L AL E U Q R TO PRIL 2011 A 7 8 E U S IS
When Porsche competed in F1 Craig Mooreâ€™s Targa restoration (part 2)
Was the 914 the original Boxster?
Novice racer Andrew Blythe and his 924
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Chairman’s Chat TIPEC (0845 602 0052) www.tipec.net All Torque is published bi-monthly by TIPEC (The Independent Porsche Enthusiasts Club) Text & images are © their authors/photographers. Front cover image: The Porsche Type 804 F1, a Grand Prix winner in 1962. Photo from the Porsche Press Archive. All Torque is based entirely on submissions from TIPEC members. This is your magazine and we need your involvement! Please submit via email, or on CD/DVD (or paper!) to the address below. Submissions for issue 88 (June) must be in before Friday 6th May 2011. 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: Steve Potter (01295 810 223) firstname.lastname@example.org TIPEC Membership, 32 Blenheim Rise Banbury OX17 3QX Gruppe North Director: Paul Bird (01922 428 409) 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.
“Spring” my favourite time of the year. At last, it is warm enough to put the first coat of wax on the cars in preparation for the up coming show season. The garage smells a whole lot fresher, with the sweet scent of car cleaning products filling the nostrils when you open the door. There are fewer pleasures in life better than driving with the hood down so you can hear the full rasp of the exhaust and feel the warm sunshine on your face. With Porsche announcing full testing of the new electric Boxster and the unveiling of the hybrid 918, we really need to cherish our cars. The next generation might not stir the senses in quite the same way. The AGM will be held at The Heritage Motor Centre near Gaydon on Sunday 10th April. This is your club and it is important to our continued success that you attend and help shape the direction we take for the coming year. We will be sharing our rationale for changing to a limited company and what we are able to do on the back of this. The meeting is informal and we welcome questions and ideas from the floor. We will provide lunch and free entry passes for the museum after the meeting. Email Club Office or post on the forum to confirm your attendance by 5th April. Clive and I are finalising plans for our National Show at Hatton Country World near Warwick on Sunday 5th June. This year’s show is very much focused on the family, with lots to do for the children and shops including an antiques centre for those who do not want to spend the day looking at cars. We will of course have plenty of trade stands an autojumble and the pride of ownership competition sponsored by Meguiar’s. We have invited other car clubs and forums, with the 924 club, 911UK and 928.org all joining us for our special day. Hatton is very different to Gaydon and the event is very much centred about the attractions the venue has to offer, with a meadow full of gleaming Porsches. The show is free to enter as is Hatton Country World. Please note: there is a charge for the Family Farm Village and we have negotiated a discount for entry into this area. For more details about the venue please visit www.hattonworld.com We are hoping to plan a club road trip to the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart in October. To express an interest please drop a note to club office, if there is a large enough response we will firm up the details. I am delighted to report that the clubs financial position has strengthened during 2010, Brian will be presenting the final account at the AGM. This will be Brian’s last duty as the out going treasurer and we are still looking for his replacement. If you are interested in supporting the club in the capacity of Treasurer please contact club office. Don’t eat too much chocolate over Easter!
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Club news TIPEC lost a dedicated and much-loved member when Brenda Marginson, ARO of the NW region, passed away recently. Our thoughts are with her family and friends.
Sunday June 5th, TIPEC 2011
‘The Family Porsche Show’ Our club’s annual event, the biggest get-together of the year, will be all-new for 2011. FREE to enter and hosted at Hatton Country World, near Warwick, it’s set to be a family-focused day of Porsche related fun.
TIPEC’s big national event for 2011 is completely free to all comers, whether you’re a club member or not. We are hosting TIPEC 2011 at Hatton Country World, just off the A46 near Warwick.
It’s a relaxed, informal Porsche show, open to all models and all regions. Whilst the day will be very much a Porsche event, there will be lots of other things for families to enjoy on the day as well as the cars.
Hatton Country world is home to a shopping village with over 20 stores (including an antiques centre), a petting farm, indoor and outdoor play areas, a selection of cafés and restaurants (and a BBQ!). (There will be a small fee for some of the childrens’ activities.)
On the Porsche side of things, we have more than ever before. Trade stands, autojumble, regional parking displays, detailing seminars, displays by model and much more to be announced. We will be joined by guests from other Porsche clubs, including the 924 Owners Club, 911 UK and 928.org. Our annual Pride of Ownership contest is evolving, too. For the first time, we will be crowning champions in five separate classes: Classic (pre1973), Air cooled, Water cooled, Front engined and Modern (post2004). The winners of each class will compete for Best in Show, sponsored by Meguiars.
Silverstone Classic 22–24th July, Silverstone Already firmly established as the world’s biggest classic motor racing festival, the Silverstone Classic (22-24 July) will be even bigger in 2011. For the first time this year’s Silverstone Classic will take maximum advantage of Silverstone’s new Grand Prix circuit configuration – a move that will allow the event organiser to field even bigger grids. The track licence for the new 3.666-mile layout permits much larger grids for the event. Races benefiting from this increase include the popular HSCC Big-Engined Touring Cars which stars dozens of V8 powered American muscle cars from the Sixties as well as the two special Jaguar E-Type Challenge races being organised specifically to mark the iconic model’s 50th birthday in 2011. TIPEC will have an infield display at this event and once again discounts are available for TIPEC members who wish to purchase tickets in advance. Either buy online at www.silverstoneclassic.com or by telephone on 0871 231 0849 and quote discount code C11044.
TIPEC AGM Sunday 10th April This years AGM will be held at The Heritage Motor Museum at Gaydon, refreshments will be available from 10:00am with the meeting starting at 10:30am. This is your opportunity to discuss your club with the Committee and be part of a very social event. Please confirm your attendance by the 5th April. A free buffet lunch will be served after the meeting and a pass to explore the museum at your leisure. Those attending the AGM elect the Committee by a show of hands. Members are eligible to stand for any position on the Committee and nominations must be received in writing to Club Office. If there are no other nominations then the current post holder will be voted to continue.
Buyer’s guides Club member Adrian Streather has been very busy with Veloce Publishing, putting together guides to various Porsche 911 models for their ongoing series of books. Veloce’s pocket sized ‘Essential Buyer’s Guide’ series runs to over 50 books so far, each covering a single model of car or motorbike. Streather is responsible for all of the ones covering Porsches, and they make for an excellent reference library. Each book is laid out in the same clear, concise manner. A brief introduction answers basic questions to help you decide whether this is indeed the model for you. More detailed chapters follow, covering practical topics like real-world running costs, key problem points to check when viewing, mechanical foibles and bodywork issues. The guides also cover the fuzzier, more subjective side of buying a Porsche though: How does it feel to drive, what’s it like to live with day to day and what is the community around each particular model like? The books are short, clearly put together, full of useful facts and reminders, and only cost a tenner apiece. If you are looking to buy one of the models covered, that would be ten pounds well spent in preparation. My only criticisms are that the type is a little dense for quick reference when you’re outside viewing a car, and the checklists designed to be filled in when doing so are not as clear and easy to use as they could be.
Current Committee Chairman: Sean Smallman Vice Chairman: Jim Hearnden Club Liason: Clive Gosling Treasurer: Vacant Membership: Steve Potter Southern Director: Derek Flanagan Central Director: Eric Finley Northern Director: Paul Bird Agenda 1. Those present and apologies 2. Minutes of the previous AGM 3. Report by the Chairman 4. Report and presentation of accounts by outgoing Treasurer 5. Determination of subscriptions for the ensuing year 6. Election of members for Management Committee 7. Amendments to rules and constitution (must be submitted to Club Office in advance) 8. Any other business (items for discussion can be sent to Club Office in advance) The Heritage Museum is located two miles from Junction 12 M40. Leave the M40 at Junction 12. Turn left towards Gaydon. Turn right at the roundabout. Turn left into the Heritage Centre. Drive down to the front of the museum and follow the road round to your left which will take you behind the museum to the conference centre. At reception there will be information about our syndicate room.
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Porsche news On Monday 21st March, Porsche opened the order books for their new super sports car, the 918 Spyder. No longer a concept study, it will be in the hands of the first lucky customers from late 2013.
The 918 Spyder becomes a reality After Porsche wowed the world with their hybrid super sports concept at last year’s Geneva Motor Show, they were bombarded with requests to put the 918 Spyder Hybrid into production. They said ‘Sure, if we get over a thousand official letters of interest from known Porsche customers, we’ll consider it.’ It only took a couple of weeks for Porsche to receive almost double that. True to their word then, Porsche opened the order book for the roadgoing 918 Spyder on Monday 21st March. Little has changed from the original concept car. The V8 petrol engine is still derived from that of the RS Spyder race car. There are still two electric motors to complement that, though they now drive the front and rear axles respectively—not both driving the front wheels individually as on the concept car. The combined power output of the petrol and electric powertrains is still an impressive 718 bhp. Removable solid roof panels that stow away in the front storage space are new.
Also new is a plug-in recharging system for the electric motors. The car’s liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery will fully charge from a domestic power socket in roughly three hours and a faster ‘quick charge’ system will be included as well. The 918 Spyder will have an official top speed of 199 mph, and will reach 60 mph from a standing start in a touch over three seconds. It will be capable of 94 mph on electric power alone, though the small, lightweight battery will not permit that for any great distance. The hybrid drive is really there to give a performance boost when necessary, without compromising on economy. The electric drive to both front and rear axles has other advantages though, including an advanced torque vectoring system that allows the power to each of the four wheels to be accurately split as needed for the very best traction and performance in any road conditions.
The base price for the 918 Spyder is 645,000 euro, plus tax and country-specific charges. That is almost double what the Carrera GT cost upon its introduction. Production will begin on the 18th of September 2013 (9/18 in the American date format, Porsche do love their matching numbers). Continuing that theme, only 918 of these amazing cars will be sold. To keep their wealthy customers happy between placing a deposit and taking delivery of their hybrid hypercar, Porsche are offering a special edition 911 as an ‘option’ to all buyers of the 918 Spyder. Basically an exclusive and high-spec 997 Turbo S, the 911 ‘Edition 918 Spyder’ comes in colour schemes and trim customisations to match your 918 Spyder and will be delivered in June of this year, so that you have something special to drive while you await the real thing. Available in coupé and cabriolet variants, the 911 Turbo S Edition 918 Spyder costs roughly 175,000 and 185,000 euro respectively.
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Saturday 30th April Sunday 1st May
Donington Park’s NEW historic motor racing festival, featuring: Fantastic racing action covering the 1930s to the 1980s, as Group C Le Mans sportscars, Porsche 917s and Ferrari GTOs, pre-War Bentleys, Bugattis and Alfa Romeos and much more take to the track. Free paddock access will allow everyone to get up close to these outstanding racing machines. We have put together a special package for car clubs and would be delighted to welcome members of The Independent Porsche Enthusiasts’ Club. This package includes a two-for-one ticket deal (quote TIPECDHF11 when booking), plus dedicated members’ parking and club display areas – at no additional charge, right in the centre of the action, next to the race paddock and trade village. There will also be track parades for invited club members. Special TIPEC member offer: buy one advance two-day ticket for £30 and get another FREE! Children under 16 also go free. QUOTE REF. TIPECDHF11 when booking by phone or through our website.
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For general enquiries please telephone: +44 (0)1379 678 787 or email firstname.lastname@example.org Over 300 world-class historic racing cars 100s of classic cars on display from classic car clubs Historic Group B rally car live demonstration Historic karts live demonstration Trade village featuring art, photos, books, clothing, classic car mart and autojumble Cafés, bars and food outlets Access to all areas, including spectator zones and paddocks Free parking Our partners Holdings
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Member’s cars An icon of the 1980s, this golden 911 SC belongs to Jeff Adams from TIPEC’s South Yorkshire & North Nottinghamshire region.
A bit of history
After three years of 968 ownership, Jeff Adams started looking for a 3.2 Carrera G50. Having hunted the normal sites for ages he spotted a 911sc on PISTONHEADS at an incredible price (for an SC!)
The SC model arrived in 1978 with a feeble 180 bhp but redeemed itself in 1981 with the new SC arriving with 204 bhp.
First registered on 7/12/82, but the owner took delivery on 21/2/83 due to a mix up with the private plate.
The SC single-handedly saved the 911 from oblivion, and a great amount were sold, many to people who had not previously envisaged Porsche ownership. This was the car that would stand or fall on its own merits.
• 911 SC SPORT new D series ’82–83 with 915 gearbox • 1,210kg weight • 2,994cc 204bhp 189 lb/ft torque • 0–60 in 5.7 seconds, 146 mph top speed • Light Bronze metallic • brown Pasha cloth/leather trim • 58,101 miles from new • Sport pack • original Panasonic radio/cassette
As the annual TIPEC pilgrimage to Prescott was imminent and the car was at Eclectic Cars near Oxford, Jeff thought he would take a look that Saturday, combining a nice drive out from Cirencester where they usually stay. The rest is history as they say, and as soon as he saw the car ‘he had to have’ it no matter what! So a test drive was organized. The car proved to be much more civilised than he had expected in the levels of road, engine and wind noise and also the comfort of the ride. Getting used to the car was a big difference from the relatively modern 968 and. picking up speed. it surprised him how well it drove. So a deal was done with the 968 as part exchange … Happy days!
Even without the gold paint, brown trim and Pasha interior, this SC will remain an icon of the ’80s. SCs are a joy to drive, are powerful and smooth, and even the 915 gearbox (once mastered) shifts smoothly and positively! This is definitely an appreciating asset, and bloody good fun too … so go on, find yourself a ‘true’ 911!
Jobs done recently include: updating cam chain tensioners to hydraulic, new dizzy cap and rotor, Magnecore HT leads, Iridium plugs, new air hoses pre heat exchanger, stainless exhaust system up to the heat exchangers, relay mod on the headlights with 90% uprated bulbs and new oil pipe from tank to engine cooler. Removed air injection pump and hoses and blocked off cylinder ports. Bought NARDI woodrim steering wheel from eBay and fitted with new MOMO hub which required an adaptor ring (different PCD) I think it suits the cars period style, still got the old wheel anyway! Writing by Mike Marot & Photography by Jeff Adams All Torque 87 page 9
Thanks to it’s unusual rear-engine layout, the Porsche 911 has always been the ‘Marmite’ of the sports car world and in the early days had quite a reputation for evil handling.
So why is the 911’s engine at the back? Everyone except Porsche devotees believed that its rear engine position, with all that weight sticking out behind the rear axle, was flawed, producing a pendulum effect around corners unless you went into the corner slow and came out again fast. However, Porsche has spent the past 50 years with an impeccable engineering pedigree beating the laws of physics into submission with their rear engined cars. The introduction of rear engined cars was really rather suprising as Ferdinand Porsche was a strict disciple of the mid-engined
layout, which he designed into his original racing cars. However, when Ferry started designing his first sports car (eventually to become the Porsche 356) in the austere postwar years, he had to produce an affordable sports car and the only way he could keep costs down was to use as many existing components as possible.
By the time Porsche designed the 911 (originally called the 901), they were very comfortable with the rear engine layout, if not the masters of it. Keeping the engine at the rear did have the advantages of superior traction under heavy acceleration and good weight transfer under heavy braking, as well as increased cabin space.
Ferry decided to adopt the Volkswagen ‘Beetle’ engine and rear suspension (which was originally designed by Ferdinand Porsche). He tried to reverse the layout to place the engine ahead of the rear axle but the resulting leading suspension arms created chronic oversteer, so Ferry made the reluctant decision to stick with the rear engine layout.
In recent years Porsche have turned the rear engine layout to an advantage with a steering system that has so much feel it’s a sheer delight to drive, sometimes twitchy and on edge but always alive with fantastic feedback. The 911 remains a drivers delight and ‘every mile is a smile’, so Porsche have stayed with it to this day to retain that iconic 911 shape. The rest is history, as they say!
Writing by Derek Flanagan & Photography from the Porsche Press Archive All Torque 87 page 11
Porscheâ€™s own Forumla One racing car, the Type 804 F1 at the 1962 French Grand Prix in Rouen
Glory days? When Porsche competed in F1 By Derek Flanagan
For over 50 years Porsche have been focused on Endurance racing and Rallying, but did you know that in late 1950s Porsche couldnâ€™t resist the lure of F1 and F2 Grand Prix racing? In fact, Ferdinand Porsche was involved in Grand Prix racing even earlier in the 1930s when he worked for Auto Union.
The Type 360 Cisitalia, developed in 1947 for Italian industrialist Piero Dusio
The incredibly successful Porsche TAG-Turbo F1 engine
Porsche mechanics pushing Herbert Linge in the 718/2 at the Nürburgring in 1959
Niki Lauda in the Porsche powered McLaren-TAG MP4/2 at Hockenheim in 1984
In 1949 the Cisitalia Works in Turin signed up Porsche to design a Grand Prix car; the Cisitalia 360 (1.5 litre, 450 bhp supercharged, 12 cylinder engine and four wheel drive), but the Italian company went bankrupt and thus the car never made it to the race track. The car ended up in Argentina where it was mothballed for two years until rediscovered by an Argentinian, who brought the Cisitalia 360 back to life. Again it was sold and disappeared until 1960 when the Porsche Works team tracked it down, brought it back to Stuttgart and refurbished it for The Porsche Museum. In the late 1950s Porsche designed and entered a car in Formula 2 racing and it had a profound effect on Porsche’s stature as a racing car manufacturer. In 1958 Porsche won the Rheims F2 race, driven by Jean Behra in a car that was a modified 718 RSK Spyder. The 718 ‘Central Seater’ was only suitable for the fast tracks and not a good all rounder, so Porsche set about designing a purpose built Formula 2 car, retaining the Type 718 model number. This new car had its debut at the Monaco Grand Prix in 1959. It was even driven by Stirling Moss and Jo Bonnier in 1960, when Moss headed a 1,2,3 for Porsche in the Aintree 200 and also won the Brussels Grand Prix.
with Ferrari, Coventry Climax, BRM and Lotus. In 1962 Porsche won its only championship F1 Grand Prix at Rouen in France, but this was primarily due to reliability problems and racing incidents on the part of the faster competitors. The Type 804 was never on the pace with the ever improving Jim Clark, Graham Hill and John Surtees. By the end of 1962 Porsche decided to end its chastening experience in Formula 1. That decision was surely helped by the fact that Porsche was becoming increasingly successful in sports car racing, which was far lower cost in comparison. As they say, the rest is history.
Although Porsche were making rapid progress, they were always struggling to catch up with Ferrari, Coventry Climax, BRM and Lotus.
With the Formula 1 and 2 rules changing in 1961, reducing engine capacities, the door was opened for Porsche to enter the highest pinnacle of Formula 1, but using their existing F2 cars. They even won the non-championship Brussels Grand Prix in the early season, but Porsche could not match the superior chassis and technologies of Ferrari , Lotus and Coventry Climax. In 1962 Porsche’s slim new F1 car, named the Type 804 F1, was launched using drivers Dan Gurney and Jo Bonnier. Although Porsche was making rapid progress they were always struggling to catch up
After Porsche’s pioneering development of turbocharged engines for sports car racing in the ’70s, Porsche were approached by Ron Dennis in 1981 to develop Formula 1 engines for the McLaren-TAG F1 team, which was financed by TagTurbo Engines based in Geneva. This was a rapid and completely successful development, with racing commencing in early 1983 after only 18 months.
These V6 800 bhp twin-turbo 1,500 cc Porsche TAG-Turbo engines made their debut in the 1983 Dutch Grand Prix, used by the then McLaren-TAG team with drivers Nicki Lauda (who came out of retirement) and Alain Prost, who dominated the 1984 season winning 12 of the 16 Grand Prix in the McLaren MP4/2. They went from success to success with Lauda winning the drivers’ championship in 1984 by half a point from team mate Prost and McLaren winning the constructors championships with a record 143.5 points. They also went on to a double championship victory in 1985. Writing by Derek Flanagan & Photography from the Porsche Press Archive All Torque 87 page 13
Porscheâ€™s original Boxster?
In the mid-Sixties, Porsche needed a new model to replace the now redundant 356. The 911 was a huge success but there was now no entry level Porsche. There was of course the 912, a budget version of 911 fitted with a four cylinder engine. However, the 912 was still too expensive to fill the ‘entry level’ gap. VW also required a replacement for it’s now ageing Karmann Ghia. VW and Porsche had both built their reputations on rear-engined cars. This configuration was now seen as outdated with the wayward tail-heavy handling. The development of the 914 allowed both companies to experiment with a mid-engine layout. Heinrich Klein is credited with the 914’s styling. The 914 was built as a collaboration between Volkswagen and Porsche from 1969 to 1975. VW planned to sell the 914 as its top specification model using a four cylinder engine out of a VW 411E, hence where the 914/4 denotation comes from. Porsche planned to sell the 914 as its entry level car, also replacing the 912 at the same time. Porsche
would fit their car with a six cylinder two litre boxer engine from the early 911, hence the 914/6 denotation. The 914/4 would be built by Karmann in Osnabrück. The body shells for the 914/6 were also built by Karmann but final assembly of these cars was carried out at Porsche’s works in Zuffenhausen. The VW/Porsche 914 was deemed to be too confusing for the European market. Could there really be a sports car with VW practicality and Porsche pedigree? Porsche was only too aware of this association at the 1969 launch, and the Porsche press officer reportedly asked journalists not to describe the 914 as a Volksporsche (People’s Porsche). Because of this confusion, Porsche decided that both models should be sold and badged as ‘Porsche’ for the US market. The last 914s rolled off the production line in 1975. VW had by now lost interest in the mid-engined concept. However, it wasn’t to be the end of the VW/Porsche partnership. The 914 was eventually replaced with the VW/Porsche developed 924. VW got cold feet about that project during the fuel crisis in the 1970s, leaving Porsche to go it alone with the 924. It seems then, that the 914/6 was the original entry level Boxster of its day: mid-engined, open-topped and relatively affordable. And as for the VW/Porsche partnership, that seems to be as strong today as it was over 40 years ago, albeit VW now own Porsche! Writing by Ben Rodrigues & Photography from the Porsche Press Archive All Torque 87 page 15
Little Shop of
Horrors Craig Moore’s Targa restoration project (part two) Maybe the title is a little unfair, but nothing quite prepared me for the sight of my car having a bit of paint and bodywork carried out!
I popped into Tyrone’s shop (Excel Car Body Repair in Reading) to a disconcerting sight. I’ve dropped by Ty’s shop many times, but frankly it’s a bit different when it’s someone else’s pride and joy that is getting stripped, bashed, chopped, sanded, welded, lead loaded or some other unspeakable treatment. I didn’t think I would feel quite so horrified to see my lovely Targa absolutely covered in dust, masking paper, heat protection pads and other bodyshop paraphernalia. But there she was, the car that often gets cleaned twice in a day (once before going out, and again when I get home … you know how it is …) looking more unlovely than I’ve ever seen her. Never mind. The work is under way and Ty’s lads are making good progress. First on the order of service was the plugged mirror mounting holes on the drivers side door. These were filled some time ago when this door was used to replace one that had gone missing. Intrigued? Well, the story goes that the car was having some bodywork repairs carried out about 18 years ago by the last owner, Michael. He had handed the car over to a specialist bodyshop to take care of a couple of rust bubbles, and a full respray, not realising that the bodyshop in question was in financial trouble and about to fold. The first Michael knew about it was a call from the Administrator to explain the situation and ask him to remove his car from the premises. Only thing was, the original doors and front wings had been removed for the work, but were nowhere to be found in the workshop. Someone had helped themselves. This left Michael with a bit of a problem. After gathering up all the parts he could find, a list was made up of the missing bits and Michael set about sourcing replacements. As it happens, good used parts were found but the doors were from a right hand drive car (mine is a leftie), and the wings from a later model. The upshot of this is that the mirror mountings were in the wrong places and the holes needed filling, and there were also holes for side indicator repeaters on the front wings where 1974 model cars had none. The filling work had been reasonably well done, but unfortunately, being a black car the paint gets very hot in sunlight and after seventeen summers the fillers had shrunk back on all four panels. On a black car that is otherwise in good fettle, this kind of thing sticks out like a sore thumb. I suppose I could have lived with it, but it bothered me every time I looked at the car, especially when I was cleaning it. And there were other things too. At some point, a door/ garage wall interface had laid in three (well disguised) nasty little scratches on the offside, and the trailing edges of the doors had made contact with other surfaces a few times and needed a better repair than could be achieved at home with a touch-up kit. The worst bit of the whole car, the top of the screen rail, was bubbling, so the windscreen had to be removed to effect a proper repair. I visited regularly. The car seemed to look worse each time I saw it, but gradually, surfaces began to be smoothed, paint was stripped, primers, new paint and gloss were were laid on and finally after much flatting and polishing we arrived at the beautifully blended sheen we have today. I’m happy!
The horror! Matt attacks paint to reveal offending mirror mounting holes and sunken filler. Weld is built up gradually to fill each of the smaller holes, then ground back smooth. A sliver of filler is all that will be needed to perfect the surface.
Screen rail, scuttle panel, wings near the indicator repeaters and doors all received repair work. To paint, an acid etch primer was first applied, followed by three coats of high build two-pack primer filler, before baking for 30 minutes at 65 degrees. State of the art spray booth filters and circulates air about four times per minute; essential to the drying process. When dry, block sanding with 320 grit then finer 500 grit media prepares for final colour coat.
Two coats of Sikkens environmentally friend(lier) water based base coat go on, dried for 10–15 minutes at 22–25 degrees. High airflow volume of booth really does its job at this stage. Finally, shiny stuff can be applied. First, a semi-wet layer of high-solid lacquer. After three to five minutes drying time (when solvents in lacquer evaporate), a high-solid full gloss wet coat is laid down then baked at 60–65 degrees for 25 minutes.
Ty allows fresh paint to cool/cure overnight, before flatting down and final polishing—required to bring out that deep, glassy, impressive shine. Using 1,500 grit soft pad, Ty polishes out any minor imperfections and ‘orange peel’, then really makes it gleam with 3,000 grit pad and polish. Two to three hours later, the car is blinding in the spring sunshine!
Writing & photography by Craig Moore All Torque 87 page 17
Factory Visit & More By Paul Dunster
This tale starts about three years ago when I was considering changing my 911 SC for a â€˜modernâ€™ Porsche. There were several possibilities but the final choice was between a pre-owned 997 or a brand new Boxster (the 911 won every time). However part of the appeal of buying a new Porsche was the chance to collect the car from the factory (as ever with Porsche, an additional cost extra). As the used 911 was the modern Porsche to buy, the option to visit the factory was not available but the seeds of desire were sown, all I needed was another reason to make the journey.
The opportunity for my trip presented itself last summer, after the decision to stop working. I could therefore treat myself to a holiday without my wife, who would not want to spend time on car related activities. This was partly justified by also visiting the factory I liaised with for my job in Germany, which is conveniently located on the way to Stuttgart in a town called Karlsruhe. I could bid my farewells as part of the trip. I did leave to decision to go on a factory tour a little too late. To make a booking for a factory tour is very easy, an email to email@example.com is all that is required, however I finished work at the end of July and tried to book for August. I should have realised that they would have a factory shutdown at that time, so I tried for September but they were fully booked until the end of September … that was no good as we were already booked for another holiday, so the booking was eventually made for the middle of October. Great, on with the plan, which was to visit my old work colleges in Karlsruhe, Porsche factory tour and museum visit in Stuttgart and then head for some good driving on mountain passes. I bought some maps, worked out a route and booked the hotels. The run to and under the channel on Eurotunnel went without any difficulties and I arrived in France to blue skies and a very pleasant drive down through France for my first stop. The next day was overcast but no problem going into Belgium, then Luxemburg where I had an interesting find of the only American War Cemetery (2nd World War) in Luxemburg.
It was great to have a beer with my old work friends in Karlsruhe, then off to the factory which was easy enough to find (although I did struggle on my own to find the entrance to the underground car park). The factory tours are well organised; just be in the foyer of the Museum at 10am. They call out the names for the English language tour, deposit all cameras and phones in the lockers, and off we go, with two young ladies who speak excellent English and give a good explanation of the factory (we were joined by a pair of chaps collecting a GT3, lucky people) but we could only go into the engine build area as there were ‘prototypes’ going through the assembly halls. As you would expect of a modern organisation such as Porsche, the factory is highly automated: from the goods inwards, to the stores (only 10 hours of stock), the guided vehicles that transport an ‘engine set’ to the vehicle assembly lines and the two engine assembly lines. One of the engine lines is for the six cylinder boxer engines and the other for the eight cylinder ‘V’ engines. We could view the assembly area from the overhead walkway and then close-up on the factory floor, starting with the engine block at one end and the complete, tested, engine at the other. The tour was about two hours, which left all afternoon to visit the new museum. This must be one of the best museums I have ever visited, a modern, well lit building. All the cars are well laid out with plenty of space around them for good viewing and taking photos. I was very impressed with the way the museum is set in a spiral. After going up the escalator just keep on walking and you eventually end up at the top of the collection. The 917 display has to be a highlight along with the row of sectioned engines but all good things must come to an end and it was time to move on.
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My next overnight stay was in Blaubeuren, which has a very picturesque old town, but no cars are allowed in the town centre so I had to reluctantly park the car in a distant public car park. Thankfully it was still there the following morning! The next phase of my journey was supposed to be up some Alpine passes but because I had been delayed in booking the trip ’til mid-October, when I headed south the weather turned against me. On the Autobahn aiming for Austria it was dry and clear enough to open the car up but the traffic at 10/11 o’clock was too heavy to get past 240 Km/hr. The car still had plenty left! As I got closer to Austria the rain started fall, then turned to sleet, snow appeared on the side of the road and finally the sleet turned to snow. Decision time, the prospect of the Stelvio Pass in snow and mist with summer tyres was no longer inviting, so I opted to forego my booked accommodation and go a night early to Nonnenhorn, on the shores of Lake Constance (Bodensee to the locals) by which time the sun had come out to a beautiful afternoon. My decision was vindicated by the diversions I had to take due to closed roads as I was trying to get out of Austria! There was a ‘silver Lining’ to the ‘cloud’ of missing the passes, as it meant I was able to spend two nights in Mulhouse and therefore a full day at the Schulmpf Collection … now called the ‘Cite de l’Automobile’. The map showed some good scenic twisting roads, so I ignored the sat-nav and headed into the countryside, finding some great driving roads.
A visit to the Sculmpf Collection has got to be recommended if only for the sheer scale and size of the collection. It was a full day’s visit for me, despite having been there twice before. Their collection of Bugatti cars must be unrivalled anywhere else in the world, a full grid of classic Formula 1 racing cars and even the odd Porsche (956 & 935 on loan from Stuttgart). By the end of the week the strikes at the French refineries were creating problems with fuel supplies and there was talk on the news of petrol stations closing all over the country. There was no way I would get all the way across France on one tank of fuel, so I decided to head North to visit Germany again just in case I needed to fill up. It actually transpired to be not a problem but I didn’t know that at the time. Again studying the maps and ignoring the sat-nav, I found the ‘Route de Cretes’ which was another great driving road, until I got to 1,000 meters (elevation) and found myself above the snow line and into the mist. Not good driving conditions! Having found an open petrol station in St Die, I could head west for my last night in Chalons-en-Champagne.
Being so close to Reims, no driving trip through France can be complete without stopping at the ‘Old Circuit’ at Gueux and this turned out to be one of the highlights of the trip. The morning started cloudy and dull but as I arrived outside the circuit buildings the clouds parted and the sun shone. Having taken the obligatory photos I was preparing to leave when there was the sound of strange exhausts and there was a continual procession of classic cars passing and stopping in the ‘old pits’. All sorts of Citroens (Traction Avants, DSs, etc), Renaults (Dauphines, 2CV, etc), Ford Mustangs and even a Jaguar XJ6. It wasn’t going to get better, so time to head for home. The tunnel was as efficient as ever and then even an easy run round the M25. It was a great trip; 1,750 miles in total, but with some unfinished business. Seeing the Porsche assembly hall and driving the Alpine passes would have to wait for another year. Would I recommend it? You bet, but I would organise the Factory visit earlier. They get booked very early and close for a month in August. It is also best to avoid the change in model year when the new models going down the line prevent tours of the assembly area. Here’s to the next time!
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Novice racer Andrew Blythe wanted to go racing. As a Porsche owner, a 924 seemed to be the way to go. I was told ‘to build a fast race car start with a fast road car’ so eBay was targeted and I hit gold. A 924 for 250 quid! I was lucky as it was a Turbo (bigger brakes, dog leg box, 15 inch alloys), just what I wanted for a trackday toy. The car had a story with it, as they often do. It had been on eBay three times and not picked up. One lad had bought it and then got an insurance quote. It had gone into a garage and failed its MOT on a tyre and exhaust blowing from the manifold. It was listed as studs broken in the head. I looked at the car as a shell with the right bits to make a good race car, even if I had to buy an engine for it. (it didn’t have to be a Turbo). Upon getting it home and the head off it I could see why people had walked away. As the engine was of no importance to me I never looked at it. Some one had tried to drill the stud out without removing the head and drilled through the water jacket. I removed the engine and took the head to college were I work as a motor vehicle teacher. Stripping the head, I drilled out the broken studs and widened the hole in the head for the welders to repair. I marked up the new hole, drilled and tapped out. The engineering dept lightened the crank and flywheel, which was rebalanced. That was the engine rebuilt, shells, seals, gaskets, rings and wastegate rebuilt for a total of £450 in parts (from Porscheshop). The roll cage came from Croft, my local racing circuit, out of a 944 Silver Rose which had been one of there school cars. A bargain for £250. Seats and other bits came out of a old grasstrack car. For the first year funding to race was out of the question, however I did manage to go testing at a local kart track. At that time there was still a lot of development to do on the car: suspension, brakes, tyres and intercooler were amongst the plans I had in mind. But for the moment I had a £1,000 924 Turbo trackday car. Further lucky developments at that time include inheriting a set of Design 90s from my brother’s new 944 Cab, when his wheels were replaced with a set from a 996 Turbo. When the car was run in at a local kart track it developed an oil leak. This turned out to be no more than the feed pipe into the top of the Turbo, a minor detail easily repaired, and the car was lowered ready for its first trackday at Croft. It was at this point the project took a whole new direction. It was always my intention to take some students who were interested in motorsport with me to race the car, so with this in mind I spoke to people at the college. Like all aspiring race car drivers, and being one who had raced karts for eight years with very little budget, the conversation soon turned into talks for sponsorship. Colleges do not sponsor race cars, however ,because the North East does not send many young men into higher education, projects that inspire young males to go to university do receive funding. This is the third year of my 924 project and each year it has inspired a number of students to go on to university and study a motorsport degree. Felipe Massa’s F1 technician Michael Smedley was a local boy from South Bank. I await my first VIP F1 invite with full access to the Ferrari pits!
The project started to gain momentum as the car was stripped and reassembled. Having worked for a rally team, built rally cars previously and been involved with motorsport most of my adult life, the build of the car was supervised by myself. At the same time a friend was racing a BMW in the local Northern Sports and Saloon Car Championship. Myself and another member of TIPEC, John Armstrong, supported the car throughout the season. As I intended to compete in the NSSCC it was a good learning curve for all of us. Funding now gave the opportunity for new parts, mainly suspension and the safety equipment to turn the car from a weekend warrior into an MSA race car. 928 Brembo front brakes were sourced from a local Porsche dealer (who himself races 944s, a 996 and a very tasty 640 BHP 993 with GT2 kit). Bryan took pity on me when he realised he spent more on slicks for one weekend than I would spend on a whole season. The callipers came on a set of hubs with brand new discs for £300. Our test day had revealed a lack of synchromesh on most of the gears. Another look on eBay gave us a dogleg box for £50. The car was now ready to test at another local track used for drifting events. With two weeks to go before our first race, the car ran all morning without a hitch. On the run down lap to the pits though, it backfired and cut out. The fault was found to be a broken coil wire. With that repaired and the session coming to an end I took the car back out on to the track. The oil pressure disappeared and even through a fireproof balaclava and helmet I could hear the big end trying to leave the sump. The team was devastated and thought it was the end of the project. With no cash left and the first race in less than a fortnight it looked hopeless. With a never say die sprit that Nigel Mansell would have been proud of, I found a 924 engine in a local scrapyard, where fortunately I new some of the staff. I swung into action and negotiated a sponsorship deal. “So if I give you the engine, you’ll put the yard’s name down the side of the car?” “Mate,” I said, “you give me the engine and I’ll put it on both sides.” The next day the engine appeared at the end of my drive. All I had to do was fit a 924 lump into a 924 Turbo sized hole. Starting on the Saturday morning I was changing the oil and firing an engine up that hadn’t run for three years, but needs must. The car ran and with no time to test, the first time it would run would be when it drove to the paddock for its debut race.
So if I give you the engine, you’ll put the yard’s name down the side of the car?
Mate, you give me the engine and I’ll put it on both sides.
The project reached its ultimate goal of the car competing at Croft in an RAC motorsport event. The weekend was very eventful with the team sampling the usual highs and lows of competing in motorsport. Adding to the drama was the changeable weather that is associated with Croft race circuit! The car sailed through its scrutineering which was a credit to the teams hard work on preparation. As expected the replacement engine fitted a few weeks previously supplied by Morgan’s Auto Salvage was at 106 BHP. Underpowered, but then all racing drivers will tell you “I just need a bit more power and then I could have got him down the straight!” We really were down on power however, we set a lap time of 1:53 and were 3rd from the back of the grid in qualifying. I was living the dream. As the start loomed the rain began to fall. The car sat in the waiting area paddock with a nervous novice driver. The widows started to mist up. One of the team ran back to the pits for Rain-X to apply to the windscreen to stop the fogging (demisters and heaters had been removed to save weight). The rest of the team waited on the top of the hill at a vantage point to see the debut race unfold. It was too late to change tyre pressures to suit the damp conditions, but by the look of the dark clouds thing were about to get wetter. The four point harness quickly came off and I darted round the suspension dampers, backing them off to make the car softer and give more grip for the wet weather ahead. Because it had rained and the track conditions had changed the cars were allowed two green flag warm up laps to get used to track conditions before the race started. With the lack of power and the fantastic handeling characteristics of the 924 I found that the weather made no difference to the car and I decided to not hold back on the start, but use the grip I had to full effect. The three minute board was displayed, as stated by the RAC blue book. Early that day during the drivers’ briefing, before a car had been on the track, it was explained that for the three, two and one minute boards we would not be using RAC minutes but Croft minutes. As I sat looking at the three minute board, the one minute board appeared and I selected 1st gear and lifted the revs to 3,500rpm. I had already worked out were I was going but the thought of over 30 cars heading down to the first corner at 100mph in the rain was something I would feel better about when I’d done it. The plan was to get it off the line and get into the inside of the track. Over the last years I have spent as a pit mechanic I have seen enough race starts at Croft to know not to get hung out on the first corner, as you will watch all the cars go past on the inside. The red lights went out and the green lit up. I let the clutch out and floored the accelerator, watching the cars in front get bigger and bigger … as the revs climbed to 6,000 I pulled alongside, snatched 2nd and continued to pass the front wheel drive Fords who were struggling to use their power advantage. At this point a previous championship winner who had struggled in qualifying came past, weaving his way through the pack with his works Citroen engine screaming, leaving all his qualifying problems (like me and the surrounding Fords) well behind him.
I tucked in behind a Peugeot as a car came alongside. We entered the braking point and having nowhere to go around the outside at Clervaux he found himself and the car on the outside of him looking at the back of my Porsche heading to the fast approaching Hawthorn. I continued to progress and held off the cars I’d passed, until a driver error resulted in a half spin at the complex before the start/finish straight. I rejoined in front of a 600 bhp TVR whose driver could not tame the beast he was sat in and seemed to be a reluctant passenger around the corners. He passed me on the start/finish straight but was soon going backwards into the scenery. Gently, I found my speed increasing as I found some space to try and improve my lap time. On the next clean lap I felt sure I would get a fast personal best. As I hit the start line I went for third gear and, with a small bang, the gearbox failed to respond, instead rewarding me with neutral. Coasting down the straight, I tried to select a gear and stabbed at the clutch pedal. The car lost speed as I picked a place to park at the chicane. As the car came to a rest the possible outcomes ran through my head: broken coupling, clutch, drive shaft or gearbox failure. I undid the seatbelts, hit the engine kill switch and climbed over the fence as I have seen so many F1 drivers do on a Sunday afternoon. A second race on the Sunday saw a successful finish and a first signature on my novice license. The car has now been race deight times and has gone faster each time out, with the engine still untouched apart from a cambelt and oil changes. The last race of the 2010 season saw a 1:46 lap which I am rather proud of! I will start the 2011 season with a lightened car and engine upgrades: some port work, a Piper cam and a fourtwo-one exhaust. I hope to gain a 15 to 20 bhp increase with the new modifications and reduce the lap times further. With the season about to start in April, I wont have long to find out. I hope to one day fit a 944 Turbo engine, and to be racing the car for a long time to come. This year will hopefully also see the debut of Johns Armstrong’s 924 race car in the mid season, seeing three 924s and a few 944s in the NSSCC! Writing & photography by Andrew Blythe All Torque 87 page 23
The angle grinder, an alternative to rust DIY 944 front wing repairs with Neil Hack I grew up around cars. My Dad was a racing driver (not a famous one) and he and Mum had his and hers Porsches; a white 924 for my mother and a red 928 S4 for himself. Every weekend I was in the garage watching Dad fix his racing car which he had inevitably broken the weekend before. It was a good grounding for future motoring life. I was sure that I would become a rock star by the age of 20, write a few albums and retire at the age of 35 to a life of racing classic cars. The sacrifice to try and achieve this was massive. For years I went without a proper income and sometimes without somewhere to live (although the good old parents always took me in if I needed). The worst part though, were the years without wheels. To a keen driver and car enthusiast there was no greater torment than not owning a car and on the odd sunny day when I was at home and not out with the band, I would mope around sulking because all I wanted to do was get out and drive. As it happened, the fortunes never came and I got old, fat and bald much quicker than I expected. So as soon as the time came where I could purchase a car there was, of course, only one choice. In March 2010 I bought my black 944 S2. I had searched high and low for a good example in original condition with full service history and this was the one. Black was not my first choice of colour but it had the right wheels, stamps in the book, etc. I called her Tina, after the great Tina Turner (black and gorgeous).
Tina, gleaming in the sunshine
The most striking thing about Tina (the car) is that she smells exactly the same as my parents Porsches. The memories when I first opened the door to peer in were incredible and my childhood came flooding back. The best thing about these cars though, once past the nostalgia part, is you can fit your
4x12 Marshall speaker cab, amp head and two Gibson Les Paul guitars in the back with ease, so as well as being an awesome drivers car it is practical as well. All summer long I washed and polished Tina and sat back and admired. I couldn’t really afford to drive her you see, but looking was good enough. Then one day I spotted a tiny pinhead sized spot of rust at the bottom of the near side wheel arch just behind the door. This looked OK but needed investigating ASAP to make sure it could get no worse. A quick drive round to my parents house to borrow their garage and tools and I was sure I would be done in no time. First job was to remove the plastic skirts along the bottom of the sills. Now I love Porsches and German engineering but this plastic skirt is a complete waste of time and is (dare I say it) a little bit tacky. Well, it gets worse. With bolts undone and me on my back under the side of the car I lifted the skirt away and was promptly showered with dirt and rust. A quick rub of the eyes and a squint revealed a hole. “Oh bother”, I said to myself (that’s a polite version of what actually came out my mouth). Further inspection revealed that the nearside front wheel arch had also suffered the same as had the offside front wheel arch too. So, three rusty corners to put right then. Gutted does not even begin to explain how I felt, but when there is a problem you just have to deal with it and get it fixed. Luckily both the main sills were completely fine and the rusted parts of the wheel arches were below the distinct stonechip line at the bottom of the car so it looked fixable.
Being careful to only cut as little away as possible, both front wheel arches lost their bottom edges and the rear wheel arch was also chopped back. Although this is the scary bit, it’s actually the easiest part of the job. Cleaning out the rest of the inside edges with a wire brush should be fairly quick and easy to do too.
Wheel arch liner and plastic skirt removed, rust cut away
Job three is making the new panels. The rear wheel arch was very easy as the panel is fairly flat and the rusty patch on mine was underneath and not up the side. It was the front panels that took a lot of time and work so this is where I will focus. Cereal box, ruler, pencil and scissors to hand it’s time to go to work. I replaced the plastic skirt to give me a guide line for my new panels to follow. You can’t rush this part and taking your time here will save you time later on when it really matters. With a basic cardboard cut out of the panel made you now need to transfer this to a sheet of metal. Here’s the weird bit: I had recently replaced my washing maching and with some foresight had stripped off the sheet metal and junked the rest of it. Perfect! I used this metal for making up the repair sections!
Job one, remove anything in the way. Inner wheel arches are easy to remove and you must do this as they are plastic and will melt when welding. It also frees up valuable space inside the near side wheel arch for you to disconnect the alternator. If you do not do this before welding you can break it. It’s tight in there but do-able. Job two, get rid of rusty parts. This is the single most scared I have ever been whilst working on a car, kneeling at the side of my beloved Porsche with an angle grinder in hand ready to go to town. There is no other option when it comes to rust. You simply have to cut it all out and replace with new panels.
New metal cut and shaped from an old washing machine
With some good metal scissors, panel beating tools and a good vice you can make the basic
shape of the panel. Best to make it too big so you can cut it down to size if necessary. Getting the right shape takes some time and lots of trial fitting, trimming, snipping and bending will be involved. After much fiddling and several cups of coffee you should have a fairly good panel ready to fix to the car. I applied zinc oxide primer to everything in a bid to stop rust setting in again. The panel was riveted into place and sprayed with a black primer. Of course it was visible but so low down is the repair work that it was hard to see unless you actually looked at it. Jolly good too, as I had to use the car for a week before I could continue with the work!
of your welds. Filler shrinks as it dries which is why you need more than you think. It is easy stuff to work with and if you mess it up, sanding it off is not a major deal. Use the plastic skirt (Held in place by a spare set of hands) to make sure the lines are still good and leave to dry. You can use a fairly abrasive wet and dry paper initially, but be careful. Once you put a top coat of paint on, any tiny marks will show up like a sore thumb so switch to a light paper as soon as you can. Use plenty of water with the paper to stop it clogging up with filler. If you don’t you could find yourself sanding away for hours and not getting anywhere.
you have paint on the car you can see some imperfections. If this is the case then address them now or they will haunt you later on. Once you are happy with your base coat I would down tools at this stage, take a break and leave it to touch dry. You are better off leaving the paint to dry properly before trying to add the top coat. You should be able to get a matching paint off the shelf as early Porsche colours are stock Audi colours (don’t shoot the messenger, please) and because of the low location of these panels you should be able to get away with this for a match. Tape up your lines again and apply newspaper liberally around the areas to be sprayed. Shake your top coat and spray as before in one continual motion over the panel being careful not to stop on any one spot. It’s a fairly long process to get it right but well worth taking care at this stage. Eventually you will have a fine new panel, and it will be almost impossible to tell it has been repaired.
The new panel riveted into place
The following Friday arrived and I went to my parents’ place to talk through proceedings with Dad and enjoy some food and wine in preparation for an early morning start on the Saturday. Job four is check the fittings and make sure it all looks OK. First, remember to disconnect the alternator again before you weld. Now is the time to make any minor tweaks to your panel. Once you are happy it’s time to dig out the Mig welder. You need to be careful to avoid burning the existing paint as you don’t want to have to repaint any more than is necessary. Regular spot welds were done on all the panels to hold them in place securely. Once cooled and you are happy they are never to come off again, you can grind the welds down flat using an angle grinder.
Taped and masked off, filler applied
At this stage I painted all inside the arches with underseal to prevent further rust. Job six and you should now be ready to paint away. Careful masking is crucial but if you have caught the rust early enough you should be able to use the stonechip line of the sill as your tape-off mark, thus making it easier to blend in later. Once your initial tape line is done, apply lots of new paper to catch any random overspray.
Taped for painting
Clamped in place for welding
Job five is to make it look like new again. This is the longest part of the process and will involve some filler. However if you have made a good panel that fits really well, the use of filler will be at a minimum. When you do this you need to add more to the panel than is needed but try not to spread it too far afield
For a base coat I used Hammerite black paint. The reason for this crazy idea is because if you look at the sills closely, the paint does not have a smooth finish. This is special stonechip paint used in bodyshops, and Hammerite looked to offer the closest match whist also providing a good strong bottom coat.
Once dry you can take the masking paper off with care and set about the finishing touch. The paint on your new panels will be fairly soft for a while so try to avoid going for a spin straight away. A good dose of polish and wax, once dry, will help protect the panels and with any luck the colour match should be almost perfect. The last job is to re-fit the side skirts and Waxoyl the sills for good measure. If you have the tools, the patience and an under-abundance of spare funds, this is a good way to keep your car in reasonably good fettle. When funds allow I will have the front of mine painted to get rid of stone chips and I will have the sills done at the same time to make sure they are finished to as close to perfect as can be. Still, you do have to have a seriously close look to notice that it has had recent work. If you see me at a show this year then feel free to come up and have a look and indeed ask any questions. I am sure Tina cannot be the only one who has suffered with rust and I’ll be glad to pass on any tips that I have picked up along the way. Happy motoring to all!
Shake the can well and spray in continual sweeps across the area without stopping on one point. If you stop but continue to spray you will get a run in the paint. The worst case scenario is you might find you need to go back to the filler stage as now
Tina looking good and rust-free!
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Brenda Marginson (second from left). Brenda will be sadly missed by all of us in the North West Region.
North West RO Andrew Lane 01772 740 625 07949 167 698 (mobile) firstname.lastname@example.org ARO Dave Hallett 01254 876 374 07595 071 392 (mobile) email@example.com Meetings are held first Monday of every month from 8pm at The Dressers Arms, near Wheelton, Chorley PR6 8HD. When this falls on a Bank Holiday, we meet on the second Monday instead. Unfortunately my report this time starts with the saddest of news. Brenda Marginson, our ARO for many years, sadly passed away on March 9th this year. As many of you know Brenda had not been well for some time, but didn’t let it get her down. She made as many meetings as she could during this difficult time and we were always pleased to see her. I don’t think anyone would disagree when I say that you couldn’t wish to meet a more enthusiastic member. Brenda always made new members feel right at home, myself included. I remember Brenda being the first club member I told that I’d got my first Porsche. We were proud fellow 944 owners and nothing pleased her more than seeing everyone polishing away on concours night. We will greatly miss her, and our region has a big hole without her.
Our sincerest condolences and thoughts go out to Harry, her husband, and the rest of the family during this sad time. I discussed with Brenda a little while ago about getting some help on board, and she agreed. So with that, I would like to welcome Dave Hallett as ARO. Dave joined us last year and is keen to get further involved with the Club. Also, past member Richard Sholl is rejoining us and is also keen to get further involved too. I would like to extend a big thanks to both. I would also like welcome Steve McClosky to our region who has joined us in an effort to help his quest to find a dream 911. We wish him happy hunting! Well, hopefully by the time you read this, Spring will be well and truly upon us, and those that have SORNed your cars will have had a chance to blow off a few cobwebs. It doesn’t seem five minutes since we were all speaking about Christmas dos and what to plan for this year.
There were also quite a few vintage bikes on show which pleased a few of our members who also like their kicks on two wheels. Upstairs consisted of old vintage car related arcade games which were open for use and a vast array of toy cars. We spent a good half hour with our fingers pointing, saying “I had one of those!” We finished off by having a coffee in the café which has lovely river views before wandering over to the Donald Cambell Museum which is part of the same set-up. It was then off for a blast over to Kirby Lonsdale, (with roofs down for those who had the option!) then into Settle for another caffine injection before everyone went their separate ways. If you are thinking of having a drive over, I would thoroughly recommend it. Club members also get a discount if you phone in advance and let them know you are coming. We may return a bit later this year when they run a package that includes a trip up Lake Windermere.
Lakeland Motor Museum Since my last report I mentioned we were having a run out to the Lakeland Motor Museum. This is a lovely, slightly quirky museum on the way to Barrow, about half an hour from Junction 36 of the M6.
After that we had a good turn out for our Christmas meal at the Dressers Arms. This night was just a light hearted gathering without too much time spent deliberating events and more on having a good time.
A total of six cars made it out setting off from our monthly meeting place, the Dressers Arms near Chorley. Inside the museum there were allsorts from an Aston Martin Virage from the Nineties to old Bentleys from the thirties to Austin Allegros!
The first couple of meetings this year were a bit sparse on numbers but since the weather was totally rubbish this didn’t come as a major surprise. However we did manage to discuss quite a few possibilities, which I have listed below.
Super Car Breakfast At the end of February quite a few of us headed over to the Phantom Winger at the top end of Preston on Tom Benson Way for a meetup of all sorts of performance cars.
for their Northern day on Sunday the 22nd of May at Anglesey race circuit. Please let us know if you are interested so we can gauge numbers and viability. The thought is we may take in the EVO Triangle whilst out in that direction.
July date TBC Friday Night Chippy Tea Run
These meetings have been organised by a guy who is fairly active on Pistonheads and will take place each penultimate Sunday of the month. Early indications were encouraging. The Phantom was open for coffee and breakfast then quite a few went off for a drive.
Chippy Teas The first run will be on Friday the 20th leaving from the dressers at around 6:30pm to Knott End Chippy.
August 6–7th (Saturday–Sunday) Woodvale Rally at Southport
Porsche was the most represented marque both by us and PCGB, followed by Lotus and Noble. I think once the summer months arrive it will be quite busy and a nice way to kill a couple of hours on a Sunday morning. Apparently short drives out will be organised but are by no means compulsory. You will find the dates on the events list. Carrera Cup GB As mentioned in the previous edition of All Torque we are going to get a couple of race meetings, both locally and maybe a couple that are a bit of a run out, just to mix things up a bit. You will find the Oulton Park date listed at the end. I will confirm prices ASAP. Inter-Region Karting Steve Taylor from the Cheshire region and I have spoken about organising an inter-region karting event, mainly so we can have a good chance of making the numbers required. The thought is to do an endurance event, probably in teams of four. Initial days would be either Friday 8th or Friday the 15th of April. Costs would be in the region of £45 but anyone who has done one of these events knows just what great fun they are! Please let us know ASAP if you are interested. Ford RS Northern Day One of our regular attendees to meetings is also a member of the Ford RS owners club and has a lovely Mexico. They sponsor one of our trophies for the concours and have asked if we would like to join them
Anyone who hasn’t done one before should give it a go. They are nice and relaxed and great if we get a sunny evening.
July 24th (Sunday) Supercar Meet at Phantom Winger, Preston
August 20th–21st (Saturday–Sunday) Tatton Park Classic Car Show August 21st (Sunday) Supercar Meet at Phantom Winger, Preston
April 8th or 15th TBC (Friday) Inter Region Karting with Cheshire & Staffs Region at Warrington SpeedKarting
August date TBC Friday Night Chippy Tea Run
April 17th (Sunday) Supercar Meet at Phantom Winger, Preston
September 11th (Sunday) Northern TIPEC Gathering at Harewood House
May 2nd (Monday) Gawesworth Hall Classic Car Show
September date TBC Friday Night Chippy Tea Run
May 20th (Friday) Kick off Friday Night Chippy Tea Runs Knott End Chippy
September 18th (Sunday) Supercar Meet at Phantom Winger, Preston
May 22nd (Sunday) Supercar Meet at Phantom Winger, Preston Possibly join Ford RS Club at Anglesey
November 7th (Monday) Annual Quiz Night at our usual monthly meeting December 5th (Monday) Christmas Meal at our usual monthly meeting
June 5th (Sunday) TIPEC National Day at Hatton Country World, Warwick Tatton Park Classic Car Show Carrera Cup Race Meeting at Oulton Park
June 19th (Sunday) Supercar Meet at Phantom Winger, Preston
RO wanted! ARO Andy Blythe 01642 809 031 firstname.lastname@example.org
June date TBC Friday Night Chippy Tea Run July 4th (Monday) Regional Annual Concours at our usual club meeting
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. In June and July we are meeting on the SECOND Sunday of the month.
TIPEC North West members at Lakeland Motor Museum
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Yorkshire RO wanted URGENTLY! To help organise monthly meetings, runs and events in collaboration with the ARO. ARO Ben Rodrigues 07906 491 168 (mobile) email@example.com Meetings are held first Monday of every month 7:00pm at The White Rose, Wide Lane, Morley, West Yorkshire, LS27 8PL (Tel 0113 252 3720). The White Rose is situated just off the M62 J28, just before you reach the White Rose Centre. Our first meeting of 2011 got off to a good start in February with a reasonable turnout for the region’s new venue at The White Rose pub. All the members in attendance seemed happy with the new venue. We had in attendance John Oakes, Nick & Jules Sladen, Karl Thompson, Pete Cross, Ed Pierce and John Stubbs. Well done to Ed for being the only member to turn up in his Porsche. Ed has recently promoted his 944 S2 Cab to daily driver status— well done! Well done also to Nick & Jules Sladen for winning the first Yorkshire region ‘Winner Takes All Lottery’. They won the prize pot of a massive £6! The rules of the ‘lottery’ are simple. Each member who attends the club night puts £1 in the pot. Their name goes in the woolly hat. At the end of the night, a member’s name is drawn out at random from the hat. The winner takes it all! The only way to enter the ‘lottery’ though is that you have to attend the club night. It’s not compulsory to be in the ‘lottery’ by the way. It just adds a little more fun to the club night. Our March club night again had a reasonable turnout at the White Rose. We had in attendance John Oakes, Gren Charlesworth, Karl Thompson, Pete Cross, Ed Pierce and John Stubbs. Well done to John Stubbs and Pete Cross for braving the cold and turning up in their 944s. Well done to John Stubbs
for winning the ‘Winner Takes All Lottery’. He won the prize pot of a massive £6! I guess you won’t be rushing out to buy a new Porsche just yet though John. It was an interesting night with much discussion about timing belts and slipper pads on 944s and 968s. There was also a lot of talk about our upcoming regional events. It was good to see Gren again after we’ve not seen him for a few months. Everyone was very interested in his new project of restoring a Triumph Stag. I think Gren’s got his work cut out with that one. But if anyone can, Gren can. Track Days at Elvington Airfield Some of our region’s members have been asking about track days. Elvington Airfield offers a number of track days throughout the year. Elvington has large run off areas, so in the event you don’t get it quite right, you don’t have to worry about your pride and joy hitting the Armco. I have listed the dates and prices below: March 13th (Sunday) Open Pitlane, £129.00 April 2nd (Saturday) Open Pitlane, £119.00 May 14th (Saturday) Open Pitlane, £99.00 June 11th (Saturday) Open Pitlane, £129.00 For more details or to book, visit: www.trackdaysdriver.co.uk/ trackdays-at/elvington.html Date TBC Visit to North Yorkshire Motor Museum (NYMM) The museum is set in the peaceful surroundings of National Park land which is run by a family of enthusiasts, for enthusiasts. The museum specialises in vehicles dating from 1918 through to 1976, a period which many visitors will be able to remember. The collection of classic & vintage cars is owned by D.T. Mathewson. The first phase of the museum was completed in June 1996. When completed the museum will
have over 40 cars and commercial vehicles and 30 motorbikes, along with an admirable collection of memorabilia including engines, signs, cycles, vintage pumps and many more interesting items. Many of the vintage cars and motorcycles in the museum have been lovingly restored and brought back into full working order. This is done within the museums workshop and when underway visitors can call at the viewing area and see just how it’s done. The restoration of vehicles is not just limited to the museum exhibits. NYMM is open every day from 10am to 4pm and is located in Thornton-Le-Dale on the A173 Pickering to Scarborough Road. 01751 474 455. For more details, visit: www.nymm.co.uk NYMM have kindly offered to show us some cars in the process of being restored. They are currently restoring a Triumph TR3, Super Minx and an MG. I need a minimum of eight people though to make this trip happen. Unfortunately, we are still without an RO for this region. Is there anyone with a few hours to spare in this region who would like to take on this role? The role involves organising the monthly club meetings, runs and events in collaboration with the ARO. It really is straightforward and doesn’t take much work at all—honest! Finally, I’ll leave you with some upcoming dates for your diaries. Please feel free to come along to any of our club nights or region’s events. This invitation also extends to any of our neighbouring TIPEC regions. For any of our regions members who have not been to one of our club nights in a long time, or not all, please do come along. We are a very friendly bunch with a good wealth of Porsche knowledge between us. It’s not all Porsche chat though and we would warmly welcome any members to our club night. 10th April (Sunday) TIPEC Annual General Meeting (AGM) Heritage Motor Centre, Gaydon 8th May (Sunday) Cars In The Park, Newby Hall www.carsinthepark.org.uk 14th May (Saturday) Leeds Custom And American Cruise At Leeds B&Q car park from 6pm onwards 5th June (Sunday) Annual TIPEC Porsche Show Hatton Country World near Warwick 11th June (Saturday) Leeds Custom And American Cruise At Leeds B&Q car park from 6pm onwards 9th July (Saturday) Leeds Custom And American Cruise At Leeds B&Q car park from 6pm onwards
Ed Pierce’s 944 at Newby Hall last year—the Yorkshire Region will be visiting again on 8th May for Cars In The Park
23rd–25th July (Friday–Sunday) Silverstone Classic www.silverstoneclassic.com Discount code C11044
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 It hardly seems any time since our last regional report, still we are getting ever nearer to the good weather with spring and Easter just round the corner. We did however unfortunately have to cancel our February Sunday winter meeting/run, due to a poor weather forecast. It turned out that the snow that was forecast didn’t happen, but it was too late to rearrange. We are however looking forward to our 3rd and final Winter Sunday meeting/run on the 20th at Brunston Castle Golf Club in Ayrshire. Along with that we are looking to attend a rolling road session on the 16th April at Extreme Motorsport in Whitburn. If anyone still wants to go along, even just for a chat and a coffee, let us know. Following that closely is the National Museum of Rural Life, East Kilbride, classic car show on May 1st. We must be doing something right after all, with the following new members joining us. We hope you will enjoy your time as members with us and we hope to see you out and about with your treasures: Donald McDonald (Red 911 3.2 Carrera) Dr Do Rego (Red Caymen S) Paul Walker (not specified) Martin Naylor (Black 964 Cabbie) Stuart Brown (Cobalt 944S2) Brian Cunningham (Met. Green 944 Lux) ... Not forgetting all our renweing existing members. Thanks for your continued support! We have posted our diary of events on www.tipec.net along with the TIPEC Scotland website www.tipecscotland.co.cc You can download and print acopy from either of these sites, or if you manage along to a monthly meeting we have copies to hand out. In the meantime happy Porsching! April 16th (Saturday) Rolling Road at Extreme Motorsport Whitburn 10+ cars £35ea or under 10 cars £40ea May 1st (Sunday) National Museum of Rural Life Classic Car Show (East Kilbride) May 8th (Sunday) Dean Park Ayrshire Classics Car Show May 22nd (Sunday) Strathaven Round Table Classic Car Show.
June 3rd–5th (Friday–Sunday) T.I.P.E.C National Show,Hatton Country World (Near Warwick) Weekend Away, Show on 5th June 5th (Sunday) Thirlestane 38th Historic Motoring Extravaganza (Lauder, Scottish Borders) June 12th (Sunday) Tayside Classic car show, Errol, Perthshire. June 25–26th (Saturday–Sunday) Moffat Classic car show and Auto jumble. July 3rd (Sunday) Bridge Of Allan Ford Classic Car Show (Stirlingshire) July 10th (Sunday) Glamis Castle Transport Extravaganza August 14th (Sunday) Biggar Rally (TBC) August 28th (Sunday) Classic Wheels Classic Vehicle Run & Gathering Kirkcubright
we are going to try is using our own members to help with presentations and talks on subjects relative to our interest. For example, Barry is working on a presentation on auto electronics on various levels and we have several other people to approach with regards to their trades, so watch out our man who works for Autoglass! One for the summer months, that one. As many of you might know we are in a dilemma regarding this years Pageant of Power. The organisers want to charge everyone £15 each to attend the show, even if you are bringing your car along for the club display. Many members are still happy to attend the show but equally as many are refusing on principle. We have a club stand booked and I will update everyone as the time approaches. On a more positive note, the organisers of the Weaver Wander have urged participants of the Classic Car Run to book early to avoid disappointment as last year’s event was fully booked weeks in advance. You can download an entry form from their website or I will have some to give out at our club nights.
September 11th (Sunday) Scone Palace Classic Transport show 150+ Auto jumble Stalls Will take cars up to 1990 in year
Once the weather starts warming up we will be organising some short drives for either a Friday evening or Sunday afternoon, so watch out for the emails over the next few weeks. I am also organising another karting night, at the Speed Karting Circuit in Warrington—again, watch out for the emails.
September 18th (Sunday) Selkirk Classic Car Show, Scottish Borders
I have put together a list below of some upcoming dates for your diaries:
November 16th (Wednesday) Karting evening.
June 4–5th (Saturday–Sunday) Tatton Park Classic Car Show
December 3rd (Saturday) Christmas Party Night (venue TBC)
June 18th (Saturday) Weaver Wander Classic Car Run
Cheshire & Staffs
June 19th (Sunday) Trentham Gardens Classic Car Show
RO Steve Taylor 07774 912 069 (mobile) email@example.com ARO Dave Watson 07889 804 598 (mobile) firstname.lastname@example.org
July 15–17th (Friday–Sunday) Cholmondeley Castle Pageant of Power
Meetings are held third Tuesday of every month 8pm at The Whipping Stocks, Stocks Lane, Over Peover, Knutsford, WA16 9EX. We are several months into the year now and many will be thinking about getting your Porsches out of the garage and back on the road. Hopefully several members took advantage of Unit Eleven’s February offer giving a 15% discount on their final bill. As many of you are aware we now have a committee, and things are looking good for 2011. With their help the region will be better placed for the future. Our first couple of Monthly Club Nights have been well supported for the time of year and numbers are up on this time last year. As I have said at many a Club Night trying to get Guest Speaker along for the evening is becoming increasingly difficult as they all expect some financial return for their efforts, so one thing
August 20th–21st (Saturday–Sunday) Tatton Park Classic Car Show At the point of writing this I have just been informed of the sad passing of Brenda Marginson. Brenda was RO for the North West Region and known to many Cheshire & Staffs members. Brenda will be sadly missed by everyone, our thoughts go out to her husband, Harry, and their family at this sad time.
Lincolnshire RO Gordon Collins 07783 103 327 Joint meetings with the local PCGB are held on the second Sunday of every month from 1:30pm at The Dovecote, Newark Road, Swinderby LN6 9HN. We meet at half-past one. If you wish to eat you can of course arrive earlier or later, it’s just an informal gathering of Porsche fans to kick a few wheels and talk Pork. Hope to see you there.
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Gruppe Central 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 8:00pm) at The Field Head Hotel, Markfield Lane, Markfield, Leicestershire LE67 9PS. Here it comes! New season, and it’s already proving to be a challenge to fit all the events in that we want to do. Importantly, it is vital that you keep an eye on the forum and my emails as there are already two additions to the calendar—and that’s just next month! First thing’s first—official club business and a chance to put your views forward to the senior executive committee, the executive board of directors (the dragons). The Annual General Meeting takes place on Sunday 10th April at Gaydon Motor Museum where there is a new sci-fi exhibition. There will be coffee on arrival, official club business, lunch and free tickets to visit the museum (which is well worth it in itself, for those who have never visited). If you’re going, please mail me as numbers will be required for catering. We have the Scalextric evening coming up too, and again, numbers are required. A lot of pride at stake here and in a very well-mannered evening, plenty of bragging rights. Who’s the fastest on the track? Speeds up to 230mph are not unheard of (albeit scaled down, real speed 7.25mph), and plenty of oversteer too. This is on the Friday evening of the 15th April, with Central Region being invited. Let’s hammer them, but obviously in the most sportsmanlike of fashions. An addition to the calendar and simply a ‘must do’ event is an open invite from Central Region to have another visit to Coventry Transport Museum on Sunday 24th April. They are running a ‘Le Mans Through the Ages’ event, and Brian has negotiated that TIPEC and the PCGB Boxster Register join up for a static display of Porsches in front of the museum between 12 and 4pm. Space is limited to 40 vehicles (20 per club), and it is expected that this will be fully subscribed. Entry to the museum is free. Also coming up is the Donington Historic Festival. Donington has been out of the running recently for motorsport events following their failure to secure the F1 due to funding running out to re-vamp the track, but it’s back now as one of the premier racing circuits in the country and this is their inaugural Historic Festival. It’s looking like a fantastic weekend of racing over Saturday 30th April–Sunday 1st May with over 300 historic cars from the ’30s to the ’80s. TIPEC will have an infield presence over the weekend with dedicated members’ parking next to the race paddock and trade village, and weekend tickets are being sold on a two
for one basis (see ad in this edition for promotional code). It’s the same price to buy a weekend ticket as it is for two adult day tickets. There will also be track parades for invited club members. Tickets can be purchased on 0844 873 7355 or via www.doningtonhistoric.com Sat/Sun 14/15th May sees the Prescott hill climb with a chance to run your car up the famous hill. Always an enjoyable event with a Saturday tour of the Cotswolds, and either static, cavalcade or hill runs for Sunday. See your RO for entry forms, or if you attended last year, they should be forthcoming. I’ve put a preliminary list of events together. Please note that this is indeed a draft, and there is no reason why new events can’t be added. 10th April (Sunday) TIPEC AGM, Heritage Motor Centre, Gaydon All members welcome 12th April (Tuesday) Ashby Folville car show 15th April (Friday) Scalextric racing, Station Hotel, Loughborough 17th April (Sunday) Crich Tramway Museum visit 24th April (Sunday) Coventry Transport Museum, Le Mans exhibition 30th April–1st May (Saturday–Sunday) Donington Historic Festival 1st May (Sunday) Catton Hall Classic Car and Transport show, Alrewas (Transtar event) 10th May (Tuesday) Ashby Folville car show 14th May (Saturday) Cotswold tour
26th June (Sunday) PCGB R8 Concours, Chatsworth House 28th June (Tuesday) Bosworth Classics show, Market Bosworth 30th June–3rd July (Thursday–Sunday) Goodwood Festival of Speed, Chichester 2nd–3rd July (Saturday–Sunday) Cars in the Park, Beacon Park, Lichfield 12th July (Tuesday) Ashby Folville car show 17th July (Sunday) Beaumanor Hall, Loughborough (Transtar event) 22nd–24th July (Friday–Sunday) Silverstone Classic 26th July (Tuesday) Bosworth Classics, Market Bosworth 9th August (Tuesday) Ashby Folville car show 28–29th August (Sunday–Monday) Andrew Greenwood car show, Blenheim Palace 30th August (Tuesday) Bosworth Classics, Market Bosworth 3rd–4th September (Saturday–Sunday) Shackerstone Festival 11th September (Sunday) Cars in the Park, Harewood House, Leeds 13th September (Tuesday) Ashby Folville car show 16–18th September (Friday–Sunday) Goodwood Revival, Chichester 27th September (Tuesday) Bosworth Classics, Market Bosworth
15th May (Sunday) Prescott Hill Climb Hill climb, or static display—whatever suits
30th September–2nd October (Friday–Sunday) WotY, joint weekend with Central, details TBC
29th May (Sunday) Ragley Hall Classic Transport Show (Transtar event)
11th October (Tuesday) Ashby Folville car show
31st May (Tuesday) Bosworth Classics show, Market Bosworth
10–13th November (Thursday–Sunday) Classic Car Show & MPH show, NEC Birmingham
5th June (Sunday) TIPEC National Day, Hatton Country World, Warwick
15th November (Tuesday) RO/ARO elections!
14th June (Tuesday) Ashby Folville car show
3rd or 10th December (Saturdays) Christmas Party at the Field Head Hotel, Markfield
19th June (Sunday) Trentham Gardens, Stoke-on-Trent (Transtar event)
27th December (Tuesday) Not the Boxing Day Drive
Brian and I look forward to seeing you all ‘out and about’.
3rd–4th September (Saturday–Sunday) Shackerstone Family Festival (tbc)
RO Paul Bird 01922 428 409 07831 877 983 (mobile) email@example.com ARO Brian Rowledge MyMerak@aol.com
10th April (Sunday) TIPEC AGM at Gaydon See Club website for details.
30th September–2nd October (Friday–Sunday) Weekend of the Year (WotY), details TBC
11th April (Monday) Club night at the Westmead Presentation by Rob & Heather from Hills Alive, suppliers of specialist fitted luggage for classic cars.
11–13th November (Friday–Sunday) Classic Car Show at the NEC
Meetings are held second Monday of every month 7:30pm onwards at Westmead Hotel, Redditch Road, Hopwood, Birmingham B48 7AT.
April 15th (Friday) Scalextric evening with East Midlands Region
Our first club night of 2011 was a Playstation themed event with laps of the Nürburgring against the clock. Pretty much everyone that attended took a turn with the fastest lap (with fewest offs) on the night to take a prize. New member Kevin Bate who signed up at the NEC in November and was attending his first ever club night took the honours and the 1/18 scale F1 car home. Nice one Kevin! February club night fell on Valentine’s Day and I had a few apologies from folk that had ‘other commitments’ with partners that evening but there were still around 20 of us to enjoy the technical presentation from Chris Franklin of Center Gravity fame. Chris has a way of explaining the technical merits of dampers, springs, geometry, steering that make sense of what you feel when driving and the night was well received by everyone in attendance. Chris and Jayne stayed around until the end of the night to answer any one to one questions and I think we all learned something. Many thanks to Chris and Jayne for taking the time out to come along and share their knowledge. Since the last issue of All Torque Brian has been in discussion with Coventry Motor Museum that currently has a ‘Le Mans through the ages’ exhibition in place. Brian has successfully agreed a Club visit for Sunday 24th April (Easter Sunday) and this will be a joint event with East Midlands. We will be parking up directly in front of the museum on the paved area as we did for our last visit. The visit will start at 12 noon and finish at 4pm (similar to the race at Le Mans) with 20 cars from TIPEC being joined by 20 cars from the PCGB Boxster Register. Strictly limited to 20 cars this will be on a first come basis so please send Brian an email on firstname.lastname@example.org to book your place. I am delighted to confirm that we have a date confirmed for our annual sprint day at Curborough and it will take place on Wednesday 27th April. Those booked will arrive from 9:15 for a safety briefing at 9:30. The circuit will open at 10am and close at 5pm with an enforced lunch hour break from 1–2pm. No noise restriction will be in place. Arms and legs must be covered and helmets worn by all on track. Half day slots available for £38 and full day for £58 to include bacon butties, tea & coffee. This has to be the best value track event anywhere which is why people that have attended keep coming back year after year. We are very limited on the number of cars we can run so again this is a first come basis event. An email to me followed by payment will confirm your place! The events list for the year is below but please note there have been some date changes from those shown in the last issue so please check carefully:
April 24 (Sunday) Coventry Transport Museum. Le Mans through the Ages April 27th (Wednesday) Sprint Day at Curborough A chance for a blast around this great sprint circuit with bacon butties thrown in at no extra cost. The cheapest and safest track day event available anywhere. Arms and legs must be covered and helmets worn on track. No noise limits 30th April–1st May (Saturday–Sunday) Donington Historic Festival 30th May (Bank Holiday Monday) Ragley Hall Classic Car Show (including VW Day event) If you have attended any Transtar event in the past you will receive an entry form in the post. Just fill in and return to Transtar with your payment. Make sure you tick the box for Shugborough as well (see below). Mark your entry “TIPEC”. Just email Paul and confirm attendance to aid planning. If you need an entry form see Paul on club night. 5th June (Sunday) National Event at Hatton Country World See website and forum for details. June 19th (Sunday) Visit to Crich Tramway museum Joint event with East Midlands Region. 3rd–4th July (Saturday–Sunday) Cars in the Park, Lichfield Great Classic show with Paul Keeling playing host to a club stand for 20 cars on both days. Contact Paul Keeling for details and booking on 01543 271 116 10th July (Sunday) Prescott Revival with the Marcos Owners Club A chance to drive the hill and/or chill out and watch everyone else. To book tickets and hill runs visit www.prescottrevival.net
12th December (Monday) Club Night and Christmas dinner at the Westmead
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 Anglia Region continues to gain in strength with new members joining regularly. Our monthly meetings are well supported with, on average, 15 to 20 people regularly turning out. February meeting saw at least eight cars out of their winter mothballs, with the nights drawing out and warmer weather not too far away we can get back to tyre kicking once more! With the increase in support we have got a good amount to look forward to. Please find details below. May 1st (Sunday) Duxford Spring Classic Car Show May 20th–22nd (Friday–Sunday) Rutland Weekend Away (all places filled) May 29th (Sunday) Run to Bressingham Steam Museum and gardens for classic car rally June (date TBC) The Brampton Racecourse for Corvette National August 7th (Sunday) Helmingham Festival of Classic and Sports Cars August 14th (Sunday) Rougham SGRFM Air Display & Classic Car Show September 4th (Sunday) American Car Show at Museum of Power, Maldon, Essex
17th July (Sunday) Cholmondeley Pageant of Power
Date TBC Seaside Run to Southwold
25th July (Sunday) Silverstone Classic Event runs from Friday to Sunday but Central Region will attend on Sunday.
These are a few of the regional events we are going to be having runs to. On top of these we have the TIPEC Porsche Show on Sunday 5th June and the Silverstone Classic on 23rd–25th July. As you can see, plenty going on! However if anyone has got any ideas we have not mentioned above, please contact me or better still come along to one of our monthly meetings and meet a friendly bunch of people who just love Porsches.
14th August (Sunday) Classic Car Show at Shugborough Hall 30th August (Monday) Yeatsall Farm charity event
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something particular that you had in mind, please get in touch because we can probably do it!
RO Paul Harrison 07884 116 971 (mobile) firstname.lastname@example.org ARO Sue Simmons email@example.com
On the subject of volunteers, I would like to congratulate Sue Simmons on taking up the reins in the role of ARO. Sue has already made her mark in previous years organising Christmas lunches and she is already well ahead of the game in sorting out the Poole Quay event, details of which are below. Sue takes over from Pete Mack, who has put a lot of hard work into the Region over the last five years, so Pete, a big thank you for all your support. In the meantime, see you all at the next meeting in The Fox in Easter Compton on the first Tuesday of the month.
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, we’re emerging from the cold, salty winter and a great turnout at the recent March meeting is a good sign of things to come. We’re now getting around 15 members at our monthly meetings, which represents around a third of the region’s total, which is a really noteworthy percentage! So, in light of that, we’re hoping to build a good series of weekend events to get you out on the road in your beloved Porsches ... Here’s a taster of the season’s delights, which should look even more enticing once the gaps have been filled in.
TIPEC Bristol Poole Weekend: the Plan The idea of a weekend away together has quickly formed into a grand plan since it was first suggested over our TIPEC Christmas dinner and received really good support from the region’s members who were there. Planned to coincide with the Poole Quay Porsche event, 10 cars and 20 occupants will be quayside on May 20th along with Porsches from all over the country. After the Friday evening event we’re planning to spend Saturday driving across the beautiful New Forest to Lymington, no doubt stopping for coffee and cake, before visiting the Beaulieu Motor Museum, which offers something for everyone. Saturday evening will see us back testing Poole’s hospitality when we hit the town for a meal and a few drinks at a local hostelry.
May 15th (Sunday) Prescott Classic Hillclimb Organised by Cleeve Vale Rotary Club May 20th–22nd (Friday–Sunday) Poole Quay weekend More details below ... June 5th (Sunday) TIPEC Porsche Show at Hatton Country World Off the A46 near Warwick
We’re really looking forward to the weekend together and hope to meet some more TIPEC members while we are down there. Watch this space for some great photos of the quayside lineup.
July (date TBC) Trackday, venue either Hullavington Airfield or Castle Coombe circuit
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August 29th (Monday) Visit to Castle Combe circuit A Plant Lux Top Marks Sportscar Raceday
RO Mike Marot 07787 122 654 (mobile) mike.marot @btopenworld.com ARO Dean Lancashire 07860 198 627 (mobile) firstname.lastname@example.org 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 Spring is upon us, So lets take the wraps off our cars and get out! Here’s some of our 2011 events Calendar: April 10th (Sunday) TIPEC AGM, Heritage Motor Centre, Gaydon April 24th (Easter Sunday) Yorkshire BIG Breakfast and all day event at Specialist cars of Malton. April 30th–May 1st (Saturday–Sunday) Donington Historic Festival. This new, action-packed two-day event featuring more than 300 iconic historic racing cars sees Group C Le Mans sportscars, Porsche 917s, Ferrari GTOs, Group B rally cars, historic karts and a trade village. See the event website for more details www.doningtonhistoric.com May 2nd (Monday) Thoresby Hall, Notts Classic Car & Bike Show. May 14–15th (Saturday–Sunday) Prescott Hill Climb May 18–25th (Wednesday–Wednesday) The Awe Inspiring ‘Nurburgring’ and Euro road trip.
September (date TBC) Sunday drive and pub lunch on Exmoor
Informal meetings are held first Sunday of every month around noon at The Goat Inn, Vicarage Causeway, Hertford Heath (Nr. Hertford), Hertfordshire SG13 7RT.
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May 28–29th (Saturday–Sunday) Wonderland Classic & Sports Car Show at Southwell Racecourse June 5th (Sunday) TIPEC Annual Event, Hatton Country World, Warwick More details of all our region’s upcoming events are available on the SYNN website at www.synd.org.uk
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thoughts are turning to Porsche events. If it’s raining then read this when it is sunny. We have a number of events lined up, some sorted by the region and others tagging along to external events or shows.
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Promax night on Feb 28th This was cancelled owing to a lack of numbers but, not ones to give up, Promax have offered a BBQ and inspection night either in place of June or July club night. Once I get some idea of numbers coming along I will sort it out and let you know more.
Meetings are held fourth Monday of every month at The Green Man, Brackley Hatch, on the A43 (Eastbound) near Towcester. I am going to start this update with a small request or two. I send out regional updates via email on a semi-regular basis, however in some cases I may not have the correct email address for you or indeed have one at all. If you are not getting these updates then please can you email me at email@example.com with a correct address. I understand there are those who don’t want my ramblings and that is fair enough, but outside of the forums, which not everybody uses, it can be difficult to let you know what’s going on. Second plea: as of March 28th we will be returning to the Green Man for our club nights, however one comment was that they find it difficult to plan as numbers vary hugely. As such I am going to post club nights on the forum as a matter of course and would ask that you post a reply or let me know on the above email if you will be attending. This will help me get a rough idea of numbers etc. Right, now on to other stuff. The spring is here and as you read this it is sunny, bright and warm outside and 024POR185:AI Template
June 5th, THE PORSCHE SHOW This is the big one at Hatton Country world with free entrance to all. I am in the midst of planning this along with Sean and it’s about now that the long hours and panic sets in. No need to say much about this, other than we need someone else to win the shiny show competition. Mind you, I hear the current holder has a few new tricks up his sleeve this year.
May 15th, Prescott Hill Climb event I believe the paddock for going up the hill is now full, but there are plenty of spaces left in the Orchard area where TIPEC usually have a stand on the go. Usually a very good event with massive turn out so hopefully I will see some of you there. I have a booking form if you need one so email me on the above address if so.
July 10th, Kimbolton Fayre Our first time at this show, last year, proved to be a huge success. I have 22 tickets to give out which gets your car in for £8 on the door (with as many passengers as you can carry) and puts you in the TIPEC area. I am sure these will go so please book this one early if you want to come along. I will be opening up the tickets to 911UK in May who took the spares last year (in fact we ran out in the end). Again there is a post with details on the Gruppe Central forum so please register your interest there.
May 29th, Newton Longville We attended this show a few years ago and in the meantime it seems to have grown somewhat with over 3,000 visitors last year. If we get enough interest then we will return as a region. If we book ourselves in a as a car club before mid May then we get in for free!
23rd–25th July, Silverstone Classic another one that needs no introduction at all. Once again TIPEC will have a space and members can get an early bird discount (usually two for the price of one) by calling 0871 231 0849 or visiting www.silverstoneclassic.com and using the club code C11044
There is a post on the forum under Gruppe Central, if you want to come along then please post your attendance on the forum. If we get eight or nine, then I would suggest we give it a bash and I will sort it out.
Right, I think that’s enough to be going on with! Hopefully, like me, you are looking forward to the summer and making the most of our cars at the events above or simply taking them out for the hell of it.
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Gruppe South South East RO Derek Flanagan 01342 717 754 07767 254 820 (mobile) email@example.com 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 members 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. Ivor Heading (964 Cabriolet) with 27 points was the winner of our Porsche and motorsport quiz at the February club night, winning a bottle of champagne, narrowly beating Michael Bowden by one point. New Porsche Classic Radio Navigation System A number of SE Region members are very interested in having the new Porsche Classic Radio Navigation System, which uses the latest technology, fitted into their classic Porsches. Porsche OPCs are offering this system (Part No. 911.645.190.00) for £492 plus VAT and it comes with the latest NAVTEQ navigation software. It consists of a Samsung 400 MHz CPU with 4 x 45 Watt amplifiers, 3.5" touchscreen, 480x234 pixel resolution.
It also has DVD/CD, MP3 capability, two SD card slots and a USB slot plus Bluetooth handsfree equipment and FM/AM radio with RDS, volume/balance/fader/ treble/bass and automatic radio search facilities etc. F1 Racing simulator racing A group of ten members participated in our second F1 simulator session at PTR (Pure Tech Racing Centre) in Horley on 22 January. This is a professional F1 simulator with full car motion G-force effects and NOT an arcade style simulator game. The cost is normally £35 but we had a special offer of £30 for our group. The event includes qualifying and race sessions with a total of 30 minutes in the car plus pre and post race briefings, printed telemetary results and instructor tips. This was fantastic fun, very difficult and strenuous but very addictive and adrenalin pumping with all the effects of real racing including motion and G-forces. The top five places and their fastest lap times are listed below, and you can see that their fastest laps are all within two seconds. Congratulations to Jason Brown (924) who was victorious this time. 1st: Jason Brown, fastest lap 1.07.218 2nd: Martin Swatton, fastest lap 1.08.631 3rd: Michael Bowden, fastest lap 1.09.669 4th: Robin Pettifer , fastest lap 1.07.719 5th: Gary Lloyd, fastest lap 1.07.800 March 6th (Sunday) Goodwood Breakfast Club Meeting Tax Free Sunday: Pre 1973 classics This was the first gathering of the year and there must have been 2,000 cars there even though it was an extremely cold (but dry) day, with TIPEC members from several regions making the pilgrimage to Goodwood.
April 17th (Sunday) Inter-Regional Go Karting By the time you read this issue we will have held our next Inter-Regional Go Karting tournament which is held annually at the outdoor Campbell circuit at Filching Manor in Jevington, a few miles north of Eastbourne. We have teams from both the South East Region and SELNK Region as well as opening the event to Brighton & Hove Motor Club again. Full report and results will be published in the next issue. May 20th–22nd (Friday–Sunday) SE Region WotY This year we are going back to the West Country which we last visited in 2006 when we stayed at Dartmouth. With 15 people booked for this weekend and a nine car convoy, this time we are staying at the Dartmoor Lodge in Ashburton, nestling on the edge of the Dartmoor National Park. We will also see if we can drop into The Chesil Car Factory again. We last visited during our 2004 WotY to Dorset. I have been in contact with Peter Bailey (The owner of Chesil Motor Co) and he is receptive to our wishes. He has also advised me that in addition to the 356 Speedster replicas that he is always building, he also expects to have a Porsche 550 Spyder (James Dean car) and a Porsche 908 racing car being built in the workshop, so it would be a great visit and start to our weekend on route to South Devon. 14th August (Sunday) Canal boat trip Our canal boat trip is on the Lee and Stort Navigations, starting from Broxbourne which is approximately five miles north of Junction 25 on the M25. There are two boats which take eight and 12 passengers respectively, so we have 20 places. We will follow last year’s procedure and moor up for a picnic lunch which you should bring with you, as we have been finding that the time taken by stopping for a Pub Lunch has seriously eroded our boating time. The cost of the trip is £20 per head, and a booking deposit of £5 is needed when you book. The balance of £15 will be needed by the July club night. These costs are based on a full complement of passengers, and if we have fewer, we will have to collect a little extra. Further details and a location map will be provided nearer the time. We already have 17 names, so if you wish to join us please contact John Wallin (email john.wallin@ talktalk.net or tel 020 8661 1601) or Derek Flanagan as soon as possible.
Cornwall & Devon Meetings are held third Sunday of every month 12:00–2:30pm at The Winds of Change, South Petherwin, Near Launceston, Cornwall, PL15 7LP.
Some highlights from November’s Goodwood Breakfast Club
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Southern Region members’ cars at the top of the infamous Zig Zag Hill
Southern RO Nick Snook 07929 113 390 (mobile) firstname.lastname@example.org ARO Jim Tarrant 01202 601 886 email@example.com Meetings are held first Tuesday of every month from 7:30pm at The Angel, 188 Ringwood Rd, Ferndown, Dorset, BH22 9AP February’s meeting at The Angel was Southern Region’s AGM. Thanks for the many ideas for events which were discussed. It is hoped that if there is sufficient interest they will all happen. Sunday August 7th has been chosen as the date for the regions summer BBQ, definitely one for the diary! The breakfast meeting was well attended. After a picturesque cruise in great weather through Dorset and past Madonna’s place we arrived at Compton Abbas Airfield for breakfast. Thirteen cars brought twenty five people and meant that the cafe was quite busy! We then had a look at Zig Zag Hill, made famous by Top Gear and officially recognised as the bendiest stretch of road in the Britain. Negotiating the twisties certainly caused a few grins from drivers and their passengers! April 30th (Saturday) Classic Car Show at Downton May 15th (Sunday) Prescott Hill climb
June 5th (Sunday) TIPEC11 ‘The Porsche Show’ Hatton Country World near Warwick. July 1st–3rd (Friday–Sunday) Goodwood Festival of Speed July 10th (Sunday) RNLI Open Day July 17th (Sunday) Driving Skills (limited to 12 drivers)
April 10th (Sunday) TIPEC AGM, Heritage Motor Centre, Gaydon May 1st (Sunday) Goodwood Breakfast Club: Supercar Sunday May 8th (Sunday) Thames Valley Sprts Car Day, Hambledon May 14–15th (Saturday–Sunday) Prescott Hill Climb
July 22nd–24th (Friday–Sunday) Silverstone Classic (members ticket offer)
June 5th (Sunday) TIPEC 2011 ‘The Porsche Show’ Hatton Country World, near Warwick
August 7th (Sunday) Southern Region BBQ
June 12th (Sunday) Bromley Pageant of Motoring
June 30th–July 3rd (Thursday–Sunday) Goodwood Festival of Speed
RO Craig Moore 07748 733 000 (mobile) firstname.lastname@example.org ARO Jason Gibson 07958 459 725 (mobile) email@example.com
July 29th (Friday) Classics on the Common, Harpenden
Meetings are held first Tuesday of every month 7:00pm at The Novello, Bath Rd, Littlewick Green, Maidenhead, SL6 3RX. Short report this month due to many words elsewhere this issue! However, South East region has invited Thames Valley to field a team for the Inter-Regional Karting Event on Sunday April 17th.
July 23rd–25th (Friday–Sunday) Silverstone Classic August 7th (Sunday) Goodwood Breakfast Club: Classic Sunday September15–16th (Friday–Sunday) Goodwood Revival September 24–25th (Saturday–Sunday) Kop Hill Climb Full details can be found online at: www.kophillclimb.org.uk
May 20th (Friday) Porsches on Poole Quay 18:00–21:00
I can't make this myself but can help co-ordinate things if we can raise a team. See details in the South East column.
September 25th (Sunday) 911 & Porsche World Picnic
May 22nd (Sunday) Exbury
April 3rd (Sunday) Goodwood Breakfast Club: Soft Top Sunday
December 3rd (Saturday) Christmas dinner (venue TBC)
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South East London & North Kent RO Jim Hearnden 01634 869 658 07930 353 232 (mobile) firstname.lastname@example.org ARO Paul Greer 07799 412 870 (mobile) email@example.com
April 9th (Saturday) Brands Hatch Porsche Club meeting and Pit Tour with Paragon
Please also ensure that you update address, car and email details when you renew. February club meeting The second meeting after all the Snow we had earlier. A reasonable turnout of 11 sat down to do a fiendish quiz which I’d been working on for a while.
April 15th (Friday) Comedy Night at Tudor Park Hotel, Maidstone £14 per head plus£10 per meal. Booking to Paul ASAP April 10th (Sunday) TIPEC 2010 AGM at Gaydon
After 45 minutes of head scratching by the assembled members we settled down to mark it and Clive & Janet Richardson won the prizes: a Boxster key ring, a DVD and book on Porsches.
Meetings are held first Friday of every month 8:00pm at The Woodman, Goathurst Common, Ide Hill, Sevenoaks, Kent, TN14 6BU. 01732 750 296 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 and you can download a free viewer from Microsoft.
April 17th (Sunday) Karting with the TIPEC SE Region Derek Flanagan is booking this
The rest of the meeting was the usual lively debate and discussion on the forthcoming calendar.
April 17th (Sunday) Karmann Ghia Owners Club and Marden Motor Club on ‘Drive it Day’
March club meeting A bit of a poor turn out for no particular reason, with a returning member John Nicholson who was a regular attendee a few years ago. He has owned the Richard Simpson 944 S2 for a while now and it still looks as pristine as when Rich owned it. He is now recommisioned the car after over two years of it sitting idle in his garage.
May 27–30th (Friday–Monday) Trip to France for Historic weekend in Laon June 5th (Sunday) TIPEC 2011 at Hatton Country World near Warwick!
Paul & I are now putting together a calendar for 2011 and I’ll mail it out as soon as it moves forward. I have already confirmed and paid for the Bromley Pageant on Sunday June 12th so make a note of your diary for then. Currently we have 10 booked for this and still looking for more.
Wessex RO Pete Blackler 07779 203 278 (mobile) firstname.lastname@example.org
Please advise if you are interested in any events so Paul and I can advise the venues. If you have do not currently see emails from me, then please send me a mail on email@example.com We now have 44 people on the SELNK list, with some and I’ll add you to the list. That also applies to Paul & I have never met. It would be great to see some people in adjacent areas who would like a copy ofAF0313 our calendar. TIPEC ad_Layout 1 12/10/2010 11:56 Page 1 of you in the forthcoming few months.
Meetings are held fourth Tuesday of every month 8pm at The Wheatsheaf Inn, Braishfield Road, Braishfield, Romsey, Hampshire, SO51 0QE.
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Forum: Porsche models; 924, 944, 968; How many people use their Porsche as their everyday car? jackjosh: I drive my 944 all the time and she is so reliable. How many other people use their car as their normal transport? kongsodoken: I use mine every day, drive itfuel it-clean it … drive it-fuel it-clean it … drive it-fuel it-clean it! j.j.: Wish my commute was longer. Just doesn't work doing less than 10 miles in a 944. Needed it last week and this week and the battery’s flat and I’ve ripped the teeth off one of the driveshafts. Waiting for parts … Then when it’s altogether and finished I will probably sell it before I’ve had chance to use it. Really works much better using them every day. 36 to the gallon on long runs isn’t so bad, even now. Doesn’t seem to make any odds what speed your doing either, ’till you get past 4,000 rpm in 5th.
rav: My 130 mile round trip commute would kill me with the prce of fuel as it is. A diesel has been employed to carry out daily activites. Richclarkes2: I did until a couple of weeks ago. Now I've got a runaround my fuel bill has gone down from £120 a week to £55. So the other car pays for itself and a lot more. I’m better off with two cars and the best bit is my ’44 isn't getting car park dings and scratches by leaving it at work … it stays nice and clean in my garage. Also, the car’s become a lot more special just driving it at weekends and nice evenings. Siggy: I used my 3.2 as daily driver ’till we bought Alexa, then our commute to work was reduced to five paces.
scam75: Depends how I feel or where I’m going! Now I’ve had the ’44 a couple of years it tends not to go to supermarkets or get dumped at the train station all day or indeed go anywhere that I don’t fancy leaving it any more. That was not the case at first, it went everywhere, every day, so much so that my poor Cougar’s brakes seized because it was laid up for so long! The Cougar now gets the mundane stuff through the week and the ’44 gets used at the weekend. Tabman: I have used my S2 Cab as a daily driver for the last 11 years. It’s nearly at 210,000 miles and I’ve done nearly 140,000 of them! Still gives me more smiles per mile than any other car. marcushmp: I bought my S2 over two years ago as a daily drive with very few problems to date. A work colleague refers to my car as the “ticking timebomb”, however I spent considerably less on the Porsche in the last two years than he has on his Nissan!
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