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Historic Festival East Mids region on the resurrected track
Project EA425: The origin of the 924
DIY brakes and bushes on a 993
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The show season is now in full swing and our main event is just around the corner. Hatton is the first venue we have visited that really has something for all the family to do and enjoy. There is the farm village for the children and courtyard shops and antique centre for the wives and girlfriends. The club does not accept any responsibility for large credit card bills as a result of attending the show. Bring your chairs, a picnic and relax in the meadow with your fellow club members and Porsche owners. Speak to your Regional Organiser about regional parking and driving to the show in convoy. There are restaurants, cafés and a BBQ for those that do not want to bring their own food. Dogs are welcome but must be under control on a short leash. There will be seminars by Meguiars on car detailing and a seminar on wheel refurbishing. We are still taking entries into the Pride of Ownership competition. This format is more like a show and shine than a scored concours competition. There are five classes with the winners going through to the coveted best in show. If your car is clean and looks good after a coat of polish, then it is worthy of an entry. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to register your entry. The AGM was held at The Heritage Motor Centre in April, it was a hot day and I would like to thank all those that gave up their Sunday to take part in a very lively and constructive meeting. There were lots of actions and we will work on those over the coming months. I am pleased to announce that membership fees will remain un-changed. Paul Bird takes over as Treasurer, and Derek Flanagan was appointed in the new role of Communication Director. This role replaces the three Regional Director positions and will improve the communication flow between the Committee and the Regions. Our finances are very healthy and I thank the Committee for working hard, allowing us to get into a position where we have enough in the bank to secure the long term future of the club. We have come a long way in a few years and I am delighted that this has enabled us to make the Show at Hatton free to enter. See you at the show.
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Club news The 13th annual Inter-Regional karting tournament was held on Sunday 17th April at the outdoor circuit at Filching Manor in East Sussex. Derek Flanagan reports on a close-fought contest.
The 13th annual Inter-Regional karting tournament and it must have been 13th time lucky as we were blessed with fine, dry, sunny weather yet again. Many of the drivers are regulars in this two hour endurance race and hence the drivers are very equal, leading to some exiting and competitive racing on this circuit. The race seems to get more intensive each year as Derek Flanagan’s ‘Crazy Gang’ team and Robin Pettifer’s ‘Robin’s Reliants’ team challenge for the medals every year and usually get onto the podium.
This year Robin’s Reliants suffered an early setback having to change their kart, losing them two or three laps which probably cost them a podium position this year, however they fought very hard with some fantastic tussles with the Crazy Gang and made their kart very wide and difficult to overtake due to some clever driving lines and dogged determination.
However, after many years, the SELNK region have finally got onto the winner’s rostrum with David Moore’s team ‘On Air Racing’ grabbing the P1 grid position in the 15 minute qualification session, taking the lead from the start and eventually winning by three laps. They also secured the fastest lap time breaking the 29 second barrier with a fastest lap of 28.729 which is the fastest lap in our 13 year history.
Last year we invited Brighton & Hove Motor Club who entered two teams, one of which came third. This year they improved their performance with second place. Special thanks to everyone who participated and also to the enthusiastic spectators for their support and encouragement to the teams, who went home totally exhausted but elated after some fantastic racing.
Final positions 1st: On Air Racing (TIPEC SELNK region) Led by David Moore 2nd: Odd One Out (Brighton & Hove M.C.) Led by Terry Booth/Tony Johnstone 3rd: Crazy Gang (TIPEC SE region) Led by Derek Flanagan 4th: Robins Reliants (TIPEC SE region) Led by Robin Pettifer 5th: The Randoms (TIPEC SELNK region) Led by John Gaul 6th: LDA (TIPEC SE region) Led by Gary Lloyd 7th: Buzz Hill Racers (TIPEC SE region) Led by Terry Rockall 8th: J2RL Racing (Brighton & Hove M.C.) Led by Terry Booth/John Church
Remembering Brenda As we mentioned in brief last issue, just a few months ago the North West region lost one of its shining stars, Brenda Marginson. Her friend Andrew Lane remembers her here. Brenda was Assistant Regional Organiser for the North West for a good many years and as I briefly mentioned in our report for the last edition was an unforgettable force, steering our region and members, old and new throughout her tenure. If you were ask anyone who came into contact with her, Porsche related or not, they would tell you that Brenda was larger than life, with a love for people. It was these qualities that made her such a great ARO and it’s why we wanted to give her a final goodbye within these pages. Brenda first became a member of our club in 1997 after buying her Porsche 944 a little earlier that year. Along with husband Harry she soon became a regular at meetings and events throughout the year eventually becoming involved in organising events and evenings for the members. Treasure hunts, car shows and her piece de resistance, the Christmas party in Blackpool each year (which became the stuff of legend). Woodvale Rally and Tatton Park were particular favourites as well as attending Le Mans with other members from our region. I think one of Brenda’s greatest qualities was the way that she made new members, Porsche owners or not, feel right at home as soon as they came through the door for the first time. Brenda’s love of cars didn’t specifically start with wanting a Porsche but as Harry tells me that was what she decided she was going to buy after setting her heart on having a sports car. That 944 wanted for nothing and won a trophy in our regional concours on more than one occasion. Seeing everyone giving their cars a final polish before judging always gave her a sense of pride in our region. Although her car was a classic, Brenda always felt a sense of guilt for members with new cars in the concours, as they had a slimmer chance of winning due to low mileages and shiny new bodywork. However Brenda never made any secret of her love for the new stuff, and this was confirmed when she took a Cayman S out for a test drive. After that fateful moment she was hooked, vowing to have one one day. Her enthusiasm continued throughout the years but was given a blow when in late 2009 she was complaining of feeling unwell. After numerous visits to doctors over the following weeks she was diagnosed with having a brain tumour. Yet again her spirit shone through. She underwent treatment and made it to meetings whenever she could. We were always glad to see her and whenever she couldn’t make it people were always asking after her.
Brenda and Harry in Blackpool last year
As plans were made for her funeral I circulated details to our members and was not in the least surprised by the response from people saying they wanted to attend. In their Porsches! Members from far and wide got in touch. Some we hadn’t heard from in a while. And to those people I would like to say it was good to see you again. It’s just a shame it was under such circumstances. We had a procession of around fifteen Porsches but the whole procession must have been about a third of mile long. That was how well she was thought of. I’m sure she must have been looking down pleased that all those Porsches were for her.
Brenda told many of us last year that we should go and try to fulfil our dreams because you don’t know what is around the corner.
Brenda told many of us last year that we should go and try and fulfil our dreams because you don’t know what is around the corner. I think that is a lesson to us all. Life isn’t a dress rehearsal. We miss Brenda immensely but we know she is looking down on us when we meet at the Dressers and we are so pleased to see her husband Harry at our monthly meets. I would like to thank Harry and his family for their kind permission in allowing us to remember Brenda in our magazine. It’s with a few words from Harry that I will leave you. He gave me a letter at April’s meeting saying:
Brenda kept on making slow but good progress throughout 2010 and was thrilled to get to see and meet one of her favourite singers, Joe Longthorne in the autumn when a number of us accompanied her to a show in Blackpool. Things were on the up. Not long after that, the greatest news of all was given. She had the all clear! Finally the tunnel “Dear friends, I would like to thank you all for your kind words and cards had some light at the end of it. It looked like we were getting ‘our following the sad death of Brenda. I would also like to thank you all Brenda’ back. However the good news was short lived and earlier this for the generous donations in her memory to the Rosemere Cancer year Brenda was back in hospital. In early March I received a call from Foundation at Royal Preston Hospital. Thank you once again. one of our members and a close friend of Brenda to say she was very ill and maybe wouldn’t get through the night. In true Brenda style she Harry and Family” held on! However a few day’s later she passed away with her family With love from us all in the North West. Brenda Marginson 1952–2011. at her side.
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Coventry Transport Museum
Brian Rowledge led the convoy to the ‘Le Mans Through the Ages’ exhibition on Easter Sunday, to exhibit alongside PCGB’s Boxster Register.
Well, if it’s Porsche it had to be done. During April Coventry Transport Museum held a special exhibition entitled ‘Le Mans Through the Ages’.
It was a celebration of perhaps the world’s most prestigious motor race and featured cars from Spyker, Audi, Bentley, Jaguar and last but not least Porsche.
So what could any self respecting Porsche driver do? Well, meet up of course and drive in convoy to the museum. That’s just what East Midlands Region and Central Region did on Easter Sunday. It had to be a visit with a difference, so we also arranged to meet the Porsche Club of Great Britain Boxster Register on site. The convoy from Meriden, the heart of England, to Coventry city centre would have been unmanageable otherwise. As I led the convoy of Central and East Midlands Porches down the A45 into Coventry City Centre I kept looking rewards into my interior mirror and wing mirrors thinking, “I hope the police are having a sleep in today because this is almost unmanageable”.
As we drove onto the Coventry Ring Road matters deteriorated as the procession seemed to escalate the chaos around us. After a frenetic 20 minute drive we arrived at the appointed time of 12:00 hours and formed an orderly exhibition on the main museum piazza. A fabulous museum with a fabulous set of exhibits and banter all day amongst members from both regions and both clubs. What more could one wish for? Well, that’s easy. It’s back to Le Mans for the Classic in 2012 now that we have had our preliminary adrenalin fix. So, in true Le Mans tradition at 16:00 hours we stopped and off we went. No, we didn’t leave in a convoy!
Writing & photography by Brian Rowledge All Torque 88 page 9
EA425 The 924 didnâ€™t originally start life as a Porsche back in 1972. Porsche had been commissioned by Volkswagen to design a two litre, front engined, rear wheel drive sports car.
The styling of EA425 was pretty much set in stone by the middle of 1973 and changed little to the production 924. The pop-up head lamps remained a feature for the next 20 years which also found their way onto the 944s and 968s, as well as the 928s. The only notable changes from the original design were that the wheel arches were enlarged, and a crease added along each side of the car to break its ‘bulbous’ shape. The glass hatch and distinctive rear lights helped to lighten the appearance of the car’s rear end. All Torque 88 page 11
By 1974, the VW board signed off the bodyshell and project EA425 had reached the pre-production stage. VW had a sudden change of heart and cancelled the project at the last moment. No one really knows for sure the reason why VW cancelled the project. It’s been speculated that VW thought EA425 would be too costly to build. Other suggestions were that the Scirocco would be more than ample to cover this sector of their market. So, Porsche bought back project EA425 in its entirety from VW in 1975. They planned to cease production of the entry level 914 and replace it with the 924. The next stage in the project was which engine to use and how to link it to the transmission. Porsche’s development in this area would be key to the 928 which was also on the drawing board at this time. The in-line four cylinder Audi engine used was an 1,871cc overhead-valve unit. Porsche developed this further to 1,984cc, also adding a belt-driven overhead camshaft, making it near enough the required two litre. This engine was also to be used in the new Audi 100 and in a VW LT van, albeit in a detuned state. Unfortunately, this is where the urban myth has crept in that the 924 had the engine from an LT panel van.
Porsche bought back project EA425 in its entirety from VW in 1975. They planned to replace the 914 with it.
The clutch was mounted behind the engine with the drive taken to the gearbox via a lightweight driveshaft running inside a larger diameter steel tube. This ingenious setup stopped the clutch being affected by the inertia of the propshaft, united engine and gearbox rigidly together and sharpened up the gear change. There were, however, a few downsides to this arrangement. Porsche originally used a four speed Audi gearbox. Unfortunately, the redundant clutch housing cast into the transaxle took up a lot of space in the rear of the car.
The 924’s problem was that it was built to a budget, as specified in the original VW design brief.
This resulted in the boot floor having to be 4 – 5 inches higher than it needed to be. Porsche turned this to their advantage to allow them to fit a larger 62 litre fuel tank. Porsche eventually developed its own 5 speed gearbox in 1978 without the redundant clutch bell housing. However, it was only offered as an optional extra. Most customers at the time deemed it to be expensive and continued to specify the Audi transmission. The 924’s problem was that it was built to a budget, trying to utilise as much existing hardware as possible, as specified in the original VW design brief. This is why most parts have been raided from the VW and Audi parts bins. The front suspension and steering is what you would find on an Mk I Golf or Scirocco for instance. Even to this day, some 924 and 944 parts carry VW part numbers. In February 1976, the first 924s started rolling off the production line. Most were sold in Germany and the US to begin with. Britain saw the 924 at the Motor Show in London’s Earl Court in October of the same year. Deliveries of the 924 in the UK wouldn’t start until January 1977. And at £6,999 it was hardly cheap. Yes it was significantly cheaper than a 911 Carrera 3.0 but you could buy a V6 Ford Capri 3.0S for £3k less! Despite the 924 being well put together and beautifully balanced, it wasn’t particularly well equipped compared to its rivals. The top speed of 125mph was also deemed slow. Porsche would bring upgrades to the 924 but most would only be subtle changes. The 924 was in a way a number of ‘firsts’ for Porsche. It had produced its first four cylinder engined car. It was also the first front engined, water cooled and rear transmission layout Porsche. Porsche would stick with this format right through until the 968 ceased production.
All things considered, the 924 could be described as Porsche’s ‘rebirth’. Not bad really for a car that was once destined to be a VW.
Writing by Ben Rodrigues & photography from the Porsche Press Archive All Torque 88 page 13
Donington Historic Festival
Donington Race circuit has been battling uphill in order to re-establish themselves as the one of the UKâ€™s premier racetracks. They have performed near miracles in the short time available.
Donington Park was created as a racing circuit before WWII but fell into disrepair soon after. The man that made it what it became was Tom Wheatcroft. Although only hosting one F1 race (1993), Donington did become the premier circuit for MotoGP, also hosting BTCC and Superbikes. Donington Ventures Leisure Ltd (DVLL) was set up to establish a 150 year lease and re-gain the Formula One from Silverstone. Unfortunately, DVLL ran into financial difficulty, and the company collapsed with the lease returning to the Wheatcroft family. Tom had passed away, so his son Kevin took up the mantle. Unfortunately, he was not the motorsport guru that his father was, but promised that racing would return and continued to fight for funding to return the track to its former glory—it was in a state. Adroit Group bought the lease and proceeded to resurrect the circuit. Unfortunately, the Adroit Group and Kevin Wheatcroft failed to reach an agreement, so Kevin kept hold of the circuit and continued the work himself. And hasn’t he done well?
This year saw the inaugural Historic Festival over the Royal Wedding/May Day weekend (Saturday/Sunday). A number of TIPEC members booked infield passes with the other ‘invited car clubs’. Lovely weather ensured we all got a nice tan, but the wind was to be reckoned with! Cars didn’t stay clean for very long as dust whipped up all over the gleaming paintwork. It was, fortunately, only dust so was easily brushed off. Saturday morning saw many qualifying sessions for pre-war and Formula Junior. At lunch, each car club was given an allocation of parade lap passes and we managed to get three laps on the actual track. That led to some beaming faces as although we weren’t allowed to open the throttles to the full, it seems that a lot of drivers were struggling getting fuel in the right place (their engines), so had no choice but to catch up with the driver in front (we were under instruction to keep up, so felt the need to oblige). During the afternoon, more qualifying with the Group C sportscars then the racing proper started. Even the best drivers have issues and Frank Syntner spun off late in the day. On the Sunday, the Group A touring cars took to the track then racing with Pre’63 GT and yet another parade lap. One of our members (Steve Butler) always held out a childhood dream to drive his own performance car at Donington, and had this dream realised. The afternoon saw races with pre-’61 Sports Cars, Group C sportscars and the Group A race being the last of the day. A wonderful two days with plenty of Porches being displayed (TIPEC and PCGB), many other marques, races galore and the ability to get much closer to the action than other tracks on the circuit. Will we be there next year? You bet we will!
Writing & Photography by Graham Waller All Torque 88 page 15
Cinderella’s coach is waiting …
Back from the paint shop—now the serious work begins
Lightweight fuel tank & oil reservoir, a big weight distribution improvement
This dusty dash surround will soon be clad in black Alcantara
The engine has had it first fitting
Black magic performed by a master mechanic
Some serious ‘cut & shut’ surgery to take the G50 gearbox
… and the horses are restless. (Being stage two of David White’s cunning diet plan.) Accord to myth, Cinderella’s pumpkin was transformed at the flutter of a wand into a sparkling landaulette. Six white mice then obliged by mutating into six powerful yet well-behaved horses. It was an instant success. Dear reader, I must tell you it is not like that in real life! Reporting on my pumpkin, a nice enough Porsche 911S but well past its 1974 sell-by date and thus stripped and ripped for cloning, is that work continues, but at a frustratingly slow pace. Though it takes but a few hours to write about it, this damned hill climb special of mine has been in rehab for two long years … and counting. What is more, when I show exasperation, the team asks ‘why are you always in such a hurry?’ The answer is plain, because at my rear I always hear time’s fuel-injected, turbo-charged hearse hurrying near. These guys work in primitive surroundings; an aged farm structure that has housed more cows than cars, brass-monkey cold in winter and still quite chilly in summer. It is not ideal. The thinking behind losing weight (in the Porsche) is not without logic. Here in Central Europe, especially Germany, fast road and track day enthusiasts are turning more and more to early 911s, and for good reason, as a skillfully stripped 911, returned to a weight close to the ’73 RS it aims to mimic, will weigh 800 or so pounds less than a GT3. For the GT3, that’s like hauling around an extra (and absolute deadweight) engine and gearbox. For a start, I won’t drive my Porsche in winter, so the heating and ventilation has been discarded. The old fuel tank is junked, replaced by a carbon fibre version; a first strike molding from one used in a ’72 RSR racecar, while the original rear located oil reservoir has been replaced with a baffled alloy tank and mounted up front. This materially helps with weight distribution. Heat exchangers are dismissed, as also is the aftermarket (and outrageously heavy) air conditioning unit. A heated front screen is an option for demisting on rainy days. I have befriended a brilliant engine and transmission man,Drago, who now is semi-retired after spending a lifetime working with Porsche racing engines in Germany. How many people, I wonder, can match his boast of having rebuilt over sixty Furmann four-cam engines, many after near destruction, ready again for the track? Drago’s finest years were the roaring seventies, when the 917 raced in all its glory, and the stories he tells of working on these cars and of their heroic drivers are legion. He’s really into this conversion of mine, and has added some remarkable power modifications while meticulously rebuilding a 964 Carrera 3.6 litre engine, Getrag G50 gearbox, and purpose-built exhaust system. A unique talent such as Drago’s is a godsend and I count myself fortunate indeed to be in receipt of his wise counsel.
The now considerably lighter body is fettled exactly to my liking and fresh from the paint shop is resplendent in Viper Green, a factory colour from the mid seventies. It’s not quite complete, of course, for there are many fettling jobs that must be performed before it will past muster with the body maestro, Matjaz, who is a stickler for perfect shut lines. Good thing, too, I say, but get a bloody move on … Drago’s work on the engine and transmission was completed months ago, so he remains in the wings, frustrated as Hell but ready and waiting. Meanwhile a multitude of ‘little jobs’ in, on, and around the shell remain unfinished. Anyone who has ever travelled a similar path to conversion (God help them) will know it is the little jobs that annihilate a workshop timetable. Come to think of it, I don’t believe this team ever had a timetable. If they did, it was a work of fiction!
The Viper Green dash panel (a cunning, non-standard paint affectation) plus sparse interior is awaiting minimal trim in black faux suede Alcantara, the mega lightweight bucket seats by Bielstein fit snugly, as does the FIA approved Heigo roll cage. Behind the scenes muscular additions have been installed, such as serious brake and suspension upgrades, close ratio gears, anti roll bars, a camber compensator, a curvestraightening kit and G50 quick shift by Smart Racing Products, lightened flywheel, ceramic clutch, oil cooler … it goes on and on. I am reminded of Jake Raby’s philosophy; that in competition you can’t have too much power, nevertheless the old adage, ‘power is nothing without control’, has meant the acquisition also of 16 x 9 (rear) and 16 x 7 (front) genuine Fuchs alloys. Rare as hen’s teeth, I’m told. Mated to sticky Toyo Proxes the pairing promises serious adhesion. On the other hand, I am prompted to be especially wary by some sage advice: Discretion is advised when you put this much torque to the blacktop in a chassis as light as this …
I am prompted to be especially wary by some sage advice: Discretion is advised when you put this much torque to the blacktop in a chassis as light as this …
Already the budget is running away, to the point where I refuse ever to sit down and add up all the numerous costs involved. Stating the obvious, though, the purchase of Jenvey throttle bodies and an OMEX electronic fuel injection system have cost more than I paid for my first house. No fool like an old fool, they say, but my thinking is that my money will be better on the road, being used and abused, than sitting in a bank, earning sod-all interest. Writing & photography by David White All Torque 88 page 17
Bushed & braked:
Martin Whitelaw’s 993 Sometimes it is hard to decide the right time to renew the suspension bushing on your trusty 911. In my case, my 993 Cabriolet had clocked 104k miles and with slight steering tramlining together with the odd knock when traversing uneven ground, I decided I would amass the bits and pieces required to undertake a complete front end overhaul, including brakes and suspension struts. Prior to winter 2010 I collected lower ball joints, anti-roll bar (ARB) and wishbone polyurethane bushes, ARB links (albeit 964 ones, courtesy of my good friend and fellow TIPEC member James McLauchlan), SS brake flexibles, brake air scoops and EBC red Stuff brake pads. Visually I could see that the suspension struts had damaged dust bellows and the spring height adjusters looked ‘solid’—so new bellows and spring height adjuster rings were purchased ahead of the big day. Stripping out the first side proved uneventful as the calliper, brake disc and backing plate came off easily. One problem encountered was the brown earth wire where it is attached to the hub by a 5mm hexagon headed bolt—this appeared to slacken then suddenly broke off at its head. This was later drilled out and re-tapped.
Tork headed drive. The strut itself (a M033 lowered chassis type on my car) was then easily unbolted from its top wing mounting and laid aside for attention. Cutting the old brake line then holding the brake pedal in the down position stopped fluid loss whilst the brake lines were ‘open’.
A clean up of the wishbone (and collars if using the original steel ones) and you are ready for re-bushing.
If only re-bushing the front wishbones, then you need only remove the two pivot bolts and the lower ball joint connection. The latter could be achieved by splitting the hub ball joint taper or alternatively the two ball joint to wishbone bolts—this alternative method however would necessitate re-setting the castor angle on re-assembly. The wishbone pivot bolts were tight but came out easily and the task of wishbone rebushing started. (I elected to re-bush a spare set of wishbones in advance but, the method of re-bushing remains the same). My Powerflex polybushes came with new internal steel collars whereas I understand other makes may require you to re-use the original steel components. Whatever type you have it all starts with the removal of the steel collars from within the original rubber bushes. To do this, apply heat to the large end steel collar until smoke begins then wrench it out from the rubber bushing. Now carefully cutting through the mounting outer steel shell will enable, at least the larger mounting, to be easily drifted out of the wishbone end. The smaller mounting bush is in fact two half bushes and these may need to be chiselled at 90 degrees before they start to move outward and finally clear of the wishbone end. Once one piece is out, the other can be drifted from of the wishbone.
Cleaning up the wishbones
The condition of my original wishbone bushing was not too bad for 104K miles but on the basis that they had seen better days and that new polybushing would give ‘better’ service I pushed on with their replacement. Inserting polybushes to the front wishbones couldn’t be easier as they simply slide in and then with a little help from a threaded rod, ‘G’ clamp or similar clamping device the internal steel collars can be lubricated and pushed home. I used a screwed rod for the small end and carpenter’s screw clamp and large socket for the larger, but internally threaded, collar.
Drilling and re-tapping the broken earth wire bolt
Now I wonder if cutting and re-joining the cable would have been easier? As I wanted to remove the strut, I split the lower ball joint, steering rod, strut fixing and anti-roll bar link and removed the hub to my bench. The ball joints (steering and lower hub) both rotated during removal but I just managed to counter hold the joints with the appropriate sized
Removing the steel collars form the original bushes
Using a clamp to push the new polybushes home
Laying my old wishbone side by side with the ‘new’ re-bushed wishbone enabled me to copy the position of the castor adjuster to the new ball joint carrier thus minimising adjustment on completion.
the use of spring clamps to disassemble. As mentioned in the opening paragraph, new dust bellows and alloy adjuster rings were sourced and the strut reassembled for refitting.
If removing the original castor eccentric for re-use on your wishbone then do mark its position relative to the wishbone to retain the castor angle setting.
The opportunity was taken to fit new SS brake flexibles and these were fitted (re-using the spiral protector from the original flexible) along with new copper calliper pipes and cross chassis front long and short brake pipes. It is my experience that it is often simpler to instal new copper lines than struggle with seized in brake pipe connections!
With the wishbone ready for fitting I turned to the brakes. Porsche 964/993, and similar model callipers, often suffer from alloy corrosion beneath the pad SS slider plate and mine were no exception. Thankfully, the later 993 type calipers have SS plate holding screws with larger Tork drive heads and these normally come out much more easily than the earlier 4mm hex head screws. Mine came out with some difficulty, the calliper and plates were then cleaned of corrosion and the calliper refinished in Speed Yellow, just for a change. EBC Reds were fitted with new damper discs. The original brake disc was okay so it was cleaned, the hub painted and re-fitted. The anti-roll bar rubber bush was seen to be past its best and again a poly replacement
Tina looking good and rust-free!
was fitted. Slight problem here is that there is insufficient room against the tyre well bodywork to unhook the ARB clamp! The ‘C’ clamp is held with one bolt—the other end is hooked into the subframe rail. In my case, anyway, I had to slacken the subframe outer rail to gain sufficient clearance to remove and replace the ‘C’ clamp. On 2WD variants this procedure is slightly more hampered by the positioning of the brake vacuum servo on brackets attached to both subframe outer rails. New ARB links were fitted between the wheel hub and the anti-roll bar itself. The suspension strut was deemed to be serviceable but required a lot of cleaning and final refinishing. M033 struts have shorter (blue coded) springs and these did not require
With one side finished I repeated everything on the other side and finally I was finished— all re-assembled, the brakes bled, the camber angles set to approximately ¼ degree negative and the tracking set. A quick run round the block convinced me that the right decision had been made as the steering feel was light but communicative, the suspension firm but not overly harsh and ‘hands off’ steering was as straight as a die. Gone was the slight but noticeable vagueness on the front end and gone also was the odd knock over speed bumps and uneven surfaces. Success in my book! Now for the rear? (I hope my wife didn’t hear that!)
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Gruppe North 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 ARO Richard Sholl 07970 147 779 (mobile) firstname.lastname@example.org 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. Well, the events season is underway now and by the time you read this we will have embarked on a few of our planned outings. Before we go into those I would like to confirm and give thanks to Richard Sholl who has agreed to become an A.R.O alongside Dave Hallett. The plan is to have a designated set of tasks for the three of us to spread the load. Once we have finalised this I will let you know by email and also on the website.
If you plan to attend Woodvale Rally I will need to confirm numbers by the beginning of July. Cost is usually £7–8 per person and the rally is held over two days. You don’t have to attend both days, but camping is available should you wish to do so. I will be putting a message out soon to remind you. A possible new event for us is the German Classic Car Show in August at Haigh Hall, Standish, near Wigan. This is in aid of Lancashire Air Ambulance and will be held on Sunday 14th of August. I hope many of you can make this as it’s fairly local for all of us. Entry fee is by means of a donation. I will post details in the near future. That’s about it from me at the moment. I will have some more in-depth reviews in the next issue as we get a bit further into this year’s events calendar. I hope you can make as many as possible. In the meantime here are details of some of the days planned for the coming months. 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
September 11th (Sunday) Northern TIPEC Gathering at Harewood House September date TBC Friday Night Chippy Tea Run September 18th (Sunday) Supercar Meet at Phantom Winger, Preston November 7th (Monday) Annual Quiz Night at our usual monthly meeting December 5th (Monday) Christmas Meal at our usual monthly meeting
Cheshire & Staffs RO Steve Taylor 07774 912 069 (mobile) email@example.com ARO Dave Watson 07889 804 598 (mobile) firstname.lastname@example.org Meetings are held third Tuesday of every month 8pm at The Whipping Stocks, Stocks Lane, Over Peover, Knutsford, WA16 9EX. June 4–5th (Saturday–Sunday) Tatton Park Classic Car Show
We have a few new members on board whom I would like to welcome. First of all Malcolm & Hazel Booth and their Boxster S and secondly Gus Thackery and his 996 Carrera. All of whom we have met at the Sunday Supercar meetings at the Phantom Winger pub. I hope you can join us throughout the year on our events.
June 5th (Sunnday) TIPEC National day at Hatton Country World, Warwick Tatton Park Classic Car Show Carrera Cup race meeting at Outlon Park June 19th (Sunday) Supercar Meet at Phantom Winger, Preston
June 19th (Sunday) Trentham Gardens Classic Car Show
As this edition goes to print we will have met up for an open evening at Jasmine Porsche on Wednesday 18th May. More on this in the next issue. We will also have had the first of the chippy runs, this one to Knott End Chippy. We have a few members who are also members of PCGB, including David Baker who is their RO. He has arranged for some of his members to join us. We are going to decide month by month which area we want to visit each time, so check your emails and the website for further details.
June dates TBC Friday Night Chippy Tea Run Possible run out to the Evo Triangle
June 21st (Tuesday) Club Night at Unit 11 Porsche Specialists
We have a few members attending the Ford RS Northern day at Anglesey race circuit and will give you a full review in the next edition—a couple of our members had taken advantage of the trackday that is being held there so will be able to give you an insight into this track in the near future. Next up will be the National Day, Tatton Park Classic Car Show and also the Carrera Cup at Oulton Park Race Circuit in Cheshire. I am awaiting details for the Bolton Le Mans weekend which falls on the same date as the great race itself (Sat 11th to Sun 12th June) You may or may not know that Bolton is twinned with Le Mans and they hold a display in the town centre to commemorate the connection. As soon as I find out more I will let you know.
July 4th (Monday) Regional Annual Concours at our usual club meeting July date TBC Friday Night Chippy Tea Run July 24th (Sunday) Supercar Meet at Phantom Winger, Preston August 6–7th (Saturday–Sunday) Woodvale Rally at Southport August 14th (Sunday) German Classic Car Show, Haigh Hall, Standish August 20th–21st (Saturday–Sunday) Tatton Park Classic Car Show August 21st (Sunday) Supercar Meet at Phantom Winger, Preston August date TBC Friday Night Chippy Tea Run
June 18th (Saturday) Weaver Wander Classic Car Run
July 15–17th (Friday–Sunday) Cholmondeley Castle Pageant of Power July 19th (Tuesday) Club Night and Regional Concours August 20th–21st (Saturday–Sunday) Tatton Park Classic Car Show October 1st (Saturday) Track Day at Aintree Circuit Liverpool
North East RO wanted! ARO Andy Blythe 01642 809 031 email@example.com 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.
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
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June 5th (Sunday) Thirlestane 38th Historic Motoring Extravaganza 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)
August 14th (Sunday) Biggar Rally (TBC) August 28th (Sunday) Classic Wheels Run & Gathering, Kirkcubright September 11th (Sunday) Scone Palace Classic Transport show September 18th (Sunday) Selkirk Classic Car Show, Scottish Borders November 16th (Wednesday) Karting evening. Gmund qs 3rd 30/6/08 16:49 December (Saturday)
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Dave says: Hi All. Well, a big thanks to Ben for all his work for the region! I am Porscheless at the moment but by the time this goes to press I should have changed that.
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.
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
July 10th (Sunday) Glamis Castle Transport Extravaganza
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.
Ben says: I must start with a big thank you to Dave Doherty who has now kindly taken on the role of RO. Our April club night had a reasonable turnout at the White Rose. We had in attendance our regulars John Oakes, Pete Cross, Ed Pierce and John Stubbs. Welcome back to our new RO Dave, who has recently renewed his membership after a short time away from us. It was great to see another familiar face back at a club night meet. Dave is currently looking for a 924 to get ‘Porking’ in again. A warm welcome must also be extended to Phil Armour who turned up on the night wanting to join TIPEC. He found our region’s meeting night through the TIPEC website, so we must be doing something right in this region. Phil has a 944 project that he is currently working on. Well done to Ed for turning up in his daily driver 944 S2 Cab. Ed’s was the only Porsche of the night! Well done to John Stubbs (again!) for winning the ‘Winner Takes All Lottery’. He won the prize pot of £6. You’re on a winning streak at the moment John! The May club night had a particularly poor turnout. We had in attendance our regulars Ed Pierce and John Stubbs. John did a Porsche car share with Ed. John’s 944 S2 was the only Porsche of the night. On this occasion, we decided not to bother doing the ‘lottery’ due to the poor turnout. 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 region’s members who have not been to one of our club nights in a long time, or not all,
If anyone needs to contact me my number is 07714 720 678 and email is email@example.com Events June 5th (Sunday) Annual TIPEC Porsche Show Hatton Country World near Warwick June 11th (Saturday) Leeds Custom And American Cruise At Leeds B&Q car park from 6pm onwards June 26th (Sunday) Northern Big One Lightwater Valley Theme Park, near Ripon. July 3rd (Sunday) PCGB R8 concours, Chatsworth House. July 9th (Saturday) Leeds Custom And American Cruise At Leeds B&Q car park from 6pm onwards July 23rd–25th (Friday–Sunday) Silverstone Classic www.silverstoneclassic.com Discount code C11044
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 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 Sunday 1st May saw Anglia Region attend Duxford Imperial War Museum’s Classic Car Event. Whilst weather was rather windy, the sun was shining and the people came out in large numbers. An impressive array of vehicles was on show including Ferraris, Lotuses, Morgans and a load of American Muscle Cars as well as our beloved Porsches. As a group we had 12 of our own cars on display. During the day we were joined by Porsche owners from PCGB as well as the general public who owned Porsches, so in all we had quite an impressive display! We feel that the show went very well with at least four people saying they were going to join our region
and five or six people we gave a copy of old All Torque magazines to highlighting the region’s dates and meeting places. We were thanked for our normal TIPEC hospitality by the visitors as they all said how they all felt so welcome on the stand. Overall a great time was had by all, even when we had a bit of a show off in a Lightning Jet pulling loop-the-loops etc and making loads of noise. June 3rd (Sunday) 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 Date TBC Seaside Run to Southwold 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.
South Yorkshire & North Notts. 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 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
Photos of the Anglia region’s cars at Duxford on a gloriously sunny day
Central RO Paul Bird 01922 428 409 07831 877 983 (mobile) email@example.com ARO Brian Rowledge MyMerak@aol.com Meetings are held second Monday of every month 7:30pm onwards at Westmead Hotel, Redditch Road, Hopwood, Birmingham B48 7AT. Since my last report the club held its AGM at Gaydon and as in previous years it was a good laugh and very laid back. Those of you that haven’t attended before should think about coming along next year to have your say on how the club works, how we can improve things or just to enjoy the banter and a spot of lunch. Club night in March was a technical evening in the company of Spautopia including a demo of some products from their car care range. Some really innovative products were presented and were well received, even by the serious ‘polishers’ amongst us. Many thanks to Amanda Stephenson form Spautopia and pro detailer Roy Kunz for a very interesting and interactive evening. At the end of March we had our first real event of the year at RSR Autotech. Our April club night was well attended to enjoy a presentation from Rob & Heather of Hills Alive, a specialist luggage supplier. Hills Alive offer hand made luggage sets specifically designed to maximise the space available in classic cars and their range includes a lot of Porsches!
recently acquired as a project car and gave her a shake down to see whether any ‘issues’ were thrown up. Apart from boiling the brake fluid she went quite well and I think we have the basics of a decent car once we carry out some work on brakes and uprate the suspension, anti roll bars, etc. I guess this will end up being put together for a future issue of All Torque as it should make interesting reading for anyone preparing a car on a tight budget. Getting back to Curborough I don’t think there is a better value trackday event anywhere and people keep coming back for more so it must be good. I am always asked whether we can have more than one visit a year as it’s such a great day out and I will book us another date later in the year if there is sufficient interest. At the end of April we attended the Donington Historic Festival, another event that enjoyed glorious sunshine, although marred by the wind that picked up over both days. I won’t go into more detail as I think there will be a write up elsewhere in this issue. For the National Event at Hatton on 5th June we will meet up at Hopwood Services from 9am for a 9:30am departure in convoy. This will be a very different show to recent years with lots more for the family. Hatton has a shopping village and kids play areas as well as cafés and a petting farm, so the family will be well catered for, and with a few hundred Porsches in the meadow it should be a class event. Be there or be square! Hopefully by now those of you planning to attend Cars in the Park, Prescott Revival and Silverstone Classic have already booked up but if not you need to be swift or miss out.
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Cars in the Park is only a few weeks away now so you must contact Paul Keeling (see below) as a matter of urgency if you want to book a place. Please don’t leave it until the last minute and expect to be able to turn up on the day as you won’t be able to park up with us.
We had been invited to join East Midlands for a Scalextric evening on the 15th April. I was forced to drop out due to work commitments but a few intrepid racers from Central popped over to Loughborough and enjoyed a great night by all accounts. Many thanks to Graham and Alan (East Midlands) for the organisation and the invite.
The Ragley Hall event will have come and gone by the time you read this but Shugborough is the other Transtar event we are attending in 2011. See earlier All Torque issues and look at Ragley for details of how to book.
Sunday 24th April was Brian’s organised visit to Coventry Transport Museum. I won’t go into any more detail as there should be a write up elsewhere in this issue.
We are visiting Crich Tramway Museum on 19th June with East Midlands region and we will be displaying our cars on the museum site. If you are interested in joining us for this one please drop me an email to reserve a place. I expect this event to be limited on numbers so it will be on a first come basis for places.
The following week we had our sprint day at Curborough. The weather was glorious and we had a great day thrashing our cars around the tight circuit. I cooked up bacon and sausage butties for breakfast and there was a never ending supply of tea and coffee.
The details for Shackerstone 2011 have now been finalized and Brian will be organising our display. Shackerstone was a new event in 2010 and with the air displays, trains, boats and classic cars it was a real treat. The Oompah band and beer tent was also very popular!
For me this is one of the highlights of the calendar and a great chance to push your car hard without risking points on your licence. This year was even better for me as Brian and I took the 924S that we
Some of you will have already received entry forms for 2011 if attended in 2010. If you have one, please fill in the form and return as requested. Also please advise Brian if you are attending and on which days
at Mymerak@aol.com so that he can arrange our pitch with the organisers If you missed out on this event in 2010 then go to www.shackerstonefestival.co.uk and have a look. Saturday and Sunday will be very enjoyable days. As an invited guest you will get in free and also, Brian believes, enjoy discounts on certain activities. To make sure of an entry go to the main website and click onto the Advance Booking tab and then go to the Exhibitors tab. Download the exhibitors forms and fill in and return as requested. Finally let Brian know that you have entered so that he can ensure adequate parking for us all. It is likely that your details will be in the official programme, so depending how sensitive you are about the car and yourself be as brief or detailed as you like. Each entry is for two people maximum. The remaining events are below but, as ever, please check details nearer each event as there can sometimes be late changes. Hope to see you all ‘out and about’ June 5th (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. July 3rd–4th (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 July 10th (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 July 17th (Sunday) Cholmondeley Pageant of Power July 25th (Sunday) Silverstone Classic Event runs from Friday to Sunday but Central Region will attend on Sunday. August 14th (Sunday) Classic Car Show at Shugborough Hall August 30th (Monday) Yeatsall Farm charity event September 3rd–4th (Saturday–Sunday) Shackerstone Family Festival (tbc) September 30th– October 2nd (Friday–Sunday) Weekend of the Year (WotY), details TBC November 11–13th (Friday–Sunday) Classic Car Show at the NEC December 12th (Monday) Club Night and Christmas dinner at the Westmead
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The East Midlands region’s display outside the Coventry Motor Museum, along with the Central region and the PCGB Boxster Register
East Midlands RO Graham Waller firstname.lastname@example.org ARO Alan Fuller email@example.com 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. My, my, isn’t it busy? The region send a contingent to the AGM to see the club business being officially performed. The main point was the maintaining of the membership fees at an unbeatable £50 for two years again representing great value for money. On the 15th April, we had an all-comers Scalextric night with Central and East Midlands. The slot car racing was another truly exciting evening of entertainment. Six lanes, a race on each lane (to even out the lane advantages) and plenty of adrenalin! It’s unbelievable how much passion is shown for a 1:32 scale model with a couple of contact points. Central took the winners’ spoils, but our own Sharon took the ladies prize. As you know, I’m not to mention she beat Tom or hubby Steve. The 24th April saw us join forces yet again with Central and the PCGB Boxster register for a trip to the free-to-enter Coventry Motor Museum. They ran a ‘Le Mans Through the Ages’ event and given that Porsche has won this event more than any other manufacturer, we were there in force and lined up in front of the museum from 12pm to 4pm. This has to be pretty much the foremost museum in the Midlands, and is home to Thrust 2 and Thrust SSC as well as a celebration of the car, motorbike and cycle manufacturers that Coventry has
spawned, of which there are hundreds. Brian has penned a few words for this, see his write up earlier in the magazine. On the 30th April to the 1st May we went to the inaugural Donington Historic Festival. Again, see the write up in this magazine. Those who missed this event really need to be there next year as it was a wonderful spectacle. 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 as and when they arise.
July 26th (Tuesday) Bosworth Classics, Market Bosworth August 9th (Tuesday) Ashby Folville car show August 28–29th (Sunday–Monday) Andrew Greenwood car show, Blenheim Palace August 30th (Tuesday) Bosworth Classics, Market Bosworth September 3rd–4th (Saturday–Sunday) Shackerstone Festival
June 5th (Sunday) TIPEC National Day, Hatton Country World, Warwick
September 11th (Sunday) Cars in the Park, Harewood House, Leeds
June 14th (Tuesday) Ashby Folville car show
September 13th (Tuesday) Ashby Folville car show
June 19th (Sunday) Visit to Criche Tramway Museum
September 16–18th (Friday–Sunday) Goodwood Revival, Chichester
June 26th (Sunday) PCGB R8 Concours, Chatsworth House
September 27th (Tuesday) Bosworth Classics, Market Bosworth
June 28th (Tuesday) Bosworth Classics show, Market Bosworth
September 30th– October 2nd (Friday–Sunday) WotY, joint weekend with Central, final details TBC
June 30th– July 3rd (Thursday–Sunday) Goodwood Festival of Speed, Chichester
October 11th (Tuesday) Ashby Folville car show
July 2nd–3rd (Saturday–Sunday) Cars in the Park, Beacon Park, Lichfield
November 10–13th (Thursday–Sunday) Classic Car Show & MPH show, NEC Birmingham
July 12th (Tuesday) Ashby Folville car show
November 15th (Tuesday) RO/ARO elections!
July 17th (Sunday) Beaumanor Hall, Loughborough (Transtar event)
December 3rd or 10th (Saturdays) Christmas Party at the Field Head Hotel, Markfield
July 22nd–24th (Friday–Sunday) Silverstone Classic
December 27th (Tuesday) Not the Boxing Day Drive
July 12th (Tuesday) TBC Karting event
RO Paul Harrison 07884 116 971 (mobile) firstname.lastname@example.org ARO Sue Simmons email@example.com
July (date TBC) Trackday, venue either Hullavington Airfield or Castle Coombe circuit
Meetings are held first Tuesday of every month 8pm at The Fox, Easter Compton, B35 5RA, one mile West of M5 J17 (Cribbs Causeway). Hi everyone. First of all, a bit of ‘admin’ ... if you don’t receive emails from me, and would like to, get in touch and let me have your details so that I can add you to my mailing list. Our last meeting on Tuesday May 3rd saw a record turnout of Bristol Region members and their Porsches (16) at The Fox, with a wide range of models being represented, both front and rear engined, and dating from 1978 right through to the modern era! We ran through the list of proposed activities for this coming season, which includes dates in each month from May to September, starting with the Prescott Classic Hill Climb on May 15th. For that event in particular, there is fair amount of anticipation, with Pete Mack looking forward to being driven up the hill in his car by Sir Stirling Moss! Lots of us will be there to watch and also to participate. Sue (ARO) explained the finalised details for the Poole Quay weekend, starting on May 20th, and by the time this goes to press these two events will have happened, so look out for some tales and pictures in the next edition. Sue has also kindly agreed to organise a karting event—provisionally programmed for the 2nd Tuesday in July—and we are intending to hold a Sunday drive out to a pub lunch, probably on Exmoor, on September 18th. A full diary of events is on the Regional page of the TIPEC website so look there for full details. Anyway, if you haven’t been along recently, come to a monthly meeting and find out what’s going on. Hope to see you at the next meeting! June 5th (Sunday) TIPEC Porsche Show at Hatton Country World Off the A46 near Warwick
August 29th (Monday) Visit to Castle Combe circuit A Plant Lux Top Marks Sportscar Raceday September 18th (Sunday) Sunday drive and pub lunch on Exmoor
South Central Joint ROs Clive & Jo Gosling 01604 863 666 firstname.lastname@example.org Meetings are held fourth Monday of every month at The Green Man, Brackley Hatch, on the A43 (Eastbound) near Towcester. Sometimes life is really glamorous, I know that for a fact as I am sitting in Newcastle airport working out what to say for the latest update. Thank heavens for sunny days and Porsches, makes it all little more worthwhile knowing that today’s hard work will put half a tank of Shells finest in the car! £1.45 per litre for the super stuff ... I mean, it’s getting even more ridiculous. In any case, we are now well in to the events season and hopefully as you read this you will be planning your route to the National Day, or indeed have just been. So what’s in store for June and July in the region? A neat list is best I think June 26th (Sunday) Supercar Sunday at Gaydon, always a good day out and stunning metal on show July 10th (Sunday) We will be taking a stand at Kimbolton Classic (sort of half way between Northants and Bedford). Those who went last year were full of praise for the event that had hundreds of cars on show and dozens of clubs. We had a good turnout of 24 cars and this year we have only 22 tickets to send out to people. You can register, if you’ve not done so already, by emailing me that you will be attending and nearer the time
I will be sending you a ticket. Its £8 per car with as many people as you can fit in it for that price. We will soon be opening the remaining tickets to 911UK who snapped up the rest quite quickly, so if you want to ensure you can come along, please let me know ASAP. July 23rd–25th, 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 July 25th (Monday) Club night: PROMAX EVENING We will be holding a joint BBQ, car Inspection on ramps and Q&A night at Promax, nr Milton Keynes, on the evening of the 25th. We tried to do this back in the winter but numbers didn’t stack up, so by offering the same sort of night and a BBQ for free then hopefully we should make something of the night? Potentially it will also be the regional show and shine competition, currently held by Nick Short who won in 2010. I will be sending more details in an email on this one as it needs numbers booking etc, but for now put this in the diary. In other news, I am aware there is a mood to leave the Green Man as our club night venue. It’s never quite managed to crack serving drinks or food, which perhaps is not a great strategy for a pub. However given current workload commitments, sorting out the National Day, dealing with two children and sticking back together a camper van, time has run out for now for me to sort another venue. I am looking, but need some advice from those who may know something in the region. It needs to be able to hold a space for up to 30 people but sometimes just 10, serve food and have good car parking that can be allocated to us once a month. Not an easy thing to find, so help please? Ideal country pubs etc are all very well, but the choice is very limited if we have to meet all the requirements. I think that’s it for now, I have no doubt between writing this in such glorious surroundings and it making the press then I will have caught up with many of you at events coming up mid-May, such as Prescott (did it rain?) and Newton Longville. As always, we have a region that’s over 50 strong and it would be good to see more people over the summer alongside the same old loyal crew. So please make every effort to at least attend one event over the summer and enjoy what TIPEC South Central has to offer.
North London & Herts Informal meetings are held first Sunday of every month around noon at The Goat Inn, Vicarage Causeway, Hertford Heath (Nr. Hertford), Hertfordshire SG13 7RT.
Clive & Jo Gosling settling Sir Stirling Moss into their 996TT for him to drive it up the hill at Prescott (more on this next issue)
RO and ARO required, to host monthly meetings at a local pub/hotel with support from the members and the committee and to attend/organise local events.
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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. SE Region members and their cars It was great to have a number of potential new members at our recent meetings, with some who had travelled from the Hastings area. Dan Engledow also brought his brother-in-law Steve Perrin along. Steve was seeking a Porsche and after attending our Club Night decided to narrow his search to a 996 and has purchased a 996 Targa which he will collect from from JZM after they have replaced the clutch and RMS. Steve has just signed a two year membership— many thanks! March 20th (Sunday) Supercar Sunday at The Mulberry, Chris Evans’ pub A number of SE Region members went along to this event in its 2nd year. The Carrera GT and 911 GT3 RS were competing with an array of other supercars including numerous Ferraris, Lambos, GT40s, Aston Martins and three Bugatti Veyrons! It was great to see them drive off along the public road with a unique whoosh sound as if they were flying. The P1 car club were there with an amazing collection of cars and of course one of Chris Evans’ many Ferraris, but for me the star of the show was the very rare 1957 Jaguar XK55 Roadster. March 22nd (Tuesday) ‘The Devil’s in the Detail’ a special TIPEC evening at Porsche Centre Mid Sussex Thirty TIPEC members enjoyed an evening at our local OPC Porsche Centre Mid Sussex. The informal format with the opportunity for our members to wander and browse and chat on both a 1 to 1 basis and in small groups was perfect and really appreciated by all the members. The range of Porsche models and variants in the showroom and workshop was fantastic, and there was also a very wide range of unexpected bodywork colours on display which was an added bonus. Our local OPC ‘PCMS’, the approved Porsche body restorer, SL Restoration, and Marells valeting Company (Swissvax specialists) were all very enthusiastic on their specialist subjects which really
Carrera GT at the Mulberry on their Supercar Sunday
Jaguar XK55 Roadster at the Mulberry
ensured that the members were kept interested, soaking up a lot of knowledge from these experts who are clearly at the top of their profession. April 17th (Sunday) Inter-Regional Go Karting Another great tournament with a win for SELNK region’s David Moore’s team. See the separate report and full results published inside this issue. May 1st (Sunday) Goodwood Breakfast Club Meeting, Supercar Sunday This is always the largest Breakfast Club gathering of the year and there must have been 3,000+ cars making a pilgrimage there. As it fell on a Bank Holiday and we had fine, dry sunny weather, it attracted many petrolheads. The only disadvantage was queueing to get to the venue and having to use the public field car parks for 1,000s of us. It took me over 45 minutes to crawl along the approach road and then having to park the car in a field with 1,000s of other supercars which in my opinion should have been on the track or in the paddocks. There was a great display of cars though, including my first sighting of the new Cayman R. For me the best Porsche on display was a light blue original flatnose 930. One of only 50 and it only had 28,500K on the clock.
Clive Robinson’s 928 at PC Mid Sussex
Classic Car Shows The show season really kicks off from June and there are a number of local shows that are regularly attended by SE Region members , these are :June 12th (Sunday) Bromley Pageant of Motoring The SELNK region have a TIPEC stand at the show and usually have a few spaces for SE Region members cars, so if you are interested please contact Jim Hearnden the SELNK RO. Tel 07930 353 232 or email TR7V8@ phaetonconsulting.co.uk June 18th (Sunday) Senlac Classic car show at Bodium Castle June 29th– July 3rd (Thursday–Sunday) Goodwood Festival of Speed Whilst TIPEC won’t have a stand there this year due to excessive cost increases and and the fact that the event has become too corporate, no doubt many members will attend this fantastic show. Ticket sales are exceeding all previous years and we expect to welcome over 180,000 visitors. This year’s theme is ‘Racing Revolutions: Quantum leaps that shaped motorsport’; celebrating the ceaseless quest for increased power, greater efficiency, more speed from motor racing’s pioneering early days.
The line up of stars appearing at this year’s event includes Button, Hamilton, Webber and Senna to mention just a few. In addition to the line up of stars and their cars, over 200 exhibitors have already booked their space. Additional exhibition space has had to be found in a dedicated exhibitor area up at the Forest Rally Stage, which this year is being sponsored by Skoda. In addition to the usual Porsches that we can expect, the Porsche Museum’s 804 Formula 1 car will be going up the hill. August 7th (Sunday) Show and Shine TIPEC have an invitation to this ‘Porsche Show and Shine’ event to be held at the amazing Arundel Castle and being organised by Robin Pettifer. The entry cost is only £5.00 per car and that also gains you entry into the Castle and gardens. Contact Robin Pettifer on firstname.lastname@example.org or tel 07787 502 740 to book. August 14th (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 19 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.
Wessex RO Pete Blackler 07779 203 278 (mobile) email@example.com Meetings are held fourth Tuesday of every month 8pm at The Wheatsheaf Inn, Braishfield Road, Braishfield, Romsey, Hampshire, SO51 0QE.
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. RO and ARO required, to host monthly meetings at a local pub/hotel with support from the members and the committee and to attend/organise local events.
Southern region cars at the Downton Classic Car Show
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 Downton Classic Car Show This was our first visit to the Classic car show at Downton. Everyone I talked to enjoyed the event and the weather was great. Thanks to Alan and the organisers for all the hard work involved. After parking on the showground we walked into the village for the amazing cuckoo fair with several live bands, dancing and hundreds of stalls selling local produce and crafts. 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 15th (Friday) Porsches on Poole Quay 18:00–21:00 June 26th (Sunday) Gillingham & Shaftesbury Motoring Pageant SP7 9PL (Adults £6) July 17th (Sunday) ‘Classics at the Castle’ at Sherborne Castle July 17th (Sunday) Driving Skills at Portland (limited to 12 drivers) July 22nd–24th (Friday–Sunday) Silverstone Classic (members ticket offer) August 7th (Sunday) Southern Region BBQ September 4th (Sunday) Wessex Classic Show at Bovington Send a request if you’d like to be on the TIPEC stand December Region’s Christmas meal TBA
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 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 & 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. Thanks for those that replied to my emailed questions the other week. It looks like people would like a Sunday run out so Paul & I will look to do something like that. April’s club meeting had a slightly low turnout which was a shame, lively discussion on forthcoming events though. May’s club meeting enjoyed a better turn out which was great, with discussion about forthcoming events and also some national events coming up such as Goodwood. We also chatted about a meeting point and timings for the SELNK invasion of Laon, France at the end of May. I’ll put a mail out about this shortly. Paul & I have put together a calendar for 2011 & I’ve mailed it out. If you haven’t received a copy then shoot me a mail to the address above and I will send you a copy. 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 are still looking for more. We now have 44 people on the SELNK list, including some Paul & I have never met. It would be great to see some of you in the forthcoming few months. June 5th (Sunday) TIPEC 2011 at Hatton Country World near Warwick! June 12th (Sunday) Bromley Pageant This is a fantastic show and in fact the Worlds biggest one day car show with around 3,000 cars attending.
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Thames Valley RO Craig Moore 07748 733 000 (mobile) firstname.lastname@example.org ARO Jason Gibson 07958 459 725 (mobile) email@example.com Meetings are held first Tuesday of every month 7:00pm at The Novello, Bath Rd, Littlewick Green, Maidenhead, SL6 3RX. The events year got off to a good start. At the beginning of March, a small group from Thames Valley headed down to Goodwood for the first Breakfast Club of the year. It was a pretty chilly morning, nevertheless many souls braved the set-off before the sun had even contemplated bothering the sky. When it eventually did arrive, it was a bright day, and we were pleased to find the usual extraordinary range of cars. The theme was Tax Free Sunday, meaning cars were supposed to be pre-1973, but a few later ones sneaked through too. An early highlight of the year was the Novices’ evening at Brands Hatch. Blessed with absolutely cracking weather, we met up at Mercedes Benz World at Brooklands, watched the action on the test track and skid pan and enjoyed a sandwich before the journey to Kent. Five cars headed down: Chris Drummond in his tasty 3.2, mates James, Jeff and Graham in a 968 and two 944 S2s, and me in the Targa. Jeff had brought his son Dan and his mate Gurjot along for some laps too. Chris had sneakily
shod his 3.2 with sticky Toyo track rubber, but the journey down was taken at an entirely legal pace due to a recent accumulation of speeding points by two of our number, who expressed the need to ‘drive like Nuns’ ... There was no such restraint once on the track, however. It was a great evening. Only the exhaust falling off the classic Mini I followed through Clark Curve onto the Brabham straight caused concern. I’d spotted the sparks from it dragging under the car so gave it a wide berth, but when it let go the session was red flagged while the marshalls retrieved it from the tarmac. The final session had a delayed start as the driver of a really nice E46 BMW M3 stuffed it heavily into the wall coming out of Druids on the slowing-down lap of the previous session. The word was that he was show-boating and drifting the car and he lost it. Sad, because it was a really tidy car, and also because the final session was curtailed due to the licence requirements to close the circuit by 8pm. Those who lost out were compensated by the venue with another session on another day. However, we all enjoyed stretching our cars and all ran perfectly throughout. Indeed, most other drivers were careful and courteous too, and despite the speed differentials between the different cars on track, you could generally drive as hard as you liked without cars tripping eachother up. And we got some great photos! (thanks to Raw Action Photography for permission to reproduce them here). Finally, another really early morning saw another group head for another Goodwood Breakfast club on 1 May. This time it was for the Supercar Sunday event and yet again there was a staggering array of highly
desirable machinery on display. I knew it would be a good day when we spotted a Jaguar XJ220 topping up with fuel on the way there. And then a few minutes later while our convoy was pootling along a dual carriageway, it flew past us like we were standing still. I've never even seen one on the road before, so I was happy to see such a rare beast being driven in anger. Well, I thought it was rare until spotting two others displayed at Goodwood! One slight fly in the ointment was all the front engined cars (944, 968 and 928) in our group were directed to the regular car park, whilst Chris Chaffey and I in 911s made it to the paddock. When you later find some rather ordinary (and decidedly un-super) cars like 1.9 litre BMW Z3s in the paddock, you start to question the rather odd admission policy. Anyway, we all enjoyed it. The drive down at that time of the morning is a real joy on superb and quiet A and B roads, and that's part of the attraction of going. Less good was the drive back! I wouldn’t want to embarrass anyone (too much), but the one car without sat-nav led the way until the driver admitted he was lost, and the chap who took over the lead didn’t do much better! Still, all part of the fun, and we saw some great roads I’ve never driven before. I just have no idea where in southern England they were! Coming up, we have a little day out at Hambledon with an informal classic car show, followed by this year’s banzai runs up the hill at the Prescott Classic. I’ve also emailed everyone with details of the event at the Porsche Experience Centre Silverstone which will have been and gone by the time you receive this, as will have TIPEC’s annual Porsche Show at Hatton Country World on 5th June. Hope to see lots of Thames Valley people out and about at these events. Don’t be shy—they really add to the enjoyment of your car. Just grab your keys and be there! June 5th (Sunday) TIPEC 2011 ‘The Porsche Show’ Hatton Country World, near Warwick June 12th (Sunday) Bromley Pageant of Motoring
Craig’s Targa at Brands (photo ©Raw Action Photography)
Chris’ 3.2 at Brands (photo ©Raw Action Photography)
June 30th–July 3rd (Thursday–Sunday) Goodwood Festival of Speed July 29th (Friday) Classics on the Common, Harpenden 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 September 25th (Sunday) 911 & Porsche World Picnic
James, Jeff and Graham in their froont-engined Porsches at Brands Hatch’s novice day (photo ©Raw Action Photography)
December 3rd (Saturday) Christmas dinner (venue TBC)
www.TIPEC.net You can use the TIPEC website to register or renew your club membership, advertise cars and parts for free, download old issues of All Torque, and keep up-to-date with events in your region. If you look to the bottom-left of the homepage, you will find a link to TIPEC’s online discussion forum. This is the place to trade banter with fellow club members on a day-to-day basis, ask questions and share knowledge, up and down the UK (and worldwide!) Here’s a recent example. Forum: Regions; Gruppe Central; South Central Air Cooled Catering Truck Clive993: No, its not Mikes air cooled 911 although in many respects its the same, same BHP, same colour, same top speed and same ability to overtake anything (nil). First outing will be Newton Longville, for all those going place your orders now!
village eejit: That’s one hell of a roof spoiler Clive and there appears to be a dog stuck to the front. Other than that, a fine looking camper. Clive993: It’s an air brake deployed when over 120 MPH. Re: the dog, thats what happens when it steps out just as the third turbo is kicking in at about 180MPH. It gets embedded in the bodywork Pete G: Just don't order the hot dog off the menu! Sean Smallman: Have you booked your welding course at evening class yet? Clive993: No need, a bit of duct tape and some white felt pens should do the trick! tr7v8: Ooh cruel, very cruel, better to buy an orange one then the rust don’t show.
Mike Holmes: Dont you ever take the p*ss out of my caravan again! Never thought I would see the day. Good for you, that’s the proper camper. Slightly slower than your 996 shed and I bet it gets more attention.Well done. (PS. Has it got a cooker?) Clive993: “PS. Have it got a cooker?” It have, she called JO! 911smark: Mines a sausage and bacon sandwich, dont forget the brown sauce. I’ll be at Newton Longville for about 9:30/10:00am. I think Jo wil do a sterling Job in her chefette outfit. When is the TIPEC branding going on the new catering bus? You will have to keep your eyes open, if its a warm day Mike will end up finding somewhere to sleep in the bus and you will end up taking him home for the rest of the weekend. I thought Prescott may have been the first outing so you and your mate Stirling could cosy up! Nice one Clive & Jo.
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