L AL E U Q R TO JUNE 2012 / Y A M 3 9 ISSUE
Race Retro 2012 DIY 993/964 Carrera clutch change
Retrofitting daylight running lights
Goodbye to Stewart Gordon
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The show is less than a month away and I can confirm that all of the details have been finalised. All we need now is you and your Porsche, to join us for a fun day out at this family friendly venue. Your car in the Porsche Only Parking Area amongst the hundreds of Porsches lined up is worth the trip alone. All of the front engined models are celebrating an anniversary this year. There will be special display areas for the 924, 928, 944 and 968. Entry into the show is free, this does not mean we have had to cut corners, there will be a garden party atmosphere with live Jazz music. A show ring with demonstrations and interviews with owners about their cars. There is a car for sale area and Club Members who have got spare parts to sell are welcome to sell them in the Jumble Area. You will need to show your membership card on the day to avoid paying rent. We have merged the Show Program with this issue to give everyone attending Hatton an insight into what the club is all about. Note that you will need a copy of the program with you to get the discounted rate for the farm village. The more eagle-eyed amongst you will have noticed the new club logo on the front cover. The old one was expensive to set up for production, chunky and old fashioned. This one is timeless, is easy to produce on clothing and other promotional items that we need. For several years now the club has followed a formula that has ensured our financial stability. I appreciate that in some quarters change has not been popular, it was needed and long overdue. You can not run an organisation on a year by year basis with an expenditure that is disproportionate to its income. A substantial surplus had to be built up in order for us to invest properly in equipment that is both practical and durable, with a healthy balance in reserve to protect the long term future of the club. A new range of show shelters and club branded promotional materials will be delivered over the next couple of months. The new gear is lightweight, compact and 911 friendly. The event shelters are larger than our gazebos so you can get more people under them. There will be new flags that are anchored by a spike and new pop-up banners. Please check out the Club News section for details about the Pride of Ownership Competition at the show, discount Codes for Silverstone Classic, Cholmondeley Pageant of Power and a new event we will be attending at Prescott Hill Climb in August. Our new clothing supplier is Lime Gecko, for shirts, caps, etc. I usually write this column four weeks before the delivery date. I will have been to the launch of the new Boxster at Porsche Centre Tonbridge, attended the AGM and will have taken the 4S on another drive into Europe, before this issue lands on your doormat. Life certainly is not dull in the world of Porsche, I will cover those events in July’s All Torque. See you at the show!
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Club news Silverstone Classic 20th–22nd July www.silverstoneclassic.com Join us at this three day motoring event, which is a combination of motor racing and club displays. Buy one get one free tickets and an infield pass to join our club display available until 31st May using code C12114.
Pride of Ownership Competition at TIPEC 2012 (The Porsche Show) 27th May An informal relaxed concours competition without the use of scoring sheets and clipboards. A show and shine about how well the car has been presented. There are no classes, just a straightforward 1st, 2nd, 3rd and a prize for the best first time entrant.
Cholmondeley Pageant of Power
The competition is sponsored by Meguiars and the winner will be invited to put their car on the Meguiars stand at the NEC Classic Motor Show in November. To enter please send an email to email@example.com with your name, model and registration number.
15–17th June www.cpop.co.uk Join us in Cheshire for the third year of this motoring event. Camping available as well as a concert with fireworks. Discount tickets and infield trackside parking on the club display available using the following codes until 31st May. Adult three day ticket with concert CC3DT Adult Day Ticket CCDT
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Under 16 tickets are free but need booking at the same time. When booking enter ‘The Independent Porsche Enthusiasts Club’ in the Company Name box.
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Stewart Gordon, Scotland RO, retires Neil Fraser on his TIPEC introduction and Stewart’s 13 years of service. One dark cold December evening at the tail end of last year Stewart Gordon tells me he has decided that after 13 years at the helm of the Scottish region he will stand down as RO. I thought for a brief moment he may be persuaded to stay on but that look in his eyes told me otherwise. Stewart has been the RO for Scotland for 13 great years. My understanding is that in the early days numbers at the region were, well, a dozen or so. At present I think we are 80 to 90 odd—that itself tells you something must be good about the region doesn’t it? I remember back in 2003 looking to purchase my Porsche but, just as important, looking for a club to go with it. I had been to a couple of PCGB meetings here in Edinburgh, but something in my mind told me it was not the correct club for me and my Porsche. It was on the offchance I decided to visit to the Ingliston Showground Classic Car show, not really thinking anything other than that would I see a few Porsches and take a few snaps. As I paraded round the cars I came across 12 Porsches—all classics—needless to say I was in my element. I looked around the cars and at the club banner: TIPEC. Who’s this mob I asked myself? The first person to make himself known to me was Stewart Gordon. My first impression after talking with Stewart was that the club was warm, friendly and laid-back almost to the point of being horizontal … and above all it was a enthusiasts’ club. I joined that afternoon, needless to say! I was a bit apprehensive about coming along to my first meeting as I had not purchased a Porsche and was almost embarrassed about not yet being a proud owner. I phoned Stewart at home and explained my dilemma. He giggled with laughter explaining that there are a few members like myself and as it was the winter time many of the Porsches were off the road away from bad weather anyway. He did say bring along a 50 pence piece with me. I asked why? And he says, you’ll find out when you get there. I arrived at the Oxgangs Hotel in Grangemouth with my 50 pence. There were 20 or so at the meet and Stewart put me at ease. That warm friendly feeling I got when joining was with me again and I knew then this was definitely the club for me. Stewart offered me a tea or coffee followed by a sandwich, then introduced me to the ARO, Pete Weston, a chap that only lived a few miles along the road from myself. Everyone I spoke to that evening was very open and down to earth and of course with that common interest in Porsche! As I was just about to leave that evening to head home I remembered putting my hand in my pocket to get my car keys and feeling the 50 pence piece there. I turned to Stewart and said I’ve got my 50 pence piece—he laughed and said it was for the coffee and sandwich, well that solved that little mystery! The winter passed and as spring came around I purchased a 1985 911 Carrera Sport (Guards Red of course) I felt more at home after that and really enjoyed attending shows here there and everywhere, all organised by Stewart. He seemed to have an enormous energy for the club, a real passion inside him. I think that was rubbing off, I really did enjoy the club and all it had to offer. Time passed and things changed within the region. The two AROs, Pete & Ron, who assisted Stewart decided they were standing down. I decided I’d like to put myself forward along with Alan Neilson, who was another chap
at the club who I had a lot time for, a real genuine car and Porsche enthusiast. Alan and I were elected and Stewart the old hand faced the challenge of new ideas and added energy. Stewart was quick to adapt to new ideas such as taking minutes of the meetings, circulating emails, new shows and venues, etc etc. A more informed membership meant more attendances and with Stewart’s leadership skills that quickly filtered through. Numbers rose to 100 at one point and even today are a consistent 80 to 90. Season after season have gone by and we are still a winning formula. Stewart officially stood down as RO for Scotland at the February meeting. It was sad in a way, the end of an era, however also the beginning of a new one. The first challenge of being the new RO for Scotland was how to pay tribute to Stewart for such loyal and dedicated service to the club and region. It was Martin Whitelaw and James Mclauchlan, long serving members, who came up with the idea of a photo album—which in the end consisted of over 200 photos of Stewart performing his duties as RO—and in addition to that an engraved tankard to commemorate his time and recognise his services to the club. There was even a cake with his famous registration number on it: A944 JEM. The March meeting came round and it was Alan and I’s first meeting as the new guys at the helm. I remember Stewart saying to me just before we took the meeting how many members were here tonight, a real good turnout, and he thought it was just a kind of hello to Alan and I … but in fact the numbers had turned out for his surprise presentation and a very fitting one it was. There were 36 people at the meeting and many had travelled far and wide to get there. A big thanks to those that made the trip and showed the respect people had for Stewart. The presentation was made by Elaine Whitelaw and Teresa McLauchlan and I could not help but notice a tear in each eye from Stewart. I think for a moment or two he was a bit overwhelmed! Stewart has retired from the RO position but he will never retire from the region! Stewart’s love for and knowledge of any 944 model is vast. Many people have asked me questions about 944s and I always refer them to Stewart, however it is at your peril that you phone him … he will have diagnosed the problem with your 944 within minutes of your call, but that will lead to other stories of old and before you know it you have been on the phone an hour plus whether you like it or not—there is no escape! I am proud to follow in Stewart Gordon’s footsteps as the new RO for Scotland, it is an honour and a privilege to be handed a great club and region. I would like also to say a big thank you to Alan Neilson who has decided to stay on as ARO. Alan over the years has been and will be a great ambassador for TIPEC, a real enthusiast and a fantastic guy who, like Stewart, has warmth and passion for the region. A big hello and welcome aboard to Mike Stevens the new ARO along with Alan. Mike brings previous car club experience with him to TIPEC and all three of us will be sitting down soon with new ideas and with you, the members, to take the region forward and keep it interesting and fun to be part of. Stewart, a huge thank you for your inspiration to me and others at the club and region. We will endeavour to run the region in the same vein as you did, with warmth and passion. A happy retirement to you and Lyn and we will see you, as always, at the club meetings. Writing & Photography by Malcolm Greer All Torque 93 page 5
Photo opportunity The TIPEC Scotland region were invited to display some cars at Glasgow’s Riverside Museum, which houses the city’s transport collection. Photographer David Pollock kindly took a few snaps …
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Member’s cars Allan Appleby is now into the seventh year of owning his 944 and he never loses interest. Impressive, considering that he used to change car every twelve months through boredom.
Running repairs have continued since my last report but this is to be expected due to the age of the car. Since my last report I have fitted a new steering rack as the old one developed a leak and fitted a replacement gearbox from an S2 to get rid of the whine from the old unit! I have refurbished the alloy wheels and replaced the tyres to improve the look of the car and got rid of the old Porsche scripted seats in favour of full leather replacements. In the winter I tend to run my car on a spare set of cup wheels that I painted black and these help to keep my other best cup wheels in pristine condition. I have also fitted scripted porsche door handles and upgraded from the original speakers but I’m still not satisfied with the latter so further changes will come. Brake calipers have been stripped and refurbished along the way. I have now done two cam belt changes and multiple oil changes along with the services on top—and fitted a stainless steel exhaust as I replaced the rear silencer three times!
In addition to these repairs most recently I carried out a suspension upgrade which involved removal of the suspension at my good pal Phil’s (Dirty hands on the forum) workshop where we had Chris’ (another Central member) recently purchased 1982 944 having his front suspension removed (MOT failure) and being replaced with my old front shocks at the same time … talk about recycling.
I love the view of those flared rear arches when you look in the door mirrors.
I have just had the second replacement cam belt and balance belt replaced with Phil at his workshop and I would like to say a big thank you to him as he always helps me when I get stuck with my car.
I have dismantled eight 944 cars in the last four years buying non repairables and keeping stock for my own car as well as selling or supplying my friends with spares and it has been a good way to learn how parts come off the car without making mistakes on my own car. I have met some fantastic people in this time, not only through TIPEC but also the Campervan, Karmen Ghia and Beetle owners too, which are other great interests that I have. The 944 in my opinion never seems dated and I love the view of those flared rear arches when you look in the door mirrors. I tend to clay bar my car twice a year and finish off with Meguiars 3 stage polish treatments to give the paint finish a lovely deep shine and it is very satisfying when finished. I don’t think I will ever part with my 944 although I wouldn’t rule out another Porsche as a second car. After all, Phil has owned two 944 cars and recently acquired a 928 to add to his collection!
Writing & photography by Adrian Hunter All Torque 93 page 7
Porsche 908, with Sir Stirling Mossâ€™ RS61 Spyder behind it
John Anderson (an ex-Central region TIPEC member) in the unique RHD ex-works 1971 Porsche ST
The Bell, Stuck and Ludwig Porsche 962
The 962 of Winter, Jelinski and Dickens
Ex-Scowcroft team 1979 911 SC, which is the course car for Race Retro
Central Region went to Race Retro in 2009. Was that a good event; not really, it seemed quite disorganised and more about auto jumble than a celebration of rally cars or a bygone era of sports cars. As a consequence of the 2009 show Paul Bird and I decided to let the show die gracefully. However, it was resurrected and with the heightened expectancy of a better show for 2012 we decided to include Race Retro 2012 into this year’s calendar of events. What made us keen to return was the prospect of there being a tribute to Porsche, not to mention Honda and Norton motor bikes No doubt many of you have read very mixed and sometimes quite vitriolic views of this year’s show on the TIPEC web forum. So what was the show like and why did so many people get so upset at the costs of entry? Perhaps some people went under a misconception and perhaps some went under a belief that the cost of entry guaranteed a super show.
understand where our £25 goes and also understand that a day out for £25 compared to £40 plus for 90 minutes of abject, mediocre professionalism being passed off as premier football isn’t too bad after all. No wonder football clubs are going bust as attendances fall and no wonder car shows and associated events are thriving. Now what was the rally section like? Well, let’s just consider that the cars being driven ranged from deadly four wheeled un-guided missiles which had been banned for obvious treason to those a couple of leagues lower (sorry about the football analogy).
What made us keen to return to Race Retro was the prospect of there being a tribute to Porsche, not to mention Honda and Norton.
Well, let’s start to understand reality. If £25 was expensive then why do people pay £40 or more to watch premiership football for 90 minutes? Before you explode I have done just that on a number of occasions recently and instead of spending £25, I have wasted in excess of £40 on each and every occasion watching over rated, over paid, over bloated and unfit men who are past their physical prime trying desperately to kick a bag of wind around a pitch whilst 30,000 and more spectators moan and groan in exasperation.
Let’s also consider that fact that the public were quite well looked after in the rally ‘parc ferme’ area and had loads of opportunity to meet, greet and chat to their idols from years gone by. Fat chance of meeting a so called football star past or present in my experience, unless more palms are crossed with silver. Think about the costs of setting up the indoor show and the insurances, not to mention setting up a rally stage and the costs involved there. Some poor nominated volunteer must have spent ages doing risk assessments and method statements!
Let’s also think about the cost of getting together such exotica at shows such as Goodwood, the NEC and Race Retro. Paul Bird and I always have a racing car on the TIPEC stand at the NEC in November. We once (twice in fact) tried to secure an item of exotica such as was seen at this year’s Race Retro. The transport costs, the travel insurance and the on site insurance costs for the car concerned were mind boggling. Hence the car never appeared. So perhaps we can now begin to
Well, I have said enough. I have made enough controversial comments. Would I go again? No, not next year, but again in the future, most definitely yes. Time now for you to make up your own mind; so to help you decide, I will let the photographs do the talking.
Writing by Brian Rowledge, photography by Brian Rowledge & Derek Flanagan All Torque 93 page 9
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Steve Taylor’s Porsche 944 was originally sold for £21,000 in 1986, but was a shadow of its former self when he bought it in 2001. Rob Hawkins of Classic Car World interviewed Steve to find out how he managed to affordably restore it, and kindly gave us permission to reprint the article.
“Does it have a van engine?” mimics Steve Taylor on the most popular question he gets asked, usually by people who think they are being clever. They’re almost right. The 924 was equipped with one of VW’s popular four cylinder motors and many Porsche purists rejected it, but the 944 was a true Porsche in comparison with a 2.5 litre four cylinder SOHC engine (the 944 was also available with a 2.5l Turbo, 2.5l 16 valve, 2.7l & 3.0l engine).
colour was a limited edition option for the 86–87 model year only and the interior was non-standard, as nearly all gold models had brown and black interiors. This meant the original owner had spent a lot of money on the car— originally somewhere in the region of £21,000! It was also apparent that gold cars are rare as most are the usual red, black or white, so the decision was made to start bringing the car back to its original condition.”
Steve Taylor’s reasons for owning a 944 are quite simple. He used to wash his neighbour’s 944 as a child in the Eighties, earning £3 pocket money and being allowed to drool over one of the most desirable and affordable performance cars of that era. Before the 924 and 944 arrived on the scene, Porsche ownership was out of the question for most sports car fans.
At the beginning of 2003, Steve had the rear quarter cut out and skilfully repaired and repainted as it was severely corroded. (Three days welding and one week the in paint shop, £300 for welding and £150 for painting the rear lower panel.)
It was very tatty with lots of mechanical and electrical faults.
So armed with childhood memories, Steve couldn’t resist when he spotted a 1986 944 for sale in December 2001 for a bargain £3,200 with 173,000 miles on the clock and 11 previous owners! At the time, 944 prices were much higher (at least £5,000 for a tidy example), so Steve realised he wasn’t investing in a concours example. “It was very tatty with lots of mechanical and electrical faults, rotten sills and rot around the rear quarter and battery housing,” he recalls. “The interior was also worn and the paintwork was dull. It had quite a thick service history folder, but towards later years the servicing was very basic and essential.”
He then spent several months repairing all the electrical faults, which he’d inherited with the car, including nonfunctioning electric door mirrors, a lack of central locking, an unreliable sunroof, headlamps that stayed up and half the bulbs on the dashboard. “I then set about sorting the engine issues as the car used to overheat in standing traffic,” explains Steve. “When cold it would take a while to start and when it did, it would run rough for 10 minutes until it had warmed up.” Steve fixed the overheating problem by fitting a new radiator and thermostat. The starting trouble was resolved with new spark plugs, HT leads and a distributor cap. These were not cheap at £125 for the HT leads, £60 for a distributor cap and £20 for a rotor arm.
Steve drove the car for a year and also managed to scrape it through an MOT. He had no particular plans for the car and after that first year, he realised he had to either sell it or invest some time and money in it to keep it.
During the Spring of 2004, Steve moved house to a place with a garage, so his Porsche could at last be stored undercover.
“During the first year I joined TIPEC (The Independent Porsche Enthusiasts Club) and found quite a lot of interesting facts out about the car,” says Steve. “Firstly the
“This also meant I could take the restoration to another level,” says Steve. “Firstly, I stripped out the interior completely and sent the seats and console away for re-
the 167bhp originally intended.”
trimming in original leather and cloth purchased from a Porsche specialist. Whilst the interior was away the exterior of the car was stripped of all its trim, glass and lights, and a pair of new sills were welded in.” In June 2004 Steve’s 944 was delivered to a bodyshop for a complete respray in the original and rare limited edition Kalahari Metallic. The final bill for the paint job was originally quoted at £3,500, so Steve offered to help with the prep work and reduce the final payment down to £2,000. “I helped out in the evenings after work, preparing and masking up the car,” he says. “Once complete I had the car returned back to my house and spent several months re-assembling the interior and exterior, paying attention to every detail along the way. Nothing went back on the car which was rusty or damaged. This meant that almost every nut, bolt, washer and screw was replaced. Every window seal, door rubber the sunroof seal and boot seals where replaced too.” Steve’s rebuild of his 944 from a painted, rolling shell took him until the early months of 2005 to complete. (I left the windscreen in on several people’s recommendations, the rear hatch unbolted easily, the door glass was a simple case of removing the electric window mechanism and removing which just left the two small rear windows. These where easy to install by fitting aluminium trim first then, with a boot lace and some washing up liquid for lubrication, put the bottom of the seal in first and pull the boot lace pulling the rubber inside the body … very simple and took five minutes a side.)
Returning home from the rolling road test, Steve didn’t waste any time and immediately started work on removing the engine. The only trouble was his resources; a single garage and no engine hoist. “Working in a single garage with no engine hoist meant the engine was stripped in the car,” explains Steve. “It was apparent as we stripped the engine that she was past her prime. All the valves were worn and the pistons easily moved within the bores.” Rebuilding the Porsche 944’s four cylinder engine can be frighteningly expensive. It’s not uncommon for the final bill to start at £2,500. Steve soon realised this potential problem when he discovered Porsche sold new pistons at £250+VAT each and piston rings at £125+VAT per set. He’d need £1,500+VAT (£1,762.50) for a new set of pistons and rings before he’d spent anything on gasket sets, a rebore, crank grind and bearings. “I set about looking for a low mileage short engine,” explains Steve when he realised new pistons and rings were out of the question. “The first one I came across had covered 89,000 miles, but once she was stripped down it was evident that the mileage was not correct as the bores were worse than mine.”
Steve’s rebuild from a painted, rolling shell took until early 2005.
What problems did you encounter? Could you remember where everything went?
“What the owner of the engine did not disclose until I later confronted him for my money back was the reason the car had been scrapped in the first place,” says Steve. “This was because it had run dry of oil in Portugal whilst he was on holiday and cooked the crank beyond repair. I only bought the engine block and four pistons which all looked perfect, so his mileage was at least honest, but once I had the block measured professionally it was discovered to be twisted.”
Dismayed at the lack of good second hand Porsche 944 engines, Steve contacted every Porsche specialist and Porsche parts supplier in the UK to see if they could help. He eventually found the answer with Hartech of Bolton.
“A trick learned from Wheeler Dealers was to label all parts as removed and store in plastic food bags also labelled, only problem I recall was the electric window mechanism only fits one way or the glass falls out of the track when you operate the window which it did.” At this stage, Steve decided his resprayed 944 with fully functioning electrics was good enough for now to return to the road and use. However, Steve had several forthcoming plans. For the majority of 2005, 2006 and 2007, Steve used his 944. In November 2007, he went to a rolling road test. “I already said if she was more than 10% down on power it was going to be a complete rebuild, not a tidy up as originally planned,” recalls Steve. “For a 20+ years old engine with 185,000 miles she put in 148bhp—not quite
Steve bought a second engine, which had covered 60,000 miles before the car was scrapped.
“Barry the owner was certain he had a set of 0.5 oversized pistons on the shelf but no rings for them,” says Steve. “We agreed a price of £200 and I collected them the following day. My search then continued for ring sets to match up with the pistons and again through perseverance found that Berlyn Services in Ilfracombe had a set of 0.5 oversize rings in stock. We again agreed a price of £200 and I received the rings a few days later.” Steve’s original engine block and the new pistons and rings were all sent to The Headshop in Warrington for re-boring and Alusil-ing (a process of honing the bores with a silicone paste to seal them, stopping the aluminium being picked up by the special chrome piston rings). “The 944’s engine block is made from aluminium silicone
Writing by Rob Hawkins, originally published by Classic Car World, reprinted with permission All Torque 93 page 11
carbide and unless the final process of resealing the bores is carried out properly you run the risk of picking up the aluminium particles from the block in the rings and eventually seizing the engine solid,” explains Steve. “Once completed the same company set about rebuilding the cylinder head with new valve guides and valves, as well as the usual skim and pressure test. All the other engine components had been stripped and sent for wet blasting and anodising to protect them against the elements.”
“The next problem to overcome was the ride height,” says Steve. “When I had rebuilt the rear torsion bars and suspension I had indexed the bars incorrectly so the car was sitting two inches too low.” Steve spent five hours removing the rear torsion bars and re-indexing them. (And same amount of time the second time I had to do it.)
Every single nut, bolt, washer and screw was renewed.
In July 2008, all the engine parts were finished and ready for reassembly. However, Steve had also started stripping all the suspension and drive train from his 944 to enable him to clean the entire floor area of the car ready for painting along with the engine bay.
“The drive train was stripped, new front struts and rear shocks purchased and all the remaining suspension parts sent for powder coating,” says Steve. “By October 2008 everything was back from the specialists and ready to be refitted back to the car.” Just like Steve’s rebuild after the respray in 2004, every single nut, bolt, washer and screw was renewed. All new genuine fuel lines and brake lines were fitted and over the seven months the car was put back together until it was completed in May 2009.
Who built up the engine? “Unit 11 Porsche Specialist built the short engine and fitted the clutch and bell housing, the rest of the engine was assembled in the same way it came out from the car by short engine first, cylinder head then cam box, followed by fuel system and air intake manifold, all cooling hoses and electrics fitted as we went along, but built by myself and friend Steve Halsall.” “To say the first turning of the key was tense was an understatement,” says Steve. “I have never felt so nervous about anything. Eventually the engine fired up and after a few seconds of rough running settled down to a steady idle.”
“Unfortunately each spline is equal to 50mm of ride height or 5mm per degree of rotation,” he explains. “Clever that I thought I was, I had now indexed the bars too far the other way so when the car was back on its wheels again it was now two inches too high! It was off with the suspension again for the final attempt, next time I should measure the angle in degrees before assembly.”
Steve’s 944 has been back on the road for just over a year and the only trouble he’s encountered has cost him £1.26 in the form of a water leak from a broken insert in the radiator (the part took a week to receive as it had to be ordered from Germany).
So is Steve happy with the results? I have tried to keep the car as original as possible with subtle improvements such as a stainless steel exhaust system, ceramic coated manifolds, a K&N air filter and putting the car on the optional 16 inch Turbo Teledails,” he comments. “If I was to repeat this all again I would have the bodyshell dipped and stripped of all its paint, repair the corroded panels and the have the whole shell painted in one go.” Steve takes care of his 944, but appreciates the performance the 167bhp engine can produce with a moderately light 1,150kg body.
Steve has clearly proven the 944 can be a value for money classic.
Steve then moved onto bleeding the brakes and clutch system, recalling, “It does help if you lock the bleed screw off on the clutch slave cylinder before pressing the pedal and coating the underside of the car with fluid and instantly taking off new paint!”
The summer of 2009 was spent shaking down the car. Some problems that emerged were extremely frustrating. For instance, crankshaft front oil seal started leaking, which meant stripping all the front end off the engine to replace it. Steve could find no reason why it should have leaked in the first place, but luckily to date, the replacement has been fine.
“It doesn’t have the kick in the pants performance of the 250bhp 944 turbo, but it can still put one hell of a smile on your face,” he says. “One advantage with all 944s is weight distribution— it’s almost 50/50 balanced so that means the car handles really well and can be thrown into a corner without the fear of losing the rear end.”
Steve has clearly proven the 944 can be a value for money classic, judging by how much he has spent on his restoration and how much of the work he been able to do himself in a single garage. It also offers a level of practicality with seats and seatbelts in the rear for young children and an adequate boot. As Steve correctly comments, “I always say I drive my 944 when I want to and not because I have to.”
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Light at the end of the … bumper! James McLauchlan fitted daylight running lights to his 964 Cabriolet and kindly shares the knowledge learned. Like them or loathe them, they’re here to stay. When that Audi, Merc or BM catches the corner of your eye in the rear view mirror or they stick out like Beachy Head lighthouse when you patiently wait to cross the road. You’ve guessed it … Daylight Running Lights (DRLs) are doing their job. Next two paragraphs are the boring bit so feel free to skip ahead—I did! Why are DRLs fitted and who has to have them? The story begins, as with many safety initiatives, in Sweden where DRLs became widespread in 1977. From then various countries have individually legislated for some form of lighting during the hours of daylight to increase a vehicle’s visibility. Many studies over the years have concluded that DRLs are a safety ‘plus’. So our masters in Europe decreed the following: European Union Directive 2008/89/ EC. This requires that all passenger cars and small delivery vans first type approved on or after February 7th 2011 in the EU to come equipped with DRLs. The mandate will extend to trucks and buses in August 2012. The lights will come on when the engine starts, go out or dim (and not cause dazzle) when the side/head lights are switched on. The EU Directive also requires that the DRL function must be produced by functionally
specific lamps meeting the requirements of ECE Regulation 87 and mounted to the vehicle in accord with ECE Regulation 48. There’s no requirement to retro fit these lights but I think they’re a good idea and I quite like the look so I decided to have a go. Enter club member Martin Whitelaw as technical adviser/designer and consumer of all my biscuits and cakes (don’t tell Elaine). This is a straightforward (cheap) circuit. If you can crimp spade connectors and drill the odd hole then this is the project for you. The box of tricks can be assembled at the kitchen table or bench. You can solder all the connections if preferred but either way leave plenty of cable from the box to allow discreet routing of the wiring. Mark each of the wires during assembly to keep track of what goes where. I wanted the DRLs to remain on full brightness when sidelights are switched on but ‘dim’ when dipped headlights are on—a common arrangement on new cars. This meant including a variable resistor so I could adjust the level of brilliance and avoid dazzle. If you just want the DRLs to turn off when side/head is on then delete the variable resistor and its wiring. The fitting of an on/off switch allows the whole lot to be isolated. There’s a fuse in the circuit although the current levels are tiny. I used a normal car type fuse (5A) with in-line holder. At the
heart of the circuit are two standard 12v 30/40amp car relays. The five pins on one relay are marked 85, 86, 87, 87a and 30. The second four pin relay has pins marked 85, 86, 87, and 30. Alternatively two five pin types can be used with pin 87a redundant. These relays are common on cars and can be bought cheaply at accessory shops, online or during a visit to a breaker‘s yard. All of the other bits and pieces were from Maplins or eBay. Shopping list: • 1 relay: – 12v 30/40 amp 4 pin marked 85, 86, 87, and 30 • 1 relay: - 12v 30/40 amp 5 pin marked 85, 86, 87, 87a and 30 • In line fuse holder + 5A fuse (Maplins) • Plastic box with screwed lid—120 x 80 x 40mm (Maplins) • A few yards of light duty car wiring— different colours to ease installation • A dozen or so spade connectors which push fit the relay pins. • An on/off switch—rocker or toggle—to be mounted on the box lid. (Maplins) • A 1kOhm variable resistor (potentiometer). (Maplins) • Cable ties to keep things tidy under the bonnet. • DRLs/Led light units of your choice or make use of existing fog lights. • LED SMD panels—the panels are made up of 48 high output leds. (available on eBay)
Completed box with relays, fuse and potentiometer. Switch mounted in lid.
Box in position
Ignition feed (yellow wire)
Using foglights with LED panels
Initially I used DRLs, bought on-line by Martin, fitted with strong double sided tape below the bumper on my 964. After a period of running with these I felt they lacked intensity. So plan ‘B’ my little used front fog lights might be a better option. I had previously fitted Xenon HiD high output headlights—fantastic beams, well worth the fitting—so the fog lights were never used. Disconnect both original connectors from the fog light bulbs, tape up the connectors and push to one side. This means in the future you can return everything to original. Run the +ve DRL feed from the relay to the fog lights and fit new -ve wires to earth. The original bulb is replaced with an led panel—bought on eBay in pairs. Sticky backed so it can be placed on the reflector in place of the original bulb. The +ve feed from the ignition circuit was taken from the luggage
Many thanks to Martin as ever for his advice, expertise and patience in explaining the ‘black art’ of relays.
compartment main fuse box using a male spade connector in an ignition controlled, unused relay holder. Trace the feed wire to the sidelight or dipped headlight to splice in to—near the bulb holder is easiest. You only need to do this on one side of the car, so choose whichever is side easiest. The running of the wires can be fiddly but follow and tie to the existing wiring harnesses to keep things tidy and safe. For the fused +ve feed from the battery use an insulated ring connector on to the battery terminal. The box was positioned with double sided tape in the luggage area (out of harms way) behind the spare wheel.
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993/964 Carrera clutch change It may sound like major surgery, but Martin Whitelaw believes that with the right tools and a little knowledge nothing is beyond the enthusiastic DIY Porschephile. I wonder how many of you reading this article will ever wish to doa DIY clutch replacement on your Porsche 993/964? This should not be beyond the serious petrolheads amongst you with tool sets and good quality spline/hex drives. No ‘dealer only’ special tools needed here! Carrera 4 models do require a little additional work to disconnect the torque tube and central driveshaft whilst Turbo 993 models have vacuum assisted clutch slave cylinders as well as air intercoolers to contend with—again nothing too complicated with the right tools and a bit of knowhow.
(to allow better access to the oil tank drain plug). Next would be to drive the car up on front ramps—saves having to jack the front of the car up! Carefully block/strap the front wheels so that they and at least one wheel ramp become inseparable. (911 front ends tend to lift when jacking up the rear?) Now commence, bit by bit, jacking up the rear body as high as you are comfortable with— whilst keeping it near level side to side. I used a 50mm square hollow tube* across the 993 rear jacking points to allow me to use jacks and supports in the same area on each side— this is not totally necessary but was my way of dealing with it.
Looking only here at the C2 models then, there are two ways to get at the clutch – either drop the engine and gearbox as a unit or remove the gearbox only with the engine left loosely attached to its mountings. As a DIYer, I know that I will have more control over lowering the engine/gearbox together as a unit until the gearbox can be unbolted from the engine and drawn back to expose the clutch. (Carrera 4’s engine/gearboxes must be lowered as one unit due to the way the torque tube/central driveshaft separate at the front of the gearbox).
Remove the rear wheels if not already done so. Disconnect the battery earth terminal and, if you’re like me, scrabble about looking for the alarm disable key to stop the racket!
My method starts with removing four of the five undertrays and, on the 993, the rear arch wheel liners and offside sill cover
On the 993 there are two suspension members to be unbolted from the LSA (Light, Strong and Agile—Porsche words not mine!) rear sub frame—mark the position of the eccentric (rear camber and toe) lower link bolts before attempting to remove these. Basically, unbolt everything which crosses the underside of the engine—this will also include: heater trunking, rear ARB, sump to oil tank line (remembering to drain the sump and oil tank first—some nine litres!) Unbolt the inner ends of the rear driveshafts, disconnect the reversing light switch and the starter motor power wires (3) and its earth strap. Remove the gear linkage at the front of the gearbox and the front gearbox stays to the central tunnel. The 10mm fixing for the metal clutch pipe at the front of the gearbox should be removed—this clutch pipe should
Gearbox on my plywood trolley, ready to be drawn back.
Ramps, axle stands, jacking point cross support beam, engine and gearbox trays—note strap used to secure front wheel down to ramp
A car lift would help greatly here—the operation would be similar to that described below but the body would be lifted off the engine/gearbox instead of the reverse. Like most of us, I don’t have the luxury of a two or four post lift but manage with a couple of trolley jacks and a touch of improvisation— see picture.
be closely monitored whilst lowering as it tends to snag on the gearchange shaft. Going now to the engine bay: remove the engine blower and ducting, the air cleaner lid and after clamping the PAS feed to the pump, remove the two pump hoses (plenty of rags to soak up the inevitable spillage). Again with spillage in mind, disconnect one petrol coupling to each bank. If you have A/C then unbolt the compressor from its mounting—disconnect the A/C hose bracket from the cooling fan shroud and the power feed from the electrical box on the engine rear right hand side. (The disconnected A/C compressor can be balanced on the rear bodywork with a protective cloth underneath or on the engine top as the unit is lowered). On the engine left hand side—open up the electrical fuse/connector box and remove three electrical plugs to enable the engine wiring loom ‘to go’ with the engine. (the large electrical connector of the three, for sure on the 993, has a ‘pull out’ side clamp? be warned!) At the engine front LH remove more electrical connectors and hoses as necessary (good idea to photograph these for refitting although, sensibly, most only fit in one position). On the engine top, remove any electrical connectors—again noting where they will be refitted. At this point, or earlier, you can decide whether or not to remove the rear bumper PU—for it’s own safety as well as assisting in the engine/gearbox removal. I would always recommend that the 993 rear bumper PU be removed as this allows a bit more manoeuvrability (see below) when lowering the units. Assume the rear bumper PU, support stays and light units have now been removed.
My 993 Carrera 2
993 on front ramps and rear axle stands —engine about to be lowered to ‘first stage’ axle stands
Note similarity with the same procedure on thiis previously owned 964
Well then! Nearly there and now time to consider how best to lower the engine/ gearbox? I used a 20mm sheet of marine ply under the engine with 50mm x 100mm front to back side stiffeners. A similar thickness of ply, this time with castors, being used to land the gearbox on. With two trolley jacks taking the weight of the engine and gearbox, I released the engine and gearbox mountings and slowly lowered the engine a bit, then gearbox a bit, and so on until they were fully down and supported on the ground. (The 100mm deep side runners on the engine ply support allow the trolley jack to be finally removed once on the deck). Making the engine support wide enough to support the heat exchangers allows the use of wooden blocks, or axle stands, on each side of the engine trolley jack to limit the amount of lowering to approximately 50mm at a time— this greatly reducing the risk of accidental ‘free fall’. The gearbox can also be suitably ‘blocked’ off the ground to limit its travel on the way down.
gearchange shaft clear the metal clutch pipe (mentioned earlier). Bit by bit lower the jacks continually checking the engine ancillaries are clear and nothing has been missed or is fouling the bodywork or driveshafts. Finally the lowering is over and the business of removing the gearbox can proceed.
As the engine/gearbox unit is lowered several jobs will need doing. Firstly the oil breather hoses at the top RH front of the engine need to be disconnected as soon as they become available and secondly the starter motor will need to be removed to avoid contact with the RH driveshaft later on. The clutch slave cylinder (two 13mm nuts) should be removed from the gearbox at some point although the throttle cable may remain attached— provided that the engine is not being lowered too far.
The gearbox can now be drawn back from the engine once the three remaining 15mm headed bellhousing nuts have been removed. Lift out the clutch operating fork.
Once the engine has been lowered just enough for the twin ignition units on the rear of the engine to clear the bodywork—pull the whole assembly back 25mm or so to help the
Gearbox drawn back and clutch pressure plate about to be unbolted
The first thing to know about the gearbox removal is that it won’t just side off without first having removed the clutch operating fork shaft. On the 993, remove the clutch vent to airbox pipe, then access the end of the clutch fork shaft by removing a cover (3 x 10mm headed bolts) and undoing a single 10mm headed bolt holding a clamp and plastic bung over the end of the shaft aperture. Pry this plastic bung out and with a suitable length of screwed rod threaded into the end of the fork shaft—pull fork shaft from its housing. (I guess if this shaft was reluctant to move then it might need something more substantial like a small impact puller?)
Nine spline headed bolts hold the clutch pressure plate to the dual mass flywheel— slacken and remove these in rotation and remove the clutch assembly from under the car. Fitting is the reverse of removal but first you will need to clean the old clutch fork and shaft for re-use. Be careful of the fork shaft needle roller bearings, one set will come out with the shaft and the other should remain intact in the bellhousing. These bearings
Allen headed screw taped on to a hex driver, for fork shaft removal
Bumper PU off and engine/gearbox about half way down
might shed their rollers but, although fiddly, can be rebuilt with a little high melting point grease holding the rollers in place. Clean and grease the shaft and fork bearings prior to replacing. Sit the clutch operating fork fully engaged on the release bearing and hold it temporarily in place with a piece of drafting tape (This tape can be easily recovered later). As soon as possible when refitting the gearbox, physically locate the clutch fork with a screwdriver to stop it from falling out of place as the gearbox is drawn forward. (Remember to first centralise the clutch plate with a suitable alignment tool prior to tightening the nine clutch pressure plate bolts or it will prove impossible to re-attach the gearbox) When the gearbox is ‘home’, carefully slide the clutch fork shaft back into position and secure it with the plastic bung and retainer bracket. Refit the shaft aperture access cover or vent. Now just pop the engine and gearbox back up and connect all ancillaries in reverse of removal (I know—sounds just like a Haynes’s Manual quote!) Fill the engine with six litres of fresh oil, run for a few moments, then top up with a further three litres of oil. Finally, check engine oil level when hot—engine running of course! Job well done. Now be content in the thought that you have just had a whale of a time and saved yourself at least £500 in labour charges. I only had one little mishap, when the engine was on its way up, I initially saw, and only refitted, one of two power leads to the starter 13mm terminal. This was a mistake as there are two power leads on this single 13mm terminal—a point that would have been obvious had I waited until the engine was fully home before connecting the starter wiring! This did cause a head scratching moment on the restart but on inspection my error was clear to see. For completeness, the smaller 10mm starter terminal takes a solenoid feed and the lower motor fixing (hex drive nut) also secures a single earth lead—making a total of four electrical connections at the starter motor. Any questions feel free to contact me. Writing & photography by Martin Whitelaw All Torque 93 page 17
Classifieds 1991 944 S2 - reluctant sale £5,495.00 incl. cherished plate Contact Stewart Gordon 07974 808 342 email@example.com My Cherished 1991 3ltr 16Valve 944S2 finished in rare Cobalt Blue, with Cobalt Blue interior including split leather rear seats and half leather Turbo front seats, all in great condition with no serious wear marks, rips tears and a new boot area material blind. Four previous owners incl. three changes in number plates. Has covered a genuine 137K miles since new, fitted with colour coded factory bridge spoiler, colour coded lower Turbo spoiler and original refurbished D90 alloy wheels, no kerbing marks or paint chips and fitted with Pirelli P6000 Tyres with plenty of tread left and coloured crested centre caps, rim decals and valve supports. Car has had a full professional respray in February 2010, new windscreen and seal fitted at the same time, also fitted and colour coded 968 side sill skirts and colour coded handle covers, fitted with a Porsche alarm & immobiliser. All electric windows, sun roof, mirrors, headlight adjusters central locking, Sony Radio/CD player fitted, spotlights, all in good working order, also the digital clock is perfect, climate control and all heater controls and gauges in good working order, and a full set of Porsche original mats. This car is in concours condition and was concourse winner 2010 in the TIPEC Scottish Region, I am a Porsche enthusiast and pride myself on turning out an excellent finished car. V5 document and HPI certificate are in my possession along with all MOTs back to 1997.
Timing belt, balance shaft belts and water pump have all been replaced along with timing chain and tensioner slippers, rear brake pipes, flexi pipes and front disc pads all replaced last year. Car comes with cherished number plate included, six months’ road tax and a new MOT. New and unused emergency style spare wheel, Porsche tyre compressor, tool roll and original jack and handle, sunroof panel storage bag and securing straps all included. Full stainless steel performance exhaust with 6" oval tailpipe. There has been around £10K spent on this car during its life including a main dealer gearbox rebuild. There are nine dealer stamps in the service book along with two other services that I have also carried out in the past two years. No leaks or rust. This car has to be seen to be appreciated, it’s in showroom condition.
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Our first day out of the year was the Oulton Park ‘RS’ Day on March 9th. 2x 3.2 Carreras, 1x 993 Carrera, 1x 997 Carrera S and 1x 986 Boxster from our region travelled in convoy to Oulton Park for the annual Porsche trackday. A couple of friends of the Club came along too, a Focus ST and Renaultsport Clio. The weather stayed fair, there was a really friendly atmosphere at the circuit and all those within our party who wanted passenger rides were lucky enough to get them. A top day out for all concerned. By the time you read this the Specialist Cars of Malton ‘Big Breakfast’ meet (8th April) will have come and gone. A report will follow next time. Springtime sees the return of our now (in)famous ‘Chippy Tea Runs’. These are always a good laugh and a fine opportunity for a gentle drive out on a Friday evening to a local-ish chip shop for tea. Meeting point is always the Dressers Arms at 6:30pm with a view to getting on the road for 6:45pm. The runs are listed below. Moving away from fried food for a moment, we are also involved with the Gawsworth Hall Classic Car Rally, the Tatton Park Classic and Performance Car Spectacular, and of course the TIPEC national day. May 7th (Monday) Gawsworth Hall Classic Car Rally, Cheshire This is a TIPEC NW favourite and this year NW stalwart John Pye has kindly offered to act as our organising rep. If you’re interested in attending, contact John via R.O. Andy, and he’ll be happy to keep you updated. May 14th (Monday) Club night at the Dressers Arms, from 7pm. May 18th (Friday) Chippy tea run to Banny’s at the eastern end of the M65 followed by a potter home through the Ribble Valley.
Peter gets a ride
North West members’ back ends!
May 27th (Sunday) This is of course the TIPEC National Day. Several folk have expressed an interest in travelling down this year. Feel free to come along in convoy – we’ll make it a good day out!
be on a Friday (or Saturday, ahem) so we’re going to follow him there and see what delights await us.
June 2nd–4th (Saturday–Monday) Tatton Park Classic & Performance Car Spectacular This show is always popular with our region so if you’re interested in joining us, R.O. Andy will be happy to keep you updated.
We haven’t yet decided how we’re running our annual regional concourse event this year. It may be part of our June Monday Club night or we may decide to make it a stand-alone event.
June 11th (Monday) Club night at the Dressers Arms, from 7pm. June 22nd (Friday) Chippy tea run to Knott End Chippy at (you guessed it) Knott End, probably followed by a run back through Blackpool, with the now traditional photo stop outside the Pleasure Beach. July 2nd (Monday) Club night at the Dressers Arms, from 7pm. July 20th (Friday or Saturday 21st – tbc) Chippy tea run to Hollingworth Lake. R.O. Andy informs me that Hollingworth Lake is the place to
August 6th (Monday) Club night at the Dressers Arms, from 7pm.
If you’ve an opinion or idea, please let Andy, Dave or myself know. We’re making an effort these days to keep the NW region pages of the Club web-site updated. We’ll endeavour to list dates/events as they pop up, and we’ll also try to provide a few ‘event reports’ too. Please take a look and let me know what you think. Lastly, I’d just like to remind all of our members that you’re assured of a friendly welcome at any of our meetings or events. There’s no attitude or snobbery, just friendly chat and banter. Oh, and if you’re not a member and find yourself reading this, treat it as an open invitation to come along and say hello. We’d be pleased to meet you!
Scotland RO Neil Fraser 07946 616 782 (mobile) email@example.com ARO Alan Neilson 07793 234 096 (mobile) firstname.lastname@example.org ARO Mike Stevens email@example.com Meetings are held first Wednesday of every month 8pm for an 8:30pm start in the 007 bar, upstairs at Bo’Ness Motor Museum, Bridgeness Road, Bo’Ness EH51 9JR. www.motor-museum.bo-ness.org.uk Well I was just about to kick by of saying the good Porsche weather is on the way back but as I look out the window this morning, wow—snow in April! I haven’t seen that for a few years that I can remember and only last week in the baking sunshine the Boxster S was out with roof down and I was absorbing multiples sun rays. The typical Scottish weather at it’s best! As we all know by now Stewart Gordon handed over the reigns officially at the February meeting to Alan, Mike and myself and it was a fairly emotional evening. Members travelled far and wide to take part in his surprise presentation. It was a very fitting evening for Stewart who has given 13 solid and constructive years to the region. You may have already read my article within this issue, it was my own personal story about Stewart that I wrote about and I am sure there is a similar story for many others that have been around Stewart over the years. A great chap full of passion for the region and still very much involved with the region it has to be said—I am sure i’ll be asking him his advice on club matters in times to come.
The March meeting had a bit of everything in it, action packed if you like. 36 turned up to Stewart’s surprise bash and of course it was Alan and I who delivered our first club meeting. We presented the diary of events for the coming season which went down well with a few new events such as the Porsche car clinic day and a trip to the new waterfront Glasgow Transport Museum. We are still looking for ideas for an autumn weekend away, so if anyone has any let us know and we will be on the case. A big welcome to Mike Stevens the new ARO along with Alan and of course myself as the new RO for the region. A big thank you to you the members for your continued support. Listed are the up and coming events for the region and not to forget the National Show at Hatton folks! 2nd May (Wednesday) Club Night at Bo’Ness Motor Museum 6th May (Sunday) Classic Car Show National Museum of Rural Life, East Kilbride 20th May (Sunday) Classic Car Show, Bridge of Allan 25–27th May (Friday–Sunday) TIPEC national show, Hatton Country World Staying at the Duncow Hotel, Dunchurch, Rugby 6th June (Wednesday) Club Night at Bo’Ness Motor Museum 10th June (Sunday) Historic Motoring Extravaganza, Lauder (Borders) 24th June (Sunday) Classic Car Rally, Moffat 4th July (Wednesday) Club Night at Bo’Ness Motor Museum
8th July (Sunday) Glamis Castle Transport Extravaganza, Angus 22nd July (Sunday) TIPEC Scotland concours and fmaily BBQ day Bo’Ness Motor Museum 1st August (Wednesday) Club Night at Bo’Ness Motor Museum 4th August (Saturday) Ten pin bowling, Deer Park, Livingstone 19th August (Sunday) Lunch run to Culcreuch Castle Hotel, Fintry 5th September (Wednesday) Club Night at Bo’Ness Motor Museum 9th September (Sunday) Bo’Ness Hill Climb Classic Car Show 23rd September (Sunday) Transport Show, East Fortune
Cheshire & Staffs RO Steve Taylor 07774 912 069 (mobile) firstname.lastname@example.org ARO Dave Watson 07889 804 598 (mobile) email@example.com Meetings are held third Tuesday of every month 8pm at The Whipping Stocks, Stocks Lane, Over Peover, Knutsford, WA16 9EX. Hi everyone, hope you are well, as I write this most of you will have been busy taxing your cars ready for the warmer weather. Since taxing my own car two week ago it has not stopped raining, only the week before we were all basking in 20 degrees as summer came early, good old British weather! We have plenty planned for this coming summer so we need everyone’s support. Our first main show will be the Queen’s Jubilee weekend 3rd, 4th and 5th of June at Tatton Park. This year’s show is over three days so your support will be very welcome, let’s see some new faces on the club stand. We also have several other events pencilled in too, thanks to the committee members Dave Watson, Dave Mercer, Terry Murphy, Barry Stenhouse and Gary Ince for all their help in organising this year’s calendar, if anyone has suggestions please feel free to speak to one of them at any time. We have also been invited to provide a club stand at Oulton Park on the 14th and15th July for the Passion for Power Show. On the Sunday Clubs are welcome to join in parade laps around the circuit, I will keep you posted regarding entry.
Snow in April—the typical Scottish weather!
May I also remind everyone that I have a new email address so could you update your address books, my new email is firstname.lastname@example.org
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Anyway, all that remains for me to say is; stay safe, drive carefully and I hope to see as many of you as possible this summer out with your cars. 15th May (Tuesday) Club night, The Bulls Head, Mobberley
17th July (Tuesday) Club night, The Whipping Stocks
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5th August (Sunday) Mouldsworth Motor Museum
26th May (Saturday) Trackday, Aintree Circuit
18–19th August (Saturday–Sunday) Tatton Park Classic Car Show
27th May (Sunday) Drive out
21st August (Tuesday) Club night, The Whipping Stocks
2nd–4th June (Saturday–Monday) Tatton Park Classic Car Show
18th September (Tuesday) Club night, The Whipping Stocks
15–17th June (Friday–Sunday) Cholmondley Castle Pageant of Power
29–30th September (Saturday–Sunday) Passion for Power, Event City Manchester
17th June (Sunday) Trentham Gardens Classic Car Show 19th June (Tuesday) Club night, The Whipping Stocks, Concours De Le Mons 22nd June (Friday) Chippy tea and drive, Delamere Forest
14–15th July (Saturday–Sunday) Oulton Park, Sports Car Show
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.
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Gruppe Central Bristol RO Mick Simmons 07793 905 918 (mobile) firstname.lastname@example.org ARO Sue Simmons email@example.com Meetings are held first Tuesday of every month 8pm at The Fox, Easter Compton, BS35 5RA, one mile West of M5 J17 (Cribbs Causeway). Now we have put the clocks forward we can enjoy lighter evenings and it really is starting to feel like spring will move to summer quite soon. (Hope I haven’t spoken too soon!) Here at the TIPEC group in Bristol we are looking forward to a wide range of activities, and judging by the impressive turnout at March and April’s monthly meetings I am hoping that many more people will join in on some of the planned events, as well as the monthly meetings at The Fox. As I am writing this I know that a couple of our members are off in Germany and Belgium, putting
their cars through their paces at the Nürburgring and Spa. Hope to see Paul and Clive (and their ladies!) back in one piece for the May meeting! Six of our cars will be shown off at the Coleford Festival of Transport on Easter Monday and other members will no doubt be looking over all the vehicles on show and having bouts of nostalgia over some of the more ‘vintage’ models. I will have some photos of Coleford for next edition of All Torque. The TIPEC AGM is fast approaching as I write this at end of April and at least three of us from Bristol are attending so we’ll bring feedback from that later. Our best supported planned event is the weekend in Poole in May when we meet up with dozens of other Porsche drivers for the Quayside event of Friday 18th May—if you are anywhere near come and say ‘Hallo’. The day after we will be driving off in a south westerly direction towards the Swanage railway and experiencing a steam train ride to Corfe Castle and Swanage, before heading back to Poole for a lovely meal out together. So pleased that 26 of us are going this year from our Bristol club. Another summer event to look forward to is the TIPEC Bristol Summer BBQ, courtesy of Bristol group member Rob Lovell. Make sure July 15th is on your calendars for that, and book your places with me! April 28th Bristol Italian Automotive Festival May 1st (Tuesday) Monthly TIPEC Bristol meeting at The Fox, Easter Compton
Braving the downpour at Coleford Festival of Transport
May 5th (Saturday) Classic Car Run through the Wye Valley
May 12th (Saturday) Queens Square Bristol (Avenue Drivers Club) May 12–13th (Saturday–Sunday) Prescott Hill Climb, Rotary Club event May 18–20th (Friday–Sunday) Poole Quay weekend 26 Bristol members booked on this so far! May 27th (Sunday) TIPEC Annual Day Out at Hatton Country World June 5th (Tuesday) Monthly TIPEC Bristol meeting at The Fox, Easter Compton June 10th (Sunday) Queens Square Bristol (Avenue Drivers Club) June 23rd–24th (Saturday–Sunday) Bath Pageant of Motoring A brand new event this year! June 30th (Saturday) Castle Combe Classic and Sports Car Action Day July 1st (Sunday) Dursley Rotary Club Classic Car Run July 3rd (Tuesday) Monthly TIPEC Bristol meeting at The Fox, Easter Compton July 6–8th (Friday–Sunday) Le Mans Classic July 15th (Sunday) TIPEC Bristol Summer BBQ at Backwell August 7th (Tuesday) Monthly TIPEC Bristol meeting at The Fox, Easter Compton For details of these and other events, with links for more information go to the Bristol section of www.tipec.net or contact Mick or Sue for more information, or come along to one of our monthly meetings—non-members and new members will be made very welcome—you’ll make loads of new friends! Best regards to everyone, Sue.
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.
TIPEC Bristol cars at Queens Square Bristol on Easter Sunday
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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SYNN’s RO, Dave, and his 944
South Yorkshire & North Notts. RO Dave Warren 07403 117 012 (mobile) dave.warren1401gmail.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 During January to March, the only items on the TIPEC/SYNN calendar are, in the main, the monthly meetings. The meetings are slowly getting more populated with our members and I’m beginning to receive some emails from our members who normally don’t attend the monthly meetings, so there’s hope yet!
The assembled SYNNers
May 7th (Sunday) The Thorsby Hall Classic show, which is always very popular with SYNNers.
show. See the web site for details or contact Mick. We need big numbers to show the Subarus we mean business!
May 12–13th (Saturday–Sunday) Prescott Hill climb, the Cotswolds This one’s always a good one so get booking quickly if you wish to join us.
July 15th (Sunday) Doncaster Deaf School Show A regular on our calendar and always a good day.
May 15th (Tuesday) Cadwell track evening! Dave (RO), Dean (ARO), Clive, Mike & Rick Marot have all already booked. Check out www.javelintrackdays.co.uk for details. May 27th (Sunday) The TIPEC national show at Hatton Country World, Warwickshire. A lovely day last year, so make sure you attend! June 3rd (Sunday) Monthly meet at Ye Olde Bell, make sure you come along.
July 15th (Sunday) Harley Village Fete with classic car show A new one for us, so some members are thinking of attending, to see if it can become a regular feature on the SYNN calendar. July 21st–22nd (Saturday–Sunday) ‘Garden’ Weekend – Essex Again, organised by Mick Charlesworth. A trip down to Essex in the Porsches then a couple of garden centre visits. Should be a cracking weekend. Get Booked! July 29th (Sunday) Ashover classic show, Derbyshire An old favourite, organised by Stuart Bradley. Always well attended.
We have asked members to bring in old magazines or car ‘bits’ ... or anything really, to make the monthly quiz more exciting with more prizes on offer. This seems to be working well, so keep it going, and bring us your old stuff! Your rubbish is our gold!
June 9–10th (Saturday–Sunday) Wonderland Classic show at Ferry Farm Park, Hoveringham, Notts. The Capri club’s annual show, to which we are always invited. Always a good weekend, plenty of cars.
July 29th (Sunday) Cannon Hall Classic, Barnsley A great show last year which again promises to be a good one. Well attended last year.
We have also worked hard to update the SYNN web site which has had a slight update with more information added. www.synd.org.uk
June 13th (Wednesday) Renishaw Hall A SYNN favourite, organised by Stuart Bradley. 3pm start 9pm finish. All welcome.
August 5th (Sunday) PCGB show at Lotherton Hall, Leeds Details yet to be arranged, but a great show with lots of cars & stalls.
June 17th (Sunday) Harewood House, Yorkshire Post show A stunning backdrop for what’s always a VERY busy show. Cars showing also have free entrance to the house and gardens.
Check out our website (www.synd.org.uk) for details and join us at our monthly meetings and on our events. All welcome.
We have even added a SYNN guestbook for members and visitors to leave comments and ask questions. Have a look and see for yourselves. It could even be used as a forum so members can exchange ideas, etc. The first quarter has been quiet on the car front which gives us a chance to catch up on maintenance issues! May 5–6th (Saturday–Sunday) The Donnington Classic, which promises to be a great weekend.
June 24th (Sunday) NBO (Northern Big One), at Lightwater Valley Organised by SYNN member Mick Charlesworth. We have again been invited on to the Subaru annual
Come along, make a difference and be heard! Regular emails, meeting notes and website updates are all part of 2012, so you have no excuse! All the best to all TIPEC & SYNN members. We hope to see you soon.
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Club display hosted by Paul Keeling, a nice informal event following a car show format.
New RO & ARO wanted! Regional Co-ordinator Graham Waller email@example.com
July 6–9th (Friday–Monday) Le Mans Classic: Need I say more? Those who haven’t booked this, well it’s too late and you’ll miss out on a fantastic trip out with petrolheads in tow and watch some classic racing with possibly a beer. Maybe two.
RO Trevor Read 01473 684 876 firstname.lastname@example.org ARO Colin Clarke 01284 706 247
July 10th (Tuesday) Ashby Folville
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
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. I hope this magazine finds you well, and those who received this at Hatton Country World have had a wonderful day. East Midlands is still an active region even though there is a requirement for a Regional Organiser and Assistant Regional Organiser. In the meantime, I will still coordinate events so that all members are communicated with as necessary. The region itself is now quite dynamic with regard to its events, and so far has put the following in it’s calendar for 2012: May 5–6th (Saturday–Sunday) Donington Historic Festival: Infield parking is being offered on this, the second annual Historic Festival. Watch as many classic car races take place, and even have the opportunity of a parade lap, a trade village and off-track entertainment.
17th July (Tuesday) Club night at the Field Head Hotel July 20th–22nd (Friday–Sunday) Silverstone Classic: Classic car racing at this, the home of the British Grand Prix. Infield parking, discounted tickets, camping availability. August 14th (Tuesday) Ashby Folville August 21st (Tuesday) Club night at the Field Head Hotel August 25–26th (Saturday–Sunday) C4r-Fest: Join the inaugural CarFest on Jody Scheckter’s farm with Chris Evans. Music, cars, food, hill climbs, auctions. (FULLY BOOKED)
Picture this: Tuesday March the 27th, Club night. 18 People sitting around in a Pub listening to yours truly rabbiting on, too dark to tyre kick, and anyway some of the cars still not out of winter mothballs. Not inspiring at all really. Then what actually happened on Tuesday March 27th was someone had an idea— lets go bowling! The 18 people who turned out had a fantastic fun evening at Bury Bowl. I do not wish to cast aspersions but the person who suggested the bowling actually won. Then we had a visitor from across the pond who came in second, but hey—they did invent the game. The ladies done well also. Yours truly along with several others need some practice I feel. But for the darker colder months this proved to be a very popular evening.
September 1st–2nd (Saturday–Sunday) Shackerstone Family festival: A true family festival, not just cars at this one, but memorial flights, clown town, motorcycle jumps, marching bands, chariots of fire, shootouts, sheepdogs, falconry and much, much more.
Oh did I forget to mention? The Team event was won by Lane Three—oh that was the team I was in. We did have to do a little bit of adjustment on the scoring but being RO you have one or two perks. Not that it was that competitive!
October 5–7th (Friday–Sunday) WotY. Joint event with Central. Details tbc.
May 6th (Sunday) Duxford Classic Car Meeting
May 15th (Tuesday) Club night at the Field Head Hotel
November 16–18th (Friday–Sunday) NEC Classic car show at Birmingham’s NEC
May 12th or 13th (Saturday or Sunday tbc) Anglia Region BBQ at Ian & Theresa’s
May 25th (Friday) Scalextric night: The gauntlet goes down to anyone who can master an electronic, six-lane, slot car track. At 95 feet long and with speeds of well over 200 mph (relatively), with no chance of injury when you spin off (which you will!) No tension, much! A great night.
December 1st or 8th TBC (Saturday) Christmas social
May 22nd (Tuesday) Club night, Bunburry Arms.
December 27th (Thursday) Not the Boxing Day Drive A run out in the winter countryside.
May 27th (Sunday) TIPEC 2012 National Show, Hatton Country World
May 26th (Saturday) Curborough Sprint (with Central Region)
Feel free to pop along to our club nights where you will be made to feel most welcome, and have a meal and a pint and chat about all things Porsche, or not, whatever takes your fancy. The monthly Ashby Folville events are held in a small village in Leicestershire (pop: 400), with a diverse array of cars and over 4,000 people descending on the village to view the cars and motorbikes. If you want to attend any of the events listed, then please contact the Regional Co-ordinator who will put you in touch with the relevant event organiser. Please don’t forget you can renew your membership online at www.tipec. net. With a two year deal of £50, it must be one of the best value car clubs in the country. Please also let me know if you have changed/are changing you email address or your residence. This is essential to keep the database up to date, and to ensure continuity in the delivery of your All Torque magazines. You can let me know, or direct to Steve Potter (membership secretary on email@example.com).
May 8th (Tuesday) Ashby Folville May 12–13th (Saturday–Sunday) Prescott Hill Climb: The famous hill climb event is a must for any enthusiast. A chance to race up the hill, or saunter up at lunch as part of the parade. On the Saturday, a scenic tour of the Cotswolds takes place. Plenty of display vehicles to see on the Sunday too.
May 27th (Sunday) TIPEC National Event at Hatton Country World Free entry to our national event, meet up with likeminded enthusiasts. A small charge to enter the farm village but plenty to see/do including trade stands, autojumble, concourse, cars for sale, club displays show ring and live jazz music. Also country walks and a BBQ/Cafe area. June 12th (Tuesday) Ashby Folville June 19th (Tuesday) Club night at the Field Head Hotel June 30th–July 1st (Saturday–Sunday) Cars in the Park, Lichfield
June 17th (Sunday) Audley End Classic Car Show (pre 1989 vehicles only) June 26th (Tuesday) Club night, Bunbury Arms July 21st–22nd (Saturday–Sunday) Swavesey Steam & Classic Car Rally July 24th (Tuesday) Club night, Bunbury Arms. August 5th (Sunday) Helmingham Classic Car Show (This is our Annual Regional Show) August 26th (Sunday) Little Gransden Air & Car Show August 28th (Tuesday) Club night, Bunbury Arms.
over zealous on the part of the marketing team that marked this as an homage to Porsche racing. There were five classic Porsche racing cars on display and whilst it was great to see them in the flesh it was somewhat less than we were expecting. That said we enjoyed a few hours poking around the halls, looking at cars, rummaging around the autojumble ,and met up with some friends for lunch so it wasn’t a wasted day by any stretch of the imagination. Nice to get the 928 out and give her a run after the long winter break! Club night has been well attended already this year considering we have been in the dark, cold months so thanks to everyone for making an effort to come along for a beer and a natter. Thanks to Phil for the loan of DVDs so we could enjoy a Porsche Racing DVD evening in February and welcome to Tom, Sheila and Stewart, new members in March—hope to see a lot more of you over the year! Because of our Bowling Green run clashing with Mother’s Day I postponed this until May so we can hopefully enjoy better weather and a bigger turnout. Sorry for any inconvenience caused. There are loads of events coming up over the next few months and the list is below so please get your car out and join us over the next few months.
South central on a Sunday morning meeting (April 1st)
June 25th (Monday) Club meeting at the Old Talbot
RO Pete Garrett 07804 030 695 (mobile) firstname.lastname@example.org
July 1st (Sunday) Club meeting at the Red Lion
Meetings are held from 9:30 am on the first Sunday of every month at The Red Lion, Evenley, Nr Brackley, Northants NN13 5SH and on the fourth Monday of the month at The Old Talbot, Potterspury NN12 7QD from 19:15 to 22:00 Stepping back in time, March was the start of our evening meetings held on the 4th Monday, this was at the local curry house in Buckingham. The night had a reasonable turnout from the members that can handle the heat! Good old Pierre attended and as always never disappoints, asking the restaurant Manager to put his Waitrose shopping in their freezer! The Sunday morning meeting was held on April the 1st which on a lovely sunny morning saw a good turnout, this pub venue is a classic car event which we have jumped on the back of. There was a mix of Porsches, Westfields, TVRs and a Midget! Credit where credit is due Mike’s Midget was getting most of the attention as it is a nice tidy motor. May 6th (Sunday) Club meeting at the Red Lion 12–13th May (Saturday–Sunday) Prescott Hill Climb May 27th (Sunday) TIPEC SHOW at Hatton Country World, Near Warwick May 28th (Monday) Club meeting at the Old Talbot June 3rd (Sunday) Club meeting at the Red Lion June TBC Summer drive out
July 15th (Sunday) Car show at Kimbolton Country Fayre July 20th–22nd (Friday–Saturday) Silverstone Classic at Silverstone Circuit
May 6th (Sunday) Catton Hall Classic Car Show 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 boxes for Trentham Gardens and Himley Hall 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
August 5th (Sunday) Club meeting at the Red Lion
May 5–6th (Saturday–Sunday) Donington Historic Festival The club will be at the event both days. One of the finest classic racing events in Britain. The event will host a one hour Group C race which is something special to see and hear. Brian will look after this event.
August TBC Outdoor karting at Daytona, Milton Keynes
May 14th (Monday) Club night at Ye Olde Bell Hotel
August 20th (Monday) Club meeting at the Old Talbot
May 26th (Saturday) Porsche vs Marcos sprint event at Curborough. Great chance to take a blast around the circuit and protect the honour of the marque against our friends from Marcos Club! A full day of racing with buffet lunch included. 105db limit for participating cars.
July 27th (Monday) Club meeting at the Old Talbot
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 the last issue we had our first outing of the year to the Race Retro show at Stonleigh at the end of February. Brian had added this to the calendar when he found out that the show was ‘paying homage’ to Porsche racing in 2012 and so we trotted down to see what the event had to offer. There were some stunning cars on display but I think it was a little
May 27th (Sunday) National Event at Hatton Country World June 11th (Monday) Club night at Ye Olde Bell Hotel June 17th (Sunday) Trentham Gardens Classic Car show. See Catton Hall. June 30th–July 1st 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 for details and booking on 01543 271 116 July 6–8th (Friday–Sunday) Le Mans Classic weekend
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The star of Race Retro at Stonleigh
A very sizeable rear wing
August 13th (Monday) Club night at Ye Olde Bell Hotel
July 16th (Monday) Club night at the Westmead. Please note this is a change from our normal second Monday to accommodate our Le Mans trip. July 22nd (Sunday) Silverstone Classic (Multi region event). Event runs from Friday–Sunday but Central Region will attend on Sunday. August 12th (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 from middle of January 2011. Also concours event for the polishers!
August 22nd (Wednesday) Central 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. No noise limits. August 27th (Monday) Pershore Plum Festival. Classic cars parked around the Abbey, street entertainment, food stalls etc etc. See Paul for entry application.
September 2nd (Sunday) Himley Hall classic car show. (See Ragley above for details) Or Shackerstone Festival. October 5–7th (Friday–Sunday) Weekend of the year (WOTY). Details tbc. November 16–18th (Friday–Sunday) Classic Show at the NEC December 10th (Monday) Christmas Dinner andClub Night at the Westmead
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Gruppe South South East RO Derek Flanagan 01342 717 754 07767 254 820 (mobile) firstname.lastname@example.org Meetings are held second Wednesday of every month 8pm at The Bolney Stage, London Road, Bolney RH17 5RL, just off the A23, 10 miles south of Crawley. For those of you who haven’t made it along to a monthly meet yet, we always welcome new 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. Our local PC (Porsche Centre Mid Sussex) brought the all new 991 Cabrio along to our March club night. It looked stunning in Carrara White and Porsche claim that the new ‘panel bow top’ rigid construction from fabric and composite plastic with a magnesium frame gives a ride as quiet as a coupe and as the new 991 was initially designed as a cabrio, it is also a lot stiffer than all previous cabrios and incidentally also slightly lower than the coupe. The only thing that Porsche can’t do is guarantee good British weather but as it folds in 13 seconds all cabrio prejudices should have been eradicated! SE Region member Brian Hilliard has offered to give a demo of orbital polishing at either our April or May club night, subject to weather and light. Alex Willis is the lucky member whose 944 will be the donor car for this demo. April 15th (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 . A full report will be published next issue. May 18th–22nd (Friday–Tuesday) The SE Region’s 2012 Weekend of the Year (WOTY) The WotY is a long weekend break at Symonds Yat on the banks of the river Wye in Herefordhsire. We have chosen the four star Royal Lodge Hotel at Symonds Yat East which has an idyllic five acre setting in the heart of the Wye Valley in an area of outstanding natural beauty overlooking the River Wye which cuts a swathe through a wooded gorge on the edge of the spectacular Royal Forest of Dean. We are also within driving distance of the spectacular Brecon Beacons, Black Mountains and South Wales coast which will be a great drive out.
The Royal Lodge is a great place to unwind with long relaxing walks along the riverbanks with outstanding scenery and wild life. The hotel is well situated to explore the Forest of Dean, Wye Valley, Brecon Beacons, Black Mountains and the South Wales coast. August 18th (Saturday) Capel Classic Car & Bike Show This is one of our favourite local car shows with around 400 cars and bikes on display in a very friendly country style atmosphere with beer tent, hog roast and BBQ to satisfy our hunger pangs and entry is by a small donation. This year’s featured marque is American cars & bikes.
May 12–13th (Saturday–Sunday) Prescott Hill Climb. Rotary Club event. May 18th–22nd (Friday–Monday) The SE Region’s 2012 Weekend of the Year (WOTY) May 27th (Sunday) TIPEC National Porsche Show Hatton Country World, near Warwick June 3rd (Sunday) Goodwood Breakfast Club Meeting: Rule Britannia June 10th (Sunday) Bromley Pageant of Motoring
August 19th (Sunday) Cranleigh Classic Car Show & Autojumble If you can’t get enough of classic car shows, then the day after the Capel car show we have the Cranleigh classic car show which also has a huge autojumble and entry is free if you register your car. Last year there were 1,700 varied and interesting vehicles to see and a full day of action in the arena. Brooklands Museum Trust had a popular stand and ventured into the arena with a 1914 Stanley Steamer transporting actress Trudie Goodwin. Brooklands are returning in 2012 and have promised to bring a selection of interesting and varied vehicles with them again. I’m sure we will also have a good selection of members Porsches on display.
June 13th (Wednesday) Monthly SE Region meeting at The Bolney Stage
August 26th (Sunday) Annual Boat Trip Every year we park our Porsches up for a day and go onto a narrowboat on the canals travelling at the relaxing speed of 5mph, enjoying the rippling water and a slower pace of life, leaving the rush of driving on busy congested roads behind us as we take in the beauty of the surrounding scenery that can only be seen from the waterways. This year we are going to do a variation on this theme and go boating on the river Thames starting from the marina base at Datchet (near Windsor Castle) from where we can go either upstream or downstream, whatever we choose. There are many wonderful riverside towns, villages and riverside homes along the river with mooring spots for a picnic or riverside restaurants and pubs. We will be hiring two 10 seater self drive motor cruisers if we get sufficient members signing up. There is free parking at the marina, and if this is full there is free parking (on Sundays) at the station car park only two minutes walk away. The cost is £28 per person, to be paid when booking.
July 20th–22nd (Friday–Sunday) Silverstone Classic
For details of these and other events go to the SE Region section of www.tipec.net or come along to one of our monthly meetings—non-members and new members will be made very welcome, you’ll make lots of new friends.
May 6th (Sunday) Goodwood Breakfast Club Meeting: Supercar Sunday May 9th (Wednesday) Monthly SE Region meeting at The Bolney Stage
23rd–24th June (Saturday–Sunday) The Supercar event (formerly known as Dads Day Out) at Dunsfold Park June 28th–July 1st (Friday–Sunday) Goodwood Festival of Speed/Aviation Exhibition July 6–8th (Friday–Sunday) Le Mans Classic July 11th (Wednesday) Monthly SE Region meeting at The Bolney Stage
August 5th (Sunday) Goodwood Breakfast Club Meeting: Thoroughbred Sunday August 8th (Wednesday) Monthly SE Region meeting at The Bolney Stage August 18th (Saturday) Capel Classic Car & Bike Show August 19th (Sunday) Cranleigh Classic Car Show & Autojumble August 19th (Sunday) Annual Boat Trip on river Thames August 26th (Saturday) Visit to Paragon Porsche at Five Ashes Joint visit with SELNK Region.
RO Pete Blackler 07779 203 278 (mobile) email@example.com Meetings are held fourth Tuesday of every month from 8pm at The Wheatsheaf Inn, Braishfield Road, Braishfield, Romsey, Hampshire, SO51 0QE.
Sean checking out the 991 Cabriolet
a 997 with its engine in bits on the floor, having been bought in with excessive oil consumption. The bores were badly scored on cylinders 4, 5 & 6. New crankcases were being prepped and a rebuild was to commence in a few days. Several people had booked test drives, a new 991 and a Boxster being available on the day. As the day was fantastic, my run out in a brand new Basalt Black 2.9 PDK Boxster with the hood down was great. I came back with a big grin on my face as did John Nicholson who had gone out in it before me.
Buffing in Sean’s garage ...
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 7:30pm at The Harrow, Maidstone Road, Hadlow TN11 0HP. Tel 01732 850 386 (Google Map: http://g.co/maps/x7hck) Well as those that were involved in March know, we have had to change venue yet again, The Rose Revived has been sold and they didn’t bother to tell anyone! The new location is pretty easy to get to, it is about 15–20minutes from J4 M20 and has a massive car park as well as being large inside and the landlady has given us our own area. This one is a couple of miles closer to the motorway so even easier to get to. 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. We now have 44 people on the SELNK list and a lot of these Paul and I have never met. It would be great to see some of you in the upcoming months. The latest calendar is now out and you should have a copy in your inbox. Paul & I have worked hard and this year should be better than ever, so please try to support events whenever you can. There are some members that I don’t have email addresses for. If you do not currently see mails from me, please send me a mail to firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll add you to the list. That also applies to people in adjacent areas who would like a copy of our calendar. Please also ensure that you update address, car and email details when you renew.
February club meeting A meeting at the (old) new venue, reasonable turn out and quite a few ate there with good food. Unfortunately little did we know that the venue was about to be sold and they omitted to tell me when we booked! March club meeting This was an eventful evening; I was just leaving when my mobile rang from George & Gill saying that our new venue was in darkness with no one there. It appears that the venue had been sold and will eventually become an Indian restaurant! We made our way back to Hadlow and went to the Harrow who were very welcoming despite being invaded by quite a few very hungry Porsche owners. After discussion with the landlady, this is now our new venue. It does great food, we have our own area away from the rest of the pub and we seem to be very welcome. Sean’s detailing day The SELNK group had an invite to Chez Smallman for a play with polishes and a buffing machine. The weather could have been better which was a bit unfortunate but we all piled into Sean’s garage for sausage and bacon rolls and teas and coffees. Sean then lead a masterclass using his 911 Cab bonnet as the demonstration area, which was brave. He took us through the various processes and materials he uses and the use of the polishing machine. The whole session lasted three hours or so and as we started to move off the skies opened, so well timed. Thanks for this Sean, everyone really enjoyed it. Porsche Centre Open Day The following Saturday the SELNK group all arrived at Porsche Centre Tonbridge, for our first visit since 2010. Lovely cakes, teas and coffees were available for those who wanted them. Various people had booked car inspections and cars were being brought in, put on the ramp and inspected by the PC techs. The owners and onlookers were then invited to look over their car from both on top and underneath and have the expert opinion offered at the same time. A roam around the workshop was interesting with
April club meeting As this was Good Friday we bought the start time forward to 19:00 at our new venue. Great turnout including a potential new member, Dave, with a 944. He is finding out the various aspects of Porsche ownership. The car park looked great with almost a complete row of Porsches at the back. The change to a venue closer to the membership seems to have increased our attendance which was our intention. Later in the year we may do a run out and a BBQ at the venue May 4th (Friday) Club night at the Harrow May 11–14th (Friday–Sunday) Circuit Historique du Laon; Book with Continental Car Tours on www.continentalcartours.co.uk/ documents/f-LHupdate06.12.11.pdf May 26th (Saturday) Prescott Hill Climb A celebration of French vehicle design. May 27th (Sunday) TIPEC 2011 Porsche Show Hatton Country World near Warwick June 1st (Friday) Club night at the Harrow June 10th (Sunday) Bromley Pageant. Names to Jim Hearnden: email@example.com July 6th (Friday) Club night at the Harrow July 6–8th (Friday–Sunday) Le Mans Classic Book with Travel Destinations: www.traveldestinations.co.uk/races /le-mans-classic/5/ August 3rd (Friday) Club night at the Harrow
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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. Lots to talk about this month. First up is our long-promised regional events calendar, which you will find on the TIPEC website. I haven’t gone mad with things to do as it’s difficult to find the time to do too many things, but I’ve added in a couple of new events that I hope will be of interest.
GT3 RS at Wilton House
June 5th (Tuesday) Club night at The Angel, Longham
RO Nick Snook 07929 113 390 (mobile) firstname.lastname@example.org ARO Jim Tarrant 01202 601 886 email@example.com
June 16–17th (Saturday–Sunday) Le Mans 24 hour
Meetings are held first Tuesday of every month from 7:30pm at The Angel, 188 Ringwood Rd, Ferndown, Dorset, BH22 9AP
June 28th-July 1st (Thursday–Sunday) Goodwood Festival of Speed
If you have not yet come along to one of the monthly meetings, drop by to meet fellow enthusiasts in a friendly atmosphere. The 12th August has been agreed as the date for our fun BBQ in the New Forest for 2012 and I’m pleased to say the site has been reserved for us again this year by the Forestry Commission with permission granted to hold a BBQ. May 1st (Tuesday) Club night at The Angel, Longham May 5th (Saturday) At Downton May 6th (Sunday) Goodwood Breakfast Club (Supercars) May 12–13th (Saturday–Sunday) Prescott Hill climb May 18th (Friday) Poole Quay Porsches May 27th (Sunday) TIPEC National Porsche Show, Hatton Country World June 3rd (Sunday) National Can-Am’s Lazy Sunday at Poole
June 17th (Sunday) Kingston Lacy House PCGB R26 Concours and family day
July 3rd (Tuesday) Club night at The Angel, Longham July 6–8th (Friday–Sunday) Le Mans Classic July 15th (Sunday) Sherborne Castle Classics July 20th (Friday) Poole Quay Porsches July 20th–22nd (Friday–Sunday) Silverstone Classic August 5th (Sunday) Wilton House Supercar Day August 7th (Tuesday) Club night at The Angel, Longham August 11–12th (Saturday–Sunday) Prescott Revival 45 minutes of Hill Time for Porsches August 12th (Sunday) Southern Region BBQ in The New Forest August 27th (Sunday) Chris Evans’ CarFest at Laverstoke, North of Winchester (FULLY BOOKED)
Key events are the TIPEC Porsche Show on May 27th, which I urge you to attend. We had a great turnout of cars at last year’s Show, and there are some new features for this year too. Our Chairman Sean and the team who organise the show put lots of effort and a great deal of time into it, so please support them and get yourself along this year. I’m off to Classic Le Mans in July and there’s usually a good group of TIPEC people in our campsite. Can't wait—I’ve been looking forward to it so much. If you haven’t booked yet, I’d get on with it if I were you. There’s a slim chance of you getting booked in our campsite through Travel Destinations—let me know if you’re interested and I’ll contact them on your behalf. Otherwise, there are plenty of other agents running a trip and you can even book direct, get a nice place to stay if camping’s not your thing, or even do a bit of ‘Glamping’. Be prepared to be endlessly ribbed for that choice though! How about a trip to the Ace Cafe for Porsche night on 27th August? Something we haven’t done before as far as I know, but it should be a good gathering of Porsche metal from all over the country. And finally, I’ve long fancied a trip to Brighton for fish and chips, and to watch the Brighton Speed Trials on Madiera Drive where fast and slow cars compete for max speed runs on the seafront. It’s on the 8th September. I’ll email you or post up details of the events on the forum so keep your eyes open for how to join in. Moving on, we continue to attract new members to the region and we’ve met a few recently. On my travels I’ve often seen a green 911 3.2 Supersport Targa (the one with the Turbo wings) resting by the side of the road in Bourne End. Well, it turned up at our April club night! The owner is considering some remedial repairs and wanted to hook up with the Club to meet other owners and talk about what he’s planning. A great addition to the region. Same night, one of only two 928 S4s painted from the factory in pearlescent white rolled up. The owner has returned to Porsche ownership after a few years funding a growing family, and it’s one of those eBay finds that only seems to happen to other people—a good car!
Welcome to both and I hope we see you regularly.
July 6–8th (Friday–Sunday) Classic Le Mans
Cornwall & Devon
July 8th (Sunday) British Grand Prix at Silverstone
Generally our club nights are doing pretty well, with a good gathering of members coming along. Chef continues to satisfy with his excellent curries, burgers and other great plates and there’s plenty of good chat to enjoy. Come on down when you have the chance.
July 23rd–25th (Friday–Sunday) Silverstone Classic
May 3rd (Tuesday) Club night at the Novello
August 5th (Sunday) Goodwood Breakfast Club: Pre-‘66 Classics
May 6th (Sunday) Goodwood Breakfast Club: Supercar Sunday
August 7th (Tuesday) Club night at the Novello
May 13th (Sunday) Prescott Hill Climb
August 27th (Bank Holiday Monday) Ace Café Porsche night from 6pm
May 27th (Sunday) TIPEC national day at Hatton Country World
September 4th (Tuesday) Club night at the Novello
June 5th (Tuesday) Club night at the Novello
September 8th (Saturday) Brighton Speed Trials
June 10th (Sunday) Bromley Pageant of Motoring
October 2nd (Tuesday) Club night at the Novello
June 16–17th (Saturday–Sunday) Le Mans 24 Hour
November 6th (Tuesday) Club night at the Novello
July 3rd (Tuesday) Club night at the Novello
December 4th (Tuesday) Club night and Christmas dinner at the Novello
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.
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