pye who is retiring after 10 years’ service to the club. John will continue to be a member, I am sure, although he is Porscheless. John could not have been such a good RO without the help and support of his wife Marie, the unsung heroine of our region. I don’t think she has missed one meeting for many years. We have watched John’s children grow and now look forward to the party at his newly refurbished house (when it’s finished—the reason for John not being able to give the club the time it needs). For everything he has done, we the NW Region say thanks, big time, to John & Marie, and don’t think just because you’re retired that you get to do nothing when we are at future shows! On a personal note thanks for the many best wishes this last year through my health problems. I’m looking forward to the next year, in fact I can’t wait for this one to finish! Let’s get the party started for 2010 at the Viking in Blackpool.
New members Welcome to Craig Thomas (944) from Greetland and Reid AJ Haddow (Boxster) from Leeds. We hope to see you both soon at a club night or event.
4th December (Friday) Christmas do, Viking Hotel, Blackpool February meeting: watch this space, we may have a speaker.
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Gruppe Central Bristol RO Paul Harrison 07884 116 971 (mobile) email@example.com Meetings are held first Tuesday of every month 8pm at The Fox, Easter Compton, B35 5RA, one mile West of M5 J17 (Cribbs Causeway). Well, it’s nearing the end of 2009, however we’ve had a few things going on to keep people interested in all things Porsche.
TIPEC South Central at their new meeting venue, The Green Man
South Central Joint ROs Clive & Jo Gosling 01604 863 666 firstname.lastname@example.org Meetings are held fourth Monday of every month at The Green Man, Brackley Hatch, on the A43 (Eastbound) near Towcester. Well its been a month now since we took over as joint ROs (are we the first husband and wife joint ROs?) and the first thing to do is to thank Geoff Cox who has done a sterling job over the last few years growing the region in size and spirit to what it is today. Having only done this for a month, I can appreciate why a work promotion in Geoff’s case does not sit well with the demand for time. We have changed our club night venue to The Green Man on the A43 Eastbound at Brackley Hatch. Our first night there in October was well attended with over 20 people and a dozen Porsches under the car park spotlights. Not bad for the first ‘dark night’ of the year, we even attracted back some old faces who had heard that burgers were back on the club night menu. Our aim is to grow these club nights into a more family and partner welcoming event as well as making sure the upcoming events in 2010 cater for both families and the potentially sole petrolhead in the household.
Whilst most of our planning is aiming towards 2010 and getting that off to a flying start we have now sorted our Christmas meal on the 11th December at the The Old Crown, Ashton, near Towcester. No doubt by the time this issue has been well thumbed several sore heads will have already been created and repaired following the night out. Early activities in the New Year (well, early Spring) will be a club night karting event and a weekend Spring drive, visiting a location of interest followed by a buffet courtesy of our 2009 regional dividend. To get in the automotive mood we are planning a visit to the Coventry Motor Museum on the 20th March: a great place to visit for those with petrol in their veins. The visit (to somewhere!?) and buffet event is currently undergoing rigorous planning (we are thinking about it). The date is set for 24th April 2010. This will be the first real shindig of the year, so put that in the diary now.
September saw a bunch of us scampering off to Angouleme for the Circuit des Remparts. Read about it elsewhere in the magazine! It was a very atmospheric weekend’s motor sport, with the French experience to savour as well. If you’re thinking about it in future years, take it from us: it’s a great event! In the middle of October, a few of us attended a trackday at Hullavington airfield. Organised by MSE, the event was very well run and thankfully, since it was my first day on a track, we were blessed with good weather. Driver discipline was excellent and there was nothing to hit so you could really open your pride and joy up without worrying about crashing. Instruction was on hand and a car handling area could be used for no extra cost. Hullavington is blessed with a particularly long straight (so I’m told), and I was was able to snatch 5th gear briefly in my 944T. Personally, I very much enjoyed the day and learned a lot so will be aiming to go back again next year. Watch this space …
As soon as you know it Christmas will be here, followed by the extended winter skiing break I know you all take and then we’ll be in March …
As the nights are drawing in now, we only have the Christmas Lunch on the 20th December to look forward to, however I shall be aiming to organise a karting evening after the festive period if you are interested.
So to finish on behalf of both Jo and I, we wish you all a happy Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year.
In the meantime, have a nice Christmas holiday and start thinking about the Prescott Hillclimb on the 9th of May!
East Midlands RO Graham Waller email@example.com ARO Alan Fuller firstname.lastname@example.org Meetings are held third Tuesday of every month 7pm for food (meeting proper begins 7:30pm) at The Field Head Hotel, Markfield Lane, Markfield, Leicestershire LE67 9PS. Even in these Autumnal times, we still have a busy calendar with a number of very different events appealing to all tastes. Recently we have enjoyed: 29th September (Tuesday) Bosworth Classics An alternative and much quieter affair than Ashby Folville. Last one in their calendar and a very nice setting. 2nd–4th October (Fri-Sun) WotY, Wales A number of us stayed in a hotel close to Oswestry. We had Friday together, evening meal and a few beers with some old friends. Saturday saw us up and running. Paul Bird had put together a drive out for those who wanted. We set off towards the West coast along the A5. We went around the Evo Triangle at 60mph (honest!), with a warning that the police often have helicopters watching the triangle (none there on our day). Once completed we headed off down the A470 to Porthmadog. The weather wasn’t fabulous, but we enjoyed the drive there, and had a quick scout around town pulling in at Cob Records, a real vinyl hunter’s paradise. Had a coffee together before heading back to the hotel.
TIPEC East Midlands cars on the WotY in Wales
One option was to go onto Black Rock Sands to drive on the beach, and one such member did so—he had a blast too! Some also went to Portmeirion. We enjoyed evening meal together and surprised one of our number with a 50th Birthday cake. On the Sunday, we headed off to Ponderosa Café for a bite to eat—obviously a popular haunt for the bikers too, after which we headed down to the Llogollen Motor Museum, which looked like it was straight out of the ’60s, plenty of ancient vehicles and almost a museum in its own right. We then made our own ways home. The leisure facilities at the hotel were also utilised by the more active amongst us, with the swimming pool receiving particular attention. Can’t wait until next year. 13th October (Tuesday) Ashby Folville 22nd October (Thursday) A night with Richard Attwood Richard, from the West Midlands, was a Formula 1 racing driver during the 1960s and 24 hour Le Mans driver in 1960s and ’70s, which he won in 1970 in a Porsche 917. He was being interviewed by Andrew Wilkins at CWR Ltd, who prep race cars and showed suspension mods available to 911s. He was interviewed for over an hour, and even when Andrew said it was the last question, Richard was all too forthcoming with answers. It was fascinating listening to a ‘proper’ racing driver where the cars were built for out and out speed and not safety or comfort. 240mph, in the dark, in the rain and suffering from mumps … what an achievement. We managed to get a close up look at a Porsche 917 too, and a Formula 1 racing car such that Richard raced. A truly fascinating and well attended evening.
Future Events not to be missed: 5th December (Saturday) TIPEC East Midlands Christmas Social The Christmas social this year will be held on Saturday 5th December at the Field Head Hotel. Deadline for deposits has passed. Fore-warning is given for the TIPEC National Day/weekend 2010. This will be held on Sunday 6th June 2010. There will be a Cotswold Drive on Saturday 5th so you can stretch your Porsche legs, followed by a party in the evening with a Black and White theme (watch this space). A reggae band is being booked to perform and approximate cost for Saturday evening is £20 per head. The following day will be given over to the TIPEC National Day with a display of members’ vehicles (and some non-members), with sideshows and events being spread throughout the day. More details to follow. Again, Classic Le Mans next year is 9–11th July 2010. There were 200 places available, and at last count there were not much more than a dozen or so left. There is no need to part with money at this stage, but if you are interested, then I can only advise pre-booking it soon. See forum for more details (http://forums.tipec. net/viewtopic.php?f=28&t=5059). I have now received my confirmation e-mail, and anyone who has provisionally booked will need to pay a £75 per person deposit. Mine? Already paid, I’m a-going. The time of year is upon us to start thinking about 2010’s calendar of events. Already we have the TIPEC AGM, TIPEC National day and Le Mans Classic along with the usual plethora of shows and events. However, if anyone has any suggestions of events they wish to attend, then please do not hesitate in suggesting them to your RO/ARO for inclusion in the calendar. If you want to organise such events, then again there is nothing preventing you from doing this but please communicate it through the RO/ARO.
The surprise birthday cake at Portmerion
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Mick & Mick’s new cars at Cars in the Park
Sunday morning walk in Whitby
South Yorkshire & North Notts. ARO Dean Lancashire 07860 198 627 (mobile) email@example.com Meetings are held first Sunday of every month 5–5:30pm (meeting proper begins 7pm) at Ye Olde Bell Hotel, Barnby Moor, Retford, Notts, DN22 8QS. Looks like summer came late this year, having some nice dry and mild weather throughout September and October. Since the last write up I have sold my trusty Boxster and replaced it with a Riveria Blue 996 Turbo which is still amazing me with the power and road holding. After having an Elise and two Boxsters I’d forgotten how solid a sports coupe is compared to cabs. We’ve also had a few new members with new additions to their garages, Mick with his beautiful brand new Red Gen II Cayman and another Mick with his Cobalt Blue 996 Turbo. Both have joined us from previous Subaru Turbo clubs. A warm welcome also to Paul with his Grey Cayman joining us from another well known Porsche club, sorry we missed you at The Bell on Whitby weekend. And so to events that we have been up to over the last few months: 13th September Cars in the Park at Harewood House A nice laid back event that pulls various cars and people from around the country. A good turn out for Porsche with over 25
Your RO’s new Riveria Blue 996 Turbo cars in our line up. The event is run by a group of TVR owners who always get pride of place in front of the house showing over
2nd–4th October Weekend of the Year, Whitby
This year our base was The White House at the North side of whitby. A pub/hotel that looks out over Whitby Golf Club and some rugged cliffs heading towards Sandsend. On the Friday night we’d booked a great meal at the Moon and Sixpence in the centre of Whitby, well worth a visit if you’re in this area, before heading off for a few drinks around the town.
I think Dave upset one owner asking him if he got the large leather hold all with the car, when the owner replied no, Dave explained you normally get one to put all the bits that drop off in … as you can imagine it didn’t go down so well. The event doesn’t cater for trade stands but there’s a good show of different motors to look at and the price also includes admission to the house and gardens. The café at the rear serves great cream scones, which were popular with the women. (Sorry Dave think we cleared them out by the time you arrived at the café after all your hard work polishing.) One of the stars of the show was the classic GT500 Mustang that Auto Glym use on their adverts. I let the TIPEC side down by turning up in my Caterham, as I had just sold my Boxster, and was glad that the weather stayed dry as I hadn’t taken the roof. It was a bit worrying around lunchtime as we had a few black clouds pass overhead. 27th September Normous Auto Jumble at Newark A good huge Autojumble for car and bike spares. A chance to sift through some junk and look at some nice classic cars and bikes for sale.
We didn’t go too mad though as we all knew we’d got a full on driving day the next morning. After a good hearty breakfast and a study of maps and planned routes, we set off on what could be best described as sunny, bright, but very windy day. Mike and Sue were in their brand new chrome orange TT (very nice) this weekend as Mike has just sold his C2S but he now has a confirmed build slot on the new 997 GT3. The route set off on very narrow country roads through some beautiful villages before stopping off at the North Yorkshire Moors visitors centre. Back in the cars we headed for the B1257, one of the quickest and most traffic free roads we’d been on all weekend, which give us all a chance to open up the cars. If you are ever in this area this has to be one those roads you must include in your itinerary as the road just opens up with loads of clear overtaking areas and fast corners. Eventually this gets you into the nice market town of Helmsley where we stopped for lunch and to keep the women happy with a look round the shops.
Central RO Paul Bird 01922 428 409 07831 877 983 (mobile) firstname.lastname@example.org ARO Brian Rowledge MyMerak@aol.com Meetings are held second Monday of every month 7:30pm onwards at The Red Lion, Lady Lane, Earlswood, B94 6AQ.
A stop off on the North Yorkshire Moors with the girls posing From Helmsley we headed our way through Rosedale Moors back up North towards Staithes. This is another great road, just the sheep that keeps you off the pace that you’d like to be going. Ray and Kath had a walk down into the bottom of Staithes to see an old friend and the rest of us set of in pursuit of a garage that sold super unleaded. A word of warning if you’re in this area, there’s only supermarket fuels and plain unleaded as we found out after driving round for half an hour. Just remember that the nearest garages are in Pickering or Scarborough. Thanks to Dave Warren for organising one of the best driving routes I’ve been on in this country. The evening was finished off with the compulsory Indian meal and washed down with a few more pints in Whitby. Sunday morning started with a look round Whitby (more shopping for the women) before moving onto Goathland (Heartbeat country) to view some of the vintage steam trains that were running this weekend. We were going to have a run on The Oliver Cromwell into Pickering but the price of £15 per person put us off and decided to jump back into our cars and finish the day off with a look round Specialist Cars of Malton. As usual Mark made us all welcome and give us a chance to drool over some of their expensive metal. Unfortunately when you’re having a great time weekends just fly by, and this one was over before we knew it.
18th October Yorshire Big Breakfast at Specialist Cars of Malton Another favourite, but missed it this time due to Holidays. Looking at the photos though the weather looked good and as usual there were some cracking cars. We’ll be back again around Easter time next year if you missed it. 1st November Chip Shop Run to Cleethorpes Fish and Chips at the Steels Restaurant, and a stroll along the front after the rain had stopped. Finished off with tea and Buns at Jeff and Ediths. 12th December SYNN Christmas Dinner/Dance Venue is the Olde Bell, deposits needed to be paid before December 1st. 10th January 2010 SYNN region AGM and Regional meeting RO, ARO and treasurer positions to be decided upon. 17th January 2010 Pistonheads and Autosport show At the NEC. Well worth a visit and probably better than the Classic show. We’re also trying to judge the interest of another visit to Ginetta Cars at Leeds for 2010. Note the visits are only available midweek and start at 6.00pm, the last time we visited them it was on a Tuesday night. Anyone interested please let me know on the above email.
As I am sitting writing this report the Classic motor show at the NEC is only three weeks away and only our curry night and the Christmas meal remain on the calendar for the year. Looking back over 2009 I think the region has enjoyed a great year. Including our regular club night monthly meet, there have been thirty-six events over the year for you to enjoy and I really think there has been something for everyone this year. Our annual trip to Trentham Gardens was boosted with the link up of East Midlands and Cheshire/Staffs to give us a large presence at the show whilst Silverstone and the Prescott Hill climb continued the multiregion theme. We also visited opposite ends of the country with our visits to Poole Quay (Southern region) and Harewood House (Yorkshire region). I know that some of you are put off by travelling long distances to events but our cars are made for driving so we will probably keep a couple of long trips in the calendar each year, if only to help me keep the cobwebs off the 928! As in previous year’s we had a few car shows in the mix with Weston Park, Trentham Gardens and Arbury Hall representing our choice from the Transtar events in 2009. Our annual visit to Cars in the Park, hosted by Paul Keeling, remains another favourite that attracts a good number of cars every year and never seems to become stale. The charity show at Atherstone sorted by Lindsay Brown and the Yeatsall Farm event provided other opportunities for a rather different day out and I suspect both will be attended again. We enjoyed a visit to OPC Sutton back in March organised by Chris and Carole Hood and spent a happy few hours browsing the showroom and workshops as well as consuming the various refreshments laid on by our hosts. The following month we were privileged with a visit to MIRA to view the test facility, kindly organised with
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the help of John Devenport. This was a rare opportunity to see what lies just out of sight of the A5 and the rigorous testing to which the auto industry adheres, as well as spend a few hours trying to guess the make of the heavily disguised car using the high speed test circuit.
events for 2010. If you have an idea for an event please get in touch with Brian or I so we can think about including it next year.
Visits to the Autosport show, Race Retro, RAF Cosford, Meguiars and the open day at Porscheshop were slotted into the busy schedule and we also found time for a dedicated club Sprint day at Curborough; a bargain priced track day with friends and a great deal of fun!
14th December Monday Christmas dinner at the Red Lion
Throughout the year our monthly club night has been well attended, despite a run of really poor weather through the summer months and we threw a couple of Quiz evenings in on top of the Rally/ Nurburgring on Playstation just to keep it fresh. We also had a visit from Rob Clarke of Nurburgringers.com early in the year and we’ll try and organise other presentation style evenings in the future to vary the monthly theme. I have really enjoyed the year and all the events and company along the way but if I had to pick a couple of highlights it would be our evening with Richard Attwood and Classic World Racing and the WotY in Wales. The latter because it’s such a great chillout weekend with good company and the former as it was such a special evening and such a rare treat. I hope you have all enjoyed the year’s events and had trouble free motoring with your Porsche. Brian and I will meet up over Christmas to finalise a schedule of
We hope you all have a great Christmas and plenty of Porsche goodies in your stockings. See you all in 2010!
Anglia RO Trevor Read 01473 684 876 email@example.com ARO Colin Clarke 01284 706 247 Meetings are held fourth Tuesday of each month 7pm at The Bunbury Arms, Ixworth Road, Great Barton, Suffolk IP31 2NX. www.nextnorth.com/bunbury/findus.htm Our last monthly meeting (Tuesday 27/10/09) had another good turnout at The Bunbury Arms, with fourteen members present. We agreed to meet there again on Tuesday evening 24th November … we seemed to have made the location home, with those present content to travel through the winter, weather permitting. December’s meeting will take place on Sunday 6th December, when we will have our Christmas lunch at Brasserie Gerard. There will be no evening meeting in December. January’s meeting will be on the fourth Tuesday of the month.
TIPEC Anglie Region on their trip to Southwold at the end of September
The club had a very enjoyable trip out on Sunday 27th September, when we took nine cars to Southwold and had a fish and chip lunch by the pier, followed by a stroll along the promenade … the weather was beautiful! We were surprised to see so many other classics and sports cars out for the day. At the meeting we discussed plans for the next year, including trips to the NEC (November’s Top Gear/classic show), a track day at North Weald Airfield (March/April 2010), a spring weekend away in North Norfolk, Helmingham Classic and Sports Car Festival (Aug), Rougham Air/Classic show (Aug), and Snetterton Racetrack (April) … not to mention a couple of more exotic adventures!
North London & Herts RO & ARO required To host monthly meetings and organise events for the region Meetings are held third Thursday of every month 7:30pm at The Three Horseshoes, Hooks Cross, Watton-at-Stone (near Stevenage), Hertfordshire SG14 3RY. Calling all old, new or prospective members in or around North London and Herts. If you would be interested in an informal meet at this family friendly venue please call Lee and let him know so that we can all get together. Contact Lee on 07974 231 698 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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Gruppe South Southern RO Nick Snook 07929 113 390 (mobile) email@example.com ARO Jim Tarrant 01202 601 886 firstname.lastname@example.org Meetings are held first Tuesday of every month 7:30pm at The Curlew, a traditional country pub, 287 Christchurch Road, West Parley, Ferndown, BH22 8SQ. 6th October This was a club night at The Curlew with a good turnout to discuss just about everything including how to care for Gordon’s leather hat! The venue does great food so come along to enjoy good company, partners welcome. 3rd November 20 people turned up the club night and quiz at The Curlew. The tin of Roses was finally won by Alan Booth with the flip of a coin after a draw with Steve Masterman. An awesome performance by both and thank you Alan for sharing the Roses out! 7th November ‘Picture of Porsche’ Event at Porsche Centre Bournemouth. We were made very welcome with sticky buns and coffee. A number of cars entered the photo competition and other people explored the workshops which had a display of Porsches. Good luck to the competition entrants. 1st December (Tuesday) Christmas Meal 5th January (Tuesday) Club night at The Curlew 2nd February (Tuesday) Club night at The Curlew 21st March (Sunday) Spring Equinox Cruise
TIPEC Southern Region at the Porsche Centre Bournemouth
Cornwall & Devon RO Steve Switzer 01208 816 397 07867 556 869 (mobile) email@example.com Meetings are held third Sunday of every month 12:00–2:30pm at The Winds of Change, South Petherwin, Near Launceston, Cornwall, PL15 7LP.
meet at the Winds of Change on the 20th December. This will be a more formal sitdown members only lunch for the Cornwall & Devon Region. Meeting time will be 12:00 for 12:30 and I will be circulating the menu choices by post in advance. I will need to have a formal commitment and choice to attend please. I will also try to contact each member by phone, so please make sure your details are up to date.
Please contact Steve in advance so that he can advise the pub of probable attendee numbers.
I know that some email addresses have changed and we currently don’t have valid ones for some folks. Updates please (firstname.lastname@example.org) I’ll pass them on.
Christmas is a comin’ and along with it the Cornwall & Devon Grand Christmas Bash … which also coincides with our December
I will also be sending out the normal membership reminder by email a little closer to the date.
Thames Valley RO Craig Moore 07748 733 000 (mobile) email@example.com ARO Jason Gibson 07958 459 725 (mobile) firstname.lastname@example.org Meetings are held first Tuesday of every month 7:00pm at The Novello, Bath Rd, Littlewick Green, Maidenhead, SL6 3RX. Another good turnout at the Thames Valley meet on 3rd November, despite the cool, dark, damp evening. Thanks everyone for coming along and supporting the region, where we cobbled together the idea for a New Year Run on Sunday 3rd January. See below for details. By the time you read this, a band of Thames Valley members will have eaten, drunk and been merry at the Christmas Party at Jagz in Ascot on 12 December. I’m predicting some aching legs from all the dancing, and world class hangovers the following morning … 3rd January New Year Run After the Christmas and New Year festivities, and the day before most of us go back to work and the January drudgery, we’ll be setting out early on Sunday morning for a brisk (!!!) run around the local countryside on some fabulous driving roads. Yes, they do exist in the Thames Valley; you just need to know where to look and, to some extent, be on them at the right time of day! Paul Mabley is organising the route, with input from Nick Ramsay. These are two of our region’s most committed drivers and, subject to weather conditions, I can guarantee a route that’ll raise your heart rate and remind you what driving a Porsche is all about! We’ll have a few hours driving with a comfort stop or two, and will adjourn for lunch to a nice pub somewhere. We can accommodate up to 12 cars before things get complicated with the need to register the event with Police and the Motor Sports Association, so please get your name down now to guarantee your place. There are seven runners on the list already. To add to the fun, Geoff Symonds has thrown down the gauntlet and
promised he will assemble one working 928 for this event out of the parts he has lying around his workshop: first time we’ll have seen one running for at least two years I think! Go Geoff! Hey, maybe Gina will roll out her freshly restored 911 too? 9th May (Sunday) Prescott Hillclimb Open Classic Event Here’s a chance to run your car up the fabled Prescott hillclimb route, the scene of many a brave drive in all manner of cars through the ages—from standard road cars, via home built ‘specials’, to out and out professional race cars. It’s a great day out for all the family and your ticket will entitle you to two runs up the hill, with further runs available for purchase (subject to availability). We already have seven drivers on our attendance list, and we’ll be parking up with a group from Thames Valley PCGB. Abundant banter and competitive goading will prevail! (although strictly speaking it’s not a competitive event, really, but it’ll be great to show the PCGB guys that TIPEC Thames Valley can muster some firepower too!) We may even roll out the Tipec gazebo. See here: www.cleevevale.org.uk/ classiccar/CarEventEntryFormHill.htm for your application form. Fill it in and return it urgently with your payment as places are VERY limited. There are also spectator places if you are wary of running your car up the hill. These are available for only £18 per car: click above for your entry form and just tick the right box. Again, space is limited! All that remains is to wish all of you the compliments of the season and a very Happy New Year!
Wessex RO Pete Blackler 07779 203 278 (mobile) email@example.com Meetings are held fourth Tuesday of every month 8pm at The Wheatsheaf Inn, Braishfield Road, Braishfield, Romsey, Hampshire, SO51 0QE. 11th December Friday, 7:30pm Wessex Region Christmas meal at the Hunter’s Inn, Swanmore, with the TR Drivers Club
SE London & North Kent RO Jim Hearnden 01634 308 062 07930 353 232 (mobile) firstname.lastname@example.org ARO Paul Greer 07799 412 870 (mobile) email@example.com Meetings are held first Friday of every month 8:00pm at The Crown Point Inn, Sevenoaks Rd, Sevenoaks, Kent, TN15 0HB. Email firstname.lastname@example.org NO MEETING JANUARY 1ST! If you have not been along to a meeting please come along. Partners are more than welcome and it is not all car chat. The venue does good, reasonably priced food so if you do not want to cook, you can have a meal before the meeting starts. The latest calendar is now out and should be in your inbox for those with a valid email address. It is in Excel format, you can download a viewer from the Microsoft site. Please advise if you are interested in any events so Paul & I can advise the venues. If you have an email address and do not see mails from me, then please send me a mail to email@example.com and I’ll add you to the list. That applies to people in adjacent areas who would like a copy of our calendar. Please also ensure that you update details when you renew. October Quite a busy month this one. The club evening was a Scalextric event with TIPEC SE. We had the circuit up and running before eight and quite a few of the guys and gals were practising hard. Before we got involved with the racing we had the SELNK MotY award to be presented. This was created last year in memory of my father Bob Hearnden and is awarded at the October meeting. Last year this was won by Nigel & Pat Feddon who had done a great deal for the club. This year was a difficult call as two people had been nominated and the casting vote was down to me. In the end I decided that Paul Greer, my ARO just pipped it. His help with organising the calendar over the year and organising some of the events such as the visit to Paragon had been invaluable.
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Rob Pettifer taking 2nd place
Keith Funnell receiving the 1st place Scalextric trophy After the MotY award had been presented we had 20 people sign on to compete, with six rounds of racing and run offs to determine some final placings. Racing took the same format as last year with some erratic driving in the early rounds before people realising that time spent off the track was unproductive; slower but consistent got better results. At the fall of the final flag we had Keith Funnell 1st, Rob Pettifer 2nd and, from SELNK, Phillip Dalton 3rd place. At last an event between SELNK & SE that meant that SELNK took home at least one trophy! The overall evening was a success with a great turnout of around 35 people there and some lively discussion about myriad issues some of which even involved Porsche. Paragon This was the week after the club night with everyone making their own way down there. We had a really good run with some cracking roads on the cross country route we took. The weather was in our favour and this, plus an interesting venue, meant that we had a fantastic turnout with in the end 20 people in 10+ cars. We started with bacon butties, tea and coffee as required and then had a complete tour of the compact but very neatly laid out premises. Paragon pretty much covers all aspects of sales and prep all on the same site. With a very through level of pre-sales preparation, they were quite open about not wanting issues with cars they sell to customers, especially in the first 12 months of their ownership. Two members had problems with their cars and both cars ended up being left there so Paragon could
investigate them … the owners hitching lifts home. The quality of stock was really stunning and I could have quite happily taken an Arena Red 993 Turbo home with me … even Becky approved of that! Several of our members test drove cars and one of our members emailed me a couple of days later to say that it was a very expensive coffee and bacon sandwich, as they had ended up buying a Boxster. I expect we’ll be welcomed back in future! November A very quiet venue this month and a quiet meeting, possibly as the weather was atrocious. A welcome new face to the turnout was our illustrious Chairman, Mr. Sean Smallman. Congratulations to Sean as he has a new job in the area, so will be at our meetings in future. He & Haley will move down sometime in the New Year, when they find the new Smallman Towers. Paul had created a quiz which had us all scratching our heads, some of the answers were blindingly obvious but only once you had been told them … Ray won this after it went to the toss of the coin to decide the tie. Next time I’ll engage my brain and think of a good tie break question. 4th December (Friday) Club Night at the Crownpoint It is that time again! Normal club night but I may have a fiendish quiz for it. 5th December (Saturday) Christmas dinner at the Crownpoint I have mailed out a menu for this and need a five pound deposit per person & your menu choices ASAP.
Phillip Dalton came in third
South East RO Derek Flanagan 01342 717 754 07767 254 820 (mobile) firstname.lastname@example.org Meetings are held second Wednesday of every month 8pm at The Bolney Stage, London Road, Bolney RH17 5RL, just off the A23, 10 miles south of Crawley. For those of you who haven’t made it along to a monthly meet yet, we always welcome new and prospective members. Come and see if you like us, we’re a friendly bunch no matter what model of Porker you own or desire and you will be guaranteed to receive a hearty welcome. You also have the opportunity of winning our own regional lotto with all SE Region members going into the hat each month, but you have to be at the meeting to win if your name is drawn out. We had a highly successful inaugural club night meeting at our new venue, The Bolney Stage, with 38 attendees. All members agreed that the new venue provides an improved environment, ambience and facilities, with a very friendly, efficient bar and food service. The new venue has just re-opened after a one month refurbishment programme and has now been restored to its previous traditional charm with two cosy real log fires to keep us warm in the winter months. In addition to a larger car park, the Bolney Stage is more family friendly with extensive garden and patio facilities
TIPEC South East Region at their new meeting place, The Bolney Stage outside at both the front and rear which we plan to utilise in the summer months and hope to provide BBQ evenings at Summer Club Nights.
consideration when preparing our 2010 calendar of events. The winner of the questionnaire prize draw, winning a bottle of Champagne, was Chris Cook.
The Bolney Stage is now being run as a Free house with an excellent selection of local beers (for the non drivers) and a (non chain pub) menu that utilises local fresh produce incorporating both less indulgent and more indulgent menu options with many members eating before the club night started.
Congratulations to Dean Monnery who amazingly won the August and September Lottos, which stood at £55 and £5 respectively. Surprisingly it was also won in October by yours truly, who picked up a £5 prize.
Panamera rides We were very fortunate to have Peter Rowe from Porsche Centre Mid Sussex (PCMS) bring along the new Panamera Turbo to give members passenger rides in this fantastic new four door/seat Porsche. To the delight of members Peter really demonstrated the launch control, capability and handling of this new model in the Porsche range. The members came back from this ride truly exhilarated and with a huge grin on their face from ear to ear. Special thanks to Peter and PCMS for giving this benefit to members and providing a short technical talk on this new model. SE Region questionnaire We announced a summary of the SE Region questionnaire results which are being analysed by your committee who will be taking these findings into
2nd October (Friday) Scalextric Tournament Special thanks to Jim Hearnden from the SELNK region who kindly invited the SE Region to their October club night for a return tournament on the scalextric track. In 2008 the SE Region took the first three places, but the competition was much tougher this year. However, Keith Funnell and Robin Pettifer still both made it to the finals again, but this time Robin was able to get the better of Keith and took the 2009 title with SELNK taking the 3rd place to stop us making a clean sweep again this year.
vehicles of all ages. Sadly the weather was not kind for this penultimate Breakfast Club meeting in 2009, but with the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run also taking place rain is always a possibility. 1st November (Sunday) London to Brighton Veteran Car Run John Tompkins does the VCR every year and reports that this year was the best and wettest ever. John has a 1903 Humberette called Henrietta. John and his business partner Lloyd Andrews share the driving on the 60 mile run which they are doing for two charities, namely the Emyezweni Secondary School, Lwandl, near Cape Town, RSA and Mural in Dogura Cathedral in Papua New Guinea for which they are hoping to raise £5,000 from the run. 4–6th November Trip to Porsche factory in Stuttgart plus the Porsche and Mercedes Benz Museums The SE Region group consisted of Terry Rockall, Michael Bowden, Dion Heskett, John Wallin, John Tompkins, Keith Funnel and myself.
This was our first visit to the SELNK’s new venue, the Crown Point Inn near Sevenoaks, and I must say that we were avocado with envy at the huge size of both the pub and car park which have massive potential. Special thanks to Michael Bowden, Robin Pettifer, Rachel Barnard, Keith Funnel and Tom Van De End who made up the SE Region squad with yours truly.
9th December (Wednesday) Christmas dinner We have started taking bookings for our 2009 Christmas dinner, which will be held at our December Club Night on Wednesday 9th, from 7:30pm for 8.00pm. This is excellent value for money at a reduced cost of only £15.00 for members and £17.95 for partners/guests.
1st November (Sunday) Goodwood Breakfast Club meeting Souped up Sunday: modified and custom
1st January 2010 (Friday) The annual gathering of car clubs at Brooklands Motor Museum.
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