HE­LEN DAY’S 2004 PORSCHE 996 C4S CABRI­O­LET

New Zealand Classic Car - - Special Feature -

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.

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