FEA­TURE CAR

New Zealand Classic Car - - Feature Car - STEER­ING BRAKES F/R DI­MEN­SIONS: OVER­ALL LENGTH WIDTH HEIGHT WHEEL­BASE TRACK F/R KERB WEIGHT PER­FOR­MANCE: MAX SPEED 0–100KPH STAND­ING QUAR­TER-MILE

fastest car in Targa, but it’s re­li­able and, more im­por­tantly, tremen­dous fun to drive.

Af­ter a suc­cess­ful Targa Bam­bina, the next stage for Mark was to fo­cus his at­ten­tion on tidy­ing up the Porsche’s ex­te­rior pan­els. The work in­cluded re­pair­ing over 14 years’ worth of rac­ing-re­lated scrapes, bruises, and re­pairs. The sun­roof was re­moved and a new bon­net was fit­ted, along with Per­spex rear and rear three-quar­ter win­dows.

Mark also wanted to freshen up the 911 with the ad­di­tion of new liv­ery, but with­out re­vert­ing to some­thing like the more stan­dard Mar­tini or Gulf style — in­stead, he wanted some­thing that em­pha­sized the Porsche’s clas­sic styling and also gave the car a New Zealand flavour. In the end, Mark drew in­spi­ra­tion from the blue Porsche 911 used by Denny ‘The Bear’ Hulme for his 1974 IROC en­try.

Mark’s Porsche rolled out of the paint shop only days be­fore our photo shoot, and we were ex­tremely grate­ful for his ef­forts to have it ready in time to be in­cluded in this spe­cial Targa New Zealand edi­tion.

With such a sig­nif­i­cant in­vest­ment in the car, Mark has been asked if he in­tends mov­ing into a more mod­ern Porsche such as a GT3 — his an­swer is a quite def­i­nite no! He loves clas­sic cars and the Targa clas­sic field and the peo­ple who en­ter the cat­e­gory — and that’s be­cause they all race and drive their great cars the way they were meant to be driven and get to do it with a bunch of good mates and other like­minded en­thu­si­asts. We couldn’t agree more.

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