SE London & North Kent RO Jim Hearnden 0163 430 8062 0793 035 3232 (mobile) firstname.lastname@example.org ARO Paul Greer 0779 941 2870 (mobile) email@example.com Meetings are held first Friday of every month 7:30pm at The Bull Hotel, Bull Lane, Wrotham, Kent, TN15 7RF. Next Meetings are 7th December & 7th January ’08 with Christmas dinner definitely on the 8th December. I have 13 names down for the Christmas dinner, so if you wish to come, contact me immediately (but it maybe too late depending on when this magazine arrives!) After I talked in the last All Torque of variable turn outs to meetings, the November meeting surprised us all by having 13 people! If we carry on at this rate we’ll have to get a bigger room. This included two new members; George & Jill with a stunning ’88 911 3.2 in white. Paul & I have made the first pass at a diary for the 2008 calendar. It certainly looks like an exciting 3rd year for SELNK. Paul & I have had a meeting with OPC Tonbridge. They are very willing to assist us in any way we wish (my long term loan Cayman arrives next month! Only kidding unfortunately). They officially do 10% discount on all servicing & parts. Labour for 993 & earlier cars is £77 per hour. They also said that they’ll try & better the pricing on parts & Porsche goodies if at all possible. Certainly one of our members found that with discount they were cheaper on gas struts than the specialists. They have a box at Brands Hatch and we’ll be doing an event there sometime next year. Also they have suggested bringing a car along to some of our events, both the odd club night and also to shows like Leeds Castle. They are really keen to help. For servicing contact Aaron Thompson, OPC Tonbridge Service Manager, on 0173 236 1222. For parts contact John Hosking, Parts Manager, on 0173 237 6886. The parts email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. They have a copy of a sample TIPEC membership card & have informed their staff of what has been agreed. Remember to say that you are from
TIPEC to get your discount. This is open to all regions, not just SELNK. The new TIPEC website & forum is now up and running after a lot of hard work by Sean. Please at least go over and have a look, it’s at www.tipec.net. Being the sad person I am, I’ll be spending time on there and it’d be nice to have some company. Last event of the year was a Halloween run out. Nigel had very foolishly volunteered to run an event of our choosing and this was it. We met at Maidstone Services at the ungodly hour of 9:30am, which for a Sunday is a little painful, but waking up on arrival was assisted by a hot tea! The weather was damp but not raining. Nigel then presented us with the ‘Road Book’. Ye gods I’ve seen smaller telephone directories! Each portion of the journey comprised road directions with a coloured map behind followed by a description of why that area, e.g. the ghoulies or ghosties we’re possibly going to see. The whole book ran to 39 pages and was an excellent effort on Nigel & Pats part, although I do understand Pat has repetitive strain injury from assembling it! We left around the 9:45am time, Nige & Pat leading in their 996 and me doing the tail-end Charlie bit to ensure everyone kept up. We toured most of Kent, including the lovely named Kits Koty at Bluebell Hill. The run from here was to Beech Court Gardens in Challock, through some lovely countryside. Here we had tea, coffee and home made cakes all thanks to Nigel & Pat. We left here and did a trip around Pluckley village, then on to Reculver Bay which although not raining was definitely windy with drizzle in the air. The blast from here took us to our final venue which was the Walnut Tree Inn at Aldington. The journey there did have one minor hiccough though. By now it had started to rain and after around 10 minutes my left hand wiper decided to part company with the blade with a big clatter! Luckily it stayed loosely on the arm. I decided to press on as the narrow lanes meant it would have been difficult to stop. The Inn has an extensive menu, including a lot of stone cooked meals. These are raw meat or fish presented on a very hot lava stone. The carnivores among us all proceeded to devour large lumps of meat, with a few going for the fishy option. Overall thanks to Nige & Pat for organising a fantastic day, very well thought out. I know the members certainly enjoyed it and it would be great to do something similar next year
The wiper has now been replaced by a shiny new one, this incidentally is the second one I’ve had break. The bit that breaks is the plastic moulding adapter that connects the arm to the wiper. Certainly worth a check on your car, it could be dangerous at speed and could wreck the windscreen if a bare metal arm bounces across it! Nothing formal was arranged for November, as it’s become the end of the driving season. However as mentioned earlier a great turn out for the club night. Thanks to all who came, it makes the effort of organizing it so worthwhile.
Cornwall & Devon RO Steve Switzer 0120 881 6397 0786 755 6869 (mobile) email@example.com Meetings are held second Sunday of every month 12:30–3pm at The Winds of Change, South Petherwin, Nr Launceston, Cornwall, PL15 7LP. Please contact Steve in advance so that he can advise the restaurant of attendee numbers. Good to see a new face at this months meeting. A big welcome to Mark Watling with his very impressive 2004 996 Turbo cab with factory X50 power upgrade option. Colour is Polar silver with Metropole hood and interior. It has been further upgraded from 450bhp to approx 550bhp with the addition of DMS ecu upgrade and sports exhaust. There is little to add to that description, only to say that if it goes as well as it certainly sounded, it’s going to be a very quick beast indeed. The picture shows it with a 944 Guard of honour. As Tony is a qualified IAM rider and instructor for Bikes and a qualified IAM for cars I’ve asked him to brief us a little more on the subject at our next meeting. It really was a great day for driving Porsches over the moors. In the morning, though it got a tad grey in the afternoon. In my own case it was good to let mine have a good run after running a front wheel bearing on the way back from Taunton earlier in the week. Nice to have it back.
The magazine of The Independent Porsche Enthusiasts Club (TIPEC) in the UK. Issue 67, December 2007.