HELEN DAY’S 2004 PORSCHE 996 C4S CABRIOLET
The Porsche Club of NZ (PCNZ) put together a rather unlikely duo for the Ellerslie Intermarque Concours d’elegance team event, teaming Ivan’s immaculately restored Speedster with this two lady– owner 911 C4S — a car nicknamed ‘Jimmy Dean’ after the famous rebel without a cause. While the addition of Ivan’s 356 was an obvious choice, putting forward a 996 with a mere six age points to rub together; not so much. However, as it is the philosophy of PCNZ to enter a car if it wins the club competition, ‘Jimmy Dean’, with all of his 11 years of road use, was soon on his way to Ellerslie via ‘grooming central’ (a loaned hoist bay at Continental Car Services) on the back of Central Towing’s flat-bed truck.
The C4S spent the first nine years of its life as a ‘gentle’ daily driver before moving on to its second home, that of PCNZ treasurer and first time Porsche (or any decent car) owner, Helen Day. Following this redeployment, the car found its calling at the Hampton Downs skid pan gymkhanas and driver training events before having to perform a very elegant 180 degree U-turn in response to the less- than-careful lady owner’s decision to give Concours a crack. The car was duly thrown into the Modern Class of the 2013 PCNZ annual competition.
Preparation for this event involved a morning on the hoist at Continental Car Services, a week of broken nails and no sleep for the owner, and a ton of degreaser. As luck would have it, Jimmy scrubbed up well and scored a first place in Modern, running second to the overall club champion, the stunning silver 356 ‘Zuffen’ that had placed second at the Ellerslie teams’ event the previous year. Following on from being ‘concours bridesmaid’, the C4S headed straight back to the skid pan. Arguably not the traditional build up to Ellerslie, but fun was most certainly had!
However, the current campaign was considerably more serious. Two (instead of one) mornings on the hoist were followed by an intensive two weeks back in the owner’s ill-equipped garage. Thankfully, the owner knew a bit more than she did in her maiden Concours year and the results were sufficient to secure the club Concours trophy and a position in the club team.
From here the PCNZ gurus took over. The car left its home garage mid January, having been banned from the road for over a month, and spent the next two weeks at various locations around Auckland to iron out any rough spots. This work was then consolidated by a further week at Continental Car Services, where a dedicated team got to work to really get the best from the car. The result of that effort is now marked in the marvellous history of the Intermarque competition and Helen is very pleased — especially as she has now officially retired the car from Concours competitions to pursue its other passion: out on the open road.